Cat’s Morning Bits for July 27, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 27, 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.
timeanddate.com

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: Be Calm and Receptive (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We start this week in the flow of the Full Moon energies which is heightening our emotions and amplifying our senses. There is tension between the old and the new which is calling us towards the fullness of our destiny. As such a deeper awakening is occurring that will take us into a new expansiveness beyond that which we have experienced before.

Read more….

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Spiritual Unite: THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF SEEING A GECKO
Seeing a gecko is memorable and can hold significance for those on a spiritual path. Geckos are known to bring luck and good fortune, and seeing one means that your life will be blessed with happiness.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Daily Pagan Living

To truly walk a Pagan path, many people believe that their spirituality should be part of their daily life, and not just something they observe once or twice a month. Here’s where we’ll talk about contemporary issues of interest to Pagans, family and relationships, and how to live a magical life every day.

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MBG: Astrologers Predict These 3 Transits Will Shake Things Up This Week

Expect a burst of confidence (and an urge to organize) this week as Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars all change signs. Here’s your horoscope from the AstroTwins.

Dressing for dinner—or just a random walk around the neighborhood—will be a capital “E” Experience starting Tuesday, July 27.

Read more….

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What Do We Offer the Gods in Sacrifice?

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Today’s DIY: Lammas & Lughnasadh Harvest Mouse Greeting Cards, Watercolor and Shimmer paint – Magical Crafting

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Elephant Journal: Why the Dragonfly is my Totem Animal.

I vividly remember my fascination with the mystical winged creatures of transformation dipping in and out of my garden pond.
I would gaze at them in awe from the balcony of my childhood home, and I’d feel a surge of unexplainable joy and luck that they had chosen our abode for a visit on those breezy, summer afternoons.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How I Create Magical Moonlight Gardens

A garden should not just be a productive place. It should also be a space that you can enjoy spending time in as frequently as possible. Good design can make a garden a delightful place to be—

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EarthSky News: Mars And Regulus In Conjunction July 29

Look for Venus first
In late July 2021, look westward at dusk for the dazzling planet Venus. Then, as evening twilight is giving way to nightfall, watch for two close-knit celestial bodies to pop out beneath Venus: the planet Mars and the star Regulus.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Shapeshifting Nature of Ritual
LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF

“Ritual is an often misunderstood entity.” This is something I’ve been known to say since I first started writing and teaching about magical practice many moons ago.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Emotional Dark Music – The Eternal Forest

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Inner Journey:

WHAT BLOCKS CONNECTION?

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
— Joseph F. Newton

We experience soul when we really connect with life — when we stop and consciously experience what is happening.

We lose soul with:
• resistance – to anyone or anything
• superficiality – we avoid depth of experience
• control – we try to control the relationship
• selfishness – we remain self-centered.

Each of these attitudes fosters separation rather than connection. Once again, soul lives in relating.

Take time to become aware of, and perhaps journal on how you relate to other people and things in your life.

“We have to decide for ourselves what’s nourishing to our souls, and do those things over others.”
— Thomas Moore

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Invariably, the 5 minutes of inspiration you need to totally rock the world and transform your life, will come at the end of hours, weeks, months, or even years’ worth of floundering, frivolity, false starts, and seeming hopelessness.

Yet when the dream comes true and you glance over your shoulder, you’ll see that those 5 minutes were made possible because of everything that led up to them, and that you never needed to be so critical of yourself or the time it was taking.

Funny you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Healing Honey Elixir (Kitchen Witch Cook Book)

  • This magical elixir is a soothing combination of spices and sweetness that help along a recovering witch; it helps alleviate symptoms from allergies or colds. The best part? You make the honey mixture ahead of time and can store it until you need it

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
July 27, 2021

Virtue
“Virtue is nothing else but action in accordance with the laws of one’s own nature.”

-Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)


When we are tuned in and going with the flow, we allow ourselves to be who we really are. There’s no faking it, no play-acting, just instinct and authenticity. Our virtues come shining through because we can’t help it. That’s who we are.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

You may have the best of intentions today but it won’t be easy to stick to any of them. There’s a lot of randomness in the air and you won’t have very much control over anything. Don’t let this lull you into becoming thoughtless or not caring about what you’re doing. Do what you can and save some energy for tomorrow when things might be smoother.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 26, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 26, 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.
timeanddate.com

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


Spirituality & Health: Guided Meditation: Connecting to Spirit
BY JULIE PETERS

God or goddess, Earth, human nature—Spirit is whatever holds you when you feel lost, confused, or broken. Use this meditation to reconnect or drift off to sleep.

