Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 15, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Reasons Why Skeptics Should Believe In Astrology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MNN: 5 strangely cat-like traits of gray foxes

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

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EarthSky News: Sirius, future South Pole Star

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

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

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Patheos-Pagan: The Sacred Pause of Winter

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

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

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Inner Journey:

BELIEVE YOU ARE A CREATOR

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

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

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

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

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

It’s already begun,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Beef and Bean Sprout Soup

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

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

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

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

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 15, 2019

Moments

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

-Amelia Barr

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

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras

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

Read more…..

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 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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Another fresh new
year is here…
Another year to live!
To banish worry,
doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh
and give!
-William Arthur Ward (1921-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Pine Tree Symbolism – Protection And Immortality

The pine tree is one of the most recognisable trees in the world.
The Pine Tree is one of the most widely used tree symbolism the world over. The pine tree is about as culturally significant as a tree can get.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/pine-tree-symbolism-protection-and-immortality/

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Daily Good: Waiting to Unfold

Mirka Knaster, fiber and mixed media artist, asks us “How many times have artists thought, while working on a project, ‘Will I ever get this completed?’ How often do we face seemingly unsurmountable obstacles on the path to turning our vision into reality? And when will we reach the level of proficiency and excellence we aspire to?” These questions are familiar to any creative person who has a vision and wants to bring it to life. And what we often lack is patience, a slower tempo, more attentive listening to the nature of the unfolding creation.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2189/waiting-to-unfold-mirka-knaster/

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Elephant Journal: Your Capacity to Love is so Powerful. {Poem}

Right now, there is no such thing as armor.
I stand naked, but not exposed.
I breathe in a thousand rosebuds of beauty.
I surrender—
To pleasure
To joy

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/your-capacity-to-love-is-so-powerful-poem/

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Spirit Library: Setting Your Foundation – Tools for Joyful Living in 2019

We as a society are sitting at a precipice – our whole world is turned upside down as we begin 2019. In this article I provide guidance on how to set your foundation for navigating what’s unfolding. Continue reading to understand the mindset, life structure, and actions needed now.

https://spiritlibrary.com/selacia/setting-your-foundation-tools-for-joyful-living-in-2019

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EarthSky News: Moon sweeps past Mars January 11 to 13

On January 11, 12 and 13, 2019, use the waxing crescent moon to find the red planet Mars. You’ll find both Mars and the moon in the evening sky, with the moon in a waxing crescent phase and Mars much fainter than it was six months ago, when it outshone all the stars, brighter than since 2003. Now, Mars is still shining as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star. It’ll be that bright “star” close to the moon on these evening

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-mars-on-january-11-13

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Patheos-Pagan: Exploring Your Shadow With The Tarot

This post is inspired by Paige at The Fat Feminist Witch. Her podcast has quickly become one of my favorites. I was listening to her episode entitled “Emotional Witchcraft” where she talks about emotional self-care and the Shadow and discusses the book Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile and Joanna DeVoe’s Shadow Work Course.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2019/01/10/exploring-your-shadow-with-the-tarot/

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Herbal Muse: No-Bake Herbal Power Balls

This is a rich, nutrient-dense treat that delivers an abundance of sweetness without the fat or calories — or a mound of mixing bowls and baking dishes to clean up.

This recipe features herbs and spices with potent adaptogen and antioxidant qualities — eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng), astragalus root, Schisandra berry, cinnamon, cardamon and more, rolled in a coating of powdered carob.

Perfect with your morning tea or coffee, or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The kids will enjoy snacking on them and will wan to help make them too! Get the easy, no-bake recipe…

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2019/01/09/No-Bake-Herbal-Power-Balls

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Inner Journey:

HOW ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOURSELF?

“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”
— Shirley Hufstedler

How are you sabotaging your potential for change?

We unconsciously use defence mechanisms to shield us from situations we perceive to be scary or painful. A part of you may want to grow and change, but another part may be resisting because change always moves you into new territory in your thinking and emotions.

If you find you are getting anxious, fearful, angry, frustrated, dismissive or unmotivated, then defence mechanisms are at work. Watch for them and know them to be signs of fear that wants to hold you back. Then courageously move through them.

