Cat’s Morning Bits for October 27, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 27, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The orange-tinted sassafras
With quaintest foliage strews the grass;
Witch-hazel shakes her gold curls out,
Mid the red maple’s flying rout.
-Lucy Larcom (1854-62)

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October Events:

Oct 1: Full Blood Moon at 2:05 pm PST/ 3:05 pm MST/ 5:05 pm EST

Oct 9: Moon 3rd Qtr 5:39 pm PST/ /6:39 pm MST/ 8:39 pm EST

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 16: Super New Moon at 12:31 pm PST/ 1:31 pm MST/ 3:31 pm EST

Oct 23: Moon 1st Qtr. 6:22 am PST/ 7:22 am MST/ 9:22 am EST

Oct 28 Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins

Oct 31 Samhain / Halloween

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Spirit Library: Scorpio Season Is Here! (a message from Kari Samuels)

On 10-22-2020 our sun moved into the soul-stirring sign of Scorpio.⁠

This is a sign that dives deep. In a year where everything is intense, we’re traversing even deeper

Read more…..

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The Tale Of Cú Chulainn by Miracle Of Sound (IRISH/CELTIC FOLK METAL))

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Beautiful Truths on Life & Love from Kahlil Gibran.

I’ve always been an avid reader.
I was still a kid when I first heard about Gibran Kahlil Gibran—who they called “The Prophet.”

I was still young back then, and I wasn’t interested in digging deeper into his philosophies. But that changed when I received a small collection of his books as my birthday gift

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: 9 Spooky Poems for Samhain

Samhain night is a great time to sit around a fire telling spooky stories. Check out this collection of classic scary poems to read, either alone or out loud. All of them are classics worth reading at Samhain!

Read more….

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MBG: Why Halloween Is A Time To Honor Your Intuition & Ancestry

Anyone feeling the Halloween spirit right about now? Considering the Sun and Mercury are now in spooky, sultry Scorpio and we have a full moon (the second of the month!) falling on the 31st, all signs point to an especially charged Hallow’s Eve next week. Here’s a peek at the spiritual undertones of this special time of year and why they might feel even more intense this year.

Read more…..

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Meet the Birds | Introducing Hiccup the Little Owl

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Today’s DIY: Creating a Book of Shadows

A Book of Shadows is probably the most famous of tools used by Witches, next to a broom, of course. Many of us wooed in awe over the BOS that the sisters in TV Series, “Charmed.” I personally wanted the Spellbook that Winny had in “Hocus Pocus.”

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: It’s Time to Embrace the Wonderful Eccentricity of being Imperfectly You.

Everywhere we turn, someone is telling us how we should live.
What we should eat, drink, and how much we should exercise. How to find love, how to break up, and how to live alone. Why we should eliminate stress, why we should meditate, and why balance is so important.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch for Earth’s shadow and the Belt of Venus

In both the evening and morning sky, try watching for Earth’s shadow, a blue-gray darkness in the direction opposite the sun, darker than the twilight sky.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Samhain Memory Altar

A long-standing Samhain tradition in our household is the yearly Memory Altar. I love building this special altar every October, bringing out photos and mementos of cherished family members who are no longer with us.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Samhain Eve by Damh the Bard

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Inner Journey: CALM THE MIND

“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”
— Blaise Pascal

Meditation calms our minds and makes it easier for us to pay attention to the reality around and within us. Meditation breaks through the masks that have built up as our identity. It helps us see through our defences and connect with unacknowledged and unloved aspects of ourselves. It opens us to higher mind and the voice of intuition.

We can consciously choose meditation as a way to become more aware of who we truly are. If we don’t take the initiative to open to our authentic selves, we can be certain that deep challenge and pain from life experience will push us to awaken.

“Meditation helps me feel the shape, the texture of my inner life. Here, in the quiet, I can begin to taste what Buddhists would call my true nature, what Jews call the still, small voice, what Christians call the holy spirit.”
— Wayne Muller

“In a world filled with noise, we need to quiet ourselves to hear God’s voice.”
— Paul Borthwick

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

You know how the wind, no matter how blustery, remains as silent as it is invisible, until it meets with leaves, and kites, and flags, and such?

Well it’s exactly the same with the manifesting forces that make dreams come true, until they meet with expectation.

And right this second, they’re whirling all around you, my little chiquita.

Happy everything –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fall Squash Soup

A delicious, warming squash soup with other fall vegetables and spices is perfect for a cold day. Light enough to serve as an appetizer, but delicious enough to make a main dish. Serve hot with a hearty slice of toast.

