Cat’s Morning Bits for April 8, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 8, 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walprgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day


Spirit Library: Uncharted Direction (a message from Kate Spreckley)

There is a new world awakening within us which is shifting our priorities, how we think, how we feel and how we perceive ourselves

Read more….

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The Marriage of Zeus and Hera: The Punishment of the Lazy Nymph – Greek Mythology – See U in History

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Spiritual Unite: Meaning Of Life Path Number 16


People born on the 16th day of any month or have a 16 life purpose number or destiny number, or even 79,88,97 or 169 inherit the qualities of number 16.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How to Make a Book of Shadows

The Book of Shadows, or BOS, is used to store information you’ll need in your magical tradition, whatever it may be. Many Pagans feel a BOS should be handwritten, but as technology progresses, some use their computer to store information as well.

Read more….

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: The Heart of the Goddess
by Hallie Iglehart Austen

The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine — culled from cultures around the world — has the potential to change the dominant narrative about human nature and about women’s creativity, beauty, and power, to inspire and unite us, as well as future generations

Read more….

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MBG: 3 Easy Steps To Make Your Breathwork Practice More Calming

If you’ve ever been stuck in your head spinning in overwhelm, feeling yourself starting to spiral downward into negativity, then learning how to breathe to calm your mind and shift anxious thoughts is a skill that will be a game-changer for you.

Read more….

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Daily Good: What is Time and Does it Always Move Forward?

If the universe is movement, it will not be in one direction only. We think of our lives as linear but it is the spin of the earth that allows us to observe time.

  • Jeanette Winterson –

What is Time and Does it Always Move Forward?

“While we take for granted that time has a given direction, physicists don’t: most natural laws are time reversible which means they would work just as well if time was defined as running backwards. So why does time always move forward? And will it always do so?” { read more }

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House Cleansing Without Smoke║Witchcraft 101

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Pioneer Thinking; A Native American Teaching on How to Earn Respect

The following is an excerpt from The Wind Is My Mother, as told by Bear Heart:

“Nokus Ele’, or Bear Paw, the Seminole elder who put me on the ant hill as part of my training, was a medicine man.

Read more….

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Treehugger: The Best Earth Day Books for Kids

An author shares books to empower kids to be stewards of our planet

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Star-hop to the Coma star cluster

Long ago, the Coma star cluster represented the Lion’s tufted tail. It is a beautiful cluster, well worth taking the time to pick out in the night sky. You can see Leo from the suburbs, but you’ll need a dark sky to find the cluster. In mid-evening now, as seen from mid-northern latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, the constellation of the Lion will be high in the southern sky. You’ll see the Lion at nightfall, too, though more in the south-southeastern portion of the sky.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Kuba Cloth – The African Fabric That Tells A Story

Anyone paying attention to interior design lately has noticed an increase in African textiles, most notably Kuba cloth. Kuba cloth is traditionally made by the Kuba people of what is known in modern times as the Democratic Republic of Congo

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Relaxing Celtic Music – Spring Charm

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Inner Journey: PROBLEMS OR SOLUTIONS?

“If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bringeverything into the realm of possibility.”
— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Stop and be aware! Have you been thinking about what you want or what you don’t want?

It’s so easy to lock our minds onto problems rather than opening to receive solutions. But what we think is what we get. This is so important! If we continually focus on problems and negatives, that’s where we’ll stay.

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Would there be any point in giving you the gift of imagination, the freedom to think as you choose, and dreams that set your soul on fire if even a single one of them couldn’t come true?

I think not.

I love you too, too much.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Aloo Gobi Masala (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)

Traditional Indian cauliflower and potato curry recipe from my mom. We used to eat this all the time growing up. My sister likes it with peas too

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

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.

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Daily Wisdom
April 8, 2021

Fate
“Fate keeps on happening.”

-Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925)


Life keeps on happening. I am hearing that song from Journey in my head right now: “Wheel in the sky keeps on turning, don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow.” I guess that’s what keeps life interesting for us. We can’t control everything that happens in the world, because everyone has free will. So, yes, some things are uncertain – and that is really wonderful! We can have happy surprises at any time.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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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 April 22, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 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.

Blessings, Cat

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April Events & Holidays

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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“When the April wind wakes the call for the soil, I hold the plough as my only hold upon the earth, and, as I follow through the fresh and fragrant furrow, I am planted with every foot-step, growing, budding, blooming into a spirit of spring.”
– Dallas Lore Sharp, 1870-1929

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Spirit Library: Birthing a Planetary Reset (a message from Alan Cohen)

The world is not the same place it was just a few months ago. The pandemic and economic downturn have put humanity’s activities on pause and caused nearly everyone to make significant lifestyle changes.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Earth Folklore and Legends

Each of the four cardinal elements – earth, air, fire and water – can be incorporated into magical practice and ritual. Depending on your needs and intent, you may find yourself drawn to one of these elements more so that the others.

