Cat’s Morning Bits for May 23, 2022

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 23, 2022

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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May Quotes

“May is a pious fraud of the almanac.”

James R. Lowell

gardendigest.com

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May 2022 Events

May 1 Beltane / May Day

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 8 Mother’s Day

May 10 – June 3 Mercury Retrograde

May 13 Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins

May 16 Full Moon at 9:14 pm PST/ 10:14 pm MST/ 12:14 am EST

May 30 Memorial Day (USA)

May 30 New Moon at 4:30 am PST/ 5:30 am MST/ 7:30 am EST

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Spirit Library: How to Use Visualisation for Wellness
David R. Hamilton PhD


Turn illness into wellness in your imagination!

That’s the basic premise for using visualisation for wellness.

It can be applied for the benefit of both physical and mental health.

Read more….

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How to make life a Fairytale 🧚🏼‍♂️ Simple Spring Magic/ Alwyn Oak

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Spirituality & Health: SYCAMORE TREE SYMBOLISM AND FACTS THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU
Susan Brunton

Sycamore tree symbolism originates in Egypt and the Middle East.

However, with the rise of Christianity in the western world and the tree’s introduction to Europe either by the Romans or the Crusaders, a rich set of meanings has arisen around the world.

Read more….

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Learn Religions: Holding a Pagan Blessing Ritual for New Babies

By Patti Wigington
Updated on May 02, 2019


In a powerful scene in the landmark miniseries “Roots”, his jubilant father holds the infant Kunta Kinte up to the sky, and says, “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself.”

Read more….

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MBG: What To Know About This Gemini Season + A Ritual To Try, From An Astrologer

Taurus season is on its way out, and Gemini season is just around the corner. From May 21 to June 20, the sun will be under the sign of the twins. Here’s what you need to know to prepare, plus a ritual you can try this Gemini season, from an astrologer.

Read more….

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Herbal Magick Tips and Tricks for the Kitchen and Home | Simple Witchery/ The Green Witch

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Thought For The Day

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Treehugger: 10 Reasons Why Grand Teton National Park Is Worth Seeing


Grand Teton National Park spans approximately 310,000 acres across northwest Wyoming and is located just 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Polaris is the North Star

Don’t wait for it to set
The North Star or Pole Star – aka Polaris – is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it. That’s because it’s located nearly at the north celestial pole, the point around which the entire northern sky turns

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Tips for Magical Beginners
MAY 21, 2022 BY BRANDY WILLIAMS

I got to sit on a panel this week sharing tips for beginners, specifically new Witches but including anyone on the magical path. The panel was hosted by Krista Schwimmer and Michael Wamback of Sixth Sense Society.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Celtic Medieval Music – Fairy Magic | Magical, Enchanted

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Inner Journey:

MAKE TIME TO PLAY

“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning…. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.”
— Marion Woodman

Stress, fear, negativity, too much to do and doing things for others at the expense of our own needs — these all stifle our innate creativity. Relaxation, fun, meditation, and going after our dreams all get the creative juices flowing. Soul is always creative, always fresh and new.

How can you create more space in your life to allow the soul’s energy out to play?

“I learned… that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”
— Brenda Ueland

“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
— Albert Einstein

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Ever have one of those days. when you’re feeling so good, crossing a street, driving your car, shopping at the mall, when from a distance you see a complete stranger with a kindly face and you simply can’t stop yourself from whispering a silent “Love you”?

Oh, cool, because there has been many a time, in many a place, when some unknown face whispered the same to you…

Love you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Traditional Pita Breads

This is a great pita bread recipe I got from a friend who works at a great Greek restaurant here in my town. Slice pita in half and fill pockets with your favorite filling, or for dipping, cut into wedges and pan fry in a little olive oil.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise

Element: Water
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Star Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Power Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs& Plants: Night Blooming Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

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Daily Wisdom
May 23, 2022

Friendship
“Those friends thou hast, and their adoptions tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.”

