Cat’s Morning Bits for November 27, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 27, 2020

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

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: Let the Light In (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The swirling, overwhelming energies of this year have been supporting us in releasing lifetimes of energetic programming and patterning. The internal shifts and transformations we have and continue to experience are rippling through the sea of our collective consciousness bringing a profound awakening.

Read more…..

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Beads Elekes Orisha Protections | Yeyeo Botanica

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Beneath the Moon: Practically Pagan An Alternative Guide…

Practically Pagan is a new series of alternative life style titles from Moon Books.

If you are pagan, practically pagan or just seeking alternative ways of living your life, this series is designed for you

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Spirits of Land and Place

Many Pagans work with spirits – often, this is focused on ancestral spirits, or even spirit guides. Typically, these types of spirits are rooted in our belief that each human being has a soul or spirit that lives on long after their physical body has left.

Read more….

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MBG: How To Bottle Up Potent Lunar Energy By Making Your Own Moon Water

Full moons are intense times of culmination. Moon water is a tool that can amplify that energy even more: It’s simply water that has had time to sit under the light of the full moon and soak up some of its power. Here’s your beginner’s guide to brewing it and use it during the next full moon.

Read more…..

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Daily Good: Remembering Our Way Forward

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez –

Remembering Our Way Forward

“Perspective has carried me through a year that has been marked by the pandemics of Covid-19 and racism, political strife, and an escalating climate crisis. Ive held close as gently as possible reliable truisms: Change is the only constant. Life tends toward life. I affirm: I’m not alone. In the end, death comes to us all I have only to decide how to live life now. Showing up for myself, for others, and for what I care about with all my human imperfectness makes me more alive. I ask myself: What is the opportunity? What remains true?” More in this piece from Gratefulness.org. { read more }

Be The Change

What are your hopes for your life and the lives of those you love?

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The Witch of Wanderlust: I Worked With a Goddess for 7 Months{Sorcery of Hekate review}

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Elephant Journal: 9 Ways to Find Peace & Boost Spiritual Health when Life is a Drag.

Do you ever struggle with the meaning of your existence?
Do you feel lost? Does the question, “Why am I here?” take away your peace?

During COVID-19, you got a break from your daily routine (and probably felt useless).

These times made me restless too. My existence felt confusing. The disturbance pushed me to seek emotional and material shelter in the form of: eating (mostly junk food), gossiping, shopping, and scrolling through social media for hours.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 100 Bison Released on Tribal Land in South Dakota

It was a true stampede as 100 plains bison were released this weekend from the National Park Service on the land of the Sicangu Oyate, commonly known as the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Full moon, faint eclipse, November 29-30

In North America, we often call the November full moon the Beaver Moon or Frosty Moon. In the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s the opposite time of year, the November full moon is a fixture of the spring season rather than of autumn. But no matter where you live worldwide, this November 2020 full moon shines directly in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull, and presents the third and final full moon of this Northern Hemisphere autumn or Southern Hemisphere spring.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Gardnerian Wicca: Outdated and Debunked?

Recently, an Instagram follower asked me an excellent question. They asked, “What would you say if someone told you that Gardnerian Craft is, in part, based on almost outdated and debunked academic books on witchcraft?” What a loaded question! But a good one, nonetheless.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: HURDY GURDY WINTER SONG || medieval instrument ( Hurdy gurdy music ) – Zanfona

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Inner Journey: FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another … The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness.”
— M. Scott Peck

We each have our own pathways to develop both personally and spiritually. They are based on our character and past experiences. No one else can identify our paths for us. Tune in to your inner guidance system and follow its direction.

“What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation.”
— Joseph M. Dodge

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

When giving careful and calculated thought on how else you might see certain situations differently than you now see them — including your entire life, for that matter — please keep in mind, Cat, that occasionally being on “the fringe,” is good.

Real good.

Come in Tokyo,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

My family begs me to make this creamy baked dish every Thanksgiving and Christmas. What makes it so good is the pecan topping! Try it and I’m sure it will become your new tradition!

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
November 27, 2020

Industry
“There is no substitute for hard work.”

-Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)


Good advice from someone who knows! We can take Edison’s word for it because we know he worked hard. And we know the work he did produced some amazing results! But, Edison didn’t just work hard; he worked smart. He was organized, and had a plan, and he didn’t give up

-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 November 20, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 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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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: Guard Against Habitual Impulses (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This has been a year of powerful and intense energy, which has significantly enhanced our awareness and expanded our consciousness. Many profound changes have occurred as much of what we previously perceived as reality has come up for revision.

Read more…..

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Spirituality & Health Magazine: Moon Practice With Reflexology and Aromatherapy
BY KALIA KELMENSON


Each phase of the moon supports a different direction of attention and energy. Learn how to create a practice using hand reflexology and aromatherapy based on the lunar cycle.

Read More…….

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Spiritual Unite: THE MEANING OF CROWN CHAKRA SYMBOL

The Crown Chakra symbol is associated with spiritual ascension. Formerly known as the Sahasrara Chakra, it is the cornerstone of spirituality and divine Knowledge.

Read more…….

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ThoughtCo: Mother Goddesses

When Margaret Murray wrote her ground-breaking God of the Witches in 1931, scholars quickly dismissed her theory of a universal, pre-Christian cult of witches who worshiped a singular mother goddess.

Read more…..

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MBG: Why This Year’s ‘Great Conjunction’ Is So Special In Astrology

On December 17, Saturn heads back into Aquarius, followed by boundless Jupiter two days later, on the 19th. The two planets will co-pilot through the Water Bearer’s zone on and off until December 29, 2021, combining their paradoxical powers

Read more…..

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Bread: Spiritual and Magical Uses | Yeyeo Botanica

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The Eagle Mentality – [EAGLE WISDOM] – Best Motivational Video

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Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Break the Karmic Cycles & Patterns of your Life.

