Cat’s Morning Bits for September 4, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 4, 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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Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done:
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go
-William Blake (1757-1827)

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

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: Revealing Your True Self (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In these times of dramatic change and transformation we must be aware that despite all the disarray, confusion and chaos a profound healing is occurring in our world.

adhttps://spiritlibrary.com/spirit-pathways/revealing-your-true-self

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The old Farmer’s Almanac: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing and Cooking with Acorns

Have you ever wondered if the squirrels might be onto something? In fact, they are! Acorns are extremely nutritious and readily available in nature, making them a healthy addition to many recipes. Here’s how to prepare and cook acorns!

Read more…….

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Rain Country: Herbs for Teas: Harvesting and Drying

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ThoughtCo: Tortoise and Turtle Magic and Folklore

The tortoise and its smaller water-dwelling cousin, the turtle, has appeared in myth and legend for ages, in numerous cultures and societies. These relics of the prehistoric era are often found in creation stories, but can be associated with a variety of other magical and folkloric aspects. Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at the differences between the tortoise and the turtle

Read more……

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Through the Grapevine: The Green Witch’s Grimoire: Herbal Paper

Choosing the Right Paper for Your Grimoire

If you’re planning a physical grimoire, paper is something you’ll need to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re in the designing stage of your grimoire.

If you’re planning to use a bound book, look at the paper inside it. The lighter the paper, the more difficult it will be to glue things to it (the paper will wrinkle and buckle easily)

Read more……

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Daily Good: Photographing the Hidden Story

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

Roald Dahl

Photographing the Hidden Story

Photographer Ryan Lobo tells how conscience led him to search beneath sensational aspects of journalism for the soul of a story. From this shift he discovers, “Focus on what’s dignified, courageous, and beautiful, and it grows.” { read more }

Be The Change

See if you can tune into hidden stories within your own community.

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Yeyeo Botanica: Florida Water: Spiritual and Magical Uses | Yeyeo Botanica

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Elephant Journal: 11 Rumi Quotes for our Tired & Restless Souls.

When all else fails, Rumi.
There are few poets who have so eloquently and so powerfully captured so many different aspects of life.

When I’m down, Rumi.

When I’m scared, Rumi.

When I’m confused about love, Rumi.

Read more……..
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Treehugger: How Moonlight Affects Animals and Plants

Here on Earth, we have the moon’s gravitational pull to thank for the ocean tides, among other things. But what about moonlight?

The light reflected off the moon has an effect on life on Earth, which isn’t surprising, but not every lunar influence is heralded by a wolf’s howl.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: See moon, Mars from September 4-6

Around the world these next several evenings – September 4, 5 and 6, 2020 – watch for the waning gibbous moon and the red planet Mars to rise into your eastern sky a few to several hours after sunset. Once they’re up, these two worlds will be out for rest of the night.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: Fairy Tales and Witchcraft

Fairy Tales and Witchcraft seem to hold much fascination and mystery to the seeker. Through the pages of Fairy Tales, magick springs into life. Some even believe that the Secrets from the Ancient Goddess Tradition live on in the stories themselves. If you look closely, a spell may even come to light.

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: the song of times | Lyre Gauloise – Tan – Atelier Skald

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Inner Journey: BEING ALONE

“I wish Pooh were here. It’s so much more friendly with two.”
— Piglet (A.A. Milne)

Are you willing to be alone?

Ingrid Bacci says, “If you are afraid of being alone, you are dependent on others for your sense of self, and if you are dependent on others, you block your receptivity to inner guidance. Being willing to be alone involves being willing to be different, to have commitments and values that don’t blend with any crowd.”

“Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.”
— Eugene O’Neill

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”
— Walt Whitman

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Do you know what my “why” is?

Watching you “wake up” one day — mid-stride, mid-cupcake, or mid-email — and truly seeing your own beauty.

Crying happy tears, blowing kisses into the wind, and thinking, “I get it! I get Me! I love you, Cat Bolotin!” …crumbs falling from your mouth.

Take your time,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Peach-Blueberry Streusel Tart

“This tart was inspired by Taste of Home’s Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart. I changed things up to suit my family’s tastes, and to use ingredients that I had on hand—the end result was so delicious, I just had to share! Make sure to cool the tart completely before slicing.”

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Energy: feminine

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
September 4, 2020

Discovery
“Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.”

