Cat’s Morning Bits for November 24, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 24, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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November Events

Nov 1 All Saints Day

Nov 1 Daylight Savings Ends 2 am (Fall back 1 hr)

Nov 3 Election Day (USA)

Nov 8 Moon 3rd Qtr 7:56am PST/ 6:46 am MST/ 8:46 am EST

Nov 11 Veterans Day

Nov 14/15 New Moon at 9:07 pm PST/ 10:07 pm MST/ 12:07 am EST

Nov 14 Hindu Festival of Diwali

Nov 25 Celtic Month of Elder begins

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Nov 30 Full Moon 1:29 am PST/ 2:29 am MST/ 4:29 am EST

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Spirit Library: A Time of Rebirth (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are moving out of a time of heavy energy which had us feeling uncertain and stagnant. So much change is occurring and yet we are still unsure of where this change may be taking us.

Read more…..

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The Celtic Tree Month of Elder (Ruis)
November 25 – December 22nd

The theme for this month is death, rebirth and the return of light. This month begins with the dark time of the year and ends with the birth of the sun at the Winter Solstice.

Read more…..

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Spiritual Unite: TURKEY SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – SHARE GRATITUDE FOR ABUNDANCE

When the turkey is your spirit animal, you are resonating with Mother Earth and the natural world.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Herbalism Reading List

Many Pagans are interested in magical herbalism. There is a lot of information out there, so if you’re looking for books to guide you in your herbalism studies, here are some useful titles to add to your collection.

Read more……

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Empath Meditation for Cleansing and Clearing your Energy

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MBG: We’ll Take Sagittarius Season’s Jet-Setting Vibe — But Make It 2020 Style

Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” you’ll feel the prevailing astrological energy—no matter what day of the year you were born. Sagittarius season 2020 begins Saturday, November 21, and ends Monday, December 21.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?

Being highly sensitive does not at all rule out being, in your own way, a tenacious survivor.

Elaine N. Aron –

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?

“Dr. Elaine Aron is a clinical depth psychologist and the author of the seminal 1997 book The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. With Sounds True, she has published The Highly Sensitive Person’s Complete Learning Program: Essential Insights and Tools for Navigating Your Work, Relationships, and Life. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Aron about what it means to be a highly sensitive person and recent research into the phenomenon. They consider whether the trait is genetic or adaptive, as well as the various ways sensitive behaviors manifest in day-to-day life. They also discuss how best to approach romantic relationships with highly sensitive people and the possible social advantages of sensitivity. Finally, Dr. Aron shares the connection between extreme sensitivity and intuition, as well as attitudes necessary for embracing the entirety of your unique, sensitive self.” { read more }

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The Gods of the Underworld around the World – Mythology Curiosities – See U in History

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Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Embrace Change During this Full Moon Eclipse. {November 29th}

The energy of the full moon eclipse in Gemini is set to be one for big change.
The sun is in the sign of hopeful and optimistic Sagittarius that is also governed by Jupiter—the planet of luck and expansion—which remains conjunct Pluto until approximately December 23rd.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Photo Awards Find Rollicking Humor in Nature

Seriously. Who doesn’t need a good laugh right now?

With a grinning fish, a monkey biker gang, and a singing rodent, it’s nature to the rescue with the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. The annual competition showcases the light side of conservation photography, highlighting images with a sense of humor.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Watch for the moon and Mars

These next several nights – November 24, 25 and 26, 2020 – use the waxing gibbous moon moon to find the brilliant red planet Mars. For the fun of it, we also show the planet Uranus, the seventh planet outward from the sun, on our sky chart. You’re not likely to see Uranus with the eye alone in the lunar glare, but you should have no trouble viewing dazzling Mars, which outshines Uranus by nearly 700 times.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Magical Tools and Altars

What is an altar?
I looked up the word in the dictionary just out of interest and this is the description it gives:

“An elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform, at which religious rites are performed or on which sacrifices are offered to gods, ancestors etc”

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Luna Santa – Luna (Video Oficial)

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”
— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”
— Richard Nelson Bolles

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
— Alan Cohen

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
— Walt Disney

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Just as you are today, challenges and all, you’re still the envy of the Universe.

I know,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Wisconsin Five-Cheese Bake

A savory twist on traditional macaroni and cheese made with multiple cheeses for layers of cheese flavor in every bite.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
November 24, 2020

Industry

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Work worth doing hardly seems like work at all – it’s a pleasure! Doing good work makes us feel alive. It’s wonderful to be able to contribute, to be able to make an impact, make a difference. Any work you love doing, any work that helps people, or makes the world a better place in any way – that is work worth doing.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

It’s possible that a trust has been violated or a relationship may be hurt by a broken promise, or you sense that this might happen soon. Until you know for sure who and what might be involved, take no action, although the discreet question asked of a trustworthy person might be all right, though still risky. Make no accusations but respect your own self-interest

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 February 25, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 25, 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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In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees.
-Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

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Spiritual Unite: 10 Best Crystals to Boost Your Mood

Crystals are highly beneficial to uplift and boost your mood. They can heal the deep-seated tissues in your body and improve your energy and senses by preventing stress and anxiety.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Setting Up Your Magical Altar

The altar is often the focus of religious ceremony, and is usually found at the center of a Wiccan rite. It’s essentially a table used for holding all of the ritual tools, and can also be used as a workspace in spell casting.

