Full Corn Moon: August 15, 2019

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Full Corn Moon: August 15, 2019

5:29 am PST / 6:29 am MST / 8:29 am EST

The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls this full moon the Sturgeon Moon because the Native people of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain knew this was the best time to catch these large fish. I have also seen it called the Barley Moon or Corn Moon, as this moon is also associated with grain and the rebirth we celebrated at Lughnasadh.

Other names for this moon are Dog’s Day Moon (Colonial American), Harvest Moon (China), Fruit Moon (Cherokee), Women’s Moon (Choctaw), Moon When All Things Ripen (Dakotah), Dispute Moon (Celtic), Lightning Moon (Pagan).

This August moon will be in the eccentric sign of Aquarius. Even though the energy of this moon is much more gentle than the Aquarius moon we had in February the key will lie in being careful not to let your heart rule over your head. This moon is also about harvesting the thought seeds that we planted in the springtime. Carry the harvest theme over into your magickal workings for the day. What can you sacrifice (harvest) today that will help you in the future? Spiritual and physical health are also good areas to work on at this time.

Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Garnet, Red Agate, Red Jasper and Tigers Eye (both gold and red.)

Sacred Herbs: Chamomile, Basil, Rosemary, Rue

Deities: Hecate, Mars, Hathor, Thoth


Full Moon Ritual Incense Anon 2 parts Sandalwood 2 parts Frankincense 1/2 part Gardenia petals 1/4 part Rose petals a few drops Ambergris oil Burn during Esbats or simply at the time of the Full Moon to attune with the Goddess.  http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/full_moon_ritual_incense.php    Full Moon Oil #1 Anon 4 parts Gardenia 2 parts Lotus 1 part Jasmine Anoint the body prior to Esbats to attune with Lunar energies.  http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/full_moon_oil_1.php


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Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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The Celtic Tree Month of Holly July 8th- Aug. 4th

 

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The Celtic Tree Month of Holly (Tinne)

July 8th until August 4th.

HOLLY LORE

Holly has long been associated with death and rebirth in both Pagan and Christian lore and plays an important part of the Winter Solstice. In one Arthurian tale Gawain (representing the Oak King battles with the Green Knight who is armed with a holly club that is the symbol of winter. Both the Holly and the Oak are important during the Summer Solstice. During this time the Sacred White Horse of Oak transforms into the Unicorn of Holly. In ancient Rome holly was thought to ward against lightning strikes and keep witches away. It was also a popular gift to give friends during the Saturnalia, which was celebrated during the Winter Solstice.


PLANT INFORMATION

Holly is an evergreen shrubby tree, easily recognized by it’s shiny dark green toothed leaves and blood red berries. This plant is considered POISONOUS and should not be ingested!! Holly was used for the crafting of wheel shafts for chariots and spear shafts as well. The wood of the holly is white and particularly fine grained and closely resembles ivory. The berries can be used to make dye.


HOLLY IN MAGICK

Holly can be used for spells rest, sleep and to ease the passage of death. Holly should also be used when attracting a familiar. It is said that a man who carries a bag of holly leaves and berries will attract women. It is also said that the ancient Druids advised people to take holly boughs into their homes during the cold season as shelter for the fairies and other little people.


HOLLY PEOPLE

Those born during this month are strongly connected to the earth and can have amazing physical strength. Their matter of fact solidness and generous spirit is admired and respected by others. Holly people also tend to be very religious or spiritual in an advanced way, and they are usually the last to see it. They are honest, hardworking, truthful and pretty tolerant of most situations. They are the person you want on your side during a fight, if the cause is just one. They see both sides of an argument and will only take sides if they have to.

As a magickal name Holly is very festive and would be good for a sexy and attractive person. Someone who chooses this name knows they have a temper and can become “prickly” when crossed.


HOLLY CORRESPONDENCES
Folk Names for Holly: Tinne (evergreen)
Element: Earth
Deities: Dana, Nuada, Gaia, Ceres, Persephone, Thor, Indra

Ogham symbol: Tinne
Associated Tree: Holly
Colors: Dark Gray
Animals: War Horse
Key Word: Balance

Written by CatSister/LBolotin 2010 from the following resources:
The New Book of Magickal names by Phoenix McFarland
Flower and Tree Magic by Richard Webster
treetotem.com

Autumn Holly photo by Paul griffiths/ freeimages.com

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 18, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 18, 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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Lady! in this night of June
Fair like thee and holy,
Art thou gazing at the moon
That is rising slowly?
I am gazing on her now:
Something tells me, so art thou.
-Alfred Austin (1835-1913)

