Clouds and Sun

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Clouds and sun set the mood.

I feel like the sun today; trapped behind that wall of darkness.

I fight to free myself and shine only to be blocked, covered, absorbed by something that should never be able to hold me. I’m tired and feel myself falter; weary.  I look to the sun for guidance. It is there, still bravely persevering to be free.

Through the sun and shadow, the Desert Goddess speaks to me:

Be easy my child. Find your sun-fire within! Nothing can stand against it. See how the sun triumphs over cloud? It is the same with you!

Heal yourself in the sacred fire of the soul and burn away the shadows and darkness that hold you. These embers will ignite and fill your heart and spirit with a blazing light like a thousand suns! All will be well child.

And the sun which has been hidden breaks free of its cloudy prison. The warmth floods my face and its healing rays fill my empty being. It sears my soul with hope and an aching desire to reach and grow and set myself free!

© L Cat Bolotin 2020


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 October 4, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 4, 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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Now the beautiful business of summer is over,
Earth wraps herself in a bright, leaf-patterned shawl.
The hives cement the prodigal juice of the clover
And spendthrift gold is hoarded in bin and stall.
-Jean S. Untermeyer (1886-1970)

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Individuologist: Top 7 Maui Spiritual Vortexes

As an island of Hawaii, Maui attracts visitors from all over the world. With the sheer amount…

Read more……………….

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ThoughtCo: Setting Up Your Samhain Altar

Samhain is the time of year when many members of the Pagan community celebrate the cycle of life and death. This Sabbat is about the end of the harvest, the calling of the spirits, and the changing aspects of the god and goddess. Try some or even all of these ideas—obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

https://www.learnreligions.com/setting-up-a-samhain-altar-2562711

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Tetraktys: Full Moon Spell for Clear Communication in an Argument

Hello witches! After a long break, I am glad to be writing again on this blog! Today I am sharing a spell that I created to resolve a relationship issue. If you need to set things straight with someone, that spell is meant for you.

Read more…………….

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Spirit Library: 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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Elephant Journal: Mindful Challenge: How to Use the Energy of the Changing Seasons to Reflect Inward.

It’s officially fall, even here in Los Angeles.
I won’t lie and say I haven’t been craving cooler temperatures, warm socks, the smell of wood burning in the air, and changing leaves. I’m actually drinking a pumpkin spice latte while writing this, and it’s almost 80 degrees outside (I know, I know #sobasic).

Read more…….

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MNN: Photographer spots rare polka-dotted zebra
It’s the first known sighting at this reserve in Kenya.

Photographer Frank Liu was in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of rhinos when he came across a rare sight.

Liu noticed a zebra foal with dark fur mixed with white polka dots. Because a zebra’s stripes are typically unique, this was a first time this reserve had ever seen this sort of coloration.

Read more………………

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EarthSky News: Moon pairs up with Saturn on October 5

Tonight – October 5, 2019 – the moon will be at or near its first quarter phase, coupling up with the planet Saturn on the sky’s dome. What’s more, the lit side of the moon will be pointing at the blazing planet Jupiter beneath the moon and Saturn. Watch for the celestial drama to illuminate the movie screen of the sky as soon as darkness falls.

Read more……………..

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Patheos-Pagan: A House Cleansing Ritual: Spiritually Protecting Your Space

Let it be known you’re a witch, a Druid, or any sort of magical practitioner and the requests for magical assistance will find you. By far the most frequent request I get is for house cleansings and blessings.

Read more……………….

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Inner Journey: 

ON SADNESS

“Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. …Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the ‘healing feeling.'”
— John Bradshaw

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
— William Shakespeare

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.”
— George Eliot

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”
— Lao-tzu

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Do you know why it’s so easy for us in the unseen to quickly pinpoint your whereabouts?

You leave behind footprints of love.

Aw-w-w-w,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Hot Apple Cider

A delicious fall beverage made from a simple recipe with easy-to-find ingredients.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf310247.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
October 4, 2019

Community

“Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist.”

-Paula Gunn Allen, Grandmothers of the Light, 1991

When we think of the whole grand concept of “we are all one” – it’s kind of a stepping stone to think first of our own communities. We belong to lots of little groups – our families, our neighborhoods, our clubs and organizations. And these communities all function because of the people involved with them! They become an entity unto themselves. They have a life of their own. And these smaller communities are all part of larger communities, too – which in turn interact and grow with others. It all starts with each of us as individuals, and expands to include the entire planet.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Wake up with a bright, buoyant spirit that will prevent any snag or difficulty from getting you down. You should acknowledge no setbacks or let any problem get in your way. If something comes up that needs more attention, you’ll deal with it without thinking twice. You can deal with any delay and make a quick if not instantaneous recovery.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 19, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 19, 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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Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold.
​–Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869​–1935)

