Using Your Magick: Cat’s Angel Message for January 16, 2022

Using Your Magick: Cat’s Angel Message for January 16, 2022

 January’s Theme: Stay focused on your desires and not your fears or past happenings. Get ready to manifest thought into reality.

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Your magick comes from your divine spark. ~Cat

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Today’s Message: Using Your Magick

116:  Today the Universe is reminding us that we have the innate power within us to manifest what we need and that it is through our thoughts and actions that we shape and create our reality. The creation process requires us to have faith both in ourselves and in the Universe. We can maintain our faith through our power of perception and by looking for the “one good thing” and using it to create that first step. Maintaining a balance between giving and receiving and material and spiritual allows us to see the new blessings when they arrive and keeps that energy flowing. You are worthy of receiving the blessings the universe has to offer, add your magick to that, and watch paths and doors open up!

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Ariel ( the lion) teaches us that by embracing our divine spark we can open the doors to creating the life we want. Be bold like the lion and use your strength and focus to find a forward path. Archangel Ariel also works with the earth and environment (nature angels and sprite too) she can help those unfamiliar with the Sacred Feminine work connect with her.

   The Ascended Master Solomon helps us to take what we are given and make the most of it. He teaches us how to do things more efficiently as he guides us through difficult situations. Focus and efficiency help us in our quest for personal evolution and help create the necessary stepping stones we need to move ahead.

The Roman Goddess Abundantia teaches us to appreciate abundance in its many forms as well as attract them. She tells us, ” Your faith in the bounty of the universe serves you well. Cast aside your worry and embrace the richness of your life because you have so much to be grateful for.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Larimar helps to remove self-imposed barriers that may be keeping us from accepting our personal power and stops self-sabotaging behavior by bringing out the best in us. It helps us to see the things that we have to be grateful for and the tiny miracles that we take for granted. This sky blue stone also helps to ease our obsession for material things and shows us how to put things into perspective so that we manifest what we really need. It shows us how to go with the flow.

Okenite can be used to help clear away obstacles and teaches us that the universe is filled with unlimited possibilities when allowing ourselves to face and adapt to change. It helps us to find our inner strength so that we can finish what we start and helps replace bad habits with good ones.

 Smoky Quartz helps to neutralize negative energy and teaches us how to work through the fear of failure which can show up during times of change and transformation. It also promotes clear insight and focus which helps us to leave behind the things that no longer serve us and make room for the blessings headed our way.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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January Full Wolf Moon (Jan. 17, 2022)

January’s Full Wolf Moon

Time: 3:48 pm PST /4:48 pm MST/ 6:48 pm EST

It’s January, the first month of the new year and on Monday, January 17th we celebrate the Wolf Moon. The Native Americans named this moon the Wolf Moon because during the long dark nights the wolves were hungry and would often howl outside the lodges of the people. Other names for this full moon include the Cold Moon, Winter Moon (Colonial), Holiday Moon (China), Quiet Moon (Celtic), Ice Moon (neo-Pagan), Disting Moon, Moon of Little Winter, and the Chaste Moon.

Our first full moon of the new year is in the cardinal water sign of Cancer. As such it can be an instigator and bringer of change. It is also a water sign and tends to be soft and receptive. Think of Cancer as the ultimate Mother figure of the star signs that want to see us grow while embracing our sensitivity and intuitive skills.

The January moon traditionally honored the Chinese deity Ch’ang-O, who was the goddess of the bed-chamber and the protector of children. Other goddesses for January are Freya, Inanna, Hera, and Sarasvati. To honor this moon try wearing colors of white, black, and silver and adorning yourself with hematite, garnet, jet, onyx, or chrysoprase.

The Full Moon itself offers powerful energy for rituals of prophecy, divination, and protection. Any spell-work that requires extra energy, such as finding a new job or healing serious conditions, is best begun during the full moon. Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting money, and prophetic dreams.

Blessings, Cat

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A New Reality: Cat’s Angel Message for December 30, 2021

A New Reality: Cat’s Angel Message for December 30, 2021

December’s Theme: It’s time to replace the old and outdated and welcome in new opportunities and blessings. This is the season to receive the good things the Universe has in store!  