The karmic cycles in our life cannot be escaped.
Karma has to play out, mostly in mysterious ways, and the formula of karmic retribution is deep and complicated.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: 7 Colorful Facts You Might Not Know About Chameleons

Chameleons are known for their bulging eyes and their ability to change color. In fact, their colorful transformations are so iconic that the term “chameleon-like” is often used to describe someone who’s good at blending in.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Our galaxy’s south window

Tonight, let the moon and the bright star Fomalhaut show you our galaxy’s south window on the sky’s dome. In other words, you’ll be looking away from the flat plane of our Milky Way – where most of our galaxy’s stars reside – and toward intergalactic space.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Primacy of Spiritual Experiences

If my Paganism begins with Nature, first-hand experience is not far behind. Experience is the answer to the question “how do we know?”

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Talisk – Echo

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Inner Journey: VALUING ALL WORK

“We honor life when we work. The type of work is not important: the fact of work is. All work feeds the soul if it is honest and done to the best of our abilities and if it brings joy to others.”
— Matthew Fox

What value do we unconsciously (or consciously) place on different kinds of work? How do we rank the status of different jobs? How much more do we value the big- paying jobs over others?

Just as we need to honour ourselves for doing what needs to be done, we can equally honour all others who look after life through their efforts, no matter what they may be. We can release judgment that assigns more importance to some occupations than others.

“Now in order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: they must not do too much of it: and they must have a sense of success in it — not a doubtful sense, suchas needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.”
— John Ruskin

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Actually while I don’t mean to burst your bubble, it’s pretty much just you who thinks you’re “awake” right now. You’re actually dreaming.

You see, we’re all still sitting on that little patch of grass, in utter paradise, under the ancient oak in your favorite meadow by the sea. And at this moment, you’re practicing your new in-body-experience technique as you doze in and out of trance.

You’re so cute,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Sweet Potato Streusel Casserole with Coconut

Sweet potatoes have been a holiday staple for many years and score 101 next to the regular white potato. Combining them with a coconut streusel topping is simply a divine union! This is the ultimate favorite holiday recipe not only for my immediate family, but hands down, my dad’s too! I’m sure you’ll receive a 5-star rating!

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
November 20, 2020

Searching
“You never find yourself until you face the truth.”

-Pearl Bailey


Finding yourself. That’s what this search is really all about. That’s where all roads lead. Look within. Face the truth of your being – your love, your beauty, your wisdom, your peace. We are all that, and so much more

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

Some days something blows up and there’s nothing you can do. It has nothing to do with you, actually; you just happen to be there. While today will probably be uneventful, you may feel emotionally vulnerable and find yourself imaging one worst case scenario after another. Consider these imaginings as drills or dress rehearsals and don’t let any of this unnerve you. You’re fine and will be fine no matter what.

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 November 13, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 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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If there be ice in November that will bear a duck,
There will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
-Proverb

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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: Know That You Will Be Triumphant (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The energies that have been building over the past several months are coming to a peak. As a result, there is a clash between the old and the new. Events both individually and collectively are calling attention to that which we need to surrender and release.

Read more…..

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The Witch of Wanderlust: Charming, Charging & Enchanting Jewelry || Spellwork

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ThoughtCo: Jar Spells in Folk Magic

In many traditions of folk magic, particularly in North America, a spell is sealed inside a jar, bottle or another container. This serves a number of purposes – the first being that it keeps the magic concentrated, and prevents it from escaping before the spell has been completed.

Read more……

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MBG: How To Thrive During This Weekend’s New Moon In Secretive Scorpio

Ready for an extreme makeover? Or a notable shift? The 2020 Scorpio new moon gets the ball rolling.

In secretive Scorpio, change is as much an “inside job” as it is an outer transformation. This is the nudge you need to examine your beliefs, buried feelings, and self-imposed limitations.

Read more….

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Daily Good: What Is Compassion?

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

Pema Chodron –

What Is Compassion?

“Compassion literally means to suffer together. Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with anothers suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.” We are living in a time where a deep understanding of, and value for, compassion is more critical than ever. More from Dachner Keltner on the evolutionary roots of compassion here. { read more }

Be The Change

Experiment with trying to look for the basis of shared humanity in every single one of your interactions this week. Notice how this orientation affects you, and perhaps others.

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The Green Witch: An In-depth Q&A | What to do With Offerings | How to Work Magick Without Visualization | and More

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Elephant Journal: The Perfect Dark Moon Ritual to Release Grief & Open our Hearts. {November 14}

Grief is such a mercurial thing.
You think you’ve got it all figured out, shaving scraped it from the depths of your soul, and then there it is—peeking at you from around some unsuspecting corner.

Or, it is that thing we are afraid to look at altogether—in case it breaks like an aging dam over our whole existence.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: 8 of the Cutest Toxic Caterpillars

Few other larvae are as captivating as the caterpillar. The juvenile form of butterflies and moths inhabit the world of charming creepy-crawlies, like ladybugs and fireflies—the kind of insects that are more Lewis Carroll than Franz Kafka.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch for Leonid meteors

Watch for meteors in the annual Leonid meteor shower from midnight till dawn. In 2020, the new moon on November 15 guarantees darkness (from rural locations) for the next several nights. The meteors are expected to fall most abundantly in the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday, November 17. You may see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: What is a Devotional Practice?

Let’s talk about what exactly a devotional practice is and why it’s important. Merriam-Webster defines a devotional as “a short worship service”. I have to admit, as someone whose training is in Wicca and Druidry, that definition is a bit obscure to me. I Googled “worship service” just to see what our friends over at Merriam-Webster were even talking about.

Read more…….

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Pagan Playlist: The Witch’s Daughter – Ashley Serena

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Inner Journey: LIFE AS A MIRROR

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— C.G. Jung

We get clues about our unconscious programming if we watch our reactions, responses, feelings and thoughts about other people and events. Ask yourself: How do I judge or stereotype people? What pushes my buttons? What makes me angry or fearful or sad?

