Cat’s Morning Bits for September 30, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 30, 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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O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane.
-Mortimer Collins, English poet (1827-76)

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Pagan Library: Besom Chant

Anon

Besom, besom long and lithe
Made from ash and willow withe
Tied with thongs of willow bark
In running stream at moonset dark.
With a pentagram indighted
As the ritual fire is lighted;
Sweep ye circle, deosil,
Sweep out evil, sweep out ill,
Make the round of the ground
Where we do the Lady’s will.

Besom, besom, Lady’s broom
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom
Rid ye Lady’s hallowed ground
Of demons, imps and Hell’s red hound;
Then set ye down on Her green earth
By running stream or Mistress’ hearth,
‘Till called once more on Sabbath night
To cleans once more the dancing site.

http://www.paganlibrary.com/music_poetry/besom_chant.php

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ThoughtCo: The Magical Energy of Apples

Apple Divination
Apples have always been popular tools for foretelling the future. There are a number of traditional methods in folklore for seeing who one’s lover might be.

Read more……………..

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MBG: Smudging 101: Burning Sage To Cleanse Your Space & Self Of Negativity

With the chaotic nature of today’s modern world, the idea of cleansing ourselves of negative energy sounds quite appealing. Cue the ritual of sage burning, also known as smudging.

Read more……………..

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Daily Good: Wild Mind: Reclaiming Our Original Wholeness

Our human psyches possess, as capacities, a variety of astonishing resources about which mainstream Western psychology has little to say. By uncovering and reclaiming these innate resources, shared by all of us by simple virtue of our human nature, we can more easily understand and resolve our intrapsychic and interpersonal difficulties as they arise. These resources, the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our human wholeness, wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and integrate them into our everyday lives. There’s a facet of the Self associated with each of the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. Describing the Self in this way is in keeping with traditions around the world that have mapped human nature onto the template of the four directions (and the closely related templates of the four seasons and the four times of day: sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight). { read more }

Be The Change

Consider which of the four facets of Self calls for cultivation in your life. Do one thing this week to support and nurture this side of your universal soul.

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Elephant Journal: 9 Signs it’s time to Find your Soul Purpose & True Calling.

I look at old pictures of myself and wonder who she is.
I remember the days before, running myself ragged for a direct deposit into my bank account every two weeks. I often wonder what my life would look like if I hadn’t awakened my gifts and uncovered my soul’s purpose

Read more……………

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MNN: In the U.K, less mowing means more flowers
Wildflowers will flourish along roadsides, and that’s good for wildlife.

In the United Kingdom, those grassy strips next to the road or the sidewalk are usually mowed four or more times a year for aesthetic reasons, but new guidelines call for a fresh approach: cutting them only twice a year, saving time, money and most importantly, the wildflowers and habitat they provide for wildlife.

Read more……………………

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EarthSky News: Seek for a young moon after sunset

For a number of intrepid sky watchers, the hunt for the young moon counts as great sport. Seeking out a young moon that might – or might not – fleetingly show itself as a pale, skinny crescent in the western evening twilight demands fortitude and patience.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/seek-for-a-young-moon-after-sunset

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Patheos-Pagan: Four Salutations of the Day, Reformed

Once upon a time, among the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), there was a practice called the Four Salutations of the Day. You can find this practice still today at http://rdna.info/FourDay.doc. This devotional required the use of a staff and was done at for times a day: dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight, or what they called “stars”. I always loved the idea of this practice, but it wasn’t something I ever undertook

Read more………………..

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Inner Journey:

APPRECIATE THE MYSTERY!

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.”
— Aart Van Der Leeuw

“I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.”
— William James

“Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.”
— Niels Bohr

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
— Copernicus

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
— Lewis Carroll

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

One of life’s most elusive lessons, saved for only the wise and peculiar, is that there’s nothing, ever, to be unhappy about.

Unless, of course, you lose sight of the big picture, think the illusions are real, or forget there’s no such place as far away.

Whoot,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spanish Style Shrimp and Rice

This is a twist on traditional Spanish rice made with shrimp. It’s almost like a Paella, but with several steps pulled out, making it a very easy to put together meal. I love to make this when I have cooked rice to use up.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spanish-Style-Shrimp-and-Rice.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, Reconciliations, 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
September 30, 2019

Community

“People had changed – or rather fridges had changed them. Mrs. Munde felt that being able to store food for longer periods had broken down the community spirit. There was no need to share now, no need to meet every day, gathering your veg or killing a few rabbits.”