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
October 27, 2020

Courtesy
“The first point of courtesy must always be truth.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


I think the way I would change this quote just a little bit would be to write Truth with a capital “T.” Truth, meaning that we present ourselves honestly and openly. Truth, meaning that we recognize the people in our lives as valuable and precious. Truth, meaning that we don’t hide the light that shines within us, but that we share it with the world.

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

Find a way to inject an artistic touch to whatever you’re doing and get extra satisfaction and have greater success at what you’re doing. You may not think of yourself as artistic, but it will be hard to hide or resist your creative side today. Even the most mundane and boring tasks can be made more pleasant by adding a dash of artistic expression. Within reason and appropriateness, let it shine.

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 October 14, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 14, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The sun’s away,
And the bird estranged;
The wind has dropped,
And the sky’s deranged;
Summer has stopped.
-Robert Browning (1812-89)

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October Events:

Oct 1: Full Blood Moon at 2:05 pm PST/ 3:05 pm MST/ 5:05 pm EST

Oct 9: Moon 3rd Qtr 5:39 pm PST/ /6:39 pm MST/ 8:39 pm EST

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 16: Super New Moon at 12:31 pm PST/ 1:31 pm MST/ 3:31 pm EST

Oct 23: Moon 1st Qtr. 6:22 am PST/ 7:22 am MST/ 9:22 am EST

Oct 28 Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins

Oct 31 Samhain / Halloween

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Spirit Library: Work With What Arises (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Collectively we are standing between worlds, on the threshold of incredible change. This space is a precarious and shifting environment where emotions are heightened, patience is tested and uncertainty is the norm.

Read more……

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Rare Footage of New Bird of Paradise Species Shows Odd Courtship Dance | Nat Geo Wild

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ThoughtCo: Samhain Prayers

Looking for prayers to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Try some of these, which honor the ancestors and celebrate the end of the harvest and the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Feel free to adapt them as needed, to fit the specifics of your own tradition and belief system.

Read more…..

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MBG: Can You Really Have A Black Aura? We Asked The Experts To Find Out

From purple to yellow to blue, there are countless color combinations that can make up your personal energy field, or aura.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Why We Should Take World Octopus Day Seriously

To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege.

Sy Montgomery –

Why We Should Take World Octopus Day Seriously

In 2011 author and naturalist Sy Montgomery wrote “Deep Intellect,”for Orion magazine, her piece investigated the inner life of the octopus. “Since its publication this feature remains the most-read Orion article of all-time. On this World Octopus Day, we reached out to Sy for an update on her continued relationship with these eight-armed, three-hearted creatures, and how they might help guide us in this moment of tumult and uncertainty.” { read more }

Be The Change

It’s been called the love story the world needs right now — and it’s about a diver and his eight-legged friend. Watch the trailer to the remarkable documentary, “My Octopus Teacher” here. { more }

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Today’s DIY: How to Make Beeswax Candles – Tips and Tricks from an Expert Candlemaker | Bramble Berry

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Elephant Journal: How to Transform the Inner Critic into a Loving & Kind Inner Guide.

I’ve wanted to write for a long time now.
I’ve talked about writing for a long time now.

Lot’s of people tell me I should write; they’ve been telling me this for a long time now.

There’s only one problem.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: 8 Species With ‘Superpowers’ Thanks to Evolution and Invasion
Freeze-resistant cockroaches, poison-proof rats, and killer bees are just a few of the animals that developed extraordinary abilities to stay alive.

Imagine if nature or the circumstances of your environment forced you to adapt in a dramatic way. What if, for example.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Autumn’s false dawn, the zodiacal light

The next few weeks offer a wonderful opportunity to catch the mysterious zodiacal light – aka the false dawn – of autumn. The moon is out of the morning sky for the next two weeks, leaving the sky dark. Watch for the zodiacal light in the east – over the sunrise point on the horizon – an hour or so before true dawn begins to light the sky.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Mystic Pagan: Samhain

This is a very powerful pagan holiday where the thinning of the vale between the two worlds take place. It is said that one is able to connect with loved ones who have passed onto the other side of the vale during this time.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Eivør – Mín Móðir

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Inner Journey: FEAR LIVES IN THE FUTURE

“We can’t fear the past. Fear is a future thing. And since the future’s all in our heads, fear must be a head thing.”
— Tom Payne

It helps to understand that fear is usually a projection into the future. We typically fear what MIGHT happen rather than what is happening now.

Susan Jeffers notes that 90% of what we fear usually does not materialize. So replace your images of disaster on the TV screen in your mind with awareness of what is really happening. And don’t allow your thinking to change channels.

