Essential Pieces: Cat’s Angel Message for December 10, 2021

Essential Pieces: Cat’s Angel Message for December 10, 2021

December’s Theme: It’s time to replace the old and outdated and welcome new opportunities and blessings. This is the season to receive the good things the Universe has in store!

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Life is like a scavenger hunt. Each found treasure brings us closer to our goals. ~Cat

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Today’s Message: Essential Pieces

1210: Today the Universe is asking us to pay attention and get ready to receive some needed divine inspiration and guidance. The key is to stay positive about the messages that you receive. Some will be useful now while others require us to be patient as they will be helpful in the near future. Doing your best to stay focused and centered will help keep the lines of communication open and flowing. Remember that these messages can take the form of thoughts, ideas, or even visual clues and that each tidbit of information is an essential piece of the puzzle from which we create our lives. So use this information wisely and weed out old habits and replace them with new ones. The time has come to ease out of your comfort zone and leave complacency behind. be bold and embrace the creator that you are meant to be.

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Sandalphon hears all requests and makes sure that they get to the Angel or Ascended Master who is best able to handle them. Ask him to help you clearly understand the information that you receive (his favorite mode of communication is music!). Sandalphon also provides us with an emotional boost of courage. This is important as it helps us to make bold decisions that will help us on our path.

Ascended Master Melchizedek helps keep our energy balanced and flowing. This is essential for using our gifts and understanding the information we receive. He can also help to diffuse unpleasant situations that can arise as we go through change and transformation. Since he helps us heal through color, pay attention to the colors that draw us or feel relevant

The Greek goddess Persephone teaches us how to balance between light and dark and the importance of searching the shadows for what is lost or forgotten. Persephone tells us  “Don’t be afraid to unearth what lies beneath or has been hidden. By shedding light in dark or weedy places you often find treasures that you had forgotten or set aside. These treasures can form the foundations that you need to navigate your path in life.”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Black Banded Agate helps us start new things, embrace new beginnings and projects. It promotes the creativity needed to make things happen. The patterns in this stone invite inspiration and creative flow!

Mookite, a form of Jasper that comes in many creamy color combinations, promotes decision-making and versatility. These things are important when we are faced with new experiences and find ourselves faced with the need to take action. It encourages us to be flexible during times of change and helps us to embrace new experiences with an open sense of adventure.

Tangerine Quartz helps to increase our receptivity to Divine inspiration while it stimulates the mind and enhances overall creativity. It fills us with hope and joy as it restores our feelings of self worth.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Let Information Come To You: Cat’s Angel Message for October 1, 2021

Let Information Come To You: Cat’s Angel Message for October 1, 2021

October’s Theme: Information, Divine guidance, Aha! moments and messages. Thoughts, ideas, and insights. These messages are important for us personally, emotionally and spiritually so work on staying open  to the information that you receive.

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Communication opens the doors to new experiences which assist us on our path. ~Cat

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Today’s Message: Let Information Come To You

101: As we start the new month take some time to clear and center yourself as we will be focusing on the receiving of divine inspiration and information. Divine guidance comes from many sources ( Goddess/Sacred Feminine, God, Angels or Ascended Masters.), and comes in many forms that you see, hear, feel or even touch. Our creative energy will also play a big part in what we do this month. The Universe is not only powerful but creative as well so be ready for new and inspiring thoughts and ideas to help you along your path. Remember, don’t try and force things to happen because the best creative things happen naturally. Hold peaceful thoughts for yourself and others and allow creative solutions and ideas to help you today!

 As you clear and center connect to your image of the Divine Source. Extend gratitude for what you have and the good things coming your way. Ask for what you need today. (peace, healing, energy, protection, etc.) Commit yourself to being open to receiving and allow yourself to see the world with fresh eyes.

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Uriel teaches us how to access our creative database. He reminds us that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to use a non-conventional approach. He gives us essential information that we need when we need it. This assists us during the manifestation process by enhancing our problem solving skills so that we can make the decisions that are best for our current situations.

The Ascended Master Yogananda teaches us how to open the channels of divine communication and promotes feelings of divine love and teaches us about peace and how to share it. He can offer assistance in all things including your spiritual path.

The Egyptian goddess Isis reminds us that growth requires patience and that change and growth are an ongoing part of life. “Be grateful for the baby steps that move you along your path, for they are milestones on your inner journey. Celebrate these steps and appreciate every kindness shown as they are all part of a grand celebration!

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Azurite-Malachite. This combination of deep blue and green works with the Third Eye and Heart Chakras, which are essential to receiving divine guidance. It also promotes our individuality and the ability to be flexible in our thinking.

