Cat’s Morning Bits for January 18, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 18,  2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
-William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

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Spiritual Unite: When Your Birthday Is Between 2 Signs: The Cusp Sign Phenomenon

Sometimes people born during the last or first days of a new solar sign, can’t even tell which their zodiac sign is and feel connected to aspects of both astral energies.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/when-your-birthday-is-between-2-signs-the-cusp-sign-phenomenon/

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Thought.Co : Celebrating Imbolc With Kids

Imbolc is a festival of fire and light – it’s one of the cross quarter days – and falls on February 2 in the northern hemisphere (it’ll be on August 1 if you’re one of our readers below the equator). This the time when winter is beginning to wind down, but it’s still cold and snowy; spring is looming around the corner, but isn’t quite here yet

https://www.thoughtco.com/celebrating-imbolc-with-kids-4118557

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Elephant Journal: The Powerful Impact Yin & Softness can have on our Fiery Lives.

Serenity is an acquired taste, my therapist told me on a crisp Autumn day last year.
Back then, as the brilliant leaves fell and the trees turned bare, I had no idea what she meant. Maybe I didn’t yet care.

Now, I believe her.
Serenity is not a taste I even wanted until recently. I couldn’t fathom it, really

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/the-powerful-impact-yin-softness-can-have-on-our-fiery-lives/

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MNN: Killer whale calf’s birth is a ray of hope for endangered Puget Sound group

There’s a special group of orcas living in Washington’s Puget Sound. The Southern Resident killer whales are a genetically distinct population, and they are considered critically endangered with only an estimated 74 individuals left.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/two-thirds-critically-endangered-killer-whale-pregnancies-fail

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EarthSky News: Identify stars in the Winter Circle

Tonight – January 18, 2019 – our chart covers an area of sky wider than we typically show. It’s in answer to a reader in Nashville, who wrote:
I’ve heard mention of the Winter Circle of stars. Could you list the stars in this circle?

https://earthsky.org/tonight/identify-the-stars-of-the-winter-circle

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Patheos-Pagan: What is a Magical Life?

So, what exactly constitutes a magical (or magickal) life? It is because you added the “k” to magical? Just kidding. The question has been on my mind since I moved to the very magical town of Asheville three years ago.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/04/what-is-a-magical-life/

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Inner Journey:

COMMUNICATING WITHOUT WORDS

“The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.”
— Martha Graham

Every movement and non-movement we make is a form of communication.

How do you communicate fear, withdrawal, avoidance, shutting down, disagreeing, and an uncaring attitude?

If you aren’t sure, others can probably tell you. Begin to pay attention to what your eyes and arms and facial expressions communicate. Our body language speaks louder than our words.

“An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self-being; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.”
— Karl Jaspers

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A Note from the Universe

Have you been leaning on me lately?

A lot?

For absolutely EVERYTHING?

Day and night, rain or shine, Gummi Bears or Gucci?

Just checkin’ –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cleansing Veggie Date Juice

I especially like making this juice after the holidays as I tend to indulge a bit more. Just a bit! This drink is very low in calories yet very filling. It’s full of vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants. Keep the “meat” of the veggies after juicing them to make cakes and spaghetti sauces. In order to keep the drink tasting fun and almost caramel-like, I like to blitz in some dates. Nothing bad in this juice

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cleansing-Veggie-Date-Juice.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 18, 2019

Moments

“Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”

-Corita Kent

Love the moment. Isn’t that great? As you’re reading this, take one moment right now and love it, just simply love it. That energy is just extending beyond your circle of influence out into the world – whether you realize it or not! ‘Spontaneous moment-loving’: now there’s a concept! Imagine how the

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 9 Powerful Healing Stones, and What They Can Do For You
What if the very earth beneath our feet could heal us?

That is the premise behind crystal healing, an alternative medical technique in which certain crystals and other stones are used to heal the human body of a variety of ailments.