“I have never been contained except I made the prison.”
— Mary Evans

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A Note from the Universe

Actually, the less you think about how you can get something, like money, love, or laughter… the faster it will come.

Walkin’ on sunshine,

The Universe

tut.com

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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
January 11, 2019

Wisdom

“Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it.

Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.”

-Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
This is another example of the more that you give, the more that you have. One of the best ways to learn is by teaching! Wisdom is not something that can necessarily be measured, but it can be felt, and it can be shared.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Self-Care Tips for Busy People
Self-care doesn’t have to take much time

You’ve got a to-do list that feels like it’s a mile long. There are kids to run around, social and church commitments, work deadlines to meet, and a house to keep clean. To get everything done, you put yourself aside and focus on fulfilling the needs of everyone around 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 January 7, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 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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Oh, what a goodly and a glorious show;
The stately trees have decked themselves with white,
And stand transfigured in a robe of light;
Wearing for each lost leaf a flake of snow.
-Richard Wilton (1827-1902)

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Spiritual Unite: Olive Tree Symbolism – Friendship And Peace

The Olive tree has a rich history in symbolism, tradition and mythology.
As early as Ancient Greece, the Olive tree has held symbolic meaning related to peace and friendship

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/olive-tree-symbolism-friendship-and-peace/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: 3 Planets Are Conspiring To Make Us More Honest In All Of Our Relationships

On Monday, Venus enters Sagittarius and ushers in more honest relationships.
Enough with the seductive mystique and the cat-and-mouse games. This Monday, January 7, Venus hauls her fine self out of hiding as she leaves Scorpio’s caldron and boards Sagittarius’ carnival float.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/january-7-13-2019-horoscope

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Daily Good: Abused Wolves and Troubled Teens Find Solace in Each Other

“A strong gust of wind is answered by a chorus of wolf howls in Southern California’s high desert. Wearing hoodies and well-worn sneakers, city kids make their way up a mountain. Navigating the high desert terrain can be a challenge for some, and a few lag behind. Leading the way is a wolf named Malo. For many of the teens who find their way here, Wolf Connection’s Youth Empowerment Program is their last chance; they have been kicked out of school, or have been in gangs or in and out of foster homes

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=7890

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Elephant Journal: 2019 Eclipses: Changing the Story for us and our World

Astrology predicts—or so they say.
Prediction is only one of astrology’s functions. Astrology predicts events and marks time, but most of all, astrology identifies our role in the universe—who we are and how we can best fulfill our purpose.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/2019-eclipses-astrology-and-predictions-by-debra-silverman/

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MNN: 9 mythical places you can visit in real life

Where myth and reality meet

We all grew up hearing stories based on myths. Thanks to these tales — and the books, artwork, movies and cartoons they inspired — most of us have developed images of these mythical places in our minds. But not all of these images have to stay locked in the realm of imagination. Many famous legends are set in or inspired by real places.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/mythical-places-you-visit-real-life/where-myth-and-reality-meet

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EarthSky News: Go young moon hunting

Tonight – January 7, 2019 – given clear skies, many of us around the world may be able to spot the slender young moon in the western sky at evening twilight. But don’t tarry because the moon will set before nightfall. An unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset and a pair of binoculars will assist you on your young moon quest. If you miss the moon at dusk on January 7, try again after on January 8

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

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Patheos-Pagan: The Magick of Rest: Following the Moon’s Advice 

I am writing within the time of the dark moon and into the new moon. I am up early and see only the dark expanse of the sky, shadowy and streaked with clouds across stars.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2019/01/the-magick-of-rest-following-the-moons-advice/

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Inner Journey:

PURPOSE BRINGS JOY

“Our purpose is hidden in our joy, our inspiration, our excitement. As we act on what shows up in our life our purpose shows up.”
— James King

For many of us, our joy is truly activated when we get a bigger picture of who we are and why we are here.

Most of us need to enlarge our self-concept. We may see ourselves as a bag of bones but, in truth, we are eternal, multi-faceted and multi-dimensional spiritual beings having a human experience. It’s time to think of ourselves as much larger and granderthan just a physical and emotional being confined in a body.

