Cat’s Morning Bits for June 13, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 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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How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every shining flower!
-Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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Spiritual Unite: Mouse Spirit Animal Meaning – So Mighty

If you have the mouse spirit animal, you have the unique symbolism of the mouse as a way to help guide you.
Your spirit animal can offer insight into the areas of your life that need your attention

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/mouse-spirit-animal-meaning-so-mighty/

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The Daily Good: The Power of Everyday Rituals

In a world often fraught with stress and disorder, the Balinese ritual of canang sari is a reminder of the sacred nature of all things and times. On Balinese street corners and in hallways, at the entry to shops and homes, these small baskets of flowers remind the giver and the passerby of how one can enter into what is essential in everyday life. Author Jay Griffith experienced the value of ritual expressed in canang sari while on a trip to Bali and realized that, “Tiny, everyday rituals are a hand-crafted prayer to domestic order, beckoning the divine to step inside a moment.” She explains here how she saw traditions in every culture with new eyes, and realized how rituals can give life a depth and sacredness we all need.

https://aeon.co/essays/how-rituals-can-protect-life-with-a-petal-and-a-prayer

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ThoughtCo: Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

Smudging is a great way to cleanse a sacred space, and most people use smudge sticks made of sweetgrass or sage for this purpose. Although they are available commercially—and are fairly inexpensive—it’s easy to make your own if you’ve got herbs growing in your garden, or if there’s a place nearby where you can go wildcrafting.

https://www.learnreligions.com/make-your-own-smudge-sticks-2562199

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Indecision is not necessarily a bad thing, but taken to extremes it can make you pessimistic and defeatist. Take the time you need to make the choices you need but don’t get bogged down and grind to a halt. Take yourself in hand and refuse to feel helpless in the face of a challenging (or tempting) situation. Refuse to be rushed by anyone, too.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: The Magical result of matching our Heart Chakra with our Third Eye.

I’ve had a lifelong struggle between my intuition and my logical brain.
I’ve wondered if there were others like me, people who have let logic rule with regret.

Have you ever heard a little voice in your head telling you not to put that coffee cup on the edge of the table, ignored it, and found your favorite mug broken within minutes?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/the-magical-result-of-matching-our-heart-chakra-with-our-third-eye-sherry-guastini/

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Today’s Deity: Olwen, Welsh Flower and Sun Goddess by Judith Shaw 

Olwen (pronounced O-loon), Welsh Flower and Sun Goddess is most probably an ancient Goddess whose original stories and power have been lost to us. Her name means “Golden Wheel,” making Her the opposite of the powerful Sky Goddess, Arianrhod who was known as “Silver Wheel.”

https://feminismandreligion.com/2016/06/22/olwen-welsh-flower-and-sun-goddess-by-judith-shaw/

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MNN: 13 images and facts about misunderstood bats

Bats can be a little scary-looking, but the diverse flying mammals are broadly beneficial to the ecosystems where they — and we — live. Below are 13 facts about these underappreciated creatures.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/bat-pictures-11-images-and-facts-about-a-misunderstood-creature

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EarthSky News: Moon to sweep by Jupiter and star Antares

From around the world on the evenings of June 14, 15 and 16, 2019, look for the moon and then for the red supergiant star Antares and the giant gas planet, Jupiter. The moon – now in a waxing gibbous phase, moving toward full moon on the night of June 16-17 – will pass to the north of Antares and Jupiter.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-to-sweep-by-antares-and-jupiter

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Patheos-Pagan: Working with Deities

I’m not sure how rare of a Pagan I am in the way I work with deities. I’m a polytheist. I believe in many Godds*. I believe that they are autonomous beings that exist and evolve differently than humans and perhaps on a different plain of existence. I’m not really worried about “how” or the “why” or “how” (yes, how twice). The how and why doesn’t really matter because belief requires some amount of faith. Faith requires some amount of trust. Trust requires some amount of surrender

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/06/my-deities/

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Inner Journey:

HOPE AND DISAPPOINTMENT

“It’s precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life.”
— Max Frisch

“Don’t get your hopes up!”

Were you warned of this as a child? What does this say? It says that life is bound to disappoint you. It says, don’t aim high because you’re not likely to get what you want. It says that we can’t expect good things to happen to us.

As our thinking creates our reality, this kind of thinking dooms us to a mundane existence. It’s time to change our stories. Why not focus the immense power of our hearts and minds on bringing to fruition the very best life has to offer? Allow yourself to hope and believe in all possibilities.

“Hope is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.”
— Samuel Smiles

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
— Barbara Kingsolver

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

When you consider all the faces, in all the places, in all the times do you see every one of them as students of love?

It helps.

True,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Soup

Give black beans a Cuban flair with this savory soup. Top it with sour cream and some shredded cheese for a easy weeknight dinner.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Week-23-Cuban-Black-Bean-Soup.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

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

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
June 13, 2019

Words

“You may choose your word like a connoisseur,
And polish it up with art,
But the word that sways, and stirs, and stays,
Is the word that comes from the heart.”

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1906

When we communicate, we want to choose our words carefully to be sure that we are completely understood. And yet, when we want to express our feelings, sometimes it helps to just let those feelings flow, to think with our hearts more than with our heads. The words that come from our hearts are so true and real that they can’t help but have an effect on anyone who hears them.

