About Cat

I’m Cat from Grand Jct. Colorado. I’m married, pagan, owned by 8 cat’s and enjoy crystals, tree hugging, books, belly dancing, photography and numerous outdoor activities. I am the owner/ jewelry creator of Cat’s Treasure Trove (An eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts) and the group Sacred Spirals: The place where all paths meet, on Facebook. In my spare time I am a part time caregiver for my mother who is entering the realm of dementia. I have toyed with the idea of a Blog for several years and have finally taken the plunge with The Desert Path I hope you will join me for some “aimless ramblings”, daily posts and whatever else I feel compelled to share.

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 15, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 15, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: You are a Sacred Container (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we move deeper into the energies of this week a greater sense of what is possible emerges. As a result, our willingness to trust in the natural unfoldment of our soul’s plan grows.

Read more….

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The Desert Path: The Celtic Tree Month of Willow or Saille (Sail) April 15- May 12.

The Tree:

The willow tree is associated with the element of water and they grow best in or near damp or wet areas. They love growing on or near riverbanks and actually help to stop soil erosion.

Read more……

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Spiritual Unite: WHEN YOU SEE NUMBERS IN DREAMS


Do you see numbers in your dreams? I see numbers in my dreams all the time, just like you I was curious why numbers appear in dreams.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Make an Athame

The athame is used in many Wiccan and Pagan rituals as a tool for directing energy. It is often used in the process of casting a circle, and can be used in place of a wand.

Read more….

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Patheos / New Visions: Mindfulness and Memory

I’ve lived in the same place the last seven years and I now observe specific things as “signs of change”. A slowdown in the daily breeze indicates a forthcoming change in the weather.

Read more….

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MBG: Everything You Need To Know About Astrology’s 4 Mutable Signs

Within the zodiac, there are three classifications that all the signs fall under: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Here’s what it means to be mutable and why it matters, according to the AstroTwins.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Four Winged Poems

The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet.

  • John Burroughs –

Four Winged Poems

“This time of year, the birds catch my attention and hold it. The robins are back, or maybe they’re just bolder. I see them most in this early spring season, when the worms are warming up out of the soil. The goldfinches are muted still, their diets not yet offering the delights that turn their plumage bright. And the mourning doves are crying all day long…I love the way that watching them helps slow me down. This time of year, life can start to seem crowded and hectic. The school term is almost over, though there is still much work to complete. Longer days seem to come with more demands. I am grateful, then, for the birds.” Orion’s poetry editor Camille T. Dungy shares a selection of her favorite bird poems here. { read more }

Be The Change

Pay special attention to the birds in your area today. What do your observations reveal to you?

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Magick Honey Chamomile Biscuits | Sleep Spell | Kitchen Witchery

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Treehugger: 14 Crazy Types of Catfish

Catfish are predominantly nocturnal, bottom-dwelling fish found in freshwater environments around the world. There are over 4,000 known species of catfish, which together account for about 12% of all fish species.

Read more….

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Native American Proverbs (Life-Changing Wisdom)

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Patheos-Pagan: Otherfaith Spirits: Neve Winter

Among the many spirits in the Otherfaith, Neve is one I think of fondly. Gentle and wise, I have known her for over a decade and learned invaluable lessons under her tutelage.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Celtic Music – Walking With The Ancestors

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Inner Journey: QUESTIONS THAT AREN’T HELPFUL

“We accept many notions because they seem to be the logical answers to our questions. But have we asked the right questions?”
— Harold L. Klawans

Sometimes we ask questions for which we really don’t want the answer! Nonetheless, when we ask a question, our subconscious minds will get to work to answer us.

Here are some examples of questions we want to avoid:

What’s wrong with me?
How long could this take?
What could go wrong?
How much trouble could it be?
How hard could it be?
Asking questions can be empowering – as long as they’re smart questions!

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
— Anthony Jay

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

The answer to every question beginning with “Why,” begins with “Because, I love you.”

Actually, I love you anyway –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chef John’s Chicken Paprikash

After many, many requests, I’m excited to be sharing what is my second favorite Hungarian dish of all time. I really love making anything Hungarian, since the recipes tend to be simple and easy to make..

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Element: Earth

 Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage


Planet: Jupiter
Star Signs: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Power Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs & Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak, Dill, Borage, Patchouli 
Sacred Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Deities include Juno, Jupiter,Thor, Zeus

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. Today’s energies influence all matters involving material gain and spell work for general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, legal issues, luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
April 15, 2021

Power
“Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.”

