Cat’s Morning Bits for July 10, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 10, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.

-John Vance Cheney (1848-1922)

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Spirit Library: The End of a Cycle of Transformation

The old destructive patterns of the world are failing and disintegrating. At the same time new energetic structures, which are in harmony with universal laws and principles, are being established. As we experience the destruction of the old patriarchal structures the imbalance in ourselves and the world is revealed.

Read more…….

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Lammas/Lughansadh

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

Read more……

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MBG: Rose Quartz: The Lovey-Dovey Crystal That’s Great For Your Heart Chakra

If you’ve ever wandered into an occult shop, you’ve undoubtedly seen the pink crystal known as rose quartz. Rose quartz is a light, translucent crystal that carries a gentle and nurturing energy.

Read more….

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Daily Good: Empathy vs Sympathy

Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others; they are diametrically opposite responses in many important ways. Sympathy places another’s problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and “drives separation”, says the film’s narrator, Dr. Bren Brown. Empathy, on the other hand, requires that one internalize the feelings of another. That shared experience drives interpersonal connection, she says. “What makes things better is connection.” { read more }

Be The Change

The next time you find yourself feeling sorry for someone, try to shift your reaction from sympathy to empathy.

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Today’s DIY: How to Make BLACK SALT and Why it Matters

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Elephant Journal: 3 Types of Meditation Everyone can Practice (& One Powerful Benefit we All Crave).

Chances are you’ve heard that meditation is good for you.
Everyone from Oprah to Russell Brand have talked about the benefits of their meditation practice.

Maybe you’re wondering how and why to start.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: Listen to Woodlands Around the World With This Forest Soundmap

In a stretch of forest in Papua New Guinea, the trees ring with a hauntingly beautiful opera sung by birds; a superb fruit dove, a cinnamon-browed honeyeater, a bird of paradise, and a Huon bowerbird among the avian chanteuses.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Moon and Mars from midnight until dawn

The bright planets Jupiter and Saturn light the eastern half of the sky in early evening now. An even brighter planet, Venus, shines in the east at dawn. Meanwhile, in July 2020, Mars is the bright planet ascending in the east in the middle of the night. Mars isn’t as bright as Jupiter or Venus.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Books Aging Poorly: Scott Cunningham’s “Wicca”

Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is now over thirty years old, and parts of it have aged poorly. It’s certainly not a bad book by any means, but it’s very much a product of its time (1989)

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennit – Dante’s Prayer(original-HD + lyrics)

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Inner Journey:

FEEL YOUR EMOTIONS

“The key is to not resist or rebel against emotions or to try to get around them by devising all sorts of tricks; but to accept them directly, as they are.”
— Takahisa Kora

Emotions are energy in motion. They bring us information if we are willing to experience them. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid of the energy of emotions and so we automatically resist them. And when we refuse to experience our emotions, we block them up. They become trapped and that entrapment drains our energy and brings continuing discomfort.

Don’t let emotions push you into action or reaction. Just STOP and PAY ATTENTION. Allow them to be and to speak to you. Once they are acknowledged, their energy is released.

“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.”
— Deepak Chopra

“We have to become more conscious of our feeling-world. By learning to identify the ‘emotional baggage’ and manage our feeling-world reactions, we can view life based on current information instead of being held captive by our past.”
— Doc Childre

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”
— Audre Lorde

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A Note from the Universe
For just a moment can you imagine that on the day the earth was created, I’d want to experience her in every imaginable form?

Good.

Now, can you imagine that when it came to creating the animals, I couldn’t just pick one — but would want to soar through her skies, swim in her oceans, and burrow in her fields?

Excellent. I had to be all of her animals, to experience all of their secrets.

So, when it came to having dominion over all things, it must now be just as obvious that I had to be everyone.

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Butter Swim Biscuits

These biscuits are literally swimming in butter prior to baking, hence the name. No need to butter them since they are buttery and fluffy. Perfect for breakfast or for dinner. Great use of pantry items during this stay-at-home order during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Friday (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth

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

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
July 10, 2020

Promises
“A contract is a mutual promise.”

-William Paley (1743-1805)
The world has gotten complicated. What did we ever do before contracts and attorneys and negotiations? There was a time when we simply made a promise, and that was good enough. Deals were sealed on handshakes. A promise implies trust, and integrity. It can be very simple

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

There may be a moment or two when you feel responsible for everything in the world and like it’s your duty to take care of everyone. Relax, let this wash over you, and let it go. It’s not a burden so much as a demonstration of how connected you are to the people and things in your own life, and how much you care. That’s a good thing.

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 July 8, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 8, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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Ten o’clock: the broken moon
Hangs not yet a half hour high,
Yellow as a shield of brass,
In the dewy air of June,
Poised between the vaulted sky
And the ocean’s liquid glass.
-Emma Lazarus (1849-87)

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Spirit Library: Light & Shadows (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse over the weekend has brought a different kind of intensity to the incoming energies of this time. Our capacity to change and adjust to the new circumstances in our world is being tested.

Read more….

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Mulling over Mullein | Benefits and Uses with Yarrow Willard (Herbal Jedi)

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ThoughtCo: Recipes for the Lammas Sabbat

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is the time of year when the gardens are in full bloom. From root vegetables to fresh herbs, so much of what you need is right there in your own back yard or at the local farmer’s market. Let’s take advantage of the gifts of the garden, and cook up a feast to celebrate the first harvest at Lammas.

Read more….

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MBG: The Real Reason We Judge Others Without Knowing It + How To Exit The Cycle

It’s no secret that judgment is deeply embedded in us as human beings. Think about it: We judge ourselves—our thoughts, appearances, and feelings (and then we judge ourselves for having those feelings). We judge others—their decisions, experiences, and backgrounds. We’re constantly analyzing and criticizing every action to make sense of the world.

