Cat’s Morning Bits for October 18, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 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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The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky.
-William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

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Pagan Library: Samhain Chant

Fire red, summer’s dead
Yet it shall return.
Clear and bright, in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Freyja – Goddess of Abundance, Fertility and War

Freyja was the sister of the god Freyr, and was one of the Vanir, the Norse deities of earth and water that lived in Asgard. Venerated by women, heroes and rulers alike, she was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance. Freyja could be called upon for assistance in childbirth and conception, to aid with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea.

Read more…..

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MBG: Mindfulness Can Help Us Process Fear More Rationally, Study Finds

If you’re deeply afraid of something, like spiders or heights, a therapist might suggest that you undergo a process called exposure therapy to try to help you release some of that anxiety.

Read more……………

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Pagan Library: The Chocolate Ritual 

Materials required: On the altar there are brown candles; a Tootsie Roll (the great big one – as the athame;) a large glass with milk in it, (the chalice;) A small dish of Nestle’s Quik and a spoon; a small dish of chocolate sprinkles; a plate of cupcakes and some Yoo-Hoo along with a goblet.

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MNN: Przewalski’s horses: 10 things you didn’t know about the last ‘wild’ horses on Earth

We think of horses as domesticated animals, and no wonder since we’ve been breeding them for millennia for everything from hunting and jumping to herding and ranch work to pulling plows and heavy carts. Over the centuries, some horses have gone feral, like the famous American mustang, the Camargue horses of France, and the brumbies of Australia

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Will you see Venus and Mercury after sunset?

Have you seen Venus yet? And will you also see fainter Mercury near Venus? Both are in the western twilight after sunset. But whether you’ll see them depends on how far north or south you are on Earth’s globe. If you live as far north as Anchorage, Alaska, the sun,

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Soul Cakes for the Living and the Dead

Remnants of old British customs and traditions barely linger these days. Commercialised Halloween has covered up apple bobbing, divination, bonfires, scary stories and effigies of the dead (in the guise of Guy Fawkes, a celebration that is still alive but ‘penny for the Guy’ is dead) with mass produced sweets and kids with sugar highs for a week.

Read more…….

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Inner Journey: 

FORGIVENESS BRINGS JOY

“The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself.”
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Do you feel worthy of having joy? Do you feel you deserve it?

The first step to activating our inner joy is to eliminate the blocks to it. We can start by truly forgiving ourselves and all others. Forgiveness calls for a shift in our perception. It is easier to forgive ourselves and others when we really understand that each of us has always done the very best we knew to do at that time.

“If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole.”
— Joan Borysenko

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A Note from the Universe

You can only be your best self not someone else’s.

My best self,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Halloween Potato Pumpkins 

Halloween is coming. This is a fun recipe/craft to make with some ingredients you’ve already got laying around the kitchen. They’re so cute to look at and a treat to eat! I used potatoes but you can use a mix with sweet potatoes, too, for added colour.

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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, Palmarosa, 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 18, 2019

Art

“The timelessness of art is its capacity to represent the transformation of endless becoming into being.”

-Lewis Mumford (1895 – 1958)

A piece of art is like this frozen moment of time. It is something that, once complete, doesn’t change. It exists just as it is, perfect the way it is. People, on the other hand, are continual works-in-progress. Time doesn’t stand still for us. We never seem to be quite satisfied that we are suitable for framing!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

Boredom could be a problem today, so put more energy into finishing what needs to get done before you decide to slow down or stop for the day. Once you’ve done the minimum required for the day, the rest of the time becomes yours to do with as you please. You don’t really mean to waste the rest of the day, but you don’t have to burn yourself out, either.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 15, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 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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Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done!
-Thomas Constable (1812-81)

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Did you know…

The use of socks made from felt in Ancient Greece around the 700s BC is evident, and a knitted pair of Egyptian ones have been found that date back to 200 to 500 AD.

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ThoughtCo: Tir na nOg – The Irish Legend of Tir na nOg

In the Irish myth cycles, the land of Tir na nOg is the realm of the Otherworld, the place where the Fae lived and heroes visited on quests. It was a place just outside the realm of man, off to the west, where there was no illness or death or time, but only happiness and beauty.

Read more………….