Read more…

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MBG: A DIY Guide To Manifesting Your Highest Self With An Altar

Curating an altar in your home is a wonderful way to invite positive energy and healing into your space. Religions and cultures around the world have been using them to honor deities and ancestors for generations, and today, anyone can make their own for a number of functions and intentions.

Read more….

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Spirit Library: Living the Great Mystery

On a recent radio appearance, the conversation turned to the importance of retelling stores and creation myths, especially when things look bleak, as many believe they do today. Native American legends sometimes refer to an old woman as the Creator

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Bombs Away with Seed Bombs

Seed bombing has been popular in urban areas for some time. But the idea is applicable for other areas as well. What is seed bombing? It’s a fun, easy, and environmentally friendly way to plant large or difficult to reach areas. Children especially seem to enjoy the fun so it makes a good family project.

Read More….

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Elephant Journal: Grace, Darshan & Shakti—3 Gems of Hindu Wisdom to infuse into our Lives.

As the oldest religion known to humans, Hinduism has had thousands of years to explore meaning and purpose.
The art of understanding the complexities of human nature have been recorded in the Vedas and Agamas—Hinduism’s catechism, poetry, doctrines, commandments, and postulations.

Read more….

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MNN: Why Germany’s little gardens are a way of life

Scattered throughout Germany are collections of what look like tiny houses surrounded by well-kept gardens. But people don’t live in these small structures with flourishing yards. These are allotment gardens — a take on community gardens also known as Kleingarten or Schrebergarten. Originally developed to facilitate health and wellness, these gardens are described by The Local as a “a concept, a goal, a way of life.”

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon and Venus close around February 27 and 28

The early evenings of February 27 and 28, 2020 feature a close pairing of the waxing crescent moon with the brightest planet, Venus. Look for them in the western twilight, shortly after sunset. The moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Joy of Kitchen Altars

The kitchen is the hearth center of the home, a place where we spend lots of energy, time and magick. It’s a place of creation, comfort and security. Whether your kitchen is more of a pit stop on the way to the living room, or the center of your home, the kitchen remains a focal point in most cultures.

Read more…

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Inner Journey:

QUESTIONS THAT AREN’T HELPFUL

“We accept many notions because they seem to be the logical answers to our questions. But have we asked the right questions?”
— Harold L. Klawans

Sometimes we ask questions for which we really don’t want the answer! Nonetheless, when we ask a question, our subconscious minds will get to work to answer us.

Here are some examples of questions we want to avoid:
• What’s wrong with me?
• How long could this take?
• What could go wrong?
• How much trouble could it be?
• How hard could it be?

Asking questions can be empowering – as long as they’re smart questions!

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
— Anthony Jay

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A Note from the Universe

How’d you like a little peek into the future? Oh, I really shouldn’t, but you so rock, I figure this indulgence, just once, will be all right.

You’re sitting around a warm and cozy fireplace surrounded by friends and boisterous laughter. Early-morning snow gently falling across the countryside is visible from the enormous, ceiling-high windows beside you. Everyone is sipping hot chocolate, and reminiscing about the fabulous circumstances that have brought you together, brimming with even more excitement for times to come. And then you chime in, “If only we knew how inevitable this all was, we never would have worried so much. If only we had the slightest inkling that our challenges, lacks, and issues would sooner make possible the whirlwind of events that swiftly followed… we’d have been as proud then, as we are now.”

And then everyone nods and laughs thoughtfully, and starts taking selfies.

Not a word,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Hug in a Mug Cake

I must warn you that once you read this article you will have the ability to produce a small, individual serving of delicious chocolate cake from scratch in less than 10 minutes. I know from experience that possessing this knowledge can lead to the over-consumption of chocolate cake. So you have been forewarned; only proceed with this article if you feel you are responsible enough to have this information with no ill effects.

Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality, and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
February 25, 2020

Sharing

“Sharing what you have is more important than what you have.”

-Albert M. Wells, Jr.

Sharing is not limited to material things. We can share our memories, experiences, and knowledge for example. The beauty in this is that we aren’t giving those things away – we couldn’t if we tried! But they are so valuable, and they become even more valuable when we share them with other people. The most simple advice can be such a treasure. The fact that we are open and willing to share what we have learned can make this journey more beneficial for all of us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot:  The Hermit

The Hermit is a strong indication that you need to spend some time alone. He is a solitary figure who gains insight through meditation and reflection, and you can benefit from doing the same. There is an emphasis on peace and patience today. Don’t be in such a hurry to get to the next step. All good things truly come to those who wait.

