Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 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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Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

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Spirit Library: Inspiration of the Week – Making Exalted Choices for Life

a message from Archangel Gabriel channeled by Shanta Gabriel

This message is reminding us that every moment we are making choices for our lives, so our focus of attention is very important. We are being gifted with living words of power to help empower those choices.

https://spiritlibrary.com/shanta-gabriel/inspiration-of-the-week-making-exalted-choices-for-life-0

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Spiritual Unite: Evergreen Tree Symbolism – Thriving Through Hardship

There are two broad types of trees: deciduous and evergreen.
By far the most common is deciduous, which covers all trees that lose their leaves (or other foliage) for at least part of the year

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/evergreen-tree-symbolism-thriving-through-hardship/

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CoffeyTalk: Cupid and the Arrow

Cupid, Roman God of Love and perhaps the most famous of all Valentine symbols, has always played a role in the celebration of romance. As the son of Venus, he is often depicted as a mischievous, winged child whose arrows pierce the hearts of his victims, causing them to fall in love. Cupid is derived from the Latin word cupido, which means “desire.” His Greek counterpart is Eros (from whom comes the word “erotic”), young son of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, and Ares, God of War. In Greek mythology, Eros has a brother named Anteros, sometimes represented as the Avenger of Slighted Love and sometimes depicted as the symbol of Reciprocal Affection.

According to legend, Cupid’s arrows come in two varieties: the Golden Arrow, which generally signifies true love, and the Leaden Arrow, which represents wanton and sensual passion. He is also known to sometimes carry a torch with which to inflame desire between men and women. Cupid is not always successful in his endeavors, however. Sometimes his arrows turn people away from those who fall in love with them. In some mythological tales, Venus was scratched by one of Cupid’s arrows while playing with her son, the result being that the Godddess fell instantly in love with Adonis…the first man she saw after receiving the wound.

The arrow is the symbol for direction, flight and penetration. When used as a weapon, it is a symbol of power for the person who carries it, along with the bow. As a sacred symbol, Artemis/Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt as well as Eros used their arrows to pierce people’s hearts with love. In this case, the arrow also serves as a phallic symbol or masculine power. On Valentine’s Day, we see the symbol of a heart pierced with an arrow, which is actually a covert symbol meaning sexual union. When used as a symbol of direction it can be used both physically and metaphorically. When we see an arrow shooting high in the sky, it is an emblem of the link between heaven and earth or a message being carried directly to the Gods.

The arrow is also an analogy for sureness and swiftness since the arrow can only travel in a straight line. The astrological sign of a Sagittarius has the hybrid creature always in the process of shooting an arrow from its bow. Sagittarius has a Latin root, sagitta, meaning “arrow” and derived from a verb sagire meaning “to perceive keenly or quickly.” Therefore, the symbolism behind the arrow is intuition and quick-wittedness.

Coffeytalk.com

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Elephant Journal: What I want my Daughters to know about Love on Valentine’s Day.

Yesterday, my nine-year-old walked through the front door after school with a story she couldn’t wait to share with me, spitting it out before I could get in my “welcome home little nugget” greeting.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/what-i-want-my-daughters-to-know-about-love-on-valentines-day/

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MNN: Black panther spotted in Kenya is first sighting in almost a century

Big cats can be elusive in general, but few are more elusive than the black panther.
This creature has proven to be so elusive that confirmed scientific documentation of the animal’s presence in Africa hasn’t been achieved in nearly 100 years.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/first-black-panther-spotted-kenya-almost-100-years

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EarthSky News: Moon, Winter Circle February 14 and 15

These next few nights – February 14 and 15, 2019 – the waxing gibbous moon shines inside a large asterism that we in the Northern Hemisphere often call the Winter Circle. It’s a very large star configuration made of brilliant winter stars. Around the world on this night, the moon shines inside the Circle.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-highlights-winter-circle

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Patheos-Pagan: Love Crystals: Carnelian

For some of us in matters of Love we need all the help we can get, and the sunny crystal Carnelian can do just the trick. The stone is found in Brazil, Uruguay, India and parts of the U.S. Traditionally, Carnelian is a stone of vitality and creativity, both necessary components for sustaining a good relationship

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2019/02/love-crystals-carnelian/

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Inner Journey:

LOVE LIFE AND YOURSELF

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

“It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or how you love, It matters only that you love.”
— John Lennon

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
— Frank Scully

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Your secret blessing is that no matter where you go in time and space, you only ever have to be yourself – as courageous, vulnerable, bold, or afraid as you may feel – to find yourself amongst friends.

