Cat’s Morning Bits for July 29, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 29, 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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Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
-Barry Cornwall (1787-1874)

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

August 1 Lammas/ Lughnasadh

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Spirit Library: Consider Your Choices (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In times of change and uncertainty we must harness our courage and investigate the unknown. We must move beyond the limits of our normal routines and explore the mystery of the unfamiliar. As we continue to shed the past we free our energy, which enables us to harness the power of our creativity to shift our expression of life.

Read more….

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Tarot vs Oracle║The Differences | Divination

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects

Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.

Read more….

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MBG: Polarity: What It Is & Why It’s Important For Chakra Balancing

There are seven major energy centers, or chakras, located throughout the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. You can think of chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels”) as the links between our energetic and physical bodies. They also speak to the universal life force energy that connects all of us to one another and our environment.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Valerian – Back to Your Roots with Yarrow Willard Cl.H | Harmonic Arts

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Elephant Journal: I’m Tired of Thinking Positive.

I’m tired of always trying to be a positive thinker.
Thinking positive makes me feel guilty or afraid to have “negative” thoughts because, god forbid, that might bring more negativity into my life, and I already have enough.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How to Forage Like You’re From Finland

In Finland, they have what’s known as everyman’s right, also called the right to roam. People are permitted to camp, swim, bathe, fish and forage in almost all free spaces, even if those spaces are privately owned. That right, along with a history of foraging dating back to World War II, makes Finland’s city parks akin to wild grocery stores.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter returns before dawn

Around late July or early August, if you’re up early and have an unobstructed view to the east, be sure to look in that direction in the hour before dawn. You might find a familiar figure – a constellation that always returns to the sky around this time of year. It’s the beautiful constellation Orion the Hunter – recently behind the sun as seen from our earthly vantage point – now ascending once more in the east before sunrise.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Witchcraft into the Wilds: Working Magic With Nature

My chat this week is all about working with the magic that Mother Nature provides us with, a bit of Witchcraft into the Wilds. Magical energy found within stones, shells, feathers, bones, leaves and thorns.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Lady of the Lake – Tales of Old (Celtic Fantasy Music)

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Inner Journey:

Capture your inspiration!

“Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”
— Rolf Smith

Insights and inspiration come to us for a reason. Don’t let them disappear on you!

When a great idea pops into your mind, write it down and capture it. Keep a mini-journal or piece of paper with you at all times.

Reflect on your insights. How might you anchor this great idea so it enhances your life?

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

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A Note from the Universe 
Whoops… I did it again. Took a little nap, had a few dreams, and worlds were born. Planets spun and cooled. Continents rose and fell. And civilizations clashed and united.

Actually, it’s quite good fun. But I also dreamed I was you. And in that dream, for a spell, I didn’t remember I was also the Universe.

It was frightful, actually. Just about scared me to death until, as you, I slowly remembered who I was. And in those waking moments, it was as if the earth shook, the seas danced, and the skies rejoiced almost as much as myself. As if they were waking up, too. It was the most beautiful, sublime, intoxicating rush of pure joy I think I’ve ever known.

How I wish I could tell you more. But like a farmer eager for the new crop, any rush to harvest would spoil the yield. Besides, words would utterly fail me.

Fidgeting madly,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Keema Aloo (Ground Beef and Potatoes)

If you want to try something a little different, I guarantee you will love this meal. It is by far my favorite Indian recipe. Inspired by my mom, who still makes this for me to this day.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

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
July 29, 2020 

Style
“The style is the man himself.”

-George-Louis de Buffon (1707-1788)

 
This quote is talking about writing style. He is saying that the style in which a person writes is how his personality shines through. Look at how many times, and how many ways, we have heard the same spiritual lessons. There are so many good spiritual teachers out there, with books and videos and classes and ministries. And yet they’re really essentially all saying the same thing when it comes down to it! But we each respond differently because we have different styles of our own, and different styles resonate with us in different ways. Said with a certain style we hear the messages better, understand them more, relate to them more personally.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

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

 

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily 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 July 24, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 24, 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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The sun is an eagle old,
There in the windless west.
Atop of the spirit-cliffs
He builds him a crimson nest.
-Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

August 1 Lammas/Lughnasadh

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Spirit Library: Critical Point (a message from Kate Spreckley)

There is a sacred synergy occurring in the deeper regions of our psyche, which is purging us of all that no longer serves us. Events in our lives are compelling us to engage in this purification process by clearing the energy of the past.

Read more….

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Spiritual Unite: SOUL CONTRACTS – HOW TO RELEASE THEM

Soul contracts are proof human beings have living associations with others.

They remind us that we’re spiritual beings and have come down on this planet to enlighten our souls with new love and bonds.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Lammas/Lughnasadh Rites & Rituals

Looking for rites and rituals for your Lammas or Lughnasadh celebration? Here’s where you’ll find ways to celebrate the harvest, honor the gods of the fields, and pay tribute to the Celtic god Lugh.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: How to Create a Dragonfly Garden

If you want to attract dragonflies to your garden, there are several ways to create a habitat to bring these brightly colored creatures zooming, hovering and darting across your landscape. Two involve smart planning; the third requires a bit of luck.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Horsetail – Old World Herb for New World Health | Harmonic Arts

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The Green Witch: Magick Chamomile Sweet Rolls || Anti-Anxiety Spell

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Treehugger: 8 of the World’s Most Solitary Animals

Lots of animals love company. They travel in groups and stick together for safety and camaraderie. However, there are also plenty of loners in the animal world.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on July 25 and 26

