Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 2020 *Beltane edition

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 2020, *Beltane edition

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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May Events 

May 1 Beltane / May Day

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 7 Full Flower Moon at 3:45 am PST/ 4:45 am MST/ 6:45 am EST

May 10 Mother’s Day

May 13 Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn begins

May 14 Moon in 3rd Qtr. at 7:02 am PST /8:02 am MST/10:02 am EST

May 18 Victoria Day (Canada)

May 22 New Moon at 10:38 am PST/ 11:38 am MST/ 1:38 pm EST

May 25 Memorial Day (USA)

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Greenwood Marriage

Come my lover, take ribbon in hand and dance the Maypole round,

Over and under the colors are woven brilliant and breathless in Spring’s warm light.

Come my lover and dance with me, circle the Beltane fires,

A wink and smile as you pass by to make sure that I catch your eye.

Come my lover and walk with me into the magic night

Into the dark and silent trees where our greenwood marriage bed awaits

© Cat/LBolotin 2017

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The Tetraktys: A Beltane Tale to Celebrate With the Fae 

Hello witchy friends! Since Beltane is near, I wanted to write a post about it. To be honest, I wasn’t vey inspired by the idea. But then, I had a sudden burst of inspiration. The images came into my head, and the words started flowing.

Now, this isn’t your typical Wiccan post about Beltane. Here, you won’t find any correspondences chart about Beltane. You wont even find a list of things to do for May Day (if you pass way to much time on witchy blogs like myself, you surely know what I’m talking about)

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A CELEBRATION OF MAY DAY : BELTANE by Mike Nichols

“Perhaps it’s just as well that you won’t be here …
to be offended by the sight of our May Day celebrations.”
—Lord Summerisle to Sgt. Howie from The Wicker Man

There are four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year and the modern Witches’ calendar, as well. The two greatest of these are Halloween (the beginning of winter) and May Day (the beginning of summer). Being opposite each other on the wheel of the year, they separate the year into halves. Halloween (also called Samhain) is the Celtic New Year and is generally considered the more important of the two, though May Day runs a close second. Indeed, in some areas—notably Wales—it is considered “the great holiday

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Beltane Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants.

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MNN: What to see in the night sky in May
Meteor showers, an ancient comet, the Flower Moon, and more.

That giant sigh you just heard? The collective relief of the Northern Hemisphere that spring with all its beauty, sounds and smells is finally here. It’s also the perfect time for stargazers to throw on little more than a sweatshirt and enjoy warmer evenings of looking up into the heavens.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Rain

1. If the rain is a gentle one, and especially if rainbows are present, this is a positive symbol, foreshadowing the coming of a peaceful interlude and much happiness.
2. If the rain is heavy, this indicates a change in the dreamer’s financial fortunes. Depending on his circumstances, it could be a windfall or a major setback.
3. A major thunderstorm with thunder and lightning indicates a sudden and unexpected increase in wealth, possibly through a legacy.
Astrological parallel: Venus.
Tarot parallel: The Wheel of Fortune

astrology.com

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Patheos Pagan: 8 Things To Do For Beltane As a Solitary Pagan

Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But most traditional activities for Beltane are designed for either large groups or for couples (and straight couples at that).

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Today’s DIY:  How to Make Beltane Faery Tea

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“The new earth quickens as you rise.
The May Queen is waiting.
Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,
To know the depths of your desire.
The May Queen is waiting.
Moving through the night, the bright moon’s flight.
In green and silver on the plain.
She waits for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.
Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.
Surrender as enchantment brings
The first light of dawning.
Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.
Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.
Living earth is breathing.
Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,
As seedlings open with the rain.
She’ll long for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.”
– Ruth Barren, The May Queen is Waiting

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“What Frolicks are here
So droll and so queer
How joyful appeareth the day
E’en Bunter and Bawd
Unite to applaud
And celebrate first of the May.”
– Song-Chant, circa 1770

gardendigest.com

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EarthSky News: Star-hop to the Hunting Dogs

Tonight, find the Hunting Dogs. The chart above looks directly overhead at nightfall or early evening in May, as seen from a mid-latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s as if we’re viewing the sky from the comfort of a reclining lawn chair,

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Patheos-Pagan:  A Solitary Beltane Rite: The Magick of Joining

I realize that the idea of “joining” is pretty far down the list of things that sound like a good idea right now. When I walk past someone on the way to store or when I’m simply out to get a breath of fresh air I give them a wide berth, much wider than the six feet recommended by the CDC.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist:  Lisa Thiel – Beltane (Lord & Lady Song)

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Inner Journey:

DANCE THROUGH YOUR DAY

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
— Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

“Slow down a notch,” Leder counsels. “Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. … As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours.”

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life.”
— Martha Graham

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Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Beltane

As we reach the celebration of Beltane, spring has peaked and we are heading into summer. The Earth is warming up and has an energy bursting with strength and fertility.

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Today’s Recipe: Beltane Marigold Custard

Anon

2 cups milk
1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
1 to 2-inch piece vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water
whipped cream

Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.

Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.

paganlibrary.com

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“The name for the month of ‘May’ has been believed to derive from ‘Maia’, who was revered as the Roman ‘Goddess of Springtime, of Growth and Increase’, and the mother of ‘Mercury’, the winged messenger of the Gods. Yet this is disputed as before these deities featured in mythology the name ‘Maius’ or ‘Magius’, taken from the root ‘Mag’, meaning the ‘Growing month’ or ‘Shooting month’ was used.”
– May Mystical World Wide Web

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Magical Correspondences for Beltane

*Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting

*Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

*Tools: Broom, May Pole, Cauldron

*Sacred Stones: Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz
*Symbols & Decorations: May Pole, fires, fertility, flowers, growing things, plows, cauldrons of flowers

*Food: Dairy, bread, cereals

*Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

*Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility.

*Animals: Swallow, dove, swan, cats, lynx, leopard

*Other Names: Cetsamhain (opposite Samhain), May Day, Fairy Day, Sacred Thorn Day, Rood Day, Roodmas (the Christian term for Rood Day, Old Beltane, Beltaine, Beltain, Floriala (Roman feast of flowers from April 29 to May 1), Walpurgisnacht (Germanic-feast of St. Walpurga), Thrimilce (Anglo-Saxon), Bloumaand (Old Dutch)

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Pagan Play List: Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance (Live) – Loreena McKennitt.

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Daily Tarot: The World

Take your place in the World and be in your element all day long. Your practical mind and easy nature let you cruise through the regular maze that is daily life. If anything out of the ordinary arises, you’ll know instinctively how to approach it and resolve things to your satisfaction. Today may not be easy or effortless but it will be rich in success and approval – from yourself and probably others as well.

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/

Thought For The Day: May 1, 2020 “Beltane Blessings!”

Happy Friday and Beltane Blessings!

Today is May Day and the pagan fire festival of Beltane. Over the last few days, we have been talking about magic. On this day the veil between our world and the fairy realm is said to be thin. It is a day to make merry and embrace all things magical. See things with the eyes of the child that once were and let your spirit be free!

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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/

Greenwood Marriage by Cat

 

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Greenwood Marriage

Come, my lover, take ribbon in hand and dance the Maypole round,

Over and under the colors are woven brilliant and breathless in Spring’s warm light.

Come my lover and dance with me, circle the Beltane fires,

A wink and smile as you pass by to make sure that I catch your eye.

Come my lover and walk with me into the magic night

Into the dark and silent trees where our greenwood marriage bed awaits

© Cat/LBolotin 2017/ updated April 24, 2020


I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Let it rain in April and May for me,
And all the rest of the year for thee.
-Proverb

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Spirit Library: To Live Honestly & Authentically (a message from Kate Spreckley) 

There is a sacred synergy occurring between the forces of nature and the creative capacities of humanity. Events in our lives are compelling us to engage with this process in a more conscious way.

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ThoughtCo: Am Beannachadh Bealltain (The Beltane Blessing)

In the Carmina Gadelica, folklorist Alexander Carmichael shared with readers hundreds of poems and prayers that he had collected from residents in various areas of Scotland.

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MBG: Aloe Vera Plant Care: Easy Tips To Grow + Harvest Your Aloe

So, you’ve just bought a new aloe vera plant—congratulations! You’re the proud new parent of a versatile, medicinal plant that’s been used and admired for thousands of years. Furthermore, this tropical succulent is easy to care for—as long as you know the basics. To get you started, we spoke to plant expert Nick Cutsumpas about the best practices for aloe vera plant care.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Running (away from something)

1. Something in the dreamer’s life is difficult to face, and the dreamer would rather run away from it than face it.
2. If such a situation is not readily recognized by the dreamer, looking to the other symbols in the dream should give the answer.
Astrological parallel: Pisces

astrology.com

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MBG: This May Is Retrograde High Season: Here’s How To Prepare Yourself

Does time feel like it’s slowed down, even warped a bit for you? It’s Taurus season (until May 20), when the Sun moves through the earthy and methodical sign of the Bull. We’re invited to pause and prioritize, to assess our path before barreling ahead.

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Today’s Pagan Corner: Tips For Beginner Witches || Part Two

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Elephant Journal: An Ode to my Pets during Quarantine.

To my pets,
We’ve lived together in this same apartment for eight years—that’s four heartbeats, 14 legs, and a lot of fur all under one roof. Upon reflection, I didn’t realize how much I loved you until the quarantine hit.

Read more…

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MNN: Whales are basking in newfound silence

With so many cities in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, the world has become a quieter place. There are fewer people on the streets, fewer cars on the roads and less activity everywhere. In some places, animals are flourishing as they tentatively explore a calmer planet.

Read more…

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EarthSky News:  Moon sweeps through Leo in early May

On May 1 and 2, 2020, the waxing gibbous moon is moving through the prominent constellation Leo the Lion. Watch for the moon on May 1, when it’ll be near the bright star Regulus, representing the Lion’s Heart.

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Patheos-Pagan: How to hold an online Beltane party

My coven has been holding our rituals online since the stay at home orders went into affect. The rituals are going so well we decided to hold our annual family-and-friends Beltane party online this year too. Here’s how to hold an online party for your magical friends.

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Pagan Playlist: Damh The Bard ~ Wild Mountain Thyme

 

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Inner Journey:

Open to the new

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

How willing are you to learn something new? How open are you to new perspectives?

When we are open, we are willing to move to places we’ve never been before. We are willing to continually review our belief systems so we can test out new ideas.