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Money Draw Shaker Spell Jar – Money Spell, Attract Prosperity, Wealth, Witchcraft – Magical Crafting

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Spiritual Unite: RED CARDINAL MEANING: SPIRITUAL SYMBOLISM WHEN YOU SEE A RED CARDINAL
The Red Cardinal is a North American bird that has been associated with spirituality. Red Cardinals are known to have spiritual meaning in many cultures, as well as Native American tribes.

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ThoughtCo: Setting Up Your Lammas (Lughnasadh) Altar

It’s Lammas, or Lughnasadh, the Sabbat where many Pagans choose to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest. This Sabbat is about the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth—the grain god dies, but will be reborn again in the spring.

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MBG: Everything You Need To Know About Leos: Personality Traits, Compatibility & More

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac (July 22 to August 23), and it’s represented by the lion. A fixed fire sign ruled by the sun, Leo has energy that is glamorous, courageous, and bold. Here, we’ll dive into the personality traits of Leo and explore how this sign approaches life, love, career, and more.

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Elephant Journal:12 Native American Ethics that will Enrich your Life.

Modern society has left millions of people craving desperately for peace.
Do you feel it? I certainly do!

Mindfulness practices are on the rise for a reason: we are missing key elements in our lives and finding ourselves wobbling out of balance.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: How to Press Flowers: 4 Methods
Press flowers with an iron, book, microwave, or by making your own flower press.

Pressing flowers yourself is an easy and rewarding craft. They can act as a keepsake, framed artwork, a meaningful gift, or part of a larger art project. The practice of pressing flowers dates back to ancient times as a form of collecting and preserving flower species.

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Reiki to Call Your Energy Back

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Treehugger: 11 Curious Theodore Roosevelt National Park Facts


If it weren’t for a major east-west highway (Interstate 94) crossing North Dakota, this protected region of the Badlands would likely go unexplored by visitors even today. That’s because Theodore Roosevelt National Park, named after our 26th President of the United States, only sees about 600,000 visitors a year.

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EarthSky News: Delta Aquariids 2021: All You Need To Know

Moonlight to obtrude in 2021
The long and rambling Delta Aquariid shower presents meteors from about July 12 to August 23 each year. The nominal peak falls on or near July 29. Yet, the shower usually provides a decent number of meteors for several days after and before the peak. Unfortunately, in 2021, the bright waning gibbous moon will probably wash out a good number of these rather faint meteors. As we move into early August, a much fainter waning crescent moon will be less intrusive.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Is it Lughnasadh without Lugh?
JOHN BECKETT

What do you call the next major holy day on the Wheel of the Year, coming up on August 1st?

Many call it Lammas, from the Anglo-Saxon “hlaef-mass” or “loaf mass”.

Read more….

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Pagan/ New Age Playlist: Dance of Life • Relaxing Fantasy Music for Relaxation & Meditation

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

“There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart.”
— Elizabeth J. Canham

“If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”
— John Steinbeck

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A Note from the Universe

To see what one has been missing, is the whole point of every life.

See?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Juicy Peach Crisp

This recipe takes the simplicity of fresh peaches and turns them into a scrumptious dessert!

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
July 26, 2021

Virtue
“If self-knowledge is the road to virtue, so is virtue still more the road to self-knowledge.”

-Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825)


We’re here to learn and grow, to know more about our selves. Virtue is something we have to define individually. It’s natural evolution for us to become more virtuous as we move along the path because we understand more about ourselves and our true nature.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

You’ll need determination and perseverance to accomplish anything of substance today. Pick something (or accept something that has been assigned to you) and stick with it until day’s end. If you apply concentrated effort, you should be able to make a huge headway. Even if not, your single-minded approach will attract allies for tomorrow. You have more influence and authority than you suspect. Use them wisely.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 22, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 22, 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.
timeanddate.com

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: Harness Your Energy (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The process of transformation is often unpredictable, confusing and uncomfortable as we are driven to shed the past and open to the new. The past few weeks have seen a definite increase in intensity which, is facilitating the release of many of the old structures that have governed our world.

Read more….

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Kalevala (epic folk metal)

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Spiritual Unite: LYNX SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – USE YOUR PATIENCE
The Lynx spirit animal appears in your life when there are hidden forces in your life.