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/9-powerful-healing-stones-and-what-they-can-do-for-you.aspx#MGMXoivoacFu4Tbc.99

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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 January 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 11, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Another fresh new
year is here…
Another year to live!
To banish worry,
doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh
and give!
-William Arthur Ward (1921-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Pine Tree Symbolism – Protection And Immortality

The pine tree is one of the most recognisable trees in the world.
The Pine Tree is one of the most widely used tree symbolism the world over. The pine tree is about as culturally significant as a tree can get.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/pine-tree-symbolism-protection-and-immortality/

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Daily Good: Waiting to Unfold

Mirka Knaster, fiber and mixed media artist, asks us “How many times have artists thought, while working on a project, ‘Will I ever get this completed?’ How often do we face seemingly unsurmountable obstacles on the path to turning our vision into reality? And when will we reach the level of proficiency and excellence we aspire to?” These questions are familiar to any creative person who has a vision and wants to bring it to life. And what we often lack is patience, a slower tempo, more attentive listening to the nature of the unfolding creation.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2189/waiting-to-unfold-mirka-knaster/

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Elephant Journal: Your Capacity to Love is so Powerful. {Poem}

Right now, there is no such thing as armor.
I stand naked, but not exposed.
I breathe in a thousand rosebuds of beauty.
I surrender—
To pleasure
To joy

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/your-capacity-to-love-is-so-powerful-poem/

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Spirit Library: Setting Your Foundation – Tools for Joyful Living in 2019

We as a society are sitting at a precipice – our whole world is turned upside down as we begin 2019. In this article I provide guidance on how to set your foundation for navigating what’s unfolding. Continue reading to understand the mindset, life structure, and actions needed now.

https://spiritlibrary.com/selacia/setting-your-foundation-tools-for-joyful-living-in-2019

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EarthSky News: Moon sweeps past Mars January 11 to 13

On January 11, 12 and 13, 2019, use the waxing crescent moon to find the red planet Mars. You’ll find both Mars and the moon in the evening sky, with the moon in a waxing crescent phase and Mars much fainter than it was six months ago, when it outshone all the stars, brighter than since 2003. Now, Mars is still shining as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star. It’ll be that bright “star” close to the moon on these evening

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-mars-on-january-11-13

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Patheos-Pagan: Exploring Your Shadow With The Tarot

This post is inspired by Paige at The Fat Feminist Witch. Her podcast has quickly become one of my favorites. I was listening to her episode entitled “Emotional Witchcraft” where she talks about emotional self-care and the Shadow and discusses the book Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis by Lisa Marie Basile and Joanna DeVoe’s Shadow Work Course.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2019/01/10/exploring-your-shadow-with-the-tarot/

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Herbal Muse: No-Bake Herbal Power Balls

This is a rich, nutrient-dense treat that delivers an abundance of sweetness without the fat or calories — or a mound of mixing bowls and baking dishes to clean up.

This recipe features herbs and spices with potent adaptogen and antioxidant qualities — eleuthero root (Siberian ginseng), astragalus root, Schisandra berry, cinnamon, cardamon and more, rolled in a coating of powdered carob.

Perfect with your morning tea or coffee, or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The kids will enjoy snacking on them and will wan to help make them too! Get the easy, no-bake recipe…

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2019/01/09/No-Bake-Herbal-Power-Balls

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Inner Journey:

HOW ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOURSELF?

“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”
— Shirley Hufstedler

How are you sabotaging your potential for change?

We unconsciously use defence mechanisms to shield us from situations we perceive to be scary or painful. A part of you may want to grow and change, but another part may be resisting because change always moves you into new territory in your thinking and emotions.

If you find you are getting anxious, fearful, angry, frustrated, dismissive or unmotivated, then defence mechanisms are at work. Watch for them and know them to be signs of fear that wants to hold you back. Then courageously move through them.

“I have never been contained except I made the prison.”
— Mary Evans

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A Note from the Universe

Actually, the less you think about how you can get something, like money, love, or laughter… the faster it will come.

Walkin’ on sunshine,

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 11, 2019

Wisdom

“Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it.

Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.”

-Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
This is another example of the more that you give, the more that you have. One of the best ways to learn is by teaching! Wisdom is not something that can necessarily be measured, but it can be felt, and it can be shared.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Self-Care Tips for Busy People
Self-care doesn’t have to take much time

You’ve got a to-do list that feels like it’s a mile long. There are kids to run around, social and church commitments, work deadlines to meet, and a house to keep clean. To get everything done, you put yourself aside and focus on fulfilling the needs of everyone around you

Read more………

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 4, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 4, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Open the door, though the wild winds blow,
Take the child in and make him cozy.
Take him in and hold him dear,
He is the wonderful glad New Year.
-Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826-87)

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Tetraktys: Plan With a Witch : 10 Calendars, Planners & Bullet Journals for a Magickal 2019

Hello witches! When a new year approaches, I always ask myself the same question: how can I be more organized? Hence, lately, I’ve been looking for the perfect planning tool to help me organize the year to come. I wanted to find something that was functional, flexible and witchy, to help me reconcile all aspects of my life. So, this week, I decided to share with you the results of my research. Here are my top 10 calendars, planners & bullet journals for witches!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/plan-with-witch-10-calendars-planners-bullet-journals-2019/

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MBG: Has Your January Been A Doozy Already? Here’s Why, According To Astrology

January begins with both a whoosh AND a thud. As we leave 2018 in the rearview, the stars catalyze our desire for “new, different, anything but THAT again” by presenting not one but TWO eclipses this month. Eclipses are the cosmic change agents that spur us into action, sometimes by orchestrating dramatic or unexpected events.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/january-2019-horoscope

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Daily Good: Handing Out Positive Tickets

Jan 4, 2019– Tired of hearing about the negative in your neighborhood? Well, so were these high school kids, who started a program, now sponsored by the City of Rochester, NY, to reward the positive. Each summer, the youth walk around different neighborhoods, looking for the good. And if they spot it, they hand out a ticket: A Positive Ticket.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3390

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Elephant Journal: In 2019, May you Surrender, May you Forgive, May you Choose Peace over Chaos.

Lately, I’ve been wishing for lots of things.
A little too much.

In fact, the pressure I’ve put on these wishes has not just created a big gap between expectations and reality, but pierced that gap in its entirety to fall right back on me.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/may-you-surrender-may-you-forgive-may-you-choose-peace/

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DailyOM: Redefining Health

No matter what our weight, we can use the cues from our physical and mental selves to judge how healthy we are.

Health is not a numerical concept and cannot be defined using statistics. Human beings, however, tend to want to quantify well-being into easily understandable figures. We feel compelled to ascribe numbers to every aspect of wellness, from the qualities of our food to our fitness levels to the physical space we occupy.

https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=66385

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EarthSky News: Watch Venus and Jupiter before sunup

January 2019 presents a great time to catch the two brightest planets in Earth’s sky, Venus and Jupiter. Maybe you’ve seen them already. The waning crescent moon swept past them in the first few days of January, but now the moon has moved too close to the sun to be easily visible.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-venus-in-the-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: The Pentagram: Wicca’s Five-Pointed Symbol

A debate on the symbol so very much associated with modern Pagan traditions today, prompted me to dig out a copy of the 2008 book WICCA: Magickal Beginnings which I co-authored with David Rankine

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adamantinemuse/2016/06/pentagram-symbol-of-wicca/

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Inner Journey:

EGO’S TRICKS

“One of the great dangers of transformational work is that the ego attempts to sidestep deep psychological work by leaping into the transcendent too soon. This is because the ego always fancies itself much more ‘advanced’ than it actually is.”
— Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

The Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, warned of the trap of spiritual materialism. He says we must be ever diligent to spot the ego’s use of the spiritual journey to further its own ends.

We may think it’s spiritual to yearn for divine connection. And yet, if the longing is to fill an emptiness inside, just how does this differ from the one who yearns for money or possessions to fill the inner void? Do we look to our spiritual practices as proof of our evolved consciousness or as protection against fears?

Any time we use spiritual disciplines to maintain our identity and security, we are not yet on the path of genuine spiritual development.

