Cat’s Morning Bits for June 19, 2020 “Midsummer/Litha Edtion”

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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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June Events and Holidays

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

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“O most honored Greening Force,

You who roots in the Sun;
You who lights up, in shining serenity, within a wheel
that earthly excellence fails to comprehend.

You are enfolded
in the weaving of divine mysteries.

You redden like the dawn
and You burn: flame of the Sun.”
– Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Viriditas

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Spirit Library: Magic Is Afoot (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In the past few weeks the incoming energies have been gaining in power and strength as they are working to cleanse, clear and purge us of all that is no longer required both individually and collectively. As a result, we are in a cycle of intense self-reflection which is preparing us for this weekends New Moon Solstice Solar Eclipse.

Read more….

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Oak & Olive: A Midsummer Fairy Celebration

Midsummer always brings thoughts of fairies. Why not celebrate the solstice with your children, or other adults, by creating a fairy altar nearby. It’s a joyful, playful way to celebrate the day. For cakes and ale, break out the milk or honey sweetened tea, and perhaps back some sweet cakes. Strawberry shortcake would be marvelous, as would anything summery.

Read more……

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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.

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Pagan Library: Fairy Poem by William Allingham
When you feel a little breeze,
or notice a tickle, or need to sneeze
or find your things are rearranged
or something seems a little strange
Look very closely and you might see
sparkly dust, or a buzzing bee:
Behold! a fairy with gossamer wings
has come to show you wondrous things!

https://paganlibrary.com/music_poetry/fairy_poem.php

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 Witches Sabbats: A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION by Mike Nichols

The young maid stole through the cottage door,
And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; —
“Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light,
I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight,
The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall make me a bride.”

In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four “quarter days” of the year, and modern Witches call them the four “Lesser Sabbats”, or the four “Low Holidays”. The summer solstice is one of them.

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“See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d,
And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade.
Come lovely nymph, and bless the silent hours,
When swains from shearing seek their nightly bow’rs;
When weary reapers quit the sultry field,
And crown’d with corn, their thanks to Ceres yield.
This harmless grove no lurking viper hides,
But in my breast the serpent Love abides.
Here bees from blossoms sip the rosy dew,
But your Alexis knows no sweets but you.
Oh deign to visit our forsaken seats,
The mossy fountains, and the green retreats!
Where-e’er you walk, cool gales shall fan the glade,
Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade,
Where-e’er you tread, the blushing flow’rs shall rise,
And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.”
– Alexander Pope, Summer

gardendigest.com

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“Litha” Celebration of the Summer Solstice/Litha

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual for Peace & New Beginnings a Summer Solstice.

No matter where we stand, it’s clear: powerful shifts are taking place in the world right now.
Many of us find comfort and guidance by looking to the wisdom of the earth and the heavens at times of change and challenge.

Read more….

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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 2020 June solstice takes place on June 20 at 21:44 UTC; translate UTC to your time. In North America and U.S. time zones, that’s June 20 at 6:44 p.m. ADT, 5:44 p.m. EDT, 4:44 p.m. CDT, 3:44 p.m. MDT, 2:44 p.m. PDT, 1:44 p.m. AKDT (Alaskan Daylight Time) and 11:44 a.m. HAST (Hawaiian-Aleutian Standard Time).

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Patheos-Pagan: The DruWitch Way: The Bells, The Bells – A Solstice Faerie Rite

Bells and their use in ritual are a world-wide phenomenon. Shinto temples use bells to call to the Gods and to protect against evil. The Catholic church performs their rite of excommunication with 12 candles and a bell.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Litha (Summer Solstice Song)

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Inner Journey:

MAKE TIME TO PLAY

“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning…. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worthliving.”
— Marion Woodman

Stress, fear, negativity, too much to do and doing things for others at the expense of our own needs — these all stifle our innate creativity. Relaxation, fun, meditation, and going after our dreams all get the creative juices flowing. Soul is always creative,always fresh and new.

How can you create more space in your life to allow the soul’s energy out to play?

“I learned… that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”
— Brenda Ueland

“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
— Albert Einstein

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Today’s Recipe: A Delicious Little Bite of Summer: Apple & Pecan Cake. {Gluten-Free Recipe}

We all want to have a treat at some point, regardless of our lifestyle or diet choices.
I’ve recently switched my food choices to gluten-free and have been watching my waistline—and I figured that if I feel like I’m missing out a little, surely there are many others out there who are in the same boat.