Be open to seeing things:
– from another’s point of view,
– from a higher and more inclusive perspective
– with a beginner’s attitude of wonder.
“I am always in quest of being open to what the universe will bring me.”
— Jill Bolte Taylor

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

When it comes to “having it all,”  many fine, young souls take issue with the word “have.” They’re concerned about the concept of ownership. Their soul is taunted with guilt for the pleasure it derives from material things. And they quiver at the thought of others having less than they have.

Of course, such righteous and selfless thoughts are a significant contributor to the creation of lack in a world of endless abundance, but they’ll learn.

“Kids!”

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Witchin’ in the Kitchen: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad for Salty Witches

I’m not one to often crave sweets. Nay, I’m a Salty Witch* with a fierce salt-tooth that must be fed. During the pandemic lock-down, my favorite comfort food has been this sour and savory, chilled pasta salad. It just soothes the complex needs of my emotional saltiness.

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success Incense: Cinnamon, Must, 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
Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors, and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
April 30, 2020
Immortality
“This World is not Conclusion.
A Sequel stands beyond –
Invisible, as Music –
But positive, as Sound.”

-Emily Dickinson (1862)

 
I just love this! We close our eyes and it is there, beautiful music – undeniable. It’s that faith that even though we can’t see something, it exists. It is within it, it is all around us.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune shows that your love life is constantly rotating and changing. As the carnival barker proclaims: “Round and round and round it goes; where it will stop, nobody knows!” Part of the excitement is the uncertainty. Luck is on your side, but you have to have faith that everything that’s happening right now is for the best

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 23, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 23, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly.
-Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Spirit Library: Rebirth (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This year the human collective has been gifted with an intense transformational process that is revealing two very clear and distinct paths – the path of the ego or the path of the soul.

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Beltane

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

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MBG: A Guided Meditation For Coming Back To Yourself During Chaotic Times

These days, it’s easy to get lost in the 24/7 news cycle and shaken up by the dramatic change in our daily routine. This following meditation can help you come back to yourself.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Falcon

1. Dreaming of hunting with a falcon implies the need to seek help in searching for something you desire.
2. A hooded falcon indicates that someone around you is keeping things from you.
3. A falcon making a kill is actually a positive omen, indicating that a long-time goal of yours will finally be reached.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Earth Day at 50

For the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, Orion Magazine asked ten authors– including E.O. Wilson, Krista Tippett, Pico Iyer, and Amy Tan– one question: “What earthly thing gives you hope at this point in history? { read more }

Be The Change

What does cherishing the Earth look like in your own life? For more food for thought, check out “7 Things We’ve Learned About Earth Since Last Earth Day” { more }

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Today’s DIY: I Made An Epic Druid SPELLTOME – The Tome Of Earth

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Elephant Journal: The most Beautiful, Hopeful thing you’ll read about our New Reality. {Poem}

Today I was grateful for

that sale at CVS, where I found some

half-off goodies to bring home.

And the lady with the bedazzled mask

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MNN: We could learn a lot from the humble flower

Despite their stunningly intelligent design, flowers occasionally suffer a breakdown. A blossom might get nicked by a stiff breeze or crushed by a falling branch.

A passing animal may check to see if it’s worth eating. Sometimes, a stalk may become so overburdened with blossoms, it collapses

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EarthSky News:  Young moon, Venus after sunset April 24-26

Shortly after the sun sets on April 24 and 25, 2020, look for the young waxing crescent moon, beneath the dazzling planet Venus, in your western sky. Generally, it is quite difficult to spot a young moon less one day (24 hours) after new moon. But on April 24, 2020,

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Patheos-Pagan:  The Balancing Path: Meeting Aradia

I am a witch, and I spent most of my adult life avoiding Aradia.

I know, I know. Blasphemy!

Honestly, the fact that it can be viewed as blasphemy was a good part of my motivation for avoiding her. Gospel of the Witches was another one.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist:  Aragorn Sleepsong – Secret Garden

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Inner Journey: 

WHO ARE YOU?

“Please… tell me who you are and what you want. And if you think those are simple questions, keep in mind that most people live their entire lives without arriving at an answer.”
— Gary Zukav

How deeply can you answer this question? Please realize that you are the only one who can answer it. No one else can tell you who you are. You must discover this for yourself. And the challenge of knowing ourselves is no easy task.

We hope this question excites rather than intimidates you. There’s so much more to you than you know at present! Isn’t this intriguing? Perhaps it’s time to go exploring.

“Mysterious and intimidating to contemplate, the human brain is the most complex thing there is and the most difficult task it can undertake is to understand itself.”
— David Noonan

“I don’t think God cares where we were graduated or what we did for a living. God wants to know who we are. Discovering this is the work of the soul – it is our true life’s work.”
— Bernie Siegel

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A Note from the Universe

Avoid gray areas.

There, the path to safety is guarded by the lies of “maybe,” “sometimes,” and “I don’t know.” There is a truth. There is a way. Life is absolute, and its principles exacting. If you put it out “there,” it has to come back. Ask, and it must be revealed.

Think, speak, and move with your desires, and nothing will ever be the same.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 15 Easy Snacks That Start with Refrigerated Biscuit Dough

If you’ve got refrigerated biscuit dough in your fridge, you’re already on a fast track to snacks. Go heat the oven and pop open that package—let’s make sweet and savory biscuit dough snacks right now. Here are 10 of our favorites to try.

