Cat’s Morning Bits for October 1, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 1, 2019

Welcome to October 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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“Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.”
– Author Unknown

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Pagan Library: Circle Incense

Anon

4 parts Frankincense
2 parts Myrrh
2 parts Benzoin
1 part Sandalwood
1/2 part Cinnamon
1/2 part Rose petals
1/4 part Vervain
1/4 part Rosemary
1/4 part Bay

Burn in the circle for all types of rituals and spells. Frankincense, myrrh and benzoin should definitely constitute the bulk of the mixture.

Read more………………

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ThoughtCo: Modern Witchcraft Traditions

In the Pagan community, there are a number of different spiritual traditions that fall under the different headings of Wicca, NeoWicca, or Paganism. Many simply identify as traditions of witchcraft, some within the Wiccan framework, and some outside of it.

Read more……………..

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Heads Up! There’s A Tricky Transit Coming Our Way Monday

Before jumping to any conclusions this week, the AstroTwins break down a few astrological transits you’re going to want to keep in mind.

Read more……………….

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Natural Living Ideas: How To Make Air Cleansing Rosemary & Sage Smudge Sticks

Smudging is the practice of the burning of sacred herbs for spiritual cleansing and purification. It’s a ceremony that has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries.

A selection of herbs, usually white sage or cedar, is bundled with a cotton or hemp string. The bundle is then dried. Once the herbs have thoroughly dried, it’s lit and allowed to smoulder. The smoke is then fanned around an area for cleansing.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/how-to-make-smudge-sticks/

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Elephant Journal: The Wild Woman Archetype.

Let the wild woman within you rise.
Let out her roar as you step into your true authentic self, revealing all of you, unapologetic to show up in all her glory.

Society puts us in boxes that are labeled with what is acceptable in today’s society and what is not. But what if you don’t want to be in that box? What if we want to be wild and carefree without the limitations of who we came here to be?

Read more…………….

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EarthSky News: October guide to the bright planets

Only 2 of the 5 bright planets are easy to see in October 2019, but 2 others might be possible. Jupiter and Saturn are easy from nightfall to late night. Mercury and Venus appear briefly in the afterglow of sunset. Mars lurks – unseen – in the glare of dawn.

Read more………………………

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Patheos-Pagan: Green Witchcraft: Using Magick With Teeth

Many people seem to believe that Green Witches do not have “teeth”. In other words, there are magickal practitioners who believe Green Witchcraft is all “love and light.” Why? Because we tend to be Herbalists. Healers. Hippies. Eco-Witches. Our focus leans toward nature, talking to trees, and caring for the planet.

Read more…………………

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Inner Journey:

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF

“An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart.”
— David Augsburger

We can easily get into trouble in relationships when we assume that we know what someone else is thinking or feeling. Parents, in particular, can be quick to judge what’s going on in their children.

Rather than assuming we know someone else’s experience, we could shift our perceptions into questions. Instead of saying, ‘I know you’re hurting,’ we could ask, ‘Are you feeling hurt?’ This allows us to connect with the other with no risk of misunderstandings.

“It’s always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumptions.”
— C. West Churchman

“To assume is to be deceived.”
— Yiddish proverb

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Happy always lasts longer than sad.

Slow never fails to arrive.

And forever has only just begun.

Proving once again that time really is on your side –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Green Lentil Dip

Lentils are very healthy for you. They are packed with fiber, protein, and a good source of iron. One of my favorite ways of preparing lentil is this dip for snacking with crackers or chips!

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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 1, 2019

Community

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”

-Lady Bird Johnson

While computers may be filled with information, and even provide online interactions with people around the globe, there’s still no substitute for the local library. This is where we find knowledge, wisdom, comfort, and community. As much as things change, and become more high-tech, I hope that our books, and our libraries, will always be preserved. They offer a great service and easy accessibility for everyone. If you haven’t been in a while, you might want to visit the library, explore, and see what surprises you can find.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Magician

It may be hard to be serious and stick to those dull but crucial tasks that keep the day running smoothly. Be systematic, cheerful, and don’t let it show if you feel undervalued or underappreciated. Save your sharp wit and cleverness for another time and place. Time spent with younger people or children can lift your spirits and keep things in perspective for you.

