Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 2020

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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Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light.
-William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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Pioneer Thinking: 7 Herbal Infusions for Men’s Health

There is a lot of information out there on “women’s herbs” for menopause, osteoporosis and many other ailments usually thought of as only affecting women. What you may not know, is that these herbs help both women and men. The plants work on the same areas of the body.

Read more..

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ThoughtCo: Scarecrow Folklore and Magic

Anyone who watches horror movies regularly knows just how creepy scarecrows can be. On the flip side, sometime they’re fun, and decorated in a country-cute style, or silly like the lovable “If I only had a brain” type in The Wizard of Oz. Although they haven’t always looked the way they do now, scarecrows have been around a long time and have been used in a number of different cultures.

Read more…

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Wise Woman Herbal:  The Spirit of Simples

What is a Simple?

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

Read more…

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Daily Good: Living Light

“We had sailed Indonesias shattered archipelago before arriving at the uninhabited island chain of Wayag a gumdrop cluster of limestone peaks cloaked in an aura of brilliant, turquoise lagoons. Our crew, a ragbag of scientists and sailors, had come to this remote corner of the globe to study coral reefs. Unlike the bony, barren graveyards that haunt much of the tropical world, the reefs in this part of Indonesia are still vibrant, prismatic wonderlands, and if kept intact, can serve as nurseries to repopulate our oceans. These Technicolored coral wildernesses are unforgettable, yet what I saw at night during that voyage glistens most brightly in my memory.”… { read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Offering Plates & Chalices

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MNN: Meet the pangolin, an adorable endangered creature

Pangolins are burrowing mammals that look like scaly anteaters, and they’re being illegally traded at an alarming scale, despite increased protections.
These creatures, of which there are eight species, are prized for their supposed medical value in traditional Chinese practices, but the pangolin’s keratin scales are medicinally useless.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see the zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn during these months of the year. The light appears when the evening twilight has left the sky (about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset).

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Phoenix Rising: Fire, Water, and Words: Divination with the Goddess Brigid

There are divination tools and methods that I use throughout the year, and then there are some that I feel drawn to based on the season and/or the deity I might be working with. The period of time directly before, during, and after Imbolc typically finds me working more closely with Brigid and thus always seems to compel me to make use of fire, water, and words in my divination efforts.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS

Why should we care about raising our consciousness? When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.

From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.

From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to being completely willing to express our essence.

From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
— Stephen R. Covey

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You don’t even have to ask.

I know, I’m there, and I’m already busy.

Heave, ho. Bend, dip. Gotcha.

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Black-Eyed Pea, Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew Will Warm Up Any Winter Day

One of the very best vegetarian one-pot dishes! What’s not to like about black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and pumpkin with lots of spices? It’s delicious on its own but equally good with a roast chicken or a few lamb chops. You can also eat this dish with flatbreads or rice pilaf, if you prefer

Read more…

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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
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
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

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Daily Wisdom
February 11, 2020

Winter

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer, and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”

-Ruth Stout, 1955

In other seasons we are more outwardly oriented, we’re playing sports or running around outside. In the winter we tend to spend more time going inward. This is a time for reflection, and contemplation. In places where there is snow, the snow tends to make everything more quiet. It’s as if we are meant to listen more closely, to listen to our hearts.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

Some days something blows up and there’s nothing you can do. It has nothing to do with you, actually; you just happen to be there. While today will probably be uneventful, you may feel emotionally vulnerable and find yourself imaging one worst case scenario after another. Consider these imaginings as drills or dress rehearsals and don’t let any of this unnerve you. You’re fine and will be fine no matter what.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

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