The Magickal Herbs of Midsummer

 

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The Magickal Herbs of Midsummer

Fairy Offering: Sprinkle Sage or Vervain mixed with tobacco around your garden as an offering to the elemental’s and fairies who help things grow.

Chamomile: This sun herb can be used to protect your home from dark powers.

Chickweed: This love herb can be used to attract or improve an existing  relationship.

Chickory: This sun herb is used to over come obstacles, and win the favor of important people.

Cinquefoil: Use this herb for protection, purification and for abundance.

Delphinium (larkspur): Use this herb to gain selfless skills of leadership. If you gaze at the Midsummer fire through a bunch of delphinium it is said to strengthen your eyes.

Dogwood: This herb is used for protection.

Elder flower: This fairy flower can be used in wish fulfillment spells and blessings of people, places and things. This is a sacred fairy tree and it is said that the Elder Mother, a powerful dryad who lives in the Elder, will haunt any person who cuts down one of her trees. The stems of this tree plant are used to make panpipes and if you stand or sleep beneath an Elder you will see the King of the Fairies and his court go by.

Fennel: Use this herb in the Midsummer bonfire and if you hang it in your home it will bring health and protection.

Lavender: Use this herb in the Midsummer bonfire as an offering to the Lady and Lord. It can be used in love spells to attract men and if placed in the home promotes joy, peace, and healing.

Male Fern: This plant is said to attract women. It also brings luck and, if you burn it indoors it is said to bring rain.

 Meadowsweet: This fragrant plant is used for bridal bouquets and in love spells.

Mugwort: Crowns of this plant were traditionally made and worn at Midsummer. It is the protective herb of travelers and works against fatigue, wild animals, evil spirits and sunstroke. Made into tea it is said to bring prophetic visions and can help with scrying. Use the tea to cleanse mirrors and crystal balls.

Pine: Use for peace.

Rose: Traditional herb for love.

St. Johns Wort: This herb is picked at Midsummer and dried over the Midsummer fire. It is a powerful protective plant that help keep evil from your home. The scent of this plant will cause evil spirits to flee. It is the custom in Brittany to pray and ask for permission to harvest this plant. It should always picked with the left hand. With your white handled knife loosen the dirt around the plant and then pull the whole thing from the ground. The roots should be intact. This herb symbolizes the dismemberment of the god and considered a sacrifice.

Source: A Druids Herbal For The Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman

Herb Photo courtesy of freeimages.com


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 14, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 14, 2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
And radiant raindrops couching in cool flowers;
And flowers themselves, that sway through sunny hours;
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the Moon.
-Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

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MBG: Everything You Need To Know About The Magic (And Science) Of Breathwork

Breathwork has been construed as the link between consciousness and the spirit realm. Some maintain that it’s a shortcut to meditation. Whether you practice breathwork in a yoga class or as part of a PTSD healing protocol, engaging in controlled purposeful breathing patterns can actually help control the inner workings of your body, from heart rate variability to calming anxiety.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-is-breathwork-good-for

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ThoughtCo: Ten Great Ways to Celebrate Litha 

It’s Litha, the longest day of the year! The sun will shine more today than any other day of the year, and it’s a day to get outdoors and celebrate. Spend the day in the sun with your family. Play outdoors, go for a hike, and enjoy all the delights the earth has to offer

https://www.thoughtco.com/great-ways-to-celebrate-litha-2562249

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QoTD:

“ Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace. ”

– Ronald Reagan

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Elephant Journal: Suicide doesn’t Discriminate: 6 Warning Signs that could save someone you Love

Last Tuesday morning, we woke to news that designer Kate Spade had hung herself—with a scarf.
By Friday morning, the news was covering Anthony Bourdain’s suicide by hanging. As I combed the articles and updates for suicide resources, I found most of them lacking. In many cases, the juicy, morbid details took center stage over the more important topic of discussion—where to get help.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/suicide-does-not-discriminate-six-warning-signs-for-someone-you-love/

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MNN: Dutch neighborhood of 3D-printed houses will be world’s first

The Netherlands’ fifth largest city, Eindhoven, is best known as the birthplace of electronics giant Philips, for its top-notch technical institute and for being an all-around hotbed of design, innovation and charged-up Dutch geek culture. Its most iconic building is an amorphous, 82-foot-tall glass and steel structure dubbed “De Blob” that serves as a portal to a massive underground bicycle garage

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/blogs/dutch-3d-printed-houses-will-be-worlds-first

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EarthSky News: Moon, Mercury, Venus June 14 to 16

After sunset these next several evenings – June 14, 15 and 16, 2018 – watch for the young waxing crescent moon to swing by our sun’s two inferior planets, Mercury and Venus. On all of these evenings, it’ll be easy to see Venus shortly after sundown

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-swings-by-2-planets-june-14-16

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Patheos-Pagan:  Summer Solstice In Ancient Greek And Modern Times

Summer Solstice is often referred to as “midsummer”, and had differing traditions surrounding it in ancient pagan times. Among the Greeks, there were some calendars which pivoted around the summer solstice.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/06/summer-solstice-ancient-greek-modern/

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Inner Journey

DON’T AVOID THE VOID

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.”
— Dan Millman

To change, we must go through a transition zone. It’s not easy being in transition. Thoughts, beliefs and habits are all in flux. It can create a sense of groundlessness, of being in a void that can be quite uncomfortable.

When we’re in the void, our first impulse will be to revert to old habits because they feel comfortable. Our goal is to hang in there until the change is complete. Knowing that TRANSITIONS ARE PART OF THE CHANGE PROCESS helps us muster the courage to put up with the discomfort, the uneasiness, the void.

