Midsummer Correspondences

 

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Midsummer Correspondences

Colors: Blue, green, gold or yellow, orange, white and red
Plants and Herbs: Anise, Mugwort, Chamomile, Rose, Lily, Cinquefoil, Lavender, Fennel, Sun Flower, Mistletoe, Hemp, Thyme, Larkspur, Nettle, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Fern, Wormwood, Chickweed, Heather, Yarrow,

Trees: Oak, Holly

Sacred Stones: Agate, Alexandrite, Fluorite, Moonstone, Pearl, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Tiger’s Eye, all green stones

Food: Honey, Mead, Summer Fruits & Vegetables, lemons, oranges, Honey Cakes, Strawberries

Things To do: Picnics, leaving food for the faeries, jumping bonfires, gathering herbs.

Spells: Fire spells, Empowerment, Healing, Love Magick, Protection, Purification, making and charging amulets.

Incense and Oils: Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine

Animals: Wren, Robin, Peacock, Frog, Butterfly, Horse, Cattle

Other Creatures: Fairies, Satyrs, the Firebird, dragon, the Thunderbird

Sacred Symbols: The Sun, Love Amulets, Shells, Summer fruits & flowers, Solar Wheel, Balefire, Stone Circles, Sundial, Swords, Blades, Feathers, Witches’ Ladder, Gods Eye

Goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Bast, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Amaterasu, Hestia.

Gods: Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur,  Baal, Baldur, Helios, Horus, Hephaestus, Jupiter/ Zeus , Lugh, Osiris, Ra, Sol.

 

Gathered from A Druids Herbal, and various internet resources.

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 20, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 20, 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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Paula is digging and shaping the loam of a salvia,
Scarlet Chinese talker of summer.
Two petals of crabapple blossom blow fallen in Paula’s hair
And fluff of white from a cottonwood.
-Carl Sandburg (1878-1902)

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Spiritual Unite: Turkey Spirit Animal Meaning – Share Gratitude For Abundance

When the turkey is your spirit animal, you are resonating with Mother Earth and the natural world.
The symbolic meanings of the turkey are becoming central to your life at this point, so it is essential to pay attention to the message.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/turkey-spirit-animal-meaning-share-gratitude-for-abundance/

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ThoughtCo: Litha Prayers

Midsummer is the time when we celebrate the bounty of the earth and the power of the sun. Our fields are flourishing, fruits are blossoming on the trees, herb bushes are fragrant and full of life. The sun is at its highest point in the sky, and it has bathed the earth in its warmth, heating up the soil so that when autumn rolls around, we’ll have a rich and bountiful harvest. These prayers celebrate the different aspects of midsummer. Feel free to modify them to suit the needs of your tradition.

https://www.learnreligions.com/prayers-and-blessings-for-litha-4051842

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Daily Good: Happiness is Practice, Not Pleasure

Put aside your preconceptions of happiness and join Krista Tippett with French born Tibetan monk Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Ricard reframes happiness as not simply a pleasure or sensation to be experienced, but as a skill to be practiced and cultivated. He asks, “What are the inner conditions that foster a genuine sense of flourishing, of fulfillment?”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2340/happiness-is-practice-not-pleasure-on-being/

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Elephant Journal: The Unconventional Way I Healed from Heartbreak.

I’m a statistic: just one of millions of women who have a failed marriage as a chapter in their life story.
I am also one of millions of women who discovered that having your heart ripped out of your chest can be a great way to learn how strong you are and to discover a whole new life waiting for you on the other side of the pain.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/how-a-trip-to-home-depot-saved-me-from-the-wreckage-of-my-divorce-rebecca-west/

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.

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MNN: 8 mind-boggling dolphin facts

Dolphins never cease to amaze. As researchers delve into the underwater world of these brilliant cetaceans, we’re learning how full of surprises these creatures are, from their intricate social lives to their intelligence. Here are just some of the ways dolphins are exceptional, both physically and mentally.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/7-mind-boggling-dolphin-facts

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Today’s Deity: Spider Woman

Spider Woman appears in the mythology of several Native American tribes, including the Navajo, Keresan, and Hopi. In most cases, she is associated with the emergence of life on earth. She helps humans by teaching them survival skills. Spider Woman also teaches the Navajos the art of weaving. Before weavers sit down at the loom, they often rub their hands in spider webs to absorb the wisdom and skill of Spider Woman.