Lynx spirit animal symbolizes:

Perception and the unseen.
Loyalty.
Growth and skill.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How to Cleanse or Purify a Sacred Space

In many magical traditions, it is considered important to purify or cleanse a space before any sort of ritual can take place. There are several different ways of doing this, and how you do it will depend in part upon the rules or guidelines of your tradition. If you’re a solitary, or your tradition is eclectic, then you may choose the method that works best for you.

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Patheos / New Visions 6 Spiritual Lessons Our Cats Can Teach Us
TOM RAPSAS

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Most people fall into one camp or the other. I am proudly a cat person, not that it has always been that way. I started out as a dog person.

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MBG: What Each Sign Should Know About The Upcoming Full Moon In Aquarius

July’s full moon in Aquarius is hitting the sky this Friday night at 10:37 p.m. EDT, and that means something a bit different for each of the 12 zodiac signs. To find out how each sign should approach this full moon, we got the AstroTwins’ take. Here’s what they had to say.

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Spirituality & Health: Form a Goddess Circle, Find Your Sacred Self BY WINTER ROSS
From small sisterhoods of support to full-fledged ceremonies to the unity of all things, there’s a Goddess circle for you.

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Today’s DIY: How to make a Corn Dolly for Lammas, Mabon, Samhain, Magical Crafting

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Elephant Journal: 6 Louise Hay Self-Affirmations to Rewire Unhealthy Thinking Patterns.

I’m really good at beating myself up.
Always have been. In fact, I’m a pro.

I can nitpick every single one of my flaws for hours on end, I need to get everything right the first time round and God forbid I make any mistakes. Yup, I’m the type-A perfectionist overachieving woman.

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Treehugger: Get Way Up Close and Personal With Beluga Whales

People aren’t the only ones traveling this summer. In July and August, more than 57,000 beluga whales will migrate from the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Churchill River in Manitoba, Canada.

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EarthSky News: Jupiter At Opposition On August 19-20, Now At Its Best

In 2021, mighty Jupiter will be in opposition to the sun on the night of August 19-20. That’s when Earth will fly between the sun and Jupiter. Our faster motion will place Jupiter opposite the sun in our sky. Jupiter is always bright, but it’s brightest at opposition, or near opposition. In late July and early August, you’ll find Jupiter easily as a blazing light, rising in the east not long after sunset. But Jupiter at opposition will be rising in the east at sunset. It’ll be shining in our sky like a tiny sun, all night long

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Miracles, Myths, and Magic
JOHN BECKETT

I recently receives a comment that was more of a question for the next Conversations Under the Oaks (and that’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do, in case you’re wondering.

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Pagan Playlist: Japanese Fantasy Music – Bushido

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Inner Journey: Play with the growth journey!

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.”
— Max Eastman

Banish bad baggage, backward beliefs, boring boundaries, big blocks and belittling blame by building your beingness bridge by becoming a beautiful, bold, balanced, broadminded, boundless being.

“If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.”
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Not what you should do, but what you want to do; let this be your guiding light, forevermore.

I see you shining,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Offerings for Aphrodite and Apollo (from The Kitchen Witch Cook Book)
Hey everyone! I’m back, and I have a suggestion/idea for offerings to Apollo and Aphrodite. This is really easy to make, and uses things almost everyone has access to! You can offer these to the gods/dedicate it to them and use it to make specialized teas!

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth


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

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s 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) can be done 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
July 22, 2021

Names
“What signifies knowing the Names,
if you know not the Natures of things.”

-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


It’s fascinating when we look at the etymology behind words. So many words really match the object they represent. When we look at the botanical names of plants, we find that the Latin root refers to the nature of the particular flower. I love reading baby name books because they lend insight into the origin of a person’s name. As we grow, our name changes and evolves with us. We may have a nick-name when we’re little, and choose something more formal when we get older. We may pick up names given to us by our friends and loved-ones. Many of us change our names when we marry. And when we have children, we take on the name “Mom” or “Dad.” I know several people who have chosen a new name for themselves to reflect who they are today. It’s our prerogative, since we know ourselves best.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The World

Great wealth is available to you today. It may not be monetary, but some of it just may be. Look around you, do your best, and take measure of all the opportunities that are being given to you today. This might be the start of an upturn in your well-being and status with co-workers or family members. Feel rich and blessed. The World says you are!

