Cat’s Morning Bits for December 1, 2021
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.
“Earth, mountains, rivers – hidden in this nothingness.
In this nothingness – earth, mountains, rivers revealed.
Spring flowers, winter snows:
There’s no being or non-being, nor denial itself.”
Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT
Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT
Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29
Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins
Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Dec. 31 New Years Eve
December Birthstone : Blue Topaz
Birthstone Color: Blue
As cool and inviting as a blue lake on a blistering summer day, December’s birthstone is derived from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” meaning fire. This is because Blue Topaz was considered by ancient civilizations to have cooling properties.
December Birth Flower: Narcissus
The narcissus is the December birth flower and symbolizes good wishes, faithfulness and respect. The narcissus can often be confused with the daffodil, the birth flower for March, which is a type of narcissus. Although most narcissus flowers are spring flowers, there are several species that bloom in the winter, such as the paperwhite narcissus — making it appropriate as the birth flower for December.
Spirit Library: Continue to Walk into the Unknown
November ends with the energies intensifying in preparation for this weekend’s Solar Eclipse. The energies are moving and shifting very rapidly now and many are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. The deep purging and releasing of old energy is uncomfortable but will ultimately serve to create space for the new energies that come in with the Solar Eclipse
The Household Spirits of Yule || Pagan Happy Hour
Nature Spirits: Snow Faeries; Storm Faeries & Winter Tree Faeries
Herbs: Holly; English Ivy; Fir & Mistletoe
Colours: Blood Red; White & Black
Flowers: Holly; Poinsettia & Christmas Cactus
Scents: Violet; Patchouli; Rose Geranium; Frankincense; Myrrh & Lilac
Stones: Aerpentine; Jacinth & Peridot
Trees: Pine; Fir & Holly
Animals: Mouse; Deer; Horse & Bear
Birds: Rook; Robin & Snowy Owl
Deities: Hathor; Hecate; Neith; Athene; Minerva; Ixchel; Osiris; Norns & The Fates
Power Flow: Death & Rebirth; Darkness; Personal Alchemy; Spiritual Paths. Reach out to friends, family and those in need.
(originally found at mystiksangelrealm.com/months)
Journey Into Dreams: People in Dreams: What Does it Mean to Dream About Someone?
Wondering what it means to dream about someone? Whether it is a person you know or a complete stranger, we explain the meaning of people in your dreams.
“December finds himself again a child
Even as he undergoes his age.
Cold and early darkness now descends,
Embracing sanctuaries of delight.
More and more he stares into the night,
Becoming less and less concerned with ends,
Emblem of the innocent as sage
Restored to wonder by what he must yield.”
- Nicholas Gordon
Today’s DIY: Cinnamon Stick Yule Candleholder
Cinnamon has been used in a variety of ways for thousands of years. The Romans burned it in funeral ceremonies, believing that the aroma was sacred and pleasing to the gods. Because it was hard to come by,
Elephant Journal: The Forgotten Art of Storytelling.
Grandpa has told this story 100 times.
And it goes something like this.
You kids were all gathered in the living room, yelling at each other and the TV, fighting over which team had the best quarterback, even though you all knew the Cowboys were going to win—except for that one year when they lost. It was the same argument every Thanksgiving. I guess you could call it an “Ashworth family tradition.”
Treehugger: Our Favorite Non-Profits for Gifts That Give Back
Treehugger editors and writers reveal the charities from their very own wish lists.
Are supply-chain issues cramping your shopping style? Are mailing delays messing with your typical gifting plans? Is the fragile state of the environment making you question rampant consumerism?!
EarthSky News: The colors of the stars you can see with your eyes
Tonight, let your eyes adjust to the darkness and note the subtle differences in the stars, each displaying their own color. Have you ever paid attention to their various hues? Let’s explore some of the stars that you’ll see flickering against the black backdrop of night in December. There’s a whole spectrum of star colors sparkling up there, from cool red stars to middle-range yellow stars to hot blue-white stars.
Patheos-Pagan: Between Two Worlds: Grateful, Thankful, with Gratitude
BRIANNE RAVEN WOLF
Every year, from before Thanksgiving to Yuletide, I think about how grateful I am. And thankful for everything I’ve been Blessed with. Yes, I do think about these things all year round, but much more this time of year.
“December is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter. It derives it’s name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar. The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present.”
- Daily Lore: December
Pagan Playlist: Karliene – In the Bleak Midwinter
Inner Journey: STAR CONNECTIONS
“The interchangeability of matter and spirit means the starlit magic of the outermost life of our universe becomes the soul-light magic of the innermost life of our self. The energy of the stars becomes us. We become the energy of the stars. Stardust and spirit unite and we begin: One with the universe. Whole and holy.”
— Dennis J. Kucinich
Ponder the spectre of yourself as one human being in the over six billion people on Earth. See Earth as one tiny planet in a galaxy of billions of stars, and that galaxy as just one of billions of galaxies in our expanding universe. We are so minute as to be nonexistent. And yet, we have the power to visualize, to imagine the entirety of the cosmos.
In your journal, write about the paradox of being both microscopic and immense.
“I think we would be able to live in this world more peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking not just into infinity but very closely at the world around us — and appreciating its depth and divinity.”
— Thomas Moore
“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
— Harry Emerson Fosdick
A Note from the Universe
You are exactly as you now are – with your every mannerism, challenge, and trait; skill, talent, and strength – because before this life began, at the height of your glory, with full awareness of your divinity, reach, and magnificence, you knew best the stage that would maximize this adventure. Bad hair and all.
Trust yourself, Cat. You chose wisely, and though you may not see it yet, you’ve already mustered the courage you had to muster, faced the fears you had to face, braved the storms, fought the battles, and exceeded every expectation you ever had for being the kind of person you hoped you’d be.
Tickles me pink,
Today’s Recipe: Figgy Pudding
Dense, moist cake reminiscent of the Victorian dessert, this figgy pudding was the perfect finale to a chestnut-stuffed, Christmas goose dinner. Serve warm with whipped cream flavored with liqueur.
Magical Correspondences for Wednesday
Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender
Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.
December 1, 2021
“True genius doesn’t fulfill expectations, it shatters them.”
I think of Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut in the movie Toy Story when he says: “To infinity, and beyond!” That’s empowerment – no limits, just potential. Whatever we can dream, we can achieve.
-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com
Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man
It’s possible that a trust has been violated or a relationship may be hurt by a broken promise, or you sense that this might happen soon. Until you know for sure who and what might be involved, take no action, although the discreet question asked of a trustworthy person might be all right, though still risky. Make no accusations but respect your own self-interest.
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