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Surround yourself with an aura of gratitude. Let it fill your being and allow yourself to shine! ~Cat

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Today’s Message: A New Reality

1230: We are receiving a big hug from the Universe today, and a message from our Spirit Helpers. ” You are an amazing being with so many gifts to share. Do not be afraid to share your love, light, and creative talents. The world needs more teachers, positive role models, and light-bringers. You have the ability to create joy and happiness within your life and in the lives of others.” Remember that everything you do makes a difference to one person or to many and that what you send out comes back. The Universe is at your call so make your requests, follow your inner guidance and take the necessary steps to create an amazing new reality!

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Embrace the healing energy of Archangel Raphael. This enhances your personal healing abilities so that you are better equipped to help yourself and others when needed. He teaches us that it is through our spiritual journey that we can heal ourselves and our lives and therefore regain our self-confidence and faith. He helps to clear the way so that we can achieve balance by removing the blocks associated with giving and receiving by promoting flexibility in thinking and attitude.

  The Ascended Master El Morya supports all who give of themselves in service of others and he shows us how to stay committed to our own growth so that we can heal and teach those in need.  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 Chinese Goddess Kuan Yin, who embodies compassion and mercy says, “You are a beautiful soul and have so much to offer. I can guide you on the path of self-love and help you to embrace the confidence you need to free your mind, heart, and spirit. Be gentle with yourself. Joy comes from embracing the simple things which will free the energy needed to assist the creative process and help others along the way.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Angelite helps us to connect to the angelic realms by enhancing our lines of communication. It is also a good stone for healers as it strengthens attunement and perception.

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.

Sugilite is a stone of spiritual love and awareness and promotes Divine interaction and communication. Sugilite also encourages positive thinking and teaches us to live our truth and to trust our intuition. This stone also brings purple ray energy to earth. It embodies spiritual love and wisdom and assists in opening the chakras. This stone can also help you find the answers to “Why am I here and What is my purpose?”

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 29, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 29, 2021

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

Blessings, Cat

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December Quotes

“Full knee-deep lies the winter snow,
And the winter winds are wearily sighing:

Toll ye the church bell sad and slow,
And tread softly and speak low,
For the old year lies a-dying.
Old year you must not die;
You came to us so readily,
You lived with us so steadily,
Old year you shall not die.”

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Death of the Old Year

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Spirit Library: Door to the Past is Closing
Kate Spreckley


As we prepare to enter a new year, the incoming energies are inviting us to sever any remaining ties and old patterns that keep us stuck and or attached to the past.

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Spirituality & Health: 30 Spiritual Journaling Prompts for Self-Discovery
BY MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY

For one: Make a list of everything that inspires you—from books to websites to quotes to people to paintings to stores to the stars

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Learn Religions: What Is Kitchen Witchcraft?

By Patti Wigington
Updated on May 15, 2019


There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out?

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MBG: Make 2022 Your Most Mindful & Heartfelt Year Yet With This Challenge

Let me let you in on a little secret: I’d love to be an über-mindful person—you know, meditate for 20 minutes in the morning, close out my day with breathwork and sound baths in bed—but the rest of my life always seems to get in the way. Inevitably, I wake up late and need to rush to work and end the night so exhausted that the mere thought of a box breath is just too much.

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Orion: The Deadliest HUNTER – Eyes of the SUN GOD – Greek Mythology Explained

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Elephant Journal: Crossing the Door to the New Year with these Tried & Tested Rituals.

The countdown to 2022 begins.
In a few days, all over the planet, people will be on the threshold of a new year.

Some of us will be wiping our foreheads in relief (whew!) that we made it through. Others will be reluctant to knock on the door, wondering what awaits on the other side of the portal.

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Treehugger: Researchers Discover the First True Millipede

Millipedes were named for their feet.

The word “millipede” means thousand feet, from the Latin “mille” for thousand and “pes” for foot. But until now, no millipede has ever been described with more than 750 legs.

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EarthSky News: Past-and-future Earths ring in New Year

The chart above is the sky scene on the last evening of 2021. It shows us looking backward along Earth’s orbit around the sun.

