Giraffes, Africa, Origins & Our Animal Sanctuary


A theme I’ve increasingly been experiencing is one of origins and a continued deepening into accessing those roots and remembrance. It’s much more than an integration process, but seems to be almost like opening a time capsule that is now aligned to access as keys to what was once behind closed doors. It’s been an ongoing journey, but things have been showing up more and lighting up an “intuitive treasure map,” as one sweet friend called it. It’s definitely more on an esoteric level so it’s hard to put into words, but that percolation is igniting subtle seeds of activation. There’s a lot of richness in the overall experience of it, although still is in blossoming mode.

One of these threads, for me personally, has been showing up through what is considered a cradle of civilization and humankind – Africa.

I’ve had things from here in the past come forward, but a resurgence is taking me there again on a different spiral of the journey and around every corner things point to there when I least expect it.

I know one of my dear friends is having a similar experience, which in fact was so strong it showed up in detail through a dream of mine I shared with her, unknowingly connecting to things I was not consciously aware of about her roots and past.

I’m wondering if others are experiencing this origin journey in their own ways too?

It feels to be much more than a recall, reliving, and integrating of “past lives,” but more of….hmmmm, how can I express it?

Like stepping fully into essence alignment, almost like you’ve been having an out-of-body experience all this time, but now are returning to body in a fully spirit-activated way with all the micro DNA bells and whistles lighting up and all of the macro Cosmic elements exploding.

Anyway, some of the fun ways this “origins” experience has been flowing around me has been interesting to observe.

I’ll just touch on a few of them.

I very rarely bring home crystals these days, in comparison to a time so many were flying into my life. I’d found some for Astrid and to align with my writing, but not anything else until just recently.

Five (there’s my number again) crystals called out to me from “random” places and in “random” ways, which I found out to later all have their origin in Africa.

Three from South Africa, one from the magickal island of Madagascar (one of the most energy-filled centers on the planet), and the other from an unknown region of Africa. All of them came to me in strangely interesting ways and without searching for them or even desiring to find them, consciously.

Yet, they found me.

I’m still waiting on four to arrive, but they feel pivotal to something anchoring, now that we’ve grounded here and made a sanctuary for ourselves.

And speaking of sanctuaries, not only has this home become the most nurturing and expansive in this way for us, but has symbolically become an animal sanctuary (in the words of Laura) in all of the highlighted elements that adorn it. Not to mention, the rabbit and two cats that inhabit it with us and all of the animals that visit from the forest.

99% of the artwork in the home either as paintings, statues, and decorative items are all animals – many of which are my own original artwork.

One of those pieces includes a tapestry my mom gifted us as a house warming present she worked day and night on to have done for when we moved into our home.

The back story on it is interesting, as this was a tapestry my mom’s mom (my grandmother) had started back in the 80’s in Paris. My mom discovered it in a drawer when she and my dad were cleaning up things, after she passed away. My mom recently rediscovered it and seeing the image on it, knew right away it was meant for us.

She completed more than half of it herself, making it a combined effort of both my mom and grandmother. It is a needle point work of art that’s almost 40 years old – nearly my age since I’ll be 45.

But what is REALLY synchronous is the image of the tapestry….as if my grandmother had foreseen our “now” home way back then.

If you look closely you’ll see a house or cabin-like home sitting in the forest with a creek and three deer and a light blanket of snow. The house has a long deck running the length of the back of the house facing the woods, just as ours does…and three windowed doors there, just as ours does. We also sit between two creeks and do have wildlife like deer, bear, coyote and more that run through here.

I’ll have to get a better picture at the same exact angle of the tapestry, but this gives you an idea. This photo was taken pre to our changing out that middle window to a sliding glass door like the two on either side of it.

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It’s really uncanny to the point of chills, and so you can understand why my mom worked all-hours to give it to us. I just got it back from being framed, the day before the monks came for our house blessing, which also felt to be important. The large frame I believe is burlwood and it sits in the master bedroom as the scene seen from our bed.

Even this speaks to me of origins for myself and essence alignment, as well as the kind of vision I’ll share of the next thing symbolizing too.

And just two days ago, a very potent, pivotal, and important piece just anchored in this energy for our living room, with yet again another Africa connection. I had no idea it was coming, but poof!

Some back story….Dave and I have been drawn for the last year to this beautiful giraffe sculpture in a local gallery here. We often wondered about it and several months ago finally asked about the price, which was WAY out of our reach. But the energy REALLY spoke to us and we loved her so much. Something about her spoke to us and was before we even knew this house was going to manifest.

Fast forward to now….I’d not thought about her anymore, but then Dave surprised me two days ago with something even better.

A large box arrived and he told me to stay downstairs until he had it ready to show me. He draped it with a blanket and called me up to unveil it.

There before my eyes were two elegant brass giraffes.

He won them in an auction and now they would grace our home with, well, their own grace.

I love all animals, but until recently with that first sculpture we’d seen, hadn’t really thought about them reflecting something within me or us I’d want close as reminder.

With shifting energies, new paths opening, and these anchoring origins, something now aligned.

I was so excited when I saw them and they touch a special place in me each time I see them, like an activation.

I LOVE these giraffes (just look at the energy swirling around them in the light – they actually energetically remind me of the otherworldy, Cosmic deer we encountered in Glacier National Park, Montana with their elongated bodies and necks) and they now have center stage in our living room in front of one of the picture windows, even more so broadcasting to our Forest Portal animal friends, that this is a home of harmony and a welcome sanctuary for all of them.

I’d never really dove into their symbolism before, other than obvious things like their elegance and grace, but upon further investigation, it was like ding, ding, ding….the bells and whistles all went off. And with recent discussions, life changes, dreams I’m focused on manifesting, and what this new home symbolized opening for us, it definitely all made sense.