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success Incense: Cinnamon, Must, 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
Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
April 23, 2020 
Future
“The future is made of the same stuff as the present.”

-Simone Weil, 1968
It’s so amazing how true this is… so many times I meet people and our experiences in life have been so similar – it’s almost like we’re all living the same life – maybe in different places, or different times, but the lessons we learn are universal. And the lessons don’t change. We’ve heard them time and time again, it’s just up to us to assimilate them into our lives until we “get it.”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

Your emotions and instincts are working overtime today and this can distract you from doing the simplest of things. Whatever difficulties you encounter today – and they should be small ones – you will create more problems for yourself by being too psychically overactive. If someone is preoccupied with you and wishing you to have a rough day, you’ll know it but maybe not know who it is

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 14, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 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.

Blessings, Cat

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April Events & Holidays

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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April the Beautiful, with streaming eyes,
Weeps o’er the havoc that rude March has made.
The dales are musical with her sweet sighs,
Tears mark her footsteps o’er the moistened glade.
-John Askham (1825-94)

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Emergence Magazine: Dark Skies
by Bear Guerra
“Given the myriad ways in which humans have all but severed our connection to the natural world, perhaps none will prove to be as profound as the loss of the night sky and of our connection to the dark.”

The vast majority of the world’s population now lives in a location that is perpetually bathed in artificial light, stifling our ability to see beyond our own world and into the vast universe.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Legends and Lore of Beltane, the Spring May Day Celebration

In many cultures, there are different legends and lore surrounding the Beltane season–after all, it’s a time that marks fire and fertility, and the return of new life to the earth. Let’s look at some of the magical stories about this spring celebration.

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Pioneer Thinking: Tea Tree Oil
This powerful oil is a must have in your medicine cabinet. Not only is it good for health applications, it can also be used as a natural disinfectant and household cleaner.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Cars

1. Motion, movement away from one thing and towards another.
2. Speed, acceleration.
3. Freedom.
Astrological parallel: Sagittarius.
Tarot parallel: The Chariot.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Finding Beauty in a Broken World

“I think what is being asked of each of us right now [is to become] really fully who we are so that we can be of use. And it is scary. But I think the risk is worth it. And what do we lose and what do we sacrifice if we are not fully present, fully engaged, fully embracing who we are?” Tami Simon speaks with Terry Tempest Williams, a writer, naturalist, environmental activist, and author of several books including, ‘Finding Beauty in a Broken World.’ { read more }

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Today’s DIY:  HERBAL HAIR RINSES FOR HEALTHY HAIR!

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Elephant Journal: Isolated but Not Separated: One Breath at a Time.

As we can not go out, so we have to go in.
Anger, frustration, despair…
Thank you for teaching us how to feel it all.

Read more….

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MNN: How to tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly

Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related and may seem at first glance to be like twins. But once you know what to look for, telling the two members of the order Odonata apart is a piece of cake.

There are four details that even the most inexperienced bug watcher can use to identify if the insect is a dragonfly or a damselfly. They are the eyes, body shape, wing shape and position of the wings at rest.

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EarthSky News: Moon, 3 planets, before daybreak April 14-16

Before daybreak these next several mornings – April 14, 15 and 16, 2020 – watch for the moon to flit by three morning planets: Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Around the world on April 14, the moon’s illuminated side points right at this compact line-up of planets.

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Patheos-Pagan: What is Druidry?

Many Traditions of Druidry:
Modern Druidry is quite different that the image of old Celtic wise men the word Druid conjures. These days there are a number of different kinds of Druid organizations. There’s ADOA or the Ancient Order of Druids in America, founded in 1912 as a fraternal order similar to the Masons.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Celtic Woman – Tír na nÓg ft. Oonagh

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Inner Journey:

FOLLOW THE 80/20 RULE

“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”
— Nido Qubein

The 80/20 rule says that on a list of 10 tasks, only 2 of those tasks will return 80% of the value of the entire list. Look at your ‘to do’ list for today. Which tasks are directly related to what you most want in life? Find the 2 high value items on your list and tackle them first. These tasks are the ones that really move us forward.

Many of us actively avoid the top 2 priorities because they are more challenging than the rest. If they are to lead us to worthy goals, they are undoubtedly asking us to move into new territory in thinking and acting, and this can be scary. But this is also REWARDING!

“Don’t kid yourself: it’s because you’re doing all those C’s (low priorities) and NOT because you haven’t any time, that you don’t get to do your A’s.”
— Alan Lakein

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A Note from the Universe

Of all the luck! Can you believe it?

You. In paradise. Now. Exactly as you are.

Exactly as it is.

Do you have any idea how many souls in the unseen wish they could be in your shoes? Wish they could see through your eyes? Wish they could feel what moves in your heart? Have your friends? Share your loves? Face your fears and your beasts?

Oh, heck yeah, your fears and your beasts! Are you kidding? Especially your fears and your beasts! Because from where they are, it’s so much easier to see how soon they will pass, how triumphant you will be, and how much more they’ll make possible.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mexican Taco Meatloaf

My Mexican grandmother would use leftover corn tortilla chips in our meatloaf and everyone loved it! They all wanted seconds along with the recipe. A delicious Mexican-American comfort food. 

