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Endings are Beginnings


crystalsNot only have I concluded another sacred journey, but a cycle in my life has also come to closure, as well as this year in general for me is a #9 culmination time period for me.

All of this pointing to a new, fresh beginning…or rebirth – something we can always embrace in every moment we are willing to embody the renewing truth of this potential offered to us.

I bring this up, as yesterday was a big energetic shift while I parted ways with two dear and powerful friends – my giant Crystal beings. They have been with me since 2008 and yesterday they were picked up to prepare for their journey to their new mom and Crystal Guardian to begin a new journey along the path of service they will all be sharing.

Our work had come to closure and this also represented a huge release of things in my life, including the full embodiment and realization that there is nothing I need outside of myself to be empowered. While things assist us and are wonderful to cherish and honor as the natural and invaluable beauty they are and what they have to share, ultimately, we are all that we need.

This was huge because the two of these Crystals – a giant Lemurian Seed Crystal and a giant Amethyst Geode Rabbit (both 150 lbs+ each) – came into my life at a major transformational time period in my life, supporting me all these years since with the work I was facilitating personally and collectively.

amethyst rabbitThe giant Amethyst Rabbit channeled Nestor and at the time was very comforting having physically lost her.

I got both from a dear Crystal Keeper based in Northern California and I giggle remembering how Laura, myself and Seann somehow transported and got the Lemurian in my SUV – 3 wee Fae ones.lemurian

It was a time period when I had just moved out on my own, was in process of a divorce, had just seen my beloved rabbit, Nestor, pass into her eternal essence, was going through major spiritual recalibration and expansion, and was beginning the foundational work that has brought me to where I am now.

I used to live in literally a Crystal Cave when I first created my new little sacred sanctuary above and looking out on to Lake Tahoe – my little home filled with Crystals and love, which I shared with my tortoise, Gaia, and my new bunny love, Joy.

These crystals have held the space of all that I’d been creating, were part of the grid here, and my little ones also adored them.

So seeing them off yesterday was nostalgic, as I honored each, energetically prepared them for the journey, gave them a bath of Crystal Elixir spray and a deep, soul and heart kiss.

It was also a very empowering moment, continuing in the vein of what I’ve been deepening into recently. I told them that we will continue our connection and work, but no longer would we need to do that within physical proximity. Our connection is timeless and boundless.

It feels different here at home without them, but it is not an emptiness. It is an expansion and lightness. The energetic footprint they have made in my life remains, but now we are free.

I am so pleased they are going to such a loving home where they will be honored by someone I hold dear. I look forward to seeing them again in May when I co-teach a Crystal workshop with their new mom and Guardian in Florida, as they will be holding the space for this.

It is only the beginning.

Magick Rabbit!


magick rabbit

 

I couldn’t NOT share this of course ;)

With my love for rabbits and the magick they possess, who could resist posting about a “Magic Rabbit”??!! Always grateful for the friends who know me so well to share things like this with me.

Here’s an article and some photos on a rare magickal rabbit that lives at high elevations (my favorite!) in the Tianshan mountain range in northwestern China.

It just so happens that my own magickal rabbit showed up on our journey to Peru.

These rare rabbits (one of the rarest and most endangered creatures of the world) are in danger of becoming extinct due to global warming. :(

Sending out love and supportive energy to these dear little ones and to all creatures great and small that are courageously fighting and adapting to embrace the life gift they have chosen to embody at this time.

Here’s the article:

This Rare Magic Rabbit Was Spotted For The First Time In 20 Years And It May Soon Be Lost Forever

 

 

Transmutational Empowerment ~ Ancient Symbolism Weaving a Sacred Tattoo Design


Edward Sacred Tattoo Design

 

With such a full schedule in the last few months, I’ve been quite back-logged on work and even posting work. So much so, the Universe even supported me in providing time while on my way to Peru to work on a design when it had me missing my flight (more on that with my upcoming trip share). I somehow knew on some level, as I had brought my work along with me – something I never do. ;)

As I settle back in, I’m getting caught up on things now and able to share some of the pieces. I’m so grateful to all of my clients who have been in flow with timing on things and for your patience. It truly always IS in Divine order and without the rushing, makes for some really lovely aligned channeling.

