Cat’s Morning Bits for December 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 2, 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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Shorter and shorter now the twilight clips
The days, as though the sunset gates they crowd.
-Alice Cary (1820-71)

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Spiritual Unite: Lion Spirit Animal Meaning – Embody Courage To Roar

The lion spirit animal appears to you when you need your strength and courage to overcome an obstacle.
The lion is the king of the jungle, embodying strength, leadership and bravery.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Way They Want

One issue that comes up often for people learning about modern Pagan spirituality is the concept of appropriate worship. There tends to be some question about what, exactly, is the right offering to make to the gods or goddesses of one’s tradition — and how we should honor them when making those offerings.

Read more….

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Natural Living Ideas: How To Make Air Cleansing Rosemary & Sage Smudge Sticks

Smudging is the practice of the burning of sacred herbs for spiritual cleansing and purification. It’s a ceremony that has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries.

A selection of herbs, usually white sage or cedar, is bundled with a cotton or hemp string. The bundle is then dried. Once the herbs have thoroughly dried, it’s lit and allowed to smoulder. The smoke is then fanned around an area for cleansing.

Read more…..

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Daily Good: Falling in Love With the Earth

“The natural world is one of the most resplendent and consistent sources of generosity in our lives whether we experience it directly moment-to-moment or not. When we allow ourselves to tune in and pay attention, our Earth is perpetually nourishing and providing for us, sustaining life and offering its abundant gifts with a breathtaking and consistent flourish. We are fed, literally and figuratively, by the Earths offerings every day.” { read more }

Be The Change

Practice giving silent thanks each day for the countless ways in which you are sustained by the Earth.

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Elephant Journal: 7 Spiritual Practices to Reduce Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is over, which means the days will soon get darker and our energy will start to plummet.
The thing is, it doesn’t necessarily have to go that way yet again this winter. We may be able to salvage some of that summer feeling through spiritual work.

Read more…..

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MBG: Found: The 5 Most Important Astrological Moments This December

Get ready for a whole new energy—calmer, steadier and more certain. The last month of 2019 is a sneak preview of the new year and how we’ll move into this unchartered decade.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter and the Milky Way

Tonight – or any December evening – find the famous constellation Orion the Hunter, and see the Milky Way running behind it. Orion is bright and can be seen from inside smaller cities. For the Milky Way, you’ll need a dark sky!

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Patheos-Pagan: The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Is Yule like The Force?

Yuletide. Christmas. Midwinter. New Year’s. What do these celebrations have in common? They all have their origins in month-long feasting found, at various times, from Scandinavia to Rome. These midwinter festivals all tie us together in the spirit of community.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

GO FOR DEPTH

“Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price. We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Our world now offers us a smorgasbord of opportunities. In the personal growth field alone, there is a myriad of books and products, all promising relief from what ails us. It’s easy to flip quickly from one program to another when something new captures our imagination.

If I long for change in my life, however, I need to do more than skim the surface. I need to make time and take time to both learn new approaches and then — most importantly — to apply what I’ve learned. If I jump around to new techniques too rapidly, I won’t benefit from any of them.

“Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts.”
–Elbert Hubbard

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Here’s a fun game to play whenever you want to be even more amazing:

Let the shortcomings of others inspire you to work on your own.

Love, love –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Meringues

I originally made these for a friend who loves the taste of chocolate peanut butter cups but finds them too heavy. This is the perfect solution! They’re so good, I now prefer these over peanut butter cups, myself. The peanut butter meringues are so crisp and light, even dipped in chocolate, they make you feel much less guilty.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, 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
December 2, 2019 

Past

“Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.”

-Virginia Woolf, 1922

It is interesting to think that we each have a past that we carry with us. No one else can see it, but it has shaped who we are. What the past has taught us shapes our character and influences our behavior, and in that way lends itself to the “title” of the book that people see when they look at us. And yet we know that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” And more importantly, we know that each of us is still busy writing our books every day, adding pages every moment!

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Possibly a romantically disquieting day, you may begin to suspect that your love is not being returned, at least not in kind. Or perhaps you can’t bring yourself to return the affections of an ardent admirer. This might feel even worse. The head and heart don’t always speak the same language or have the same opinions. Be strong and as kind as you can.

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 June 21, 2019 ~ Midsummer Edition

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 21, 2019~ Midsummer Edition

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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“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.”
– Francis Thompson

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Spiritual Unite: Lion Spirit Animal Meaning – Embody Courage To Roar

When the lion spirit animal empowers you, you draw on your inner strength and courage to face the difficulties that will soon come your way.
When Challenges Arise, The Lion Roars
The lion spirit animal usually arrives in your life when you are about to face a difficult challenge.
Events are getting out of your control, and it will take you wielding your strength to keep everything handled.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/lion-spirit-animal-meaning-embody-courage-to-roar/

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ThoughtCo: 10 Deities of Litha: Summer Solstice Gods and Goddesses

The summer solstice has long been a time when cultures celebrated the lengthening year. It is on this day, sometimes called Litha, that there is more daylight than any other time; a direct counterpoint to the darkness of Yule. No matter where you live, or what you call it, chances are you can connect to a culture that honored a sun deity around this time of year. Here are just a few of the gods and goddesses from around the world that are connected with the summer solstice.

https://www.learnreligions.com/deities-of-litha-2562232

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MBG: Happy Solstice! 5 Rituals To Ring In The Longest Day Of The Year

