Cat’s Morning Bits for November 24, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 24, 2020

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

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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November Events

Nov 1 All Saints Day

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

Nov 3 Election Day (USA)

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

Nov 11 Veterans Day

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

Nov 14 Hindu Festival of Diwali

Nov 25 Celtic Month of Elder begins

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)

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

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Spirit Library: A Time of Rebirth (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are moving out of a time of heavy energy which had us feeling uncertain and stagnant. So much change is occurring and yet we are still unsure of where this change may be taking us.

Read more…..

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The Celtic Tree Month of Elder (Ruis)
November 25 – December 22nd

The theme for this month is death, rebirth and the return of light. This month begins with the dark time of the year and ends with the birth of the sun at the Winter Solstice.

Read more…..

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Spiritual Unite: TURKEY SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – SHARE GRATITUDE FOR ABUNDANCE

When the turkey is your spirit animal, you are resonating with Mother Earth and the natural world.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Herbalism Reading List

Many Pagans are interested in magical herbalism. There is a lot of information out there, so if you’re looking for books to guide you in your herbalism studies, here are some useful titles to add to your collection.

Read more……

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Empath Meditation for Cleansing and Clearing your Energy

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MBG: We’ll Take Sagittarius Season’s Jet-Setting Vibe — But Make It 2020 Style

Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” you’ll feel the prevailing astrological energy—no matter what day of the year you were born. Sagittarius season 2020 begins Saturday, November 21, and ends Monday, December 21.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?

Being highly sensitive does not at all rule out being, in your own way, a tenacious survivor.

Elaine N. Aron –

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?

“Dr. Elaine Aron is a clinical depth psychologist and the author of the seminal 1997 book The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. With Sounds True, she has published The Highly Sensitive Person’s Complete Learning Program: Essential Insights and Tools for Navigating Your Work, Relationships, and Life. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Aron about what it means to be a highly sensitive person and recent research into the phenomenon. They consider whether the trait is genetic or adaptive, as well as the various ways sensitive behaviors manifest in day-to-day life. They also discuss how best to approach romantic relationships with highly sensitive people and the possible social advantages of sensitivity. Finally, Dr. Aron shares the connection between extreme sensitivity and intuition, as well as attitudes necessary for embracing the entirety of your unique, sensitive self.” { read more }

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The Gods of the Underworld around the World – Mythology Curiosities – See U in History

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Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Embrace Change During this Full Moon Eclipse. {November 29th}

The energy of the full moon eclipse in Gemini is set to be one for big change.
The sun is in the sign of hopeful and optimistic Sagittarius that is also governed by Jupiter—the planet of luck and expansion—which remains conjunct Pluto until approximately December 23rd.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Photo Awards Find Rollicking Humor in Nature

Seriously. Who doesn’t need a good laugh right now?

With a grinning fish, a monkey biker gang, and a singing rodent, it’s nature to the rescue with the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. The annual competition showcases the light side of conservation photography, highlighting images with a sense of humor.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Watch for the moon and Mars

These next several nights – November 24, 25 and 26, 2020 – use the waxing gibbous moon moon to find the brilliant red planet Mars. For the fun of it, we also show the planet Uranus, the seventh planet outward from the sun, on our sky chart. You’re not likely to see Uranus with the eye alone in the lunar glare, but you should have no trouble viewing dazzling Mars, which outshines Uranus by nearly 700 times.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Magical Tools and Altars

What is an altar?
I looked up the word in the dictionary just out of interest and this is the description it gives:

“An elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform, at which religious rites are performed or on which sacrifices are offered to gods, ancestors etc”

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Luna Santa – Luna (Video Oficial)

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO POSSIBILITIES

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”
— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”
— Richard Nelson Bolles

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
— Alan Cohen

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
— Walt Disney

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Just as you are today, challenges and all, you’re still the envy of the Universe.

I know,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Wisconsin Five-Cheese Bake

A savory twist on traditional macaroni and cheese made with multiple cheeses for layers of cheese flavor in every bite.

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
November 24, 2020

Industry

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Work worth doing hardly seems like work at all – it’s a pleasure! Doing good work makes us feel alive. It’s wonderful to be able to contribute, to be able to make an impact, make a difference. Any work you love doing, any work that helps people, or makes the world a better place in any way – that is work worth doing.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

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

astrology.com

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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 8, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 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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O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.
-Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-85)

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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: Master Your Fears (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are being propelled forward by the evolutionary flow of life and as the fragmented aspects of this world dissolve our perception of reality shifts.

Read more……

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Herbal Jedi: Gumweed Getup | With the Herbal Jedi

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ThoughtCo: Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and is honored by many Pagans today. Her equivalent in Roman mythology is the goddess Venus. She is sometimes referred to as Lady of Cytherea or Lady of Cyrpus, because of her cult locations and place of origin.

Read more…..

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Pioneer Thinking: 12 Incredible Uses of Green Tea

Recipes and Homemade Tricks with Green Tea
In addition to its excellent properties, the uses of green tea are not limited to its preparation as an infusion. You can find out about many other green tea applications, through a variety of tricks and homemade recipes, which will be very useful. Know them.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Embracing Groundlessness

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.

