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Origins Revisited ~ Crystals & Succulents of Africa


It’s been a while since I posted a bunch of crystal fun, but since I know many of my friends and readers share a love for them, I thought I’d do so. These happen to go along with the theme I wrote about in my blog, Giraffes, Africa, Origins & Our Animal Sanctuary that touches on origins and how so much keeps coming up Africa again for me. These crystals hold very unique and in some cases, contrasting energy, although all come from Africa. I also had a fun discovery about one of my newest succulent plant friend additions to the large succulent family here. You’ll see what I mean below.

Needless to say, the Africa theme continues with some interesting twists still unfolding, as well as origins “cracking” wide open and coming full circle. More on that below too.

It was fun to hear how this theme is showing up for others too, including faery Laura, who shared about her own journey today in her blog, Reclaiming Roots and a Writing Update. In her post she speaks to how “roots” seems to be her 2018 word and her personal journey of this taking her on a Celtic journey through Welsh lessons – a journey helping “root” out things in many key areas of her life. Her blog post is a fun exploration of this and how these roots and origins are running deep for many. She includes a tie-in of discovery that linked to my own journey.

Okay, so before I get into crystal and succulent fun, something synchronous that took place last night, right before heading to bed, included a very special fossil and crystal piece I have. I shared this on Laura’s blog as a comment, but will include more detail here.

I mentioned to her, “speaking of roots,” this incredible and rare power piece I have, which is a very substantial and potent wand or smaller scepter, that found me back in 2008 while living at the north end of Lake Tahoe, got my attention.

The “wand” part is actually a rare, fully intact coral fossil from the Paleozoic Era/Devonian period (approx. 400 million years old). The shape of this extremely rare fossil indicates that it stood upright on the ocean floor and was inhabited by an animal with tentacles pointing upward.

It’s wild looking, like a horn, huge claw, or mega fossilized root. It is wrapped in copper wire with an incredible Arkansas quartz crystal at top – bringing together elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Along the front there are nine sharks teeth from the Miocene Era (approx. 25 million years old), which are said to protect against evil and poisoning. There is also an ammonite at center (approx. 400,000,000 years old) too. Fossils have a strong life force preserved in them and they can be upliftin and promote bonding with the animal kingdom.

Anyway, last night I went into my office, as I always do to say goodnight to Astrid, and I found this power piece on the floor. It sits center/front of the altar table at center of my room with all of sound instruments and some other crystals. A place Astrid loves to lay under every day, especially alongside the golden mother quartz on the ground.

I can only imagine that Astrid brought it down off the table. It happens to sit between another incredible pink quartz I found with the golden mother quartz. These were the two, you might remember, that I carried down the day of my foot fracture, later being returned to me by my friends. An incident that supported my completing the story of my new book – more origins involved here, symbolically.

Well at the right of this wand sits three crystals from Africa. My guess is that when it fell, it struck the giant mother quartz just below it, as there would be no other reason for it cracking, if it had just hit the carpet.

Interestingly, it wasn’t a crazy blow, as the only thing that happened is the bottom third of it, where the point of the tentacle is, cracked or separated from the other two thirds. However, you couldn’t tell visually because it is so well bound with copper wiring, at five different points – one of which is exactly where this separated. The copper wiring held it in place, but it was evident a full separation had happened here when I examined it further.

I don’t get upset about such things, as I feel these incidents have purpose and meaning, and I KNOW Astrid doesn’t do anything by accident.

She hasn’t touched anything on the table since we live here, so this was definitely not random, nor an easy feat being that it is quite a very heavy and dense piece.

It is very connected to Atlantis and my time there, but there are several other connections I can make and as Laura pointed out, “Celts and the Egyptians have much to do with Atlantis.” – both connections of our roots and origins.

But one thing that became strongly evident, brought me back to Africa.

I started getting a sense that this fossil had origins from that area of the Earth and upon further investigation with my pendulum, it resounded with huge, crazy circling yes’s in affirmation.

As Laura also said, “I wonder what Astrid unlocked.”

Indeed, I imagine I’ll find out more, as the journey spirals onward.

For one, it brought to my attention, this piece is integral things and it wasn’t random, either, that I’d place it center of everything in my room.

There are keys awaiting to be used.

And more of this will likely come now BECAUSE of these new African crystals that have joined the collective here.

Bringing them together feels like a journey in the making that has aligned for now.

So that brings me to sharing their photos and some about their energy.

The first two being Spirit Quartz, or Faery Quartz, as their known alongside sometimes also being called Cactus Quartz. They come from the Boekenhouthoek area, Mkobola, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

They sparkle like crazy and really vibrate with harmony and radiating high frequencies.

