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The Raw Magic Dinner Party

raw magic dinner partyIf you remember, last week I shared about the magickal day I spent with my friend Kate Magic and mentioned that while she was in Los Angeles she would be putting on a very special, private VIP dinner party. Well, that event was last night and it was definitely a feast for any Faery. 🙂kate and tania

Along with about 20 other guests (which included many of the top raw vegan chefs like Ani Phyo, Annie Jubb, Matt Amsden, Julia Corbett, Jason Wrobel…)  and joined by the amazing Chef Ito, we had the honor of experiencing Kate’s “Magic” as she prepared a wonderful 5-course raw vegan gourmet extravaganza at the new downtown Los Angeles Au Lac restaurant.

kate and tania2I was two-fisting Kombuchas, as we arrived early in under an hour on a work evening drive to LA from OC! How’s that for Faery magick?! So with a little over a half an hour to wait until the festivities commenced, I enjoyed the mixed fruit and ginger Kombucha on tap at Au Lac at the bar.

And I was, in fact, working the Faery magick dressed in my star-adorned flowing dress and equipped with magickal rabbit purse with pink sparkly sequins, shiny gold, and two comic love bunnies.magick bunny purse

Kate was actually the one that is responsible for me having this purse, as she knows I love bunnies and sent me a link to one of her fav stores in the UK where she got the Unicorn-heeled shoes she was wearing for the party. 😉unicorns

Kate was in Faery style as well wearing a musical notes dress and “Love” apron with hearts – and indeed her food was infused with a lot of love and harmony.

Upon greetings for the party, we were handed an amazingly smooth Kombucha Cocktail that blended fantastically unusual ingredients and superfoods, just like the rest of the night’s creations. So I was floating on Kombuchas while we mingled before dinner and had a chance to meet some of the fun guests.

After being seated, we discovered amazing soap creation gifts by Erewhon that were equally fragrant as they were beautiful, and were then served our Starter, which was an incredible Sauerslaw that came shaped as a heart, with heart-cut carrot. I’d love to be able to share all of the ingredients in these creations, but I can only remember a little of what I heard floating around and don’t want to get it wrong.slaw

However, we were given Kate’s easy and quick 10-minute recipe for this Sauerslaw so I do know the ingredients on it in case you’d like to make this healthy and yummy dish yourself.

They include 2 carrots, 1 beetroot, 1/2 red onion, 2 avocados, 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp cayenne, 2 tsp tamari, and 500g sauerkraut. Yum and healthy stuff!

Basically you grate the carrot, beetroot, and onion. Then stir them together with the sauerkraut. Blend the avocados, lemon juice, cayenne and tamari together until creamy. Then stir the cream into the vegetable mixture and store in fridge! Keeps for four days and serves four. 🙂 Thanks Kate!!

raw dinnerAfter this love creation, we were then served the Entree, which was Thai Yellow Curry & Cauliflower Rice. Mild and light, this was a lovely addition to the slaw. The Cauliflower Rice was truly amazing. I mixed mine together, after taking the photo, so it didn’t stay sitting pretty for long, and the blend of both was wonderful.

raw cakeThen arrived Dessert, which was Kate’s famous Quantum Cake – truly Cosmic! It is an amazing all superfood raw vegan cake made without nuts, just like everything else she made for this evening. Mmmmm….mmmmm….delicious!

I got to chat with Kate, as she was cutting the cake and we got to giggling, which happens often with us. You can see here how much she enjoys what she does.kate cake

We then topped off the night with After Dinner Mints shaped like roses that had a minty freshness, along with a Macapuccino.after dinner mints and macapuccino

Everyone’s tummies were quite happy and Kate’s love was received by all. It’s wonderful to finish a meal feeling completely satisfied, but light as a feather!

kate2Big love and thanks to Kate for a beautiful night of sharing her passion and compassion.

kate and ani2Thank you to Ani Phyo and Amber Zuckswert whom both assisted Kate with the evening’s preparations.

