Cat’s Morning Bits for January 19, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 19, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depecited with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

January Events

Jan. 1 Happy New Year! Welcome 2021

Jan. 1 Ellis Island Day

Jan. 3 J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 5 Twelfth Night

Jan. 12/13 New Moon 9:00 pm PST/ 10:00 pm MST/ 12:00 am EST

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 19 Sun enters Aquarius

Jan. 20 Inauguration Day USA

Jan. 21 Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins

Jan. 27 Holocaust Memorial Day

Jan. 28 Full “Wolf” Moon 11:16 am PST/ 12:16 pm MST/ 2:16 pm .m. EST

Jan. 30 Mercury Retrograde until Feb. 20


Spirit Library: Decidedly on Track (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The very fabric of our society is crumbling giving us with the opportunity to break free from the chains of the past. Since the New Moon last week the incoming energies have been growing in intensity emphasizing the clash that is occurring between the old and the new.

Read more….

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Pioneer Thinking: Natural Cleaning with Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil is one of the most popular of the essential oils. It is one of the strongest natural antiseptics, commonly referred to as the “Universal Antiseptic.” This quality makes it one of the most worthwhile ingredients in homemade cleaning recipes.

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Spiritual Unite: PINE TREE SYMBOLISM – PROTECTION AND IMMORTALITY

The pine tree is one of the most recognisable trees in the world.

The Pine Tree is one of the most widely used tree symbolism the world over.

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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Cardinal Spirit Guide – Ask the Spirit Guides Oracle – Totem Animal, Power Animal – Magical Crafting

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MBG: How To Listen To Your Own Inner Voice & Why It’s So Important

Whether your inner voice loud and clear or more of a whisper, listening to it can be a great source of guidance when you need it most.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Creativity & COVID-19

Our genius is to understand and stand beneath the set of stars present at our birth, and from that place, to seek the hidden single star, over the night horizon, we did not know we were following.

  • David Whyte –

Creativity & COVID-19

“In some recent discussions with friends who are also creatives, I have heard a variety of responses to the question, ‘How has Covid-19 affected your creativity?’Some have been inspired to create new work. Others have spoken about a year of fallowness. It’s a term we rarely if ever hear in a culture devoted to–or better put, obsessed with–constant productivity. Take agribusiness: every acre and every creature must give maximum yield all the time, even though that is un-natural. Nature functions in cycles, and one part of that is rest, which leads to renewal. Traditionally, that was the way people understood cultivation: “And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and gather in the increase thereof; but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie fallow…” Mirka Knaster shares more in this thoughtful essay. { read more }

Be The Change

Reflect on the question for yourself: How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

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Today’s DIY: Making my Favorite Whipped Body Butter WITH RECIPE!!!!

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Elephant Journal: 11 Insightful Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe to Stir our Dark Side.

Like many young adults, I was fascinated by gothic music, art, architecture, fashion, and naturally, literature.
During my college years, I wore black and discovered my gloomy side for the first time in my life. So, when I was asked to prepare a thesis for my graduation, without even blinking, I chose a short story by Edgar Allan Poe: Ligeia.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 12 Remarkable Facts About Rattlesnakes

Because they are adaptable enough to live in desert sand dunes, wet swamplands, and green meadows, rattlesnakes can be found in a diverse range of habitats throughout the United States, Mexico, and South America.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mars, Uranus January 19, 20, 21

These next several evenings – January 19, 20 and 21, 2021 – watch for the waxing moon to sweep into the neighborhood of the bright planet Mars and and the faint planet Uranus, the 4th and 7th planets outward from the sun, respectively. (Incidentally, the 5th and 6th planets from the sun – Jupiter and Saturn – are not visible at present, because they sit too close to the afterglow of sunset.)

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Finding Peace in a World That’s Gone Mad

Transition and change are amidst us in this crazy, mad world. The last year has faced multiply challenges and drastic changes. Adjusting to the turmoil and finding a spot of peace can be a trick to master. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Swamp Witch- Jim Stafford

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Inner Journey: REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Can you imagine having made a difference in so many lives that people everywhere talk about you for the rest of their lives?

Can you imagine truly leaving the world a better place than you found it?

Can you imagine that all the angels might know your name?

Cat, you have. It’s done. They do.

My child is kicking butt in time and space –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

These savory jalapeño poppers are a great plant-based party or game day appetizer. Diced mushrooms add a “meaty” addition with the absence of bacon, and vegan cheese substitutes keep this appetizer vegan.

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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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
January 19, 2021

Sleep
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

-Thomas Dekker


Any doctor will tell you that sleep is an important aspect of our overall health. This is the time when we can really rest and heal. We go, go, go all day long – we put so much stress on our minds and bodies working all the time, and running around everywhere. When we sleep this is the only time we really don’t expect ourselves to do anything! And this is the time that our bodies can do the work that it needs to do to keep us in top form.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

Today can be easy if you don’t try to swim upstream. Do what’s expected of you (and what you need to do, anyway) and don’t rebel, at least not outwardly. You’re given plenty of authority to convince people to help you if necessary, and there should be few if any arguments. Be calm, respect authority, and you’ll automatically be given the respect you deserve, plus more. Get a lot done!

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. AND 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 13, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 13, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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

January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depecited with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future.