On July 25 and 26, 2020 – as the setting sun closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns – let the moon introduce you to a special star. The bright star close to the moon on these dates is none other than Spica, the sole 1st-magnitude star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Phoenix Rising: Demeter Erinyes – The Mother is Back, and She is Pissed

Given my love of Persephone, it’s not surprising that I would also feel a strong connection to Demeter and so it seemed only logical that the book I intend as a follow up to Persephone: Practicing the Art of Personal Power would be focused on Persephone’s mother. While doing research for this book recently, I was reminded that one of Demeter’s aspects is that of Demeter Erinyes.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Quick 11 min. Chakra Tune-up with Himalayan Singing Bowls HD

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Inner Journey:

LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE

“We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think SHOULD. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail…We are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences,delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations. The tongue of the original self is the language of the heart.”
— Julia Cameron

We are each unique beings with a unique path in life. If we wish to be fulfilled, we need to go to our own hearts for direction. We might regularly ask ourselves:
•”What do I really want to do?”
•”What brings me greatest happiness?”
•”How can I bring more of these into my life?”

Life wants us to go for what brings us most joy and meaning.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. …I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”
— Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“Let me listen to me and not to them.”
— Gertrude Stein

“What you must dare is to be yourself.”
— Dag Hammarskjold

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A Note from the Universe 
Can you hear it? The entire Kingdom now beckons.

There were no tests, no hoops, and no limits.

All I have, I press to you at this very moment.

This is all you have to know.

And all you have to do is make room for the torrent that will flow in direct proportion to your every preparation, including what you do today.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Scampi

I’ve received a bunch of requests to make this, and after tasting it, I understand why. If you’re a garlic lover, you’re going to want to pull out your bucket list and add this recipe to it. I absolutely love this, and I think you will too. Serve over white rice with fresh lemon wedges.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Friday (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Star Signs: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Power Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs & Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

Friday is ruled by Venus. 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), can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
July 24, 2020

Problems/Solutions
“The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

If we don’t find the cause and make changes, the same problem is going to keep coming back again and again in different guises. This is true whether we’re talking about fixing a leaky faucet, a broken heart, or an unbalanced budget. We have to look at our problems, explore our options, and take responsibility for creating solutions that work.

 

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Relax, take a deep breath, and don’t let any feelings of anxiety derail your plans for the day. A certain level of nervousness may be in the air today but it doesn’t have to be contagious and you don’t have to catch it. If a touch of anxiety serves to give you a greater sense of caution, that can be a good thing.

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 November 15, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 15, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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To-night the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

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Spiritual Unite: Palm Tree Symbolism – Masculine And Feminine Energy

To many of us, palm trees summon up summer holidays and brilliant weather.
While this is not too far off – after all, the palm tree is a sun symbol – there is far more to it palm tree symbolism than that!

Read more…

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MBG: 6 Gifts That Give Your Bedroom New Life, According To A Feng Shui Expert

The bedroom is one of the most private spaces in the home, and according to feng shui educator Anjie Cho, it’s the one room that represents us—and affects us—the most.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Working With the Gods and Goddesses

There are literally thousands of different deities out there in the Universe, and which ones you choose to honor will often depend significantly upon what pantheon your spiritual path follows. However, many modern Pagans and Wiccans describe themselves as eclectic, which means they may honor a god of one tradition beside a goddess of another. In some cases, we may choose to ask a deity for assistance in a magical working or in problem solving. Regardless, at some point, you’re going to have to sit and sort them all out.

Read more….

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Individuologist: Chakra Chart: An Introductory Guide about the 7 Chakra

Did you know that our bodies have built-in funnels in it? Yes! The 7 chakra points in our bodies…

Read more…..

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Elephant Journal: A Morning Ritual to Reclaim Ourselves.

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like I have to hit the ground running the moment I open my eyes.
There has always been something to deal with, obsess over, solve, do, or overthink. Life doesn’t take a break because we’ve been getting some z’s.

Read more….

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MNN: Will pink noise help you sleep better?
Ambient noise can help mask sounds at night, but some ‘colors’ may help you more than others

Want to get a better night’s sleep? You may just need more noise. While that may sound counterintuitive, it’s scientifically proven that certain types of noise can help you catch some zzz’s

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch for the moon and the Twins

On November 15 and 16, 2019 – before going to bed, look for the moon in your eastern sky. It’ll be a bright waning gibbous moon, and you might notice two bright stars in its vicinity. These stars are noticeable for being both bright and close together on the sky’s dome, and that is why – in legends of the sky – they often represent Twins.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Earthing the Holidays – The Metaphysics of Staying Sane

During my early morning walks with my dog, I watch the decorations around me change. The spiderwebs and ghosts are coming down, the zombies have moved to warmer climes for winter and the pumpkins no longer bear faces. New decorations are appearing

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

PROBLEMS OR SOLUTIONS?

“If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.”
— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Stop and be aware! Have you been thinking about what you want or what you don’t want?

It’s so easy to lock our minds onto problems rather than opening to receive solutions. But what we think is what we get. This is so important! If we continually focus on problems and negatives, that’s where we’ll stay.

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller

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A Note from the Universe

Basically, change comes from thinking thoughts you’ve never thought before and showing up to meet them down streets you’ve never walked before.

You ready for some firsts? Are you?

Yodeling,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Hot Chocolate-Inspired Cookie Cups

Perfect for little bakers, try this recipe for hot chocolate cookie cups. Inspired by a steaming hot cup of cocoa, these mini chocolate chip cookies are topped with marshmallows and finished with a pretzel “handle.”