Read more…..

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Spell for an Upcoming Difficult Conversation || Spellwork

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Today’s DIY: Learn how to make incense

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Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Practice Real Happiness (& Stop being Miserable A-holes).

Are you happy?
It’s a question that is rarely asked. Maybe because we are all too scared of how we would answer it.

A psychologist and professor at the University of California, Sonja Lyubomirsky, researched happiness extensively and came up with a famous formula. It argued that 50% of our happiness was dependent on genetics.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Dreamlike Abandoned Settings Being Reclaimed by Nature

There’s a strange and undeniable draw towards abandoned places. Ghost towns, forsaken movie palaces, swank shipwrecks, crumbling castles and the like all lure in adventurers with their promise of poignancy and a special brand of voyeurism.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Vega and its constellation Lyra

Tonight, look eastward during the evening hours, and it’s hard to miss the season’s signature star formation, called the Summer Triangle. Its stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – are the first three to light up the eastern half of sky after sunset, and their bright and sparkling radiance is even visible from light-polluted cities or on a moonlit night.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Tarot: History, Practice, Spiritual Art

Not long ago, a meme shared in our 3Paac Facebook group put forth the idea that the Tarot is a “closed practice.” An assumption that in my experience is false. Divination is ancient.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Peia “Machi” from Four Great Winds

This song speaks of healing power and medicine of Woman, the Moon and the Earth Herself. “Machi” is a word that comes from the Mapuche people of Chile and Argentina. A Machi is a medicine woman and sometimes also refers to a medicine man.

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Inner Journey:

WE PROJECT OUR STRENGTHS

“Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness.”
— El Morya

We have discussed that OUR WORLD MIRRORS WHO WE ARE BACK TO US. When we get upset by something outside of us, our reaction shows us that we have an inner wound to be healed.

Just as we can be unconscious of our wounds, we can also be unconscious of our strengths. If you are really drawn to the positive qualities in another person, you are being invited to own those same qualities in yourself.

“The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth… if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them.”
— Shakti Gawain

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

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A Note from the Universe

Do you have any idea how thoroughly, utterly, and completely I want the very things you now want?

Well, let’s just say that after visualizing, and expecting, and acting with faith, then came you.

We’re in this together.

Banzai –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Make Ice Cream in 5 Minutes With 1 Ingredient

Did you know that all you need to have sweet, thick, creamy ice cream in five minutes is a blender and a single ingredient? Frozen bananas.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
July 8, 2020 

Promises
“Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.”

-Lou Holtz, 1993

 
This is good advice for business, athletics, school, for just about every area of our lives! It’s always good to give our “all” to a project, to do our best, to go that “extra mile” to make it work. When we do that, it shows, and we feel good about our accomplishments.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

 

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 July 3, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 3, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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July Events & Holidays

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Spirit Library: Your Soul’s Adventure (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The incoming energy is burning through the veils of our attachments revealing whatever is blocking our ability to fully embrace our destiny. Our inner life is being electrified as powerful and unexpected events rise asking us to look deeply into our present circumstances and conditions.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Disposal of Ritual Offerings

A common question that comes up is the matter of how to dispose of offerings made during a ritual once the ritual has concluded. Disposal methods may vary, depending on a few things. For instance, does your particular magical tradition require you to dispose of offerings in a certain way?

Read more….

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MBG: This Month, The Planets Will Finally Find Balance (And Hopefully We Will, Too?)

What spurs you to action? And where do you need to slow down? This month, like June, keeps us on our toes while also telling us “hurry up and wait.”

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Braided Bread Recipe || Lughnasadh Recipe || Kitchen Witchery

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Elephant Journal: Empath Self-Care 101: 9 Ways to Stay Grounded in Chaos.

Empaths and highly sensitive people everywhere are feeling it: we are in a world of intensity right now.
First came Coronavirus, then the Black Lives Matter movement’s long-overdue reckoning with the centuries-long pain and injustice of racism

Read more…

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Treehugger: 7 Beautiful Edible Landscaping Plants

It’s that time of year when garden centers are full, and you just can’t seem to squeeze enough hours out of the day to get your yard done. With budgets tightened, many folks are considering growing food instead of just pretty flowers.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Full moon, faint eclipse, on July 4-5

For us in the Americas, the moon will turn precisely full during the nighttime hours on July 4-5, 2020, to present a partial penumbral eclipse of the moon. It’ll be such a faint eclipse – so nearly imperceptible – that some of you will swear nothing is happening even while staring straight at it.

Read more…

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3 Pagans And A Cat: Solitary Self-Initiation or Dedication. Does It Matter?

Car, Ode, and I had a lively discussion in our latest episode of 3 Pagans and a Cat regarding initiation. This includes self-initiation as a Solitary Witch or Pagan practitioner. Now, if a person wants to join a coven or group within a specific tradition or religious practice, then having the means to bring people together under oaths and rituals makes sense.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Celtic Music – Equinox

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Inner Journey:

OPEN TO THE NEW

“All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious, wondering child in themselves to sleep.”
— Barbara Sher

How willing are you to learn something new?
How open are you to new perspectives?

Only when we’re open can we really hear what’s being said or really see what’s happening or really experience the moment.

Openness demands that we be willing to move to places we’ve never been before. It asks us to continually challenge the foundations of our belief systems so we can test out new ideas. And to do that, we need to accept insecurity.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

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A Note from the Universe 

One hundred trillion years!

7 continents!

106 billion people! (Not counting Atlantis, Lemuria, and the others.)

96 zillion dreams come true!

And not once, not even close, not even on my most generous, loving, caring days, has anything ever happened in time and space — good or bad, big or small, rich or poor — that wasn’t sparked by someone’s imagination and followed up with their own baby steps.