Beryl teaches us how to fulfill our true potential. It helps us to see both sides of a situation, opportunity or problem and promotes strategic planning so that we can use it to our best advantage.

Yellow Jasper helps to provide clarity on both mental and emotional levels. It starts us off in a positive direction while helping us to find realistic and workable solutions that help us to attain our goals

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 15, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 15, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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July Events

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian calendar. The month of July was previously called Quintilis in Latin as it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar. The name of the month was changed to July in honor of Julius Caesar during the Julian calendar reform.
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July 4 Independence Day

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 9 New Moon at 6:16 pm PST/ 7:16 pm MST/ 9:16 pm EST

July 23 Full Blessing Moon at 7:36 pm PST/ 8:36 pm MST/ 10:36 pm EST


Spirit Library: External World is a Reflection of Your Inner World (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Right now Venus and Mars are visible in the evening sky together bringing together the feminine and the masculine. As a result, we are challenged to find a balance between these two forces both internally and externally. We are urged to find greater equilibrium between our intuition and the actions we take. All choices, decisions and actions need be aligned with our soul and reflective of the wisdom we have gained thus far.

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine- July 13, 2021

Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca
by Susun Weed

Herb by herb–from yarrow to wormwood, from poke to comfrey–we are making our way through my first aid kit: that little bag of remedies I never leave home without. I keep the same first aid kit handy at home and in the barn, too.

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL MEANING OF SHOOTING STAR
The beauty of the night sky filled with stars is incomparable.

Our light filled cities have made us nearly impossible to enjoy the shining diamonds in the sky, but with luck, we somehow get the chance to skip the city and adore this gift of nature.

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ThoughtCo: Hold a Lammas Harvest Ritual

In some Pagan traditions, Lammas is the time of year when the Goddess takes on the aspects of the Harvest Mother. The earth is fruitful and abundant, crops are bountiful, and livestock are fattening up for winter. However, the Harvest Mother knows that the cold months are coming, and so she encourages us to begin gathering up what we can.

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Lammas recipe | Lughnasadh Honey Lavander Bread & Wild Berry Jam

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Patheos / New Visions

Practices From the Inside Out: A Summer for Transformation
GREG RICHARDSON

Some of us like to remember summers when we were children as times of rest and relaxation. We might think of summer as a time for vacations, or for catching, or getting ahead.

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MBG: How To Tap Into Divine Inspiration To Live More Creatively, From Experts

Have you ever been struck by an inexplicable creative urge, seemingly out of nowhere? You may have actually been experiencing divine inspiration. This spiritual concept has been around for centuries, so we asked experts what it’s all about—plus how to tap into your own creativity every day.

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Native American (Diné) Story of the Beginning

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Treehugger: How to Grow Fresh Mint in Your Herb Garden

Mint consists of a very broad family of 3,500 plants, and all of them have square stems and opposite leaves.1 Aside from that, each type of mint is incredibly different; you may not have known as horehound, lemon balm, basil, bee balm, pennyroyal, lavender, hyssop, oregano, and even catnip are all relatives.

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EarthSky News: Spica, Bright Beacon Of Virgo, Is 2 Stars

The star Spica – aka Alpha Virginis – is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. From a distance of 262 light-years away, Spica appears to us on Earth to be a lone bluish-white star in a quiet region of the sky. But Spica consists of two stars and maybe more. The pair are both larger and hotter than our sun, and they’re separated by only 11 million miles (less than 18 million km). They orbit their common center of gravity in only four days

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Patheos-Pagan: Pagan Ways To Deal With Summer Malaise
LISA WAGONER

it tends to happen every mid-July, I’ve noticed. Once the excitement and/ or ittitation with July 4th wears off, thoughts turn to fall, autumn vignettes, cooler weather, and witchy interests.

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VALHALLA CALLING // by Miracle Of Sound // VIKINGS

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Inner Journey:

PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT

“…conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference.”
— Ronald Heifetz

In his book, ‘Men, Women and Relationships,’ John Gray says, “People are different. Recognizing this fundamental truth is essential for creating positive and loving relationships. In practice, however, … we demand that the people in our lives feel, think, and behave as we would. And when they react differently we make them wrong or invalidate them; we try to fix them when they really need understanding and nurturing; we try to improve them when instead they need acceptance, appreciation and trust.”

We each bring different gifts to this world. We each have different work to do. Our lives are enriched when we can celebrate these differences rather than resent, resist and reject them. As we get more secure in who we are, we get more compassionate toward others.

“Homogeneity makes for healthy milk but anemic friendships. We need relationships that cross culturally imposed lines to enlarge our hearts and expand our vistas.”
— Dan Schmidt

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

When the fear of “things staying the same” exceeds the fear of “failure,” Stuff happens.