-Shakespeare


One of the greatest gifts we are given in this lifetime is the gift of friendship. Our friends are our treasures! We learn so much from each other. Think about the first friend you ever had. Remember the joy you felt just hanging out and playing together? Chances are that the friends we had in childhood are different than the friends we have today. People change and grow and move away and go on to lead separate lives. But we remember those friends, and they remember us! We learned from them then, and are where we are now in part because of those friendships.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

It’s important to stick with the plan already in place and be loyal to those who are already committed to you. You’re not so much part of a team as you are the leader of a group of people who will do what you ask of them if you only treat them properly and look after their needs, especially the tiny personal ones.

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/

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/

May 16, 2022 Full “Flower” Moon

May’s Full “Flower” Moon
May 16, 2022 at 9:14 pm PST/ 10:14 pm MST/ 12:14 am EST

“Dancing midst the flowers beneath the full moon’s light,
the wee folk tend the gardens on this soft spring night.

“On the breeze their laughter floats and magic fills the air,
unveiling nature’s treasure, her gifts with you they share.”

(© 2008 LLaConsciereBolotin/CatSister)

May is the time when flowers seem to be everywhere and is most likely why the Native Americans called this month’s full moon the “Flower Moon”.

This full moon keeps the spring theme of new beginnings and fertility rolling. Everywhere you look there is new growth. This is a great time to sow seeds in both your outdoor and inner gardens. Career, finance, and prosperity are good areas to concentrate on for new beginnings. This month which started with the fire sabbat of Beltane is still keeping things burning. Lust, passion, and renewed vigor put a bounce in our steps as we move toward the new things this moon has to offer.

Check out these articles from:

The Dark Pixie Astrology : May 2022 New & Full Moons: Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio & New Moon in Gemini Read more….

Earth Sky News: Total lunar eclipse – a supermoon eclipse – on May 15-16, 2022 Read more….

To celebrate this fiery month and full moon, wrap yourself in reds, oranges, and yellow or wear warm stones like amber, garnet, and ruby. Take special care to nourish your inner garden this month. If you set intentions or thought seeds for yourself last month, remember to take steps to help them grow and move forward.

On a very light note, I have been “asked” to remind everyone that brings out the garden fairies! This Full Flower Moon is a wonderful time to welcome the “Wee Folk” in your home and yard. This is a great activity, particularly for children. Leave gifts of pretty stones, crystals, shiny beads, and other glittery objects in your flower beds and planters. Hang small decorations in your trees and shrubs. The Fae appreciate gifts and love to be remembered!

Full Moon Blessings! Cat

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

 Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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The Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn May 13th to June 9th.

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The Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn May 13th to June 9th.

The Tree

The origin of the word Hawthorn comes from the Anglo-Saxon “Haegthorn” which means hedge thorn. This tree grows to the size of a large shrub, it is because of this that it popular as a hedge plant in England. It has dense branches that grow in twists and turns which makes it almost impenetrable. It also grows some pretty nasty thorns. The wood is similar to apple wood and burns hot. The new growth on a hawthorn is reddish and in May it sports white flowers and later in the season red berries both of which have medicinal properties. This tree has a very long life span and has been known to reach 250 yr old. The hawthorn was often called the May Tree because its fragrant white flowers bloomed in May just in time for Beltane. These flowers were used for decorating maypoles and homes for the holiday.(this custom must have come later because as you will see this tree is a good guy/bad guy tree). The flowers were also used for weddings by the Greeks and Romans who considered them lucky. On the other end of the scale the Europeans said the hawthorn was unlucky and associated with witches.

As I said good tree/ bad tree ( pretty flowers but nasty thorns) and the Irish Brehon word for this tree means “harm”.

In Healing

In healing, flowers, leaves, and berries are used. A tonic made from berries is said to help water retention in diabetics. The leaves and flowers can be made into a tea that helps with anxiety, poor circulation, asthma, arthritis, loss of voice, and rheumatism.