Today’s share, a piece I did a while back, is for one of my male clients where we were creating a piece to sit at the top, back portion of lower neck and upper back. Egyptian energy was abound, infused with a little stylized Native American Indian symbolism and Sacred Geometry.

What came through was more of a powerful emanation, if that makes sense. He has a strong energy and that is definitely the essence in the symbolism involved, but I felt that we could radiate the energy so that it softens a bit…since he mentioned how people seem threatened by his rougher appearance and was wanting to shift that

So while this symbolism is powerful, it is also feels like a balance of Divine and Sacred Male and Female with some harder lines and sharper edges, including sacred geometry, mixed also with circular flow and pulsating from within energy.

I also got that “less is more” for him, as it didn’t feel right to keep layering a bunch of things and symbolism in excess. He/the design sort of speak for themselves and create a portal that draws you in, as well as is a portal for creation, transformation, focus, clarity, balance, creativity, awakening, flow…

The design is 9 ½” length and 6” at the widest point. The way it’s created, it leaves room and ability to add on to more back pieces that can integrate with it easily with the softer edges.

The design includes a giant Ankh at center that everything stems from and is integrated into, but it is stylized and at top the Flower of Life, with Scarab holding the Flower of Life energy, just like it usually holds the Sun disk (and there is still that hint of design that doubles in the Flower of Life/Sun energy here. The Scarab’s wings are in full expansion, creating a flame-like quality that is lighting the Cosmic essence within, integrated with the flesh and body.

It then emanates out and creates the Web of Life holding everything within the two arms of the Ankh that merge into a Dream Catcher.

The idea is that the top would sit at the top center of his upper back, with the point/top of Ankh and Flower of Life stretching slightly/flowing up into the very bottom portion of the neck/throat chakra. The rest would flow down over the higher heart and drawing energy to the heart.

Energy is also moving both up and down, left and right.

Here is some information on some of the universal symbolism, which I’ve shared before:

Scarab:  Beetles symbolize progress, simplicity, persistence, stability, methodical, contemplative, practical, grounded, potential, security, protection, solidarity energy. They move with bellies always close to the earth, and so their wisdom is sacred and deep. They are connected to the core of earth, and so they are rooted in their knowledge about the way of life and nature. Beetles also talk to us about steady, gradual progress.  Observing them, they do nothing without pragmatic, methodical movement. Beetles also remind us of the simple things in life, and point our attention to the magic in the small.  Beetles can tame us because of their simple, unassuming presence. The symbolic meaning of beetles in countless cultures, also offers protection.  Their own hard shells do more than just convey glimmering beauty – they protect.

Beetles impart messages such as:

“Get to the root of your desire”

“Be practical in your expectations of progress”

“Find stability in simplicity”

“Anchor yourself in honest, true, natural ways”

“Allow yourself to be tamed by the small and gentle.”

“Scarabs are a symbol of resurrection/rebirth, transformation and protection. This is especially true in Egypt, where symbols were much more than simple drawings, they were reminders of men’s true nature – the spiritual life.

It is clear that the symbolism of the scarab refers to transformation – the transformation of the soul from physical to non-physical, from ignorant of its nature to wise. Egyptian represented the concept of immortality and resurrection (resurrection of the soul, not the flesh) through the image of the scarab beetle, and therefore, they created seals, amulets and talismans, which served as tools to inform those who carried them about these concepts.

It is important to point out that the real “power” of the talismans and amulets was never the object itself, but rather, the knowledge it contained. A person who is imbued with the spirit of immortality and transformation does not fear death (or fear itself). Since fear is one of things that prevent people from achieving their ideals, those who do not fear are the ones who make history, so it is the knowledge that protects, the amulets and talismans are mere instruments through which the knowledge is revealed.

