Cat’s Morning Bits for April 23, 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.
This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard-
And love stirs in the heart of a bird.
-Katharine Tynan (1861-1931)
ThoughtCo: How to Use Mugwort in Magic
Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. From its use as an incense, for smudging, or in spellwork, mugwort is a highly versatile – and easy to grow – herb.
Spirit Library: Our New Universal Reports
Your need to be part of a community is designed to help you find your universal relatives – those with whom you have traveled through eons of locations and times.
Many of you are shifting those of your community acknowledging that some will remain, while others are no longer of interest. Such is so because you have completed those interactions or karma.
MBG: Astro Alert: Here’s How To Navigate 3 Tricky Transits Happening This Week
This week, the AstroTwins break down how a busy week in the sky could play out down here on Earth.
Elephant Journal: What we Misunderstand about being an Empath.
Let’s talk about empathy, which, according to a recent NPR story, “The End of Empathy” (April 15, 2019, Hanna Rosin), is seemingly declining in younger generations.
Associate professor Sara Konrath from Indiana University has been tracking a trend, or a critical shift, whereby younger generations do not feel it’s their responsibility to “see the world from someone else’s perspective.”
MNN: 16 plants that repel unwanted insects
These herbs and flowers can shoo pests from your garden and skin
Are you an insect magnet? If you aren’t, you probably know one. Insect magnets attract annoying insects the second they walk outdoors — or so it seems.
EarthSky News: Moon and Saturn to meet in morning sky
These next several mornings – April 24, 25 and 26, 2019 – watch the moon as it travels away from the king planet Jupiter and toward the ringed planet Saturn. Although Saturn is easily visible to the eye alone, you need a telescope to view its majestic rings
Patheos-Pagan: The Stang
The Stang is adored by many modern Traditional Witches, myself included. It’s a tool whose use powerfully evokes a sense of connection to something old and primitive. In its simplest form, a forked staff, Witches use the Stang in various ways including representing the Horned One, aiding in spirit flight, and directing energy.
THE 4 D’S OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH
“Promise Yourself … to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. …To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
— Drawn from the Optimist Creed of the Optimist International Club
Reflect on this pathway for meaningful growth:
DISCIPLINE – To create change in our lives, we need to consistently focus on what we want.
DETACHMENT – Practice the art of detached observation. Let go of automatic defenses and patterns.
DISCERNMENT – Seek to discern the lower from the higher. What is self-serving and what is soul-inspired? Discernment carries no judgment. There are no goods and bads. Remain as a detached witness.
DHARMA “This is an East Indian word meaning “living your unique purpose.” How do you find meaning and fulfillment in ways that are natural to you? How do you best serve and contribute to the world?
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.”
— Glenn Clark
A Note from the Universe
You may not ever understand what’s going on in their life but you can always figure out what’s going on in yours.
Today’s Recipe: DIY Tea Astringent
Astringents are used to firm and tone the skin. They constrict the pores and create a protective layer of firm tissue to fight against natural elements. However, some astringents can be harsh due to their alcohol content, thus, drying the skin. So why not create your own astringent at home? Today’s recipe uses non-drying ingredients — witch hazel, lemon juice and, don’t be surprised – tea!
Magical Correspondences for Tuesday
Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
April 23, 2019
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”
-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Full effort is mindfulness. It’s being present in the moment, concentrating on the task at hand and not on the results. When we’re in that space where we’re putting in effort, doing our best, we lose track of time and experience the now. That’s a victory!
Spirituality & Health:
Ritual for a Spring Full Moon
BY JULIE PETERS
The full moon is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful ritual. Julie Peters shares her own ritual. “It has felt very powerful for me to reflect on how I might like to symbolize what I’m feeling with each new moon and full moon and create a ritual to mark that time.”
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