“There is no more important step you can take than to define your life’s purpose. It develops your sense of belonging to our universe.”
— Arnold Patent

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A Note from the Universe

Quickie Happiness Workshop for Increasing Profits at Times of Seeming Peril:

Think as much, if not more, about growing your income as you do of trimming your expenses.

And for extra credit focus on customers more than vendors; smiles more than frowns; possibilities more than risks; options more than commitments; vacations more than overtime; detours more than setbacks; opportunities more than obstacles; and Goldilocks more than the bears.

End of Workshop –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cashew Oats

This is an awesome way to trick your instant oatmeal into a luxurious textured, full-of-flavour delight. I like to whip this up for my friends who stay over… only takes a few minutes. They think I go through a lot of trouble making it. No trouble! But they can think what they want. 😉

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Orange-Cashew-Oats.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
January 7, 2019

Wisdom

“Wise men hear and see
As little children do.”

-Lao-Tzu (6th cent. B.C.)
Children see things with an open mind and an open heart. Wisdom is not being childish, but rather it is being child-like in our curiosity and wonder. It allowing possibilities to present themselves in front of us. It is marveling at the grandeur of life.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Quotes to Kick Start Your New Year

As we start the new year there are goals and resolutions that we hope to achieve. A New Year means a new beginning and chance to live our lives to the fullest.

Read more…

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 4, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 4, 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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Open the door, though the wild winds blow,
Take the child in and make him cozy.
Take him in and hold him dear,
He is the wonderful glad New Year.
-Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-87)

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Tetraktys: Plan With a Witch : 10 Calendars, Planners & Bullet Journals for a Magickal 2019

Hello witches! When a new year approaches, I always ask myself the same question: how can I be more organized? Hence, lately, I’ve been looking for the perfect planning tool to help me organize the year to come. I wanted to find something that was functional, flexible and witchy, to help me reconcile all aspects of my life. So, this week, I decided to share with you the results of my research. Here are my top 10 calendars, planners & bullet journals for witches!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/plan-with-witch-10-calendars-planners-bullet-journals-2019/

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MBG: Has Your January Been A Doozy Already? Here’s Why, According To Astrology

January begins with both a whoosh AND a thud. As we leave 2018 in the rearview, the stars catalyze our desire for “new, different, anything but THAT again” by presenting not one but TWO eclipses this month. Eclipses are the cosmic change agents that spur us into action, sometimes by orchestrating dramatic or unexpected events.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/january-2019-horoscope

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Daily Good: Handing Out Positive Tickets

Jan 4, 2019– Tired of hearing about the negative in your neighborhood? Well, so were these high school kids, who started a program, now sponsored by the City of Rochester, NY, to reward the positive. Each summer, the youth walk around different neighborhoods, looking for the good. And if they spot it, they hand out a ticket: A Positive Ticket.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3390

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Elephant Journal: In 2019, May you Surrender, May you Forgive, May you Choose Peace over Chaos.

Lately, I’ve been wishing for lots of things.
A little too much.

In fact, the pressure I’ve put on these wishes has not just created a big gap between expectations and reality, but pierced that gap in its entirety to fall right back on me.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/may-you-surrender-may-you-forgive-may-you-choose-peace/

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DailyOM: Redefining Health

No matter what our weight, we can use the cues from our physical and mental selves to judge how healthy we are.

Health is not a numerical concept and cannot be defined using statistics. Human beings, however, tend to want to quantify well-being into easily understandable figures. We feel compelled to ascribe numbers to every aspect of wellness, from the qualities of our food to our fitness levels to the physical space we occupy.

https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=66385

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EarthSky News: Watch Venus and Jupiter before sunup

January 2019 presents a great time to catch the two brightest planets in Earth’s sky, Venus and Jupiter. Maybe you’ve seen them already. The waning crescent moon swept past them in the first few days of January, but now the moon has moved too close to the sun to be easily visible.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-venus-in-the-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: The Pentagram: Wicca’s Five-Pointed Symbol

A debate on the symbol so very much associated with modern Pagan traditions today, prompted me to dig out a copy of the 2008 book WICCA: Magickal Beginnings which I co-authored with David Rankine

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adamantinemuse/2016/06/pentagram-symbol-of-wicca/

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Inner Journey:

EGO’S TRICKS

“One of the great dangers of transformational work is that the ego attempts to sidestep deep psychological work by leaping into the transcendent too soon. This is because the ego always fancies itself much more ‘advanced’ than it actually is.”
— Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

The Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned of the trap of spiritual materialism. He says we must be ever diligent to spot the ego’s use of the spiritual journey to further its own ends.

