Lughnasadh Blessings!

Happy Lughnasadh/Lammas!

May this festival of Lammas bring you blessings of the Harvest, Health and Hearth;

And bring you joy and all good things to fill your heart.

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The Celtic Tree Month of Holly (Tinne)  July 8th until August 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

 

 

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 5, 2018

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 5, 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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Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.
-Robert Louis Stevenson(1850-94)

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Spiritual Unite: How To Create a Deep Soul Connection

Most of the people we see and speak with on a daily basis are people with whom we share only a surface connection. But every now and again a person will come into our lives with whom we share a deep soul connection. But what is a deep soul connection?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/how-to-create-a-deep-soul-connection-5-steps/

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MBG: Plastic Pollution In The Ocean Sucks — But There’s A Movement Brewing To Use It Up

Last week, nearly 1,000 people gathered for an evening 5k around NYC’s West Side Highway—but the starting line wasn’t abuzz with typical runners’ talk of pacing or playlists. Instead, a chant of “Run for the oceans” erupted from the crowd.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/parley-for-the-oceans-on-ending-the-plastic-crisis

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Daily Good:  Circles of Time

In the Northern (and Southern) hemispheres, time is marked by seasonal changes, but in the forests of Bali the processes of growth and decay proceed at different rates all over the forest, all the time. According to Balinese theory, each living being moves on its own time scheme, and events occur when these touch, when things or creatures interact with one another. This view of time as applied to human life and the process of aging differs enormously from that of the West. Learn more here about the Balinese Middle World

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2046/circles-of-time-j-stephen-lansing/

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Pioneer Thinking: How to Make Beeswax Candles

The following two projects that this article is going to teach are both simple and beautiful. With very little work you can create a beautiful and pleasant scented candle that is going to fill your home with light and a sweet smell.

https://pioneerthinking.com/make-beeswax-candles

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Spirituality & Health: 5 Reasons to Eat Lentils
Lentils have been gathered and eaten for about 60,000 years, and farmed for 10,000 years, making them one of the world’s oldest food sources. They are technically an edible pulse in the legume family that grows on a bushy plant. But I never quite know what to do with them

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2018/07/02/5-reasons-to-eat-lentils

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EarthSky News: Draco, great Dragon of the north

Tonight … if you have a dark sky, make your acquaintance with the constellation Draco the Dragon, starting at nightfall. At mid-northern latitudes, Draco is a circumpolar constellation, meaning it is out all night long every night of the year.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/the-great-dragon-of-the-north

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Patheos-Pagan: Self Care Both Practical And Mystical: Techniques For Defensive Coping

It should go without saying but taking care of yourself is crucial for anyone in any viable spiritual, mystical, or occult practice. Now more than ever it is crucial, especially if you’ve decided to do your part in ways either practical and/or magical in order to help out with the current state of affairs.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2018/06/self-care-for-practical-and-mystical/

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Inner Journey: 

IT’S OKAY TO DREAM!

“Don’t discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking. Honor them as messages from the deepest part of your being about what you can do and directions you can choose.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

What are your deepest heart-felt desires, dreams and visions?

Our deepest desires and dreams align with the essence of who we are. The more we align with that essence, the more our life holds meaning, purpose and fulfilment. Do you have a sense of your destiny?

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”
— Dale E. Turner

“Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime. You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else’s. So build your own!”
— Christopher LaBrec

higherawareness.com

 

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A Note from the Universe

Ever have that feeling that your life, your true work, has not yet begun?

Ever feel like you’re here for something more than you’ve yet identified? And that a billion eyes are upon you, just waiting for the prophecy to unfold?

Hmmmmmm…….

And, have you also ever wanted something so badly that all your wishing, hoping, and praying kept you from seeing that you had it all along?

Precisely,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Refreshing Blended Watermelon

My favorite summertime fruit is watermelon. I felt creative the other day and thought what would happen if I threw watermelon in my blender with ice?