In Myth & Magic

In ancient times hawthorn had a double reputation. The Greeks and Romans considered them lucky while the Europeans said the hawthorn was unlucky and associated with witches. In time the flowers were used for decorating maypoles and homes for the Beltane. One interesting superstition is that the month of May is considered to be unlucky for weddings and is said to be the main reason that June weddings are so popular.

The flowers were used by the Greeks and Romans who considered them lucky at weddings. In mythology, the hawthorn plays a role in the romantic Welsh tale of Kulhwch and Olwen. It embodies the protector of Olwen’s virginity, a giant called Yspaddaden. The giant is slain as the spring flowers (hawthorn) open which symbolizes summer defeating winter and the turning of the seasons. In other lore, the erotic scent of the hawthorn blossoms is said to enhance fertility and promote chastity. The ancient Turks called it ‘the scent of woman” and was considered an erotic symbol.

As a protective plant hawthorn was used to protect the home from lightning and negative entities and the ancient Romans believed that children were protected from evil spells if it was placed in their cradle. it could grant wishes and could be found guarding sacred wells and crossroads.

Hawthorn has long been considered a witches tree and is part of the sacred triad of oak, ash and thorn (the three realms/ maiden, mother, crone). It is also a favorite of fairies which makes it very unlucky to cut one down or harm it in any way.

To dream of pink hawthorn flowers means happiness, but if they are white it means money. If you dream of the tree itself it means harmony among friends. As a magical name, Hawthorn is perfect for witches of either sex.

Hawthorn People

Hawthorn people are full of great ideas and tend to be multi-talented innovators. These people may also be performers in an artistic format, much like the Bards of old. They also make shrewd business people and have little patience with folks who do not take their work seriously. They can also be very protective of family and anyone they consider family.

Correspondences

Magical Properties: fertility(both male and female), protection (the thorns), prosperity, binding and cleansing, fishing magic, chastity, and fairy magic.

Also Known As May Bush, Whitethorn, Bread, and Cheese Tree, Mayflower, Tree of Chastity, Gaxels

Deities: Danu, Frigg, Thor, Brigid, Vulcan, Dagda, Goibaniu, Cardea

Sacred Stones: topaz, amethyst

sources: the crystal forest
controversical.com
dutchie.org
The New Book of Magical Names, Phoenix McFarland
Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham
Flower and Tree Magic, Richard Webster
Tree Totem.com

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I invite you to check out my websites!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 9, 2022

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 9, 2022

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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May Quotes

“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?”

Edward Giobbi

gardendigest.com

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May 2022 Events

May 1 Beltane / May Day

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 8 Mother’s Day

May 10 – June 3 Mercury Retrograde

May 13 Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins

May 16 Full Moon at 9:14 pm PST/ 10:14 pm MST/ 12:14 am EST

May 30 Memorial Day (USA)

May 30 New Moon at 4:30 am PST/ 5:30 am MST/ 7:30 am EST

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Spirit Library: Mercury Retrograde May 10-June 3, 2022
Gillian MacBeth-Louthan


This mercury retro may be one to remember as we all visit the top 100 past memory moments. Turning back the wheels of time to see important truths that we missed the first go round.

Read more….

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May Plan With Me – Pastel Butterfly planner stickers – Magical Crafting – Witchy Planning

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Spirituality & Health: 8 Affirmations for Changing Careers BY LARA LEIGH
Recite these affirmations to help you through a time of professional transition or transformation

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Learn Religions: Chakra Symbols and Sanskrit Names

By Phylameana lila Desy
Updated on May 09, 2019


Chakras are our energy centers. These openings allow our life energy to flow into and out of our aura. The seven major chakras are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.

Read more….

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MBG: This Week’s Game-Changing Astrological Transit Hasn’t Happened In Over A Decade

Jupiter’s transit into Aries will have us looking toward the future this week, but Mercury retrograde could leave us stuck in the past. Here’s how to navigate this tricky push-and-pull energy, from the AstroTwins.