We may think it’s spiritual to yearn for divine connection. And yet, if the longing is to fill an emptiness inside, just how does this differ from the one who yearns for money or possessions to fill the inner void? Do we look to our spiritual practices as proof of our evolved consciousness or as protection against fears?

Any time we use spiritual disciplines to maintain our identity and security, we are not yet on the path of genuine spiritual development.

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.”
— Chögyam Trungpa

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A Note from the Universe

I found your new Intergalactic Phone Book listing!!

It wasn’t easy. At first I looked under Illuminated, but you weren’t there. Then I looked under Faith Healer, Magician, and Wild Thing; not there either. You weren’t even under Funny Bones. I started to worry.

Then I had an “ah-ha” moment. I looked you up under people who have their own thriving business and a steady income, and who will very, very soon have financial security for myself and family… Eureka!

You make time and space look easy,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Honey Glazed Butternut Squash

This pretty and yummy recipe is perfect to ‘fancy up’ a meal. It’s savory but can be made sweeter if desired. Precut too!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Honey-Glazed-Butternut-Squash.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
January 4, 2019

Authenticity

“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.”

-Carlos Castaneda
It’s okay to change directions. People have been reinventing themselves since time began. This is a good thing! When our heart leads us somewhere, it’s always for a reason. We need to follow and find out what that reason is. Usually this change brings us closer to who we really are, it allows us to discover our true self, and to be more authentic.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Friends You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Dumping
Evaluate your life and determine whether or not your circle of friends are healthy and beneficial for your life. Here are some of the friends you shouldn’t feel bad about dumping.

Read more

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 2, 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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Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
The years that through my portals come and go.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)

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Spirituality & Health 

A Call for Revolution: Rebels for Peace
BY HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA
At eighty-two, I am ready to say my goodbyes. According to my age, I am a man of the twentieth century, but my yearning for peace, so deeply rooted in me, makes me feel that I belong more to the future of the world, and to the younger generation. In that sense, you and I are the same age, the age of renewal.

The end of my life and the first part of yours are at a crossroads. The point where our paths join is like that brief moment when night and dawn meet in the sky. It is no longer night, but it is not yet daybreak. A new day is being born. It is as though one page is turning on the horizon to the next one. It is up to you, my young friends, to write the next chapter of our history. I hope it will be the most beautiful and joyful chapter in the entire memory of humankind.
Read more.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2018/12/31/a-call-for-revolution-rebels-for-peace

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MBG: How To Give Your Home A Feng Shui Makeover — In One Day

After years as a feng shui consultant, I’ve seen firsthand how interior design can transform people’s lives in positive and uplifting ways. The month of January is actually considered the best time to prepare for a feng shui makeover since it falls right before the Chinese New Year and during a time when many of us are dedicated to self-improvement of some kind.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-feng-shui-your-home-in-one-day

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Daily Good: Thinking About New Year’s Resolutions?

“In past years, youve probably targeted minor vices — eat fewer snacks, exercise more, whatever your particular self-admonitions may be. But it is too easy to get lost in the particulars — and in the negatives. This time around, try something a little different.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2173/thinking-about-new-year-s-resolutions-ted-fischer/

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Herbal Muse: How to Make Spiced Preserved Lemons

You may have come across a recipe at some point that called for preserved lemons but didn’t have a clue as to what they were. Preserved lemons, also known in various parts of the world as country lemons, lemon pickles and leems, are widely used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Moroccan cuisines. In Morocco, in particular, they are called Hamad m’rakhad, L’hamb Mssayr and most affectionately as Lim mraqqed, which means “lemons put to sleep.” Preserved in a brine of lemon juice, salt and spices, the lemony flavor of the fruit is wildly enhanced while its tartness on the tongue is tamed. Read more…

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2018/12/28/Spiced-Preserved-Lemons

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Spirit Library: New You Humor

Dear Ones,

You are preparing for a new year and new you.