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Refreshing-Blended-Watermelon.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
July 5, 2018

Simplicity

“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”

-Lao-tzu, The Way of Life

Another word for simple is “easy.” With ease, doesn’t that sound like a great way to live life? It’s our choice. We’re the ones who have been complicating our lives. Look at what’s really important. Sort things out, give yourself the space to see what is really there. You’ll be surprised at just how perfect “simple” really is.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 21 Ways to Say Thank You

How do you say thank you to a friend for simply being there? Or for helping you out when you need a hand? There are so many ways — big and small — to express your love, gratitude and appreciation….

Read more………………..

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are re-blogged 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, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 3, 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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I hear the red fox barking
On the moonlit hill,
And bullfrogs by the river
Where the reeds stand still.

All the night has voices.
But sometimes, suddenly,
It grows so quiet I know the world
Is listening with me.

-Benjamin Rice (1903-78)

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Tetraktys:he Element of Earth in Wicca – Balancing the Four Elements

This article is the fourth and final of the four elements series, this time about the element of earth in Wicca and in general. As with the other elements (fire, water and air), I’ll try to dive into the philosophy surrounding the idea of connecting with this element, as I believe that many Wiccans tend, sadly, to keep things a bit more superficial than they should be.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/the-element-of-earth-in-wicca-balancing-the-four-elements/

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MBG: A High-Vibe Ritual To Help You Attract The Love You Deserve

If someone told you that they could bring love into your life in 40 days but that you’d have to follow their directions exactly for it to work, would you do it? It might sound like the plot of a romantic comedy, but that was the question that celebrity fashion stylist Sally Lyndley had to ask herself when she sought out my love advice.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29341/a-highvibe-ritual-to-help-you-attract-the-love-you-deserve.html

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Daily Good: Nature is Medicine — Even in a Prison Cell

Nalini Nadkarni, a biology professor at the University of Utah who has pioneered techniques for studying tree canopy communities in tropical and temperate forests, started “Moss-in-Prisons,” a project in which prisoners joined a research/conservation effort to counteract the destructive effects of collecting wild-grown moss from old-growth forests for the floral trade. “We learned that the inmates who viewed nature videos committed twenty-six percent fewer violent infractions than those who did not view them, a convincing result for the prison officers and administrators and for ourselves

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2012/nature-is-medicine-even-in-a-prison-cell-nalini-nadkarni/

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Elephant Journal: What Emojis & Hashtags can never Replace.

When was the last time you went to the mailbox and got a letter?
Not a bill. Not junk mail. Not an advertisement that looks like it is a check. An actual letter. You remember letters, right? Handwritten notes on pretty stationery, maybe with some pictures doodled in the margins? It’s been a while, right?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/07/what-emojis-hashtags-can-never-replace/

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MNN: First-aid tips for hiking with your dog

It’s summer and that means lots of people will be hitting the trails and embarking on long hikes. Many will even bring along their favorite four-legged friend. While dogs may enjoy running carefree through the woods and sniffing everything they come across, there are several things owners should do to make sure their dog has a safe and pleasant hike.

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/first-aid-tips-hiking-your-dog

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EarthSky News: Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Tonight, use the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear to find the sky’s northern pole star, Polaris. This is the star around which the whole northern celestial sphere appears to turn throughout the night.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/big-dipper-points-to-polaris-aids-in-finding-thuban-2

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Patheos-Pagan: Jewelry as Protection 

I was leaving for a rally the other day. Which one it was, doesn’t really matter. Won’t be my first, nor will it be my last in these turbulent times. As I was getting ready to leave, I went to my “accessory tray” (a family joke with my sons, as I am obsessive about everyone having one of these. Where you drop your jewelry, change, keys, etc.) I absent-mindedly began armoring up.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/07/jewelry-as-protection/

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Inner Journey:  

WHO ARE YOU?

“Please… tell me who you are and what you want. And if you think those are simple questions, keep in mind that most people live their entire lives without arriving at an answer.”
— Gary Zukav

How deeply can you answer this question? Please realize that you are the only one who can answer it. No one else can tell you who you are. You must discover this for yourself. And the challenge of knowing ourselves is no easy task.

We hope this question excites rather than intimidates you. There’s so much more to you than you know at present! Isn’t this intriguing? Perhaps it’s time to go exploring.

