Cat’s Morning Bits for December 31, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 31, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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“New Year ceremonies are designed to get rid of the past and to welcome the future. January is named after the Etruscan word janua which means door.”
– New Year’s Customs

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Spiritual Unite: The Lunar Celtic Animal Zodiac: What Powerful Totem Do You Have?

The Celts honored the rhythms of Nature and observed different flavors of their environment according to the season. Like our Native American kin, the full moon in each month held a special personality.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: New Beginnings Ritual 

There are many times in our life when all of us feel like we need a new start. Whether it’s at the beginning of a new year, a new moon phase, or even just because we’re having tough times in our life, sometimes it helps to sit down, breathe a bit, and focus on making things change.

Read more….

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MBG: A Mindfulness Practice To Burn Bright Instead Of Burn Out This Decade

Over the past roughly two years, we’ve all seen a rise in the conversations about inflammation in our bodies and gut imbalances that are leading to other health complications. In my work as a reiki healer and spiritual empowerment coach, I’ve seen fatigue among so many of my peers and clients.

Read more….

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Did you know…

Whatever New Year traditions we speak of are actually meant for bringing good luck. For instance, eating black-eyed peas on the day of New Year is believed to bring good luck in several parts of the United States.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Moon Soap Lunar Ritual Craft DIY

Learn to make this lovely moon soap with simple, natural ingredients like eucalyptus and mint oil.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: Joy & Bliss are Overrated: 5 Ways to Settle into Contentment for the New Year.

Sometimes I think joy is overrated.
We’re told to follow our bliss, to seek joy. But I’ve come to believe that contentment is the real key to happiness.
If I’m not feeling joyful, I feel like I’ve underachieved. If I’m not dwelling in waves of bliss, I feel like a failure. But contentment? Now that’s something I can get behind.

Read more…..

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MNN: 6 facts about the strikingly beautiful snowy owl

Snowy owls, despite their white plumage that allows them to blend into their Arctic surroundings, are easily recognizable. They’re beloved as a symbol of winter and as a companion to Harry Potter.
The image above, snapped by Shayna Hartley, was the result of plenty of patience on Hartley’s part.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Moon phase a clue to the sun’s position

In late December 2019 – if you look in a clear western sky after sunset – you’ll easily spot the very bright planet Venus, along with a waxing crescent moon. There might be earthshine illuminating the moon’s darkened portion. You know, of course, that the moon changes its phase. But did you know …..

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Just Begin Again (and Again): A Spell of Beginning, Centering and Breathing

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to share my own magickal journey. While I might be a teacher, I am also a student of the world, of the moon, of the stars, of my heart, of the love spell of life, and of the energies that emerge as I open.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

STRUGGLING WITH A DECISION?

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
— Dale Carnegie

My anxiety level spiked the other day as I wrestled with whether to choose option A or option B. I was so afraid of making the wrong choice!

And then I remembered, with deep gratitude, Susan Jeffers’ sage advice: There are no wrong decisions! Whatever we might choose in life will bring valuable experiences if we are open to receive them.

“Lighten up! Whatever happens as a result of your decision, you’ll handle it!”
— Susan Jeffers

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

I want you to know that I’ve ordered up another year for you.

Think I’ll call it 2020.

I’m going to put most of the same people from 2019 in it, since you all think so much alike. But there’ll also be a few new, very cool cats coming to play – give them some time to grow-up though.

And I’m going to have things start off pretty much exactly where they left off in 2019, for continuity’s sake. Flips folks out too much when I don’t.

All in all, 365 more days in paradise… and only one request of you:

DREAM BIGGER.

Coolio?

Let’s do this,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: How to Make Lemon Champagne Ice Pops
Elevate the standard ice pop with a little bubbly. These lemon champagne pops are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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
December 31, 2019

Vegetarianism

“I have known many meat eaters to be far more nonviolent than vegetarians.”

-Mohandas K. Gandhi

Vegetarianism is just one choice we can make in our lives. But just being a vegetarian doesn’t make a person a saint. We are faced with many choices every day of our lives. Yes, it is important to treat animals with love and respect. It is also important to live in peace among our fellow human beings. The kindness and compassion we feel for one friend, or pet, or family, or species, can extend out into the world to all living creatures, and create peace and harmony for all of us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Smooth your way through the day by being as respectable as time and circumstance require. Fit in, look and sound the part that you’ve been assigned, and get a lot done with very little or no resistance. In general, being respectable can be a good thing and serve you well, especially when dealing with new people or with those who don’t know you very well.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 24, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 24, 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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On the warm and perfumed dark glows the firefly’s tender spark.
-Horatio Nelson Powers (1826-90)