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Spiritual Unite: Tiger Spirit Animal Meaning – Apex Energy Available

Having a tiger spirit animal speaks of your strength, courage and determination.
Tiger symbolism also relates to overcoming fears and obstacles, as well as maintaining a healthy appetite for life.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/tiger-spirit-animal-meaning-apex-energy-available/

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Tetraktys: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home from Negativity – Warding for Beginners

There are a lot of perks of being a witch. You have a stronger intuition, a higher sensitivity to the energy around you, and a sense of empowerment over your life. However, witchcraft also has some disadvantages. Indeed, being more sensitive to energy makes you more vulnerable to the negativity around you.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/10-ways-protect-home-from-negativity-warding/

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Pioneer Thinking: First Aid for Bites and Stings

Here are some first aid methods to counteract not only spider bites, but stings and bites from other insects and animals.

https://pioneerthinking.com/frst-aid-for-bites-and-sting

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Daily Good: Sleep is Your Superpower

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t, for both your brain and body. Walker shares the research on how quality of sleep impacts our immune system, hormones, heart, learning, memory and even our genetic code. He offers some helpful tips here.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2320/sleep-is-your-superpower-ted-com/

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Spirit Library: Radiant Light Blessings (a message from Shanta Gabriel)

 

https://spiritlibrary.com/shanta-gabriel/radiant-light-blessings

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EarthSky News: Moon and Saturn from nightfall to dawn

On June 18, 2019, the big and bright waning gibbous moon shines quite close to Saturn, the sixth planet outward from the sun. Although Saturn is a notch brighter than a 1st-magnitude star, you might have some difficulty seeing Saturn in the moon’s glare tonight. That more brilliant “star” above the moon and Saturn is another planet, the fifth planet outward from the sun and largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-saturn-from-nightfall-till-dawn

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Daily Tarot: The World

Take your place in the World and be in your element all day long. Your practical mind and easy nature let you cruise through the regular maze that is daily life. If anything out of the ordinary arises, you’ll know instinctively how to approach it and resolve things to your satisfaction. Today may not be easy or effortless but it will be rich in success and approval – from yourself and probably others as well.

astrology.com

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Patheos-Pagan: 6 Roles For Solitary Practitioners in the Pagan Future
I’ve been writing a lot lately about Paganism as an institution, about the things I believe and the things I believe we should build. I’ve never hidden my goals: I want to build a religion. Or more precisely, I want to build a family of Pagan and polytheist religions.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/06/6-roles-for-solitary-practitioners.html

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Inner Journey:

ON FREEDOM

“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”
— Stephen Covey

A Greek myth can help us understand the freedom that comes with power of choice.

In the Underworld, Sisyphus was condemned to roll a large stone up a hill from which it always rolled down again. Realistically, he was trapped in an endless cycle of rolling the stone. When he perceived himself to be imprisoned by the curse, he was a victim.

At one point, however, he turned the tables — he changed his mind and decided to CHOOSE to roll the stone up the hill. In doing so, he empowered himself and defused the curse.

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

“One cannot make a slave of a free person, for a free person is free even in a prison.”
— Plato

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Thinking that the past or present somehow forecasts the future, neglects the otherwise obvious facts:

That one of the greatest certainties of all time and space is that things always get better.

That no matter how challenging any given setback is, eventually it will make possible the attainment of even greater heights than were previously imaginable.

And that you knew exactly what you were doing when you once said, “Time and space? I’m totally there, dude…”

You always were hip –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Deity: Arduinna, Gaulish Goddess of Forests and Hunting by Judith Shaw

Arduinna, Gaulish Goddess of Forests and Hunting is one of the many Celtic Goddesses who is associated with a particular region or body of water. She was worshipped in the heavily forested regions of the Ardennes, located in what is current day Belgium and Luxembourg with small portions found in France and Germany

https://feminismandreligion.com/2016/02/24/arduinna-gaulish-goddess-of-forests-and-hunting/

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger Cookies

I have been experimenting making ginger cookies and quite by accident I left off 1/4 cup of flour. They came out better, thin and crisp with tiny holes in them. If you like the taste of ginger and molasses, you will love this flavorful, cookie.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Ginger-Cookies-2.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
June 18, 2019

Comfort

“I love it – I love it; and who shall dare
To chide me for loving that old arm-chair?”
-Eliza Cook, 1848

There’s no place like home! Was it Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who first said that? Whenever I travel I always find myself appreciating so much the comforts of home upon my return. There’s just something about the familiarity of it all that is so reassuring, so cozy! It’s nice to have things around us with which we have some history.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.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!