-Jeannette Winterson, Boating for Beginners, 1985

Communities can form out of necessity, but also out of common interests or goals. Now we just seem to have more choices. We may not need community for our physical survival, but we do need it for our well-being. We gravitate toward each other, and to communities where we can help and support each other in various ways.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily 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 September 23, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 23, 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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Take the fruit I give you, says the bending tree;
Nothing but a burden is it all to me.
Lighten ye my branches, let them toss in air.
Only leave me freedom, next year’s load to bear.
-Lucy Larcom (1824-93)

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MBG: Your Horoscope Says This Is The Week To Kick-Start Back-Burner Goals

This week, the AstroTwins share how to start balanced, harmonious Libra season off on the right note.
On Monday, Libra season starts, and harmonious vibes will likely follow.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/september-23-29-2019-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins

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Treehugger: 2019 Equinox: 12 facts about the first day of fall

Well hello, fall! Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere.

https://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/12-facts-about-autumnal-equinox.html

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ThoughtCo: Celebrating Mabon With Kids

Mabon falls around September 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around March 21 below the equator. This is the autumn equinox, it’s a time to celebrate the season of the second harvest. It’s a time of balance, of equal hours of light and dark, and a reminder that the cold weather isn’t far away at all.

https://www.learnreligions.com/celebrating-mabon-with-kids-2562314

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Magic and Spells for Mabon: Wiccan Spell for Balance

The Wiccan Sabbats are often reserved specifically for celebration rather than magical workings. However, there are times when we have needs, and the Sabbats are particularly powerful times to cast spells.
One big goal in Wicca is to learn to achieve balance in our lives, and sometimes finding a healthy balance can be difficult. Be it internal or external reasons, it’s so easy for problems to push us off balance, and it can be hard to get back again.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Magic-and-Spells-for-Mabon-Balancing

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The Celtic Connection: Mabon Ritual
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, Falls Between September 21 – 23

Tools:
In addition to your magical tools you will need:

https://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/mabonrit.htm

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Elephant Journal: Awaken your Inner Mystic with an Equinox Journal for the Wild Heathen (Sept. 23)

September 23, 2019
Autumn Equinox (Northern Hemisphere), Spring Equinox (Southern) under a Waning Crescent Moon in Cancer

What is the magic that awakens our inner mystic during the Equinox, when the light is equal between night and day?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/awaken-your-inner-mystic-with-an-equinox-journal-for-the-wild-heathen-monika-carless/

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MNN: 8 things you didn’t know about the autumnal equinox
If you’ve ever wondered what hamsters and the French Revolution have to do with the first day of fall, we’ve got the answers.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/8-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-autumnal-equinox

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EarthSky News: Year’s fastest sunsets around equinoxes

Tonight – at sunset – here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets faster around the time of an equinox. The fastest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the equinoxes. And the slowest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the solstices. This is true whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/fastest-sunsets-around-equinox-time

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Patheos-Pagan: Autumn Tide Magic: Holda And Her Releasing Geese

Summer is quickly coming to a close here in the northern hemisphere and all I can think is, “Thank Gods.” If you know me, then you know that I am not a summer person. I don’t do well with the heat and my feelings of depression seem to pop up more frequently during this season than any other (strange, I know!).

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/byathameandstang/2019/09/autumn-tide-magic-holda-releasing-geese/

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Inner Journey:

USE DOWN TIMES TO GOOD ADVANTAGE

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”
— Milarepa

In our busy schedules, we can often complain that we don’t have time to meditate. But if we are sincere in our desire to go inside, we can create our own moments of stillness in the midst of our activity.

Stopped at a traffic light? Do some deep breathing. Waiting in line at the bank or grocery store? Repeat an uplifting word such as ‘love’ or ‘peace.’ Riding the bus to and from work? Value these times as an opportunity to close your eyes and go within or to say a little prayer.

“Wherever you go in the midst of movement and activity, carry your stillness within you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality.”
— Deepak Chopra

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

No one can see into your heart.

Which is why you sometimes have to show them how you feel.

Winks, hugs, and gifts –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Sautéed Butternut Squash

These winter squashes can be cut into thin, small pieces and sauteed for a yummy fall side dish.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Sauteed-Butternut-Squash-Recipe.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
September 23, 2019

Conscience

“I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one’s own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise.”

