Maasa, where creation and inspiration abound.

Posted on December 13, 2021 by laureen barker

Maasa is wonderful local artist whose passion clearly comes through her art. In our interview with Maasa, she opens up about her paintings, where her inspiration comes from and her personal healing journey.

Maasa Cards Maasa cards

We carry her prints & lovely cards which make great holiday gifts!

Read our interview with Maasa below!

Gaia: Maasa, tell us a bit about your background! 
Maasa: I was born and raised in Japan until I was 12 yrs old then we immigrated to Victoria, B.C and became Canadian residents. My mom is Japanese and my Da is a Scot born in Aberdeen. 
Gaia: When did you start making art? 
Maasa: My mother is very artistic. She used to paint and she also carved gorgeous buddha figures out of wood. My Da is very creative in how he approaches life in general so it's definitely in my DNA to fuse my inspiration with creation.  Growing up, we were only allowed to watch TV on weekends so I dove into art to keep myself occupied from a young age.   
Gaia: What mediums do you use for making your paintings? 
Maasa: I'm starting to explore other mediums like water-colour as of late but I primarily work with acrylic on canvas.
                    Maasa painting
Gaia: What inspires your paintings? 
Maasa: Not knowing what will emerge from the canvas and trusting the process inspires me. I took a long break from painting while I grew my business Santosha Spa. In 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and then Covid hit. I took my diagnosis as a major wake up call to change my life trajectory. I let my business go and I embarked on a remarkable healing journey. I discovered the process of Intentional Creativity during that time and it has become a cornerstone to my healing and it still is today. I used to be a chronic planner in my creative process- needing to know what I was painting and how I was going to do it. That was how I basically approached my life before cancer. I used to always look ahead, plan and get it done. Now, that has changed because I was missing so much by being so focused on paving my path forward. I've slowed right down and become so much more present in what's happening in the now. That is how I now approach my painting process. Layer by layer- expressing what is coming up for me in the moment with feeling, colours and symbols. Eventually a form starts to appear, then ideas around it emerge. That is when I start to get really excited...when I can see the medicine in my own painting. It's like the essence of who I am comes through the portal of my canvas and it's an awesome revealing! I'm writing a blog about my healing journey at 
   Maasa profile
Gaia: Any new projects you are working on that you care to share about? 
Maasa: I've been commissioned to create a deck of oracle cards to be published in Japan which is really exciting and also challenging to have guidelines to work with. I'm looking it as an opportunity to discover new gems along the way even though I feel a little bit of constraint to stick to particular images . There's a timeline to create about 50 representations so I've taken up watercolour to get it all done in time. It's not how I've been working so I'm approaching it with curiosity and trust. I'm having fun with it so far!
                     Maasa painting
Check out Maasa's website here:

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Soniko is a Musician, Artist, Visionary walking on the path of "the wise human"

Posted on December 13, 2021 by laureen barker

Soniko is a beloved, local light-worker and a loved patron of ours at Gaia. 

Soniko is offers many different programs, mentorships & is now offering a retreat his Seed Quest Virtual Retreat. This program commences on January 2nd 2022- January 17th 2022. It will start when the new moon is in Capricorn.


Soniko is a Musician, Artist, Visionary walking on the path of "the wise human". Founder of the Heart Map Experience and the VisionaryTRiBE a visionary Academy for self-empowerment and collective development. 

He's a seed carrier. His purpose in life is to contribute to the expansion of human consciousness; building bridges between the different worlds - connecting the ancient indigenous perspectives with the modern worldviews. Co-creating the galactic indigenous cosmovision of this new time with all his relations.

Read more:


Here is an excerpt from Soniko's website about his upcoming offering.

"Discover how the power of a seed gives you the exact steps to improve the quality of your life....

This practical virtual retreat will help you map out your sacred vision and plant the seeds for a harmonic holistic life.

If you are striving to connect with an inspiring vision that empowers you in a new direction.

 If you are starting a new chapter in your life then you are at the right place at the right time."



 "What you'll learn in this 14 days workshop:

 ✔The principles of AYNI

(Andean teachings)

✔The power of a vision and setting an intention from the heart.

 ✔COSMOVISION or ANYA. what does it mean and how to recognize your unique way of standing in the medicine wheel.

 ✔How to find your original birth imprint and how your stories are the key to change your life.

 ✔The indigenous frequency: what does it mean to be an indigenous human of Pachamama and how to go beyond the form, focusing on the core essence of this vibration.

 ✔Basic teachings and concepts from the core of the indigenous consciousness:

the powerful circle, the medicine wheel, teachings of number four & the eight pointed star.

✔The four areas of personal growth and human development and how to find your center. Living HERE-NOW."

