Cat’s Morning Bits for May 31, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 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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Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies’ dance
All the meadow over.
-Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

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Spiritual Unite: Best Tarot Cards For Beginners – Picking The Deck For You

When learning to read tarot, it is vital that you find some tarot cards that work for you. To help you out, we have put together this list of the best tarot cards for beginners.
Finding a deck that you vibe with is the first big step towards being an intermediate tarot reader

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/best-tarot-cards-for-beginners/

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ThoughtCo: Miscellaneous Magical Herbs & Plants

We have a number of magical herbs and plants profiled here on About Pagan/Wiccan, in particular on the pages entitled Ten Magical Herbs to Have on Hand, and in the Magical Herb Image Gallery. For the plants and herbs that didn’t make it into those collections, here are a few more herbs and plants that you can include in your magical workings.

https://www.learnreligions.com/miscellaneous-magical-herbs-and-plants-2562041

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

Preconceived notions and old ideas could make it hard to deal with all the new and different situations and requests that could crop up today. It’s possible that you’re not actually being presented choices that must be made now or soon. Just as likely you’re being tested or tempted. It may be hard to resist a knee jerk reaction or two. Avoid committing to anything definite if you can.

astrology.com

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MBG: Sleep Better & Improve Your Balance With This Foot Massage (Yes, Really)

On the list of indulgences, foot massages are right up there near the top. But who among us regularly treats themselves to a foot massage, save for the occasional pedicure or those of us with very kind partners? Well, let us be your excuse: You deserve foot massages for a plethora of self care reasons—and a few scientific ones, too.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-are-the-health-benefits-of-foot-massages

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Today’s Deity: Circe
The daughter of Helios and Perse, Circe was a powerful enchantress versatile in the arts of herbs and potions and capable of turning human beings into animals. She did just that to Odysseus’ sailors when they reached her dwelling place, the secluded island of Aeaea. Odysseus,

https://www.greekmythology.com/Other_Gods/Circe/circe.html

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Elephant Journal: A Short Practice to Open the Heart.

Hanuman, who is known as the great monkey God in Hinduism, is one of the most influential stories of the human condition known to mankind.
Each of the Gods from the Hindu pantheon represent an archetype of the human condition and that of the enlightened mind. Hanuman is the archetype of our innate animalistic nature—the “monkey mind” that can be transcended by entering into the portal of the heart.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/how-hanuman-the-monkey-god-can-help-us-jessica-jayne/

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Wise Woman Herbal: Empower Yourself…
Seven Directions Movement Meditation
by White Feather

It was a warm summer evening on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York when Grandmother Twylah,( we called her “Twy” back then around 1985) asked me to join her for a talk she would be giving at a place called Lilly Dale. I was happy to be her driver as I would often do at that time.

She invited me to sit up front and before I knew it she was introducing me to the audience and explaining to them I was going to teach them the Seven Directions Movement Meditation.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7462396

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EarthSky News: A Dragon and a former pole star

Tonight, if you have a dark sky, you’ll be able to pick the constellation Draco the Dragon winding around the North Star, Polaris. The image at the top of this post shows Draco as depicted in an old star atlas by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. See the circle? That circle indicates the changing position of the north celestial pole over a cycle of 26,000 years

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-draco-the-dragon-and-a-former-pole-star

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Patheos-Pagan: A Pagan Creed For Non-Creedal Pagans

Modern Pagans have no creeds. The Charge of the Goddess comes close, but it’s still more about what Wiccans do than what Wiccans believe. And most polytheists see it as not particularly relevant to our traditions.
We don’t have creeds because we don’t need them

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/05/a-pagan-creed-for-non-creedal-pagans.html

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Inner Journey:

REMEMBER YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
— Soren Kierkegaard

Reminding ourselves often of our spiritual natures truly changes the quality of our lives. It helps us relax, slow down, lighten up, and generally find more space and joy in life.

When we get down on ourselves or life, we can pull back and ask, “How might my soul regard this situation? What am I being invited to experience?”

