Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depecited with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

January Events

Jan. 1 Happy New Year! Welcome 2021

Jan. 1 Ellis Island Day

Jan. 3 J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 5 Twelfth Night

Jan. 12/13 New Moon 9:00 pm PST/ 10:00 pm MST/ 12:00 am EST

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 19 Sun enters Aquarius

Jan. 20 Inauguration Day USA

Jan. 21 Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins

Jan. 27 Holocaust Memorial Day

Jan. 28 Full “Wolf” Moon 11:16 am PST/ 12:16 pm MST/ 2:16 pm .m. EST

Jan. 30 Mercury Retrograde until Feb. 20


Spirit Library: Be in the Moment (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Navigating our way forward at this time can be challenging as our basic instinct may be to stop and wait for the chaos to calm. However, this is a period of global upheaval and change which will continue for some time.

Read more….

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Yeyeo Botanica: Crossroads for Divine Help

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Spiritual Unite: ASH TREE SYMBOLISM – HEALTH AND REBIRTH

The Ash tree grows in Europe, Asia and some parts of North America.

It is very common, with the Common Ash being the 3rd most common tree in the UK.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives

Read more….

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Patheos / New Visions: Are You Listening to the Still, Small Voice Within?

If you read enough books about the soul, you’ll come across a reoccurring theme. It’s the idea that we all have a small, still voice within us that is there to guide us as we make our way through life. The voice represents the deepest, truest part of us, our soul, and it knows what we want and need from life—if only we would listen to it

Read more….

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MBG: Why Sagittarians Need To Watch Out For Burnout In 2021

Oh, Sagittarius, is there anything you can’t do? Your fiery and adventurous nature gives you the stamina that other signs could only dream of—but everyone has their limit, and yes, even you are susceptible to burnout.

Read more…

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Savitri and Satyavan: The legend of the princess who outwitted Death – Iseult Gillespie

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Elephant Journal: The Lure of the Stars: A Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy.

Stargazing is a wonder-full way to recharge, download your stress, and it won’t cost a thing.
There is something quite magical about starwatching: a solitary pursuit that can simultaneously relax and inspire. It’s been a mainstay for many during these unsettled times.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: Why Red Squirrels Depend on Good Neighbors

Even though red squirrels are loners, living near familiar neighbors helps them survive.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Look for Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper

Tonight, look for the northern sky’s two most prominent sky patterns – the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen and the Big Dipper. Both circle around Polaris, the North Star, once a day. They are opposite each other, one on either side of the North Star.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Cleansing Power of Salt Bowls: Removing Negative Energy From The Home

There’s a reason why the beach feels so energetically clean and refreshing. For millennia, all over the world, salt has been considered a protective and cleansing agent, both physically and metaphysically.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Earth My Body

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO TRUST

“When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
— Steve Rapson

WE SEEK TO CONTROL OUR LIVES WHEN WE DO NOT TRUST, WHEN WE DO NOT LOVE. Our ego, perceiving itself to be vulnerable and insecure, uses control in an effort to protect itself.

At the root of our need to control, we find FEAR. It may be fear of the unknown. Fear of not coping. Fear of loss. Or possibly even fear of looking stupid. And as our efforts to control other people and events invariably fail, our fear increases.

Trust, on the other hand, is a quality of the soul. While control is a tool of the mind, TRUST AND FAITH ARE ASPECTS OF THE HEART. Trust comes with the deep knowing that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies. When we trust enough in life to give up our need to control, we can relax and open to the flow of energy in our lives. This brings peace of mind.

“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’sinsecurity.”
— M. Scott Peck

“Do not abandon trust when your ego thinks things should be different than they are.”
— Wayne Dyer

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Whatever.

I really mean that.

Whatever, whatever, whatever.

You can have it.

Anything you want,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Popa’s Simple White Chili

A simple version of white chili that can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. This is our go-to chili for those chilly winter days. Cook on Low in a slow cooker for 4 hours if preferred. Serve with garlic cheese bread. Enjoy.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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
January 15, 2021

Speech
“Violence of the tongue is very real – sharper than any knife.”

-Mother Teresa, 1983


We used to hear “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me.” Well, forget about that one! Words can hurt – terribly! And it’s okay to admit it. The good news is that words can also heal. Think about how good if feels to hear “I love you.” Look at the way a person’s face lights up when you say “You look so beautiful!” The world needs to stop using words as weapons, and work more on using words as medicine.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

If you’ve been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward

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. AND 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 17, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 17, 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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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: Red Chakra Meaning And Its Significance

Red is the colour of the Root chakra or Muladhara. This is the first of the seven primary chakras, and it deals with our base needs and wants.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives. While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic, on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing spell.