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Patheos-Pagan: Witch’s 2022 Astrological Calendar for Sabbats and Esbats
HERON MICHELLE

An integrated 2022 astrological calendar for Witches and pagans to celebrate the Wheel of the Year. These are the auspicious times and dates I recommend for planning powerful…

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Pagan Playlist: Dark Magic Music . | 1 Hour | The Unspoken Tales

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Inner Journey:

A NEW VIEW

A friend shared this moment of awakening. She was moaning, “I never get anything done.” Her companion replied, “Perhaps you never get EVERYTHING done.” Oh… of course!

A shift in perspective can bring both understanding and release.

“Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned — not to see what is not.”
— Maria Mitchell

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

All the years and all the tears… boy, aren’t they gonna be shocked when they realize that nothing was ever lost—not friendships, not opportunities, not love—nothing?

And that they already had all those things they went searching for?

That never once were we disappointed in them?

That nothing had to be proved, learned, or earned?

That all along they were, in fact, the person they had always dreamed of becoming?

Glad we caught up with you when we did!!

Whoohoo!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Our 20 Best New Soups and Stews of 2021

When the Allrecipes community craves comfort, soups and stews rank among the foods they turn to the most. And just as our home cooks consistently reach for soups and stews, they continue to share new recipes with us year after year.

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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

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Daily Wisdom
December 29, 2021

Personality
“The proper time to influence the character of a child is about 100 years before he is born.”

-Dean Willian R. Inge


History comes into play everyday. Decisions are made based on what has happened in the past. Everything we do has consequences. Every action has a reaction. What happened 100 years ago is influencing us today, and the choices we make today will influence people who are around 100 years from now. Are we setting a good example?

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Although it may be a peaceful day, that calm may all be on the surface. If dissatisfaction or anger is brewing at depth, there could be thoughts or fantasies of revenge or anger to fuel the bad feelings. Face everyone and everything with great care and respect. You have more than enough strength to deal with whatever comes up. Obviously, don’t bait or antagonize anyone. Kindness wins out.

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.

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You Are Never Alone: Cat’s Angel Message for December 27, 2021

You Are Never Alone: Cat’s Angel Message for December 27, 2021

December’s Theme: It’s time to replace the old and outdated and welcome in new opportunities and blessings. This is the season to receive the good things the Universe has in store!  

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Embrace your faith and feel the presence of the Universe surrounding your spirit. ~Cat

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Today’s Message: You Are Never Alone

1227: As we enter the final days of December the Universe is asking us to remain strong and steady in our faith. Our faith helps us to move forward on our path and brings us both grace and confidence. Remember that faith isn’t inherent to just religious paths, it also includes spirituality. Now through the end of the month, it will be important to pay attention to the messages you receive. If you have hit a rough patch recently or things have been rough for a while, our helpers want us to know that we are cared for. They are here to help and support us and want to see us succeed. Do your best to stay focused on your dreams and desires and don’t let fear and uncertainty get you down. You are never alone so don’t be afraid to ask for guidance or assistance. Your intuitive skills and focus will serve you well today as well. If it feels right then use that information to move forward to help meet your goals.

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 Serapis Bey helps us to release our troubles and offers clear guidance and motivation regarding our own self-improvement. He also helps us gain spiritual insight and teaches us that loving care is essential to navigating change.

The Hindu Goddess White Tara embodies the beauty of Divine love and shows us the path to strengthening or restoring our faith. She says:  “Come and sit beside me. I will help ease the worry in your heart and teach you how to replace it with gratitude and joy. This is where faith dwells and we must only open the doors and invite it forward

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

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

Red Jasper helps us to see problems before they get out of hand while promoting new ideas and creative problem-solving. It strengthens personal boundaries and keeps us grounded

Snowflake Obsidian reduces any fear we may have and to keep us focused on better things.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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The Celtic Tree Month of Birch or Beith/Beth

The Celtic Tree Month of Birch or Beith/Beth runs from December 24th – January 20th.

