Cat’s Morning Bits for September 21, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
–Robert Frost (1874–1963)

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Spiritual Unite: My Soul Is Tired? How To Fix Your Tired Soul

One of the most common problems for people who are awake spiritually, in this day and age is soul tiredness. If your soul is tired, you can suffer a variety of symptoms that can drastically affect your quality of life. When your soul is tired, life becomes so much more difficult. But what causes soul tiredness?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/my-soul-is-tired-how-to-fix-your-tired-soul/

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MBG: A Ritual For Boosting Your Self-Esteem As Soon As You Get Out Of Bed

Most of us start the day by looking in the mirror and judging (negatively) our appearance. This literally means our first interaction with anything or anyone is negative. Rather than starting our days by undermining ourselves, we should spend our first moments affirming our worth. In this short video, Kathryn Budig guides us through an easy trick for getting inspired and energized in the first five minutes of your morning.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-25547/a-ritual-for-boosting-your-selfesteem-as-soon-as-you-get-out-of-bed.html

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Daily Good: Awakening Through Writing

Albert Flynn DeSilver’s latest book is out, Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon interviews the author, poet, and leader of writing workshops about the difference between writing as a creative endeavor and writing as a gateway to spiritual inquiry. They also discuss how to explore difficult subjects such as failure and death, and how such deep inquiries can help open us to the present moment.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1826/awakening-through-writing-tami-simon/

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Elephant Journal: What Venus Retrograde wants to Teach Us about Love. {October 5 to November 16}

I got married once, during a Venus Retrograde.
I consulted with an astrologer about the date, and she explained that marriage under a Venus Retrograde period was not considered auspicious.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/what-venus-retrograde-wants-to-teach-us-about-love-october-5-to-november-16/

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MNN: 9 peculiar facts about praying mantises

If you’re the kind of gardener who hopes to find predatory insects among your plants and flowers, be careful what you wish for when it comes to praying mantises. They eat good bugs as well as bad bugs.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/peculiar-facts-praying-mantises

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EarthSky News: Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? 

We’re coming up on an equinox, a word that means “equal night.” Days and nights are nearly equal across the globe now. Nearly, but not quite. Here’s why.

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/why-arent-day-and-night-equal-on-the-day-of-the-equinox

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Patheos-Pagan: Review: Protection Spells By Arin Murphy-Hiscock

A large part of this book is concentrated on spells for children and young folk. There are spells here for general fears, anti-bullying, and also nightmares, things that can plague folks of any age, but are particularly troubling for youth. There are also simple ways to both ground and center yourself which can be helpful for anyone. A large part of protection magic is designed to provide comfort and security and that is what this book provides.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2018/09/review-protection-spells-by-arin-murphy-hiscock/

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Inner Journey: THE FIRST STEP TO FORGIVENESS

“To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that require it.”
— Christiane Northrup

To forgive, we do not have to say that whatever happened was okay. In fact, before we can forgive, we need to allow ourselves to really feel the pain of the experience. If we don’t fully acknowledge our hurts, we will continue to carry them subconsciouslyand they will drain our energy.

To forgive, we need to decide that we won’t allow the memories of the event to poison us any longer. We’re ready to heal this wound from the past and open to a fresh new beginning.

The blessing is that when we’re really ready to experience our pain and we open to it, it usually fades away. By honouring our pain, we release it.

“We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it.”
— Kenneth McNoll

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A Note from the Universe

I just met with someone very, very fond of you.

Actually everyone here is very, very fond of you.

Anyway, this friend said to tell you that just because most people are looking for what they think they don’t have, doesn’t mean they don’t have it.

She also said you still look fab in black.

Weird, huh? (I mean the first part…)

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Grain-Free Cheesy Jalapeno Bread

I made these bread for a friend who is on a strict keto diet that’s to help with a certain ailment. The flour that you’d usually find in this bread has been replaced with Parmesan cheese, and you’d almost never know it. For only having 4 ingredients, this bread is chewy, moist, and crazy delicious! You can up the heat factor by adding more jalapeno, but I kept it on a medium-heat level here.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Grain-Free-Cheesy-Jalapeno-Bread.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
September 21, 2018

Solitude

“The secret of solitude is that there is no solitude.”