You believe you are no different than before you initiated your transition. Yet, you have become belligerent when feeling pushed, belittled, or ignored. You also feel more joy than you anticipated mere days ago.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/new-you-humor

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EarthSky News: Earth closest to sun on January 2-3

Tonight – January 2, 2019 according to clocks in the Americas – we reach Earth’s closest point to the sun for this entire year. That closest point comes at 11:20 p.m. CST (central U.S.) on January 2. It’ll be the morning of January 3 for Europe and Africa … later in the day January 3 for the rest of the world (January 3 at 5:20 UTC; translate to your time zone). Astronomers call this special point in our orbit perihelion, from the Greek roots peri meaning near and helios meaning sun.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/earth-comes-closest-to-sun-every-year-in-early-january

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Patheos-Pagan: A Three-Part Spell for Self-Love and Esteem

Winter is hard. Especially the start of the new year. The holidays take their toll, even when they’re really good times. And after the holidays, there is the cleaning and putting things away and then everybody goes back to work. We’re not really thinking about self-love.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dirtheartwitch/2018/12/three-part-spell-self-love-esteem/

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Inner Journey:

LONELINESS

“When humans find themselves surrounded by nothing but objects, the response is always one of loneliness.”
— Brian Swimme

Soul lives through relationship and it is in soul that we find meaning. We can have meaningful relationships with people, animals and other beings, projects, ideas and ideals.

How much time do you devote to building relationships with things?

“Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.”
— Maxwell Maltz

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”
— George Eliot

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

In time and space, friends adore you, strangers admire you, and physical laws fear you.

OMG – Is this like “_______ World,” or what?

You can have it all,

The Universe

tut.com

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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
January 2, 2019

Authenticity

“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.”

-John Lancaster Spalding

The key word here is “appear.” So many times it’s just easier to put on a mask, to play a role, to go along with what is expected of us. But the courage is in being authentic, in being true to ourselves and our convictions. Being true to ourselves is one thing – but showing the world who we are is another. Do we dare risk judgement? When we are authentic we answer to ourselves, we know that to appear to be anything other, anything less than “what one is” is heart-breaking.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Regain Your Joy

Learn how to cultivate this beautiful, elusive emotion.

Joy is unlike any other emotion. Unlike happiness, which we often feel as a result of things outside of us, joy is something that is cultivated internally. It is a unique combination of satisfaction, peace, and intense positivity that provides what many describe as a spiritual experience.

https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-ways-to-regain-your-joy.aspx?source=NEWSLETTER&nlsource=6&ppc=&utm_campaign=Angel&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=newsletter

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 1, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 1, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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With the old Almanack and the old Year,
Leave thy old Vices, tho’ ever so dear.

-Proverb

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Spiritual Unite: Succulent Plant Symbolism – Relationship With Water And Romance

The Succulents are a family of plants that are characterised by thick, fleshy parts that are used primarily to store water.
This family of plants includes cacti, aloe and asparagus – alongside dozens more.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/succulent-plant-symbolism-relationship-with-water-and-romance/

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MBG: The Complete Zodiac Guide To 2019. What’s In The Stars For You?

Plant your soles on solid ground, but don’t take your shoes off and get comfortable just yet. This year’s cosmic lineup is an interesting mix of grounding earth-sign energies and motivating fire-sign mojo. After several intense years that have yanked our emotions all over the map, we need to stand firm—if only to regain our centers. But once we reconnect to our truths, it’s time to mobilize!