-Anne O’Hare McCormick (1882?-1954)


This is the same philosophy that Gandhi expressed, and that the Dalai Lama maintains every day. This quiet strength that speaks so loudly. The real power of peace. It takes a spiritual and emotional maturity to put down our toys, set aside our egos, and come to a level of understanding that makes things right, and good, for everyone.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

Even if it’s a busy day at work or with loved ones, it may still be an introspective kind of day when you need to frequently take a quiet moment to reflect. Be organized and perform your tasks well, but also find those quiet instances when you can make sense of your feelings and impressions. You can get a great deal done today, and feel inwardly satisfied about it.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post 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/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

The Courage To Create: Cat’s Angel Message for April 15, 2021

The Courage To Create: Cat’s Angel Message for April 15, 2021

April Theme: We are being challenged to change ourselves. You have the power to make things happen and the Universe is on your side.

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Personal evolution requires us to have the courage to create and then allow things to happen. ~Cat

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415: We all aspire to a better and higher quality of life. Our hopes and dreams come to fruition through our thoughts, actions, and beliefs. In order to have the life we desire we must be willing to do what is necessary to make it happen. Right now is a great time to plan where you want your path to take you. This includes making the necessary changes and choices that help us in our creation and manifestation processes. Remember that the angels are here to help us, although they will not do it all for us. To start this process the angels ask that we turn over any limiting thoughts that we have about ourselves and our future. They are also reminding us that we are powerful creators and that the only limits are the ones we put on ourselves. By having faith in yourself and in the abundance of the universe you will see that your power and potential are truly limitless!

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Jeremiel is in charge of life reviews and changes. He can help you see everything that you have accomplished recently as well as the areas that need attention and helps us to let go of what we no longer need. He teaches us that by taking inventory of our lives we gain clear perspective of where we are on our path, which in turn helps us to make positive life changes. He removes our fear of change and what the future holds and replaces them with a sense of expectant excitement.

The Ascended Master El Morya can help if you have trouble staying present and focused in the now. He teaches us the importance of putting aside what we cannot control so that we are free to think about other things. He reminds us that it is our faith that keeps us grounded so that we can embrace both the patience and the clear decision making needed to make things happen.

The Welsh Goddess Cerridwen uses her cauldron “Amen” to help provide us with knowledge, wisdom, personal rebirth and inspiration. remember that change brings us the transformation that we need. She reminds us “The opportunity for your own transformation lies before you. It provides you the chance to spread your wings and grow. Look into my sacred cauldron and see the vision of your path unfolding before you.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Agate. This humble stone is the perfect one for grounding and balancing our energies. It also helps by raising our consciousness to access our higher self and promoting the awareness and acceptance of who we are and where we want to go in life. It nurtures our spiritual growth and inner strength by helping us to make the most of our life experiences.

Chiastolite (aka Cross Stone or Andalusite) promotes the creative problem solving process. It enables us to release things that are no longer relevant to our current path and dispels any guilt we may have when we leave things behind. It helps us to make the necessary changes and brings harmony to conflicts that arise when we blaze new trails that others were not expecting or able to control.

While Garnet is best known as a stone of protection it can benefit the use of our natural talents as well. It helps us to overcome any resistance we may have in using our gifts and promotes self-confidence. Garnet removes what no longer serves and mental self-sabotage which opens the doors to new growth and personal evolution. It promotes balance and clears and re-energizes the chakras

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Thought For The Day: April 15, 2021 ” Ahead Of The Crowd”

Happy Thursday,

Always do your best, even when the odds aren’t in your favor. By going the extra mile even when we aren’t successful we help to create new opportunities that will help us in the long run. Don’t allow yourself to be knocked down by setbacks. If things don’t work out step back and see what didn’t work and then try something else. Your strength and courage will help you move ahead of the crowd!

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 14, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 14, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Be Responsive & Practical (a message from Kate Spreckley)

At this time a new chapter in our lives is opening inviting us to look to what the future may hold. The intensity of the incoming energies is initiating our capacity to make things happen

Read more….

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The Ten Best Spells for Beginner Witches

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Spiritual Unite: THE NUMBER 142 MEANING AND SYMBOLISM
In this article, we are going to discuss the meaning of the number 142.

Numerology rules dictate that we need to always reduce numbers to a single digit (the exception being the master numbers 11, 22, 33, and 44).