-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Remember Jiminy Cricket singing “and always let your conscience be your guide.” And I can still hear his little cricket voice from the Disney cartoon, I must have heard that dozens of times when I was a kid. I think the simple explanation I was given at that time was that your conscience would always tell you the right thing to do. If you listened to your conscience, you wouldn’t give in to temptation and do something you would regret later. I may not have understood that completely when I was a child, but I get it now. Sometimes it takes some life experience for us to really learn the lesson. Gandhi is saying here that you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself by doing what your conscience tells you is the best thing to do. Then basically let the chips fall where they may.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man
Things may not be going the way you like, but this is no time to give up. Whatever went wrong yesterday or last year is no excuse to stop trying to make things right. Be honest with yourself and do what you can to at least not make matters worse. There’s nothing that can’t be forgiven, repaired or replaced. Keep the faith and keep going.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 16, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears.
–J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)

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ThoughtCo: Profile of The Greek God Poseidon

In Greek mythology and legend, Poseidon is the god of the sea. However, his domain includes some aspects of the land as well, and in fact he is known as “earth-shaker” in many stories, because of his penchant for causing earthquakes. Poseidon was responsible, according to Greek legend, for the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, which was all but destroyed by a giant quake and tsunami.

https://www.learnreligions.com/poseidon-greek-god-of-the-seas-2561991

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MBG: These 5 Oracle Decks Would Love To Be Your Personal Life Coaches This Fall

In wellness speak, a “deck of cards” does not imply a joker, ace, or six of hearts. Tarot and oracle decks are much more popular among today’s health-centric crowds, used to relieve stress, decide on next steps, or access the divine, depending on who you’re talking to.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-are-the-best-5-best-oracle-decks-of-2019

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The Tetraktys: The Benefits of Being a Solitary Witch & 6 Mistakes to Avoid

What is a solitary witch? How does it differ from practicing with a coven? Are you meant to be one? The solitary path has many benefits, but it’s not meant for everybody. In this article, you will find out if this path is meant for you. You will also learn the 6 most common mistakes to avoid in the solitary practice.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/solitary-witch-6-mistakes/

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Daily Good: India’s Little Librarian

Poor neighborhoods in India typically have low literacy rates because residents do not have the resources necessary to educate their children. 9-year-old Muskaan Ahirwar is working to change this in her impoverished neighborhood in Bhopal. In January 2016, she opened a library outside her house to give kids free access to books and a place to read. She started with just a few books and now has several hundred from around the world. Her library gets 25 visitors a day and the kids play knowledge games and hold competitions to see who can read the most. The library has given those kids who used to wander the streets a place to go and read regularly. “Whoever has the drive to learn, they should start their own library and start learning, and study like us and get ahead in life” says Muskaan. { read more }

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7812

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Natural Living Ideas: 13 Uses For Tea Tree Oil That Will Change Your Life

Not to be confused with an extract of the tea plant (Camellia sinensus), tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melalenca alternifolia.) Although it is highly toxic when ingested, thanks to its antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral properties, tea tree oil has a surprising number of topical uses which can help cure or prevent a whole host of everyday maladies, which is why it is often referred to as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle.”

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/tea-tree-oil-uses/

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Elephant Journal: 12 Dr. Seuss Quotes to remind us of the Messiness & Magic of Life.

Like many of us, I grew up on Dr. Seuss.
My parents would frequently read aloud The Sneetches, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Lorax, among others. We would watch the animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every Christmas Eve. And when I spoke at my high school graduation, I ended my speech with an excerpt from Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/12-dr-seuss-quotes-kelsey-michal/

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MNN: Everything you need to know about mooncakes (including why they’re so expensive)

After Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the most important celebration in China. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, so the celebration changes each year. This year, the holiday falls on Sept. 13.

https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/Everything-you-need-know-about-mooncakes-including-why-so-expensive

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EarthSky News: Look west after sunrise for the daytime moon

The September 2019 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning gibbous phase, which means it rises in the east later and later each evening. Beginning around the morning of September 15 or 16, 2019, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/look-for-the-daytime-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: Eclipse Magic: How To Properly Harness The Power Of An Eclipse

A lot of people say we shouldn’t do any magical workings on an eclipse, but I’ve had such great success with them. It’s like an energetic portal opens–my work is more powerful, more successful, and deeply meaningful.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/07/eclipse-magic-how-to-harness-the-power-of-eclipses-with-intention/

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Inner Journey:

REDISCOVER YOUR SENSE OF SMELL

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
— Helen Keller

Many of us are so wrapped up in our thinking and activity that we have lost touch with our senses. Sensing brings us fully into the moment. Only when we are aware and conscious can we receive the gifts of experience our senses continually bring us.

Today, set an intention to be aware of smells. Focus on your nose and awaken to its sensitivity. As you smell more consciously, let go of your judgment of the aromas. Don’t label them good or bad; simply experience them for their individual qualities. Also note when smells revive old memories.

“When you start using senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.”
— Barbara Sher

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You should probably know you have someone on “this side” helping you.

A lot.