"Think about how things -- babies, visions, ideas, projects, plans -- do not simply pop into existence. There is a gestation period when the seed is hidden in a safe place, where it has time to receive the vital nutrients it needs to grow. This gestation period also gives the parent or inventor time to prepare themselves for the birth. If there is a seed or idea growing within you, what nutrients will nourish its growth? What do you need to do for yourself in preparation for giving birth to whatever is gestating within you?"

 Intrigued? You can find out more & sign up for his retreat below:


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Dark Moon Apothecary- Anointing Oils

Posted on December 11, 2021 by laureen barker

 *To learn more about the history & uses of anointing oils scroll down past the descriptions of our Dark Moon Apothecary oils*

We are pleased to introduce our line of anointing oils!

We recommend that you use them in a variety of ways, including by not limited to: Using during various rituals, wearing as a perfume, connecting with the olfactory sense to feel alive in your body or using to anchor intentions or wishes into your energetic field to amplify manifestation.

Most common places for ritualistic use traditionally are the forehead (third eye), wrists & hands. Feet are also considered a spiritually connected part of the body (remembering the story in the Bible when Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume & poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair.) However you can apply to your neck to wear as a nice perfume!

Shadow Work-Trauma, Inner Demons, Healing

Helps promote healing of old, deep traumas and wounds. Helps to integrate the shadow aspects of ourselves so that we can find wholeness, acceptance, and peace within. 

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Bergamot, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Frankincense, Petitgrain essential oils, Tiger Eye Crystal, Rose Quartz Roller, Frankincense Resin, Magic.

-> Bergamot is known to promote success & is great for balancing moods and mental health

->Lemongrass is known to help ward off negative energies

->Frankincense allows one to confront their demons whilst offering protection

-> Tiger Eye promotes mental clarity, brings balance to internal conflict between ourselves and our shadow sides & helps us solve problems objectively

-> Rose Quartz promotes love for ourselves during the process of healing

Love All- Acceptance, Love, Connection

Create a deep sense of love and acceptance for all beings, including ourselves. Helps us to see imperfections, deficits and flaws through a loving and gentle lens. It allows us to see the true beauty in all.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Orange, Rose, Grapefruit, Geranium, Petitgrain essentials oils, Chrysoprase  or Fluorite crystal, Amethyst Roller, Rose Petals, Orange peel, Magic.

->Orange is also known as the 'Love Fruit' and is said to promote harmonious relationships

->Rose is a gentle heart opener & helps us to accept ourselves & others

->Amethyst provides us with a deep sense of cosmic connection to all beings

-> Chrysoprase or Green Fluorite are extremely beautiful heart openers and help us learn to trust others


Protection- Evil Eye, Energy Vampires, Negativity

Protection is a potent blend that will help protect against many forms of malice. Including but not limited to curses, hexes, evil spirits, negativity, energy vampires, evil eye and envy.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Lime, Juniper, Cedar & Orange essential oils, Labradorite crystal, Quartz Roller, Blue Violet flowers,Magic.

->Cedar & Juniper are both known to be extremely protective against negative energies and evil spirits

->It is said that Lime is protective especially against Evil Eye

->Labradorite is protective especially against subtle negative energies & entities

->Clear Quartz amplifies the blend of ingredients to work more powerfully, as well as being a master at cleansing negativity 

Overflow- Wealth, Health, Abundance

Create that state of overflowing abundance! Draw in money, opportunity, friendships and a sense of security. Overflow helps you radiate an attractive state of being that makes you a magnet for all good things in life.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove, Patchouli, Orange essential oils, Citrine crystal, Green Aventurine Roller, Nutmeg kernel, Magic.

->Nutmeg is a master attractor of luck & abundance

->Cinnamon & Clove draw in wealth and good health

->Patchouli with it's deeply rich & earthy qualities and scent is staple for attracting abundance financially & opportunities

->Orange raises your vibration for attracting your desires by making you more joyful & loving, these positive energies are so highly attractive and help you emanate magnetism for opportunities

->Citrine is known as a stone of abundance and attracts wealth

->Green Aventurine with it's green colour also raises your attractive love vibe to draw in opportunity and is a great attracting for wealth & health 

Jezebel- Lust, Attraction, Sexual Reclamation

Helps you emanate sex appeal and reclaim your Goddess energy! Make yourself magnetic to your romantic interests, draw in positive attention of those around you, bring out your inner beauty and heal sexual traumas.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Vanilla (fragrance oil), Nutmeg, Coffee, Patchouli, Cinnamon essential oils, Garnet crystal, Rose Quartz Roller, Hibiscus Flowers, Magic.