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/2019-astrology-guide

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Daily Good: Home: The Movie

World renowned photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, released “Home” on World Environment Day, June 5, 2009. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, “Home” is almost entirely composed of aerial footage showing how everything on earth is interconnected. Though the visually stunning images inspire a sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation for our home planet, this film was produced to awaken a collective conscience and responsibility. “Home” poses the prospect that unless we take responsible action to protect the earth’s resources, we risk losing the only home we may ever have

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2241

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Tetrakyts: Mindfulness in 2019 – 5 Mindfulness Tips for the New Year

2019 is coming and people are starting to make new resolutions for the new year. If you’re a spiritually minded person, as most of our readers are, there’s a good chance that some of your resolutions will involve spirituality, and I know that a lot of you will want to increase your mindfulness.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/mindfulness-in-2019-5-mindfulness-tips-for-the-new-year/

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MNN: Woodland animals leap from the screen in Finnish photographer’s work

When most people think of Finland, they likely imagine a country of sprawling forests and winter wonderlands where everyone is content and has a respectful relationship with wildlife.
Helsinki University student and photographer Ossi Saarinen has lived in Finland his whole life, and his work reveals his passion for nature and animals.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/woodland-creatures-finnish-fairyland-setting-ossi-saarinen

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EarthSky News: Earth closest to sun on January 2-3

Tonight – January 2, 2019 – we reach Earth’s closest point to the sun for this entire year at 11:20 p.m. CST (central U.S.). It’ll be the morning of January 3 for Europe and Africa … later in the day January 3 for the rest of the world (January 3 at 5:20 UTC; translate to your time zone). Astronomers call this special point in our orbit perihelion, from the Greek roots peri meaning near and helios meaning sun.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/earth-comes-closest-to-sun-every-year-in-early-january

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Patheos-Pagan: Saying No to New Year Resolutions 

I hate New Year Resolutions. Hate. It’s an active waste of energy, this hate, but whenever I hear folx talking about their resolutions for 2019, my ass begins to twitch. It’s a real problem. A personal problem, naturally, but real enough for me.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/kacealexander/2018/12/no-new-year-resolutions/

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Inner Journey: 

SPIRITUAL PATHWAYS

“In any way that men love me in that same way they find my love: for many are the paths of men, but they all in the end come to me.”
— Song of God, Bhagavad Gita

Spirit – the life force – exists in everything. It follows, then, that ANY path, any encounter is spiritual if we have the awareness to see it as such. Going deeper, going higher, emptying, connecting, believing or disbelieving, bouncing off the bottom, experiencing the heights, in pain, in ecstasy ….

Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is in our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune in to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be. Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention – every moment!

“…focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
— Greg Anderson

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Ever notice how those who give their all to just “getting by,” usually do?

Yeah.

Then you must wonder, too, why they don’t just give their all to rocking the flippin’ world?

Costs the same.

Just another one of life’s mysteries,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Turmeric Morning Shot

This is my morning turmeric shot I have every morning. I make little batch and store in the fridge. This lasts 1 week for 2 people. Turmeric is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for thousands of years – even as medicine.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Turmeric-Morning-Shot.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

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

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 1, 2019

Authenticity

“To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

-e.e. cummings
When you think about all the advertisements and magazines and commercials that encourage us to buy and be made-over and to do this and that to improve ourselves, it’s a wonder there’s any individuality left at all! We tend to want this actor’s hairstyle and that model’s figure – or that politician’s power and this athlete’s paycheck. All of these “things” are held up to us as the ideal. And yet, we know, deep inside, that what is REAL is so much more than that. Though we’re inundated by the mega-media machine, we must keep reminding ourselves that what we have to hold onto is who we are, and that is invaluable.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Affirmations to Move Past Pain
Affirmations are a simple tool we can use to feel better about ourselves. Use these affirmations to help you overcome the past and focus on moving forward.

