Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30- May 1, 2021 “Beltane Edition”

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30- May 1, 2021 “Beltane Edition”

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.”

  • Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557

April 1 April Fools Day

April 11 New Moon at 7:30 pm PST/ 8:30 pm MST/ 10:30 pm EST

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

*The Lyrids meteor shower appears on April 16 – April 26

April 17 Herbalist Day

*Eta Aquariids meteor shower also appears in April. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20

April 22 Earth Day

April 26 Full Wind Moon at 8:31 pm PST/ 9:31 pm MST/ 11:31 pm EST

April 30 Walpurgis Night / Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

May 1 Beltane / May Day

‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Zen Pagan: Happy Walpurgisnacht!

While the idea of Beltane – especially its sexual and fertility aspects ‘ has become the dominant way of thinking of this cross-quarter time in American Neo- Paganism,

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Beltane | How to Celebrate | Ideas DIYs & Rituals

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12 Fertility Deities of Beltane

Beltane is a time of great fertility—for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect.

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Spring Tonics
By: Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs

Spring has finally arrived, and you are enjoying a lovely walk along the creek. Suddenly, something stings your ankle! No, its not a wasp, its the stinging nettle plant, known to botanists as Urtica dioica. But before you curse this common weed, you should know that it is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Nettle greens are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, cobalt, copper, potassium, trace minerals, chlorophyll, the B-complex vitamins, and more.

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Beltane Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants

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Beltane: Six Ways To Inspire Fertility In Your Life

The word fertility kept coming to mind as I look forward to this year’s Beltane’s celebrations. Fertility is key in Beltane celebrations, of course, and usually involves rituals for…..

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Faerie Lore: The Fae at Beltane

For many Pagans, Beltane is traditionally a time when the veil between our world and that of the Fae is thin. In most European folktales, the Fae kept to themselves unless they wanted something from their human neighbors.

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Patheos: Beltane in the Otherfaith

Spring morphs into summer with bursts of heat and flushes of flowers. The green of the grass brightens. The trees, once skeletal and reaching like spindly fingers to the gray sky, turn the hills into rolling swells of leaves and life.

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Today’s DIY: Beltane Fire Incense

At Beltane, spring is beginning to get seriously underway. Gardens are being planted, sprouts are beginning to appear, and the earth is returning to life once again.

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Pagan Library: The Beltane Chase
Traditional


Ladies:
I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men:
And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

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Treehugger: 9 Enchanting and Uncommon Types of Deer

There are 47 species of deer, and very few of those look like the white-tailed deer that fill North American forests and backyards. In fact, some types are much smaller or much larger than the most common cervid species; many adapt to a wide range of habitats, as well, from the arctic to the tropics.

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Seven Crystals for Beltane

As we reach the celebration of Beltane, spring has peaked and we are heading into summer. The Earth is warming up and has an energy bursting with strength and fertility. The word Beltane is thought to originate from the Celtic god, Bal, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine,’ which means fire.

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Patheos-Pagan: Easy Seasonal Recipes

As we quickly make our way to Beltane and the beginning of Summer, I wanted to share a few easy, peasy recipes that always make me think this season.

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Beltane (Lord & Lady Song)

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Inner Journey: WONDER-FULL!

“…we can’t survive without enchantment… the loss of it is killing us.”
— Thomas Moore

“There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts – a sense of wonder.”
— Andrew Schneider

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.”
— Albert Einstein

“We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr

higherawareness.com

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“The new earth quickens as you rise.
The May Queen is waiting.
Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,
To know the depths of your desire.
The May Queen is waiting.
Moving through the night, the bright moon’s flight.
In green and silver on the plain.
She waits for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.
Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.
Surrender as enchantment brings
The first light of dawning.
Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.
Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.
Living earth is breathing.
Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,
As seedlings open with the rain.
She’ll long for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.”

  • Ruth Barren, The May Queen is Waiting

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Today’s Recipe: Honey-Cream Pie || Beltane Recipe || Kitchen Witchery

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Magical Correspondences for Beltane

Activities and Rituals: fertilize, nurture and boost existing goals, games, activities of pleasure, leaping bonfires, making garlands, May Pole dance, planting seeds, walking one’s property, feasting, making May Day baskets and giving them to friends

Colors: Red, White, Brown, Pink, Green

Stones/Gems: Emerald, Malachite, Amber, Carnelian, Sapphire, Rose Quartz

Symbols & Decorations: The Maypole, bonfires, flowers, trees, plants, ploughs, cauldrons of flowers, broom

Foods: Dairy, bread, cereals

Flowers, Herbs: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorne, dittany of Crete, elder, mint, mugwort, thyme, yarrow, almond, tree/shrub, clover, ivy, marigold, meadowsweet, rowan, sorrel, woodruff

Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses of fertility.