So loved,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Valentine Cookie Bouquet

A cookie bouquet is very easy and thrifty to make yourself if you’re looking for a special gift. You can order them online or at a bakery, but are extremely expensive.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf30961939.tip.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 14, 2019

Spirituality
“Although I try
to hold the single thought
of Buddha’s teaching in my heart,
I cannot help but hear
the many crickets’ voices calling as well.”
-Izumi Shikibu (c 1000)
Sometimes following our spiritual practices can be a challenge because we are so distracted by the demands of everyday life. This is true for everyone – there never seems to be enough time, or enough quiet, to set aside for prayer, meditation, or contemplation. It is so worth it when we do! And yet, spirituality does not have to be a separate experience from the rest of our lives. We can choose to hear the beautiful song of the crickets’ voices as a gift from God. We can choose to express gratitude for the full and exciting lives we lead, however busy we may be!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Quotes About Valentine’s Day
Celebrate the feeling that can make a bad day better and evoke happiness that will move the clouds. Here are a few inspirational quotes that will pull at your heart strings and help you remember the…

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 February 13, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 13, 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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On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.
-Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Ash Tree Symbolism – Health And Rebirth

The Ash tree grows in Europe, Asia and some parts of North America.
It is very common, with the Common Ash being the 3rd most common tree in the UK.

The resilience of this wood assures it is used in all sorts of products; Ashwood is famed for its strength.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/ash-tree-symbolism-health-and-rebirth/

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Spirit Library: Find Your Center – Stay in Your Heart During Intensity

We knew before 2019 started that life would intensity this year. Knowing things like this ahead is one thing – being able to sanely move through the ups-and-downs over weeks and months is another. For perspective, the intense moment we’re in right now is worthy of paying close attention to so that you can ride through it in the highest way. Continue reading to understand what might come up for you over the next few days as this energy plays out

https://spiritlibrary.com/selacia/find-your-center-stay-in-your-heart-during-intensity

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MNN: Book opens the door to knowing and growing medicinal herbs

A few years ago, I discovered poison ivy growing in a woodland patch in my front yard, where I accidentally brushed up against it. It was the last place I expected to find it.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/book-novice-guide-growing-and-foraging-medicinal-herbs-abby-artemisia

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EarthSky News: Moon near star Aldebaran on February 13

On February 13, 2019, you’ll find the moon near Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran marks the tip of a V-shaped pattern of stars – really, a star cluster – called the Hyades, representing the Bull’s face

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-near-star-aldebaran

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Patheos-Pagan: Sorry, No. Goddess Worship Won’t Solve the World’s Problems (And it’s Kinda Sexist, Too).

Over the years, I’ve disappointed many people.
I pull out my powerpoint and talk about Brigid or the Morrigan, and the Iron Age Celtic culture from which they came. I also mention that role of women in that culture which, from what we gather, was not a feminist’s ideal.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/doubletoilandresist/2019/02/goddessworship/

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Inner Journey:

DIRECT YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

“The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.”
— William James

Our subconscious mind creates our lives perfectly according to how it has been programmed. It works 24 hours of every day, 365 days per year. It accepts instructions from the conscious mind, checks on old inner programming and executes.

The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Many of the beliefs that govern your life may no longer match what you now hold to be true.

Nonetheless, the subconscious mind is the director till you rewrite the scripts. Put some effort into getting it working on your positive, conscious intentions instead of your old limiting, unconscious beliefs and your life will change.

“If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift [of renewal], so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities.”
— Marie-Louise von Franz

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

What I most want you to dream of are possibilities that thrill you.

What I most want you to feel, is happy.

And what I most want you to know, is that you’re loved.

