Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Come ye into the summer woods;
There entereth no annoy;
All greenly wave the chestnut leaves,
And the earth is full of joy.
-Mary Howitt (1799-1888)

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Spirit Library: Lunar Eclipse and The Sandman

We had a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn (24 degrees), with Pluto almost right alongside it (22 degrees) adding to the emotional intensity. Lunar Eclipses reveal things. They bring hidden influences to the surface – emotions, insights, secrets. They are associated with endings and letting go – of habits, patterns, wounds, dreams or even people. A Lunar Eclipse can feel like a Full Moon x 100 so if you’re a sensitive person you might be feeling particularly on edge this week – some people feel it a couple days prior, others in the couple of days following.

https://spiritlibrary.com/dana-mrkich/lunar-eclipse-and-the-sandman

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ThoughtCo: How to Light a Candle with Intention

Lighting a candle for a particular purpose or intention is practiced worldwide from people of all walks of life, varied spiritual leanings, and a diverse array of religions. Lighting a candle symbolizes bringing light to our wishes or desires. A candle can be lit as a prayer for peace or a request for healing

https://www.learnreligions.com/light-a-candle-with-intention-3857353

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MBG: These Super-Cooling Foods Act Like An Internal AC, According To Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system designed to naturally balance your body and nurture your digestive system. In ayurveda, there’s the idea of “fire” energy and “heat”—words you wouldn’t necessarily toss around in a Western medical office but notions that can be quite useful when looking to cool your body internally

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-use-ayurveda-to-naturally-cool-your-body-during-summer

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Today’s Deity: Yemanja-Goddess of the Sea

Yemanja (Orisha/Goddess)from the Yoruba people and IFA tradition has become prominent in the Afro-American religions and other forms of African American diasporic spirtuality which can be found in various countries of the Caribbean and Latin America as well as parts of the USA

https://yemanjalove.wordpress.com/

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Elephant Journal: 30 Important Reminders about the Darkness within You.
The darkness isn’t wrong.
It’s part of life, a backdrop for the stars at night, the space between what we know. Darkness has a way of reminding us of the light we’ve been given on all those other days.

We don’t need to drown the darkness with light. We don’t need to replace negativity with positivity. We bring the darkness to the light, like an offering.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/30-quotes-about-darkness-light-to-help-us-appreciate-both-dina-al-mahdy/

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MNN: Loggerhead sea turtles nesting in record numbers in Southeast

Massive loggerhead sea turtles lumber ashore each summer to dig nests in the sand along the Atlantic Coast. Although they’re found worldwide mostly in subtropical and temperate ocean waters, they’re the most abundant sea turtle species found in U.S. coastal waters of the Atlantic, from North Carolina through southwest Florida, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/loggerhead-sea-turtles-nesting-record-numbers-southeast

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EarthSky News: Deneb and Cygnus the Swan

Tonight’s chart has you looking eastward at the famous Summer Triangle. Today, notice the star Deneb, the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle. Its constellation is Cygnus the Swan. In a dark country sky, you can see that Cygnus is flying along the starlit trail of the summer Milky Way.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/summer-triangle-deneb-and-its-constellation-cygnus-2

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Patheos-Pagan: Working Magic With The Angelic Forces

Working magic with the angelic forces is an aspect of the Western Mystery Tradition which has pervaded most systems and traditions for centuries, one way or another. From the late medieval and renaissance magicians and astrologers, cunning men and wise women, to the later nineteenth-century Hermeticists and occultists, the angelic forces have held an inclusive position

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/bythepalemoonlight/2018/05/working-magic-with-the-angelic-forces/

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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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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

It might be a busy day, but try to make some time for yourself. Any time you spend meditating or settling your mind will be time well spent. It doesn’t have to be spent sitting around and being idle all day. Staring pensively into that cup of tea for a few moments can be equally beneficial. Calm your mind, and your heart, and make it an at-peace day.

astrology.com

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A Note from the Universe

When you finally see what this whole time-space-thing is all about you’re going to laugh; you’re going to cry; and you’re going to be so, so, so, so, so happy you LOVED as much as you did.
Dotingly,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Summer Dill and Ham Potato Salad

This is a wonderfully light potato salad with ham and dill pickles. It’s also great because when there’s left over “ham” as there usually is after a holiday, this is just another yummy way to use up your extra ham.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Summer-Dill-and-Ham-Potato-Salad.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday 

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

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

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
July 19, 2019

Sharing

“No good thing is pleasant to possess without friends to share it.”

