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Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: No More Playing it Small & Beltane Wishes


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When you look at this photo of Astrid what does it bring up for you? What message do you think Astrid is reflecting? If you feel so called, please sit with her photo (and the other photos of her throughout this post), relax, and see what comes through. Spend some time and open to where her energy and wisdom anchors for you.

Astrid has a very powerful presence and as a rabbit she is not your typical “prey” or “victim” energy associated with what some might define as a prey animal. While she is full of heart, she is also quite fierce and can trigger people with her strong energy. It’s an energy that can be polarizing and demanding, as she won’t stand for anything less than you owning who you are.

She doesn’t do this to antagonize or start conflict, she simply mirrors the incongruent energy you have within and instead of meeting you in your insecurity, she will stand firm until you rise above the ego stories – both ones that keep you small or hide that you really do feel small, but wear a mask to protect that.

If you aren’t interested in exploring that relationship with yourself, which she is mirroring, then you’ll likely walk away and brush it off as she just doesn’t like you, she’s a mean rabbit, or she’s scared and defending herself with an air of reasonable protectiveness.

She is less dramatic with these behaviors these days, opting to be a bit more subtle to see who truly does want to be present with their energy, but they do still pop up and often someone might feel either rejected or special, depending on which way she acknowledges you – neither of these being her intention. She simply owns her energy and asks the same of you, even if that simply means to be honest with yourself.

Because of this I feel she is an incredible therapy rabbit who can provide powerful mirroring for the deep work.

I spend the most time with her, so I’m very acquainted with what her subtle and not so subtle behaviors are communicating. Overall, however, I feel she is often misunderstood. Especially so, before she came to be with me.

To me, she simply knows her boundaries and they are very pure and clear in terms of what she aligns with and what she knows you are capable of. She doesn’t stand for less in both the energy she desires to be in and recognizes that at the heart of it all, you’re not satisfied with what you’ve allowed yourself to operate as either.

Less than, is definitely a choice, but she brings to the foreground the conscious exploration around this so that you ARE actually making a choice and not just operating blindly on conditioned cruise control.

If you are battling with internal conflict, Astrid will have something to say about this in order to help you realize it’s within your power to realign yourself.

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She mirrors the self-sabotage, the belittling stories running the show, the doubts, the games you run circles around yourself with, the false masks, and the fears. While she understands why, she doesn’t want to spend time with you in that place. She doesn’t want to feed these energies and make them more powerful than they really are. She doesn’t feel it’s okay to keep saying you’ll change tomorrow, some day, or that you have unlimited time to focus on things. She speaks to the time being now, if you are serious about wanting and seeing change, and so she reflects that in subtle or not-so-subtle ways, depending on the situation.

The more dramatic feels to be an immediate call to action is necessary and would benefit you greatly.

The more subtle feels to be an invitation to commit to the process and that she sees potential in you to be a teacher, so she will take you through steps to help guide that.

Of course, that is, if you embrace the invitation in either case.

Astrid doesn’t feel good about supporting your continuing to be small.

She stands her ground in order to draw forth your authenticity.

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It’s a powerful mirror of the wisdom she embodies and holds equally as important for herself.

Rather than cross the bridge to the small story, she holds the anchor of who she really sees you to soulfully be and calls you forward to that end of the bridge. She doesn’t feel it responsibly supports you to meet you in the place of fear. She helps draw forth your strength and sits patiently in the trust that with commitment and presence you’ll be able to journey to your truth while she reflects and holds that embodied space for you.

It’s not an easy journey, as it requires willingness to investigate and spend time in some uncomfortable spaces, but when we embrace the invitation with curiosity we can uncover the real motivating forces that are running the show.

Astrid holds unconditional compassion for everyone’s individual experience. Yet, she believes that indulging the stories does not benefit one’s evolution. Like myself, she feels that dropping her vibration to match the small voice doesn’t provide anyone a way out. Instead, she anchors in your highest potential, while extending a loving hand for you to embrace. Sometimes that love can seem a bit tough, but knows responsibility isn’t always meant to be the easy street.

When we want to be seen as more, we must ourselves see our more.

Our roles are to stand in what we see you to truly be and lovingly encourage you to do the same. It’s no wonder we found each other and I’m grateful to Astrid for holding me accountable to this journey by her example.

I believe the deeper invitation that Astrid embodies is reflected also in these current times we are facing.

Which voice do you allow to dictate your experience?

The one that keeps you tight like an endless bud, or the one that pulses with authentic potential, ready to blossom its wisdom?

Astrid knows that the smaller voice leads to a life that will only ever scratch the surface of your potential. She meets you as your higher self nudging you into your wholeness.

She also knows that it’s not about reaching a finite result, but about how much you are willing to open yourself to the adventures of the journey. It’s about more being and less excuses. Astrid knows there will be stumbles along the way, but as long as you keep shedding light into the hidden corners of what keeps you small, you are living more authentically.