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Spiritual Unite: 99 Number Meaning – Healing Of Humanity

99 number meaning is numerology that often comes into play in our lives through the process of synchronicity.
You might see this number on number plates, billboards, shop windows and pretty much anywhere else a number could appear.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/99-number-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Mabon

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

https://www.learnreligions.com/easy-decorating-ideas-for-mabon-2562269

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Individualogist: Plant Medicine and Spirituality – A Complete Guide

Most, if not every world culture, both traditional and present-day, have performed ceremonies utilizing plants and herbs for religious , otherworldly, or therapeutic purposes

https://individualogist.com/plant-medicine-and-spirituality-a-complete-guide?mpweb=1230-1426-784234

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Patheos: Mabon Reset Ritual

By now, the leaves are turning and the temperatures are getting a bit cooler (or not, if you are experiencing a late summer heatwave). Summer seems like a whisper in your ear, and the wind rustles amidst the swirling leaves. Mabon is beckoning as a time of balance, which always strikes me as highly ironic, as this begins during the most unbalanced time of all. School routines are in place, the weekends are full of activity, there are endless chores to do, the holidays are looming, and we begin the descent into the last part of the year.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/09/mabon-reset-ritual/

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Natural Living Ideas: 5 Potent Juice Recipes To Beat Inflammation

Although inflammation is a normal and healthy response that occurs in the body to protect us from bacteria and viruses, sometimes it gets out of control or serves no purpose.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/5-juice-recipes-beat-inflammation/

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MNN: 10 ways babies are really weird

They don’t shed tears and won’t remember having mustaches!

Sure, all babies are cute, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t also extremely weird. Babies are eating, sleeping and pooping machines that double their weight in their first few months of life. And they pack a whole lot of oddness in while they’re at it.

https://www.mnn.com/family/babies-pregnancy/blogs/9-ways-babies-are-really-weird

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EarthSky News: Moon, Aldebaran, Pleiades before bedtime

Taurus is a far-northern constellation of the zodiac. That fact causes these stars to rise at an earlier hour in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere. The farther north you live, the earlier that Taurus climbs above your northeast horizon; and the farther south you live, the later that Taurus comes up

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-aldebaran-pleiades-before-bedtime

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Patheos-Pagan: Autumn Equinox: Harvest Home

We are not our own
Return again, return again,
return to the home of your soul
Return to who you are Return to what you are
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/09/autumn-equinox-harvest-home/

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Inner Journey:

ON SADNESS

“Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. …Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the ‘healing feeling.'”
— John Bradshaw

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
— William Shakespeare

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.”
— George Eliot

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”
— Lao-tzu

“When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”
— Sufi epigram

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

For every setback, disappointment and heartbreak ask yourself, “What does this create the opportunity for?”

And therein you will find its gift.

Everything has a reason,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Thai Beef

Each cuisine has its own unique seasonings, spices, and sauces that make it recognizable.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Thai-Beef-Recipe.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
September 19, 2019

Language

“England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”

-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1932)

This is so funny, and so true! I had this experience when visiting Australia. I felt a little bit like Alice in Wonderland! I could understand every word that people spoke, and yet many times I had no idea what they were talking about! The Australians still use the more traditional English terms, and somehow in America we’ve found another way. Is it a boot or a trunk? A bonnet or a hood? A footpath or a sidewalk? A trolley or a cart? A serviette or a napkin? And there is the same kind of communication “gap” between American adults and teenagers a lot of times… Is it good, bad or sweet? Hot, hip or cool? I could go on and on, but as they say, “a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” What matters is that we talk with each other, the rest is “details!”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice
You might prefer to do most things on your own today, but that may not be permitted. Find ways to involve others and enlist help, or simply let them do their part. Wait until tonight to decompress in private. It’s important to keep an even temper and not let others manipulate you emotionally. Your feelings are being strongly projected, so treat others with tact and avoid anger.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 15, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July  15, 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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Very good in the grass to lie
And see the network ‘gainst the sky,
A living lace of blue and green,
And boughs that let the gold between.
-Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1861-1931)

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Spiritual Unite: Hawk Spirit Animal – Take The High Road

Your hawk spirit animal appears in your life when you are optimistic, you need a higher perspective, or you would benefit from a more systematic approach.
This is a powerful spirit animal that flies into your awareness during spiritually active times in your life.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/hawk-spirit-animal/

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ThoughtCo: Pagan Prayers for the Lammas Sabbat 

At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end. Use these simple seasonal prayers to celebrate Lammas, the early grain harvest.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-prayers-and-blessings-4057769

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

If you’ve been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward.

astrology.com

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MBG: Heads Up: There’s A Full Moon AND Mercury Retrograde This Week

The Capricorn full moon on Tuesday is an invitation to check in with your goals.
Do you remember those New Year’s resolutions you made way back at the beginning of 2019? Or maybe some wishes you set in motion with the Capricorn solar eclipse on January 5?

