Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2020 ” Ostara Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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March Events & Holidays

March 20: Ostara/ Spring Equinox

March 24: New Moon : 2:28 am PST./ 3:28 am MST/ 5:28 am EST

March 27: Easter

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For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek.
-Celia Thaxter (1835-94)

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Spirit Library: Be Courageous & Daring (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are in a phase of collapse where the old destructive patterns of the world are failing and disintegrating. At the same time new energetic structures, which are in harmony with the universal laws and principles of balance, are being established

Read more

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Pagan Library: Ostara Return to Us by Savannah Skye

The wheel has turned to our Goddess
Our lovely Maiden Goddess
Goddess Ostara
Who will return to us

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Deities of the Spring Equinox

Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter.

Read more…..

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Pagan Library: Spring Sabbat Incense

Anon

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Benzoin
1 part Cinnamon
a few drops Patchouli oil

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Rain

1. If the rain is a gentle one, and especially if rainbows are present, this is a positive symbol, foreshadowing the coming of a peaceful interlude and much happiness.
2. If the rain is heavy, this indicates a change in the dreamer’s financial fortunes. Depending on his circumstances, it could be a windfall or a major setback.
3. A major thunderstorm with thunder and lightning indicates a sudden and unexpected increase in wealth, possibly through a legacy.
Astrological parallel: Venus.
Tarot parallel: The Wheel of Fortune.

astrology.com

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“Gwyl Canol GwenWynol or Eostre: (pronounced E-ostra, also known as Ostara, Spring Equinox etc.), March 21-23. Time of equal day and equal night. This is often celebrated with eggs (beginnings) and rabbits (fertiity) … see the theme? It is now time to lay the seeds of new projects and new directions that you have meditated on throughout the cold months. Now is the time to start taking action. (A lot of traditions use this particular sabbat for initiations. New roads, a new breath.) Colours for this sabbat: Purple and Yellow. The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane. Night and day are in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy. The god of light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness. In the Welsh Mabinogion, this is the day on which the restored Llew takes his vengeance on Goronwy by piercing him with the sunlight spear. For Llew was restored/reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now well/old enough to vanquish his rival/twin and mate with his lover/mother. And the great Mother Goddess, who has returned to her Virgin aspect at Candlemas, welcomes the young sun god’s embraces and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice. And so the cycle closes at last to begin anew. The customs surrounding the celebration of the spring equinox were imported from Mediterranean lands, although there can be no doubt that the first inhabitants of the British Isles observed it, as evidence from megalithic sites shows. But it was certainly more popular to the south, where people celebrated the holiday as New Year’s Day, and claimed it as the first day of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. However you look at it, it is certainly a time of new beginnings, as a simple glance at Nature will prove.”
– Spring Equinox

gardendigest.com

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Today’s Music: – Ostara – Lisa Thiel 

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Elephant Journal: Remembering the Spring Equinox—in the Dead of a Worldwide Winter.

Outside my windows, burgundy shoots are dancing on the ends of maple trees, in their metamorphosis to leaves.
That these leaves begin their lives red as blood, long before they turn to green, is not lost on me.

Read more…

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The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as: Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, No Ruz, Ostara, Ostra, Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox.

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EarthSky News: Fastest sunsets happen near equinoxes

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually rises and sets faster around the time of an equinox. In 2020, the vernal equinox falls on March 20 at 3:50 UTC; translate to your time zone. The fastest sunsets (and sunrises) happen at or near the equinoxes. And the slowest sunsets (and sunrises) happen at or near the solstices.

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Ostara: What Are You Planting?

As the warmth of spring starts to loosen the grip of winter’s cold, the quickening of Imbolc transforms from thought and desire into action. The energies of new beginnings and rebirth are everywhere and seeds are planted, literally and metaphorically, for the coming harvest.

Read more…

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Inner Journey:

NATURAL VIBRATIONS

“I sing the body electric.”
— Walt Whitman

The water that makes up so much of our bodies is like ocean water. The salt crystals in this water vibrate at ever-changing frequencies. Our hearts are the emotional centers of our bodies, and they put out frequencies that are 10 times the power of the frequencies of our brains.

