Cat’s Morning Bits for July 14, 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.
The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide.
-Emma Lazarus (1849-87)
July Events & Holidays
July 1 Canada Day
July 4 Independence Day
July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST
July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST
July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins
July 12 Mercury goes direct
July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST
Spirit Library: Internal Expansion (a message from Kate Spreckley)
For most of us this year feels like it has been an all consuming cycle of change, clearing, releasing and healing, and it seems like these coming months hold only more of what we are now intimately familiar with. The unfolding of our awakening journey has shifted our energy and expanded our awareness to the point where we are now able to process and integrate vast amounts of cosmic energy.
A Simple Way to Add Witchcraft to Your Everyday
ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects
Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.
MBG: Meaning & History Behind 9 Common Yoga Symbols, Plus How To Use Them
If you’re beginning to dip your toes into a yoga practice, you may have noticed a few symbols pop up again and again: the Om symbol, a chakra chart, a lotus flower. So, what do they all represent? Here’s an overview of the meanings and history of some of the most common yoga symbols to help you integrate them into your practice meaningfully and respectfully.
Simple & Effective Truth Spell || Spell work
Elephant Journal: 10 Ways to be a Little Bit Kinder to Yourself Every Day.
When the subject of kindness comes up, perhaps our first thoughts are on whether we are kind enough to others—but do we ever reflect on whether we are kind enough to ourselves?
Treehugger: 8 Unexpected Animals That Sing
Everyone knows that birds and insects sing with abandon, and humans clearly enjoy singing. But what about other animals? A study on musicality explored the role of music in human and non-human animals, and suggests “links to language, music, and animal vocalization.”
EarthSky News: Deneb and Cygnus the Swan
Tonight’s chart has you looking eastward at the famous Summer Triangle. Today, notice the star Deneb, the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle. Its constellation is Cygnus the Swan. In a dark country sky, you can see that Cygnus is flying along the starlit trail of the summer Milky Way.
Patheos-Pagan: Easy Alternatives to White Sage for Smoke Cleansing
If you are here reading this article, I am going to assume that you do not need me to explain to you why you should be using alternatives to white sage, unless you are a part of one of the traditions where the practice of smudging originated.
Pagan Playlist: Gaelic Song – Fear a Bhàta
WHAT IS YOUR BODY SAYING?
“Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz — something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”
— Chungliang Al Huang
“As we explore the extraordinary interplay of energies between the many aspects of our personality — our needs, unconscious reactions, repressed emotions, aspirations, and fears — with the functioning of our physical system and its capacity to maintain itself, we soon realize how very wise the body is. With its intricately detailed systems and operations, it portrays infinite intelligence and compassion, constantly giving us the means to understand ourselves further, to confront issues we are not looking at, and to go beyond that which is holding us back.”
— Deb Shapiro
Scan your body with your awareness. Are you experiencing any aches and pains? Any stiffness?
What might your body be trying to tell you about how you are living your life?
“Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible.”
— Gabrielle Roth
“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown
A Note from the Universe
Using your physical senses to assess your options is kind of like driving while looking in the rearview mirror. Not so swift, unless you want to go backward.
Mostly the physical senses show what has been, not what will be. For direction, look within.
Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Shortbread Bars
Fresh strawberries sit atop a buttery shortbread crust for a tasty springtime (or anytime) dessert! These bars taste great even after being refrigerated–and are maybe even better the next day!
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
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
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.
July 14, 2020
“The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.”
Helping other is not just an obligation; it’s a responsibility. Are we making a difference in the world, or are we just taking up space? There are opportunities for service presented to us every day, and these are also opportunities for our own learning and growth. It can be something simple, or something grand, and when we rise to the occasion we know we’ve done something good, because we feel good.
Daily Tarot: The Lovers
Indecision is not necessarily a bad thing, but taken to extremes it can make you pessimistic and defeatist. Take the time you need to make the choices you need but don’t get bogged down and grind to a halt. Take yourself in hand and refuse to feel helpless in the face of a challenging (or tempting) situation. Refuse to be rushed by anyone, too.
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