BIRCH LORE

Birch is the beginning of all things (life) and it is the opposite of last month’s tree Elder (death). This month is symbolized by the unconscious self and raw wild force of the natural world. The tree itself is a symbol of birth, initiation, and sacrifice. It is also associated with horned animals like goats and stags as well as the Horned Gods like Cernunnos, Dagda, and Pan. Other names for this tree are Tree of Birth, Lady of the Woods. The Irish Gaelic word for this tree is “Beith”, which is derived from “Achadhbeith” meaning “the field of birch trees.

TREE INFORMATION

This tree is very common in Europe where it is known as the Silver Birch, it is also grown in North America under the name “weeping birch”. The leaves are long and egg-shaped with notched edges. The slender trees have silvery-white bark which is close to the color of poplar and aspen and to the untrained eye, these trees may look the same. Birch can grow up to 100 feet in height and will do so unless they can take over their favorite soil which tends to be sandy, in which case they like to spread out in low clumps. In fact, birch trees grow so well that they are the first new trees to sprout up in cut areas. This may be the reason that they are associated with rebirth and birth.

BIRCH IN HEALING

This tree does have a few healing properties. The inner bark is said to be a good pain reliever as are the leaves which as tea, can be used for rheumatism. The sap produces syrup and from the bark comes flour and beer.

BIRCH IN MAGIC & MYTH

Birch is particularly useful for spells involving healing, fertility, new beginnings, blessings, protection, growth, love, and creative inspiration. It is also one of the nine sacred woods used in the sabbat fire and is a representation of the Goddess. Charms made of birch twigs were given to newlyweds to promote fertility and cattle were lightly struck with birch rods for the same reason. Brooms were traditionally made from birch, the twigs were called “Besom twigs” and love spells can be written on strips of birch bark that have been gathered during the new moon. This tree also plays an important role in the pagan tradition of jumping the broomstick which is part of the handfasting ceremony.

The birch can be found in folklore as well. Baby cradles were made from birch wood because it was thought to protect the innocent. On the Isle of Man criminals and lunatics were “birched” in a serious effort to drive out evil.

In Wales during the 13th-14th Centuries lovers were said to meet under these trees in the “house of leaves”. As a token of remembrance for these occasions wreaths would be made from the leaves of the tree. There is also an English/ Irish custom that took place on December 26th called “the hunting of the wren.” The old year or the “wren” was hunted down by the new year which was symbolized by the robin, and was said to carry a birch twig in its claws.

To choose Birch as a magical name is cleansing and promotes your inner light. It would be a good name for a caregiver or for someone who seeks to make positive changes in politics for social issues.

ABOUT BIRCH PEOPLE

Birch people have a marvelous ability to be uplifting to others. They do not care for excess in any areas of their lives and like to promote a calm and content atmosphere where ever they go.

CORRESPONDENCES

Deities: All Horned Gods, Pan, the Dagda, Cernunnos, Thor, Freya, Frigg, Cewrridwen
Sacred Stones: Quartz Crystal, Fluorite
Colors: White and Dark Green

sources:

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

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2021 “Yule Edition”

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2021

Good Morning & Happy Yule! 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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December Quotes

“So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!!”

  • Susan Cooper, The Shortest Day

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Spirit Library: Move Fearlessly Forward
Kate Spreckley


It has been an epic journey thus far as the spiralling energies of creation have prepared us for this powerful moment. With the Full Moon this past weekend we have reached the final stages of rebirth and stand now on the brink of a new era. Tomorrow’s Solstice is the moment of our rebirth where we will step fully into the infinite nature of our soul and begin a new journey.

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How to celebrate Yule 🌲 5 Yule & Winter Solstice ritual ideas

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Spirituality & Health: Ritual for Winter Solstice Magic
BY JULIE PETERS

Set a circle with others (real or virtual) to cast a solstice spell on December 21. Grieve the past year’s losses and invite hopes and wishes for the next.

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Learn Religions: Sacred Plants of the Winter Solstice

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Yule, the winter solstice, falls around December 20 – 22 in the northern hemisphere, and near June 20 – 22 if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Yule, and seven plants that often correspond with the season.

