Cat’s Morning Bits for September 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears.
–J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)

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The Tetraktys: Witchy DIY – Sun & Moon Water Jar Tutorial

Hi witches! In this video, I am decorating two jars to collect and store Sun and Moon water. Sun water is water that has been charged with the energy of the sun while moon water contains the energy of the moon. In witchcraft, sun water represents power, masculinity, strenght, protection and charisma, and it is associated with the Horned God. Moon water is associated with the Triple Goddess, and it represents femininity, healing, love, emotions and psychic awareness.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/video-diy-sun-moon-water-jar/

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ThoughtCo: Cailleach, the Ruler of Winter 

The goddess known as Cailleach in Scotland and parts of Ireland is the embodiment of the dark mother, the harvest goddess, the hag or crone entity. She appears in the late fall, as the earth is dying, and is known as a bringer of storms. She is typically portrayed as a one-eyed old woman with bad teeth and matted hair.

https://www.learnreligions.com/cailleach-the-ruler-of-winter-2561705

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MBG: A Rare Retrograde Finally Lifts This Week — And It Could Help Your Career

Have your goals been at a standstill for months? This Wednesday could restore momentum.
If ambitious plans seemed to hit a snag over the past five months, don’t abandon hope! The astrological embargo lifts this Wednesday, September 18, as taskmaster Saturn rouses from a sleepy retrograde that began on April 29.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-september-16-22-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Diane Ackerman on Deep Play

In this moving piece, poet, essayist, and naturalist Diane Ackerman’s reverence for play is brought to life through selections from her book, “Deep Play”. While others have easily dismissed play as trivial or time-consuming, Ackerman asserts, “Opportunities for deep play abound. In its thrall we become ideal versions of ourselves… [Its] many moods and varieties help to define who we are and all we wish to be.” Reflecting on its evolutionary role, psychological, and spiritual dimensions, Ackerman invites us to reacquaint ourselves with the very activity that makes us human. { read more } http://www.dailygood.org/story/2391/diane-ackerman-on-deep-play-maria-popova/

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Elephant Journal: Discover the Weirdness Inside of You—& Embrace that Sh*t.

Some days I carry meditation beads alongside tins of Copenhagen snuff.
Some days I’m in the four walls of the yoga studio talking dharma and mindfulness. Others I’m choking down tear gas in a stuffy concrete box.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/09/discover-the-weirdness-inside-of-you-embrace-that-sht-phil-sussman/

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MNN: 21 reasons why forests are important
Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Here are a few reminders why woodlands are wonderful — and worth protecting.

Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet’s densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/21-reasons-why-forests-are-important

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EarthSky News:  Use Big Dipper to find North Star

The northern sky is a large clock, with Polaris at its center. The hour hand is a line drawn through Dubhe and Merak, the two pointer stars of the Big Dipper. Because the stars make a full circle in 23 hours 56 minutes instead of exactly 24 hours, this star clock is not exactly the same as the one on the wall, but with a little practice you can learn to read it well.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/use-big-dipper-to-find-polaris-the-north-star

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Patheos-Pagan: Thornapple, Gender and Ritual Application

Cultivating the Devil’s Apple aka Thornapple
I spent part of this afternoon harvesting my Thornapple plants. One of them grew to be close to five feet high! The Thornapple I grew this year is a Datura stramonium var. tatula; similar to the common Datura stramonium only it is less shrubby and has lavender purple flowers.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/poisonersapothecary/2019/09/16/thornapple-gender-ritual/

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO AWARENESS

“Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.”
— Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why do we want to become more aware?

If we remain unaware, we:
• repeat the past,
• remain stuck in relationships,
• live superficial, literal and one dimensional lives,
• lack experiences of love and beauty, and
• have limited connection to others and the universe.

With awareness, we are fully involved with life. Awareness is sensing deeply and sensitively for what really is. To do this, we need to approach the present as totally new. When we can be open and attentive in each moment, we begin to free ourselves from the conditioning of the past and the suffering that it so often brings.

“If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you.”
— Sheng Yen

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Funny, huh, how some folks think that avoiding challenges will bring them peace?

As if the peace they now know didn’t come from earlier challenges that were faced, and mastered.

OK – not really that funny,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Frozen Yogurt Bark

This is an enjoyable and healthy dessert for all ages! You can customize your yogurt bark with any toppings you have at home, or a great way to use up any last ingredients you have.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Frozen-Yogurt-Bark.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
September 17, 2019

Language

“There have been periods in the history of the various cultures, when the language of spirituality was clear, accurate and exhaustive. At the present time it is muddled, inadequate to the fact and dangerously equivocal. Lacking a proper vocabulary, people find it hard, not only to think about the most important issues of life, but even to realize that these issues exist.”

