Cat’s Morning Bits for August 20, 2020
Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.
Shine on, O moon of summer.
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,
All silver under your rain to-night.
-Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
August Events & Holidays
Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus
Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST
Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini
Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day
Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer
Aug 17 Moon enters Leo
Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST
Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo
Aug 21 Moon enters Libra
Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio
Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST
Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn
Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius
Spirit Library: Stay off the Crazy Train! (a message from Cheryl Richardson)
There’s nothing like a mandate to stay in one place to help us see how neurotic the mind can be. These days, as I spend most of my time at home, I’ve made it a practice to carefully watch my thoughts.
Herbal Jedi: Remember You are Loved.. Drop into your Heart and Connect
ThoughtCo: How to Hug a Tree
Certainly, you have heard the phrase Hug a Tree before, but have you ever taken a moment out of your day to actually do this? Although some trees, like people, are more huggable than others, they all need a hug now and again. Read more…..
MBG: What Rooms Your Plants Should Go In, According To Feng Shui
Feng shui has everything to do with living in harmony with nature, so the practice encourages indoor plants. I believe that plants and trees of all kinds can be spectacular in every area of the home—as long as you’re intentional about where you place them. Here are some room-by-room tips for placing your plant pals and surrounding yourself with thriving growth energy.
Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Writing as Meditation
by Sara Deutsch, M.S.
To write is to listen–to awaken the inner ear to the stream of thought, imagery, feeling and experience continuously flowing within us. In writing meditation we listen, and record whatever enters our mind. Through relaxed awareness and absolute acceptance of all the inner voices–”wounded child”, “critic”, “parent”, “loving guide”–we delve deep into the mystery of our unknown self and learn to trust our inner process to heal and enlighten us.
A five minute time limit provides a gentle pressure that helps bypass the inner critic, responsible for writing blocks. Freeflow writing is a blind date with your infinite unknown self! You never know what will happen! Read more…..
Today’s DIY: “Go Away” Spell with Devil Pods (Water Caltrop) | Yeyeo Botanica
Elephant Journal: Wellness for your Soul: 7 Ways to be Spiritually Healthy & Vibrant.
The Wheel of Life: if you’ve ever worked with a life coach, chances are you’ve mapped one.
I’ve also seen it whipped out at more than one motivational talk and workshop.
It’s basically a circle divided into segments, the axes of which represent the key areas of your life. You map each segment or axis on a scale of 1-10 to represent how satisfying or full that area of your life is.
Treehugger: Blueland Makes the Coolest Zero Waste Dish Soap
Blueland is changing housecleaning. The U.S.-based company has come up with a brilliant business model that ships dry tablets of concentrated cleaning powders in compostable paper bags to customers, who then dissolve them in water-filled spray bottles and use them to clean their homes.
EarthSky News: Young moon, Spica, west after sunset
The hunt for a young moon – a thin crescent moon visible in the west after sunset – has become a favorite activity for many of EarthSky’s moon-watching fans. The new moon came to pass on August 19, 2020 (at 2:42 Universal Time), so we’re expecting a number of people around the world to catch the whisker-thin waxing crescent after sunset August 20. If you miss the slender young moon at dusk on August 20, give it another try on August 21, 22 and 23. Look west, shortly after sunset. Read more…..
Patheos-Pagan: Drinking Magical Waters
One of the biggest struggles for many of my students is to drink water. It is actually one of the first assignments I give most of my students. Start drinking 8 glasses of water a day! Or at least begin to consciously drink water.
Pagan Playlist: Divine Mother ~ Sacred Earth
Inner Journey: GUILT
“When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. It is time to ask what can we do right, not what did we do wrong. Forgive yourself and move on.”
— Bernie S. Siegel
“I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy . . . you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.”
— Katherine Mansfield
“If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole.”
— Joan Borysenko
“Light burdens borne far become heavy.”
— French proverb
A Note from the Universe
Okay, for just five minutes forget the bucks. Forget your soulmate, too. Forget the new car, the “home run,” and being on Oprah. Forget your fears, your problems, and your pain. And during those five minutes, feel the feelings you most want to feel, for the rest of your life.
It might seem awkward, that’s okay. It might seem silly, too. And I can just about guarantee, at first, it’ll feel utterly futile… until your entire life begins to change.
If I were a beggar, I’d beg you. If I prayed in question marks, this is what I’d ask for. And if I could implore you to do anything, let this be it.
Because nothing else that you might ever do will have as profound an effect on your fortunes, friendships, and happiness; in navigating the illusions, manifesting what you want, and avoiding what you dread; as this little five-minute drill performed just once a day, on as many days as you remember to do it.
And just so you know, if you do this right now or even every day for the rest of your life, I’ll add back those five minutes to each of the days you do it. I’ll just sneak ’em in there, and they’ll feel like ten.
Hosanna in the highest,
Today’s Recipe: My Go-To, Get-Pumped-for-Fall Pumpkin Bread Recipe.
I am freaking pumped for fall y’all.
All things fall: crisp air, crunchy leaves, and pumpkin everything. Since it’s August, my fall boner is pretty serious already. I’ve already forced my husband to watch “Hocus Pocus” even though he still considers his September second birthday the official end to the summer.
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
Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage
Star Signs: Sagittarius and Pisces
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.
August 20, 2020
“I find nothing in fables more astonishing than my experience in every hour. One moment of a man’s life is a fact so stupendous as to take the luster out of all fiction.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
I don’t know who said “truth is stranger than fiction” but I have seen so many examples of things that have happened where I just shake my head and say: “You couldn’t make this stuff up!” I have always been attracted to biographies and true stories for that very reason. Here we are, actually living some of the great myths of our time! Our history books are filled with them. Sometimes the lines are blurred, and we can’t remember what is real and what is not. We take liberty with history to have it “make sense” to us. Can we believe what is reported to us in the news? Or is it just another story? It’s up to each one of us to be informed, and make good decisions
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.
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