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MBG: 8 Rituals For The Winter Solstice 2021: How To Make Your Own Light

Take a deep breath as we enter this time of the winter solstice on December 21 in the northern hemisphere. Think of it as a sacred gateway: an ending and a new beginning. With all the noise of 2021, it is time for some much-needed quiet and inner nourishment. Mother Nature is asking us to reflect, recalibrate, and strengthen our ability to shine in the world.

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Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Yule
CLAIRE

What Is the Energetic Significance of Yule?
Yule is regarded as a time of reflection, transformation and hope, as well as a time to recognise and acknowledge our blessings. It is a good time for rituals and other workings connected to rebirth, renewal and new beginnings. Other correspondences for Yule include:

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Today’s DIY: DIY Yule Decorations Crafted with Oranges – Wheel of the Year – Magical Crafting

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Elephant Journal: A Winter Solstice Ritual to Set our Intentions for the New Year

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year.
We honor this time, just as our ancestors have done since the beginning of time—to honor the cycles and seasons, and to remind us of the ever-changing flow of life that we are part of. The duality of spirit and Earth emerge to bring new life into the old growth.

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EarthSky News: All you need to know: 2021’s December solstice

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest nights and shortest days of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere is having short nights and long days. The 2021 December solstice moment – when the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky – will happen on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 15:59 UTC (9:59 a.m. CST; translate UTC to your time).

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Patheos-Pagan: A Solstice of Stillness, A Moment to Reconnect with the Heart
IRISANYA MOON

“The term ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). At the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still.” – Farmer’s Almanac

Becoming still is not celebrated. In a culture that asks for production, movement, excelling, and competing, the last thing to do is to stop. To rest. To reconnect.

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Yule (Winter Solstice Song)

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Inner Journey: EXPERIENCE STILLNESS

“My greatest wealth is the deep stillness in which I strive and grow and win what the world cannot take from me with fire or sword.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If our minds are always busy, they don’t get time to do basic maintenance – to sort, tidy up and take out the trash. If we don’t periodically clear out space in our minds, there’s no room for new ideas to take root.

Where do you find stillness each day and each week? Plan for quiet time, relaxation and stillness daily, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes.

“For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”
— Larry Eisenberg

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Haven’t all the years you’ve spent being Santa Claus, been more fun than all the years you spent waiting for Santa Claus?

And not just for the joy you’ve helped place on your favorite faces, but for your ability to act instead of wait. Acting makes the suspense bearable. It gives you a starring role. Time passes more quickly. And best of all, it makes possible your dance with life as you network and mingle with other dancers.

And so it is in all things including those dreams that have placed their trust in you… act, don’t wait.

Happy Hallelujah, Santa Claus!

The Universe

tut.com

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The Kitchen Witches Cookbook: Dark Wolf’s Yule Wassail
darkwolfwitch:

Wassail Cider is one of my most favorite drinks in the winter, so I figured I would share my recipe with you all!

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Magical Correspondences for Yule

December 21 (approximately)

Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver

Sacred Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, Serpentine

Herbs: All evergreens, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine/fir cones, cinnamon

Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, cinnamon sticks, bells,

Deities: The Holly King, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the =orns, all winter fae

Food & Drink: Roast fowl, ham, apples, oranges, nuts, mulled cider/wine

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Daily Wisdom
December 2021

Ambition
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life, I find.”

-John F. Kennedy


Whatever we put out there comes back to us. What we give, we get. The energy we create is the energy that we use to propel us forward. When we strive for the best, that’s where we go.”

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Ethony: Yule Tarot Spread

Solstice Blessings to everyone for we are about to experience the longest night of the year. It is the time of year that many religions and spiritual paths celebrate the birth of sun deities and the turn of the wheel that sees the days slowly but surely getting longer.

Yule carries the themes of death and rebirth, reflection, being generous with others less fortunate and being the light in the darkness.