When we are happy, we vibrate at a higher frequency than when we are angry or sad. Our emotions change the chemical composition of the water in our systems. That’s why happy tears taste different than tears of sadness.

Experiencing physical, emotional and mental stillness harmonizes the vibrational output of the body, heart and mind and we become stronger.

“The message we give our bodies — one of irritation or acceptance — is the message to which our bodies will answer.”
— Deb Shapiro

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 
Ever wonder what the world would be like without you?

Who would shine a light into all the dark corners you now illuminate? Who would comfort, guide, and inspire all those you now reach? Who would smile to those who need yours the most?

We do.

All the time.

And it ain’t pretty.

Here’s lookin’ at you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: How To Celebrate Ostara With Lavender Cookies and Spring Greens

One of my favorite Ostara flavors is lavender. It’s great in sugar cookies, as long as you use a sparing hand. You can also burn it as a lovely incense. To me, the smell and flavor are so reminiscent of the garden season which is to come. Every year I look forward to the green things coming up.

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Magical Correspondences for Ostara

Deities: Fertility deities, youthful deities, love goddesses, the Green Man, Gaia, Cerrunos, Eostre, Persephone, Thoth, Odin, Osiris, Isis, Venus, Pan, Athena.

Symbols for Ostara: Eggs, rabbits, snakes, unicorns, pegasus

Colors: Pastels, grass green, robins egg blue, violet, light pink and white

Stones: Moonstone, aquamarine, rose quartz, quartz crystal, amethyst.

Herbs/Incense: Jasmine, myrrh, rose petals, strawberry, sage, cinnamon, frankincense, orange peel, nutmeg.

Plants: Bulb plants, crocus, daffodils, Irish moss, ginger, snowdrops.

Foods: Eggs, the first fruits of the season, seeds, leafy greens, cheese, ham

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Daily Wisdom
March 20, 2020

Reason
“Reason consists of always seeing things as they are.”

-Voltaire (1694-1778)
“What is” is the truth. When we start going off on what “should be” or “could be” or “would be” then we’re living a life of illusion. Why create confusion and conflict? Accept what is. Love what is. Work with what is. That’s reasonable. Yes, we can make changes – but only when we start from a place of clear understanding.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Are you questioning which path to take next in your love life? The Hermit is pictured in solitary reflection, so spend some time considering your options by yourself before you make your final decision. Asking others their opinion will most likely only confuse the situation. It isn’t too early to plan for something you really want to happen in the future.

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 March 13, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 13, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full Moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.
-Irish blessing
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Spirit Library: Integrating (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are being pushed, prodded, challenged and driven to move beyond our past history and detach from our old patterns, beliefs and attitudes. We are being called to take responsibility for the imbalances in our life, our environment and in our world. As a result, we may be thrown out of balance momentarily so that we may realign, reconstruct and rebuild our lives in ways that are more supportive, responsible and sustainable.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: A Year of Pagan Sabbat Rituals
Samhain to Ostara

As the Wheel of the Year turns and the eight NeoPagan Sabbats pass by, many people like to celebrate with special ceremonies and rituals. Learn about the different Sabbats, what they mean, and how you can celebrate with your group or as a solitary practitioner.

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MBG: What Animal Best Represents You? This Quiz Can Help You Find Out

In the Native American tradition, spirit animals are a sacred type of spiritual guide. To pay homage to this idea (without appropriating indigenous practice), it can be valuable to think of the animal(s) that represent your current situation—your tendencies, strengths, and what you have yet to learn.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/spirit-animal-quiz