Ch-ch-changes…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ellen’s Lemon Zucchini Bread

This is THE BEST lemon zucchini bread I’ve ever baked or tasted. The recipe came from a friend of my mom’s. She kept raving about this bread that she had made while she was visiting. After I made it the first time I can understand why. If I don’t put this in the freezer right away, it is gone!!! Butter is really good on this bread if you aren’t worried about the calories, fat, etc.

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Element: Earth

 Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage


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

Deities include Juno, Jupiter,Thor, Zeus

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. Today’s energies influence all matters involving material gain and spell work for general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, legal issues, luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
July 15, 2021

Progress
“Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and regression, of evolution and dissolution.”

-Goethe (1749-1832)


Sometimes we need to take a few steps back in order to get a running start. We make mistakes, and as long as we learn from those mistakes, we progress, we grow. Eventually we get to a point where we can look back and see how far we’ve come. Then we can turn back around and see how far we have to go!

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Judgement

You can get a great deal done today and strengthen some relationships by being tactfully straightforward and not adding complications to anyone’s day. With no hidden agenda or any manipulative tricks, you can win people’s cooperation and have them agree with you most of the time. Keep things simple and stick to the basics to see the best and happiest results.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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The Creative Way: Cat’s Angel Message for March 2, 2021

The Creative Way: Cat’s Angel Message for March 2, 2021

March Theme: Manifesting our dreams and goal requires focus and clarity. By working on self-love we find the inner peace needed to navigate our path like a pro.

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Focusing on being the best you can be is like lighting a candle in the dark. It helps light the way to the place of self-empowerment. ~Cat

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32: It is through our enthusiasm and creative energy that we are able to make amazing things like new opportunities happen. The month of March is also a time of fertility and new growth which are produced through our creative side. When we allow ourselves the freedom to access our creative mind and energy we find that we are able to open the doors to change and are better equipped and able to adapt to the gifts it brings. We also find that it helps us to share more of ourselves with others which also brings blessings and opportunities. Stay open to embracing new ideas, creative solutions and even those valuable AH-HA moments. Remember creativity inspires everything that it touches and creates hope from darkness.

Today’s Spirit Helpers include:

Archangel Haniel showers us with stardust, illuminating our thoughts and memories so that we can remember what magical beings we truly are, which assists us in the creation process. In turn this shows us how to receive with grace and gratitude. This process accelerates when we allow beauty and harmony to surround us. It’ helps us to enjoy ourselves which makes blessings easier to receive.

The Ascended Master Maitreya (Laughing Buddha) helps us to find peace and harmony through laughter, this gives us a clear perspective and keeps our energy flowing. He tells us that laughter is sacred and when the heart is alive with joy we are connected to the Infinite and filled with Nirvana-essence. Center your mind with the intent of enjoying yourself and you will find yourself centered in the moment. Enjoy what life has to offer and enjoy the process!

The Mayan goddess Ixchel helps to get our creative juices flowing by breaking through the barriers we have erected that are blocking our progress. Call on her if you are starting something new. ” Clear your mind and allow the creative source to fill you. New things are waiting for you to embrace them!”

Today’s Sacred Stones include:

Carnelian is used for motivation and increased creativity. It teaches us to trust in ourselves and helps us find creative solutions to current issues as it boosts self esteem and invites us to embrace our personal power while promoting positive life choices which enhance our ability to draw new forms of prosperity and abundance.

While Garnet is best known as a stone of protection it can benefit the use of our natural talents as well. It helps us to overcome any resistance we may have in using our gifts and promotes self-confidence. Garnet removes what no longer serves and mental self-sabotage. It promotes balance and clears and re-energizes the chakras.

Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings. This beautiful, watery stone helps to navigate the cycles of change and calms our emotions. Gently encouraging creative thinking and creative problem solving as it brings our intuitive skills forward, promoting control and confidence so these skills become more familiar and easier to access.

Blessings for a magickal day! Cat

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 24, 2020

CMB Flowers and Coffee

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 24, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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April Events & Holidays

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
-Edna Frohock (1906-97)

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Spirit Library: Find Meaning (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Consciousness is expanding as humanity rises to a new level of awareness and understanding. Our experience of life is changing, reality is transforming and our perceptions are shifting.

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ThoughtCo: 8 Common Belief Systems in the Modern Pagan Community

Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan paths are the same. From Asatru to Druidry to Celtic Reconstructionism, there are plenty of Pagan groups out there to choose from. Read on and learn about the differences and the similarities.

