Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 20, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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April Events & Holidays

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again.
-John Dennis (1657-1734)

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Spirit Library: Manifest Miracles (a message from Kate Spreckley)

It has been an intense time with many sudden changes, transformations and awakenings. The world is in a phase of breakdown as the old destructive patterns fail and disintegrate.

Read more….

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Emergence Magazine: Finnegas by Paul Kingsnorth
In the time of this great, strange plague, Paul Kingsnorth returns to the Celtic tale of Finnegas, the woodland hermit who devoted his life to catching and eating the salmon that contained the wisdom of the world.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Egyptian Paganism – Kemetic Reconstruction

There are some traditions of modern Paganism that follow the structure of the ancient Egyptian religion. Typically these traditions, sometimes referred to as Kemetic Paganism or Kemetic reconstruction, follow basic principles of Egyptian spirituality such as honoring the Neteru, or deities, and finding a balance between….

Read more….

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MBG: What It Means That Earth Day Falls On A New Moon This Year

This year’s Earth Day on April 22 will be special for a few reasons: It’s the 50th anniversary of the holiday, most people will be observing it from home, and the sky will be extra dark that night due to the new moon in Taurus.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Wood

1. Wood furniture in good condition indicates security and comfort on the horizon, while worn out old furniture warns of rough times ahead.
2. Lumber neatly stacked is a sign of progress and advancement, while beat-up old lumber lying on the ground augurs disappointment, or the need for careful planning in order to avoid disappointment.
3. A fallen log lying on the ground hints at surprises coming, while logs floating down a river portend rapid progress.
4. A log jam indicates obstacles and delays, and a difficult problem calling for a lot of ingenuity.
Astrological parallel: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Tarot parallel: The Empress.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: How to Lead a More Courageous Life

When confronted with fear, the brain will seek relief in the form of old coping habits if left to its own devices. However, there are things we can do to help it change course. If we set the stage for courage, our awareness of what happens to us becomes our greatest ally. “The more you interrupt the old fear-based habits and replace fear-based responses with responses to boost courage, the more you create a ‘courage habit.’ By living your life with courage, you’ll be more likely to make the changes that will lead to greater fulfillment — whether that’s embarking on a new relationship or job, or helping to save the world.” In this article from Greater Good, five tips for changes in your life that will make you aware of how you experience fear, and { read more }

Be The Change

Notice how you experience fear in the body. Try practicing with one or more of the suggestions in the article.

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Today’s Spell: A Spell for our Global Community

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Elephant Journal: Taurus New Moon: Release the Bullsh*t of the Past & Choose Radical Self-Change. {April 22-23}

There’s a humble grounding energy with this new moon.
April 22, 2020—Earth Day.

Yet it’s totally unstable and also chaotic, as Uranus—the planet of awakening and radical change—pulses in to rudely and surprisingly show us what cannot last any longer.

Read more….

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MNN: Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed
Messiness is music to a pollinator’s ears.

Not everyone on the planet is reeling from the pandemic. In fact, some species are flourishing in the absence of humans. And soon, according to one of England’s biggest conservation groups, bees and wildflowers may join that list.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Watch for Lyrid meteors this week

It’s Lyrid meteor time again! The Lyrids aren’t the richest shower of the year. In a dark sky, you might see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour at the shower’s peak. But the Lyrids are always welcome, a break from the “meteor drought” that always comes in the early part of every year. In 2020, the skinny and almost-new moon won’t hinder the view. Bring on the Lyrids!

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Trobar de Morte – Summoning The Gods

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Patheos-Pagan: Five Thieves Magick for Banishing Illness 

Nothing like a new pandemic to bring out all the old plague lore. Legend has it that long ago, grave robbers once brokered their freedom in exchange for the secret to how they didn’t contract the deadly plague while pillaging their victims.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

A NEW LOOK AT PROBLEMS

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
— Theodore Rubin

Our lives really begin to change when we learn to shift our perspective on ‘problems.’

From a spiritual perspective, problems offer our best path to growth. Like it or not, pain gets our attention. Discomfort also challenges the ego’s perception that it is in complete control of life. This opens the door for soul’s guidance.

If we want to be rid of the problem, we need to shift from denial and resistance to accept that this situation is present. We need to be willing to truly feel our experience to allow the energy of emotions to move through.

Finally, we need to explore what belief is giving rise to our distress. When we realize the belief is faulty, our shift in perspective resolves the problem. The solution always lies within us.

“No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
— Source Unknown

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

I don’t quite know if it’s the way your mind works, or your emotional sensitivity. I don’t know if it’s the way you laugh, or the way you cry. Could be your tenacity and courage. Or maybe it’s your wit and spontaneity. Truth is there’s never been anyone like you, so it’s hard to tell. But whatever it is, to me, from here, right now, you sure improve the view.

You are so-o-o-o beautiful.

Gratefully,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Kimchi Fried Rice with Frizzled Eggs

“This easy, lightning-fast fried rice is a great way to introduce kimchi to your family–mixed with rice, spinach, and eggs, its spicy nature is tempered. Make sure your pan is thoroughly pre-heated before you add any ingredients. This will help keep the cook time quick, but also produces a proper fried rice.”