Always,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Peanut Filled Sticky Rice Balls

I didn’t know what this sticky treat was called. I started thinking about how it was made. After a few experiments in the kitchen I was able to recreate them. My aunt always gave me these favorite treats every Chinese new year.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Peanut-Filled-Sticky-Rice-Balls.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, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, 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
February 13, 2019 

Spirituality

“Nothing in all nature is so lovely and so vigorous, so perfectly at home in its environment, as a fish in the sea. Its surroundings give to it a beauty, quality, and power which is not its own. We take it out, and at once a poor, limp dull thing, fit for nothing, is gasping away its life. So the soul, sunk in God, living the life of prayer, is supported, filled, transformed in beauty, by a vitality and a power which are not its own.”

-Evelyn Underhill, The Golden Sequence (1932)
We are spiritual beings, and in this human existence, where we encounter conflict and stress, we often feel like a fish out of water. We must immerse ourselves in our spirituality, and let it be our home. We find solace in our spiritual practices, whatever they are for each one of us. And then we can bring that good energy into all aspects of our lives, so that feeling of spirit is always with us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Hacks to Heal a Broken Heart
Regardless of what path life takes there are times when we experience sadness and heartbreak. This is part of the human condition. Whether it is caused by the betrayal of a friend, a break up of a relationship or shattered dreams,
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-hacks-to-heal-a-broken-heart.aspx#QDTd9TAw5HGz0Meh.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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 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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There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons-
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes-
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Tetraktys:  Self-Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day: How to Make a Self-Love Witch Bottle

Hey witches! It’s almost Valentine’s Day! At this time of the year, we spend a lot of efforts to show our love to our partner. However, there is always someone we forget: ourselves! After all, how can you expect others to love you if you don’t love yourself?

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/self-love-ritual-valentines-day-witch-bottle/

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Spirit Library: Innocence

Blessed Being, as you incarnate into the Earth experience, you are subject to the collective field of creation. It is the nature of this connected physicality to reflect the inner into the outer experience. The reflexive nature of duality is that the mirror offers perspective and ultimately, choice.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jamye-price/innocence

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Daily Good: Embracing the Great Fullness of Life

“We all have our ideas about how life should go. Ideas painted within us as hopes, longings, opinions. Those painted around us as cultural norms, trajectories, worthwhile goals. We have ideas in mind about most everything how our bodies should work, how love should work, how the world should work. Politics. Sleep. Weather. What we want and do not want. Ideas that make things bad or good, yes or no. And while these concepts can offer us valuable guidance about how we might approach life, they can also obscure and conflict with the vast majority of what is actually unfolding and is bound to unfold in our moment-to-moment, unpredictable lives and world.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2222/embracing-the-great-fullness-of-life-kristi-nelson/

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Spiritual Unite: Spruce Tree Symbolism – Resilience And Strength

The spruce tree is one of the most famous trees in western and Mediterranean culture and has been for thousands of years.
Perhaps the most famous use of the spruce tree is as a Christmas tree.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/spruce-tree-symbolism-resilience-and-strength/

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EarthSky News: Shedding light on the moon’s dark side

Tonight – February 12, 2019 – the moon is at or near its first quarter phase, which means the portion of the moon we see from Earth is 50% illuminated by sunshine and 50% engulfed in the moon’s own shadow. What’s more, the lit side of the moon is pointing right at the red planet Mars, and with binoculars, Mars and Uranus can be seen to occupy a single binocular field. See chart below.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/shedding-light-on-the-dark-side-of-the-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: The Pictish Oracle, Symbols from Ancient Scotland

I have a bit of an obsession with history. Things left behind, sometimes easy to find but we can only guess at their meanings or uses. Symbols, pictures, difficult-to-interpret alphabets; I could look at them for hours, full of meaning that we are simply unable to understand.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/02/the-pictish-oracle/

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris

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

“There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart.”
— Elizabeth J. Canham

“If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”
— John Steinbeck

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s kind of strange but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result.

And then you have to physically move toward it, without defining the hows.

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected.

Not unlike a cat,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Potato Broccoli Soup

This hearty, creamy soup is actually made from leftover baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. It really takes something that’s not so great reheated and turns it into a super delicious new dish.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Baked-Potato-Broccoli-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
February 12, 2019

Spirituality

“Peace is a necessary condition of spirituality, no less than an inevitable result of it.”