“Mysterious and intimidating to contemplate, the human brain is the most complex thing there is and the most difficult task it can undertake is to understand itself.”
— David Noonan

“I don’t think God cares where we were graduated or what we did for a living. God wants to know who we are. Discovering this is the work of the soul – it is our true life’s work.”
— Bernie Siegel

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Okay! So, finally I think you’re ready to learn the real reason time and space was invented… dancing.

That and somersaults. You know, for when you were even younger.

And skipping. And humming. And playing make-believe…

Okay, okay, okay… the real, real reason … was you.

It’s true.

Just didn’t want to hit you with that in the first breath and have you spill something.

You make me even younger,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cranberry Salsa

Enjoy this fruity, sweet, spicy variation on the traditional tomato or tomatillo based salsas.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cranberry-Salsa-1.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
July 3, 2018

Simplicity

“When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it is a clear proof that it should be rejected.” -Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues (1715-1747)

It’s not just our houses and our desks that are cluttered – often times our minds are cluttered, too! Let’s treat our thoughts, and our words carefully – let’s choose them as we would pick out produce in the market, discarding the ones that are stale or bruised and selecting instead ones that are fresh and fragrant and full of life. And let’s just take what we need for now, we can always go back for more. One thing at a time!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Getting Spiritually Honest

Author Meggan Watterson dares you to dare to “strip down to what is authentic for you!”

Who are you?

“For me being spiritual is less about learning something new and more about remembering what I have always known,” writes Meggan Watterson, author of Reveal. “Being spiritual is a process of stripping down to what is authentic for me, for my one brief and brilliant life.

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/getting-spiritually-honest.aspx#0g85G0KW6b5adMOk.99

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are re-blogged 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, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 26, 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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Then flash the wings returning Summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls,–
The bluebird, breathing from his azure plumes
The fragrance borrowed where the myrtle blooms.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)

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Birds & Blooms: Grow Your Best Basil Ever

Basil is one of the most popular culinary herbs around, thanks to its spicy-sweet leaves and the way it adds a flavorful zing to pastas, sandwiches and sauces. But this leafy herb can be tricky to grow. It needs plenty of sunshine, well-draining soil and regular harvesting in order to thrive. Follow these seven basil-growing tips for garden success.

Read more…………………..

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MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope: Now Is The Perfect Week To Check In With Your NYE Resolutions

On Tuesday, Mars goes retrograde and sends our digital life into a frenzy.

Digital detox, anyone? You may need some serious space from your smartphone starting this Tuesday, June 26, when agitator Mars turns retrograde in technophile Aquarius.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-june-25-to-july-1-2018

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Did You Know?

Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die, the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned aloud for days.

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Elephant Journal: The Most Transformational & Healing Full Moon of the Year.

On June 27th (or 28th, depending on your location), the full moon will be in the sign of Capricorn, which is represented by the mountain goat that climbs upward at a steady pace and is the sign connected to manifesting, ambition, and goals.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/the-most-transformational-healing-full-moon-of-the-year/

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MNN: How to forage like you’re from Finland

In Finland, they have what’s known as everyman’s right, also called the right to roam. People are permitted to camp, swim, bathe, fish and forage in almost all free spaces, even if those spaces are privately owned. That right, along with a history of foraging dating back to World War II, makes Finland’s city parks akin to wild grocery stores.

https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/how-forage-youre-finland

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EarthSky News: Earth between sun and Saturn late June

This week, look for the ringed planet Saturn to light up the night sky from dusk till dawn. Our planet Earth is about to fly between Saturn and the sun, bringing Saturn to what astronomers call opposition on June 27, 2018. In other words, Saturn is virtually opposite the sun in Earth’s sky right now, presenting a big milestone for observing the ringed planet!

http://earthsky.org/tonight/saturn-closest-and-brightest

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Patheos-Pagan: Harnessing The Power Of Symbolism In Pagan Worship

Symbolism, or “the practice or art of using an object to represent an abstract idea” has always held a raw, primitive power over the human subconscious. Think of Pan’s pipes, which represent pleasure, or his horns and goat legs, representing unbridled sexual inclination.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2018/05/harnessing-the-power-of-symbolism-in-pagan-worship/

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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

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

You might call it spiritual logistics but sometimes you have to move away, to get closer.

Or you might just call it weird.