-Seneca the Younger (5? B.C. – A.D. 65)

What’s the point of having a big screen TV if you can’t have some friends over for an NBA play-offs party every once in awhile? I don’t think Seneca the Younger had that specifically in mind when he wrote this, but I’m sure they had something of the equivalent in his day! Whatever we have is more sweet when it is shared.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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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!

https://www.learnreligions.com/easy-decorating-ideas-for-lammas-lughansadh-2562200

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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, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July  15, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Very good in the grass to lie
And see the network ‘gainst the sky,
A living lace of blue and green,
And boughs that let the gold between.
-Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1861-1931)

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Spiritual Unite: Hawk Spirit Animal – Take The High Road

Your hawk spirit animal appears in your life when you are optimistic, you need a higher perspective, or you would benefit from a more systematic approach.
This is a powerful spirit animal that flies into your awareness during spiritually active times in your life.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/hawk-spirit-animal/

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ThoughtCo: Pagan Prayers for the Lammas Sabbat 

At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end. Use these simple seasonal prayers to celebrate Lammas, the early grain harvest.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-prayers-and-blessings-4057769

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

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

astrology.com

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MBG: Heads Up: There’s A Full Moon AND Mercury Retrograde This Week

The Capricorn full moon on Tuesday is an invitation to check in with your goals.
Do you remember those New Year’s resolutions you made way back at the beginning of 2019? Or maybe some wishes you set in motion with the Capricorn solar eclipse on January 5?

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-july-15-21-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Wise Woman Herbal: Herbal and Home Remedies That Prevent Memory Loss
by Susun S. Weed

Even a single family member who is senile or afflicted with Alzheimer’s is enough to make anyone dread the possibility. Since women have always lived longer than men, the Ancient Grandmothers have a thing or two to tell us about how to keep our memory sharp until the day we die (at 100+).

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-ezine/7773646

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Elephant Journal: 6 Truth-Bombs to help Unearth your Best Self.

How do we find the way to our truest selves?
How can we navigate our lives to achieve joy and satisfaction?

Happiness seems to be the ultimate goal, but it’s a challenge for most of us. Sadly, we waste a lot of time waiting for it, or pursuing dead ends.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/6-ways-to-truly-unearth-your-best-self-kimberly-valzania/

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MNN: 14 things you didn’t know about goats

Baby goats are as cute as puppies. When you see one, you just want to pick it up and cuddle it and take it home. In fact, researchers found that goats are more like dogs than we thought. They’ll look people in the eye when they’re frustrated with a task and could use a little help, according to a study published in Biology Letters.

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/things-you-didnt-know-about-goats

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EarthSky News: Moon goes by Saturn night of July 15

On July 15, 2019, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon and the planet Saturn pair up together on the sky’s dome, staying out nearly all night long. Saturn just passed its yearly opposition on July 9. It’s now at its brightest and best for all of 2019. Although the July 15 moon will probably appear full to the eye, it isn’t truly full until the night of July 16

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-goes-by-saturn-night-of-july-15-16

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Patheos-Pagan: The Power Of The Witches’ Mind: Self-Deception, The Imagined Other, And Sympathetic Magick

Through our powerful witches’ minds, we create magick both in the form of an actual poppet or of the entirely energetic variety when we create mighty illusions of ourselves and others. Like sympathetic witchcraft, our thoughts create beings of ourselves and others that may have little to do with truth. Whether the poppet is a physical creation or entirely an energetic thought-form, sticking needles and otherwise giving attention to false poppets leads to trouble.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2019/07/the-witches-journey-self-deception-the-imagined-other-and-servitors/

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Inner Journey:

ON SADNESS

“Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. …Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the ‘healing feeling.'”
— John Bradshaw

