Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30- May 1, 2021 “Beltane Edition”

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30- May 1, 2021 “Beltane Edition”

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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walpurgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day

‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Zen Pagan: Happy Walpurgisnacht!

While the idea of Beltane – especially its sexual and fertility aspects ‘ has become the dominant way of thinking of this cross-quarter time in American Neo- Paganism,

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Beltane | How to Celebrate | Ideas DIYs & Rituals

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12 Fertility Deities of Beltane

Beltane is a time of great fertility—for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect.

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Spring Tonics
By: Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs

Spring has finally arrived, and you are enjoying a lovely walk along the creek. Suddenly, something stings your ankle! No, its not a wasp, its the stinging nettle plant, known to botanists as Urtica dioica. But before you curse this common weed, you should know that it is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Nettle greens are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, cobalt, copper, potassium, trace minerals, chlorophyll, the B-complex vitamins, and more.

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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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Beltane: Six Ways To Inspire Fertility In Your Life

The word fertility kept coming to mind as I look forward to this year’s Beltane’s celebrations. Fertility is key in Beltane celebrations, of course, and usually involves rituals for…..

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Faerie Lore: The Fae at Beltane

For many Pagans, Beltane is traditionally a time when the veil between our world and that of the Fae is thin. In most European folktales, the Fae kept to themselves unless they wanted something from their human neighbors.

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Patheos: Beltane in the Otherfaith

Spring morphs into summer with bursts of heat and flushes of flowers. The green of the grass brightens. The trees, once skeletal and reaching like spindly fingers to the gray sky, turn the hills into rolling swells of leaves and life.

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Today’s DIY: Beltane Fire Incense

At Beltane, spring is beginning to get seriously underway. Gardens are being planted, sprouts are beginning to appear, and the earth is returning to life once again.

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Pagan Library: The Beltane Chase
Traditional


Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 9 Enchanting and Uncommon Types of Deer

There are 47 species of deer, and very few of those look like the white-tailed deer that fill North American forests and backyards. In fact, some types are much smaller or much larger than the most common cervid species; many adapt to a wide range of habitats, as well, from the arctic to the tropics.

Read more….

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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. The word Beltane is thought to originate from the Celtic god, Bal, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine,’ which means fire.

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Patheos-Pagan: Easy Seasonal Recipes

As we quickly make our way to Beltane and the beginning of Summer, I wanted to share a few easy, peasy recipes that always make me think this season.

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

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Inner Journey: WONDER-FULL!

“…we can’t survive without enchantment… the loss of it is killing us.”
— Thomas Moore

“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”
— Andrew Schneider

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.”
— Albert Einstein

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

higherawareness.com

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“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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Today’s Recipe: Honey-Cream Pie || Beltane Recipe || Kitchen Witchery

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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, making May Day baskets and giving them to friends

Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Stones/Gems: Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz

Symbols & Decorations: The Maypole, bonfires, flowers, trees, plants, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, broom

Foods: 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 of fertility.

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

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

Expect the unexpected, in fact don’t even expect that much. Today could be a wild ride, and you may instigate some of it in the spirit of fun, suggests the Fool card. Play it safe and stay out of trouble if you can, but it could be hard at times. Don’t fret over any little mistakes today. By tonight or at least tomorrow it may be hard to tell who made them if anyone even recalls them.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 28, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 28, 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Pluto Retrograde (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently, with the Full Moon energies powerfully activating our inner world and with Pluto moving retrograde today, we are entering into a time of major transformation, revelation and rebirth. As such we can expect deeper insights and revelations to emerge that will enable us to break free from any confusion and stagnation

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Plantain Salve – How to make it, and why you’d want to

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Spiritual Unite: Meaning Of Life Path Number 16


People born on the 16th day of any month or have a 16 life purpose number or destiny number, or even 79,88,97 or 169 inherit the qualities of number 16.