Pema Chodron –

Embracing Groundlessness

“It’s a fundamental fact of human life that we want our lives to be under control — we develop plans, goals, routines, systems, tools, schedules, structure to our lives. But while developing some structure is a very helpful thing for most of us … the truth is, there’s so much that we don’t control. Life is chaotic, out of control, shaky. It’s what Pema Chodron calls “groundlessness” — the feeling of no solid ground under our feet.” Leo Babauta shares more in this post. { read more }

Be The Change

What is your relationship to groundlessness? How might you take a fledging step towards embracing it more fully today? Check out this excerpt from Pema Chodron for more inspiration: “To Be Continually Thrown Out of the Nest.”

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Yeyeo Botanica: Tobacco: Spiritual and Magical Uses

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Elephant Journal: Fall is a Time to Listen to your Intuition, Slow Down & Rest.

Summer is my favorite season, period, end of story.
I catch myself saying every single day, “I love summer!” What’s not to love? I love the temperature. I love the flowers. I love being outside. I love the lazy moments when the kids are lying in hammocks outside, and I love watching the sun go down

Read more……

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Treehugger: National Zoo Reveals Panda Cub is a Boy
Tiny cub appears to be healthy and strong

It’s a boy! The Smithsonian National Zoo’s 6-week-old giant panda cub is male, zoo scientists have confirmed.

During the tiny bear’s first veterinary exam in mid-September, veterinarians took a swab from his cheek for DNA analysis.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Last quarter moon in Gemini, waning moon in Cancer

Before midnight October 9, 2020 – or after midnight October 10 – the moon will be rising over your eastern horizon at or near its half-illuminated last quarter phase

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: 20 Ways to Protect Your Energy As An Empath

Who is an empath? There was a time when I would answer that question with a list of symptoms that read something like, “You might be an empath if…” Now, we are all empaths and here is why:

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: OMWOLDON – SAMHAIN , Father and son playing celtic lyra

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Inner Journey: RAISING YOUR SIGHTS

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
— Albert Einstein

To grow in consciousness, we expand our perspectives on life. So how do we do that? The more we work with the universal — the concept of unity and wholeness, the more everything makes sense. Parts have meaning when they are understood to be parts of a bigger picture.

Consciousness is all about relationships — especially how the lower relates to the higher and how the darkness can exist within the light. Hold and experience contradictions like anger with love. Let opposites coexist in you without choosing one over the other.

“Higher consciousness, enLIGHTenment, comes from meaningful experiences and lessons passed with the understanding that there truly is only one law – the Law of Love. When one leads a life expressing this belief, the mind and heart begin to open to new realities, and other dimensional truths become known.”
— Dr. Norma Milanovich & Dr. Shirley McCune

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A Note from the Universe

Show me someone, who keeps getting in your way, and I’ll show you someone who keeps making excuses.

Tricky, tricky, tricky –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cheesy Mushroom Rice

This vegetarian stuffed acorn squash dish is hearty and delicious!

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
October 8, 2020

Poetry
“Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.”

-Adrienne Rich


Poetry is just one way to express our connection with the universe. Music does it with sound, art does it with color and texture, and poetry does it with language. While the description is elusive to us in prose, poetry allows us to go beyond mere description, to abandon the confines of “structure” and convey our feelings untethered.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Judgement

It may be a busy, perhaps chaotic, day but underneath it all will be a prevailing sense of good will. Judgement tells you that people will wish you well and want to help you, no matter how much work they create for you. You may enjoy a cheerful outlook, too, that will last all day and make you productive and popular. Enjoy some good times with people 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 June 23, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 23, 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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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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Kindness, like grain, increases by sowing.
–English Proverb

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Spirit Library: Breakthrough Into a New Cycle (a message from Kate Spreckley)

2020 has been an intense year of sudden changes, rapid growth and collective awakening. Painful truths have emerged revealing the level of damage and trauma that exists within us as individuals and as a collective.

Read more…..

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Pioneer Thinking: Herbal Hair Rinse – Nettle Leaf for Healthy Hair

Nettle is the common name for the plant Urtica dioica, also called Stinging Nettle. Stinging Nettle herb is an exceptional plant for restoring health and beauty to your hair. An herbal infusion made from nettle leaf is a gentle and safe herb to rinse your hair with

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Mountains of Taoism

The mountains of China have long been places of great inspiration and support to Taoist practitioners. Their potent energy and deep quietude provide a context in which meditation, qigong and Inner Alchemy practice can be especially fruitful. Their beauty inspires poetry, or perhaps instead the dropping of all language, in an awed silence.

Read more….

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MBG: 8 Types Of Earth Angels & How To Decide Which One(s) You Are

Earth angels are highly sensitive, empathic, and love to give to others. They feel excited and on purpose when being of service. Earth angels are not actually divine angels, but they share many character traits with celestial angels, like loving to support humans in need, an ability to see the best in people, and natural optimism.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Metal

1. Useful metals such as iron, steel, and copper indicate strength and progress towards an ultimate goal.
2. Gold: Values. If the dreamer dreams of gold jewelry, it could mean that many of his values are superficial. If he dreams of finding gold, then success lies ahead. Hiding it warns of a need to protect your own interests.
3. Silver: A symbol of plenty, but involving a lot of responsibility.
Astrological parallel: Mars, the Sun, the Moon.
Tarot parallel: The suit of Pentacles.

astrology.com

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Cultivating Calm

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Today’s DIY: DIY How to Make a Fairy House

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Elephant Journal: A Solstice Prayer to Re-Write our Destiny.