January Events

Jan. 1 Happy New Year! Welcome 2021

Jan. 1 Ellis Island Day

Jan. 3 J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 5 Twelfth Night

Jan. 12/13 New Moon 9:00 pm PST/ 10:00 pm MST/ 12:00 am EST

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 19 Sun enters Aquarius

Jan. 20 Inauguration Day USA

Jan. 21 Celtic Tree Month of Rowan begins

Jan. 27 Holocaust Memorial Day

Jan. 28 Full “Wolf” Moon 11:16 am PST/ 12:16 pm MST/ 2:16 pm .m. EST

Jan. 30 Mercury Retrograde until Feb. 20


Spirit Library: Energised from Above and Below (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Now is a time where we must harness the energy of our soul, our heart, our mind and our spirit to bring forth the structures need for a new reality.

Read more….

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Spiritual Unite: CELTIC TREE OF LIFE MEANING – NATURE AND LINKING REALMS

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

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Creation of the World in Norse Mythology

In Norse mythology, there are 9 worlds that are divided among three levels all held together by the world tree, Ygdrasil. But the nine worlds and Ygdrasil were not there in the beginning.

Read more….

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The Swan Spirit Guide – Ask the Spirit Guides Oracle – Totem Animal, Power Animal – Magical Crafting

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MBG: How An Astrologer Connects Her Wellness Practices To The Cosmos

In this excerpt from her new book Cosmic Health, astrologer Jennifer Racioppi shares her five pillars for living in sync with nature and the cosmos. Beyond reading your horoscope daily, Racioppi says these practices can help you glean more strength, connection, and purpose from the natural world that surrounds you.

Read more

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Today’s DIY: Polish Me Body Scrub

Here is a super simple body scrub recipe that you can make right now at home because you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen.

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Elephant Journal: 5 Powerful Hug Substitutes if you’re Flying Solo & Craving Touch Right Now.

“Happy new year, Momma,” I said.
I could feel the knot welling up in my throat. “I love you. I’m sending you the biggest virtual hug right now.”

Read more…..

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Treehugger: Why Does My Cat Sleep on Me?

Sometimes cats prefer to nap in a private perch or choose the safety of a hidden nook, but sooner or later, most cats end up sleeping on their owner’s lap, chest, or even head.

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EarthSky News: Tonight is New Year’s Eve in the Julian calendar

Today’s date – January 13, 2021 – may be just another Monday in the Gregorian calendar, but it’s the last day of the year by the Julian calendar, which was first introduced to the world by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. It’s the Julian New Year, sometimes called the Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year.

Read more

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Patheos-Pagan: Ways to Ground, Center and Shield

If your world at the moment feels off the rails, either the world at large, or your personal sphere, it is usually a clear reminder to ground, center and shield.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Celtic Music – Children of Éire

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Inner Journey: COMMUNICATING WITHOUT WORDS

“The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.”
— Martha Graham

Every movement and non-movement we make is a form of communication.

How do you communicate fear, withdrawal, avoidance, shutting down, disagreeing, and an uncaring attitude?

If you aren’t sure, others can probably tell you. Begin to pay attention to what your eyes and arms and facial expressions communicate. Our body language speaks louder than our words.

“An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self-being; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.”
— Karl Jaspers

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

For the record, here’s what really matters, every single day:

That you know how much you’re loved.

Mean it,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cast Iron Pizza

The best thing about cooking is practice makes perfect, and I wanted to create perfection with homemade pizza. Here, I will share with you my pizza dough I make at home.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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.

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Daily Wisdom
January 13, 2021

Speech
“Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.”

-Seneca the Younger (5? B.C. – C.E. 65)


One way that we can be true to ourselves is with our speech. Are we saying what we mean? Are we meaning what we say? When we are in harmony with our words and our actions, we are in harmony with life. It takes too much time and energy to say things just because we are “supposed to.” It has to feel right, it has to resonate within us, for it to be real.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Wake up with a bright, buoyant spirit that will prevent any snag or difficulty from getting you down. You should acknowledge no setbacks or let any problem get in your way. If something comes up that needs more attention, you’ll deal with it without thinking twice. You can deal with any delay and make a quick if not instantaneous recovery.

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 22, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 22, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Reignite Your Enthusiasm for Life (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This weekend we are being prepared for the upcoming Solstice. The Solstice is always a powerful time but this one is noticeably different as it coincides with the Great Jupiter Saturn Conjunction and marks the completion of a vast cycle of growth, learning and development.

Read more…..

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Cernunnos The Horned God of Celtic Mythology – (Celtic Mythology Explained)

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Spiritual Unite: MOUSE SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – SO MIGHTY

If you have the mouse spirit animal, you have the unique symbolism of the mouse as a way to help guide you.

Your spirit animal can offer insight into the areas of your life that need your attention.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Ogham Symbol Gallery

The Celtic Ogham alphabet has long been shrouded in mystery, but many Pagans use these ancient symbols as tools of divination, although there’s no real documentation of how the symbols were used originally. You can make your own Ogham divination set by drawing the symbols on cards or notching them into straight sticks.

Read more…..

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Daily Good: Learning to Love Winter’s Night

Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

T.S. Eliot –

Learning to Love Winter’s Night

“I have put on good attitudes before and found ways of accepting situations –thankfully, I found ways out of some–while creating the semblance of normalcy. But for me, a change of attitude wasn’t enough. It didn’t go deep enough. It wasn’t always reliable. In order to live happily in Toronto, I needed to be able to love deeply, loving the people who live here and the place where I live. And especially, I needed to be able to know the dark, maybe even to love it.” Barbara Wright George shares more in this excerpt from her book, “Learning to Love: On the Way to Experience.” { read more }

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Patheos- New Visions: Loving the Gateways

What you have to attempt [is] to be yourself. What you have to
pray for [is] to become a mirror in which, according to the
degree of purity of heart you have attained, the greatness of life
will be reflected.