Read more….

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Revisiting the Basics of Banishing, Binding, & Unbinding

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Thought For The Day

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Treehugger: Growing Lilac in Your Backyard: Plant Care Tips
Attract butterflies, bees, and birds with easy-to-grow lilac.

Lilacs are such a bright spot in spring, serving as a reminder to us that warmer days are ahead. If you are approaching a garden or neighborhood with blooming lilacs, you’re sure to smell them before you see them.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: What is retrograde motion?

Sometimes as seen in Earth’s sky the planets seem to move backwards. Astronomers (and astrologers) call that reversal retrograde motion.

Typically, planets shift slightly eastward from night to night. From time to time, they seem from our viewpoint on Earth to change direction, and for a few months they’ll seemly head west before turning back around. Though it baffled ancient stargazers, we know now that retrograde motion is an illusion

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Hyssop – The Best Magickal Herb

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 BY PHOENIX LEFAE

Hyssop has been used for thousands of years in magickal and ritual spaces. It is an excellent herb for clearing up negative energy, getting rid of back luck, breaking a curse, or any other type of purification you might need. 

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Praful – Selva Sagrada (Full Album)

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Inner Journey: Labels limit us

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu

How do you define yourself, to yourself and others? Are you first and foremost a husband/wife? A mother/father? A bus driver, dentist, musician … ? A Christian, Muslim, Jew …? A nag, joker, dreamer …?

Be aware that any label puts limits on you. Today, experience how it feels to let go of the labels to rest in ‘I am.’ Feel the freedom, the spaciousness, the infinite potential of simply being.

“With every breath, the possibility of a new aspect of self arises.”
— Wayne Muller

“As long as I am this or that, I am not all things.”
— Meister Eckhart

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

The subtle secret

to possessing all you want:

blessing all you have.

Haiku, Haiku very much. Haiku.

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ricotta Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

A combo of sweet, fresh pineapple paired with a tangy ricotta cake makes for a deliciously decadent flavor combo. Don’t use skim ricotta for this—it’s too watery, and won’t provide the flavor that makes this cake so good.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise

Element: Water


Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Star Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Power Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs& Plants: Night Blooming Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

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Daily Wisdom
May 9, 2022

Perception
“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one’s mind.”

-Mark Twain


Isn’t it amazing how we can each see the same thing in an entirely different way? It’s because of our perceptions. Our past experiences help us to formulate some kind of definition to our current experiences. Yet we can change the way we look at things. We can choose a different perspective, see things from someone else’s point of view, or from a higher vantage point. And when we broaden our scope and look at the “big picture” then we can see more clearly what is real.

-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!

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/

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/

Beltane/Mayday Correspondences

maypole by sans5 freeimages.com

Beltane ( Bell- tayn)
Starts on The evening of April 30th, concluding at sunset of May 1st

Greater Sabbat

This Sabbat is also called: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain), May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Beltane, Walpurgis Night, Florida (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-Saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

Correspondences for Beltane

Activities and Rituals:
fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting, making May Day baskets, and giving them to friends

Colors:
Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Stones/Gems:
Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz

Symbols & Decorations:
The Maypole, bonfires, flowers, trees, plants, plows, cauldrons of flowers, broom

Foods:
Dairy, bread, cereals

Flowers, Herbs:
Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, hawthorn, dittany of crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond, tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

Deities:
Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses of fertility.

Animals:
Swallow, dove, swan, cats, lynx, leopard

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The Beltane Fire

The lighting of the Beltane fire is one of the most widely known Celtic traditions for this Sabbat. On May Eve (April 30) people would put out their hearth fires, then on Beltane (May 1) they would relight them from the celebratory bonfires. The dousing and relighting of the hearth fires were done on each of the fire festivals not just Beltane as according to druid lore.

The Beltane bonfires were lit as a symbol of the return of the sun for the summer half of the year. Nine sacred woods were used to start the fires and each wood has its own magickal properties. The names of the wood to be used appears in the song versions of the Witches Rede, while the shorter versions contain the first sentence.

“Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birchwood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But – Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.”

When the fires were lit the people would gather and the dancing would begin. They would dance around the fires, spiraling in and out. The next custom involved jumping the bonfires this would ensure a successful growing season and a prosperous summer. according to Druid lore, the men would jump first, followed by the women. Lastly, the herd animals would be driven through the embers for protection and purification.

Oak~ symbolizes the God and male energy
Birch~ symbolizes the Goddess and female energy
Rowan or Mountian Ash~ Symbolizes life
Hazel~ symbolizes wisdom and knowledge
Willow~ symbolizes death and the otherworld
Hawthorn~ symbolizes fairy magick and purity
Vine~ symbolizes happiness and joy
Fir~ symbolizes birth and rebirth
Apple~ symbolizes family and love

The sacred Beltane fire can also be made in your altar cauldron and you would only need a few chips or shavings from each of the 9 woods. Since not everyone has access to wood chips let alone 9 different kinds, you could use herbs instead. Choose herbs that correspond with each of the woods needed. Believe me, the Lady and Lord understand and will smile upon your effort!

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 28, 2022

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 28, 2022

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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April Quotes

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring? “

Neltje Blanchan

gardendigest.com

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April 2022 Events

April 1 April Fools Day/ New Moon at 11: 24 pm PST/ 12:24 am MST/ 2:24 am EST

April 15 Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins

April 16 Full Wind Moon at 11:55 am PST/ 12:55 pm MST/ 2:55 pm EST

April 17 Easter

April 19 Sun enters Taurus

April 22 Earth Day

April 30 Solar Eclipse 4:28 pm EST

May 1 Beltane / May Day

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Garden Spell Bag for Spring | A Simple Spell for Your Herbs

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Spirituality & Health: Find Your Creative Flower Flow
BY ANNA POTTER

Creating a flower arrangement in your bathtub has nothing to do with bathing amongst the buds and everything to do with creative experimentation and self-care

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Learn Religions: Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries

By Patti Wigington
Updated on May 09, 2019


This ritual is designed for the solitary practitioner, but it can easily be adapted for a small group to perform together. It’s a simple rite that celebrates the fertility of the planting season, and so it’s one that should be performed outside.

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MBG: Why You May Be Feeling Especially Emotional Right Now, According To Astrology

On any given day, the way the planets line up in the sky can change, and according to astrology, this influences everything from our behavior to our interactions to our emotions. And this week, we’ve got a total of five planets in emotional Pisces—and in case you weren’t sure, that’s a lot. Here’s what that means, plus how to handle it.

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: Taurus New Moon April 2022 | New Moon Meditation Music | 1111 Hz | Solar Eclipse April 30th

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Thought For The Day

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Treehugger: You Can Grow Mushrooms All Around Your Home and Garden
Indoors and out, there are plenty of places to cultivate edible fungi.

Many of us are interested in growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in our gardens. But have you considered the possibility that you could grow mushrooms, too? Mushroom cultivation is often considered to be a more specialist pursuit.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Mercury after sunset: Greatest elongation April 29

For the Northern Hemisphere, Mercury’s best evening apparition of 2022 is now

When to watch: Mercury will come into view after sunset in mid-April and be gone again by mid-May. Greatest elongation – when Mercury will be farthest from the sunset – is late April.
Where to look: Look in the sunset direction, as the sky is darkening.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Magick is not Therapy
APRIL 26, 2022 BY IRISANYA MOON


I love magick.

The magick I’ve done has allowed me to grow as a person, as a Witch, and as a being who is in relationships with others.

I have engaged with my shadows. I have interacted with godds.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Beltane

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Inner Journey:

Why are you here?

“You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart’s desires.”
— Marcia Wieder

What do you love to do? What gives you greatest meaning in your life? Let your answers trickle through and keep a record of the key words that come up.

