Cat’s Morning Bits for September 22, 2020 Autumn Equinox/ Mabon Edition

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 22, 2020 Autumn Equinox/ Mabon Edition

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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“Equal dark, equal light
Flow in Circle, deep insight
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!
So it flows, out it goes
Three-fold back it shall be
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!”

Night An’Fey, Transformation of Energy

egreenway.com

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September’s Events:

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Equinox (a message from Kate Spreckley)

With today’s Equinox energy there is a definite increase in the intensity and the frequency of the incoming energy. Currently the incoming waves of energy are clashing with the outgoing waves of energy creating disruption and turmoil for us all. As the incoming cosmic energies get stronger and…

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The Autumn Kitchen || Mabon Sangria

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Beneath The Moon: The Autumn Equinox season

I don’t follow the dates on a calendar, I watch and feel what Mother Nature is doing and the energies around me. In my corner of South East England autumn is beginning to show her face, so for me the season of autumn equinox has begun.

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ThoughtCo: How to Hold a Gratitude Ritual

For many Pagans, autumn is a time of giving thanks. Although this is the most obvious around the Mabon holiday, if you live in the United States, most of your friends and family will be giving thanks in November.

Read more…..

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MBG: An Autumn Equinox Ritual That Pulls Its Power From The Elements

The wheel of the year is turning, and the autumn equinox is coming up on Tuesday, September 22. For this special time of year, thousands of people stand in awe at sacred sites around the world—from the pyramids at Chichen Itza in Yucatán to Machu Picchu in Peru. Autumnal festivals play a prominent role in Native American culture, Iranian tradition, and beyond.

Read more……

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The Corner Crone: Rebalancing at Mabon

Jason Mankey’s post about the Autumnal Equinox caught my attention the other day. In it he writes:

Most of us probably live our lives out of balance. We either focus too much on work, or not enough on it, and some of us prioritize doing things for ourselves instead of doing things for others

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: DIY-Harvest Decor -Autumn Equinox /Mabon

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Elephant Journal: A Grounding Prayer for the Autumn Equinox.

It’s been a no good, very bad week.
Mercury is in retrograde and my kids have been having epic tantrums. A dear family member had a heart attack, and we got some bad news affecting our finances.

I’ve been in icy fear all week. Cortisol tears through my veins. My mind races, scavenging up ways to cut expenses and bring in more income. I feel a bit like someone has died, and I’m tumbling through the stages of grief from that chill of fear to a thick sadness to simmering anger.

Read more……

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Treehugger: 12 Facts About the First Day of Fall

Well hello, fall! Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere. We are suddenly swathed in sweaters and wearing boots and bombarded by shades of orange, often even before the thermometer warrants it.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Equinox sun is over Earth’s equator

The 2020 autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere (spring equinox for the Southern Hemisphere) happens on Tuesday, September 22, at 13:31 UTC. At this special moment – the instant of the September equinox – the sun is at zenith, or straight overhead, as seen from Earth’s equator.

Read more….

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3 Pagans And A Cat: Celebrating Autumn, Mabon, Harvest: What’s In A Name?

Recently, Phoenix LeFae of The Witches Next Door shared a post titled “Mabon is Dumb.” My first reaction was “Whoa, don’t hate on Autumn!” And then I have to admit chuckling a bit as I read her article. Here’s why.

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Learning Religions: Acorns and Oaks

The acorn is a symbol of strength and power. In the fall, these tiny yet hardy little nuggets drop from the oak trees to land on the ground. Most will be eaten by passing wildlife, but a few will survive to form a new tree in the spring

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Mabon (Autumn Equinox)

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Inner Journey: BRING AWARENESS TO YOUR GENEROSITY

“Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.”
— Jean De La Bruyère

While it’s important to give, it’s also essential that we not give more than we can afford. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of time or money you can give away, but it should not cause you hardship. We need to respect our own needs as well as the needs of others.

When do you give more than you can afford?

“Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving.”
— Jon Kabat Zinn

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“Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us …”

Autumn Equinox Ritual

egreenway.com

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Today’s Recipe: 15 Fabulous Fall Treats That Aren’t a Mouthful of Pumpkin Spice

It’s that time of year when it seems like anything flavored with pumpkin spice gets all the love and attention. But if you’re just not feeling it, you’ll be glad to have these alternative treats for your autumn enjoyment. You’ll still taste all the best fall flavors — apples, pears, caramel, maple, nuts, and dark chocolate — without that overwhelming PSL vibe.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Autumn Equinox/ Mabon

Autumn Equinox / Mabon / Harvest Home: On or around September 21st

This year Mabon is on Tuesday, September 22

This is the second harvest festival and like the Vernal Equinox night and day are equal. It is a time to honor the changing season and to give thanks for the bounty and abundance in our lives.

Symbols and Decorations: Fall leaves, apples, gourds, vines, flowers, acorns grapes, berries, indian corn and grains.

Colors: Wine, Rust, Brown, Autumn Orange and Gold

Deities: Pomona, Demeter, Persephone, Bacchus, Dionysus, Green Man, Tezcatzontecatl, Osiris

Herbs: Marigold, Milkweed, Fern, Benzoin, Honeysuckle, Passionflower, Rose Sage, Solomon’s Seal, Thistle (A Druid’s Herbal)

Incense: Pine, Myrrh, Sage, Sweetgrass

Trees: Maple, Magnolia, Locust, Hickory, Hackberry, Aspen. (Whispers from the Woods)

Sacred Stones: Green Aventurine, Dendritic Agate, Chrysoprase for goal setting and planning /Sunstone , Moonstone for balance. (Hibiscus Moon)

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Daily Wisdom
September 22, 2020

Light


“Science and art may invent splendid modes of illuminating the apartments of the opulent; but these are all poor and worthless compared with the light which the sun pours freely, impartially, over hill and valley, which kindles daily the eastern and western sky; and so the common lights of reason and conscience and love are of more worth and dignity than the rare endowments which give celebrity to a few.”

-William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)
The light of day, the morning sun steaming through our window gives us a sense of newness, and optimism. We share the sun, it warms each of us without playing favorites. Songs are written about the sun, and the happiness it brings.

-Lissa Coffey

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Autumn 🍂 Equinox Energy Reading 2020

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Offering Help: Cat’s Angel Message for September 18, 2020

Offering Help: Cat’s Angel Message for September 18, 2020

September’s Theme: “What Do I Want?” This is a question that we often ask ourselves. So as we head into Autumn and the time of introspection ask yourself that very question.

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Personal peace and joy are often found in helping others. ~ Cat

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918: Today the angels are asking us to consider this question: “How can I be of service?” Being of service to others is part of everyone’s Life Purpose or Mission. By helping others the energy that extends flows out and on its journey, it touches multiple people and situations before returning to us. Sometimes being of service can be a big undertaking, however, more often than not it’s the small things that bring the greatest joy and reward. There are many ways to be of service: Helping an elderly relative or neighbor. Maybe you know someone who needs a little mentoring or just someone to talk to. Spending quality time with your family. Volunteering at a local charity or even helping a stranger. Embrace unity and community and keep the energy moving today, not only does it makes others feel good, it makes you feel good too!

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Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Zadkiel teaches us that true compassion and healing lie in our ability to forgive ourselves and others. This is especially helpful when we endeavor to lead by example. It is through forgiveness that we gain insight into what assistance will be beneficial to self and others.

The Ascended Master El Morya supports all who give of themselves to help lift up others. 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 Egyptian goddess Hathor helps us to find the answer to the question “How shall I live my life?” She tells us that every moment gives us opportunities for growth. ” When you are filled with indecision you move away from yourself and your power as a creator. Indecision silences you ability to hear your own inner wisdom. If you need my help just ask and I will shower you with energy that will tip the scales in the direction of what you desire.”

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Our Sacred Stones for today include:

Inspirational Apatite helps us to be of service by encouraging us to be more open and at ease in social situations as it promotes a humanitarian attitude.