Read more….

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MBG: Capricorn Season Is All About Ambition: 7 Ways To Channel The Strong Sign

Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” you will feel this prevailing astrological energy—no matter what your Sun sign. Capricorn season 2020–2021 spans the holidays, beginning Monday, December 21, and ending Tuesday, January 19.

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Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg

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Today’s DIY: Spice Painting: Turn Old Spices and Seasoning Into a Paint Project

Spice painting is a creative and zero-waste way to use expired spices and seasoning as a crafting project for the whole family. This low-cost DIY craft requires few materials and is a great option for sensory play. In a matter of minutes, past due spices can be transformed into an artist’s palette, full of scents, textures, and colors that stimulate all the senses.

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Treehugger: 11 Animals That Hibernate That Aren’t Bears

Hibernation is an amazing physiological feat that is necessary for animal survival. Bears are the animals most known for hibernating, but they aren’t the only ones. Turtles, snakes, wood frogs, and groundhogs are other animals that engage in some form of hibernation. Take a look at some of the animals that like to hide until spring arrives.

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mars, Uranus December 22-24

These next several nights – December 22, 23 and 24, 2020 – use the waxing gibbous moon to find the red planet Mars, and Mars as your guide “star” to the planet Uranus. Whereas Mars is bright and easy to see – outshining Uranus by nearly 300 times – you’re not likely to view dim Uranus in the moonlit glare. Even on a dark. moonless night, Uranus is barely perceptible to the unaided eye as a faint speck of light.

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Patheos-Pagan: A Winter Solstice Reflection in 2020

Humans are social animals.

Our closest genetic relatives – the chimpanzees – live in extended family groups of as few as twenty or as many as a hundred individuals. Humans evolved living in similar sized groups.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Isolation – Nox Arcana

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Inner Journey: WHAT’S IMPORTANT?

“Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.”
— Stephen Covey

Time management is all about making decisions. At each step of the way, we want to choose activities that best support what we want to do with our lives. To do this, we need to be clear about our short and long-term goals.

Here’s a general question to ask yourself often: “Is this the best use of my time in terms of meeting my goals?” Sometimes, of course, we don’t have any choice. But ask yourself honestly, “Could I take more control if I really wanted to?” Often, we play the victim because we don’t want to make the effort to change our behaviour.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.'”
— Lao-Tzu

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Young souls play hard to get.

Mature souls, play hard.

But old souls, just play…

La, la, la –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms and are my guy’s absolute favorite.

Read more….

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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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
December 22, 2020

Family
“The whole world is my family.”

-Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)


There is so much truth, and so much simplicity in this statement. The whole world really is our family. We are each connected to the other. When we can all see this, feel this, understand it and accept it in our hearts, then there will truly be peace on earth. For how then could there be anything less?

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

No matter how routine and ordinary you may feel about today’s duties and demands, you can bolster your spirit by remembering what inspires you. There are role models, ideals, dreams, and aspirations that can inform and improve even the simplest and most modest of your activities. Act with integrity and pride, and instill everything you do with that integrity and pride. Hold your head high.

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 December 11, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 11, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Embrace Where Life Has Taken You (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are in a time of integration as we assimilate the upgrades, shifts and changes we have experienced over the past year. Anything that isn’t in alignment with our soul has been transformed,

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A Simple Way to Add Witchcraft to Your Everyday

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Spiritual Unite: SPIDER SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – CONTROL YOUR DARK SIDE

When your spider spirit animal appears in your life, it symbolizes your creativity, feminine energy, and patience.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: 7 Goddesses of Empowerment

Think you’d like to embrace the sacred feminine as part of your spiritual development? Here are seven goddesses from around the globe who embody female strength and empowerment in a number of different ways. See which one resonates with you the most!

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MBG: A Neuroscientist On The Benefits Of Essential Oils & How To Use Them

Aside from just smelling nice, essential oils have a myriad of physical and mental health benefits. So, when it comes to understanding how they work with the body—and how best to use them—

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The Snake Queen – Eastern European Myth – Extra Mythology

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Today’s DIY: 11 Great Mason Jar Gifts

Mason jars are incredibly useful. They’re the perfect containers for everything from kitchen staples to craft supplies to a cold pint of beer and, best of all, they can be reused forever (as long as you don’t break them).

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Elephant Journal: Confessions of the Feral: Deconstructing Myths for Wild Women.

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with being a good girl.
I’m not very good at it.

I’ve got a rebel streak as wide, wild, and winding as the Yellowstone River, which I grew up next to, and my nature is much like the mountainous climate where I live—unpredictable. I like me this way.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?

If you’ve ever had a dog, it’s likely that, at one time or another, you’ve taken part in a staring contest with your pet. Read more…..

Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?

One of the more disconcerting moments in the lives of cat owners is waking up to a pair (or worse, pairs) of wide, glowing eyes watching them in the dark. Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Geminid meteors best on December 13-14

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors on the night of December 13-14 (Sunday night till dawn Monday). The peak morning is likely to be Monday, December 14, 2020. These colorful meteors tend to be bright.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Herbal Magick of Mistletoe : Kiss Me Twice

Yule means trees, fires, and mistletoe. The darkest night of the year is traditionally a time for magick and mystery. Mistletoe has always carried a high spiritual vibration. In nature, it grows attached to another plant, usually an oak or other hardwood tree.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt Full Circle

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO AWARENESS

“Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best wecan. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.”
— Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why do we want to become more aware?