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Junes Full Strawberry Moon 6-17-19

 

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Junes Full Strawberry Moon

June 17, 2019 at 1:30 am PST /  2:30 am  MST/  4:30 am  EST

The Old Farmers Almanac calls this moon The Full Strawberry Moon. The name comes from the Algonquin tribes of the Eastern US and honors the ripening of the wild strawberries or “heart berries”. They are considered one of the “fruits of love”. There is a Cherokee tale that goes like this;

Long ago, the Great Spirit made First Woman and First Man. They soon became husband and wife and everything was good. Then one day something bad happened and they began to argue, angry words were spoken and feelings were hurt. First Woman grabbed up some of her belongings and said that she was leaving and would find somewhere else to live. First Man was angry too and at first did not follow. After a while he regretted his harsh words and went after her to apologize. But she was so far ahead that he could not catch her.

He called upon the Great Spirit for help. “Answer me this” replied the Great Spirit “Is your soul one with hers?” “Yes!” First Man answered, “it has been sine you first breathed life into us!” Seeing the mans grief the Great Spirit took pity upon him and did his best to slow First Woman down. He created bushes full of tempting berries that grew at her feet as she walked. Gooseberries, Service Berries, Huckleberries and Blackberries, but the woman kept walking and paid no attention. The Great Spirit was suddenly struck with an idea. He went into his garden and grabbed up some strawberry plants and threw them to the earth. The little plants landed at First Woman’s feet and began to bloom and then came the berries! The bright red berries drew her attention and she stopped to taste one and one led to another. As she ate the berries her anger was forgotten and suddenly she longed for her husband. Rummaging through her things she found a basket and filled it with berries.

First Man was hurrying along the path when suddenly he saw First Woman coming toward him and smiling. he never got to apologize, his wife popped a strawberry in his mouth and taking his hand…. led him home.


It is also a good time to do any workings that maintain or enhance what you already have (ie. jobs, relationships, home. garden). Do a little for yourself as well by wearing the warm colors of yellow ,orange and gold to brighten your outlook or wear, meditate on or work with stones like topaz (recharges and aligns meridians) and agate (grounding on all levels, stabilizing the aura)


Full Moon Blessings to All!
Cat


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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 31, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 31, 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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Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.
-Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

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Spiritual Unite: Best Tarot Cards For Beginners – Picking The Deck For You

When learning to read tarot, it is vital that you find some tarot cards that work for you. To help you out, we have put together this list of the best tarot cards for beginners.
Finding a deck that you vibe with is the first big step towards being an intermediate tarot reader

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/best-tarot-cards-for-beginners/

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ThoughtCo: Miscellaneous Magical Herbs & Plants

We have a number of magical herbs and plants profiled here on About Pagan/Wiccan, in particular on the pages entitled Ten Magical Herbs to Have on Hand, and in the Magical Herb Image Gallery. For the plants and herbs that didn’t make it into those collections, here are a few more herbs and plants that you can include in your magical workings.

https://www.learnreligions.com/miscellaneous-magical-herbs-and-plants-2562041

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Preconceived notions and old ideas could make it hard to deal with all the new and different situations and requests that could crop up today. It’s possible that you’re not actually being presented choices that must be made now or soon. Just as likely you’re being tested or tempted. It may be hard to resist a knee jerk reaction or two. Avoid committing to anything definite if you can.

astrology.com

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MBG: Sleep Better & Improve Your Balance With This Foot Massage (Yes, Really)

On the list of indulgences, foot massages are right up there near the top. But who among us regularly treats themselves to a foot massage, save for the occasional pedicure or those of us with very kind partners? Well, let us be your excuse: You deserve foot massages for a plethora of self care reasons—and a few scientific ones, too.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-foot-massages

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Today’s Deity: Circe
The daughter of Helios and Perse, Circe was a powerful enchantress versatile in the arts of herbs and potions and capable of turning human beings into animals. She did just that to Odysseus’ sailors when they reached her dwelling place, the secluded island of Aeaea. Odysseus,

https://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Circe/circe.html

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Elephant Journal: A Short Practice to Open the Heart.