This shift in perspective helps us let go of the resistance that always comes with negativity. As energy once again begins to flow, our outlook brightens.

“Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail. … The spiritual journey is the soul’s life commingling with ordinary life.”
— Christina Baldwin

“It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me.”
— Simone Weil

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A Note from the Universe

First, there were rumblings.

Then, there were flashes.

And now, there are sparkles everywhere you go.

Your greatness is starting to show.

All bow,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Rhubarb Salad

Not only is tart vegetable delicious in pie and jam, but you can use this in salad recipes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Rhubarb-Salad-Recipes.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

 

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Daily Wisdom
May 31, 2019 

Self-Realization
“Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

-Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Siddharta

You are a star! You are a shining star! I wrote a song once with that title, and the rest of the lyrics in the chorus go: “You are my shining star, you are who you are, you are special to me! No matter where you are, if it’s near or far, you shine bright as can be!”

-Lissa Coffey

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Beliefnet: 21 Tips for Staying Strong and Carrying On
When times are tough, what should you do to stay strong and carry on? Readers share their best advice on how to get through tough times.
When times are tough, what should you do to stay strong and carry on?

We asked readers to share advice on how to get through bad days and tough times. We collected dozens of awesome ideas for staying the course when life’s challenges come your way.

Read more…………….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 16, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 16, 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 season comes when, from her three-month trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad.
-Thomas Buchanan Read (1822-72)

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Spirituality & Health: The Art of Deep Listening
BY RICHARD WOLF

When you listen to music intently, you hear the music and simply allow it to be. Your mind doesn’t race to something else. Applying that mode of listening to other areas of your life can help you in your meditation and your mindfulness.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2019/04/12/the-art-of-deep-listening

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Beltane Sabbat

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Beltane falls on May 1 in the northern hemisphere, and around October 31/November 1 if you live below the equator. Let’s take a look at Beltane, and some of the plants that often correspond with the season.

https://www.thoughtco.com/sacred-plants-of-the-beltane-sabbat-2561637

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MBG: New Study Finds People Who Meditate Deal With Stress More Quickly

We’re well aware that meditation can help you relax, get centered, and feel less stressed out over time when done regularly. Now a new study published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology shows exactly why: People who meditate regularly actually have a faster physiological recovery from stress, primarily thanks to one specific psychological strategy that meditation makes them very good at.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/meditation-makes-you-deal-with-stress-better

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Daily Good: Quiet Spirituality

Go within and you will find the noise of the world if you don’t also allow the quiet of silence to reveal itself. And what we need so very much is quiet to help us skillfully navigate our lives. Many of us yearn for the deep peace that comes from being in touch with the stillness in our depths. By seeking out silence in our daily lives, we are able to find balance within the constant noise and demands that bombard most of us each day. The rewards are in-built. This piece by Mirka Knaster delves into the theme of quiet spirituality. “It is in the womb of silence that we can grow ideas for the best course of action to take and ensure that such action is rooted in compassion and wisdom.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2260/quiet-spirituality-mirka-knaster/

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MNN: Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Earth Day
Our planet is now passing through ancient debris left by Comet Thatcher, which hasn’t visited the inner solar system since 1861.

Earth is treating its inhabitants to quite a show for Earth Month. There was the Virginids meteor shower, for example, plus a double shadow transit of Jupiter, a crescent moon sidling up to Mars and a glimpse of Pallas, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/2014-lyrid-meteor-shower-to-peak-on-earth-day

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EarthSky News: Moon to move between two colorful stars 

These new several nights – April 16, 17 and 18, 2019 – find the brilliant waxing gibbous moon on a course to move between two bright and beautiful stars, Arcturus and Spica. Sparkling above the eastern horizon at early evening, these stars travel westward (along with the moon) throughout the night. Arcturus and Spica shine high in the southern sky around midnight, and as dawn starts to color the sky, these gems light up the western sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-highlights-two-colorful-springtime-stars

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Patheos-Pagan: Dance of the Maenad: Dionysian Mysteries

A Mystery, in a pagan sense, is a ritual that is not shared beyond participants, because the true meaning is something that can’t be put into words, only experienced.
The most well known of the secret rituals in Ancient Greece were the Eleusinian Mysteries, performed by the cult of Demeter and Persephone in Eleusis in their honor

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/04/dance-of-the-maenad-dionysian-mysteries/

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Inner Journey:

HOW DO YOU SHOW YOU CARE?

“Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do.”
— David Wilkerson

In her book, ‘No Less Than Greatness,’ Mary Manin Morrissey speaks of a research study that explored how family members communicate with each other. Apparently, the most frequently spoken words between husbands, wives, sisters and brothers were “What’s on?” and “Move.”

She goes on to say, “We all desire great relationships but often settle for just getting by. Many of us have stopped questioning the fact that we may know fictitious TV families more intimately than we do our own.”

The most powerful force in our lives is our ability to love. Indeed, it’s the most basic essence of who we are. How do you experience and express your love for the people in your life?

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other…. The whole purpose of life is to live by love.”
— Thomas Merton

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A Note from the Universe

Stop thinking that you have to make it happen and let it happen…

That you have to be better, and be yourself…

That I’ve ever judged you, and be free…

That was the plan,

The Universe

tut.com

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Herbal Muse:  Easy Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a Middle Eastern traditional dish made from chickpeas, sesame paste (tahini), garlic, olive oil and various herbs and spices. This simple staple has so many uses…appetizer, dip, side dish, sandwich spread and more

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2015/03/25/Easy-Hummus-Recipe

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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
April 16,  2019

Praise

“The advantage of doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.”

-Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Every once in awhile we need to give ourselves a pat on the back. We’re each working so hard, doing our thing, and making our way. Too often we don’t get the praise we think we deserve. But that’s okay – because we can recognize our accomplishments and praise ourselves! And we ARE doing pretty well with all we’ve got going on. Kudos to you, dear friend!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.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 February 14, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 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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Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

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Spirit Library: Inspiration of the Week – Making Exalted Choices for Life

a message from Archangel Gabriel channeled by Shanta Gabriel

This message is reminding us that every moment we are making choices for our lives, so our focus of attention is very important. We are being gifted with living words of power to help empower those choices.

https://spiritlibrary.com/shanta-gabriel/inspiration-of-the-week-making-exalted-choices-for-life-0

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Spiritual Unite: Evergreen Tree Symbolism – Thriving Through Hardship

There are two broad types of trees: deciduous and evergreen.
By far the most common is deciduous, which covers all trees that lose their leaves (or other foliage) for at least part of the year

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/evergreen-tree-symbolism-thriving-through-hardship/

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CoffeyTalk: Cupid and the Arrow

Cupid, Roman God of Love and perhaps the most famous of all Valentine symbols, has always played a role in the celebration of romance. As the son of Venus, he is often depicted as a mischievous, winged child whose arrows pierce the hearts of his victims, causing them to fall in love. Cupid is derived from the Latin word cupido, which means “desire.” His Greek counterpart is Eros (from whom comes the word “erotic”), young son of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, and Ares, God of War. In Greek mythology, Eros has a brother named Anteros, sometimes represented as the Avenger of Slighted Love and sometimes depicted as the symbol of Reciprocal Affection.

According to legend, Cupid’s arrows come in two varieties: the Golden Arrow, which generally signifies true love, and the Leaden Arrow, which represents wanton and sensual passion. He is also known to sometimes carry a torch with which to inflame desire between men and women. Cupid is not always successful in his endeavors, however. Sometimes his arrows turn people away from those who fall in love with them. In some mythological tales, Venus was scratched by one of Cupid’s arrows while playing with her son, the result being that the Godddess fell instantly in love with Adonis…the first man she saw after receiving the wound.

The arrow is the symbol for direction, flight and penetration. When used as a weapon, it is a symbol of power for the person who carries it, along with the bow. As a sacred symbol, Artemis/Diana, the Goddess of the Hunt as well as Eros used their arrows to pierce people’s hearts with love. In this case, the arrow also serves as a phallic symbol or masculine power. On Valentine’s Day, we see the symbol of a heart pierced with an arrow, which is actually a covert symbol meaning sexual union. When used as a symbol of direction it can be used both physically and metaphorically. When we see an arrow shooting high in the sky, it is an emblem of the link between heaven and earth or a message being carried directly to the Gods.