-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Peace is reason enough for each of us to pursue our spirituality, and to encourage and support others who wish to do so, also. We experience inner peace through prayer, meditation, and spiritual activity. And that peace radiates outwards to affect our homes and communities. The more of us who live spiritually, the more peace there will be in the world!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Daily Blessings in Disguise

There are so many expectations that are packed into a day. From getting the kids to school in the morning to making a decision as to what’s for dinner, each day seems to have an endless list of to-do’s. And the hustle and bustle infiltrates a cloud that engulfs our day-to-day, making it difficult to come up for air and recognize the many blessings that embody our life each day.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/articles/daily-blessings-in-disguise.aspx#Fro8y15LMe1D8J1R.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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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A sparrow enters the tree,
Whereon immediately
A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eyes.
-Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Spiritual Unite: Willow Tree Symbolism – Find Strength In Being Adaptable

The willow tree is one of the more popular trees regarding symbolism and cultural importance.
Aligned and in tune with feminine energies and the divine feminine, the willow tree holds particularly relevant symbolism for women

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/willow-tree-symbolism-find-strength-in-being-adaptable/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Your Valentine’s Day Forecast Is Here

According to the AstroTwins, this week will be off to a rocky start—but the dust will settle by Valentine’s Day.
On Wednesday, Mars and Uranus could send us into combat.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-february-11-to-17-2019

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Herbal Muse: Lavender Coffee Body Polish

This easy-to-make scrub exfoliates skin to allow for healthy cell turnover and prepare the skin to receive the benefits of lavender essential oil, which is not only highly fragrant but has clinically proven therapeutic properties. Applied topically, the oil counters acne, burns and inflammatory skin conditions. The healing properties of the herb are due to the presence of organic compounds called aldehydes and ketones.

https://www.herbalmusings.com/lavender-coffee-scrub

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MNN: Plant life will take your breath away in these 13 winning images

The International Garden Photographer of the Year honors photographers for their outstanding imagery captured in gardens, parks and cities.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/international-garden-photographer-year-winning-images-2019-beauty-and-importance-plant-life

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EarthSky News: For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

Tonight, think about – or look for – a star that northern stargazers rarely see. It’s Canopus, and it’s the second-brightest star in the entire sky. That means this star is easily visible, even on a moonlit night

https://earthsky.org/tonight/for-those-at-southerly-latitudes-canopus

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Patheos-Pagan: Acknowledging Our Magical Origin Stories Makes Us Stronger

When I was a child and a teen, I didn’t know how to make sense of the magical things that happened to me. How could I process my out-of-body experiences, the voices I heard in my mind before someone else spoke them, or my innate, overwhelming love of the gods?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/02/acknowledging-our-magical-origin-stories-makes-us-stronger/

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Inner Journey:

HEAL THE PAST

“What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.”
— Gospel of Thomas

We can transform painful memories by re-imagining them from the soul’s perspective of love and meaning.

Andrew Schneider says that all experiences have the purpose of serving the soul. An experience in the past blocked us because our fear at the time distorted our perception of what happened. To transform this limiting experience, we must bring what was then unconscious into the soul’s realm through consciousness.

We can do this by following these steps:
1. RECALL the past experience that might inhibit us.
2. OWN the experience (no judgment, blame, etc.).
3. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it and the consequences (i.e., the experience was determined by my subjective perception of what occurred, dictated by my lack of wholeness — specifically my fears).
4. GIVE IT MEANING (the soul was attempting to gain some kind of mastery or skill, but we didn’t know that at the time).
5. RE-IMAGINE it from the perspective of soul consciousness (showing its higher purpose).

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way — in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.”
— Stephen Levine

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

To be loved like you’ve never been loved you must love like you’ve never loved.

Sounds pretty easy –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Indian Summer Cornbread

A favorite bread from the northern Cherokee nation to enjoy with a drizzle of honey or butter.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Indian-Summer-Cornbread-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
February 11, 2019

Spirituality

“The spiritual quest begins, for most people, as a search for meaning.”

-Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980
We talk a lot about spiritual growth, but lets look a little deeper into what that really means to us. I think it’s true that most of us found ourselves on a spiritual path because we were looking for “more,” because we instinctively knew that there was something beyond the material world that could sustain us, nourish us, and fill our hearts. And perhaps all of our questions aren’t answered, but we catch glimpses of profound peace, and joy, and that keeps us going. Each day is new, each day we learn and grow and bask in the glow of spirit.

-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/

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 8, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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The sleet streams,
The snow flies;
The fawn dreams
With wide brown eyes.
-William Rose Bent (1886-1950)

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Spiritual Unite: Cypress Tree Symbolism – Ambition And Trinities

Trees have a rich and extensive symbolism all over the world, and the cypress tree has its fair share of the spotlight.
Its symbolism is mostly found in the Islamic world and across Europe, though in this day and age all symbolism has become global

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/cypress-tree-symbolism-ambition-and-trinities/

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MBG: So Turns Out Bees Can Do Math — As If They Needed Another Reason To Be Amazing

We’ve got a lot to thank bees for—our entire environment basically depends on their survival, after all. And as if they weren’t impressive enough already, scientists just found out they can actually do basic arithmetic.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/bees-can-do-math

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Spirit Library:  Conscious Connection with All That You Are

Hello Divine Ones,

We greet you in love. We are here, today to speak with you about self-care. Self-care in an expanded way – a way that is about you living here in conscious connection with all that you are.

https://spiritlibrary.com/ailia-mira/conscious-connection-with-all-that-you-are

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Tetraktys: 5 Zen Ideas and How to Apply Them
I’ve already written a few times about Zen Buddhism but I like to get back to it from time to time. The reason for it is that Zen is more of a philosophy or a way of life than a traditional religion. People often say that about Buddhism in general, but Zen is by far the least dogmatic sect of the religion.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/5-zen-ideas-and-how-to-apply-them/

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Elephant Journal: Venus & the 12 Love-Styles of the Zodiac.

Ah Venus! We all know that somehow Venus connotes love. She’s the Roman goddess associated with sexual desire, beauty, wine, roses, and all things abundantly lovely.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/venus-and-the-12-love-styles-of-the-zodiac-cultivate-cosmic-self-love-and-romance-through-astrology/

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mars, Uranus from February 9 to 11

On February 9, 10 and 11, 2019, use the moon to find the red planet Mars, which still shines as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star, or one of the brightest stars in our sky. Then let Mars help you find a much fainter planet, distant Uranus. You’ll have no trouble seeing Mars, even in the glare of the waxing crescent moon. But chances are you won’t spot the planet Uranus with the eye alone; use your binoculars for this one, or a small telescope

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-mars-uranus-from-february-9-11

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Patheos-Pagan: Winter’s Lessons of Silence: Putting the “Be” Back in Imbolc

During the Imbolc-tide leading up to High Winter, I received a message from the dark earth below me. As I observed the yellow grass in my back-yard temple, and how it ceases to grow in winter… and the tulip poplar tree stands so still, stripped bare of his leaves, they reminded me about the importance of dormancy.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2019/02/putting-the-be-back-in-imbolc/

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Inner Journey:

APPLY WHAT YOU KNOW

“Knowledge of any kind … brings about a change in awareness from where it is possible to create new realities.”
— Deepak Chopra

As we evolve, we handle knowledge in different ways. We tend to move through these stages:
• We are unaware.
• We become aware of facts, data, information.
• We comprehend meaning from the facts.
• We can personally apply the information in our lives.
• We have wisdom – enlightened, we can lovingly apply our knowledge to world affairs.
• We live in truth.

How have you personally experienced a shifting of applying knowledge from one level to the next?

“More important than finding the teacher is finding and following the truth of the teaching….”
— Sogyal Rinpoche

“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.”
— Arnold Bennett

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Usually miracles happen a good bit before you see their effects.

Like starlight reaching the earth, except faster.

Which means some really huge ones may have already happened.

