Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2019 “Lammas/Lughnasadh Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 1, 2019: Lammas/Lughnasadh Edition

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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“As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!”
– Faille, Lammas Ritual

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects

Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-craft-projects-4136753

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Wise Woman Herbal: Lammas by Susun Weed

The least known of the eight major Pagan holy days is Lammas, celebrated on the first of August. (The other primary holy days are the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, and the Cross Quarter Days of Imbolc and Beltane.)

Lammas, or “Loaf Mass,” is the Feast of the First Harvest, the Feast of Bread. This Holy Day honors the women who created agriculture and bred the crops we cultivate, especially the grains, or corn. In the British Isles, celebrants make corn dollies from the last of the newly-harvested wheat.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-ezine/7804739

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Pioneer Thinking: Lavender Bath Salts

If you love soaking your stresses away in a hot, fragrant tub, then you’ll want to save this recipe for lavender bath salts. It’s quick and simple to make, for yourself or as a gift.

https://pioneerthinking.com/make-your-own-natural-lavender-bath-salts

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Raven & Crone: Lammas, Lughnasadh Rituals, Spells and Activities

For the Lammas ritual contained here you will need your regular altar supplies. It is appropriate to have corn husks, corn dollies, wheat and grain decorating the altar and the quarters. In addition you will need:

https://www.ravenandcrone.com/catalog/a54/Lammas,-Lughnasadh-Rituals,-Spells-and-Activities/article_info.html

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Pagan Library: Lammas Night

I stood before my altar at Lammastide
And asked the Lord and Lady to be my guides.
“Please show to me a vision that I may see
What sacrifice is worthy to give to Thee.”

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

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“Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!”
– Robert Burns

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EarthSky News: Spot the young moon in early August

From most of the world on August 1, 2019, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see the waxing crescent moon after sunset. After all, the new moon happens on August 1, 2019, at 3:12 UTC; translate UTC to your time. At that instant of new moon, according to astronomers’ definitions, the old moon becomes a young moon again, as the moon transitions out of the morning sky and into evening sky.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/spot-the-young-moon-in-early-august

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Patheos-Pagan: 5 Simple Ways to Bring Lammas to Our Modern Lives

Lammas. Probably one of the most overlooked of Pagan and Heathen holidays – and it’s not the only option this time of year. We don’t know when it was first celebrated, but it certainly goes as far back as early medieval England. There, it was a celebration of the wheat harvest. It was also the time that tenants would present their rent payments to the landlord – usually in the form of wheat.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/07/5-simple-ways-to-bring-lammas-to-our-modern-lives/

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Inner Journey:

TRUST IN ABUNDANCE

“Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is atthe moment.'”
— Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

“Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but firstwe must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us.”
— David Spangler

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

By design you are stronger than whatever you may create.

Including the lions and tigers and bears now in your life.

Oh, my

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mixed Greens with Blueberries and Feta

This salad boasts savory and sweet ingredients to make it a favorite all around the table. Blueberries, currently in season, can be swapped out for other antioxidant and fiber-rich fresh fruit as it comes in season like cherries, raspberries, and peaches. Top salad with salmon or roasted poultry for a complete dinner.

https://pioneerthinking.com/mixed-greens-with-blueberries-and-feta

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Magical Correspondences for Lammas/ Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh (loo-nas-ah)-Northern Hemisphere: August 1
Southern Hemisphere: February 1

Greater Sabbat/Cross Quarter day

Colors are Yellows, Red, Bronze, Brown, Orange, Dark Green

Food: Corn and Grains, Nuts, Cider, Ale BeerBread, all garden produce,

Scents & Herbs: Frankincense, Hollyhock, Rose, Heather, Hops, Sunflower,Marigold,Blackthorn, Yarrow, Vervain, Sandalwood, Basil

Sacred Stones:  Carnelian, Citrine Amber, Tiger’s Eye, Obsidian

Deities: Lugh, Cerridwen, Isis, Ceres

This Sabbat is also known as the Feast of Bread and is a time of transformation. It is the first of the 3 harvest celebrations and was seen by our ancestors as the beginning of Autumn.

Sacred Symbols: Corn and Gourds, Corn Dollies, Harvest Tools, the Cornucopia and the Cauldron

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Daily Wisdom
Aug 1, 2019

Intuition

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
-Madame De Girardin

I love this! The nose doesn’t “think” – it just senses- our brain then translates what scent is coming through. Our instinct is the same way- sometimes we don’t know why we know something, but we just do. So rather than try to translate or decipher this information in the brain, it might do us well to just go with it every once in awhile, and find out just where our intuition leads us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

There’s a sense of security in what is old, and with something new coming into your life it’s natural to be a bit afraid. Give this new situation a chance and give yourself time to get comfortable with the new conditions. It could be as simple as getting your hair cut or changing your glasses frames, but it could be much bigger than that

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 January 25, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 25, 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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Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Spiritual Unite: Palm Tree Symbolism – Masculine And Feminine Energy

To many of us, palm trees summon up summer holidays and brilliant weather.