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-july-15-21-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Wise Woman Herbal: Herbal and Home Remedies That Prevent Memory Loss
by Susun S. Weed

Even a single family member who is senile or afflicted with Alzheimer’s is enough to make anyone dread the possibility. Since women have always lived longer than men, the Ancient Grandmothers have a thing or two to tell us about how to keep our memory sharp until the day we die (at 100+).

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/wise-woman-ezine/7773646

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Elephant Journal: 6 Truth-Bombs to help Unearth your Best Self.

How do we find the way to our truest selves?
How can we navigate our lives to achieve joy and satisfaction?

Happiness seems to be the ultimate goal, but it’s a challenge for most of us. Sadly, we waste a lot of time waiting for it, or pursuing dead ends.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/6-ways-to-truly-unearth-your-best-self-kimberly-valzania/

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MNN: 14 things you didn’t know about goats

Baby goats are as cute as puppies. When you see one, you just want to pick it up and cuddle it and take it home. In fact, researchers found that goats are more like dogs than we thought. They’ll look people in the eye when they’re frustrated with a task and could use a little help, according to a study published in Biology Letters.

https://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/things-you-didnt-know-about-goats

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EarthSky News: Moon goes by Saturn night of July 15

On July 15, 2019, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon and the planet Saturn pair up together on the sky’s dome, staying out nearly all night long. Saturn just passed its yearly opposition on July 9. It’s now at its brightest and best for all of 2019. Although the July 15 moon will probably appear full to the eye, it isn’t truly full until the night of July 16

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-goes-by-saturn-night-of-july-15-16

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Patheos-Pagan: The Power Of The Witches’ Mind: Self-Deception, The Imagined Other, And Sympathetic Magick

Through our powerful witches’ minds, we create magick both in the form of an actual poppet or of the entirely energetic variety when we create mighty illusions of ourselves and others. Like sympathetic witchcraft, our thoughts create beings of ourselves and others that may have little to do with truth. Whether the poppet is a physical creation or entirely an energetic thought-form, sticking needles and otherwise giving attention to false poppets leads to trouble.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2019/07/the-witches-journey-self-deception-the-imagined-other-and-servitors/

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Inner Journey:

ON SADNESS

“Our sadness is an energy we discharge in order to heal. …Sadness is painful. We try to avoid it. Actually discharging sadness releases the energy involved in our emotional pain. To hold it in is to freeze the pain within us. The therapeutic slogan is that grieving is the ‘healing feeling.'”
— John Bradshaw

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
— William Shakespeare

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.”
— George Eliot

“Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.”
— Lao-tzu

“When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”
— Sufi epigram

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Tezcatlipoca: Aztec God of Night and Smoking Mirrors

Tezcatlipoca (Tez-ca-tlee-POH-ka), whose name means “Smoking Mirror”, was the Aztec god of night and sorcery, as well as the patron deity of Aztec kings and young warriors. As with many Aztec gods, he was associated with several aspects of Aztec religion, the sky, and the earth, winds and the north, kingship, divination, and war. For the different aspects he embodied, Tezcatlipoca was also known as the Red Tezcatlipoca of the West, and the Black Tezcatlipoca of the North, associated with death and cold.

https://www.thoughtco.com/tezcatlipoca-aztec-god-of-night-172964

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A Note from the Universe

And the day will come when all of the gold in the world will not appeal to you as much as having just one more day of being who and where you already are, with what you already have.
If it hasn’t already.
Thank you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Zingy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

It’s so easy to make just about any kind of salad dressing, and fast. Made without any preservatives, and just tastes better when you make them yourself. If you like a little zing (spicy hot) this honey mustard dressing you’re sure to enjoy.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Zingy-Honey-Mustard-Salad-Dressing.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
July 15, 2019 

Sharing

“For we must share, if we would keep,
that blessing from above;
Ceasing to give, we cease to have;
such is the law of love.”
-Richard C. Trench

By sharing we recognize the abundance of whatever it is we have and are content to allow others to participate in our good fortune. There’s another saying that “love isn’t love until you give it away.” Blessings, like love, are meant to be shared. And whatever we share we seem to have more of!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 7 Powerful Habits to Transform Your Life

Your habits play a vital role in shaping up your life and bringing desired outcomes. Whatever and wherever you are today, it’s the sum of your habits. The law of karma says your actions alone are responsible for what you will be tomorrow, which means the habits you practice today will determine how your tomorrow will be.

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/