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Magical Correspondences for Midsummer/Litha

Colors~Blue, green, gold or yellow, orange, white and red

Plants and Herbs: Anise, Mugwort, Chamomile, Rose, Lily, Cinquefoil, Lavender, Fennel, Sun Flower, Mistletoe, Hemp, Thyme, Larkspur, Nettle, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Fern, Wormwood, Chickweed, Heather, Yarrow,

Trees: Oak, Holly

Sacred Stones: agate, alexandrite, fluorite, moonstone, pearl, emerald, jade, lapis lazuli, diamond, tiger’s eye, all green stones

Food: Honey, Mead, Summer Fruits & Vegetables, lemons, oranges, Honey Cakes, Strawberries

Things To do: Picnics, leaving food for the faeries, jumping bonfires, gathering herbs.

Spells: Fire spells, Empowerment, Healing, Love Magick, Protection, Purification, making, and charging amulets.

Incense and Oils: Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine

Animals: Wren, Robin, Peacock, Frog, Butterfly, Horse, Cattle

Other Creatures: Fairies, Satyrs, the Firebird, dragon, the Thunderbird

Sacred Symbols: The Sun, Love Amulets, Shells, Summer fruits & flowers, Solar Wheel, Balefire, Stone Circles, Sundial, Swords, Blades, Feathers, Witches’ Ladder, Gods Eye

Goddesses~~Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Bast, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Amaterasu, Hestia.

Gods~~Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur, Gods at peak power and strength, sun, fire, and fertility gods. Apollo, Baal, Baldur, Helios, Horus, Hephaestus, Jupiter/ Zeus, Lugh, Osiris, Ra, Sol.

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3 Pagans And A Cat: Summer Solstice: Celebrating Sun, Earth Mother, Life

The Sun is shining, flowering plants are blooming, and green space is thriving as the Solstice approaches. People celebrate the start of Summer whether they are Witches, Wiccans, Pagans, etc. A Solar festival, the solstice marks the longest day of the year.

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Be thoughtful and leave more room and time to gain a little fresh wisdom. Be observant, too, and look beyond those things that are being put under your nose. You don’t have to share your impressions and discoveries unless you think it’s wise. This doesn’t make you hesitant, doubtful, or skeptical. It makes you better able to see solutions and to avoid repeat mistakes.

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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 2020

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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June Events and Holidays

**June 18: Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

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Wake up, golden Head! Wake up, Brownie!
Cat-bird wants you in the garden soon.
You and I, butterflies, bobolinks, and clover,
We’ve a lot to do on the first of June.
-Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943)

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Spirit Library: Recognise Opportunity (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As our human consciousness expands all aspects of reality are being purged which is activating new systems and structures within us. New consciousness is emerging and with it real and practical changes that will anchor in and support a new way of life.

Read more….

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Rose Quartz: Peace & Love Baby!

Star Signs: Taurus, Libra

Chakra: Heart/ Crown

Archangel: Ariel

The soft pink hues of Rose Quartz give this stone a tranquil and soothing feel. It’s been said that using it is like a ” bubble bath for the emotions”. This stone is a wonderful healer of the heart and emotions and it’s gentle energy is also good for children or after any chaotic or crisis situation.

Rose Quartz can also be used for:

Promoting self-love and inner peace

Healing the emotional body

Easing heartache and loneliness

Helping to release old hurts and assists in forgiveness

Promoting love and romance

Magnifying creativity and imagination

Rose Quartz opens the heart chakra and encourages self-acceptance and reminds us that emotions are a gift and should not be buried. it can also provide a balance of yin and yang energy and can attune each chakra to its correct vibrational frequency, or spiritual attunement to loving energy.

(from cat’s Notes)

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ThoughtCo: Are Voodoo Dolls Real?

The idea of Voodoo dolls sparks fear and conjures up images of violent and bloodthirsty revenge in popular films, books, and oral histories in North America. These stories report that Voodoo dolls are made by Caribbean cult members who bear a grudge against an enemy.

Read more……

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MBG: What “Holding Space” For Others Really Means + How To Do It

A key phrase you may have been hearing lately is “holding space,” but what does that really mean? The definition of holding space is to be present with someone, without judgment. It means you donate your ears and heart without wanting anything in return. It involves practicing empathy and compassion.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Strangulation/Trouble breathing

The dreamer is standing in her own way, either consciously or unconsciously keeping herself from attaining her own dreams due to fear, which can manifest as extreme caution. Look to other symbols in the dream to judge how the dreamer can release herself from that fear.
Astrological parallel: Saturn.
Tarot parallel: The Devil.

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3 Pagans And A Cat : Green Witch Plant Profile: Creating “Mock” Strawberry Magick

The other day, I discovered what I thought to be wild strawberries in my yard. Huzzah! As it turns out, the tiny red fruits I found are the product of an invasive plant called False Strawberry, also known as “Mock” Strawberry.

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Today’s DIY: How to Make A Magic Sigil – Magical Crafting – Sigil Magic – Witchcraft

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Elephant Journal: Letting Go of Attachment to People—the Buddhist Way.