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 September 30, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 30, 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, English poet (1827-76)

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Pagan Library: Besom Chant

Anon

Besom, besom long and lithe
Made from ash and willow withe
Tied with thongs of willow bark
In running stream at moonset dark.
With a pentagram indighted
As the ritual fire is lighted;
Sweep ye circle, deosil,
Sweep out evil, sweep out ill,
Make the round of the ground
Where we do the Lady’s will.

Besom, besom, Lady’s broom
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom
Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground
Of demons, imps and Hell’s red hound;
Then set ye down on Her green earth
By running stream or Mistress’ hearth,
‘Till called once more on Sabbath night
To cleans once more the dancing site.

http://www.paganlibrary.com/music_poetry/besom_chant.php

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ThoughtCo: The Magical Energy of Apples

Apple Divination
Apples have always been popular tools for foretelling the future. There are a number of traditional methods in folklore for seeing who one’s lover might be.

Read more……………..

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MBG: Smudging 101: Burning Sage To Cleanse Your Space & Self Of Negativity

With the chaotic nature of today’s modern world, the idea of cleansing ourselves of negative energy sounds quite appealing. Cue the ritual of sage burning, also known as smudging.

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Daily Good: Wild Mind: Reclaiming Our Original Wholeness

Our human psyches possess, as capacities, a variety of astonishing resources about which mainstream Western psychology has little to say. By uncovering and reclaiming these innate resources, shared by all of us by simple virtue of our human nature, we can more easily understand and resolve our intrapsychic and interpersonal difficulties as they arise. These resources, the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our human wholeness, wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and integrate them into our everyday lives. There’s a facet of the Self associated with each of the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. Describing the Self in this way is in keeping with traditions around the world that have mapped human nature onto the template of the four directions (and the closely related templates of the four seasons and the four times of day: sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight). { read more }

Be The Change

Consider which of the four facets of Self calls for cultivation in your life. Do one thing this week to support and nurture this side of your universal soul.

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Elephant Journal: 9 Signs it’s time to Find your Soul Purpose & True Calling.

I look at old pictures of myself and wonder who she is.
I remember the days before, running myself ragged for a direct deposit into my bank account every two weeks. I often wonder what my life would look like if I hadn’t awakened my gifts and uncovered my soul’s purpose

Read more……………

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MNN: In the U.K, less mowing means more flowers
Wildflowers will flourish along roadsides, and that’s good for wildlife.

In the United Kingdom, those grassy strips next to the road or the sidewalk are usually mowed four or more times a year for aesthetic reasons, but new guidelines call for a fresh approach: cutting them only twice a year, saving time, money and most importantly, the wildflowers and habitat they provide for wildlife.

Read more……………………

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EarthSky News: Seek for a young moon after sunset

For a number of intrepid sky watchers, the hunt for the young moon counts as great sport. Seeking out a young moon that might – or might not – fleetingly show itself as a pale, skinny crescent in the western evening twilight demands fortitude and patience.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/seek-for-a-young-moon-after-sunset

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Patheos-Pagan: Four Salutations of the Day, Reformed

Once upon a time, among the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), there was a practice called the Four Salutations of the Day. You can find this practice still today at http://rdna.info/FourDay.doc. This devotional required the use of a staff and was done at for times a day: dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight, or what they called “stars”. I always loved the idea of this practice, but it wasn’t something I ever undertook

Read more………………..

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Inner Journey:

APPRECIATE THE MYSTERY!

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.”
— Aart Van Der Leeuw

“I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.”
— William James

“Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.”
— Niels Bohr

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
— Copernicus

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
— Lewis Carroll

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A Note from the Universe

One of life’s most elusive lessons, saved for only the wise and peculiar, is that there’s nothing, ever, to be unhappy about.