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Cakes and Ale in Pagan & Wiccan Ritual

The part of a ritual known as “Cakes and Ale” is often celebrated in some NeoWiccan covens as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings.

Read more….

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Pioneer Thinking; Flowers You Can Eat – Nasturtiums

Flowers, so bright and cheerful, raise your vibe without even trying. Edible flowers take that energy into the centre of your being, especially when they also have medicinal properties like the gorgeous nasturtium.

Read more….

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MBG: 9 Strategies Empaths Can Use To Keep Their Energy Balanced

Humans have physical bodies, and they also have energy bodies. Empaths are people with very sensitive and receptive energy bodies. As such, they tend to pick up on the energies and emotions of other people, groups of people, and collective cultural energy.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Thirteen to One: New Stories for an Age of Disaster

There are eight million Shinto gods
who secretly travel this earth of ours.
These modest beings come to touch us.
They touch us. Then they wander on.

  • Jorge Luis Borges –

Thirteen to One: New Stories for an Age of Disaster

“Whenever an earthquake strikes Japan, the myth of the giant catfish Onamazu reminds people that the living world is full of complex meaning. In the face of repeated natural disasters, Marie Mutsuki Mockett looks to her mother’s homeland to recall stories that could change our relationship with what we call ‘nature.'” { read more }

Be The Change

Is there a myth, legend or story that you carry in your heart that has helped shape your relationship to the world? If so, share it with someone today.

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Reiki for Home Purification | Energy Healing

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Treehugger: ‘The Keeper of Wild Words’ Celebrates the Lost Words of Nature

Several years ago, I learned the Oxford Junior Dictionary had decided to remove over 100 natural words from its pages — common words, like apricot, lavender, porcupine. The editors no longer felt they had relevance for today’s children.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: In mid-April, look west after sunset for Mars and the moon

Beginning around April 13, 2021, watch for the waxing moon to appear higher each evening in the west after sunset. It’ll be sweeping in between the constellation Taurus the Bull’s two most prominent features: red Aldebaran, the Bull’s brightest star, and the dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Corner Crone: The Infinite Possibility of Twilight

I’ve been thinking about thresholds a lot, those that we recognize we’re crossing and—more so—the infinitesimally small thresholds we cross all of the time without ever really realizing we’re transitioning until after we’ve gone through them and find ourselves wondering, “What happened there? How did I change into this?”

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Oak & Ash & Thorn | The Longest Johns – from the album, “Cures What Ails Ya”

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Inner Journey: 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

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

If you can get sure in your work your dance with life, whether it’s in your home or the far flung reaches of the earth, appreciating your sacred place in eternity and the unrecoverable time that’s been bequeathed for the task, everything else will take care of itself. 

And you can. Oh, you so can. 

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Air Fried Falafel

This vegetarian air fried falafel is super easy to prepare and full of flavor thanks to fresh herbs.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
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.

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Daily Wisdom
April 14, 2021

Power
“The power of a man increases steadily by continuance in one direction.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


We do get a certain momentum going when we work towards something for awhile. We build up steam. We want it more so we pursue it more. And we become more driven, more powerful in our efforts. This focused attention gives us more energy.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

The biggest danger you face today is being aloof and thus fail to see an approaching problem. This can cost you the chance to intercept the difficulty and minimize it, if not avoid it all together. Pay attention without getting paranoid, and take nothing and no one for granted. Danger may not lurk within every single shadow, but a small misstep can sometimes cause problems that are way out of proportion to the cause.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post 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/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

You Can Do This : Cat’s Angel Message for April 14, 2021

You Can Do This : Cat’s Angel Message for April 14, 2021

April Theme: We are being challenged to change ourselves. You have the power to make things happen and the Universe is on your side.

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Ground yourself. Feel the sun on your face and let the breath of Mother Earth clear your spirit. ~Cat

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414: Our mental health day from yesterday carries over into today. The Universe is asking us to release our worries and fears to make room inside for inner peace. Our spiritual helpers will be assisting us with exchanging the negative and stressful with peaceful and positive. It’s time to release what no longer serves your highest good or brings you joy. We often hold on to things out of fear. Fear of failure, new experiences, or of ourselves or sometimes there is even a kind of comfort in old, outdated situations. After all, things stay the same if we don’t try. This releasing is imperative as it not only creates a better life, it makes us healthier in mind, body, and spirit. We all deserve and are worthy of receiving good things. The key here is to trust in yourself and the Universe, you know what you need so allow yourself the ultimate freedom by cutting the cords that are holding you down.