According to Buddhism, all our struggles stem from attachment.
I chuckled the first time I heard this. How is it possible that all my problems are because of attachment? As I scrutinized my life, I realized it was true. My arguments with others emanated from attachment to my opinions

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Spiritual Unite: Crown chakraCrown Chakra Opening Experience | 5 Symptoms

When we are ready to proceed with opening our crown chakra, we get to have a soul-riveting experience. It heralds the imminence of the profound embracement that is feeling completely connected and lit up!

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EarthSky News: Moon, Venus at dawn June 17, 18, 19

In the predawn/dawn sky these next few mornings – June 17 and 18, 2020 – look first for the slender waning crescent moon. The moon’s illuminated side will be pointing right at the planet Venus, which rises over horizon as the morning darkness is giving way to dawn. On June 19, look for the old, slender moon to be quite close to Venus on the sky’s dome.

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Patheos-Pagan: 8 Things to do for Summer Solstice as a Solitary Pagan

Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But a lot of Pagan activities for the Summer Solstice are designed for large groups. In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a series of rituals for those working alone on the Wheel of the Year. Every year they’re near the top of the list of most popular posts – here’s the Summer Solstice ritual.

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Pagan Playlist: Damh The Bard – Antlered crown and standing stone

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Inner Journey:

CO-CREATION STARTS WITH IMAGINATION

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions and purpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity, purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

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A Note from the Universe

All right the reservation’s been made and a Beechcraft 400A private jet with experienced staff, advanced multimedia hookups for every passenger, and faux-leopard-skin sleeper recliners throughout, will be yours for any twenty-one days you choose. Just as soon as you arrange payment of US$368,750. In advance.

Fuel, of course, will be extra. A lot extra.

Now, repeat after me:

“You have to be joking!
Faux leopard skin is so ‘early 2000.’
What else do they have?”

Cool. Now stay with this perspective, because this kind of transaction takes place every single day for those who already have.

Your co-pilot,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 15 Ways to Flavor Lemonade

Tart and sweet, lemonade is a classic beverage for summertime. But you don’t have to stick with the classic lemons and sugar formula all season long. Try one of our 15 boldly flavored lemonades to mix things up. From rhubarb and strawberry to ginger and mint, you’re sure to find a new sippable favorite from this collection of lemonade recipes.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender
This day is governed by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to rituals involving inspiration, communications, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
June 17, 2020 

Individuality
“Though all men be made of one metal, yet they be not cast all in one mold.”

-John Lyly (1554?-1606)

 
I’ve always heard this “broke the mold” quote and now I know where it came from! Yes, we’re all made up of the same “stuff”: bones, water, muscle tissue, etc. But each one of us is completely and totally unique and individual. Our looks contribute to our individuality, but mostly it’s our character, our values, our interests, our ideas, and our opinions – the “intangible stuff” that “defines” who we are. We are creating our lives, and our individuality, every day.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

Save those creative, foot-loose and fancy-free activities for another day and focus on the nuts and bolts. If you’ve been putting off doing something necessary but not fun, knock it out now and then feel accomplished when finished. You can earn a lot of regard and admiration for this. You won’t be allowed to keep too low a profile, so just step up and do what’s important for today. You should encounter no resistance

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 3, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 3, 2020

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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June Events and Holidays

June 5: Full Strawberry Moon at 12:12 pm PST/ 1:12 pm MST/ 3:12 pm EST

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

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And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven,
I know in my heart it is June.
-Abba Gould Woolson (1838-1921)

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Spirit Library: Change Is Certain (a message from Kate Spreckley)

For much of this year the incoming energies are moving powerfully to shift the landscape of our lives and thus bring us into deeper alignment with our soul.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: Litha History – Celebrating the Summer Solstice

An Ancient Solar Celebration
Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. On this date–usually around June 21 or 22 (or December 21/22 in the southern hemisphere)–the sun reaches its zenith in the sky.

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MBG: Practices To Help You Move Toward Your True Self (And Away From Ego)

Our ego is our attachment to identity and it serves one and one purpose only: to keep us safe. But for most of us, due to societal and generational conditioning, our reptilian brain has our ego running the show. With the ego in charge, we hold ourselves back in so many ways.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Paris

The “City of Lights.” If you, in fact, live in Paris, the location of the dream has little meaning, but if you don’t, it’s quite significant.
1. Paris has for two millennia been considered a major center of culture and enlightenment for the entire Western world. To dream of being in Paris, strolling through the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay or attending the Opéra, therefore, indicates a time of learning, cultural appreciation. Visiting the great Cathedrals such as Nôtre Dame or Sacre Coeur implies spiritual progress.
2. Paris is also considered one of the happiest cities in the world. Dreaming of visiting the clubs or artistes of Montmartre or the Latin Quarter indicates an increased social life and happy times ahead.