Egyptians observed how the young scarabs emerge from a ball of dung until mysteriously, the scarab becomes aware of a pair of wings which had always been there, and they courageously fly away to explore life outside the dung. When they discover they have wings they then fly away towards their true nature… The Egyptian tradition taught that everything that happens in nature is a microcosm of universal truths, like imprints of the divine reflected in the physical world; therefore, they used the natural phenomena to understand spiritual phenomena.

The brief life of the scarab, then, reveals a beautiful message – just like the scarab beetle lives among the feces until it discovers its hidden wings. The human soul is also trapped in the physical world (symbolized by the dung ball) until it discovers its ability to fly.

Rebirth is symbolized in this moment in which the scarab finally abandons the dung ball to be born in another reality and into its true essence. Egyptian scarabs are all about building our best, most incredible opportunities from the “poop” around us. The sun was a big deal to ancient Egyptians, with the ability to yield bumper crops, or bear down so brightly as to blight growth entirely. Scarabs utilize the power of the sun by rolling up their eggs in mud or dung. The hot sun bakes the little mud balls – essentially incubating their eggs. Pretty resourceful way to hatch babies. The Egyptian scarab also specifically represents luck in the form of solar power. And so, not only is the scarab lucky because of its own ingenuity, it’s also symbolic of rebirthing into a new dawn of life.

The scarab beetle was also associated to god Khepri, who was regarded as an aspect of the sun god Ra. Sun gods embody the role of the sun in a solar system; like the sun, which makes all the flowers in the planet blossom, sun gods make all wisdom emerge among humans in periods of intellectual darkness (they are considered humans who have reached the human ideal through many incarnations).” – Excerpts from The Symbolic Meaning of the Scarab Beetle – Egyptian Symbolism by Thais Campos

And ANKH: The deeper we look into Nature, the more we come to the realization that there is an invisible life force which permeates all realms of creation. This mysterious life force, or Key of Life, was acknowledged, honored and respected by the Ancient Egyptians and was depicted in their artwork and hieroglyphs by way of the Symbol of the Ankh.

The Ankh, which  represents the eternal process of creating, consists of a T-Shaped Cross surmounted by a Loop.

The T-Shaped Cross Symbolizes the masculine active Seed. The Loop Symbolizes the feminine receptive Womb.

These two principles, when united, bring forth creation, birth and Events throughout all of the seen and unseen realms of the universe.

The “T”, as the the masculine aspect of creation, is similar to the Symbolism of the Tau cross, the double-headed Axe and the hammer of Thor. All of these Symbols contain Three extremities. Three is the first masculine number. Three also represents the Trinity of Creation.

The Loop, as the feminine aspect of creation, is Symbolic of the birth passageway from which all created, or manifested, life emerges.

When the Tau Cross and the Loop are combined they form the image of a key; a key which the Egyptian Neters, the Divine Principles of Nature, hold in their hands.

The Ankh, or Key of Life, therefore Symbolizes the eternal process of continual creation and perpetual manifestation by way of the union of masculine and feminine aspects of Divinity.

In this respect the Ankh is the Breath of Life, the Hermetic Logos and the Aether of the Alchemists which instills life (the soul), into all living matter. Therefore it also represents the Spiritual DNA which stands forever ready to manifest life  throughout all of the visible and invisible realms of the cosmos.

This ever-present and ever-active life force, Symbolized by the Ankh, is eternally and perpetually alive and available throughout all realms of the cosmos. It is a Power which exists whether or not mental or physical “life” is currently being manifested at any specific point in the universe.

In Egyptian artwork we often see one of the Neters holding the Ankh to the nostrils of a person. This gesture, on behalf of a specific Neter, is the bestowing of the “breath of life” to that particular person. This is Symbolic of the “breath of life”, or soul, which enters into our body at birth and which will eventually leave our body when our Current Incarnation comes to its end.