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.”
— Chögyam Trungpa

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A Note from the Universe

I found your new Intergalactic Phone Book listing!!

It wasn’t easy. At first I looked under Illuminated, but you weren’t there. Then I looked under Faith Healer, Magician, and Wild Thing; not there either. You weren’t even under Funny Bones. I started to worry.

Then I had an “ah-ha” moment. I looked you up under people who have their own thriving business and a steady income, and who will very, very soon have financial security for myself and family… Eureka!

You make time and space look easy,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Honey Glazed Butternut Squash

This pretty and yummy recipe is perfect to ‘fancy up’ a meal. It’s savory but can be made sweeter if desired. Precut too!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Honey-Glazed-Butternut-Squash.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 4, 2019

Authenticity

“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.”

-Carlos Castaneda
It’s okay to change directions. People have been reinventing themselves since time began. This is a good thing! When our heart leads us somewhere, it’s always for a reason. We need to follow and find out what that reason is. Usually this change brings us closer to who we really are, it allows us to discover our true self, and to be more authentic.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Friends You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Dumping
Evaluate your life and determine whether or not your circle of friends are healthy and beneficial for your life. Here are some of the friends you shouldn’t feel bad about dumping.

Read more

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 28, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 28, 2018

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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There he stands in the foul weather,
The foolish, fond Old Year.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)

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The Wild Hunt: New archaeological finds in UK shed light on Pagan past

WALES – After a summer in which the drought brought to light a number of interesting archaeological finds in the UK and Ireland, the rest of 2018 has proved almost equally fruitful, with two major discoveries shedding light on our Celtic ancestors and their way of life. One of these finds is large, the other

Read more…………….

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MBG: How To Improve Your Mornings In 2019 If You’re Constantly Stressed Out

Our body’s flight-or-fight response to stress is super handy in certain situations—other times, you just want to live your life without having anxious feelings creep up on you.
Anxiety is something everyone faces from time to time, and while we can’t control how our bodies respond (thanks, evolution), there are a few things we can do to convince our brain that everything’s gonna be alright.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-improve-your-mornings-in-2019-if-youre-constantly-stressed-out

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Daily Good: Finding Hope in Hopelessness

In a time of uncertainty and increasing grief, suffering, aggression and violence, Margaret Wheatley proposes we release our hope of an outcome, walk without a vision of the future, and let hopelessness be our companion. In our insecurity, self-doubt, and groundlessness, we can orient our soul, spirit, and heart to transcend the experienced world and anchor ourselves in faith. The value, rightness, and truth of our work with other people will allow us to persevere. We can hold grief and love in the same heart and be consoled and strengthened by those with us on the journey. Hopelessness liberates us from fear, from results, and from outcomes so we can do what feels right with clarity and energy

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2171/finding-hope-in-hopelessness-margaret-wheatley/

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Elephant Journal: I Dare You to Be Your Own F*cking Idol.

As 2018 began to end, I sat down and stared at my bucket list.
I realized that I had ticked almost everything off for this year.

Everything but one word was left uncrossed and staring back at me:
Florence.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/12/i-dare-you-to-be-your-own-fcking-idol/

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MNN: Ancient Irish ‘healing soil,’ once used by Druids, really works

The medicinal soil has been found to contain powerful antibiotics.

Folk remedies aren’t always taken seriously by scientists, but occasionally age-old wisdom can surprise. Case in point: researchers looking at ancient Irish “healing soil,” long believed to have remarkable medicinal properties, have discovered a previously unknown strain of bacteria that produces antibiotics capable of killing four of the world’s deadliest superbugs, reports Phys.org.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/ancient-irish-healing-soil-once-used-druids-really-works

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on December 29 and 30

These next few mornings – December 29 and 30, 2018 – people around the world will see the moon in the vicinity of Spica, the constellation Virgo’s one and only 1st-magnitude star.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-december-29-and-30

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Patheos-Pagan: Favorite Witchy Books of 2018

I read a lot of books on the topics of magick, paganism, occultism, witchcraft, and spirituality. Out of all the books I read, I review about a quarter of them. I review the ones that I like the most and think will benefit other seekers as well as seasoned practitioners. 2018 had a lot of great books released and I decided to make a list sharing my top 10 favorite books of the year.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2018/12/26/favorite-witchy-books-of-2018/

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Inner Journey:

ARE YOU AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT?