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Astrid and I wish you a magickal Beltane. This peak period of Spring midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice is a celebration of life when Earth’s energies are most potent with fertile creativity, growth, renewal, and embody the designs of manifestation in motion. What a joyous time of year, perfect for expanding your hopes and visions into rich action, while having fun along the way. I may not be the May Queen in sacred marriage with the May King today, but this does mean that my own wedding is approaching at this half point to Summer Solstice.

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I’ve been spending time in the garden daily, which feels especially aligned with this time of year. In fact, on Nestor’s special day I was out seeding the garden with a lot of hope in her honor – literally hoping for a magickal garden full of perennial wildflowers to attract pollinators like the monarch butterflies and symbolically growing a vision garden to aid the blossoming of my dreams. Now, I water and nurture it, while I do the same with the intents and projects I have in life.

Yesterday our big Easter, Anniversary, and Spring Shop Sale ended, but seeing how our creations have been sweet and supportive gifts shared between friends during their challenges at these times and used as anchoring portals of hope, we have decided that the rabbit magick will continue!

In honor of Beltane’s fertile celebration, we’re extending our Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop sale until June 20th – Summer Solstice! And with the extension we’re extending the discounts. The previous 25-40% off goes to 30-50% starting today, May 1st.

We’re almost sold out of many items and at our lowest inventory since opening just over a year ago. A restock date of new items is unforeseen at this time, but if you’ve had your eye on something or would like to share the love with someone in need or that you haven’t been able to see for a while with distancing in place, we hope this makes it all easier.

The Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop Beltane Sale

Whimsical Wednesdays ~ The Artist’s Corner: Nature’s Art Reflects Living Life Beyond the Veil – Beltane Peace & Heart Potential


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I don’t post blogs as often these days, and mostly stick to themes when I do, but now and then I feel to share something that nudges me and today is one of those days with the energy in these photos coinciding with Beltane today.

Two days ago I went on a short evening hike out back by myself to take a break from manuscript work to connect with nature. The weather was lovely and warm and the air held something different in it. I took these photos, as the light called me.

Each time I looked at the sunlight peeking through the trees I would see tiny, fast shooting gold filaments, but the photos later revealed the unusual feelings I had.

I didn’t pay attention to Beltane approaching, but it was obvious the thinning of veils had already begun.

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You can feel the dance of faery and sprite energy in the water, light, and forest. Faces and beings staring back at me all around.

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But you can also actually see the light revealing what appears as a separation of dimensions – a veil parting ways.

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The light this day was glowing differently and illuminating in unusual ways or radiating like an arrow.

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You can see a golden ray shooting out in this one that then shifts into rainbow light that splits in two strands into the water.

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After the couple of weeks of warming here, yesterday brought a cold day on in the middle of it with temperatures dropping to the 40’s after 60’s and sometimes even 70 degrees here in the mountains. Clouds moved in and out, winds blew in, and at the end of the day a very light veil of tiny snow flurries came down. Just barely enough to see with the naked eye, but did not settle. It appeared like an armada of faeries surrounding the house and created that separation effect of dimensions.

Today we are back to warm sunshine, as if the cold never was.

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An interesting intermingling of Sacred Masculine and Feminine energies dancing back and forth, as the veils lift and harmony is revealed.

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I’ve always loved this image of Cosmo out back in our yard where we used to live. To me, it is a beautiful reflection of his Sacred Male energy in total harmony and embrace of the Sacred Female embodied in our Earth Mother, Terra. The epitome of this precious dance of life and creation in its fertile abundance and purity.

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Beltane is about honoring life at this peak period of Spring unfolding into Summer when everything is blossoming with potent and abundant fertility and the conception of ideas, intents, and dreams are ripe with potential. We become pregnant with opportunity for renewal, growth, vitality, passion, and joy that offer a chance to bring hopes, dreams, and ideas into active fruition.

The faeries remind us to have fun with it all and not to forget that a time for play is much needed too.

Look around you at the landscape of sprouts and buds vigorously reaching for the Sun and dancing in the breeze. They remind us to bring forth the depths of our hearts into the light even when we think there’s no reason to ever shine that again.

If even just to feel the sunlight dance on your skin and dreams, so be it.

Nature reminds us that everything has a cycle and now is a time to take up that joyful part of your secret world you keep only to yourself and nurture it a little bit more.

Today is opportune to set forth intentions and promises to yourself and ask for assistance, as you take an active step toward what ever it is you would like to see more of in your life.

I plan to do another little hike out back today and spend some sunshine time to ground in my own peace and clarity.

I have to giggle, although had slightly gasped, as a spider again just scurried along the edge of my desk by my arm as I typed, making his way for my keyboard. I scared him with my quick pull away of my arm and as I just wrote that he was running down my tapestry in front of me. 😉

You might enjoy Lee’s Energy Update for May to kick off this month and help you to hone in on the intentions you’d like to focus on more and even ask nature, the elementals and faeries to assist with.

Lee talks about both a continued acceleration and grounded peace and heart energy that are dancing together right now. He speaks to a new wave of people awakening to greater awareness than they have before in different ways and will be more ready for conversations they weren’t open to in the past.

