Cat’s Morning Bits for September 23, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 23, 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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Take the fruit I give you, says the bending tree;
Nothing but a burden is it all to me.
Lighten ye my branches, let them toss in air.
Only leave me freedom, next year’s load to bear.
-Lucy Larcom (1824-93)

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MBG: Your Horoscope Says This Is The Week To Kick-Start Back-Burner Goals

This week, the AstroTwins share how to start balanced, harmonious Libra season off on the right note.
On Monday, Libra season starts, and harmonious vibes will likely follow.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/september-23-29-2019-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins

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Treehugger: 2019 Equinox: 12 facts about the first day of fall

Well hello, fall! Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere.

https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/12-facts-about-autumnal-equinox.html

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ThoughtCo: Celebrating Mabon With Kids

Mabon falls around September 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around March 21 below the equator. This is the autumn equinox, it’s a time to celebrate the season of the second harvest. It’s a time of balance, of equal hours of light and dark, and a reminder that the cold weather isn’t far away at all.

https://www.learnreligions.com/celebrating-mabon-with-kids-2562314

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Magic and Spells for Mabon: Wiccan Spell for Balance

The Wiccan Sabbats are often reserved specifically for celebration rather than magical workings. However, there are times when we have needs, and the Sabbats are particularly powerful times to cast spells.
One big goal in Wicca is to learn to achieve balance in our lives, and sometimes finding a healthy balance can be difficult. Be it internal or external reasons, it’s so easy for problems to push us off balance, and it can be hard to get back again.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Magic-and-Spells-for-Mabon-Balancing

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The Celtic Connection: Mabon Ritual
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, Falls Between September 21 – 23

Tools:
In addition to your magical tools you will need:

https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabonrit.htm

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Elephant Journal: Awaken your Inner Mystic with an Equinox Journal for the Wild Heathen (Sept. 23)

September 23, 2019
Autumn Equinox (Northern Hemisphere), Spring Equinox (Southern) under a Waning Crescent Moon in Cancer

What is the magic that awakens our inner mystic during the Equinox, when the light is equal between night and day?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/awaken-your-inner-mystic-with-an-equinox-journal-for-the-wild-heathen-monika-carless/

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MNN: 8 things you didn’t know about the autumnal equinox
If you’ve ever wondered what hamsters and the French Revolution have to do with the first day of fall, we’ve got the answers.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-autumnal-equinox

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EarthSky News: Year’s fastest sunsets around equinoxes

Tonight – at sunset – here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets faster around the time of an equinox. The fastest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the equinoxes. And the slowest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the solstices. This is true whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/fastest-sunsets-around-equinox-time

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Patheos-Pagan: Autumn Tide Magic: Holda And Her Releasing Geese

Summer is quickly coming to a close here in the northern hemisphere and all I can think is, “Thank Gods.” If you know me, then you know that I am not a summer person. I don’t do well with the heat and my feelings of depression seem to pop up more frequently during this season than any other (strange, I know!).

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2019/09/autumn-tide-magic-holda-releasing-geese/

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Inner Journey:

USE DOWN TIMES TO GOOD ADVANTAGE

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”
— Milarepa

In our busy schedules, we can often complain that we don’t have time to meditate. But if we are sincere in our desire to go inside, we can create our own moments of stillness in the midst of our activity.

Stopped at a traffic light? Do some deep breathing. Waiting in line at the bank or grocery store? Repeat an uplifting word such as ‘love’ or ‘peace.’ Riding the bus to and from work? Value these times as an opportunity to close your eyes and go within or to say a little prayer.

“Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality.”
— Deepak Chopra

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A Note from the Universe

No one can see into your heart.

Which is why you sometimes have to show them how you feel.

Winks, hugs, and gifts –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Sautéed Butternut Squash

These winter squashes can be cut into thin, small pieces and sauteed for a yummy fall side dish.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Sauteed-Butternut-Squash-Recipe.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, 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
September 23, 2019

Conscience

“I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one’s own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise.”