The outer incidents that trigger these reactions in me simply MIRROR my own nature. If I didn’t have beliefs around the issues that upset me, where would my reactions come from? If I didn’t have some internal reference, I wouldn’t react at all.

When outer events spark a reaction, we need to look inside to explore what’s going on.

“We discover in ourselves what others hide from us and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves.”
— Vauvenargues

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Get out, get out, get out even more!

Because there are people you’ve yet to meet, laughs you’ve yet to share, stories you’ve yet to live, and riches you’ve yet to tap, that will not find you under any other circumstances.

See you there,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cranberry Orange Rolls

A different take on sticky cinnamon rolls! I like to frost these cranberry buns with a simple vanilla glaze, but feel free to use any kind of icing you like!

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
November 13, 2020

Moderation
“To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.”

-William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


We all have goals in mind, something that we are working towards. Life is more a marathon than a sprint. We have to pace ourselves, and make sure we don’t get worn out. Sure, we give it our all, but there are times when we put on the steam and other times when we ease off to organize. With this kind of moderation, we can make it as far as we want to go.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

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

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 6, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 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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All day I have watched the purple vine leaves
Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver.
-Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

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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: Events Are Being Divinely Orchestrated (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we move into November a number of significant shifts are occurring that will continue to disintegrate the ego-driven dominance in ourselves and in our world. The transformational energies are peaking and will amplify this process.

Read more…..

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Corny Cat Jokes:

4 – How do cats get over a fight?

They hiss and make up!

1heartcats.com

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The Myth of Sisyphus – The Man Who Deceived the Gods – GreeK Mythology in Comics – See U in History

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ThoughtCo: Balancing the Chakras

This collection of articles is intended for anyone who has an interest in delving deeper into the complex subject of the chakras, aura, and the human energy field,. Learn chakra basics, evaluate the health of your chakras, try exercises and applications, and explore energy-based therapies that intended to balance the chakra system.

Read more…..

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Pioneer Thinking: Flowers : What They Mean – (B)

All flowers have a meaning. The Victorians used to use flowers as a symbol to express their feelings. Here is a list of different flowers and their meanings.

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Daily Good: Deepening Our Comfort With Uncertainty

Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance that you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage.

Br. David Steindl-Rast –

Deepening Our Comfort With Uncertainty

“In our daily lives, there are endless forms of uncertainty far more things we cannot know than know. Objectively, this could be cause for great delight, wonder, and surrender. We could be relieved and appreciative that we do not have to perpetually hold onto the steering wheel, captain the ship, drive our lives. There is much to discover that can surprise us, so much to which we can gratefully yield, so much permission to let go of our need to know or control what will happen. And yet when we experience the presence of true uncertainty in our lives, it can be rattling. It goes against the conditioning most of us have internalized that not knowing is threatening that it must be hidden or overridden, solved or resolved, as quickly as possible.” Kristi Nelson shares more in this piece that resonates richly with our times

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Messages From the Goddess Selene, Goddess Wisdom Oracle Cards, Magical Crafting, Tarot & Witchcraft

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Elephant Journal: 4 Inspiring Pema Chodron Quotes to Help you Through Any Day.

If you’re anything like me Pema Chodron has saved your life more than once.
As a Buddhist nun Pema has brought the humanity of Buddhism to the world through her teachings, writings and audio recordings. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Everyone Needs a Special ‘Sit Spot’ in Nature

Ever since I read Richard Louv’s influential book, “Last Child in the Woods,” the idea of having a special “sit spot” has stuck with me.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Last quarter moon on November 8

The moon you’ll see on the morning of November 8, 2020 will be at or near its last quarter phase. No matter where you are on Earth – as dawn breaks – it’ll be close to its high point on your local meridian – the imaginary semicircle that crosses your sky from due north to due south. Incidentally, the sun transits or crosses your local meridian at solar noon (sometimes called midday, high noon or local apparent noon).

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Reading the Current Omens and Signs (and there’s a lot of them)

Have you had an ominous dream lately? Not a bad dream or a strange dream, but a dream where you woke up thinking “there’s something more to this.”

Seen unusual signs in Nature? I like to remind everyone that most times a crow is just a crow doing crow things, but sometimes a crow really is the Morrigan. Or Odin. Or Someone else trying to get your attention.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Labyrinth Of Dreams – Nox Arcana

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Inner Journey: WE CAN’T ESCAPE

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
— Orison Swett Marden

We can’t escape problems and negativity. Escaping just brings denial and suppression – we continue to carry the problem with us. Ironically, it is our lack of acceptance and resistance to the problem that creates the pain. Resistance builds up an energywall or block that, if not discharged, gets suppressed into the body. These blocks identify places where we have not enough understanding or love.

For health, we must work through what we seek to avoid. How do we do this? We can love parts of ourselves that we don’t like. We can seek the lessons we are being invited to learn through the problem. We can examine our beliefs and seek to see differentperspectives and a bigger picture. As our perspectives grow, more of life makes sense and has meaning.

“The Lord is a good psychologist: he knows the way our minds run. Turmoil can be the Lord’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and saying, ‘Don’t forget me.'”
— Eknath Easwaran

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A Note from the Universe

While a child attending kindergarten cannot fully comprehend all the priceless reasons they are there — to socialize, make friends, grow, and prepare for ever higher realms of awareness — by that age they can, nevertheless, sense and grasp that their wise and doting parents have kept their very best interests in mind, and that is enough. Because with this awareness, they can at least stop trying to figure everything out and simply enjoy their hand painting, alphabet lessons, and cat-naps. Knowing that even if they break a crayon or some lad pulls a chair out from under them, they’re still exactly where they should be, everything is going to turn out just grand, and everyone back home is as proud as can be.