Unless, of course, you lose sight of the big picture, think the illusions are real, or forget there’s no such place as far away.

Whoot,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spanish Style Shrimp and Rice

This is a twist on traditional Spanish rice made with shrimp. It’s almost like a Paella, but with several steps pulled out, making it a very easy to put together meal. I love to make this when I have cooked rice to use up.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spanish-Style-Shrimp-and-Rice.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 30, 2019

Community

“People had changed – or rather fridges had changed them. Mrs. Munde felt that being able to store food for longer periods had broken down the community spirit. There was no need to share now, no need to meet every day, gathering your veg or killing a few rabbits.”

-Jeannette Winterson, Boating for Beginners, 1985

Communities can form out of necessity, but also out of common interests or goals. Now we just seem to have more choices. We may not need community for our physical survival, but we do need it for our well-being. We gravitate toward each other, and to communities where we can help and support each other in various ways.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow.

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 5, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 5, 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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Upon this leafy bush
With thorns and roses in it,
Flutters a thing of light,
A twittering linnet.
-Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)

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Natural Living Ideas: 8 Slippery Elm Bark Benefits + How To Make Slippery Elm Tea

Slippery elm, also known as Ulmus Rubra, contains a potent healing agent under its hard, outer bark exterior. The inner bark of this tree, first used medically by Native Americans, is often utilized for its numerous medicinal and herbal properties that promote health and well-being.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/slippery-elm/

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ThoughtCo: Ten Activities for Pagan Kids

For many Pagans and Wiccans, it’s hard to find kid-friendly activities that celebrate our spiritual path. Believe it or not, sharing your beliefs with your kids is easier than you think. After all, you’re the parent, so you can lead by example. Show your children what you do, and they’ll emulate you in their own way.

https://www.learnreligions.com/top-activities-for-pagan-kids-2561824

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Orange Color Meaning – The Color Orange
The color orange is a combination of red and yellow. It is a bright and warm color. It represents fire, sun, fun, warmth and tropical surroundings. Orange is considered a fun, light color with appetizing and delicious qualities.

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

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MBG: The Latest On Why Certain Sounds Are Physically & Emotionally Healing

It’s a Wednesday evening, and I’m lying in a dark room in Woom’s meditation studio in downtown Manhattan, packed like a sardine next to dozens of other people who also gathered to listen to Alexandre Tannous, a legend in the field of sound healing, work through his armory of singing bowls, chimes, and gongs.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-sound-healing-and-binaural-beats-can-boost-mental-and-physical-health

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Daily Good: My Small Moment of Mending Brokenness

“I used to believe that I was a very accepting person. But a few weeks ago, something happened at my workplace that made me recognize my own brokenness — it helped me see the disconnect between my values, and how I respond in certain moments. I work at the front desk of a hotel. On multiple occasions over the past couple of weeks, a sex-worker reserved a room on our property. Sitting at the front desk I’d see her interacting with people in the corridor, I’d see her check-in and check-out. And I would have this incredibly palpable feeling of disgust come up whenever she walked by…But there was another side of me which was like, “Wait a minute! At the end of the day, she’s a human being with a soul and inside of her is the beauty that Mother Earth puts in each and every one of us. So why am I judging her?” What follows is a simple yet profound story of healing. { read more } http://www.dailygood.org/story/2397/a-small-moment-of-mending-brokenness-tejas-doshi/

Be The Change

Experiment with regarding people ‘in the light of what they suffer’ this week. Notice whether this practice catalyzes any shifts within you.

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Elephant Journal: When I realized “Letting Go” wasn’t helpful & what I do Instead.