-Joseph Cook, Conscience (1880)

So the secret is out! When we understand that we can never be “alone” because God is always with us, then we will never be lonely. We will cherish our solitude, and consider it time alone with God.
-Lissa Coffey

 

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The 7 Greatest Strengths of an Introvert
What others might call weakness is an introvert’s greatest strength.

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 September 14, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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A shadow rests upon the fields.
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age,
Its silken tresses netting.
–Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)

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Spiritual Unite: Effective Methods For Healing The Crown Chakra

Crown chakra healing can be achieved by making some changes in your daily routine. This seventh chakra is located at the top of your head and associated with spirituality. The blockage of this chakra is responsible for many adverse physical as well as spiritual conditions. Confusion, tension, drowsiness, headaches, depression, chronic fatigue, and materialism, are few of the many things

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/crown-chakra-healing/

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MBG: Why Mindfulness Can Actually Make You Feel Less Pain

By now, the enormously powerful effects mindfulness can have on your mind and soul are well-documented: A good mindfulness meditation can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and other depressive symptoms, and being mindful can also help you process emotions more clearly, improve your memory and other cognitive functions, and even make sex more enjoyable.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-mindfulness-can-make-you-feel-less-pain

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Daily Good: Barbara Kingsolver: My Crazy Summer of Squash

Summer is the time of abundant harvest. In this humorous essay on the tribulations of too many zucchini, acclaimed writer, Barbara Kingsolver explains why country people lock their doors and cars and even gates at the end of the summer. { read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2082/my-crazy-summer-of-squash-barbara-kingsolver/

Be The Change

Where in your life do you feel a blessed abundance? Reflect on how you can share your bounty whether material or otherwise with those around you.

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Elephant Journal: Reigniting our Creativity & our Hunger for Life.

Happy is the chef whose labors satisfy and create appetite.
This chef, through an activity that she takes delight in and strives to be creative in, obtains fulfillment when she witnesses her customers with sated faces.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/reigniting-our-creativity-our-hunger-for-life/

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MNN: Watch as a bee covered in honey gets a hand from its fellow bees

We’ve all been told at one point or another that we should help a friend in need. While not every organism on the planet sets a good example, the bees shown in the video above certainly do.

Read more…………….

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EarthSky News: Tonight … Moon closest to Jupiter

The young moon has been waxing larger, and appearing higher each evening in the west after sunset. The very bright object near it Thursday evening is Jupiter

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-antares-september-13-to-15

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Patheos-Pagan: The Witch and the Wild Rose

The Wild Rose’s botanical name is “species rose”, which in essence is a species that develops naturally with no help from man. A true flower of the wild, which is one of the many reasons I adore these magickal hedges. Originating mostly from Europe as well as the Orient, roses have been cultivated for over 5000 years.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchofthewoodwithravenwood/2018/07/the-witch-and-the-wild-rose/

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Inner Journey: 

LIFE COMES WITH PROBLEMS

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Life always brings problems. We really can’t live without them.

And so it helps to shift our perspective. We can stop trying to avoid the problems. We can stop feeling victimized by what’s happening. Instead, we can consciously work with the challenge of the moment to learn more about ourselves and the world. When we make this shift in attitude, we discover ourselves to be strong and powerful.

“Every lesson is a widening and deepening of consciousness. It is a stretching of the mind beyond its conceptual limits and a stretching of the heart beyond its emotional boundaries. It is a bringing of unconscious material into consciousness, a healing of past wounds, and a discovery of new faith and trust.”
— Paul Ferrini

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

If you can dream it, we can do it.

Notice the “you” and “we” bits, and where they apply?