Act surprised,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Blueberry Yogurt Loaf Cake

This is a simple and healthy alternative to standard cakes because no butter is required. You can easily pair a slice of this loaf cake with coffee, tea, or milk. To sweeten this cake up, you can add a nice glaze on top, whip cream or glazed fresh berries.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Blueberry-Yogurt-Loaf-Cake.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, Chalchiuhtlique

 

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Daily Wisdom
February 8, 2019

Grace

“Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.”

-Thomas Adams (1640)
First we glimpse it, then we recognize it, then we know it as ours. Then we embrace it, and bask in its beautiful glow. And then it starts to radiate from us, and we see it as a part of who we are. This is the process of our spiritual growth. With grace comes love and patience and acceptance and reverence. It’s awesome!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.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 February 7, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 7, 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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‘How is your trade, Aquarius,
This frosty night?’
‘Complaints is many and various
And my feet are cold,’ says Aquarius.
-Robert Graves (1895-1985)

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Spiritual Unite: Walk In Soul Characteristics – Are You A Lightworker Walk In?

One phenomenon that is becoming more common as the era of the lightworkers gets into full swing is the walk-in soul.
Do you think you or someone you know might be a walk-in soul?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/walk-in-soul-characteristics-are-you-a-lightworker-walk-in/

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MBG: Well Read: The 5 Books You Won’t Be Able To Put Down This February

A millennial murder, a closer look at schizophrenia, and a dark and twisty psychological thriller.

Reading is undeniably a key wellness practice—and one that many of us have ignored for far too long. It’s proven to build empathy, reduce stress, and even lessen sugar cravings (yes, really!). With that in mind, we’re excited to share Well Read, a column that curates the absolute best fiction and narrative nonfiction picks of the month.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/best-new-fiction-and-memoirs-for-february-2019

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Herbal Muse: Chocolate & Lavender Truffles

These decadent morsels feature a chocolate ganache infused with lavender, followed by a dip in melted bittersweet chocolate and a roll in powdered cocoa. These are very easy to make, but do take a bit of time because the truffles need to chill a few hours. They are well worth it! Plus, they can be made up to two weeks ahead. Double the batch to gift friends and coworkers! Get the recipe…

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2019/02/04/Chocolate-Lavender-Truffles

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MNN: 7 spectacular facts about yaks

You may think of yaks as very hairy cattle — which is what they’re called in China — but yaks have a long history with humans in the highlands of Asia.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/yak-facts

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EarthSky News: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at nightfall, but it’ll climb upward during the evening hours, to reach its high point for the night in the wee hours after midnight.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/use-the-pointers-to-find-polaris

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Patheos-Pagan:  How to Keep Imbolc Going: Tending to Brigid’s Flame

Imbolc is one of my favorite celebrations of the year. As with most things lovely, there is always a bit of post celebration let-down. You want to keep that feeling going, so how can you do that

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/02/how-to-keep-imbolc-going-tending-to-brigids-flame/

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Inner Journey:

FOLLOW THROUGH ON YOUR COMMITMENTS

“Our high resolves look down on our slumbering acts.”
— L.E. Landon

How do you put things off, make excuses, or let anyone or anything get in the way of your commitments?

What are you saying to yourself and your subconscious mind (which records all of your patterns) when you do not complete what is important to you?

Pick a task or new habit to which you will re-commit. Show yourself and your inner programming that you CAN complete and that you are serious about what you say.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of anuncompleted task.”
— William James

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”
— Edward Young

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE. YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE.
This is the Universe, and I just wanted you to know, once and for all, that time is on your side, that space is just an illusion, and that matter is simply my little way of showing you exactly what you’ve been thinking lately.

Now that we’ve got that squared away, think yourself an amazing day, dearest.