It’s a hard thing to go through periods of life that are confronting and uncertain.
Often, it’s in these moments that we retreat and isolate—we don’t have the energy to catch up with our loved ones or the desire to burden others with our suffering. We feel vulnerable, so we suffer alone, in silence.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/letting-go-of-trauma/

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MNN: Humpback whales share songs on their travels

Want to know where a whale has been on its long-distance oceanic travels? Try listening to its songs, say scientists from the University of St. Andrews. New research, published in Royal Society’s journal Open Science, reveals that migrating humpback whales swap songs during their journey in the South Pacific.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/humpback-whales-share-songs-while-traveling

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EarthSky News: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn September 5 to 7

These next several evenings – September 5, 6 and 7, 2019 – feature the moon and the solar system’s two largest gas giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Given clear skies, you can’t miss the moon and Jupiter. The moon is the second-brightest celestial object, after the sun;

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-saturn-september-5-6-7

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Patheos-Pagan: Witch Drama

I’m blessed to be a part of several Witchy/Pagan communities. These communities inspire my personal practice and serve as a foundation of how I show up in the world. The different traditions I’m dedicated to inform who I am as a Witch and a Pagan.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/09/witch-drama/

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Inner Journey:

CONQUER FEAR WITH ACTION

“Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.”
— Dan Millman

How do we conquer fear? With action. Millman says that action is the ONLY way to move through fear.

Fear aims to stop us in our tracks. When we step forward anyway, our anxiety eases. We begin to pay attention to what’s actually going on instead of being trapped in fearful speculation. When we’ve done it once, we can do it again. And again. And again.

“Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”
— Brendan Francis

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Pomona

Areas of Influence: Pomona was one of the Numina, the Roman guardian spirits who watched over people, homes and special places. She protected fruiting trees and gardens.
She is an agricultural Goddess, responsible for the care and cultivation of fruit trees and orchards.

https://www.goddess-guide.com/pomona.html

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A Note from the Universe

If you can make just one person smile today, if only by giving them one of yours it just might change their entire week, which just might change their entire life.

I know these things,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Nice Cream in Chocolate Bowls

This is a fun and fancy recipe that you can make from things you probably have at home right now. The nice cream is made of a couple ingredients in a blender or food processor, and it gets scooped inside beautiful chocolate bowls you make with the help of balloons. Top it off with beautiful abstract art made of chocolate scribbles, and you’re set to wow your friends and family!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Nice-Cream-in-Chocolate-Bowls.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane 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

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
September 5, 2019

Teachers

“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

All of the knowledge and wisdom of the world is available to us at all times. We have only to tap into it to make use of it. The truth is that we don’t need anyone to tell us anything! But… until we can fully make use of our gifts, we could use someone to show us the way. Life is hard enough trying to make it on our own. Thanks goodness that we have teachers to guide us and give us some direction.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

There’s a sense of security in what is old, and with something new coming into your life it’s natural to be a bit afraid. Give this new situation a chance and give yourself time to get comfortable with the new conditions. It could be as simple as getting your hair cut or changing your glasses frames, but it could be much bigger than that.

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 25, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 25, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.

-Abraham Cowley (1618-67)

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Plant Medicine: Plants as Spiritual Teachers & Allies

Plants have been our allies, our protectors, our food and medicine as long as there has been life on earth. The physical and spiritual presence of plants is deeply interconnected with our earthly existence throughout our lives.

Photosynthesis helps create a breathable atmosphere. Plant life nourishes all animal existence. Plant mysteries and histories are interwoventhe Art of Phyllis Tarlow into our psyches and our mythology, present in our relations with one another, with all spiritual beings, and with our dear home, Planet Earth.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7300530

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ThoughtCo: Owl Folklore and Legends, Magic and Mysteries

Owls are a bird that features prominently in the myths and legends of a variety of cultures. These mysterious creatures are known far and wide as symbols of wisdom, omens of death, and bringers of prophecy. In some countries, they are seen as good and wise, in others, they are a sign of evil and doom to come. There are numerous species of owls, and each seems to have its own legends and lore. Let’s look at some of the best-known bits of owl folklore and mythology

https://www.learnreligions.com/legends-and-lore-of-owls-2562495

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MBG: 3 Steps For Volunteering In Your Community If You Don’t Know Where To Start

Helping others in need feels good and may even help us heal. Even so, it’s not always easy to know where to start when it comes to supporting your community. As spring rolls around, we’re looking for ways to start fresh and act on some of those intentions we’ve had for a while—like volunteering in our community. Here are some helpful tips and resources for getting started

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/3-steps-for-volunteering-in-your-community-if-you-dont-know-where-to-start

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Elephant Journal: How to Make your Home an Energy Sanctuary.