Rhodonite helps to balance both mental and physical energy. It shows us all sides to any given situation and clears away confusion and helps to promote confidence. It’s calming influence helps us to ground and balance even during chaotic or upsetting situations. It also helps to promote the feeling of brotherhood. It also helps to clear and activate the heart chakra which is essential to embracing gratitude while promoting a loving and balanced approach to life and encourages a positive attitude and creativity.

Stilbite which helps us to find creative solutions to problems and enhances our intuition so that we can more effectively offer assistance

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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The Celtic Tree Month of Vine

Photo from freeimages.com

The Celtic Tree Month of Vine or Muin runs from September 2nd to September 29th.

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I dreamed this mortal part of mine
Was metamorphosed to a vine,
Which, crawling one and every way…
from Robert Herrick’s “The Vine”

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VINE LORE

The month of Vine is the bridge between the Autumn Equinox and the dark time of the year that begins at Samhain. Muin is an The Ogham word for this tree month is Muin which means highest of beauty and strongest of effort and the Irish word Muine means thicket.

Vine symbolizes emotion and sensuality and represents the clinging aspirations of artists and of poets. Vine refers to specifically to the Grape Vines but can also realte to any vine that produces fruit. In mythology, the grape vine is personified in the God Dionysus or Bacchus, who brought the art of wine making to mankind. Carvings of this god show him with an ivy wreath upon his head and his body covered with grapes and leaves. As such he resembles the Green Man of the Celtic traditions. In Pagan/Wiccan traditions the five pointed leaves are sacred to the Goddess as is the spiral growing pattern of the vines themselves.

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PLANT INFORMATION

Vine is not a tree but more like a shrub and is probably the oldest cultivated plant in the world. It is a long lived plant and scientists have found fossilized grape leaves that date back 40 million years! These vines have large lobed leaves and produce small whitish flowers, that in turn produce grapes. These vine can grow up to 115 feet in length and live to a recorded life span of 600 years. The stem of very old grape vines have been known to produce “planks” 15 inches wide when cut.

In healing, vine is known for it’s restorative and regenerative powers. It can help with fever, and the leaves and seeds were used to stop hemorrhaging, bleeding and inflammation. Grapes are rich in iron, and vitamins and provide an excellent source of instant energy. They are also a laxative and a diuretic. Blackberries were used by the ancient Greeks to treat gout. In England the leaves were used to treat burns while berries were used to treat bug bites, loose teeth and sore throats. The bark and roots are known for their astringent properties and are still used today.

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VINE IN MAGICK

Vine is female and is ruled by the moon. It can be used to promote prosperity, fertility, mental powers and can be used in garden magick. Ritual uses include celebrations, grounding and faery magick. Use the leaves of this plant to enhance your own goals and ambitions. Vine is also one of the nine sacred woods burned at Beltane as a symbol of joy.

Vines properties are as follows:

Blueberry: Spirituality, protection and dream magick
Grape: Garden magick fertility, prosperity/money and binding
Blackberry: Protection, healing and prosperity

To dream of grapes/blackberries is a sign of abundance, if the leaves are green then success is coming your way and if you are harvesting the berries your income will be a good one. To dream of walking through a vinyard fortells of prosperity.

Here is a recipe for Vine Moon Tea (good for use in Earth magic, sex magic, overcoming difficulties):
1 part blackberry
1 part dandelion
splash of currant wine or Grape juice
pinch of hibiscus
(dutchie.org)

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VINE PEOPLE

Vine people have high personal standards and tend to be natural socializers and well organized. They also have well developed insticts and an eye for detail however this can become an issue as they can be highly self critical. They are also secretly romantic and sensitive. Vine people have a dual personality and can be happy one minute and down the next. It is important for Vine people to learn the importance of balance between giving and receiving.

To choose Vine as a magickal name can indicate that you are a climber and have great potential. You are willing to work hard to achieve what you want.

Deities: Dionysus, Osirus, Branwen,Brigid, Danu, Freya , Hathor, Bacchus, Dagda, Etain.
Animals: White swan, eagle, lizard, hound
Sacred Stones: Blue beryl and emerald

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written by CatSister 2010
sources:
The New Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
dutchie.org
controverscial.com  

Good Morning & Happy Sunday!