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MBG: The One Thing People Get Wrong About Destiny, According To A Shaman

In this excerpt from his brand-new book Spirit Hacking, Shaman Durek shares his take on destiny, manifestation, and why we should all be dreaming bigger.
If you want to know your future, you don’t need to consult a psychic, or an oracle, or a tarot reader. All you need to do is pay attention to what you are doing now.

Read more…………..

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Daily Good: Creative Chaos

The transcendent artistry of Green Renaissance Films allows us to enter into the life of a young man who has journeyed through mental disorder and arrived at a place of wholeness with an openness to the chaos of life. He has come to realize that he does not need to hold fear at bay by trying to order his world, controlling everything. Rather he embraces the chaos and unpredictability of daily living as the magic of the real world, allowing more beautiful things to happen, a world full of possibilities. The beauty of the film’s location in South Africa adds an even deeper dimension to this young man’s profound insights. { read more }

Be The Change

Has darkness, or chaos helped to illuminate your life in any way?

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Elephant Journal: A Self-Healing Technique to Release Toxic Energy (& leave us Grounded AF).

How to avoid picking up energy from other people, and how to clear away energy that isn’t ours are the most common topics students and clients ask me about.

Read more………………….

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MNN: Why is the sky so blue in autumn?

The color of the leaves isn’t the only thing that changes in autumn. Have you ever looked up on a crisp fall day and noticed how brilliant and clear the blue sky is? That’s not just your imagination — the sky really is more blue, and all because of science.
To understand why the sky is so especially vivid in autumn, you first need to understand why it’s blue in the first place.

Read more…………….

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EarthSky News: Watch after sunrise for a daytime moon

The Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon has passed. The moon is now in a waning gibbous phase, rising in the east later and later each evening. That means you can catch the moon over your eastern horizon before going to bed, and then over the western horizon after sunrise in the coming days.

Read more…………….

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Patheos-Pagan: Of Light & Shadow: Connecting with Anubis at Samhain

With Samhain approaching in just a couple of weeks (wow, already?), many pagans and witches are already well into their preparations for the celebration. I often find that I am scrambling rather last-minute to get my preparations in order, as I get wrapped up in so many other things going on in the fall season and my own personal life.

Read more……………….

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Inner Journey:

SPACE TO EXPLORE

“No one can find his work, what he really wants to put all of himself into, when everything he does he is made to do by others. This kind of searching must be done freely or not at all.”
— John Holt

We all need space — free from demands, deadlines, expectations and judgments — to explore who we are and what life is all about. Free time, with absolutely no agenda, is rich with potential. How can we grow if we have no space and freedom to dream?

“Deny children — or anyone else — the chance to do ‘nothing,’ and we may be denying them the chance to do ‘something’ — to find and do any work that is truly important to themselves or to someone else.”
— John Holt

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

What makes you richer is the picture, that you hold in your mind.

You have the power,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Butternut Squash with Macintosh Apples

I just love winter squash. I like it a bit sweet, but do not like having to sweeten it with so much sugar. I thought maybe I could cook apples with it and sweeten it naturally. This is so good, you will love it and you will have the kids eating their veggies like never before!

Read more…………….

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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
October 15, 2019

Art

“There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.”

-Albert Camus (1913-1960)

The beauty of creativity is that it teaches us about ourselves. We are, by nature, creative beings, and when we express our creativity we feel free, we feel boundless – and that is what we truly are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

You’ll need determination and perseverance to accomplish anything of substance today. Pick something (or accept something that has been assigned to you) and stick with it until day’s end. If you apply concentrated effort, you should be able to make a huge headway. Even if not, your single-minded approach will attract allies for tomorrow. You have more influence and authority than you suspect. Use them wisely.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 13, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 13, 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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Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!
-Humbert Wolfe (1886-1940)

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ThoughtCo: Who is the Norse God Odin?

In the Norse pantheon, Asgard is the home of the gods, and it is the place where one could find Odin, the supreme deity of them all. Connected to his Germanic ancestor Woden or Wodan, Odin is the god of kings and the mentor of young heroes, to whom he often gave magical gifts.

Read more…………….