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Daily Dream Meaning: Love

1. If the dream involves happiness in love, then happiness and contentment lie ahead. Dreaming of being happily in love augurs health and happiness through adjusting to your present circumstances. If you’re dreaming of a present lover, the dream has less significance than otherwise, though it still portends a wonderful life ahead.
2. If the dream involves an illicit or forbidden love, the dreamer is hiding things – perhaps even from herself. Illicit love, such as having an affair with someone who’s married, is a warning that you should not get greedy, and should be more realistic in what you want from life.
3. If the dream is of observing the love between two other people, this portends the consummation of some of the dreamer’s own hopes and wishes.
4. If the dream involves choosing between two rival lovers, the dreamer faces a difficult choice.
5. Dreaming of being in love with a movie star, rock star, politician, sports figure or other famous person implies being in love with someone who is out of reach. It could also imply that you desire something that this person suggests to you – glamour, talent, skill, and so forth – and so you need to discern exactly what the desired factor is. Next look to other symbols in the dream to see whether it is attainable, and if so, how to attain it.
6. To dream of being betrayed by a lover, no matter who that lover is, implies that someone out there does not have your best interests at heart, and caution in dealing with others is definitely called for.
7. Dreaming of watching others making love is a sign of forthcoming success in all enterprises.
Astrological parallel: Venus.
Tarot parallel: The Lovers.

astrology.com

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Pioneer Thinking: Honey and The Honeymoon

Did you know that the word honeymoon traces its roots back to ancient times? In some cultures, mead (a drink made with honey) was given to newlyweds during their first month of marriage to increase fertility.

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Today’s DIY: Sea shell candle stand

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MNN: These award-winning photos capture the drama of nature
See the winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Use Big Dipper to locate Hunting Dogs

Tonight, or any March evening, look for the Big Dipper in the northeast sky. This star pattern – one of the most noticeable from Northern Hemisphere locations – is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Elderberry Booster Brew as Anti-Viral Defensive Magick

A most important herbal defense against viruses comes from the Elderberry, Sambucus Nigra. This is the fruit of the Black Elder tree native to North America, Europe and Western Asia. The Elder tree is considered a sacred tree of the Goddess, and in the Rede of the Wicca poem

Read more

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Inner Journey:

WHAT HEALS?

“Paradoxically, a group of humans becomes healing and converting only after its members have learned to stop trying to heal and convert. Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are. You are free to be you. And being so free, you are free to discard defenses, masks, disguises; free to seek your own psychological and spiritual health; free to become your whole and holy self.”
— Scott Peck

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

There are only miracles and to one degree or another they all soothe, pamper, and enrich. However, to avoid blowing too many minds at once, some are disguised as unpleasant surprises, botched circumstances, and twisted acquaintances that can rarely be seen for who or what they truly are until the pendulum has fully swung.

Yes… don’t I think of everything?

Duck!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spanish Garlic Toast

“When we lived in Barcelona we used to eat this all the time. Warning! Everyone has to eat this. If you don’t the garlic smell will drive you out of the room

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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
March 13, 2020 

Animals
“The behavior of men to the lower animals, and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship.”

-Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
This is sure something to think about. Maybe when we learn to respect and appreciate other animals, we can more readily respect and appreciate our fellow human being. Maybe it’s as simple as following the Golden Rule when it comes to animals – to treat them as we would want to be treated if the hierarchy were reversed. Maybe then we wouldn’t have “Mad Cow” disease, or furs as a status symbol, or hunting for sport.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

The Moon guides your emotions and subconscious, and the appearance of this card shows that you are ready to trust yourself and overcome your romantic fears today. What are you most afraid of? Put your imagination and creative talents to work in order to come up with productive solutions to your problems. Pay attention to dream imagery (sleeping and daydreaming) and what your subconscious is trying to communicate.

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 March 6, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 6, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring.
-Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911)

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Spirit Library: Untangle Yourself

a message from Kate Spreckley

Currently humanity exists within a healing crisis which is urging us to take responsibility for the unsustainable ways of living and being we continue to practice, and which uphold and further this crisis. As the energy continues shift and expand our consciousness we are being driven to develop a new relationship with the physical aspect of our existence and thus further integrate our soul.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: History of Ostara, The Spring Equinox

The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. It’s been celebrated and observed for a long time in many places around the world.