“I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.”
— Erica Jong

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, Do you think you’ll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won’t even remember.

Keep walking,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal

An easy recipe for overnight oatmeal made in a slow cooker.

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

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
October 14, 2020

Study
“Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious to the health, so study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

-Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)


A computer is impartial. It will save and store anything, and we can retrieve it from the computer just as we put it in there. But our minds don’t work that way. If something doesn’t matter to us, if it has no relevance to anything in our lives, then there is no reason for us to remember it, and we usually don’t. But when we choose to study something that is important to us, when we have that desire, then what we learn becomes a part of who we are. We make room for the memory in our mind, and we use the information in context with what we already know.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

See through a false impression or some illusion that has been projected to throw you off course or to misjudge someone. Done innocently or deliberately, you can dispel that false impression and work your way right through it. You could even do this without challenging or confronting anyone directly, thus saving yourself the trauma of a showdown. Go slow when making any decisions that affect others.

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 October 13, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 13, 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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In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie.
-Alexander Posey (1873-1908)

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October Events:

Oct 1: Full Blood Moon at 2:05 pm PST/ 3:05 pm MST/ 5:05 pm EST

Oct 9: Moon 3rd Qtr 5:39 pm PST/ /6:39 pm MST/ 8:39 pm EST

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct 16: Super New Moon at 12:31 pm PST/ 1:31 pm MST/ 3:31 pm EST

Oct 23: Moon 1st Qtr. 6:22 am PST/ 7:22 am MST/ 9:22 am EST

Oct 28 Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins

Oct 31 Samhain / Halloween

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Spirit Library: Turning Point (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We have reached a significant turning point in our healing journey, which is offering us a profound expansion in our human consciousness. With this expansion we are able to access previously hidden aspects of our soul, which will elevate our thinking and bring fresh insights and new information.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Winters Forgotten Hawthorne Berries

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ThoughtCo: The History of Halloween or Samhain, Day of the Dead

Halloween or Samhain had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to Nov. 1 on our present calendar.

Read more….

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MBG: The Year’s Last Mercury Retro Lands This Week — And Won’t Leave Until The Election

Here, the AstroTwins break down a big week ahead: The next seven days will bring the final Mercury retrograde of the year and a rare Cardinal T-Square new moon.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: PUMPKIN SPICE BODY SCRUB

Pumpkin spice season is upon us and these recipes are anything but basic! Set a dreamy autumn mood with the season’s most beloved fall scent – indulge in the warm, feisty goodness that is pumpkin spice.

Make Recipe

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Elephant Journal: Mars Square Pluto Transit: an Opportunity to Reclaim Misplaced Power. {October 9 & December 20}

We probably don’t need to preface this with much background of the intensity of this year thus far.
It’s a given at this point, whether we look to the worldly chaos or to the undertones of astrology to “make sense” of it all.

Read more……

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Treehugger: Crickets and Katydids Sing Louder in the Suburbs
Researchers map the insects by where they sing.

Crickets and katydids sing at night to attract mates. You might hear their songs from a backyard deck, but would expect the cacophony to be much louder out in the wilderness.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Mars to reach opposition October 13

On October 13, 2020, Mars comes to opposition in Earth’s sky for the first time since July 27, 2018. In mid-October, our planet Earth – in its smaller orbit around the sun – will pass more or less between the sun and Mars. As seen from Earth, Mars will appear opposite the sun: in the east at sunset, at its highest at midnight, setting in the west at sunrise.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: October Magic and a Mirror Spell

Welcome to October

Obviously, October is particularly special because of Samhain (Hallowmas/All Hallows) at the end of the month. It is a period between times. The leaves are changing, and the air is crisp and clear as the dark nights begin to draw in.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: A Ka Dua – A sacred chant in ancient Egyptian

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Inner Journey: SUPPORT OTHERS WITH YOUR PRESENCE

“The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites.”
— James Hollis

How do we support others who are suffering?

When we understand how soul works through us, we begin to see how pain generates the impulse to change. We see that our aim in supporting someone is NOT to get rid of their pain and suffering. Instead, we want to assist them to understand what the pain istrying to teach them — to find meaning in their distress.

Often, all we need do is be fully present to them. It also helps to be present to our own experience and genuine in our feelings. Living our own truth helps create the space for the other person to live theirs.

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
— Paul Tillich

“With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.”
— Catherine de Hueck Doherty

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

It’s like one big hall of mirrors, isn’t it?

Except, of course, that the halls of time and space reflect what you choose to think.

Like right now.

Wow –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Buttermilk Caramel Syrup

Add fresh fruit and blintz filling for an even more decadent stack of pancakes.