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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
November 15, 2019

Sincerity

“Individuals are considered sincere when there is little or no discrepancy between the goals they seek and those they claim to be seeking.”

-Leonard W. Doob

This is basically talking about the difference between what we say and what we do. And this is where I think a lot of politicians get themselves into trouble – and how politicians in general have gotten their reputation of being insincere! We wonder what their true motives are. We wonder if they’re just telling us what they think they want us to hear. Trying to sort out the real from the fake, or the sincere from the insincere is a big job. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could really just take each person at his or her word? Unfortunately, I think the world has a long way to go in that area. But by understanding the need for sincerity, and practicing it ourselves, we’re making a difference that in time will make a big impact.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

This is one of those days when everything is up in the air and you doubt that you could do much even if you tried. Nonetheless, things can go well when some unexpected good luck comes your way. Your carefree attitude can attract some unexpected help to keep you going and to make things interesting if not fun. Uncertainty can be inspiring in its own way.

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 October 8, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 8, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies
-John Keats (1795-1821)

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Pioneer Thinking: DIY Fall Decorations 

Embrace the fall season by giving your home an autumn makeover. Simple, yet natural, fall home decorations can give any apartment or house a warm and earthy look that will last the entire season.

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ThoughtCo: Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies

Samhain is the time of year when the nights grow darker, there’s a chill in the air, and there’s a thinning of the veil between our world and the realm of the spirits. For many Pagans this is a time of reflection and spiritual growth. Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here’s where you’ll find a number of rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitaries or a group.

Read more………………………

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Spiritual Unite: Types Of Remote Viewing – Stranger Things Have Happened

Did you know there are multiple types of Remote Viewing (RV)?
Beyond the well known CRV method, there are other tried and tested techniques for viewing a person, place, or object at any distance.

Read more……………..

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Daily Good: Holy Envy: The Key to Appreciating World Religions

“From an early age, Barbara Brown Taylor knew that she wanted to live a spiritual life.”It started early in my life,” she says, “a hunger for the beyond, for the transcendent, for the light within the light, the glow within the grass, the sparkle within the water.”Taylor went on to become an ordained Episcopal priest, working as rector of a church. But she later left her job with the church and began teaching the world’s religions at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. As part of the course, Taylor invited members of different faiths into the classroom to share their beliefs. She also brought her students, who were mostly Christian, to mosques, synagogues and Buddhist and Hindu temples in an effort to help them better understand how various groups worship.” The author of ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ shares more here. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: 15 Steps to Release & Return your Soul Energy to your Chakra.

“I feel like me again, I wasn’t even totally aware I wasn’t here, I just knew something was off.”
In my work as an energy healer I have observed many clients have successful soul recoveries over the years. Many of them hadn’t even realised they weren’t feeling totally like themselves—until their soul energy returned to them.

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MNN: Ancient scrolls sealed shut by Vesuvius reveal some of their secrets

The Herculaneum scrolls are ancient manuscripts thought to contain works from some of most significant names in Greek philosophy, such as Epicurus, Philodemus and Chrysippus. Some of them probably represent the only surviving copies of their kind. They’re culturally and historically priceless.

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EarthSky News: Orange Arcturus sparkles after sunset

Tonight, look for Arcturus, one of three stars noticeable for flashing in colors at this time of year. You should be able to see it in the west at dusk or nightfall. Once it gets good and dark, and you live at mid-to-far latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, you can verify that this star is Arcturus by using the Big Dipper asterism.

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Patheos-Pagan: Samhain: When the Veil is Thin

Samhain was originally an ancient Irish-Celtic holiday, but we know very little about how it was celebrated thousands of years ago. What we do know is that how it is celebrated today is radically different. Long ago, there were no glowing vegetables, trick-or-treating, Witches, or visits from the dead. Most of the trappings we associate with Samhain date only from the Christian era, though that doesn’t make any of them less real or witchy.

Read more…………………..

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Inner Journey: 

THEN AND NOW

“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”
— Taisen Deshimaru

We understand time as a continuum. Our memories link the moments of the past and our imaginations draw on the patterns of our memories to project the future.

If we leave the movies of the mind behind, time can only be experienced now — moment by precious moment. Open in awareness to what is happening right now. Appreciate all that is. Immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of every now and life will be a gift.

“The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow has to be right.”
— Eknath Easwaran

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A Note from the Universe

What if everything that’s happened so far was just practice for when things get really, really good?

Really, really soon –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Squash Adobo with Pork Bits

The squash sweetens the pork bits, making it tastier. If you want extenders other than potato, use squash since it’s an often used extender for Filipinos.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Squash-Adobo-with-Pork-Bits.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, 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

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
October 8, 2019

Persistence

“Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.”

-Minnie Richard Smith, 1947

I love this because it applies in so many ways. Writers go about submitting their work and it gets rejected so many times, that they end up feeling like a chunk of coal! Or that their work, which they poured so much of their heart into, is just a chunk of coal. But, ah, when they stick to the job, keep writing, keep submitting – someone recognizes the beauty. The diamond comes shining through! We just can’t give up, no matter what business we’re in, or what we are going for. Our persistence pays off.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

You may be in high spirits today and see everything in a fresh light. If this interferes with your mundane duties, take pleasure in the small, lovely, often overlooked aspects of what’s around you. Discoveries can be made in even the most repetitive activity when you look closely enough and appreciate why things are the way they are. This exuberance is short-lived, so enjoy the day and learn something new!