Read more….

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MBG: 10 Immune-System-Boosting Teas, According To A Functional Medicine Doc

Tea is packed with nutrients, each variety (white, green, black, oolong, and herbal) boasting its own unique set of benefits. And while I like to drink all types, there are certain varieties I gravitate toward depending on the benefits I am looking to tap into.

Read more…

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Daily Good: Micah Mortali: Rewilding

“Micah Mortali is the director of the Kripalu School, and a longtime wilderness guide. With Sounds True, he has published Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Micah about humanity’s growing disconnection from the earth and how “rewilding” can help slow that trend. They talk about rewilding both as individuals and as part of whole ecosystems. Micah also shares the story of an intense, revelatory trail encounter with a bear and comments on the “species loneliness” of urban environments. Mulling the sense of grief they have for humankind’s effects on the environment, Tami and Micah consider how modern people can grapple with being in exile from the natural world. Finally, they discuss the barriers many have to reentering nature, as well as ways to initiate your own rewilding experience no matter where you are.”{ read more }

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Today’s DIY: Kitchen Witch Makes: Witch Bottles

Something I have made for years are witch bottles. I always keep a couple in the house and renew them regularly.
Their purpose in my home is to soak up negative energy and keep the house full of happy positive vibes. However, witch bottles can be made for any intent.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: This Dalai Lama Quote about Happiness is what we all Need to Read Today.

What is happiness?
At some point in our lives, we’ve all ruminated on that question.
Every single person on this earth seeks to understand the meaning of happiness and how to pursue it. We might not openly chase it, but one way or another, almost everything we do implies that we want it.

Read more……

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Firefighters save grove of trees in Australia that predate the dinosaurs

While firefighters — and a few very good dogs — scramble to get people and animals out of regions affected by Australia’s devastating bushfires, there are a handful of residents that would die before they flee.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Look for Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper

Tonight, look for the northern sky’s two most prominent sky patterns – the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen and the Big Dipper. Both circle around Polaris, the North Star, once a day. They are opposite each other, one on either side of the North Star.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Four Gemstone Moon Waters to Work With in your Practice

Moon water is probably one of the most made and used magical water in paganism, witchcraft and the magical community today. I thought it would be fun to share some Moon Water Recipes and what to use them for.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

ATTEND TO THE GAPS

“Practice silence and you will acquire silent knowledge. In this silent knowledge is a computing system that is far more precise and far more accurate and far more powerful than anything that is contained in the boundaries of rational thought.”
— Deepak Chopra

When I was being taught Vipashyana meditation, I was guided to experience the stillness that naturally arises in the moments between the in and out breaths. And Eckhart Tolle recommends becoming aware of the spaces between words. He says that stillness brings awareness of silence, and it’s in the silence that we can experience being fully awake. Consciousness is beyond thought activity. There’s more power in the gaps between the words than in the words themselves.

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
— Angeles Arrien

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Have you ever seen a complete stranger across a room, street, or hallway, and sent them a silent, “You are loved,” just for the good it might do?

I have.

But then, to me, they’re not really strangers.

Neither are they to you –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 3 Better-For-You Bagel Recipes For National Bagel Day (Or Any Ol’ Morning) 

Bagels are delicious, but unfortunately, they aren’t the healthiest breakfast option. As we know, eating balanced meals in the morning can keep us from feeling sluggish or making unhealthy decisions later on. While that information can seemingly prevent us from indulging in bagels that may lead to a blood sugar crash, they shouldn’t keep us from the beloved breakfast food altogether.

Read more….

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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, Palmarosa, 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
January 17, 2020

Flowers

“Where is the fountain that throws up these flowers in a ceaseless outbreak of ecstasy?”

-Rabindranath Tagore (1803-1882)

The source – the fountain – from which this vast array of beauty is born, is the same source that gives us life. And the spirit in which these amazing displays of ecstasy are created is the same spirit with which we were brought to this place and time. We are here to grow, to bloom, to share our gifts with the world.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

It’s the perfect day to resolve to be happy about every and any thing. You may wake up with a smile that lasts all day long. No matter how you feel, know that people will look at you to be cheered up. This kind of happiness is cosmic and the best thing you can do today is appreciate it and find joy in all those little things that surround you.