If we remain unaware, we:
•repeat the past,
•remain stuck in relationships,
•live superficial, literal and one dimensional lives,
•lack experiences of love and beauty, and
•have limited connection to others and the universe.

With awareness, we are fully involved with life. Awareness is sensing deeply and sensitively for what really is. To do this, we need to approach the present as totally new. When we can be open and attentive in each moment, we begin to free ourselves fromthe conditioning of the past and the suffering that it so often brings.

“If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you.”
— Sheng Yen

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

A thought on the “hows”:

Just because you’re not to mess with them doesn’t mean you’re not to get busy doing all you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are.

The difference is in how you see what you do: you don’t do all you can with an eye to hitting a home run, but with an understanding that for each door you knock upon and every stone you turn over, you’re pitching the ball to me.

The more balls you pitch, the greater my options, and the farther the balls will sail.

Batter up,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms

A great from-scratch salisbury steak and gravy recipe I found a long time ago. The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice. The gravy is still good without mushrooms. I’ve made it for my husband that way.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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.

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Daily Wisdom
December 11, 2020

Morning
“It’s completely usual for me to get up in the morning, take a look around, and laugh out loud.”

-Barbara Kingsolver


Our attitude has everything to do with how the day goes for us. When we approach our activities with a sense of fun and light-heartedness, it affects our environment, and the people around us. Time passes by more quickly, and we enjoy ourselves so much more.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Act with boldness, but not too much, and make this an easy and productive day. If something challenging or unexpected arises at work or with family, be receptive and stand your ground. Don’t push back until you know what it is you’re up against. Then if needed, give as well as you get. You can do this tactfully.

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 December 9, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Tension & Release (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The spiral dance of life continues as we experience the ups and downs that come with the closing of a cycle. During most of this year each experience, challenge, transformation and transition has guided us to penetrate the centre of our lives, the space where the pulse of life is strongest, the realm of our soul.

Read more…

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Spiritual Unite: EVERGREEN TREE SYMBOLISM – THRIVING THROUGH HARDSHIP

There are two broad types of trees: deciduous and evergreen.

By far the most common is deciduous, which covers all trees that lose their leaves (or other foliage) for at least part of the year.

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ThoughtCo: History of Yule

The Pagan holiday called Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21 in the northern hemisphere (below the equator, the winter solstice falls around June 21). On that day, an amazing thing happens in the sky above us. The earth’s axis tilts away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, and the sun reaches its greatest distance from the equatorial plane.

Read more…..

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Patheos / New Visions: The Agreement

Like someone who falls
from a height into the water,
I’m past the fall and living
in the depth I fell into. Now
I must plant two seeds,

Read more……

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Ganesha – Parvati and Shiva’s Son – Extra Mytholog

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Today’s DIY: Lemon Drop Body Scrub

How to make a homemade body scrub that is also gentle enough to use on your face.

Read More…

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A Guide to the Heathen Holidays

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Elephant Journal: How to Dance with the Masculine & Feminine Energies in our Daily Lives.

Sometimes I find it hard to balance my energetic, spiritual, and feminine-based practices with my controlling, action-oriented, project managing, masculine task-based practices

Read more….

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Treehugger: 9 Riveting Facts About Raccoons

Raccoons are smart and handy critters and, because they don’t face many threats, there are plenty of them all over most of North America. Although they can be entertaining to watch, they aren’t the safest of animals. Discover what’s behind these and other interesting facts about the clever raccoon.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: See Moon, Spica, Venus before dawn

Before dawn – December 10, 2020 – watch for the waning crescent moon to pair up with the star Spica in your eastern sky. Spica, a blue-white gem of a star, is the brightest star to light up the constellation Virgo the Maiden, and serves as a prime example of a 1st-magnitude star. Spica ranks as the 15th brightest in all the heavens.

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Patheos-Pagan: Yuleing: Bringing Light Into The Darkness Through Gifting

Three years ago, when my family and I began our 3 Pagans and a Cat podcast, we got the idea to start something we call the 3 PaaC Yuleing. Basically, it is a gift exchange between listeners who choose to sign up (penpal style). The participants send their partner a gift, a $5 suggested price inspired by a profile filled out during sign-up.

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Pagan Playlist: The Fairy King – Ashley Serena & Ryan Louder

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Inner Journey: LOVE LIFE AND YOURSELF

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

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

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

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

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

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

For whatever you do to further your dreams, I will do more for you.

It’s not cheating,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cozy Mulled Wine

Feel all warm and fuzzy this season with this satisfying treat! Quick and easy too! Ladle into glass or mug, trying not to get the seasonings in it, and drink up!

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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.

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Daily Wisdom
December 9, 2020

Morning
“I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day. No dust has settled on one’s mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things.”

-George Eliot, 1859


Somehow we see things differently in the light of a new day. When we have a big decision to make, we often say “let me sleep on it,” knowing that after a rest we’ll have a fresh perspective and be able to think more clearly.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Relax, take a deep breath, and don’t let any feelings of anxiety derail your plans for the day. A certain level of nervousness may be in the air today but it doesn’t have to be contagious and you don’t have to catch it. If a touch of anxiety serves to give you a greater sense of caution, that can be a good thing.