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ThoughtCo: The Beltane Bale Fire Tradition

One of the hallmarks of any Beltane celebration is the bonfire, or the Bale Fire (this can be spelled a number of ways, including Beal Fire and Bel Fire). This tradition has its roots in early Ireland

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Basics of Spiritual Cleansing || Witchcraft 101

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MBG: How To Keep Moon Cactuses Alive For As Long As Possible + Propagation Tips

Any succulent fan will love the look of the bright, colorful moon cactus.

Interestingly enough, these unique plants don’t produce their own chlorophyll, and they have to be “grafted” onto another plant to survive. So when you spot a moon cactus in the store, it’s actually two plants in one.

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Elephant Journal: 15 Ways Nature Heals Us—& how to get More of it in our Lives.

The healing power of hiking and nature.
Trekking the great outdoors is more than just visually stimulating.

Walking in nature is an opportunity for us to listen to our soul, tune in to our body, and refresh our mind.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 8 Magnificent Facts About Mongooses

A mongoose is a small, dynamic mammal with a long body and short legs. Mongooses are famous for standing their ground against venomous snakes, both in literature and in real life, but they are also complex creatures with many other interesting quirks.

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EarthSky News: Best month to see Mercury after sunset

Live in the Northern Hemisphere? If so, May 2021 presents the year’s best month for spotting the planet Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, in the evening sky. You can also catch Mercury from the Southern Hemisphere, though the view won’t be as favorable as at more northerly latitudes. From the Southern Hemisphere, the year’s best evening apparition of Mercury will be coming in September 2021

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Patheos-Pagan: Reading cards for miscommunication

Ten cards on the table, and the perceptive woman in love will note the following: ‘I’m not in the picture at all. There isn’t a single card here that represents me. “

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Pagan Playlist: Mother I Feel You

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO THE NEW

“All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious, wondering child in themselves to sleep.”
— Barbara Sher

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

Only when we’re open can we really hear what’s being said or really see what’s happening or really experience the moment.

Openness demands that we be willing to move to places we’ve never been before. It asks us to continually challenge the foundations of our belief systems so we can test out new ideas. And to do that, we need to accept insecurity.

“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

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Wow, time sure does fly, huh?

I mean, it seems like yesterday you and your friends were wearing fig-leaves, rubbing sticks for fire, and asking me for the things you wanted as if you couldn’t just give them to yourself.

Phew! Talk about funny tan lines.

Hail to the Sun –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Chicken Wings

Easy, crispy, and delicious. I normally serve with a side of rice, chicken gravy, and a vegetable or salad

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
April 28, 2021

Age
“I never feel age. If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time.”   -Louise Nevelson (1980)
In the spirit world, there is no time, so there is no age. When we lose our awareness of time, then we feel no age. We feel no burdens. We need to spend more time doing those things that make us so happy that we lost track of time. Creative work gives a lot of us that very feeling.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Everything you touch or talk about today is going to get bigger, so be careful with your words and actions. While today will be easygoing and agreeable, a few days from now something you set in motion today may come back in a bigger form. Watch out for exaggeration, even about good things. Go light on the flattery, and even sincere compliments, since it all may become grander than you intend

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 27, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 27, 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


The Wonders of Nettle

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Spirituality & Health: Spirituality and Dogs

I have three great loves in my life: dogs, books, and a handful of people. In that order. Yes, I admit it: I love dogs more than books. You might be surprised by this since there are far more books in my life than dogs,

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ThoughtCo: Crafts for the Beltane Sabbat

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. Observed on May 1st (or October 31-November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers)

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Discovering the Properties of Herbs | My Sexuality | And City Witchcraft | Q&A

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The Balancing Path (blog): A Story of Ghost Cats

When I was on a podcast recently talking about animism, the subject of ghosts came up, and what I see as the difference between ghosts/hauntings and animistic souls that are the spaces themselves.

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Daily Good: Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise

I find more and more that attention is the elemental unit of time. Each moment we are fully paying attention is an atom of eternity.