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MBG: This Year’s Only Full Moon In Aries Dares You To Be Loud and Proud

Set your system to beast mode! On Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 5:07 p.m., EDT, the first full moon since the equinox blazes into assertive, me-first Aries. Declare your intentions and make a game-changing move! If you’ve been hustling toward a dream, you can claim your place in the winner’s circle. Here are seven tips for unleashing your fierceness during the energetic full Harvest Moon in Aries:

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Daily Good: Humanizing Aid with Dignity

A small but increasingly influential British NGO called Refugee Support aims to deliver what it calls “aid with dignity” by adding a sense of normality and respect to its food distribution efforts. Refugee Support co-founders Paul Hutchings and John Sloan met in 2015 in Calais’ notorious Jungle camp. They were both drawn to help alleviate the suffering of the thousands of migrants and refugees living in deplorable conditions while the French and British governments watched with indifference.”The idea of aid with dignity came from our experiences in Calais,” says Hutchings. Read more here. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: The Colors of Autumn: A Sonnet to the Summer & Nature Letting Go.

I love this season of change. The hues, almost a sonnet to the summer, a goodbye perhaps before slowly dropping to the ground below.

Read more……………….

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Patheos Pagan: Samhain in the Devil’s Garden

All Hallows Eve is quickly approaching. The darkness is creeping in closer every day. You can feel the cold grip of the coming winter slithering its way back up from its yearly resting place deep in the Underworld.

Read more……………….

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EarthSky News: This weekend’s full Hunter’s Moon

This weekend – beginning Friday evening, and definitely Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, 2019 – the moon will look full, or nearly so, to the eye. October’s full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s first full moon of autumn, and the Southern Hemisphere’s first full moon of spring. Last month’s full moon was the closest full moon to the autumn equinox. By the decree of skylore, it was the Harvest Moon. The full moon immediately following the Harvest Moon is – again, according to skylore – the Hunter’s Moon

Read more………….

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Patheos-Pagan: Daily Water Rituals

There are several ways to connect with water on a daily basis. Small repetitive rituals that are meant to help you deepen your connection to water, acknowledge its presence each day, to nourish your soul and to connect you to the depths of its watery source. Below are a few different approaches you can take when connecting with water on a daily basis

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Inner Journey:

BE WILLING TO REPEAT

“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.”
— Christina Baldwin

Sometimes we repeat the Inner Journey messages in the series. Please guard against saying, “I’ve seen this one — I don’t need to read it again.”

The truth is: we are always changing. Who you are now is different from who you were when you read the message the first time. The circumstances of your life have changed as well. As a result, you may be open to new perspectives this time around.

Our ego is prone to think it knows it all, but life always offers us fresh and new experiences.

“It all depends on how we look at things and not on how they are in themselves.”
— C.G. Jung

higherawareness.com
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Full Moon in October without frost, no frost ’til the full Moon in November.
-Proverb

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Today’s Recipe: Hot Spiced Cider

When the weather is cold, there are delicious ways to use apple cider and spices to warm you up.

Read more……………

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Magical Correspondences for Sunday

Magickal Intentions: Growth, Advancements, Enlightment, Rational Thought, Exorcism, Healing, Prosperity, Hope, Exorcism, Money
Incense: Lemon, Frankincense
Planet: Sun
Sign: Leo
Angel: Michael
Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and White
Herbs/Plants: Marigold, Heliotrope, Sunflower, Buttercup, Cedar, Beech, Oak
Stones: Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Clear Quartz and Red Agate
Oil: (Sun) Cedar, Frankincense, Neroli, Rosemary
The first day of the week is ruled by the Sun. It is an excellent time to work efforts involving business partnerships, work promotions, business ventures, and professional success. Spells where friendships, mental or physical health, or bringing joy back into life are an issue work well on this day, too.

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

You’ll need determination and perseverance to accomplish anything of substance today. Pick something (or accept something that has been assigned to you) and stick with it until day’s end. If you apply concentrated effort, you should be able to make a huge headway. Even if not, your single-minded approach will attract allies for tomorrow. You have more influence and authority than you suspect. Use them wisely.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 10, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 10, 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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Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
-Emily Jane Bronte (1818-48)

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Spiritual Unite:  Starseed Types – All Bringing A New Age

There are many Starseed types – some of which you will have heard, others that are lesser-known.
All of them are important to the process of Ascension that is currently underway on our beautiful planet, Earth

Read more………………

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ThoughtCo: Samhain Customs and Folklore

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Let’s look at some of the customs and folklore behind the Samhain season – learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more.

Read more…………………

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Daily Good: What Is Your Hearth of Hearths?