-Susanne K. Langer, 1942


Whenever an explorer “discovered” a new land it wasn’t as if it just popped up in front of him or her. It was there, always, perhaps even waiting to be found and utilized. If we go down the same road everyday, we tend to become familiar with our surroundings, and after awhile we don’t bother to look anymore. And one day something catches our eye and we think: “wow, when did that change?” We don’t need to travel to exotic locales to learn new things. It’s amazing what we can discover right where we are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Restlessness and boredom could slow you down and take you off on some unintended tangent. If you can’t break free of the usual routine today, do what’s necessary and perhaps schedule more delicate tasks for another time when it will be easier to be precise and attend to details. Know your own limits and if possible don’t take on something that will only frustrate you. If you must, start slow

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.

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Celtic Tree Month of Oak- June 10-July 7

 

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Celtic Month of Oak- June 10 -July 7

“Under yonder oaken tree,
Whose branches oft me shaded;
Elves and fairies dance with glee,
When day’s last beam hath faded:
Then while the stars shine brightly…”
(tradional welsh air circa 1870’s)


OAK TREE LORE Many cultures held the oak tree sacred. The Greeks and Romans viewed this tree as a symbol of power and endurance. They were the associated with the Greek deities Artemis, Hecate, Zeus and Cybele. In Rome, Jupiter and Juno were Lord and Lady of the Oak, and each year the celebration of their union was held in an oak grove. The Norse god Thor was also Lord of the Oak. In Scandinavia this tree was called the “thunder tree and people kept oak branches in their homes to protect against lightening strikes. Germanic tribes and Anglo-Saxon people also honored the oak as did many Native American tribes. The ancient Celts also held the oak sacred. To the ancient Druids, the oak was the most sacred tree in the grove. It was a powerful symbol of the wheel of the year, and called the king of the forest. Groves of oak trees were considered sacred ground and to damage an oak tree carried a penalty of death. Part of the reason that this tree was given such respect was due to the trees size, life span and it’s production of an important staple food……….acorns. The acorn is claimed to be mans first food. Acorns are tasty and plentiful and can be eaten as they are or ground into flour. When needed they can also be fed to hogs and other animals. The word “door” comes from the Celtic word for oak, “Duir” . Oak doors are still popular today because they are solid and long lasting. It is also part of the bardic alphabet, Ogham. The Druids also found help for their divination and meditation rites in these groves. From the wind in the oak leaves and the birds that lived in the trees they were said to gain great insight and be given messages from the gods. Oak groves were gathering places, where the Druids would teach students, draw strength and hold meetings, rites and gatherings. It is also the personification of the Celtic Tree of Life as it appeared to live in lower, middle and upper worlds simultaneously. The oak tree was associated with the thunder god Taranis due to it’s ability to attract lightning.


OAK IN HEALING

In ancient healing practices the oak also had it’s uses. Antiseptic was made from the acorns, while juice from the leave could be applied to a wound for the same purpose. A remedy made from the inner bark eased a sore throat, while one from the outer bark would reduce fever. The bark itself also produces “tannin” which is important in the tanning of leather.


acorn-1185418 OAK TREE IN MAGICK In ritual and magick oak can be used for protection, stability, strength and success. It has long been the custom to carry a piece of lightning struck oak for protection. This custom is still in use in the British Isles today. Acorns are traditionally carried for fertility and should be gathered at night for this purpose. An acorn should be planted during the dark of the Moon to bring money, and if you catch a falling oak leaf you will be free of illness all winter. Purification can be performed by burning oak leaves and oak galls or serpents eggs are powerful talismans. Since we are coming up on Litha, it is good to point out that oak logs were traditionally burned on this Sabbat.


OAK PEOPLE

People who are born during this Tree Month are generally self motivated and determined. They also carry responsibility well. They are born leaders and know how to handle a crisis. They also tend to be a bit on the serious side but are cheerful and optimistic none the less.

For a man looking for a strong magickal name Oak is a good choice. It symbolizes strength, fertility and majesty.


OAK CORRESPONDENCES Folk Names for Oak: Jobe’s Nuts, Tanner’s Bark and Juglans Element: Fire Deities: All Thunder Gods (Zeus, Thor, Taranis), Lugh, the Dagda, Hecate, Herne, Rhea, Cybele, Artemis, Jupiter, Juno, Dagda, Hercules, Llyr Ogham symbol: Duir Associated Tree: Oak Colors: Dark Brown and Black Animals: Lion, Salamander, Horse (white) Key word: Protection Written by CatSister/LBolotin 2010 from the following resources: The New Book of Magickal names by Phoenix McFarland Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster treetotem.com Angel Oak photo from freeimages.com