Go!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn squash pairs nicely with spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg to make this warm and comforting soup.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spicy-Acorn-Squash-Soup.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
September 14, 2018

Awareness
“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”

-Adrienne Rich

Our spiritual pursuits open up our awareness to everything – and sometimes that can be difficult when emotions come to the surface, and stress bubbles up and away. When we know that this is all temporary, and a part of the process, we can observe its happening without allowing it to get us caught up in the drama of it all. We can focus on the big picture – we can see what is truly important, truly real. It is exhilarating, and liberating!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Things to Do When Haters Tell You “You Can’t”
Haters are inevitable, but it’s how you handle them that makes the difference.

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 September 7, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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September fattens on vines. Roses
flake from the wall. The smoke
of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.

This is plenty. This is more than enough.

–Geoffrey Hill (1932–2016)

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Spiritual Unite: How Does Your Consciousness Make Everything Real?

Does reality exist without us? Physicists have found it maddeningly difficult to write the observer out of quantum theory. Now some are contemplating a mind-boggling alternative: that a coherent description of reality, with all its quantum quirks, can arise from nothing more than random subjective experiences. It looks like the “perspective of a madman”, says the author of this bold

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/how-does-your-consciousness-make-everything-real/

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MBG: Well Read: The 5 Books You Won’t Be Able To Put Down This September

Reading is undeniably a key wellness practice—and one that many of us have ignored for far too long. It’s proven to build empathy, reduce stress, and even lessen sugar cravings (yes, really!). With that in mind, we’re excited to share Well Read, a column that curates the absolute best fiction and narrative nonfiction picks of the month.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/best-books-september-2018

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Elephant Journal: Dear Self: 6 Letters to Help us Tap into our Highest Good.

My mindfulness teacher would always tell our class that we all have the teachings within us that we need to be happy.
She would often guide us through meditations and ask us to go within and find that part of us that is tender and vulnerable—the part that we’re always trying to protect by building up walls and retreating from the world.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/dear-self-6-letters-to-help-us-tap-into-our-highest-good/

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KarmaTube: Ms. Liz’s Allies

“Why might you choose to step in?” This is one question that fourth graders in Elizabeth Kleinrock’s class are asked as they learn terms like “ally,” “advocate,” and “bystander” and consider them in various historical, social, and cultural contexts. If the complexity of our world, its problems, pains, and difficult questions can feel overwhelming at times, a look inside this classroom goes to show that with the right tools, a little bit of time, and a lot of space for self-expression, our world’s younger generations promise much hope as stewards of humanity.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8195

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MNN: Man creates ‘water you can eat’ to help his grandma stay hydrated

When Lewis Hornby was in college in London, his grandmother, Pat, was rushed to the hospital after her health rapidly declined. Family flew in, expecting the worst, but she quickly rebounded after 24 hours on IV fluids. His grandmother had deteriorated because of dehydration, a common problem for people with dementia.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/man-creates-water-you-can-eat-help-his-grandma-stay-hydrated

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EarthSky News: Hear the sounds of the sun

SOHO – Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – has been capturing the dynamic movement of the sun’s atmosphere for over 20 years. Now this data has been sonified – turned into sound – letting us hear the sun’s movement — all of its waves, loops and eruptions.

Read more…………………….

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Patheos-Pagan: Being Outed As A Pagan With ‘Blessed Be’

Last week, I was outed as a pagan in front of complete strangers. What made it worse was that the person used the words ‘blessed be’ to greet me. I was taken aback and confused, to say the least.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2018/09/when-a-non-pagan-says-blessed-be/

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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

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

How about next time you go to work, the mall, or a labyrinth, you glide, slide, and twirl a bit? Wink, smile, and wave? Dip, bend, and high-five? Strut, saunter, and beam?

Just a bit?

Teeny, tiny?