Solstice this year precedes and coincides with the dark/new moon and a solar eclipse on June 21st.

Summer solstice is one of those times that seems like one thing but is really another.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How to Harvest Basil

Popular basil is easy to grow, but can be temperamental to pick. There are secrets to harvesting basil without killing the plant while still getting the most flavorful leaves for all your favorite dishes.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: How to catch the elusive green flash

It’s not hard to see a green flash with the eye alone, when sky conditions are right, and when you’re looking toward a very clear and very distant horizon. That’s why those who live near an ocean tend to report green flashes most often. A sea horizon is the best place to see them

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Rusalky: The Mysterious Mermaids of Abundance

The waters of the rivers, lakes, and marshes in Ukraine are more than a home to fish and frogs, they are the places where the mysterious water nymphs called the rusalky live.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Divine Mother ~ Sacred Earth

A heart opening and deeply inspiring performance by Sacred Earth who are one of Australia’s most popular spiritual devotional music.

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Inner Journey:

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

“There is in all visible things – a hidden wholeness.”
— Thomas Merton

“From a hologrammatic viewpoint, …you are one little physical image that reflects all of humanity when projected spiritually upon the cosmic screen.”
— Wayne Dyer

“As above, so below.”

Everything is connected. The universe is a hologram where every part contains the whole. Outside echoes the inside. The lower is a reflection of the higher. The other is a reflection of you. We are all a microcosm of each other. The big picture is within us and even our cells.

Be open to see the interconnections, influences and inter-relationships of things.

“Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one.”
— Deepak Chopra

“To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda

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A Note from the Universe 
What a day! I feel so great, so magnanimous, so everywhere! Tell you what,  today dreams are on me. Today everyone’s dreams will come true!

Can I do that? Gimme a break!

 

I do it every single day, for everyone, everywhere, no matter what. Always, second to second, month to month, year to year, I give you what you think about, what you most expect, what you believe in and move toward.

What else are Universes for?

Tallyho

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Panzanella

Take your meal from good to gourmet with this refreshing strawberry caprese salad featuring Stella® Cheese.

Read More…..

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Tuesday (masculine)

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
June 23, 2020

Good
“To do good without ulterior motive is a generous and almost divine thing in itself.”

-Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

 
Ah! Too many times the “what’s in it for me?” creeps up when we are in a position to do some good. We wonder if it is worth the effort, and the time it takes, to go out of our way. But when we really do good, without expectation of any reward or reciprocation, it feels good. And isn’t that the best compensation anyway?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

Apply your basic practical good sense to the biggest and most serious of challenges and watch the problems wilt under your gaze. There’s nothing you can’t handle today if you can keep things uncomplicated and straightforward. Be calm but firm in your dealings and don’t allow others to add their petty complications to any of your efforts. Remember to be good to 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 June 18, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 18, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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June Events and Holidays

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

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

June 21 Father’s Day

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

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

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

Read more……

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

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

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

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Sun Worship

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

Read more…

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

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

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Breathing

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

astrology.com

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Simple Witchcraft and Everyday Practices

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

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

Read more….

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

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EarthSky News: Longest sunsets happen around the solstice

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

Read more….

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

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

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

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Fantasy Medieval Music – Song of the North

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Inner Journey:

EXPLORE WITH QUESTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the big picture,

The Universe

tut.com

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

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

Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Thursday (masculine)

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

Element: Earth

 Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg, and Sage

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

Deities include Juno, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus

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

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Daily Wisdom
June 18, 2020

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

-Margaret Mead (1910-1978)

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

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

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

astrology.com

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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 December 27, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 27, 2019

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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Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
-Victor Hugo (1802-85)

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Spiritual Unite: Whale Spirit Animal Meaning – Community Spirit And Resilience Are Key

Having the whale spirit animal means that you have wells of emotional resilience, inner wisdom and value family above all else.
It can also help you to pay attention to your need to recharge and aids in reconnecting with loved ones.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Color Magic – Magical Color Correspondences

Color magic is a part of many magical traditions because colors have certain associations. However, bear in mind that some traditions may set their own correspondences that differ from this list.

Read more…..

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MBG: The Best New Year’s Resolutions, According To Your Zodiac Sign 

Don’t get us wrong. We totally support you eating clean, being more socially aware, and calling your mom once a week (at least). But your 2020 horoscope also has hints for how to set intentions that are aligned with the stars.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Making a Tea Bag Wallet

Holds 2 tea bags per pocket or 1 tea bag + sugar packet, yet small enough to fit into your purse.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: How to Survive a Party (without locking yourself in a closet): a Guide for Empaths & Introverts.

The minute I walk into a crowded room, my heart begins to race, my breathing becomes shallow, my mouth dries up quicker than a desert, and my palms sweat profusely.

Read more….