Not without you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: A Watermelon-Berry Collagen Marg To Try This Weekend (It Makes Your Skin Glow!)

Bright and acidic, this frozen watermelon-berry margarita practically screams summer. Watermelon is such a refreshing treat, and the frozen berries add a nice flavor, texture, and gorgeous color (plus more antioxidants and fiber

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Friday (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth

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

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus

Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
July 3, 2020 
Gardening
“I wanted no one lifting a finger in that garden unless he loved doing it. What if Fred had hired a man to dig those trenches and it had turned out that he didn’t love to dig? Who could eat that kind of asparagus?”

-Ruth Stout, 1955

 
We are so intricately connected and with each other that we can feel a person’s emotions. It’s the same way with the earth – we are just as connected with this planet, so why wouldn’t ‘it’ be able to feel our emotions as well? In the movie ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ there is a scene where a girl is broken-hearted. As she cooks, her tears fall into the stew, and when the family eats the stew, they start to cry. When we’re sick with a cold, the famous remedy is chicken soup – but what is the ‘magic’ ingredient that makes the soup so healing? The love that the cook puts in there! These are illustrations of how our emotions, or how our intent, can affect our environment, and the people in our lives. In a way, we are gardening all the time.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

Things may be going fine but you’ll still be able to find something to be disappointed about. Rather than looking on the glum side of things, take a walk in the sunshine or at least get some fresh air and make an effort to be more objective. Full-blown optimism may be beyond you today, but you can balance your mood by noticing and maybe making a list of all those things that are going right.

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 July 1, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 1, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Spirit Library: Our Collective Awakening (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are living in the most remarkable time as the Earth moves through a planetary shift, generating a period of great purification and transformation. This is a cataclysmic time with dramatic events occurring and revealing that every system and structure that upholds our world must evolve and change.

Read more…

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Witch Indeed: Pagan Gratitude: Rituals and Ideas

When waking up each day feels like you end up scrolling through endless damage reports, a bit of relief is needed. I found myself feeling increasingly cycling through feeling grouchy, irritated, full of despair and worse.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Cerridwen: Keeper of the Cauldron

The Crone of Wisdom
In Welsh legend, Cerridwen represents the crone, which is the darker aspect of the goddess. She has powers of prophecy, and is the keeper of the cauldron of knowledge and inspiration in the Underworld. As typical of Celtic goddesses, she has two children: daughter Crearwy is fair and light, but son Afagddu (also called Morfran) is dark, ugly and malevolent.

Read more….

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MBG: These 5 Mosquito-Repelling Plants Are Easy To Grow In Any Garden

Love being outside but prone to bug bites? When it comes to choosing plants for your backyard or garden, going for ones that can help ward off mosquitoes isn’t a bad idea. And the good news is there are a handful of low-maintenance species that are effective mosquito repellers. Here are five plants you’ll want to have around this summer, plus how they work to keep the bugs at bay.

Read more…..

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Daily Good: Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

“I am the youngest of eight siblings. Five of us have died. I share losses, health concerns, and other challenges common to the human condition, especially in these times of war, poverty, environmental devastation, and greed that are quite beyond the most creative imagination. Sometimes it all feels a bit too much to bear. Once a person of periodic deep depressions, a sign of mental suffering in my family that affected each sibling differently, I have matured into someone I never dreamed I would become: an unbridled optimist who sees the glass as always full of something. It may be half full of water, precious in itself, but in the other half there’s a rainbow that could exist only in the vacant space.” More from Alice Walker in this short and powerful passage. { read more }

Be The Change

What does learning to dance mean to you? Is there a personal story of a time when you held the line of beauty, form and beat through grief and troubles? What helps you stay aware of your balance so you can maintain it?

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Today’s DIY: How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks!

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Elephant Journal: The Best Way to Cope with Fear when it feels Unbearable.

My heart was pulsating through my chest, as my frail body felt a nudge with each slight of the wind.
The next time the wind began to blow, my body leaned into it almost willingly.

Read more……

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Treehugger: 21 Reasons Why Forests Are Important
In case you’re missing the forest for the trees, here are a few reminders why woodlands are wonderful.

Read more….

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EarthSky News:  Moon and Antares in early July

These next few evenings – July 1 and 2, 2020 – let the moon introduce you to Antares. It’s a red star and the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Look first for the moon, and the nearby bright star will be Antares.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Significance of Naming as a Magickal Practice

But you said your last assignment was to memorize the names of all of them.’

I did. All the stars in all the galaxies. And that’s a great many.’

But how many?’

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: The Circle

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Inner Journey:

WISDOM

“…we need to abandon the idea that wisdom is knowing everything-the whys, the wherefores, the how-tos. Wisdom is often more subtle, both far simpler and exceedingly more complex. For wisdom requires the discerning, the listening to, the acknowledgment of nudges and notions, of senses and sensations, of the minute and what we often mistakenly assume is the mundane. Wisdom means listening to the still, small voice, the whisper that can be easily lost in the whirlwind of busyness, expectations, and conventions of the world….”
— Jean M. Blomquist

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find somebody’s hand and squeeze it, while there’s time.”
— Dale Dauten

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Note from the Universe

Do you remember way back when, on the day you first earned your wings, how you worried about whether or not you’d be able to use them to lift yourself, and thereby the entire planet, higher?

And so I reminded you that the reason you earned them was because you already had?

You’ve already earned all that your heart desires.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Delicious Cilantro Chicken Salad

This delicious and tasty chicken salad is seasoned with fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and poultry seasoning.

Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
July 1, 2020

Gardening
“When I used to pick the berries for dinner on the East Quarter hills I did not eat one till I had done, for going a-berrying implies more than eating the berries. They at home got only the pudding: I got the forenoon out of doors and the appetite for the pudding.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Here’s an example of how the journey can be more important than the destination! Thoreau is known as a naturalist. He had a great affinity for nature, and loved to write about it. Sure, the pudding must have been a nice treat, but I can see where Thoreau felt that the adventures that led up to the pudding made it all the more delicious!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

People may be expecting or needing you to be laid-back and easy to deal with but your own inclinations may make you seem more difficult and demanding. You may see yourself as just being direct while others consider you as being tactless. Save yourself a lot of grief and use extra care with your words and actions. If someone gets bent out of shape, try to catch it instantly and stop it as soon as you can.

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 June 30, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 30, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Light and wind are running
over the headed grass
as though the hill had
melted and now flowed.
-Wendell Berry (b. 1934)

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Spirit Library: Overcoming Fears (a message from Kate Spreckley)

With the mix of intense energies and retrograde planetary alignments life is pretty intense right now. The energies are unrelenting as they move to illuminate the deep fears that block our life helping us to resolve old karmic patterns.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Bone Divination

The use of bones for divination, sometimes called osteomancy, has been performed by cultures the world over for thousands of years. While there are a number of different methods, the purpose is typically the same – to foretell the future utilizing the messages displayed in the bones.

Read more….

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MBG: What Is A Karmic Relationship? 15 Common Signs & How To Escape

Ever wondered if your relationship was meant to be? It may have been—but that doesn’t necessarily mean the two of you are soulmates. It could be a karmic relationship. Here’s a look into what a karmic relationship is, plus the common signs you might be in one.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: DIY Rose Oil for Skin, Hair, Nails

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Elephant Journal: Maybe you Aren’t Enough & maybe you Need to Make Peace with that.

These past several months, I’ve done a lot of feeling like I’m incompetent.
Not enough in my career. Not enough in my romance. Not enough as a daughter. The list goes on. It’s about as long as you could imagine.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How to Make Rose Water

You only need two ingredients to make rose water: rose petals and water. Yet, a four-ounce bottle of rose water can cost $10 or more. Making your own rose water is easy to do, and if you grow your own roses (or have a friend who can give you some) it’s free to make. (And even if you do buy some roses, it will still be less expensive.)

Read more…….
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EarthSky News: Moon and Antares in early July

These next few evenings – July 1 and 2, 2020 – let the moon introduce you to Antares. It’s a red star and the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Look first for the moon, and the nearby bright star will be Antares.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Liminal Gateways & Porous Boundaries

My first magickal name was “Milamber.” I’m not proud of this, but I also don’t mind making fun of my much younger Witch-self which is why I’m OK sharing that particular anecdote with you. There’s very little trace of “Milamber” today in my practice or workings, but the name still exists on the inside covers of some of my earliest books.

Read more…

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Pagan Playlist: Pan’s Lullaby – Erutan

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Inner Journey:

TRUST YOURSELF

“I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it.”
— Melody Beattie

How deeply do you trust your own guidance?

Always trust that you know what’s best for you. To move forward in your life, gather information from the ‘experts,’ consider how their advice relates to your situation and then act only on what feels right for you. What does your whole being (mind, body and soul) say ‘Yes!’ to?

You are the only expert for your own life.

“I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn.”
— Melody Beattie

“Ultimately, we must learn to trust ourselves. When we do this intimately and intelligently, the world opens full of meaning before us. We find that we ourselves are the doorway to a fathomless understanding of the source of life itself. We need only to learn to walk through it.”
— James Thornton
higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Do it your way and you’ll win the attention, and the respect, of the whole world.

Not that you need it.

Respectfully,
The Universe
tut.com
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Today’s Recipe: Island-Style Fried Rice

Everyone in Hawaii has their own version of fried rice. This is my own version of fried rice that the locals ate in Hawaii.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Tuesday (masculine)

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
June 30, 2020

Gardening
“All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.”

-Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

 
This I’m looking at “gardening” in the bigger sense of the word. There’s a reason why we understand the philosophy: ‘You reap what you sow’ – in gardening nothing is more true! When we plant radishes, we can’t expect gardenias to spring up. This life is our garden, and we can tend to it, and make it a beautiful place to be.

 
-Lissa Coffey
coffeytalk.com
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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Restlessness and boredom could slow you down and take you off on some unintended tangent. If you can’t break free of the usual routine today, do what’s necessary and perhaps schedule more delicate tasks for another time when it will be easier to be precise and attend to details. Know your own limits and if possible don’t take on something that will only frustrate you. If you must, start slow.

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 June 26, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 26, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays.
-James Russell Lowell (1819-91)

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Spirit Library: Deeper Understandings (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are gaining deeper understandings and different perspectives on old issues as the incoming energy highlights what we need to see, heal and resolve at this time.

Read more….

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Spiritual Unite: PAST LIFE LOVERS REUNITED – THE 9 SIGNS

Have you ever experienced an amazing, instant connection and attraction with someone that you feel like you already knew? Right from the start, you felt like you had known them forever.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Weather Magic and Folklore

In many magical traditions, weather magic is a popular focus of workings. The term “weather magic” can be used to mean anything from divination and forecasting to actual control of the weather itself.

Read more…

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MBG: Shungite Benefits: How This In-Demand Crystal Can Be A Healing Helper

If you’ve never heard of shungite, you might want to consider adding it to your crystal collection. It’s a powerful grounding stone, among its other benefits, and its rich, black color makes it stand out amongst colorful crystals. From its history to its uses, here’s the lowdown on this mineraloid.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Chase/being chased

1. Being at a disadvantage in a given situation.
2. Actually being pursued, probably in the sense of being “chased” by a potential lover, employer, or customer.
Astrological parallels: Aries, Gemini, Mercury.

Chasing:

Pursuit of a dream or something else that’s just out of reach.
Astrological parallel: Gemini, Sagittarius.

astrology.com

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(Lughnasadh is coming!)