Read more: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Sp-Tl/Spider-Woman.html#ixzz5rImya8zr

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EarthSky News: Longest sunsets happen around the solstice

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually takes more time to set around the time of a solstice.
It’s true. The longest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the solstices. The shortest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the equinoxes. This is true whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/longest-sunsets-around-solstices

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Patheos-Pagan: Finding Magickal Tools

What kind of magickal tools you use and where to find them has been a topic of hot conversation for as long as I can remember. Certain traditions have very strict rules about magickal tools. Outside of any traditions that you are a part of, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding magickal tools. Here are the stories of a few of my faves.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/06/finding-magickal-tools/

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Inner Journey:

APPRECIATION

“You can never get to peace and inner security without first acknowledging all of the good things in your life. If you’re forever wanting and longing for more without first appreciating things the way they are, you’llstay in discord.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Develop an attitude of gratitude. We discover a sense of wholeness as we appreciate both the small and big things in our lives. And it really helps to remember to appreciate ourselves. Appreciation is more than just acceptance — it’s respect and admiration.Let go of criticism and self-abuse.

“Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that ‘appreciates’ grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefitof both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin

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A Note from the Universe

Even dwelling upon the end result, imagining all the glorious consequences, and feeling the joy you anticipate in advance still doesn’t compare to the power you wield, the dragons you slay, and the legions you command when you act as if your greatest dreams have already come true.
Olé…

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Pulled Pork Swineapple

What do you get when you cross pulled pork, pineapple, and bacon? Swineapple! This is a fun stuffed pineapple recipe for these hotter months that will make your friends and family squeal. Give it a try!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Pulled-Pork-Swineapple.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 20, 2019
Comfort

“One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.”

-Lillian Hellman, 1976

What I get from this is that there is such a thing as “too comfortable” and that’s not necessarily a good thing. We need a certain amount of change, and renewal in our lives to keep things moving, to keep things active. Life spurs us on – and one way it does that is by making us uncomfortable sometimes. We feel the need to seek comfort, and that causes us to grow.

-Lissa Coffey

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Natural Living Ideas:  5 Genius Ways To Use Essential Oils In The Kitchen

Essential oils are handy to have around when you are working in the kitchen. They can be used from cleaning kitchen worktops, to providing the “right” ambience for your latest social gathering! However, it is essential that you understand how to use essential oils safely in this way to avoid unwanted accidents.

This article is a quick introduction on how to use essential oils in the kitchen. For a comprehensive look at the therapeutic properties of the individual essential oils mentioned, consult the appropriate essential oil profile.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/kitchen-essential-oils/

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 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 Junes were free and full, driving through tiny
Roads, the mudguards brushing the cowparsley,
Through fields of mustard and under boldly embattled
Mays and chestnuts.
-Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

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Spiritual Unite: Panda Spirit Animal Meaning – Balance Need For Peace With Social Time

The panda spirit animal represents gentle strength, inner peace and emotional sensitivity.
These concepts are essential to you and becoming conscious of them will help you to achieve balance within yourself.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/panda-spirit-animal-meaning-balance-need-for-peace-with-social-time/

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ThoughtCo: Celebrate Litha With Summer Solstice Recipes

Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice—and what’s a Sabbat without food? Take advantage of the summer crops of fruit and vegetables, and prepare a simple and delicious feast for your Midsummer gatherings.

https://www.learnreligions.com/recipes-for-the-summer-solstice-4136752

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MBG: How To Harness The Big, Bold Energy Of Tonight’s Sagittarius Full Moon

What would be possible if we opened our minds? The Sagittarius moon arrives to help us explore that.
With the full moon in candid Sagittarius, there could be some jaw-dropping headlines before the week is through. These high-minded moonbeams could bring a potent reminder that honesty is still the best policy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/full-moon-in-sagittarius-june-2019-everything-you-need-to-know

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Anger could raise its ugly little head today, but you have things under control. Don’t engage, if possible, and tactfully deflect the worst of whatever misunderstanding caused the outbreak. If it’s repressed anger, there may never be any loud or angry words. You can smooth any ruffled feathers simply by standing up and not being intimidated or rushed into any action or opinion. Be at your best today.

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Daily Good: Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

While many of us associate uncertainty with discomfort and fear, there is an exquisite beauty to be found in the transformation that takes place when we can welcome the unknown. Kristi Nelson, the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, examines what it means to surrender to the unpredictable nature of our days and the rewards that manifest as a result. “Much of our freedom depends on cultivating greater perspective about being with uncertainty, however and whenever we can,” she writes. Read more to learn how you can lean into the impending unknown with gratitude and awareness

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2324/deepening-our-comfort-with-uncertainty-kristi-nelson/

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Elephant Journal: The Moon Soothes my Soul.

