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Gaia Meets Mo – The Ancients Gather


gaia and mo walk on by each other at first

On Memorial Day we took Gaia, my amazing little Russian Tortoise, out to beautiful Camarillo where we spent the day with family and this is their pictorial and video story documented (click on photos to enlarge). I had Gaia with me on a towel in the car by my feet and she was in her normal spunky mood, excited for the day ahead.

The plan was to introduce her to Mo (short for Mojave) the Desert Tortoise who has a beautiful outdoor sanctuary she lives in on the property. Mo has never seen another tortoise, as she hatched straight from an egg on her home grounds, and Gaia only saw little ones when she was a wee one herself, but hasn’t since for the last 6 years.


buh bye….for now. gaia keeps walking on by mo

Gaia is 10 years old and Mo is 17 years old. We had no idea what would take place, but what did was such a beautiful bonding ritual that was an honor to watch.

At first when I placed Gaia in the sanctuary she marched on by Mo, not giving her a second thought or glance. Gaia is very very focused and seemed to be on a continued mission to explore these new grounds. Mo also did not give Gaia a second thought. Mo had just woken up however and Gaia, well, she simply was going to take things in her own stride.


gaia decides to rest and reflect before her next move

We left them to do as they wanted and when I returned about 20 minutes later, Gaia had found a resting spot and she was in her famous snooze position with head propped up against the wall. Mo had retreated to her shaded pot to continue her nap.

So I let them be and then returned maybe a half hour to an hour later. And to my amazement, Gaia had left her resting spot to seek out Mo and the two of them were nose to nose communicating and nuzzling – Mo still in her shaded pot spot.


gaia goes straight to mo’s resting spot after she’s had enough time to reflect and the communicating begins

From that moment forward, for the rest of the time we were there, Gaia wouldn’t leave Mo’s side and persistently tried communicating (in her Russian Tortoise way) with her by bobbing and twitching her head in a vibratory dance. I kept saying it was like “Morse Code,” which made perfect sense because Gaia is so extraterrestrial and communicates in binary-like language and is very tapped into the electrical currents and sound vibrations – a very complex little one she is. I happened to be talking with my faery sister Laura Bruno at the time and she jokingly said, “Mo – rse Code.” 🙂


lots of love was shared between the two of them ❤

My sense was that Mo did not understand Gaia and Gaia, being the relentless persevering soul that she is, was eager and unwilling to give up trying. She had so much to share and was so excited to connect with Mo. Mo seemed very happy to be with Gaia too and regardless of the lapse in communication, their language of love was all that was needed to keep them connected and happy.

I even caught Mo one time, when Gaia walked away briefly, pump her own neck up and down slowly as if to try to imitate Gaia’s language and tell Gaia not to leave. It was adorable. And come back Gaia did and the two never left each other’s side for the rest of the day.


gaia starts following mo

Gaia would follow Mo where ever she went, just two steps behind. If Mo moved forward, Gaia would too. If Mo stopped, Gaia stopped. If Mo took one step forward, Gaia mirrored the same. It was like a reflection of each other in perfect synchronicity. So, so cute.

And when they would stop, they would both explore each other, but mostly spent time nose to nose in deep communion of trying to communicate, and then just giving in to love nuzzling.


and follows…and follows… 🙂

They are a good example of how unconditional love knows no boundaries, bridges hearts together, and exists without fear or judgment.

Tortoises and turtles teach us about turning within to listen to our instincts and that there is no such thing as time. We are simply experiencing the moment and to take it in stride and with patience, smelling the flowers along the way. They are ancient ones that have seen the shifts of ages and are deeply connected to Mother Earth and the cycles of life.

You may enjoy this post of mine about Turtle/Tortoise symbolism: Gaia – Earth Mother and Turtle? Ancient Wisdom For Conscious Living


best buddies

It was so amazing to see these two ancient ones come together and interact. It was as if I was taken back into a timeless space and was getting the opportunity to remotely view, like a fly on the wall, this intimate little gathering.

I hope you enjoy the photos and short videos I took, so that you can experience the energy of this beautiful bonding that took place. It was sad to part them, but they are forever connected and will see each other next time we visit for another play date.

The Mystic – A Light Journey to Ancient Origins through Painting #7

The Mystic by Tania Marie
(click to enlarge)

The journey of channeling #7 in my new series, Universal ARKitecture has been another interesting experience. Since I was working with very ancient energy of origins, it was much more earthy and heavier, but the key was in channeling an integration of this energy in a new and light way for the now.

And so, The Mystic, as it is titled, was birthed and it depicts the endangered Galapagos Tortoise, which came through as the next animal spirit guide to share a message. It kneels on the mystical Earth while communing with a Tree of Life that has a Buddha face carved into it. Between the two, a small illuminated star sparks enlightenment of new energy emerging that will transform the Earth.

Close up of Buddha carved in Tree of Life

I had the honor of visiting the Galapagos Islands a couple of years ago and to spend magical time with these ancient souls. They are amazing to say the least, and hold the wisdom of the ages.

I love how not only are they so connected to the Earth’s origins and energy, but also, to me, are very extraterrestrial in nature. I was thrilled that the Galapagos Tortoise was wanting to channel through for #7 – which in numerology holds a very magical vibration as the sacred spiritual number and ‘the energy of the mystics’ – not only because of its divinely aligned energy, but because of its connection to my Russian Tortoise, Gaia.

I knew at some point each of my beloved animal companions would show up in a painting due to the energy they emanate. Nestor and Joy had already shown up in #5 Once in a Blue Moon and when I received that the tortoise was coming next, I wondered if it would literally be Gaia. And when I checked in, I got that Gaia’s energy would be represented, but in a form she energetically identifies more as. Since her energy is SO big, and she has no concept that she is a tiny little tortoise, it was synchronously appropriate she would channel through as a Galapagos Tortoise instead. And her ancient connections, having the name Gaia, and being very extraterrestrial in nature, made perfect sense as to how this would come through.

Galapagos Tortoise close up in The Mystic

Gaia communicates much differently and I found the channeling of this painting to come through in pieces and more slowly and deliberately, as well as at times challenging to ensure I was allowing the energy and not getting in its way. Tortoises teach us patience, balance with the rhythms of life, and steadfast deliberate strength, to name a few things. To read more about what they teach us see the article below.

My newest reflection of natural origins

Synchronously, this painting came about as I recently cut my hair even shorter and felt it partially symbolic of returning to my origins and emanating a core empowerment of natural inner light in a bigger way, which coincided with this creation and its energy. It also coincided with embracing greater depths of one of Lee Harris’ themes for the month of October in his energy forecast – that of vulnerability.

These two new birthings – The Mystic and my new personal expression – both share this integration of ancient and new energy channeled in a form that mirrors the collective now.

I wrote an article, I shared earlier this year, about the origins and energy of our ancient Earth Mother, her connection with turtles/tortoises, as well as shared how Gaia’s name came about through the Gayatri Mantra – all synchronously tied. It shares not only insights into these, but how we can learn from each. The Mystic painting holds the symbolism expressed in this article. Read it here:

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

The Mystic original is available for purchase and will be up on my website soon, along with Gem of the Emerald Forest. Prints will be available shortly for both. Contact with inquiries and orders.


Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. ~Buddha

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