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MBG: 17 People Share How Quarantine Has Changed Their Perspective On Nature

During a time when it feels like so much has been taken away, the natural world outside our windows remains. Our plans may be on an indefinite pause, but our environment keeps carrying on all the same. In honor of Earth Day, here, 17 members of the mbg community share how they are watching it with a new sense of appreciation and awareness:

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Daily Dream Meaning: Guns

1. In Freudian dream analysis, a symbol for physical passion. If the dreamer is the one doing the shooting, then he is consciously or unconsciously searching for a partner. If the dreamer is the one being shot, someone out there feels desire for him.
2. The release, or need for release, of pent-up anger. Again, if the dreamer is doing the shooting, she needs to control her temper and find a positive way to release her anger. If she is the victim, then someone is angry with her.
3. Something important coming up, implying a need to “get out the big guns.”
Astrological parallel: Mars/Uranus combinations.
Tarot parallel: The Tower.

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Today’s DIY:  A Spring Spell

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Elephant Journal: A Quickie Coronavirus Crystal Relief Ritual

Being quarantined can feel at times restful and restorative, and other times frustrating and stressful.
If you find yourself in the latter category, sometimes adding a little something extra to your routine can help. While yoga, binge watching true crime, and taking up cross stitching are certainly worthy pursuits, I recommend adding some dazzle to your day by working with crystals.

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MNN: 12 incredible facts about lemurs

Lemurs are easy to love. They’re cute, charismatic and oddly humanlike, which isn’t just a coincidence. Lemurs are primates like us, and while they’re not as closely related to people as chimpanzees and other apes are, they’re still family.

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EarthSky News: Venus at its brightest in late April

Late April 2020 presents the planet Venus at its brightest as the evening “star” for all of this year. No matter where you live worldwide, look west after sunset to marvel at this brilliant beauty lighting up the evening dusk first thing after sunset.

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Patheos-Pagan: Walpurgisnacht: Fertility Rite. Witches Night. And All That Jazz.

So, as we near the end of April there is a Spring celebration coming up — Beltane and Walpurgisnacht (Walpurgis Night). Today, I have decided to take a look at Walpurgisnacht. What is the history behind the observance and why might it be important for me as a Witch?

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Pagan Playlist: Faun – Gaia

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Inner Journey:

Capture your inspiration!

“Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”
— Rolf Smith

Insights and inspiration come to us for a reason. Don’t let them disappear on you!

When a great idea pops into your mind, write it down and capture it. Keep a mini-journal or piece of paper with you at all times.

Reflect on your insights. How might you anchor this great idea so it enhances your life?

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 
I have to tell you that one of the greatest things about being the Universe, is knowing absolutely everything.

Well, that and making dreams come true.

I also love being eternal… and having no limits.

Creating worlds simply with thought.

Knowing that reality is unfolding just exactly as it should.

Having it all, being it all, doing it all.

And I like being perpetually in love… and loved.

How ’bout you? What’s your favorite thing about being the Universe?

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ma’amoul (Lebanese Date Cookies)

After a few phone calls with my mom and grandma, I managed to write a detailed recipe for one of my favorite Lebanese sweets, ma’amoul. They take time to make, but are not very difficult. Wooden ma’amoul molds give them their distinctive decorative shapes.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Heart
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron 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, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow
Friday belongs to Venus, and its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) works well on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
April 24, 

Future
“If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.”

-Hazel Henderson (1981)
One of my favorite books of all time is Martin Seligman’s “Learned Optimism.” It is a classic, and it makes so much sense. The subtitle is “How to Change Your Mind and Your Life.” It’s just a matter of looking at things, including the future, differently. It can make a huge difference in how we experience things.

Lissa Coffey

Coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Magician

It may be hard to be serious and stick to those dull but crucial tasks that keep the day running smoothly. Be systematic, cheerful, and don’t let it show if you feel undervalued or underappreciated. Save your sharp wit and cleverness for another time and place. Time spent with younger people or children can lift your spirits and keep things in perspective for you.

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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 31, 2020 “Imbolc Edition”

Imbolc by cat

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 31, 2020 “Imbolc Edition”

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

Blessings, Cat

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“Candlemas’ is the Christianized name for the holiday, of course. The older Pagan names were Imbolc and Oimelc. ‘Imbolc’ means, literally, ‘in the belly’ (of the Mother). For in the womb of Mother Earth, hidden from our mundane sight but sensed by a keener vision, there are stirrings. The seed that was planted in her womb at the solstice is quickening and the new year grows. ‘Oimelc’ means ‘milk of ewes’, for it is also lambing season. The holiday is also called ‘Brigit’s Day’, in honor of the great Irish Goddess Brigit. At her shrine, the ancient Irish capitol of Kildare, a group of 19 priestesses (no men allowed) kept a perpetual flame burning in her honor. She was considered a goddess of fire, patroness of smithcraft, poetry and healing (especially the healing touch of
midwifery).”
– Daven’s Journal – Imbolic

gardendigest.com

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Pagan Library: Bulb Planting Earth Chant by Eileen

breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow.