“Where–or what–is your hearth of hearths? Where is the place you feel most alive or connected? What is the thing that reminds you who you are and to what (or whom) you belong? In all the world, what do you call home? These are some of the questions that Annick Smith and Susan O’Connor pondered as they edited Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place. In the preface, they describe how the “idea for a book about hearth started on the rim of the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island” when author, revered elder, and teacher Pualani Kanahele–who describes her hearth as the volcano–asked others to consider their own hearths: “Invite guests to your home,” she said, “and over a generous offering of food ask them where their hearth is.”” { read more }

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Individalogist: A Guide to Spiritual Dreams: Everything You Need To Know

The dream state is often a topic that is shrouded with much intrigue and mystery. As we are able to experience things in a realistic manner, the dream state seems to be an avenue where anything can come true.

However, most of the time, we don’t really have that much control over our dreams.

Read more…………………

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Elephant Journal: 8 Things Trees can teach us about the Art of Transformation in Autumn.

The first hint of autumn comes when my coworkers start buying pumpkin-spice lattes.
Usually that same week, I have to start dodging falling acorns on my strolls under urban oaks to avoid a concussion.

Read more…………………

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MNN: This forest language from the age of Vikings may soon disappear
Elfdalian is spoken by less than 2,500 people in Swedish town.

In a remote part of Sweden surrounded by mountains, valleys and thick forests, the community of Älvdalen is desperately attempting to preserve its unique heritage.
Up until the mid-20th century, the town of some 1,800 inhabitants spoke a language called Elfdalian, believed to be the closest descendant of Old Norse, the language of the Vikings.

Read more……………….

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EarthSky News: Watch for Sirius, sky’s brightest star 

If you’re up before daybreak, take a moment to see the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, on these October mornings. This star is so brilliant that you can even see it from a light-polluted city. Click here to find out when Sirius will rise tonight from your part of the world.

Read more………………..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Spiral Labyrinth: Beauty and Mystery at Samhain

This Samhain, for only the third time, Denton CUUPS will present The Spiral Labyrinth. As part of our ritual, we will spiral into the center widdershins, then spiral out deosil, spending the time meditating on our lives, our ancestors, and the Otherworldly persons who would speak with us

Read more…………………

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Inner Journey: 

LABELS LIMIT US

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu

How do you label yourself? How do you label others?

Be aware that any label is limiting. Labels stick us in a box where there’s no room to move. Today, experience how it feels to let go of the labels to rest in ‘I am.’ Feel the freedom, the spaciousness, the infinite potential of simply being.

“As long as I am this or that, I am not all things.”
— Meister Eckhart

“Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.”
— Og Mandino

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You chose to be who you now are, you came here to thrive, the odds always seem steep, still, the game is rigged in your favor, you knew what you were doing, your demons aren’t real, fear was part of the deal, love is all you need, you’re never alone, thoughts become things… and you still look absolutely amazing in jeans.

Beaming,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Butternut Squash with Macintosh Apples

I just love winter squash. I like it a bit sweet, but do not like having to sweeten it with so much sugar. I thought maybe I could cook apples with it and sweeten it naturally. This is so good, you will love it and you will have the kids eating their veggies like never before!

Read more…………………

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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
October 10,  2019

Persistence

“Drop upon drop collected will make a river. Rivers upon rivers collected will make a sea.”

-Sa’Di (A.D. 1213? – 1292)

We’ve been doing WisdomNews for a few years now. It has been a great source of joy for me. When we first started out, there were just a few of us involved, and we basically started the list with our family and friends’ addresses. But we persisted, did a little advertising, whatever we could do inexpensively, and the list grew – drop by drop, person by person – we’ve got a little river going now – or at least a steady stream! Thank you for subscribing, and for contributing to this e-mail community. Someday we hope to be a sea – and we will keep writing and keep persisting because we love doing this! And thanks for sharing this with your friends because every drop counts!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

It may start out as an ordinary day but a situation may arise that uncovers talents that you had no clue you had. Be adaptable and be willing to say, “Yes, I’ll give that a try,” rather than automatically saying, “Well I’m not sure. I’ve never done that before.” Be positive, optimistic, and sure of yourself. It’s the perfect day to learn something useful and profitable as well as exciting.

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 October 9, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 9, 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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Autumn has caught us in our summer wear.
-Philip Larkin (1922-86)

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Natural Living Ideas: Witch Hazel: 18 Uses For This Powerful Little Bottle

You may have noticed witch hazel as an added ingredient in many of your toners, cleansers and makeup removers. There is a good reason for this.