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 August 19, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 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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What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.
-Andrew Marvell (1621-78)

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Spiritual Unite: Evergreen Tree Symbolism – Thriving Through Hardship

There are two broad types of trees: deciduous and evergreen.
By far the most common is deciduous, which covers all trees that lose their leaves (or other foliage) for at least part of the year.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/evergreen-tree-symbolism-thriving-through-hardship/

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives. While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic, on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing spell.

https://www.learnreligions.com/about-magical-banishing-2562757

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MBG: For The First Time In Years, A Rare Grounding Transit Is Coming Our Way

This week, the AstroTwins break down how to harness the triple-hit of organized, practical Virgo energy in store for us.
Venus enters Virgo on Tuesday, and the transit will encourage us to savor the simple things.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-august-19-25-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Biking with Butterflies

Imagine if you could see the world through the eyes of a butterfly. What would you notice? In this beautifully woven piece, Sara Dykman explores the life cycle of the monarch through recounting her 10,201-mile bicycle journey from Mexico to Canada and back, intimately acquainting herself with newly hatched caterpillars and milkweed-nibbling monarchs. “Though people would gasp each time I told them what I was doing, it was the monarchs who deserved applause. I was merely a cyclist, with maps and grocery stores and a staggering amount of hospitality shown to me, giving scale to the magnitude of the monarchs’ greatness.” Read on to learn more about this nature enthusiast’s close encounters and the intricate beauty of the monarch’s migration

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8157

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Today’s Deity: Demeter

Greek Goddess of Agriculture, Fertility, Sacred Law and the Harvest
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and presides over grains and the fertility of the earth. Although she was most often referred to as the goddess of the harvest, she was also goddess of sacred law and the cycle of life and death.

https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/goddesses/demeter/

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Elephant Journal: If the Universe Calls, she won’t Leave a Voicemail.

Yesterday, the Universe spoke to me.
I have spent the better part of two years now asking the Universe what I am supposed to be learning from the series of events that have come to define my life. I have begged, pleaded, and tried to make deals that would give me back the life I had “before.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/08/if-the-universe-calls-she-wont-leave-a-voicemail-carin-reeve/

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MNN: White raven sightings keep Vancouver Island mystery alive

When photographer Mike Yip saw a flash of white on Vancouver Island in British Columbia in late May, the bright movement looked familiar. It wasn’t the first time he had seen white ravens.
This time, the rare birds were two youngsters who were still with their parents. When he saw them again two weeks later, the birds were on their own.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/white-ravens-vancouver-island

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EarthSky News: Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, if you have a dark sky, try star-hopping to the Andromeda galaxy from the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. If your sky is truly dark, you might even spot this hazy patch of light with no optical aid, as the ancient stargazers did before the days of light pollution.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/cassiopeia-the-queen-also-points-to-andromeda-galaxy

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Patheos-Pagan: How To Be A Pagan Every Day 

I see this question all the time. There are so many books and how-to articles and blog posts about being Pagan. Fun Ways to Celebrate Yule, Connect With Your Ancestors This Samhain, Look At All This Information About A Goddess!, etc. So, imagine you’re a baby Pagan, Polytheist, or Heathen, and this is all you have.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/08/how-to-be-a-pagan-every-day/

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Inner Journey:

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
— Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week? What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary — whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

“Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
— Arabic proverb

“Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
— Franklin P. Jones

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

There’s never been a day in your life when you were as close to your thriving business and a steady income, as you are today.

So very, very close –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Apple Zucchini Slaw

When you have an abundance of zucchini or want to try something new make zucchini slaw rather than the typical cabbage version.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Recipes/Salads/Zucchini-Slaw-Recipes.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, 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
August 19, 2019

Paradoxes

“Heaven and earth do nothing
Yet there is nothing they do not do.”
-Chuang-Tzu (369-286 B.C.)

There is a spiritual principle that opposites are found together – and this can be so profound! These paradoxes make us take pause, and think. Isn’t life interesting?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Patience is your secret weapon to face down all obstacles today. Take your good old time to make sure you understand what needs to be done, for whom, why, and how. This methodical approach may not be your natural or favorite one, and it might annoy someone who has a different opinion of how urgent the issue is. Nonetheless, patience will get you through the day with fewer, if any, mishaps.