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ThoughtCo: Smooring the Fire—A Prayer to Brighid
Alexander Carmichael was a folklorist and author who spent nearly five decades traveling around the highlands of Scotland collecting stories, prayers and songs. His most noteworthy work, the Carmina Gadelica, is an interesting blend of early Pagan tradition mixed with the influences of Christianity. Smooring the Fire is from Carmichael’s Carmina Gadelica, published 1900, and is a Gaelic hymn to Brighid, honoring the tradition of smooring, or dampening, the hearth fire at night, and particularly on the night before Imbolc.
An Tri numh (The sacred Three)
A chumhnadh, (To save,)
A chomhnadh, (To shield,)
A chomraig (To surround)
An tula, (the hearth)
An taighe, (The house,)
An teaghlaich, (The household,)
An oidhche, (This eve,)
An nochd, (This night,)
O! an oidhche, (Oh! this eve,)
An nochd, (This night,)
Agus gach oidhche, (And every night,)
Gach aon oidhche. (Each single night.)
Amen.

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Brigid’s Cross

At Imbolg, the Maiden aspect of the Goddess might be represented in a great variety of ways — by a simple ear of dried corn, a figure made of grain at Lughnasadh, or straws or wheat braided into an intricate design. One representation of the Goddess is Brigid’s Cross. Although the original design may well have been made from rushes, wheat versions have been recreated for centuries. Make a cross for each room in the house to invite the blessings of the Goddess into them.

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Patheos: Brighid the Dawn Goddess of Imbolc and Spring

The Goddess Brighid is one of the oldest and most popular Celtic deities. She is a paragon meaning that she is used as a standard to live up to or for mortals to be compared with.

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Today’s DIY: Imbolc Craft–Frozen Earth Cups

Crafting a take-home ritual for Imbolc celebration attendees.

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day Forecast, History, Folklore, and More

Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox. Here are the facts and folklore about Groundhog Day. It’s much more than a wacky weather prediction from a plump marmot!

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Patheos- Raise The Horns: A Solitary Imbolc Ritual

I’ve always loved the quiet nature of Imbolc. As someone who first discovered Witch- craft in the American Midwest, early February was always a time of cold, snow, and at least another month of winter. But despite the cold, Imbolc always spoke to me of pos- sibilities.

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EarthSky News: See Mercury beneath Venus at dusk

Live in the Northern Hemisphere? If so and you’ve never seen the planet Mercury – or even if you have – take advantage of your golden opportunity to see Mercury after sunset these next few weeks. February 2020 showcases a good evening apparition of Mercury at northerly latitudes.

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Patheos-Pagan: Imbolc Sabbat Index: Craftings, Cleansings, and Rituals for a Witch’s High Winter

Imbolc (im’-molk), is the Witch’s grand sabbat of High Winter. I celebrate the peak of the winter season when the sun reaches 15 degrees Aquarius, which falls sometime during the first week of February.

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Inner Journey:

Capture your inspiration!

“Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”
— Rolf Smith

Insights and inspiration come to us for a reason. Don’t let them disappear on you!

When a great idea pops into your mind, write it down and capture it. Keep a mini-journal or piece of paper with you at all times.

Reflect on your insights. How might you anchor this great idea so it enhances your life?

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

When you don’t know what you want it’s probably time to begin enjoying what you have.

You’ve done so well for yourself,

The Universe

tut.com

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Recipes for a Pagan Soul:  Imbolc

Food and drink: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, poppyseed cakes, muffins, scones, breads, all dairy products, peppers, onions, garlic, raisins, spiced wines and herbal teas, chives, curries, honey, and lamb

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Magical Correspondences for Imbolc

Date: February 2

Names: Imbolc, Candlemas, Imbolg, Oimealg, Brigids Festival of Lights, Lupercus

Colors: White, Yellow, Orange, Red or Light Blue

Herbs: Bay, Basil, Benzoin, Angelica, Myrrh, Blackberry, Heather, Iris, Violet

Sacred Stones: Bloodstone, Amethyst, Turquoise, Garnet, Onyx

Deities: Brigid, Ceres, Demeter, Dagda, Cerridwen, Eros, All virgin goddesses/gods of love and fertility.

Food & Drink: Dairy products, raisins, creamy soups, olives, leeks/shallots. White wine, milk, soy milk or water

Symbols: Ploughs and garden tools, brooms, candles, yellow flowers, Brigids crosses, Bride dolls.

