Cat’s Morning Bits for July 10, 2020

KODAK Digital Still Camera

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 10, 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

_________________________

I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.

-John Vance Cheney (1848-1922)

_________________________

** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

_________________________

July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

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

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

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

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

___________________________

Spirit Library: The End of a Cycle of Transformation

The old destructive patterns of the world are failing and disintegrating. At the same time new energetic structures, which are in harmony with universal laws and principles, are being established. As we experience the destruction of the old patriarchal structures the imbalance in ourselves and the world is revealed.

Read more…….

____________________________

ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Lammas/Lughansadh

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

Read more……

___________________________

MBG: Rose Quartz: The Lovey-Dovey Crystal That’s Great For Your Heart Chakra

If you’ve ever wandered into an occult shop, you’ve undoubtedly seen the pink crystal known as rose quartz. Rose quartz is a light, translucent crystal that carries a gentle and nurturing energy.

Read more….

____________________________

Daily Good: Empathy vs Sympathy

Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others; they are diametrically opposite responses in many important ways. Sympathy places another’s problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and “drives separation”, says the film’s narrator, Dr. Bren Brown. Empathy, on the other hand, requires that one internalize the feelings of another. That shared experience drives interpersonal connection, she says. “What makes things better is connection.” { read more }

Be The Change

The next time you find yourself feeling sorry for someone, try to shift your reaction from sympathy to empathy.

____________________________

Today’s DIY: How to Make BLACK SALT and Why it Matters

____________________________

Elephant Journal: 3 Types of Meditation Everyone can Practice (& One Powerful Benefit we All Crave).

Chances are you’ve heard that meditation is good for you.
Everyone from Oprah to Russell Brand have talked about the benefits of their meditation practice.

Maybe you’re wondering how and why to start.

Read more…..

_____________________________

Treehugger: Listen to Woodlands Around the World With This Forest Soundmap

In a stretch of forest in Papua New Guinea, the trees ring with a hauntingly beautiful opera sung by birds; a superb fruit dove, a cinnamon-browed honeyeater, a bird of paradise, and a Huon bowerbird among the avian chanteuses.

Read more…

____________________________

EarthSky News: Moon and Mars from midnight until dawn

The bright planets Jupiter and Saturn light the eastern half of the sky in early evening now. An even brighter planet, Venus, shines in the east at dawn. Meanwhile, in July 2020, Mars is the bright planet ascending in the east in the middle of the night. Mars isn’t as bright as Jupiter or Venus.

Read more…..

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: Books Aging Poorly: Scott Cunningham’s “Wicca”

Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is now over thirty years old, and parts of it have aged poorly. It’s certainly not a bad book by any means, but it’s very much a product of its time (1989)

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennit – Dante’s Prayer(original-HD + lyrics)

___________________________

Inner Journey:

FEEL YOUR EMOTIONS

“The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.”
— Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don’t let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.”
— Deepak Chopra

“We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past.”
— Doc Childre

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
— Audre Lorde

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe
For just a moment can you imagine that on the day the earth was created, I’d want to experience her in every imaginable form?

Good.

Now, can you imagine that when it came to creating the animals, I couldn’t just pick one — but would want to soar through her skies, swim in her oceans, and burrow in her fields?

Excellent. I had to be all of her animals, to experience all of their secrets.

So, when it came to having dominion over all things, it must now be just as obvious that I had to be everyone.

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Butter Swim Biscuits

These biscuits are literally swimming in butter prior to baking, hence the name. No need to butter them since they are buttery and fluffy. Perfect for breakfast or for dinner. Great use of pantry items during this stay-at-home order during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Friday

Friday (feminine)

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

Element: Earth

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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
July 10, 2020

Promises
“A contract is a mutual promise.”

-William Paley (1743-1805)
The world has gotten complicated. What did we ever do before contracts and attorneys and negotiations? There was a time when we simply made a promise, and that was good enough. Deals were sealed on handshakes. A promise implies trust, and integrity. It can be very simple

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

There may be a moment or two when you feel responsible for everything in the world and like it’s your duty to take care of everyone. Relax, let this wash over you, and let it go. It’s not a burden so much as a demonstration of how connected you are to the people and things in your own life, and how much you care. That’s a good thing.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 8, 2020

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 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

_________________________

Ten o’clock: the broken moon
Hangs not yet a half hour high,
Yellow as a shield of brass,
In the dewy air of June,
Poised between the vaulted sky
And the ocean’s liquid glass.
-Emma Lazarus (1849-87)

________________________

** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

_________________________

July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

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

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

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

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

___________________________

Spirit Library: Light & Shadows (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse over the weekend has brought a different kind of intensity to the incoming energies of this time. Our capacity to change and adjust to the new circumstances in our world is being tested.

Read more….

____________________________

Mulling over Mullein | Benefits and Uses with Yarrow Willard (Herbal Jedi)

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Recipes for the Lammas Sabbat

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is the time of year when the gardens are in full bloom. From root vegetables to fresh herbs, so much of what you need is right there in your own back yard or at the local farmer’s market. Let’s take advantage of the gifts of the garden, and cook up a feast to celebrate the first harvest at Lammas.

Read more….

___________________________

MBG: The Real Reason We Judge Others Without Knowing It + How To Exit The Cycle

It’s no secret that judgment is deeply embedded in us as human beings. Think about it: We judge ourselves—our thoughts, appearances, and feelings (and then we judge ourselves for having those feelings). We judge others—their decisions, experiences, and backgrounds. We’re constantly analyzing and criticizing every action to make sense of the world.

Read more…..

____________________________

Spell for an Upcoming Difficult Conversation || Spellwork

____________________________

Today’s DIY: Learn how to make incense

____________________________

Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Practice Real Happiness (& Stop being Miserable A-holes).

Are you happy?
It’s a question that is rarely asked. Maybe because we are all too scared of how we would answer it.

A psychologist and professor at the University of California, Sonja Lyubomirsky, researched happiness extensively and came up with a famous formula. It argued that 50% of our happiness was dependent on genetics.

Read more….

_____________________________

Treehugger: Dreamlike Abandoned Settings Being Reclaimed by Nature

There’s a strange and undeniable draw towards abandoned places. Ghost towns, forsaken movie palaces, swank shipwrecks, crumbling castles and the like all lure in adventurers with their promise of poignancy and a special brand of voyeurism.

Read more….