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Continue working with Archangel Michael. He will protect you through the changes and the letting go process. Michael blesses us with the knowledge of our own worth and provides direction and the courage we need to move forward

The Ascended Master Vywamus teaches us that change can be a healing opportunity. This happens as we allow ourselves to let go of things that have held us back. Along the way, we unearth talents that we had set aside, which will help us to move forward.

The Hindu goddess White Tara says, “Come and sit beside me. I will help ease the worry in your heart and teach you how to replace it with gratitude and joy. This is where faith dwells and we must only open the doors and invite it forward.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Galena which helps us to stay grounded and centered. It helps to open the mind as it dissolves self-limiting thoughts from our past.

Lava Stone which is a powerful symbol of our own energy. It is a stone of rebirth and helps us to burn away unneeded layers so we can initiate new growth.

Satin Spar Selenite makes it a great meditation stone. It opens the crown chakra to help us receive universal guidance as it calms the emotions and promotes inner peace.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Thought For The Day: April 14, 2021 ” Word Power”

Happy Wednesday,

Words have power and today is a reminder to choose them carefully. The phrase “I Wish” means “probably not going to happen” while the phrase “I Will” means that you are focused on making it happen. “I Am and I Can” are also excellent power phrases. Choose your words and set the creative process in action. You can do this!

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

The Celtic Tree Month of Willow or Saille (Sail) April 15- May 12.

weeping willow by
Michael & Christa Richert/ freeimages.com

The Celtic Tree Month of Willow or Saille (Sail) runs from April 15- May 12.

The Tree:

The willow tree is associated with the element of water and they grow best in or near damp or wet areas. They love growing on or near riverbanks and actually help to stop soil erosion. They are impressive trees that can grow up to 80 feet in height. There are many varieties of willows throughout Europe and North America, including globe, white and weeping and all They make excellent shade trees. All willows produce long fuzzy catkins in the spring before the leaves appear, they have thick, ridged bark and long thin leaves. As anyone with willow trees can attest to they are messy trees and are what is called “self pruning” as they tend to drop copious amounts of branches when it’s windy. Willow is also a shrub and can be found growing along creeks and in marshy areas.

In Healing:

In healing willow is used as an all around pain reliever and is the main ingredient in aspirin. It is also used to treat fever, chills, bursitis, menstrual cramps, chronic dysentery, worms and edema just to name a few. It is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and an antiseptic. It has also recently been shown to delay the formation of cataracts and lower the risk of male heart disease. It can also be used as a wash to treat poison-ivy, corns and cuts.

willow branches by
Mihai Caluseriu/ freeimages.com

In Myth & Magic

Willows are a symbols of new journeys, and contact with the otherworld. The Celts have a creation myth that involves this tree. It is said that in the beginning there were two scarlet colored sea serpent eggs that held the sun and the earth. These eggs were hidden among the branches of a great willow tree to keep them safe. When the eggs hatched, they brought forth all life.

Willow is the embodiment of female and lunar energy. She is the ebb and flow of the waters of the Earth Mother and governs the cycles of woman and of earth. The month of willow brings the wonder and enchantment of spring, moon related magic, strengthening of intuition and new wisdom. Her connection to the moon can bring visions and the understanding of dreams. To dream of a willow tree is said to mean that a rival will take your lover.

In Northern European folklore willow was associated with death and the words “wicked and witch” are said to be derived from it’s name, however if you place the branches in your home those within will be protected from evil. Other associated folklore includes knocking on this tree to avert evil and yes this where the saying “Knock on wood” originated. If you carry a piece of willow on your person it will instill bravery and remove the fear of death. If there is a willow growing near your home it will protect you, and if you need to get something off your chest, tell it to a willow tree and your secret will be held fast. Talismans of willow twigs and leaves can be made for love, friendship and loyalty.

As a magical name Willow is one of emotion. It is also a flowing and loving name for a serious moon worshiper!

willow catkin 2 by
Michael & Christa Richert/ freeimages.com

Willow People

People born in the month of willow tend to be empathic with good intuition. They can also access ancient memories easier than most other people. They have a deep love for beautiful things and can be honest to a fault. Willows also accept change easily and are quick to grab opportunities that come their way.
On the down side willow people are subject to mood swings and can have trouble reasoning things out. They can be hard to get to know and demanding which makes them hard to live with at times.