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Daily Wisdom
January 30, 2020

Beginnings & Endings

“Every exit is… an entrance somewhere else.”

-Tom Stoppard

This sounds like an optimistic way of looking at things. It’s the same as “when one door closes, another one opens.” But it’s so true. Look at the opportunities that arise when something ends. All that energy has to go somewhere – so new situations and circumstances are created. It’s exciting! Change is good. Beginnings are good.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Magician

You have a magic touch today. The right word or action at the right time can instantly turn things around and morph a challenge into an easy opportunity. This is not something to take for granted or to exploit, though. Use your power with a very light touch, if at all. It’s possible that a mere thought or unspoken intention could have influence.

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/

Thought For The Day: Dec. 16, 2019 “Inspiration”

Happy Monday,

Inspiration is everywhere, from the things going on around us to the people that know, meet and see. Inspiration can change our lives or the way we think or act. It brings new ideas and enhances our creativity. Inspiration invites us to take action and where it goes from there is up to you. So what will you DO with your daily dose of inspiration?

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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/

Adventure and Courage: Cat’s Angel Message for December 10, 2019

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Adventure and Courage: Cat’s Angel Message for December 10, 2019

December’s Theme: It’s time to be proactive about replacing the old with the new. This is more easily done by allowing yourself to use your natural abilities and creativity and by surrounding yourself with love and laughter.


Adventure is the child of courage. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie


1210:  Today the Universe is asking us to pay attention and get ready to receive some needed divine inspiration and guidance. The key is to stay positive about the messages that you receive. Some will be useful now while others will be helpful in the near future. So do your best to stay focused and centered as this will help keep the lines of communication open and flowing. Remember that these messages can take the form of thoughts, ideas, or even visual clues and that each tidbit of information is an essential piece of the puzzle from which we create our lives. So use this information wisely and weed out old habits and replace them with new ones.  The time has come to ease out of your comfort zone and leave complacency behind. be bold and embrace the creator that you are meant to be.


Archangel Raziel can assist us in both embracing our unique divine magic and in the overall manifestation process. He tells us that growth and freedom can be found when we let go of our limiting self beliefs and fears which hold us back from achieving and creating the life we want.

The Ascended Master Kuthumi helps us to navigate the distractions of everyday life. He encourages us to focus on what’s important right now and to stop fighting the things that we have no control over, which blocks our problem solving, creative flow and our power as a creator. Things flow easier when we are not struggling against the “what if’s and maybes.

The Hindu Goddess Kali oversees the ending of cycles and transformations. Kali is a powerful lady and her energy is like a powerful storm that clears away what we no longer need and replaces it with focus for new beginnings. “Dreams must be created with focus and intent. I will help you to embrace the courage and motivation that you need to see things through to a successful conclusion.”


Our Sacred Stones for today include:

Rhyolite brings emotional balance and emotional release when needed. It aids our forward progress by keeping us anchored in the present while keeping the past where it belongs. This is a great meditation stone and is also effective in bringing the changes needed to reach our full potential.

Tangerine Quartz helps to increase our receptivity to Divine inspiration while it stimulates the mind and enhances overall creativity. It fills us with hope and joy as it restores our feelings of self worth.

Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings. This beautiful, watery stone helps to navigate the cycles of change and calms our emotions. Gently encouraging creative thinking and creative problem solving as it brings our intuitive skills forward, promoting control and confidence so these skills become more familiar and easier to access. It also provides emotional healing by helping to stabilize the emotions and draw out old emotional patterns.

 

Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 27, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 27, 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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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

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Spiritual Unite: Spider Spirit Animal Meaning – Control Your Dark Side

When your spider spirit animal appears in your life, it symbolizes your creativity, feminine energy, and patience.
It can also warn you of your dark side, and to be wary of your temptations and desires.

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ThoughtCo: Profile of Nemesis

Nemesis is a Greek goddess of revenge and retribution. In particular, she is invoked against those whose hubris and arrogance got the better of them, and serves as a force of divine reckoning. Originally, she was a deity who simply doled out what people had coming to them, whether good or bad.

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MBG: Sex, Psychics & Kundalini Kriyas: 8 Ways To Stay Inspired During Colder Seasons

If you’re anything like me, you might tend to get very uninspired in the wintertime. I crave blankets, sleeping in, warmth, and Harry Potter movies as the days start to get shorter. Around this time of year, I also hear a lot from my clients that they’re lacking inspiration too. People who love their work or relationships or travel seem to simply lose the gusto for it.