Pioneer Thinking: Easy Recipe For Making Bread from Whole Grains

Bread is one of the ancient foods, and it used to be one of the simplest. Whole wheat ground into flour, water, honey, yeast and a little oil, and you were set.

Read more….

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Meet Your God/Goddess Guided Meditation

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Elephant Journal: How we can Use Mindfulness as a Tool to Combat Anxiety.

Welcome back Dope Souls.
Thank you for joining me on yet another journey in conquering anxiety through self-love and small mindset shifts.

Read more…

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Treehugger: How the Golden Ratio Manifests in Nature

The universe may be chaotic and unpredictable, but it’s also a highly organized physical realm bound by the laws of mathematics. One of the most fundamental (and strikingly beautiful) ways these laws manifest is through the golden ratio.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon sweeps through Leo July 25 and 26 

The bright star shining close to the waxing crescent moon on June 25, 2020 is Regulus, Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. The following night – June 26 – the moon will have moved some 14 degrees (14 moon-diameters) east on the sky’s dome, following its endless orbit around Earth. It’ll be closer to Denebola, the Lion’s T

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Grief & The Witch

When it comes to dealing with Death and grief, I acknowledge that I have lived a fairly blessed life. My maternal grandparents – who I was closest to – both passed after I had well-reached adulthood.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Blackmore’s Night – Where Are We Going From Here

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Inner Journey:

TUNE INTO THE INNER CRITIC

“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
— Channing Pollock

Are you aware of your inner critic? We all have this voice that tells us we are bad, stupid, clumsy, cowardly…. Although its intent is to help us succeed, the harsh self talk of our critic just serves to drain our energy and lower our morale and immune system.

To defuse the inner critic, we need to recognize when the critic is speaking. We need to know that this voice does not necessarily speak for who we really are. This is an old pattern that may no longer be serving us. We want to open to the possibility that the words are not likely true. We can ask ourselves, “Are these words helpful?”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement.”
— Donald A. Laird

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s working.

No, you probably can’t see it yet, but I can. Wheels are now turning that have never turned before. Winds are now howling that have never howled before. And players from every walk of life are being drawn into place as if in some hypnotic dance. All because of you, your dreams, and your divinely stubborn persistence.

If I wasn’t the Universe, I don’t think I’d believe it.

Phew-w-w-w-w-w-w…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Grilled Panzanella Beef Kabobs

Italian panzanella grilled on a kabob with steak, tomato, mozzarella, and rosemary bread.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Friday (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth
Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Star Signs: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Power Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs & Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus
Friday is ruled by Venus. Its energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume), can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
June 26, 2020

Good
“To be good is to be in harmony with oneself.”

-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 
The words that follow “I am…” help us to define ourselves. We strive for harmony, and balance, within our own physiology and within our world. Good is positive, and healthy – healthy for our minds and bodies and emotions and self-esteem

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Everybody falls victim to a misjudgment or a faulty calculation sometimes, so don’t let that be a reason to grind to a halt and stop working on what matters to you. Sometimes deception is involved, but that does not free you from the obligation to try and set things right. It’s all about being responsible, and that’s what you want to be, anyway.

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 June 25, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 25, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
-James Russell Lowell (1819-91)

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Spirit Library: Freedom From Karmic Constraints (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are still processing and integrating the effects of this past weekends Solstice New Moon Solar Eclipse. In this time, we are being offered the healing and resolution of many long standing issues, both from this lifetime and from others.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Bird Medicine: Totem Messages and Meanings

Birds, in general, are survivalists. They will first choose flight over fight. They instinctively know that fighting is a dangerous endeavor. Whereas flight is avoiding trouble: possible injury or death. Birds have superb reflexes

Read more…

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MBG: Moonstone Crystal Benefits: The Spiritual Reason It’s A Cut Above The Rest

Iridescent, luminous, and just plain pretty, moonstone is a favorite of crystal aficionados and gemstone enthusiasts everywhere. Thought to be linked with feminine energy and intuition, here’s everything you need to know about moonstone.

Read more…..

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Daily Dream Meaning: Writing

1. Dreams of writing letters can mean the need to get in touch with people whom you haven’t spoken with in awhile.
2. Dreams of writing novels, plays or stories indicate that there is a creative streak in you that needs an outlet. Many great authors have received inspiration from their dreams.
3. To dream of writing and not knowing what you’re writing is a warning that you may be inadvertently communicating messages to others that they are misinterpreting in an insulting way.

astrology.com

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Today’s DIY: copper wire knot ring – handcrafted copper jewelry 147

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Elephant Journal: What our Indoor Jungles teach us about Healing, Heartbreak & the Life-Death-Life Cycle.

In her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote, “As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
Some years ago, plants found their way to my apartment—a pot of pothos first, then a collection of succulents, and more.

Since then, I’ve lost some—as any plant lover would experience

Read more….

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Treehugger: Mysterious ‘Ghost Redwoods’ May Survive to Help Nearby Trees

Albino redwoods shouldn’t exist, but they do. Now a biologist finds a possible explanation in the tree network that thrives beneath the forest floor.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Regulus near moon on July 25

Tonight – July 25, 2020 – that bright star shining close to the waxing crescent moon is Regulus, brightest star in the constellation of Leo the Lion. The following night – June 26 – the moon will still be in front of the constellation Leo, but, relative to the backdrop stars of the zodiac, the moon will be some 14 degrees (14 moon-diameters) east of where the moon was on June 25

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Patheos-Pagan: Pagan Manifesto for Chaotic Times

The world has seemed pretty chaotic for the last few years, and when the upheaval is unrelenting, you tend to either sink or swim, and sometimes do both in the course of a day. For myself, I can feel overwhelmed, like I’m in a boat that is navigating the rapids, while I am desperately trying to stay afloat and on course.