And oh my goodness, Cat, we are so proud of you.

Do I “over-dote”?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Best White Chicken Chili

Change things up this winter by making chili with chicken instead of beef. For a milder version, you can substitute a green bell pepper for the jalapenos. Garnish with cheese and cilantro if desired.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
November 6, 2020

Emotion
“Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.”

-Golda Meir, 1973


Emotions are meant to be expressed. We can’t bottle them up inside or we will do damage to ourselves. Of course, we need to express our emotions in a healthy way – no going off throwing chairs as a way to express anger! And as we mature spiritually we are more and more comfortable with expressing our emotions in appropriate and positive ways.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may not be prone to anxiety, but today could get on your nerves. If you find yourself noticing only the things going less than perfectly and you start feeling edgy and insecure, have a cup of tea and let your feelings settle down. Quell these uncomfortable feelings before they grow worse and significantly affect your performance and frame of mind.

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 23, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 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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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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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: Trust in Yourself (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We must remember that the universe always works in perfect balance. When we place ourselves in its natural flow we move into a space of balance. However, before that occurs all that is out of balance within ourselves needs to be addressed. Circumstances in our lives are highlighting any imbalance creating a profound clearing and purging of the old.

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Pioneer Thinking: The Language of Flowers: What They Mean (A)

All flowers have a meaning. The Victorians used to use flowers as a symbol to express their feelings. Here is a list of different flowers and their meanings.

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The Witch of Wanderlust: SIMPLE Apartment Cleansing and Protection

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ThoughtCo: Magical Samhain Goodie Bags

A reader says, “I’m in charge of hosting my group’s annual Samhain event this year, and we’re going to make it a kid-friendly celebration because most of us have children, from preschool age to young teens.

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MBG: Pulled The Moon Tarot Card? Be Prepared To Poke Around Your Subconscious

There is never just one interpretation for any tarot card pull, but one card that’s particularly difficult to pin down is the Moon card. The 18th Major Arcana card in a traditional tarot deck, The Moon relates to the subconscious and is one of the most mysterious and elusive cards out there. To demystify this card a bit, we dug into what it’s all about, plus what it means for love, your career, and more. Ready? Shuffle up and let’s explore.

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KarmaTube: Medicine Man

Jafta and Katriena are not people who take pills – they prefer to rely on nature’s medicine. Even when he was a young boy, Jafta would visit the mountains to collect healing herbs. Now aged 84, he still cycles out to the mountains to hunt for herbs. He doesn’t sell these herbs, but shares with those around him when they are ill. He gives from the heart, not expecting anything in return. It is his calling.

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Evil Eye 🧿 Protection | Yeyeo Botanica

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Elephant Journal: Turnips, not Pumpkins: how to revive the True Spirit of Halloween.

More this year than any other, I have seen an increase of posts regarding pumpkin picking in the United Kingdom.
They talk of family fun days in farmyards, or rain-sodden, almost barren fields with some obligatory straw thrown around to give it an “authentic” autumnal, pumpkin patch feel.

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Treehugger: How to Make Your Jack-O-Lantern Last Longer

Carved pumpkins are susceptible to rot, but there are ways to stave it off.

At this time of year, as the weather cools and the leaves start to fall, it is tempting to carve a pumpkin in preparation for Halloween. But carved pumpkins, unfortunately, do not last.

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EarthSky News: Watch Capella flashing red and green

This evening, check out one of the flashiest stars in the sky. It’s so bright that every year in northern autumn, we get questions from people in the Northern Hemisphere who see a bright star twinkling with red and green flashes. It’s found low in the northeastern sky at nightfall or early evening as seen from mid-northern locations. That star is likely Capella, which is actually a golden star.

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Patheos-Pagan: Cailleach – Winter Goddess

Here, in the Northern Hemisphere, it is Autumn. The days are getting shorter, the nights longer. It is also getting colder and wetter with each passing day, the leaves are turning shades of golden yellow, orange and red – and dropping.

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Pagan Playlist: Yggdrasill – Viking Pagan Folk Song (Lyrics Old Norse & English)

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Inner Journey: IT’S A MATTER OF BALANCE.

“My soul is the bridge between spirit and body and, as such, is a uniter of opposites. …Without soul at center, I would either transcend into spirit or become mired in matter.”
— Marion Woodman

Ram Dass talks of how his first spiritual goal was to be rid of his physical existence. He came to understand, though, that our spirituality lies in bringing higher consciousness to our world of form. When we can do so, we can delight in all aspects of creation.

Soul exists in the balance of spirit and matter. For a soulful life, we pay attention to both, seeing spiritual qualities in material forms. As our awareness grows, we begin to use consciousness to influence and create form. It’s through form that our spirit expresses.

“Walk in balance with one foot in your spiritual understanding and one foot in your physical world of accomplishment.”
— Lynn V. Andrews

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A Note from the Universe

One of the most stringent conditions all angels must meet, other than double-advanced harp playing and skydiving abilities (not necessarily at the same time), is that they must not allow themselves to feel hurt or rejected by the choices made by others, no matter how much they’ve done for them nor how great their love.

Yeah, WOW.

Wow, wow –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Caramel Macchiato Banana Bread

Baking banana bread is one of my favorites, and I love nothing more than enjoying a slice with a nice cup of coffee. This was the inspiration for my recipe, which features a coffee infused loaf and a rich caramel glaze.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
October 23, 2020

Films
“When you’re making a movie, you can’t think anybody will ever see it. You’ve just got to make a movie for the values it has. The greatest films were made because someone really wanted to make them. And, hopefully, the audience will show up, too.”