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
September 7, 2018

Leadership

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

-Mother Teresa

Now is the time for us to take initiative. We could wait forever for someone to tell us what to do – or we could just go out and do what we know needs to be done! We are each the leaders of our own lives. We decide. We choose.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Life

 

You only get so many days on earth, and everyone wants to make those days count. You want to spend your life feeling happy and believe your time on earth really means something. You want your life to be both joyful and meaningful. You want to believe that the world will miss you when you are gone, and you want to enjoy each day that you are here. So, how do you go about creating a life that keeps you, and those around you, smiling?
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-life.aspx#vu5sp7KFgzooOcZl.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 August 31, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 31, 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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BESIDE the country road with truant grace
Wild carrot lifts its circles of white lace.
From vines whose interwoven branches drape
The old stone walls, come pungent scents of grape.
–Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929)

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Spiritual Unite: 4 Reasons Why Souls Get Attracted To Each Other

While a person’s outward appearance makes them attract people, it’s not the whole thing when it comes to magnetism. Magnetism or the attraction between two people does not follow a certain rule. The reason behind the attraction is rooted in the subconscious mind where we fail to describe into words what makes us get attracted to other souls.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/4-reasons-souls-get-attracted/

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Daily Good: Burning Insight

Dr. Jay Bansal lost his home in the Tubbs fire last year in California. He reflects: “Fire is a powerful and destructive force, as well as a potentially purifying and healing force in just about all spiritual traditions. It is up to each person whether to treat fire’s destruction as a tragic loss or as an opportunity for transformation and healing. In the fire’s aftermath, I saw up close examples of both: people mourning and nearly broken apart by the loss of all their material possessions, and people humbled and broken open by the opportunity to purify and lighten.” Bansal shares more in this insightful article. { read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/2018/08/31/burning-insight/

Be The Change

Reflect on a destructive event in your life. Can you think of any benefits or insights you gained from the experience?

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Elephant Journal: In order to find our “Tribe,” we must first Lower our Shields

Community: a simple word.
A word that conjures a feeling of friendship, connection, and loyalty.
But in these fast-paced times, and with quick access to everyone and everything, it can be hard to find someplace we feel connected.

It took a long time, but I learned that the key to developing these tight-knit networks is simple: be vulnerable and open. Meet not only the activities we participate in, but also each other with an open mind and open heart.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/in-order-to-find-our-tribe-we-must-first-lower-our-shields/

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MNN: Winter is coming and it’s going to be awful, warns Farmers’ Almanac

Hot on the heels of the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting a “warm and wet” winter for much of the United States, the completely different, but confusingly similarly-named Farmers’ Almanac is warning Americans to dig in and prepare for the opposite.

That’s right folks, we’ve got ourselves a good old-fashioned battle of the almanacs!

Read more………………

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EarthSky News: Great Square of Pegasus points to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, look for the nearest large spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. It’s becoming well placed for evening viewing from Northern Hemisphere locations. The Great Square of Pegasus is a great jumping off point for finding the famous Andromeda galaxy, also known to astronomers as Messier 31.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/andromeda-galaxy-visible-again-each-evening

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Patheos-Pagan: Connecting with the Familiar Spirit

Spirits of a Familiar Nature
What is a familiar spirit? Modern Paganism often concerns itself with the gods and goddesses of ancient pantheons. The deities of Ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt; Celtic deities and the divinities of the Norse and Germanic traditions, to name just a few. Many practitioners of Modern Paganism and some Wiccan traditions connect with specific pantheons and individual deities, often acting as devotees to that specific tradition.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/poisonersapothecary/2018/08/30/connecting-with-the-familiar-spirit/

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Inner Journey: 

SPACE TO EXPLORE

“No one can find his work, what he really wants to put all of himself into, when everything he does he is made to do by others. This kind of searching must be done freely or not at all.”
— John Holt

We all need space — free from demands, deadlines, expectations and judgments — to explore who we are and what life is all about. Free time, with absolutely no agenda, is rich with potential. How can we grow if we have no space and freedom to dream?

“Deny children — or anyone else — the chance to do ‘nothing,’ and we may be denying them the chance to do ‘something’ — to find and do any work that is truly important to themselves or to someone else.”
— John Holt

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

For every physical adventure there’s the possibility of loss. That’s what makes it an adventure.