Heartfelt conversations are more possible with the willingness to allow your heart to find different ways to engage others.

He also talks about “happiness as peace” which speaks to finding more ways to bring through your joy into life as a means of creating peacefulness. Any little thing that brings that to you is valuable even if something small like sitting outside listening to the birds, cleaning, shutting off electronics for a bit, reading a book, taking a walk, doodling or painting, laying down to day dream….bringing forth more stillness and self-care creates peace, grounding, and greater fulfillment.

Beltane Blessings & Celebration of Life


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Happy 1st of May and Beltane.

On Beltane Eve I placed a tiny, tiny crystal out on a larger, raw quartz altar underneath the Jasmine and Lavender as an offering to the Faeries.

I took an evening walk and the sky on one side was baby blue with the glowing crystal clear Moon, nearly full, and on the other side this magnificent burst of life suddenly appeared like someone splashed brilliant fuchsia, lilac, tangerine orange, and golden paint across the sunset sky. It was such a beautiful contrast and yet such a beautiful Union of Sun and Moon energies reflected from within us.

I also took Cosmo out to connect with Nature, as you see in the photo above.

This image of his Divine and Sacred Male soul in total harmony and embrace of the Divine and Sacred Feminine embodied in our Earth Mother Terra, just took my breath away. It to me is the epitome of this precious dance of life and creation in its fertile abundance and purity – a Sacred Marriage and Union of Earth and Cosmo(s). Much like the Sun and Moon lit skies I’d seen as well.

The Goddess and the Green Man shares:

“Beltane honours Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun…..”

Fertilizing Your Dreams This 5/5 – Happy Bealtaine & Bimini


dream tree of lifeToday is May Day or Bealtaine – the Gaelic May Day festival, usually seen as a Pagan fertility festival for encouraging growth and celebrating the fertile lands, crops and animals to thrive in abundance, as well as a time to celebrate bringing fertility to hopes and dreams. So while you may or may not be Pagan, it seems like a perfect way to fertilize the dreams you have through actions that bring you closer to your goals.

Bealtaine is halfway between the two Quarter Sun Celebrations, Spring Equinox (Ostara) and Summer Solstice (Litha), and exactly opposite November 1 (Samhain). This year the actual Cross Quarter between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice is on May 5th (5/5), but Bealtaine is always traditionally celebrated on May 1st.

I wasn’t aware that 5/5 was the actual Cross-Quarter day, until this morning when Laura Bruno posted her lovely Bealtaine wishes with a beautiful video to immerse yourself in the freshness of the Earth, from one of my favorite sacred places visited – Ireland. However, if you remember me posting about the extension to the Summer Solstice Bimini Retreat until 5/5, then you’ll come to see some of the synchronous connections I was picking up on.

The post subtitle was: Opportunity to Create the Dream. And in the post I shared about being guided to provide more time for people to move through things holding them back from their dreams, feeling that many are feeling challenged with fears, blocks, unclarity, and frustration right now, and talked about taking steps to address this. This synchronously goes along with the “fertilization of dreams through actions to bring yourself closer to your goals.” Coincidence?

I also mentioned that it was interesting this date had come up to extend the discount time until, as it also was a special day for me in other ways too, including the synchronicity that I would be teaching a Reiki 3 Master Teacher class for 4 of the beautiful friends that had gone through Reiki 1 and 2 training with me on the Winter Solstice 12/21/12 Bimini Retreat, as well as happens to be my Russian Tortoise’s 10th birthday, and is the 5 year anniversary of my receiving my beloved Nestor’s ashes home with me.

A lot of celebration, honoring, and powerful transformational experiences and opportunities all culminating on this Cross-Quarter day.

I love to see how things I’m guided to do, unfold in “serendipitous” flow.

So, if you are one of the people that has this dream to go to Bimini, swim with your wild dolphin brothers and sisters, visit one of the most powerful sacred spots – the Atlantis Vortex, and experience the potentialities available on such a life-enhancing journey, then perhaps this is your time to “fertilize” your dream into being.

The season in Bimini at The ARC has already kicked off with great energy – the Atlantis Vortex is open and this week’s first group of the season had amazing and powerful experiences there, as well as shared several magical dolphin swims. I can’t wait!

As mentioned, the extension on the up to $200 off special for this retreat is now good until Sunday 5/5/13.

So, if you register on or before Sunday 5/5/13 you will receive $100 off your retreat package price.

If you bring a friend or loved one with you, you’ll each receive $100 off your retreat package price (whether you register before 5/5/13 or not).

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If you register by 5/5/13 AND bring a guest along, you’ll each receive $200 off your retreat package price!

A deposit holds your space at the discounted price. 

Saying yes to the journey is how things happen. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve seen others experience it too. Everything is possible and where there is a will, you’ll create the way.

See link for details about the trip: Summer Solstice Bimini Retreat and contact me at tania@taniamarie.com with questions and to register.

Happy Bealtaine!

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