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
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
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal 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
April 20, 2020

Future
“The future… is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

-C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
C.S. Lewis had a very practical way of looking at the future. In this description, the future could be seen as the great equalizer. The truth is that the future belongs to each of us, and it is up to us how we approach it. The possibilities are endless!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Devil

Your instincts may be heightened and a bit off today, and this could lead you to make some wrong decisions or assumptions. Then, you run the risk of pouncing on these assumptions and acting out of a bad impulse. Keep your emotions under control and back away from impulsive actions of any kind. Today they are traps that lead to embarrassment at best, and harm at worst.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 22, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 22,  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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When April blows his horn,
It’s good for hay and corn.

-Proverb

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Witchwood Teahouse & Magick Kitchen:

Connecting with Sacred Plants

When it comes to Witchcraft and plants, the two seem to be inseparable. It makes sense when you dig a little (not even that deeply) into the practice of ancient Witchcraft and similar earth-base traditions. Within these traditions, plants are elevated to a divine…

http://www.themagickkitchen.com/magickal-herbalism/

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Spirit Library: The Vibration of Abundance

What does abundance mean to you? For most people it is about paying the bills, buying a house or car, having a well-paying job; a means to end in what you seek to have. All of that is very true. However, everything in life has a vibration and working with the vibration of abundance you have the opportunity to actually move deeper into infinite abundance than from the human perspective

https://spiritlibrary.com/goddess-light/the-vibration-of-abundance

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ThoughtCo: Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth

The Greek goddess Hestia watches over domesticity and the family, and was traditionally honored with the first offering at any sacrifice made in the home. On a public level, Hestia’s flame was never allowed to burn out. The local town hall served as a shrine for her—and any time a new settlement was formed, settlers would take a flame from their old village to the new one.

https://www.learnreligions.com/hestia-greek-goddess-of-the-hearth-2561993

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MBG: Taurus Season Is Here & These 5 Tips Will Help You Make The Most Of It

On April 19, 2019, the Sun hunkers down in steady Taurus. For the next four weeks, the sensual, steadfast Bull will take charge, helping us prioritize—with a side of pleasure. But don’t mistake the slower pace for passivity. When you see a goal worth pursuing, make like el Toro and charge!

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/taurus-season-2019-how-to-navigate-these-sensual-and-steadfast-times

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MNN: 13 cool facts about the oddball kakapo

The kakapo is an unusual bird. The world’s largest parrot was common throughout its native New Zealand until predators hunted it to the brink of extinction. Now the stocky green-and-yellow bird is critically endangered, and it’s the focus of a considerable conservation effort from the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s Kakapo Recovery program. There are currently 147 known adult birds, each named and extensively monitored

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/12-cool-facts-strange-kakapo

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EarthSky News: Lyrid meteor shower best before dawn 

It’s Lyrid meteor time! We expect the Lyrid meteors to fly most abundantly tonight – from late evening April 22 until dawn April 23 – though under the light of a brilliant waning gibbous moon. The greatest number of Lyrid meteors usually fall in the few hours before dawn. That’s when the radiant point – near the star Vega in the constellation Lyra – climbs highest up in the sky, and when you’re likely to see the most meteors.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/lyrid-meteors-best-before-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Beltane Sabbat Index: Rituals, Crafts and Aphrodisiacs for Witch’s High Spring

When Beltane tides peak, we witches celebrate the Grand Sabbat of High Spring that is certainly the most juicy and delicious of them all. Spring peaks in the Northern Hemisphere when we reach 15 degrees Taurus on our journey around the sun. This typically falls during the first week of May. For all your celebration needs, I offer this index of my articles on the thealogy and practices of this holiday, including rituals, craft projects and planning for Maypole dances.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2019/04/beltane-sabbat-index-rituals-crafts-and-aphrodisiacs/

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Inner Journey:

CHANGE

“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”
— Jim Rohn

“Slowness to change usually means fear of the new.”
— Philip Crosby

“Just as the tumultuous chaos of a thunderstorm brings a nurturing rain that allows life to flourish, so too in human affairs times of advancement are preceded by times of disorder. Success comes to those who can weatherthe storm.”
— I Ching No. 3

“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.”
— Norman Vincent Peale

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Invariably a sudden disappointment, a bit of “bad” news, or a flutter of butterflies gathering in your stomach, are all omens that a fabulous adventure is fast approaching.

Hit me baby,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Traditional eggplant Parmesan involves salting the eggplant to “sweat” it, and frying it before baking. I took a few shortcuts and everyone liked it a lot. This dish can be made after a busy day at work. We had it with spaghetti on the side.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Easy-Eggplant-Parmesan.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
April 22, 2019 

Effort
“John Wooden taught us that doing the best you are capable of is victory enough.”