On the path of evolution, we move from being a willing and obedient member of the group to wanting to take control over our own lives. This is a necessary but difficult transition.

Andrew Schneider says, “At this point we are afraid of being ourselves. We are afraid of being unique and different. We are afraid of being individually powerful, and even successful. For all of these things stand against the old ways that told us that conformity was right and individualism was wrong.”

“For as long as we possibly can, we make a compromise. We try to live both lives – the dependent tribal life and the independent personal life – as contradictory and opposite as they are.

“We want approval from others. We want to be accepted and popular. We seek this comfort to overcome our fear and feel more secure. …So, at times when we conform, we don’t feel the fear of living. But we might lose the new sense of adventure, discovery, daring and enthusiasm for life that the questioning and questing have brought us.”

“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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A Note from the Universe

Eternity is a really, really, really long time.

I think we’ll be able to squeeze everything in.

Relax.

Peace and blue jeans –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Broccoli Chowder

A creamy broccoli soup is nutritious and very filling when the weather turns cold.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Broccoli-Chowder-Recipes.html

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DailyOM: Lack
Today’s Inspiration

We all know what it feels like to want something we don’t have. It may be a pair of expensive jeans, a romantic partner, or rent money; it may be a certain attitude, a car, or a savings account. This is part of life, and in the best-case scenario, we…

https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=65990

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Magical Correspondences for Friday 

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 28, 2018

Blessings

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”

-Marge Piercy
We accept the first gift just by being born. We learn more of the second gift all throughout our life, and we give and receive love. The third gift seems to be more of a challenge for us to accept. We tend to want to impose our interpretations, our judgements on circumstances and behaviors rather than seeking to understand. It takes a certain spiritual maturity to really let go embrace this blessing. We have this capacity- let’s unwrap this gift!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Tips to Get You through the Winter Blues
Are you a victim of the winter blues? Boost your spirits with these seven tips.
Do you find yourself a little down or blue around the winter holidays? As the days get shorter and the nights grow colder, many people experience the “winter blues”, or seasonal sadness.

Read more…….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2018

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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Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.

-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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Coffey Talk: Numerology of the Number 9
And finally we complete our numerology series with the number 9!

For those born on day 9, 18 or 27, Mars is your ruling planet, and the qualities of Mars are also in you. Mars is depicted as a strong masculine figure, dressed as a warrior. The qualities of a warrior include a strong sense of purpose, duty, order, and discipline. 9 people express this, as well as courage, patience, and self-confidence. 9’s can also be short-tempered, restless, argumentative and egotistical. Those under the influence of Mars enjoy sports, hunting, politics, and martial arts. They are competitive, but also good sports.

Mars is a planet of fire – it has an intense heat that is hard to take. This makes 9 people restless, it’s hard for them to sit still, they are always on the go and involved in activities. They’re always prepared for a battle, so they can create enemies with their constant state of alertness to danger. 9’s are outspoken and volatile, they are easily provoked and explosive. They are fiercely independent and have lots of energy. They can go to extremes as they are fearless. They have a strong sense of responsibility and they hate to be criticized. But since they are so domineering they often bring resentment and criticism to them.

9’s have been described as being like coconuts – hard on the outside and sweet on the inside. They are kind to people who work under them. They like to have authority and control, without it they get bored. Honor and prestige drive them. 9’s need attention, and spend a lot of their energy to get it.

Tuesdays and Fridays are lucky for 9 people, especially when they fall on a 9 day, or days 3, 6, 15, 21, 24 oe 30. Reds and pinks are auspicious for 9’s as red is the color of Mars. They can wear it, decorate with it, use it in every way to help them feel fresh and energetic. Coral is the best stone for 9’s. They can also use red stones like carnelian or jasper.