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MBG: Lunar & Solar Eclipses 101: Everything You Need To Know About These Rare Events

Eclipses aren’t always visible to everyone on the planet, but trust—even if you can’t see an eclipse happening, you’re still going to feel the effects of this important cosmic event. Here’s what you need to know about what causes lunar and solar eclipses and what they mean for you

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Karma Tube: The Longest Night
Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, has a parallel in the tale of days we call our lives. During a dark time it can be hard to remember the warmth and joy that also comes and goes. This lovely animated poem reminds us to keep taking one step at a time toward the coming light.

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Today’s DIY: Herbal Spirit/Spell Candles 

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MNN: How to make hand sanitizer
The threat of coronavirus has made it hard to find at stores.

Have you tried to buy hand sanitizer lately? With the coronavirus spreading and an outbreak in the U.S. likely, Americans are stocking up on cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer just like they do with milk and bread before a snowstorm. Third-party sellers on Amazon have hiked up their prices to ridiculous levels

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Moon and faint Cancer on March 6

On March 6, 2020, the bright waxing gibbous moon shines in front of Cancer the Crab, the faintest constellation of the zodiac. Although the moon marks Cancer’s place in the sky on this night, the moonlit glare will make Cancer tough to see.

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Patheos-Pagan: Springtime Can Wait: A Love Story With Persephone And Hades

Every winter, the cold, dark days seem to drag on. The weather chills me to the bone. Even when the light returns, I’m grumpy. More than anything, I long for Persephone to return from the Underworld. I want her love to be spread across our world in the form of flowers, sunshine, warmth, and joy

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

TIME FOR STILLNESS

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.”
— Joseph Campbell

The sages all say that the path to liberation is found in entering the stillness within. To experience that stillness, we need to be willing to regularly stop the activity for a while.

How do we do this in a busy life? We set our priorities. Perhaps it means giving up a TV program or using a coffee break to grab a few moments of solitude. Perhaps we have to ask our partner, relative or neighbour to give us 30 minutes of time away from the kids. If we really want something, we can make it happen.

“Learn to pause… or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”
— Doug King

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

All you have to do is be. Be yourself.

There’s nothing to prove. And there’s no one to please who isn’t already over the moon with joy at how well you’ve done and with who you’ve become.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Korean Kebabs

This is a juicy dish and really easy to prepare. I have made these for years and they’re still a huge favorite with family and friends. I serve them with mushroom rice and garlic bread. This is a sauceless recipe but the meat is so succulent you don’t need it

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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
March 6, 2020

Evolution

“The whole process of evolution, for the Spirit, is an awakening to the truths, and the means of implementation of those truths, that are eternally present in itself.”

-N. Sri Ram (1889- ?)

Evolution in this case means growth, and especially spiritual growth. In the definition above, evolution seems to be a natural process – an “awakening.” Whether we wake up gradually, with the light of dawn, or suddenly, with some kind of an alarm, we do wake up. It is in the awakened state that we are productive. And in the spiritually awakened state the infinite possibilities of the universe are as much a reality to us as the start of a new day.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The World

Lucky you! The World card symbolizes freedom and well-being, which can both be obtained via working through existing romantic issues. The sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being you want from a relationship is yours for the taking, but you have to be willing to do the work it takes to not only get it but to keep it, too. An upcoming romantic adventure is linked to your success today.

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 February 28, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 28, 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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Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs.
-Christina G. Rossetti (1830-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Leaf Symbolic Meaning – Life Giving And Taking

The symbolic meaning of the leaf and leaves is as old as time.
We can find extensive symbolism from cultures all around the world for the plants they grow.

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ThoughtCo: How To Properly Dispose of Ritual and Magic Tools

Sometimes, for whatever reason, you may decide that you have a ritual tool you no longer need. Perhaps you’ve got three athames too many, or someone has gifted you with a new chalice and you’re tired of the old one, or maybe that deck of Tarot cards just doesn’t speak to you the way it used to.