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and, Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and, Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
April 14, 2020 

Parents
“If there is something that we wish to change in our children, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.”

-Carl Jung (1875-1961)

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All relationships are a mirror for us. Is there something we want to change about our parents? Our friends? Our spouses, or ex-spouses? Maybe we need to see if that is something we can change in ourselves. We have the relationships that we have so that we can learn more about ourselves. We don’t always want to admit it, but we learn something even from the people who we see as a negative influence in our lives. And when we learn the lesson that negative turns into a big positive!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Has all of your sacrifice been for nothing? Do you feel like you’ve been moving toward a goal that only seems to be getting further away the harder you work for it? The Hanged Man urges acceptance of your current state of affairs, and suggests that reflection will lead to peace. Freedom doesn’t have to equal loneliness, and letting go isn’t the same as giving up.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 10, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 10, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 12 Easter

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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A violet by a mossy stone,
Half-hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
-William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

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Spirit Library: Dawning of a New Age (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are at the dawning of a new age. An age that is exposing the energetic soul blueprints we need to manifest our new reality. Our soul blueprints are an energetic framework which contains our pure potential.

Read more…

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from Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Make your own Bottled Sunshine..
by Corinna Wood and Lee Warren

There is no other medicinal herb that bespeaks more of sunshine than St. Johnswort, or St. J’s, as we fondly call it. It loves sunny open places, blooms at the height of summer solstice, soothes the skin after sunburn, and even brings sunshine into our lives through its mood elevating properties.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo:  Beltane Prayers

Beltane falls on May 1 in the Northern Hemisphers (it’s six months later for our readers below the equator) and is a time to celebrate the fertility and greening of the earth in spring. By the time Beltane rolls around, sprouts and seedlings are appearing, grass is growing.

Read more…

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MBG: 3 Calming Breathing Techniques That Will Help You Stay Positive

I, like so many people, am finding it challenging to remain positive these days. Though I’m fortunate enough to be able to stay inside, cabin fever is setting in, my family is getting on each other’s nerves, and there’s a steady stream of adrenaline-producing news in the background.

Read more…

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Daily Dream Meaning: Doctors

1. If the dreamer is having difficulties, help is on the way.
2. If in the dream the doctors are making a diagnosis or suggesting treatment, the dreamer should pay attention. What they’re saying may relate to a hidden health issue, or a psychological or emotional issue that needs attention.
Astrological parallel: Virgo, Pisces.
Tarot parallel: King of Cups.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Healing Our Relationship to Reality

“As human beings we are hardwired to search for stability, security, certainty and a sense of control in our lives. And yet, life by definition is perpetually in flux, it is famously unpredictable, riddled with uncertainty and fundamentally uncontrollable. These realities are the ground on which we practice. And practicing on this ground invites us into the heart of paradox. The paradox of finding joy in the midst of relentless change, the paradox of discovering balance in the midst of uncertainty and of finding our true agency in the midst of a surrender.” This piece explores what somatic practices like yoga can offer as we navigate the realities of existence.{ read more }

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Today’s DIY: A Simple Way to Add Witchcraft to Your Everyday

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Patheos Pagan: The Corner Crone: Reclaiming a Solitary Practice

The full moon rose, large and luminous and glowing, flaming in the twilight, as creamy as buttery-fresh milk. Up, up she rose through the latticework of the oak trees, framed in a tangle of criss-crossed branches and cotton boll clouds. And there stood I, physically alone in my sacred grove of oaks and palms yet profoundly connected to All That Is with a vibrance I hadn’t experienced in a very long time.

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MNN: How to share Earth with other animals
A renowned biologist wants us to set aside half the planet for wildlife, part of a growing effort to avert the first man-made mass extinction.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Use the Big Dipper to find the Little Dipper

So you say you can find the Big Dipper, but not the Little Dipper? This post is for you. Here’s the view northward on April evenings. At present the Big Dipper is high in the north during the evening hours. Notice the two outer stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper. These two stars – called Duhbe and Merak – always point to Polaris, the North Star. Find Polaris, and you can find the Little Dipper.

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Patheos-Pagan: Plant Spirit Familiars

For millennia mankind has turned to the natural world for answers to the mysteries of life. The laws governing all things both seen and unseen can be understood through observation and interaction with nature. Our lives are inextricably linked to the natural world no matter how sterile and far removed our lives have become.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Damh The Bard – Ceridwen and Taliesin

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Inner Journey:

PERFECTIONISM

“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

“The maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis.'”
— Winston Churchill

“After enough mirror gazing, we all develop our ‘cosmic sense of humor.’ We no longer try to be perfect, or try to get all our work done in time. We become content with whatever life brings. Just to deal with what comes up without crucifying ourselves or others is enough of a challenge.”
— Paul Ferrini

“Good enough never is.”
— Debbi Fields

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A Note from the Universe 

A coincidence?

Do you think it’s just a coincidence that you look exactly as you do?

Do you think your height, the color of your eyes, or the sound of your voice were accidents?

Do you think your insights into life, your gifts of perception, or your sense of humor were the result of random genetics?

No. You are exactly as you now are, with every freckle, trait, and charm, because they all added up to how you could make the biggest difference with your life in time and space, while having the most fun.