Witch hazel or Hamamelis virginiana is a bright orange or yellow plant with beautiful blooms and an astonishing array of uses.

Read more………………..

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ThoughtCo: Samhain is Not a God
Where did this myth come from, anyway?

Every year, usually starting around September, people start making noises about “Samhain, the Celtic god of death,” despite the fact that Samhain is not a death deity at all, but the name of a Pagan holiday that coincides with Halloween and is a great time of year to stock up on candy corn.

Read more……………………..

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Daily Good: The Land Where Swans and Giraffes Are Made of Tires

The human spirit cannot be quieted. Through the cracks of ordered Soviet structure has blossomed the artsy jungle of Bishkek. The people of this city in Kyrgyzstan have created beautiful art out of the used tires and car parts that littered the streets of this major transit hub. Out of chaos arises a new form of beauty. { read more }

Be The Change

What is in your environment that could be re-purposed and formed into a work of art?

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Elephant Journal: The Vedic Astrology App that helped me Rearrange my Life—for the Better.

Timing is everything.
Have you ever wondered why no matter how much effort you put into a personal project, job application, or an important conversation, things just don’t seem to move forward?
I certainly have—a gazillion times. As a creative freelancer, I have received dozens of “better luck next time” emails and rejection letters, which have often left me feeling powerless, unmotivated, and in all honesty, like a failure.

Read more…………………….

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MNN: 14 animals that hibernate that aren’t bears

Hibernation is truly an amazing physiological feat for animal survival. Without this ability, a lot of animals would freeze and die. Bears are the animals most known for hibernating the winter away, but they aren’t the only ones. Take a look at some of the other animals that like to hide out until spring arrives.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Watch for Sirius, sky’s brightest star

If you’re up before daybreak, take a moment to see the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, on these October mornings. This star is so brilliant that you can even see it from a light-polluted city. Click here to find out when Sirius will rise tonight from your part of the world.

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Patheos-Pagan: Ancestor Altars: Working With Your Relatives

It’s the time of the year where we hear the words “ancestor altar” much more often in conversation. The veil is said to be at its thinnest, and those who commune with those not in this realm stay busy with messages, while the rest of us wonder about our deceased relatives, and what to do, if anything.

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Inner Journey:

WHY? WHY? WHY?

“As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.”
— Joan Baez

Asking ourselves ‘why?’ helps us delve deeply into our main motives — why we do what we do. This process helps us go deeper into our reasoning, habits and unconscious beliefs. Once we become aware of our underlying motives, we can choose to change them,if we wish.

Regularly ask yourself, ‘Why am I…?’ Listen closely for the answer that surfaces in your mind, and write it down. Now look at your answer and ask why again. Continue with this process to reach the true source of your motivation.

“Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else….”
— Archibald Alexander

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A Note from the Universe

Neither a promotion, losing weight, finding a soul mate, writing a book, nor becoming a billionaire will ensure happiness.

Because happiness, dear that’s not present at the start of a manifestation will usually not be present at its end.

Après vous,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Honey Coconut Popcorn

Do you love popcorn? If you do, you should try this easy, only 4 ingredient popcorn recipe! Popcorn tastes super yummy that it won’t last.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

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

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
October 9, 2019

Persistence

“Rome was not built in a day.”

-John Clarke (1596-1658)

I’ve always heard this quote, and never knew who said it, so I was happy to come across it this time around. How appropriate! In this fast-paced society we tend to expect instant gratification. How often do you hear people complain about how slow their computers are, or their dial-up, or the pizza guy? And all that spills over into our expectations for ourselves. We want that great job NOW, that dream relationship NOW, enlightenment NOW! But we have to remember that there is always divine timing involved. The seed needs time to sprout, the sprout needs time to grow. We are like that sprout that needs to keep pushing up the dirt, keep reaching toward the sun. We’re growing every day.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

It may be fun to take a risk or two, but this is not the day for it. You can fight your way through any difficulty, but why make work for yourself or put yourself in harm’s way? Remember, harm comes in more forms than just what is physical. If you need to blow off steam and exert your power, maybe take it to the gym.

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 October 8, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 8, 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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Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies
-John Keats (1795-1821)

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Pioneer Thinking: DIY Fall Decorations 

Embrace the fall season by giving your home an autumn makeover. Simple, yet natural, fall home decorations can give any apartment or house a warm and earthy look that will last the entire season.