-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Remember Jiminy Cricket singing “and always let your conscience be your guide.” And I can still hear his little cricket voice from the Disney cartoon, I must have heard that dozens of times when I was a kid. I think the simple explanation I was given at that time was that your conscience would always tell you the right thing to do. If you listened to your conscience, you wouldn’t give in to temptation and do something you would regret later. I may not have understood that completely when I was a child, but I get it now. Sometimes it takes some life experience for us to really learn the lesson. Gandhi is saying here that you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself by doing what your conscience tells you is the best thing to do. Then basically let the chips fall where they may.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man
Things may not be going the way you like, but this is no time to give up. Whatever went wrong yesterday or last year is no excuse to stop trying to make things right. Be honest with yourself and do what you can to at least not make matters worse. There’s nothing that can’t be forgiven, repaired or replaced. Keep the faith and keep going.

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!

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Be Grateful: Cat’s Angel Message for September 23, 2019

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Be Grateful: Cat’s Angel Message for September 23, 2019

September’s Theme:  Why are we here is a question that we often ask ourselves, and this month we will be exploring our purpose.


It is always a good day to be grateful for all of life – grateful for large blessings and small. Especially to be grateful for the symbolic blessings – the rainbows and butterflies that come into our lives when we least expect and most need them. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


923: Today is the Autumn Equinox, Mabon or Harvest Home to those of us who follow the pagan traditions. Gratitude is our keyword and it goes hand in hand with this seasonal celebration.  Faith is part of gratitude, and the stronger our faith the more we manifest and the more we have to be grateful for. This is a good time to perform a self check and think about the gifts and miracles that have blessed your life so far this year. By looking back we can see how far we have come from spring and the thought seeds that we planted at that time. Make sure to nurture the “new growth” and to harvest what’s ready now. Embrace your blessings with a grateful heart and affirm that you have faith that they will continue to be abundant in your life.


Today we honor the goddess aspects of the Sacred Feminine. They are the Earth Mothers and Harvest goddesses that are associated with this harvest festival (Demeter, Persephone, Pomona).

 

  • 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 grateful for.” 
  • Archangel Haniel showers us with stardust, illuminating our thoughts and memories so that we can remember what magickal beings we truly are, which assists us in the creation process. In turn, this shows us how to receive with grace and gratitude. This process accelerates when we allow beauty and harmony to surround us. It’ helps us to enjoy ourselves which makes blessings easier to receive.
  • The Ascended Master Krishna can also be honored today as we ask him to help us see life’s blessings more clearly.

Our Sacred Stones for today include:

  •  Larimar 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 you manifest what you really need. It shows us how to go with the flow.
  • Tiger’s Eye helps build a bridge between you and your power. It shows us the correct way to use our power and invites our integrity forward. It is also a stone of abundance and draws good things to us while helping us see the blessings we have.
  • Green Quartz helps attract abundance in all forms and increases our powers of perception so that we can see the “Tiny Miracles” more clearly.

Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Thought For The Day: Sept. 23, 2019 ” Fall Is Here”

Happy Harvest Home!

Fall is officially here, it’s time for bonfires, sweaters, and cooler weather. The Autumn Equinox also called Mabon and Harvest Home is a time to reflect back on what we have accomplished so far this year and our own personal growth. A little Fall cleaning is also in order as we sweep away the things that didn’t quite work for us.

Bright Blessings ~ Cat

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Mabon Lore & Correspondences

 

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Autumn Equinox / Mabon / Harvest Home: On or around September 21st. MAY-bon, MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn, – Lesser Sabbat

This year Mabon is on Monday, September 23

Other Names:  Second Harvest Festival, Witches’ Thanksgiving, Harvest Home (Anglo-Celtic), Feast of Avalon, Wine Harvest, Festival of Dionysus, Cornucopia, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Chung Chiu (China), Night of the Hunter, Alban Elfed “The Light of the Water”(Caledonii/ Druidic-celebrates Lord of the Mysteries), Winter Finding (Teutonic, from Equinox ’til Winter Night or Nordic New Year, Oct 15th.)

Mabon is the second harvest festival and like the Vernal Equinox night and day are once again equal. It is the Pagan day of Thanksgiving and is a time to honor the changing season and to give thanks for the bounty and abundance in our lives. It celebrates the wine/grape harvest and when our ancestors began the final preparations for the coming winter. The essence and energy is mellow and filled with gratitude and feelings of security. Mabon also honors aging deities and the spirit world. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hustle-bustle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits are filled to overflowing!