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MBG: Palo Santo: Uses, Benefits & How To Buy It Responsibly

Even if you couldn’t put a name to it at the time, you’ve probably enjoyed the signature scent of palo santo at some point. The sweet, smoky fragrance is an intoxicating go-to for anyone looking to cleanse and clear their space. But before going out and grabbing a palo santo stick or essential oil, it’s important to understand the history of this celebrated holy wood and how to use it in a respectful way.

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Today’s DIY: Birds Nest DIY – Easter Spring Craft to make

Let’s have fun making easy and budget friendly bird nest! I can guarantee it is the craft to have this spring. Easter nest diy. Spring crafts

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Elephant Journal: Toxic People, Energy Vampires & Empaths: How to Set Boundaries Compassionately.

“We need more boundaries in a world full of people with bad intentions.”
On my personal spiritual quest, I came across many paths and many answers (or at least what I’d thought would be the right answers). My sensitive soul sparkled and searched for divine connection, and with that came all the tribulations of an enlightening yet painful self-discovery journey.

Read more….

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MNN: Feeling connected to nature makes children happier, too

There’s plenty of research demonstrating the link between being in nature and being happy, but most of the research has focused on adults.
In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers wanted to see if kids reap the same feel-good benefits from being in the great outdoors.

https://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/blogs/feeling-connected-nature-makes-children-happier

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EarthSky News: Looks like Earth has a new natural moon

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC) announced late yesterday that Earth has a new “temporary captured object”: a tiny new moon apparently captured into Earth orbit three years ago. This object has been designated 2020 CD3. In a Minor Planet Electronic Circular (MPEC) for February 25, 2020, astronomers wrote that multiple observations confirmed:

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Patheos-Pagan: Our Gods Are Not Jealous Gods: The Importance of Building a Pagan Worldview

Once again I’m seeing people talking about how a certain God is angry with them for paying attention to other deities. Or how they’ve been told They want an exclusive relationship, and hinted that Bad Things will happen if They don’t get it.

Our Gods Are Not Jealous Gods: The Importance of Building a Pagan Worldview

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Inner Journey:

LOOK INSIDE FOR DIRECTION

“If you see your path laid out in front of you — Step one, Step two, Step three — you only know one thing… it is not your path. Your path is created in the moment of action. If you can see it laid out in front of you, you can be sure it is someone else’s path. That is why you see it so clearly.”
— Joseph Campbell

What? No one to follow? Now that’s a scary thought!

And yet, that’s what life asks each of us to do – to chart our own path. We are each unique. We’re told our uniqueness is our gift to the world. And so why would we even want to follow in someone else’s footsteps?

Can we trust ourselves to carve our own trail?

“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling.”
— Jean Shinoda Bolen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Fret not.

Time is on your side.

So are all the angels.

And “no” is never forever.

I got you, babe –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Chicken Parmesian Dip

Skip the soggy texture of traditional chicken Parmesan, and make this dip version instead. After draining our ricotta cheese overnight,

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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
February 28, 2020

Sharing

“No good thing is pleasant to possess without friends to share it.”

-Seneca the Younger (5? B.C. – A.D. 65)

What’s the point of having a big screen TV if you can’t have some friends over for an NBA play-offs party every once in awhile? I don’t think Seneca the Younger had that specifically in mind when he wrote this, but I’m sure they had something of the equivalent in his day! Whatever we have is more sweet when it is shared.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The World

Lucky you! The World card symbolizes freedom and well-being, which can both be obtained via working through existing romantic issues. The sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being you want from a relationship is yours for the taking, but you have to be willing to do the work it takes to not only get it but to keep it, too. An upcoming romantic adventure is linked to your success today.

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

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 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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And then the snows came, and the squirrel slept
Within the upper chambers of the oak;
And through the night the watchful rabbit leapt
And the wild fox within his den awoke.
-James Newton Matthews (1852-1910)

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Natural Living ideas: 4 Reasons To Go & Find Purple Dead-Nettle

You’ve probably seen purple dead-nettle growing at one time or another, even if you didn’t realize it.