astrology.com

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June Correspondences
Nature Spirits: Sylphs & Zephyrs
Herbs: Dog Grass; Meadowsweet; Mosses; Parsley; Skullcap; Tansey& Vervain
Colours: Orange & Golden-Green
Flowers: Lavender; Orchid & Yarrow
Scents: Lily of the Valley & Lavender
Stones: Topaz; Agate; Alexandrite & Flourite
Trees: Oak
Animals: Monkey; Butterfly; Frog & Toad
Birds: Wren & Peacock
Deities: Aine of Knockaine; Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man, Ishtar, Isis & Neith
Power Flow: Decision Making; Prevent; Protect; Reward; Strengthen;Taking Responsibility; Time of Light

originally found at mystiksangelrealm.com/months

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Today’s DIY: Tutorial How to Harvest and Dry Lavender

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Elephant Journal: Sagittarius Full Moon: Quit Wishing on Stars & Take Action for your Own Life. {June 5}

The Sagittarius full moon on Friday, June 5 is forcing us all to look at our ourselves, our reality, and our belief systems about what is real and what is true.

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MNN: 10 remarkable caterpillars and what they become

It’s hard not to be captivated by the fluttery fragile beauty of butterflies and moths. But the caterpillars they start from can be equally captivating.

As you’ll see, there are many different types of caterpillars. In fact, the variety of colors, shapes, camouflage markings and predator-repelling armor is truly astounding.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Mercury’s greatest evening elongation around June 3-4

Mercury is to reach a milestone of sorts in the evening sky, as it reaches its greatest elongation (maximum angular distance) east of the sun (24 degrees) on June 4, 2020. Because Mercury is farthest east of the setting sun, that places Mercury in the western sky after sundown.

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Patheos-Pagan: Flowers of the Dead

Flowers and humans have had a relationship in one form or another since ancient times. The tulip for example was used as a form of money. In 1633 actual properties were sold for handfuls of bulbs.

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Pagan Playlist: Sing The Water Song

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOUR SHADOWS

“There is that part of ourselves that feels ugly, deformed, unacceptable. That part, above all, we must learn to cherish, embrace, and call by name.”
— Macrina Wiederkehr

Each of us has characteristics we define as good and those we define as ‘bad.’ The parts of ourselves that we continually reject want to be acknowledged and loved. Until we honour these aspects, they will continue to assert themselves. They will do whatever they can to get our attention.

What aspects of yourself do you reject?

Take a few moments to open to the parts of yourself that you do not love. See each one honestly for what it is. Explore the wounds and the motives that gave rise to its condition. Love a wounded part of yourself and it will heal.

“…self-contempt never inspires lasting change.”
— Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter

“The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That’s all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.”
— Will Garcia

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A Note from the Universe

What happens when someone worries?

Basically, they think of 100 reasons why something might go wrong. And all of those thoughts then struggle to become things, sometimes overriding their more constructive thoughts.

That’s the power of worry.

Now, let’s say you want something fantastic to manifest in your life.

Hypothetically, let’s say you want a beautiful vacation home. (I know you.)

Have you closed your eyes yet and imagined 100 reasons why it might come to you easily, fast, and harmoniously?

I think you should.

Today works,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Summer Salad with Grilled Corn

An abundance of fresh garden veggies inspired this one. My husband deemed it summer in a bowl.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender
This day is governed by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to rituals involving inspiration, communications, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
June 3, 2020

Value
“Labor is the true standard of value.”

-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 
How much do we want something? How much is it worth to us? How hard are we willing to work for it? The more thought and effort we put into something, the more the universe picks up on our desire and intention and works with us to turn our dreams into reality. Sitting around and wishing is one thing, but going out and making things happen is something else altogether!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Judgement

You can get a great deal done today and strengthen some relationships by being tactfully straightforward and not adding complications to anyone’s day. With no hidden agenda or any manipulative tricks, you can win people’s cooperation and have them agree with you most of the time. Keep things simple and stick to the basics to see the best and happiest results.

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

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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

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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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Summer Solstice Blessings: Cat’s Angel Message for June 21, 2019

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Summer Solstice Blessings: Cat’s Angel Message for June 21, 2019

June’s Theme: Maintaining balance our in all areas of our lives. (material, spiritual, goals, dreams, self etc.) Create and invite good things through focus and faith while staying grounded and present.


“Kind hearts are the gardens; kind thoughts are the roots; kind words are the flowers; kind deeds are the fruits.” – English Proverb


621:  Today is the Summer Solstice (aka Litha or MidSummer) which makes today the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. This Solstice packs some pretty powerful energy and by tapping into this power source we can boost our own powers of manifestation. The key is to believe in yourself as well as the creator. The stronger our belief is the more we are able to clearly see the blessings and miracles around us. Even the small everyday ones become clearer, which are more important by far. The ancient Romans honored the goddess Fortuna on this day and this is a good time to acknowledge the blessings you have as well as the ones that are coming.