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Daily Good: Between Worlds

What is it like to be a living member of a dying community? Climate change is making this an increasingly common reality. Isle de Jean Charles, a slip of land off the coast of Louisiana is one such place. This island is home to a hundred or so people, members, mostly, of a Native American tribe called the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw–the BCC for short. For eight generations, the people of Isle de Jean Charles thrived, eating the bounty of the land and the sea: shrimp, crawfish, fish, and oysters, as well as plants they wild-harvested and grew in gardens. The tribe was so self-sufficient that when the oil and gas companies began prospecting nearby, they were surprised to discover people. But global warming is causing their land to disappear from under their feet. Anya Groner visited this magical place and shares her journey into the mystery of trying to stay grounded as a people while facing the inevitable loss of a homeland. { read more }

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Pioneer Thinking: DIY – How to Make Spa Quality Creams and Moisturizers

Haute couture aka high end prestige skin care products are easily imitated by incorporating trendy ingredients into a base cream such as Marine-derived ingredients, Epidermal growth factor, Neuro-Peptides, Blue Lotus Extract and Pomegranate extract

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MNN: When honeybees get stuck in water, they create their own waves and ‘surf’ to safety

Bees need water just like the rest of us. A honeybee might fly several miles to find a good water source, both for drinking and to help regulate the temperature of her hive. Sometimes, though, a thirsty honeybee gets more than she bargained for, and instead of water ending up in the bee, the bee ends up in the water.

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EarthSky News: Young moon and 3 planets after sunset

Depending on where you live worldwide, you may – or may not – catch the tiniest sliver of a young moon in the western sky after sunset on November 27, 2019. The moon will be sitting in the afterglow of sunset, beneath the dazzling planets Venus and Jupiter, the third-brightest and fourth-brightest celestial objects to light up the heavens, respectively, after the sun and moon.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Song of My Heart is the Sacred Earth

This Sacred Earth
I have told the story many time of the Indian lady who ran a hardware stall at a local indoor market near us. She said her life seemed to revolve around that stall. It took up so much of her time, so much in fact that she rarely had time to visit her temple for worship.

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOUR SHADOWS

Each of us has characteristics we define as ‘good’ and those we define as ‘bad.’ The parts of ourselves that we continually reject want to be acknowledged and loved. Until we honour these aspects, they will continue to assert themselves. They will do whatever they can to get our attention.

What aspects of yourself do you reject?

Take a few moments to open to the parts of yourself that you do not love. See each one honestly for what it is. Explore the wounds and the motives that gave rise to its condition. Love a wounded part of yourself and it will heal.

“Strangely enough we strengthen love in ourselves when we raise into consciousness the shadow side of our lives. Conversely, when we keep negative feelings out of sight, they smother the love that seems to lie deeper and closer to the real self. This is probably why there is so much pain in not loving. The life that is not able to express the love which is so integral to it grows deformed.”
— Elizabeth O’Connor

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A Note from the Universe

Many come close yet few dare, so boldly, to live without judgment, to give without expecting, and to love for no reason.

We call it a spiritual trifecta.

To the winner’s circle,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Making a Mile High Apple Pie

I have always been the pie maker in the family! My favorite one to make is the Mile High Apple Pie. It’s my masterpiece! I will show you what I do with a few secret important things.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions: Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
November 27, 2019

Past

“Your whole past was but a birth and a becoming.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

We know that the nature of life is to grow. And so here we are. And we couldn’t have gotten here without everything that has happened in the past. It is the same way for society as it is for individuals. Whatever has happened throughout history has had an impact on how we have grown and changed as a nation, and as a planet. We’re all connected. And the more that we grow as individuals, the greater the impact will be on our communities and our countries.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

Little or nothing will slow you down or be daunting to you today. You have so much inner strength, and physical strength, too, that people will have trouble keeping up with you. Do something special today, or perhaps excel at something significant and challenging that will be easily within your grasp. You may find out later that you were dazzling and that you inspired several people to more energetically pursue their passions.

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 March 27, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 27, 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 warring hosts of Winter and of Spring
are hurtling o’er the plains.
All night I heard their battle-clarions ring
And jar the window panes.
-Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-92)

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Spirit Library: The Power of Inspiration 

Dear Ones,

Inspiration comes to you as bidden, preparing the field, setting the scene, creating intentions ~ all of these activities are setting into motion the power of Inspiration. Most people do not realize how much they need inspiration in their lives, for without it, life can seem very dull.

https://spiritlibrary.com/shanta-gabriel/the-power-of-inspiration

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MBG: 6 Rituals To Unlock The Healing Potential Of Your Crystals 