This common plant that’s native to Europe and Asia, can now be found throughout North America too, and it’s very widespread

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: The Pendle Witches 

In 1612, a dozen people were accused of using witchcraft to murder ten of their neighbors. Two men and nine women, from the Pendle Hill area of Lancashire, eventually went to trial, and of these eleven, ten were eventually found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.

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MBG: Pulling This Tarot Card Is Basically A Green Light From The Universe

Reading tarot cards may have hazy associations with fortunetelling, but this centuries-old practice isn’t nearly as mystical as it seems. At its best, reading tarot cards can be a direct line to your own intuition and wisdom. The practice helps one hone skills like mindfulness and meditation, and tapping into those abilities can illuminate a positive path forward in every area of your life.

Read more…

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Karma Tube: Mother Trees Connect the Forest

In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.

Read more…

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Today’s DIY: Witch Cauldron 

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Elephant Journal: 5 Steps to Practicing Radical Self-Love.

It’s mid-February and we just passed an explosion of pink hearts and roses everywhere.
But true, unconditional love—that’s something that we can’t decorate with Xs and Os.

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MNN: Australian Aboriginal tale might be the oldest story ever told
Evidence suggests this story has been passed on for 37,000 years.

In science, we don’t often give much credence to witness accounts that are told years after the event they describe, for the simple fact that human recall is flawed. Evidence needs to be more reliable than the feebleness of memory. But now startling new research might force us to reconsider our skepticism of ancient storytelling, reports Science.

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EarthSky News: Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star

Tonight, at mid-northern latitudes, look for the brilliant star Arcturus to climb over your eastern horizon around 9 to 10 p.m. local time. That’s the approximate time on your clock, regardless of your longitude. South of the equator, this northerly star rises considerably later in the evening. Click here to know when Arcturus rises into your sky.

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Patheos-Pagan: Your Witchcraft Practice Is Valid

When it comes to “valid witchcraft,” there’s an ugly undercurrent in today’s pagan and witchcraft communities. Over the past few months as I’ve been promoting Intuitive Witchcraft, I’ve spoken with a lot of people about experiences of witchcraft invalidation. I’m here to call BS on this issue.

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Inner Journey:

ONE STEP AT A TIME

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
— Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Does the prospect of changing and growing seem monumental to you? Just too much to tackle?
Then consider this approach. Take a simple step of affirming your openness to experience more or something new. Or a different first step might be to let go of judgment by embracing the neutral. Begin to see the people, activities and things around you as neither good nor bad.
A journey is made of many small steps. Don’t focus on a far-off destination if you’re not clear how to get there. Build a foundation that is solid for you. We get to new places one step at a time.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.”
— John Wanamaker

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A Note from the Universe 

It’s wise never to ask another for what you want.

No, don’t ask me.

No, not even yourself.

Just give thanks, in advance. As if you already had whatever it is the “old-you” would have asked for.

Oh, and by the way, thanks (in advance) for loving every fiber of your supernatural self, as much as I do.

Tallyho,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)

“Briam is a traditional Greek roasted vegetable dish with potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and red onions with lots of olive oil. It is a typical example of Greek cuisine where a few simple ingredients are turned into an utterly delicious dish with little effort.

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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
February 21, 2020

Ability

“There is only one proof of ability: action.”

-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1893

There are all kinds of sayings about this – “Talk is cheap.” “Actions speak louder than words.” “Just do it.” “The proof is in the pudding.” We get it! But it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in awhile… To get good at something, to develop our abilities, we need to take action. And we can do that right now, right here. There’s no reason to put it off any longer. What are we waiting for?

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow

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 February 14, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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“Was it the smile of early spring
That made my bosom glow?
‘Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.

Was it some feeling of delight,
All vague and undefined?
No, ’twas a rapture deep and strong,
Expanding in the mind!”
– Anne Bronte, In Memory of A Happy Day in February

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ThoughtCo: The Pagan Origins of Valentine’s Day

Many consider Valentine’s Day to be Christian holiday. After all, it is named after a Christian saint. But when we consider the matter more closely, the pagan connections to the date appear much stronger than the Christian ones.