Animals:Swallow, dove, swan, cats, lynx, leopard

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

Expect the unexpected, in fact don’t even expect that much. Today could be a wild ride, and you may instigate some of it in the spirit of fun, suggests the Fool card. Play it safe and stay out of trouble if you can, but it could be hard at times. Don’t fret over any little mistakes today. By tonight or at least tomorrow it may be hard to tell who made them if anyone even recalls 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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 2, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 2, 2021

Good Morning Beautiful Souls and welcome to a new year! 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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March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted due to winter. (brownielocks.com)

March Events

March 2 Dr. Seuss Day

March 3 World Wildlife Day

March 4 World Book Day

March 13 New Moon 2:21 am PST/ 3:21 am MST/ 5:21 am EST

March 14 Daylight Savings begins 2 am

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

March 18 Celtic Month of Alder begins

March 20 Spring Equinox / Ostara

March 20 World Storytelling Day

March 25 World Tolkein Reading Day

March 28 Full Storm Moon 11:48 am PST/ 12:48 pm MST/ 2:48 pm EST


Spirit Library: Free Yourself (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The energy of this past weekend’s Full Moon has us moving through a time of deep healing and release, which is enabling the clearing of the outdated and detrimental mental programming and thinking patterns of the past.

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Crow Stories: the Little People

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Spiritual Unite: SEEING 22 EVERYWHERE: MEANING OF THE NUMBER 22

Number 22 heralds the imminence of great things for its observer.

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ThoughtCo: Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth

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

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The Maidens Castle: The Faerie Hill of Clackmannanshire (Scottish Folklore)

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MBG: March 2021 Monthly Horoscope: What’s In The Stars For All Of Us?

The first couple of months of 2021 may have brought some hopeful moments (vaccine appointments, reunions with loved ones), but it’s all taken place against the backdrop of an unusual number of planets in “fixed” signs—the four most structured zodiac signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius

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Daily Good: Mary Oliver & The Witchery of Living

The witchery of living
is my whole conversation
with you, my darlings.
All I can tell you is what I know.

  • Mary Oliver –

Mary Oliver & The Witchery of Living

“Will the hungry ox stand in the field and not eat
of the sweet grass?
Will the owl bite off its own wings?
Will the lark forget to lift its body in the air or
forget to sing?
Will the rivers run upstream?

Behold, I say — behold
the reliability and the finery and the teachings
of this gritty earth gift.”

So begins this poem from Mary Oliver. It is a poem that bristles with imperatives, pointblank inquiries and penetrating insight. It is a poem large of heart and long of stride, that whisks the reader right into the enchanted thicket that is,’the witchery of living.’ Read it here. { read more }

Be The Change

What does this poem spark within you?
If you were to try to encapsulate the sum of all that you know of life, what would you say?

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Today’s DIY: Polymer Clay Goddess DIY #WItchCrafts

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Treehugger: 9 Wild Facts About the Woolly Mammoth

Woolly mammoths were the last in a long line of mammoth species. They lived during the Pleistocene and Holocene eras, which means they were still around when human beings first emerged on the planet.

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EarthSky News: Mercury’s greatest elongation Mar 6, 2021

Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet, makes a close-knit conjunction with the king planet Jupiter on March 5, 2021, and then reaches its maximum elongation from the sun for the year on March 6, 2021. But don’t wait till then to start looking for these worlds. Starting early March, from around the world, Jupiter and Mercury snuggle up plenty close together on the sky’s dome, beneath the planet Saturn! The feature chart at top is for March 3, 2021, at North American mid-northern latitudes.

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Patheos-Pagan: Otherfaith Spirits: Aster Aira

For the past month or so I have been working with one of the spirits in the Otherfaith. This process involved journeying (or, as some call it, pathworking), journaling, contemplating his associations and symbols, and prayers and offerings. How I go about encountering and interacting with new/non-historical spirits is complex and beyond the scope of this article, though I hope to explain it someday.

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Pagan Playlist: Trismegistia – Hounds of Hekate (Official Pagan Music Video)

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Inner Journey: DISCOVER THE TREASURES INSIDE

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
— Denis Waitley

Peace, joy, health and well-being can only be found inside us. They exist within us now, waiting to be discovered. Yet we tend to look to the outside world to satisfy our needs and longings.

Our outer life reflects back to us the way we think, feel and behave. The outer world is all effects. Go to the source inside for all of life’s treasures.

How are you searching for peace and contentment outside of yourself?

“The great Western disease is, ‘I’ll be happy when… When I get the money. When I get a BMW. When I get this job.’ Well, the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”
— Marshall Goldsmith

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Live your dreams now, to any degree that you can. With every purchase. Every decision. Every hello and goodbye. Every assignment. Every conversation. Every meal. Every morning, afternoon, and evening. And never, ever, ever look back.

Reframe every thought, word, and deed from the perspective of the person you’ve always dreamed you’d be, as if your life was already as you’ve always dreamed it would be.

Die to yesterday’s illusions and be reborn to the truth of your vision. And let’s just see if you can handle the torrent of treasures I send your way.

Your greatest admirer, biggest fan, and truest friend –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Aunt Kathy’s Irish Soda Bread

My aunt’s Irish soda bread which we all loved. Family from the County Cork.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
March 2, 2021

Longevity
“If there is one single secret to long life, that secret is moderation.”

-George Gallup (1901-1984)


It’s amazing how far good common sense gets us. Moderation is that middle path. It’s balance. We have a lot to balance in this life – our diets, our relationships, our workload, our checkbooks. When things are in balance then we are less stressed, we’re better able to cope with the little stuff that comes up. Moderation may take some maintenance, but maintenance is a lot easier to handle than repair.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Indecision is not necessarily a bad thing, but taken to extremes it can make you pessimistic and defeatist. Take the time you need to make the choices you need but don’t get bogged down and grind to a halt. Take yourself in hand and refuse to feel helpless in the face of a challenging (or tempting) situation. Refuse to be rushed by anyone, too.

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/