Either way, it helps to remember it from time to time.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

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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 26, 2018

Thoughts

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” -Proverbs 23:7

Even way back when the bible was written people were talking about the heart’s intelligence. What do we KNOW in our heart? What conviction do we carry with us? It is important to recognize these thoughts, because they make up how we are, and who we think we are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Reasons to Integrate Buddhist Principles Into Your Life

Do you have a spiritual center?

Spirituality is an incredibly important part of life that we shouldn’t discount—what we believe provides our guiding principles, informing every action we take and affecting the very direction of our lives. And if you’ve been looking for a spiritual center that will improve your life in tangible ways, look no further than Buddhism.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 22, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 22, 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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O wondrous June! Our lives should be like thee
With such calm grace fulfilling destiny.
-Susan Louisa Higginson (1815-75)

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Spiritual Unite: Losing A Soulmate | How To Get Through It

Many of us spend our lives waiting for a soulmate. They bring promises of happiness, growth and love as they enter into our lives. So once we have found them, losing a soulmate can be one of the hardest things we can ever do. Whether we lose our soulmate through their passing or through a breakup, the grieving process is

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/losing-a-soulmate-how-to-get-through-it/

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MBG: Your Astrological Guide To Navigating Cancer Season

Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological sign. Cancer season is a homespun solar spell that will emphasize domestic bliss and family affairs until July 22.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cancer-season-2018-horoscope

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MNN: 7 fantastic facts about Portuguese man-of-war

With its mohawk-like feature, the Portuguese man-of-war is a decidedly punk-rock sea creature. But that’s just one of the many odd and interesting facts about this organism — or should we say organisms?

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/portuguese-man-war-facts

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EarthSky News: Moon near Jupiter from June 22-24

Tonight – June 22, 2018 – seek out the bright waxing gibbous moon as soon as darkness falls. That nearby brilliant “star” to the east of the moon on June 22 is actually no star at all. That’s the giant planet Jupiter, the 5th planet outward from the sun. As the moon makes its monthly rounds in front of …

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-near-jupiter-from-june-22-24

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Patheos-Pagan: How To Set Up Your Goddess Shrine

People of all faiths and traditions can set up a Goddess shrine. They can be part of the sacred spaces of Wiccans, Pagans, Ceremonial magicians, devotees of African Traditional Religions, and even, in a way, with some Christians ( with the reverence for the Virgin Mary.) Shrines for the Goddess have been made by humans for..

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2018/04/how-to-set-up-your-goddess-shrine/

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Inner Journey: 

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT

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

Our minds are incredibly powerful. We put that power to work for us when we consciously set an intention to be or do something. Get into the habit of consciously setting an intention for activities throughout your day.

Your intention might support efficiency – for example, to complete a job or project by a specific time. Your intention might support your personal growth, e.g., to undertake a task that scares you. Or it might support more soul connection, e.g., to be grateful for gifts we take for granted.

When we take the time to set an intention, no matter how trivial, we are consciously choosing what we want for ourselves. With consistent attention, your intentions will come to life!

“By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you.”
— Deepak Chopra

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

First, completely forget about who, how, and when. Then decide only upon what you want, the end result, with as much clarity as possible. I’ll shuffle the deck, the magic show will begin, and jokers won’t be all that are wild.

Gosh, you’re so much fun to watch when you read these things.

Deal,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Apple Galette

This French pastry will impress your guests with it’s crisp, buttery crust and not-too-sweet apple filling. Oo-la-la!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf30475693.tip.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
June 22, 2018

Creativity

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.” -Gail Sheehy, (Pathfinders, 1981)

What is certain anyway? If anything, certainty is habit, and it can get boring! It’s time to break the mold, shake things up, create a new paradigm! There are infinite possibilities out there, and within each one of us… let’s start trying them on for size!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Renew Yourself This Summer

To put it in perspective, what would you do if this was your last summer on earth? Would you learn how to dance, spend more time with the kids, maybe not stress so much at work or even take a needed break?
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-ways-to-renew-yourself-this-summer.aspx#qfYHrz1mKg0k21mi.99

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily post are re-blogged 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 21, 2018

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 21, 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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The daisies are nodding o’er bending grass,
With bright eyes greeting me as I pass;
As offering sweets from a billowy knoll,
The buttercup lifteth its golden bowl;
The feathery clouds float airily by,
Flecking with silver the blue of the sky.
-Emily Thornton Charles (1845-95)

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Spiritual Unite: Potent Cosmic Energies This Summer/Winter Solstice

The June Solstice falls on the 21st, the same day as the Full Moon. This is of particular significance and will amplify the cosmic energies of this already potent day.