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Dream Catcher Native Flutes Ron Allen- 2 Summer Solstice

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Inner Journey: 

ASK YOUR BODY FOR ADVICE!

“The body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little to do with logic, and much to do with truth, little to do with control, and much to do with acceptance, little to do with division and analysis, and much to do with union.”
— Marilyn Sewell

Are you aware of your body’s wisdom? Our bodies usually know us better than our minds do. If you have a decision to make, consult your body before making a final choice.

Reflect on an option before you and then pay attention to your body. Are you breathing deeply or barely at all? Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Is your energy blocked or flowing?

Your body knows what it likes and it feels good when it’s happy. As your body is the source of your vitality, your motivation, your inspiration and enthusiasm and most importantly, your intuition, it’s best to get that part of you on-side if you are venturing into a new activity.

“When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible.”
— Osho

“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding. …The intellect works best in service to our intuition, our inner guidance, soul, God or higher power — whichever term we choose for the spiritual energy that animates life.”
— Christiane Northrup

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe
There are those who absolutely think all the right thoughts. Yet if they’re not doing all they can, with what they’ve got, from where they are, then you can just guess what else they’re probably thinking.

And those other thoughts are busy at work, too.

You are my sunshine,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Sheet Pan Shrimp and Sausage Bake

Easy shrimp and sausage bake, delicious, healthier, and gluten free, all on one big sheet pan in the oven!

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Thursday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Element: Earth

Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage
Planet: Jupiter
Star Signs: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Power Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs & Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak, Dill, Borage, Patchouli
Sacred Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Deities include Juno, Jupiter,Thor, Zeus

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. Today’s energies influence all matters involving material gain and spell work for general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, legal issues, luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
June 25, 2020

Good
“By doing good we become good.”

-Rousseau (1712-1778)

 
Our actions help to create our reality. Do we think good thoughts? Do we do good things? Do we help out? By doing good, we see ourselves as good, and then that is our reality. When we can see it in ourselves, we can see it in the world.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Devil

Tastes, smells, and all things tactile may preoccupy you today and distract you from thinking clearly about whatever is in front of you. It could be hard to refrain from unconscious flirting or making comments that are easily taken the wrong way. Be aware of your actions and do what you can to not offend nor attract people whom you’d rather avoid.

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 June 24, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 24, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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In these divine pleasures permitted to me of walks in the June night under moon and stars, I can put my life as a fact before me and stand aloof from its honor and shame.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

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Spirit Library: Deeper Understandings (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are gaining deeper understandings and different perspectives on old issues as the incoming energy highlights what we need to see, heal and resolve at this time.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: How Energy Healers Incorporate Feathers in Healing Sessions

An energy healer can incorporate the use of feathers during healing sessions in various ways.

The healer may breathe through the feather during a toning session. Chanting sounds through a feather on client’s body can elicit a powerful healing.

Read more…

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MBG: How To Give Yourself An Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage From Home

When’s the last time you had a massage? For most of us, it was a while ago—a splurge on a vacation or birthday treat. But ask an ayurveda practitioner the same question, and they’ll probably answer “this morning.”

Read more…..

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Daily Dream Meaning: Accident

A warning – the details of which depend on other symbols in the dream.
1. If you dream of an accident while traveling by car, this could be a hint that you should either avoid travel at this time, or, if you can’t avoid it, make sure that your car is in the best possible condition before you leave.
2. Stay away from planes, trains, buses, boats, or dangerous walking, such as hiking in the mountains, for at least a day after you have the dream, and preferably for a week. If you must go, take a cell phone with you (in case you must call for help), as well as first aid supplies.

astrology.com

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Pioneer Thinking: Staying Cool, The Green Way

It’s cool to be green, and green can keep you cool – especially in hot weather. Here are ten tips for maintaining a comfortable home without relying on the air conditioner this summer.

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Today’s DIY: Making a Whimsical LANTERN (with Realistic Fire Effect)!

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Elephant Journal: A Tender way to Cultivate Self-Love & Self-Compassion.

There’s a photo of me sitting on the top of my bookshelf in my room.
It’s a 5th grade school photo, I think. I’m wearing a black shirt and glasses. I have a little barrette pinned to the top right side of my hair.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How to Identify Different Types of Bees

When was the last time you were in your garden, saw a bee, grabbed it and squeezed it? Probably never, right?
Unless you’ve done that, there’s a good chance that if you’ve ever been stung it wasn’t by a bee, said Becky Griffin. And she would know.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Two lunar perigees in June 2020

The moon in its orbit swings closest to Earth at perigee, and farthest away from Earth at apogee. There are a total of 13 lunar perigees in 2020, so it’s inevitable that one calendar month this year has to harbor two lunar perigees. That double feature happens in June 2020.

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Patheos-Pagan: Dance of the Maenad: Magic 001

I’ve been a pagan for most of my life. Like a lot of people, my first introduction was the kind of watered-down Wicca a lot of people consider to be a common basis of paganism – honoring the (Celtic) Wheel of the Year, calling the quarters, chants ending in “so mote it be”, and, yes, Silver Ravenwolf.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Trees of Eternity – Sinking Ships (demo version) Promo Video

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Inner Journey:

YOU ARE WORTHY!

“A person’s worth is contingent upon who he is, not upon what he does, or how much he has. The worth of a person, or a thing, or an idea, is in being, not in doing, not in having.”
— Alice Mary Hilton

As a human being, as spirit manifested in form, you are innately worthy. Your worthiness does not have to be strengthened or improved. However, you may not PERCEIVE yourself to be worthy.

If you doubt your self-worth, consciously or unconsciously, you will limit the good things you will allow into your life.

Do you consider yourself worthy? It may help to answer these questions:
• Do you find it easier to give than to receive?
• Do you have as much money as you would like?
• Do you feel driven to improve yourself?
• Do you value other people’s time more highly than your own?
• How would you feel if someone offered to pay you a salary of $1 million/year?

