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Crystal Animal Spirit Wisdom


Animal spirit guides and crystals are two prominent channels of supportive love, inspirational guidance, and wisdom that I have been working a lot with. Whether via my current series Universal ARKitecture, Animal Companion Portraits, the animals and crystalline beings in my life, or the animal spirit guide intuitive readings I support others with, these are two very cherished and beloved parts of my life that I feel natural affinity to.

I have several small carved crystal animal beings that sit with me at my desk – two rabbits, a turtle, and a dolphin. The rabbits and turtle I have taken with me on many of my travels, as they each represent the lovely animal companions in my life that assist me on my sacred journeys. I recently was gifted the dolphin by my Joyful Earth Crystals‘ partner, Allison, which is representative of the dolphin energy I work with a lot and feels connected with our upcoming Bimini retreat in December.

The energy of crystals and animals are each very powerful and to bring them together adds a combined synergy of what they each have to share, working in harmony together.

Many crystals and stones are carved into animal images that can be used for meditation and to help you connect with a totem or power animal. Carved totem animals combine the attributes of the animal with that of the metaphysical and healing properties of the crystal or stone used. You can choose a carved figure made of a crystal that enhances and compliments, or balances, the energy of the crystal. So either the crystal/stone can mirror the same energy to really strengthen that specific attribute, or it can be the opposite in order to channel an enhanced quality to the energy.

For example, you could have a masculine energy crystal to balance and strengthen a feminine energy animal totem, or vice versa, a feminine energy to balance and soften a very masculine energy – each would bring enhanced qualities in the way the energy of that particular crystal and animal spirit totem expresses.

We currently have 3 such pieces as part of our Joyful Earth Crystals collection that are available, at amazing new discount prices, to the resonating crystal keeper. Each beautifully pairs a resonating crystal energy with an animal totem energy. They include Blue Quartz Carved Elephants, Marbled Agate Turtle, and 3 Raw “Dolphin Energy” Larimar.

Here is information about each of these animal spirit energies below. You can read more about the properties of the crystals themselves, their measurements, and place orders at the links provided.

Stunning Ganesha and Good Luck Energy – Blue Quartz Elephants

http://www.etsy.com/listing/103496508/stunning-ganesha-and-good-luck-energy

Marveled by the Chinese, Indians and Africans as the most auspicious symbol from the animal kingdom embodying strength, dignity, virility, fertility, prudence, wisdom and intelligence, the elephant is worshipped and honored, sacred and loved. In Buddhism, the elephant is one of the eight precious holy animals and the India God Ganesha (remover of obstacles) is pictured as having the head of an elephant – signs of revered greatness.

In Feng Shui, the Elephant is considered a sacred symbol. Although it is often used to symbolize power, wisdom, strength and fertility, it can also be used to symbolize longevity and success. It can act as the grantor of wishes and as the protector of the household. For most feng shui applications, the elephants are usually depicted with the trunk up, as this symbolizes the showering of good luck, prosperity and victory.

Elephant Wisdom:

Strength
Royalty
Connection to ancient wisdom
Removal of obstacles and barriers
Confidence
Patience
Using education opportunities

Giant Marbled Agate Turtle with Gaia Energy

http://www.etsy.com/listing/103497841/giant-marbled-agate-turtle-with-gaia

Turtle/Tortoise Wisdom:

Symbol of the earth
Connection with the center
Navigation skills
Patience
Self-boundaries
Associated with the feminine
Power to heal female diseases
Respecting the boundaries of others
Developing new ideas
Psychically protecting oneself
Self-reliance
Tenacity
Nonviolent defense

To learn more about Turtle and Gaia energy and how the two are connected you may find this article post I shared earlier this year on just that:

Gaia – Earth Mother and Turtle? Ancient Wisdom for Conscious Living

Three Natural, Large, Dolphin and Ocean Energy Larimar (these rare stones, at this size, are not literally carved into dolphins, but they are very powerfully connected to, and mirror, dolphin energy and are very connected to that unconditional and universal heart energy)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/102821457/three-natural-large-ocean-energy-larimar

Larimar is known as the Atlantis and Dolphin stone, as it helps channel energetic connections with the ancient civilization and also aids communication with sea creatures.

Dolphin Wisdom:

Includes change, wisdom, balance, harmony, playfulness, transcendence, gentleness, communication skills, contentment, freedom, trust, friendship, community, generosity, understanding the power of rhythm in your life, use of breath to release intense emotions, water element magick…to name a few. The protective, stabilizing, compassionate demeanor of the dolphin is a message of well being to the pure of heart.

Dolphins can express a need to embrace more playfulness and joy of life into your experience and to be in balance and harmony with yourself and others while reaching to connect more vulnerably and share of yourself. They are masters of the water element and hence, speak to the emotional and intuitive aspects of ourselves and to hone those energies more in order to create balance with the intellect and mind that is used more often…flowing, feeling more rather than over-analyzing. This trust of emotions takes practice, but will reveal where your heart’s joy and gifts are leading you.

If you have any questions about these or would like assistance in procuring a special piece you have in mind, you may contact me at tania@taniamarie.com

Visions of Atlantis


Visions of Atlantis
30″ x 40″ Acrylic by Tania Marie
click on photo to enlarge

I’ve had such an amazing, beautiful, flowing and deep journey with my newest painting. I followed the guidance I was receiving, as to what would be next and there were so many signs all around that pointed me energetically and literally to where that was. I love how there just is no thought process involved anymore, and it all is simply about unleashing the trust in my heart to bring forth the channeled image that wants through – even the title of the paintings immediately come in crystal clear before I even start them, while I am receiving the vision in my my mind’s eye.