Daily Correspondences: Sunday

Energy: masculine

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money

Element: Fire

Incense: Lemon, Frankincense
Planet: Sun
Star Sign: Leo
Angel: Michael
Power Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White
Herbs & Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate
Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary

Deities include Apollo, Brigid, Helios, Ra

Sunday is ruled by the Sun. This is an excellent day for spell work involving business partnerships, work promotions,
business ventures, and professional success. Spells for friendships, mental or
physical health, or bringing joy back into your life can be performed on this
day, too.

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Happy Saturday!

Saturday Correspondences

Saturday (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Setting Boundaries, Time and Death

Elements: Earth, Fire


Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Planet: Saturn
Star Signs: Capricorn and Aquarius
Angel: Cassiel
Power Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs & Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade, Hemp, Comfrey and Fir
Sacred Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli

Deities include Cronos, The Fates, Hecate, Loki, Saturn


Saturday is ruled by Saturn. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spell work involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of bad habits.

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The Grand Aventure: Cat’s Angel Message for August 27, 2020

 The Grand Aventure: Cat’s Angel Message for August 27, 2020

August Theme: Positive focus and creative solutions help to draw both prosperity and abundance this month. You are a powerful creator and all that you need is within your grasp!


Welcome new things into your life and embrace the grand adventure! ~ Cat


827: Today we continue our quest to release any fearful and negative thinking that may be keeping us from moving forward, creating the life we want or from embracing prosperity and abundance. Ground, center and clear as this will help the release process. Take a deep breath and affirm ” I welcome prosperity and abundance in all forms and they flow into my life with ease. I am worthy of and ready to receive all the good things the Universe has in store for me and to move forward with a sense of adventure.” Call on the Universe for assistance and make use of the guidance that is offered. Remember that information and nudges can come from anywhere and the key is to keep yourself open to new information and scenarios. Most importantly take the necessary steps and corresponding actions if you feel compelled to do so!


Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Michael helps to calm our fears as he guides us through issues of self doubt by clearing our energy field and quieting the internal chatter so that we can access the guidance being sent to us. He helps us to find our courage and our direction while giving us the strength that we need to choose wisely and make decisions on our own. Michael’s energy is easily felt particularly during times of stress and confusion and helps us when we feel lost or overwhelmed. He sets us on the path of commitment to our purpose by showing us how to work through obstacles that pop up as he teaches us that we have what it takes to create new things for ourselves as he helps us reach new levels of self confidence.

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 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 Hawaiian fire goddess Pele helps us to ignite our inner fire. This fire when channeled correctly helps to fuel our passions and sense of purpose. She is a goddess of empowerment teaches us about honest communication and how it aids our goal setting and getting. “Within you lives the sacred fire that gives life to your greatest dreams and passions. This part of you must be allowed to come forward, not smothered beneath fear, resentment or the expectations of others. Your fire will help you forge new paths!”


Our Sacred Stones for today include:

Purple Fluorite helps strengthen our intuitive powers as it helps dispel fixed ideas and thoughts and brings the rational thinking forward so that new information is easily accepted. It is a protective stone that draws away negative energy and stress. It cleans and re-energizes the aura and promotes overall harmony and order.

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

Soft colored Lepidolite helps us by filtering away distractions and obsessive thinking so that we can focus on more important things. It soothes and heals stress and reminds us to just breathe.


Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 2020

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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The woods grew dark, as though they knew no noon;
The thunder growled about the high brown hills,
And the thin, wasted, shining summer rills
Grew joyful with the coming of the rain,
And doubtfully was shifting every vane.
-William Morris (1834-96)

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Spirit Library: Finding Meaning ( a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we move into the limitlessness of our soul the need for unity of heart, body, mind and spirit will increase. As a result, we are being urged to expand ourselves beyond the boundaries of old behaviours and rigid patterning.ning (a message from Kate Spreckley)

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Yeyeo Botanica: Cinnamon: Spiritual and Magical Uses

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ThoughtCo: Negative Reactions to Magical Crystals

Many Pagans and other people in the metaphysical community use crystals and gemstones in their magical and spiritual practice. There’s practically an endless list of stones you can use,

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MBG: Feeling Expressive? You Might Just Have A Blue Aura — Here’s What It Means

Auras are believed to be the unique energy field surrounding all living things, and though most people can’t see them with the naked eye, every aura is a different color or combination of colors, with different meanings behind them. (To find out which color dominates your aura, you can get an aura portrait done, read your own aura, or take a quick quiz on your aura personality.)