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ThoughtCo: Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies

Samhain is the time of year when the nights grow darker, there’s a chill in the air, and there’s a thinning of the veil between our world and the realm of the spirits. For many Pagans this is a time of reflection and spiritual growth. Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here’s where you’ll find a number of rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitaries or a group.

Read more………………………

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Spiritual Unite: Types Of Remote Viewing – Stranger Things Have Happened

Did you know there are multiple types of Remote Viewing (RV)?
Beyond the well known CRV method, there are other tried and tested techniques for viewing a person, place, or object at any distance.

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Daily Good: Holy Envy: The Key to Appreciating World Religions

“From an early age, Barbara Brown Taylor knew that she wanted to live a spiritual life.”It started early in my life,” she says, “a hunger for the beyond, for the transcendent, for the light within the light, the glow within the grass, the sparkle within the water.”Taylor went on to become an ordained Episcopal priest, working as rector of a church. But she later left her job with the church and began teaching the world’s religions at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. As part of the course, Taylor invited members of different faiths into the classroom to share their beliefs. She also brought her students, who were mostly Christian, to mosques, synagogues and Buddhist and Hindu temples in an effort to help them better understand how various groups worship.” The author of ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ shares more here. { read more }

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Elephant Journal: 15 Steps to Release & Return your Soul Energy to your Chakra.

“I feel like me again, I wasn’t even totally aware I wasn’t here, I just knew something was off.”
In my work as an energy healer I have observed many clients have successful soul recoveries over the years. Many of them hadn’t even realised they weren’t feeling totally like themselves—until their soul energy returned to them.

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MNN: Ancient scrolls sealed shut by Vesuvius reveal some of their secrets

The Herculaneum scrolls are ancient manuscripts thought to contain works from some of most significant names in Greek philosophy, such as Epicurus, Philodemus and Chrysippus. Some of them probably represent the only surviving copies of their kind. They’re culturally and historically priceless.

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EarthSky News: Orange Arcturus sparkles after sunset

Tonight, look for Arcturus, one of three stars noticeable for flashing in colors at this time of year. You should be able to see it in the west at dusk or nightfall. Once it gets good and dark, and you live at mid-to-far latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, you can verify that this star is Arcturus by using the Big Dipper asterism.

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Patheos-Pagan: Samhain: When the Veil is Thin

Samhain was originally an ancient Irish-Celtic holiday, but we know very little about how it was celebrated thousands of years ago. What we do know is that how it is celebrated today is radically different. Long ago, there were no glowing vegetables, trick-or-treating, Witches, or visits from the dead. Most of the trappings we associate with Samhain date only from the Christian era, though that doesn’t make any of them less real or witchy.

Read more…………………..

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Inner Journey: 

THEN AND NOW

“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”
— Taisen Deshimaru

We understand time as a continuum. Our memories link the moments of the past and our imaginations draw on the patterns of our memories to project the future.

If we leave the movies of the mind behind, time can only be experienced now — moment by precious moment. Open in awareness to what is happening right now. Appreciate all that is. Immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of every now and life will be a gift.

“The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow has to be right.”
— Eknath Easwaran

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

What if everything that’s happened so far was just practice for when things get really, really good?

Really, really soon –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Squash Adobo with Pork Bits

The squash sweetens the pork bits, making it tastier. If you want extenders other than potato, use squash since it’s an often used extender for Filipinos.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Squash-Adobo-with-Pork-Bits.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
October 8, 2019

Persistence

“Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.”

-Minnie Richard Smith, 1947

I love this because it applies in so many ways. Writers go about submitting their work and it gets rejected so many times, that they end up feeling like a chunk of coal! Or that their work, which they poured so much of their heart into, is just a chunk of coal. But, ah, when they stick to the job, keep writing, keep submitting – someone recognizes the beauty. The diamond comes shining through! We just can’t give up, no matter what business we’re in, or what we are going for. Our persistence pays off.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

You may be in high spirits today and see everything in a fresh light. If this interferes with your mundane duties, take pleasure in the small, lovely, often overlooked aspects of what’s around you. Discoveries can be made in even the most repetitive activity when you look closely enough and appreciate why things are the way they are. This exuberance is short-lived, so enjoy the day and learn something new!