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
October 13, 2020

Study
“Study the teachings of the Great Sages of all sects impartially.”

-Gampopa (C.E. 12th cent.)


All of the Great Sages would say the same thing. Would a Sage be a Sage if he or she said: “I know everything, look no further”? No! We’d laugh! The brightest, most intelligent people know that there is always more to learn. They know that there is always knowledge to share. And they know that wisdom can be found anywhere, that there is not one particular place that we need to go to attain it. “Impartially” is a great word – without judgment, without bias – and with an open mind.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The World

People may come to you for help in making a difficult decision or two. This will be second nature to you and no decision will be beyond your capabilities. The World is not so big that it can hold choices you are unable to make or decisions that could overwhelm you. Be exceptionally confident, capable, and at ease in public and private sectors today.

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 8, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 8, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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Build a castle, comb a beach; summer’s ripe as any peach!
-The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

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: Surrender the Old (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are experiencing a world in flux as timelines continue to shift creating instability in the energetic framework of our lives. As a result, we are experiencing a timeless, no-ordinary reality where true creation begins.

Read more……

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She is Of The Woods: How to make a Goldenrod tincture!

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ThoughtCo: Seven Card Horseshoe Tarot Spread

As you develop your Tarot reading skills, you may find that you prefer one particular spread over the others. One of the most popular spreads in use today is the Seven Card Horseshoe spread. Although it utilizes seven different cards, it’s a fairly basic spread. Each card is positioned in a way that connects to different aspects of the problem or situation at hand.

Read more……..

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MBG: The Mindset Shift To Make Before Fall, Based On Your Enneagram

According to the Enneagram, each personality type has its own way of dealing with uncertainty. And in a time as chaotic as the one we’re in right now, knowing your type can provide another piece of information about how to navigate the world with a little more ease.

Read more……

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Daily Good: Ayni: Living Life in the Round

Scarcity appears when wealth cannot flow. Lewis Hyde

Ayni: Living Life in the Round

“Today For You, Tomorrow For Me.” This is the meaning behind ayni, a living Andean philosophy and practice that awakens a balanced and harmonious relationship between nature and man. In Andean cosmology, this is expressed through complementary opposites such as male/female; sun/moon; gold/silver. Their interaction is a form of reciprocity called ayni. One of the guiding principles of the way of life of the Quechua and Aymara people, this equilibrium of exchange and mutuality, which has been practiced since ancient times (since before the Incas), creates a cycle of connectivity and support essential to social and spiritual wellbeing.” More in this thoughtful piece from Parabola. { read more }

Be The Change

How might you practice the spirit of ayni more deeply in your own life?

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Magical self-care (Harmony nice)

Hello little ones, i hope you’re doing well and okay! In todays video were talking about Magical self care and im showing you some spells where I take you through some wellness spells i’ve been doing, lots of love and hope you enjoy xxx

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Elephant Journal: Ojas: the Ayurvedic Energy Booster you (probably) didn’t know About.

In Ayurveda, there is much talk about ojas.
But what exactly is ojas? Is it some magical, sparkling, golden elixir like I first imagined it to be?

According to Ayurvedic guru David Frawley, “Ojas is not a physical substance, but the sap of our life energy that exists on a subtle level in the body.” Ojas, described as our life force, is an elusive substance said to give vitality and strength.

Read more…….

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Treehugger: 10 of the Largest Monoliths in the World

Some of the world’s most recognizable natural landmarks are monoliths. Uluru (pictured) and El Capitan are so well-known that tourists plan their itineraries around them.

Read more…….

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EarthSky News: Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Tonight’s chart shows Polaris and the Big and Little Dippers for a September evening. You can use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, which is also known as the North Star. Notice that a line from the two outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper points to Polaris. And notice that Polaris marks the tip of the handle of the Little Dipper.

Read more…….

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Patheos-Pagan: Castles in Traditional British Witchcraft Lore

The origins of the Castle in the witchcraft of northern Europe incorporates the spectacular mythologies of the Grail, Celtic legends, medieval Christian mysticism, and the most ancient cosmological systems. An oft misunderstood concept, the Castle informs a large part of Traditional Witchcraft since the 1960s

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Grandmother (I am the Earth) Ayla Schafer

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Inner Journey: JOURNEY HOME

“Everything seeks its source.”
— a universal principle

Our spiritual journey unfolds through 2 stages.
1.THE PATH OF PERSONALITY – We arise from the one source of all, to be born as individuals in a world of form. In this physical world, we experience separation and limitation. This is a time of immersion in a world of effects, form, ego, distortion, illusionand pain.
2.THE PATH OF SOUL – When we have experienced enough pain, we find our way back home to our spiritual source. We let go of the illusion of separation to embrace unity and wholeness. We work with cause instead of effects.