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 September 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 11, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane.
-Mortimer Collins (1827-76)

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ThoughtCo:  Disposal of Ritual Offerings

A common question that comes up is the matter of how to dispose of offerings made during a ritual once the ritual has concluded. Disposal methods may vary, depending on a few things. For instance, does your particular magical tradition require you to dispose of offerings in a certain way?

https://www.learnreligions.com/disposal-of-ritual-offerings-2561979

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MBG: What Is Color Therapy & How Can It Help Heal Our Chakras?

Practice color therapy via the natural world.
Notice the myriad ways in nature that color appears, and use the vibration of the light from those natural objects to affect you. For example:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-is-color-therapy-and-how-can-it-help-heal-our-chakras

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Daily Good: Artists as Hoarders

When does collecting material for prospective art projects cross over and become hoarding? When it takes up so much space it requires a warehouse? When the time to collect and sort and store it all amounts to your entire lifetime? And what kind of imagination plus dedication does it take to finally assemble all the bits and pieces into something qualifying as art? Mirka Knaster opens the portal into the fascinating world of artists around the globe who hoard their way to stunningly beautiful and creative pieces of art. Dive in and become amazed. { read more } http://exploringtheheartofit.weebly.com/blog/artists-as-hoarders

Be The Change

Open the junk drawer. Dump it out and sort it by color. Create something; anything. Hang it up and sit silently with your creation, the way you would pause in front of a masterpiece.

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Elephant Journal: Om Mani Padme Hum: a Meditation on Acceptance.

It’s all medicine.
Each moment provides its unique offering.
I want to inspire. To inhale. To breathe in life, presence, peace

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/om-mani-padme-hum-a-meditation-on-acceptance-michelle-margaret-fajkus/

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Silver Color Meaning – The Color Silver
The color silver means different things across different cultures, countries and religions. Like gold, silver is a shiny and metallic color that is symbolic of wealth and riches. In this article, we will study some other silver color meanings across different aspects.

https://www.color-meanings.com/silver-color-meaning-the-color-silver/

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MNN: How a turtle tunnel is saving lives in Wisconsin

There’s a stretch of Wisconsin State Highway 66 right around where it crosses the Plover River that has a reputation as a danger zone for wildlife. When animals try to cross the road, many of them don’t make it. In 2015 alone, 66 turtles were killed trying to cross the busy highway.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-turtle-tunnel-saving-lives

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EarthSky News: Sunset and 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.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/sunset-and-the-legendary-green-flash

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Patheos-Pagan: How To Use Leaf Magic This Fall

Heathens, Pagans, and Witches; we’ll make magic out of just about anything. Especially when it comes to the natural world. I’ve read blog posts on sun magic, moon magic, bone magic. I own an entire book on Water Witchcraft. But I haven’t heard much about my favorite autumn practice, leaf magic.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/09/how-to-use-leaf-magic/

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Inner Journey: GO FOR WHAT YOU LOVE

“Follow your bliss.”
— Joseph Campbell

It’s hard for some of us to believe that the world is served when we seek our own happiness. We’ve been taught that this is selfish.

If we stop to reflect on how we are in the world when we are happy, we can see how this serves. We have more vitality. We’re more loving and generous to others when our own needs are met.

What activities bring you the greatest joy? Your unique gift to the world will be found in those pastimes you love the most.

How can you live your joy each day?

“Spiritual growth is not made in reaction against, for all striving against imposed restrictions is imaginary. Spiritual growth is accomplished by inclination toward. We grow like the sunflower, following the light.”
— Joy Houghton

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Love always wins.

Kindness always prevails.

And smiles always disarm.

Touché,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Cheesy Chorizo and Apple Scramble

I made this up today when I realized I had next to nothing in the kitchen. Last week, the grocery store was giving away free tubes of chorizo. I rarely say no to free things, even when it’s something I don’t utilize too much. I always find chorizo to be a bit overpowering in spice and saltiness, so I thought evening it out with some chopped apple would aid it. It was perfect! The sweetness of the apple was a great balance for this breakfast treat. I added little squares of the last tortilla I had in the fridge to make it come together like a taco. It was so very good!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cheesy-Chorizo-and-Apple-Scramble.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 11,  2019

Destiny

“I am not afraid… I was born to do this.”

-Joan of Arc (1429)

“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.”

-Rosa Parks, on refusing to move to the back of the bus, televised interview (1985)

I had to put these two quotes together because both of these two women showed such courage. They both saw the “big picture” and understood their role in it. Although these events happened centuries apart, one could say that they were destined. Things could not have continued the way that they were going, and each of these women had a part in changing things. They could have backed down or shied away from it – but instead they chose to step up and be where they were, where they felt they were “supposed” to be.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Be ambitious today, in a subtle way, and meet with a lot of cooperation and good will. Your ambition does not have to be grandiose. Concentrate on small projects and sweep away a lot of loose ends and complete things that have been long lingering. Act and speak with authority, and be fully respected. Do as much as you can today, and don’t look back.