Besides me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Australian Honey Joys

These sweet treats couldn’t be easier to make. I’ve heard them be called the Australian version of the American Rice Krispie Treat. Where Americans use crisped rice and marshmallows, Australians use cornflakes and honey.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Australian-Honey-Joys.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, Reconciliations, 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
September 16, 2019 

Language

“How did language develop? In much the same way as an economic order develops through the market – out of the voluntary interaction of individuals, in this case seeking to trade ideas or information or gossip rather than goods and services with one another.”

-Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman, 1979

Whatever language we speak, it’s our way of communicating with one another. Language is a means of translating our feelings and emotions into words so that we can be understood. When we can master a language, then we can be more clearly understood, and we can more clearly understand, too. There’s always more to learn, about words, and about each other.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

People may look to you to get some enthusiasm back into their lives. If sagging a little in spirit yourself, you can still inspire others. This can cheer you up, too, so don’t underestimate a small glimmer of joy in something that you genuinely love. No one has to agree with you. They only have to allow you to do what feels best to you – and you to them.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 9, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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Small summer insects chirp amid the blades
That rattle with a sharp metallic sound,
And clover, like a group of modest maids,
Empurples yonder patch of meadow ground.
-James Berry Bensel (1856-86)

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ThoughtCo: Ten Ways to Celebrate Mabon

Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly bare, because the crops have been stored for the coming winter. Mabon is a time when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21 (or June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere),

https://www.learnreligions.com/ways-to-celebrate-mabon-2562310

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MBG: 5 Ways To Reconnect To Your Spirituality When You Feel Tired & Overwhelmed

In my life coaching practice, I have some clients who are exhausted and have little to no time left in the day for themselves. Can you relate? So many of us intuitively know what we need to do to feel better (i.e., self-care and self-love), yet we can’t find the energy to do it.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/5-spiritual-practices-for-when-you-feel-busy-and-overwhelmed

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Red Color Meaning – The Color Red

Red is a very strong color. It is a noticeable color that is often used on signs for signaling caution or warning. Red color meaning is often associated with the word stop.

https://www.color-meanings.com/red-color-meaning-the-color-red/

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Daily Good: A Three Year Road Trip Documenting Kindness

Do you see the world as a place of hope and optimism? Understandably, many people don’t as the barrage of bad news hits the news feed every day. Mary Latham is not one of those people though. Instead of withdrawing from the world after the loss of her mother, in 2016 she began a journey to find and create kindness as she traveled across the US. Over the past years, she says she’s found nothing but goodness and kindness in the people who offered her hospitality. Read on to discover the truth in what Mary’s mother told her: “Mary, there are always going to be tragedies in the world, but there will always be more good you just have to look for it.” { read more } https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/06/24/this-woman-has-been-three-year-road-trip-documenting-acts-kindness/?noredirect=on

Be The Change

As you head out your door, resolve to do an act of kindness at least once during your day.

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Elephant Journal: How to use Mala Beads as our Spiritual Armor.

What is a mala?
As a jewelry designer who makes mala beads, I get asked this question a lot. And the answer is surprisingly involved.
In a nutshell, a mala is a set (or string) of beads that is traditionally used for prayer or meditation. But I believe it offers so much more that. I like to refer to malas as spiritual armor, because they help protect, heal, and guide us on our journey through life.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/malas-101-the-ultimate-guide-to-using-and-choosing-mala-beads/

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Today’s Deity: Important Aztec Gods and Goddesses

The Aztecs, the Late Postclassic civilization that the Spanish conquistadors met in Mexico in the 16h century, believed in a complex and diversified pantheon of gods and goddesses. Scholars studying the Aztec (or Mexica) religion have identified no fewer than 200 gods and goddesses, divided into three groups

https://www.thoughtco.com/deities-of-mexica-mythology-170042

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MNN: 12 spectacular images from NASA’s Spitzer telescope

NASA calls Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914-1997) one of the 20th century’s greatest scientists. The longtime Princeton astrophysicist lobbied for a large space telescope as early as 1946, work that culminated in the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/photos/10-images-from-nasas-spitzer-telescope/unique-viewpoint

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EarthSky News: Orion’s Belt points to dazzling Sirius

It’s one of the neatest tricks in all the heavens … Orion’s Belt points to Sirius in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog. Sirius is the brightest star in the nighttime sky. It’s up before dawn now but will be shifting into the evening sky as the months pass. Orion is found in the predawn morning sky every September.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/good-sky-trick-orions-belt-points-to-starsirius

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Patheos-Pagan: Autumn Equinox: Balance Meets Preparation

I love September. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer changes to Autumn this month. The Autumn Equinox, or “Mabon” as named by Aiden Kelly, is the second harvest of three. This is when we “gather in” what we’ve sown over the Spring and Summer. Doing so reminds us to be thankful for the fruits of our labors both in a literal and metaphorical sense.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/3pagansandacat/2019/09/autumn-equinox-balance-meets-preparation/

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Inner Journey:

NOTHING NEEDS TO BE FIXED

“If you are ready to accept all which you find in yourself, you will be able to move through everything with deep sensitivity, awareness, love and understanding.”
— Gerd Ziegler

As we understand it, the spiritual journey is not about becoming perfect. It’s about acceptance, releasing judgment, and embracing everything in wholeness.