These South African sweeties infuse a very nurturing and renewing energy into my sacred space, promoting hope, wholeness, clarity, and collective synergy.

Light body activation mixed with love and peace.

There’s a gentle grace pervading and it feels soft and freeing.

Pictured in the photos are a large Ametrine (Amethyst and Citrine) Spirit Quartz plate and rare occurrence of peach and white Spirit Quartz cluster that sits on a Boekenhout Jasper matrix.

Apparently, “the combination of Spirit Quartz and Boekenhout Jasper is a part of what’s known as the “Grand Formation” in the world of crystals.”

Interesting yes!

Sitting in a triad with them is this special little African stalactite that called to me. I don’t know the area it comes from, but just that it’s from Africa.

I love the stalactite essence – miracles of Terra. They seem to speak of raising one’s energy, deep inner growth that shifts the outer, and amplifying spiritual expansion, while connecting with the inner womb of creation from within Mother Earth.

Then we have this stunning Tigers Eye Egg that sits on my shelf alongside three other eggs I have of Lapis Lazuli, Sunstone, and Rainbow Moonstone.

This Tigers Eye Egg is really unique and rare – the largest of my eggs in fact. It holds incredible power and shimmers with both Blue Tigers Eye and Gold Tigers Eye chatoyancy. Each brings together their own metaphysical properties and energies into an alchemical blend.

Yes, you guessed it…This egg originates from South Africa and is a powerful third eye, throat chakra, solar plexus and root chakra stone that supports aligning with all six psychic senses. Wonderful for self confidence and encouraging one to stand in their own power.

Blue Tiger’s Eye is also known as Hawk’s or Falcon’s Eye, which also is SO connected for me, as I have a deep connection with Horus, the Hawk/Falcon God of Egypt. I happen to have a one-of-a-kind stone statue of him that I brought back from my first trip in Egypt, that sits atop my book shelf.

The blue adds calming energy and helps one connect with guides, helpers, and cosmic forces, while also bringing one into alignment with their highest gifts and life purpose. It draws in far-seeing vision to assist one in seeing their life from all angles, to uncover the truth, and read situations with hawk’s eye clarity.

The gold supports a life lived with courage and experiencing enjoyment and celebration of it. This aligns with experiencing abundance, as well as provides encouragement and hope. It’s wonderful for new beginnings and growth too, while remaining focused and grounded as you work towards goals and dreams.

Crystal Eggs represent rebirth, fertility, and new beginnings.

This leads us to the last of this African grouping – a gorgeous rare Black Ammonite Pair that originates from the magical island of Madagascar, one of the most energy-filled centers on the planet. These hold very ancient, healing energy, and deep/root/origin wisdom.

You can feel how different these are from the others. I’ve never seen such a large pair and I love the dark connecting with the hidden and shadowy recesses, but also the sparkly inner realm of it that shares light is inherent in it all.

These fossils are between 135-395 million years old and bring the energy of Ammonite – activators of our metaphysical gifts and inter-dimensional exploration. When placed on the third eye chakra, Ammonite reveals the soul’s path, which is encoded within it. It is also useful to support rebirthing and is a powerful Karmic cleanser, helping one release mental obsessions and important past life issues.

Feng Shui masters call Ammonite the seven color prosperity stone because it’s believed not only to stimulate the flow of life force energy through the body, but to be exceedingly fortunate for abundance, vitality, health, and promoting beneficial business ventures.

This brings me lastly, to my fun succulent discovery.

 

I have a new writing partner (to add to my Peter Rabbit and two storykeeper bunnies) and rabbit guardian overseeing things here in my Wonderland office from the vantage point of my desk.

This bunny planter is solid cement and so beautifully crafted. I found the perfect succulents I wanted for him to be like cascading water from the cabbage basket that will continue growing longer and adding to the abundant flow of energy and harvest alongside the grapes.

All of these holding rich symbolism perfect to immerse in.

I may move the planter out on my deck in summer, but for now I love the wisdom and whimsy of my new friend next to me and the exotic pink and green string of hearts Ceropegia Woodii, the Sedum Red Carpet Crassula that will turn red with intense sun, the Echeveria Moonglow at center AND the rare Senecio Rowleyanus string of pearls native to Namibia, Africa. I didn’t realize this until after I planted it.

Hehe!!

I adorned the planter with three butterflies and one dragonfly, some moss, and three little quartz points – one of which has a timelink to the future – to add to the Magick.

Such incredible energies and all just “happening,” by listen to guidance within.

This leads me to a synchronous morning-full-circle-discovery that ties in the fossil wand and symbolic origins.

