Thought For The Day: March 16, 2020 “What Are You Looking For?”

Happy Monday,

The way we see life is dictated by our perception of it. If we are grouchy, sad, angry, or negative our whole attitude reflects that. Last week we talked about “Hope”, “Tiny Miracles” and the “One Good Thing”. These three items can change your overall perspective and attitude about yourself and your life. Things may not be great but there is always something that we can find happiness in!

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Full Moon for March “The Storm Moon”

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Full Moon for March
The Storm Moon
March 9, 2020

 10:47 am PST/ 11:47 am MST/ 1:47 pm EST


If March comes in like a lion, it will go out
like a lamb.
If March comes in like a lamb, it will go out
like a lion.

-old weather saying


The March moon is called the Storm Moon (medieval England), probably due to the fact that March is known to have some major storms caused by earth changes brought about as spring approaches. The weather saying above is an old one and you have probably heard someone use at one time or another. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac ” Some skywatchers believe that there’s a heavenly connection. The constellation Leo, the lion, is rising in the east at the beginning of March, hence the “comes in like a lion,” while Aries, the ram, sets in the west at the end of March, and so “will go out like a lamb.” Other names for this moon are Fish Moon (colonial America), Sleepy Moon (china), Windy Moon (Cherokee), Big Famine Moon (Choctaw), When Eyes Are Sore From Bright Snow Moon (Dakota), Moon of Winds (Celtic), Palolo Worm Moon (New Guinea), Full Sap Moon ( for tapping the maple trees), Full Crow Moon (the northern Indian tribes said that the cawing of the crows meant winter was ending), and the old settlers called it the Lenten Moon and considered it the last full moon of winter.

The Storm Moon of March is the herald of Ostara and Spring. Winters snow will soon give way to spring rain. The first of the seasons’ new growth is already showing, the days are longer and the Sun is climbing higher in the sky. So too are we experiencing new beginnings and new growth. The time has come to clean and prune away the old debris that keeps us from moving forward. This much needed inner spring cleaning provides us with a new outlook and helps us to bloom, even during difficult times. Magical workings, meditations, and healing should focus on personal growth and rebirth during this moon.

To enhance your magical endeavors try wearing the colors of spring, greens, yellows or lavender, and adorn yourself with aquamarine, bloodstone, quartz crystal or jade. Use the scents of honeysuckle and apple blossom to create springs essence of hope and vibrancy to your altar, home or workspace.

Full Moon Blessings! Cat


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The Celtic Tree Month of Ash (Nuin) Begins Feb. 18th

 

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The Celtic Tree Month of Ash (Nuin) runs from 2-18 / 3-17.

TREE INFORMATION

The mighty ash tree can grow up to 130 feet in height and is found in Europe and North America. It is a member of the Olive family. This tree will stop growing when it reaches approximately 60 years old, it is believed that by that time the tree has obtained its full growth potential. Ash trees are easily recognized by their black buds, small springtime flower clusters and the inch long winged seeds that stay on the tree until autumn when they fly off like helicopters. The leaves of this tree grow in multiple oval leaflets and provide some nice orange to purple fall color.
Ash is a hardwood tree and the wood is strong, flexible and shock resistant. It for these reasons that it is used for making boat oars, ax handles, sports equipment and wagon wheels. Ash was also a favorite of the ancient Celts who used it for spear shafts while the ancient Egyptians used ash wood for bows and arrows, and had great quantities of it imported.


ASH LORE

The Celts associated the ash tree with sea and the underwater kingdom of Tethys. It is also associated with the underworld and sacrificial deities, representing leading the soul into the afterlife. Celtic myth calls ash the tree of enchantment and it is said the Welsh Magus Gwydion made his wands from its wood. Druid wands were made of ash as are the pipestems of the sacred Lakota pipes. This tree also appears in Norse myth as the world tree Yggdrasil, World Tree or Cosmic Ash. This tree spans the universe. Roots deep into the earth and the heavens supported by its mighty branches. The ash tree was seen as spanning the world and the world within each person. The ancient Druid phrase ” Know yourself and you will know the world” pretty well sums it up. It also shows us how we are linked with the world around us.


IN MAGIC

In Magic, the ash tree (wood, leaves, seeds) can be used in the following spells (charms, etc.), creative endeavors, protection, attracting things, love, healing, fertility, and transitions.

Charms of ash wood were used for protection against storms and drowning. It was also used as a love charm. You were to place an ash leaf in your left shoe and then you would be sure sure to meet your future spouse. Double leaves were lucky as were leaves with equal sections on both sides of the center leaf vein. However, you would be unlucky in love if the ash tree on your land didn’t grow seeds every year.