-Clint Eastwood


I am a huge movie fan! I go to see lots of different types of movies, not just the big blockbusters. It is really an incredible art form, to tell a story with words and pictures, to evoke emotion, to entertain. There is a movie that is now on DVD called “What the Bleep Do We Know?” This is definitely not your standard action-adventure flick, though it is filled with lots of action and adventure. It’s about Life! It’s about Consciousness. What got me is that so many of the concepts in the film are really big concepts, and somehow the filmmakers managed to present them in such a way that the audience is just riveted. It’s part documentary, part story, part animation, and totally worthwhile. It’s clear that the filmmakers felt that this was an important movie to make, and that’s why they did it. Not to sell tickets, or get this huge box-office, but to express what they felt were important things for people to talk about. This is a great way to live our lives, to be in our “dharma” – do what you need to do, what you feel is important to do, not for the applause, or the critics, or the money, and see what happens.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

It might be a busy day, but try to make some time for yourself. Any time you spend meditating or settling your mind will be time well spent. It doesn’t have to be spent sitting around and being idle all day. Staring pensively into that cup of tea for a few moments can be equally beneficial. Calm your mind, and your heart, and make it an at-peace day.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 16, 2020 “New Moon Edition”

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 16, 2020 “New Moon Edition”

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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Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
-Emily Bronte (1818-48)

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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 in Libra 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: Into the Flow (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This is a time where we are expanding beyond the boundaries of the past. Life is heading in a new and different direction. How this unfolds in our lives is dependant on how open and willing we are to follow our souls urging.

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Cafe Astrology: NEW MOON ON OCTOBER 16, 2020 IN LIBRA

The Moon is New in Libra on October 16, 2020, at 3:31 PM EDT. This phase of the Moon occurs at 23 degrees and 53 minutes of Libra. The New Moon in the sign of Libra starts a good cycle in which to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Scales.

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The Wild Hunt: Norse “god-house” found in Norway

Archaeologists from the University Museum of Bergen dated these remains to the late 700s C.E. According to Søren Diinhoff of that Museum, no one had found a god-house in Norway before.

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MBG: How The New Moon In Libra Brings Harmony, Love — And A Jolt Of Beauty

On Friday, October 16, 2020 (at 3:31 p.m. EDT), the year’s only new moon in graceful, commitment-focused Libra marks one of the most promising days for harmonizing your relationships.

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Astroglorious: Libra New Moon ritual: cultivating beauty and inner peace

The Libra New Moon ritual is here to help us invite more beauty and peace into our lives. It favors all activities that will help us awaken our inner beauty and balance.

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Libra New Moon: Set Your Intentions! (Rituals, Herbs, Crystals)

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Elephant Journal: New Moon Ritual: Find Soft, Sweet Self-Love for the Coming Month.

Find a quiet and comfortable seat.
Invite the neck and shoulders to rotate for a few breaths, if that feels good.

Shifting anything to settle in more deeply.

Calling your energy back from all the places you spent it this week, month.

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Treehugger: Scarlet Macaws Released Into Guatemalan Nature Reserve

After being hand-raised by conservationists, 26 young scarlet macaws were recently released back into the wild into Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR). Once low-birth weight chicks that likely wouldn’t have survived on their own, the healthy birds flew off into the tropical forest.

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EarthSky News: Year’s closest new moon October 16

On October 16, 2020, we have the year’s closest and largest new moon. It’s a prelude to the year’s farthest and smallest full moon – also a Blue Moon, near red Mars – on October 31 (Halloween).

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Patheos-Pagan: The Night Journey – A Book To Advance Your Path

A little while ago I posted about the need for experienced Witches and magical practitioners to re-examine those “favorite” books they like to recommend to new folks – especially if they haven’t read them in the last 10 years or more. Part of this is because we tend to have nostaglia for books that meant something to us when we were newbies.

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Pagan Playlist: new moon meditation October 2020

This meditation was inspired by an ancient Greek temple and if you hold on to it for at least 13 minutes you’ll hear all the instruments and different sounds playing. Each time this music is repeated it uses other instruments. Can you tell the difference? I feel you’ll love the sounds of the new instruments here.

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Inner Journey: FIND PEACE INSIDE

“All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.”
— Swami Ramdas

Getting into the habit of meditating, praying and/or resting daily helps us pull back from our preoccupation with the material world. In silence and solitude, we have an opportunity to pay attention to what’s happening inside rather than outside.

When we do this consistently, we learn to relax and to quiet and detach from our mental chatter and our turbulent emotions. As we begin to witness ourselves in personality, we also begin to experience our soul.

“Meditation may require a lifetime to master, but it will have been a lifetime well spent.” If you want to judge your progress, ask yourself these questions: Am I more loving? Is my judgment sounder? Do I have more energy?Can my mind remain calm under provocation? Am I free from the conditioning of anger, fear, and greed? Spiritual awareness reveals itself as eloquently in character development and selfless action as in mystical states.”
— Eknath Easwaran

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A Note from the Universe

To clarify, the primary roles of LOVE are not to heal, fix, or mend. Not to soothe, cure, or ease. Not even to refresh, rejuvenate, or restore. Hardly.

The primary roles of LOVE, are to “Yahoo!” “Yeehaa!” and “Whoohooo!”

Get your love on,

The Universe

tut.com

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Bustle: 6 Dos & Don’ts During October’s New Moon

There is nothing chill about the astrology of 2020. In the continuing theme of cosmic chaos, we’ve got a lot on our lunar plate this month, too. Wedged between the intense double October full moons that begin and end the month is the October 2020 new moon, which rises on Friday, October 16 in the sign of Libra.

Read more……

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
October 16, 2020

Study
“Every great study is not only an end in itself, but also a means of creating and sustaining a lofty habit of mind.”

-Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


It seems like we are studying all the time. We have aspirations for spiritual growth, so we soak up all the wisdom that comes our way, and we seek out wisdom as we go. And yes, we learn from all of these sources. And one of the great things that we learn is that the process of study itself is good for us, and makes us more wise ourselves. So we want to do more, and it becomes a good habit!