And thank you to Chef Ito and Au Lac for hosting this lovely event.

Thanks also goes out to The Raw Food World, Raw Living, epicself, Windy City Organics, and Erewhon for all that they donated to make this event happen.

Au Lac LA has only been open for just four months. It’s an incredible space and they have unique items on their menu that infuse some of the favorites from their OC menu, but with some great additions. I had the chance to try their food here about 3 weeks ago. Good stuff! I encourage you to visit there if you’re in the area to enjoy Ito’s food alchemy.

I don’t drink, but if you do, the LA location does serve alcohol (OC location does not), which are all organic, vegan, gluten free, and offered in infused mixtures with a lot of interesting blends. They also have Kombucha on tap.

They also have a gorgeous sound-proof event room with stage.

If you’re in the LA area, you may still catch a glimpse of the Faery, Kate Magic, as she’s still here through Sunday taking in the Cali Sun and fun. And we just may be lucky to see and experience a lot more of Kate, her raw vegan “Magic”, and much more, as her presence in LA is destined to be a more permanent fixture in the near future. 😉

Check out Kate’s raw food and superfood online store at: Raw Living

She also teaches raw food courses and hosts raw retreats, including one in Costa Rica this August.

See you soon Kate!!

A Magickal Day with Kate Magic

kate and taniaYesterday I had the chance to reconnect with my dear friend, Kate Magic, whom you may remember was the Faery that joined me in Iceland for my birthday celebration. This also gave me a nice break in the middle of my week, and take a time out for me after completing a lot of things.

Kate is out here for two weeks visiting from England, as she loves to visit California once a year. Plus, this year she’s putting on a very special, private VIP dinner party next week I have the honor of joining. This will be a spectacular 5-course raw vegan gourmet extravaganza hosted by the amazing and infamous Chef Ito at the new downtown Los Angeles Au Lac restaurant.

I’m so looking forward to it, as that day may be a big celebratory day on a personal level (news upcoming), so the timing is auspicious to say the least. I’m excited to sample her fantastic creations, as Kate makes raw vegan food the way I like it….true Faery food – light and without nuts or garlic.

I’ve sampled some of her amazing chocolate and chocolate cakes, but looking forward to what yummy surprises she has in store and getting a chance to taste a variety of goodies.

If you’re not familiar with Kate, she has Europe’s premier raw food and super food online store and resource, not to mention teaches raw food courses and is one of the best raw food chefs and authors in the world. She also just happens to be a fellow tattoo aficionado, wearing her own amazing array of sacred and magickal body art.

I love promoting conscious visionaries and magickal creators who are bridging the love and birthing the new!

Thanks to my Faery sis, Laura Bruno, who introduced us, as it’s been a truly special connection over the last 5 years, since our first meeting in 2011. We usually see each other about once a year, but this year three times! Kate and I both remarked that it is an exceptional year, 2015…and it also happens to be the year I’ll be seeing Laura again in the flesh and for our longest time together, which is huge since we’ve not been in physical presence for like 6 years or something!

But yesterday was just one of those days that remind you that the new IS here already and that it’s there for those with eyes, ears, and hearts to see, feel, and create it. And when in harmony with each other and in natural harmony with Nature, there is much to experience, manifest, and enjoy!

I already live in my own little magickal bubble (so funny because Kate has a website called “Kate’s Magic Bubble“), so it’s fun when I connect with those that also live in their own too. Then it’s like that bubble expands and the magickal possibilities just expand along with it.

So my morning kicked off with a huge Raccoon sighting on the deck. SO, in fact we DO actually have both an Opossum AND Raccoon that regularly visit our backyard.

Raccoons have a lot of interesting symbolism including understanding and revealing the nature of masks we and/or others wear, disguise, dexterity, seeking guidance, curiosity without fear, shape shifting, secrecy, resourcefulness, stealth, ingenuity, cleverness, dexterity, socializing, courage, self defense when necessary, and support during transformations.

