Cat’s Morning Bits for February 2, 2021 “Imbolc Edition”

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 2, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and Imbolc Blessings! 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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February is derived from the Latin word “februs” meaning “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Festival, Februalia, a month long festival of purification and atonement.

February Events

Feb. 2: Imbolc/Candlemas and Groundhog Day

Feb. 5: World Animal Reiki Day

Feb. 7: Super Bowl Sunday

Feb. 11: New Moon at 11:05 am PST/ 12:05 pm MST/ 2:05 pm EST

Feb. 12: Chinese New Year of the Ox

Feb. 14: Valentines Day

Feb. 15: Presidents Day and Lupercalia

Feb. 16 Mardi Gras

Feb. 18: Sun enters Pisces

Feb. 19: National Caregivers Day

Feb. 20: Mercury goes DIRECT

Feb. 27: Full Moon at 12:17 am PST/ 1:17 am MST/ 3:17 am EST


Spirit Library: Reflect & Reframe (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The frequency of the incoming energies has increased significantly and is highlighting where we as individuals and as a collective are out of balance within the realms of the mind, our thinking and our consciousness.

Read more…

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IMBOLC FIRE AND ICE SPELL

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Witch, Indeed: Imbolc: A Pathway to Renewal

Imbolc has always been a guidepost to me. Not only does the day herald the half-way point of winter (Yay, Spring!) and honor Brigid (who I am devoted to), but it is also a time for reset after the many moods of January.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Deities of Imbolc

Although traditionally Imbolc is associated with Brighid, the Irish goddess of hearth and home, there are a number of other deities who are represented at this time of year. Thanks to Valentine’s Day, many gods and goddesses of love and fertility are honored at this time.

Read more….

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Hymn to Brighid

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Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Imbolc

Imbolc is also known as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. This point on the wheel of the year focuses on the return of spring. It marks the transformation of the goddess from crone to maiden. Celebrations on this day mark the successful passage through winter and the anticipation of a new agricultural year.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Wreath for Imbolc- Magical Crafting – Witchcraft – Celebrate Imbolc, Imbolc Altar, Wheel of the Year

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By The Pale Moonlight: The Saining of Brigit – A Ritual For Candlemas (Imbolc)

The important Celtic feast of Candlemas fell in the middle… (February 2nd). It was held to mark the quickening of the year, and was the first of the four ‘cross-quarter days’ on which British witches celebrated their Sabbaths…

Read more….

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3 Pagans And A Cat: Imbolc: Festival of Hearth and Home

I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling the Imbolc vibe this year. It’s hard to imagine Spring arriving any time soon when bitter cold, gray skies, and snow are your current reality. Michigan. So drab in Winter. However, I can get behind the celebration of hearth and home. Warmth. Encouraging anticipation of more hopeful days ahead. So, that is what I’m going to focus on.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Locate Cassiopeia the Queen

In skylore and in Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was a beautiful and vain queen of Ethiopia. It’s said that she committed the sin of pride by boasting that both she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than Nereids, or sea nymphs. Pridefulness, in mythology, is never wise.

Read more….

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Dandelion Lady: The Heart of Fire, an Imbolc Prayer Based upon the Sacred Heart

Imbolc is a time of quiet celebration. It is the letdown holiday after the bright flair of Yule and the importance of Samhain and the ancestors. In my family Imbolc is a time for staying home, doing crafts, and keeping the hearth fire lit, whether it’s kept in a fireplace, on an altar with candles, or using twinkle lights.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Imbolc (Candlemas)

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Inner Journey: TIME TO BLOSSOM

“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”
— Julia Cameron

Many of us unconsciously believe that we’re unworthy or defective. We adopted this belief very early in our lives when the people we looked up to disapproved of our demands, wishes and behaviours. We concluded that we had to learn to be good.

Unfortunately, ‘being good’ usually meant giving up our own differences or uniqueness. We learned that we might get the love we wanted if we acted and felt like others wanted us to.

If we seek true joy and connection with life, we now need to remove these artificial masks and express our deep authentic nature.

“For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.”
— Stephen C. Paul

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Smiling people do less and get more.

Really

The Universe

tut.com

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Imbolc Crafts – Brigid’s Cross

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Magical Correspondences for Imbolc

Date: February 2

Names: Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimealg, Brids day

It symbolizes fire and purification, the quickening of the earth, and =lows of milk for the baby Sun God.

This is a time for initiation, dedication, re-affirmation and burning the Yule greens.

Colors for Imbolc: White, yellow or light blue

Herbs and Incense for Imbolc: Bay, basil, benzoin, angelicia, myrrh, blackberry, celandine, heather, iris, violet

Read more….