Not to mention, once again there was that Africa energy coming through, which has also been showing up in discussions with friends recently and things around travel. That’s separate to all of the connections I have had with both the Northern and Southern regions through past life discoveries and this life sacred journeys (two travels to Egypt, which were the most powerfully life-shifting for me).

Giraffes speak to being able to see the bigger picture, while staying confidently grounded. They symbolize the visionary seers and doers, but done with gracefulness in action. This includes the ability to see into the future to things that used to or might seem out of reach, but now point to where you are headed and that by stretching further into things outside of your normal vantage point or comfort zone, you can experience new opportunities and potentials. In fact, eloquent giraffe encourages reaching as far as you can because the unattainable is now attainable and possible.

Basically, giraffe says, “rise to the occasion” and that there’s no challenge insurmountable since giraffe summons up your most remarkable potentials, while also reminding you to rise above the chaos. That speaks to me to going for the biggest dream ever and that grace and balance are possible through any challenges you may face.

They also speak to me about merging Cosmos and Earth and bringing those aspects of ourselves in balance and synergy together.

That life here is about the integration of both, and as the intro to my first book, Spiritual Skin says:

“The physical becomes sacred.

The spiritual becomes tangible.

And together they exist simultaneously in harmony.”

There’s a lot more about them including their sense of intuitive perception and knowing, their markings representing the labyrinth of life being journeyed with that same dignity and grace, but also the powerful use of self-expression to walk your talk and use the most effective communication without waste or chaotic enmeshment, as they mostly communicate only through body and tail language rather than creating sounds.

All of this really speaks to me and what’s next in life for myself and us (1111 word count as I just wrote that), but also, in the most simple of ways, this sweet and graceful giraffe couple seem to be imbuing a more elegant quality to life’s journey and a higher frequency to be embodying and emanating from here on forth, and of course a reminding, daily marker to hold ourselves to these higher potentials when anything might flow through to potentially thwart that.

All being things that I feel speak to the collective, too, if we really want to make changes and create a New Earth experience together.

About Tania Marie's Blog

Tania Marie is a Visionary Artist, Author, International Reiki Master Teacher, Intuitive Energy Guide, and Sound Channeler. Her motto is "creating life as a work of art" and her focus is harnessing magick as everyday alchemy. Rabbits are her consorts and the metaphysical arts are her realm. With over 25 years’ experience in healing arts and metaphysical studies, Tania guides people globally to remember the purity of their essence, draw forth inspiration and imagination, embody creative empowerment, live magickally and more abundantly with conscious awareness of the nature within being reflected without, and return to natural harmony.

Posted on February 7, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Deer Heart Reiki Blog and commented:
    I love the post by my dear sweet friend Tania. So much of what she describes rings with clarity and truth. Btw, the giraffe’s eyes in her photo for some reason reminded me of Astrid’s. Wonderful post

    • thank you so much dawn!!! and thank you also for discussing this topic with me. interesting always to discover that we’re weaving similar threads. fun to learn of your african connection too. i feel this speaks to a wider collective experience that is lighting up, as things continue to surface. so sweet you saw astrid in their eyes. i do see what you mean! some new friends for her to connect with. ❤

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  3. So beautiful! I love the gift from your mom and grandmother, and those giraffes look so happy there with all the woods around. They really do hold similar energy to those Montana deer. Such beauty inside and out! xoxo

    … and of course, one of those inverted sync winks … I have almost zero African anything in my DNA or soul radar, but I’ve been pondering a post on reclaiming Ancient Celtic stories, language and that kind of deep, beyond integration you mention. Learning Welsh has turned on another level of experience, as I suspected it would. So many synchronicities and gifts! Love you …

    • thank you sweet L! their tapestry really is quite something with that exact mirroring and the deer connection with the giraffes feels comforting in bringing that cosmic through and leaving their own anchoring reminders.

      yes! connective synchronicity strikes again, regardless of the african specific. seems you too are experiencing the origins journey that feels to be a theme, and all the lovely igniting that brings! yay!

      i’ve never done any dna testing so don’t know what all would show up as my melting pot, but the experiences and signs are all there. i’ve done so much exploring of all the soul angles, as you very well know and they’re alive in me as retrieved parts, as well as in my office now, highlighted with little seeds all around that someone could trace. really makes me feel at home, as you also share the experience of. for whatever reason, africa energy seems to be a focal thread recurring differently for core reasons, and i sense it goes to what is also being played out on the macro level.

      anyway, will look forward to your ancient celtic post, if you do write it, since that has been a rich part of the adventures. i know how much the welsh learning has been a joy and powerful experience for you and your own next opening adventure! love you much! ❤

  4. This is so you, and so fitting with the theme of this post. I would not be surprised in the slightest if you tell me you already have one or more of these. 🙂

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  5. awesome!! love the spiraling journey of discovery and wholeness…thank you for sharing yours too. i think these kinds of inside looks help others to explore their own and understand how each piece is relevant and valuable, even if not fully comprehended in a tangible way at first. one of my words for 2018 would be origins 🙂 but speaking of roots, do you remember that billions of years old fossil that looks like a horn or claw (or mega fossilized root), with an arkansas quartz at top, sharks teeth, ammonite…my atlantean sceptor? well, last night i went into my room and found it on the floor. i can only imagine that astrid brought it down off the table at center of my room. it is sitting at the middle of other crystals, which to the right are africa ones. my guess is that it struck the giant mother quartz i have on the floor that i carried from that hike up here, as the bottom third cracked/separated. you can’t tell because it is so well bound with copper wiring, but i feel it to be very meaningful. astrid hasn’t touched anything on the table, so if she did it, she has purpose! i’m percolating the implications.

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