Cat’s Morning Bits for July 9, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 9, 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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Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Meaning Of Peacock Feather – Physical And Spiritual

The meaning of the peacock feather holds important symbolism for many cultures across the globe.
From the shamans of tribal cultures to Buddhists in the east, peacock feathers have formed an essential part of ritual and belief for much of history.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/meaning-of-peacock-feather/

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ThoughtCo: Make Your Own Besom

The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. In addition to being good for playing Quidditch, the besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools.

https://www.learnreligions.com/make-your-own-besom-2562738

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Here’s What The Stars Have In Store For You

On Tuesday, a Saturn transit will bring some structure to all spontaneity.
With Cancer season in full swing, it’s been easy to indulge in life’s comforts, refreshing your glass (and everyone at the table’s) with another pour of “frosé”; nibbling on whatever’s in the fridge. Nothing wrong with that! But when these mindless diversions start turning into habits, you might be numbing out. Tuesday, July 9 could snap you back to awareness, when disciplinarian Saturn in Capricorn opposes the Cancer Sun.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins-july-11-to-14-2019

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Did you know…

Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments, including gout.

http://www.pickyourown.org/blackberries.htm

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Elephant Journal: A Manifesto for those who are Done with Love, Light & Positive Vibes Only.

I don’t believe in “positive vibes only.”
I don’t believe in only “love and light.”

Show me your darkness instead.
Terrify me. Surprise me. I want to see the real you beneath your sparkling smiles that don’t last for long.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/a-manifesto-for-those-who-are-done-with-love-light-positive-vibes-only-ilda-dashi/

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

If you’ve been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward.

astrology.com

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Tetraktys: Lughnasadh Gratitude Ritual: A Bread & Beer Celebration

Hello readers! This week, I am writing about the pagan holiday of Lughnasadh (pronounced Lunasah), which is celebrated on August 1st. First, I will explain the origins of Lughnasadh, then I will share with you a simple gratitude ritual that you can perform on your own to celebrate it. So let’s get started!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/lughnasadh-gratitude-ritual/

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on July 8 and 9

On July 8 and 9, 2019 – as the setting sun closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns – let the moon introduce you to a special star. The bright star to the east of the moon on July 8 is none other than Spica, the sole 1st-magnitude star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-july-8-and-9

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Patheos-Pagan: Magickal Fatigue: When You Need Inspiration

There comes a time every year when you are just worn down, worn out, and tired. Exhausted, fed up, tired of people, tired of the day-to-day drudge. Maybe it happens more than once a year. Maybe you save it for special occasions. You have what can be termed Magickal Fatigue, and what you need is inspiration, oomph, motivation, just something.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/07/magickal-fatigue-when-you-need-inspiration/

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Today’s Deity: Astarte

Astarte, also spelled Athtart or Ashtart, great goddess of the ancient Middle East and chief deity of Tyre, Sidon, and Elat, important Mediterranean seaports. Hebrew scholars now feel that the goddess Ashtoreth mentioned so often in the Bible is a deliberate conflation of the Greek name Astarte and the Hebrew word boshet, “shame,” indicating the Hebrews’ contempt for her cult. Ashtaroth, the plural form of the goddess’s name in Hebrew, became a general term denoting goddesses and paganism.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Astarte-ancient-deity

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Inner Journey:

FINDING CONTENTMENT

“When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil which yields my food. I share creation. Kings can do no more.”
— Chinese proverb

Do you sense the peace and contentment that can come from an appreciation of one’s place in the cosmos?

How do we get there with the complexities and pressures of our current lifestyles? Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming aware of what we truly have as opposed to what our egos believe we need. If we look closely, we may find that our ego ‘needs’ are just desires.

When you find yourself longing for something, stop and ask, “What is missing from my life? Is it a need? What are the essential qualities of what I seek? How can I experience that now?”

