Cat’s Morning Bits for February 1, 2019
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.
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right.
-The Beatles (released 1969)
Spirit Library: Prepare for Chinese New Year – Thriving in Year of Earth Pig or Boar
As you prepare for the Earth pig or boar year and the next steps on your path, I suggest being mindful of breakthroughs available in these moments of revolutionary change. The current energies indeed support breakthroughs and shifts in outmoded viewpoints. Continue reading to understand how you can benefit most from this juncture
MBG: Monthly Horoscope: Why You Might Want To Put Your Valentine’s Day Plans On Hold This Year
The shortest month of 2019 is one of its most action-packed. Just when we all figured out how to say “super blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse” without tying our tongues, February sweeps in with its own kind of intensity. We’re all being pushed to make uncomfortable but crucial changes.
Daily Good: The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty
Taking a walk in a quiet woods, gazing up into the night sky, or even walking in a crowd in a large city somewhere in the world, we may find ourselves having transcendent moments along with John Muir. These moments awaken us to our place within the universe at the same time that they disorient us as we realize how small we are. In this piece, writer Maria Popova helps us to see through John Muir’s eyes that our smallness is what connects us so universally to everything else that is. In being humbled, no longer do we get lost in the illusion that humans dominate creation. With Muir as our guide, we can realize that we are joined to everything else in creation.
Herbal Muse: 5 Herbs for Congestion and Cough
Few things are worse than an annoying tickle in the back of the throat, or a relentless, hacking cough that seems to hang on forever. Conventional cough syrups can help with symptoms, but they are usually laden with alcohol and other ingredients that cause drowsiness or are otherwise unsuitable for some people, including children. Fortunately, there are several few herbal allies that are effective at reducing congestion and cough we can turn to.
EarthSky News: Will you catch the moon and Saturn before sunrise February 2?
Have you seen Saturn yet? It’s just now returning to the east before sunup. Before dawn on February 2, 2019, see if you can catch the slender waning crescent moon near Saturn. Watch for the twosome to appear low in the southeast as darkness gives way to dawn (90 to 75 minutes before sunrise).
Patheos-Pagan: The Truth Of “A Witch That Can’t Hex, Can’t Heal”
These days there seems to be growing divide between magickal practitioners who claim the truth of witchery compared to those who embrace a lighter form of the craft. The expression “a witch that can’t hex, can’t heal” is often offered as a counterpoint to sayings like “harm none,” but what does this saying truly mean?
FEELING TRAPPED? SLOW DOWN!
“If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up — to know that there’s life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way. Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.”
— Natalie Goldberg
Feeling trapped in some way? Give yourself space. Space to do nothing but breathe. To intentionally relax those tight muscles. To just for a few precious minutes, let it all go.
The world will keep turning if you tune out for a short while. And your world will begin to recover its balance.
“It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal’s rhythm of rest and activity.”
— Thomas Moore
A Note from the Universe
As mentioned in the brochures used for recruiting alien life forms from distant realities: “‘Time and Space’ is where you’re never judged, only loved, anyone can be a rock star, and your keys will be wherever you left them.”
Spot on, huh?
Today’s Recipe: Potato Tahdig (Crispy Potato Cake)
Tahdig is a traditional savoury Persian treat. What started as the crispy crust that got stuck to the bottom of your pan has rapidly become the most sought-after part of the meal. I like to eat it with stews. I learned how to make it from my mother, who learned how to make it from her mother in law, who was an amazing cook, God rest her soul. 🙂
Magical Correspondences for Friday
Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly
Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
February 1, 2019
“If you don’t wake up with something in your stomach every day that makes you think, “I want to make this movie,” it’ll never get made.”
A commitment isn’t something we have to talk ourselves into. It’s identifying something we believe in so much, and want for ourselves so much, that it becomes a part of who we are. A commitment involves caring, and dedication, and loyalty beyond any distractions.
Beliefnet: 6 Easy Ways to Shake Off a Bad Day
You don’t have to stay in the dumps all day.
How many times have you been stuck in a funk all day? Maybe your morning got off to a bad start, and you never really managed to turn that around. Perhaps you had a fight with someone during the afternoon, and your irritable mood persisted long after the actual argument had ended.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-easy-ways-to-shake-off-a-bad-day.aspx#afzZhGamwGrtgWTt.99
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