____________________________

EarthSky News: Vega and its constellation Lyra

Tonight, look eastward during the evening hours, and it’s hard to miss the season’s signature star formation, called the Summer Triangle. Its stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – are the first three to light up the eastern half of sky after sunset, and their bright and sparkling radiance is even visible from light-polluted cities or on a moonlit night.

Read more…..

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: Tarot: History, Practice, Spiritual Art

Not long ago, a meme shared in our 3Paac Facebook group put forth the idea that the Tarot is a “closed practice.” An assumption that in my experience is false. Divination is ancient.

Read more…..

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Peia “Machi” from Four Great Winds

This song speaks of healing power and medicine of Woman, the Moon and the Earth Herself. “Machi” is a word that comes from the Mapuche people of Chile and Argentina. A Machi is a medicine woman and sometimes also refers to a medicine man.

___________________________

Inner Journey:

WE PROJECT OUR STRENGTHS

“Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness.”
— El Morya

We have discussed that OUR WORLD MIRRORS WHO WE ARE BACK TO US. When we get upset by something outside of us, our reaction shows us that we have an inner wound to be healed.

Just as we can be unconscious of our wounds, we can also be unconscious of our strengths. If you are really drawn to the positive qualities in another person, you are being invited to own those same qualities in yourself.

“The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth… if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them.”
— Shakti Gawain

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe

Do you have any idea how thoroughly, utterly, and completely I want the very things you now want?

Well, let’s just say that after visualizing, and expecting, and acting with faith, then came you.

We’re in this together.

Banzai –

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Make Ice Cream in 5 Minutes With 1 Ingredient

Did you know that all you need to have sweet, thick, creamy ice cream in five minutes is a blender and a single ingredient? Frozen bananas.

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
July 8, 2020 

Promises
“Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.”

-Lou Holtz, 1993

 
This is good advice for business, athletics, school, for just about every area of our lives! It’s always good to give our “all” to a project, to do our best, to go that “extra mile” to make it work. When we do that, it shows, and we feel good about our accomplishments.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

 

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 6, 2020

 

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 6, 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

_________________________

** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

_________________________

July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

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

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

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

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

___________________________

Spirit Library: Navigating With Clarity (a message from Kate Spreckley)

All around us life is shifting and changing paving the way for a new way of living and being. As a result, we are being urged to reassess and review our life and the choices we are faced with at this time.

Read more…..

____________________________

It is a sultry day; the sun has drunk
The dew that lay upon the morning grass;
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling
-William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Setting Up Your Lammas (Lughnasadh) Altar

It’s Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth—the grain god dies, but will be reborn again in the spring.

Read more….

___________________________

MBG: A Guide To The 4 Most Common Types Of Introverts

When you hear the word introvert, you might think of someone who’s painfully shy and avoids human interaction at all costs. You might even immediately identify with the word because you prefer staying in with a good book rather than going out. But those associations tend to be a rather simplistic view of introversion.

Read more…..

____________________________

Daily Good: The Dynamic Mystery of Relationships

“The more open, present and awake we are, the less objective our relationships become. So-called relationship becomes simple relating. The noun transforms into a verb — an apparent thing opens up into an alive process. If I no longer take myself as an object, I also cannot make you into one. Nor can I create what is happening between us into something. We may call it friendship but it is really a dynamic mystery, a lively, unfolding, open-ended process of listening, sharing, and discovery.” John Prendergast shares more in this excerpt from his book, “In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself”. { read more }

____________________________

Today’s DIY: How I Design my Book of Shadows Pages

____________________________

3 Pagans And A Cat: Green Earth Witch: Honoring Earth Mother In Nature-Based Witchcraft

So, it’s always interesting to have a spiritual epiphany. My moment is now, writing out who I am as a Witch and the path that most accurately defines my practice. And while I have devotional relationships with several goddesses, I have come to realize my witchcraft centers around one deity.

Read more….

_____________________________

Treehugger: Moon Gardening Is a Heavenly Thing

Upon first hearing the phrase “moon gardening,” images of gardeners in goddess garb sowing seeds by the light of the moon may come to mind. Which would be really fun, come to think of it, but in fact, moon gardening is much more than that.

Read more….

____________________________

EarthSky News: Use the Big Dipper to find Polaris

Tonight, use the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear to find the sky’s northern pole star, Polaris. This is the star around which the whole northern celestial sphere appears to turn throughout the night. That’s because this star is located nearly above Earth’s northern axis. In times past, wanderers on the northern face of Earth used Polaris to stay on course.

Read more….

________________________

Pagan Playlist: Goddess of Earth, Love and Beauty – She by Peruquois

___________________________

Inner Journey:

How aware are you?

“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
— Julie Cameron

How aware are you of:
– your senses?
– your body — its condition, needs and wisdom?
– your fears?
– your defences – how you hide what you’re really feeling?
– your self talk?
– your beliefs and their power to create your reality?
– your passions?
– your purpose?

Go on a treasure hunt to discover your authentic self and the truth of life in and around you!

“Relative to the level of awareness that is possible for us, our ordinary state of consciousness is as far from a direct experience of reality as sleep is from waking consciousness.”
— Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe
Just a word from you, just a word — and I’m there.

No matter where “there” is. No matter what you want. No matter what you need. No matter where you’ve been. No matter where you’re headed. No matter when you ask. No matter how you ask. No matter who’s there with you. No matter who else you’re thinking of. No matter what, no matter what, no matter what.

Please, believe me –

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Sweet and delicious buttermilk pancakes with a butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon swirl filling. These are great any time of the day and less time consuming than making real cinnamon rolls!

Read more……

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Monday

Monday (feminine)

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

 

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
July 6, 2020 
Promises
“Every organization of men, be it social or political, ultimately relies on man’s capacity for making promises and keeping them.”

-Hannah Arendt, 1972

 
It seems like we don’t hear that word used as often lately. When we were younger, it was a really big deal to make a promise. And we knew that a promise meant something we could count on. Today there’s more hedging… we’re reluctant to “promise” results, or overextend ourselves, so we tend to hear: “Well, I can’t promise, but I’ll do my best.” We give ourselves that little “out” so we don’t look bad if we don’t follow-through. Or we get a “guarantee” that comes with an expiration date or a lot of fine print. But promises, real promises, don’t work like that. It’s a way of saying: “I mean it” or “I’ll do what I say I am going to do.”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: Death

A change has been in the air for some time and today the actual transformation could happen. There’s nothing to be afraid of, or to dread, or to fear losing. Room is being made and energy is being set aside for something new and better for you. It could be something small or something large, but whatever it is will be meaningful and affect your daily life.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 1, 2020

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 1, 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

_________________________

** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

_________________________

July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

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

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

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

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

___________________________

Spirit Library: Our Collective Awakening (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are living in the most remarkable time as the Earth moves through a planetary shift, generating a period of great purification and transformation. This is a cataclysmic time with dramatic events occurring and revealing that every system and structure that upholds our world must evolve and change.