Hanuman, who is known as the great monkey God in Hinduism, is one of the most influential stories of the human condition known to mankind.
Each of the Gods from the Hindu pantheon represent an archetype of the human condition and that of the enlightened mind. Hanuman is the archetype of our innate animalistic nature—the “monkey mind” that can be transcended by entering into the portal of the heart.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/how-hanuman-the-monkey-god-can-help-us-jessica-jayne/

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Wise Woman Herbal: Empower Yourself…
Seven Directions Movement Meditation
by White Feather

It was a warm summer evening on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York when Grandmother Twylah,( we called her “Twy” back then around 1985) asked me to join her for a talk she would be giving at a place called Lilly Dale. I was happy to be her driver as I would often do at that time.

She invited me to sit up front and before I knew it she was introducing me to the audience and explaining to them I was going to teach them the Seven Directions Movement Meditation.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7462396

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EarthSky News: A Dragon and a former pole star

Tonight, if you have a dark sky, you’ll be able to pick the constellation Draco the Dragon winding around the North Star, Polaris. The image at the top of this post shows Draco as depicted in an old star atlas by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. See the circle? That circle indicates the changing position of the north celestial pole over a cycle of 26,000 years

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-draco-the-dragon-and-a-former-pole-star

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Patheos-Pagan: A Pagan Creed For Non-Creedal Pagans

Modern Pagans have no creeds. The Charge of the Goddess comes close, but it’s still more about what Wiccans do than what Wiccans believe. And most polytheists see it as not particularly relevant to our traditions.
We don’t have creeds because we don’t need them

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/05/a-pagan-creed-for-non-creedal-pagans.html

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Inner Journey:

REMEMBER YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
— Soren Kierkegaard

Reminding ourselves often of our spiritual natures truly changes the quality of our lives. It helps us relax, slow down, lighten up, and generally find more space and joy in life.

When we get down on ourselves or life, we can pull back and ask, “How might my soul regard this situation? What am I being invited to experience?”

This shift in perspective helps us let go of the resistance that always comes with negativity. As energy once again begins to flow, our outlook brightens.

“Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail. … The spiritual journey is the soul’s life commingling with ordinary life.”
— Christina Baldwin

“It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me.”
— Simone Weil

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

First, there were rumblings.

Then, there were flashes.

And now, there are sparkles everywhere you go.

Your greatness is starting to show.

All bow,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Rhubarb Salad

Not only is tart vegetable delicious in pie and jam, but you can use this in salad recipes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Rhubarb-Salad-Recipes.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
May 31, 2019 

Self-Realization
“Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

-Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Siddharta

You are a star! You are a shining star! I wrote a song once with that title, and the rest of the lyrics in the chorus go: “You are my shining star, you are who you are, you are special to me! No matter where you are, if it’s near or far, you shine bright as can be!”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 21 Tips for Staying Strong and Carrying On
When times are tough, what should you do to stay strong and carry on? Readers share their best advice on how to get through tough times.
When times are tough, what should you do to stay strong and carry on?

We asked readers to share advice on how to get through bad days and tough times. We collected dozens of awesome ideas for staying the course when life’s challenges come your way.

Read more…………….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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May’s Full Flower Moon

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May’s Full Flower Moon
Saturday May 18, 2019

2:11 pm PST/ 3:11 pm  MST/ 5:11 pm EST

“Dancing midst the flowers beneath the full moon’s light,
the wee folk tend the gardens on this soft spring night.”

May is the time when flowers seem to be everywhere and is most likely why the Native Americans called this months full moon the “Flower Moon”.

This full moon keeps the spring theme of new beginnings and fertility rolling. Everywhere you look there is new growth. This is a great time to sow seeds in both your outdoor and inner gardens. Career, finance and prosperity are good areas to concentrate on for new beginnings. This month which started with the fire sabbat of Beltane is still keeping things burning. Lust, passion and renewed vigor put a bounce in our step as we move toward the new things this moon has to offer.

To celebrate this fiery month and full moon, wrap yourself in reds, oranges and yellow or wear warm stones like amber ,garnet and ruby. Take special care to nourish your inner garden this month. If you set intentions or thought seeds for yourself last month, remember to take steps to help them grow and move forward.

On a very light note, I have been “asked” to remind everyone that brings out the garden fairies! This Full Flower Moon is a wonderful time to welcome the “Wee Folk” in your home and yard. This is a great activity particularly for children. Leave gifts of pretty stones, crystals, shiny beads and other glittery objects in your flower beds and planters. Hang small decorations in your trees and shrubs. The Fae appreciate gifts and love to be remembered!

“On the breeze their laughter floats and magic fills the air,
unveiling natures treasure, her gifts with you they share.”