-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

This is really interesting to think about. Is our language of spirituality clear, accurate and exhaustive? So many times, when asked about our beliefs, it seems it’s hard to put into words. It’s difficult to define any big concept like that because the meanings of words can vary based upon the experience of each person. But we have to start somewhere. It might be a good exercise to write up some of our own definitions just to see what kind of language we come up with to express ourselves. We might just discover something about ourselves long the way, too. Start with these: love, joy, peace, faith.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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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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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 August 14, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 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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Adrift in the liberating, late light
of August, delicate, frivolous,
they make their way to my front porch
and flutter near the glassed-in bulb,
translucent as a thought suddenly
wondered aloud, illumining the air
that’s thick with honeysuckle and dusk.
-Jennifer O’Grady (b. 1963)

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Spiritual Unite: Two Of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning – Relationship And Financial Balance

The Two Of Pentacles tarot card meaning is based around the concepts of balance.
The highs, and lows, adaptability, juggling different things, income, and outgoings, financial decisions, and partnerships.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/two-of-pentacles-tarot-card-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: Money Spells

There are an endless number of spells out there focused on money magic, whether you’re looking to improve your finances, obtain a job, gain general overall prosperity, and even nudge along a real estate transaction.

https://www.learnreligions.com/money-spells-2562373

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MBG: 7 Ways To Liberate Yourself During The Full Moon in Aquarius

The Aquarius full moon brings rainbows and unicorns—but not just any garden variety. These rainbows are iridescent, changing colors and vibrations when viewed from different angles. These unicorns are wizards, propelling the world into a digital age with exponential speed

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/full-moon-august-2019-how-to-celebrate-the-aquarius-full-moon

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Weekly Musings:  Six Simple Ways to Positively Improve your Perspective

There’s an expression that is hurled around by the millennial generation, mostly when somebody is managing a test in their own life: “This will be healed.”

https://individualogist.com/six-simple-ways-to-positively-improve-your-perspective?mpweb=1230-1392-784234

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Daily Good: Wild Mumbai

“Every night for the past eleven years, Rajesh Sanap and Zeeshan Mirza have spent the post-dinner hours combing the woods behind their homes. Like restive sprites, the young men skirt ponds, bash through spiky hedgerows, upturn rocks, shake up leaf litter, and thread through dirt trails hairy with undergrowth. In the course of their nocturnal walkabouts, they’ve found about a dozen arachnids, including two that are entirely new to science: a rangy, amber-hued scorpion and a compact, ashen tarantula with lean limbs covered in white fur.

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8155

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Elephant Journal: August’s Full Moon in Aquarius: 11 Questions for Conscious Coupling.

In case you missed the memo, August has been emotionally intense and there’s more to come!
To recap this month: Mercury was stationed direct on August 1st, with a shadow of its retrograde just ending, and I don’t know about you, but I’m still fending off all kinds of technical glitches.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/08/augusts-full-moon-in-aquarius-11-questions-for-conscious-coupling-monika-carless/

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MNN: How long should you steep tea?

From easing stress to combating cancer, drinking tea has shown to offer many health benefits. But before you bring that steaming mug to you lips, do you know how long should you let your tea brew for it to be healthiest and taste the best?

https://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/how-long-should-you-steep-tea

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EarthSky News: Full Sturgeon (or Snow) Moon on August 14 and 15

On August 14 and 15, 2019, everyone around the world (except far-northern Arctic latitudes) will see a full-looking moon lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. In North America, we often call the August full moon the Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. For the Northern Hemisphere, this August full moon ushers in the second of three full moons of the summer season.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/sturgeon-moon-beams-from-dusk-till-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: 3 ways to make Sun Water

So often we make and use Moon Water, but have you ever considered making water infused with the energy of the sun? Sun water is fun to make, easy to use and can connect you with the energy of the sun. Within my own practice, the acknowledgment of the Sun plays an important part. For the Celts the Sun was sacred, it was worshiped in many forms.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/waterwitch/2019/08/sun-water.html

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Inner Journey:

GIVE TO YOURSELF FIRST

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”
— Epictetus

Do you want more in your life? More love? More happiness? More money? More satisfaction? Then explore how you can BE more.

In the Delfin Knowledge System, Leslie Fieger advises, “You can have more when you are willing to give more. You must begin this process by giving more to yourself. Give yourself more time; give yourself more attention; give yourself more love; give yourself more of what you want. Then decide how to offer the more that you are (and have) to the world and you will receive even more back in return.”

“Let the waters settle you will see stars and moon mirrored in your Being.”
— Rumi

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Magickal Creature: Mermaids and other Marine Monsters

With most of our blue planet covered by water, it’s little wonder that, centuries ago, the oceans were believed to hide mysterious creatures including sea serpents and mermaids. Merfolk (mermaids and mermen) are, of course, the marine version of half-human, half-animal legends that have captured human imagination for ages. One source, the “Arabian Nights,” described mermaids as having “moon faces and hair like a woman’s but their hands and feet were in their bellies and they had tails like fishes.”

https://www.livescience.com/39882-mermaid.html

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A Note from the Universe 

It’s all self-service.

The magic works through you, not for you.
Now helping 7 billion help themselves,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Lemon Tahini Broccoli Salad

This crisp and super fresh veggie-packed salad is perfect for the summer. I like to make a big batch and keep it in the fridge. It keeps well for a few days, with the flavours intensifying each day. Enjoy it as a side salad or as your main course on warm days.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Lemon-Tahini-Broccoli-Salad.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, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

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

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Daily Wisdom
August 14, 2019 

Ideas

“You talk of our having an idea; we do not have an idea. The idea has us, and martyrs us, and scourges us, and drives us into the arena to fight and die for it, whether we want to or not.”
-Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

When we get a really good idea, we can tell that it is a really good idea because it won’t let go of us. We think about it, dream about it, and pursue it until we can make it a reality. It’s like the Universe is tapping on our shoulders, saying: “This is it, come on, let’s go!” How could we resist?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Whatever you have planned or prepared for today, it probably won’t happen according to the script. Be flexible and expect the unexpected. It may not be anything big, so don’t completely abandon your agenda unless you must. It could just be a day of endless interruptions. Keep that sense of humor handy, and maybe find an inspiring idea or two in it all.

astology.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/