-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 3, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 3, 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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Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,
What we below could not see, Winter pass.
-Edward Thomas, “Thaw” (1878-1917)

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ThoughtCo: Cerridwen: Keeper of the Cauldron

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

https://www.thoughtco.com/cerridwen-keeper-of-the-cauldron-2561960

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Spiritual Unite: Mercury Goes Direct March 28, This Is What It Means For Your Zodiac Sign

When Mercury moves into retrograde everyone goes to great lengths to prepare themselves and adjust their actions in order to compensate, aware of the incredibly challenging times that it will bring, but have you ever considered just what the ‘Planet of Communication’ has in store for your life when it maintains its usual, direct movement?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/mercury-goes-direct-march-28-this-is-what-it-means-for-your-zodiac-sign/

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Tetraktys: 6 Witch’s Runes Layouts to Try – The 13 Witch’s Runes for Beginners Part 2

Hello witches! This is the second article of a post series about the 13 Witch’s Runes. Last week, I introduced the meaning of each individual rune. Today, I am sharing with you my own rune casting ritual, my best interpretation tips and 6 layouts to try. Let’s get started!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/6-layouts-to-try-13-witchs-runes-beginners-part-2/

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Daily Good: Who Gets to Cry?

Climate change is destroying many places we love points out Trebbe Johnson, and while some of us turn away from admitting this, others are filled with sorrow. But here’s what’s most difficult: “Many of us are simply afraid that if we allow ourselves to wade, even for a moment, into the feelings of sadness for the living world that lap at the edge of our consciousness, we will find ourselves pulled so ruthlessly into grief and despair that we will never emerge.” So how to grieve wisely and honestly?

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2250/who-gets-to-cry-trebbe-johnson/

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Elephant Journal: The Ritualization of Everyday Activities.

A few years ago, I decided to make a change in how I do things—and what an amazing impact it had on my life.
I lose sight of it sometimes and forget to do this practice, but every time I go back I wonder why I ever stopped. When I don’t practice it, my life gets hectic and messy; when I do practice it in everything I do, my life is filled with tranquility, and my home is impeccable

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/03/how-we-can-make-a-ritual-out-of-everything-we-do-aaron-soltys/

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MNN: 11 examples of the kindness of strangers
It can be easy to forget how much good regular people do every day.

Some days, it can feel like the world is falling apart. Other days, decent humans step up and make it better.
When I was a little girl traveling with my grandma, we once got stuck in a Florida airport due to a storm. Hotels were already booked, and my grandma was preparing me to sleep near our gate

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/examples-kindness-strangers-restore-your-faith-humanity

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EarthSky News: Star-hop to the Coma star cluster 

Our chart at the top of this post shows the constellation Leo the Lion highest up for the night at roughly 9 to 10 p.m. local time (10 to 11 p.m. local daylight saving time). That’s the time on your clock no matter where you are on the globe.
Long ago, the Coma star cluster represented the Lion’s tufted tail. It is a beautiful cluster, well worth taking the time to pick out in the night sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/star-hop-from-leo-to-the-coma-star-cluster

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Ancient Origins: 3,900-Year-Old Lost Inscriptions Surface at the Ancient Egyptian Amethyst Mines

Archaeologists working in the timeworn deserts of Egypt have uncovered more than ‘100 ancient inscriptions’ at Wadi el-Hudi, where ancient miners once collected amethysts which were believed to be imbued with supernatural powers

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/egyptian-amethyst-mine-0011667

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Inner Journey:

LIVE IN RELAXATION

“It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Is relaxation possible only when we’re not working? No. With awareness and practice, we can be relaxed no matter what we are doing. In fact, when we work in a relaxed state, our productivity increases as our effort decreases.

For true relaxation, we need to connect with our bodies — to consciously and intentionally become aware of tension and release it.

“Anxiety breaks a man’s backbone.”
— Hebrew proverb

“Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.”
— Walter Hagen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The reason you sometimes find life hard, people difficult, or circumstances challenging is because in each of those areas you signed up for the advanced course.

Magna cum laude, baby –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Muffin Tin Quiches

These single serving quiches are perfect for a brunch party but can also be reheated for a quick breakfast. Vary the ingredients depending what you have in the fridge. I have done Greek, Italian and Mexican inspired quiches, as well as ones using traditional breakfast ingredients. They always turn out great

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Muffin-Tin-Quiches.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
April 3, 2019 

Originality

“Originality consists not only in doing things differently, but also in ‘doing things better.'”

-Edward C. Stedman (1833-1908)

I think that this is what inventors have in mind when they come up with all these original concepts. It’s all about progress, growth, building on what has been done before and expanding on what we have learned. And isn’t life like that, too? With human relationships, and our own spiritual growth, we want to “do things better” and improve ourselves and our circumstances. We read books, and take advice, but how we apply it is individual and original to ourselves.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Reasons to Keep Your Heart Open

Keeping your heart open can be a challenge, especially when you’ve been hurt by someone you love but keeping an open heart can be the gateway to loving again. Here are five reasons to open your heart and trust again.

Read more……………

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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/