It’s like a whole woodland enchanted realm going on here in the middle of the neighborhood that’s not rural or anything. I guess all the Faery magick, plants, fruits, blossoms, and energy are drawing in the whole animal kingdom, as we have tons of Hummingbirds, Monarchs, Ravens, and a variety of small Birds, Geese that fly over honking as their path along their transiting journeys, as well as Lizards (one of which lived in our garage a while), neighborhood and ferrel cats that are constantly roaming through and resting in corners of the yard, a Bee colony that decided the inside of our chimney was home for their hive and came through the house…you name it!

Anyway, Raccoon kicked things off and then I was off!

From start to end our day was just beautifully inspiring, healing, and igniting…definite activations at hand. Things can happen instantly…and sometimes it’s simply trusting your guidance which aligns you in the right place at the right time, connecting with a particular soul vibration in person, holding a crystal, etc. If you’re ready, willing, and open…anything can happen.

So I drove out to L.A. to pick Kate up. The weather was an amazing 80’s kind of day. We both showed up in our own Faery attire – she in a colorful shorts jumper that matched her colorful tattoos with red velvet, golden starred flats and me in a more woodlands Faery attire in teal and brown from a true Elven company that creates specifically “Faery” clothing with smokey jelly shoes with sparkles! LOL!

We first set off for Life Food Organic for lunch. I’d always heard about it and wanted to try it, so it was a treat to do so. It’s in Hollywood so parking can be a bit crazy, but of course just as we pull up, someone is pulling out of their spot and so we get amazing, easy, and quick parking.

I had the Sea Wrap (getting my Pisces on) and a Wellness Elixir as well as a Tonic. It was all fantastic and energizing. While there, Annie, the owner of Life Food Organic came through so Kate was able to catch up with her since they’re good friends. In the meantime, I was sighted by a Facebook friend I’d never met in person who came over. Really sweet soul with amazing eyes who surprised me when he said, “Are you Tania?” I’m always a little wary about who’s calling me, as I do like to keep sort of a low profile/incognito essence when out, but I was delighted when he introduced himself and we chatted about sacred tattoo designs and the possibility of me helping him with one.

lake shrine3With tummies satisfied, we ventured on to the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, which I suggested to her as something new for us to do together, if she hadn’t been there. She hadn’t, and so it was a treat for all since it had been a while since I had myself. This is an amazingly beautiful and serene sanctuary in the middle of the city and just a couple minutes from the ocean’s edge that was dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950.

We first made way to the Temple, which was filled with powerful stillness and only 3 other visitors meditating there at the time. We sat upfront and did our own short personal meditations and then quietly left. Kate had a powerful healing as an extension of one that came earlier in the day for her as well and I received an image of a Dragon and Swan in mine….both really powerful symbols.

lake shrine4We then continued on to the garden walk around the perimeter of the lake, stopping at different points to take in the beauty of the amazing blossoms, lake, waterfall, and abundance of animals. There were a ton of aquatic Turtles floating, swimming, sunning, a Swan couple, Mallard Ducks and new little Ducklings, a variety of Birds and Fish including beautiful Koi, one Hummingbird that said hovered and said hello, Monarch Butterflies, and amazing red/orange and lilac Dragonflies.

lake shrine2Kate remarked that it was the most beautiful place she’d ever seen. We truly felt like two Faeries in the Garden of Eden and all of the animals were coming to greet us and talk to us, particularly this one family of Turtles that just kept hanging out below us and listening to us talk.

We giggled that the male was trying to court us and we were like two Juliets on the balcony/pier deck over the water and he was Romeo down below wooing us. 😉

swansWhile we walked around the lake we suddenly just felt guided to sit on one of the benches. It so happened to have a beautiful mosaic of two Swans on it so we each sat on one of them. And no more than thirty seconds later we notice straight ahead in the sky there was a rainbow portal that appeared.rainbow portal1

None of the other few people around seemed to take note…we wouldn’t have seen it if we didn’t sit there…and there was and hadn’t been any rain.

rainbow2At first the clouds it was in were shaped like a heart and then turned into a cat’s face. Kate happens to have a soulmate cat that it reminded her of. We both got chills and felt like we were in another dimension/world. This was like a New Earth and Garden of Eden or Faery Realm. Kate was really blown over and kept remarking it was like this whole rush of something “else” had opened.