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Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences

Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences

December 21 (approximately)

Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver

Sacred Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, Serpentine

Herbs: All evergreens, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine/fir cones, cinnamon

Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, cinnamon sticks, bells,

Deities: The Holly King, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the =orns, all winter fae

Food & Drink: Roast fowl, ham, apples, oranges, nuts, mulled cider/wine

The Winter Solstice or Yule (ewe-elle/yool) is the shortest day of the year and the time when pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. The date of this event tends to vary and falls sometime between Dec 20th and Dec 23rd. It is a fire festival and a quarter Sabbat. On this longest night of the year, the now elderly Holly King makes way for the newborn sun who will soon be the Oak King. This holiday is celebrated worldwide and is known as Alban Arthan (druids), Mid Winter, and Yuletide.

Before Christianity rose to power, the Winter Solstice was associated with the birth of a Divine King. The reason for celebrating the Winter Solstice has also remained the same: rebirth and renewal, the return of hope, and that life will continue. Jesus is not the only deity said to be born at this time, he’s in the company of Pagan gods like Apollo. Mithras, and Horus. The church decided that it was easier to incorporate the pagan celebration into theirs than to change it altogether. As a result, the pagan Sun God is born on the same day as the Christian Son of God, who is by the way also called “the light of the world”. Here is an interesting tidbit….Did you know that mistletoe was banned from churches due its pagan association?

Yule is also a festival of light and candles are a traditional item. Candles were lit at midnight as a symbol of birth of the Sun God. In Ireland, oil lamps were left lit all night long. Special Yule candles were also poplar and would be lit every night throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. As with any candle, blowing it out causes the accumulated luck that resides in the candle to blow away”. The purpose of the candle is to bless the house and family in the coming year.

Activities for Yule include, making treats and feeding our feathered friends. If you have access to the forest you can find a yule log for your home and decorate it. Help those less fortunate by donating food or gifts to a good charity. Stay up all night and celebrate the rebirth of the sun at dawn. Create a special red Yule candle to burn, buying one is okay too! Decorate your Candle with evergreens and holly. Activities, although I doubt of =ncestors spent as much or gave as many gifts as we do today.

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.

The rising of the sun, and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom, as white as lily flow’r,
And in our hearts, we bear pure hope, and sing every hour.

The holly bears a berry, as red as any rose,
And in our hearts we bear a flame of life, and with hope it grows.

The holly bears a prickle, as sharp as any thorn,
And our skin bears the sun’s sharp rays, bringing life this Solstice morn

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 17, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 17, 2021

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

Blessings, Cat

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December Quotes

“December is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter. It derives it’s name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar. The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present.”

  • Daily Lore: December

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & Celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Spirit Library: Eternal & Limitless Power of Our Soul
Kate Spreckley

We have all experienced the rebirth of our soul in each human incarnation. Over and over again we have released one human form and have been reborn into another all in the name of healing, growth and soul evolution.

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The Five Gods of Yule

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Spirituality & Health: 14 Affirmations for Protection From a Negative Person
BY KATHRYN DRURY WAGNER

Know someone who’s allergic to optimism? These affirmations can provide an emotional shield when you’re with them

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Learn Religions: Winter Nights Yule Incense

Scents have a way of making time stand still for us sometimes, and the aromas of the winter holidays are no exception. For many people, re-creating the smells and emotions of our childhood, or even of some distant ancestral memory, is part of the magic of the Yule season.

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MBG: Déjà Vu 101: What The Research Says, Spiritual Explanations & More

Odds are, you’ve experienced déjà vu at some point in your life. The sensation can feel unnerving, mysterious, and even a bit mystical—but what does it really mean? To find out, we asked an expert and dug into the research. Here’s what to know.

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Daily Magick Snippets:Altar Tools

Cup

The cup is simply put “a cauldron on a stem”. It is used to hold water or a ritual beverage. Your cup can be made of any material. I made mine at one of those paint and bake ceramic places! It is associated with Water, Fertility and the Goddess.

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Crafting a Winter Door Charm for Protection

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Elephant Journal: Final Full Moon of 2021 in Gemini: What Stories Are We Ready to Surrender? {December 18}

What would it feel like to surrender to life fully and completely?
What would it feel like to surrender the stories that have passed their own utility and usefulness for life moving forward?

How would it feel to surrender so deeply to each passing moment, the pain, the discomfort, the tragedy, the passing death of each moment?