Read more…

____________________________

Witch Indeed: Pagan Gratitude: Rituals and Ideas

When waking up each day feels like you end up scrolling through endless damage reports, a bit of relief is needed. I found myself feeling increasingly cycling through feeling grouchy, irritated, full of despair and worse.

Read more…..

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Cerridwen: Keeper of the Cauldron

The Crone of Wisdom
In Welsh legend, Cerridwen represents the crone, which is the darker aspect of the goddess. She has powers of prophecy, and is the keeper of the cauldron of knowledge and inspiration in the Underworld. As typical of Celtic goddesses, she has two children: daughter Crearwy is fair and light, but son Afagddu (also called Morfran) is dark, ugly and malevolent.

Read more….

___________________________

MBG: These 5 Mosquito-Repelling Plants Are Easy To Grow In Any Garden

Love being outside but prone to bug bites? When it comes to choosing plants for your backyard or garden, going for ones that can help ward off mosquitoes isn’t a bad idea. And the good news is there are a handful of low-maintenance species that are effective mosquito repellers. Here are five plants you’ll want to have around this summer, plus how they work to keep the bugs at bay.

Read more…..

____________________________

Daily Good: Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

“I am the youngest of eight siblings. Five of us have died. I share losses, health concerns, and other challenges common to the human condition, especially in these times of war, poverty, environmental devastation, and greed that are quite beyond the most creative imagination. Sometimes it all feels a bit too much to bear. Once a person of periodic deep depressions, a sign of mental suffering in my family that affected each sibling differently, I have matured into someone I never dreamed I would become: an unbridled optimist who sees the glass as always full of something. It may be half full of water, precious in itself, but in the other half there’s a rainbow that could exist only in the vacant space.” More from Alice Walker in this short and powerful passage. { read more }

Be The Change

What does learning to dance mean to you? Is there a personal story of a time when you held the line of beauty, form and beat through grief and troubles? What helps you stay aware of your balance so you can maintain it?

____________________________

Today’s DIY: How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks!

____________________________

Elephant Journal: The Best Way to Cope with Fear when it feels Unbearable.

My heart was pulsating through my chest, as my frail body felt a nudge with each slight of the wind.
The next time the wind began to blow, my body leaned into it almost willingly.

Read more……

_____________________________

Treehugger: 21 Reasons Why Forests Are Important
In case you’re missing the forest for the trees, here are a few reminders why woodlands are wonderful.

Read more….

____________________________

EarthSky News:  Moon and Antares in early July

These next few evenings – July 1 and 2, 2020 – let the moon introduce you to Antares. It’s a red star and the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Look first for the moon, and the nearby bright star will be Antares.

Read more…..

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: The Significance of Naming as a Magickal Practice

But you said your last assignment was to memorize the names of all of them.’

I did. All the stars in all the galaxies. And that’s a great many.’

But how many?’

Read more…..

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: The Circle

___________________________

Inner Journey:

WISDOM

“…we need to abandon the idea that wisdom is knowing everything-the whys, the wherefores, the how-tos. Wisdom is often more subtle, both far simpler and exceedingly more complex. For wisdom requires the discerning, the listening to, the acknowledgment of nudges and notions, of senses and sensations, of the minute and what we often mistakenly assume is the mundane. Wisdom means listening to the still, small voice, the whisper that can be easily lost in the whirlwind of busyness, expectations, and conventions of the world….”
— Jean M. Blomquist

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody’s hand and squeeze it, while there’s time.”
— Dale Dauten

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe

Do you remember way back when, on the day you first earned your wings, how you worried about whether or not you’d be able to use them to lift yourself, and thereby the entire planet, higher?

And so I reminded you that the reason you earned them was because you already had?

You’ve already earned all that your heart desires.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Delicious Cilantro Chicken Salad

This delicious and tasty chicken salad is seasoned with fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and poultry seasoning.

Read more…

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
July 1, 2020

Gardening
“When I used to pick the berries for dinner on the East Quarter hills I did not eat one till I had done, for going a-berrying implies more than eating the berries. They at home got only the pudding: I got the forenoon out of doors and the appetite for the pudding.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Here’s an example of how the journey can be more important than the destination! Thoreau is known as a naturalist. He had a great affinity for nature, and loved to write about it. Sure, the pudding must have been a nice treat, but I can see where Thoreau felt that the adventures that led up to the pudding made it all the more delicious!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Tower

People may be expecting or needing you to be laid-back and easy to deal with but your own inclinations may make you seem more difficult and demanding. You may see yourself as just being direct while others consider you as being tactless. Save yourself a lot of grief and use extra care with your words and actions. If someone gets bent out of shape, try to catch it instantly and stop it as soon as you can.

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 18, 2020

CMB green

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 18, 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

_________________________

** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

___________________________

Spirit Library: Fresh Eyes (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Our world is in a process of profound transformation with immense global changes occurring. Nothing is as it seems as the incoming light illuminates our individual and collective karma, limiting beliefs and unhealed shadows.

Read more……

____________________________

Spiritual Unite: Tree And Plant SymbolismThe Symbolism of The Fig Tree in Spirituality

The Fig tree is one of the oldest known trees. The symbolism for the fig tree has many references.

In the ancient world, Man discovered the fig fruit as a nutritious fruit. Hence, this tree has references in many ancient texts.

Read more….

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Sun Worship

At Litha, the summer solstice, the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Many ancient cultures marked this date as significant, and the concept of sun worship is one nearly as old as mankind itself. In societies that were primarily agricultural, and depended on the sun for life and sustenance, it is no surprise that the sun became deified.

Read more…

___________________________

MBG: How Empaths Can Empower Themselves To Choose Between Feeling & Observing

Empaths are hyper-perceptive and naturally wired to feel the energies and emotions of others. Yet with practice and intention, empaths can choose to be observers as well. This witnessing is less draining, yet at times empaths will want to feel both joyful and painful emotions and energies in the world

Read more….