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 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

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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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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 April 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 12,  2019

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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Blossom of the almond trees,
April’s gift to April’s bees,
Birthday ornament of spring,
Flora’s fairest daughterling.

-Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904)

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Spiritual Unite: Have I Found My Soulmate – Connect The Dots

Soulmates are very important to us. They help us to learn about ourselves, learn about the experiences of others and, crucially, help us to experience love.
Some people spend their whole lives searching for their soulmate

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/have-i-found-my-soulmate-connect-the-dots/

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ThoughtCo: How to Celebrate Beltane 

With roots in the British Isles, Beltane is a celebration that falls midway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It honors spring at its peak and the coming summer. If the spring has been a fruitful one, usually the rains have produced rich and fertile earth with verdant green woodlands. And Beltane celebrates the new life that will emerge during this seasonal transition

https://www.thoughtco.com/beltane-4159809

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MBG: This Personality Trait Has A Big Impact On Your Overall Life Satisfaction

In psychology, there exists a theory that we humans have an unconscious longing to return to the blissful symbiosis of mother and infant. Known as “oneness fantasies,” this controversial concept hearkens images of an unborn fetus comfortably wrapped in the warm, loving darkness of the mother’s womb, a small, knowable universe that the fetus is both sustained by and also one with.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/spiritual-interconnectedness-is-linked-with-life-satisfaction-new-research-shows

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Pioneer Thinking: 10 Tips to Easily Double The Size of Your Herb Garden

After spending just a few dollars for your initial purchase of some herbal seed packages or seedlings, is that it? “Gee,” you’re wondering, “is this going to take forever for me to have a real herb garden?” And the answer is, absolutely not. With these herbs and growing tips, you are going to take those first few plants and surprise the heck out of yourself (and your neighbors) by having tons of amazing herb garden plants in no time.

https://pioneerthinking.com/herbs-and-growing-10-tips-to-easily-double-the-size-of-your-herb-garden

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Elephant Journal: How Reiki Works—The Science Bit.

If you are like me, deeper understanding comes from learning everything both spiritually and physically, and how it fits into everyday life, as we can understand it in a tangible and logical way.
But to explain something that we cannot see or fully understand with our limited human minds is a massive task. I will try my best to collate my extensive research into a short version here as best as I can to help dispel any fears that may be associated with working with what is still not completely understood.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/02/how-reiki-works-the-science-bit/

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MNN: Why do bees have pockets?

When you see bees flitting about your garden, you might notice that some of them have orange or yellow clumps along their hind legs. Resembling tiny saddlebags, these bright spots of cargo are pollen baskets or corbiculae. These baskets are found in apid bees, including honey bees and bumblebees.
Pollen sticks to bees each time they visit flowers. As the Adirondack Almanack points out, “It sticks to their antennae, their legs, their faces, their bodies. They become one giant pollen magnet.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/why-do-bees-have-pockets

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EarthSky News: Moon and Gemini stars on April 12

On April 12, 2019, you’ll find the moon at or near its half-lit first quarter phase and in the vicinity of Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. By the way, the moon crosses the ecliptic (Earth’s orbital plane) at its ascending node about one hour before the moon reaches its first quarter phase.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/are-geminis-castor-and-pollux-whales

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Patheos-Pagan: The Element of Fire as an Altar in Witchcraft

Welcome to the next piece in this series on the Elements as Altars. Here, we will focus on Fire as an altar in Witchcraft. In case you missed it, here’s the first one, which featured Air.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2019/04/the-element-of-fire-as-an-altar-in-witchcraft.html

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE IN YOUR UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

“You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality.”
— Ramtha

How do you typically define yourself? Do you tell yourself and others that you are slow and methodical, that you have two left feet, that you are lazy, or unimaginative or that you can’t hang on to money?

In our unconscious self talk, most of us rarely say positive things about ourselves. List the positive and the negative ways you describe yourself. Then look over your list and contemplate how those definitions limit your ability to be cosmic in your outlook and performance.

