Cat’s Morning Bits for October 31, 2019 “Samhain Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 31, 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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“Perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows, they cast the same spell of protection over the household. (The American pumpkin seems to have forever superseded the European gourd as the jack-o-lantern of choice.) Bobbing for apples may well represent the remnants of a Pagan ‘baptism’ rite called a ‘seining’, according to some writers. The water-filled tub is a latter-day Cauldron of Regeneration, into which the novice’s head is immersed. The fact that the participant in this folk game was usually blindfolded with hands tied behind the back also puts one in mind of a traditional Craft initiation ceremony.”
– Mike Nichols, All Hallow’s Eve

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Irish Central: Ancient Irish myths that invoke the spirit of Samhain

Ancient Irish myths and legends will get you in the Halloween and Samhain spirit.
Samhain is the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it and its because of these Irish roots that we have plenty of Halloween-worthy Irish legends and myths.
The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Samhain Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Samhain falls on October 31 in the northern hemisphere, and six months earlier if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Samhain, the witches’ new year, and seven plants that often correspond with the season.

Read more…….

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MBG: 2 Tarot Spreads That Are Just Spooky Enough For Halloween

Halloween wasn’t always all about cutting holes in pumpkins and donning cat ears. The holiday we celebrate today is adapted from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. According to Celtic tradition, November 1 marks the official descent into winter, and the night before is a time when the dead visit us here on Earth.

Read more…..

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Pagan Library: Halloween Chant

This chant can be outdoors around a bonfire or inside around an extra largealtar candle.
Fire red, summer’s dead,
Yet shall it return.
Clear and bright in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!

Read more…

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Elephant Journal: A Sacred Shedding Skins Ritual for the Witch’s New Year & Halloween.

This year, October 31 marks not only the pagan high festival of Samhain, but witnesses Mercury’s stationing retrograde.
There is a synchronicity in this, as our most sensitive emotions are dredged up and we are forced into grounding or else!

Read more…..

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Tetraktys: A Simple Samhain Ritual for Modern Witches

Hello witches! This week, I am sharing with you a Samhain ritual that I created last year for my coven. This ritual is so simple that it can be performed in solitary as well. I hope that it will inspire you for your own Samhain ritual!

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon goes by Jupiter on Halloween

On October 30 and 31, 2019, watch for two brilliant luminaries – the crescent moon and the dazzling planet Jupiter – to pop out in close vicinity of one another as dusk deepens into nightfall. Given clear skies, you should have no trouble seeing either world, because the moon and Jupiter rank as the 2nd-brightest and 4th-brightest celestial luminaries, respectively. By early November, a larger crescent moon will leave king planet Jupiter behind to join up with the ringed planet Saturn.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: A Samhain Spell: Protection From Unwanted Spirits

With the coming of Samhain, the veil between worlds thins. It’s long been believed that on this night the spirits of the dead roam freely among the living. As such, we often welcome the spirits of our beloved ancestors to come visit our homes.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2019/10/samhain-protection-unwanted-spirits/

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW AND RECOMMIT

“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
— A. A. Milne

“Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.”
— Chuck Knox

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A Note from the Universe

The way you know you’ll receive 7 times what you give or in some cases 4,900 times what you give, is that the giving gives you true joy without any thought of even receiving 1 times back.

Nice R.O.I.,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Black & Orange Oatmeal Is The Best Way To Kick Off A Healthy Halloween

We prefer our spooky treats with a side of nourishment here at mbg, and what better way to kick off a festive day than with a bowl of warming, fiber-filled oatmeal? This version is gloriously orange and black and can be layered to make a gorgeous Halloween-colored parfait. Let’s talk about the individual layers and how you get those eye-catching colors, along with plenty of health benefits.

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
October 31, 2019

Vision

“Visionary people are visionary partly because of the very great many things they don’t see.”

Berkeley Rice

Isn’t this so true! Visionary people don’t seem to see obstacles – or at least, they don’t see them as obstacles, maybe just as challenges. I’ve heard so many successful business people say that when going in, they didn’t even know what could go wrong. They were so focused on looking at their vision that all the obstacles were a blur. They were so committed to following through with their vision that they couldn’t even imagine anything stopping them. And they turned something that vision into a reality.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

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

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 21, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 21, 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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The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky.
-William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

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ThoughtCo: Janus, the Two-Faced God

In the mythology of ancient Rome, Janus was the god of new beginnings. He was associated with doors and gates, and the first steps of a journey. The month of January — of course, falling at the beginning of the new year — is believed to be named in his honor, although some scholars say it is in fact named for Juno.