This is one of those times I wish I had a professional photograph or scan to share, but these photos will have to do in helping to convey the energy. The colors are so rich in person and different in shade, and the ethereal detail really takes flight when lit by just the right lighting. As a Pisces and with a strong connection with the energy portrayed here, I felt quite at home in the visions manifested.

Having been surrounded by Larimar energy, my Quartz crystal skull, a new lively and stunning batch of 30 Lemurian Seed Crystal L.O.V.E. Seeds, my finalized magic dragon tattoo just newly healed, and profound shifts (yes again and big time!) it all has proven to be very supportive and opening for what was to come through with this painting.

Visions of Atlantis close up of nautilus-vortex energy and dolphin – click on photo to enlarge

The title is, “Visions of Atlantis,” and I’ll let its energy speak for itself.

What I can say is that when I first began painting the water depths and energy movement of it, I experienced deep Root Chakra/tailbone intensity (triggering my injury of a fracture to it several years ago) and as I completed it today, (finalizing the Nautilus-like underwater vortex and emerging bubble orb with Atlantean temple inside) big time Crown Chakra head energy…quite a complete journey of integrated healing.

Visions of Atlantis close up of dolphin and bubble orb with Atlantean temple inside emerging – click on photo to enlarge

The experience of, and the literal painting of this piece, was such a profound contrast to my painting, “Water,” from the In Lak’ech series, which was at a very different place in my and the collective’s healing journey with ancient Atlantis and Lemuria.

Needless to say, I am in love with this painting – it is very dear to me in many ways and its timing is sooo synchronous and divine.

I just received word, as I was painting it, that the Bimini Reiki retreat I have mentioned I was likely going to be offering IS to take place this summer. Dolphins, Atlantean energy and more! All the exciting details for this empowering healing journey will be posted here shortly in the next couple of days.

Until then, wishing you sweet dreams filled with “Visions of Atlantis” Love!

Visions of Atlantis close up – click on photo to enlarge

Cooling Crystals That Soothe the Mind, Body and Soul – Support for those Hot Summer Days and Inner Boiling Points


Two cooling crystals in my own personal collection – Larimar heart ring and giant Aquamarine

As we start to approach those long, hot summer days (my favorite!) and the sun makes its stage performance, the effects of its presence can sometimes be more far-reaching and effectual than you may realize (albeit, quite enjoyable in my book!) During heat waves the body has to work much harder to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat can not only result in serious health threats by pushing the human body beyond its limits, but can also have an effect on your mental, emotional and spiritual states of mind as well. Heat cramps, exhaustion and strokes are among the possible physical challenges you might experience, but more common is dehydration. However, the heat can also turn up the possibilities for irritability, stress, frustration, tendency towards intolerance, aggression and confrontation, lack of energy, lack of interest in new ventures, and over-stimulation that draws you outward and away from your inner needs.

There are many measures you can take to prevent heat-related illnesses including avoiding too much sun and extreme temperature changes, slowing down and avoiding strenuous activity, staying indoors as much as possible and keeping your space cool, wearing loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing covering as much skin as possible, protecting your skin with SPF, protecting your face and head with hats, planning major activities for early morning or evening, and especially drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day (water is our best friend!), and avoiding alcoholic beverages.

However, another supportive tactic can be found in wearing and surrounding yourself with crystals that contain within them cooling elements to help adjust more than just your physical temperature, but your overall state of being. These crystals support a calming and beneficial effect that supports a return to harmony and balance during the summer months.

Crystals can and have been used for healing or environmental enhancements for millennia. They possess unique properties and subtle vibrations that affect the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels of being. Since ancient times, healers have been familiar with the fact that crystals possess varying energies and can either be energizing or more calming; sedating or stimulating. So choosing a crystal for its calming properties can help soothe your summer heat experience and help return balance and harmony to your life.

Crystal guides, such as The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, or Love is in the Earth by Melody (two of my favs), can be used to decipher the properties of crystals and help you find what you are looking for, but sometimes merely the color of the crystal can be very telling, as in the ocean color of aquamarine expressing its calming elements.

Larimar heart ring close up so you can see the smiley face the light reflection revealed, sharing his sense of inner joy and peace he imparts – yes, the crystals are alive with personality

Blue Lace Agate: brings peace of mind with its soft, cooling and calming energy

Amazonite: extremely soothing and calms brain and nervous system

Amethyst: mentally calms

Apatite: reduces irritability and overcomes emotional exhaustion

Apophyllite: calms and grounds the spirit

Aquamarine: calming, reduces stress as well as quiets the mind, harmonizes, invokes tolerance

Blue Calcite: gentle stone for recuperation and relaxation, lowers blood pressure, soothes nerves

Blue Sapphire: tranquility, calms mind and tension

Chalcedony: brings mind, body, emotion and spirit into harmony

Chrysocolla: tranquil, serene, calming and reduces mental tension

Chrysoprase: inspires tolerance, calms overexcitement, cooling, takes heat out of situations

Lapis Lazuli: cool and calming, releases stress, balancing

Larimar: radiates peace, promotes tranquility, brings calmness and equilibrium

Moonstone: calms overreactions to situations and emotional triggers

Rose Quartz: infinite peace, calming, cooling, sedating

Selenite: calming, deep peace, quieting

As we approach the heated summer months and continue to navigate in these times of change, it is crucial to find ways to help support a return to peace and harmony. Keeping your body and emotions from getting “too hot” becomes essential and there are many ways you can help facilitate a “cool down” that can not only benefit you personally, but on a collective level as well. Crystals are one such tool that can promote calming tendencies on physical and emotional levels, thus promoting overall well being.

Looking for some lovely crystal pendants that can support more balance in your life? Check out our collection of crystal pendants at Joyful Earth Crystals and if you don’t find one there that calls to you, you can commission a custom piece of your desired stone. New crystal pendants coming soon!

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