Change requires a letting go of what we’ve always known and done to allow in something new. We need to trust ourselves and higher forces to unfold a new reality for us.

“Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
— Dan Millman

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Sometimes when things take longer than you thought they would, it’s just a gentle reminder that you have more time than you thought—and that there’s a journey to enjoy.

Yeah, like all the time in the world.

Enjoy every minute,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Chocolate Ganache

I needed a chocolate ganache to frost a cake and didn’t have time to go to the store to get heavy cream, so I made this alternative using chocolate chips, butter and milk. You can use it as a dessert topping, too!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Easy-Chocolate-Ganache.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

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

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
June 14,  2018

Humor

“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat!” -Joanne Woodward

Sure, Joanne Woodward can talk – she’s married to Paul Newman! But look what she really values in her husband: his sense of humor. Our sense of humor will take us far in this life. Laughter is like medicine – it keeps us healthy and feeling good. It’s a way of experiencing joy, and a joyful life is a spiritual life, recognizing and appreciating our connection with the Divine.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Inspiring Quotes on Having Patience

It has been said, “Patience is a virtue” and “good things come to those who wait.” When we learn to accept what is, and embrace life in each present moment, our impatience often falls away

Read More………………

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 13, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 13, 2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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Roses smile in their white content,
Roses blush in their crimson bliss,
As the vagrant breezes, wooing them,
Ruffle their petals with careless kiss.
-Henry Hewlett (1861-1923)

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Thought.Co: Litha Legends and Lore

Litha, or Midsummer, is a celebration that has been observed for centuries, in one form or another. It is no surprise, then, that there are plenty of myths and legends associated with this time of year. Let’s take a look at some of the best known summer solstice folklore

https://www.thoughtco.com/litha-legends-and-lore-2562233

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MBG: 8 Wellness Rituals To Keep In Mind For The Rest Of Gemini Season

As the Sun zings through Gemini until June 21, we can all tap into the communicative, agile, and youthful qualities that this star sign represents. And while this time may provide us with more connection and curiosity, intellectual orientation and social natures, it may also pose an array of unique challenges

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-finish-out-gemini-season-healthily

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Did You Know?

There are more living organisms in a handful of soil than there are people on earth.

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Elephant Journal: A Simple act of Self Care that can help you Start Fresh each Day

Maybe you’ve been there too: in a moment where frustration seems to come out of nowhere and has you yelling at your cat while her golden eyes just stare back with a “what the…” kind of look.

Well, I’ve been having those days lately.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/a-simple-act-of-self-care-that-can-help-you-start-fresh-each-day/

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MNN: Humans are merely visitors at this conservation oasis in Florida

About 30 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, hundreds of imperiled animals wander an internationally known 17,000-acre facility. Although well-known in conservation and animal circles, sprawling White Oak Conservation somehow isn’t on the general radar

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/white-oak-conservation-facility-florida

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EarthSky News: Earliest sunrises before summer solstice

At mid-northern latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, the earliest sunrises of the year happen around mid-June, despite the fact that the summer solstice – the year’s longest day – is still about a week away. And if you live at middle latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, the earliest sunsets take place around now, even though the winter solstice – the year’s shortest day – isn’t for another week.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/earliest-sunrises-before-june-solstice-jupiter-venus

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Patheos-Pagan: Dropping Expectations: What Polytheists & Pagans Need To Relearn About Religion

I’m one of the luckier ones; I not only have been a polytheist for most of my life, but I was neither raised in a Christian household nor with any particular religion whatsoever. It’s not that I feel that Christianity is bad–I certainly harbor no ill feelings towards it.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/06/dropping-expectations-relearn-religion/

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Inner Journey:  

HARD WORK

“Work should be in order to live. We don’t live in order to work. That shift in awareness is necessary.”
— Matthew Fox

What are your beliefs around work? Do you believe it’s necessary to work hard to earn a living? No pain, no gain? Do you believe women’s work is never done? That play is a waste of time?

While there are merits to the work ethic, over-work takes a serious toll on the quality of our lives. Our ability to contribute to life requires us to have a sense of balance, joy, playfulness, time to stop and smell the flowers.

“Learning to let go of the ways we inadvertently and unconsciously contribute to our own pain is the key to finding radiant physical and emotional health.”
— Ingrid Bacci

“To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.”
— Samuel Butler

“The true object of all human life is play.”
— G.K. Chesterton

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Have you noticed that all great accomplishments require four things:

A dream, action, patience, and a whole bunch of miracles?

The miracles part is on me.

1, 2, 3, Me –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmeh)

When I was younger, one of the reasons I adored long road trips was because my mum would make these awesome portable stuffed grape leaves to eat as we travelled. These delicious finger foods are filled with protein and make a great meal. They’re awesome for lunchbox meals and picnics. These keep well for several days in the fridge.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Stuffed-Grape-Leaves-Dolmeh.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
June 13, 2018

Humor

“I think laughter may be a form of courage… As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.” -Linda Ellerbee

We can rise above all of our problems. We are bigger than any of them anyway! When things get rough, we have a choice – we can be devastated and beat down, or we can face it head-on and say:”Okay, here we go again. I can take it. I can learn from this. I am growing and I can handle this!” Having a good sense of humor gets us through a lot. It’s just a different way of looking at things, one that recognizes the power that we have over our problems, not the other way around!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 4 Ways to Be Your Authentic Self 

Forget about conforming to societal ideals and what others try to you mold you to be. Here are four ways to be your true, authentic self.

Explore……………….

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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/