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Pioneer Thinking: Health Benefits of Grounding

Grounding is the actual process of placing your feet on the ground and making contact with sand, dirt, grass or concrete, especially wet ones. There are some recent reports which indicate that direct contact of your body with the electrons of the earth which have anti-oxidant effects, optimizes your immune system.

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Today’s DIY: DIY magical candle bowl

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Elephant Journal: The Earth is asking us to Listen.

It is a Sunday morning in August 2020, and through her moans and deep sadness, she is asking to be heard.
But not just heard, listened to.

Each of my children wake asking me similar questions, “Mom there are lights flashing outside” and, “It sounds like furniture is being moved, is everything okay?” I reply, “Everything is okay, my love, please go back to sleep.”

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Treehugger: Bumblebees Are Larger in Cities, Study Finds

Living in cities has an impact on bumblebee size. Bees are larger in urban areas and, because of their increased heft, they’re more productive than their rural relatives, according to new research.

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EarthSky News: Ophiuchus is part of the zodiac, too

Tonight – August 26, 2020 – the moon is passing in front of the faint zodiacal constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. The above sky chart shows only the southern part of Ophiuchus. We show this constellation in his entirety later on in this post

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Patheos-Pagan: Hekate’s Wheel & the Iynx Wheel

The Wheel of Hekate is a symbol that has become synonymous with the Goddess of the Crossroads in the last few decades, and it is confusingly sometimes named as an Iynx or Strophalos – which are ritual tools.

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Pagan Playlist: Mother Of Darkness; We All Come From The Goddess by Circle Of Women

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Inner Journey:

CO-CREATION STARTS WITH IMAGINATION

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions andpurpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity,purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

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A Note from the Universe

Phew… I need a break! Tell you what, why don’t you write your own NOTE today? To me?

You could say something like, “Jambo Universe, it’s me! Right, the good-looking, talented, sexy one for whom the sun rises every day. Anyway, just wanted to tell you that this adventure in time and space has been awesome. Everything I ever expected it would be. (Huh, imagine that.) It’s been exactly as hard and as easy, as challenging and as rewarding, as I’ve been telling myself. (Hey, what a coincidence.) And even though I know we are ONE, I still like thinking of you “out there” somewhere, watching, loving, and protecting me. (Hmm, could this also be why I sometimes feel alone?) At any rate, I’m learning tons, having some fun, and really looking forward to coming home one day. (Unless, of course, I’m home now.)

Hey, since I have your attention, thanks, for another day in paradise. (Where my thoughts become things, dreams never stop coming true, and it all just keeps getting better and better.)

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spinach Caprese Salad

A greener version of the classic Caprese, this salad is just as delicious with the added nutrients of spinach! The drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar make a wonderful dressing for the spinach underneath.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

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
August 26, 2020

Cause and Effect


“Curiosity, or love of the knowledge of causes, draws a man from consideration of the effect to seek the cause; and again, the cause of that cause, till of necessity he must come to this thought at last, that there is some cause, whereof there is no former cause, but is eternal, which – men call God.”

-Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
We are compelled to learn. It is in our nature. We can’t help it. And the more we learn, the more that knowledge brings us to ourselves. We look outside, we read, we study, we work – and what we learn is to look inside. We look inside to turn knowledge into wisdom, and we grow

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Be calm, proactive, and don’t exhaust yourself with endless fear. Any number of things might backfire or go wrong today, just like any other day, and there is little if anything extraordinary to be fearful about now. Your basic sense of insecurity may be higher than normal today, but this will pass soon. Take heart and be your normal brave self

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://www.thedesertpath.com/

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 21, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 21, 2020

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

Aug 17 Moon enters Leo

Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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Hence, let me haste into the mid wood shade,
Where scarce a sunbeam wanders through the gloom.
-James Thompson (1700-48)

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Spirit Library: New Moon (a message from Kate Spreckley)

If we are to establish a new way of being and a new reality the old structures and programs, which have upheld our reality need to be dismantled.