Read more….

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MBG: Scorpio Season Is About To Kick Off With A Powerful New Moon

The week kicks off with a dose of seductive energy.
Subtle signals say it all this Monday, October 21, as seductive Venus in Scorpio gets in a flowing formation with enchanting Neptune in Pisces. Their dynamic dance, which happens twice most years, sends seductive undercurrents through the early part of the week. Tap into this energy with nonverbal cues.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-october-21-27-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: In Pursuit of Silence

In this thought-provoking piece, George Prochnick, author of “In Pursuit of Silence”, calls on us to examine our relationship with the sounds, or their absence, around us. Drawing on the wisdom of Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and others, Prochnick proposes that by shutting ourselves off to the noise of our surroundings, we shut ourselves off to the world, effectively losing our place within it. “At some point the inability to ‘hear oneself think,'” he argues, “becomes the inability to think at all.” Read on to learn more about how we can achieve a greater balance between the variety of naturally-sourced and man-made sounds we encounter and the interludes of stillness and silence that beckon our attention. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: 5 Reasons you Need a Witch in your Life.

“Don’t call yourself a witch!”
I’ve had many friends and family members respond to my social media posts with that phrase.

Women all over the world were killed, raped, and denigrated for being witches. But, that’s not why they are telling me to not call myself a witch.

Read more….

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MNN: Why we should live our lives more like sloths do
‘Life in the Sloth Lane’ embraces a slower, more mindful approach.

Sloths — they’re the adorable, slow-moving mammals that many people have grown to love. These peaceful animals can also teach us a thing or two about how we should live our lives, according to zoologist Lucy Cooke — author of “Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus,” a photo book filled with inspirational quotes about embracing and enjoying life.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Orionid meteors late night until dawn

The Orionid meteor shower will peak early this week, with the best morning likely being Tuesday, October 22. Try watching on the mornings of October 21 and 23, too. In 2019

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Patheos-Pagan: Halloween Fun: Spooky Stories Around Candlelight

From early childhood, I have loved spooky stories, especially when told around candle or firelight. In fact, one of my favorite ghost stories comes from the opening scene of John Carpenter’s film (1980), The Fog. In the scene, a group of children sit around a campfire as a salty old sea captain shares a frightening tale about a wrecked ship off the coast.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

OVERWHELMED?

“Life does not happen to us, it happens from us.”
— Mike Wickett

Are you easily overwhelmed? If so, answer this question in your journal:

While growing up, what did you experience too much of?

Experiencing too much of something leads to feelings of overwhelm. When we’re young, overwhelm can lead us to believe that we are not capable or that we are not good enough. These are power issues.

Awareness of when we are feeling overwhelmed can help us go inside, claim our power and change our experience of any situation.

“When we know that the cause of something is in ourselves, and that we (ourselves) are one of the few things in the universe that we have the right and ability to change, we begin to get a sense of the choices we really do have, an inkling of the power we have, a feeling of being in charge… of our lives, of our future, of our dreams.”
— John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

“Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.”
— John Donne

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A Note from the Universe

Shake the burden that comes from seeing your baby steps, as a necessary discipline.

See them, instead, as optional dance moves, in life’s conga line, that spark miracles, open floodgates, and lead to the near effortless manifestations of beautiful vacation homes.

Day-O!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fluffy Instant Pot Quinoa

Using an instant pot you can make quick work of cooking quinoa. The results are fluffy and delicious.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions, and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White, and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
October 21, 2019

Wonder

“Wonder is music heard in the heart, is voiceless.”

-Rosemary Dobson, 1973

We can’t hear wonder with our ears, or see it with our eyes. It’s something that goes on in our hearts. It’s the process of translating something that might ordinarily seem mundane into something spectacular. It’s recognizing the divine within everything and everyone.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: Judgement

However the day goes, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself by noticing how big a part is played by beauty in your daily existence. There is no such thing as a senseless act of kindness, since it has such power to feed and empower your soul. You can salvage the messiest situation or cheer up the unhappiest person by appreciating the wonders that are all around us.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 30, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 30, 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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All afternoon his tractor pulls a flat wagon
with bales to the barn, then back to the waiting
chopped field. It trails a feather of smoke.