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 November 17, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 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

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November Events

Nov 1 All Saints Day

Nov 1 Daylight Savings Ends 2 am (Fall back 1 hr)

Nov 3 Election Day (USA)

Nov 8 Moon 3rd Qtr 7:56am PST/ 6:46 am MST/ 8:46 am EST

Nov 11 Veterans Day

Nov 14/15 New Moon at 9:07 pm PST/ 10:07 pm MST/ 12:07 am EST

Nov 14 Hindu Festival of Diwali

Nov 25 Celtic Month of Elder begins

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Nov 30 Full Moon 1:29 am PST/ 2:29 am MST/ 4:29 am EST

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Spirit Library: Suspended Between Two Worlds (a message from Kate Spreckley)

With yesterday’s New Moon the urge to find purpose and meaning in our lives is building as the energies continue to push us forward. New Moons are a good time to plant seeds for the future.

Read more…

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The Dove Spirit Guide – Ask the Spirit Guides Oracle – Totem Animal, Power Animal – Magical Crafting

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Spiritual Unite: WHAT DOES THE COLOUR GREEN MEAN SPIRITUALLY?

Colour is a vital part of life as a human being. Since the dawn of time, we have taken clues from the colours of the world and used them to enhance our lives.

Read more

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ThoughtCo: Cerridwen: Keeper of the Cauldron

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.

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MBG: 3 Minutes To Mindfulness: A Quick Guided Meditation To Do Anytime

Transitions are difficult to navigate—and we’re dealing with a lot of them right now. Between the changing seasons, the days getting shorter, the transition of leadership currently underway in the U.S., and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there’s no shortage of stressors these days.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Essential oil distillation home made , rosemary – Huile essentielle distillation maison, romarin

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Elephant Journal: 7 Things You Can Do to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

It’s more than just the Winter Blues.
The holidays are upon us, there’s an invigorating chill in the air, celebrations to enjoy, but you’re feeling anything but festive? Does your body feel heavy and leaden, your mind sluggish and unclear.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 11 Facts About Coast Redwoods, the Tallest Trees in the World

Sturdy, stalwart, and superlatively statuesque, California’s coast redwoods stand out as some of the most impressive organisms on the planet.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: November’s young moon and December’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

From November 18 to 21, 2020, as darkness falls, use the waxing crescent moon to locate the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, now headed for their once-in-20-years great conjunction on the December 21 solstice. Jupiter is the brighter of these two worlds, outshining Saturn by 12 times.

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Patheos-Pagan: I No Longer Invoke The Elements At the Quarters, Here’s Why

A few years ago, I stopped invoking the elements (earth, air, fire, and water) at the quarters when casting a circle. Working with them in this way had felt wrong to me for some time.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: OMNIA (Official) – I don’t speak Human

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Inner Journey: DARE TO RISK

“To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love.”
— Leo Buscaglia

Daring to risk is an essential step to self empowerment. This is the key to breaking out of stuck thinking and behaviour. It is about breaking through the comfort zones and barriers. It is about experiencing new levels of mind and feelings. It is about experiencing more life.

“A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Only those who risk going too far can know how far they can go.”
— Unknown source

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

In poll after poll we’ve discovered that perhaps the very best thing about being truly enlightened is possessing that rapturous feeling of wanting to explode out of your skin with absolute joy, letting rip a couple of, “Oh, Momma, Hallelujah!”s… yet… being able to contain yourself, without expressing so much as a hint of your ecstasy around those who just wouldn’t understand.

Just thought you’d like to know.

Oh, Momma, Hallelujah!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Twice Baked Potato Casserole With Bacon

A slight twist to an old favorite, this cheesy recipe will surely set their mouths to watering. For a creamier casserole, use a potato masher and mash potatoes thoroughly.

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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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
November 17, 2020

Searching
“We find what we search for – or, if we don’t find it, we become it.”

-Jessamyn West, Love Is Not What You Think, 1959


I think this is another way of saying “be careful what you wish for.” Let’s keep our “eye on the prize” and keep a look out for those things that make life so precious. Seek love, truth, beauty, wisdom, and peace – for one and for all

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Restlessness and boredom could slow you down and take you off on some unintended tangent. If you can’t break free of the usual routine today, do what’s necessary and perhaps schedule more delicate tasks for another time when it will be easier to be precise and attend to details. Know your own limits and if possible don’t take on something that will only frustrate you. If you must, start slow.

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 November 10, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 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

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November Events

Nov 1 All Saints Day

Nov 1 Daylight Savings Ends 2 am (Fall back 1 hr)

Nov 3 Election Day (USA)

Nov 8 Moon 3rd Qtr 7:56am PST/ 6:46 am MST/ 8:46 am EST

Nov 11 Veterans Day

Nov 14/15 New Moon at 9:07 pm PST/ 10:07 pm MST/ 12:07 am EST

Nov 14 Hindu Festival of Diwali

Nov 25 Celtic Month of Elder begins

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)

Nov 30 Full Moon 1:29 am PST/ 2:29 am MST/ 4:29 am EST

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Spirit Library: Reconstruction (a message from Kate Spreckley)

At this time every event that has occurred is a creation that allows us to take a positive step forward on our path. Each experience offers us lessons in truth, integrity and the virtues of compassion and forgiveness.

Read more……

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She Is Of The Woods: Let’s dig up some Chicory root!

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Spiritual Unite: MOTH SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Moth spirit animal signifies that you are hiding your problems from yourself and others around you.

It also represents optimism in the face of adversity, as well as searching for the light in your life.

Read more……..

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ThoughtCo: Magical Oils 101

Our ancestors used oils in ceremony and ritual hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Because many essential oils are still available, we can continue making our own blends today. In the past, oils were created by placing oil or fat over a heat source, and then adding fragrant herbs and flowers to the oil.

Read more….

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MBG: What It Means When You Have An Orange Aura + How To Work With It

In spiritual circles, auras are unseen energy fields that surround all living things and tend to take on a particular color or colors. Your own aura can change day to day, and even minute to minute, depending on your mood and emotions.