The summer solstice is a celebration of the longest day of the year, and it marks the height of the waxing season: a time when nature is blooming. Summer is synonymous with love, romance, and joy. Even the month of June was named after the goddess Juno, whose domain was love.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/5-spiritual-rituals-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice

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Daily Good: Island of Plenty

Eva and her family live an isolated life on the remote island of Stra Dmun, in the middle of the North Atlantic Sea, with the occasional helicopter visit their only connection to the outside world. While they are geographically isolated, Eva states that she never feels lonely. Eight generations of her family have lived on this island, with children seeing first hand the full cycle of life all around them. Summer and winter are both enjoyable to Eva, who feels rich because she gets to be a caretaker of the natural life here. She rejoices in the many small good moments that make up her days.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8358

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Elephant Journal: A Powerful Ritual to Celebrate the Sacred Summer Solstice.

Celebrating the solstice can be deep, sacred, and generate connection.
My true understanding, love, and appreciation for rituals started during my time spent living in the Andes mountains of Ecuador with a shaman and his family.

Their entire house was infused with natural light. Large windows without screens lined the exterior walls, and there were skylights across the ceiling of the wide hallway and in all the bedrooms.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/a-powerful-ritual-to-celebrate-the-sacred-summer-solstice-kelly-mckinstry/

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MNN: 7 things to know about the summer solstice

One of the best things about summer are the extra hours of daylight, and the summer solstice is the ultimate day in that regard.
Although summer is just getting started, the days will start to get shorter from here on out. The next thing you know, you’ll be trading in your sunblock and shorts for scarves and hand warmers. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s a look at some interesting facts about the unofficial first day of summer

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/7-things-know-about-summer-solstice

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EarthSky News: Happy solstice, everyone!

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice is your signal to celebrate summer. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, winter starts at this solstice. This 2019 June solstice takes place on June 21 at 15:54 UTC; translate UTC to your time. In North America and U.S. time zones, that’s June 21 at 12:54 p.m. ADT, 11:54 a.m. EDT, 10:54 a.m. CDT, 9:54 a.m. MDT, 8:54 a.m. PDT, 7:54 a.m. AKDT (Alaskan Daylight Time) and 5:54 a.m. HAST (Hawaiian-Aleutian Standard Time). At the instant of this June 2019 solstice, it’s sunrise for the Hawaiian Islands, and sunset in the Middle East and Africa. It’s noon in South America and midnight in eastern Asia. The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth; only our clocks and calendars are different.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/solstice-brings-northernmost-sunset

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Patheos-Pagan: Illuminate the Sanctuary and Empower a Talisman ~ A Summer Solstice Meditation Ritual

Here is a simple Summer Solstice meditation ritual to charge a talisman with the powers of the light, and to illuminate your inner Sanctuary, using techniques from my book the Secret Country of Yourself.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dirtheartwitch/2019/06/illuminate-sanctuary-empower-talisman-summer-solstice/

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Softly

Walk softly through the twilight~ feel the lavender blue magick surround you, feel the breath of night, soft as fae wings as it eases the cares of the day.

Look softly through the twilight~ find the first stars in the lavender blue, pinpoints of fairy light glitter softly in the canvas overhead. Fill your senses.

Stand softly in the twilight~ fill yourself with the lavender blue magick, experience the essence and the heartbeat of the coming night.

Feel the magick, Be the magick~ Walk softly through the twilight.

© 2005 CatSister/LLBolotin

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Inner Journey:

CONNECT WITH THE LIFE FORCE

“The spirit down here in man and the spirit up there in the sun, in reality are only one spirit, and there is no other one.”
— The Upanishads

We regard our lives as made up of an infinite number of separate bits and pieces. That is how our senses perceive our universe.

But science has now affirmed what the sages always knew. The life force is the foundation of all, unseen and untouched though it may be. It flows through everyone and everything. It is impossible to exist separate and apart from the source of all creation.

“Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source theycome from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy. Why do you weep? The source is within you And this whole world is springing up from it.”
— Jelaluddin Rumi

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Generosity and gratitude turn good into great.

Thank you, you’re welcome

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Summer Solstice Strawberry-Mint Sun Tea Recipe 

Summer is here, and the weather is showing it. Our gardens are growing in full force with an abundance of mint. We have Orange-Mint, Mojito-Mint, Peppermint, and Spearmint and a couple of other varieties I think adopted our yard. I find myself wondering what to do with this abundance of mint http://www.themagickkitchen.com/summer-solstice-strawberry-mint-sun-tea/

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
June 21, 2019

Comfort

“I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.”
-Patricia Moyes, 1961

This passion seems to be particularly prevalent today – you can see it on “Survivor” and “Fear Factor” and shows like that. So what’s the spiritual message here? I guess we could look at it several different ways – but let’s choose one: When we challenge ourselves, and break outside of our comfort zone, we discover things about ourselves and reap rewards!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Tetraktys: Litha Ritual : Drawing Down the Sun on the Summer Solstice

Hello witches! We’re now officially in June… the days are longer, the sun is brighter, and summer is coming! Since summer is my favorite season, I am more than happy to write this post. This week, I am writing about the upcoming summer solstice festival, known as Litha or Midsummer. First, we will talk about the spiritual meaning of the Summer Solstice. Then, I will share with you a ritual that I plan to perform for my own Litha celebration. So let’s get started!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/litha-ritual-summer-solstice/

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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/