When you see the number 9 repeated it is a sign that something needs to be completed. It could be a project or a relationship that needs resolution. Think about what you need to finish up, so that you can move on and be productive.

Sharon Osbourne and Vin Diesel were both born on 9 days.

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MBG: Today Is One Of The Most Spiritual Days Of The Year. Here’s What It’s Trying To Tell Us

Today is the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year and the darkest time in Earth’s northern hemisphere. It also marks the beginning of the sun’s life cycle as it starts growing in strength again. Even though life appears cold and dead outside, this is actually a pivotal moment in the cycle of growth.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/winter-solstice-2018-how-to-welcome-it

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Daily Good: Leftover Women Take Over the Marriage Market

In China, a woman who is unmarried by age 25 is considered a “leftover woman.” She feels like an outsider, and in a culture with great respect for parents, she may feel like a failure. A group of such women went to the Marriage Market and put up large photos of themselves, and messages like “don’t give up love for suitability” or expressing the wish not to marry. Their fundamental message is “Don’t let pressure dictate your future

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8284

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Elephant Journal: 10 Rituals I use to Welcome Light Back into my Life in Time for the Winter Solstice.

Life is full of ups and downs, and winter has traditionally been somewhat of a bummer for me.
The seemingly endless cold nights, paired with missing long lost loved ones during the holidays, and lack of garden fresh vegetables have normally found me lying in a heap of tears on my living room floor.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/12/10-little-rituals-i-use-to-welcome-light-back-into-my-life-in-time-for-the-winter-solstice/

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EarthSky News: December full moon falls within a day of the solstice

December 22, 2018 will bring the final full moon of the year, falling less than a day after the December solstice. How close are the solstice and full moon in 2018? The solstice is December 21 at 22:23 UTC. The full moon is December 22 at 17:49 UTC. So the solstice and full moon fall less than one day apart. That means that – although the Northern Hemisphere has its longest winter night on December 21 – the lamp of a nearly full moon will light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/full-long-night-moon-on-december-22

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Patheos-Pagan: May The Light Keep You

Now is the time when the light wanes, and darkness grows, and people come together during this time of year to reconnect with one-another.
When I look at our major holidays and celebrations during this time of year, I find in them this theme of light and illumination.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2018/12/5739/

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Inner Journey:

YOU ARE BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
— Meister Eckhart

We are the ocean — vast, deep, powerful and rich. Nourishing and nurturing. Dive down into the dark stillness of being. Sense the rising and falling of surface thoughts and emotions, sometimes gentle, sometimes violent. Always shifting. Always in motion.Draw back and watch the waves of your life at play. Know you are the unfathomable depths — surface agitations can’t disturb you. Know that you are bigger than the little things that aggravate you.

“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
— John Berry

“It’s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of life.”
— Dalai Lama

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The great thing about feeling deep, profound, earthshaking love,  is that you can start with anyone.

Next,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Angel Snowflake Sugar Cookies

This is a recipe that I got from my mother over 40 years ago. She called them drop sugar cookies, so I renamed them this year. These are crispy cookies that melt in your mouth. Almost every time I take them to a potluck party, I am asked for the recipe.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Angel-Snowflake-Sugar-Cookies.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday 

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 21, 2018

Experience

“What is it which is bought dearly, offered for nothing, and then most often refused? Experience, old people’s experience.”

-Isak Dinesen, 1934

We learn from our experiences. And it is our privilege to share those experiences with other people. We’re here to help each other. Whether or not we learn from each other is an individual choice. The gems of experiences that are collected over the years form a treasure chest of wisdom that longs to be distributed. Why not tap into that wealth? And in turn, we’re giving someone the gift of being recognized and valued.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 10 Self-Care Tips for a Happier Life
These 10 self-care tips are what you need to live a happier life. You need to step back and take some time to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Using these tips will help you relax and reenergize…

Read More………….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 14, 2018

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 14, 2018

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 drear nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity-
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.