Paradoxically, it’s only with a strong and healthy personality that we become capable of expressing soul. WHERE ARE YOU ON YOUR PATH? Are you struggling to do more and have more? Are you aware of your soul challenging you to open to the bigger picture oflife?

“Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attendedto – you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide.”
— Sogyal Rinpoche

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Your attention, please…

Your attention, please…

This… is the Universe.

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

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Indian Summer Raspberry Peach Sangria

Love at first sip!

adhttps://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/233339/indian-summer-raspberry-peach-sangria/

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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 8, 2020

Illusion
“If you ever do a survey, you’ll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.”

-Judith Guest, 1976


There seems to be a lot of escapism in our society. We like to go to movies and get lost in a story. We like to visit places like Disneyland, called “the happiest place on earth.” As much as we can enjoy these excursions, we can’t live in Fantasyland. But what we must understand is that reality can be just as blissful. We can create our lives so that we experience joy, love, peace, anytime we want to.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The high Priestess

Even if it’s a busy day at work or with loved ones, it may still be an introspective kind of day when you need to frequently take a quiet moment to reflect. Be organized and perform your tasks well, but also find those quiet instances when you can make sense of your feelings and impressions. You can get a great deal done today, and feel inwardly satisfied about it

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 7, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 7, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!
-Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

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: Surrender the Old (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are experiencing a world in flux as timelines continue to shift creating instability in the energetic framework of our lives. As a result, we are experiencing a timeless, no-ordinary reality where true creation begins. This space is inviting us to be in the flow of life and to follow the natural movement of events in our lives

Read more………

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The Green Witch: How a Green Witch Profiles Herbs || My Materia Medica Entries

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ThoughtCo: The Pentagram Tarot Spread

The pentagram is a five-pointed star sacred to many people in the Pagan community, and within this magical symbol you’ll find a number of different meanings.

Read more……

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MBG: This Wednesday Is Super Significant In Astrology: Here’s Your Weekly Horoscope

This week, a rare Mars retrograde kicks off in the planet’s home sign of Aries, which could cause some temper tantrums. Here’s the scoop, from the AstroTwins.

On Wednesday, warrior Mars, who’s been barreling forward through its native sign of fierce, fiery Aries since June 27, back flips into its biennial, two-month retrograde.

Read more…….

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Pioneer Thinking: Holistic Aromatherapy for Cats

Most any cat owner will tell you their feline friends are capable of conveying emotion. In fact, they may even say they can recognize and distinguish specific emotions their cats display, including love, anger, illness, annoyance and more

Read more……

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Yeyeo Botanica: Salts: Spiritual and Magical Uses

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Elephant Journal: Why our Soul Alignment is more Important than our Purpose.

There is a belief system that is running rampant in our society that pressures us to find our purpose.
We’re told that we’re meant to follow this one thing throughout our lives, and that we’re somehow incomplete if we don’t arrive at a life-consuming purpose.

Read more…….

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Treehugger: 8 Magnificent Facts About Mongooses

A mongoose is a small, dynamic mammal with a long body and short legs. Mongooses are famous for standing their ground against venomous snakes, both in literature and in real life, but they are also complex creatures with many other interesting quirks.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Moon, Aldebaran, Pleiades late night September 7 to 9

Late at night on September 7, 8 and 9, 2020, watch as the waning gibbous moon sweeps in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. You’ll be looking around midnight, or afterwards. The bright moon might make it tough to see the starlit figure of the Bull on these nights. But you should be able to make out Aldebaran, Taurus’ brightest star, as well as the tiny, misty, dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Replacing Chakras: Using Five Energy Centers In My Practice

Not long ago, I wrote a post stating there are common practices I’m rethinking. Chakras are chief among them. Why? Taking a deeper look into their origin within Hinduism, other religions that have their own version, and how they have been re-interpreted for Western use, I cannot use the Chakra system in good conscience.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: The Dragonborn Comes/Dragonborn Main Theme | Skyrim Cover

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Inner Journey: VALUE JUST BEING

“To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.”
— Samuel Butler

Many of us have been taught to believe that we are valued for what we do, not just for who we are. ‘Doing’ is important, but to keep life in balance, we also need time to just ‘be.’

Henry David Thoreau expressed this so well in Walden Pond:

“There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hand.

“Sometimes, on a summer morning, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumacs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sang around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time.

“I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been.”