In appreciation,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Dave’s Big Raisin Cookies

Here is Dave’s Big Raisin cookies, the best you can find.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron 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
Friday belongs to Venus, and its 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) works well 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
April 10, 2020 

Meaning
“One needs something to believe in, something which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.”

-Hannah Senesh (1938)
It’s that passion, that purpose, that spurs us forward in life. We know that there is more to life than just paying the bills and hanging out. But that “more” is different for each one of us. Understanding that Life has meaning is one thing, but we must also understand that our own lives have meaning. We’re here for a reason. And it’s up to each one of us to discover just what that reason is and to embrace it whole-heartedly!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

Be an impartial observer in your own love life today. Instead of complaining that things aren’t fair, try to be honest and loyal even if you don’t get the same in return. Serve as a peacemaker. Justice says that there’s no use in trying to keep track of all of the ways you’ve been wronged, because everything evens out in the end.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 9, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 9, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 12 Easter

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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A flower is looking through the ground,
Blinking at the April weather;
Now a child has seen the flower:
Now they go and play together.
-Harold Monroe (1792-1814)

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Spirit Library: Contemplate & Re-Evaluate (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In this time of rapid awakening and transformation it is becoming abundantly clear that we have to stop expecting someone else to make our lives better, the world healthier or the environment cleaner. We need to stop looking to governments, politicians and so called leaders to change our reality.

Read more…

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Wise Woman Herbal: An Invitation to Arrive by Astrid Grove

One of my greatest passions is to arrive fully present in each moment and support others to do the same. I trust my inner knowing that this is each of our birthright. The lessons that show up in my life continue to reveal this truth to me. And so it is.

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ThoughtCo: Beltane Rites and Rituals

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane.

Read more….

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MBG: Mercury Retrograde 101: What This Transit Means & How To Navigate It

Even if you don’t know much about astrology, you’ve probably heard “Mercury retrograde” mentioned in a hushed, worried tone before. As one of the most hyped-up astrological transits—up there with new moons, full moons, and eclipses—Mercury retrograde often gets a bad rap

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Costume

1. If you were wearing the costume, you’re hiding your true self from someone – or perhaps from everyone in your circle. If you take it off, something will cause you to drop the façade very soon.
2. If you are only one amongst many wearing a costume, especially if some of the others were children, this portends an amazing and totally unexpected – but nonetheless favorable – turn of events.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: The Art of Waiting

“”Time is the substance I am made of,” Borges wrote in his spectacular confrontation with time, “Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.” We are indeed creatures of time who live with it and in it, on the picketed patch of spacetime we have each been allotted. But if time is the foundational baseboard of our being, what happens to the structure of our lives in a culture of doing? That is what Jason Farman explores in Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting.” Maria Popova shares more in this post.
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Today’s DIY: My Spiritual Morning Routine

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Elephant Journal: 10 Things to Do When You Get Up Before the Sun.

My little girl is not a fan of sleep.
The thing is, I am.

Between the two of us, we manage to compromise—most of the time.

Read more…./

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MNN:  How to read books for free during the pandemic

Libraries are closed. But during the coronavirus pandemic, we all need to get lost in a good book now more than ever. Fortunately, there are ways you can get your literary fix for free even when you can’t leave the house.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light juts upward to Taurus

The mysterious zodiacal light is often visible after dusk or before dawn from the tropical regions of the world. But at temperate latitudes in either the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, your best chance of catching the zodiacal light in the evening sky is in late winter and early spring – or for the few months centered on the spring equinox.

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Patheos-Pagan: Witch on Fire-side Chats: Fire Incense on Charcoal, Demo and Recipe

In this Witch on Fire-side chat video, I demonstrated the process of burning loose, magickal incense blends on charcoal tabs, using my own Elemental Fire Incense blend. That recipe and magickal process are shared in this article!

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Pagan Playlist: Nordic/Viking Music – Völur

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Inner Journey:

LIVING THE ADVENTURE

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should livewith this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”
— Martin Buber

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A Note from the Universe

Today there are “likelihoods,” no concretes, no absolutes, nothing predestined or set in stone, just “likelihoods.” And the ones that will come to pass will all pivot on you and your thoughts.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chewy Crispy Coconut Cookies

Crispy, chewy, coconut, oatmeal, cornflake cookies. Wow are these good!

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success Incense: Cinnamon, Must, 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
Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
April 9, 2020

Meaning
“The need to find meaning in the universe is as real as the need for trust and for love, for relations with other human beings.”

-Margaret Mead (1972)
It’s the age-old question: What is the meaning of life? Living this quest is as natural as breathing. It’s how we learn and grow, all a part of the process of life. We reach out to each other, for comfort, for love, for definition. And many times it is in our relationships that we find the meaning that we seek.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Magician

The Magician encourages you to take positive action. Once your mind is made up, it’s hard to change it. Determination and creativity are your most admirable qualities now, and they will help you reach your desired goal. You have confidence in your corner, which takes a lot of the anxiety out of making the first move, taking things to the next level, or generally excelling at all things related to love.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 6, 2020.

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 6, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 7 Full Pink Moon & Super Moon at 7:35 pm PST/ 8:35 pm MST/ 10:35 pm EST

April 12 Easter

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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April is here! Blithest season of all the year;
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play.
-Eben E. Rexford (1848-1916)

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Spirit Library: See the Bigger Picture (A message from Kate Spreckley)

Moving through the current shits and transformations takes us beyond the enormous belief patterns of the collective consciousness and into cosmic consciousness.

