Cat’s Morning Bits for December 13, 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.
As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas,
so many happy months will you have.
-Old English saying
Tetraktys: 10 Ways to Celebrate Yule Without a Coven
Hello witches! If you didn’t know already, Yule is the pagan and Wiccan celebration of the winter solstice. This year, it will happen on December 21st. Did you know that a lot of Christmas traditions have pagan roots? For this reason, it’s very easy to celebrate the winter solstice and the holidays from a pagan point of view. This article contains my top 10 ideas to celebrate Yule. You don’t even need to be in a coven to do them!
MBG: Beware: Mercury Retrograde Vibes Won’t Wear Off Until This Day
Emerge from the depths and clear away confusion! On Wednesday, December 6, 2018, messenger planet Mercury snaps out of a befuddling three-week retrograde backspin through outspoken Sagittarius and then Scorpio’s chamber of secrets
Daily Good: Eight Ways to Stand Up to Hate
There’s no denying it anymore: Hatred is erupting all over the United States, after having long simmered beneath the social surface. In less than one week, the Southern Poverty Law Center has tallied more than 400 incidents of “hateful intimidation and harassment”—and millions of Americans now fear becoming victims of verbal and physical assaults, possibly thanks to some very threatening and violent language coming from the very top of our society.
Elephant Journal: Making Space for Grief During the Holidays.
Grief caught me by surprise this Thanksgiving.
Like holidays sometimes do, the day of gratitude fell short of my expectations. Our house was messy, the kids were restless and spending too much time in front of screens, and my husband and I kept snapping at each other.
MNN: ‘Sesame Street’ takes on homelessness
In its nearly 50 years of teaching children (and, let’s be honest, a whole lot of adults) about the world, “Sesame Street” hasn’t shied away from addressing tough issues. Characters on or associated with the program have grappled with death, HIV, bullying, racism, LGBTQ+ rights, autism, immigration and parental incarceration over the years.
EarthSky News: Christmas Bird Count starts December 14
The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in existence- it was started on Christmas Day in 1900 and is still going strong. During the event, people venture outdoors to designated areas and count the types and numbers of birds that they see and hear over the course of one day. The data are used to keep track of the health of bird populations in North America. This year’s count runs from December 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
Patheos-Pagan: 6 Easy Ways to Bring More Magick to Your Yule
Samhain is often considered “The Witch” holiday, but I disagree! Yule is packed with Magick. But are you looking for a few new things to add? See below for easy ways to bring even more Magick to this special time.
LOVE LIFE AND YOURSELF
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
“It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or how you love, It matters only that you love.”
— John Lennon
“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
— Frank Scully
A Note from the Universe
Living in time and space, Cat, just might be the scariest, most heartbreaking, and lonely path an angel could ever choose.
Until, of course, they realize that being scared doesn’t mean they can’t make a difference, broken hearts can still love just fine, and that feeling lonely doesn’t mean they’re actually alone.
Then they’ll laugh an angel laugh, fluff their wings, and dare a new dare all over again.
Love your halo,
Today’s Recipe: Almond Crescent Cookies
A twist on the classic sugar cookie recipe, these almond horns are perfect for a Christmas tea or enjoyed alongside hot cocoa on a snowy afternoon.
Magical Correspondences for Thursday
Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment
Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise
Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
December 13, 2018
“All altruism springs from putting yourself in the other person’s place.”
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
It’s all about empathy. We are all one. We share so much that we can understand another person’s heartache or sorrow. We can relate to each other. We want to do what we can to alleviate pain. This is how service begins.
Beliefnet: 10 Commandments for a Smart and Simple Life
Once your priorities are firmly in place you can stay focused on living as simply and effectively as possible. Here are ten commandments for living a smart and simple life.
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