____________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Breathing

1. Life.
2. Absorbing information; learning. The need or desire to learn about something.
3. Coming out of a difficult time.
Astrological parallel: Gemini.

astrology.com

____________________________

Simple Witchcraft and Everyday Practices

____________________________

Elephant Journal: A Rumi-Inspired Guide on crafting our Inner & Outer Sanctuaries.

When my husband and I first saw our 1850s Victorian, we fell in love with it immediately.
It helped that it was a summer-like day in the middle of a Northeast winter, and that the small town where it was located was so unlike the busy suburbia we were used to.

Read more….

_____________________________

Today’s DIY: How to Make a Feather Smudge Wand

____________________________

EarthSky News: Longest sunsets happen around the solstice

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually takes more time to set around the time of a solstice.

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan:  How to rest in a world that’s not at rest

There’s a reason why we call old wisdom ‘old.’ Because it’s been around. Because it has a way of surfacing, if buried, or circulating widely, if restrained.

‘If you’re tired, rest,’ old wisdom has it, stating the obvious, as all old wisdom does. If you’re tired, rest. Don’t quit. Just rest.

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Fantasy Medieval Music – Song of the North

___________________________

Inner Journey:

EXPLORE WITH QUESTIONS

“The word ‘question’ is derived from the Latin ‘quarrier’ (to seek) which is also the root of ‘quest.’ A creative life is a continued quest, and good questions can be very useful guides. Most useful are open-ended questions; they allow for fresh unanticipated answers to reveal themselves.”
— Source Unknown

Questions hold the power to draw out answers that surprise us. If we are on an inner journey to greater self-knowledge, we must seek to understand unfamiliar parts of ourselves. The most enlightening answers are released by our subconscious minds or by our intuition. Use questions frequently to go exploring.

Try these out:
• What qualities do you find most attractive in others? How do you exhibit those same qualities?
• What is your greatest fear? Why do you fear that?
• What message is your body trying to get through to you?

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.”
— Susanne K. Langer

“You don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions.”
— Richard Bach

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe
Ever notice how when someone dreams of happiness, abundance, health, romance, or friendship, they never have to wonder if it’s in their best interest?

But when someone dreams of a specific house, employer, love interest, deadline, dollar amount, or diet fad, they often end up contradicting themselves?

Keep your “end results” general. Everything else is just a how.

To the big picture,

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: This Homemade Hummus Has A (Fermented) Secret

Making homemade hummus is truly so simple. If you haven’t tried before, you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t sooner and swearing you’ll never buy it from a store again. From the newly released cookbook Fermenting Everything by Andy Hamilton who shares that, “This twist on [hummus] creates a tangy dip that will intrigue your guests.”

Read more…

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Thursday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Element: Earth

 Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Star Signs: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Power Colors: Purple, Royal Blue, and Indigo
Herbs & Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak, Dill, Borage, Patchouli
Sacred Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Deities include Juno, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. Today’s energies influence all matters involving material gain and spell work for general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, legal issues, luck, gambling, and prosperity.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 18, 2020

Individuality
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

-Margaret Mead (1910-1978)

 
We are all One, and we are all individuals – we are each an individual expression of the Spirit that animates us. It is because of our differences, and our uniqueness, that we can help each other and learn from each other. We each have something to contribute – because we are each a part of the Whole. And yet, we are whole and complete within ourselves, and we have that in common with everyone else!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

Let intuition be your guide today and you won’t go too far wrong. If something doesn’t need to be done or delivered instantly, take your time and let events, situations, and people claim the time and attention they seem to want. Things want to sort themselves out for you, in the best ways. Don’t introduce complications. Be decisive when necessary but otherwise step up, too, and be pleasantly surprised.

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 17, 2020

CMB green

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 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

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

**June 18: Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

Wake up, golden Head! Wake up, Brownie!
Cat-bird wants you in the garden soon.
You and I, butterflies, bobolinks, and clover,
We’ve a lot to do on the first of June.
-Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943)

___________________________

Spirit Library: Recognise Opportunity (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As our human consciousness expands all aspects of reality are being purged which is activating new systems and structures within us. New consciousness is emerging and with it real and practical changes that will anchor in and support a new way of life.

Read more….

____________________________

Rose Quartz: Peace & Love Baby!

Star Signs: Taurus, Libra

Chakra: Heart/ Crown

Archangel: Ariel

The soft pink hues of Rose Quartz give this stone a tranquil and soothing feel. It’s been said that using it is like a ” bubble bath for the emotions”. This stone is a wonderful healer of the heart and emotions and it’s gentle energy is also good for children or after any chaotic or crisis situation.

Rose Quartz can also be used for:

Promoting self-love and inner peace

Healing the emotional body

Easing heartache and loneliness

Helping to release old hurts and assists in forgiveness

Promoting love and romance

Magnifying creativity and imagination

Rose Quartz opens the heart chakra and encourages self-acceptance and reminds us that emotions are a gift and should not be buried. it can also provide a balance of yin and yang energy and can attune each chakra to its correct vibrational frequency, or spiritual attunement to loving energy.

(from cat’s Notes)

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Are Voodoo Dolls Real?

The idea of Voodoo dolls sparks fear and conjures up images of violent and bloodthirsty revenge in popular films, books, and oral histories in North America. These stories report that Voodoo dolls are made by Caribbean cult members who bear a grudge against an enemy.

Read more……

___________________________

MBG: What “Holding Space” For Others Really Means + How To Do It

A key phrase you may have been hearing lately is “holding space,” but what does that really mean? The definition of holding space is to be present with someone, without judgment. It means you donate your ears and heart without wanting anything in return. It involves practicing empathy and compassion.

Read more…

____________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Strangulation/Trouble breathing

The dreamer is standing in her own way, either consciously or unconsciously keeping herself from attaining her own dreams due to fear, which can manifest as extreme caution. Look to other symbols in the dream to judge how the dreamer can release herself from that fear.
Astrological parallel: Saturn.
Tarot parallel: The Devil.

____________________________

3 Pagans And A Cat : Green Witch Plant Profile: Creating “Mock” Strawberry Magick

The other day, I discovered what I thought to be wild strawberries in my yard. Huzzah! As it turns out, the tiny red fruits I found are the product of an invasive plant called False Strawberry, also known as “Mock” Strawberry.

Read more….