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

When given the choice think about smiles rather than frowns, laughter rather than crying, health rather than sickness, gains rather than losses, and income rather than expenses, because, after all, your followers are anxious to know how tomorrow’s going to turn out.

Like, wink, share –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Creamy Instant Pot® Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

“Macaroni and cheese is so easy to cook in the pressure cooker that you won’t want to make the boxed stuff again! This creamy recipe is a delicious basic pressure cooker mac and cheese with bacon. Feel free to use it as a starting point for a customized mac and cheese using different cheeses and add-ins.”

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

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 7, 2020

Illusion
“Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.”

-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, 1992


What is real? What is illusion? These are two of the biggest questions we’re faced with in this lifetime. Especially today, when we have TV and “reality TV” – who is real and who is putting on a show? But one thing we know is that there are indeed illusions, and it’s just a matter of each one of us figuring out for ourselves what is real, what is important, what is ever-lasting.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

No matter what is on the schedule, you may need to step out and start something else new and exciting. Your regular duties and usual work won’t be neglected. You’ll just realize that there are other wonderful things that you do not want to postpone nor neglect any longer. This kind of dynamic spirit makes the day go fast and makes everything easier. Have a great day!

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 4, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 4, 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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Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done:
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go
-William Blake (1757-1827)

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

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: Revealing Your True Self (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In these times of dramatic change and transformation we must be aware that despite all the disarray, confusion and chaos a profound healing is occurring in our world.

adhttps://spiritlibrary.com/spirit-pathways/revealing-your-true-self

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The old Farmer’s Almanac: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing and Cooking with Acorns

Have you ever wondered if the squirrels might be onto something? In fact, they are! Acorns are extremely nutritious and readily available in nature, making them a healthy addition to many recipes. Here’s how to prepare and cook acorns!

Read more…….

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Rain Country: Herbs for Teas: Harvesting and Drying

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ThoughtCo: Tortoise and Turtle Magic and Folklore

The tortoise and its smaller water-dwelling cousin, the turtle, has appeared in myth and legend for ages, in numerous cultures and societies. These relics of the prehistoric era are often found in creation stories, but can be associated with a variety of other magical and folkloric aspects. Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at the differences between the tortoise and the turtle

Read more……

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Through the Grapevine: The Green Witch’s Grimoire: Herbal Paper

Choosing the Right Paper for Your Grimoire

If you’re planning a physical grimoire, paper is something you’ll need to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re in the designing stage of your grimoire.

If you’re planning to use a bound book, look at the paper inside it. The lighter the paper, the more difficult it will be to glue things to it (the paper will wrinkle and buckle easily)

Read more……

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Daily Good: Photographing the Hidden Story

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

Roald Dahl

Photographing the Hidden Story

Photographer Ryan Lobo tells how conscience led him to search beneath sensational aspects of journalism for the soul of a story. From this shift he discovers, “Focus on what’s dignified, courageous, and beautiful, and it grows.” { read more }

Be The Change

See if you can tune into hidden stories within your own community.

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Yeyeo Botanica: Florida Water: Spiritual and Magical Uses | Yeyeo Botanica

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Elephant Journal: 11 Rumi Quotes for our Tired & Restless Souls.

When all else fails, Rumi.
There are few poets who have so eloquently and so powerfully captured so many different aspects of life.

When I’m down, Rumi.

When I’m scared, Rumi.

When I’m confused about love, Rumi.

Read more……..
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Treehugger: How Moonlight Affects Animals and Plants

Here on Earth, we have the moon’s gravitational pull to thank for the ocean tides, among other things. But what about moonlight?

The light reflected off the moon has an effect on life on Earth, which isn’t surprising, but not every lunar influence is heralded by a wolf’s howl.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: See moon, Mars from September 4-6

Around the world these next several evenings – September 4, 5 and 6, 2020 – watch for the waning gibbous moon and the red planet Mars to rise into your eastern sky a few to several hours after sunset. Once they’re up, these two worlds will be out for rest of the night.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: Fairy Tales and Witchcraft

Fairy Tales and Witchcraft seem to hold much fascination and mystery to the seeker. Through the pages of Fairy Tales, magick springs into life. Some even believe that the Secrets from the Ancient Goddess Tradition live on in the stories themselves. If you look closely, a spell may even come to light.

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: the song of times | Lyre Gauloise – Tan – Atelier Skald

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Inner Journey: BEING ALONE

“I wish Pooh were here. It’s so much more friendly with two.”
— Piglet (A.A. Milne)

Are you willing to be alone?