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 December 26, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 26, 2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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“ The door of opportunity won’t open unless you do some pushing. ”

– Anonymous

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Thought.co: 14 Magical Tools for Pagan Practice

Often, when people first discover Wicca or some other form of Paganism, they rush to go buy every single magical tool they can find. After all, the books tell us to buy this, that, and the kitchen sink, so you better hustle on over to Ye Local Wytchy Shoppe and get stuff. Remember, though, magical tools have an actual purpose. Let’s take a look at some of the magical and ritual items that many Wiccan and Pagan traditions use in some capacity. Remember, not all traditions use all of these tools, and they don’t always use them in the same way.

https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-tools-for-pagan-practice-4064607

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MBG: How To Clear Negative Energy At Home Using Grocery Store Staples (Yes, Really)

Feng shui is based on the idea that when you clear away negative energy at home, you create more room for flow or “chi”—something we can’t necessarily see, but we can feel.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-clear-negative-energy-at-home-quickly-and-easily

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Daily Good: Grateful Changemakers: Karma Kitchen

The first Karma Kitchen opened in Berkley, CA in 2007. It began as an experiment of a “gift economy”. An economic system where goods and services are gifted – with no strings attached!
What a culture shift!! This model puts people in the position to receive kindness from strangers, inviting us to see from a different perspective. This is such a beautiful exploration of change in our behavior of consumption to one of contribution, from our perception of lack to one of abundance and community.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2151/grateful-changemakers-karma-kitchen-the-gratefulness-team/

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Elephant Journal: Eclipse Season Kicks off 2019 with a Bang: Here’s how to Make the Most of It.

I always get excited about a fresh new year.
So many potential energy shifts. Pushing away the labors of the past year in exchange for something shiny and (as of yet) untouched, seems mysterious and appealing. I mean, we can hope, right? Astrologically speaking, January’s a brand-new month in a brand-new year and yet, we’re still going to be working on the same themes we’ve worked on throughout 2018.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/12/eclipse-season-kicks-off-2019-with-a-bang-heres-how-to-make-the-most-of-it/

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MNN: How chicken soup makes you feel better, according to science
Revealed: The secret to chicken soup’s medicinal properties

When you’re sick, there are few things more nourishing than a warm, savory bowl of chicken soup. Though soup recipes vary, chicken broth is a remedy for cold and flu symptoms utilized around the world; its magic is recognized almost ubiquitously.

https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/how-chicken-soup-makes-you-feel-better-according-science

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EarthSky News: Northern Cross upright in west now

Tonight, look for the Northern Cross. It isn’t as famous as its counterpart – the Southern Cross – visible from the Southern Hemisphere or the northern tropics. But the Northern Cross also looks like a cross, and it’s pretty easy to spot. It’s a large, noticeable star pattern.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/northern-cross-stands-upright-on-december-evenings

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Patheos-Pagan: Witchy Resolution & Resolve, or How I Will Support my Magickal Practice in the New Year

I’m not necessarily a resolution sort of person. And yet, every year, I make some.
Every year.
But if this year’s messages and encounters have taught me anything, it’s that I can do more to support my magick

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2018/12/witchy-resolution-resolve-or-how-i-will-support-my-magickal-practice-in-the-new-year/

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Inner Journey: 

THE FACE IN THE MIRROR

“Our inability to see beauty doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty.”
— Rabbi Harold Kushner

Who are you? You can gaze at your reflection in a mirror but you’re not likely to see your true likeness. You are beautiful, unique, perfect. Do you see that?

The world needs you to see how whole and complete you are — now. Can you begin to own your divinity? The world needs you to know who you really are so you can be the mirror for others.

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
— John Muir

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Recipe: Garlic and Herb Snowflake Bread

This is a cute snowflake shaped pull-apart bread for the holidays. It’s filled with garlic and herbs. Serve by itself or with marinara sauce.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Garlic-and-Herb-Snowflake-Bread.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
December 27, 2018

Blessings

“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”

-Abraham Heschel
Think of the odds, think of what it took to get us here, in this particular body, at this particular time. So many events had to occur exactly the way that they did for us to exist right now. What if your mother hadn’t met your father? The “what ifs” are endless! But somehow everything fell into place miraculously to create this life that you’re living. So now we’re here – and what we gain from this experience, how we learn and grow and make this blessing really count, is all up to us!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Things to Remember When You’re Struggling to Forgive

Forgiveness is difficult, especially when we’ve been hurt deeply by someone. We all struggle with forgiveness at some point in our lives, but handing on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge only cause self-imposed suffering.

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/