Today try working with the deities associated with the Summer Solstice like Sulis Minerva, Apollo, Horus, Athena, Kali and Isis. The ancient Romans also honored the goddess Fortuna on this day and it’s a great time to acknowledge your blessings as well as your power as a creator.


Sacred Stones for the Summer Solstice include:

Amber to enhance your earth connection and to promote grounding. It is also a great healing stone (it’s actually tree resin) that helps to remove energetic impurities from the body.

Jade helps us to understand that you are spiritual being on the very human journey we call life. it stimulates knowledge and ideas.

Sunstone has a strong connection to light and helps to harness the re energizing power of the sun during meditation and everyday life. It is linked to all benevolent deities and brings good fortune and luck.

Tiger’s Eye works with the energies of both earth and sun, it also helps with grounding while drawing spiritual energies to earth.


Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Thought For The Day:June 21, 2019 ” Litha Blessings!”

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today we welcome the 1st day of summer. Embrace your inner fire and allow it to empower your  being. May your day be filled with all the magick the season has to offer.

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Midsummer Correspondences

 

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Midsummer Correspondences

Colors: Blue, green, gold or yellow, orange, white and red
Plants and Herbs: Anise, Mugwort, Chamomile, Rose, Lily, Cinquefoil, Lavender, Fennel, Sun Flower, Mistletoe, Hemp, Thyme, Larkspur, Nettle, Vervain, St. John’s Wort, Heartsease, Fern, Wormwood, Chickweed, Heather, Yarrow,

Trees: Oak, Holly

Sacred Stones: Agate, Alexandrite, Fluorite, Moonstone, Pearl, Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Tiger’s Eye, all green stones

Food: Honey, Mead, Summer Fruits & Vegetables, lemons, oranges, Honey Cakes, Strawberries

Things To do: Picnics, leaving food for the faeries, jumping bonfires, gathering herbs.

Spells: Fire spells, Empowerment, Healing, Love Magick, Protection, Purification, making and charging amulets.

Incense and Oils: Heliotrope, saffron, orange, frankincense & myrrh, wisteria, cinnamon, mint, rose, lemon, lavender, sandalwood, pine

Animals: Wren, Robin, Peacock, Frog, Butterfly, Horse, Cattle

Other Creatures: Fairies, Satyrs, the Firebird, dragon, the Thunderbird

Sacred Symbols: The Sun, Love Amulets, Shells, Summer fruits & flowers, Solar Wheel, Balefire, Stone Circles, Sundial, Swords, Blades, Feathers, Witches’ Ladder, Gods Eye

Goddesses: Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Venus, Bast, Aphrodite, Yemaya, Astarte, Freya, Hathor, Ishtar, Amaterasu, Hestia.

Gods: Father Sun/Sky, Oak King, Holly King, Arthur,  Baal, Baldur, Helios, Horus, Hephaestus, Jupiter/ Zeus , Lugh, Osiris, Ra, Sol.

 

Gathered from A Druids Herbal, and various internet resources.

Cat’s Morning Bits for June 20, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 20, 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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Paula is digging and shaping the loam of a salvia,
Scarlet Chinese talker of summer.
Two petals of crabapple blossom blow fallen in Paula’s hair
And fluff of white from a cottonwood.
-Carl Sandburg (1878-1902)

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Spiritual Unite: Turkey Spirit Animal Meaning – Share Gratitude For Abundance

When the turkey is your spirit animal, you are resonating with Mother Earth and the natural world.
The symbolic meanings of the turkey are becoming central to your life at this point, so it is essential to pay attention to the message.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/turkey-spirit-animal-meaning-share-gratitude-for-abundance/

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ThoughtCo: Litha Prayers

Midsummer is the time when we celebrate the bounty of the earth and the power of the sun. Our fields are flourishing, fruits are blossoming on the trees, herb bushes are fragrant and full of life. The sun is at its highest point in the sky, and it has bathed the earth in its warmth, heating up the soil so that when autumn rolls around, we’ll have a rich and bountiful harvest. These prayers celebrate the different aspects of midsummer. Feel free to modify them to suit the needs of your tradition.

https://www.learnreligions.com/prayers-and-blessings-for-litha-4051842

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Daily Good: Happiness is Practice, Not Pleasure

Put aside your preconceptions of happiness and join Krista Tippett with French born Tibetan monk Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Ricard reframes happiness as not simply a pleasure or sensation to be experienced, but as a skill to be practiced and cultivated. He asks, “What are the inner conditions that foster a genuine sense of flourishing, of fulfillment?”