Read more…

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MBG: A 15-Minute Yoga Flow To Cultivate Self-Love & Open Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day upon us, you might be thinking about finding new love or reveling in the love you have. It can be fun to fantasize about roses and romance but not at the expense of your most important relationship: the one you have with yourself.

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Spirit Library: The Middle Way

In these transitional times it is imperative that we recognise the power of our thoughts, our words and our actions. We are manifesting so much faster now and it is vital that we are clear within ourselves as to what we are thinking and what we are feeling. Now is the time for us to find the middle way of balance,

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Natural Living Ideas: 10 Beautiful Ways To Use Rose Petals

As the enduring symbol of romance, the classic rose is one of the stateliest flowers to grace gardens today. But, these beautiful blooms are useful for so much more than looking pretty.

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Today’s DIY: Mini Bottle Valentine Crafts

Hi,
Here are 3 easy valentine crafts that you can make and using mini bottle,
Share your love and affection on this upcoming valentine’s day

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Elephant Journal: This Valentine’s Day, Love like a Buddhist.

I have been single for more Valentine’s Days than I have been coupled, and I have often felt a sense of impending doom as February the 14th approaches.

Read more

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MNN: In the Victorian era, people sent anonymous ‘Vinegar Valentines’ for fun

While many of us are preparing for Valentine’s Day with cards, flowers and other signs of affection, there was a time not too long ago when such sentiments also included insults, denigrations and spitefulness.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at nightfall, but it’ll climb upward during the evening hours, to reach its high point for the night in the wee hours after midnight.

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Patheos-Pagan: Lovely & Lusty Magickal Potions To Tickle Your Fancy

Around here lovely and lusty magickal potions are always in the air. I can’t speak about these kinds of potions and workings without talking about ethics. When I wrote my book Love Magic, I began writing about the serious topic of ethics concerning spell work, particularly of this kind.

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person?”
— Rob Bremer

Thanks to the power of our inner critics, most of us have a very poor opinion of ourselves. Yet self- contempt merely keeps us miserable and stuck in our mediocrity.

If we were to make only one change to transform the quality of our lives, we might try sending a little love our own way.

“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
— Channing Pollock

“Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.”
— Barbara Sher

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
— Buddha

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A Note from the Universe 

The presumption at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.

Love you,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Oven-Seared Beef Tenderloin with Herb Pan Sauce 

Steak is perfect for single-serve dinners since you can choose the size of filet you want and then make your own steak accordingly. And steak is fancy, making it a wonderful option for romancing yourself on V-Day! Plus, you can play with sauces, spices, and sides, like potatoes or veggies, based on what you like. There’s no accounting for someone else’s picky palate tonight. It’s all about you. Read more…. 

Love Potion No. 9

This special cocktail is pretty in pink for Valentine’s Day and features strawberries, amaretto liquor, champagne for bubbles, and ice cream (yes, vanilla ice cream scoops!) in it for a burst of color and flavor. Plus, each cocktail is for one serving, so you can’t make one of these and then move on to another cocktail for your special evening.Read more…

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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
February 14, 2020 

Winter

“Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal, underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.”

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1971

It is our instinct to go within, to seek warmth, to find that inner light. It’s more dark in the winter, so we turn within for that light, and it’s there, like it always is. That feeling of wanting to “cocoon” in winter is strong because it feels good. We all need that, and the season provides it to us.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

You have extra protection today, but this is not a reason to act rashly or take extra risks. In fact, you may be called upon to protect someone else or to safeguard some progress or advantage that was recently gained. Have self-confidence in all situations but don’t take your safety for granted. Be willing to be responsible for those around you and win a lot of loyalty.

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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 February 7, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for February  7, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
-Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

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Spirit Library: February 2020 Energy Report

February has a few special gifts, one being the palindrome date on 02-02-2020, which hasn’t happened in 909 years and the next one is going to be 12-12-2121. We have a very powerful Mercury retrograde this month too, which is going to bring up some new lessons and we have a 30 year cycle ending.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How to Make Magical Black Salt

In some folk magic traditions, black salt is used as a protective element. It can be blended up and sprinkled around your property to keep your home safe from intruders or troublemakers.