We also see artwork of Neters gazing into Mirrors which are in the shape of the Ankh through which they can view the reflections, results and Consequences of the persons, places, things and Events into which they have temporarily instilled the “breath of life”.

Egyptian men and women wore amulets in the shape of the Ankh in honor of this Divine Creative Process and also to serve as a reminder to be cautious of the Consequences which can result from Thoughts, deeds, Words and Actions which they are responsible for “giving life to”.

Dream Catcher: The dream catcher can also be a medicine wheel and with specific intention, with all the parts of the dream catcher having meaning.  To begin, the web represent the spider forever repairing the eternal web of life.  Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.  The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her. As we believe that we are related to all things and that all things are part of us then the Dream Catcher and medicine wheel is a representation of such sacred belief. The ring and the woven web represent love, honesty and purity.  All of the elements of the dream catcher together represent the earth, fire and water. Things we need to live. It represents the ability to be love and to love, to take the risk and get out of the nest and fly on your own, the ability to live beyond your shadows. The web is from the spider whose web represents the cycles of life – in each time of life there are many forces that can help or can interfere with the harmony of Nature. The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center, to be used to help yourself and others reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass. The legend of the Dream Catcher is that it captures the bad Spirits and filters them. Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams.  It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun. The good spirit dreams will find their way to the center and float down the sacred feather. Dream Catchers are believed to bless the “sleeping ones” with pleasant dreams, good luck, and harmony throughout their lives. It is how lessons  were remembered and where visions were received. It is said that when you get a good night sleep you can remember when the spirit has talked to you.

Flower of Life: a sacred geometry symbol embodying ancient fundamental essences of space and time, the life connection woven through all sentient beings, and the foundations of all living things – a template from which all life springs.

 

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred visionary piece of artwork or tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com.

There is currently a waiting list, but you can easily make your deposit at the link provided below to embark on this journey in partnership with me. I’m currently booked out until June.

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: Life Changing Tattoos

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle format here: Spiritual Skin

 

It’s Time


It's Time

 

This message and image so perfectly capture and mirror the essence of our journey in Peru. Wow!

Thank you to Christopher, who shared the journey with us, for sharing this image and quote with me.

Feeling really invigorated and hugely empowered upon returning home. I will be sharing the experiences we had with you this week. So stay tuned. Just getting myself integrated back.

Much love to all. I hope everyone had a beautiful Equinox and is feeling the power of this now moment to create anew from your wholeness that you are.

Thoughts & Updates As I Head Out to Peru ~ I’ll Be Offline March 11 – 23


I haven’t been back very long from Iceland, but I’m off again. Seems my soul’s plan is to be in a lot of powerful activation and integration modes this year.

It may seem like this doesn’t coincide with being in a #9 Hermit Year, but it in fact does, as for me these experiences are a very personal and inward thing that are taking place. So, even though I may be actively out there and traveling at times, I am in a very centered, inner mode that is still and peaceful, doing a lot of processing and internal rewiring and recalibrating.

It feels much like being in a cosmic capsule that is journeying around and taking in all and only that which nurtures my beingness.

This reminds me of the movie, The Fountain, which just so happens to have a lot of synchronous alignments to my life right now, including the Mayan soul connection I have and that I spoke of in wearing my Mayan ká a yaán tah etched ring, meaning “to be reborn” in Iceland.

If you know this movie, you will understand:


For some, Hermit mode may literally mean withdrawal. And for others, it is an essence/energy you embody where ever you are. However, I can tell you that when I’m on my own (anywhere) and at home, I am VERY much in my own world and wanting my own personal time without a lot of interaction.

It’s been a whirlwind these days, but richly packed. It feels as if lifetimes of experiences and activations are taking place in a very short time.

I think many of you would agree it’s a very potent experience of late, and what I’m seeing is an increased amount of people claiming and embodying their gifts and courageously stepping into their empowerment more and more these days. It’s really fantastic and I’m so in awe of the courage being embodied.