  • Maria Popova –

Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise

“The gardener digs in another time, without past or future, beginning or end…Here is the Amen beyond the prayer,” Derek Jarman wrote as he grieved his dying friends, faced his own death, and contemplated art, mortality, and resistance while planting a garden between an old lighthouse and a new nuclear plant on a barren shingled shore. Jarman is one of the artists whom Olivia Laing profiles and celebrates in Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (public library) — her superb collection of meditations on art, activism, and our search for meaning, drawing on the lives of artists whose vision has changed the way we see the world, ourselves, and others.” Maria Popova shares more. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: Five ways to Support Independent Bookstores & 5 Quotes to make you Fall in Love with Them.

Some of my best early memories involve books.
The smell of them. The touch. Turning those pages and brushing my fingers along the spines. It was a young word-lovers ritual.

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Treehugger: 18 Magnificent Types of Hawks and Where to Find Them

Hawks and eagles are among the more than 200 species of the family Accipitridae, a group of swift, strong raptors that kill other animals for food and are diurnal, or active during the day.

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EarthSky News: Watch for a daytime morning moon

Full moon happened on the night of April 26-27, 2021, and by April 29 the moon is in a waning gibbous phase, rising later and later at night. For the mainland United States, the April 28 moon rises in the southeast, roughly two to three hours after sunset. The days following full moon present a good time time to catch a nearly-full daytime moon over your western horizon after sunrise. Watch for it!

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Patheos-Pagan: The Magic of Labyrinths

May 1st is World Labyrinth Day. While we are also celebrating Beltane, a walk in a labyrinth would be a lovely addition to your festivities. Whether you make your own or find a local one via the World -Wide Labyrinth Locator, walking a labyrinth can be a magical experience.

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Pagan Playlist: Eivør – Into The Mist (Official Video)

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Inner Journey: TIME FOR STILLNESS

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.”
— Joseph Campbell
The sages all say that the path to liberation is found in entering the stillness within. To experience that stillness, we need to be willing to regularly stop the activity for a while.
How do we do this in a busy life? We set our priorities. Perhaps it means giving up a TV program or using a coffee break to grab a few moments of solitude. Perhaps we have to ask our partner, relative or neighbour to give us 30 minutes of time away from the kids. If we really want something, we can make it happen.
“Learn to pause… or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”
— Doug King

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Of all the planets, of all the countries, of all the people, that you could have chosen to inhabit, call home, and become… that you chose as you did could only mean one thing: Being you, here and now, is what you most wanted when making such decisions from the absolute zenith of your divine magnificence.

Yeah, you knew exactly what you were doing.

Can’t fool me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 8 Sweet and Savory Ways to Use Ricotta Cheese for Breakfast

Wonderfully creamy and thick, but mild in flavor, ricotta is the ultimate cheese for using in both sweet and savory capacities. Start your morning with a scoop on toast, whipped into waffle batter, or mixed in a frittata. Find out our 8 favorite ways to eat ricotta cheese with breakfast.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
April 27, 2021

Age
“Age doesn’t protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

-Jeanne Moreau, in John Robert Columbo, Popcorn in Paradise (1979)


Ah, love! There’s nothing like it. Love keeps us young. Love is healing. Love is powerful medicine. But where does all this love come from? It’s right there inside of us, all the time. We can live a life in love. We can choose love every moment, we can express love, we can give love.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

A past wrong against you might be set right today. It’s important that you give others a fair chance and don’t automatically discount what they have to say or offer. You don’t need to satisfy everyone but you do need to make the effort to let them have their say and their moment to contribute. Be confident and don’t feel threatened by anything.

Pick a New Card →

The stars have already mapped out your destiny. Find out where with a live psychic reading. Chat online now.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 26, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 26, 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Hidden Influences Emerging (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Doors open and doors close as we are liberated from the past. This can be disconcerting and disruptive if we continue to hang onto the past or believe that we can control external events. Expecting there to be some semblance of stability is unwise as everything is constantly changing

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Herbal Jedi: Plantain – “The Wonder Herb”

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Spiritual Unite: SYMPTOMS OF AN OVERACTIVE SACRAL CHAKRA


In this article we will be discussing how to heal an overactive sacral chakra. Sacral chakra one of the primal chakras also recognized as the Svadisthana in Sanskrit terms.