If you find you lack self-worth, don’t despair. Just being aware of your self-worth issues will help you let them go.

“Every achiever that I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'”
— Dr. Robert H. Schuller

“We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have.”
— James R. Ball

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A Note from the Universe

If you have to ask for “signs,” let this need of yours be a “sign” that you should make haste very s-l-o-w-l-y.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: A Nutritious 2-Ingredient Popsicle Recipe To Try This Summer

Popsicles may be an afterthought for three seasons out of the year, but as soon as summer hits, it’s hard to not crave the cooling snack. Unfortunately, they’re usually high in sugar and made with artificial ingredients.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
June 24, 2020

Good
“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

-Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180)

 
There are so many debates about what “good” is, and man’s nature, whether we are “wired” for good or selfish motives. But does it matter? We all have our own definitions of what good is. If we’d just live up to that, this world would be a better place. Do good, be good – whatever that means to you!

-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 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 June 23, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 23, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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Kindness, like grain, increases by sowing.
–English Proverb

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Spirit Library: Breakthrough Into a New Cycle (a message from Kate Spreckley)

2020 has been an intense year of sudden changes, rapid growth and collective awakening. Painful truths have emerged revealing the level of damage and trauma that exists within us as individuals and as a collective.

Read more…..

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Pioneer Thinking: Herbal Hair Rinse – Nettle Leaf for Healthy Hair

Nettle is the common name for the plant Urtica dioica, also called Stinging Nettle. Stinging Nettle herb is an exceptional plant for restoring health and beauty to your hair. An herbal infusion made from nettle leaf is a gentle and safe herb to rinse your hair with

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Mountains of Taoism

The mountains of China have long been places of great inspiration and support to Taoist practitioners. Their potent energy and deep quietude provide a context in which meditation, qigong and Inner Alchemy practice can be especially fruitful. Their beauty inspires poetry, or perhaps instead the dropping of all language, in an awed silence.

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MBG: 8 Types Of Earth Angels & How To Decide Which One(s) You Are

Earth angels are highly sensitive, empathic, and love to give to others. They feel excited and on purpose when being of service. Earth angels are not actually divine angels, but they share many character traits with celestial angels, like loving to support humans in need, an ability to see the best in people, and natural optimism.

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Metal

1. Useful metals such as iron, steel, and copper indicate strength and progress towards an ultimate goal.
2. Gold: Values. If the dreamer dreams of gold jewelry, it could mean that many of his values are superficial. If he dreams of finding gold, then success lies ahead. Hiding it warns of a need to protect your own interests.
3. Silver: A symbol of plenty, but involving a lot of responsibility.
Astrological parallel: Mars, the Sun, the Moon.
Tarot parallel: The suit of Pentacles.

astrology.com

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Cultivating Calm

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Today’s DIY: DIY How to Make a Fairy House

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Elephant Journal: A Solstice Prayer to Re-Write our Destiny.

Solstice this year precedes and coincides with the dark/new moon and a solar eclipse on June 21st.

Summer solstice is one of those times that seems like one thing but is really another.

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Treehugger: How to Harvest Basil

Popular basil is easy to grow, but can be temperamental to pick. There are secrets to harvesting basil without killing the plant while still getting the most flavorful leaves for all your favorite dishes.

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EarthSky News: How to catch the elusive green flash

It’s not hard to see a green flash with the eye alone, when sky conditions are right, and when you’re looking toward a very clear and very distant horizon. That’s why those who live near an ocean tend to report green flashes most often. A sea horizon is the best place to see them

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Patheos-Pagan: Rusalky: The Mysterious Mermaids of Abundance

The waters of the rivers, lakes, and marshes in Ukraine are more than a home to fish and frogs, they are the places where the mysterious water nymphs called the rusalky live.

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Pagan Playlist: Divine Mother ~ Sacred Earth

A heart opening and deeply inspiring performance by Sacred Earth who are one of Australia’s most popular spiritual devotional music.

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Inner Journey:

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

“There is in all visible things – a hidden wholeness.”
— Thomas Merton

“From a hologrammatic viewpoint, …you are one little physical image that reflects all of humanity when projected spiritually upon the cosmic screen.”
— Wayne Dyer

“As above, so below.”

Everything is connected. The universe is a hologram where every part contains the whole. Outside echoes the inside. The lower is a reflection of the higher. The other is a reflection of you. We are all a microcosm of each other. The big picture is within us and even our cells.

Be open to see the interconnections, influences and inter-relationships of things.

“Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one.”
— Deepak Chopra

“To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda

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A Note from the Universe 
What a day! I feel so great, so magnanimous, so everywhere! Tell you what,  today dreams are on me. Today everyone’s dreams will come true!

Can I do that? Gimme a break!

 

I do it every single day, for everyone, everywhere, no matter what. Always, second to second, month to month, year to year, I give you what you think about, what you most expect, what you believe in and move toward.

What else are Universes for?

Tallyho

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Panzanella

Take your meal from good to gourmet with this refreshing strawberry caprese salad featuring Stella® Cheese.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Tuesday (masculine)

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
June 23, 2020

Good
“To do good without ulterior motive is a generous and almost divine thing in itself.”

-Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

 
Ah! Too many times the “what’s in it for me?” creeps up when we are in a position to do some good. We wonder if it is worth the effort, and the time it takes, to go out of our way. But when we really do good, without expectation of any reward or reciprocation, it feels good. And isn’t that the best compensation anyway?

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

Apply your basic practical good sense to the biggest and most serious of challenges and watch the problems wilt under your gaze. There’s nothing you can’t handle today if you can keep things uncomplicated and straightforward. Be calm but firm in your dealings and don’t allow others to add their petty complications to any of your efforts. Remember to be good to yourself.