Cat


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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 13, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 13,  2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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November, month of mornings, misty-bright
With golden light-
Month when the many-tinted leaf
Lies thick upon the moss below;
While to and fro
The breezes moan, as if in grief.

-Mortimer Collins (1827-76)

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Tetraktys: Sea Magick 101: The Ultimate Guide

Hello witches! This article is part of the “Types of Magick” blog series. Today, I will share with you my knowledge on sea magick, also called sea witchcraft and sea witchery. First, I will explain the principles of sea magick. Then, I will teach you how to start practicing it. Finally, I will share with you my best practice tips.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/sea-magick-ultimate-guide/

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Daily Good: Proust On Memory and Madeleines

“But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.” In this celebrated literary exploration of our evocative, mysterious relationship to memory, Marcel Proust vividly describes the torrent of experience unleashed by one ‘memorable’ bite of a madeleine, and his attempt at decoding the process

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2136/the-madeleine-excerpt-from-remembrance-of-things-past-marcel-proust/

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Did You Know?​​​​​​​
The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.

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Elephant Journal: A Manifesto for Real Men.

We are men faced with a challenging moment in time, but men have always faced challenging moments throughout time—with courage, with clarity, and with conviction.
Now is no different.
We are men of the moment.

I am not concerned with the colour of your skin, with your politics, or your religion. I am not concerned with your nationality, your preferences, or your sexuality.
My concern is that you are a good man, a real man. My concern is for my brother.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/11/a-manifesto-for-real-men/

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MNN: Can pets get seasonal affective disorder?

During the shorter, darker days of winter many of us turn lethargic and gloomy. But seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t just a human affliction. The animals we share our lives with may also suffer from something akin to the “winter blues.”
Here’s what experts know about SAD in pets and what you can do to alleviate it. (Hint: Some of the same things that counteract seasonal depression in people also work for our four-legged companions.)

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/can-pets-get-seasonal-affective-disorder

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EarthSky News: Venus spectacular in morning sky

In late October 2018, the planet Venus transitioned out of the evening sky and into the morning sky. Now that it’s well into November 2018, this dazzling world has reclaimed its position as the morning “star” and will be shining at its brightest best in the morning sky in late November and early December.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-spectacular-in-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: The Thread of Commonality

Working in a witch shop (aka “metaphysical book store” as I name it for the fearful ones), I meet so many curious people. They come into the store, if they are not familiar with it, a bit overwhelmed, because they are a bit nervous, a bit thrilled, and enter with a whole lot of questions.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/11/the-thread-of-commonality/

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Inner Journey:

BE AWARE OF YOUR THINKING

“There is a thought in your mind right now. The longer you hold on to it, the more you dwell upon it, the more life you give to that thought. Give it enough life, and it will become real. So make sure the thought is indeed a great one.”
— Ralph Marston

Most of our self-talk comes unconsciously from our subconscious. Yet every thought that exists in our subconscious got there through a conscious decision to accept that thought.

We need to become conscious of our self-talk so we can at will choose to replace negative beliefs with positive ones. We have the power to choose an identity we love, but we need to do the work. The process of changing our subconscious beliefs requires awareness, diligence, consistency and repetition.

“Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”
— James Allen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Baby souls see what’s wrong.

Young souls see what’s right.

And old souls know better.

I know you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower

Cutting cauliflower into small, flat segments ensures even cooking and well-distributed flavours. I’ve added curry, coriander, cumin, and chili lime powder for a really nice kick. This is easy to prepare and makes a big impression.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spicy-Cauliflower.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
November 13, 2018

Laughter

“Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter; is he not also the only one that deserves to be laughed at?”

-Lord Greville

And why does man deserve to be laughed at? Because we take ourselves entirely too seriously! Think about it – we’re running around with our ear glued to a cell phone, dashing through parking lots, stressing about deadlines. All the while missing what’s really important in and all around us. And we do this daily. We can’t help it, we’re creatures of habit! Well, it’s time to get into some new habits, and we can start by realizing just how silly we really are!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 4 Things You Should Be Doing to Boost Your Brain

Most people want to be smart. They want to be able to state with honesty that they are intelligent. They also want to be able to do the things that intelligent people can do. They want to be able to remember things rather than rely on sticky notes and reminders on their phone. They want to be able to solve problems on their own without assistance from other people. They want, in short, to be able to make the best use possible of their brains.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/4-things-you-should-be-doing-to-boost-your-brain.aspx#AibGrxPx0qo0AdQx.99

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