Read more….

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Yeyeo Botanica: Aloe Vera for Protection & Luck

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Moon enters Libra

Moon enters Libra Description: The Moon in Libra This is a time for seeking out balance, harmony, and peace. It’s also a time to express emotions gracefully, diplomatically, and considerately.

cafeastrology.com

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ThoughtCo: Mabon History: The Second Harvest

Two days a year, the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive the same amount of sunlight. Not only that, each receives the same amount of light as they do dark—this is because the earth is tilted at a right angle to the sun, and the sun is directly over the equator. In Latin, the word equinox translates to “equal night.”

Read more….

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MBG: Can’t Remember Your Dreams? We Asked Experts Why & What You Can Do

Dreams are as fascinating as they are mysterious, especially if you’re someone who struggles to remember them. It turns out, there are lots of factors that influence both the quality of your REM sleep—the sleep stage in which dreams happen—and your ability to remember those dreams once you wake up.

Read more…..

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DIY MABON POTPOURRI!!

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Elephant Journal: How Healing our Root Chakra can Help us Feel More Stable & Grounded in 2020

The root chakra is connected to our sense of trust, home, and security.
This year especially, it seems we are all being tested in these areas.

In a broad sense, it can feel as though there isn’t much we can do to guarantee the state of things in the world or the country, and that can feel discomforting—particularly this election year.

Read more….

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Treehugger: World’s Most Endangered Zebras Born at Florida Wildlife Refuge

Four new Grevy’s zebra foals are trotting around White Oak Conservation in northeastern Florida, likely oblivious to the impact they’re making on the species.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Sun, Regulus in conjunction August 23

Today – August 23, 2020 – the sun is in conjunction with Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. You won’t see Regulus today because this 1st-magnitude star rises with the sun, climbs highest up for the day with the sun at solar noon, and sets with the sun. Every year, the sun meets up Regulus on or near August 23

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Folklore, Fiction, Scripture, and Myth: Know the Differences!

I have a love-hate relationship with pop culture. On one hand, much of it is entertaining and some of it is inspiring. On the other hand, much of it is also trite, simplistic, and at times appropriative of traditions that are sacred to me and to other Pagans.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: En el Cielo – Pacha Mama – Nessi Gomes

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Inner Journey: REFLECTIONS ON EFFORT

The anxious student asked the Zen master how long to enlightenment. The Zen Master answered a long time, at least 10 years. The student said, “Well I will work twice as hard.” The Zen master said, “Then it will take 20 years.” “No!” said the committed student, “I will work three times as hard.” “Well then,” said the Zen master, “it will take 30 years.”

Do you need to work at being spiritual? No. You already are spiritual. Do you need to work at being human? No. That’s just who you are.

The spiritual path doesn’t require us to get anything. It’s a process of opening to new dimensions of who we already are. It’s a process of awakening to our own truth. It’s a process of allowing ourselves to be authentic.

“It is not by your actions that you will be saved, but by your being.”
— Meister Eckhart

“People ask what must they become to be loving. The answer is ‘nothing.’ It is a process of letting go of what you thought you had become and allowing your true nature to float to the surface naturally.”
— Stephen Levine

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Every enlightened master knows that it’s not what you do that brings about a miracle, but that you do something, consistently, with an unwavering expectation that thy will shall be done.

Because when you do something, with intention, every day, almost anything, in the direction of your dreams, that’s all I’ll need to reach you, connect a few dots, and drop a few jaws.

We takin’ over,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Grilled Balsamic Chicken Breast

A delicious and easy way to make honey-balsamic grilled chicken breasts. It is perfect to add to your favorite salad or by itself with your favorite sides.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth


Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Star Signs: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Power Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs & Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
August 21, 2020

Myth
“Myths have their magic power because they cast on the screen of our imaginations the figures of the heavenly constellations, immense projections of our hope and capabilities.”