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Treehugger: 10 Reasons Why Saguaro National Park Is a Symbol of the American West

Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is made up of two sections on either side of Tucson. Named for the distinct Saguaro cactus native to the desert environment there, the park also protects historic petroglyphs, pictographs, and several other cultural resources.

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EarthSky News: December full moon – a solstice full moon – on December 18-19

When is the December full moon?
It’s time for the December full moon! In North America, we call this full moon by one of several nicknames: the Full Cold Moon, Moon Before Yule, or the Long Night Moon. Whichever name you use, as seen throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the December full moon will cross high overhead and light up these chilly nights. With the leaves off the trees on the northern part of Earth, it’ll be a super-noticeable full moon for many.

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Patheos-Pagan: Yule Never Guess What’s On My Mind
ASH

I used to really dislike Yule and anything else associated with the season. This wasn’t always the case, though. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would require me and my siblings to attend the 11pm service on Christmas Eve.

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Pagan Playlist: A Pagan Yule )O( – RBE2000 Damh the Bard

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Inner Journey:

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

“When we take one step toward God, he takes seven steps toward us.”
— Hadith Qudsi

If our ego is to know spirit, we must make the first move. Spirit does not come down and knock on our door. It sits waiting for us to acknowledge it. We must want to change and take the initiative and persevere. The love of spirit will embrace us. But wemust take the first steps.

In what areas of your life are you ready for change? What step can you take to open the door to new possibilities? It starts with you.

“Faith is not complacent; faith is action. You don’t have faith and wait. When you have faith, you move.”
— Betty Eadie

“It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me.”
— Simone Weil

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Do you know why butterflies flit? Fireflies light? Comets fall, trees grow, cats purr, and tails wag?

Well, I have some hunches, and here’s my favorite: each is an aspect of the one who perceives them, emissaries of self, disguised by the elements, caught in an act of self-reflection, noticed at just the right time and in just the right place, to remind the dreamer, as if by metaphor, of their own sublime miracle.

Kind of like you are, to me.

Flit,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Creamy Hot Cocoa

It’s old fashioned, it’s comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful and it’s good for the soul.

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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
December 17, 2021

Enjoyment
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

-Charles Kingsley


Think about little kids at play; when they’re having fun the enthusiasm shows on their faces. They look happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or they have the latest, greatest toys, they’re living in the moment, totally present to what is going on. We can be like that. We can enjoy ourselves, it’s a choice we make.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

People may be expecting or needing you to be laid-back and easy to deal with but your own inclinations may make you seem more difficult and demanding. You may see yourself as just being direct while others consider you as being tactless. Save yourself a lot of grief and use extra care with your words and actions. If someone gets bent out of shape, try to catch it instantly and stop it as soon as you can.

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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December’s Full “Cold” Moon”

December’s Full “Cold” Moon
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

The moon will be sitting in Gemini and will bring good vibes to brighten your day. Its focus will be on the activities, people, and things that make you happy. It may also draw you towards cutting ties with the people who have grown apart from you or who think drama makes for a good relationship.

The final full moon of 2021 seems to have fewer names than other months. However, our ancestors called this moon the Cold Moon, The Bitter Moon, Long Nights Moon, and the Big Winter Moon. It is during this month that the nights are at their longest and winter blankets the land in its cold grip. This is probably where the name Long Nights Moon originated. Our Old English/Anglo-Saxon ancestors called it the Moon Before Yule. Both names are appropriate for this season. The time of midwinter is indeed long and the moon sits just above the horizon for what seems like forever.

The Cold Moon honors deities like Minerva, Osiris, Athena, Persephone, and Hades. It is the perfect time to finish tying up loose ends and working through any remaining darkness from the past year. Take time to acknowledge the hardships and struggles that you have gone through and embrace the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. It is through the experience of the dark times that we learn sun and warmth will always cycle around and we will survive and continue, changed in ways that aid our personal cycle of growth. The work we do during this full moon will help us to welcome the rebirth of the Sun with open hearts.

To celebrate this full moon try wearing the triple goddess colors of white, red, and black and adorning yourself with rubies, moonstone, serpentine or obsidian.

Full moon Blessings! Cat

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