Crystals are loved for their soothing effect and healing powers. There are many different crystals, all with unique benefits, and it’s best to know what those are before diving in. Lisa Butterworth, the author of the new book The Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, helps us understand the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of a variety of crystals. In this excerpt from her new book, Lisa shares six innovative ways to use your crystals.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/6-unexpected-ways-to-use-your-crystals-at-home

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Daily Good: Recording the Healing Sounds of Nature

“Through repeated, in-depth exposure to nature’s melodies, I soon developed a deep appreciation of their healing qualities and came to regard myself as a sound healer of sorts, with a focus on the voices of nature. I likened myself to an herbalist who goes into the forests and fields in search of medicinal herbs but I head into the wilds in search of immersive and atmospheric soundscapes that are transportive, relaxing, and that have a tonic effect on one’s body and mind.” Lang Elliott shares more from his decades of experience recording nature’s healing sounds.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2259/recording-the-healing-sounds-of-nature-lang-elliott/

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Elephant Journal: New Moon in Aquarius: it’s Time to Declutter our Emotional & Spiritual Lives

t’s time to “spring-clean” our emotional and spiritual clutter this month.
It’s still winter in the northern hemisphere but nonetheless, this is a great month for some “spring-cleaning.”

If you’ve been considering “tidying up with Marie Kondo,” break out the eco-friendly shopping bags and start sorting through your stuff.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/new-moon-in-aquarius-its-time-to-declutter-our-emotional-spiritual-lives/

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MNN: The Inuit have a simple way of teaching their children how to control anger

It’s no surprise that, as a society, we often focus on ways to manage anger. We know it’s bad for us, and that rage-aholics aren’t long for this Earth. We also know it’s bad for the people who have to deal with that anger.
So we focus on ways to quell a seemingly ever-simmering ire that only wants to watch the world burn

https://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/how-to-control-anger-inuit-children

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EarthSky News: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn on March 26-29

These next several mornings – March 26-29, 2019 – look for the waning moon passing by Jupiter and then Saturn in the early morning sky. You’ll look south from Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, but from the Earth’s Southern Hemisphere, look high overhead or high in the northern sky.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-saturn-on-march-26-29

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Patheos-Pagan: Confronting Stereotypes and Prejudice Against Paganism

A question came in this month’s Conversations Under the Oaks that was more timely than anyone knew.
How do you educate someone when they try to ban all forms of Norse Paganism because they think every Norse Pagan has to be a Nazi or a white supremacist? As cute as the meme of “Odin didn’t die for the Nazis to steal his runes” is, it’s not going sway anyone who only sees Nordic runes or hears Odin or Thor when someone shoots up a Jewish school or shows up in rallies like Charlottesville

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/03/confronting-stereotypes-and-prejudice-against-paganism.html

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Inner Journey:

Slow down

“The soul requires duration of time — rich, thick, deep, velvety time — and it thrives on rhythm. Soul can’t be hurried or harried …. We may go through many events in the day and experience nothing because the soul has not had the opportunity to feel them from many different points of view.”
— Robert Sardello

Soul cannot exist when our connections in life remain superficial. An experience of soul requires that we take time to be fully present to the details of our lives.

Explore what happens when you take the time to STOP and PAY ATTENTION. When we choose to slow down and really experience the qualities of our lives, we get a whole new perspective on what living is all about.

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
— H. G. Wells

“The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.”
— Mary Webb

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

In the time that it takes you to read this short Note, you could have planted a new image in your mind (anything you like, ideally with an emotional charge); I could have reacted (realigning planets, people, and the sort), and the floodgates would’ve begun trembling violently as we’d have been drawn infinitely closer to manifesting the vision you’d chosen.

Fortunately, there’s still time.

Hot dog,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Churro Waffles

Oh how I love churros. This recipe brings you the soft interior and crisp exterior of churros right into your waffle maker. This is an excellent breakfast treat, but also makes a fab dessert!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Churro-Waffles.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
March 27, 2019

Transformation

“You don’t go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of a dark night of the soul.”

-Sam Keen

Heavy, dark experiences change us. They shake us to our core and cause us to re-evaluate our lives and our values. So, it is understandable that a transformation can come out of that. And sometimes it works the other way around. Sometimes a transformation occurs – maybe we’ve been working on it for a long time but then suddenly there’s a shift – and we need some time and space to assimilate it into our consciousness. We need to see how we can fit our new selves back into our old lives. It can feel like a dark night of the soul – but it’s only temporary. The light shines through.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Spirituality & Health: Prayer Is Good Medicine

Prayer Is Good Medicine
BY BETH HOWARD

“When I asked people with illness how they were coping, they would often talk about their religious faith. I was very moved by their responses and began to look for ways to study it.”

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2014/07/06/prayer-good-medicine#

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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/