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ThoughtCo: Recipes for the Beltane Sabbat

Beltane is a time to celebrate the fertility of the earth, and the return of spring blossoms and blooms. It’s a season of fire and passion, and when many of us honor the wild and lusty god of the forests.

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April Full Wind Moon (April 26, 2021)

During this full moon we are lured to provocative thoughts of warm days and spring flowers. We see a decrease of the march snows which give way to April showers and windy days

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MBG: How To Prepare For This Week’s “Monster Moon” & Rare Pluto Retrograde

This week will have a hush-hush, even clandestine quality to it, according to the AstroTwins’ forecast. Here’s what to expect:

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Norse Paganism: Matron and Patron Deities

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Beltane recipe | Spring herb sandwich cake | Kitchen Witchery

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Elephant Journal: Practicing the Art of Feng Shui: How & Why it Really Works.

Many people get caught up in the mystery of Feng Shui instead of focusing on the “magic” that results when you consciously and intentionally connect to what you want and desire.

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Treehugger: 11 Wild Wetland Animals

A wetland is an area of land saturated with freshwater, saltwater, or a brackish mixture of the two. Marshes, estuaries, mangroves, bogs, and swamps are just a few examples of wetland ecosystems, which can often be found at transitional areas between bodies of water and land

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EarthSky News: April full moon year’s 1st supermoon

Around the world, the moon will look full to the eye on the nights of April 26 and 27, 2021. However, the crest of the full moon will fall on April 27 at 3:31 UTC. At United States’ times zones, that translates to April 26, at 11:31 p.m Eastern Time, 10:31 p.m. Central Time, 9:31 p.m. Mountain Time and 8:31 p.m. Pacific Time. In North America, we call the April full moon the Pink Moon. This April full moon presents the first in a “season” of three straight full moon supermoons. Overall, this April full moon gives us second-closest full moon of the year.

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Patheos-Pagan: Working with Your Local River as a Center of Local Animistic Practice

Local Animistic practice is about respect and seeing all matter as expressions of personhood. That means animism centers on relationships.

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Pagan Playlist: Sun Circle

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Inner Journey: TWO VIEWS

“… no matter what our difficulties may be, we recognize that there is a deep untroubled stream flowing below all surface troubles and that we are of one substance with that stream. The soul knows no difficulties.”
— James Thornton

Masters teach that we can experience two completely different states of reality at the same time — from the personality and from the soul.

Author Pema Chödron talks about being hungry, cold and tired but at that same time deeply content. Ram Dass speaks of how the emotional heart can be breaking while we recognize that all is unfolding perfectly.

Allowing our soul to be present with the discomforts of the personality shifts our experience of the discomforts.

“True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing in our lives.”
— Martia Nelson

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

The answer is:

Because there will be flowers that only you can pick. Butterflies that only you will see. Laughter and tears that only you will know. And dreams that only you can dream.

The question was:

How does one know if they really are a prince or a princess?

Good question, your highness –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Pancake Lasagna for One (or More)

Until now if you wanted lasagna, you had to make a lot, but thanks to this easy technique, that’s all changed. This recipe makes 4 single-serve lasagnas, but you easily scale back and just make one, freezing the extra 3 pancakes for later use!

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water


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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth


Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
April 26, 2021

Age
“You stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradiction.”

-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Aphorisms (1893)


Learn and grow. This is our theme with WisdomNews. We are here to learn and to grow. That is our purpose. And by doing so, we are becoming better people, and making the world a better place. There’s a saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Maybe it’s more like “the old dog will learn the tricks he wants to learn.” Whatever we want to learn, we can learn that. Our choice.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 12, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 12, 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic Tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Keep Afloat (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In our world dualistic thinking has governed our experience of life. As such our lives have been divided into opposites of light / dark, joy / sorrow, love / fear. We have had to know each side in order to explore and reestablish balance.

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My full moon ritual

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Spiritual Unite: MEANING OF LIFE PATH NUMBER 8


What is the meaning of life path number 8 in the numerology world? To sum it up in the simplest of terms, it’s about power and balance.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: A Brief History of the Maypole Dance

The maypole dance is a spring ritual long known to Western Europeans. Usually performed on May 1 (May Day), the folk custom is done around a pole garnished with flowers and ribbon to symbolize a tree.