We finally ventured on as the rainbow diminished and spent a lot of time just hanging out by the water taking it all in and talking about different things.

I showed her my new tattoo and we discussed the significance of Cicadas and the Diamond essence, which are both a part of it. She was fascinated by the Cicada, which was a prelude to something you’ll see later, and their ability to wait up to 17 years to birth.

friendsWe also discussed, as we often do, the energies abound and collective themes coming up, as well as our personal processes and what we’ve learned. One such theme was that of it no longer being about “holding” space, but rather, it’s about “creating” space and that is done by us following our hearts and joys and courageously venturing forward into new realms, knowing that IS service. This trickles out collectively and it isn’t a focus of “how can I be of service?” but instead knowing being in your essence IS of service.

duck and turtle2Turtles came up because there were so many there at the lake and she asked me about their symbolism and I shared how many ancient myths, such as those of the Indigenous North Americans, describe the world as resting on the turtle’s back – many still refer to North America as Turtle Island.

And she then connected that with our seeing so many turtles that it tied in with our no longer “holding” and “carrying” energy for everyone anymore…it not being about something so heavy and demanding.aquatic turtle

And I saw how all the turtles we were seeing were all swimming and floating…these turtles were in bliss as they danced through the water. They were light, quick, free, and mutable. This spoke to the message and how our own “loads” have been lightened, if we embrace that truth. We can let go of and release the old and old ways, the baggage, the karma, the heaviness…and simply move into our grace of being.turtle

This mirrors for me, as I shared I recently lost 9 physical pounds from my two sacred journeys. It hasn’t returned. And while that’s a lot for someone small, along with it not being really noticeable to anyone, it was the manifestation of this energetic release and message at a very core level that took place and solidifies my thought on this for myself, as I do feel lighter and freer and find myself in a place right now of choices and deciding where I want to go next without any thought of what I “need” to do, but what do I “want” to do – navigating the waters of life like our aquatic turtle friends.

So we hung out for a while with just “being” in this enchanted sanctuary realm – our personal magickal bubble for the day.

lake shrineThat’s when Hummingbird buzzed in front of us and hovered to say hello. Kate had never seen one in person, but we both wear one as tattoos on our skin.

We watched the family of Turtles – mother, baby, and father playing in the water, the Ducklings following mom over to one of the Swans that was napping on shore.

swanThe male Mallards all gathering for some bonding time. Dragonflies racing back and forth in front of us and then the red/orange and lilac one dancing together. The moss covered waterfall flowing. And the sun glistening like Faery dust on the water.

This was Heaven on Earth.

We then decided to go to the beach to get our feet in the sand and water. So we made our way to the exit and explored the small museum connected to the shop on the way out. In the museum we got to experience Paramahansa Yogananda’s personal Crystal collection and wow was it fantastic! Special beings indeed.

My only sadness was that they were there behind a case, and although together with other Crystal friends, being honored and revered, as well as bringing in amazing energy to the Temple sanctuary, I wondered if there might be another way to have them be of service rather than off in a secluded little area of a tiny space.

Synchronously, the way to the beach was the same way I had to go to drop Kate back at her place, but it was also the way to another of her friends’ home in Santa Monica. She had originally talked to this friend about a potential meeting at 4pm that day because they are going to be filming a cooking episode together this weekend, but she wasn’t sure on our time together, so had said she couldn’t.

Well, after our magickal time on the beach, which I’ll share in a second, I said I could drop her there since it’s on the way as long as she can get back home. She messaged him and found out he was in fact there even though she’d said she couldn’t come, and our timing from when we ended up leaving the beach to getting her to his place was exactly 4pm, just as they originally discussed. Things just fell into place.