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 July 1, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 1, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh. It is July.
-Susan Hartley Swett (1860-1907)

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Spiritual Unite: The Third Eye, The Pineal Gland: How We Are Connected To The Cosmos

It all comes down to the mystical Third Eye. The Third Eye is an inner visual organ and a concept in mysticism.
It refers in part to the Ajna chakra of Eastern spiritual traditions. The Third eye is said to be the gate that leads into the spaces of higher consciousness within.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/the-third-eye-the-pineal-gland-how-we-are-connected-to-the-cosmos/

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ThoughtCo: Sun Worship

At Litha, the summer solstice, the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Many ancient cultures marked this date as significant, and the concept of sun worship is one nearly as old as mankind itself. In societies that were primarily agricultural, and depended on the sun for life and sustenance, it is no surprise that the sun became deified. While many people today might take the day to grill out, go to the beach, or work on their tans, for our ancestors the summer solstice was a time of great spiritual import.

https://www.learnreligions.com/history-of-sun-worship-2562246

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MBG: A Dancing Ritual For Rejoicing During The New Moon In Cancer

In today’s world, if you have the means and the time to commit to self-growth, doing so can be nearly addicting. It provides an opportunity for perfectionists like me to stay in the zone of continuous self-work—without taking a moment to just rejoice.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-in-cancer-2019-a-dancing-ritual-for-rejoice

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

Not only may you be inherently happy today, you’ll be able to explore all manner of intellectual problems, puzzles, and concerns. Great satisfaction can come from even the smallest insight, and if you can connect with the right person, you may have a conversation that will enrich and inform you for months to come. You may be attracted to more difficult problems today, and you’ll be up to the challenge.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: July’s Astrology Report: 2 Dark Moons, 2 Eclipses (Plus “You Know Who” is in Retrograde).

When’s the new moon? There’s an eclipse? What sun sign are we in? Is it Mercury retrograde again?
These are the questions I receive daily from my tribe. It’s so much easier to follow the natural cycles of the cosmos when we don’t have to search for each bit of information separately.

Read more……………………

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Daily Deity: Native American Sun Symbols

We know that the Native Americans were deeply spiritual people who communicated their history, beliefs, and ideas through symbols found in nature. They created specific geometric depictions to describe and express these beliefs. The sun was of particular symbolic significance to all of the Native American tribes, as it is one of the natural phenomena that governs all of life. Symbols of the sun are seen in some way, shape, or form in each and every tribe, which should further demonstrate how its power was revered

https://www.sunsigns.org/native-american-sun-symbols/

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MNN: This bird with a haunting song can pretend to be a branch

Potoos aren’t the most beautiful birds. These nocturnal creatures have relatively nondescript ruffled brown feathers and rather big yellow eyes.
The common potoo is found in southern Central America and the lowlands of northern and central South America, while the great potoo is found throughout Central and South America, according to the Cornell Lab or Ornithology.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/potoo-bird-haunting-call-and-can-pretend-be-branch

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EarthSky News: South American solar eclipse on July 2

A total eclipse of the sun is coming to the South American countries of Chile and Argentina in the late afternoon hours of July 2, 2019. This is the first total solar eclipse since the great American total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/south-american-solar-eclipse-on-july-2

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Patheos-Pagan: Opening Up Your Personal Magic Circle: The Power of Vulnerability

Connecting to spirits, summoning the powers of correspondences, and petitioning deities for their help all require being open to these forces. Vulnerability is necessary when we open up that personal magic circle of ours to others, whether they are embodied or energetic. Like all types of energy, the essence of being vulnerable is neither good nor bad. It’s how we work with our anxieties about openness that determine whether it’s empowering or weakening

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2019/06/opening-up-your-personal-magic-circle-the-power-of-vulnerability/

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Inner Journey:

Give yourself free time

“What is it that makes all of us end each day with the sense that we have not lived our time, but have been lived, used by what we do?”
— Jacob Needleman

How can you free up more time for yourself?

All of the great masters counsel that we need time daily for solitude. And if our journey in life is to become more aware of who we are, then surely we need some free time each day to explore our inner landscapes and uncover our passions.

What activities can you cut out of your life to give you more growing room?

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long, stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, thatwon’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”
— Anna Quindlen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The secret to every success lies not in what or even who you know, but in clearly “seeing” where you want to go.

And going.

The power to have it all,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mango Torshi (Mango Pickles)

Torshi are Middle Eastern pickled vegetables. In this popular recipe, mangoes are pickled in a vinegar mixture with aromatics, herbs and spices. It makes a deliciously sour side dish that is sure to be a new favorite.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Mango-Torshi-Mango-Pickles-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
July 1,  2019

Meditation

“When one devotes oneself to meditation, mental burdens, unnecessary worries, and wandering thoughts drop off one by one; life seems to run smoothly and pleasantly.”

-Nyogen Senzaki

Through the process of meditation, of going into the silence, to that “higher place”- we get a different perspective of the world. We see the “big picture” and our place in it. We understand our connection to God, and to each other. Life runs more smoothly because we allow it to, that’s the way it is meant to be!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Herbal Muse: Herbs for a Healing Garden

Herbs do more than simply enhance our food; they nourish our bodies and sustain our spirits. In fact, if you learn to listen to the plants, you will discover a wealth of healing wisdom waiting to be tapped in your own back yard

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2015/04/20/Herbs-for-a-Healing-Garden

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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 8, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April  8, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright and clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?