-David Baker (b. 1954)

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Spiritual Unite: False Twin Flame vs True Twin Flame

Before our twin flame enters our life, we meet our false twin flame. The purpose of our false twin flame is to do the final preparations before we are ready to meet our true twin flame. Mostly, it’s a dry run for the real thing.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/false-twin-flame-vs-true-twin-flame/

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MBG: This 3-Minute Acupressure Routine Will Help Clear Your Brain Fog — Stat

Ever felt like you’re moving underwater? Or maybe just your brain is? It can hit you in the middle of the day, after the morning coffee has worn off and your lunch is happily sitting in your stomach—productivity slows and brain fog rolls in.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/this-three-minute-acupressure-routine-to-clear-your-brain-fog

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Did You Know?​​​​​​​

Using Trees for Navigation:

For those who know their tree facts, navigation becomes a much easier task. Moss grows on the shadier side of a tree trunk, so in northern climates, you’ll know the side with the most moss is the north side. And if you find a tree stump, even better. Tree rings do more than reveal a tree’s age − in the northern hemisphere, the growth rings are slightly thicker on the southern side, since this is the part of the tree which receives the most light. In the southern hemisphere, the opposite will be true, so expect moss on the southern side and thicker rings on the northern while in southern climes.

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Tetraktys: Occult Symbols in Witchcraft, Alchemy and Sacred Geometry – What They Actually Mean

Samhain is coming. Our modern-day Halloween, a celebration of all-things spooky based on this old Celtic celebration of Samhain, surely has little to do with its original counterpart (although if you’ve been following my wife’s special newsletter, you now probably know that some traditions have survived the test of time, such as the apple bobbing game).

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/occult-symbols-in-witchcraft-alchemy-and-sacred-geometry-what-they-actually-mean/

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Elephant Journal: This Halloween, Forget Trick-or-Treating—Dance with the Dead Instead.

Halloween—meaning holy evening—has a rich and fascinating history, going back thousands of years.
All Hallows’ Eve has become a modern mishmash of old pagan and younger Christian traditions. In many parts of the world, the festival is also known as Day of the Dead—a fusion of pre-Columbian, African, and Christian observances and rituals, a three-day event that actually just gets started on October 31st.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/10/this-halloween-forget-trick-or-treating-dance-with-the-dead-instead/

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EarthSky News: Halloween ghost of the summer sun

Every Halloween – and a few days before and after – the brilliant star Arcturus, brightest star in Bootes the Herdsman, sets at the same time and on the same spot on the west-northwest horizon as the summer sun. This star rises at the same time and at the same place on the east-northeast horizon as the summer sun. That’s why – every year at this time – you can consider Arcturus as a ghost of the summer sun.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/arcturus-ghost-of-the-summer-sun

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Inner Journey: 

FREE TO CHOOSE

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”
— Sigmund Freud

In his book Nobody’s Victim, Christopher J. McCullough explains, “In order to live your freedom, you must first accept reality. ‘These are the choices, and given those choices, which do I choose?’ Whether the option you select is pleasant or painful does not alter the fact that, given reality, this is your preference.

“To live your freedom, it is helpful to stop and ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’ and then notice whether, given the options, you are choosing what you really want, or whether you want to choose something else…. Sometimes the exercise of freedom involves naming your poison — all choices may lead to outcomes that are in some way painful. But the real pain is that of feeling powerless — denying your freedom.”

“Freedom is man’s capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.”
— Dr. Rollo May

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A Note from the Universe

There’s only one reason I can think of that an infinitely powerful, all-knowing, fun-loving, eternal gladiator of the Universe would ever choose to be born into a little human body, with stub-able toes, adrift in time, immersed in space, cloaked in mystery:

There’d have to be much more to what was going on than mere mortal eyes could behold, and it would have to be really, really, really, really, really beautiful.

And it so is.

You’ll “see,”

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mozambique Peri Peri Chicken

This spicy citrus-toned chicken is a favourite in South African regions, but derived from the Portuguese. I had some at a Mozambique restaurant many moons ago and missed it so much, I had to learn how to make it. Any kind of side dish goes well with this: rice, potatoes, bread, you name it.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Mozambique-Peri-Peri-Chicken.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
October 30, 2018

Self-Knowledge

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.” -Lao-tzu

There are so many things to learn in this life. We spend years in school studying algebra and history, science and literature. All of this is fascinating, and helps us to grow. And yet, when you know yourself, you know everything. It all becomes so simple. We can see the connections, we can feel the balance of it all. Garner wisdom from books and teachings, and also, look within.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Ways to Neutralize Negative Karma
Karma is a complex and often misunderstood concept. In basic terms karma is the law of cause and effect.

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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/