____________________________

Today’s DIY: How to Make A Magic Sigil – Magical Crafting – Sigil Magic – Witchcraft

____________________________

Elephant Journal: Letting Go of Attachment to People—the Buddhist Way.

According to Buddhism, all our struggles stem from attachment.
I chuckled the first time I heard this. How is it possible that all my problems are because of attachment? As I scrutinized my life, I realized it was true. My arguments with others emanated from attachment to my opinions

Read more….

_____________________________

Spiritual Unite: Crown chakraCrown Chakra Opening Experience | 5 Symptoms

When we are ready to proceed with opening our crown chakra, we get to have a soul-riveting experience. It heralds the imminence of the profound embracement that is feeling completely connected and lit up!

Read more….

____________________________

EarthSky News: Moon, Venus at dawn June 17, 18, 19

In the predawn/dawn sky these next few mornings – June 17 and 18, 2020 – look first for the slender waning crescent moon. The moon’s illuminated side will be pointing right at the planet Venus, which rises over horizon as the morning darkness is giving way to dawn. On June 19, look for the old, slender moon to be quite close to Venus on the sky’s dome.

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: 8 Things to do for Summer Solstice as a Solitary Pagan

Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But a lot of Pagan activities for the Summer Solstice are designed for large groups. In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a series of rituals for those working alone on the Wheel of the Year. Every year they’re near the top of the list of most popular posts – here’s the Summer Solstice ritual.

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Damh The Bard – Antlered crown and standing stone

___________________________

Inner Journey:

CO-CREATION STARTS WITH IMAGINATION

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions and purpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity, purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe

All right the reservation’s been made and a Beechcraft 400A private jet with experienced staff, advanced multimedia hookups for every passenger, and faux-leopard-skin sleeper recliners throughout, will be yours for any twenty-one days you choose. Just as soon as you arrange payment of US$368,750. In advance.

Fuel, of course, will be extra. A lot extra.

Now, repeat after me:

“You have to be joking!
Faux leopard skin is so ‘early 2000.’
What else do they have?”

Cool. Now stay with this perspective, because this kind of transaction takes place every single day for those who already have.

Your co-pilot,

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: 15 Ways to Flavor Lemonade

Tart and sweet, lemonade is a classic beverage for summertime. But you don’t have to stick with the classic lemons and sugar formula all season long. Try one of our 15 boldly flavored lemonades to mix things up. From rhubarb and strawberry to ginger and mint, you’re sure to find a new sippable favorite from this collection of lemonade recipes.

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender
This day is governed by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to rituals involving inspiration, communications, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 17, 2020 

Individuality
“Though all men be made of one metal, yet they be not cast all in one mold.”

-John Lyly (1554?-1606)

 
I’ve always heard this “broke the mold” quote and now I know where it came from! Yes, we’re all made up of the same “stuff”: bones, water, muscle tissue, etc. But each one of us is completely and totally unique and individual. Our looks contribute to our individuality, but mostly it’s our character, our values, our interests, our ideas, and our opinions – the “intangible stuff” that “defines” who we are. We are creating our lives, and our individuality, every day.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Pope

Save those creative, foot-loose and fancy-free activities for another day and focus on the nuts and bolts. If you’ve been putting off doing something necessary but not fun, knock it out now and then feel accomplished when finished. You can earn a lot of regard and admiration for this. You won’t be allowed to keep too low a profile, so just step up and do what’s important for today. You should encounter no resistance

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 12, 2020

CMB green

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 12, 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

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

Tell you what I like the best-
‘Long about knee-deep in June,
‘Bout the time strawberries melts;
On the vines.
-James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

___________________________

Spirit Library: Interlude of Chaos (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently the energetic environment is pretty wild and stormy as all levels of our world are being purged, processed and realigned. We are being released from old patterns and limitations with circumstances pushing us to clear karma and break the chains that bind us to the past.

Read more…..

____________________________

Today’s DIY: Make Your Own Druid’s Staff in 4 Easy Steps – Magical Tools

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Best Books for Pagan Kids in 2020 

Are you a parent looking for books to read, to or with your children, that share your family’s Pagan-friendly values? A few years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot out there commercially available for kids in Pagan families, although that is certainly changing.

Read more…

___________________________

MBG: How To Use Movement To Break Through Repetitive Thoughts, According To Taryn Toomey

Self-care looks a little different these days. In such weird and (sorry to use the word of the hour) unprecedented times, practices that used to be nice to do every once in a while have become essential to do every day.

Read more….

____________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Speaking

1. If someone is speaking to you, make sure you write down what he or she is saying immediately upon awakening. Even if what’s being said is cryptic, or seems to make no sense, it is a message from your Higher Self and needs to be heeded. If the message is in fact rather mysterious, look to other symbols in the dream to see what it actually means. If the speaker is male, then the message from your Higher Self is being filtered through your intellect, and if female, through your supportive mind (emotions and intuition).
2. If someone is speaking to you and yet you don’t hear what he or she is saying, then there is some sort of situation in your life that you don’t understand, and which you need to understand. Again, for the actual message, look to other symbols in the dream.
3. If you are the one doing the speaking, this is a dream of contrary. Again, it’s a message from your Higher Self that you need to understand. If you are giving the message to others, the message is designed not only for you, but for those close to you as well. See (1) and (2) above.
4. If you dream that you or someone else is giving a speech, this is a harbinger of increased social and professional status.

astrology.com

____________________________

Daily Good: Spell to Be Said Against Hatred

“It is especially in times of uncertainty, in tremulous times of fear and loss, that the curtain rises and the minstrel show resumes — a show of hate that can be as vicious and pointed as the murderous violence human beings are capable of directing at one another, or as ambient and slow-seething as the deadly disregard for the universe of non-human lives with which we share this fragile, irreplaceable planet.[…] How to end the mockery and the minstrel show is what poet Jane Hirshfield — one of the most unboastfully courageous voices of our time, an ordained Buddhist, a more-than-humanitarian: a planetarian — explores in “Spell to Be Said against Hatred,” a miniature masterwork of quiet, surefooted insistence and persistence.” { read more }

____________________________

Circe: The Goddess of Sorcery – (Greek Mythology Explained)

_____________________________

EarthSky News: See Moon, Mars before dawn June 12 and 13

In the predawn/dawn sky these next few mornings – June 12 and 13, 2020 – use the waning moon to find the red planet Mars. Look first for the moon and that nearby brilliant “star” will be the red planet Mars. Unlike a star, which shines by its own light, Mars shines by reflecting the light of the sun. You may note that Mars shines with a steadier light than the twinkling stars.