But back to the beach, as if things couldn’t continue more magickal…they did. We took our shoes off and left them in the car and made our way to the sand. We walked the length of the beach talking and feeling the refreshing water on our feet. As we walked we saw tons of very interesting jellyfish all along the shore that looked like little spider webbed disks…really amazing and symbolic. Then on our return walk something caught my eagle eye in the water, just after I had said to myself in my head “something magickal’s gotta happen here at the beach to end our day with.”

And there they were! A large pod of dolphins just ahead. Interestingly, Kate had asked me not too long before this if it was me she was with when she saw some dolphins on the beach and I’d said, “no.” But the dolphins said, “yes!” and created it then.

This was quite a big pod and they were not in transit, but likely were feeding on a school of fish. But they were like none I’d ever seen on the beaches here. Usually I see them just swimming up the shore, as they feed. So you get a glimpse of their dorsal fin and curved body each time they surface. But these dolphins were SO joyous and excited. I swear they were putting on a show for us and display of their happiness we were there.

We kept seeing them do little jumps and flips with full tail flutes up in the air.

We had fun watching them, as we got to the end of our walk and were now fully aligned with their location in the water.

Kate then said, “they’re going to put on one last send off for us in a big way… like fireworks and all!” We giggled, but in fact, no more than a few seconds after that, one dolphin shot straight up in the air and did a huge curved leap, splashing in the water…the biggest leap yet! And after that…everything died down and they were gone.

We smiled and said, it’s amazing the magick that is possible to create and when together with others who match that vibration of openness and pure intention, the possibilities are endless!

Back in the car we went, feeling full to the brim in enchantment, along the water and then pulled up at her friend’s place, which was just 12 minutes away – getting us there as the clock chimes in at 4pm like I mentioned. This also just so happens to be the time I had told her that I needed to head back home in order to make it by 6pm to feed the little ones. 😉

We never planned our timing and the only thing we knew we were going to do was go to Lake Shrine. The rest just unfolded, as we flowed with the natural rhythms of the day.

When we pull up to his place we giggle again, as the apartment building is decked out with lovely metal dolphins all over each of the balcony railings to the apartments. The only building like that.

We said our see-you-laters, as next week I’d get one more chance to see her before she heads back to England. And later that night, when I was home, she emails me to tell me that when she and her friend left to get her back home, guess what they see?!

A Cicada!

Full circle magick, especially since she’d been so fascinated by my sharing about them and wasn’t sure she’d seen one before.

And along with many other small things we kept seeing and had come up, it was again that reiteration of how we can create our own experience no matter what else is going on anywhere else. If we stay in the purity of our wondrous imaginations and the childlike wonder of our hearts, life dances with us.

That doesn’t mean you don’t ever have the dark times and you don’t explore the shadow…on the contrary, that’s very essential to HOW to be able to create magick…by knowing how to work the shadow and alchemical transmutation.

I can’t wait to experience my upcoming time with Laura and the magick that will take place! We’ve had some unbelievable adventures and I look forward to creating more!

Near or Far – You’re Always in My Heart

Staircase to the approaching full moon taken yesterday on my beach walk with Kate Magic at Crystal Cove

Answers received to some big questions recently, have had me connecting dots and understanding what I’ve been weaving since birth. It’s all revealing some adventurous new developments within my reach to joyously manifest in the coming months. This expanding core relationship within, is showing me the way it is translating outwardly, simply by allowing authenticity to live.

Look within your heart and ask…

It’s like reaching a fork in the road, but rather than only choosing from one of the path choices that lay ahead, I’m able to see and create a spiral staircase to the sky.

The new inspirations led me to ponder how it relates to who I am at heart and my soul mission, bringing me to reflect on the amazingly beautiful connections that fill my life with soulful friendships all around the globe. I find great peace, joy and comfort in the way this translates in my life.