Correspondences:

Folk Names: Pussy Willow, Saille, Saugh Tree, Tree of Enchantment, Withe, Withy

Magic: love, fertility, protection, intuition, healing, contact with fairies and elementals, moon magic.

Deities: Artemis, Hecate, Aradia, Sarasvati, Ishtar, Dana, Diana, Ceridwen, the Morrigan, Belil, Poseidon, Arawen, Brigid, Mercury

Sacred Stones: Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Mother of Pearl

written by Cat from the following sources:
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
The New Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
crystal-forest.com
dutchie.org

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 13, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 13, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Step Forward (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are working through the last vestiges of what emerged within us from the Full Moon two weeks ago. Currently the New Moon energies are bringing more clarity, more insight and a deepening awareness of ourselves

Read more….

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Magick Honey Chamomile Biscuits | Sleep Spell | Kitchen Witchery

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Spiritual Unite: REPEATING NUMBERS 333 – USE YOUR VOICE FOR PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION


Through synchronicity, the universe often shows us clues, messages and instructions encoded within numbers.

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ThoughtCo: The Nine Sacred Woods of the Bonfire

In many Wicca-based traditions, nine sacred woods are incorporated into ritual fires. These nine woods are based on the first nine trees in the Celtic tree calendar, and are listed in a long-form version of the Wiccan Rede.

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Pioneer Thinking: Teas from Plants Around You and Their Benefits

All teas unless specified are brewed with 1 teaspoon dry material or 2 teaspoons fresh material to 1 cup of water.

Always steep. This means pouring hot water over material and letting set for 5 – 15 minutes. Always dry leaves and roots out of the sun, in dark airy places. Then store in airtight containers

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MBG: 6 Rituals To Help You Clear Energy This Spring & Beyond

Beyond dust and clutter, there’s a lot of emotional debris that’s built up all around us in the past year. mbg’s Spring Cleanse series is here to help clear it away. Follow along for the first two weeks of April as we share nourishing, sustainable ways to embrace a lighter, brighter home—and toss any lingering heaviness into the (compost) bin.

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Daily Good: Before You Know Kindness: A Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

I’ve always loved the definition for contemplation: “a long, loving look.” And when you take a long, loving look anywhere, you feel more bonded with whatever you’ve looked at.

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Before You Know Kindness: A Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

“Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth.” Thus begins Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem Kindness, animated poignantly by Ana Perez Lopez for the On Being Project. The poem, first published in 1980 and read softly here by the poet, contrasts strikingly with the typographical approach to the animation done during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. “Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.” Nye’s words have relevance for us now as we not only negotiate great losses but reemerge to a new normal, with Kindness, for “only Kindness makes sense anymore”. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: Ayurvedic Wisdom for the Spring Season: 8 Ways to Cleanse Accumulated Imbalances.

Ayurveda, “the wisdom of life”, is a 5000-year-old system of traditional medicine from India, that focuses on creating a balance for the physical body, senses, psyche, and spirit.

It teaches how to align with nature’s wisdom and our body’s intelligence, offering life guidance for health and inner happiness.

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Treehugger: 15 Baffling Cicada Facts

Cicadas are a superfamily of winged insects that live mostly underground and emerge at intervals of one, 13, or 17 years.

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EarthSky News: In mid-April, look west after sunset for Mars and the moon

Beginning arounds April 13, 2021, watch for the waxing moon to appear higher each evening in the west after sunset. It’ll be sweeping in between the constellation Taurus the Bull’s two most prominent features: red Aldebaran, the Bull’s brightest star, and the dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster.

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Patheos-Pagan: Return to Ritual, Always

Rituals matter.

They celebrate. They commemorate. They delineate the before and after.

They mark time and call attention.

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Pagan Playlist: “…WHISPERED THE WINTER WITCH” | Dark Blues Guitar

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Inner Journey: ALL IS MIND

“I want to know the thoughts of God; the rest are details.”
— Albert Einstein

Everything — absolutely everything — that happens in our lives has a spiritual cause. Events on all other levels — mental, emotional and physical — are only effects.

When we are struggling with any challenge, whether it be ill health, a lack of money, a lost job, relationships, an accident, whatever — we need to look for the spiritual learning. We can ask ourselves, “What quality does my soul want me to live more fully?”