Read more……

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Poseidon and Amphitrite: The God and the Queen of the Seas – Greek Mythology – See U in History

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Today’s DIY: Candle Making Jars & Containers

The great thing about candle making containers is that you can get really creative with them! You could buy them or you can use materials found at your home.

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Daily Good: The Gentle Art of Blessing

To bless all without distinction is the ultimate form of giving, because those you bless will never know from whence came the sudden ray that burst through the clouds of their skies, and you will rarely be a witness to the sunlight in their lives.

Pierre Pradervand –

The Gentle Art of Blessing

“On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth, for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the universe and awaiting each and all.” Pierre Pradervand is the author of ‘The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World.’ He posits that making the conscious choice to bless every person or being in your life can truly make a world of difference. More here. { read more }

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Treehugger: Welcome to the Odditree Society
It is dedicated to the admiration of trees shaped unusually by their surroundings.

If you’ve ever paused to admire an unusual-looking tree, then you already understand the appeal and allure of an “odditree.” This is a tree whose appearance “deviates from what is to be expected, often in response to external conditions.”

Read more….

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Scientists Don’t Know Why Polaris Is So Weird

Humans have long relied on the starry sky to push into new frontiers, sail to the very edge of the world and find their way back home again. Even animals look to the stars to guide them on their epic migrations.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: Snow Magic

Water exists in 3 states; liquid, solid and gas; this is one of the things that makes it such a unique and powerful element! It has the power to exist in 3 different states, and to transform in three different ways. It really is amazing if you think about it. Combine that with that knowledge that Dr. Emoto’s work uncovered and it really can leave you in awe of such a strange and powerful element.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: OMNIA (Official) – The Sheenearlahi Set

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Inner Journey: QUESTION YOUR INTENTION

“Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else ….”
— Archibald Alexander

Why are you doing what you are doing?

Throughout the day, continually ask yourself about your underlying motivation. Are you doing what you are doing for selfish, manipulative or fearful reasons, or in honest service? Maybe you will see that much of your activity lacks purpose. This is a great way to become more conscious.

Your intention and motives are fundamental to the results you receive. Set high intentions and your life will blossom.

“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

When you focus upon anything at all it’s like a call goes out to every corner of the Universe, summoning ideas, strength, courage, insight, resources, and whatever else is needed to manifest whatever it is you’ve been thinking about.

If it’s an answer you need, it will be forthcoming.

If it’s a choice you have to make, your options are calculated and recalculated under each scenario.

If circumstances need to be arranged, then every soul on the planet is consulted.

And if it’s help you need… we’re already there.

When you focus upon anything at all.

Not bad, huh?

It’s who you are,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes

These buttermilk pumpkin pancakes are especially great for cold fall/winter mornings! Serve with syrup.

Read more…..

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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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

The biggest danger you face today is being aloof and thus fail to see an approaching problem. This can cost you the chance to intercept the difficulty and minimize it, if not avoid it all together. Pay attention without getting paranoid, and take nothing and no one for granted. Danger may not lurk within every single shadow, but a small misstep can sometimes cause problems that are way out of proportion to the cause.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 29, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 29, 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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Besides the Autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze.
–Emily Dickinson (1830–86)

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September’s Events:

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Wisdom of Experience (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The incoming energies are both unpredictable and volatile as they move to shift, change and transform our world. As the old framework of our reality continues to dissolve energetic storms will sweep the planet altering and impacting our rapidly expanding consciousness.

Read more…….

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Divine White Light: Reiki for Aura Cleansing

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ThoughtCo: Choosing Crystals

Most people who want to use crystals have a particular purpose in mind. Although some families of minerals are more likely to yield the desired result, not all specimens from the same family have similar properties, whether physical (such as fluorescence) or metaphysical (such as healing). Additionally, not everyone reacts the same way when exposed to a crystal.

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MBG: A Mindful Outdoor Meditation, Inspired By Plant Geometry & Nature’s Healing Powers

Behind every disease pattern is an energetic signal, a pulse that is calling out, a rupture, a crack in the fabric of our being, and it is this the plant is responding to. By tuning in to the energetics of plants and aligning our vibration with theirs, we can, through sympathetic resonance, receive their healing and wisdom.

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The Green Witch: A Simple Way to Add Witchcraft to Your Everyday

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Today’s DIY: Winter is Coming: Time To Crochet (Winter Cowl Pattern)

I am a fan of Game of Thrones, and as such I’m frequently reminded that winter is just around the corner. Beyond that, I’m beginning to feel that turn of the wheel – darker days are coming. It’s easy to forget when the days are warm, and the trees are green,

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Elephant Journal: 4 Sweet Life Lessons we can all Learn from Leaves.

Holding a mirror up to the beauty of the fall season reveals an intrinsic array of life messages.
In times of chaos, trees, and more specifically their leaves, unearth advice worth heeding.

Ready to experience their inspiration? Here is how:

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Treehugger: 10 Interesting Facts About American Green Tree Frogs

The American green tree frog is a staple of summer nights in the U.S. South, where its groaning call echoes through countless swamps, forests, fields, and backyards. Yet even for many people who share their habitats, hear them sing, and sometimes see them by their porch lights, these frogs are easily overlooked and undervalued.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Moon and Fomalhaut in late September

These next several nights – September 28, 29 and 30, 2020 – use the bright waxing gibbous moon to find the star Fomalhaut. It’s one of our sky’s 1st-magnitude stars, or brightest stars, and appears in a part of the sky that’s largely empty of other bright stars. For this reason, Fomalhaut is often called the Lonely One or Solitary One.