The arrow is also an analogy for sureness and swiftness since the arrow can only travel in a straight line. The astrological sign of a Sagittarius has the hybrid creature always in the process of shooting an arrow from its bow. Sagittarius has a Latin root, sagitta, meaning “arrow” and derived from a verb sagire meaning “to perceive keenly or quickly.” Therefore, the symbolism behind the arrow is intuition and quick-wittedness.

Coffeytalk.com

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Elephant Journal: What I want my Daughters to know about Love on Valentine’s Day.

Yesterday, my nine-year-old walked through the front door after school with a story she couldn’t wait to share with me, spitting it out before I could get in my “welcome home little nugget” greeting.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/what-i-want-my-daughters-to-know-about-love-on-valentines-day/

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MNN: Black panther spotted in Kenya is first sighting in almost a century

Big cats can be elusive in general, but few are more elusive than the black panther.
This creature has proven to be so elusive that confirmed scientific documentation of the animal’s presence in Africa hasn’t been achieved in nearly 100 years.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/first-black-panther-spotted-kenya-almost-100-years

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EarthSky News: Moon, Winter Circle February 14 and 15

These next few nights – February 14 and 15, 2019 – the waxing gibbous moon shines inside a large asterism that we in the Northern Hemisphere often call the Winter Circle. It’s a very large star configuration made of brilliant winter stars. Around the world on this night, the moon shines inside the Circle.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-highlights-winter-circle

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Patheos-Pagan: Love Crystals: Carnelian

For some of us in matters of Love we need all the help we can get, and the sunny crystal Carnelian can do just the trick. The stone is found in Brazil, Uruguay, India and parts of the U.S. Traditionally, Carnelian is a stone of vitality and creativity, both necessary components for sustaining a good relationship

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2019/02/love-crystals-carnelian/

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Inner Journey:

LOVE LIFE AND YOURSELF

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

“It matters not Who you love, Where you love, Why you love, When you love, Or how you love, It matters only that you love.”
— John Lennon

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”
— Frank Scully

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A Note from the Universe

Your secret blessing is that no matter where you go in time and space, you only ever have to be yourself – as courageous, vulnerable, bold, or afraid as you may feel – to find yourself amongst friends.

So loved,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Valentine Cookie Bouquet

A cookie bouquet is very easy and thrifty to make yourself if you’re looking for a special gift. You can order them online or at a bakery, but are extremely expensive.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf30961939.tip.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday 

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

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
February 14, 2019

Spirituality
“Although I try
to hold the single thought
of Buddha’s teaching in my heart,
I cannot help but hear
the many crickets’ voices calling as well.”
-Izumi Shikibu (c 1000)
Sometimes following our spiritual practices can be a challenge because we are so distracted by the demands of everyday life. This is true for everyone – there never seems to be enough time, or enough quiet, to set aside for prayer, meditation, or contemplation. It is so worth it when we do! And yet, spirituality does not have to be a separate experience from the rest of our lives. We can choose to hear the beautiful song of the crickets’ voices as a gift from God. We can choose to express gratitude for the full and exciting lives we lead, however busy we may be!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Quotes About Valentine’s Day
Celebrate the feeling that can make a bad day better and evoke happiness that will move the clouds. Here are a few inspirational quotes that will pull at your heart strings and help you remember the…

Read more………………….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 13, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.
-Christina Rossetti (1830-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Ash Tree Symbolism – Health And Rebirth

The Ash tree grows in Europe, Asia and some parts of North America.
It is very common, with the Common Ash being the 3rd most common tree in the UK.

