Cat’s Morning Bits for April 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.
Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews.
-Robert Burns (1759-96)
Spiritual Unite: How To Use Tarot Cards On Yourself – 6 Easy Steps
If you are stuck on a decision, or you are just looking for a clue about tomorrow or a hint as to where your energy should be focussed, you might benefit from a tarot reading.
MBG: The Best Outdoor Rituals To Welcome Spring With Open Arms
Have you ever felt that New Year’s resolutions are unnatural, like you’re forcing your body to work out or do a juice cleanse at a time when you just want to sleep all day and eat warm, hearty foods? It’s because winter is a time to go inward, to sit and rest. We need that downtime, that time of nothingness, so that we can arrive at spring full of potential energy.
Lore for April
April, the fourth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the second month of Spring’s rule, derives its name from Aprillis, the Latin name for the ancient Roman love goddess Aphrodite. Other reference sources give aperite, the Latin word meaning “to open,” as the origination of the month’s name.
The traditional birthstone amulet of April is the diamond, and the daisy and the sweet pea are the month’s traditional flowers.
April is shared by the astrological signs of Aries the Ram and Taurus the Bull, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities:
Aphrodite, Artemis, Astarte, Erzulie, Terra, Venus, and Ying-Hua.
MNN: What to see in the night sky in April
There’s plenty to see, from a Falcon Heavy rocket to a meteor shower.
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve almost reached that time of the year when stargazers don’t necessarily need to grab hats, gloves and other cold weather accessories. We like to think of April as the gateway to those evenings in the summer when all that’s required is a blanket and a cold beverage
EarthSky News: Acrux, brightest star in Southern Cross
Bluish Acrux, otherwise known as Alpha Crucis, is the brightest star in the constellation Crux the Southern Cross. It is the 13th brightest star in all the sky. Because it’s located far to the south of the sky’s equator, this star can’t be seen from much of North America. Observers north of central Florida or south Texas are out of luck. Observers in Hawaii sometimes tell us they’ve spotted it. You have to be in the Southern Hemisphere to see Crux in all its glory. For us on the northern half of Earth’s globe, its southerly location is part of its magic and mystery. Follow the links below to learn more:
Patheos-Pagan: Growing Your Magical and Spiritual Practice: Repetition Matters
I once heard a story about an art professor who divided his class into two groups on the first day of the semester. The first group only had to produce one piece all semester. They could research materials and techniques, plan carefully, and take their time with the creation process.
You are complete
“Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.”
— Wayne Dyer
Close your eyes and imagine that everything you are is enough. You don’t need to be better or different — you’re great just as you are. Can you experience the peace and contentment that owning that perspective brings?
Moving into such total acceptance does not mean that we stop growing. When we can accept who we are now, we open the doors to our own inspiration to do and be even more!
“Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.”
— Julia Cameron
A Note from the Universe
You be me.
I be you.
They be us.
We be them.
All is one.
Love is all.
Get down on it,
Today’s Recipe from Pioneer Thinking: Spiced Cauliflower “Wings”
Taking flavor inspiration from saucy and spiced chicken wings, this recipe is a better-for-you twist using cauliflower. For a delicious plant-based option, whip up these cauliflower ‘wings’ for game day or as a quick and easy weeknight bite.
Magical Correspondences for April
Nature Spirits: Plant Faeries
Herbs: Basil; Chives; Dragons Blood; Geranium &Thistle
Colours: Crimson Red & Gold
Flowers: Daisy & Sweetpea
Scents: Bay; Bergamot; Patchouli & Pine
Stones: Ruby; Garnet & Sard
Trees: Pine; Bay & Hazel
Animals: Bear & Wolf
Birds: Hawk & Magpie
Deities: Anahita; Bast; Ceres; Hathor; Ishtar; Kali &Venus
Power Flow: Balance to the Nerves; Check Anger; Creating andProducing; Self Confidence & Take advantage ofopportunities
April 1, 2019
“The sacred call is transformative. It is an invitation to our souls, a mysterious voice reverberating within, a tug on our hearts that can neither be ignored nor denied. It contains, by definition, the purest message and promise of essential freedom. It touches us at the center of our awareness. When such a call occurs and we hear it – really hear it – our shift to higher consciousness is assured.”
-David A. Cooper, 1994
In this passage, David Cooper writes about the shofar, the ram’s horn sounded in synagogue services during the Ten Days of Penitence. But there are a lot of different ways that ‘the sacred call’ may be expressed. The fact that we are pursuing our spiritual growth, that we are allowing ourselves to be more of who we really are, shows that we have heard that call! We know that life has meaning, and we are transforming our own lives to reflect that.
Beliefnet: 7 Spring Activities That Will Make You Feel Young Again
The four seasons reflect the stages of life each of us goes through. Summer is our prime of life—here, we are mature, strong, and successful. Our autumn is a period of decline, a slow fall to earth, much like the leaves of this season. And finally, winter is the end of all things
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