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 June 22, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 22, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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Now summer is in flower and nature’s hum
Is never silent r’ound her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done
Wi’ glittering dance and reeling in the sun
And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee
Are never weary of their melody.
-John Clare (1793-1864)

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Spirit Library: Mercury Retrograde (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Adding to the mix of retrograde energy we now have Mercury retrograding until the 12th July. Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto are the other five that are currently retrograding. This intense energy is acting as a powerful catalyst for transformation giving us the push we need to change

Read more…

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Spiritual Unite: 8 Signs Of Soul Ties You Can Recognize

Signs of soul ties – When someone comes into our lives, and we connect with them on a spiritual or chemical level, we develop a connection or “soul tie” with them.

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Sites: The Great Pyramid of Giza

There are sacred places which can be found all over the globe, and some of the oldest are located in Egypt. This ancient culture brought us a vast legacy of magic, mythology and history. In addition to their legends, their gods, and their scientific knowledge, the Egyptians built some of the world’s most amazing structures.

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MBG: 4 Ways To Excavate Your Next Scary Nightmare Or Vision & Find The Truth

With so much palpable fear in the air these days, it’s hard not to imagine worst-case scenarios: for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for the planet.

Read more….

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Feng Shui Colors

What are the Feng Shui Colors?

Feng Shui colors have deep significance, each of the elements have specific colors associated with them, Earth, Fire, Metal, Wood and Earth.

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Daily Good: The Taste of Wild Water

“There is a special kind of shadow that happens in deep woods that are old and have been left
undisturbed. Underneath the canopy of ancient hardwood trees the greens are deeper, the soil
blacker, the smells richer. And there is a shadow that is over everything, calling out that there is a deeper world than the human of which we are a part. Something came out of that place and entered my body. I felt more whole, more human, more loved, more a part of the world. And in some indefinable way I knew who I was.” Stephen Harrod Buhner shares more in this beautiful essay. { read more }

Be The Change

What is your experience with wild nature? For more inspiration, read “The Solace of Wild Places.”{ more }

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Today’s DIY: How to Make Lavender Honey Lemon Melt and Pour Soap

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Elephant Journal: Cancer Season: A Time to Face Old Wounds & Heal the Heart. {June 20th}

We all have accumulated wounds and lessons over the years of being on this earth plane.
None of us have come out unscathed or unmarked from pain, suffering, loss, and trauma.

Read more…

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Treehugger: 12 of the World’s Most Colorful Natural Wonders

The Earth is filled to the brim with color, but there’s some places that take it to another level with a little help from pigmented bacteria, millions of years’ worth of sedimentary layering or other serendipitous natural forces.

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EarthSky News: Young moon after sunset June 22, 23 and 24

For the next several evenings – June 22, 23 and 24, 2020 – seek for the young and slender waxing crescent moon in your western sky after sundown. Finding an unobstructed western horizon will be most helpful – especially on June 22 – because the whisker-thin lunar crescent will sit low in the west at sunset and will follow the sun beneath the horizon shortly thereafter. Most likely, the thin crescent will set before nightfall.

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Patheos-Pagan: Cross and Crossroads: In Defense of Gatekeeping

The word “Gatekeeping” has become a huge buzzword within the witchcraft community over the last several years. Generally, the term is used to describe any and all attempts to keep someone from doing something or joining a movement/community.

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Pagan Playlist: Breath | Healing Music by Bliss

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Inner Journey:

SHIFTING CONSCIOUSNESS

“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.”
— Rosemary Fillmore Rhea

Below are 7 levels of consciousness that clearly outline a path for our evolving consciousness:
• tribal and mass consciousness – one obeys the group and lives by trial and error
• individual consciousness – one develops a stronger sense of self and ego
• seeker’s consciousness – one asks questions and seeks independence
• intuitive consciousness – one develops the heart and is becoming spiritually aware
• group consciousness – one serves a higher good filling the needs of others
• soul consciousness – one experiences spiritual service.

On which level do you spend most of your time? What are you doing to shift to the next level of being?

There are as many paths to understanding, awareness, peace, freedom, love and meaningful service as there are people. Enjoy your journey!

“Consciousness is not just some by-product of the human brain mass. Consciousness is all pervasive. It is in everything and is everywhere. Your individual human consciousness exists within and is a part of a universal consciousness.”
— Delfin Knowledge System

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A Note from the Universe
Just as you may now think, with some amusement, about prior civilizations who thought your earth was flat, there will be others, in the not too distant future, who will reel in disbelief that there was ever a time when abundance wasn’t seen as spiritual, where a dream’s manifestation wasn’t considered inevitable, and that there were multitudes who knew so little of their importance, their power, and of how deeply they were loved.

Gasp –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fish Tacos

I’m from San Diego and these taste just like home! We live in the south now, and nobody has heard of these! Serve with homemade pico de gallo, and lime wedges to squeeze on top!

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Monday Energy (feminine)

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise

Element: Water

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Star Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Power Colors: Silver, White, and Gray
Herbs& Plants: Night Blooming Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth
Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
June 22, 2020 
Good
“What good shall I do today?
What good have I done today?”

-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Benjamin Franklin used to start his day with the first question, and end his day with the second. He consciously set out to do good, every single day. And he checked back with himself to make sure that he followed through. It was important to him. Good here is a noun, used in the way that he wanted to make some contribution. We’ve seen the grand contributions that Franklin has made to the world, but I’m sure that given his philosophy, there was much more good that he did that we are not aware of: lives he touched, people he helped. What a wonderful example to us!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Act with boldness, but not too much, and make this an easy and productive day. If something challenging or unexpected arises at work or with family, be receptive and stand your ground. Don’t push back until you know what it is you’re up against. Then if needed, give as well as you get. You can do this tactfully.

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