I first started learning about energy and crystals while working as a RN years ago.
I was in my first year as a new nurse—feeling exhausted, unbalanced, and stressed out, I was desperate to try anything.
I went to a shamanic healer who told me that I had unwanted negative energies in my aura from working in hospitals and, not only that, I was bringing them into my home.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/use-crystals-gemstones-to-make-your-home-an-energy-sanctuary-partner/

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MNN: 7 superlative flying animals
This impressive lineup includes birds, fish and even snakes.

Ah, flying. The ability many humans would love to have, but we have to settle for cramped seats in airplanes.
These animals, however, are natural fliers (or gliders in a few cases) and they’re all special at it in their own ways. So from the high flying to the slow flying, are some superior soaring animal

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/flying-animal-superlatives

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EarthSky News: Find Hercules between 2 bright stars

Tonight, try locating one of the coolest constellations up there. The constellation Hercules the Kneeling Giant can be seen ascending in the east-northeast on these Northern Hemisphere spring evenings. You can find Hercules between two brilliant stars: Arcturus and Vega. The chart at the top of this post shows the sky for around 8 to 9 p.m. local time (9 to 10 p.m. Daylight Time), when the constellation Hercules, and the two stars so essential for finding it, are well up in the northeastern to eastern sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/two-stars-lead-to-constellation-hercules

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Patheos-Pagan: Beltane – A Solitary Ritual 

Holidays and holy days are better with friends and family. But many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. And sometimes your group meets on a convenient day but you feel the need to celebrate on the exact day. Whatever the reason, many Pagans will be celebrating Beltane by themselves

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2015/04/beltane-a-solitary-ritual.html

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Inner Journey:

FORGIVE THE HURTS

“Forgiveness will never fail to free you.”
— Jerrold Mundis

How do we forgive when we’re angry and hurt?

As a first step, we can be willing to truly feel our anger and hurt. Honouring our feelings by being fully present with them helps to release the feelings themselves.

And it helps to remember that people only hurt others when they themselves are in pain. When we can recognize the other person’s suffering, our heart can open in compassion. We can also remember that at some time or another, we too have hurt someone through our own unskilful action.

Only love can heal the rifts caused by a hurtful deed. Forgiveness holds immense power because it mends separation. It moves us towards the unity and love that lie at the core of our being. It is a fundamental part of the healing process.

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
— Paul Boese

“God has a big eraser.”
— Billy Zeoli

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s wild, huh, how many happy people there are in the world who claim to be otherwise.

Admittedly happy,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Flour Balls

This is a recipe we discovered in our local fish market. Vendors claimed it to be fish balls but obviously when you take a bite on it you’ll never taste anything but flour and spices. So my husband and I called it “fake balls” or flour balls. But we both do loved it actually and I will show you how it’s cooked. This is one famous street food that the locals sell for a living and many tourist would even come and go to buy them.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Flour-Balls.html

 

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane 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

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
April 25, 2019

Effort

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Yes! This is totally encouraging! In the choices that we make, we have the ability to change, and improve our lives! Where are we choosing to put our efforts? What endeavors have we chosen to pursue? I found another quote said: “Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.” (Kenichi Ohmae, 1989) If we happen to re-evaluate and decide that this particular endeavor has not rewarded our efforts in some way, we can choose again, change direction! And we take with us our experiences and newfound knowledge.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Prove

We are people pleasers and depending on your experiences that were predominant during your growing up years, it could be wrecking your life. It is very simple to fall into this trap, especially during times of trials and angst.

