Cat’s Morning Bits for December 10, 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.
On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, “Let me cover you.”
- Laura Lush, The First Day of Winter
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
Spirit Library: Remain Stable & Steady
As we move towards the weekend and the 12:12 portal the incoming energies are initiating deeper shifts and bringing greater healing. As a result, our rebirthing process is being amplified increasing the rate of our contraction and expansion.
Ocean Keltoi: The Heathen Celebration of Yule: Ancient and Modern (and was it stolen?)
Spirituality & Health: Elemental Fashion: Wearing Earth, Air, Fire, & Water
BY ALYSSA COUTURE
Bring nature’s elements and the living ecosystem into balance by exploring color, fabric, design, and the therapeutic properties of clothes
ThoughtCo: Setting Up Your Yule Altar
Yule is the time of year when Pagans around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be on or around December 21, but if you’re below the Equator, your Yule celebration will fall in June
Today’s DIY: Yule Greeting Cards, Watercolor Winter Solstice Greeting Card – Wheel of the Year – Magical Crafting
Elephant Journal: Embrace the Winter Season with Ayurvedic Wisdom.
Everything changes, and winter is here.
Nature is becoming still and ready for deep rest. It’s time to slow down, get cozy, and relax into our roots, allowing this season to replenish our bodies, offering the perfect balance to the natural cycles of life.
Treehugger: How I Give Back to My Garden to Thank Nature
All too often, we think about what our gardens can give us and not about what we can give back.
EarthSky News: Menkar is the Whale’s alpha star
Menkar in Cetus the Whale
Menkar (Alpha Ceti) is only the 2nd-brightest star in the constellation Cetus the Whale, after Diphda, or Deneb Kaitos, otherwise known as the Whale’s Tail. Why was Menkar designated as the Whale’s alpha star, when it’s not the constellation’s brightest? It might be because Menkar sits closer to the ecliptic, which marks the sun’s yearly circuit in front of the background stars.
Patheos-Pagan: 9 Ways to Find Joy in Yule
Confession: December is usually a hard month for me. I find the frenetic energy/grouchy people combination hard to bear, and the “bah humbug” leaves my lips more often than not.
Pagan Playlist: Magic Fantasy Music – The Last of Her Kind ( Epic Emotional )
DISTINGUISH PERSONALITY DESIRES FROM SOUL NEEDS
“Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.”
— Julio Cortazar
We indulge ourselves when we seek to meet our longings through desires of the personality. We indulge ourselves when we buy more clothes to make us happy, when we eat another snack to ease the hunger, when we have an affair to feel powerful or loveable. Any pleasure we get, if we get any at all, is shallow and short-lived.
The only lasting satisfaction can come from meeting the deep spiritual needs of the soul. We discover what we are really after in life when we identify the spiritual qualities and needs that lie behind our desires for material pleasures.
“But life lived only for oneself does not truly satisfy men or women. There is a hunger in Americans today for larger purposes beyond the self.”
— Betty Friedan
A Note from the Universe
Met up with the dearest, little angel over the weekend but she was really sad.
She asked, in the sweetest of angel voices, how there can be so much love in the world, yet so few feel it. How there can be so much beauty, yet hardly anyone sees it. And how there can be so many miracles, yet most are ignored.
So, I reminded her of something far more important. I reminded her that whether or not one knows of the love, they are still bathed in it. Whether or not they see the beauty, they still add to it. And whether or not they recognize the miracles, they still perform them, every single day.
Then we both just beamed.
Today’s Recipe: Chef John’s Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
My favorite fall soup of all time, roasted butternut squash soup is cheap, easy, nutrition, and absolutely delicious. If you’re feeling like something a bit more substantial, try this topped with a handful of crispy bacon or diced ham.
Magical Correspondences for Friday
Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Star Signs: Libra and Taurus
Power Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs & Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly
Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow
Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus
Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.
December 10, 2021
“It is memory that provides the heart with impetus, fuels the brain, and propels the corn plant from seed to fruit.”
-Joy Harjo, 1991
Memory is part of the karmic cycle. Memory creates a desire, which then causes us to take action. That action then creates another memory, and we go around again. In the movie “March of the Penguins” we could see how the penguins had some kind of genetic memory that took them on the same journey year after year. It’s memory that makes birds fly south for the winter. In this way our memory can help us learn and grow.
-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com
Daily Tarot: Strength
It may be fun to take a risk or two, but this is not the day for it. You can fight your way through any difficulty, but why make work for yourself or put yourself in harm’s way? Remember, harm comes in more forms than just what is physical. If you need to blow off steam and exert your power, maybe take it to the gym.
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