Magical tools were also created from this tree. Ash spears were considered a powerful magical tool of Celtic Shamans, even more so than the wand. It was a symbol of the Shaman’s strength of will and personal power. Wiccans and Pagans traditionally use it for making Besom handles.

As a magical name, Ash is perfect for a true warrior and leader, one who is comfortable with themselves and their abilities. It is generally thought of as a man’s name but could also be used for a strong woman.


ASH PEOPLE

People born in the month of Ash tend to be ambitious but with an egotistical side. They also tend to overachievers and need to be the best in everything they do. They do not care for criticism earned or not which makes them highly sensitive. On the upside, they are reliable, intelligent with artistic talent, and make faithful lovers. Ash people also seem to have a dual personality which makes it hard for others to understand their true nature and motives behind their actions.


CORRESPONDENCES

Names: Venus of the Woods, Tree of water, Hoop ash
Deities: Eostre, Frigg, Frey, Dagda, Odin, Hel, Llyr, Poseidon
Sacred Stones: Quartz Crystal, Coral
Animals: Butterfly, Snipe, Crane, White Hound, Snake.
Element: All
Spells: Strength, Protection, Prosperity, Healing
Color: Green, pale blue


compiled by Cat from the following sources:

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

Photo: Natures Harvest by John Page freeimages.com

Thought For The Day: February 2, 2020 ‘Imbolc Blessings!”

Happy Imbolc!

Imbolc is a time of new growth. Plant your “seed thoughts” and tend them with care and remember that lifes challenges are part of the adventure. So garden as you go and get ready for those positive shifts. Do what you need to do to ensure that your dreams grow towards the light.

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Imbolc Correspondences & Lore

 

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Imbolc Correspondences & Lore

Date: February 2

Names: Imbolc, Candlemas, Imbolg, Oimealg, Brigids Festival of Lights, Lupercus

Colors: White, Yellow, Orange, Red or Light Blue

Herbs: Bay, Basil, Benzoin, Angelica, Myrrh, Blackberry, Heather, Iris, Violet

Sacred Stones: Bloodstone, Amethyst, Turquoise, Garnet, Onyx

Deities: Brigid, Ceres, Demeter, Dagda, Cerridwen, Eros, All virgin goddesses/gods of love and fertility.

Food & Drink: Dairy products, raisins, creamy soups, olives, leeks/shallots. white wine, milk, soy milk or water

Symbols: Ploughs and garden tools, brooms, candles, yellow flowers, Brigids crosses, Bride Dolls.
Imbolc is a Greater or White Sabbat and a cross-quarter day. It symbolizes fire and purification, the quickening of the earth, and flows of milk for the =aby Sun God. This is a time for initiation, dedication, re-affirmation and burning the Yule greens. At one time Imbolc was called “The festival when the ewes lactate” and is the mid-point of the dark part of the year. The fire that she kindled at Yule is now evident in the pregnancy of the herd animals and the fullness of their udders. It also celebrates the waiting bride of the Sun God.

The patroness of this holiday is Brigid. She is associated with the livestock and other domestic creatures and is patron the goddess of blacksmiths and bards. Brigid brings us blessings of inspiration/ creativity, poetry, healing/midwifery, weaving, knowledge/ wisdom, and reflection. This Lady was so popular among the ancient people that the Catholic church made her a saint.

This is a great time to do a personal dedication or re-dedication ceremony and divination work in regards to the prosperity and welfare of your family. You can also make known the things you want to draw into your life and send them out into the universe to begin the manifestation process

Activities for this Sabbat include: Blessings seeds and bulbs for this year’s garden as well as consecrating farm tools. Home fires are put out and relit as are the smithy fires, both are blessed. This is also the time to make Brigid’s crosses for yourself and for others as protective charms for the home. Brigid’s snake emerges from the Earth Mothers womb to see what the weather will be– if this sounds familiar, it should, as this is the origin of Groundhogs Day! If you made a corn dolly for Lughnasadh, you should make a Brides bed the evening of Feb 1st. She should be dressed in white or blue and placed in a basket near the hearth. The Celts would toss nuts into the basket as fertility symbols. Besoms should be consecrated and blessed at this time and you can even start the spring cleaning by “sweeping out the old to make room for the new”. Using your besom, sweep old energy right out the front door. Then place your besom near the entry to your home (straw pointing up).