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2340/happiness-is-practice-not-pleasure-on-being/

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Elephant Journal: The Unconventional Way I Healed from Heartbreak.

I’m a statistic: just one of millions of women who have a failed marriage as a chapter in their life story.
I am also one of millions of women who discovered that having your heart ripped out of your chest can be a great way to learn how strong you are and to discover a whole new life waiting for you on the other side of the pain.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/how-a-trip-to-home-depot-saved-me-from-the-wreckage-of-my-divorce-rebecca-west/

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.

astronomy.com

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MNN: 8 mind-boggling dolphin facts

Dolphins never cease to amaze. As researchers delve into the underwater world of these brilliant cetaceans, we’re learning how full of surprises these creatures are, from their intricate social lives to their intelligence. Here are just some of the ways dolphins are exceptional, both physically and mentally.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/7-mind-boggling-dolphin-facts

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Today’s Deity: Spider Woman

Spider Woman appears in the mythology of several Native American tribes, including the Navajo, Keresan, and Hopi. In most cases, she is associated with the emergence of life on earth. She helps humans by teaching them survival skills. Spider Woman also teaches the Navajos the art of weaving. Before weavers sit down at the loom, they often rub their hands in spider webs to absorb the wisdom and skill of Spider Woman.

Read more: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Sp-Tl/Spider-Woman.html#ixzz5rImya8zr

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EarthSky News: Longest sunsets happen around the solstice

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually takes more time to set around the time of a solstice.
It’s true. The longest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the solstices. The shortest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the equinoxes. This is true whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/longest-sunsets-around-solstices

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Patheos-Pagan: Finding Magickal Tools

What kind of magickal tools you use and where to find them has been a topic of hot conversation for as long as I can remember. Certain traditions have very strict rules about magickal tools. Outside of any traditions that you are a part of, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding magickal tools. Here are the stories of a few of my faves.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/06/finding-magickal-tools/

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Inner Journey:

APPRECIATION

“You can never get to peace and inner security without first acknowledging all of the good things in your life. If you’re forever wanting and longing for more without first appreciating things the way they are, you’llstay in discord.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Develop an attitude of gratitude. We discover a sense of wholeness as we appreciate both the small and big things in our lives. And it really helps to remember to appreciate ourselves. Appreciation is more than just acceptance — it’s respect and admiration.Let go of criticism and self-abuse.

“Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that ‘appreciates’ grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefitof both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value.”
— Doc Childre and Howard Martin

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A Note from the Universe

Even dwelling upon the end result, imagining all the glorious consequences, and feeling the joy you anticipate in advance still doesn’t compare to the power you wield, the dragons you slay, and the legions you command when you act as if your greatest dreams have already come true.
Olé…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Pulled Pork Swineapple

What do you get when you cross pulled pork, pineapple, and bacon? Swineapple! This is a fun stuffed pineapple recipe for these hotter months that will make your friends and family squeal. Give it a try!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Pulled-Pork-Swineapple.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
June 20, 2019
Comfort

“One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.”

-Lillian Hellman, 1976

What I get from this is that there is such a thing as “too comfortable” and that’s not necessarily a good thing. We need a certain amount of change, and renewal in our lives to keep things moving, to keep things active. Life spurs us on – and one way it does that is by making us uncomfortable sometimes. We feel the need to seek comfort, and that causes us to grow.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Natural Living Ideas:  5 Genius Ways To Use Essential Oils In The Kitchen

Essential oils are handy to have around when you are working in the kitchen. They can be used from cleaning kitchen worktops, to providing the “right” ambience for your latest social gathering! However, it is essential that you understand how to use essential oils safely in this way to avoid unwanted accidents.

This article is a quick introduction on how to use essential oils in the kitchen. For a comprehensive look at the therapeutic properties of the individual essential oils mentioned, consult the appropriate essential oil profile.

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/kitchen-essential-oils/

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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
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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 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 Junes were free and full, driving through tiny
Roads, the mudguards brushing the cowparsley,
Through fields of mustard and under boldly embattled
Mays and chestnuts.
-Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

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Spiritual Unite: Panda Spirit Animal Meaning – Balance Need For Peace With Social Time

The panda spirit animal represents gentle strength, inner peace and emotional sensitivity.
These concepts are essential to you and becoming conscious of them will help you to achieve balance within yourself.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/panda-spirit-animal-meaning-balance-need-for-peace-with-social-time/

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ThoughtCo: Celebrate Litha With Summer Solstice Recipes

Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice—and what’s a Sabbat without food? Take advantage of the summer crops of fruit and vegetables, and prepare a simple and delicious feast for your Midsummer gatherings.