Some of what I’ll be engaged in while away in Peru will be some pretty major downloads and activations that while taking place individually, are being focused collectively to support the greater good.

Our group will be experiencing some powerful initiations, including learning how to channel Cosmic energy through our Cosmic Being, as we receive the Solar Path of the Ancestral Andean World and Master Path of the Masters of the Incas: Pre-Inca Path from our Shaman, Amaru. All this to empower the real Cosmic Magician awaiting within.

I’m excited to both receive and support this process. I will be attuning Amaru as a Reiki Master Teacher before we begin these other initiations. He is already a Reiki Master Teacher, but is wanting to receive this energetic exchange from me at our first ceremony at the sacred site of Caral – the highest altar of the oldest civilization of the Americas – to activate the initiation proceedings he will then administer.

Will share more when I return, but while away I will again be offline and unavailable until I return on the 23rd of March. I will be leaving tomorrow, the 11th.

I leave with a full heart, as yesterday was the official adoption day of Cosmo, which seems perfect to ignite this “Cosmic” journey. He has a forever safe and loving home for life and I’m committed to getting him all the support he needs to see him walking again. Yesterday was a good day at the vet while I got him his third round of acupuncture and new x-rays. He’d gained some more weight, which we’ve been trying to help him do since he arrived. So we’re on our way to his weight goal, which shouldn’t be hard since he is so happy and has his appetite in full gear now – always wanting to eat. He also was standing a lot on his own and moving around upright a lot. I’ve also made appointments for new forms of therapy for when I return, which I’ll share more about when I get back, but I’m optimistic about it.

I also have some cool things lined up for myself when I get back, including getting my Garden Tower in gear, and some other meaningful embodiments to put in place that feel right at this time. Everything feels like it all has its sequence I am guided to follow as activations, one by one. Wonder if I’ll light up like a Christmas tree soon LOL! I’m not sure what’s the plan. I just know to follow it.

I’m feeling like this journey to Peru is both an opening and closure to a lot of things, so I’m curious as to what awaits me there and will unfold after.

In the meantime, here are things to keep in mind while I’m away. These are the scheduled events (I’ve just updated them again) that are going on, as well as dates I will be away this year, which I have scheduled so far, and will be unavailable for services during these times: 

  • Friday, April 3rd ~ Crystal Magick Workshop in Costa Mesa, CA 9am – 6pm 
  • Sunday, April 12th ~ Reiki 1 & 2 Accelerated Workshop in Costa Mesa, CA 9am – 6pm – only 1 spot left (new and review students welcome) 
  • Mid – End of April I will be hosted back at Chapman University in Orange, CA by the Chapman Health and Healing Club this semester speaking on Crystals & facilitating some hands-on work (dates to be announced, but may turn into a series of 1 hour talks/workshops on one or a combination of these dates: 4/14, 4/15, 4/21 and/or 4/22 in the evenings starting at either 5:30 pm or 7 pm – I can bring a couple of guests, so if you’re interested in these free, short 1 hour talks/experiences let me know
  • I’ll be away May 18th – 23rd in Goshen, Indiana
  • I’ll be away May 26th – 31st in Orlando, Florida
  • Saturday, May 30th ~ Crystal Love & Healing Workshop with Reiki Master Teachers Yasmin Lageyre and Tania Marie in Tampa, Florida 10am – 12pm 
  • Sacred Tattoo Designs ~ Bookings available for June
  • I’ll be away in the Dominican Republic October 17th – 25th 

 

If you need any assistance, have questions, want more details about any of the events, or would like to register for any of the above you can message me here: Contact Tania and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able to. 

Spring Equinox Supermoon Solar Eclipse ~ March 20th, 2015


This is what’s going down for the upcoming Spring Equinox – see link below.

I’ll be on the island of Amantani on Lake Titicaca in Peru engaged in a sacred initiation ceremony on March 20th. From the moment I found out about this auspicious time, I knew I was meant to be in Peru on this spiritual journey, come what may. Who ever was soul-fully meant to join would be there, or not. And so it is.