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 August 9, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 9, 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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The Poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s-he takes the lead
In summer luxury,-he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
-John Keats (1975-1821)

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Spiritual Unite: Birds Chirping At Night Meaning – Meditate On The Message

Birds chirping at night meaning can hold special meaning related to your sense of freedom, your perspective, and your connection with nature.
They also have strong links with your spiritual health as they are highly spiritual animals

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/birds-chirping-at-night-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives.

https://www.learnreligions.com/about-magical-banishing-2562757

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MBG: 3 Common Feel-Good Beliefs That Are Actually Holding You Back

Do you realize that even in our very modern world, many people use myths to navigate this reality? We may not even subscribe to them consciously, and yet they influence how we perceive our lives, as well as how we think, feel, and act.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/everything-happens-for-a-reason-and-other-false-myths-to-stop-saying

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Elephant Journal: August 8-12 Lion’s Gate Portal: Supercharge your Manifesting Game.

The 8th August is marked as a spiritually significant day known as the Lion’s Gate.
It’s an energy portal that helps us to clear out any energy blockages, fears, and limiting beliefs which in turn will activate the essence of our soul power.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/08/4-steps-to-supercharge-your-manifesting-power-during-the-lions-gate/

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Spirit Library: Sacred Earth Keepers: An Activation of the Sacred Rose & Sacred Sword of Nobility

A Lion’s Gate Gift for us all….

There are many ways to activate everything. This is but one way for those who resonate and would like to utilize this to open portals and accelerate this sacred passageway (anytime) from within themselves. ♥

https://spiritlibrary.com/lisa-transcendence-brown/sacred-earth-keepers-an-activation-of-the-sacred-rose-sacred-sword-of-nobil

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MNN: Perseid meteor shower: What you need to know
The annual event will peak on the evening of Aug. 12.

The annual Perseid meteor shower, known for its prolific offering of “shooting stars,” is expected to be a bit muted in 2019.
Unlike last year (shown below), when there were as many as 80 meteors per hour, the display will be less brilliant this year

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/perseid-meteor-shower-what-you-need-know

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Patheos-Pagan: The Thrifty Heathen’s Guide to Offerings

When I first started out in Paganism years and years ago, I was a completely broke teenager with incredibly little at my disposal – for much of that time, I didn’t even have a permanent residence. Reading all the 101 Intro to Wicca books, there were lists and lists of materials needed, how to make a proper altar, rare and exotic ingredients without which spells would be less effective.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2015/07/the-thrifty-heathens-guide-to-offerings/

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Today’s Deity: Freya

Freya (Old Norse Freyja, “Lady”) is one of the preeminent goddesses in Norse mythology. She’s a member of the Vanir tribe of deities, but became an honorary member of the Aesir gods after the Aesir-Vanir War. Her father is Njord. Her mother is unknown, but could be Nerthus. Freyr is her brother. Her husband, named Odr in late Old Norse literature, is certainly none other than Odin, and, accordingly, Freya is ultimately identical with Odin’s wife Frigg (see below for a discussion of this).

https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-vanir-gods-and-goddesses/freya/

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Inner Journey:

FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another … The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.”
— M. Scott Peck

We each have our own pathways to develop both personally and spiritually. They are based on our character and past experiences. No one else can identify our paths for us. Tune in to your inner guidance system and follow its direction.

“What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation.”
— Joseph M. Dodge

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Hearts don’t actually break but sometimes they’re forced to grow so fast, it feels like they have. Sorry about that,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Crispy Grits Fritters

We call these “gritters” in our house, but I did not want to confuse you, I just want to introduce you to something delicious! I’m not a huge fan of eating grits with a spoon from a bowl, but I do love these rolled up versions. These fritters are super creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are awesome little snacks, and great appetizers for parties.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Crispy-Grits-Fritters.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
August 9, 2019

Independence

“No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”

-William Blake

I guess this is another way of saying “Go for it!” This makes me think of my favorite book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Jonathan was certainly independent. He lived by his own rules, he learned and grew beyond the expectations of society, because he felt compelled to do so. He followed his heart, and he later became a teacher, passing his wisdom on to younger generations seeking inspiration. Why be content to walk, or even run, when it is in us to soar? We get to make the choice because we are independent thinkers.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

See through a false impression or some illusion that has been projected to throw you off course or to misjudge someone. Done innocently or deliberately, you can dispel that false impression and work your way right through it. You could even do this without challenging or confronting anyone directly, thus saving yourself the trauma of a showdown. Go slow when making any decisions that affect others.