->Vanilla is the ultimate attractor of sex, it is known to be one of the most attractive scent to men in parrticular

->Nutmeg attracts love & increases fidelity

->Coffee is earthy & grounding, it helps you overcome blocks and break through sexual hang ups

->Patchouli increases lust & it's scent is known to be an aphrodisiac 

->Cinnamon, spicy & sweet amps up attractiveness & lust

-> Hibiscus is known to increase lust, the ancient Egyptians actually forbade women to drink Hibiscus tea as it increased their sexual attractiveness and lust in others

->Garnet increases vitality & sexual energies, also healing promotes healing the reproductive system

->Rose Quartz is an amplifier of love, love for oneself and for others

Power- Confidence, self-esteem, purpose

Designed to help you feel into your power. Own your space, elevate your self-esteem and build confidence in all areas of your life.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Proprietary blend of Litsea Cubeba, Geranium, Ginger, Black Pepper essential oils, Green Aventurine crystal, Lapis Lazuli Roller, Ginger root, Magic.

->Ginger is warming & tonifying to the solar plexus energy centre, increasing confidence and fire in ones' being

-Geranium promotes positivity and reduces depression, making it easier for us to over come self-sabotage 

-Black Pepper tonifying to the solar plexus, warming

-Green Aventurine gives us strength & confidence and helps our realize our place in the world

-Lapis Lazuli helps us speak our truth with strength & clarity

*The act of anointing a person is to "smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony."

Historically, the practice of using anointing oils in rituals is prevalent throughout the world & in many religious and spiritual traditions. 

Christianity, Judaism, Vedic rituals in India, Buddhism, Catholicism & various Pagan denominations all have anointing rituals that are still practiced to do this day.

**Fun Fact**

'Abremalin Oil' is an anointing oil whose recipe was adapted from the Jewish Holy anointing oil of the Tanakh, which was described in the book of Exodus. It more recent years it became more popular in the Western esotericism community. Alesiter Crowley, a famous & infamous Occultist who developed the spiritual ideology of Thelema used a variation of this oil in his rituals.

There are various reasons to anoint someone with oil in a ritual.

Traditional reasons include:

-Curing sickness


-Historically used in coronation of European Monarchs

-Used a connector between the body & the divine

-Showing hospitality

-Usually oils were aromatic, so they were helpful in creating a layer over the skin to prevent odours coming out of ones' pores

However, the reasons why we anoint our fellow practitioners are not limited to these reasons. Initiation rituals, invoking various entities, anchoring intentions or wishes, showing love and care to those you are practicing alongside with are just a few other ways to use anointing oils.

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Dark Moon Apothecary-Seer Smoke, Smoke Cleansing Blend

Posted on December 11, 2021 by laureen barker

Our Seer Smoke, smoke cleansing blend, is a phenomenal addition to any divination practice!

Each ingredient was carefully curated to promote deep connection to the divine, offer protection & assist in finding deep insight during any divination or spiritual practice.



->Known to promote visions through dreaming

->Spiritually protective

->Increases connection to divine energy


->Increases psychic abilities

->Promotes relaxation & quiets the mind so spirit can take over

Manitoba Sage (Ethically & Traditionally harvested)


->Cleanses the space of residual energies, negative energy & evil spirits


->Increases psychic abilities

->Dreaming aid

Burn a small amount of smoke cleansing blend on a lit charcoal puck in a heat safe dish before rituals to cleanse & prepare the space & your mind to help you transition into the subtle spiritual realms.


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Dark Moon Apothecary-Witch Wash

Posted on December 11, 2021 by laureen barker

We created our Witch Wash to act as a wash or cleansing spray for divination tools, spaces & hands before and after practice to clear residual energies, promote spiritual protection and enhance psychic abilities.

It works as a great alternative for Florida Water practitioners who use to cleanser their hands and space between clients. Plus the Peppermint oil gives it a cooling & tingling sensation on hands.


Mugwort Oil

->Increases psychic abilities

->Provides spiritual protection


->Used traditionally to cleanse divination tools

Peppermint Oil

->Increases psychic abilities

->Promotes mental clarity & focus

Camphor Oil

->Assists in divination

->Banishes negative energies


Lavender Oil

->Increases psychic abilities

->Promotes relaxation to facilitate ease in spiritual practice by bringing peace to mind so the spirit can take over

Clear Quartz


->Cleanses negative energies

Labradorite crystal

->Spiritually protective

->Called the 'Magician's Stone' as it is a powerful aid in magickal practice & divination 

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Dark Moon Apothecary-Bosom Bags

Posted on December 11, 2021 by laureen barker

Our Bosom Bags take inspiration from what some people know as Mojo Bags, Nation Sacks, Conjure Bags or Charms. 

Learn more about the traditional forms by clicking the link below:

Keep our Bosom Bag in your bra, pocket, backpack, purse or anywhere else on your person to attract money, love, to promote confidence or provide protection.