Ingrid Bacci says, “If you are afraid of being alone, you are dependent on others for your sense of self, and if you are dependent on others, you block your receptivity to inner guidance. Being willing to be alone involves being willing to be different, to have commitments and values that don’t blend with any crowd.”

“Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.”
— Eugene O’Neill

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”
— Walt Whitman

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Do you know what my “why” is?

Watching you “wake up” one day — mid-stride, mid-cupcake, or mid-email — and truly seeing your own beauty.

Crying happy tears, blowing kisses into the wind, and thinking, “I get it! I get Me! I love you, Cat Bolotin!” …crumbs falling from your mouth.

Take your time,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Peach-Blueberry Streusel Tart

“This tart was inspired by Taste of Home’s Peach-Blueberry Crumble Tart. I changed things up to suit my family’s tastes, and to use ingredients that I had on hand—the end result was so delicious, I just had to share! Make sure to cool the tart completely before slicing.”

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Energy: feminine

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

Element: Earth

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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 4, 2020

Discovery
“Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there.”

-Susanne K. Langer, 1942


Whenever an explorer “discovered” a new land it wasn’t as if it just popped up in front of him or her. It was there, always, perhaps even waiting to be found and utilized. If we go down the same road everyday, we tend to become familiar with our surroundings, and after awhile we don’t bother to look anymore. And one day something catches our eye and we think: “wow, when did that change?” We don’t need to travel to exotic locales to learn new things. It’s amazing what we can discover right where we are.

-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 September 2, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 2, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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In its deep cup-grassy, cool-
Sleeps the little roadside pool;
Sleeps the butterfly on the weed,
Sleeps the drifted thistle-seed.
Like a great and blazing gem,
Basks the beetle on the stem.
Up and down the shining rays
Dancing midges weave their maze.

-Charlies G.D. Roberts (1860-1943

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

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: Weekly Forecast: August 30 – September 5, 2020 (a message from Kelly M. Beard)

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto)

Read more…….

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A Video Identification Guide To Edible & Medicinal Plants

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Odin’s Wise Words || Life Lessons From The Hávamál

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ThoughtCo: Pomona, Goddess of Apples

Pomona was a Roman goddess who was the keeper of orchards and fruit trees. Unlike many other agricultural deities, Pomona is not associated with the harvest itself, but with the flourishing of fruit trees. She is usually portrayed bearing a cornucopia or a tray of blossoming fruit. She doesn’t appear to have had any Greek counterpart at all, and is uniquely Roman.

Read more……

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MBG: Numerology Forecast For September 2020: What To Expect With This 4 Month

September is a very special month in the yearly numerological cycle. It’s a peak month, meaning the number associated with this September is the same number associated with the year we are in. We are now in a universal month 4, during a universal year 4.

Read more……..

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The Celtic Tree Month of Vine

The month of Vine is the bridge between the Autumn Equinox and the dark time of the year that begins at Samhain. Muin is an The Ogham word for this tree month is Muin which means highest of beauty and strongest of effort and the Irish word Muine means thicket.

Read more…….

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Echinacea flowers and root uses with Susun Weed

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Elephant Journal: A Meditation for a New Month’s Beginning.

As we close out August and welcome September, I am reminded of how much I cherish this occurrence that happens twelve times each year.
It brings with it reflection upon what’s being left behind and anticipation for what lies ahead—an opportunity to think about what we could have done differently and the motivation to try again in the days ahead.

Read more……..

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Treehugger: 8 Extraordinary Facts About the Elusive Okapi

The okapi is not a particularly famous animal, at least not outside its small native range. About 100 live at zoos around the world, but otherwise, they’re hidden in rainforests and rarely seen by humans.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Look west after sunrise for the daytime moon

The September 2020 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning gibbous phase, which means it rises in the east later and later each evening. Beginning around the morning of September 3 or 4, 2020, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Herbal Magick: Cinnamon Sticks

I’m one of those people who believes cinnamon can go on almost anything. It dances the line between sweet and savory dishes, and you can even use it to spice up hot chocolate or chai, and drink it down !

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Albannach – The Fire and Thunder of Scotland

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Inner Journey: REAWAKEN YOUR CURIOSITY

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”
— Sigmund Freud

Why is this so?

Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.

For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.

The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.

“The mind WILL be free, or it will be dead.”
— Grace Llewellyn

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

If you can fall in love with just one thing about him, her, them, it, or yourself,just once a day, and speak it aloud, you’ll be surprised by how quickly it will transform your entire life.

I love that look on your face when the coin drops –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Watermelon Mojito Granita

“A refreshing sweet twist on the original mojito, but frozen. Top with a mint leaf and more rum if you choose to.”