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

John Wooden, who coached UCLA’s championship basketball team for so many years, was and still is one of the best-loved sports figures out there. He is an icon, a legend. What made him such a great coach was not only his love of the game, but his love of his players, and his love of life. John Wooden was a philosopher. He was a sage. We would all do well to listen to what he had to say!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Pioneer Thinking: Companion Planting Guide

The combinations of plants make for a more varied, attractive, healthy vegetable garden. Many of the modern principles of companion planting were present many centuries ago in the cottage garden.

https://pioneerthinking.com/companion-planting-guide

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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 April 16, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 16, 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 season comes when, from her three-month trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad.
-Thomas Buchanan Read (1822-72)

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Spirituality & Health: The Art of Deep Listening
BY RICHARD WOLF

When you listen to music intently, you hear the music and simply allow it to be. Your mind doesn’t race to something else. Applying that mode of listening to other areas of your life can help you in your meditation and your mindfulness.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2019/04/12/the-art-of-deep-listening

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Beltane Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Beltane falls on May 1 in the northern hemisphere, and around October 31/November 1 if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Beltane, and some of the plants that often correspond with the season.

https://www.thoughtco.com/sacred-plants-of-the-beltane-sabbat-2561637

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MBG: New Study Finds People Who Meditate Deal With Stress More Quickly

We’re well aware that meditation can help you relax, get centered, and feel less stressed out over time when done regularly. Now a new study published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology shows exactly why: People who meditate regularly actually have a faster physiological recovery from stress, primarily thanks to one specific psychological strategy that meditation makes them very good at.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/meditation-makes-you-deal-with-stress-better

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Daily Good: Quiet Spirituality

Go within and you will find the noise of the world if you don’t also allow the quiet of silence to reveal itself. And what we need so very much is quiet to help us skillfully navigate our lives. Many of us yearn for the deep peace that comes from being in touch with the stillness in our depths. By seeking out silence in our daily lives, we are able to find balance within the constant noise and demands that bombard most of us each day. The rewards are in-built. This piece by Mirka Knaster delves into the theme of quiet spirituality. “It is in the womb of silence that we can grow ideas for the best course of action to take and ensure that such action is rooted in compassion and wisdom.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2260/quiet-spirituality-mirka-knaster/

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MNN: Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day
Our planet is now passing through ancient debris left by Comet Thatcher, which hasn’t visited the inner solar system since 1861.

Earth is treating its inhabitants to quite a show for Earth Month. There was the Virginids meteor shower, for example, plus a double shadow transit of Jupiter, a crescent moon sidling up to Mars and a glimpse of Pallas, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/2014-lyrid-meteor-shower-to-peak-on-earth-day

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EarthSky News: Moon to move between two colorful stars 

These new several nights – April 16, 17 and 18, 2019 – find the brilliant waxing gibbous moon on a course to move between two bright and beautiful stars, Arcturus and Spica. Sparkling above the eastern horizon at early evening, these stars travel westward (along with the moon) throughout the night. Arcturus and Spica shine high in the southern sky around midnight, and as dawn starts to color the sky, these gems light up the western sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-highlights-two-colorful-springtime-stars

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Patheos-Pagan: Dance of the Maenad: Dionysian Mysteries

A Mystery, in a pagan sense, is a ritual that is not shared beyond participants, because the true meaning is something that can’t be put into words, only experienced.
The most well known of the secret rituals in Ancient Greece were the Eleusinian Mysteries, performed by the cult of Demeter and Persephone in Eleusis in their honor

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/04/dance-of-the-maenad-dionysian-mysteries/

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Inner Journey:

HOW DO YOU SHOW YOU CARE?

“Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do.”
— David Wilkerson

In her book, ‘No Less Than Greatness,’ Mary Manin Morrissey speaks of a research study that explored how family members communicate with each other. Apparently, the most frequently spoken words between husbands, wives, sisters and brothers were “What’s on?” and “Move.”

She goes on to say, “We all desire great relationships but often settle for just getting by. Many of us have stopped questioning the fact that we may know fictitious TV families more intimately than we do our own.”

The most powerful force in our lives is our ability to love. Indeed, it’s the most basic essence of who we are. How do you experience and express your love for the people in your life?

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other…. The whole purpose of life is to live by love.”
— Thomas Merton

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Stop thinking that you have to make it happen and let it happen…

That you have to be better, and be yourself…

That I’ve ever judged you, and be free…

That was the plan,

The Universe

tut.com

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Herbal Muse:  Easy Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a Middle Eastern traditional dish made from chickpeas, sesame paste (tahini), garlic, olive oil and various herbs and spices. This simple staple has so many uses…appetizer, dip, side dish, sandwich spread and more

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2015/03/25/Easy-Hummus-Recipe

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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
April 16,  2019

Praise

“The advantage of doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.”

-Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Every once in awhile we need to give ourselves a pat on the back. We’re each working so hard, doing our thing, and making our way. Too often we don’t get the praise we think we deserve. But that’s okay – because we can recognize our accomplishments and praise ourselves! And we ARE doing pretty well with all we’ve got going on. Kudos to you, dear friend!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.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/