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Daily Wisdom
February 2, 2021

Choice
“Choice is the essence of what I believe it is to be human.”

-Liv Ullmann, 1984


Some people might say that choice is free will. We exercise our free will by making the choice that we feel is best for us at the time. We always have a choice. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, but we do. We might need to get creative to see the possibilities, but once we do we see that life is a banquet, it’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet! Choose wisely, choose well.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

You may have made careful plans or scheduled everything to perfection, but there are too many variables today to allow most of your plans to play out. Things may come up, one after another, and make this a scattered day. This is temporary and probably will have little impact on tomorrow, so just flow with it best you can and don’t let the instability bother you.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 8, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 8, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.
-Dora Read Goodale (1866-1915)

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Spiritual Unite: Mandalas: Spirituality, Art, And Therapy

Mandalas represent a whole world, God, the human being, life, and creation. This circular form is a symbol called archetype, that is, an image that is rooted in the collective subconscious that governs the inner order of nature, as in the zodiac signs system our birthday determines certain aspects of our personality.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: All About Imbolc 

By February, most of us are tired of the cold, snowy season. Imbolc reminds us that spring is coming soon, and that we only have a few more weeks of winter to go.

Read more….

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Modern Witch  (Patheos) Getting Stoned with Moldavite

Picture it, 15 million years ago, humanity was just beginning to emerge and the world looked a lot different. Suddenly, over the skies of what is now Germany a light flashes in the heavens as a meteor enters Earth’s upper atmosphere and comes hurtling towards you.

Read more….

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Tetraktys: Full Moon Spell for Clear Communication in an Argument

Hello witches! After a long break, I am glad to be writing again on this blog! Today I am sharing a spell that I created to resolve a relationship issue. If you need to set things straight with someone, that spell is meant for you.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: 15 Book Crafts to Upcycle Your Old Reads

Old books are a dime a dozen, and they make an ideal crafting medium. In fact, there are several creative ways to recycle old books without needing to be an artist.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: A Simple, Transformational Ritual for the Lunar Eclipse in Cancer. {January 10th}

A full moon generally packs a lot of emotion and heightened sensitivity.
They are also a recipe for change should you choose to accept the opportunity.

Read more….

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Daily Dream: Boxer, Boxing

1. Do you feel as if you’re in a “sparring match” with someone around you? If so, dreaming of a boxing match could indicate that it’s not going to get any better and you need to take steps to end it.
2. A boxer with a lot of injuries foreshadows a lot of ideas that are going to need further research and revisions. If the boxer is a woman, you’re nursing a lot of emotional scars that need more care than you’re giving them.

astrology.com

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EarthSky News: Moon in Taurus on January 6, 7 and 8

These next three nights – January 6, 7 and 8, 2020 – the bright waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. However, it will be difficult to envision the starlit figure of the Bull on these moonlit nights. Despite the lunar glare, you might see this constellation’s two major signposts: the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, otherwise known as the Seven Sisters.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Corner Crone: Daily Practice – Blessing Bowl

I’m in my second reading of Jason Mankey’s terrific new book, Witch’s Wheel of the Year: Rituals for Circles, Solitaries & Covens, savoring the practical wisdom he so generously shares. While the book primarily deals with sabbat rituals, there’s one particular element I’ve taken on as a daily practice in these last several weeks: The Blessing Bowl

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

IMPRISONED BY YOUR THOUGHTS?

“Problems exist only in the human mind.”
— Anthony de Mello

For most of us, there’s always a long ‘to do’ list. That’s a fact.

And it’s easy to feel victimized. ‘Poor me!’ That’s not a fact – that’s a choice.

Experiment with your life to explore how much your mind is your jailer. Simply let go of the ‘oh woe’ kinds of thoughts. Silence your mind. Be right here, right now. Decide what you will do now and do it, without buying in to the mind’s sob story. When one task is done, you can then choose another.

Allowing the mind to agonize about the size of the ‘to do’ list just makes us tired before we even get started. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Don’t water your weeds.”
— Harvey Mackay

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

When you start taking life too seriously it becomes more difficult to saunter.

Tell a friend,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger and Turmeric Hot Cider

Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink. This special version combines two potent spices, ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 8, 2020 

Confidence

“All history makes clear that an indispensable quality of any man or class that wishes to lead, to hold power and privilege in society, is boundless self-confidence.”

-James Burnham (1905 – 1987)

Think of the word “confidence” and who comes to your mind? Chances are it is someone who is successful. Whether it is an athlete, a businessperson, or a rock star, confidence brings with it a kind of charisma. We can’t help but notice! It seems the one thing successful people have in common, no matter what field they are in, is confidence. It radiates from them.