I was looking for something in my office closet and pulled out a bag. I didn’t know what was in it, but it happened to have these crystal prism hangers I once hung in my first Tahoe rental I moved into on my own after my divorce – something I’d had intention of finding and putting up here in my office.

Incidentally, the bag also had a card in it. The only two things in there.

The card had a black and white photo of Lake Tahoe on the front by a photographer, dated 2010. I opened it to find it was an anniversary card from Dave, perhaps from 2010 – eight years ago.

But guess what was also inside of the card?

The certificate of authenticity for my power piece wand that cracked open last night, along with all of the information about the fossil, sharks’ teeth, ammonite, crystal, etc. – the only way I would have known the info I wrote up above.

Then the card itself was a chilling a-ha moment.

It has one line it, besides ending off with “I love you.”

It reads, “Someday soon hopefully we’ll back in the place we came from.”

He meant Lake Tahoe, as that is where we met and had moved away from, but how uncanny in terms of this theme of “origins.”

On one level, Tahoe is indeed a return to our origins, having everything we love and both feel most at home in.

On another, well…..it speaks to so much more.

Ancient Wisdom For Natural Balance – Celebrating Mother Earth Today & Always


ammoniteIt is a gift and privilege to be in a human body and anything we can do to integrate our experience in synergy with the natural harmony and rhythms of the Earth is a step toward change and making a difference. Embodying that change from the inside out is the gift we give back to the Earth, and our entire collective family, which includes all of life.

Remember to bring your celebration, honor, and gratitude for Earth into every day of your life.

Wishing you a return to natural harmony today and always.

Pictured here you see one of my Crystal Illuminations painting, “Ancient Wisdom For Natural Balance” created as the essence of Ammonites speaking through as the sages they are, sharing their wisdom so that we may receive their message.

These crystal sages are “living” pieces of healing art that draw from and integrate the Earth and the Ethereal, as channeled through my heart, and continue in the vein of my life’s work focus – to support a return to natural harmony.

Crystal Illuminations are meditational portals that assist you with invoking the key essence of each crystal’s energy into your daily sacred space in order to access new doorways of experience. Each painting is a channeled imprint of the specific crystal’s vibrational resonance, as they come through me in the process of working with them, and are charged with Reiki energy.

When you gaze upon or simply have the painting in your personal space (supporting the flow of Chi), it can assist with energetic activations and help shift the energy in and around you to support desired intentions. Crystal Illuminations are a tool to help draw in a bit of magic as you journey through life.

Someone recently shared about this painting, “It is like you brought the power of the Fibonacci spiral to life.”

This painting holds a very ancient wisdom and energy that can assist an integrative experience of wholeness, healing and empowerment.

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Orb energy from Ancient Wisdom For Natural Balance

Ammonite: A fossil remain of ancient creatures that dissipated from the earth millions of years ago, and eons of time have turned them into stone. Since these creatures were once alive, they are linked with the fifth element, Akasha. Fossils represent time, eternity, evolution. In general they are used as protective objects, worn in jewelry to increase your natural defenses. Fossils of all kinds are worn as amulets to increase life span, due to their lineage.

Ammonites were known in the Middle Ages as draconites, due to their spiral appearance they were believed to come from the head of dragons, and were often bound to the left arm for magical projection. In more recent times in Britain they were called snake stones.   In ancient Egypt, this fossil is named for the Egyptian god Ammon, because their shape resembles his ram horns. Ammonite was prized by the ancient Egyptian and Roman societies and likely many other cultures the ammonite was seen as a symbol of almost any deity was connected the curved horns of the ram.

Ammonite is used in finding your way down the spiritual spiral path to the center where the God and Goddess await, as well as used in past-life meditations.

ammoniteIt is told that these ‘stones’ radiate positive Earth energy, and to bring good luck as well as general prosperity.

Ammonite is said to assist with general good health, stamina and high energy. It is told to change negativity into smoothly flowing energy.

It is also said to assist with childbirth, help life the heaviness that is sometimes felt during depression, and general survival instincts. Ammonite helps to release karmic debris and harmful thought patterns.

This fossil also works on stimulating the instincts while providing clarity and enhancing personal power.

Ancient Wisdom For Natural Balance is available and can be purchased here: Crystal Illuminations

Crystal Illuminations ~ Crystal Infused Sacred Paintings as a Source of Light in Your Life


I’ve been working away on a new series of paintings that I have been guided to create. As many of you know, I have a deep connection with our crystalline beings and over time my work has evolved with them. I have recently transitioned out of offering crystal jewelry, as I was getting loud messages that the crystals wanted to come through in a new form that mirrored the evolution of things, partnered with the “artist me” in that abundant creative energy, helped show case them as the natural works of art that they are (infused with healing art encodings), and could be translated into multi-faceted, affordable extensions for anyone to experience.