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
— William Shakespeare

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.”
— George Eliot

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”
— Lao-tzu

“When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”
— Sufi epigram

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Tezcatlipoca: Aztec God of Night and Smoking Mirrors

Tezcatlipoca (Tez-ca-tlee-POH-ka), whose name means “Smoking Mirror”, was the Aztec god of night and sorcery, as well as the patron deity of Aztec kings and young warriors. As with many Aztec gods, he was associated with several aspects of Aztec religion, the sky, and the earth, winds and the north, kingship, divination, and war. For the different aspects he embodied, Tezcatlipoca was also known as the Red Tezcatlipoca of the West, and the Black Tezcatlipoca of the North, associated with death and cold.

https://www.thoughtco.com/tezcatlipoca-aztec-god-of-night-172964

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A Note from the Universe

And the day will come when all of the gold in the world will not appeal to you as much as having just one more day of being who and where you already are, with what you already have.
If it hasn’t already.
Thank you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Zingy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

It’s so easy to make just about any kind of salad dressing, and fast. Made without any preservatives, and just tastes better when you make them yourself. If you like a little zing (spicy hot) this honey mustard dressing you’re sure to enjoy.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Zingy-Honey-Mustard-Salad-Dressing.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
July 15, 2019 

Sharing

“For we must share, if we would keep,
that blessing from above;
Ceasing to give, we cease to have;
such is the law of love.”
-Richard C. Trench

By sharing we recognize the abundance of whatever it is we have and are content to allow others to participate in our good fortune. There’s another saying that “love isn’t love until you give it away.” Blessings, like love, are meant to be shared. And whatever we share we seem to have more of!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Powerful Habits to Transform Your Life

Your habits play a vital role in shaping up your life and bringing desired outcomes. Whatever and wherever you are today, it’s the sum of your habits. The law of karma says your actions alone are responsible for what you will be tomorrow, which means the habits you practice today will determine how your tomorrow will be.

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 July 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 12, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots, and gillyflowers.
-Sara Coleridge (1802-52)

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Spiritual Unite: Blue Star Spiritual Meaning – Fresh Start For Earth

The Blue Star spiritual meaning relates to the teachings of the Hopi culture in North America, a tribe of Native Americans that foretold the coming of European settlers.
Their teachings speak of nine signs that precede the final cleansing of humanity

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/blue-star-spiritual-meaning/

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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.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-lughnasadh-rites-and-rituals-2561564

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Elephant Journal: Celebrate your Small Wins in Life.

Challenges are called challenges for a reason.
When you’re facing a tough time, it can feel impossible not to get discouraged. Challenges push you in different ways to grow into a better version of yourself, even if that means breaking down before you can get back up.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/small-wins-wont-change-the-world-but-they-can-change-your-life-dina-al-mahdy/

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Daily Good: Creating Welcoming Space

“Hospitality means creating welcoming space for the other. Henri J. Nouwen notes that the Dutch word for hospitality, gastvrijheid, means ‘the freedom of the guest.’ It entails creating not just physical room but emotional spaciousness where the stranger can enter and be himself or herself, where the stranger can become ally instead of threat, friend instead of enemy.” In a time when it is more crucial than ever for humanity to revisit its relationship to strangers, this passage from Sr. Marilyn Lacey shines like a beacon.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2355/creating-welcoming-space-sr-marilyn-lacey/

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

astrology.com

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MNN: 11 things you didn’t know about opossums
There’s a lot to admire about these quirky critters.

Pity the poor opossum. The oft-maligned marsupial definitely suffers from an image problem — it is frequently perceived more as a giant, dirty, scavenging rat rather than a cute creature of the wild. But whether you love them or hate them, North America’s only marsupial has a set of unique characteristics that might transform aversion into affection.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-opossums

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Wise Woman Herbal: The Rhythms of Life
by Ann Marie Fryer Wiboltt

Today I went for a walk in my garden, which is nestled among the fields and woods with late summer flowers. It was humid and hot. The leaves of the near by maple trees had begun to turn yellow and orange, one by one spiraling to the ground. I felt the warmth of the air touching my skin and the wet, flexible soil below my feet. With my awareness I began to sense life itself. I sensed inwardly how the earth breathes and changes. I entered into the blue of the sky; let it permeate my whole being and felt the reverence that embraces the earth. I was filled with joy and reverence of just being.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7339439