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 7, 2019

CMB Fall

Cat’s Morning Bits for October 7, 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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The beech is dipped in wine; the shower
Is burnished; on the swinging flower
The latest bee doth sit.
The low sun stares through dust of gold.
And o’er the darkened heath and wold
The large ghost-moth doth flit.
In every orchard Autumn stands,
With apples in his golden hands.
–Alexander Smith (1829–67

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Spiritual Unite: Merkaba Sacred Geometry – Understanding Your Light Body Vehicle

The Merkaba sacred geometry is central to the spiritual practices of many traditions.
It is representative of your Merkaba, the pure energy form of your higher self that has access to higher dimensions of consciousness.

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ThoughtCo: All About Samhain
Celebrating the Witches’ New Year 

The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth.

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Patheos Pagan: 31 Ways To Celebrate Samhain

I’m going to promise you three things, right from the start. 1) You will not have to hit “next” or view this on multiple pages. 2) I’m providing the suggestions, you can choose to do with them what you will 3) If you want more of an explanation about any one of the 31 ways to celebrate Samhain, I’ll respond to your comments.

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Mind Body Green: Eyes Up: The Upcoming Full Moon In Aries May Inspire Some Major Self-Love

A few tricky transits are in store for us this week. Here, the AstroTwins break down how to navigate them with your sanity intact.
On Monday, a Saturn transit could help us see both sides of every argument.

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Daily Good: What Does it Mean to Love Someone?

What does it mean to love someone? In this heartwarming animated short film produced by Cecilia Baeriswyl and directed by Julio Pot, the dynamics of relationships are explored through an ordinary couple as they learn about the power of giving and receiving. Selected in more than 100 international festivals, this film is at once lighthearted and insightful. }Read more….

Be The Change

Practice 5 random acts of love this week. Be creative with what you choose!

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Elephant Journal: A 3-Step Ayurvedic Cleanse to flush out Toxins & Toxic Energy.

I first discovered Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, when I was a professional mountaineer.
When climbing at altitude in the Himalayas, I would occasionally see a black tar-like substance adhering to rock faces. I discovered that this was shilajit, known as a panacea, or cure-all, and revered by the local people.

Read more…………………..

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EarthSky News: Watch for Draconid meteors in 2019

Draco the Dragon is now spitting out meteors, also known as shooting stars. This is one shower that’s best to watch at nightfall or early evening, not after midnight. The shower is active between October 6 and 10. The best evening to watch is likely October 8; try the evenings of October 7 and 9 also.

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Inner Journey:

COMPASSION

“What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
— Thomas Merton

“When we experience the pain of another person, we instinctively want to take away that pain. But by taking away the other person’s pain, we also take away his or her opportunity to grow. To be truly compassionate, we must be able to share another person’s suffering and pain — knowing there is nothing we can do to relieve it and that we are not responsible for it, and yet knowing and understanding what that pain feels like.”
— John Gray

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A Note from the Universe

Pretending is the fastest way to believing and believing is the fastest way to receiving.

Go!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Snickers-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Every year around Halloween, I like to come up with a sweet treat that uses candies from trick-or-treating events. Either you have kids that end up with lots of them, or you have loads leftover from handing them out. My favourite candy has always been Snickers, so these peanut butter cookies are stuffed with them. The outside is a lovely sandy, crumbly cookie, and the middle is gooey and chewy from the baked Snickers. I’ve had a dozen people ask me for this recipe after an event I made them for last week, so be ready to share if you make these, too!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Snickers-Stuffed-Peanut-Butter-Cookies.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
October 7, 2019 

Persistence

“Rome was not built in a day.”

-John Clarke (1596-1658)

I’ve always heard this quote, and never knew who said it, so I was happy to come across it this time around. How appropriate! In this fast-paced society we tend to expect instant gratification. How often do you hear people complain about how slow their computers are, or their dial-up, or the pizza guy? And all that spills over into our expectations for ourselves. We want that great job NOW, that dream relationship NOW, enlightenment NOW! But we have to remember that there is always divine timing involved. The seed needs time to sprout, the sprout needs time to grow. We are like that sprout that needs to keep pushing up the dirt, keep reaching toward the sun. We’re growing every day.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

Though no great demands may be made of you today, you may feel lackluster and just not setting the world on fire as you like to do. Everybody has a low energy day from time to time. Perhaps you’ve been pushing it too hard for too many days in a row and just need a short break. Don’t be lazy but be extra good to yourself. Tomorrow will be brighter.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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