From this, Crystal Illuminations (crystal infused sacred paintings as a source of light in your life) were channeled as a way for each crystal to emanate and be honored, as they honor and work with us. They are “living” pieces of healing art that draw from and integrate the Earth and the Ethereal, as felt through my heart. Crystal Illuminations are meditational portals that assist you with invoking the key essence of each crystal’s energy into your daily sacred space in order to access new doorways of experience. Each painting is a channeled imprint of the specific crystal’s vibrational resonance as they come through me in the process of working with them and are charged with Reiki energy. Some embody one family of crystal, while others combine more than one, and can range from one to several crystals depending on the energy of each creation.

When you gaze upon or simply have the painting in your personal space, it can assist with energetic activations and help shift the energy in and around you to support desired intentions. Crystal Illuminations are a tool to help draw in a bit of magic as you journey through life.

I’d like to introduce the first 11 Crystal Illuminations that have channeled through so far. These will be debuting at tomorrow night’s RAW Los Angeles Presents MARVEL art showcase, alongside some of my other work. They will be up on my website soon too, but until then, are not officially available for sale as of yet. If there is one that you see and absolutely feel drawn to, you can message me and I will put a “SOLD” sign on it at the show, but I will not be sending any out or officially selling them UNTIL the show.

I had a really fun time photographing these live creations yesterday in my living room where the best lighting is and while doing so some magical things were caught on camera. They were all photographed in the same place and the photos are not manipulated other than cropping. So I am sharing several photos of some of them to include what they actually look like, closeups, as well as the energy and orbs that were captured wanting to come through.

For more information on the properties of each crystal, you can contact me. For now, I would just like to share them so you can feel their essence without the information of what each of their energies represent. Each one has an infusion of either gold or silver metallic, pixie-dusted illumination.

If one of these speaks to you, I can be reached at tania@taniamarie.com. If you’d like to commission a specific Crystal Illumination painting, you can also contact me for a custom quote. Prices include shipping within the U.S. For destinations outside of the U.S. contact me for a quote.

Click on each image to enlarge for detail.

Your Angelic Radiance

1) Your Angelic Radiance – Apophyllite 11” x 14” Acrylic on Canvas ~ SOLD

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Your Angelic Radiance closeup with orb energy

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2) True Harmony – Amethyst Flower and Natural Blue Quartz 10” x 20” Acrylic on Canvas ~$185

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True Harmony closeup

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True Harmony with orb energy

Serenity is Yours

3) Serenity is Yours- Chrysocolla 8” x 10” Acrylic on Canvas ~$65

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Serenity is Yours closeup

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Serenity is Yours with orb energy

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4) Gentle Clarity – Kyanite 8” x 10” Acrylic on Canvas ~$85

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Gentle Clarity close up

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Gentle Clarity with orb energy

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5) Courage of the All-Seeing Heart – Raw Ruby 8” x 8” Acrylic on Canvas ~ SOLD

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Courage of the All-Seeing Heart closeup

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Courage of the All-Seeing Heart illuminated

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6) Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven Within – Pietersite 9” x 12” Acrylic on Canvas ~SOLD

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Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven Within closeup

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Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven Within orb energy

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7) Portal of Awakening – Royal Amethyst 10” x 10” Acrylic on Canvas ~ SOLD

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Portal of Awakening closeup

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Portal of Awakening with orb energy

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8) Ancient Wisdom for Natural Balance – Ammonite 12” x 12” Acrylic on Canvas ~$155

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Ancient Wisdom for Natural Balance closeup

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Ancient Wisdom for Natural Balance closeup

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Ancient Wisdom for Natural Balance with orb energy

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Ancient Wisdom for Natural Balance with orb energy

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9) Opening to Divine Love – Kunzite 12” x 15” Acrylic on Canvas ~$165

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Opening to Divine Love closeup

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Opening to Divine Love closeup

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Opening to Divine Love with orb energy

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10) Dreams Become Reality – Lemurian Dream Seed Crystal 11” x 14” Acrylic on Canvas ~$145

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Dreams Become Reality closeup

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Dreams Become Reality with orb energy

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11) Ignite Your Core Heart Healing – Natural Pink Fire Quartz 12” x 15” Acrylic on Canvas ~ SOLD

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Ignite Your Core Heart Healing closeup

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Ignite Your Core Heart Healing with illuminated energy

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