“If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.”
— John Bunyan

“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell.”
— Bill Copeland

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The main reason someone moves mountains, wins friends, influences people, amasses a fortune, or anything else is because they thought they would.
You can do this,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Tex-Mex Spiced Lentils

I am trying to eat less meat. Lentils are a healthy and economical way to do that. These are quick and easy to prepare and are delicious. You can freeze if desired.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Tex-Mex-Spiced-Lentils.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
July 9, 2019

Uncertainty

“Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope, and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”
-John F. Kennedy

Isn’t this uncertainty such a great concept? It sure helps us out when we make a mistake! We can change things, make them better. Nothing is set in stone, that’s just the way it is – life is fluid, moving, changeable – and that is good for us. There is great potential in uncertainty- it means that ANYTHING, and everything is possible.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: High Anxiety: Conquer Your Fear
On this earth, you’ll never run out of things to worry about, but when you adjust the way you worry, you don’t have to scrabble through life. Here are several coping strategies for overcoming…
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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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Good morrow, Benedick. Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

-Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Spirit Library: Your Creations: Macro to Micro

You wish others would tell you how to live your life.

Ah, such a statement makes you angry for you are seemingly uninterested in anyone informing you who you should be.

Yet, in your dream creations, you run hither and yon accepting this and that advice. You do so because you do not believe creation can be as easy as having fun. So it is you have not yet fully claimed your being.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/your-creations-macro-to-micro

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MBG: How Pisces Season Can Help You Feel & Heal

The Sun visits a new zodiac sign every 30 days or so. During each “season,” everyone feels the influence of the prevailing astrological energy. Here are six ways to hone your healing gifts while the zodiac’s deep-diving fish directs attention to what lies beneath, straight from the AstroTwins.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/pisces-season-2019

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Daily Good: 13 Ways of Looking at Community

“Community cannot take root in a divided life. Long before community assumes external shape and form, it must be present as seed in the undivided self: only as we are in communion with ourselves can we find community with others. Community is an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace, the flowing of personal identity and integrity into the world of relationships.” Parker Palmer shares more in this beautiful essay.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2234/13-ways-of-looking-at-community-with-a-fourteenth-thrown-in-for-free-parker-j-palmer/

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MNN: How Denmark’s ‘pyt’ might help you fight stress
When faced with frustrations beyond their control, people in Denmark often utter this simple word to help them move on.

Denmark consistently scores high in global happiness rankings, and in hopes of cracking the Danes’ secret, many people around the world have focused on the hard-to-define word hygge (pronounced “HYU-gah”).

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/denmark-pyt-help-deal-stress

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn during these months of the year. The light appears when the evening twilight has left the sky (about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset)

https://earthsky.org/tonight/zodiacal-light-is-glowing-pyramid-in-west-after-dark

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Patheos-Pagan: Discover Your Endless Inner World

The world’s best Patheos Pagan Channel Editor has reminded me that, since my book is done-done-done and sent to Llewellyn, that maybe I should get back on this horse. Actually, he didn’t say that, exactly, but that’s what I got out of his nice note. ♥
So, I’m going for the low-hanging fruit with this first post in a veeerrrrry long time: an excerpt from my book. This is the opening of Chapter 1: A

Worthy Endeavor.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dirtheartwitch/2017/01/1274/

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Inner Journey:

LEARN TO LET GO

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
— Lao Tzu

How do we take something away? As we cultivate higher awareness, we begin to see just how much we have added things that really aren’t there to our picture of reality. Our beliefs, concepts and emotions all add layers of meaning to physical reality, but that meaning exists for us only – it has no objective existence. For example, the word ‘mother’ has a complicated network of meaning for each of us.

Become aware of how your beliefs and emotions colour your perception of different events in your life. See if you can begin to step out of your fabrications to experience the truth and spaciousness of what is.

“When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. … Forgive yourself and move on.”
— Bernie S. Siegel

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The thing about making it big and doing it fast is that invariably the first steps will be small and slow.

Which oddly, for too many, is reason not to take them.

You know better, huh?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

This ginger butternut squash soup is the perfect soothing soup for a cold winter day. I had leftover roasted butternut squash and decided to try adding ginger which made this soup really pop.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Ginger-Butternut-Squash-Soup.html

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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
February 21, 2019

Giving

“When I give I give myself.”

-Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Most of us have too much “stuff.” We could probably give half of it away and not even notice. It doesn’t “mean” anything to us. Giving isn’t necessarily just distributing stuff into another person’s hands. The best gifts are thoughtful and heart-felt. The best gifts are personal, given with the receiver’s needs and wants in mind. The best way to give is to give of ourselves.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Suggestions for Cultivating Self-Love
Self-love can seem unattainable. It might be because, in part, self-love sounds abstract and ambiguous. To be clear, self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how 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/