For every spiritual adventure, there’s only gain. Which totally spoils the adventure, and is why you choose to forget that all physical adventures are really spiritual adventures.

Everything makes you more,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Japanese Style Potstickers (Gyoza)

These potstickers may seem daunting to prepare, but once you make your first batch, you’ll be an automatic-potsticker-making-machine! These are fabulous as appetizers, sides or full meals. I like to serve them at get-togethers, but watch out, they go fast! I’ve included an alternative lettuce wrapped version here, as well as how to make my special dipping sauce

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Japanese-Style-Potstickers-Gyoza.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
August 31,  2018

Reality

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”

-Iris Murdoch

Have you ever been to Disneyworld? It’s a beautiful place – colorful, clean, fun, and full of surprises! And when we’re there, we know that it is all illusion – that it is all there for our enjoyment. We experience the rides as entertainment, even the scary roller-coasters. Yet when we’re in our own “world” we tend to take things so seriously. What would happen if we approached life as our own amusement park? Knowing that one ride takes us for a spin and another shakes us up and another lets us sit back and relax? What a concept! Then we could stop looking for reality all around us and start finding it inside of us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: What Does Your Favorite Number Say About You?
Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. Plato called the study of number symbolism “the highest level of knowledge” and used the practice in his own work. Throughout history the meaning of numbers have played an important role in the life of mankind.

Numbers are used in superstitions, religions and in mythology around the globe. When we study these patterns, many specifics reveal themselves. This can be applied to ourselves, and what the numbers mean to people that love them.

Here is what your favorite number says about your personality.

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/what-does-your-favorite-number-say-about-you.aspx#tSk3prWhsAHPAk7p.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 August 24, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 24,  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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Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun-
burnt meads,
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery
seeds,
And August passeth by.
-Edith Matilda Thomas (1854-1925)

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KarmaTube: Smuggling Hope

What would you think if you heard of two people smuggling 500 pieces of children’s artwork into the Guggenheim, one of the most famous art museums in the world? Would it sound ridiculous? Beautiful? Funny? Like a waste of time? Well, in this fun video, you’ll get to see this happen thanks to Brad and Kristi Montague of the Montague Workshop, a project dedicated to doing things for kids—including smuggling artwork. And though Brad and Kristi succeed, their endeavor bears a surprise message about hope, one that startlingly reminds us that things don’t necessarily have to be the way we think they are.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7642

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Spiritual Unite: Empaths And Relationships: 5 Things To Consider Loving An Empath

Empath’s are people who have personality types that are very unique. The empaths sensory levels are on a constant high alert. They are very sensitive to the vibrations of energy levels around them and are also incredibly intuitive with a high sense of self-awareness.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/empaths-and-relationships-loving-an-empath/

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MBG: How To Create A Sacred Morning, Afternoon, & Bedtime Routine

Falling into a routine doesn’t necessarily sound like the most exciting thing to happen to your life. By definition, the very word “routine” implies the opposite of special, and often, it’s something to break free from, especially when it involves less-than-beneficial habits (gluing ourselves to the couch or blankly scrolling through our phones at bedtime—we’ve all been there!).

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-create-sacred-routines-throughout-the-day

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Elephant Journal: How each Equinox & Solstice teaches us to Honor Ourselves. 

Growing up, I had the privilege of experiencing a childhood where I had the opportunity to connect with and develop a love of nature.
Because of this, I’ve always appreciated Earth and all that she gives us. Being from Northern Ontario, I have experienced not only the extremes of each season, but also the beauty.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/how-each-equinox-solstice-teach-us-to-honor-ourselves/

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MNN: Rest easy, lazy bones: Evolution is on your side

Be as the mollusk — and embrace ‘survival of the sluggish.’

You may not have to get off the couch after all.
In fact, from an evolutionary standpoint, laziness may actually do you good — at least, if you have certain mollusk-like habits.