https://www.learnreligions.com/recipes-for-the-summer-solstice-4136752

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MBG: How To Harness The Big, Bold Energy Of Tonight’s Sagittarius Full Moon

What would be possible if we opened our minds? The Sagittarius moon arrives to help us explore that.
With the full moon in candid Sagittarius, there could be some jaw-dropping headlines before the week is through. These high-minded moonbeams could bring a potent reminder that honesty is still the best policy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/full-moon-in-sagittarius-june-2019-everything-you-need-to-know

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Anger could raise its ugly little head today, but you have things under control. Don’t engage, if possible, and tactfully deflect the worst of whatever misunderstanding caused the outbreak. If it’s repressed anger, there may never be any loud or angry words. You can smooth any ruffled feathers simply by standing up and not being intimidated or rushed into any action or opinion. Be at your best today.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

While many of us associate uncertainty with discomfort and fear, there is an exquisite beauty to be found in the transformation that takes place when we can welcome the unknown. Kristi Nelson, the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, examines what it means to surrender to the unpredictable nature of our days and the rewards that manifest as a result. “Much of our freedom depends on cultivating greater perspective about being with uncertainty, however and whenever we can,” she writes. Read more to learn how you can lean into the impending unknown with gratitude and awareness

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2324/deepening-our-comfort-with-uncertainty-kristi-nelson/

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Elephant Journal: The Moon Soothes my Soul.

Luna, the beautiful goddess of the Moon,
dressed in shimmering white with a crown of stars around her head.
A quiver with golden arrows on her back,
a bow in her right hand,
ready to pierce the night with her brightness.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/how-our-emotions-cycle-with-the-phases-of-the-moon-cindy-chase/

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MNN: 20 minutes in nature a day is your ticket to feeling better

Nature soothes our stressed-out souls. We instinctively know nature is the best prescription, but new research is revealing how little time we need to set aside to reap the benefits.
In one study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers tried to identify the most effective “dose” of nature within the context of normal daily life

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/urban-park-20-minutes-feel-better-study

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EarthSky News: Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn

On both June 16 and 17, 2019, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at a specific instant, though – the instant the moon and sun are most opposite each other on our sky’s dome for this month – and that moment happens on June 17, 2019, at 8:31 UTC

https://earthsky.org/tonight/strawberry-moon-jupiter-from-dusk-till-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: A New Chant for Litha: Honoring the Green Ones at Midsummer

It’s hard to believe, but official summer is almost here. The days are long. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, spring flowers are spent and we are seeing summer blooms opening around us; roses and lilies have taken the place of tulips and daffodils. The bright spring green of leaves’ first unfurling is past. Jungle green is all around us now and keeping up with the weeds in the garden is a daily challenge.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/06/chant-litha-honoring-green-ones-midsummer/

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Inner Journey:

LONELINESS

“When humans find themselves surrounded by nothing but objects, the response is always one of loneliness.”
— Brian Swimme

Soul lives through relationship and it is in soul that we find meaning. We can have meaningful relationships with people, animals and other beings, projects, ideas and ideals.

How much time do you devote to building relationships with things?

“Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.”
— Maxwell Maltz

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”
— George Eliot

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A Note from the Universe

Ten thousand times a day for ten thousand different reasons, angels share your story to inspire, comfort, and reassure the world’s most able dreamers, thinkers, and lovers.

Well, I’d want to know –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Green Pumpkin Flower Soup

Yes, the flower is eatable. This green pumpkin flower soup is a very cool light quick and easy to make soup.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Green-Pumpkin-Flower-Soup.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
June 17, 2019

Comfort

“I have enjoyed many of the comforts of life, none of which I wish to esteem lightly; yet I confess I know not any joy that is so dear to me, that so fully satisfies the inmost desires of my mind, that so enlivens refines, and elevates my whole nature, as that which I derive from religion – from faith in God. – May this God be thy God, thy refuge, thy comfort, as he has been mine.”
-John Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)
It doesn’t matter which religion we follow – we can garner comfort from our relationship with God, from our faith. When we feel in need of comfort, this is where we should turn first. Out of habit, we tend to look elsewhere – but we will always find comfort, and strength when we look within.

-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.

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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 June 11, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 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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Ah, happy day, refuse to go!
Hang in the heavens forever so!
Forever in midafternoon,
Ah, happy day of happy June!

-Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835-1921)

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Pioneer Thinking: Sunflowers – What You Thought You Knew

Growing sunflowers has been apart of our culture for years, this article is to give you some information you did not know about sunflowers, including its uses, origin, and huge market

https://pioneerthinking.com/sunflowers-what-you-thought-you-knew

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ThoughtCo: The Magical Moon Garden

Many Pagans love to garden, but a lot of people don’t realize you can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Cultivating a moon garden is a great way to get in touch with nature, and it provides a beautiful and fragrant backdrop for your moonlight rituals in the summer.

https://www.learnreligions.com/the-magical-moon-garden-2562382

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Beliefnet: Chakra Clearing to Connect With the Angels

If you are serious about connecting with the angels, then it’s important for you to learn how to clear your chakras. When these psychic energy centers are dirty and aren’t functioning correctly, your ability to receive messages from the angels is diminished.