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: Spellwork For The Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed is a common refrain nowadays. In this endlessly changing world, emotions run amok during the course of a day, and even keeping to a schedule can seem insurmountable sometimes.

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Clanadonia

___________________________

Inner Journey:

DON’T AVOID THE VOID

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.”
— Dan Millman

To change, we must go through a transition zone. It’s not easy being in transition. Thoughts, beliefs and habits are all in flux. It can create a sense of groundlessness, of being in a void that can be quite uncomfortable.

When we’re in the void, our first impulse will be to revert to old habits because they feel comfortable. Our goal is to hang in there until the change is complete. Knowing that TRANSITIONS ARE PART OF THE CHANGE PROCESS helps us muster the courage to put up with the discomfort, the uneasiness, the void.

Change requires a letting go of what we’ve always known and done to allow in something new. We need to trust ourselves and higher forces to unfold a new reality for us.

“Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
— Dan Millman

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe
Report Card Day!

Here’s your Report Card from the “School of Life.”

Compassionate – A+
(gives of self, even when no one’s looking)

Intuitive – A+
(naturally gifted)

Ability to see from others’ perspectives – A+
(practically goes out of body)

Spiritually alert – A+
(aura beginning to glow)

Resilient and adaptable to unexpected change – A+
(like the Energizer Bunny)

Terminally optimistic – A+
(fast rebounder)

Exercises gratitude muscle – A+
(your cup to be refilled x 7)

Good looking – A+
(a real hottie)

Patient and kind to self – hmmmm, A
(could play a little more)

Visualizes every day…

Performs random “acts of faith” in line with dreams…

You’re amazing! Aced the very toughest courses in time and space! Now, since the last two subjects are the easiest, you get to grade yourself!

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Pan-Fried Shrimp

Small shrimp with simple seasoning. Add other seasonings if you like.

Read more…..

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron 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 Lily

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume), works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 12, 2020
Feelings
“The thoughts they had were the parents of the actions they did; their feelings were parents of their thoughts.”

-Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

 
Why do we do some of the things we do? We had an idea! But where did that idea come from? At some level it came from a feeling, an intuition, an affinity that drew us toward the idea, or that created the idea. When we are in touch with our feelings, we can come up with some great ideas!

 

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Sun

You don’t always have this much energy, motivation, and vitality. Make the most of today, do a good job with whatever is normally on your plate, and then tackle something that touches your heart and makes your spirit sing. Be healthy and happy, and encourage everyone around you simply by setting an example. Enjoy every minute and make them all count

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 9, 2020

CMB green

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 9, 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

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

In June ’tis good to lie beneath a tree
While the blithe season comforts every sense,
Steeps all the brain in rest, and heals the heart,
Brimming it o’er with sweetness unawares.
-James Russell Lowell (1819-91)

___________________________

Spirit Library: Healing & Releasing the Past

In this time of profound expansion the incoming energies are greatly magnifying our collective and individual wounds and urging us to heal. What is emerging both individually and collectively are the recurring patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour, which have suppressed the trauma, pain and suffering of the past.

Read more…..

____________________________

ThoughtCo: Litha Legends and Lore

Litha, or Midsummer, is a celebration that has been observed for centuries, in one form or another. It is no surprise, then, that there are plenty of myths and legends associated with this time of year. Let’s take a look at some of the best known summer solstice folklore.

Read more….

___________________________

Pagan Library: Soft Mead

Anon

1 quart water, preferably spring water
1 cup honey
1 sliced lemon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Boil together all ingredients in a non-metallic pot. While boiling, scrape off the rising “scum” with a wooden spoon. When no more rises add the following:
pinch salt
juice of 1/2 lemon

Strain and cool. Drink in place of alcoholic mead or wine during the Simple Feast.

http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/soft_mead.php

____________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Hand

1. A hand that is open and pointing towards the sky is giving the “Fear not!” gesture of ancient times. Therefore, if you see this symbol, whether the hand is of a person or is totally disembodied, something that you’re afraid of is actually nothing to fear.
2. Beautiful, well-kept hands indicate satisfaction in life, while dirty hands indicate some kind of “mess” in your life that needs to be “cleaned up.”
3. Hands that are working diligently indicate success and good fortune through the dreamer’s own efforts.
4. Hands that caress the dreamer or someone else in the dream, including a pet, imply happiness in love, while hands that are waving in farewell indicate temporary separations.
5. Tied hands imply obstacles in attaining one’s goals, while shaking hands imply either a new friend or a reunion with an old one.
6. Injured or bandaged hands indicates delays in attaining one’s goals; look to other symbols in the dream to discern how these delays can be subverted, or, if they’re inevitable, how best the time during the delays can be spent.

astrology.com

____________________________

Dragonfly (from Cat’s notes)

The Dragonfly symbolizes transformation and ease of adapting to life and it’s changes. These changes take root in our mental and emotional maturity and help us gain an understanding of life’s deeper meanings. When dragonfly shows up its message is “It’s your time to transform to a new level. Look beyond the surface and gain insight into the deeper aspects of life.” These flexible and adaptable creatures teach us to be light in spirit and if you find yourself stuck and in need of a new perspective then embrace your ability to adapt and find a new angle to attack the issue.

According to myth dragonflies were once thought to have once been dragons and if you look closely at their armored bodies you can see why our ancestors may have thought so. Of course, people also thought that dragonflies had teeth, which they don’t. However, they do have very strong mandibles. If you get a chance to sit and observe one you can actually hear their jaws snapping together as they catch insects.

____________________________

Today’s DIY: How to Fly Stick || Tools of the Craft

____________________________

Color Symbolism; Blue

The word for the color blue comes from the French word ‘bleu’. In Thailand, Japan and Korea the same word is used to describe the word blue and green. To describe blue, they use the actual shade, eg.

Read more….

_____________________________

EarthSky News: Big and Little Dippers on June evenings

Tonight, assuming you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily find the legendary Big Dipper, called The Plough by our friends in the U.K. or The Wagon throughout much of Europe. This familiar star pattern is high in the north at nightfall in June. Find it, and let it be your guide to the Little Dipper, too.