-John Keats (1795-1821)

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Beliefnet Astrology: Six Ways Crystal can Change your Life

People have been calling me the Crystal Chick for years. I love crystals and their ability to subtly but profoundly change our energy, health and aura. We use crystals in computers and clocks but they can be very helpful in our personal lives. There are six main areas in which crystals can change your life for the better.
https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/astrology/6-ways-crystal-can-change-your-life.aspx#ffhERpcqfDiswcYo.99

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MBG: This Is What Actually Attracts People To You 

Over time, I’ve learned to understand words like “beauty” and “attractiveness” in a different way—not in terms of physical appearances but in terms of what I refer to as radiance. Radiance is that je ne c’est quoi that spins heads when you walk into a room. It creates a door where there was once a wall. It has nothing to do with age, body shape, or physical features.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/more-attractive

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Daily Good: 8 World-Views and Practices by Mark Nepo

Since prehistoric hunters had to work together in order to survive, people have had to learn how to share both the workload and the harvest, and the problems and the joys. Through the centuries, traditions have formed and complexities have grown. But the health of all community depends on how we treat each other. This article explores eight worldviews and the practices they offer. Each can help us stay wholehearted, authentic, and in true relationship to life and each other.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2157/8-world-views-and-practices-by-mark-nepo-mark-nepo/

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MNN: 8 things to know about the winter solstice

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night,” quipped Steve Martin — and indeed, even a day with less sunshine can feel a bit dark. Our world depends on the light radiating from that big star we traipse around, and when it’s in short supply, we feel it. But if you count yourself among those who don’t love waking up before the sun rises and getting off work after it has set, things are about to lighten up. Hello, winter solstice!

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/8-things-know-about-winter-solstice

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EarthSky News: Time to look for Mercury and Jupiter below Venus

Now – mid-December 2018 – it’s time to get outside in the early morning and try to spot our sun’s innermost planet, Mercury. Look east, the sunrise direction. You can’t miss super-bright Venus. Mercury is below it, near the sunrise point. If you look extra hard with the unaided eye or binoculars, you might spot bright Jupiter near the horizon, too, on a line with Venus and Mercury.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/seek-for-mercury-beneath-venus-at-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Yule Shopping? What To Get For The Witch Or Pagan Who Has Everything

Odds are pretty likely you’re still shopping for holiday gifts, or perhaps you haven’t even started yet. And maybe you have that friend whom you know is either a witch, pagan, polytheist, or some general form of occultist. What in the name of the gods above and below can you get them that doesn’t look like some generic “Here’s a random candle, knock yourself out!” type of a present?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/12/yule-shopping-witch-pagan/

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Inner Journey

REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

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A Note from the Universe

Today don’t think or say, “I’m tired,” “I’m hurt,” “I’m angry.” Don’t even think or say, “I’m happy.”

Instead, think and say, “I’ve chosen to be tired, hurt, angry.” Or better still, “I’m choosing to be happy.”

You don’t get “hit” by feelings, you feel them based on your perceptions, and you perceive based on your beliefs, and you believe as you choose.

You are your words,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Holiday Veggie or Fruit Tree

A festive holiday centerpiece can be created with vegetables or fruits for family gatherings and parties. This page contains holiday veggie or fruit tree.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Holiday-Veggie-or-Fruit-Tree-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 14, 2018

Service

“If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burden.”

-Ashleigh Brilliant
We are here as angels, emissaries, to do God’s work, to help each other. We can hear one another’s prayers if we just listen. We are all one in spirit, and we all want the same things – love, respect, acknowledgment, a purpose. Think about all that we can do for each other to provide those very important things. It could be so simple, and so beautiful, and mean so much.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Easy Tricks to Feel More Confident

Confidence is something that almost everyone alive today wants. Single people proclaim loudly that confidence is seen as sexy. Employers claim that confident employees are a must. Even parents teach their children to value confidence.

Read More…………….

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 December 7, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 7, 2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.

-Dora Read Goodale (1866-1915)

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Spiritual Unite: What Are Positive Energy Symbols?