MABON CORRESPONDENCES

Symbols and Decorations: Fall leaves, apples, gourds, vines, flowers, acorns grapes, berries, Indian corn, and grains.

Colors: Wine/Maroon/Scarlet/Red, Rust, Brown, Autumn Orange, Dark Green and Gold

Goddesses: Modron (Welsh), Bona Dea, Land Mother, Aging & Harvest Deities: the Triple Goddess-Mother aspect, Persephone, Demeter/Ceres, Morgan (Welsh- Cornish), Snake Woman (aboriginal), Epona (Celtic-Gaulish), Pamona (roman), the Muses (greek)

Gods: Mabon ap Modron (Welsh), Sky Father, The Green Man, Wine Gods, Aging Gods, John Barley Corn, the Wicker-Man, the Corn Man, Thoth (Egyptian), Hermes, Hotei (Japanese), Thor, Dionysus (Roman), Bacchus (Greek) & all wine Deities

Herbs/Flowers/Plants: Marigold, Milkweed, Fern, Benzoin, Honeysuckle, Passionflower, Rose Sage, Solomon’s Seal, Thistle (A Druid’s Herbal) Acorn and Oak leaves, Aster,  Cedar, Ferns, Grains, Hazel, Honeysuckle, Hops, Ivy, Marigold, Milkweed, Chrysanthemums, Myrrh, Pine, Tobacco,  and vegetables.

Incense & Oils of Mabon: Pine, sweetgrass, apple blossom, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense, jasmine, sage, wood aloes, black pepper, patchouli, cinnamon, clove, oakmoss, sage and sweetgrass.

Trees: Maple, Magnolia, Locust, Hickory, Hackberry, Aspen. (Whispers from the Woods)

Sacred Stones: Green Aventurine, Dendritic Agate, Chrysoprase for goal setting and planning /Sunstone, Moonstone for balance. (Hibiscus Moon)  Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Yellow Agates, Carnelian, Yellow Topaz, & Amethyst.

Symbols: Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, grapes, Indian corn, apples, pomegranates and all red fruits, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty, wheat stalks and gourds.

Foods of Mabon: Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, cornbread, wheat products, grains, berries, grapes, acorns, seeds, dried fruits, corn, beans, squash, roots (ie onions, carrots, potatoes, etc), hops, sassafras, roast goose or mutton, wine, ale, & cider.

Activities: Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds, and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellwork and Rituals: Protection, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance. Celtic Festival of the Vine, prosperity rituals, introspection, rituals which enact the elderly aspects of both Goddess & God, past life recall.

Animals/Mythical Beings: Dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, owl, eagle, birds of prey, salmon & goat, Gnomes, Sphinx, Minotaur, Cyclops, Andamans, and Gulons.

Autumn blessings to you and yours! ~Cat


Sources include: Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster / A Druids Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman / Grimoire For The Green Witch by Ann Moura / Whispers From The Woods by Sandra Kynes and various internet resources.


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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 19, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 19, 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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Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold.
​–Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869​–1935)

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Spiritual Unite: 99 Number Meaning – Healing Of Humanity

99 number meaning is numerology that often comes into play in our lives through the process of synchronicity.
You might see this number on number plates, billboards, shop windows and pretty much anywhere else a number could appear.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/99-number-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Mabon

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

https://www.learnreligions.com/easy-decorating-ideas-for-mabon-2562269

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Individualogist: Plant Medicine and Spirituality – A Complete Guide

Most, if not every world culture, both traditional and present-day, have performed ceremonies utilizing plants and herbs for religious , otherworldly, or therapeutic purposes

https://individualogist.com/plant-medicine-and-spirituality-a-complete-guide?mpweb=1230-1426-784234

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Patheos: Mabon Reset Ritual

By now, the leaves are turning and the temperatures are getting a bit cooler (or not, if you are experiencing a late summer heatwave). Summer seems like a whisper in your ear, and the wind rustles amidst the swirling leaves. Mabon is beckoning as a time of balance, which always strikes me as highly ironic, as this begins during the most unbalanced time of all. School routines are in place, the weekends are full of activity, there are endless chores to do, the holidays are looming, and we begin the descent into the last part of the year.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/09/mabon-reset-ritual/

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Natural Living Ideas: 5 Potent Juice Recipes To Beat Inflammation

Although inflammation is a normal and healthy response that occurs in the body to protect us from bacteria and viruses, sometimes it gets out of control or serves no purpose.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/5-juice-recipes-beat-inflammation/

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MNN: 10 ways babies are really weird

They don’t shed tears and won’t remember having mustaches!