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MNN: Snow is teeming with tiny life

Frosty the Snowman famously came to life one day with the help of a magical silk hat. As recent research suggests, however, he and other snowmen might already be more “alive” than most people realize — even if they aren’t dancing around with broomstick canes. That’s because, regardless of how it’s sculpted or adorned, snow itself is often surprisingly full of microbial life.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Don’t miss the young moon and Venus

From virtually everyplace worldwide on December 27, the moon will be better than one day (24 hours) old as the sun sets. If your sky is clear, you can catch the whisker-thin waxing crescent (and possibly, with much more difficulty, the planet Saturn) at dusk. You’ll surely see dazzling Venus, above them, blazing in Friday evening’s western twilight sky. This young moon will be fresh from its ring of fire eclipse a day earlier.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Work of Magic

The work of magic involves transformation, and the first transformation is the shift of perception. And once we establish that anything is possible, then the world as we know it can be flexible. Witches say that the World of Form (that which we perceive with our five senses) is not a limitation.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

WHAT IS LOVE?

“When mystics use the word love, they use it very carefully — in the deeply spiritual sense, where to love is to know; to love is to act. If you really love, from the depths of your Consciousness, that love gives you a native wisdom. You perceive the needs of others intuitively and clearly, with detachment from any personal desires; and you know how to act creatively to meet those needs, dexterously surmounting any obstacle that comes in the way. Such is the immense, driving power of love.”
— Eknath Easwaran
“Therefore, when I say that ‘I love,’ it is not I who love, but in reality Love who acts through me. Love is not so much something I do as something that I am. Love is not a doing but a state of being – a relatedness, a connectedness to another mortal, an identification with her or him that simply flows within me and through me, independent of my intentions or my efforts.”
— Robert A. Johnson
“When you are aware that you are the force that is Life, anything is possible. Miracles happen all the time, because those miracles are performed by the heart. The heart is in direct communion with the human soul, and when the heart speaks, even with the resistance of the head, something inside you changes; your heart opens another heart, and true love is possible.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Earth? Where every day you get a fresh start every thought brings you closer, every word makes you more, every decision is the right one, every baby step makes it easier, every smile makes you happier, and every tree knows your name.
Plus, I got you, babe –

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

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

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
December 27, 2019

Angels

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

-G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Doesn’t this make you smile? Enlightenment means lightening up – so angels are a good example for us! We can laugh, and play, and see the goodness and beauty in life – and not take ourselves too seriously

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.

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 September 27, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 27, 2019

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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If the oak bear much mast [acorns],
it foreshadows a long and hard winter.
-John Worledge (ca. 1669)

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Spiritual Unite: How To Use Balancers For Feet Chakra

Amongst the healing tools, we should keep in our spiritual toolbox, having a foot chakra balancer is one of the most useful.
If you are having trouble related to your feet chakras, then these powerful stones might just be for you.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/feet-chakra-balancers/

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ThoughtCo: Mushroom Magic and Folklore

Go for a walk in the woods on any given summer day, and you’ll see fungi galore popping up, nestled in amongst the ferns and trees. After a rainstorm, peek out in your backyard and you may see tiny spores beginning to sprout in the grass, forming what’s known as a fairy ring.

https://www.learnreligions.com/mushroom-magic-and-folklore-2562496

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Pioneer Thinking: Essential Oils for Hair Breakage

Here is a list of essential oils for hair breakage, which when applied regularly brings about a noticeable change in the texture and volume of your hair.

https://pioneerthinking.com/essential-oils-for-hair-breakage

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Daily Good: My Summer of the Catbird

Nature has a language that we have forgotten but carry in our unconscious minds. Beyond our even knowing, we are called along with the birds to listen to our inner seasons and longings. As author David G. Haskell has said, “In the voices of birds, we hear augury, portent, prophesy. We are drawn across boundaries into other places, other times.” In this beautiful story about a Gray Catbird, we find how one person, emerging from a period of deep grieving allowed herself to listen to the language of birds and to be drawn into a deep relationship that led to an inner transformation. { read more } http://www.dailygood.org/story/2401/my-summer-of-the-catbird-virginia-may-schiros/

Be The Change

We are each invited every day to participate in a friendship with Earth and her rhythms beyond the limits of our walls and minds. Listen for that invitation today.

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Elephant Journal: 5 Truths of a Pissed-Off Empath.

Awakenings are hard, awful even.
I wish I was one of those people who’d had an amazing experience, who wanted to tell everyone about their “come to Jesus” moment and how amazing it was.
Mine was not…and apparently, I’m still not there yet.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/5-truths-of-a-pissed-off-empath-lindsey-white/

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MNN: How to share Earth with other animals
A renowned biologist wants us to set aside half the planet for wildlife, part of a growing effort to avert the first man-made mass extinction.

Earth is a big place, but size isn’t everything. The planet’s richest ecosystems are in rapid decline, forcing us to acknowledge the elephant in the room: Elephants, along with countless other creatures worldwide, are running out of room

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/how-share-earth-other-animals

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EarthSky News: Old moon, Regulus, rising times and more

These upcoming mornings – September 26 and 27, 2019 – the waning crescent moon and the star Regulus adorn the eastern sky before sunrise. Astronomers will call the waning crescent, visible at dawn, an old moon. Regulus is a bright star and the brightest light in the constellation Leo the Lion.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/old-moon-and-regulus-before-sunrise

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Patheos-Pagan: Magical Herbs, Plants and Foods for Protection

I was recently asked about the best herbs to use for protection. My answer to any question along the lines of ‘what herbs are best to use’ is to go with your intuition. Trust it. What works for some might not work so well for others.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2018/10/herbs-food-protection/

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Inner Journey:

HEALTH AND HELP

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”
— Mother Teresa

If we are prompted to ask for spiritual blessings for ourselves or others, how do we best do this?