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 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.
timeanddate.com

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: Let Go of Distractions (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The form and structure of our world continues to dissolve bringing to a close certain aspects of our lives and our reality. We are being forced to let go of the past and the foundations of our reality which have sustained the dysfunctional facets of life on Earth. As a result, we are being urged to heal the ancient wounds of the past which have kept us stuck in continuous cycles of pain and suffering.

Read more….

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10 Minutes Deep Relaxing Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls ! Chakras Tune-up !!!

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND HEADACHES
Spiritual Awakening And Headaches: As we experience a spiritual awakening and our energies shift to a higher frequency.

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Lammas/Lughansadh

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

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MBG: Astrologers Say The Planet Of Beauty & Romance Will Shake Things Up This Week

This week marks the start of Leo season and the arrival of a rare second full moon in Aquarius. Here’s your horoscope, from the AstroTwins.

Love and fashion go full-on Victorian as Venus downshifts into virtuous Virgo this Wednesday, July 21

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Daily Good: Practicing the Art of Wonder: Lessons from the Hummingbird

My work is loving the world.

  • Mary Oliver –

Practicing the Art of Wonder: Lessons from the Hummingbird

“A Broad-billed Hummingbird hangs for a few seconds, not three feet away. The brilliant sapphire gorget flashes for an instant, and then the tiny bird is gone in a shot, his raspy cry fading like a lost thought into the oaks. I close my eyes and try to feel the impact that the hundreds of hummingbirds I’ve seen over the past few days have had on my psyche. The swirl of their presence, their diminutive size, their radiant color, their adroit quickness, their bickering flurries, all seep into me, and finally well up into awed appreciation, just for their being in the world. Past, future, and self fall away. In that moment, Ive become the planet-as-human, in wonder at hummingbirds, feeling them as part of the splendor of life.” { read more }

Be The Change

Practice the art of wonder through radical presence today.

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The 5 Realms of THE UPPER WORLD – Alberto Villoldo

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Elephant Journal: Reclaiming our Power through the “Chakra System”—& 3 steps to Get Started.

What does reclaiming your power even mean?
This isn’t about having power over someone else. It isn’t about being better than the next person. It isn’t ego-fueled in any capacity. What means is remembering who you are and what you stand for, and owning it.

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Treehugger: Marine Life Shines in Ocean Conservancy Photo Contest
Who can resist a grinning balloonfish?

There’s a sea lion blowing bubbles, a bubblefish that looks like it’s grinning, and a teeny seahorse floating away.

These are the winners in the Ocean Conservancy’s 2021 Photo Contest. Featured animals included many species of sharks, seals, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, sea lions, eels, whales, penguins, and other types of marine life.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch For The Moon And The Scorpion

July is a grand time of year to learn to recognize the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. If you’re in the city – with no dark sky – you probably won’t see the entire constellation. But you can still see the star that represents the Scorpion’s Heart, a bright red star called Antares. Our chart shows the nights of July 19, 20 and 21, 2021, when the moon will approaching this star and then passing it. Watch for the moon on these nights! Despite its glare, Antares’ red color might be noticeable.

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Patheos-Pagan: 5 Ways to Get Off of a Spiritual Plateau
JOHN BECKETT

You may have seen the meme going around social media that says “progress is not linear.’ It shows a figure moving along a mountainous terrain: lots of ups and downs before a final climb to the top.

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Danu’s Irish Herb Garden: Making Medicine with Mullein

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Inner Journey: LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE

“We don’t always know what makes us happy. We know, instead, what we think SHOULD. We are baffled and confused when our attempts at happiness fail…We are mute when it comes to naming accurately our own preferences, delights, gifts, talents. The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations. The tongue of the original self is the language of the heart.”
— Julia Cameron

We are each unique beings with a unique path in life. If we wish to be fulfilled, we need to go to our own hearts for direction. We might regularly ask ourselves:

“What do I really want to do?”
“What brings me greatest happiness?”
“How can I bring more of these into my life?”
Life wants us to go for what brings us most joy and meaning.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. …I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”
— Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“Let me listen to me and not to them.”
— Gertrude Stein

“What you must dare is to be yourself.”
— Dag Hammarskjold

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

However much you give, more than that will be given to you.