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Spiritual Unite: How Can I Tell If I Am Spiritually Connected To The Universe

If you have ever felt spiritually connected to the universe then you may wonder if that feeling is “all in your head” or whether it has true meaning.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Color Magic – Magical Color Correspondences

Color magic is a part of many magical traditions because colors have certain associations. However, bear in mind that some traditions may set their own correspondences that differ from this list.

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MBG: A 5-Senses Mindfulness Exercise To Ease Fear & Anxiety

In times of uncertainty (which we are very certainly in right now), the mind can easily veer toward doom and gloom. Projections into the future or ruminations about the past are natural and normal—but not always helpful. To bring the mind back, mindfulness exercises that root you in the present can be a saving grace.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/5-senses-mindfulness-exercise-to-bring-you-back-to-present

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Daily Dream Meaning: Wood

1. Wood furniture in good condition indicates security and comfort on the horizon, while worn out old furniture warns of rough times ahead.
2. Lumber neatly stacked is a sign of progress and advancement, while beat-up old lumber lying on the ground augurs disappointment, or the need for careful planning in order to avoid disappointment.
3. A fallen log lying on the ground hints at surprises coming, while logs floating down a river portend rapid progress.
4. A log jam indicates obstacles and delays, and a difficult problem calling for a lot of ingenuity.
Astrological parallel: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Tarot parallel: The Empress.

 

astrology.com

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Daily Good: The Inner Shield Against Covid-19

Cynthia Li MD is a gifted physician and author who has had experience with battling an autoimmune disorder and recognizing both the power and limits of conventional medicine. “In the current pandemic, the strength of your immune system is the critical difference between milder and more severe illness caused by the COVID-19 virus. In a gift e-booklet, ‘How to Shield Yourself Against COVID-19,’ Li offers key science-based strategies, beyond physical distancing and hygiene measures, for building up what she calls your “inner shield.””A copy of this vital booklet is linked to at the end of the following piece. Read and share it with your community. { read more }

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Pagan Playlist: Forest Pagan Music – Mielikki 

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Elephant Journal: The Key to an Empath’s Well-Being in the midst of Chaos

The world is experiencing unprecedented amounts of stress as humanity finds its way through the pandemic.
The volume is intensely cranked up on stress and fear. Of course, worry is natural but we must do our best to shift out of obsessive worry and focus more on hope, health, intuition, and a positive future. Is this unrealistic? I don’t think so.

Read more……

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MNN: Deserted beaches are a boon to sea turtles during nesting season

Images of empty beaches around the globe may seem strange to us, but to nesting sea turtles, the view has never looked better

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EarthSky News: Year’s biggest supermoon on night of April 7-8

In North America, we often call the April full moon the Pink Moon, Grass Moon or Egg Moon. This year, in 2020, this April full moon also presents the closest (and thereby the largest) supermoon of the year. That’s because this full moon more closely coincides with lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly obit – than any other full moon in the year 2020.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Balancing Path: Moon Water with No Moonlight

Moon water is water which has been charged with the energy of the moon, usually the full moon, which is useful as an ingredient for a wide variety of spells and workings. It is normally made by putting water in a vessel and leaving it overnight where it will be hit by the light of the moon, whether that is in a windowsill or somewhere outside.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Craft With Me! : Beltane Special – Maypole Making

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Inner Journey:

WISDOM

“…we need to abandon the idea that wisdom is knowing everything-the whys, the wherefores, the how-tos. Wisdom is often more subtle, both far simpler and exceedingly more complex. For wisdom requires the discerning, the listening to, the acknowledgement of nudges and notions, of senses and sensations, of the minute and what we often mistakenly assume is the mundane. Wisdom means listening to the still, small voice, the whisper that can be easily lost in the whirlwind of busyness, expectations, and conventions of the world….”
— Jean M. Blomquist

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody’s hand and squeeze it, while there’s time.”
— Dale Dauten

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Note from the Universe

We interrupt your day with a test, a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.

Can you see me, right now?

Yes — I’m the light, and all it shines on.

Can you hear me?

Yep — every single sound, and the silence, too.

Can you feel me? Right now? In the air on your skin, under your feet, and in the palms of your hands? The tug at your heart, the rhythm it keeps, and the blood in your veins?

Right. Now, next time you have cause for alarm, see me. Next time you need absolutely anything, listen to me. And next time you feel all alone, remember you’re not.

Until tomorrow

The Universe
tut.com
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Today’s Recipe: Breakfast Pies

“Individual breakfast pies that can be made ahead of time, and microwaved as needed. My 3 year old grandson loves them, and they are finger food for the little ones. The big guys love them too. I fix hash browns and gravy as side dishes for the big guys, and it is a huge hit!

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions, and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White, and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

 

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Daily Wisdom
April 6, 2020

Meaning
“The world is not divine sport; it is divine destiny. There is divine meaning in the life of the world; of man, of human persons, of you and of me.”

-Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Sometimes we just have to pause and ask “why?” Think about it. There are no accidents, there is meaning everywhere. There is this organizing power at work in the world. We have our place in the world, and our tasks to complete. The people we meet, the people we love, are all a part of our lives for a reason. We can learn from all of our experiences, and become better people from living life consciously and meaningfully.
-Lissa Coffey
coffeytalk.com
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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

The Lovers card embodies the classic struggle between following your heart and listening to your head. There are a lot of temptations out there, but what are the consequences if you give in to them? Difficult choices have to be made in order to move forward. Which direction will you choose to go? Reflect on your values in order to make the right decision.

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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 3, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 3, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 7 Full Pink Moon & Super Moon at 7:35 pm PST/ 8:35 pm MST/ 10:35 pm EST

April 12 Easter

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark green fields; on; on; and out of sight.
-Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

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Spirit Library: Look Beyond the Darkness (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Our world has shifted and will continue to do so as all of humanity is being drawn into a time uncertainty. There is much speculation surrounding this time of extreme change and transformation. We are all feeling the intensity of this process which is greatly affecting the collective consciousness.

Read more….

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Pioneer Thinking: Detoxifying Healing Bath & Foot Bath

Try this detoxifying and healing bath or foot soak with natural sea salts. Natural sea salts are rich in minerals and charged with electrical and healing properties that you can especially benefit from in a warm bath.

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ThoughtCo: How to Celebrate Beltane

With roots in the British Isles, Beltane is a celebration that falls midway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It honors spring at its peak and the coming summer.

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MBG: .”I Take It One Day At A Time” & 6 More Mantras To Ease Fear Of The Unknown

We’re living in a turbulent and confusing time, to say the least. Climate change disasters are spanning the globe, and the coronavirus has left so many of us questioning an unknown future. Uncertainty about life can keep us feeling disconnected, anxious, and fearful.

Read more…..

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Daily Dream Meaning: Church or Cathedral

1. If a small, rustic church, then the dreamer will find spiritual insight under very simple and ordinary conditions.
2. If an ordinary, modern church, the dreamer may find friends who share his or her spiritual path.
3. If a cathedral, joy and spiritual fulfillment lie ahead.
Astrological parallel: Sagittarius.
Tarot parallel: The Pope.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Humanity’s Wake Up Call

“The rapid spread of novel coronavirus has prompted government, business, and civil society to take dramatic action–canceling events large and small, restricting travel, and shutting down major segments of the economy on which nearly all of us depend. It is a demonstration of our ability, when the imperative is clear, for deep and rapid global cooperation and change at a previously unimaginable speed and scale.There is an obvious desire to protect ourselves and our loved ones. But we are also seeing something more as communities mobilize to address the crisis–a sense of mutual responsibility, born of a recognition that we are ultimately bound to a common fate.” David Korten shares more.{ read more }

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Today’s DIY: Prosperity Spell || Blackberry Thumbprint Cookies || Recipe and Spell

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MNN: Shinrin-yoku: A deep dive into forest bathing
Even indoor plants can have a positive effect on your mental health.

A friend from France once said the best lunch in Paris is a baguette, cheese, a bottle of wine and a park bench. She didn’t know it, but she had hit on the concept of a preventative form of nature therapy called shinrin-yoku, which was introduced half-a-world-away in Japan in 1982.

Read more…..
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EarthSky News: Follow the arc to Arcturus, drive a spike to Spica

Follow the arc to Arcturus, and drive a spike to Spica. Scouts learn this phrase. Grandparents teach it to kids. It was one of the first sky tools I learned to use in astronomy.

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Patheos-Pagan: A Witch At Home – 13 Ways to Muster Your Solitary Practice

A lot of folks right now are dealing with the challenge of sheltering in place. Maybe you’re working from home for the first time, or are dealing with the stress of not being able to work at all.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Eivør – Í Tokuni

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Inner Journey:

GIVING CHOICE

“Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.”
— David O. McKay

I want to choose the details of my life. Fortunately, I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to give others the freedom to choose their own paths.

None of us wants our choice robbed from us. I can’t know what’s best for anyone but me. So why give unsolicited advice to others and expect them to follow it?

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.”
— Samuel Butler

“What man wants is simply independent choice, whatever that may cost and wherever it may lead.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe
Invariably, when big dreams come true, and I mean BIG, there is a total metamorphosis of one’s life. Thoughts change, words change, decisions are made differently. Gratitude is tossed about like rice at a wedding. Priorities are rearranged and optimism soars. Yeah, those folks can be really annoying.

You could have guessed all of that, huh? But would you have guessed that these changes invariably come about before, not after, the big dream’s manifestation?

Woohooooooo,

The Universe
tut.com
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Today’s Recipe: Baked Teriyaki Chicken

A much requested chicken recipe! Easy to double for a large group. Delicious!

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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
April 3, 2020

Mystery
“No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.”

-Elizabeth Bowen, 1936
Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is mystery. The questions we ask when we observe something are all our own. What is going on in our mind’s eye? What definition are we giving to an object? What emotion are we attaching to it? And the miracle is that we can see and perceive an object! It’s this whole process that is mysterious, and beautiful
-Lissa Coffey
coffeytalk.com
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Daily Tarot: The Star

The Star is one of the most positive cards of the Tarot. It represents a great sign of hope, and lets you know that everything you have gone through to this point, you’ve gone through for a reason. You’re on the right path now, and romantic happiness will soon be yours. You can count on your inner strength to guide you even when you feel as though you’ve lost your direction.

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/