Read more….

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Beltane Flower Crown (Quarantine Edition) || Witch Crafts

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MBG: Thank The Stars — Venus Is Moving Into Taurus This Week & We’ll All Feel The Vibes

With Venus moving out of Aries and into Taurus, we can finally expect things in the love department to settle down in the best way. Here’s what the stars have in store this week.

Read more….

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Daily Good: It Couldn’t Be Clearer

One planet, one experiment.

E.O. Wllson –

It Couldn’t Be Clearer

“Interrelatedness is one of Brian Swimme’s powers of the universe that I have been contemplating. I could have accompanied this particular exploration with any picture I have. Every flower, every leaf, every tree trunk, every mushroom is only here because of a web of relationships. With air, water, fungi, microbes, insects. With their fellow plants, the soil their roots penetrate, the beings growing on those roots, the slowly dissolving stone forming the soil. And they know they have these relationships. They smell each other, reach out to each other, signal each other, warn of danger. Trees nurture and protect their offspring. They send messages along savvy fungal networks. A seed won’t open its case unless it senses that its necessary cohorts for growth are in place. It will wait decades, even centuries, for that to happen.” { read more }

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“Blessed Be!” Wiccan Daily Prayer for a Wake Up Ritual or Morning Protection Chant

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Elephant Journal: A Gratitude Practice for when we feel Hopeless.

I open my light blue notebook to a blank page and number it from one to five.
Just the thought of writing down the “five things I’m grateful for today” exhausts me. I don’t feel like going through the motions or faking a smile.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 12 Colorful Peacock Facts

You might not know this when you visit peacocks in nearby parks, farms, and zoos, but blue and green peacocks, those mythical creatures with iridescent plumage, are only native to Asia — though their remarkable beauty has led them to all corners of the world.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Look for the legendary green flash

It’s not hard to see a green flash with the eye alone, when sky conditions are right, and when you’re looking toward a very clear and very distant horizon. That’s why those who live near an ocean tend to report green flashes most often. A sea horizon is the best place to see them.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: What is Animism: Finding the Spirit of All Beings

Animism is both profoundly simple and incredibly powerful as a philosophy. It is as ancient as words and reborn constantly. It is the human understanding that “things” are actually “beings”.

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Inner Journey: TIME TO BLOSSOM

“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”
— Julia Cameron

Many of us unconsciously believe that we’re unworthy or defective. We adopted this belief very early in our lives when the people we looked up to disapproved of our demands, wishes and behaviours. We concluded that we had to learn to be good.

Unfortunately, ‘being good’ usually meant giving up our own differences or uniqueness. We learned that we might get the love we wanted if we acted and felt like others wanted us to.

If we seek true joy and connection with life, we now need to remove these artificial masks and express our deep authentic nature.

“For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.”
— Stephen C. Paul

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Looking for the gift in a situation, typically means there’s a belief that the situation’s outcome could have been better.

And thinking that an outcome could have been better, only happens when there’s a belief that one’s joy could have been greater had there been a different outcome.

And thinking that one’s joy hinges on the outcome of any time-space occurrence, almost always means that some cool cat somewhere, has ever so briefly forgotten not to interpret events with their physical senses alone, that all the elements (then and now) are lining up in their favor, and that their own happy feet needn’t have missed a beat.

Bust a move –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Unstuffed Bell Peppers

A classic family favorite deconstructed. My kids love stuffed green peppers, but don’t like to eat the whole peppers, so I came up with this to make it more appealing to my picky eaters.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
April 12, 2021

Power
“Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.”

-Carolyn Heilbrun (1988)


This is where the power of the press comes in. Not just what stories will be told, but how they will be told. Words carry weight. The same holds true in other areas of life. What are our leaders telling us, and what are they leaving out? We exercise our power by becoming more informed, and by voting.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.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

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for 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).

Read more….

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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

gardendigest.com

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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

higherawareness.com
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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

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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/

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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.

Read more…

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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.

Read more…

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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.

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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

Read more….

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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/