In a new study of bivalves and gastropods, University of Kansas researchers have found chronic lethargy to be an underrated survival strategy.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/survival-laziest-mollusk-study

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EarthSky News: How to catch Mercury before sunrise

Want to see Mercury? If you do spot it before dawn in the coming two weeks, you’ll be joining an exclusive club. It’s said that only a small fraction of Earth’s population ever knowingly sees our solar system’s innermost planet.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/how-to-catch-mercury-before-sunrise

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Patheos-Pagan: Which Pagan Path Should I Follow? | John Beckett

I wrote a book called The Path of Paganism. The irony is that once you get past the beginner stage, you realize there are many Pagan paths, not just one. Like a lot of people, I started out with Wicca – that didn’t work for me. Eventually I found Druidry, and through Druidry I found the ancestral, devotional, ecstatic, oracular, magical, public, Pagan polytheism I practice today.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2018/08/which-pagan-path-should-i-follow.html

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Inner Journey: 

CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES

“Souls don’t have races or sexes or religions. They are beyond artificial divisions.”
— Brian Weiss

Intolerance of differences always exists in people who don’t know who they are, people who don’t have a strong sense of their own authentic self, the soul within.

Intolerance is rooted in fear.

The basis for having a strong sense of self-esteem is to replace our unconscious idea of basic unworthiness with a conscious knowing of our fundamental inherent goodness. As Matthew Fox argues in Original Blessing, the notion of ‘original sin’ must be replacedwith the truth of ‘original blessing.’

Being in touch with our essential goodness, we can see the essential goodness in others as well.

“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.”
— Paul Ferrini

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The light is getting brighter.

The path is getting clearer.

And you are getting closer.

That’s all I’m saying,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

If you like pickles and have lots of zucchini, you will appreciate this recipe. Please note that this is not for long-term storage, as you are not canning it. I substituted dill weed for the dill seed.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Zucchini-Refrigerator-Pickles-2.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
August 24, 2018

Patience

“Steady, patient, persevering thinking, will generally surmount every obstacle in the search after truth.”

-Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840)

Aren’t we all together in this search for Truth? Our quest for spiritual growth is impressive! And that’s what will get us there – the way that we surmount those obstacles and continue on. We know that we must be patient with our journey, and patient with ourselves. We know that there is no “instant” answer, but that answers unfold before us with wisdom and grace. We know that our patience is rewarded continually as we grow and experience more of who we really are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Tips to Find Your Confidence

Confidence is an assurance that we can make it. It is the uncanny ability to crush the inner fear and draw power when you are on empty. The definition of “confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Oftentimes when we do have the determination to move forward and step out in faith, we do fail. Experiencing the ebbs and flows of life is part of the human experience. To be honest, finding confidence is not easy.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/5-tips-to-find-your-confidence.aspx#LaHtOi80B6FDVD4e.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 August 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 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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Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry!
–George Meredith (1828–1909)

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Spiritual Unite: 13 Lightworker Awakening Symptoms

Did you know there is a massive conscious awakening happening on our planet right now? Well, you probably already know that, because things never felt right for you.
Throughout your childhood you knew you were different, you tried your hardest to adapt to everyone including your family and friends. There was something inside you that made you feel this was not the way.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/13-lightworker-awakening-symptoms/

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Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens. And response is something we can choose. – Maureen Killoran

Daily Good: 4 Ways to Train Your Brain to Feel Better

It might be difficult to think that stress could be an opportunity, but Laurel Mellin, Ph.D. believes that it can encourage us to pause long enough to change how we think. Mellin is the founder of EBT, Inc. (Emotional Brain Training) an educational organization that provides certification and brain training to health professionals and the public. With stress as the number one epidemic worldwide, Mellin and her colleagues have developed four brain-based techniques that anyone can use. . { read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2074/4-ways-to-train-your-brain-to-feel-better-laurel-mellin/

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Elephant Journal: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died at 76. Here are her 10 most Inspiring Quotes.