Life becomes so much richer when we choose to live from our heart.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
— Steve Jobs

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Do you think I ultimately reward those who live in poverty?

Do you think those who toil and sweat from paycheck to paycheck are more likely to inherit the Kingdom than those who work in ivory towers?

Do you think I take special notice of sacrifices?

That I’m pleased when some put the needs of others before their own?

Or that I favor those who strive to live spiritual lives?

Actually, I love you no matter what rules you make up.

Unconditionally,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 5 Classic Strawberry Desserts to Celebrate Strawberry Season
Fresh strawberries take center stage in these easy but show-stopping desserts.

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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

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Daily Wisdom
April 28, 2022

Peace
“I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction and therefore must be a higher law than that of destruction. Only under that law would a well-ordered society be intelligible and life worth living.”

-Mahatma Gandhi
With everything we’ve been through these past few months, these words ring true, loud and clear. Peace is a process, an ongoing movement that doesn’t stand still. We are all a part of this process, and our contributions to a peaceful society make a difference.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

Find a way to inject an artistic touch to whatever you’re doing and get extra satisfaction and have greater success at what you’re doing. You may not think of yourself as artistic, but it will be hard to hide or resist your creative side today. Even the most mundane and boring tasks can be made more pleasant by adding a dash of artistic expression. Within reason and appropriateness, let it shine!

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!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 2022

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 2022

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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April Quotes

“Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed
Their snow-white blossoms on my head,
With brightest sunshine round me spread
Of spring’s unclouded weather,
In this sequestered nook how sweet
To sit upon my orchard-seat!
And birds and flowers once more to greet,
My last year’s friends together.”
–  William Wordsworth

gardendigest.com

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April 2022 Events

April 1 April Fools Day/ New Moon at 11: 24 pm PST/ 12:24 am MST/ 2:24 am EST

April 15 Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins

April 16 Full Wind Moon at 11:55 am PST/ 12:55 pm MST/ 2:55 pm EST

April 17 Easter

April 19 Sun enters Taurus

April 22 Earth Day

April 30 Solar Eclipse 4:28 pm EST

May 1 Beltane / May Day

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Pioneer Thinking: Ginger Bath Recipe with Zing!

Put a little zing into your next bath! You can create homemade bath recipes that will allow you to enjoy all the health benefits of a soak at the spa in your very own tub!

Read more….

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How to celebrate BELTANE at home | DIY Fertility candle magick

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Learn Religions: Beltane Planting Ritual for Solitaries

By Patti Wigington
Updated on May 09, 2019


This ritual is designed for the solitary practitioner, but it can easily be adapted for a small group to perform together. It’s a simple rite that celebrates the fertility of the planting season, and so it’s one that should be performed outside

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MBG: Energy Reading April 19-25, 2022: Clearing Out Limiting Beliefs To Remember Our Worth

Each week, join author and energy healer Natasha Levinger as she reads the communal energy to predict what’s in store for us in the days ahead.
When we are young we don’t yet know who we are, so we believe what the people around us tell us about ourselves. Unfortunately, sometimes what we’re told is not the full picture or even the truth.

Read more….

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Thought For The Day

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Treehugger: Newborn Critically Endangered Tamarin Baby Has Some Serious Hair
There are only about 2,000 cotton-top tamarin adults left in the wild.

A newborn tiny monkey sporting an impressive crown of white hair was spotted clinging to its mother one morning at a zoo in the United Kingdom.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Start watching now!

Start watching around April 20, 2022, to catch Venus and Jupiter every few days, as they head towards their April 30, 2022 conjunction.

When and where to watch: Look in the sunrise direction to see bright Jupiter, dazzling Venus, and fainter Mars and Saturn. You’ll see Venus and Jupiter inch closer every day.