-Lissa Coffey

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Patience is your secret weapon to face down all obstacles today. Take your good old time to make sure you understand what needs to be done, for whom, why, and how. This methodical approach may not be your natural or favorite one, and it might annoy someone who has a different opinion of how urgent the issue is. Nonetheless, patience will get you through the day with fewer, if any, mishaps.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 7, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 7, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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Wildness is the preservation of the World.
Every tree sends its fibers forth in search of the Wild.
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)

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Spiritual Unite: As Above So Below Meaning

Few phrases can claim to be as influential in human thinking than “As above, so below.”
This idea is central to many cultures, religions and belief systems – though many people do not fully understand the reasons why.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: The Magic, History, and Folklore of Sandalwood

Although not truly an herb, but a wood, sandalwood is an item found often in modern Pagan rituals. In fact, “sandalwood” is an entire class of wood, found in trees that are part of the flowering Santalum family.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Reflection

Brandur Patursson is an artist from the Faroe Islands who works with light in the creation of his glass and metal sculptures. After losing 70% of the sight in one eye he started understanding what it is to really see. He realized that we see with our eyes, but how we perceive things is what truly gives them meaning in our lives. If we can literally see and reflect on someone’s else’s feelings instead of their effect on us, he suggests that we could be more tolerant. This short film is itself a mesmerizing reflection on how opening our eyes to who and what is around us allows us to be moved. { read more }

Be The Change

Try to consciously perceive today something you have seen before but not quite taken in. How does this new perception change how you feel?

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(Great idea for personal altar decorations!)

Today’s DIY: How to Make a Fabric Flower

These flowers are super easy to make, and if you use scrap fabric, they shouldn’t cost a penny. Use the flowers as a corsage or hairpiece, sew them onto a belt or pillow, or use as a gift topper — the possibilities are endless.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: Cancer Full Moon Eclipse: Stepping forward into Growth, Love & Healing. (January 10)

The Cancer full moon eclipse takes place on January 10, 2020. It’s been an intense time since the Christmas new moon eclipse, which put into motion a lot of karmic endings and new beginnings.

Read more….

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MNN: 13 unexpected leap year facts

About every four years, February gains an extra day. We do this so our calendars don’t get out of whack, but Feb. 29 has also prompted some interesting traditions. Here are some surprising facts about the bonus day that comes only every so often.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Identify stars in the Winter Circle

Our sky chart for the next few nights – January 8 and 9, 2020 – covers more area of sky than we typically show. It’s in answer to a reader in Nashville,

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: 9 Ways To Improve Your Paganism In 2020

The starting point of the new calendar year may be a completely arbitrary human invention, but there’s still something special about it. The liminal period of the holidays helps the old year fade away (especially the bad things we’d like to forget) and we feel like we’re starting over with a clean slate.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

A NEW VIEW

A friend shared this moment of awakening. She was moaning, “I never get anything done.” Her companion replied, “Perhaps you never get EVERYTHING done.” Oh… of course!

A shift in perspective can bring both understanding and release.

“Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned — not to see what is not.”
— Maria Mitchell

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You’ve come a long way from the timid, shy soul you once were. Hiding out on distant planets, befriending alien tree forms, splashing in snow fed streams, and secretly planning your time on Earth with a beautiful vacation home and all.

So, what do you say we drop all the practical logic, rational reasonableness, and cautious optimism, and give those tree forms something to talk about… before they start making stuff up.

You know trees.

I’m totally with you on this –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

“Most Bulgogi recipes call for crushed pear. This is for tenderizing the meat. My boyfriend’s Korean mother says Coca-Cola® can also be used for the same purpose. This recipe uses very thin-sliced meat so tenderization isn’t necessary. Sugar is used instead.”

Read more…..

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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 7, 2020 

Confidence

“Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself — your strengths and your limitations — in contrast to depending on affirmation from others.”

-Judith M. Bardwick, 1988

Confidence is just one of the benefits that springs forth when we know who we are. We can refer back to ourselves, knowing that we have access to divine wisdom, and be comfortable with our choices and decisions. We don’t have to rely on any outside sources for personal validation.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Although it may be a peaceful day, that calm may all be on the surface. If dissatisfaction or anger is brewing at depth, there could be thoughts or fantasies of revenge or anger to fuel the bad feelings. Face everyone and everything with great care and respect. You have more than enough strength to deal with whatever comes up. Obviously, don’t bait or antagonize anyone. Kindness wins out.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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