Sure, all babies are cute, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t also extremely weird. Babies are eating, sleeping and pooping machines that double their weight in their first few months of life. And they pack a whole lot of oddness in while they’re at it.

https://www.mnn.com/family/babies-pregnancy/blogs/9-ways-babies-are-really-weird

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EarthSky News: Moon, Aldebaran, Pleiades before bedtime

Taurus is a far-northern constellation of the zodiac. That fact causes these stars to rise at an earlier hour in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere. The farther north you live, the earlier that Taurus climbs above your northeast horizon; and the farther south you live, the later that Taurus comes up

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-aldebaran-pleiades-before-bedtime

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Patheos-Pagan: Autumn Equinox: Harvest Home

We are not our own
Return again, return again,
return to the home of your soul
Return to who you are Return to what you are
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/09/autumn-equinox-harvest-home/

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Inner Journey:

ON SADNESS

“Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. …Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the ‘healing feeling.'”
— John Bradshaw

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
— William Shakespeare

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.”
— George Eliot

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”
— Lao-tzu

“When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”
— Sufi epigram

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A Note from the Universe

For every setback, disappointment and heartbreak ask yourself, “What does this create the opportunity for?”

And therein you will find its gift.

Everything has a reason,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Thai Beef

Each cuisine has its own unique seasonings, spices, and sauces that make it recognizable.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Thai-Beef-Recipe.html

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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
September 19, 2019

Language

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1932)

This is so funny, and so true! I had this experience when visiting Australia. I felt a little bit like Alice in Wonderland! I could understand every word that people spoke, and yet many times I had no idea what they were talking about! The Australians still use the more traditional English terms, and somehow in America we’ve found another way. Is it a boot or a trunk? A bonnet or a hood? A footpath or a sidewalk? A trolley or a cart? A serviette or a napkin? And there is the same kind of communication “gap” between American adults and teenagers a lot of times… Is it good, bad or sweet? Hot, hip or cool? I could go on and on, but as they say, “a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” What matters is that we talk with each other, the rest is “details!”

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: Justice
You might prefer to do most things on your own today, but that may not be permitted. Find ways to involve others and enlist help, or simply let them do their part. Wait until tonight to decompress in private. It’s important to keep an even temper and not let others manipulate you emotionally. Your feelings are being strongly projected, so treat others with tact and avoid anger.

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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 18, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 18, 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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Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand
Make the mighty ocean,
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minute,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity. ​​
​–Julia A. Fletcher (1823​–1908)

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Spiritual Unite: Physical Signs Of Being A Witch – Another Way To Identify

The physical signs of being a witch are often underplayed in favor of mental and metaphysical signs.
Some people even claim that there are no physical signs at all.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/physical-signs-of-being-a-witch/

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ThoughtCo: The Egyptian God Thoth

Thoth (pronounced “Toth,” rhyming with “both,” rather than with “goth”) was one of the most important deities of ancient Egyptian religion and worship. Thoth was known as the tongue of Ra, who had cursed him, and he often spoke on Ra’s behalf.

https://www.learnreligions.com/egyptian-god-thoth-2561975

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MBG: 3 Actionable Ways To Find Moments Of Stillness In Jam-Packed Days

Many of us struggle to hear our intuition, our inner voice. If that’s the case, you might just label yourself “not intuitive” or assume your intuition is unreliable. I disagree. Everyone is intuitive to some degree, but many of us find it difficult to access this inner knowing because we live in a society that glorifies being busy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-be-less-busy-and-open-yourself-up-to-intuition