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Patheos-Pagan: Remaining Positive in a Dark World
APRIL 18, 2022 BY LISA WAGONER


A few years ago, I wrote a blog on Witch, Indeed called “Being A Positive Pagan in a Dark World“. It seemed to hit a nerve about the topic of positivity. And it remains the blog entry I receive the most notes from, still to this day.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Ayla Schafer “Song of the drum” Lyric Video (Feat. Hivshu)

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Inner Journey:

FOLLOW THE 80/20 RULE

“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”
— Nido Qubein

The 80/20 rule says that on a list of 10 tasks, only 2 of those tasks will return 80% of the value of the entire list. Look at your ‘to do’ list for today. Which tasks are directly related to what you most want in life? Find the 2 high value items on your list and tackle them first. These tasks are the ones that really move us forward.

Many of us actively avoid the top 2 priorities because they are more challenging than the rest. If they are to lead us to worthy goals, they are undoubtedly asking us to move into new territory in thinking and acting, and this can be scary. But this is also REWARDING!

“Don’t kid yourself: it’s because you’re doing all those C’s (low priorities) and NOT because you haven’t any time, that you don’t get to do your A’s.”
— Alan Lakein

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

The evolution of faith usually spanning millions of years, typically looks like this:

Not believing in “the Universe.”

Believing in “the Universe,” but secretly doubting it, too.

Fearing “the Universe,” but secretly loving it, too.

Loving “the Universe,” but secretly fearing it, too.

Realizing that “the Universe” was you, all along.

Thanks for having me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 10 Rhubarb Bars to Make ASAP

Not sure what to do with your latest rhubarb haul? Try one of these absolutely irresistible rhubarb bar recipes.

Read more….

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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

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Daily Wisdom
April 20, 2022

Work
“Working is so satisfying that if we didn’t have to work to eat, we’d have to invent some other reason for doing it.”

-Andrew S. Rooney


Can you just picture Andy Rooney sitting on the set of “60 Minutes” and talking about his topic of the week? I can hear his voice saying just what he said above! Aren’t we funny about our work? When we enjoy what we’re doing there’s this timelessness about it. It is satisfying and gratifying. It is fun!

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

A change has been in the air for some time and today the actual transformation could happen. There’s nothing to be afraid of, or to dread, or to fear losing. Room is being made and energy is being set aside for something new and better for you. It could be something small or something large, but whatever it is will be meaningful and affect your daily life.

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/

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

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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April’s Full “Wind” Moon

April’s Full “Wind” Moon
April 16, 2022 at 11:55 am PST/ 12:55 pm MST/ 2:55 pm EST

During this full moon, we are lured to provocative thoughts of warm days and spring flowers. We see a decrease in the march snows which give way to April showers and windy days. As the wind blows it joyfully spreads last season’s seeds. From these seeds comes growth and new life. Already we are seeing the first flowers and leaves of the season. The Old Farmers Almanac calls this the Full Pink Moon because the first grass pink and ground phlox was beginning to grow. Other names for this moon are Seed Moon, Wind Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon

Like the full moon of March, the April moon is the perfect time to nurture new beginnings. Plans and ideas that you have been thinking about starting can germinate and grow if you start now. The time has come to take action and make things happen. It is particularly good for love and adopting or conceiving a child.

To celebrate this full moon bright primary colors are the pick of the day and sacred stones like Selenite, Angelite, Celestite, and Quartz Crystal are the perfect adornments. Springtime flower scents like violet, hyacinth, and other florals can add a special touch as well.

Full moon blessings!
Cat

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The Celtic Tree Month of Willow/ Saille (Sail): April 15- May 12

The Celtic Tree Month of Willow/ 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 varieties. 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 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.

In Myth & Magic

Willows are 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 its 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 is 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 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!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 14, 2022

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 14, 2022

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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April Quotes

“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.”