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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BronxWitch: New Moon in Libra October 2020 | Pick A Card Tarot Reading

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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 9, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 9, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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In the dreamy silence
Of the afternoon, a
Cloth of gold is woven
Over wood and prairie.
-Alexander Posey (1873-1908)

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October Events:

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

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

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day

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

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

Oct 28 Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins

Oct 31 Samhain / Halloween

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Spirit Library: Align With Your Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The light of creation is born out of the spark of love which lies embodied in each and every human being. Its source is the Great Mystery from where power, awareness and creativity stem

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Molly Roberts: Samhain Art Magick Ideas!

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Spiritual Unite: THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NUMBER 1313

Our life is made up of numbers. The most important numbers we will ever know are our birth date numbers.

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ThoughtCo: The Magic, History, and Folklore of Sandalwood

Although not truly an herb, but a wood, sandalwood is an item found often in modern Pagan rituals. In fact, “sandalwood” is an entire class of wood, found in trees that are part of the flowering Santalum family.

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MBG: 11 Things Your Spider Dreams Could Be Telling You, According To A Dream Expert

Our personal dreamworlds are a mysterious place only we have access to—but there do seem to be some common dream themes lots of us experience. Dreams about snakes or teeth falling out are commonly reported, as are spider dreams.

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Daily Good: Meeting Our Pain With Compassion

Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

Pema Chodron –

Meeting Our Pain With Compassion

“I’d like to explore the essential place of compassion in our lives in a very simple way. As human beings we have a conscious awareness that is open to what is. Our very nature is openness. On a feeling level this openness shows up as sensitivity, tenderness, rawness, as an exquisite receptivity and responsiveness. As a consequence of this delicacy, we are also easily hurt. Its like the softness of our skin–which is easily bruised, yet allows us to experience a wide range of subtle textures and temperatures.” John Welwood shares more in this short essay on self compassion. { read more }

Be The Change

This week try meeting your pain with compassion. Notice if something shifts when you make room for what is– to simply be

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Scrying Techniques & Divination ~ The White Witch Parlour

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Elephant Journal: Untame the Wild Within you (with These little Pieces of Earth).

I am a second generation forest.
Maybe a third or fifth generation wood at best. I did not grow up in a family or culture that planted my feet deep into the wisdom network of undisturbed mycelium.

I was not placed within a matrix of thought or ritual that gave daily blessings for the rising sun or the sweet, nourishing rain.

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Treehugger: 10 Striking Facts About Scorpions
These ancient arachnids are as fascinating as they are frightening.

It’s sensible to be afraid of scorpions. Their most distinctive features are pincer-like pedipalps and a stinging tail, which some species can swing toward their target at 50 inches (130 centimeters) per second.

Read more..

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EarthSky News: Watch for 2020’s Draconid meteor shower

Draco the Dragon is now spitting out meteors, also known as shooting stars. This is one shower that’s best to watch at nightfall or early evening, not after midnight. No matter where you are on Earth, watch as close to nightfall as possible. The shower is active between October 6 and 10.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Call of the Gods: Moments, Practices, & Doubts

I had a friend recently ask me about communicating with deity, and it’s a question I’ve metaphorically sat on now for over a month. Looking back on my life as a Pagan and a Witch I’m often not sure how or when my relationships with deity (and deity adjacent) figures began exactly.

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Pagan Playlist : Loreena McKennitt: the lady of Shalott

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Inner Journey: THE PARADOX OF LIFE’S JOURNEY

“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.”
— P.D. Ouspensky

“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin. …Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe.”
— Andrew Harvey

“Look at you, you madman, Screaming you are thirsty And are dying in a desert when all around you there is nothing but water!”
— Kabir

“After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same.”
— Paul Simon

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A Note from the Universe

There are no accidents.

If it’s appeared on your life’s radar, this is why: to teach you that dreams come true; to reveal that you have the power to fix what’s broken and heal what hurts; to catapult you beyond seeing with just your physical senses; and to lift the veils that have kept you from seeing that you’re already the person you dreamed you’d become.

And believe me, that was one heck of a dream.

Tallyho

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mom’s Fresh Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread

Many years ago, I was putting together my first cookbook of memorable recipes. This one was from my mom and remains one of my all-time favorites! Freezes well. Delicious warm or cooled.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth

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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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

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Daily Wisdom
October 9, 2020

Poetry
“The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.”

-Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)


One of my very favorite poems is Longfellow’s “Psalm of Life” which says:
Lives of great men remind us
We can make our lives sublime.
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time.”
This particular poem is a big footprint that Longfellow left on this earth. He is quoted all the time, because he says it so well. He doesn’t have to go on and on with explanations and examples, we know exactly what he means, and we take it to heart. When John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote: ”All you need is love” we listened, and remembered, because those five little words had such an impact in the context of a simple and beautiful song. Poets, and their poetry, change the world.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Relax, take a deep breath, and don’t let any feelings of anxiety derail your plans for the day. A certain level of nervousness may be in the air today but it doesn’t have to be contagious and you don’t have to catch it. If a touch of anxiety serves to give you a greater sense of caution, that can be a good thing

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 2, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 2, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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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: Hope in a Dying World (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we stand at this point in humanity’s evolution we are collectively purging the shadows that have dominated our world for too long. In doing so we are able to bring into balance the two prevailing forces of creation – the feminine and the masculine.

Read more…..

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Blackberries excerpt from A City Herbal
by Maida Silverman

BLACKBERRY SYRUP
Put ripe berries into a large pot and mash very gently with a potato masher. Add water to barely cover the berries, and cook over low heat until the steam rises and they start to give up their juice. Remove from heat and strain to remove seeds.

Measure ½ cup of white sugar or mild-flavored honey (such as clover) for each cup of Blackberry juice, mix together the sweetening and juice, and reheat slowly only until sweetening is dissolved. Try not to let the juice or syrup boil, since this tends to destroy the appealing fresh-berry flavor. Keep syrup refrigerated in jars. (It may also be frozen, and keeps very well both ways.)