Speaker Kimberly Herkert offers that it is best to simply ask the divine for health and help. As human beings, we are not capable of seeing the big picture for anyone’s situation. As a result, we are not able to judge what is best for anyone, including ourselves.

The Higher Power always knows best, and the general prayer for ‘health and help’ acknowledges the wisdom that exists there and our faith in divine will.

“God answers prayer in His own way, not ours.”
— Mohandas Gandhi

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Fear like joy, usually means that you’re exactly where you should be, learning what you’re ready to learn, about to become more than who you were.

Whoohoo!!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cheese Souffle Omelette

Here’s a way to make an impressive cheese souffle omelette without the use of an oven, using only a couple ingredients. It’s a light and delicious way to start your day!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cheese-Souffle-Omelette.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

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

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
September 27, 2019

Conscience

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

A conscience is a very individual thing. We can’t peak inside someone else’s mind to find out just how they arrive at decisions. But we can look at our own thought process. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a book that really explores the whole concept of conscience. I’m glad that my son will be reading it in school this year, we will have some great conversations about it. I can’t help but picture Gregory Peck as Atticus. I love the way he portrayed this man who was so compelled to follow his conscience. I love the example that this character set for his children.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

It could be hard to sit still today and every little distraction may look more like an invitation to take a break or start the next thing. Get a lot done anyway by concentrating on short tasks and short conversations. A checklist helps keep things smooth and organized. Afterward, maybe take a nice long walk, stretch those legs, and shake the day’s dust off your shoulders

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 July 29, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 29, 2019

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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Rais’d are the dripping oars-
Silent the boat: the lake,
Lovely and soft as a dream,
Swims in the sheen of the moon.
-Matthew Arnold (1822-88)

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Spiritual Unite: Three Of Swords Tarot Card Meaning – Affairs Of The Hear

The Three of Swords tarot card meaning relates to heartbreak, betrayal, loss, division, absence, separation, depression, sadness, disillusion, poor health, conflict, and trauma.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/three-of-swords-tarot-card-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: All About Lammas (Lughnasadh) 

These are the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

https://www.learnreligions.com/celebrating-lammas-or-lughnasadh-in-august-2562156

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Today’s Deity: Lugh, Master of Skills

Similar to the Roman god Mercury, Lugh was known as a god of both skill and the distribution of talent. There are countless inscriptions and statues dedicated to Lugh, and Julius Caesar himself commented on this god’s importance to the Celtic people. Although he was not a war god in the same sense as the Roman Mars, Lugh was considered a warrior because to the Celts, skill on the battlefield was a highly valued ability. In Ireland, which was never invaded by Roman troops, Lugh is called sam ildanach, meaning he was skilled in many arts simultaneously.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lugh-master-of-skills-2561970

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: How To Get Through The Last Days Of Mercury Retro

Here’s what the AstroTwins have to say about three important astrological moments coming our way this week—including the end of Mercury retrograde (!).
On Monday, a twice-a-year transit could signal grassroots action.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-july-29-august-4-2019-by-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Befriending Ourselves: An Invitation to Love

Is self-improvement sometimes a disguised version of self-aggression? If the focus is always on how I might be “better” in the future, it can be hard to extend toward myself a hand of friendship and compassion. I miss out on the present miracle of who I am NOW. Maybe moving from a perspective of improvement toward one of healing actually begins with loving my current messiness. { read more } http://www.dailygood.org/story/2350/befriending-ourselves-an-invitation-to-love-kristi-nelson/

Be The Change

Get a hand mirror and spend a few moments appreciatively gazing into the eyes of your own miraculous being. Then spend the rest of the day in the company of your own friendship.

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Elephant Journal: 5 Truths of a Pissed-Off Empath.

Awakenings are hard, awful even.
I wish I was one of those people who’d had an amazing experience, who wanted to tell everyone about their “come to Jesus” moment and how amazing it was.
Mine was not…and apparently, I’m still not there yet.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/5-truths-of-a-pissed-off-empath-lindsey-white/

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MNN: 10 remarkable caterpillars and what they become

It’s hard not to be captivated by the fluttery fragile beauty of butterflies and moths. But the caterpillars they start from can be equally captivating.
As you’ll see, there are many different types of caterpillars. In fact, the variety of colors, shapes, camouflage markings and predator-repelling armor is truly astounding.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/remarkable-caterpillars-and-what-they-become

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EarthSky News: See the constellation Scutum the Shield

Tonight, look for one of the most beautiful celestial sights visible at this time of year. Look in a dark country sky, far away from the the glare of city lights. You’ll find a hazy pathway stretched across the sky. This band is the starlit trail of our own Milky Way galaxy. If you see it, you can also find the very small constellation called Scutum the Shield

https://earthsky.org/tonight/constellation-named-for-a-polish-king-2

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Patheos-Pagan: Lammas Loaves and Respite

It’s almost Lammas/Lughnasadh (I use both interchangeably, do you?), and I am a bit giddy with excitement. Last year, I wrote of Lammas and harvesting my dreams. Hard to believe, it’s a year later, and I look back on that celebration with fondness.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/07/lammas-loaves-and-respite/

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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 

It’s the final moments that define a journey and the first ones that make it possible.