Take the bait,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: One-Bite Thai “Flavor Bomb” Salad Wraps (Miang Kham)

This is one of the most delicious, most exciting appetizers of all time. I’ve only had my mind blown a few times, but when I tried miang kham, that was one of those times. A savory, yet sweet sauce pulls together the intense, immense flavors that these salad bombs hold, and they’re perfect for serving at parties.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water


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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth


Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
July 19, 2021

Names
Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

-Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Shakespeare has a point here in that a name is a label, and in many cases, merely an identifier. But at the same time, those letters, and syllables, come to signify something to us that is meaningful. The word alone conveys the meaning that we have attached to it.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Possibly a romantically disquieting day, you may begin to suspect that your love is not being returned, at least not in kind. Or perhaps you can’t bring yourself to return the affections of an ardent admirer. This might feel even worse. The head and heart don’t always speak the same language or have the same opinions. Be strong and as kind as you can.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

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.
timeanddate.com

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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more…….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 14, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 14, 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.
timeanddate.com

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:Joy as a Light in the World (a message from Kate Spreckley)
Tuesday, 13 July, 2021

Tension continues to be a theme this week which is inspiring us to explore innovative and creative ways of finding liberation and freedom from that which is oppressive and restrictive. We are being challenged in a way that can bring feelings of anger and frustration if we are not able to channel this energy is a healthy way. Bear in mind that if we harness this creative energy we can tap into our innate capacity for joy and express this as a light in the world.

Read more….

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Eros and Psyche: When the God of Love falls in Love – Greek Mythology in Comics – See U in History

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Spiritual Unite: THE SYMBOLISM OF A SUNFLOWER: WHAT DOES THIS FLOWER REPRESENT?
The sunflower is a symbol of sunshine, cheerfulness, and warmth. It also represents hope and abundance

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Recipes for the Lammas Sabbat

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is the time of year when the gardens are in full bloom. From root vegetables to fresh herbs, so much of what you need is right there in your own back yard or at the local farmer’s market. Let’s take advantage of the gifts of the garden, and cook up a feast to celebrate the first harvest at Lammas!

Read more….

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Spirituality & Health: Benzoin Resin: What It Is and How to Use It

The Health and Energy-Clearing Benefits of Benzoin Resin

by Kathryn Drury Wagner

Benzoin resin can be good for clearing energy and bringing health. This vanilla-like resin can reportedly boost mood, too.

Often mentioned in aromatherapy guides and popular in incense, benzoin has an uplifting, warm scent that reminds many people of vanilla. Fans of this sacred resin burn it to clear negative energy, to alleviate sadness and depression, to boost mood, and to attract prosperity. But you may have wondered: What exactly is benzoin resin?

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Treehugger: 10 Impressive Facts About Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located on the southeastern coast of Alaska, between the Gulf of Alaska and Canada. One of the largest international protected areas on Earth at nearly 3.3 million acres, this stunning national park contains thundering mountains, temperate forests, a variety of unique protected species, and some of the world’s most iconic glaciers.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon And Spica July 15, 16 And 17

As darkness falls on July 15, 16 and 17, 2021, let the moon introduce you to Spica. It’s the brightest star to light up the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Once every month, as the moon makes its monthly rounds in front of the constellations of the zodiac, the moon sweeps by Spica. This blue-white gem of a star counts as Virgo’s sole 1st-magnitude star.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Best System of Magick
TONY MIERZWICKI

Those who decide to immerse themselves in magick, or witchcraft are faced with a bewildering array of choices. Is one modality superior to the others?

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Omnia – Pagan Folk Lore

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Inner Journey:

THINK FOR YOURSELF

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
— Rita Mae Brown

Where do you need to think for yourself?

When we begin to cultivate awareness of our thoughts and emotions, we begin to see just how much we live according to other people’s and society’s beliefs and actions. Don’t get upset by this. Just get in touch with how you really think and feel inside and begin to express your authenticity.

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
— Alan Keightley

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Sometimes one can learn much more about life, love, and happiness…

And when they allow themselves to learn what there is to learn, rather than resist their present circumstances their life will be transformed and that which was, will be no more.

So happy for you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Pisto Manchego

My simple version of a traditional Spanish vegetarian classic. This dish originates from Castilla la Mancha–hence the name–pisto manchego. Packed with flavor, this will light up any dinner table

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
July 14, 2021

Progress
“Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step.”

-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)


One day at a time. One step at a time. Sometimes this journey is a struggle, like we’re trying to conquer some huge mountain. But as long as we keep going, we make progress. And our progress encourages us to keep going. We’re flexing our spiritual muscles, and getting stronger all the time

-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 post are reblogged from various email newsletters that I receive each day.