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: Green Witch Plant Profile: Peony Is A Powerful Plant Ally

So, I’ve learned peony is a powerful plant ally. The other day, while looking out my kitchen window I saw something beautiful. The peony bushes are blooming! Big, beautiful snowball-like blossoms that draw the eye both day and night.

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Pachamama – Astral Flowers

___________________________

Inner Journey:

THERE’S HOPE!

“No matter how painful our early experiences were, our Essence cannot be harmed. Our Essence is waiting for the opportunity to reveal itself. In a very true sense, we are waiting for the opportunity to become ourselves.Our spirit is yearning to break free, to express itself …

“And yet, ironically, we always fear and resist opening to that which is most real in us. When we trust in the process and give ourselves over to it, however, our true nature comes forth. The result is real integrity,love, authenticity, creativity, understanding, guidance, joy, power, and serenity-all of the qualities we are forever demanding that personality supply.”
— Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe

Don’t all those goody-goodies who tell you that life is “how you take it” make you want to scream?!

Me too, but let’s have patience with them.

Life’s not about how you take it, it’s about the glory of living deliberately and crafting circumstances, magnetizing players and forging alliances, leveraging the Universe and engaging the magic so that you can have the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Shall we?

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Alexa’s Spicy Breakfast Potatoes

The sweet-smelling mix of potatoes, spicy paprika, peppers, and onion fills the house for a delicious start to the morning. Serve with a sunny-side up egg, hot sauce, and ketchup.

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, 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
Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 9, 2020

Feelings
“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”

-Audre Lorde, 1983

 
Our feelings are what guide us. Our natural attraction to certain areas of study leads us to higher learning. When we follow our instincts we find opportunities for ourselves that help us to achieve our goals, and to make our visions a reality

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Fool

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

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 5, 2020

 

CMB Flowers and Coffee

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 5, 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

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

June 5: Full Strawberry Moon at 12:12 pm PST/ 1:12 pm MST/ 3:12 pm EST

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

Friday’s a day as’ll have his trick,
The fairest or foulest day o’ the wik.
-Proverb

___________________________

Spirit Library: Restoring Balance (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The energy of this year is working to dissolve the oldest patterns and the heaviest programming bringing to the surface, both individually and collectively, that which is in need of healing

Read more…

____________________________

Pioneer Thinking: Your June Aromatic Horoscope

Every astrological sign possesses patterns that may impede one’s self-growth, happiness and well-being. While unexpected challenges may arise each month, they may be positively transformed into opportunities.

Read more….

___________________________

ThoughtCo: Freyja – Goddess of Abundance, Fertility and War

Freyja was the sister of the god Freyr, and was one of the Vanir, the Norse deities of earth and water that lived in Asgard. Venerated by women, heroes and rulers alike, she was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance.

Read more..

___________________________

MBG: This June 2020 Numerology Reading Calls For A New Way Forward

Breathe the fresh air again, my friend! You have made it to the other side of May 2020, a 9 month in numerology that represented completion and endings, and into the new beginnings of a month 1!

Read more…

____________________________

MUNDANE BEFORE MAGICKAL: Signs & Omens || Over Tea

 

______________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Cemetery

1. A dream of contrary. Usually, this is NOT a negative symbol. If the cemetery was dark and gloomy, and/or overgrown, there is much in the dreamer’s life that needs to be cleaned up before he or she can move ahead. But if it was a clear day, and the cemetery was neat and well kept, the dreamer is free to move ahead with whatever plans he or she has made.
2. If there is someone with a serious illness in the dreamer’s immediate circle, a dark and gloomy cemetery probably reflects the dreamer’s fear rather than what is actually coming. A bright cemetery is reassuring; there will be no burials just yet.

astrology.com

____________________________

Daily Good: 7 Ways Protestors Showed Up For Black Lives

Amid the outpouring of outrage over George Floyd’s killing, are glimpses of solidarity and hope around the world. YES! Magazine shares more.
{ read more }

Be The Change

Who are you standing in solidarity with in these times? For more inspiration read Maya Aneglou’s powerful poem “Still I Rise”. { more }

____________________________

Today’s DIY: Easy DIY Crescent Moon Wreath And Other Crafty Adventures | Crafty Witch

____________________________

Elephant Journal: June’s Eclipse Season: Shaking, Shifting & Transformation. {June 1 to July 8}

Hold onto your hats; we are entering eclipse season.
And like everything this year, this is an out-of-the-ordinary time, souped-up with go-faster stripes.

Read more…

_____________________________

MNN: Why radical homemaking makes sense

As incomes drop or disappear due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus, many of us who were already spending more time at home will realize that soon we won’t be able to afford going out at all. Baking, gardening, and other hyper-local, self-sufficient pursuits are more popular than ever, and likely will be for the near future.

Read more….

____________________________

EarthSky News:  Strawberry Moon, penumbral lunar eclipse, on June 5

On both June 4 and 5, 2020, the moon will look full to the eye as it shines from dusk until dawn. On both nights, the moon will be close to the red supergiant star Antares, brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. The crest of the moon’s full phase – when the moon and sun are most opposite each other on our sky’s dome for this month

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: The Balancing Path: Interconnected Elements (Fire, Water, Earth, & Air)

I have spent a fair amount of time working with the elements: Earth, Water, Fire, & Air, plus Spirit and Void. In my experience, the elements are worlds away from the isolated energetic bastions of oppositional power which they are often portrayed as.

Read more…

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: Sky World- By Bear Fox performed by Teio Swathe

We’re not promised another day on this earth, but we can only hope that when we lose the people we love that we will see them again! If you heart is hurting for your loved ones who have gone to the other side camp, be encouraged that you will see them again!

___________________________

Inner Journey:

SEEK INSIGHTS

“The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”
— Aristotle

INSIGHTS happen only when we shift to a higher, more inclusive perspective. As we grow in wisdom and experience, we become less attached to the form of reality and more aware of its spiritual side – its qualities, values and meaning. As we get to know ourselves as souls, we begin to let go of the self-consciousness of the ego. This allows us to more effectively include others and work with the whole picture.

When there is more in sight, we get more insights.

Try becoming aware of those times when you focus on differences. At those times, STOP and PAY ATTENTION and IDENTIFY SIMILARITIES INSTEAD. See how all parts fit into a bigger picture. Expand your perspectives. Find common causes, motives and needs. Go to another level of thinking and problem solving. Be open to using more imagination and creativity. Shift your thinking from “either/or” to “both/and” and be prepared for more insights.