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Daily Good: Of Wild Wolves And Bottle-Fed Squirrels

“In the arena of ocean ecology and conservation, Carl Safina is a superstar. Through television documentaries, his writings and the Safina Center, he’s been a vital force for years in educating the public about ocean pollution, overfishing and conservation […] I was enthralled with Safina’s blend of stories from his time in the field with elephants, wolves and orcas (killer whales) and the people who study them, especially with the way he blended those stories with the latest science of animal minds.” This fascinating interview { read more }

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Today’s DIY:  DIY mini jar spells

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Elephant Journal: Full Moon in Fiery Leo Ignites Relationships: 3 Practices to Embrace your Fire. (February 9th)

Can you easily see the moon phases from where you live?
Sometimes I envy those prairie dwellers with big skies. I live among a series of small mountains and buildings which obstruct the view of the moon, and then there’s clouds and fog, because of my elevation. I especially love seeing moonrise, when it looms big over the horizon before it settles into the night sky. That’s when I really feel its magic.

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MNN: Give spring bees a boost with dandelion blooms

U.K. homeowners eager to dust off mowers and welcome spring with a freshly cut lawn are being encouraged by the British Ecological Society (BES) to slow down and smell the dandelions. The yellow flowers, native to both Eurasia and North America, are most prevalent during spring and provide a critical food source to bees and other early pollinators just exiting hibernation.

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EarthSky News:  Snow Moon plus Regulus February 8 and 9

In North America, we often call the February full moon the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. From around the world these next two nights – February 8 and 9, 2020 – the moon will appear plenty full to the eye as it lights up the eastern sky after sunset. On February 8, as dusk turns into darkness, watch for Regulus,

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Patheos-Pagan: Salutations to the Sun…Sun Magick

The Sun… our light, our warmth, our existence. The Sun is to most a male aspect, in pagan beliefs the Sun being the god, the Moon his goddess. Together they wax and wane, and in doing so bring us many influences and magickal opportunities.

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Inner Journey: 

BIG MIND, LITTLE MIND

“It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.”
— Sri Ramakrishna
Zen distinguishes big mind from small mind. Big mind identifies with its process, is impersonal and participates universally. Big mind is unlimited possibilities, deeper understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, insight, connectedness, attention.
Small mind is self centred and focuses only on itself. It is compulsive, limited, reactive and mechanical. Small mind feeds on itself — fear reacts to fear, judgment reacts to judgment, anger sparks more anger.
Always seek higher perspectives and you will in time find freedom.
“If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only his pockets.”
— Hari Dass
“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”
— Lord Thomas Dewar

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A Note from the Universe 

I hope you’re loving your life. And I do mean really, really loving your life.

Because right now there are so many others who are (loving your life). In time and space, and in the unseen.

No, not all of them will admit it, but I know these things, and one day you’ll know them, too.

Big hug,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: The Art of the Stress-free Happy Hour: Olive Oil & Salt Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Beets

Life can be so hectic and harried that I cherish those quiet evenings sitting around the fireplace, gabbing with friends over a shared bottle of wine and a few goodies to nosh on.

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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
February 7, 2020

Courage

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

-Anais Nin (1903-1977)

The amount of courage that we have depends on the way that we see ourselves. Remember the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz? He went to see the Wizard because he did not like being cowardly – he wanted the Wizard to give him courage. And yet, just by setting out on the journey, taking that step forward into the unfamiliar, took a great deal of courage! And all along the way, the lion was put into situations where he could demonstrate his courage – and he did, without even realizing it! It takes until the end of the story for the lion to see that his courage was with him all the time. And with that discovery, his life expanded.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Although it may be a peaceful day, that calm may all be on the surface. If dissatisfaction or anger is brewing at depth, there could be thoughts or fantasies of revenge or anger to fuel the bad feelings. Face everyone and everything with great care and respect. You have more than enough strength to deal with whatever comes up. Obviously, don’t bait or antagonize anyone. Kindness wins

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/