Red 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/

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 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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Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

-Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Spirit Library: Your Creations: Macro to Micro

You wish others would tell you how to live your life.

Ah, such a statement makes you angry for you are seemingly uninterested in anyone informing you who you should be.

Yet, in your dream creations, you run hither and yon accepting this and that advice. You do so because you do not believe creation can be as easy as having fun. So it is you have not yet fully claimed your being.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/your-creations-macro-to-micro

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MBG: How Pisces Season Can Help You Feel & Heal

The Sun visits a new zodiac sign every 30 days or so. During each “season,” everyone feels the influence of the prevailing astrological energy. Here are six ways to hone your healing gifts while the zodiac’s deep-diving fish directs attention to what lies beneath, straight from the AstroTwins.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/pisces-season-2019

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Daily Good: 13 Ways of Looking at Community

“Community cannot take root in a divided life. Long before community assumes external shape and form, it must be present as seed in the undivided self: only as we are in communion with ourselves can we find community with others. Community is an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace, the flowing of personal identity and integrity into the world of relationships.” Parker Palmer shares more in this beautiful essay.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2234/13-ways-of-looking-at-community-with-a-fourteenth-thrown-in-for-free-parker-j-palmer/

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MNN: How Denmark’s ‘pyt’ might help you fight stress
When faced with frustrations beyond their control, people in Denmark often utter this simple word to help them move on.

Denmark consistently scores high in global happiness rankings, and in hopes of cracking the Danes’ secret, many people around the world have focused on the hard-to-define word hygge (pronounced “HYU-gah”).

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/denmark-pyt-help-deal-stress

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn during these months of the year. The light appears when the evening twilight has left the sky (about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset)

https://earthsky.org/tonight/zodiacal-light-is-glowing-pyramid-in-west-after-dark

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Patheos-Pagan: Discover Your Endless Inner World

The world’s best Patheos Pagan Channel Editor has reminded me that, since my book is done-done-done and sent to Llewellyn, that maybe I should get back on this horse. Actually, he didn’t say that, exactly, but that’s what I got out of his nice note. ♥
So, I’m going for the low-hanging fruit with this first post in a veeerrrrry long time: an excerpt from my book. This is the opening of Chapter 1: A

Worthy Endeavor.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dirtheartwitch/2017/01/1274/

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Inner Journey:

LEARN TO LET GO

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
— Lao Tzu

How do we take something away? As we cultivate higher awareness, we begin to see just how much we have added things that really aren’t there to our picture of reality. Our beliefs, concepts and emotions all add layers of meaning to physical reality, but that meaning exists for us only – it has no objective existence. For example, the word ‘mother’ has a complicated network of meaning for each of us.

Become aware of how your beliefs and emotions colour your perception of different events in your life. See if you can begin to step out of your fabrications to experience the truth and spaciousness of what is.

“When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. … Forgive yourself and move on.”
— Bernie S. Siegel

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The thing about making it big and doing it fast is that invariably the first steps will be small and slow.

Which oddly, for too many, is reason not to take them.

You know better, huh?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

This ginger butternut squash soup is the perfect soothing soup for a cold winter day. I had leftover roasted butternut squash and decided to try adding ginger which made this soup really pop.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Ginger-Butternut-Squash-Soup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane 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

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
February 21, 2019

Giving

“When I give I give myself.”

-Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Most of us have too much “stuff.” We could probably give half of it away and not even notice. It doesn’t “mean” anything to us. Giving isn’t necessarily just distributing stuff into another person’s hands. The best gifts are thoughtful and heart-felt. The best gifts are personal, given with the receiver’s needs and wants in mind. The best way to give is to give of ourselves.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Suggestions for Cultivating Self-Love
Self-love can seem unattainable. It might be because, in part, self-love sounds abstract and ambiguous. To be clear, self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how you

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/