The resilience of this wood assures it is used in all sorts of products; Ashwood is famed for its strength.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/ash-tree-symbolism-health-and-rebirth/

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Spirit Library: Find Your Center – Stay in Your Heart During Intensity

We knew before 2019 started that life would intensity this year. Knowing things like this ahead is one thing – being able to sanely move through the ups-and-downs over weeks and months is another. For perspective, the intense moment we’re in right now is worthy of paying close attention to so that you can ride through it in the highest way. Continue reading to understand what might come up for you over the next few days as this energy plays out

https://spiritlibrary.com/selacia/find-your-center-stay-in-your-heart-during-intensity

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MNN: Book opens the door to knowing and growing medicinal herbs

A few years ago, I discovered poison ivy growing in a woodland patch in my front yard, where I accidentally brushed up against it. It was the last place I expected to find it.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/book-novice-guide-growing-and-foraging-medicinal-herbs-abby-artemisia

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EarthSky News: Moon near star Aldebaran on February 13

On February 13, 2019, you’ll find the moon near Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran marks the tip of a V-shaped pattern of stars – really, a star cluster – called the Hyades, representing the Bull’s face

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-near-star-aldebaran

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Patheos-Pagan: Sorry, No. Goddess Worship Won’t Solve the World’s Problems (And it’s Kinda Sexist, Too).

Over the years, I’ve disappointed many people.
I pull out my powerpoint and talk about Brigid or the Morrigan, and the Iron Age Celtic culture from which they came. I also mention that role of women in that culture which, from what we gather, was not a feminist’s ideal.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/doubletoilandresist/2019/02/goddessworship/

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Inner Journey:

DIRECT YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

“The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.”
— William James

Our subconscious mind creates our lives perfectly according to how it has been programmed. It works 24 hours of every day, 365 days per year. It accepts instructions from the conscious mind, checks on old inner programming and executes.

The subconscious mind acts on old beliefs stored over a lifetime. Many of those beliefs you may have accepted without thinking. Or you may have absorbed them when you were too young to exercise choice. Many of the beliefs that govern your life may no longer match what you now hold to be true.

Nonetheless, the subconscious mind is the director till you rewrite the scripts. Put some effort into getting it working on your positive, conscious intentions instead of your old limiting, unconscious beliefs and your life will change.

“If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift [of renewal], so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities.”
— Marie-Louise von Franz

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

What I most want you to dream of are possibilities that thrill you.

What I most want you to feel, is happy.

And what I most want you to know, is that you’re loved.

Always,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Peanut Filled Sticky Rice Balls

I didn’t know what this sticky treat was called. I started thinking about how it was made. After a few experiments in the kitchen I was able to recreate them. My aunt always gave me these favorite treats every Chinese new year.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Peanut-Filled-Sticky-Rice-Balls.html

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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
February 13, 2019 

Spirituality

“Nothing in all nature is so lovely and so vigorous, so perfectly at home in its environment, as a fish in the sea. Its surroundings give to it a beauty, quality, and power which is not its own. We take it out, and at once a poor, limp dull thing, fit for nothing, is gasping away its life. So the soul, sunk in God, living the life of prayer, is supported, filled, transformed in beauty, by a vitality and a power which are not its own.”

-Evelyn Underhill, The Golden Sequence (1932)
We are spiritual beings, and in this human existence, where we encounter conflict and stress, we often feel like a fish out of water. We must immerse ourselves in our spirituality, and let it be our home. We find solace in our spiritual practices, whatever they are for each one of us. And then we can bring that good energy into all aspects of our lives, so that feeling of spirit is always with us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Hacks to Heal a Broken Heart
Regardless of what path life takes there are times when we experience sadness and heartbreak. This is part of the human condition. Whether it is caused by the betrayal of a friend, a break up of a relationship or shattered dreams,
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-hacks-to-heal-a-broken-heart.aspx#QDTd9TAw5HGz0Meh.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 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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There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons-
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes-
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Tetraktys:  Self-Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day: How to Make a Self-Love Witch Bottle

Hey witches! It’s almost Valentine’s Day! At this time of the year, we spend a lot of efforts to show our love to our partner. However, there is always someone we forget: ourselves! After all, how can you expect others to love you if you don’t love yourself?