She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and died at her home in Detroit in the morning hours of Thursday, August 16th. She was surrounded by her family.
In memory of one of the greatest musicians of our time, here are the 10 best quotes from the Queen of Soul:

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/aretha-franklin-the-queen-of-soul-has-died-at-76-here-are-her-10-most-inspiring-quotes/

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MNN: Add another strange property to the list of silver’s bizarre traits

In folklore, silver can stop creatures like werewolves and vampires in their tracks, but this element’s real-life properties might be even stranger than fiction. Silver has antimicrobial powers, is the shiniest element, and is the best electric conductor on the Periodic Table.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/add-another-strange-property-list-silvers-bizarre-traits

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EarthSky News: Moon near Jupiter, plus a Venus milestone

On August 17, 2018, a glance up into the evening sky will show you a bright planet near the moon. That planet is Jupiter, biggest world in our solar system by far (more massive than all the other planets combined). The moon is now in the process of passing all four planets in the evening sky, starting with Venus earlier this week.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-hits-milestone-on-august-17

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Patheos-Pagan: Toxic Positivity Culture: Why Pagans, Polytheists, & Occultists Should Guard Against It

“You attract what you are.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”
I’ve seen a variety of these sorts of phrases. They’re typically found in the New Age and LoA (Law of Attraction) communities, but it’s not unusual for pagans, polytheists, and occultists to fall under the trap of this type of thinking. A lot of this tends to stem from the notion that intent is everything (or at the very least the main thing) which you need in magic, therefore if you “just think positively” your magic won’t fail.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/08/toxic-positivity-culture/

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Inner Journey: 

HEAL THE PAST

“What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.”
— Gospel of Thomas

We can transform painful memories by re-imagining them from the soul’s perspective of love and meaning.

Andrew Schneider says that all experiences have the purpose of serving the soul. An experience in the past blocked us because our fear at the time distorted our perception of what happened. To transform this limiting experience, we must bring what was thenunconscious into the soul’s realm through consciousness.

We can do this by following these steps:
1.RECALL the past experience that might inhibit us.
2.OWN the experience (no judgment, blame, etc.).
3.TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it and the consequences (i.e., the experience was determined by my subjective perception of what occurred, dictated by my lack of wholeness — specifically my fears).
4.GIVE IT MEANING (the soul was attempting to gain some kind of mastery or skill, but we didn’t know that at the time).
5.RE-IMAGINE it from the perspective of soul consciousness (showing its higher purpose).

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way — in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limitedto the old.”
— Stephen Levine

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

An earth changing idea, the clutch comeback, or the deal of a lifetime. Finding the frog before he turns into a prince, Cinderella only days before the ball, or getting in on a ground floor opportunity, at the ground floor.

These are the result of:

A. Astute observations, keen intellects, and lengthy preparations?

OR

B. Someone starting an adventure with a desired-end clearly in mind, enabling me to work “backwards” from the vision impressed upon the unseen, to the facts and circumstances of their life today; pushing and squeezing, nipping and tucking, deducing and maneuvering all of their evolving circumstances so that everything is tied together in a series of accidents, coincidences, and surprises that appear so uncanny, people everywhere are utterly stupefied by their luck?

(Wink. Wink. Rhymes with “me”).

A+

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cream of Overgrown Zucchini Soup

If you have reached the stage where neighbours are leaving zucchini on your porch or if a few have grown too large to grill, it’s time for this creamy and delicious soup. It is simple and you can return to it again and again. These days I encourage a few larger fruits to form just so I can make it!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cream-of-Overgrown-Zucchini-Soup.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
August 17, 2018

Success

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.”