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 May 27, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 27, 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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And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
-Moina Michael (1869-1944)

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Spiritual Unite: Light Body Activation Techniques – Help Mother Nature

Activating your light body can have incredible benefits for you and others around you, as it creates the doorway through which you can access higher levels of consciousness.
It also gives you a vehicle to the astral plane, with a direct connection to Source energy

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/light-body-activation-techniques-help-mother-nature/

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives. While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic, on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing spell.

https://www.learnreligions.com/about-magical-banishing-2562757

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MBG: Telltale Signs Your Sacral Chakra Is Out Of Whack & What To Do About It

The chakra system of the subtle body is analogous to the organ system in the physical body. Each chakra has a unique set of characteristics and functions that affects our overall energy. All things consist of energy, including the physical body—so we can look to the chakras to deepen our understanding of various health issues

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/sacral-chakra-healing-the-second-chakras-connection-to-disease

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Daily Good: George Orwell: Why I Write

When George Orwell was sixteen, he discovered the joy of words while reading Paradise Lost. In this essay, Orwell considers his motivations for writing. In general, he believes writers are motivated by four reasons– sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. It is the age in which a writer lives that provides the reason. By 1936, Orwell was firmly grounded in political purpose: “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism.” He explains this is not “wholly public-spirited,” but the drive by “some demon” and while he cannot be certain which of the motivations is actually stronger, it is only when his motivation is political that his books are alive and have meaning.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2306/george-orwell-why-i-write-george-orwell/

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MNN: 3 new Dark Sky Parks reveal wonders of the night sky

Stargazers can visit three new Dark Sky Parks in the United States and enjoy unpolluted views of night skies thanks to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
Over the past few months, the organization designated Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Dinosaur National Monument and Tonto National Monument as International Dark Sky Parks for their “commitment to preserving and educating about the night sky,” according to the National Park Service.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/new-dark-sky-parks-us

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EarthSky News: Deneb, tail of Cygnus the Swan

Tonight, look for Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. The night sky chart at the top of this post presents the view toward the northeast in mid-to-late evening during the month of May. It’s the view from mid-northern latitudes.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/deneb-belongs-to-a-cross-like-star-pattern

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DandelionLady: A Seed Blessing for Pagan Gardeners

The oak trees have spoken, I watch them to know when to plant corn, tomatoes and beans. When the oak leaves are the size of mouse ears the oaks tell us our frost free date. It’s rained here, the moist mother earth is ready to nourish.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dandelionlady/2019/05/a-seed-blessing-for-pagan-gardeners.html

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Inner Journey:

COMPASSION

“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
— Thomas Merton

“When we experience the pain of another person, we instinctively want to take away that pain. But by taking away the other person’s pain, we also take away his or her opportunity to grow. To be truly compassionate, we must be able to share another person’s suffering and pain — knowing there is nothing we can do to relieve it and that we are not responsible for it, and yet knowing and understanding what that pain feels like.”
— John Gray

Compassion is a quality of soul.

higherawareness.com
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Daily Tarot: The Star

You enjoy an extra dose of protection today, so approach the day with confidence and a great sense of graciousness. Your angels are voluntarily working overtime on your behalf, so take advantage of all opportunities to do good and to make progress in your daily life. Do a nice deed for someone else and know you’ve been rewarded in advance. More blessings will be on the way

astrology.com (daily email)

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A Note from the Universe

There are really only two types of people:

Those you now love.

And, those you will love.

That’s what life’s for,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Rhubarb Salad

Not only is tart vegetable delicious in pie and jam, but you can use this in salad recipes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Rhubarb-Salad-Recipes.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
May 27, 2019

Self-Realization

“I had become a new person; and those who knew the old person laughed at me. The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor: he took my measure anew every time he saw me, whilst all the rest went in with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.”

-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Man and Superman, 1903

Every day we are growing and learning and changing. Physically, our bodies create new cells all the time, renewing each part of us. Mentally, we learn and understand more with every experience we encounter. Emotionally, we grow and mature through our relationships, which come and go and teach us, too. And since we are actively pursuing our spiritual growth, we can see the changes in ourselves spiritually – we are aware of the changes we create in our lives. So, we are new every day – and we can start fresh from right where we are. Since we know that about ourselves, we can also know that for others – we can let go of grievances and allow for the possibilities.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Herbal Muse: How to Make a Chamomile Tincture

Chamomile flowers contain numerous active compounds that collectively contribute to the herb’s calming qualities and anti-spasmotic and anti-infammatory properties. Among them are chamazulene, bisabololoxides A and B, matricin, quercimertrin, the coumarins herniarin and umbelliferone and the flavonoids apigenin and luteolin. Apigenin in particular is responsible for the anti-anxiety effects of chamomile and is a subject of considerable study at this time as an anti-cancer compound.

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2015/05/26/How-to-Make-a-Chamomile-Tincture

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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/