“Belief has the word ‘lie’ in it… and that pretty much sums up what the world has us believing about ourselves.”
— Doug Firebaugh

“We are what we believe we are.”
— Benjamin N. Cardozo

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Today’s Recipe: Lemonade Fruit Dressing Recipe

Frozen lemonade concentrate makes a delicious dressing for all sorts of fruit salad combinations

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Lemonade-Fruit-Dressing-Recipe.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

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

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Beliefnet: Four Signs That You’re Overmanifesting
This occurs when you focus so much on wanting something that you don’t allow it to manifest for you. Manifesting is co-creating with the universe.
Read more………………… 

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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/

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 17, 2019

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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Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Flow: We Are Unique But Not Different

Some of us are teachers, some are healers, others builders, others artists, some just along for the ride and experience. Some of us are calm and quiet and some of us are loud and passionate. It’s supposed to be that way. We are Source experiencing itself in the form of infinite manyness. Just imagine how boring it would get if each and every one of us were perfect copies of each other.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/flow-we-are-unique-but-not-different/

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Elephant Journal: 4 Ways to Uncover your Golden Shadow during Eclipse Season

Eclipses represent a dance of light and dark—similar to our personal psyches and souls.
They have rhythms and phases that we can predict, and then at the same time feel chaotic. During an eclipse, as the sun, moon, and Earth play in shadows, we too have the same opportunity.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/4-ways-to-uncover-your-golden-shadow-during-eclipse-season/

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Daily Good: The Deepest Silence

“Ever abiding within and without, overlaid with the mutable patchwork garment we know as this visible universe, silence forms the woof and warp of all things seen and unseen. Yet at any instant it is immanent and accessible. To the mystic, silence is the ground, the core of reality. All else relates to and emanates from it. The deeper elements in all religions point to this silence. It is God, it is Buddha; it is Allah. But, to paraphrase Lao Tzu, to name it is to elude its essence. It can only be experienced. The fifteenth century Muslim born saint Kabir wittily observed, “I laugh when I hear the fish in the water is thirsty.” This paradox, which asserts that we are forever surrounded by silence yet all the while occluded to its existence, forms the key dilemma in spirituality.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2205/the-deepest-silence-john-roger-barrie/

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Thought.Co: Setting Up Your Imbolc Altar

It’s Imbolc, and that’s the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to honor the Celtic goddess Brighid, in her many aspects. However, other than having a giant statue of Brighid on your altar, there are a number of ways you can set up for the season

https://www.thoughtco.com/setting-up-your-imbolc-altar-2562117

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MNN: Calling all kids to draw (and honor) their favorite endangered species

Every year, more animals and plants are added to the Endangered Species list. Sadly, some are removed from the list because they’ve become extinct — animals like George, the last Hawaiian land-snail species, Achatinella apexfulva, who died on Jan. 1.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/calling-all-kids-show-their-favorite-endangered-species

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EarthSky News: What is the zodiac?

Maybe you associate the word ‘zodiac’ with astrology, but it has an honored place in astronomy, too. It’s defined by the annual path of the sun across our sky.

https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/what-is-the-zodiac

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Patheos-Pagan: The Magic of Spaces, Places, and Things

For as long as I can remember, I have talked to everything: trees, insects, doors, birds, coats, the ocean, electronics, my paintbrushes, my room – basically everything animate and inanimate that I come into contact with.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2019/01/the-magic-of-spaces-places-and-things.html

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Inner Journey:

TRUST YOURSELF

“I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it.”
— Melody Beattie

How deeply do you trust your own guidance?

Always trust that you know what’s best for you. To move forward in your life, gather information from the ‘experts,’ consider how their advice relates to your situation and then act only on what feels right for you. What does your whole being (mind, body and soul) say ‘Yes!’ to?

You are the only expert for your own life.

“I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn.”
— Melody Beattie

“Ultimately, we must learn to trust ourselves. When we do this intimately and intelligently, the world opens full of meaning before us. We find that we ourselves are the doorway to a fathomless understanding of the source of life itself. We need only to learn to walk through it.”
— James Thornton

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Sometimes when you’re ready for a change and you kind of know it but won’t admit it, when it comes, not only are you surprised, but it hurts.

Yeah, I know that doesn’t help much, unless you remember the “ready” part. Because there is simply no change that might ever transpire in time and space that happens before you’re fully able to use it for your own growth and glory.

Love watching you create,

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
January 17, 2019
Moments

“A player’s effectiveness is directly related to his ability to be right there, doing that thing, in the moment… He can’t be worrying about the past or the future or the crowd or some other extraneous event. He must be able to respond in the here and now.”

-John Brodie

John Brodie is the famous former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. How do I know this? My brother and my father were BIG fans when we were living in the Bay Area. Athletes know how important it is to be fully present in the moment when competing. There are too many factors that have to fall into place to succeed – and the only way to get them to do that is to be there: mentally, physically and spiritually.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings

The birth flower for the month of January is most commonly known as the carnation although some texts do list the snowdrop as an alternative. The carnation represents love. This flower can come in a variety of colors which can vary the meaning. For example, pink communicates affection and admiration, red communicates love, white communicates pure unconditional love and good luck, striped carnations communicate regret over unrequited love and yellow communicates rejection or disappointment in love
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings.aspx#80dCe1JSj4gfdWiK.99

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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/