This is a great challenge for our personality. We’ve grown up comparing ourselves to others, always judging how we’re better and worse than those around us. And many of us are very good at finding fault with ourselves.

If we release judgment, then nothing needs to be fixed — including you. Explore inviting your soul to help you accept all that is and experience a whole new way of living.

“Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.”
— Julia Cameron

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You’ll know when you need to know and not a moment earlier.

That’s how it works when the answer you’re looking for depends on other events that must first settle, new players that need to be gathered, and serendipities that are still being calculated.

Sometimes, not even I know, until I know.

But you will,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Making Corn Toaster Cakes

The use of a speciality baking pan, known as a muffin top pan, is the secret to these corn toaster cakes. Their thin profile is perfect for reheating in the toaster, although the microwave works as well.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-Corn-Toaster-Cakes.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
September 9, 2019

Destiny

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

-William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

This is one of the big spiritual discussions of all time – how much of our life is predetermined by destiny versus how much control or how much say we have in what happens to us in this life. No matter what happens outside of us, we still have the choice in how we respond to it. That choice is what allows us to create our own future.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: The Benefits of Frustration and Anger
Conventional wisdom says that if you want to be a good person, you shouldn’t ever get angry. You shouldn’t ever be frustrated or irritated. Instead, you should be like a happy Buddha, observing the world…

Read More….

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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 September 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 2, 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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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
-Confucius (551 BC-479 BC)

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Spiritual Unite: Soul Urge Number 33 – Master Teacher With Endless Potential

Soul urge number 33 belongs to those people who hold the urges and desires of the archetypal Master Teacher.
Master Teacher is the name for the master number 33 that most succinctly sums up this numerological power number

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/soul-urge-number-33/

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ThoughtCo: Croning Ceremony to Celebrate Women’s Wisdom

For a long time, to be called a crone was an insult. The very word implied a wrinkled, hunchbacked old woman, unwanted and unloved. Women who had reached an advanced age were dismissed as useless hags, and there was nothing to celebrate about it at all. Fortunately, times are changing, and more and more women are welcoming this aspect of their life.

https://www.learnreligions.com/croning-ceremony-2562871

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MBG: Fall Is In The Air & This Horoscope Is Pumping Us Up For The Season

This week, the AstroTwins break down how to use Virgo’s boost to seamlessly transition into fall.
Monday’s square could spell good times ahead.
Get ready for a #NoLimitsLaborDay. (If you’ve already been having a #HotGirlSummer, look out, world!) This Monday, September 2, heavenly hedonists Venus and Jupiter get frisky with each other when they lock into a tangled square.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/horoscope-for-september-2-8-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Turquoise Color Meaning – The Color Turquoise
The color turquoise helps opening lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word. It is a friendly and happy color that is enjoying life. In color psychology, it controls and heals the emotions, creating emotional balance and stability

https://www.color-meanings.com/turquoise-color-meaning-the-color-turquoise/

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Daily Good: The Friendship Bench

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability and it contributes to 800,000 suicides per year, the majority of which occur in developing countries. Yet those suffering from depression have few options due to a dearth of mental health professionals. In brainstorming how to tackle this problem, Dixon Chibanda, director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative, arrived at an unlikely solution. Since 2006, Chibanda and his team have trained over 400 grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy, which they deliver for free in more than 70 communities in Zimbabwe. The method has been empirically vetted and has been expanded to countries beyond, including the US. { read more } http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181015-how-one-bench-and-a-team-of-grandmothers-can-beat-depression

Be The Change

Think of a nagging problem you face in your life or community where you lack access to the needed solution. Literally “throw up you hands” and give up trying to get what’s not available. Now look around you. What can you do with what you have?

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Elephant Journal: Want a Metaphysical Reset for the End of the Year? Do a September Home Detox.