Read Here

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Witch Indeed: 31 Things To Do Between Now and Samhain

October can be such a boost to the senses, so if you are buzzing around excited about the upcoming Samhain, and all that entails, welcome! September is sometimes such a slog, what with new routines, the change of seasons and weather. Day-to-day life can feel just plain hectic.

Read more……

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ThoughtCo: Mother Goddesses

When Margaret Murray wrote her ground-breaking God of the Witches in 1931, scholars quickly dismissed her theory of a universal, pre-Christian cult of witches who worshiped a singular mother goddess. However, she wasn’t completely off-base. Many early societies had a mother-like godform, and honored the sacred feminine with their ritual, art and legends.

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MBG: Numerology Forecast For September 2020: What To Expect With This 5 Month

We survived September, the peak of our foundational Universal Year 4. Numerologically speaking, last month was a time of reflections and breakthroughs—and maybe some breakdowns along the way. Intense, much?

Read more…..

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Yeyeo Botanica: Libations: Pouring Offerings for the Ancestors

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Elephant Journal: 5 Mindful Ways to Create a Morning Ritual that Nourishes You.

Each night we sleep and we are washed of the debris from the previous day.
Each morning is a new beginning. How we show up for the beginning of the day matters.

How many of us—especially now—reach for our phones first thing in the morning?

Read more…..

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Treehugger: Answer a Trivia Question, Help Save the Ocean
Every time you play FTO’s daily trivia game, a piece of plastic is removed from the ocean.

The ocean is a powerful force. It covers over 70% of the planet, with marine plants supplying up to 80% of our oxygen, and nearly half of the world depending on the ocean for their primary food source.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mars rendezvous in early October

In early October 2020, the waning gibbous moon meets with the dazzling red planet Mars. On October 2, look for the glorious evening couple – the moon and Mars – to rise in tandem in your eastern sky around nightfall or early evening. After the brilliant twosome rises, they’ll be out for the rest of the night, traveling westward across the nighttime sky. The moon and Mars climb highest up for the night after midnight, and then sit low in the west as dawn starts to color the October 3.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: They Can’t Take October From Me

October is my favorite month.

Has it always been my favorite month? I think so.

December – with Christmas and Christmas Break – was pretty important when I was a kid. But by October the farm work and grass cutting were done for the year.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: The Cauldron Born by Damh The Bard

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Inner Journey: Look for the gifts

“In school you get the lesson and then take the test… In life you take the test and then get the lesson.”
— Unknown Source

How is a problem in your life really an opportunity?

Problems invite us to go inside to recognize a bigger picture of ourselves and of life. This bigger picture brings meaning to what is unfolding.

When you feel trapped in a problem, see if you can shift your perspective. Ask yourself, “What am I being invited to learn from this situation?” The answer will always revolve around a quality or value, like gratitude, freedom, compassion, love, will, humouror acceptance. The answer will also always promote union rather than separation.

As soon as we find the meaning in our challenge, our resistance to it melts away. Often, awareness of the lesson is all that is needed to resolve the problem. If not, the awareness brings us courage and ways to work through it.

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
— Dalai Lama

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A Note from the Universe

Want to know what’s better than having it all? Way, way better?

Not having it all, but knowing of its inevitability, in a never-ending adventure that’s just barely begun.

Yeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaa!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Walnut-Cream Roll

A wonderful walnut cream roll dessert that is a perfect follow-up to any main course.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
October 2, 2020

Self-Awareness
“As simple as it sounds, we must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given.”

-Mary Lou Retton


It’s these simple things that we need to remember. And if we can remember them every day, and apply them to our lives, then we thrive! We do know what the best choices are for us. We do know what our talents are. When we are self-aware it is natural for us to proceed keeping these things in mind

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

You may have made careful plans or scheduled everything to perfection, but there are too many variables today to allow most of your plans to play out. Things may come up, one after another, and make this a scattered day. This is temporary and probably will have little impact on tomorrow, so just flow with it best you can and don’t let the instability bother you

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 18, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold.​
–Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869​–1935)

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September’s Events:

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

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Adjusting To the Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In the last few months we’ve experienced a kind of hurry up and wait kind of energy which has made it difficult to get things going. We have been adjusting to a new light which has made life somewhat uncomfortable. Currently there is a shift in that energy but we are still being urged to spend some time in deep contemplation to assess where we are now.

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World’s smallest cat 🐈- BBC

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Celtic Spirit Newsletter September 2020 (exerpt)

Greetings to you, Celtic Spirits!

An old Irish blessing prayer for one about to set forth on a journey invokes the ancient Celtic vision of Nine Elements:

May you go forth under the strength of heaven,

under the light of sun, under the radiance of moon;

May you go forth with the splendour of fire,

With the speed of lightning,

With the swiftness of wind;

May you go forth supported by the depth of sea,

By the stability of earth,

By the firmness of rock;

May you be surrounded and encircled,

With the protection of the nine elements.

We might not think of sun, moon, sea, etc. as elements, plus in magical work, our ideas may have been formed by the classical ‘four elements’ of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, which originally came from ancient Greece.

The power of this Celtic vision lies in making us aware of the tremendous forces in the living world that surround, support and protect us. To open up all our senses and feelings to the Nine Elements is to take into ourselves the magnificent power and beauty of our planet.

When you next go for a walk in Nature, feel yourself part of All That Is, breathe in the life force deep into your belly, and feel your identity expand from an atomized ‘little self’ to one who is an integral part of the ‘big Self,’ one with the web of all life!

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Mabon Prayers

It’s good to be thankful for what we’ve got – it’s also valuable to recognize that not everyone is as fortunate. Offer this prayer for abundance in tribute to those who may still be needing. This is a simple prayer of thanksgiving, showing gratitude for all of the blessings you may have in your life right now.