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/self-love-ritual-valentines-day-witch-bottle/

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Spirit Library: Innocence

Blessed Being, as you incarnate into the Earth experience, you are subject to the collective field of creation. It is the nature of this connected physicality to reflect the inner into the outer experience. The reflexive nature of duality is that the mirror offers perspective and ultimately, choice.

https://spiritlibrary.com/jamye-price/innocence

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Daily Good: Embracing the Great Fullness of Life

“We all have our ideas about how life should go. Ideas painted within us as hopes, longings, opinions. Those painted around us as cultural norms, trajectories, worthwhile goals. We have ideas in mind about most everything how our bodies should work, how love should work, how the world should work. Politics. Sleep. Weather. What we want and do not want. Ideas that make things bad or good, yes or no. And while these concepts can offer us valuable guidance about how we might approach life, they can also obscure and conflict with the vast majority of what is actually unfolding and is bound to unfold in our moment-to-moment, unpredictable lives and world.”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2222/embracing-the-great-fullness-of-life-kristi-nelson/

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Spiritual Unite: Spruce Tree Symbolism – Resilience And Strength

The spruce tree is one of the most famous trees in western and Mediterranean culture and has been for thousands of years.
Perhaps the most famous use of the spruce tree is as a Christmas tree.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/spruce-tree-symbolism-resilience-and-strength/

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EarthSky News: Shedding light on the moon’s dark side

Tonight – February 12, 2019 – the moon is at or near its first quarter phase, which means the portion of the moon we see from Earth is 50% illuminated by sunshine and 50% engulfed in the moon’s own shadow. What’s more, the lit side of the moon is pointing right at the red planet Mars, and with binoculars, Mars and Uranus can be seen to occupy a single binocular field. See chart below.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/shedding-light-on-the-dark-side-of-the-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: The Pictish Oracle, Symbols from Ancient Scotland

I have a bit of an obsession with history. Things left behind, sometimes easy to find but we can only guess at their meanings or uses. Symbols, pictures, difficult-to-interpret alphabets; I could look at them for hours, full of meaning that we are simply unable to understand.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/heathenatheart/2019/02/the-pictish-oracle/

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others, but we cannot accept and love ourselves. The more self-love we have, the less we will experience self-abuse. Self-abuse comes from self-rejection, and self-rejection comes from having an image of what it means to be perfect and never measuring up to that ideal. Our image of perfection is the reason we reject ourselves the way we are, and why we don’t accept others the way they are.”
— Don Miguel Ruiz

“There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart.”
— Elizabeth J. Canham

“If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.”
— John Steinbeck

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s kind of strange but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result.

And then you have to physically move toward it, without defining the hows.

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected.

Not unlike a cat,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Potato Broccoli Soup

This hearty, creamy soup is actually made from leftover baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. It really takes something that’s not so great reheated and turns it into a super delicious new dish.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Baked-Potato-Broccoli-Soup.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
February 12, 2019

Spirituality

“Peace is a necessary condition of spirituality, no less than an inevitable result of it.”

-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Peace is reason enough for each of us to pursue our spirituality, and to encourage and support others who wish to do so, also. We experience inner peace through prayer, meditation, and spiritual activity. And that peace radiates outwards to affect our homes and communities. The more of us who live spiritually, the more peace there will be in the world!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Daily Blessings in Disguise

There are so many expectations that are packed into a day. From getting the kids to school in the morning to making a decision as to what’s for dinner, each day seems to have an endless list of to-do’s. And the hustle and bustle infiltrates a cloud that engulfs our day-to-day, making it difficult to come up for air and recognize the many blessings that embody our life each day.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/articles/daily-blessings-in-disguise.aspx#Fro8y15LMe1D8J1R.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 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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A sparrow enters the tree,
Whereon immediately
A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eyes.
-Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Spiritual Unite: Willow Tree Symbolism – Find Strength In Being Adaptable

The willow tree is one of the more popular trees regarding symbolism and cultural importance.
Aligned and in tune with feminine energies and the divine feminine, the willow tree holds particularly relevant symbolism for women