Read more…….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Energy: masculine

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

Element: Air


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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 2, 2020

Discovery
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Albert Einstein knew that there was a purpose for time spent in quiet. In silence we have access to all the wisdom of the universe. We don’t have to reach for it, the wisdom comes to us when we are open to it, and allow it space to come in. We can soak it up, marinate in it! And then, lo and behold, the wisdom is there for us when we need it.

-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/

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 31, 2020

Photo by Cat

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.

Read more…….

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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.

Read more……

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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.

Read more……..

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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.

Read more……

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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/

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 12, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 12, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again.
-Helen Maria Winslow (1851-1938)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

Aug 17 Moon enters Leo

Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

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: Collapse of the Old, Birth of the New (a message from Kate Spreckley)

For centuries humanity has explored what it means to be in duality and separation. As a result, we have as a collective accumulated centuries of trauma, pain, disconnection and imbalance.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Arnica Harvesting and Uses with Herbalist Yarrow Willard | Harmonic Arts

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL MEANING OF NUMBER 100

When we go through our spiritual journey, numbers are essential.

They are not relevant in a mathematical sense; instead, their spiritual messages provide us the knowledge to help us in our spiritual journey.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: The History of Butterfly Magic and Folklore

The butterfly is one of nature’s most perfect examples of change, transformation, and growth. Because of this, it has long been the subject of magical folklore and legend in a variety of societies and cultures.

Read more…

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MBG: Room-By-Room Ideas For Displaying Your Book Collection At Home

If you ask me where books “belong,” according to feng shui, there’s not a single place I can rule out. Books are fabulous everywhere. That said, books are filled with symbolism, stories, wisdom, and personal associations, and they, therefore, carry a lot of energy. And feng shui can certainly give us ideas about how to display and channel that energy to create positivity at home.

Read more….

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Pamela Smith(Pixie)║The Forgotten Woman of Modern Tarot

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Elephant Journal: You Don’t Need to Do a Damned Thing. You’re Already Enough

When do you feel as though you are enough?
Is it only when someone compliments the work you are doing or validates you in some way? Is it only when you’re praised for something that you’ve done?

Read more…

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Treehugger: 8 Amazing Facts About Albatrosses

An albatross is a large, magnificent seabird capable of soaring incredible distances without rest. Long viewed with superstitious awe by sailors, they spend most of their time gliding over the open ocean.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Spectacular! Moon, Venus before sunrise

Before sunrise these next several mornings – August 14, 15 and 16, 2020 – watch for the waning crescent moon to pair up with the dazzling planet Venus in the predawn/dawn sky. It’d be hard to miss these brilliant beauties, as the moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and 3rd-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun. Moreover, you might still see a sprinkling of Perseid meteors, although the Perseid shower is past its peak.

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Patheos-Pagan: What Makes a Sacred Place Sacred?

Last week a Facebook friend asked if anyone had been to any place in the United States that felt especially powerful. The responses were generally affirmative, with examples of places people had been where they had strong experiences, or just felt like they were in the presence of something sacred.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Karliene – The Last of the Giants

 

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Inner Journey:

TAKE TIME TO BE STILL

“Work is not always required … there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”
— George MacDonald

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?

Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive opens us to the spacious present. It nurtures and restores balance. Give yourself a regular gift of inactivity.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”
— Sir J. Lubbock

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Can you keep a secret?

You know the space between you and all things, the void. Like right now, the space between you and your computer.

That’s where I hide… and watch.

Looking to see what your expectations are: of yourself, others, abundance, health, and happiness.

And from this space as I catch your thoughts, hear your words, and see all you do, no matter where we are, I manifest the next moment in time.

Fade out with “I believe in miracles, you sexy thing” by Hot Chocolate –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Potato and Chorizo Mini Quiches

“This little baked bite is very loosely based on the Spanish Tortilla, and not only is it dead simple to make, but the versatility of the technique allows this to be adapted to any occasion.”

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

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

Element: Air

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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

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

 

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Daily Wisdom
August 12, 2020 
Eternity
“The eternity of the moment.”

-Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

 
The beauty of the moment. It all comes down to that really. We can’t predict the future, it can change with a thought. We can’t change the past, what’s done is done. But we can live in, and enjoy, and appreciate this precious present moment. When we are totally in the moment, time stands still.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

The day may be full of confusion but you don’t have to go through it naively and unaware of what’s happening around you. It’s not a good day to flirt with taking silly risks, some of which might turn out to be semi-dangerous or costly. You may be too hyper to want to play it safe, but at least make an effort to not be naïve or irresponsible.

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/