Both, you have total control over.

Whoop, whoop!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs

These chicken kabobs are delicious and really easy to put together. You can make these on your grill outside, inside your oven, or on a griddle. All result in a wonderfully aromatic and tender meal. I like to serve it with a lemon tahini sauce and thick Persian flatbread. I’ve added my lemon tahini sauce recipe here with the kabobs.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Mediterranean-Chicken-Kabobs.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions 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

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
July 29, 2019

Intuition

“You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”
-Ingrid Bergman

Jewel sings a song called “Intuition.” It’s gotten me thinking about intuition, instinct, hunches… it’s all the same thing. The lyrics in the song say: “Follow your heart, your intuition, it will lead you in the right direction.” Great advice- but like much great advice, do we always take it? I think we try to second guess ourselves too much. When Ingrid Bergman says we must train our intuition, I think she really means that we must train ourselves to listen to that voice, and hear what it has to say.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

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

Astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 29, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 29, 2019

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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Now the nightingale, the pretty nightingale,
The sweetest singer in all the forest quire,
Entreats thee, sweet Peggy, to hear thy true love’s tale:
Lo, yonder she sitteth, her breast against a brier.
-Thomas Dekker (c. 1572-1632)

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Spiritual Unite:  20 Signs Your Soul Is Getting Quantum Upgrades

Activation has been set off!
Lightworkers, volunteers, and earth warriors have to embrace, activate and integrate these upgrades. They have to march on, be themselves, embody their truth and unite as one.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/20-signs-your-soul-is-getting-quantum-upgrades/

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ThoughtCo: Chrysanthemum Folklore & Magic

When autumn rolls in, most of the flowers in our gardens are dying off, but the chrysanthemum is just beginning to bloom. Found in an array of colors from whites and purples to bright yellows and reds to rustic oranges and browns, the chrysanthemum is a popular fall flower, and has a rich history of folklore and myth behind it

https://www.learnreligions.com/chrysanthemum-folklore-and-magic-2562015

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MBG: What It Means To Be “Soul Weary” & How To Bounce Back

Sometimes exhaustion isn’t about being physically tired or in need of an emotional pick-me-up. You might experience times when deep down you are just done for a minute. Done trying, done caring.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-it-means-to-be-soul-weary-and-how-to-bounce-back-using-self-care

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Preconceived notions and old ideas could make it hard to deal with all the new and different situations and requests that could crop up today. It’s possible that you’re not actually being presented choices that must be made now or soon. Just as likely you’re being tested or tempted. It may be hard to resist a knee jerk reaction or two. Avoid committing to anything definite if you can.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: I Believe in Boundaries, Not Armor: an Empath’s Manifesto.

Well, I won’t beat around the bush—today kinda sucked.
We all have those days when we feel like we don’t belong. Today was like that for me.
It was the sort of day that exists in a thousand shades of uncertainty and self-doubt.
I wondered if I looked as awkward on the outside as I felt on the inside. I wondered how the heck everyone else looked so put-together and shiny—meanwhile, I feel like I’m drowning.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/i-believe-in-boundaries-not-armor-an-empaths-manifesto-sarah-harvey/

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Daily Good: George Orwell: Some Thoughts on the Common Toad

Novelist and essayist Eric Arthur Blair, pen name George Orwell, is perhaps best known for his prescient depictions of creeping totalitarianism and social injustice as captured in 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and London. Blair is also recognized as an avowed appreciator of the living world who intuitively understood nature’s role in transforming the human spirit in the aftermath of war: “I think that by retaining one’s childhood love of such things as trees, fishes, butterflies and to return to my first instance toads, one makes a peaceful and decent future a little more probable…” In his thought-provoking essay, Isaac Yuen explores the remarkable capacity for wonder and compassion that exemplifies Blair’s writing in “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad,” an ode to one of Earth’s most humble inhabitants

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2305/george-orwell-some-thoughts-on-the-common-toad-isaac-yuen/

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EarthSky News: Observer’s delight: Moon and Venus at dawn

A delicately beautiful sky scene awaits you on the mornings of May 30 and 31, plus June 1, 2019. On those mornings, you can use the waning crescent moon to find the planet Venus, now buried deep in eastern twilight before sunrise, especially as viewed from latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and 3rd-brightest celestial bodies,

https://earthsky.org/tonight/observers-delight-moon-venus-at-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Litha Sabbat Index: Rites, Potions, and Recipes for the Summer Solstice

Witches celebrate the Sabbat of Litha just as we enter the zodiac sign of Cancer, or around June 20-22. This longest day of the year is known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Because this day initiates the summer season, it is considered a Lesser or Quarter Sabbat.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2019/05/litha-sabbat-index-rites-potions-recipes-summer-solstice/

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Inner Journey:

BREAK OUT OF ROUTINE

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
— Nietzsche

Where do you need to do some ‘out of the box’ thinking and living?

We are creatures of habit, of patterns. While initially the habits may have served us, they may now be limiting our ability to experience more of life.

What aspect of your life has become routine? How might you bring new life to it? Do some outrageous dreaming! Then do something completely different today.