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MBG: 13 Common Ailments You Can Treat With Peppermint Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita), like lavender, is another incredibly versatile essential oil! Known as one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, scientists have researched its effects on the liver and respiratory system, as well as its ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy.

Read more…..

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Daily Good:

Your openness is more powerful than the feelings you’re opening to. ~John Welwood

Unconditional Presence: Letting Yourself Have Your Experience

“The journey from self-hatred to self-love involves learning to meet, accept, and open to the being that you are. This begins with letting yourself have your experience. Genuine self-acceptance is not possible as long as you
are resisting, avoiding, judging, or trying to manipulate and control what you experience. Whenever you judge the experience you’re having, you’re not letting yourself be as you are. And this puts you at odds with yourself, creating inner division and conflict. The way to free
yourself from shame and self-blame is through making friends with your experience, no matter what experience you’re having.” John Welwood shares how a process of acknowledging, allowing, opening and entering can bring us into our own unconditional presence. { read more }

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Today’s DIY: Let’s learn how to make a liniment!

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Elephant Journal: Ceremonial Cacao: Understanding the Power of this Heart-Opening Plant Medicine.

I’ve been sitting in on cacao ceremonies for a few years now.
But I realize that some people don’t even know what one is. As I’m sitting, overlooking the sea, sipping on my morning cacao, it has dawned on me that by sharing what I feel about this beautiful medicine, the more people can receive. (Especially now as we’re being asked to tune in more deeply to our hearts.)

Read more……

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Treehugger: 10 Astounding Facts About Tardigrades

Tardigrades may be the toughest animals on Earth. They have evolved to live almost anywhere and survive almost anything. Some tardigrades can shrug off conditions that would obliterate most living beings, including extremes far beyond anything found on Earth.

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EarthSky News: Young moon after sunset September 18 to 21

On September 17, 2020, the new moon passed 5 degrees north of the sun to transition out of the morning sky and into the evening sky. On the day of new moon, we don’t see the moon at all, because it rises and sets with the sun (more or less) and so is lost in the sun’s glare throughout the day. But the moon always returns as it will on September 18, 19, 20 and 21. On one or all of these evenings, you’ll spot the moon as a crescent in the west after sunset.

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Patheos-Pagan: Your Favorite Sabbat Sucks

Fall – my second favorite time of year, outranked only by Christmastime. (I suspect I’m one of the few Pagans who just adores that time of year.)

With September, we see the beginnings of fall as it is really expressed: gourds, pumpkins, those stunning yellow and orange color schemes, the falling of leaves, the cold scent hinting in the air…

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Pan’s Lullaby – Erutan

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Inner Journey: RELIEVE THE PRESSURE COOKER

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.”
— Mary Manin Morrissey

Journaling is a great way to release and let go. To get things off your chest. Our minds are our own worst enemies. The same thoughts go round and round in the same old ways and keep us stuck.

If something bothers you, write about it. Get it out so you can see it from a different perspective. Let it out. Let it go.

Owning and healing your pressure cooker is an important step in claiming your power, building your esteem and making your stand.

“In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.”
— Swami Brahmanada

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A Note from the Universe

Your generosity is making a name for you here in the unseen, while at the same time rattling the floodgates there on the plane of manifestation.

I bet you’re good at chess…

Check,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chef John’s Watermelon Agua Fresca

This is my all-time favorite summertime drink. When it’s hot and humid and you’re totally parched, there’s nothing as refreshing, as revitalizing, and as restorative as ice-cold watermelon agua fresca. It’s one of life’s great drinkable pleasures.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

Element: Earth


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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


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

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Daily Wisdom
September 18, 2020

Gentleness
“There never was any heart truly great and generous that was not also tender and compassionate.”

-Robert South (1634-1716)


Each of our heroes, in life and in literature, throughout history – no matter how strong – has a gentleness to him or her, an openness, a sincerity that shows us that this person really cares. Spiderman is so popular right now because he’s not just this “larger than life” character who has amazing powers – but because he’s also basically a nice guy. He loves his family, and he struggles to do the right thing. He doesn’t like to see people hurt. He’s not all about the money or the recognition; he really wants to help. Who wouldn’t love a gentle soul like that?

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The World

You may not expect or even want it, but today you will be properly acknowledged and even honored for a skill, talent, or accomplishment. Your big heart will also be appreciated. Some sort of public reward is possible, if only in the form of praise, which can be transformed into something more tangible later. If not seeking validation or kudos, be on the alert because it’s coming. You’ve earned it!

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 4, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 4, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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

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September’s Events:

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

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

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

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

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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

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

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

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

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

Read more…….

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Rain Country: Herbs for Teas: Harvesting and Drying

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ThoughtCo: Tortoise and Turtle Magic and Folklore

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

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

Choosing the Right Paper for Your Grimoire

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

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

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Daily Good: Photographing the Hidden Story

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

Roald Dahl

Photographing the Hidden Story

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

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

When I’m down, Rumi.

When I’m scared, Rumi.

When I’m confused about love, Rumi.

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Treehugger: How Moonlight Affects Animals and Plants

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

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

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

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

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Patheos-Pagan: Fairy Tales and Witchcraft

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

Read more……

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

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Inner Journey: BEING ALONE

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

Are you willing to be alone?

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

Do you know what my “why” is?

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

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

Take your time,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Peach-Blueberry Streusel Tart

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

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Energy: feminine

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

Element: Earth

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

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

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

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

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Daily Wisdom
September 4, 2020

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

-Susanne K. Langer, 1942


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

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Restlessness and boredom could slow you down and take you off on some unintended tangent. If you can’t break free of the usual routine today, do what’s necessary and perhaps schedule more delicate tasks for another time when it will be easier to be precise and attend to details. Know your own limits and if possible don’t take on something that will only frustrate you. If you must, start slow

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/