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Spiritual Unite: Wheel Of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning – Unavoidable Cycles

The Wheel Of Fortune tarot card has the following meaning:
Upright – Good fortune, karma, cycles, fate, pivotal moments.
Reversed – Bad fortune, resisting change, breaking the cycle.
Its element is Fire, and its planet is Jupiter.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/wheel-of-fortune-tarot-card-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: Divination with Stones

Lithomancy is the practice of performing divination by reading stones. In some cultures, the casting of stones was believed to be fairly common–a bit like checking one’s daily horoscope in the morning paper. However, because our ancient ancestors didn’t leave us a lot of information about how to read the stones, many of the specific aspects of the practice have been lost forever.

https://www.learnreligions.com/divination-with-stones-2561751

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MBG: 5 Fun & Impactful Eco-Friendly Activities To Do With Friends

Whenever we make commitments to change our lives for the better—whether it’s cutting carbs or cutting plastic—it’s important to consider the roles our friends and family will play in the transition.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/5-eco-friendly-activities-you-can-do-with-your-friends

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Daily Good: The Lost Words: Reclaiming the Language of Nature

“In early 2015, when the 10,000-entry Oxford children’s dictionary dropped around fifty words related to nature — words like fern, willow, and starling — in favor of terms like broadband and cut and paste, some of the worlds most prominent authors composed an open letter of protest and alarm at this impoverishment of children’s vocabulary and its consequent diminishment of children’s belonging to and with the natural world.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2358/the-lost-words-reclaiming-the-language-of-nature-maria-popova/

Be The Change

Make a list of your favorite words related to nature.

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MNN: Live cam offers rare peek at snowy owl nest

A new live web cam offers a rare glimpse of an active snowy owl nest.

The camera is located in Barrow, Alaska, and is part of the 2019 Snowy Owl Project. This is the 29th year of the project, which studies the owls from June through September.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/videos/snowy-owl-live-cam-rare-glimpse-nest

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EarthSky News: Moon near Uranus in July 25 predawn sky

Unless you’re a night owl, you’re not likely to see the moon and the planet Uranus before your bedtime in late July 2019. They’ll come up in the east more or less together around the midnight hour, and then will climb upward during the early morning dark hours.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-near-uranus-in-july-25-predawn-sky

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Patheos-Pagan: Radical Witching: Comfrey and Plantain Salve Recipe

We call it Green Goop and it’s what we smear on wounds, rashes, cold sores, and more. I’ve been making it for some years now, and it’s not vegan, it’s not pretty, and it’s not for sale. It is my down and dirty, cheap and functional herbalism for human survival. Creating it is a deeply sacred and reverent process, even when I swear a lot.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dandelionlady/2019/07/radical-witching-comfrey-and-plantain-salve-recipe.html

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Inner Journey:

DEEPER COMMUNICATION

“Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.”
— Virginia Satir

How do you typically communicate? Is it through words, gestures, emotions, thoughts, desires, needs, truths, direct perception or intuition? Do you focus more on the other person or on yourself? Do you typically tell, ask or listen?

For a few days, set an intention to be aware of your communication styles and skills. After you’ve spent some time talking with someone, reflect on what your underlying motives were and what level of depth you reached. Write your insights in your journal.This exercise will help you become more aware and conscious of who you are and why you do what you do.

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
— Thomas Moore

“You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our hearts.”
— Cochise

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s not that your life totally rocks except for a few tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

But that your life totally rocks, in large part, because of the tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

Stranger than fiction,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  How to Can Your Own Strawberry and Blueberry Jam

During the summer months, I look forward to canning my own homemade strawberry and blueberry jams. People often tell me that they don’t get into canning because they think it’s too hard, however, one of the easiest things to can is homemade jam.

https://pioneerthinking.com/canning-how-to-can-your-own-strawberry-and-blueberry-jam

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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, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, 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
July 24, 2019

Luck

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Is there such a thing as luck? It’s hard to argue against it. So much of what we go through can be explained away by luck, either good or bad. One famous saying is that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I think most of the time we find, or even create, our own luck, just by being ready for it. What if you knew that today was your lucky day? Where would you go, or what would you do, to find your luck?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

Speak and behave respectably and dispel all manner of potential difficulties and obstacles. You don’t have to fake any feelings or opinions you don’t really have. Simply act with decorum and tact, and then take your place on a somewhat bigger stage. Respectability is what will keep things under control and keep it all moving forward. Do as much as you can today and feel gratified.