-Corita Kent

Present-moment awareness. Being awake and aware and alive to the beauty and abundance in and around us at all times. Wow. How could that be anything less than success?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Life’s Cycles made better with Archangel Haniel

Life’s cycles teach us that things never remain the same for long and Archangel Haniel is the perfect archangel to work with during those cycles. Everything has its perfect time, its right moment and divine timing is sometimes difficult for us humans to understand. Archangel Haniel can help us with balance, life’s cycles, and honouring our magic. Tune into the moon’s magic today with Archangel Haniel helping to light the way.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/angelguidance/2018/08/life-cycles-archangel-haniel.html#l0bqyCXaIPVHQJBI.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 August 10, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 10, 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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Buttercup nodded and said good-bye,
Clover and daisy went off together,
But the fragrant water lilies lie
Yet moored in the golden August weather.
–Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Simple Ways To Create Good Karma

Karma is the gift that keeps on giving and especially to those who like to be negative compared to others who like remain positive. It’s a pretty universal understanding that whatever kind of energy you put out into the universe is destined to come back to you tenfold.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/5-simple-ways-to-create-good-karma/

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MBG: Your Favorite Summertime Sound May Be Disappearing (Thanks, Global Warming)

Fun fact: The sound of chirping crickets is actually male crickets rubbing their back legs together in order to entice nearby females. A not-so-fun fact? This soundtrack of summer could be disappearing, thanks to human activity and climate change.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-are-crickets-disappearing-dying

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Herbal Muse: Spearmint Enhances Brain Function & Memory

Spearmint has been valued for centuries for its antibacterial, antispasmodic and antioxidant qualities. Now scientists are examining the activity of phenolic compounds in the herb that show the ability to promote the generation of new brain cells in the hippocampus area of the brain as well as protect existing cells.

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2018/08/05/Spearmint-Enhances-Brain-Function-and-Memory

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Elephant Journal: Reclaiming the Fierce Feminine for Ourselves, our Men & our World

What would our world look like if we had a Disney fairy-tale reversal?
What if Cinderella rode in on a horse, dirty, sweaty, and ambitious, searching for a prince who would fit into the perfect-fitting glass loafers?

What if Snow White, in all her red-lipped, porcelain-skinned glory, spent her whole life waiting to resurrect her mystery man with a heroic, gentle kiss?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/08/reclaiming-the-fierce-feminine-for-ourselves-our-men-our-world/

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MNN: This all-women anti-poaching team is changing the face of animal conservation in Zimbabwe

If we’re going to save endangered species living in wildlife reserves in Africa, we humans need to do a better job of protecting them from other humans.

Anti-poaching squads already work hard to fend off people who want to kill elephants for trophies, dubious medical treatments or meat. Now, the focus is on encouraging them to work smarter. One way to to do that is to bring women into this previously all-male world. There are now two all-women anti-poaching squads (the first were the Black Mambas in South Africa) and early data shows they are saving more animals.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/all-women-anti-poaching-group-saving-more-animals

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EarthSky News: Top 10 tips for watching 2018’s Perseid meteors

Another event for this weekend! The Perseid meteor shower will be at its best. People are reporting meteors already. Here’s how to watch.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/perseid-shower-best-between-midnight-and-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: The Time I Accidentally Manifested a Kitten

You know the expression “it must be something in the water?” That phrase usually follows the observation that everyone around you is pregnant or giving birth, babies everywhere. Human babies really don’t show up on my radar, but the saying has felt applicable to kittens these last few months. Like everyone on my feed has been getting kittens, somehow, somewhere.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2018/08/the-time-i-accidentally-manifested-a-kitten.html

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Inner Journey: 

NATURAL VIBRATIONS

“I sing the body electric.”
— Walt Whitman

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

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

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

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

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s being alive that makes you rich.

So easy to forget,

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
August 10, 2018

Soul

“The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals.”

-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Our spiritual growth is such a beautiful thing. We bloom into ourselves and extend loveliness and sweetness out into the world. Like the lotus, we become more soft and gentle as we unfold into more of who we are- and we also become more “layered” in our experiences and challenges

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Reclaim Your Sanity
Go from scattered to sane.

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. We are enslaved to stress and chaos. Do we have anyone else to blame? Nope, nada and zip.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-ways-to-reclaim-your-sanity.aspx#AOYJ2JSMtJSzOQZd.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/