Read more…….

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Patheos-Pagan: Feel The Change You Wish To See In The World

There’s a powerful concept in the witching world that’s not often spoken about–the magic of feeling the change in energy whenever we release our intentions into the world..

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Pagan Playlist: “I Put a Spell on You” (Sanderson Sisters) Cover by Robyn Adele ft Darcy Wright and Sarah Krauss

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Inner Journey: EXPLORE YOUR FEARS

“Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.”
— Marilyn Ferguson

In our world of duality, fear and love sit at opposite ends of the continuum. Fear belongs only to the personality because it believes in separation and impermanence. The soul never knows fear because it understands the unity of all.

When fear arises, we can invite our soul to sit with our frightened personality. What soul energies are waiting to be acknowledged? When we bring higher energies into the presence of lower energies, the lower energies are transformed.

“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear,not how to escape from it.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A Note from the Universe

Whatever you’re going to do today, please, do it to the best of your ability.

As if it were all that mattered; as if it were all you had; and as if your very happiness depended upon it. Because these are among the very truths you came here to learn.

You rock,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Honey Apple Gingerbread Cake

A beautiful rustic cake filled with the taste of Autumn flavors.

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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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
September 29, 2020

Self-Awareness
“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”

-Anais Nin


Self-awareness means also being in touch with the signals that our body gives us. We might try to “fake it” on the outside, but we can’t fool ourselves. The body doesn’t lie. When we get stressed out it can show up in our stomach, or our back, or as a headache. We can use those signals to give our body what it needs to come back into balance – whether it’s a glass of water, a massage, or a nap!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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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

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 28, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 28, 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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O golden month! How high thy gold is heaped!
The yellow birch-leaves shine like bright coins strung
On wands, the chestnut’s yellow pennons tongue
To eery wind its harvest challenge. Steeped
In yellow, still lie fields where wheat was reaped.
-Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-85)

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September’s Events:

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Fairyland Cottage: Forest Ramblings in Autumn – making elderberry syrup

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ThoughtCo: Huehueteotl, God of Life in Aztec Religion, Mythology

Aztec art usually portrays Huehueteotl as a very old man, hunched over with a wrinkled face and a toothless mouth. Huehueteotl is one of very few gods depicted is such an aged state, but it represented his great wisdom.

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MBG: Saturn Retrograde Ends Tuesday — Making This Week A Good Time To Revisit Goals

Attractive forces will be too intoxicating to ignore this Monday, September 28—especially if they’ve been building up for a while.

Read more……

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Daily Good: How to Be at Home

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can.~ Hafiz –

How to Be at Home

This tender animation on the theme of isolation reunites filmmaker Andrea Dorfman with poet Tanya Davis ten years after their first collaboration on the viral film “How To Be Alone.” “How To Be At Home” speaks to what so many of us are going through these days with quarantines, lock-downs and stay-at-home orders. “Lean into loneliness and know youre not alone in it.” And remember: we are connected. { read more }

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Today’s DIY: How to Make Sweater Pumpkins from Sleeves

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Elephant Journal: 5 Grounding Morning Rituals (for Every Damn Day).

In Buddhism, there’s something called the container principle.
The philosophy is that discipline (rules, boundaries, rituals) is more than just a way to get organized or achieve something, it’s the very foundation of freedom (creativity, joy, self-actualization).

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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.

Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet’s densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that.

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EarthSky News: Moon, Fomalhaut in late September

These next several nights – September 28, 29 and 30 – 2020, use the bright waxing gibbous moon to find the star Fomalhaut. This 1st-magnitude star appears in a part of the sky that’s largely empty of bright stars. For this reason, Fomalhaut is often called the Lonely One or Solitary One. It should be bright enough to withstand the lunar glare in late September.

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Patheos-Pagan: Pumpkin Spice Latte Spellwork For Caffeinated Witchcraft

A pumpkin spice latte a day keeps our sanity at bay.

I know that much of my blogging on here as of late has been steeped heavily in warnings and criticisms of our witch and pagan communities. This is obviously because the world we are living in right now is on fire. I also know that this is preventing us from appreciating the little things, such as a nice cup of pumpkin spice latte.

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt- The Dark Night of the Soul

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Inner Journey: WHAT’S DRAINING YOUR ENERGY?

“Energy is equal to desire and purpose.”
— Sheryl Adams

What people, events or things drain your energy? What part of you is not going with the flow? What are you resisting?

Plug your energy leaks and experience what it feels like to work on all cylinders.

Visit our Higher Awareness site for a list of energy drains and energy boosters.

“Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.”
— Wayne Dyer

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A Note from the Universe

Time and space,what a hoot. Look to them for answers, direction, and meaning, and they’ll rock your world in every which way.

Yet discover that they look to you for answers, direction, and meaning, and you will rock the world.

Take my word for it, the latter is your “ticket.”

Tallyho, maestro –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 15 Coffee Cakes Made for Fall Mornings

Autumn brings a welcome return of warming spices, apples, and pumpkin to baking, and you’ll find the flavors of the season in our best fall coffee cakes.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 28, 2020

Self-Awareness
“Best to be yourself, imperial, plain, and true!”