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 January 21, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 21, 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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Sounds of the winter too,
Sunshine upon the mountains-many a distant strain
From cheery railroad train-from nearer field, barn, house.

-Walt Whitman (1819-92)

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Ways to Deepen Your Connection with Your Spirit Guides – All About Spirit Guides Part 3

Hello witches! This is the last article of my “All About Spirit Guides” blog series. Last week, I gave you 7 ways to meet your Spirit Guides. But if you already met one of your Guides, you may wonder what to do next. As I wrote in my previous articles, to work with your Spirit Guides, you need to build a relationship. Spirit Guides are just like any of your friends.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/5-ways-deepen-connection-spirit-guides/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Why The Day AFTER The Eclipse Is The One We Should Really Be Talking About

January 21, 2019 — 8:00 AM

This week’s horoscope from the AstroTwins talks all about this week’s rare lunar eclipse—and the fun doesn’t stop there! Just a day later, a once-in-a-dozen-year transit will affect those who work in creative fields

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-january-21-27-2019

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Daily Good: Mary Oliver: Instructions for Living A Life

Mary Oliver was one of the most beloved poets of our times. A writer who was dazzled by her daily experience of life, and dazzled the rest of us by telling about it in her poems and essays. She deliberately stayed out of the public eye and what follows is one of her rare interviews — a conversation with On Being’s Krista Tippett. Read on for a glimpse of the remarkable woman who once wrote: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life/I was a bride married to amazement./I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2208/mary-oliver-instructions-for-living-a-life-on-being/

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Elephant Journal: How to Manifest Self-Love—Even if you feel a bit Crummy Today.

Most women have heard the phrase “self-love” being thrown around on Instagram, in blogs, and in the pages of glossy magazines.
If this term is new to you, self-love is the idea that our entire lives are shaped around how we feel about ourselves.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/how-to-manifest-self-love-even-if-you-feel-a-bit-crummy-today/

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MNN: 6 facts about the strikingly beautiful snowy owl

Snowy owls, despite their white plumage that allows them to blend into their Arctic surroundings, are easily recognizable. They’re beloved as a symbol of winter and as a companion to Harry Potter.
The image above, snapped by Shayna Hartley, was the result of plenty of patience on Hartley’s part.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/snowy-owl-facts

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EarthSky News: Venus-Jupiter conjunction on January 22

Before sunrise on January 22, 2019, look eastward or in the general direction of sunrise to see the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter in the predawn/dawn sky. At conjunction, these two brilliant worlds shine north and south of one another on the sky’s dome, with Jupiter passing 2.5 degrees south of Venus. You simply can’t miss these two brilliant beauties, because Venus and Jupiter rank as the 3rd-brightest and 4th-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun and moon.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-jupiter-conjunction-on-january-22

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Patheos-Pagan: Imbolc Ritual: Honoring the Sacred Fire

The wheel of the year turns. By Imbolc, the sunlight is returning! Every day, the sun rises a little earlier, making our days grow longer and giving us more visibility. At this sacred time of the year, the point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we honor Brigid and the warmth in our homes and hearths.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/01/imbolc-ritual-for-whatever-keeps-you-warm/

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Inner Journey:

REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM

“We focus on the negatives, losing ourselves in the ‘problem.’ We point to our unhappy circumstances to rationalize our negative feelings. This is the easy way out. It takes, after all, very little effort to feel victimized.”
— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Nothing and no one can make us a victim. We do it to ourselves when we allow external circumstances to hold power over us.

Although we have no control over what happens to us, we ALWAYS have a choice in how we respond. We hold our power when we accept complete responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions.

“A man may fall many times but he won’t be a failure until he says someone pushed him.”
— Elmer G. Letterman

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
— Steven Biko

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Too often the only difference between HAVE and HAVE NOT depends on whether or not the initial request was followed by a thank you, yee-haa, and action, rather than a question mark, timidity, and TV.

Don’t ask. Give thanks. Bust a move.

Yo –

The Universe

tut.com

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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
January 21, 2019

Truth

“This is the character of truth: it is of all time, it is for all men, it has only to show itself to be recognized, and one cannot argue against it”

-Voltaire (1694-1778)
Truth is the great clarifier. I think of Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” being grilled on the witness stand by Tom Cruise – it’s obvious that Jack’s covering something because the pieces aren’t falling into place. And he gets frustrated and yells at Tom: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” It’s one of those great moments in film where you get that “ah-ha!” and then the truth comes out. The truth might not always be pretty – but it is what it is, and it wants to be discovered.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Thought.Co : Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

https://www.thoughtco.com/hold-an-imbolc-candle-ritual-for-solitaries-2562108

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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/