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EarthSky News: Moon to sweep by Jupiter July 12 to 14

On the evenings of July 12, 13 and 14, 2019, watch for the bright waxing gibbous moon to swing by the giant planet Jupiter. Fortunately, the king planet is so bright that this world can easily withstand the lunar glare. After all, Jupiter is the 4th-brightest light in the heavens, after the sun, moon and planet Venus. Venus is a morning object, virtually lost in the sun’s glare now, so there’s no way to mistake Venus for Jupiter in the July evening sky.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-to-sweep-by-jupiter-july-12-14

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Patheos-Pagan: The Most Dreaded Cards in the Tarot & How To Embrace Them

It’s time for your annual reading or perhaps, you are having a crisis and need some insight… you head to your favorite reader and as the cards are slowly being turned over…one by one… your anticipation gets carried away. Secretly, you are hoping that the reading goes well and you do not get any ‘bad’ cards.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefairytalewitch/2018/08/the-most-dreaded-cards-in-the-tarot-how-to-embrace-them/

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Inner Journey:

A FOCUS ON YOU OR ME?

“Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Are you more self-conscious or other-conscious?

Watch your motives for the day. Are they generally about you (your own desires and needs) or are they about others and their needs? There are no right and wrong answers here.

We must guard, though, that we aren’t using service to others as a means to get our own ego needs met. If we are, we would be wise to meet our own needs first so our interactions with others are not primarily self- serving.

“We are able to be of service to those who suffer only to the extent that we have been able to transform fear in our own lives.”
— Robert Sardello

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Bast

Areas of Influence: Bast, the Egyptian cat Goddess had numerous areas of influence that developed over time. She became both a nurturing mother figure and a terrifying avenger.

https://www.goddess-guide.com/bast.html

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A Note from the Universe

Some people smile to make friends.

Others smile to look younger and live longer.

And then there are those, Cat, who so totally get life, that smiling is all they know.

Cheese,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Morning Chia Detox Drink

Chia seeds are a healthy addition to anyone’s breakfast. This morning detox drink also contains honey and tumeric to jump start your day.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Morning-Chia-Detox-Drink-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

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

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
July 12, 2019

Uncertainty

“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”
-Erich Fromm

I think this is kind of like “necessity is the mother of invention.” What makes us learn and grow and propels us forward is uncertainty. If everything were certain we would get lazy pretty quick- Instead we are constantly challenged to find solutions and better our conditions.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Mercury Cycles again- Keeps life Interesting!
Life happens in Cycles. We are in the midst of another cycle with Mercury Retrograde (July 7th to August 2nd), so expect this next month to be an interesting one. Don’t groan, learn to love mercury! I…

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 July 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 11, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky.
-William C. Bryant (1794-1878)

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Spiritual Unite: Hawk Spirit Animal – Take The High Road

Your hawk spirit animal appears in your life when you are optimistic, you need a higher perspective, or you would benefit from a more systematic approach.
This is a powerful spirit animal that flies into your awareness during spiritually active times in your life

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/hawk-spirit-animal/

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Cooking & Recipes

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. If you’re one of our gluten-free Pagan readers, be sure to read the article about celebrating Lammas when you’re on a gluten-free diet. Let’s take advantage of the gifts of the garden, and cook up a feast to celebrate the first harvest at Lammas

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-cooking-and-recipes-2562188

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Daily Good: Unexpected Art in Unexpected Places

What happens when we look more closely, whether with the naked eye or equipment? Incredible details come into focus, bringing with them the possibility of beauty and interest we might never have conceived of. Imagine what would occur if you suddenly zoomed in on all those things you have lying around your house and studio or rusting outside. What new art might be inspired by such “stuff”? Mikra Knaster shares more in this piece

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2263/unexpected-art-in-unexpected-places-mirka-knaster/

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: Remember This when you feel Fat, Unlovable & Not Good Enough.