At ease,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

I love cheesecake, but don’t really like the guilt that comes with eating it! I found this Weight Watchers recipe. It was easy to make and really yummy.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Chip-Cheesecake-2.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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Spirit Library: February 2019 Energy Report

We’re into another month and this one will be focused on cleaning up after the chaos of January. Remember that chaos is the result of dis-integration of old paradigms and we’re seeing a lot of that now. The energy focus for February is connection and the other 5D energies of collaboration, community, and creativity (which is also the theme of 2019). This can be a great month if we don’t get lost in confusion, self doubt, and forgetting that we are masters of our own universe and energetically sovereign.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jennifer-hoffman/february-2019-energy-report

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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 February 6, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 6, 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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Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs.
-Christina G. Rossetti (1830-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Celtic Tree Of Life Meaning – Nature And Linking Realms

While the Celtic Tree of Life symbol has been made extremely popular by its more modern use in art and décor, its importance as a symbol stretches all the way back to the Ancient Celts.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/celtic-tree-of-life-meaning-nature-and-linking-realms/

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Tetraktys: 5 Simple Birthday Rituals for Pagans And Witches
Hello witches! I celebrated my birthday last week and our blog’s first anniversary is coming very soon! Therefore, I’ve been inspired to write about birthdays this week. For witches and pagans, birthdays are very important. Just like Sabbats, your birthday is a significant milestone in the Wheel of the Year.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/5-birthday-rituals-pagans-witches/

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Daily Good: The New and Ancient Story of Interbeing

“Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and condensation? Or is it to water life? Why do you seek to pour forth your song? Is it to show off your genetic fitness to attract a mate, or is it to contribute to a more beautiful world? We may fear those first answers but it is the second that carries the ring of truth.” Charles Eisenstein shares more in this piece

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2217/the-new-and-ancient-story-of-interbeing-charles-eisenstein/

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MNN: The weird and beautiful life hiding in Antarctica’s frigid depths

Researchers are quickly scrambling to catalog these unique species before climate change impacts their icy habitats.

In July 2017, an iceberg with a volume of water twice that of Lake Erie and encompassing some 2,300 square miles broke free of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. As it drifted away, the giant 620-foot thick berg uncovered a stretch of ocean last exposed to sunlight as long as 120,000 years ago

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/hauntingly-beautiful-life-within-antarcticas-depths

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EarthSky News: Watch for a young moon after sunset

These next several evenings – February 6, 7 and 8, 2019 – present a grand time to go young moon hunting. At new moon on February 4, 2019, the moon was lost in the sun’s glare all day long, so it was invisible in our sky at that time. But now that the moon has moved a touch east of the setting sun, as seen from Earth, the moon is out for a brief while in the western sky after sundown.

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

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Patheos-Pagan: What is Pagan Cooking?

I seem to have a bit of a reputation for cake…and I must admit I do love baking. I find it quite therapeutic. Recently I was asked to write a book proposal for ‘pagan cooking’ and of course I was excited about the prospect but then it got me to thinking, what exactly is ‘pagan cooking’?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2019/02/what-is-pagan-cooking/

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Inner Journey:

ACCEPT CHANGE

“We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what in the morning was true will in evening become a lie.”
— C.G. Jung

Life continually evolves. We’re always moving into new experiences, new possibilities. This constant change unsettles the personality, which finds security in stability. But with life always in flux, that security is an illusion. We experience pain by trying to hold on to things that are not solid.

Life becomes joyful when we can open to the constant flow and ride freely with it. This requires us to let go of the need to control. We need to learn to trust.

“Can it then be that what we call the ‘self’ is fluid and elastic? It evolves, strikes a different balance with every new breath.”
— Wayne Muller

“We’re never the same; notice how you’re called to write something entirely different about a topic you responded to weeks or months ago.”
— Patrice Vecchione

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

True life mastery is more a function of knowing what to want, than knowing how to get what you want.

What?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Instant Miso Wonton Soup

Need a quick and easy appetizer? With just three simple ingredients, you can have yourself instant miso wonton soup with enough for 6 people.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Instant-Miso-Wonton-Soup.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, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, 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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Spirit Library: The Empowering Gift Of Forgiveness (a message from Archangel Michael channeled by Ronna Herman)

Beloved masters, as the higher frequencies of Light and Creator wisdom permeate the Earth and humanity, a radical shift in consciousness is taking place. More and more precious Souls are questioning their basic beliefs and examining their life patterns, the many structures they have built, both physical and mental, which make up their personal reality

https://spiritlibrary.com/ronna-herman/the-empowering-gift-of-forgiveness-0

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Beliefnet’s Inspirational Quotes

“ We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ”

– William Gladstone (submitted by amberphoenix)

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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/