While this is not too far off – after all, the palm tree is a sun symbol – there is far more to it palm tree symbolism than that!

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/palm-tree-symbolism-masculine-and-feminine-energy/

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MBG: What You Need To Know About Aromatherapy & 9 Essential Oils To Get Started

Many people know aromatherapy simply as the mixture of pleasing scents that accompany a relaxing day at the spa. We’ve got nothing against the soothing smells associated with a massage, but aromatherapy actually brings so much more to the table in terms of natural, holistic ways to boost physical and mental health.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-is-aromatherapy-benefits-uses-risks-and-more

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Daily Good: The Wisdom of Circles: In Conversation with John Malloy

John Malloy tends fires. He is a guardian of safe spaces where people gather. John began tending fires in this spirit as a county probation senior group counselor. He then co-founded The Foundry, a school for kids who had been in jail. John currently works as an Intervention Specialist in schools and leads an Intergenerational Support Group for people challenged by grief and trauma. For over fifty years, he has anchored circles that tap into the power of silence, compassion, deep listening and a full presence. In this interview, he shares his experience of what it takes to bring “medicine” to the circle. In leading circles, John says that, “people care how much you care…It doesn’t matter (who is in the circle); you just have to present yourself with authenticity.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2182/the-wisdom-of-circles-in-conversation-with-john-malloy-joserra-g-/

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Thought.Co: History of Imbolc 

Imbolc is a holiday with a variety of names, depending on which culture and location you’re looking at. In the Irish Gaelic, it’s called Oimelc, which translates to “ewe’s milk.” It’s a precursor to the end of winter when the ewes are nursing their newly born lambs. Spring and the planting season are right around the corner.

https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-pagan-holiday-imbolc-2562118

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica from late night to dawn

Unless you’re a night owl, you probably won’t see the moon and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden, rising up into your eastern sky before your bedtime. The twosome will come up quite late tonight, at or around midnight. From most places worldwide, the moon will rise first, followed by Spica.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-spica-from-late-night-till-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: Daily Devotions, Seasonal Deities, and Losing Your Pagan Faith

Today we continue with more Conversations Under the Oaks. What are some things you can do to build a system of regular ritual devotions? What do you do when a deity stops talking to you? And how can we embrace darkness and shadow in our lives – even if we don’t like those terms?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/01/daily-devotions-seasonal-deities-and-losing-your-pagan-faith.html

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Inner Journey:

5 STEPS TO SELF-ACTUALIZATION

“Every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation.”
— Dalai Lama

Monitoring what motivates me has helped me see how I am growing. I do things for different reasons now than I did 10 years ago. As we pay ongoing attention to our motives, we can see how both our conscious and unconscious attitudes are changing.

Here are some ways that our motives can shift with rising consciousness:
• I desire
• I want to collect things
• I want to know
• I want to serve
• I want to be

What are your motives as you participate in life?

“There are three kinds of people and three kinds of richness:
• people who want to have, to collect
• people who want action, work and labor
• people who want to be

“The real richness is in be-ness. People can take all that you have, all that you collected. People can stop your labor, or an accident can stop you. When you are, you never lose what you are.”
— Torkom Saraydarian

“You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!”
— Bob Richards

“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Every so often I like to take time off. You know, go to theme parks, ride roller coasters, and people watch. Sit on the beach, walk through the forest, and listen to music.

Just kick back, relax, and let everything run on autopilot… considering, it already does.

Haven’t you noticed?

You’re in good hands,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Maple Cranberry Corn Muffins

Cranberries were very inexpensive this year, so I bought extra and froze them. I also got free canned corn from CVS during Black Friday. I substituted pancake syrup for the maple syrup and used regular milk, as some people in my family have a nut allergy.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Maple-Cranberry-Corn-Muffins.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 25,  2019

Truth

“Truth – is as old as God –
His Twin identity
And will endure as long as He
A Co-Eternity -”

-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Truth – just five little letters and yet such a big word. It’s so powerful, and so real. Truth is something we all revere – we all search for it, we all believe in it. Truth is pure and simple. It makes everything make sense. Truth is a guiding principle that can’t steer us wrong.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Seven Contemplations for Realizing the Spiritual Introvert Edge

Spiritual but not religious is a popular designation. What does it mean to be spiritual? There may be as many definitions of spirituality as spiritual people. Everyone puts their unique imprint on what it is to be a spiritual person.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/seven-contemplations-for-realizing-the-spiritual-introvert-edge.aspx#LSGRFsqpfUKvfAGe.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/

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/