“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.”
— Stephen Covey

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

If you were to realize that right now, this very instant, as you read this email, you were actually dreaming…

And you realized that, as is true of all dreams, you are your dream weaver, and all that’s necessary for something to happen next in this dream is for you to DEEPLY expect it…

And you understood that nothing else you could do would bolster your expectations more than vividly imagining what you wanted, and then demonstrating, via some minor physical gesture each day, that you believed in its inevitability…

Could you pull it off? Would you believe and behave in spite of the circumstances that now surround you (the old dream still lingering before your physical senses)?

Would you at least try to redirect the ship of your life? Muster the courage, the faith, and the will to at least pretend??

You’ve been doing it your whole life. It explains your every friend, romance, and happiness; your “lucky breaks,” your connections, and the coincidences; the finds, the steals (deals!), and the clutch comebacks. There was NO mountain high enough to keep Cat Bolotin down (and back then… you didn’t even know you were dreaming!). And there NEVER will be.

Tallyho,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Royal Rhubarb Crisp

If you love rhubarb-strawberry mixtures, you’ll love this sweet rhubarb crisp.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Element: Fire

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
April 13, 2021

Power
“The instruments of power – arms, gold, machines, magical or technical secrets – always exist independently of him who disposes of them, and can be taken up by others. Consequently all power is unstable.”

-Simone Weil (1934)


We need to remain unattached to any outside trappings of power – the job title, or money, or whatever it is that “gives” us power. Because when those things go away, as they invariably do, being transitory and unreal, then our power vanishes with them. Instead, recognize that our real power comes from within, and it can never be taken, it can never be lost.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

Be strong in your convictions and don’t be distracted from doing your best. You may want to single out one good cause especially close to your heart and keep it in mind even if you don’t actively work or donate to that cause. Your spirit of dedication will improve your chances at accomplishing whatever else you’re pursuing. Feel virtuous and humble, and successful, too!

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

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The Importance Of Down Time : Cat’s Angel Message for April 13, 2021

The Importance Of Down Time : Cat’s Angel Message for April 13, 2021

April Theme: We are being challenged to change ourselves. You have the power to make things happen and the Universe is on your side.

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Take care of yourself. The importance of allowing yourself down time cannot be stressed enough. ~Cat

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413: There are times when we could all use some extra loving and healing energy. When we feel a little needy or emotionally insecure it can be because we have given away too much of ourselves and need to replenish our energies. Downtime, nature time or alone time can help you to recharge. Today the Universe is giving us a boost by surrounding us with the essential energies we need to be balanced and at peace. Remember to ground, clear and center. This helps you to let go of the negative nasty’s that are sapping your energy. Everyone needs a break from the demands of others so allow yourself this emotional and spiritual spa day!

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

This is a good time to ask Archangel Michael for assistance. When we are bombarded with the energy of others (negative or not) it creates psychic lines and hooks that attach to our energy field and effectively drain our energy. One of my spiritual mentors taught me this simple exercise: “Archangel Michael please cut away all psychic hooks, lines, and cords that have been attached to me by others. Please return these things to the people who sent them, not to do do them harm, simply to return what is theirs.” When I do this I always feel a tingly sensation on my neck/back etc followed by a sense of relief.

The Ascended Master Maitreya teaches us that laughter and joy are an essential part of self-care and creates the positive energy we need to propel us forward. It helps us to let go of stress and worry, which allows the light of faith and hope to shine through. The power of laughter clears and resets or energy field by releasing tension and emotions that have been held in check. This is an important lesson on our path, if it makes your heart sing then it’s the right direction.

The Roman/Celtic goddess Sulis invites us to “Look to the elemental power of water for healing and comfort. Water has the power to cleanse away heavy and harmful energies from your body, your spirit, and energy field as well.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Morganite (aka Pink Beryl) helps to bring awareness to emotional our needs or feelings that remain unfulfilled. It helps us to express them in a positive way so that we can begin the healing process.

Mahogany Obsidian keeps us grounded and protects as it helps to eliminate energy blocks, and helps promote growth on all levels.

Rose Quartz, the stone of unconditional love, soothes and clears the emotions and fills us with loving compassion. it provides a bubble bath for the spirit.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Thought For The Day: April 13, 2021″Just Breathe”

Happy Tuesday,

Just in case no one has told you today…… YOU TOTALLY ROCK! You are strong, and smart and you have the ability to make things happen for yourself. You’ve got this. Now take a breath and embrace the day!

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/