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


How many times have we heard someone give us encouragement by saying: “Just be yourself”? When we were young and needed to make a speech in class, or we were a little too shy to approach our secret crush for a date, a friend or parent would remind us that we had what it takes, that there was no need to be afraid. And, still, today, we need to be reminded. We get nervous, feel that we’re not “as good as” someone else, or that some silly mistake was made and we weren’t supposed to be chosen to give a speech. Self-awareness is knowing who we are, and knowing that we are not only “as good as” or “good enough” but that we are whole and complete, that there is a light within us that shines

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

Take everything and everyone a little bit more seriously today, without getting grim about it. People may bring you requests or problems that they think are shaking up their world, and you should offer at least a token respect for their worries and needs. None of this puts any pressure on you, unless you get emotionally involved. Remember, you have neither the power nor responsibility to fix it all.

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 August 31, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 31, 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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On this scene enter-winged, horned, and spined-
A longlegs, a moth, and a Dumbledore;
While ‘mid my page that idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands.
-Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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Spirit Library: Power & Control (a message from Kate Spreckley)

A new sense of balance must be formed both internally and externally if we, as a human race, are to survive. For this to occur the feminine and masculine energies must being to operate equally in all spheres of life. Both are required for us to build a new, balanced and functional way of being. But for this to come about balance needs to be initiated within us individually.

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Echinacea Tea – Harvesting Echinacea for Tea

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ThoughtCo: Full Moon Magic

The full moon is traditionally a time of spiritual celebration for people all over the world. For those who practice nature-based belief systems, including the many different Pagan religious paths, it’s one of the best times to do some serious magical workings. Here’s how to get started with some simple full moon magic that you can easily do at home.

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MBG: 12 Houses Of The Horoscope: The Themes & Lessons Of Each

The birth chart is like a snapshot of the sky from our vantage point on earth, taken at the exact moment you were born. This chart is divided into twelve segments, also known as the houses. The houses are where the action in the “movie of your life” takes place.

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Daily Good: Beyond Words: A Conversation with Carl Safina

Our relationship to most living things is, and must be I think, a moral one not a practical one.

Beyond Words: A Conversation with Carl Safina

“Safina’s journey in ecology and conservation took him through his PhD and then back to the obvious. I learned this is called anthropomorphizing and you’re not supposed to do that. The orthodox view is that other animals don’t have human thoughts or emotions. I learned all of that and then realized that what I knew when I was seven was actually more accurate.” More in this interview with Safina.

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Be The Change

Don’t let the enormity of all the facets of the environmental problem stop you. We can always do something. We can think about what well eat, who we will vote for, what we will buy, what groups we will support or join, what we will talk about, who we want to be in the world and the list can go on.

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Today’s DIY: DIY Clay Hand Incense holder

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Elephant Journal: A Hilarious Manifesto on the Dumb Sh*t we do to Find “Happiness.”

To make simple things complicated, you need to complicate your mind.
You need to always think about what others think about you. You need to ruminate about your future—the more complex, the better.

We should fill our lives with stuff that we don’t need. We need to buy things that will pile up in our house in the future so that we will stress ourselves out to sort these when the time comes that we realize that they don’t matter to us entirely.

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Treehugger: Why Do Leaves Have Such Different Shapes?

There’s one thing about leaves that science has long agreed upon: They only grow so big as available water allows — but not so big that the whole plant overheats.

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EarthSky News: See the Winter Circle before dawn

Although it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, a major sign of winter now looms large in the predawn/dawn sky. The dazzling planet Venus beams in front of the great big lasso of stars known as the Winter Circle. For the next several days, Venus shines at the eastern border of the Winter Circle, midway between the Procyon, the Little Dog Star, and the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux.

Read more…….

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Patheos-Pagan: Simple Witchery: Book of Shadows and Witch’s Journal


. . . why both are an important part of successful witchcraft.
Whether keeping a BOS, a journal, or both, the key to success lies in developing a consistent practice of recording information in a manageable way.

Read more…….

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Pagan Playlist: Moon Chant

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Inner Journey: SPACE TO EXPLORE

“No one can find his work, what he really wants to put all of himself into, when everything he does he is made to do by others. This kind of searching must be done freely or not at all.”
— John Holt

We all need space — free from demands, deadlines, expectations and judgments — to explore who we are and what life is all about. Free time, with absolutely no agenda, is rich with potential. How can we grow if we have no space and freedom to dream?

“Deny children — or anyone else — the chance to do ‘nothing,’ and we may be denying them the chance to do ‘something’ — to find and do any work that is truly important to themselves or to someone else.”
— John Holt

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A Note from the Universe

It’s not the dazzling voice that makes a singer. Or clever stories that make a writer. And it’s not piles of money that make a tycoon.

It’s having a dream and wanting to live it so greatly that one would rather move with it and “fail” than succeed in another realm.

You so have what it takes,

The Universe
tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Best Make-and-Freeze Pasta Sauces for Quick Dinners Any Time

One of the best ways to get weeknight pasta dinners on the table in a hurry is to have a stockpile of heat-and-serve sauces stashed in the freezer.

Read more…….

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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.

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Daily Wisdom
August 31, 2020

Discovery
“Of all the discoveries which men need to make, the most important, at the present moment, is that of the self-forming power treasured up in themselves.”

-William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)


The word brings discovery to mind images of Christopher Columbus and Thomas Edison. Life is such a great frontier, with so many treasures “our there” for us to find. We can soar into space, we can break down DNA. And now, as always, we need to look within, to discover the wisdom and the power which is an inherent part of our being.

-Lissa Coffey
coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Instinct and impulsive action will cause more trouble than they can solve today, so spend more time reasoning things out and being careful about what you say and do. Asking questions is a good idea. It will get you information you need, and show how thorough, bright, and capable you are. It might take a bit longer, but it will save time and effort in the end.

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/