In the Northern Hemisphere the solstice represents the starting of summer. On this day, we will have the longest period of sunlight and the shortest period of darkness.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/potent-cosmic-energies-this-summerwinter-solstice/

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MBG: 7 Ways To Transform Your Energy Quickly

Ever felt like your energy is just off? Sometimes we all slip into a negative or funky mood for no apparent reason. As a psychic intuitive, I know the power of energy. Changing your energy can change what shows up in your life—and how you react when it does. Try one of these quick and simple actions the next time you need an energy reboot:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/10-quick-energy-clearing-tips

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Elephant Journal: Celebrate the Summer Solstice with 108 Sun Salutations.

We practice 108 Surya Namaskars to mark the close of a chapter, and invite in new energy.
This heat-building meditation helps us detoxify, reground, and activate our prana, or life force, as we move buried emotions out of the body and let go of what no longer serves us.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/celebrate-the-summer-solstice-with-108-sun-salutations/

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MNN: Sea urchins can see just fine with their feet

The first thing anyone notices about a sea urchin is how uninviting it looks: this “porcupine of the sea” looks downright medieval with those endless rows of black spikes pointing in every direction, daring you to get too close.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/sea-urchins-no-eyes-see-feet

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EarthSky News: Summer solstice at Stonehenge

It’s summer solstice time for us in the Northern Hemisphere. This solstice occurs at the instant the sun reaches its most northerly point on the celestial sphere, the imaginary sphere of stars surrounding Earth. In 2018, the June solstice happens at 10:07 UTC on June 21; translate to your time zone. Many – perhaps you – will celebrate this solstice sunrise, or next year’s solstice sunrise, at Stonehenge. Why?

http://earthsky.org/earth/gallery-the-summer-solstice-as-seen-from-stonehenge

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Patheos-Pagan: Midsummer Reset Ritual

Ever have a year where it seems like you look up and it’s suddenly June? Where did half the year go? I felt that yearly wave of panic as the calendar turned to June 1st. As with many of us, the year had been filled with life’s challenges.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2018/06/midsummer-reset-ritual/

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Inner Journey: Play with the growth journey!

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.”
— Max Eastman

Banish bad baggage, backward beliefs, boring boundaries, big blocks and belittling blame by building your beingness bridge by becoming a beautiful, bold, balanced, broadminded, boundless being.

“If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.”
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

OK, can you keep a secret?

Let me tell you what happens…

There’ll be trumpets, fanfare, and parades. Happy tears, giggles, and hugs. Shrieks of joy, fits of laughter, and reunions with best friends.

There will be quiet, reflection, and revelations. Aha’s! No-way’s! And, of course, You-have-to-be-kidding’s!

Eventually followed by a deep, often surprising, longing for what will by then be viewed as the dream-life you led.

You could plot it on a chart.

The point of course, is that you are now living that dream-life.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade

Simple and delicious! You can make any summer time drinks or refreshers by adding fresh fruit to any of your favorite beverages. I made a 2 quart pitcher of my favorite lemonade. You can make this from scratch or use Crystal light or what ever summer beverage you like.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Strawberry-Lemonade.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
June 21, 2018

Creativity

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.”-Nelson Mandela

Part of our purpose in life lies in our creativity. We are each an individual expression of God, and we each have a special contribution to bring to this planet. What makes your heart sing? What do you love to do? When you are doing that, you are expressing the divine presence within you. It’s joyful, it’s glorious!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Top 10 Animal Rights Activists

These top 10 animal rights activists are taking time to make sure our favorite furry creatures and four-legged friends are kept safe! Check out some cute animal pictures too!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/top-10-animal-rights-activists.aspx#U2wLD4g0ShFOAKCh.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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