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”
— George Washington Carver

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Ix Chel – Mayan Goddess(es) of the Moon, Fertility and Death

Ix Chel (sometimes spelled Ixchel) is, according to longstanding archaeological tradition, the Mayan moon goddess, one of the most important and ancient of Maya deities, connected to fertility and procreation. Her name Ix Chel has been translated as “Lady Rainbow” or as “She of the Pale Face,” an allusion to the moon’s surface.

https://www.thoughtco.com/ix-chel-mayan-goddess-moon-fertility-death-171592

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A Note from the Universe

There’s no such thing as a lost soul.

I know where they are, and everyone makes it home.

Thanks for caring,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Tomato Cucumber Salad

A cool tomato and cucumber salad is perfect for a hot summer day.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Tomato-Cucumber-Salad-Recipes.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday 

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
May 29, 2019

Self-Realization
“King Henry: Presume not that I am the thing I was;
For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,
That I have turn’d away my former self.”

-Shakespeare (1564-1616) Henry IV, 1597

I like this because Shakespeare says here “I have made the choice- I have chosen to change” – and that is such a powerful statement. We always have that choice. We can always “reinvent” ourselves. And when we mean it, it works! There are a lot of people in the media who are examples of this – the former “loose image” actress turned mother and Sunday school teacher – the former rock-n-roller who is now a gospel singer. Part of this is knowing who we are – and understanding that how the world perceives us, how we present ourselves, is totally up to us.

 

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Spirituality & Health: Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger
BY JULIE PETERS

“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with cruelty, meanness, or pettiness. But it’s also toxic to swallow that anger down.”

https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/pathfinding-yoga-and-mindfulness/2019/05/21/toxic-anger-vs-healing-anger

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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 May 13, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 13, 2019

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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May is a green as no other,
May is much sun through small leaves,
May is soft earth,
And apple-blossoms.
-Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

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Spiritual Unite: The Mirror Effect Of An Empath

We have all experienced it, being around someone who has either taken an instant dislike to us, or a bizarre resentment suddenly appears in those we have known for some time.
There may be no clear reason for this change in their behaviour. No matter whether they try to hide their feelings or not, an Empath can sense their loathing and it does not feel good!

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/the-mirror-effect-of-an-empath/

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ThoughtCo: Make a Simple Magical Herb Bundle to Hang on Your Door

Herbal magic is an ancient art and an important element of most Wiccan practice. Each herb has a different purpose and power. It’s easy to create magical herb bundles:

https://www.learnreligions.com/how-to-make-herb-bundles-2562028

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Here’s How To Prep For The Year’s Only Full Moon In Scorpio

Some major planetary shifts are taking place in the sky this week. Here, the AstroTwins walk us through how to navigate it all.
On Wednesday, Venus and Mars change signs and push us to focus on our relationships.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-may-13-19-2019-by-the-astrotwins

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Today’s Deity: Oshun, African Goddess of Love and Sweet Waters

Across many ancient civilizations throughout the world, love was placed under the domain of a certain deity, usually, but not in all cases, a goddess. In the Classical world, for instance, there were Venus and Aphrodite, love goddesses of the Roman and Greek pantheons respectively. In the ancient Near East, love was personified in such goddesses as Ishtar and Astarte. Further afield in West Africa, the Yoruba people believe in a love goddess by the name of Oshun

https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-africa/oshun-african-goddess-love-and-sweet-waters-002908

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MNN: There’s a tree in this North Carolina swamp that’s at least 2,624 years old

There’s a specific stand of bald cypress trees along the Black River in North Carolina that are some of the oldest trees in the country. Locally known as the Three Sisters Swamp, there are several trees in the group known to be more than 1,000 years old.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/scientists-discover-tree-least-2624-years-old

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Tetraktys: The 13 Wiccan Esbats Explained 

Traditionally, an Esbat is a gathering of Wiccans happening during the night of the Full Moon. The purpose of an Esbat is to celebrate the Full Moon, honor the Deities and practice magick. Esbat rituals are part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year along with the eight Sabbat

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/wiccan-esbats-explained/

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EarthSky News: Look for the legendary green flash

It’s not hard to see a green flash with the eye alone, when sky conditions are right, and when you’re looking toward a very clear and very distant horizon. That’s why those who live near an ocean tend to report green flashes most often. A sea horizon is the best place to see them.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-the-legendary-green-flash

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3 Pagans & A Cat: What’s In a Name?

This past Sunday, Car and I renewed our marriage vows in a handfasting during a Beltane ritual. The event was held at Artes and Craft, and officiated by our friends Pat and Paul, who in addition to co-owning the store are the High Priestess and Priest of a local coven.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/05/3-pagans-a-cat-whats-in-a-name/

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Inner Journey: 

SMART QUESTIONS TO KEEP HANDY

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
— Anthony Robbins

Last time, we talked about questions to avoid. Today, let’s consider some that are truly empowering:
• Is there a message for me in this experience?
• What’s the gift in this situation?
• What can I learn from this?
• What’s the most loving thing I could do now?
• What’s the most important thing for me to focus on now?
• What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
• What would I do if there were nothing to fear?

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
— Francis Bacon

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Dreams come true, that’s what they do. The only variable is when.

For the slow approach: Resist. Attach. Insist. Deny. Stop. Second guess. Whine. Argue. Defend. Protest. Cry. Struggle. And ask others, when you know the answer yourself.