Read more…

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MBG: How The Concept Of “Rewilding” Can Transform The Way You Interact With Nature

For years as a therapist and conservationist, I’ve witnessed—in group circles, on social media, with clients, and within myself—a collective mourning for a loss of community and connection. I’ve felt a sense of impending ecological disaster and seen desperate searches for embodied, purposeful, and wildly free ways of life.

Read more…

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Daily Dream Meaning: Water

1. If the dreamer is drinking water, this is a symbol for enjoying life. If the dreamer is at presently in bad circumstances, dreaming of drinking water implies that good times are ahead.
2. Clear, calm water portends happiness, while river rapids or crashing surf implies rough times on the horizon.
3. A waterfall, particularly if there is also a rainbow in the dream, indicates success, happiness, and wealth coming into the dreamer’s life.
Astrological parallel: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
Tarot parallel: The suit of cups.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: The Art of Being Creatures

In this intimate conversation between Krista and one of her beloved teachers, we ponder the world and our place in it, through sacred text, with fresh eyes. Were accompanied by the meditative and prophetic poetry of Wendell Berry, read for us from his home in Kentucky: Stay away from anything / that obscures the place it is in. / There are no unsacred places; / there are only sacred places / and desecrated places. / Accept what comes of silence.{ read more }

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Today’s Video: My favorite Magickal Herbs of Spring

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Elephant Journal: How I became a Stargazer.

Since I can remember, I’ve always been a stargazer, a lost wanderer staring into the infinite abyss.
“Dad, I bet I can count more stars than you!” I would say, while sitting in the back of my dad’s Ford pickup. He’d always smile and beat me at counting them. I loved sitting with my family outside to hear stories and watch the stars.

Read more….

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MNN: 1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan

Almost every spring, thousands of tourists line a walkway that winds up a path and around the base of a monstrous cherry tree in Miharu, Japan. The 1,000-year-old tree is known as the Takizakura, which means waterfall cherry tree.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Look up together: A video celebrating International Dark Sky Week 2020

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Patheos-Pagan: Oak & Ash – The Season Turns

There is a little poem, which most people who live in the English countryside knows, it is meant to predict the weather for the summer ahead based on whether the Oak or the Ash gets their leaves first in any given Spring. Here are the words:

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Lilith | Dark Magic Music

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Inner Journey

LEARN TO LET GO

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
— Lao Tzu

How do we take something away? As we cultivate higher awareness, we begin to see just how much we have added things that really aren’t there to our picture of reality. Our beliefs, concepts and emotions all add layers of meaning to physical reality, butthat meaning exists for us only – it has no objective existence. For example, the word ‘mother’ has a complicated network of meaning for each of us.

Become aware of how your beliefs and emotions colour your perception of different events in your life. See if you can begin to step out of your fabrications to experience the truth and spaciousness of what is.

“When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. … Forgive yourself and move on.”
— Bernie S. Siegel

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The need to criticize belies a longing for recognition, appreciation, and validation. None of which, however, can be obtained through criticism.

I’m sure it’s just a phase they’re going through.

Wink,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

“Super amazing banana bread. Moist and tasty!”

Read more…

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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, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, 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.

 

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Daily Wisdom
April 22, 2020

Future
“The only certain thing about the future is that it will surprise even those who have seen furthest into it.”

-E.J. Hobsbawm
Surprise! The future is that realm of uncertainty – beautiful, and a little scary, but would we have it any other way? Wouldn’t life be totally boring if we knew all the time exactly what was going to happen? The future can change with a thought

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

If you’re feeling vulnerable or in a vulnerable or fragile position, take half a step back and give yourself more breathing room. You’re actually doing fine, but if that’s not your perception then nothing will convince you otherwise. If you need a break or a little time off, see if you can arrange it, if only for a few hours. This is not a show of weakness. Take care of yourself.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 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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April Events & Holidays

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again.
-John Dennis (1657-1734)

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Spirit Library: Manifest Miracles (a message from Kate Spreckley)

It has been an intense time with many sudden changes, transformations and awakenings. The world is in a phase of breakdown as the old destructive patterns fail and disintegrate.

Read more….

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Emergence Magazine: Finnegas by Paul Kingsnorth
In the time of this great, strange plague, Paul Kingsnorth returns to the Celtic tale of Finnegas, the woodland hermit who devoted his life to catching and eating the salmon that contained the wisdom of the world.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Egyptian Paganism – Kemetic Reconstruction

There are some traditions of modern Paganism that follow the structure of the ancient Egyptian religion. Typically these traditions, sometimes referred to as Kemetic Paganism or Kemetic reconstruction, follow basic principles of Egyptian spirituality such as honoring the Neteru, or deities, and finding a balance between….

Read more….