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Daily Good: Green Renaissance
In a culture where it can be difficult to sift through all the online media noise, Green Renaissance is creating content that captures the human spirit and reminds us that there is always something for which to be grateful. After becoming frustrated with the bombardment of negative messages being shared online, filmmakers Justine and Michael of South Africa decided to create one new short film a week that serves as an inspiration to pay attention to the daily graces that are evident all around us. “What we came to realize through our filmmaking journey over the years is that the world is filled with ordinary people who have extraordinary stories to share,” says Justine. Read more to learn how these two artists are using their gifts for the greater good. { read more } http://www.dailygood.org/story/2386/green-renaissance-the-gratefulness-team/
Be The Change
How do you give of yourself to others? Over the next week, experiment with new ways of expressing your gifts.

COMMENT | RATE

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Elephant Journal: What “Micro-Meditation” is & why we Should all be Doing It.

Some of us can feel far from the lofty goal of daily, involved yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation for long periods of time in the morning and afternoon.
I have caught glimpses of the potential of these practices, but find it nearly impossible to uphold this. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that we can’t include small doses of mindfulness in our day-to-day experiences

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/take-a-bite-out-of-life-but-dont-forget-to-chew-micro-meditations-for-hacking-happiness/

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EarthSky News: Close-up on Cassiopeia the Queen

Tonight – or any autumn evening – Cassiopeia the Queen can be found in the northeast after sunset. This constellation has the distinctive shape of a W, or M, depending on the time of night you see it. The shape of this constellation makes Cassiopeia’s stars very noticeable. Look for the Queen, starting at nightfall or early evening.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/close-up-on-cassiopeia-the-queen

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Patheos-Pagan: The Autumn Equinox Could Be Your Favorite Sabbat

The Autumn Equinox is not my favorite sabbat, but it could be. At the very least I think it’s under-appreciated. Some of that under-appreciation could be because of the popularity of Samhain (Let’s get September over with and get to late October!), or it might be related to the lack of other holidays happening concurrently around September 20. (The most popular Pagan sabbats generally overlap with prominent holidays in the over-culture, such as Christmas, Halloween, and Easter.)

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2019/09/the-autumn-equinox-could-be-your-favorite-sabbat/

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Inner Journey:

ORDINARY CAN BE AWESOME

“Everything in life can be nourishing. Everything can bless us, but we’ve got to be there for the blessing to occur. Being present with quality is a decision we are invited to make each day.”
— MacRina Wiederkehr

Spirit is not only found in holy places, prayer and meditation, yoga and retreats. It is everywhere — in your relationships, your work, your daily chores, in nature … if you are willing to connect deeply with your environment.

Open to connect with something and you open to its essence, its purpose and meaning. There are other dimensions of reality below what we normally see and hear. Open to the mystery.

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

No matter how things seem hope is near and love is present.

In the house,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Vienna Potatoes Recipe

This hearty dish combines potatoes, cream of mushroom soup and Vienna sausages

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Vienna-Potatoes-Recipe.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions: Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
September 18, 2019

Language

“Language is power… Language can be used as a means of changing reality.”

-Adrienne Rich

The words we say carry weight, carry meaning. And it’s not only which words we say but the way that we say them, too. Look at the “spin” that can be put on things in advertisements and in political speeches. There are ways that we can make this concept work for us in our spiritual growth. Affirmations, for example. We use words and language to change our thinking, and we can change our lives. We create our own reality.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit
It might be a busy day, but try to make some time for yourself. Any time you spend meditating or settling your mind will be time well spent. It doesn’t have to be spent sitting around and being idle all day. Staring pensively into that cup of tea for a few moments can be equally beneficial. Calm your mind, and your heart, and make it an at-peace day.