-Robert Heilbroner


Myths make us question: “What are the possibilities?” Instead of thinking of the practical and mundane, they open up to us areas of grandeur and limitlessness! Our imaginations are there to help us create, and we are capable of creating our own reality. So, why not dream big?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Smooth your way through the day by being as respectable as time and circumstance require. Fit in, look and sound the part that you’ve been assigned, and get a lot done with very little or no resistance. In general, being respectable can be a good thing and serve you well, especially when dealing with new people or with those who don’t know you very well.

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/

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 19, 2020

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 19, 2020

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim-the rocks-the motion of the waves-the
ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
-Walt Whitman (1819-92)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

Aug 17 Moon enters Leo

Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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Spirit Library: New Structures of Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we continue to process and integrate the Lionsgate energies we are entering into a significant period of change within ourselves. Our entire system is being rewired to hold within us a new structure of light energy that will entirely transform the energetic circuitry of our bodies.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: The Carnivorous Plant that Heals | Teasel Root

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE COLOR YELLOW

Whether we are aware of it or not, colors have the power to influence and change our perspective most subtly and subliminally.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: The Four Classical Elements

In many modern-day Pagan belief systems, there is a good deal of focus on the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. A few traditions of Wicca also include a fifth element, which is spirit or self, but that is not universal among all Pagan paths.

Read more….

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Using Pendulums in Your Craft

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Elephant Journal: Vedic Chanting Heals Us—Here’s How (& Why I Love Goddess Durga Mantra)

In March of 2020, I began to experience health issues that may or may not have been related to COVID-19.
I may never know.

What I do know is that I am grateful to be alive, am still experiencing mild, but prolonged, mysterious symptoms, and am slowly, but surely progressing in recovering my health.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 9 Enlightening Facts About Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian devils are widely known, but not widely understood. Their most famous emissary is Taz, the spinning Looney Tunes character who bears only a remote resemblance to actual Tasmanian devils.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: The Teapot, and the galaxy’s center

Tonight, or on any moonless evening during a Northern Hemisphere summer or Southern Hemisphere winter, you can look in the evening hours toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It’s located in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius the Archer, which happens to contain a famous asterism – or noticeable pattern of stars – called the Teapot.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Moth and the Witch

The Moth is of the Lepidoptera family, with 11,000 species here in United States alone. Moths like bats and owls are a creature of the night, and also a known familiar of the witch…

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Circle of Women – Nalini Blossom

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Inner Journey:

THREE LEVELS OF PROSPERITY

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
— Woody Allen

To become more prosperous, we need to change on at least two levels. First, we must ensure our financial affairs are in order. We need an income that at least covers our expenses. And we need a foundation of habits, tools and skills so we achieve some financial stability in our day-to-day experience.

Second, we must become aware of the beliefs we hold around money and prosperity. If we unconsciously believe we are lacking in some way, then no matter what we do, we will unconsciously sabotage our own efforts to improve our finances.

And third, it’s helpful to understand the spiritual principles that govern our level of abundance. Once we know those principles, we can work effectively within them to attract abundance to us.

“If you’re prosperous in soul, you’ll be prosperous in whole.”
— Mark Victor Hansen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Hubba, Hubba, Hubba!

Ya know how the bud of a flower looks? Already attractive, special, and unique yet still barely hinting at the splendor and magnificence to come. Oblivious itself of how its presence will add to the world.

That’s what you remind me of.

Rose bud,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

One of my favorite cookie bar recipes.

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
August 19, 2020

Myth
“I can find my biography in ever fable that I read.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Some myths may be larger than life, but at their core they illustrate basic human needs and ambitions. We can see ourselves in the characters, and try out our options as they do. The archetypes of myth are our examples, our heroes, our role models, our teachers. We learn from their triumphs and tragedies, from their wisdom and from their mistakes

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.

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/

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 18, 2020 “New Moon Edition”

magickal graphics moon phases

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 18, 2020 “New Moon Edition”

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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Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

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New Moon / Balsamic Moon

Time: From the day of the new moon until 3 days after.