I’ve always felt that September has an energy about it that is similar to January.
We’re moving into the closing months of the year, and the signs around us in nature are all about endings (to make way for new beginnings). Maybe it’s a resistance to what is—such a human quality—

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/want-a-metaphysical-reset-for-the-end-of-the-year-do-a-september-home-detox/

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MNN: What to see in the night sky in September

After a summer that featured Tesla’s spaceman completing a full orbit around the sun, a muted Perseid meteor shower in August, and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, it’s been an eventful time in the galaxy we call home. What could September possibly offer for an encore? Plenty, it turns out.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/what-see-night-sky-september

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Patheos-Pagan: Druid in the City: Offerings Without Spending

It is a tradition in ADF to make offerings. We give these offerings in a practice of hospitality. There is a re-constructed Indo-European phrase, *ghosti, that talks about the duties between guest and host. In this relationship, we give gifts to the gods and spirits so that they may provide us with gifts in return.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/08/druid-in-the-city-offerings-without-spending/

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Inner Journey:

DID YOU FIND JOY?

“The future, higher evolution will belong to those who live in joy, who share joy, and who spread joy.”
— Torkom Saraydarian

Joy, as the energy of love, is the highest vibration on this planet. Everything in the universe is energy; it can be measured and reduced to vibrational frequencies. It’s a universal law that as we think and feel we vibrate, and as we vibrate we attract.When we are in the high joy vibration, we attract what is for our greater good.

The Ancient Egyptians saw Joy as a sacred responsibility. They believed that upon their death, the God Osiris would ask them two questions: “Did you bring Joy?” and “Did you find Joy?” Those who answered ‘yes’ could continue their journey into the afterlife.

For at least the next week or two, ask yourself these two questions each and every day:
•Did I bring joy?
•Did I find joy?

“Man loves because he is Love. He seeks Joy, for he is Joy. He thirsts for God for he is composed of God and he cannot exist without Him.”
— Sathya Sai Baba

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Several upsides to having 7 billion people share the planet with you, is that you then have 7 billion teachers, 7 billion reasons to fall in love, and 7 billion more versions of yourself.

Aren’t they all amazing?

Wow,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Blueberry and Almond Oat Muffins

Blueberry and almond oat muffins make a convenient breakfast for on the go. Each muffin is packed with plenty of protein, nutrition and tastes delicious!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Blueberry-and-Almond-Oat-Muffins.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, Reconciliations, 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
September 2, 2019 

Teachers

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

We can all look back and remember some of our most favorite teachers over the years. And chances are, what made them so memorable to us is not the subjects that they taught, as much as the way they taught. I still remember Dr. Herriot in 10th grade math. She knew I was slacking off and she challenged me to do better. I was so surprised that someone actually called me on it, and decided to give it a shot. Dr. Herriot handed the next test back to me with a big smile on her face – I got an A. It felt great for me to see that grade, and that smile! She helped me to understand that when I put my mind and my efforts into something, I can achieve. That’s a good teacher.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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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.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 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 sun drew off at last his piercing fires.
Over the stale warm air, dull as a pond
And moveless in the grey quieted street,
Blue magic of a summer evening glowed.
-Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938)

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Spirit Library: The Boldness of Authenticity; A Life Beyond Choices (a message from The Council of Radiant Light channeled by Ailia Mira)

It takes courage, and boldness in life to do what feels right to you.

So much of life is telling you what you should do. This has been part of your experience, for as long as you can remember.

https://spiritlibrary.com/ailia-mira/the-boldness-of-authenticity-a-life-beyond-choices

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ThoughtCo: Solar Magic, Myth and Folklore

In many Pagan traditions today, there’s a lot of emphasis on the magic and power of the moon. However, it’s important to remember that the moon isn’t the only heavenly body out there. The sun itself – something we often take for granted, since it’s out there all the time – has been a source of myth, magic and legend for thousands of years.

https://www.learnreligions.com/solar-magic-myth-and-folklore-2562504

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MBG: Your Astrological Guide To Finishing The Season On A High Note

This whole week is one giant invitation to give back to your community.
How do you “do” relationships? This week, cosmic copilots Venus and Mars travel in close contact through Virgo, the sign of practical magic.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-august-26-september-1-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Joe Peace: A Peace Chain Reaction

“I was working at a friend’s studio. I walked in and picked up these scraps of clay off the floor and made these pieces about softball size, maybe seven of them. For me they were small because I’d been making larger sculptural pieces. So I made these pieces and said to my friend, “It’s a peace chain. I’m going to make it the rest of my life.” The year was 1991, and true to his word Joe Murphy — now known as Joe Peace — has been making and gifting the world peace pendants ever since. He’s made over half a million of them, each inscribed with the word ‘peace’ in one of 122 languages. More on this artist’s unique journey here. { read more } http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=257

Be The Change

What is something you’d like to offer the world for the rest of your life? For more information about Joe’s work, visit his website here: http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8179a

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Today’s Deity:  Ra, Sun God of Ancient Egypt 