We are each called to do certain things and be where ever is meant for us individually, in this chosen life.

I follow the rhythm of my cosmic heart and soul whether that means being alone in silent intention in my room, or off in an exotic country engaged in sacred ceremony. Both are equally potent, as intent is what guides the quality of what is being engaged that will both personally and collectively be experienced, simultaneously.

You can read about the Spring Equinox Supermoon Solar Eclipse on March 20th here:

Spring Equinox 2015

 

Magickal Toys for the Children of Peru


giving gifts on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca

Giving gifts to the children on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca, Peru 2008

 

I thought this was just too fun not to post. I was giggling as I poured out all of the gifts I picked up today at my first stop to get some things for the children in Peru.

We bring toys to give out to the children along our journey. It was one of the things that was really heart-warming on my last trip there, and this time I found a bunch of really magickal things to share.

As you can see in the photo we have a theme weighed heavy on the magickal and creative, not to mention, some of my favorite things ;)

toys for children in peruThese include four rabbit stuffed animals, a purple dragon with wings stuffed animal, a stuffed rainbow caterpillar, stuffed gorilla, sparkly and light-up magick rings, a glow in the dark faery, lizard, and seahorse that also grow when wet, fun learning cards, harmonica, princess themed yo-yo, themed double-sided jumbo Crayolas, and peace, love, and flower power pencils.

Wonder what else I’ll find?!

Will be infusing them all with a little enchantment and love before gifting them! Fun!!

Ross Bishop ~ Dealing with Dragons


Tania Marie's Blog:

Like Laura, I love this. Can’t get enough on Shadow work, which increasingly calls to be nipped in the bud if you want to move into a more expansive and magickal way of living, AND if you want to move through the constant vicious circles that challenge you. This is a great faery tale highlighting two of my favorite things – rabbits/hares and dragons (which I also happen to wear as my own “Shadow” integrated sacred tattoos supporting embodiment of transmutation. This faery tale and the descriptive explanation, takes you step by step through the journey, making it very easy to understand the symbolism and process you can apply in your own life to work with the Shadow.

Originally posted on Laura Bruno's Blog:

This is one of the best articles I’ve read on Shadow Work, (real) faery tales and/or dragons and how they relate to feminine energies. Highly recommended! Thank you, Catherine. :)

Dealing with Dragons
by Ross Bishop

Fairy tales bring us the experience of thousands of years of dealing with negative entities (satans) and healing our emotional wounds. Tales that involve dealing with entities, something we have come to call the Hero or Heroine’s Journey or the dark night of the soul, are death/rebirth tales that typically involve dealing with dragons.

But, there is much more to dealing with the shadow than trying to vanquish it. These churchmen had not learned that evil cannot be conquered, it must be transcended. They also did not know that there is even more at stake here.

Once the dark side has been transcended it provides a wealth of resources that are not available in…

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What is the Meaning of Success to You?


 

~ inner harmony is the essence of success ~

Spring Snow


Tania Marie's Blog:

This is beautifully expressed and rich with symbolism. Thank you Mary for sharing <3

Originally posted on Walking my path: Mindful wanderings in nature:

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Happiness is a romp in a fresh spring snow.

_DSC0173Suspended energy, frozen in its path.

Not stuck – merely stopped a while in place before going on.

A contemplative moment in time.

Emotional burdens break free; sometimes released one drip at a time, or a cathartic dropping of layers into the oneness, washed clean.

In stillness; creative opportunities existing in the waters of our own being come alive.  Dreams awaken and are found to be valid and sound.

Ideas taking form; waiting to reconnect to fluidness and the feminine aspects of life.  Creative, intuitive imaginative powers poised for action.

Water adjusts to its environment; shaping, shifting. We learn to adjust to change, to become adaptive to the flow of life, while at the same time knowing where and when to make ripples.

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A junco, warm in his feathery down, serenely confident in his ability to find food beneath the…

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