Luna, the beautiful goddess of the Moon,
dressed in shimmering white with a crown of stars around her head.
A quiver with golden arrows on her back,
a bow in her right hand,
ready to pierce the night with her brightness.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/how-our-emotions-cycle-with-the-phases-of-the-moon-cindy-chase/

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MNN: 20 minutes in nature a day is your ticket to feeling better

Nature soothes our stressed-out souls. We instinctively know nature is the best prescription, but new research is revealing how little time we need to set aside to reap the benefits.
In one study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers tried to identify the most effective “dose” of nature within the context of normal daily life

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/urban-park-20-minutes-feel-better-study

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EarthSky News: Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn

On both June 16 and 17, 2019, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at a specific instant, though – the instant the moon and sun are most opposite each other on our sky’s dome for this month – and that moment happens on June 17, 2019, at 8:31 UTC

https://earthsky.org/tonight/strawberry-moon-jupiter-from-dusk-till-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: A New Chant for Litha: Honoring the Green Ones at Midsummer

It’s hard to believe, but official summer is almost here. The days are long. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, spring flowers are spent and we are seeing summer blooms opening around us; roses and lilies have taken the place of tulips and daffodils. The bright spring green of leaves’ first unfurling is past. Jungle green is all around us now and keeping up with the weeds in the garden is a daily challenge.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/06/chant-litha-honoring-green-ones-midsummer/

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Inner Journey:

LONELINESS

“When humans find themselves surrounded by nothing but objects, the response is always one of loneliness.”
— Brian Swimme

Soul lives through relationship and it is in soul that we find meaning. We can have meaningful relationships with people, animals and other beings, projects, ideas and ideals.

How much time do you devote to building relationships with things?

“Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.”
— Maxwell Maltz

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”
— George Eliot

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A Note from the Universe

Ten thousand times a day for ten thousand different reasons, angels share your story to inspire, comfort, and reassure the world’s most able dreamers, thinkers, and lovers.

Well, I’d want to know –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Green Pumpkin Flower Soup

Yes, the flower is eatable. This green pumpkin flower soup is a very cool light quick and easy to make soup.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Green-Pumpkin-Flower-Soup.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
June 17, 2019

Comfort

“I have enjoyed many of the comforts of life, none of which I wish to esteem lightly; yet I confess I know not any joy that is so dear to me, that so fully satisfies the inmost desires of my mind, that so enlivens refines, and elevates my whole nature, as that which I derive from religion – from faith in God. – May this God be thy God, thy refuge, thy comfort, as he has been mine.”
-John Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)
It doesn’t matter which religion we follow – we can garner comfort from our relationship with God, from our faith. When we feel in need of comfort, this is where we should turn first. Out of habit, we tend to look elsewhere – but we will always find comfort, and strength when we look within.

-Lissa Coffey

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

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 21, 2018

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 21, 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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The daisies are nodding o’er bending grass,
With bright eyes greeting me as I pass;
As offering sweets from a billowy knoll,
The buttercup lifteth its golden bowl;
The feathery clouds float airily by,
Flecking with silver the blue of the sky.
-Emily Thornton Charles (1845-95)

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Spiritual Unite: Potent Cosmic Energies This Summer/Winter Solstice

The June Solstice falls on the 21st, the same day as the Full Moon. This is of particular significance and will amplify the cosmic energies of this already potent day.

In the Northern Hemisphere the solstice represents the starting of summer. On this day, we will have the longest period of sunlight and the shortest period of darkness.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/potent-cosmic-energies-this-summerwinter-solstice/

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MBG: 7 Ways To Transform Your Energy Quickly

Ever felt like your energy is just off? Sometimes we all slip into a negative or funky mood for no apparent reason. As a psychic intuitive, I know the power of energy. Changing your energy can change what shows up in your life—and how you react when it does. Try one of these quick and simple actions the next time you need an energy reboot:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/10-quick-energy-clearing-tips

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Elephant Journal: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations.