->Nutmeg is a super attractor for luck & wealth

->High John Root (John the Conqueror) is known to bring prosperity, abundance & success

->Patchouli oil attracts money

->A coin to hold an energetic space for wealth

->Citrine & Green Aventurine to attract abundance


->Rose petals to attract love and tenderness in relationships

->Orange peel (Orange also known as the 'Love Fruit') emanates energies of love and promotes harmony in relationships, especially romantic ones

->Rose Quartz to increase vibration of love

->Garnet to increase sexual energy & vitality

->Nutmeg oil to attract love and promote fidelity


->Juniper is known to be extremely protective especially against evil spirits

->Caraway is protective against evil eye & theft

->Labradorite is spiritually protective

->Clear Quartz cleanses negative energy

->Lime oil is protective against evil eye & negativity


->Ginger is warming and promotes strength in the Solar Plexus energy centre, where we find our confidence and inner fire

->Witch Grass promotes happiness & luck

->Red Jasper provides grounding & confidence in ones' place in the world

->Sodalite elevates self-esteem 

->Lemon oil raises spirits & reduces depression

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Dark Moon Apothecary-Witch Bottles

Posted on December 11, 2021 by laureen barker

Historically speaking, it is said that Witch Bottles originated mostly from the United Kingdom & the United States, with one of the earliest descriptions of a witch bottle in Suffolk, England, appears in 1681 in a book called  'Saducismus Triumphatus, or Evidence concerning Witches and Apparitions' by Joseph Glanvill.

In the old days, Witch Bottles were also commonly known in the UK as Bellarmines or Bartman Jugs and were made out of glazed stoneware. Later Witch Bottles could be made of glass & other materials.

Traditionally witch bottles were used primarily for protection against curses & hexes or for sending out curses and hexes. The person that needed protection would take a jar & put personal items in it such as urine, menstrual blood, hair or nail clippings to attract the evil energy. Sometimes Rosemary and other herbs would be added to send away the evil. Nails or pins would be added to the jar to impale the evil that was afflicting the person. The jars would sometimes be stored in the home but more often than not buried either in the victim's yard or the person that was giving them the stink eyes' yard.

We have tried to take expand on the uses for our Witch Bottles  & take a bit more of a modern, positive twist on them as we believe they are a very powerful tool! These are meant for casting spells and anchoring the energy so that you way experience magick in the most powerful ways in your life.

How to use any of the Witch Bottles (read below to learn about OUR Witch Bottles):

Carry out any personal practice your bottle to cleanse and set intention. Add something personal to the bottle (finger nails, hair…) add a personal trinket that will enhance the spell (any small heart shaped trinkets for love spell, a coin for money….) and write your intention or wishes on the Bay leaf included with a permanent marker, put the Bay leaf in the bottle. Close bottle, shake three times and burn the included candle on top of the lid, saying your wish 3 times. Bury in your yard. To enhance power of spell visit the spot you buried the bottle in and stomp on the ground 3 x daily. If you wish to keep on your altar or hidden in your house somewhere, visit the bottles 3x daily, shake bottle & repeat your intention. 

Bottle for Love: To attract both the tenderness of love & the passion of romance

Rose Quartz sand- To attract love

Garnet sand- To increase sexual energy & vitality

Rose petals- For attracting love to oneself & others while providing acceptance and gentleness

Orange peel- Known as the 'Love Fruit' Oranges are great at attracting love & creating harmony in relationships

Hibiscus flowers- Hibiscus as always been known to increase attractiveness & lust in others towards oneself, in Ancient Egypt women were not allowed to drink Hibiscus tea to prevent them from increasing lust in themselves

Lavender flowers- Lavender is a super sex attractor & the scent is known to be an aphrodisiac and especially attractive to men, the tranquility it also provides creates a more attractive & calm demeanor

Leather Heart- Represents the heart in physical & energetic forms

Red candle- To increase lust & attractiveness 

Bottle for Money: Attract money & opportunities to create wealth in your life

Citrine sand- Attracts abundance

Patchouli root- Being closely associated with the Earth is a super attractor of wealth & assists in creating opportunities to grow ones' wealth 

High John root (John the Conqueror)- Is known to be powerful in attracting abundance and assuring success in your endeavors to create prosperity

White Pine bark- Attracts abundance

Nutmeg kernel-Attracts wealth & provides luck to the user

Coin- To represent money in physical form

Green candle- To attract wealth

Bottle for Protection: Keep away energy vamps, evil eye, evil spirits & negativity with this bottle!

Crystal sand- Cleanses negative energy

Salt- Provides protection against negative energy and specifically against evil spirits

Yarrow- Is known to be extremely protective and helps us set strong boundaries with others

Juniper- Protective against evil spirits especially

Violet leaves- Violet is know to be protective, especially against Evil Eye

Caraway seeds- Offer protection & anti-theft properties

Nails- To impale evil spirits

White candle- Cleansing and purification of negative energy

Black candle- Banishing and protection



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