“Insight occurs when, and to the degree that, one knows oneself.”
— Andrew Schneider

“We are not what we know. We are what we are willing to learn.”
— Council on Ideas

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe 

Your attention, please…

Your attention, please…

This… is the Universe.

Today I’ll be recording your every thought and emotion, no matter how “good” or “bad,” no matter how generous or stingy, and no matter how helpful or hurtful they may be. And everything I record… will be played back for you, as soon as possible, as some type of physical manifestation in time and space.

Thank you, that is all –

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Cucumber and Pea Salad

“Cucumbers meet peas in this creamy side dish garnished with finely chopped walnuts and basil leaves.”

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, 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, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume), works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 5, 2020 

Value
“There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.”

-Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

 
A lot of times we think of value in terms of money. On “Antiques Roadshow” we watch with interest as various pieces are given a certain dollar value. But that dollar amount is only one measure of the item’s value. If some heirloom has been in the family for generations, and represents a kind of family history, then the sentimental value for its owner may be much more than the dollar amount. He may not be willing to part with it for any sum of money! There’s an old saying that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

It’s possible that a trust has been violated or a relationship may be hurt by a broken promise, or you sense that this might happen soon. Until you know for sure who and what might be involved, take no action, although the discreet question asked of a trustworthy person might be all right, though still risky. Make no accusations but respect your own self-interest

astrology.com

___________________________
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 June 2, 2020

CMB Flowers and Coffee

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 2, 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

_________________________

June Events and Holidays

June 5: Full Strawberry Moon at 12:12 pm PST/ 1:12 pm MST/ 3:12 pm EST

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

____________________________

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.
-Beekeepers’ saying, mid-17th century

___________________________

Spirit Library: Focus on Your Inner Life (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently the incoming energies are getting stronger and stronger intensifying our soul’s impulse to evolve. Global events and circumstances are forcing a dramatic shift in our perspective urging us to find a new way of living and being in the world.

Read more….

____________________________

ThoughtCo: Understanding Omens and Symbols

For many practitioners of various magical traditions, there is a tendency to look for and find symbolism in everything, particularly in aspects of nature. Often, these symbols are interpreted as omens.

Read more….

___________________________

MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope: Here’s Why Wednesday Is Such A Big Day For Love

On Tuesday, June 2, romantic Venus hits some turbulence with her cosmic co-pilot Mars as the two planets assemble into a complicated square (90-degree angle).

Read more……

____________________________

Daily Dream Meaning: Exam

1. An upcoming crisis in the attainment of a cherished goal.
2. If the dreamer fails the exam, or if he awakens before knowing whether he passed or failed, the goal may be unfeasible at this time and should be re-examined.
3. If the dreamer passes the exam, then, in spite of obstacles, he has it in him to get what he wants.
Astrological parallel: Saturn or Uranus.
Tarot parallel: The Tower.

astrology.com

____________________________

Daily Good: Wells of Living Water

Poet and writer, Ron Hobbs, has explored life from many angles and has the stories to prove it. He writes, Many years later I was working on a tramp-steamer that had pulled into Haiti. I hiked off on my own to learn the island. It was hot and mid-afternoon and I thirsted. I saw an old woman working her garden. Ma’am. Ma’am! Excuse me. I’m a stranger here and I am thirsty. Could I please have a drink of water?
{ read more }

Be The Change
What accounts for the mysterious depth of refreshment a drink of good cold water bestows when one is parched on a hot day? Is it a demonstration – rarely recognized as such – that we are each a sentient particle of the cosmos?

____________________________

(Cat’s side notes: This would be a fun project for a little one to make for the Litha/Mid Summer Sabbat)

Today’s DIY: Felt Flower Wand

Since I love plants and flowers, my son made this all on his own as a Mother’s Day gift. I was really impressed that I was able to capture some of the steps in his project (as I didn’t have a clue he was making it for me until I realized it was a gift).

Read more….

____________________________

Elephant Journal: 3 Buddhist Teachings to help us through Strange & Upsetting Times.

For most of us, the pandemic has been both extremely difficult and a breath of fresh air.
One thing is for sure: like no other time have I had to lean on the wisdom teachings of my spiritual life.

Read more….

_____________________________

MNN: 7 things you never knew about dragonflies

Arriving on the scene around 300 million years ago, dragonflies were one of the first insects to inhabit this planet. They’ve had a long time to perfect the art of flying, hunting and just being amazing. Here are seven facts that will change the way you look at these unique, ancient and incredibly varied insects.

Read more…

____________________________

EarthSky News:  Virgo? Here’s your constellation

The constellation Virgo the Maiden fully returns to sky at nightfall – with her feet planted on the eastern horizon – by late April and early May. Virgo appears in the evening sky on late May, June and July evenings, too. Then by late August or September, Virgo begins her descent into the glow of evening twilight.

Read more….

________________________
Patheos-Pagan: Working Magic: A Spell Mandala for Clarity

Drawing an oracle card from the Flower Magic Oracle deck gave me a focus for working some magic. This week’s card is honeysuckle, the meaning of which is – clarity. So, I have given the meaning of the card below along with some other correspondences for ‘clarity’.

Read more….

_____________________________

Pagan Playlist: The Fire Within: A Guided Meditation to Release Negativity

___________________________

Inner Journey:

BALANCE MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL

“What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?”
— Jacob Needleman

Our personality has a need for security. As a human in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.

What draws most of your attention, time and energy: spiritual growth or money? Reflect on (or better yet, journal on) the balance or lack of balance of these two in your life.

“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

higherawareness.com
_____________________________

A Note from the Universe
Primitive societies live by the Rule of Might, and the strong prevail.

Advanced societies live by the Rule of Law, and the privileged prevail.

Enlightened societies live by the Rule of Love, and everyone is lifted higher.

Love on,

The Universe

tut.com

_________________________
Today’s Recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

Read more….

__________________________________
Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, 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
Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

_________________________
Daily Wisdom
June 2, 2020
Value
“The Worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.”

-James Kelly (18th cent.)

 
It’s that insatiable desire for something that keeps us at it. It’s that burning passion that compels us to work hard, to not give up, to stay focused and on target. We can cite countless examples of people who have worked to build their own businesses, or buy their own home. It works the same way with our spiritual growth. Do we have a burning desire for it? Do we work at it every day? Do we make it a priority in our lives?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

_________________________________

Daily Tarot: The Magician

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

astrology.com

___________________________
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/