I am not strong because I have an iron will and Protestant work ethic.
I am not strong because I can slap a game face on and pull myself up by my bootstraps.
I am not strong because “I wish a mother f*cker would.”
I am strong because one day, I decided to love myself exactly as I am.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/03/remember-this-when-you-feel-fat-unlovable-not-good-enough-angela-meyer/

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MNN: The red-cockaded woodpecker is making a comeback

Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers were once common across the Southeast U.S. The mostly black-and-white birds made their homes in pine forests, drilling holes in the trees to search for insects. But with increased logging, much of their habitat was lost. As the trees diminished, so did the woodpeckers.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/red-cockaded-woodpecker-southeast

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EarthSky News: Moon’s near side is its dark side

Tonight, while the moon is a few days shy of meeting up with the king planet Jupiter, let’s see if we can make out the dark areas on tonight’s waxing gibbous moon. These smooth, low-lying lunar plains are called maria, the plural for the word mare, the Latin word for sea. You should be able to see the darkened portions on the moon with the eye alone. The dark maria on the moon’s near side – the solidified remnants of ancient lunar seas of molten magma – make the near side of the moon reflect less light than the far side, which has fewer maria

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moons-dark-side-faces-earth

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Patheos-Pagan: Sea Charm for Protection

Last month I was out of town much of the month. Part of my travel was to San Francisco for a lovely well needed vacation. The second part was to attend my 2nd year at Pantheacon. It was a fantastic time, and I will be blogging about some of the things I learned very soon. However this blog is all about a Sea Charm for protection.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/waterwitch/2015/03/sea-charm-for-protection.html

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Today’s Deity: Kali

Kali comes from the Sanskrit root word Kal which means time. There is nothing that escapes the all-consuming march of time. In Tibetan Buddhism Her counterpart is male with the name Kala. Mother Kali is the most misunderstood of the Hindu goddesses. The Encyclopedia Britannica is grossly mistaken in the following quote, “Major Hindu goddess whose iconography, cult, and mythology commonly associate her with death, sexuality, violence, and, paradoxically in some of her later historical appearances, motherly love

http://goddess.ws/kali.html

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW AND RECOMMIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

It’s not the career you choose the friend you marry, or the path you take that determines success or happiness in life, but that each day, in some small way, you seek to amaze as much as be amazed.

You “Wow” me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Creamy Garlic Sauce

This is a delicious and easy-to-make garlic sauce. It’s based on a Lebanese garlic sauce I get at one of my favourite shops, but this comes out to being about 1/5th the price (and has no chemicals)! I like using this alongside my meat dishes, as a roast veggie dip, or swiped on breads and crackers.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Creamy-Garlic-Sauce.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
July 11, 2019

Uncertainty

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.”
-R.I. Fitzhenry

We live in a world of uncertainty. No matter how hard we plan or schedule or try to control things, the truth is that anything can happen, at any time! We can embrace that, and take what comes- or we can live in a state of apprehension. But we can’t change the “unknowingness” – that’s just a part of life, so we might as well enjoy it!

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: 27 Common Things That Prevent Our Happiness
Instead of looking outwards for happiness, simply look within at all the ways you are preventing yourself from being happy in this very moment — and work on letting them go. To get you started,…
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!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 9, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 9, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Meaning Of Peacock Feather – Physical And Spiritual

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

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

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ThoughtCo: Make Your Own Besom

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

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

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

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

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

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Did you know…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

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

astrology.com

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Tetraktys: Lughnasadh Gratitude Ritual: A Bread & Beer Celebration

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

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

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on July 8 and 9

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

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

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Patheos-Pagan: Magickal Fatigue: When You Need Inspiration

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

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

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Today’s Deity: Astarte

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

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

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Inner Journey:

FINDING CONTENTMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

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

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Tex-Mex Spiced Lentils

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

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Tex-Mex-Spiced-Lentils.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
July 9, 2019

Uncertainty

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

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

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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Lughnasadh Blessings!

Happy Lughnasadh/Lammas!

May this festival of Lammas bring you blessings of the Harvest, Health and Hearth;

And bring you joy and all good things to fill your heart.