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MBG: What It Means That Earth Day Falls On A New Moon This Year

This year’s Earth Day on April 22 will be special for a few reasons: It’s the 50th anniversary of the holiday, most people will be observing it from home, and the sky will be extra dark that night due to the new moon in Taurus.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Wood

1. Wood furniture in good condition indicates security and comfort on the horizon, while worn out old furniture warns of rough times ahead.
2. Lumber neatly stacked is a sign of progress and advancement, while beat-up old lumber lying on the ground augurs disappointment, or the need for careful planning in order to avoid disappointment.
3. A fallen log lying on the ground hints at surprises coming, while logs floating down a river portend rapid progress.
4. A log jam indicates obstacles and delays, and a difficult problem calling for a lot of ingenuity.
Astrological parallel: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Tarot parallel: The Empress.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: How to Lead a More Courageous Life

When confronted with fear, the brain will seek relief in the form of old coping habits if left to its own devices. However, there are things we can do to help it change course. If we set the stage for courage, our awareness of what happens to us becomes our greatest ally. “The more you interrupt the old fear-based habits and replace fear-based responses with responses to boost courage, the more you create a ‘courage habit.’ By living your life with courage, you’ll be more likely to make the changes that will lead to greater fulfillment — whether that’s embarking on a new relationship or job, or helping to save the world.” In this article from Greater Good, five tips for changes in your life that will make you aware of how you experience fear, and { read more }

Be The Change

Notice how you experience fear in the body. Try practicing with one or more of the suggestions in the article.

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Today’s Spell: A Spell for our Global Community

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Elephant Journal: Taurus New Moon: Release the Bullsh*t of the Past & Choose Radical Self-Change. {April 22-23}

There’s a humble grounding energy with this new moon.
April 22, 2020—Earth Day.

Yet it’s totally unstable and also chaotic, as Uranus—the planet of awakening and radical change—pulses in to rudely and surprisingly show us what cannot last any longer.

Read more….

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MNN: Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed
Messiness is music to a pollinator’s ears.

Not everyone on the planet is reeling from the pandemic. In fact, some species are flourishing in the absence of humans. And soon, according to one of England’s biggest conservation groups, bees and wildflowers may join that list.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch for Lyrid meteors this week

It’s Lyrid meteor time again! The Lyrids aren’t the richest shower of the year. In a dark sky, you might see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour at the shower’s peak. But the Lyrids are always welcome, a break from the “meteor drought” that always comes in the early part of every year. In 2020, the skinny and almost-new moon won’t hinder the view. Bring on the Lyrids!

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Trobar de Morte – Summoning The Gods

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Patheos-Pagan: Five Thieves Magick for Banishing Illness 

Nothing like a new pandemic to bring out all the old plague lore. Legend has it that long ago, grave robbers once brokered their freedom in exchange for the secret to how they didn’t contract the deadly plague while pillaging their victims.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

A NEW LOOK AT PROBLEMS

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
— Theodore Rubin

Our lives really begin to change when we learn to shift our perspective on ‘problems.’

From a spiritual perspective, problems offer our best path to growth. Like it or not, pain gets our attention. Discomfort also challenges the ego’s perception that it is in complete control of life. This opens the door for soul’s guidance.

If we want to be rid of the problem, we need to shift from denial and resistance to accept that this situation is present. We need to be willing to truly feel our experience to allow the energy of emotions to move through.

Finally, we need to explore what belief is giving rise to our distress. When we realize the belief is faulty, our shift in perspective resolves the problem. The solution always lies within us.

“No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
— Source Unknown

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

I don’t quite know if it’s the way your mind works, or your emotional sensitivity. I don’t know if it’s the way you laugh, or the way you cry. Could be your tenacity and courage. Or maybe it’s your wit and spontaneity. Truth is there’s never been anyone like you, so it’s hard to tell. But whatever it is, to me, from here, right now, you sure improve the view.

You are so-o-o-o beautiful.

Gratefully,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Kimchi Fried Rice with Frizzled Eggs

“This easy, lightning-fast fried rice is a great way to introduce kimchi to your family–mixed with rice, spinach, and eggs, its spicy nature is tempered. Make sure your pan is thoroughly pre-heated before you add any ingredients. This will help keep the cook time quick, but also produces a proper fried rice.”

Read more….

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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
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and, Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal 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
April 20, 2020

Future
“The future… is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

-C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
C.S. Lewis had a very practical way of looking at the future. In this description, the future could be seen as the great equalizer. The truth is that the future belongs to each of us, and it is up to us how we approach it. The possibilities are endless!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Devil

Your instincts may be heightened and a bit off today, and this could lead you to make some wrong decisions or assumptions. Then, you run the risk of pouncing on these assumptions and acting out of a bad impulse. Keep your emotions under control and back away from impulsive actions of any kind. Today they are traps that lead to embarrassment at best, and harm at worst.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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