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/willow-tree-symbolism-find-strength-in-being-adaptable/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Your Valentine’s Day Forecast Is Here

According to the AstroTwins, this week will be off to a rocky start—but the dust will settle by Valentine’s Day.
On Wednesday, Mars and Uranus could send us into combat.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-february-11-to-17-2019

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Herbal Muse: Lavender Coffee Body Polish

This easy-to-make scrub exfoliates skin to allow for healthy cell turnover and prepare the skin to receive the benefits of lavender essential oil, which is not only highly fragrant but has clinically proven therapeutic properties. Applied topically, the oil counters acne, burns and inflammatory skin conditions. The healing properties of the herb are due to the presence of organic compounds called aldehydes and ketones.

https://www.herbalmusings.com/lavender-coffee-scrub

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MNN: Plant life will take your breath away in these 13 winning images

The International Garden Photographer of the Year honors photographers for their outstanding imagery captured in gardens, parks and cities.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/international-garden-photographer-year-winning-images-2019-beauty-and-importance-plant-life

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EarthSky News: For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

Tonight, think about – or look for – a star that northern stargazers rarely see. It’s Canopus, and it’s the second-brightest star in the entire sky. That means this star is easily visible, even on a moonlit night

https://earthsky.org/tonight/for-those-at-southerly-latitudes-canopus

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Patheos-Pagan: Acknowledging Our Magical Origin Stories Makes Us Stronger

When I was a child and a teen, I didn’t know how to make sense of the magical things that happened to me. How could I process my out-of-body experiences, the voices I heard in my mind before someone else spoke them, or my innate, overwhelming love of the gods?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/02/acknowledging-our-magical-origin-stories-makes-us-stronger/

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Inner Journey:

HEAL THE PAST

“What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.”
— Gospel of Thomas

We can transform painful memories by re-imagining them from the soul’s perspective of love and meaning.

Andrew Schneider says that all experiences have the purpose of serving the soul. An experience in the past blocked us because our fear at the time distorted our perception of what happened. To transform this limiting experience, we must bring what was then unconscious into the soul’s realm through consciousness.

We can do this by following these steps:
1. RECALL the past experience that might inhibit us.
2. OWN the experience (no judgment, blame, etc.).
3. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it and the consequences (i.e., the experience was determined by my subjective perception of what occurred, dictated by my lack of wholeness — specifically my fears).
4. GIVE IT MEANING (the soul was attempting to gain some kind of mastery or skill, but we didn’t know that at the time).
5. RE-IMAGINE it from the perspective of soul consciousness (showing its higher purpose).

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way — in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.”
— Stephen Levine

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

To be loved like you’ve never been loved you must love like you’ve never loved.

Sounds pretty easy –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Indian Summer Cornbread

A favorite bread from the northern Cherokee nation to enjoy with a drizzle of honey or butter.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Indian-Summer-Cornbread-1.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
February 11, 2019

Spirituality

“The spiritual quest begins, for most people, as a search for meaning.”

-Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980
We talk a lot about spiritual growth, but lets look a little deeper into what that really means to us. I think it’s true that most of us found ourselves on a spiritual path because we were looking for “more,” because we instinctively knew that there was something beyond the material world that could sustain us, nourish us, and fill our hearts. And perhaps all of our questions aren’t answered, but we catch glimpses of profound peace, and joy, and that keeps us going. Each day is new, each day we learn and grow and bask in the glow of spirit.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Suggestions for Cultivating Self-Love
Self-love can seem unattainable. It might be because, in part, self-love sounds abstract and ambiguous. To be clear, self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how you…
Read more……

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Thought For The Day: Feb. 5, 2019 “From The Soul”

Happy Tuesday,

We don’t need to be religious to be spiritual. Our spirituality comes from within and is unique to each person.  Our ideas of life, death, divine source and how we “worship” are all unique as well. Remember that the mantra “Always Be Yourself” includes  your spiritual nature. Nurture that precious individuality so that it grows along with the rest of your being.

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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/