For the quick approach: Visualize. Pretend. Prepare. Dodge. Roll. Serpentine. Do not waver over intentions, but over methods. Show up, even when nothing happens. And give thanks in advance.
You knew that,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Crispy Tuna Cheese Puffs

These little crispy pockets of tuna and cream cheese are an excellent appetizer or side to a meal. I came up with them because I adore crab rangoons, but don’t always have those ingredients handy. I always have tuna and cream cheese around! These can be pan fried or baked. I’ve added both methods in this recipe.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Crispy-Tuna-Cheese-Puffs.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions 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

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
May 13, 2019

Body

“We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.”

-Seneca the Younger (5? BC – AD 65)

There is a kind of mindfulness that we need to observe when taking care of the body. We need to exercise, but not overdo. We need to eat properly, but not too much. This is a precious package that is ours to take care of. And when we take care of the body, it takes care of us. We all have this in common. We may look so different on the outside – different shapes, sizes, colors, ages, whatever. But on the inside- it’s all the same basic equipment. What makes us “tick” is all the same “stuff.”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.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 23, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 23, 2019

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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This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard-
And love stirs in the heart of a bird.

-Katharine Tynan (1861-1931)

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ThoughtCo: How to Use Mugwort in Magic

Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. From its use as an incense, for smudging, or in spellwork, mugwort is a highly versatile – and easy to grow – herb.

https://www.learnreligions.com/using-mugwort-in-magic-2562031

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Spirit Library: Our New Universal Reports

Dear Ones,

Your need to be part of a community is designed to help you find your universal relatives – those with whom you have traveled through eons of locations and times.

Many of you are shifting those of your community acknowledging that some will remain, while others are no longer of interest. Such is so because you have completed those interactions or karma.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/our-new-universal-reports

 

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MBG: Astro Alert: Here’s How To Navigate 3 Tricky Transits Happening This Week

This week, the AstroTwins break down how a busy week in the sky could play out down here on Earth.
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/april-22-28-2019-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins

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Elephant Journal:  What we Misunderstand about being an Empath.

Let’s talk about empathy, which, according to a recent NPR story, “The End of Empathy” (April 15, 2019, Hanna Rosin), is seemingly declining in younger generations.

Associate professor Sara Konrath from Indiana University has been tracking a trend, or a critical shift, whereby younger generations do not feel it’s their responsibility to “see the world from someone else’s perspective.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/empathy-downgraded-to-apathy/

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MNN: 16 plants that repel unwanted insects
These herbs and flowers can shoo pests from your garden and skin

Are you an insect magnet? If you aren’t, you probably know one. Insect magnets attract annoying insects the second they walk outdoors — or so it seems.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/12-plants-that-repel-unwanted-insects

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EarthSky News: Moon and Saturn to meet in morning sky

These next several mornings – April 24, 25 and 26, 2019 – watch the moon as it travels away from the king planet Jupiter and toward the ringed planet Saturn. Although Saturn is easily visible to the eye alone, you need a telescope to view its majestic rings

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-saturn-to-meet-in-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: The Stang

The Stang is adored by many modern Traditional Witches, myself included. It’s a tool whose use powerfully evokes a sense of connection to something old and primitive. In its simplest form, a forked staff, Witches use the Stang in various ways including representing the Horned One, aiding in spirit flight, and directing energy.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2016/08/the-stang/

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Inner Journey:

THE 4 D’S OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

“Promise Yourself … to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. …To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
— Drawn from the Optimist Creed of the Optimist International Club

Reflect on this pathway for meaningful growth:

DISCIPLINE – To create change in our lives, we need to consistently focus on what we want.

DETACHMENT – Practice the art of detached observation. Let go of automatic defenses and patterns.

DISCERNMENT – Seek to discern the lower from the higher. What is self-serving and what is soul-inspired? Discernment carries no judgment. There are no goods and bads. Remain as a detached witness.

DHARMA “This is an East Indian word meaning “living your unique purpose.” How do you find meaning and fulfillment in ways that are natural to you? How do you best serve and contribute to the world?

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.”
— Glenn Clark

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You may not ever understand what’s going on in their life but you can always figure out what’s going on in yours.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: DIY Tea Astringent

Astringents are used to firm and tone the skin. They constrict the pores and create a protective layer of firm tissue to fight against natural elements. However, some astringents can be harsh due to their alcohol content, thus, drying the skin. So why not create your own astringent at home? Today’s recipe uses non-drying ingredients — witch hazel, lemon juice and, don’t be surprised – tea!

https://pioneerthinking.com/diy-tea-astringent-anyone

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
April 23, 2019

Effort

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”

-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Full effort is mindfulness. It’s being present in the moment, concentrating on the task at hand and not on the results. When we’re in that space where we’re putting in effort, doing our best, we lose track of time and experience the now. That’s a victory!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Spirituality & Health:

Ritual for a Spring Full Moon
BY JULIE PETERS

The full moon is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful ritual. Julie Peters shares her own ritual. “It has felt very powerful for me to reflect on how I might like to symbolize what I’m feeling with each new moon and full moon and create a ritual to mark that time.”

https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/downward-blog-a-life-in-yoga/2019/04/17/moon-practice-ritual-for-a-spring-full-moon

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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/