-Dora R. Goodale (1866-1953)

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Pioneer Thinking: Holistic Herbal Solutions

Holistic herbal solutions can also be defined as or simply called natural home remedies. There are more ways than you can possible think of to help yourself be naturally healthy or healthier. I am not saying that you should totally dismiss you primary care physician but I am saying that you can possibly visit him MUCH less

https://pioneerthinking.com/holistic-herbal-solutions

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ThoughtCo: 11 Pagan 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. Typically, this is a Sabbat to celebrate gods of the hunt or of the forest, and goddesses of passion and motherhood, as well as agricultural deities. Here is a list of gods and goddesses that can be honored as part of your tradition’s Beltane rituals

https://www.thoughtco.com/fertility-deities-of-beltane-2561641

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MBG: How Working With These 3 Chakras Helped Me Deal With Stress & Racing Thoughts

How the chakras can help with stress management.
As a nurse and naturopath, Matluck sees value in fusing Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. She helps clients use the body’s more metaphysical energy centers to overcome very physical blocks.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-chakras-and-how-to-use-them-to-deal-with-chronic-stress

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Daily Good: Brink of Extinction

Anna Louisa first became interested in Faroese ponies because of a children’s book. She soon learned that these enchanting creatures, ponies by size but often called horses due to their strength, were almost extinct. Between 1850 and 1920 large numbers of them were exported from their home in the Faroe Islands. By 1960 there were only five left in the wild. Fortunately they have made a remarkable comeback due largely to “the lady with the horses.”

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8397

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MNN: If you want to feel happier, just spend 20 minutes in nature

Nature soothes our stressed-out souls. We instinctively know nature is the best prescription, but new research is revealing how little time we need to set aside to reap the benefits.
In one new study, published April 4 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers tried to identify the most effective “dose” of nature within the context of normal daily life. As more doctors prescribe nature experiences for stress relief and other health benefits —

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/urban-park-20-minutes-feel-better-study

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EarthSky News: Go young moon hunting!

Many skywatchers enjoy seeing the young moon return each month to the west after sunset. If you’re one of them, now is the time to look for that fleet little moon that appears in the west at evening twilight, then sets before nightfall.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/go-young-moon-hunting

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Patheos-Pagan: Back to Sacred Dance

It’s hard being the new kid in town, for me, it’s not a new thing. I’ve been the new dance kid every few years, moving from the East Coast to Japan, and back to the East Coast, then to Arizona and finally here in Oregon. Each time I was the new dancer in town I rushed in and for the most part, I was welcomed with open arms.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/waterwitch/2019/04/sacred-dance.html

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Inner Journey: 

Play with the growth journey!

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.”
— Max Eastman

Banish bad baggage, backward beliefs, boring boundaries, big blocks and belittling blame by building your beingness bridge by becoming a beautiful, bold, balanced, broadminded, boundless being.

“If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.”
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Truth is, we cry over here because of the beauty over there.

“There,” meaning where you are.

“Beauty,” meaning you.

Snif, snif…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Almond Delights

My wonderful Mother-In-Law gave me this recipe. If you like almond flavor, you will absolutely love this dessert

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
April 8, 2019

Purpose
“Not only to see and find the Divine in oneself, but to see and find the Divine in all, not only to seek one’s own individual liberation and perfection, but to seek the liberation and perfection of others is the complete law of the spiritual being.”

-Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)

The more we grow spiritually, the more we realize how we fit into the bigger picture. We’re never alone on this journey. We’re all in it together. The closer we find ourselves to spirit, the closer we see that we are to each other.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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The Wild Hunt: Nevada’s new dark sky sanctuary preserves our connection to the night

According to National Geographic, 80% of Americans cannot see the Milky Way anymore. Fabio Falchi, a researcher at the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute in Thiene, Italy, notes that more than 75% of the populations of Chad and Madagascar – and practically all of the residents of the Azores – live under near perfect condition to witness the night sky in all its splendor.

Read more……………….

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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 January 22, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 22, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
“Oh look!”
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?

-Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)

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Thought. Co: Recipes for the Imbolc Sabbat  

Imbolc is a great time of fire and feasting. It’s the celebration of the goddess Brighid, guardian of the hearth and homefires, as well as the season of the Lupercalia, and of the spring lambing season. For this sabbat, celebrate with foods that honor the hearth and home —breads, grains, and vegetables stored from fall, such as onions and potatoes—as well as dairy items.

https://www.thoughtco.com/recipes-for-the-imbolc-sabbat-4125902

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Spirit Library: Shifting Chakras

Your chakra system, part of your lightbody, exhibits the resonance of the electromagnetic field in which you live. It is a microcosmic expression of the macrocosmic environment. As you incarnate into the Earth experience, your capability of flow manifests in accordance with the information within this environment.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jamye-price/shifting-chakras

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Daily Good: How Books Solace, Empower and Transform Us

Since the invention of the printing press, books have fed the human animal’s irrepressible hunger for truth and meaning. Books offer refuge and companionship during lonely childhoods. The following piece opens the pages of a wonderful collection of essays about why we read and how books transform us from some of the most inspiring humans in our world: artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and adventurers whose character has been shaped by a life of reading

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2179/how-books-solace-empower-and-transform-us-maria-popova/

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Elephant Journal: 8 Tips for Shaking the Winter Blues out of our Bones. 