We practice 108 Surya Namaskars to mark the close of a chapter, and invite in new energy.
This heat-building meditation helps us detoxify, reground, and activate our prana, or life force, as we move buried emotions out of the body and let go of what no longer serves us.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/celebrate-the-summer-solstice-with-108-sun-salutations/

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MNN: Sea urchins can see just fine with their feet

The first thing anyone notices about a sea urchin is how uninviting it looks: this “porcupine of the sea” looks downright medieval with those endless rows of black spikes pointing in every direction, daring you to get too close.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/sea-urchins-no-eyes-see-feet

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EarthSky News: Summer solstice at Stonehenge

It’s summer solstice time for us in the Northern Hemisphere. This solstice occurs at the instant the sun reaches its most northerly point on the celestial sphere, the imaginary sphere of stars surrounding Earth. In 2018, the June solstice happens at 10:07 UTC on June 21; translate to your time zone. Many – perhaps you – will celebrate this solstice sunrise, or next year’s solstice sunrise, at Stonehenge. Why?

http://earthsky.org/earth/gallery-the-summer-solstice-as-seen-from-stonehenge

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Patheos-Pagan: Midsummer Reset Ritual

Ever have a year where it seems like you look up and it’s suddenly June? Where did half the year go? I felt that yearly wave of panic as the calendar turned to June 1st. As with many of us, the year had been filled with life’s challenges.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/06/midsummer-reset-ritual/

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Inner Journey: Play with the growth journey!

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

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

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

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A Note from the Universe

OK, can you keep a secret?

Let me tell you what happens…

There’ll be trumpets, fanfare, and parades. Happy tears, giggles, and hugs. Shrieks of joy, fits of laughter, and reunions with best friends.

There will be quiet, reflection, and revelations. Aha’s! No-way’s! And, of course, You-have-to-be-kidding’s!

Eventually followed by a deep, often surprising, longing for what will by then be viewed as the dream-life you led.

You could plot it on a chart.

The point of course, is that you are now living that dream-life.

Tallyho,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade

Simple and delicious! You can make any summer time drinks or refreshers by adding fresh fruit to any of your favorite beverages. I made a 2 quart pitcher of my favorite lemonade. You can make this from scratch or use Crystal light or what ever summer beverage you like.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Strawberry-Lemonade.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 21, 2018

Creativity

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.”-Nelson Mandela

Part of our purpose in life lies in our creativity. We are each an individual expression of God, and we each have a special contribution to bring to this planet. What makes your heart sing? What do you love to do? When you are doing that, you are expressing the divine presence within you. It’s joyful, it’s glorious!

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: Top 10 Animal Rights Activists

These top 10 animal rights activists are taking time to make sure our favorite furry creatures and four-legged friends are kept safe! Check out some cute animal pictures too!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/top-10-animal-rights-activists.aspx#U2wLD4g0ShFOAKCh.99

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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/

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Harnessing the Solstice Energy: Cat’s Angel Message for June 21, 2018 

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Harnessing the Solstice Energy: Cat’s Angel Message for June 21, 2018 

 June Theme: Balancing our need/desire for earthly materials (possessions, money etc) with focus and faith while staying grounded and present.


At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. Gary Zukov


621: Today is the Summer Solstice (aka Litha or Midsummer) which makes today the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. This Solstice packs some pretty powerful energy and by  tapping into this power source we can boost our own powers of manifestation. The key is to believe in yourself as well as the creator. The stronger our belief is the more we are able to clearly see the blessings and miracles around us. Even the small everyday ones become clearer, which are more important by far. The ancient Romans honored the goddess Fortuna on this day and this is a good time to acknowledge the blessings you have as well as the ones that are coming.


Today try working with the deities associated with the sun and the Summer Solstice like Sulis Minerva, Apollo, Horus, Athena, Kali and Isis. The ancient Romans also honored the goddess Fortuna on this day and it’s a great time to acknowledge your blessings as well as your power as a creator.


Sacred Stones for the Summer Solstice include:

Amber to enhance your earth connection and to promote grounding. It is also a great healing stone (it’s actually tree resin) that helps to remove energetic impurities from the body.

Jade helps us to understand that you are spiritual being on the very human journey we call life. it stimulates knowledge and ideas.

Sunstone has a strong connection  to light and helps to harness the re energizing power of the sun during meditation and everyday life. It is linked to all benevolent deities and brings good fortune and luck.

Tiger’s Eye works with the energies of both earth and sun, it also helps with grounding while drawing spiritual energies to earth.


Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Thought For The Day: June 21, 2018 “Litha Blessings!”

Happy Summer Solstice,

Today is the official start of summer, the longest day of the year, a time to celebrate the abundance in your garden and in your life. In the Pagan tradition we are at the half way point of the year and  the Sun God has reaches his full strength, his face that of the Greenman. Fairies and magick are also abundant today look for their faces hiding among the flowers.  Our thought for the day is my wish for you!

Bright blessings!

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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

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