To the ancient Egyptians, Ra was the ruler of the heavens – and he still is for many Pagans today! He was the god of the sun, the bringer of light, and patron to the pharaohs. According to legend, the sun travels the skies as Ra drives his chariot through the heavens.

https://www.learnreligions.com/ra-sun-god-of-ancient-egypt-2561791

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Pioneer Thinking: 10 Fantastic Fall Flowers for Fall Gardening

When autumn falls, everything feels cold, bleak, and dead. However, you can still change the dull atmosphere in your home by creating a fall garden which will add pulchritude to the autumn blur. There are plants which you can actually put in your fall garden.

https://pioneerthinking.com/10-fantastic-fall-flowers-for-fall-gardening

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MNN: 8 captivating facts about spider silk
Humans have long admired the magic of spider silk, but thanks to science, we’re finally unraveling some of its most valuable secrets

Spiderwebs rarely make a good first impression. Even if you aren’t one of the insects they’re designed to capture, a sudden coating of silk on your face can be annoying, and possibly alarming if you don’t know where the spider ended up.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/captivating-facts-about-spider-silk

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Herbal Muse: Meadowsweet: Nature’s Aspirin

The sweet, almond-scented blooms of meadowsweet are rich in salicin, a compound with potent natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. In the 1800s, chemists began tinkering with extracts of meadowsweet, and the result was the creation of the synthetic drug aspirin.

Together with water-mint and vervain, meadowsweet was one of the three herbs held most sacred by the Druids, and it is among the fifty ingredients in a drink called ‘Save’ mentioned in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale. The flowers were often steeped in wine and beer, and are still incorporated in many herb beers today. Learn more…  https://www.herbalmusings.com/meadowsweet-profile

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EarthSky News: Moon and Gemini stars at dawn August 26 and 27

On the mornings of August 26 and 27, 2019, you’ll find the waning crescent moon in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins. Gemini’s two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, represent twin brothers in Greek mythology, despite the fact that these two stars don’t look alike. If you look closely, you’ll see that Pollux is slightly brighter than Castor. Pollux is also more golden in color.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-moon-gemini-stars-before-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Don’t Call Me Sister: The Double Trouble Of Assumed Familiarity And Believing Only Women Can Be Witches

We are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation in witchcraft, where we have the freedom to claim the title for ourselves and openly discuss our practices. While all of us involved in this personal and societal revolution may have a common bond in calling ourselves witches openly, there are lingering dangers in making assumptions about those with us on this wild broom ride.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2019/08/assumed-familiarity-and-believing-only-women-can-be-witches/

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Inner Journey:

WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR MIND?

“I then remembered why I avoid the ‘news,’ if that’s what you want to call it. Our ‘news’ is a misnomer, and it’s more like ‘the ongoing train wreck you can tune in to at any time when you want to divert yourself from your purpose and your happiness… lose your faith in humanity… and go from feeling like things are pretty good to feeling like the world is going to sh*t and why bother going on, I mean really?'”
— Ali Brown

Our beliefs create our reality. If we wish to live happy, healthy lives, it’s vital that we feed our minds healthy, nourishing material. The negative, sensational focus of today’s ‘news’ media hardly serves to enlighten us about the true state of the planet. Let’s open to our limitless potential by keeping our focus firmly on what uplifts us.

“The world is not dying. It’s not falling apart. It’s changing. I personally believe that pessimism is an indulgence, despair an insult to the imagination. There are wonderfully positive things out there.”
— Wade Davis

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Remember, you will always have friends, guides, and love but no one is coming to “save you.”

That’s the adventure package you signed up for.

The one that comes with all the superpowers, guaranteed rebounding abilities, and the all-powerful scrunched-nose-when-you-smile.

Your 5 Star Time-Space Adventure Tour Agency Manager,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Omelet

Eggplant is a wonderful vegetable to add to any dish, including eggs and cheese to create this delicious omelet.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Grilled-Eggplant-Omelet-1.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, Reconciliations, 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
August 26, 2019

Leisure

“Nothing excellent can be done without leisure.”

