Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2018 Blessed Lughnasadh!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2018

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze,
With labored respiration, moves the wheat
From distant reaches, till the golden seas
Break in crisp whispers at my feet.

-James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

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Spiritual Unite: 4 Common Signs Of Spiritual Growth

Along with our spiritual journey, we will enter into periods of accelerated spiritual growth, but what are the signs that tell us that we are experiencing this progress on our spiritual journey? It’s important we know. After all, how can we know we are making progress without tangible signs?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/4-common-signs-of-spiritual-growth/

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Mara Freeman’s Celtic Spirit Newsletter 

Good tidings to you at Lammas!

Love’s Harvest
It’s high summer – time to celebrate the old Celtic festival known as Lughnasadh in Ireland and Lammas in Britain – the traditional time of pilgrimage in the northern Celtic lands where for centuries people have rejoiced in the endless light-filled days by climbing sacred hills, drinking at holy wells, or voyaging to green islands set like jewels in a sunlit sea.

As we pause in our labours, celebrate the warm weather and enjoy the fruits of our daily work, we have an opportunity to take stock of what the seasons so far have yielded: to reflect upon our hopes and dreams that were sown in the dawn of the year, came to life in the springtime, and are now maybe ready to bear fruit. On the spiritual level, we can ask ourselves what wisdom we have garnered so far this year: What will be the harvest of our souls?

For as the wheel turns, the life-giving triumph of the harvest must give way to death, reminding us that nothing stands still, and that on the human level, for whatever is gained in our lives, there must be an equal giving-away, a sacrifice, so that cosmic balance and order can be maintained.

‘Sacrifice’ can be a bit of an alarming term, implying that something we hold dear must be given up. But this is only part of the truth. For in loosening our tightly-bound identity as a small, separate individual, disconnected from each other and from the Divine, we create an opening for Love to pour in – for all beings, including the Earth herself, and the hidden worlds beyond our senses – and so reap a greater harvest of compassion, peace and joy.

http://www.chalicecentre.net/

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Daily Good: Green Museum

“I think artists have the opportunity not just to call attention to problems and preach, but to really help solve problems, to help create things that work better, that are just more beautiful and right. We’re far more likely to do things that are good for us as a society if we’re drawn to them because they look better, are more meaningful and tasty. These are things we’ll choose to do simply because they feel better.” This interview with artist Sam Bower shares more. { read more } http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=201

Be The Change

Start with your own environment — back yard, front yard, window box, roof? Let your imagination go to work. Come up with one or two or three things you can do to make your own environment more beautiful, healthier, more tasty.

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“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”
– Faille, Lammas Ritual

gardendigest.com

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Elephant Journal: Bringing back Connection, Relationship & Handmade Treasures to our Present Lives.

Though only 35 years old, I’ve lived the great privilege of growing up in a world very different than the world we live in today.
It was a truly ancient way of living, where everything had a name and a purpose, and if we listened, we could come to know what those were.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/07/bringing-back-connection-relationship-handmade-treasures-to-our-present-lives/

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter returns before dawn

Around early August, if you’re up early and have an unobstructed view to the east, be sure to look in that direction in the hour before dawn. You might find a familiar figure – a constellation that is always returning to the sky around this time of year. It’s the beautiful constellation Orion the Hunter – recently behind the sun as seen from our earthly vantage point – now ascending once more in the east before sunrise.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/orion-the-hunter-ghost-of-the-summer-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: A Child’s Lammas Ritual

Performing rituals with your children is it’s own magical experience. Their sense of wonder and discovery can be infections, as well as their suspension of belief and their sense of play. The following ritual was written with all of this in mind and is aimed at providing parents a simple ritual that they can perform with their own children.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/oakandolive/2018/07/a-childs-lammas-ritual/

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Inner Journey: 

TIME TO BLOSSOM

“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”
— Julia Cameron

Many of us unconsciously believe that we’re unworthy or defective. We adopted this belief very early in our lives when the people we looked up to disapproved of our demands, wishes and behaviours. We concluded that we had to learn to be good.

Unfortunately, ‘being good’ usually meant giving up our own differences or uniqueness. We learned that we might get the love we wanted if we acted and felt like others wanted us to.

If we seek true joy and connection with life, we now need to remove these artificial masks and express our deep authentic nature.

“For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.”
— Stephen C. Paul

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Truth be told, it takes so very, very little to be happy.

But you knew that.

Phew!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls—light, healthy meals comprised of a whole grain, lots of vegetables, a healthful protein source, and a flavorful sauce—are all the rage. This bowl combines the star nutrition power of whole grain sorghum and beans with cool green veggies, such as arugul, avocados, cucumbers, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, it’s topped with a house-made, plant-based Green Goddess Dressing that is as tasty as it is pretty.

https://pioneerthinking.com/green-goddess-buddha-bowl

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor

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“‘Lughnassad’ means ‘the funeral games of Lugh’, referring to Lugh, the Irish sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte. For that reason, the traditional Tailtean craft fairs and Tailtean marriages (which last for a year and a day) are celebrated at this time. As autumn begins, the Sun God enters his old age, but is not yet dead. It is also a celebration of the first harvest. The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it ‘Lammas’, meaning ‘loaf-mass’, a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar. An alternative date around August 5 (Old Lammas), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Leo, is sometimes employed by Covens.”
– Wiccan Holidays, Lughnassad (July 31 – August Eve)

gardendigest.com

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Daily Wisdom
August 1, 2018

Silence

“Silence is the language of God.”

-Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)

Are we really listening when we are in silence? Or are we “thinking” and listening to our busy minds? Stop the chatter for awhile – breathe – get quiet – and allow those thoughts to pass as clouds drift across a blue sky. Then listen, and hear God.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Powerful Choices That Will Change Everything

You need to make a fundamental change and making choices are part of the evolution of this method. Choices can be for the good or for the bad, depending on the election. Still, decisions can make us feel awkward and could even promote a sense of fright in people because of the unknown. And yet, it can be for our own welfare. It may help us obtain new friends, venture out into a new business or nudge us to consider visiting another land.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-powerful-choices-that-will-change-everything.aspx#G87IJCa4ciek6V0u.99

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

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