I know many have found precious connections with people they either have never met in person, or perhaps have only met once, and yet maintain the most powerful bond that transcends all time and space.

It’s testament to our being a collective family and that there truly is no physical distance that can lessen the bonds we share. There is only eternal unity.

There are also those that despite all odds, find their way together in the physical as well. And that is a joyous celebration when we unite on all levels. Such was the case with my twin soul, Nestor, and our finding each other once again in this life.

However, the connections are experienced, the bottom line for me is they exist, they fill my heart, and having these depth-full experiences , alongside the connections with my celestial support system and my connection within, I never feel alone anymore.

Words can’t embrace the gratitude and magnitude of how I feel about the experiences of these friendships. I cherish the soul sisters and brothers I have had the opportunity to reconnect with and each day am awed by the synchronous way we all continue to connect more and more with our collective families.

Synchronously, as I’ve been pondering this and the ways it is getting woven into the fabric of new paths I’m being shown, my dear friend Kate Magic, whom you may have remembered from an interview she did with me last year about the significance of spiritual tattoos and my book, Spiritual Skin, arrived back in town just yesterday. My bestest faery sister, Laura Bruno, whom many of you also know and have heard about the many fun and pivotal, magical journeys she and I have shared, was the instrumental nudge in connecting Kate and I. (By the way, Laura, if you’re reading this, I’m looking forward to a faery gathering soon! <3)

Last year, Kate and I had the opportunity to meet in person for the first time when she was out on visit here from the UK. She and I have maintained a beautiful friendship over the year (which seems to have sped by in the blink of an eye) and when she returned this year, we were able to pick right back up, as she stayed here with us overnight, allowing some quality time over the last couple of days. I remember, once we connected, it was a “magical” 🙂 rekindled soul remembrance. For those who haven’t heard about Kate, she is one of the world’s best loved raw foods and superfoods experts and author, but most importantly, she is a beautiful, radiating light.

In our conversing, we could relate how each of us share the same kind of journey with our service and soul joy missions we are on and that this takes us on these beautiful journeys with others all over the world, whether literally or soul traveling in our hearts with those we love. What a blessing!

This is one example of all things coming together that support our finding meaningful relationships in our lives in the most seemingly arbitrary ways, but exactly when we need, and are ready, for them. (Sometimes you just need to take off your sunglasses in order to see the ever-present shining light.) It also, not only speaks to the boundless unity we share collectively, but also that there will always be more cycling into our lives at the most beautiful and pivotal moments.

I’ve been thinking about this and in my heart, honoring and cherishing the beautiful friends I have been so lucky to find and so lucky to have been found by, both near and far. No matter the distance, time not spent in physical communication or relating, or shifting energies that transform things while they reconfigure supportively, it’s always a seamless flow when things do allow for the reconvening of communion to take place. In the interim, its an unspoken bond that connects and is ever-present. Each soul comes in and out of our lives in divine timing and as we set them up previous to coming into this life. I look forward to the stars aligning and new intents to manifest that will bring not only more connections into light, but the in-person relating as well.

These kind of connections are the food to my soul and for me, is the unique way my soul experiences things. I know many share this kind of experience with others across the globe, where the connections are just so remarkable, it truly doesn’t matter where each of you are, as you’re always connected in your heart. The same happens with those you remarkably find living just down the street or under your nose in some way, and suddenly it sneaks up on you and pinches you, right when you asked for it.

We all have different needs and ways about us, but underlying it all, is a mutual heart connection we all value, however that translates. I’m grateful for the loving support shown and given to me by my precious friends, not only when the light is shining as others may want to experience it, but also in my times of challenge, through my quirks and oddities as an unusually unique being, and through the frequent shifts my journey takes me on. To my beloved soul family of friends, near and far, I love you. You’re always in my heart and carried with me everywhere I may be and go. I look forward to connecting with more of you in new ways soon.

I’d like to close with one of my all time favorites from Michael Jackson, “Will You Be There.”

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