-Andre Gide (1869-1951)

One of my favorite quotes is from Emerson who said: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” There seems to be a magic formula for success and excellence. We need down-time and a good attitude! This leisure time lets us clear our minds and think more efficiently. It helps us keep things in perspective. Haven’t we all had the experience where we’re working so hard, struggling to solve a problem and the answer is just not coming to us? And then, we take some time off and do something else and the answer just pops into our head! There is a purpose to this, and it is divine!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

There may be a lot of possible things to do and places to go today. You don’t need to instantly decide anything upon waking up. Let your intuition guide you, and continue listening to that intuition as you begin down the path you’ve chosen. If work or family have dictated today, don’t be resentful but let intuition sort out the easiest and best route for you to follow.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 19, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 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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What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.
-Andrew Marvell (1621-78)

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Spiritual Unite: Evergreen Tree Symbolism – Thriving Through Hardship

There are two broad types of trees: deciduous and evergreen.
By far the most common is deciduous, which covers all trees that lose their leaves (or other foliage) for at least part of the year.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/evergreen-tree-symbolism-thriving-through-hardship/

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ThoughtCo: Magical Banishing Spells

In many traditions of Paganism, banishing is done to get rid of negative or unwanted energy, or even people who may be causing problems in our lives. While some traditions frown upon banishing as manipulative magic, on the theory that it impacts the free will of another, if your tradition has no prohibitions against such things, then there’s no reason you can’t do a banishing spell.

https://www.learnreligions.com/about-magical-banishing-2562757

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MBG: For The First Time In Years, A Rare Grounding Transit Is Coming Our Way

This week, the AstroTwins break down how to harness the triple-hit of organized, practical Virgo energy in store for us.
Venus enters Virgo on Tuesday, and the transit will encourage us to savor the simple things.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-august-19-25-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Biking with Butterflies

Imagine if you could see the world through the eyes of a butterfly. What would you notice? In this beautifully woven piece, Sara Dykman explores the life cycle of the monarch through recounting her 10,201-mile bicycle journey from Mexico to Canada and back, intimately acquainting herself with newly hatched caterpillars and milkweed-nibbling monarchs. “Though people would gasp each time I told them what I was doing, it was the monarchs who deserved applause. I was merely a cyclist, with maps and grocery stores and a staggering amount of hospitality shown to me, giving scale to the magnitude of the monarchs’ greatness.” Read on to learn more about this nature enthusiast’s close encounters and the intricate beauty of the monarch’s migration

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8157

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Today’s Deity: Demeter

Greek Goddess of Agriculture, Fertility, Sacred Law and the Harvest
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and presides over grains and the fertility of the earth. Although she was most often referred to as the goddess of the harvest, she was also goddess of sacred law and the cycle of life and death.

https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/goddesses/demeter/

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Elephant Journal: If the Universe Calls, she won’t Leave a Voicemail.

Yesterday, the Universe spoke to me.
I have spent the better part of two years now asking the Universe what I am supposed to be learning from the series of events that have come to define my life. I have begged, pleaded, and tried to make deals that would give me back the life I had “before.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/08/if-the-universe-calls-she-wont-leave-a-voicemail-carin-reeve/

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MNN: White raven sightings keep Vancouver Island mystery alive

When photographer Mike Yip saw a flash of white on Vancouver Island in British Columbia in late May, the bright movement looked familiar. It wasn’t the first time he had seen white ravens.
This time, the rare birds were two youngsters who were still with their parents. When he saw them again two weeks later, the birds were on their own.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/white-ravens-vancouver-island

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EarthSky News: Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, if you have a dark sky, try star-hopping to the Andromeda galaxy from the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen. If your sky is truly dark, you might even spot this hazy patch of light with no optical aid, as the ancient stargazers did before the days of light pollution.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/cassiopeia-the-queen-also-points-to-andromeda-galaxy

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Patheos-Pagan: How To Be A Pagan Every Day 

I see this question all the time. There are so many books and how-to articles and blog posts about being Pagan. Fun Ways to Celebrate Yule, Connect With Your Ancestors This Samhain, Look At All This Information About A Goddess!, etc. So, imagine you’re a baby Pagan, Polytheist, or Heathen, and this is all you have.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/08/how-to-be-a-pagan-every-day/

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Inner Journey:

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
— Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week? What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary — whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

“Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
— Arabic proverb

“Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
— Franklin P. Jones

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A Note from the Universe

There’s never been a day in your life when you were as close to your thriving business and a steady income, as you are today.

So very, very close –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Apple Zucchini Slaw

When you have an abundance of zucchini or want to try something new make zucchini slaw rather than the typical cabbage version.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Recipes/Salads/Zucchini-Slaw-Recipes.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, Reconciliations, 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
August 19, 2019

Paradoxes

“Heaven and earth do nothing
Yet there is nothing they do not do.”
-Chuang-Tzu (369-286 B.C.)

There is a spiritual principle that opposites are found together – and this can be so profound! These paradoxes make us take pause, and think. Isn’t life interesting?

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Patience is your secret weapon to face down all obstacles today. Take your good old time to make sure you understand what needs to be done, for whom, why, and how. This methodical approach may not be your natural or favorite one, and it might annoy someone who has a different opinion of how urgent the issue is. Nonetheless, patience will get you through the day with fewer, if any, mishaps.

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