Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 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.
There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)
Natural Living Ideas: How To Grow Cucamelons – The Most Exciting Fruit You Can Grow This Year
While most Americans have never heard of cucamelons, this fruit is definitely one you’ll want to know a lot more about.
ThoughtCo: Cakes and Ale in Pagan & Wiccan Ritual
The part of a ritual known as “Cakes and Ale” is often celebrated in some NeoWiccan covens as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings. Cakes are usually not cakes at all, but instead, cookies prepared in the shape of crescent moons, and the ale can be alcoholic or it can be apple cider
MBG: Sidestep Negative Energy With These 6 Crystals
As a meditation teacher, one question that I get often is, “What can I do to protect myself from toxic people and their energy?” Of course, there are many layers to this one, but crystals are one accessible and beautiful tool that I always like to suggest.
Pioneer Thinking: Lemongrass Pain Relief Tea
Lemongrass is a medicinal grass native to India. It has an impressive list of health benefits, one of them is its ability to ease pain naturally due to its analgesic properties. Next time you have a headache, migraine, muscle pain or backache, reach for a cup of lemongrass tea for some natural pain relief. Here’s how to make a cup of lemongrass pain relief tea.
Today’s DIY: DIY Seashell Candle Tutorial
Hey guys! This tutorial is SUPER easy and really fun to make! It’s perfect for any sea witch, or just someone who loves the water and ocean!
Wise Woman Herbal: Elder Berries and St. Joan’s Wort
Susun talks about Elder Berries and Saint Joans Wort herbs. Two of the best anti-viral herbs.
MNN: Why the mountain pika is an adorable proxy for the effects of climate change
Although you might think they look like a rounder, tailless rat or short-necked squirrel, mountain pikas aren’t rodents at all. They’re actually related to rabbits. They make a cute squeaking sound to communicate with one another and they move fast over the rocks, often with a bunch of grass or moss between their teeth.
EarthSky News: Moon and Spica rise at late evening
On February 12, 2020, you’ll have to stay up late to view the moon and Spica, the constellation Virgo’s brightest star, rising into your eastern sky. At mid-northern latitudes, look for the twosome to be up by around 11 p.m. to 12 midnight. At more southerly latitudes, the moon and Spica rise earlier in the evening.
Patheos-Pagan: Opening to the Love Spell of Life: Or How I’m Spending My Valentine’s Day
As the chocolates and all things pink and red begin to fill stores and mailing lists, I turn my heart to my heart. I turn to a love spell.
SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY
“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Racing through life is very stressful. If we stay in high gear too long, we lose our ability to shift down. And when we’re stressed, we can’t access happiness, appreciation, fun, compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty and other wonderful qualities. High stress also triggers negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anger and fear.
Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
— Eddie Cantor
A Note from the Universe
This is to remind all my loyal subjects that you are not my loyal subjects. And that all the sacrifices, appeasements, and groveling have never been necessary.
I, the Universe – the sun, the moon, and the stars, the Alpha and the Omega, and all the rest – have created a paradise in Time and Space so that I, through you, might experience its infinite splendors, drink from its every cup, and live, love, and be merry in ways impossible without you.
Your desires, therefore, are my desires for you. Your dreams are my dreams. And so, your wisdom has been added to my own. You are the be-all and end-all of Time and Space, the only reason for this Garden of Eden. You can do no wrong, there are no mistakes, and it’s all good.
Follow your heart, delight in your preferences. Approve of yourself. Stake your claim, demand it, and hold out your hands, expectantly. Banish your doubts, get off of your knees, and live as you please. Because, dearest, you can, and this is all I’ve ever wanted.
You’re just another part of me
Today’s Recipe: Winter Fruit Mostarda
This Italian inspired recipe is the ultimate homemade condiment, perfect for serving alongside chicken and other meats.
Magical Correspondences for Wednesday
Intentions: Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender
Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
February 12, 2020
“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner thing happens, the resurge of nature.”
-Edna O’Brien, 1978
In the winter, on the outside, it looks like nothing is happening. The trees are bare. The ground is cold. But growth is taking place. Inside things are happening. We don’t see the results of that growth until the spring, but that doesn’t mean that something wasn’t taking place every moment. The tree is bare, but it is very much living. It’s like when we’re meditating – we look like we’re asleep because on the outside we are still, but major growth is happening on the inside.
Daily Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune
Whatever you have planned or prepared for today, it probably won’t happen according to the script. Be flexible and expect the unexpected. It may not be anything big, so don’t completely abandon your agenda unless you must. It could just be a day of endless interruptions. Keep that sense of humor handy, and maybe find an inspiring idea or two in it all.
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