Brighid of the Mantle,
encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs,
protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth,
kindle us.
Beneath your mantle,
gather us.
Guide our hands in yours,
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from
heartlessness.
This day and night,
From dark till light.
(Celtic Prayer to Brighid)

sources:

Celtic myth & magick–Edain Mccoy

Grimoire for the Green Witch–Ann Moura

A Druids Herbal–Ellen Evert Hopman

crystalforest.com


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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 20, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 20, 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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Then welcome, cold, welcome, ye snowy nights!
Heaven midst your rage shall mingle pure delights.
-Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823)

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Daily Good: Speaking of Nature

“We have a special grammar for personhood. We would never say of our late neighbor, “It is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.” Such language would be deeply disrespectful and would rob him of his humanity. We use instead a special grammar for humans: we distinguish them with the use of he or she, a grammar of personhood for both living and dead Homo sapiens. Yet we say of the oriole warbling comfort to mourners from the treetops or the oak tree herself beneath whom we stand, “It lives in Oakwood Cemetery.” In the English language,. { read more }

 

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ThoughtCo: Create a Portable Altar Kit

Why create a portable altar kit? Well, the obvious reason is that a portable altar is… well, portable. For some people, that’s a desirable thing. You may wish to have a portable altar for any number of reasons. Perhaps your job requires you to travel a lot.

Read more….

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MBG: A Beginner’s Guide To The 7 Chakras

The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body. You’ve probably heard people talk about “unblocking” their chakras, which refers to the idea that when all of our chakras are open, energy can run through them freely, and harmony exists between the physical body, mind, and spirit.

Read more….

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Natural Living Ideas: 22 Impressive Pine Needle Uses You’d Never Have Thought Of

I kind of have a thing for pine trees.

If you were to ask my family how I feel about pine trees, they would probably roll their eyes and groan. When it comes to our fresh-cut Christmas tree, my eyes are always bigger than our ceiling.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: DIY Natural Shampoo & Conditioner with Lemon, Lime & Lager. {Recipe}

Soft, shiny, and clean hair can be yours with this natural shampoo and conditioner, whipped up for just pennies with ingredients most of us have in the kitchen.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: A 5-Minute Technique to ease Emotional Overload

For years, I have sat with clients experiencing strong emotions: anxiety, fear, anger, grief.
As a psychotherapist, I have learned many treatment methods in educational and professional settings, but what has been most helpful to my clients in modulating emotion is a deep breathing technique.

Read more….

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MNN: Wolf puppies play fetch, surprising researchers

Some dogs just love to play fetch. When you have the ball, they need you to throw it immediately so they can catch it.

But it’s not just dogs that love this game

Read more….

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EarthSky News:  Observer’s Challenge: Moon, Jupiter before sunrise

Up for a sky watching challenge? The king planet Jupiter is now playing hide-and-seek before sunrise. But these next few mornings – January 21 and 22, 2020 – you can use the slender waning crescent moon to locate Jupiter in your sky. Very simply, the lit side of the lunar crescent points in the direction Jupiter.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Imbolc: Honoring Brighid. Welcoming Spring. Cleaning House.

For many years, I’ve had an interesting relationship with Brighid-Goddess of the Dawn, fire, hearth, fertility, healing, poetry and smithcraft.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey: 

GETTING DOWN TO ESSENTIALS

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
— Lin Yutang

Do you feel a desire to simplify your life?

If you say ‘yes,’ then set an intention to reduce the demands, stimuli, interruptions and busyness in your life. We each have the power to do this – we simply have to begin to say ‘no’ to those activities that don’t directly serve what we want for our lives.

Everyone of this planet deserves to have some free time to think, relax and have fun. If you long for this, begin now to clear your plate and allow a new level of experience to happen in your life. Take charge. Eliminate time wasters. Make some decisions about what matters to you.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hofmann

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

What if from now on and forevermore, people stopped using the word “evil” and replaced it with “ignorance”?

Yeah, less fear, more better; global transformation.

Let’s,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baking Bread and Making Sourdough (from Wise Woman Ezine)
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

Flour, water, and salt is all that is needed to make a natural sourdough bread with a wonderful wholesome flavor. During the process of making the bread, the protein in the wheat flour, called gluten, sucks up moisture. When the dough is kneaded the gluten proteins stick together and become ‘rubber like. The gluten can then hold little pockets of gas given off by the sourdough as it breaks down the starches in the wheat.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
January 17, 2020

Flowers

“Thou canst not stir a flower

Without troubling a star.”

-Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

There is a connection between the flowers, the stars, the rivers, between all of life. There is an exchange of energy that takes place that can help us to thrive. When we tend to a garden, we encourage growth. The flowers on our table make us smile. The fruits we eat nourish our bodies. It’s all good.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow.

astrology.com

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January’s Full Wolf Moon 1.10.20

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January’s Full Wolf Moon

Friday, January 10, 2020

11:21 am PST/ 12:21 pm MST/ 2:21 pm EST


It’s January and time for the first full moon of the new year, the Wolf Moon. 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.

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.

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


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