Just after the holidays this year, the winter blues descended.
I felt that low, sinking feeling in my chest. Negative thoughts pulsed through my head:

Everything is so damned hard. It will never get easier.
My skin prickled with the chill of anxiety, and the mornings dragged in a sense of dread with them.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/8-tips-for-shaking-the-winter-blues-out-of-our-bones/

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MNN: A once-secret redwoods reserve will soon be open to the public
It’s 30 percent larger than Muir Woods, with 47 percent more old-growth redwoods

Rumors were abundant in California’s conservation circles that there was a secret forest of old-growth redwoods somewhere along the Sonoma Coast, but that no one had set foot in it because it was privately owned and maintained. The forest, it was said, contained trees older than some found in Muir Woods National Monument

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/secret-redwoods-reserve-will-soon-open-public

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EarthSky News: Moon pairs with Regulus on January 22

This evening – January 22, 2019 – the waning gibbous moon and Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, will be rising over your eastern horizon a few to several hours after sunset. To know more precisely when the moon and Regulus rise in your sky, check out the links on our sky almanac page.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-pairs-with-regulus-on-january-22

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Patheos-Pagan: LaSiren + Songs Of The Sea

In Haitian Vodou there is a strong and powerful Lwa named LaSiren. She is part of the Rada nanchon, or nation, and her domain is the sea. Like the sirens of legend she rules over sacred sounds. This Lwa is called and given tribute with the sound of the conch shell. Her traditional offerings can include blue and/or white candles, sea shells, flowers, mirrors, combs, white wine, champagne, perfume, and molasses.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2018/04/lasiren-songs-of-the-sea/

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Inner Journey:

OPEN TO TRUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

Nothing is ever lost. Not time; for what seems to have passed, lives on in the wisdom of future decisions. Not money; for what seems to have been spent, was only invested. And not love; for what seems to have vanished, has only moved so close you must look within your heart to see it.

Here and now,  whether or not it’s obvious, you are the best you’ve ever been.

So proud,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Potato Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup is popular in many European countries, especially during the winter. This creamy soup can be topped with chives, sour cream, or even bacon. Our recipe uses a crockpot but you could certainly make it in a pressure cooker or even on the stove.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Week-3-Potato-Leek-Soup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, 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

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
January 22, 2019

Truth

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

-Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Of course, we know that there are infinite possibilities, but in our human experience we can only conjure up a portion of the possibilities based on what we’ve been exposed to. That’s why when some things happen we just can’t believe it – we can’t comprehend how such a thing could happen. But when we seek the truth, through prayer and meditation and spiritual practices, we see many more possibilities. We open up to answers and solutions that were once beyond our realm of understanding.

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: Which Crystals Are Best For Healing?

Use these crystals to draw out negative energy from your body.

Most people look at crystals and simply think of them as pretty rocks. However these gemstones and minerals may have more power than meets the eye. Some of the most beautiful crystals also have some of the most potent healing properties.

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/which-crystals-are-best-for-healing.aspx#IHtR8GCGyPRwEs3h.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
-Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Reasons Why Skeptics Should Believe In Astrology

It happens quite often: you tentatively check out your daily horoscope, hoping to read some exciting news about your love prospects, and bigger financial opportunities.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/5-reasons-why-skeptics-should-believe-in-astrology/

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MBG: Prep For This Weekend’s Rare Supermoon With This Eclipse Explainer

Dragging your feet? Avoiding the inevitable? Resistance and procrastination are natural; we tend to avoid what’s painful and stay in our comfort zones. Solar and lunar eclipses are dramatic turning points. They provide the cosmic kick in the pants to push us off the fence and into action.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/everything-you-need-to-know-about-solar-and-lunar-eclipses

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Tetrakyts: What Is Karma? – Everything You Need to Know

Throughout history, one question has preoccupied scholars of every religion and become central to the philosophies of said religions, and…

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/what-is-karma-everything-you-need-to-know%ef%bb%bf/

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Elephant Journal: The Good & the Bad will Happen: How Mindfulness can help us decide what Matters

Shortly after returning to work following the birth of my eldest son, I awoke to the sound of rain.
I could hear it pattering against the windowpanes and splashing on the roof of the girls’ dormitory where I lived and worked as a school counselor. My mood soured immediately. Returning to work meant leaving my three-month-old son in the campus day care center—a painfully ambivalent experience to begin with

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/rain-is-just-rain-a-lesson-in-mindfulness/

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MNN: 5 strangely cat-like traits of gray foxes

Gray foxes seem in many ways like the unsung bridge between the cat and dog world. They’re a canid species, related to foxes, coyotes and wolves. But they have some unusually cat-like features that help them get by in a tough, wild world.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/strangely-cat-like-trait-of-gray-foxes

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EarthSky News: Sirius, future South Pole Star

Tonight, as darkness falls, use Orion’s Belt to star-hop to Sirius, a future South Pole Star. Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. It’s sometimes called the Dog Star. It’s easy to see, since it’s the brightest star in the night sky. You’ll always know you’ve found Sirius if you notice that the three stars in Orion’s Belt point to it

https://earthsky.org/tonight/sirius-future-south-pole-star

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Patheos-Pagan: The Sacred Pause of Winter

The past four years or so have been busy. I’d like to tell you they have been productive-busy years but in truth, they have been exhausting. By the end of last year, I’d had enough. Bone-weary and depressed, I knew I couldn’t sustain my busy-ness. I breathed deeply and welcomed the spirit of winter.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/awaywiththewitch/2019/01/the-sacred-pause-of-winter/

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE YOU ARE A CREATOR

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”
— Shakti Gawain

We hold the power to create whatever we desire. Our ability to manifest the changes we desire depends on the depth and passion of our beliefs and on the focus of our attention.

With this understanding, we, as individuals and as society, can design a whole new future for ourselves. Our challenge is to break free of society’s world view, to truly empower our imaginations to create brand new realities. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘vision.’

What do you passionately desire for your own life? For the planet?

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
— Nikos Kazantzakis

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A Note from the Universe

Oh yes, yes indeed. Today you are going to be enveloped by the magic. It will be in the air you breathe, the sounds you hear, and the sights you see. Play off the moments in-between the moments, look to the unseen, and give thanks.

Feel it, enjoy it, but most important, use it!