Symbolism is important, and the rich, historical traditions of the eastern hemisphere have produced some of the most in-depth and intricate symbols known to any culture.
These symbols are invoked to release positive energy, manifesting some energetic power within the invoker.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/what-are-positive-energy-symbols/

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MBG: How To Harness The Transformative Energy Of The Last New Moon Of The Year

After a frustrating few weeks, the Sagittarius new moon arrives just one day after trickster Mercury, the messenger planet that governs communication, technology, and travel, stationed direct (forward) in secretive Scorpio—and not a moment too soon! Outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is Sagittarius gives us the cosmic permission slip to start speaking our minds once again.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-in-sagittarius-december-2018

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Elephant Journal: Your 2019 Horoscope—what Major Change will occur in your Life?

What changes are most likely to happen in our lives in 2019?
Will we finally find that elusive love relationship?
Will we begin a new career or job that gives us a chance to really make a difference?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/12/your-2019-horoscope-what-major-change-will-occur-in-your-life/

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MNN: 9 thoughtful gifts for nature lovers

Sure, you might have friends who live to camp under the stars or hike for miles in the wilderness. But what about the ones who simply appreciate nature? Maybe that means walking in the woods or just watching birds from the window. Whatever their way of celebrating friluftsliv — the Nordic concept of “open air life” — we’ve got some gift ideas to celebrate their outdoors-y spirit.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/thoughtful-gifts-nature-lovers

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EarthSky News: N. Hemisphere? Watch for earliest sunsets

The year’s earliest sunset for 40 degrees N. latitude happens around December 7; and in the Southern Hemisphere, the year’s earliest sunrise at 40 degrees S. latitude happens around December 7, as well. The exact date of the Northern Hemisphere’s earliest sunset and the Southern Hemisphere’s earliest sunrise varies by latitude. But, at temperate latitudes, both of these annual hallmarks in our sky come a few to several weeks before the December solstice, not on the solstice as you might expect

https://earthsky.org/tonight/earliest-sunset-today-but-not-shortest-day

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Patheos-Pagan: Everyday Sacredness

Tendrils of smoke swirl around in the evening air, as the familiar scents of sage and cedar envelop me with their calm, cleansing energy. I return the smudge stick to its bowl and gaze at the glowing embers, already feeling my mind and body release the cares of the day. A drum beats softly in the distance, and I hear forest creatures rustling in the underbrush. The full moon beams her soft rays down to the sleeping earth, and I soak them in, feeling grateful for this moment.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/quillofthegoddess/2017/08/everyday-sacredness/

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Daily Recipe: Christmas Punch Recipes

A festive beverage can be a refreshing addition to your holiday get together.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Christmas-Punch-Recipes.html

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Inner Journey: 

OPEN YOUR HANDS

“More than any other part of the body, our hands reveal our inner state.”
— Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Today, be aware of how you hold your hands when you’re not actively doing something with them.

With the stress of our daily lives, many of us find our hands typically clenched in fists. This is proof of the tension we hold in our bodies. And ponder this: how can we receive the abundance of life if our hands are not open to receive it?

When you become aware that your hands are closed tight, stretch your fingers and spread them wide in the shape of a starfish. Deep breathing will also help you relax into the moment.

“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Two of the most important questions for all aspiring rock stars, are:

1.How big do you want to be?
2.What are you now doing about it?
“Rock stars” being metaphoric for “have financial security for myself and family.” I just didn’t want to immediately flip you out.
See you at the stadium,

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 7, 2018

Change

“A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, for better or worse, he calls home, do what he can to change things there.”

-Paule Marshall (1969)

It is our nature, and really our responsibility, to change things for the better. Some causes resonate with us, we are compelled to help, we can’t help it. Some causes come to us – through an illness, or a friend or relative whom we love. There is always some way we can invoke change, some way we can make a difference. When something moves you, go with it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and change the world.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Reclaim Your Sanity

OMG! If it is not an email, a text or an ostensibly unending work week, it’s traffic or other forms of hostility that drive us to the breaking point of aberration. With all the psychological warfare bombarding us on a daily basis, no wonder why we need antidepressants and sleeping aids to survive

Read More……………

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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