T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land, 1922

gardendigest.com

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April 2022 Events

April 1 April Fools Day/ New Moon at 11: 24 pm PST/ 12:24 am MST/ 2:24 am EST

April 15 Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins

April 16 Full Wind Moon at 11:55 am PST/ 12:55 pm MST/ 2:55 pm EST

April 17 Easter

April 19 Sun enters Taurus

April 22 Earth Day

April 30 Solar Eclipse 4:28 pm EST

May 1 Beltane / May Day

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Spirit Library: Opening the Sun Portal
Gillian MacBeth-Louthan


Spring is bossy and pushes her pretty way into every pore of our being. We feel a sense of expectancy as the need to birth another level of our inner-light kicks and prods at us from the inside out knocking on the windows of our soul. All of earth mirrors this urge to move forward out of the long season of waiting into a place of knowing.

Read more….

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Cleansing energy | a cottage witch guide to spiritual cleansing


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Learn Religions: The Beltane Bale Fire Tradition

By Patti Wigington
Updated on July 03, 2019


One of the hallmarks of any Beltane celebration is the bonfire, or the Bale Fire (this can be spelled a number of ways, including Beal Fire and Bel Fire). This tradition has its roots in early Ireland.

Read more….

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MBG: The Biggest Change You’ll See When You Find Your Self-Worth

Releasing our ego’s need to make us small and separate shifts our understanding of our role in the divine plan. We learn that Spirit is within us and beyond us all at once. We begin to see that the light is in us and around us.

Read more….

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Stop Trying to Have a Daily Witchcraft Practice

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Thought For Today

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Treehugger: Do You Know the ‘Countryside Code’?
It’s an English document that teaches people how to interact with nature.

The combination of hot summer weather and easing of lockdown rules has resulted in a surge of people visiting the countryside.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Mercury after sunset: Start watching mid-April

When to watch: Mercury will come into view after sunset in mid-April and be gone again by mid-May. Greatest elongation – when Mercury will be farthest from the sunset – is late April.
Where to look: Look in the sunset direction, as the sky is darkening.
Greatest elongation is 8 UTC on April 29, 2022

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Patheos-Pagan: When You Shouldn’t Talk About Your Spiritual Experiences
APRIL 14, 2022 BY JOHN BECKETT



I saw a Twitter conversation earlier this week around the question of keeping your spiritual and experiences to yourself. As with so many things I see on Twitter, I can’t say what I want to say in 280 characters, so this turned into a blog post instead.

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Pagan Playlist: Divine Forest 🌳 UDU Drum Grounding Journey – Earth, Water, Nature, Connection – Grounding ceremony

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Inner Journey:

THERE’S HOPE!

“No matter how painful our early experiences were, our Essence cannot be harmed. Our Essence is waiting for the opportunity to reveal itself. In a very true sense, we are waiting for the opportunity to become ourselves. Our spirit is yearning to break free, to express itself …

“And yet, ironically, we always fear and resist opening to that which is most real in us. When we trust in the process and give ourselves over to it, however, our true nature comes forth. The result is real integrity, love, authenticity, creativity, understanding, guidance, joy, power, and serenity-all of the qualities we are forever demanding that personality supply.”
— Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

True brilliance is not a function of understanding one’s view of the world and finding order, logic, and spirituality in it. True brilliance is understanding that your view of order, logic, and spirituality is what created your world.

You can change anything and everything.

Shape Shifting 101,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spinach and Strawberry Salad

My family loves this all year round if we can find strawberries. Even the grandchildren love this salad. Quick and easy.

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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

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Daily Wisdom
April 14, 2022

Kindness
“Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.”

-Talmud


A kind word, a smile, a friendly gesture – sometimes that’s all it takes to totally turn someone’s day around. If we can turn a day around so easily, couldn’t we turn a life around? We can certainly turn our own lives around. It’s these little things that add up in big ways and make the big differences in the world

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Patience is your secret weapon to face down all obstacles today. Take your good old time to make sure you understand what needs to be done, for whom, why, and how. This methodical approach may not be your natural or favorite one, and it might annoy someone who has a different opinion of how urgent the issue is. Nonetheless, patience will get you through the day with fewer, if any, mishaps.

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/

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/