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 19, 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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this is the garden: colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
this is the garden: pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms, and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.
-e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

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Thoughtco: Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-lammas-harvest-celebration-2562170

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MBG: A Mantra To Help You Own Your Feminine Energy (Regardless Of Your Gender)

Real talk: I don’t think the future is female.

Hear me out. This catchy phrase implies implies that there’s an inherent imbalance between female and male, and such labels and categorizations serve to only further divide us. Truly positive change can come only when we are all-encompassing rather than exclusive.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/a-mantra-to-help-you-own-your-feminine-energy

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Daily Good: A Heartmindfulness Revolution

From a young age, the current mode of education encourages us to develop our intellects and to find success by getting a prestigious job, making large sums of money and acquiring things. But what happens when the mind is sharp but the heart is neglected and becomes numb? The unfortunate outcome is seen all around us in a culture rife with attitudes and technology that dehumanizes our most basic sense of goodness.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2051/a-heartmindfulness-revolution-pancho-ramos-stierle/

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual for those Impossible Mornings. 

Every morning was a surprise.
In another life, not so long ago, the journey from my sheets to the coffee pot seemed impossible.
Morning was a foggy mystery full of unwelcome clues from the night before and too much wine. Sunlight was an aggressive force against the slicing pain between my eyes. Every day felt like a continuation of confusion from all the nights before. I did not feel real. I could not seem to step into myself and start my day effectively. Something needed to change.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/07/a-morning-ritual-for-those-impossible-mornings/

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MNN: This tiny fern could help fight climate change

A fern with leaves no larger than a gnat could be one of the most important plants on Earth.

Researchers have sequenced the genome of Azolla filiculoides, a bright green fern with a long history, and they’ve discovered the genes that give the fern some incredible abilities: It’s able to “fix” nitrogen on its own, to ward off insects and to be a carbon sink.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/tiny-fern-could-reduce-climate-change

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EarthSky News: Tonight  Altair and Aquila

You’ll recognize Altair for the 2 fainter stars on either side of it, as if the 3 were “walking the Milky Way hand in hand and three abreast.”

Read more……………

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Patheos-Pagan: Tarot, Snakes & Ladybugs; or, What the Hell, Universe

The day I decided to pursue the idea of witchcraft, a ladybug nestled into the tread of my shoe.
This, I think, will be the title of my autobiography. Ladybug in My Shoe: a memoir by K. C. Alexander. People will wonder why there’s not enough sex in it. I’ll tell them ladybugs aren’t my type. They will look at me oddly. I will smile.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kacealexander/2018/06/tarot-snakes-ladybugs/

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Inner Journey: 

FEEL YOUR EMOTIONS

“The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.”
— Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don’t let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Oncem they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.”
— Deepak Chopra

“We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past.”
— Doc Childre

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
— Audre Lorde

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A Note from the Universe 

Go for it, not once, but again and again and again. Whatever it takes. Because in the end, with arms held high in the winner’s circle, beaming with joy, as light as a feather, crying your eyes out, you’ll see how fantastically disproportionate the rewards are for the effort expended, the risks taken, and the price paid – no matter how many false starts you endured. And you’ll be astounded by how quickly you made it, even though, when the going got tough and your spirits ebbed, you thought you’d never, ever, ever, “see the day.”

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins

You will taste the chocolate, but not the beans that give these muffins a lot of protein. I used mini semi-sweet chips instead of bittersweet and Truvia Nectar instead of honey.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Black-Bean-Blender-Muffins.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
July 19, 2018

Enthusiasm

“The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.”

-Edwin Way Teale

Can’t you just picture this scenario? A fisherman who LOVES to fish doesn’t just love those moments when he actually lands one – he loves the whole process. Similarly, an actor with an enthusiasm for his craft is just as happy doing a part in a community theatre play as he would be starring in a feature film. What makes for an “interesting event?” What compels us to hang in there? It’s the whole process that generates enthusiasm when we truly love to do what we do.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Ways to Create Lasting Change in Your Life
When you think about how hard it is to make changes in your life, you’re tempted to give up before you even start. It’s easier to coast through a good enough life. Everywhere you look, another…

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/