In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_moon

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Spirit Library: New Structures of Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we continue to process and integrate the Lionsgate energies we are entering into a significant period of change within ourselves. Our entire system is being rewired to hold within us a new structure of light energy that will entirely transform the energetic circuitry of our bodies.

Read more….

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New Moon Abundance Cheques

For manifesting what you need by using the energy of the new moon.

https://newmooncheck.com/abundance-check/

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New Moon Meditation | Aug. 18, 2020

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ThoughtCo: New Beginnings Ritual 

There are many times in our life when all of us feel like we need a new start. Whether it’s at the beginning of a new year, a new moon phase, or even just because we’re having tough times in our life, sometimes it helps to sit down, breathe a bit, and focus on making things change

Read more…

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MBG: 3 Big Astrology Transits Will Make This Week Feel Action-Packed

This week, there’s a new moon in Leo and the sun moves into Virgo for a while. Here, the AstroTwins share how to balance the confident and bold energy of the lion with the meticulous vibe of the maiden.

Read more….

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THE AUGUST NEW MOON IN LEO WANTS TO SEE YOU SHINE

On August 18, 2020, at 7:42 p.m. Pacific Time, the new moon will be at 26°35’ of Leo.

“We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.” At this new moon, John Lennon’s lyrics make an excellent mantra! True, some of us may feel more comfortable seeking the spotlight than others. But the Leo new moon inspires each of us with the burning desire to shine in our own one-of-a-kind way.

Read more…..

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Frugally Sustainable: New Moon Herbal Salt Detox Bath

…when the Moon goes dark — not visible in the sky at all — this is the perfect opportunity to discard things in your life you do not want.

The day of the New Moon — the day before and the day after also — is a fortunate, blessed time. A time for ::

Read more….

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Energy Muse: Your New Moon Wishes Practice

The New Moon symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start, making it the ideal time to make wishes and set new intentions. And it’s the perfect time to bring back one of our favorite lunar practices: the New Moon Wishes ritual.

Read more….

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EarthSky News:  Great Square points to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, look for the nearest large spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. It’s becoming well placed for evening viewing from Northern Hemisphere locations. The Great Square of Pegasus is a great jumping-off point for finding the famous Andromeda galaxy, also known to astronomers as Messier 31.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Prayer to the new moon

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN SUCCESS

“What you believe yourself to be, you are.”
— Claude M. Bristol

Do you believe, deep down inside of you, that you can succeed in what you want to do?

Beliefs are strong, and they have the power to attract what is believed to us. If we doubt our ability to succeed, if we in fact believe we WON’T succeed, then sure enough, that’s what will happen.

What do you believe about yourself? You have the power to change your beliefs, and that will change your outcome. Set goals you believe you can accomplish. Your beliefs will shape your actions. As you achieve these goals, you’ll begin to believe you are capable of succeeding and of doing even more.

“It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.”
— Albert Einstein

“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”
— Dr. David Schwartz

higherawareness.com
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da

(author unknown)

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Today’s Recipe:  Cooking with the Moon phases

The power of the moon is incredibly strong and affects our moods and emotions. And most of us will be used to working with the cycles of the moon rather than against them, going with the flow so to speak can make our lives much easier. We can also tailor the foods we eat to the phases of the moon to tap into that power and to work with the rhythm of our bodies and emotions too.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for the New Moon

The most powerful time of this moon phase is the night of the New Moon itself when the moon is completely dark. This between worlds time is very powerful and a great time for divination, new ventures, and new beginnings.

This phase also symbolizes the goddess as Crone and Dark Lady.
(Hecate, Kali, Uma, Mut, Nephthys, Tiamat, Circe, Cybele, Ereshkigal, Ala, Asase Yaa, Caillech, Persephone, Cerridwen, Scathach, Hel, Morrigan, Baba Yaga, Bast)

New beginnings, personal growth, health, gardening, job hunting, banishing, divination, and dark magic

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Image found HERE

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from Biddy Tarot: New Moon Manifestation Tarot Spread

The moon’s phases impact the oceans – the rising and lowering of the tides (ebbs and flows), the hunting and breeding cycles of animals, and the growth of plants.

Read more….

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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/