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 September 13, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 13, 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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Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard,
Give me a field where the unmowed grass grows,
Give me an arbor, give me the trellised grape.
–Walt Whitman (1919–92)

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Individualogist: A Complete Guide in Using Feng Shui for Love

Want to know the Complete Guide in using Feng Shui for Love? Literally meaning “wind” and “water,” the ancient practice of Feng Shui has been going on for the last 6000 years. Known as one of the most popular forms of geomancy in the east, Feng Shui has earned its immortalized status. With Chinese as its main users, this practice is definitely a part of their checklist as they pursue ventures in life

https://individualogist.com/a-complete-guide-in-using-feng-shui-for-love?mpweb=1230-1413-784234

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ThoughtCo:  Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth

The Greek goddess Hestia watches over domesticity and the family, and was traditionally honored with the first offering at any sacrifice made in the home. On a public level, Hestia’s flame was never allowed to burn out. The local town hall served as a shrine for her—and any time a new settlement was formed, settlers would take a flame from their old village to the new one

https://www.learnreligions.com/hestia-greek-goddess-of-the-hearth-2561993

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MBG: Flower Power Alert: Here’s How To Dye Your Own Clothes Using Plants

When I was a student of herbalism, I learned that fabric had traditionally been dyed using the same plants that I was growing and cultivating. Needless to say, I started geeking out! When I dove into it further, I realized that compared to conventional dyes, which can be really harmful to water systems and loaded with chemicals, plant dyes are much better for the planet. Now, I run a clothing business and use plants to not only sustainably dye my fabrics—but to infuse them with naturally grounding energy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-dye-your-clothes-naturally-using-plants-step-by-step-guide

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Elephant Journal: How to create a Wholehearted Life with a Joy List

My New Year’s resolution was to become the happiest person I knew.
And ever since I made that declaration, I’ve been on a mission to create a life I love that brings me joy.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/how-living-from-a-joy-list-changes-your-life/

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MNN: 8 things you didn’t know about the autumnal equinox
If you’ve ever wondered what hamsters and the French Revolution have to do with the first day of fall, we’ve got the answers.

The Northern Hemisphere will bid an official farewell to summer on the morning of Sept. 23 and welcome in the fall. At precisely 3:50 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the sun will be directly in line with Earth’s celestial equator (the equator projected onto the sky) and day and night will last roughly the same amount of time.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-autumnal-equinox

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EarthSky News: Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th

On September 12, 13 and 14, 2019, look for a full-looking moon to light up the nighttime sky from dusk until dawn. Depending on where you live worldwide (your time zone), this month’s full moon will fall on Friday, September 13, or Saturday, September 14. For the Northern Hemisphere, this September full moon counts as the closest full moon to the September autumn equinox, so it’s the Northern Hemisphere’s full Harvest Moon. For many, it’ll be a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon … great party theme!

https://earthsky.org/tonight/harvest-moon-on-friday-the-13th

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Patheos-Pagan: Florida Water: Perfumed History. Magickal Uses.

Florida Water is a popular item from the 19th century still used in modern witchcraft. But what is the history of this magickal item? Who invented it? Why do people use Florida Water and for what purpose?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/3pagansandacat/2019/09/florida-water-history-magickal-uses/

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Inner Journey:

ON DEATH AND DYING

“Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!”
— Thomas F. Healey

“The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.”
— Hermann Hesse

“What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.”
— Katha Upanishad

“Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.”
— Sir Walter Scott

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

For all things and non-things that you may ever want understand that sometimes the fastest way to get them is to forget them, and to focus instead on just being the most amazing human being you can be. At which point all of your heart’s desires, spoken or unspoken, will be drawn to you more powerfully than a magnet is drawn to steel.

Have an amazing day,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cheesy Egg Drop Soup

We all want to prepare healthy food for the family. The recipe I’m cooking this morning is simply made of eggs and freshly picked vegetables from our very own veggie plots. It’s so easy, but very healthy.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cheesy-Egg-Drop-Soup.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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Daily Wisdom
September 13, 2019

Destiny

“Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.”

-Confucius (550-478 B.C.)

To me this says that we are here on this earth at this particular time for a reason. We have kept our appointment. What we do with the time we have here is up to us. The rewards are not necessarily material, but much more valuable- our spiritual growth, the love and fulfillment we find and create for ourselves. We have choices in how we spend our time, and the lessons we learn along the way are our bounty.
-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

People may look to you to get some enthusiasm back into their lives. If sagging a little in spirit yourself, you can still inspire others. This can cheer you up, too, so don’t underestimate a small glimmer of joy in something that you genuinely love. No one has to agree with you. They only have to allow you to do what feels best to you – and you to them.

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/