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 13, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 13, 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.
timeanddate.com

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:

New Level of Sensitivity (a message from Kate Spreckley)
Monday, 12 July, 2021

With this past weekend’s New Moon, we continue to ride wave after wave of galactic energy all of which is preparing us in some way for the future. What that future looks like or how it will be no one knows as each step that we take, each transformation we move through determines our journey. Our only certainty is change and as we navigate our way, we are compelled to resolve our past and to find a new way of living and being with the Earth.

Read more….

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Asatru, Norse Pagan, or Heathen: Which One is Right for You?

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Spiritual Unite: KOALA SPIRIT ANIMAL – RELAXING IS A MUST
When the koala spirit animal appears in your life, it is a message that you need to slow down, take some time off and reconnect with your energy and with nature.

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ThoughtCo: Lammas/Lughnasadh Rites & Rituals

Looking for rites and rituals for your Lammas or Lughnasadh celebration? Here’s where you’ll find ways to celebrate the harvest, honor the gods of the fields, and pay tribute to the Celtic god Lugh.

Read more….

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Patheos / New Visions

We Carry A Great Matter
MARK NEPO

Once we grasp the essence of another, we have an obligation to honor and carry what we know to be true about that being with us and into the world.

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MBG: Astrologers Say This Week’s Rare Cosmic Events Will Set Off Sexy Sparks

This week will lift the curtain on those loving feelings. Here’s your complete horoscope, from the AstroTwins.

For the first time in two years, cosmic companions Venus and Mars make an exact conjunction in the sky, meeting at the same degree of Leo on Tuesday, July 13.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Seven Lessons Learned from Leaves

Though leaves are many, the root is one.

  • William Butler Yeats –

Seven Lessons Learned from Leaves

“I’ve been thinking more deeply about leaves –what these simple gifts of nature can teach us, and how they can help us overcome the challenges we face in life. Over the past year, I jotted down thoughts in a vintage leather-covered notebook that I keep on my desk. And in the spirit of this deeper exploration, I used a macro lens on my camera to reveal a closer look at the wondrous structure of leaves. Here are seven things I’m grateful for having observed.” Paul Cotter shares more. { read more }

Be The Change

Look closely at the leaves of your house plant, or the tree outside your window, or on a neighbors shrubbery. What do you see?

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Daily Rituals – Calming a RESTLESS MIND – Alberto Villoldo

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Elephant Journal: Meditations on Swan Symbolism & Its Graceful Message.

I love the graceful way the swan delivers its messages to me.
The Shamanic Journey website tells us:

“Swan’s wisdom includes awakening the power of self, balance, grace, inner beauty, innocence, self-esteem, understanding dream symbols, seeing into the future, understanding spirituality, evolution, developing intuitive abilities, divination, grace in dealing with others, and commitment

Read more….

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Treehugger: Male Dragonflies Get Less Flashy in Hotter Climates

When temperatures rise, male dragonflies have come up with a decidedly drab but clever way to stay cool. They lose some of the showy pigmentation on their wings, a new study finds. Shedding the dark patches helps regulate their body temperature, but it could make it harder to attract mates and fend off rivals.

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EarthSky News: What Is The Ecliptic?

Have you noticed that the sun, moon and planets all follow more or less the same path across our sky?

If you live in the high Arctic or Antarctic, you’ll see the sun or moon track along your horizon. But most of us – on most parts of Earth – see the sun arc across the sky from east to west, as Earth spins each day. The moon follows the sun’s path. And so do the major planets in our solar system. This imaginary track across our sky – the sun’s path during the day – is called the ecliptic.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: New Moon Musings Among the Waves
IRISANYA MOON

I have heard that this new moon offers the reminder of resourcing. Coming back. Coming into trueness.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Magic Music – The White Witch

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Inner Journey:

TRUST IN ABUNDANCE

“Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is at the moment.'”
— Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

“Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us.”
— David Spangler

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

You just never know who in the crowd, standing beside you in line or passing you in the street, might be raised in spirit, or even lifted from despair, by the kindness in your glance or the comfort of your smile.

But they may never forget.

Supersize me

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken with Mozzarella, Pesto, and Broccoli

Easy one-dish chicken dinner baked on a sheet pan with broccoli and tomatoes

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
July 13, 2021

Progress
“Our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.”

-George Eliot (1819-1880)


Progress is learning more about who we are. Progress is understanding and relating and empathizing with other people because we realize that we are all in this together. There is no separation between us. When we can truly experience that Oneness, we will have made real progress!