Read more……………….


Spirit Library: With Your LightBody, You have to Choose where to “put” Your Energy…

It’s nothing like “before”….

You all know me, I change words to a multi-dimensional (vibrational) understanding, instead of a linear one. This article I break down a bit more of “how” your LightBody (SoulBody/Photonic Light integrated into your form) works….. There’s so many “pieces and parts”… and every “piece” is a bit different based upon the current vibration/energy and circumstances…. which changes in every nano-second too.

https://spiritlibrary.com/lisa-transcendence-brown/with-your-lightbody-you-have-to-choose-where-to-put-your-energy

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Pace yourself today and get more done than you might imagine as the day begins. It’s all right to be tired from time to time. It doesn’t have to cripple all your plans for the day. Maintain a sensible balance, remember to eat healthy, take a short break once and a while, and don’t aim too high. There’s plenty of work to be done that you can handle with ease.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: 3 Quick Meditations for Quieting our Mental Pests.

I had some work to do.
As a young divorcee, I wanted to rediscover my own strength and build a foundation before I partnered up with someone new.

I needed to calm down the hyperactive hamsters running around in my brain so that I could hear the quiet voice in my heart that held the answers that I needed to rediscover myself

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/3-quick-meditations-for-quieting-our-mental-pests-rebecca-west/

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MNN: The earliest sunrise of the year isn’t on the summer solstice

The summer solstice, which falls on June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere, offers more total sunlight than any other day of the year. It would seem to make sense, then, for the summer solstice to also feature the year’s earliest sunrise and latest sunset.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/earliest-sunrise-year-isnt-summer-solstice

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on June 11 and 12

On June 11 and 12, 2019, use the waxing gibbous moon to find Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. In fact, Spica is Virgo’s one and only 1st-magnitude star. Although the bright moon will wipe out a number of fainter stars from the canopy of night tonight, bright Spica should withstand the moonlit glare. If you have trouble seeing Spica, place your finger over the moon and look for a bright star near

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-june-11-and-12

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Today’s Deity: Mawu

Mawu (alternately: Mahu) is a creator goddess, associated with the sun and moon in Dahomey mythology. In some myths, she is the wife of the male god Lisa. Mahu and Lisa are the children of Nana Buluku, and are the parents of Xevioso.

After creating the earth and all life and everything else on it, she became concerned that it might be too heavy, so she asked the primeval serpent, Aido Hwedo, to curl up beneath the earth and thrust it up in the sky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawu

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Patheos-Pagan: Connecting with the Faeries

Warmer weather returns and surely you are starting to see some suspect ‘fairy’ activity going on. You may start to notice things missing. Only to find them in a place that you swear you have looked a thousand times before. If they are happy, your garden will flourish.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefairytalewitch/2019/06/connecting-with-the-faeries/

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Inner Journey:

MY WILL OR DIVINE WILL?

“It is important not to ‘need’ what you are calling to you but rather to have a certain detachment about it. Let it be all right if it doesn’t come, or if it comes in a different form than what you expect. After you have asked for something, surrender to whatever comes as being appropriate.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

“Acceptance says, True, this is my situation at the moment. I’ll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I’ll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me.”
— Catherine Marshall

“This business of hozho. The way I understand it … I’ll use an example. Terrible drought, crops dead, sheep dying. Spring dried out. No water. The Hopi, or the Christian, maybe the Moslem, they pray for rain. The Navajo has the proper ceremony done to restore himself to harmony with the drought. You see what I mean. The system is designed to recognize what’s beyond human power to change, and then to change the human’s attitude to be content with the inevitable.”
— in ‘Sacred Clowns’ by Tony Hillerman

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

What if you’re actually an ancient gladiator of love and joy, who agreed to visit Earth during these primitive years to spark some new thinking, share a few smiles, and help others live deliberately as they discover they too are as awesome as you?
Just sayin’ –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fresh Mint Punch

Mint is a favorite addition to many summer drinks, including this punch with ginger ale and lemon juice. Here is a recipe for making fresh mint punch.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Fresh-Mint-Punch-1.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
June 11, 2019

Words

“You can stroke people with words.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

What would we do without language? This is how we communicate. Words by themselves are so innocuous, but when we put them together, combine them together in such a way, they can be bitterly poisonous, or powerfully healing. Words can carry with them so much meaning. Through words we can express tenderness, and compassion.

-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/