It’s already begun,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Beef and Bean Sprout Soup

This week’s soup is a delicious combination of Asian flavors. Using bean sprouts instead of noodles makes this soup low carb and friendly to most diets. Feel free to add chopped mint or basil to balance the spicy sriracha or chili paste.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Week-2-Spicy-Beef-and-Bean-Sprout-Soup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, 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

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
January 15, 2019

Moments

“Let me tell thee, time is a very precious gift of God, so precious that it’s only given to us moment by moment.”

-Amelia Barr

Have you ever watched a television game show? In most of the games, there is an element of time involved. You’re up against the clock. You have 2 minutes to race through a grocery story, or 30 seconds to come up with the right answer. If you happen to be the person playing that game, you realize just how precious each one of those moments are! You focus your attention, and use the time wisely to win the game. Well, we’re lucky that life is not a game show! We have all the time we need to learn and grow and accomplish what we need to in this life. And we can start anytime, so why not start now? The prizes are all around us, just waiting to be won.

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: The Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras

The entire universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. Long before modern technology and science came along, ancient cultures studied the energy that lives inside each living being. There are seven energies that move inside of us, called the seven chakras.

Read more…..

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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 25, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 25, 2018

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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Rainbow to windward, foul fall the day;
Rainbow to leeward, damp runs away.
-proverb

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Spiritual Unite: Throat Chakra Healing Foods And Exercises

The throat chakra is the first spiritual chakra in the list of seven chakras. It is present at the centre of the throat. This chakra makes you expressive of your thoughts and emotions. The Sanskrit name for the throat chakra is Visuddha, and its associated colour is sky blue. This chakra is all about speaking truth.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/throat-chakra-healing-foods-and-exercises/

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MBG: Your Ultimate Guide To Essential Oils: Uses, Benefits, Extraction & How To Use Them, Explained

Essential oils are gaining popularity in droves, though their herbal counterparts and natural solutions have been harnessed for centuries mainly in Eastern medicine. As Western holistic care and naturopathic remedies continue to provide alternative solutions for people desiring to take charge of their own health care, it is important to have a firm understanding of essential oils

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-use-essential-oils-guide-essential-oil-benefits-and-essential-oil-uses

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Elephant Journal: Solar Flares & Storms: These are the symptoms to Expect (May 22-25)

Spaceweather has just reported that on May 22, Earth-orbiting satellites recorded approximately 12 B-class solar flares erupting from a spot on the sun.
Currently, the crackling sunspot is slightly hidden on the eastern limb of the sun, however solar rotation will reveal its activity over the next couple of days, so we will have a clearer view of any stronger explosions.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/05/solar-flares-storms-these-are-the-symptoms-to-expect-may-22-25/

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MNN: Why do rivers need riverkeepers?

When the government fails to protect a public resource like a river, our hopes often fall to a loose coalition of citizen conservationists.

How well do you know your closest river? Even if you aren’t sure where it is or what it’s like, you’re probably in a much closer relationship than you realize.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/riverkeeper-waterkeeper

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EarthSky News: Beauty! Moon and Jupiter May 25 to 28

On May 25 to 28, 2018 – if you have a clear sky – you’ll surely notice a very bright “star” near the moon. This object is really a planet, Jupiter. Once Venus sets in the west, not long after the sun, the moon and Jupiter are the two brightest objects in the nighttime sky.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-may-25-26-27-28-2018

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Patheos-Pagan: Choosing A Tarot Deck That’s Right For You

Choosing a tarot deck can be a little more complicated than you would expect. You will find that every tarot deck has a different energy, point of view, symbolism and history. Because of this you will find that your connection with every deck will be very unique. To choose a deck that is right for you it’s important to decide what the intention of the deck will be and be able to feel the deck on a physical and energetic level.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2017/12/28/choosing-tarot-deck-thats-right/

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Inner Journey: 

DISCOVER THE TREASURES INSIDE

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
— Denis Waitley

Peace, joy, health and well-being can only be found inside us. They exist within us now, waiting to be discovered. Yet we tend to look to the outside world to satisfy our needs and longings.

Our outer life reflects back to us the way we think, feel and behave. The outer world is all effects. Go to the source inside for all of life’s treasures.

How are you searching for peace and contentment outside of yourself?

“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”
— Marshall Goldsmith

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A Note from the Universe

Can you imagine me settling into a human body?

Oh, it would be a grand one! Not just any body! Only a gorgeous body, with all the bells and whistles that really count. Capable of BIG dreams to remind me of what I’m capable of, and the strength to spin the world in the palm of my hand.

That’s why I picked yours, and a few others.

If you knew of the power you possessed, at this very moment, you’d cry and cry and cry. And then feel light as a feather.

Om-m-m-m-m-m-m…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake and chocolate are combined in these delicious bars. This is a guide about making chocolate chip cheesecake bars

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Chip-Cheesecake-Bars-Recipe.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlicue

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Daily Wisdom
May 25 , 2018

Freedom

“A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.” -Imamu Amiri Baraka, in Kulchur

There is no middle ground with freedom. It’s an all or nothing proposition. And it is a great responsibility. We can practice it, live it, respect it, and grow from the experience of freedom every single day of our lives.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Signs of Summer Depression

Did you know that you can get SAD in summer? No—not just sad, the emotion, but seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that’s related to seasonal changes. Most people think SAD only happens during the gloomy winter months as a result of the lack of sunlight and warmth, but around 1 percent of people suffer from this mood disorder during summer.

 http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/emotional-health/depression/6-signs-of-summer-depression.aspx#KdHk5e3yQZz6lgGp.99

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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