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Dress well, speak well, and spend time with people who normally might overlook you. Today you have more authority and influence than usual. At work, your superiors will recognize your talents and capabilities (though they might not outwardly acknowledge it). At home, you can be the ruler of all you survey and your word will go unchallenged. Be gracious and make it all beautiful.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Thought For The Day: Aug. 1, 2020 “Lughnasadh Blessings!”

Happy Lughnasadh!

The celebration of Lughnasadh marks the first harvest celebration of the season. The strength of the sun is in decline and the days are getting shorter.  It is the time of the “sacrificial god”. He knows his time is short and offers himself and his blood to ensure that the harvest will be successful. Embrace the early fruits of your labor and harvest from both your inner and outer gardens. Rejoice in what you have grown and created!

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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/

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 31, 2020 “Lammas Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 31, 2020 “Lammas 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. Happy first harvest!

Blessings, Cat

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“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”
– Faille, Lammas Ritual

gardendigest.com

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 1 Lughnasadh/ Lammas NH/ Imbolc SH

Aug 2 Moon enters Aquarius

Aug 3 Full “Sturgeon” Moon 8:58 am PST/ 9:58 am MST/ 11;58 am EST

Aug 5 Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins

Aug 5 Moon enters Pisces

Aug 7 Moon enters Aries

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

to be cont.

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Exemplore: Seven Crystals for Lammas (author: Claire)

Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh and is the first of the three pagan harvest festivals. It is considered a time of giving thanks as the sun’s strength begins to wane and the spring crops become ready for harvest. There is a feeling of abundance at Lammas, but it is important to remember the long winter that is to come and that many of the crops must be prepared and stored in preparation.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: The Legend of John Barleycorn

In English folklore, John Barleycorn is a character who represents the crop of barley harvested each autumn. Equally as important, he symbolizes the wonderful drinks which can be made from barley—beer and whiskey—and their effects.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Deities of the Fields

When Lammastide rolls around, the fields are full and fertile. Crops are abundant, and the late summer harvest is ripe for the picking. This is the time when the first grains are threshed, apples are plump in the trees, and gardens are overflowing with summer bounty.

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Pagan Library: Celebrate the Harvest of Life
Savannah Skye

The wheel has turned
Turned to this time of year
when Lughnasadh is here…

So come one and come all to…

Celebrate the harvest of life
Attune yourself to nature’s rhythms
For nature’s rhythms are eternal

Celebrate the harvest of life
The first harvest
The grain harvest

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3 Things You May Not Know About Lammas

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Pagan Library: The Coming of Lugh
Iarwain
Lugh the Il-Dana came to the Tara
Lugh Samildanach came to the palace of the Tutha De
Lugh, master of all arts, came to Eireann

The gate keeper did not recognize Lugh
The gate keeper asked the Il-Dana his name
The gate keeper asked Lugh Samildanach what skill he possessed.

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“‘Lughnassad’ means ‘the funeral games of Lugh’, referring to Lugh, the Irish sun god. However, the funeral is not his own, but the funeral games he hosts in honor of his foster-mother Tailte. For that reason, the traditional Tailtean craft fairs and Tailtean marriages (which last for a year and a day) are celebrated at this time. As autumn begins, the Sun God enters his old age, but is not yet dead. It is also a celebration of the first harvest. The Christian religion adopted this theme and called it ‘Lammas’, meaning ‘loaf-mass’, a time when newly baked loaves of bread are placed on the altar. An alternative date around August 5 (Old Lammas), when the sun reaches 15 degrees Leo, is sometimes employed by Covens.”
– Wiccan Holidays, Lughnassad (July 31 – August Eve)

gardendigest.com

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Lammas Altar Set-up ║ Lughnasadh 2020

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MBG: 7 Late Summer Rituals For Celebrating Abundance & Transformation

In the northern hemisphere, August is a month that many people spend cooling off on the beach or barbecuing in the backyard. Yet, we forget that the month historically signaled the start of the harvest season and the time to collect the first crops of grain, wheat, and oats.

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Patheos-Pagan: Making Bread at Lammas

Lammas (often used interchangeably with Lughnasadh to refer to August 1st) holds a special place in my heart. The heat might make summer my least favorite season, but Lammas marks the slow decline into fall. And, being a lover of baking bread, how could I not like this Sabbat?

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Pagan Playlist: Lammas(Lisa Thiel

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Inner Journey: 

LIVE NOW

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
— Annie Dillard

We lose the power of the moment because we’re so rarely in it. We’re reliving the past or speculating about the future. We continue to believe that tomorrow’s the day when I’ll be more capable, more wealthy, more fit and more loving. Meanwhile, I’m just putting in time, dreaming of better things but not making any concrete move to realize them.

When you find yourself thinking of the future or the past, bring your awareness into the present moment. Really experience how you feel and what’s happening around you, without judgment. If we can treasure each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what we have accomplished.

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”
— Horace Mann

“If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, ‘there goes another day of my life, never to return,’ you will become time conscious.”
— A. B. Zu Tavern

higherawareness.com
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“Blessed be the Harvest,
Blessed be the Corn Mother,
Blessed be the Grain God,
For together they nourish both body and soul.
Many blessings I have been given,
I count them now by this bread.
Guardian of the East, I pray for your indulgence.
Hear me now as I request your aid in the cycle of life.
As your winds blow through fields of ripened grain,
Carry loosened seeds upon your back
That they may fall amidst the soil
That is our Mother Earth.”
– Lammas Ritual

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Your Irish: Festival of Lughnasadh

The Celtic festival of Lughnasadh (from the old Gaelic Lugh the pagan God and nasad meaning assembly), Lughnasa or in old English, Lammas ( meaning loaf mass) is celebrated around the 1st August or roughly halfway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. It celebrates the first harvest of the year and the passing of summer into autumn.

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Today’s Recipe: Brighten your Summer with a Slice of Lemon Lavender Sunshine. {No-Bake Vegan Recipe}

I’ve incorporated lavender into my life wherever I can.
When I lived in Washington, I visited a lavender farm in Sequim; it became one of my favorite places.

Now you can transport yourself to the lavender fields and blueberry farm with this no-bake cake.

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Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh (loo-nas-ah)- Aug 1

Greater Sabbat/Cross Qtr day

Colors are yellows, reds, bronze, brown, orange

Scents & Herbs include frankincense, hollyhock, rose

Sacred Stones include red or orange stones, carnelian, citrine amber

The Sun God Lugh presides over this Sabbat and it is from his name comes the word Lughnasadh

This Sabbat is also known as the Feast of Bread and is a time of transformation. It is the first of the 3 harvest celebrations and was seen by our ancestors as the =eginning of Autumn.

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Raise the Horns: Why No One Loves Lammas (& Lughnasadh)

It’s Lammas time, and I see lots of posts on social media about bread and harvests, but there’s always a bit of a disconnect for many of us. I might try to bake some bread for the holiday, and my garden is showing signs of life;there are tomatoes on the vine, sunflowers approaching six feet tall, and I’ve got a few small pumpkins the size of at least softballs.

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Daily Tarot: The World

Embrace now as a joyful day. At the start, look in the mirror and see the joy that’s already in your eyes. Work with contentment, spend quality time with friends and family, and share your love of life with every stranger you meet. You don’t have to be overbearing and surprise people with your happiness. What you truly feel will shine on its own. The little things may bring you the most joy.

astrology.com

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Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh

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Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh

Date: August 1

This  Greater Sabbat and Cross Qtr day is also known as the Feast of Bread and is a time of transformation. The Sun God Lugh, whose name comes from the word Lughnasadh, is associated with this Sabbat. It is the first of the 3 harvest celebrations and was seen by our ancestors as the beginning of Autumn.


“Once upon a Lammas Night When corn rigs are bonny, Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light, I held awhile to Annie… The time went by with careless heed Between the late and early, With small persuasion, she agreed To see me through the barley… Corn rigs and barley rigs, Corn rigs are bonny! I’ll not forget that happy night Among the rigs with Annie!” – Robert Burns gardendigest.com


Sacred Symbols: Barley (all grains), Bread, Corn, and Corn Dollies, Cornucopias, Gourds, Scythe/Sickle, Sunflowers, Sun Wheels

Sacred Colors: Gold, Yellows, Red, Bronze, Brown, Orange, Green

Scents & Oils:  Frankincense, Rose, Rosemary, Basil, Sandalwood

Sacred Herbs:  Basil, Blackthorn, Clover, Goldenrod, Heather,  Marigold, Poppy, Rose/Rose Hips, Rosemary, Sunflower, Vervain, Yarrow

Sacred Stones:  All red or orange stones, Carnelian, Citrine, Amber, Moss Agate, Obsidian, Peridot, Tiger’s Eye


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/