Cat’s Morning Bits for November 21, 2018


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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 21, 2018

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


Valleys lay in sunny vapor,
And a radiance mild was shed
From each tree that like a taper
At a feast stood. Then we said,
“Our feast, too, shall soon be spread,
Of good Thanksgiving turkey.”
-George Parsons Lathrop (1851-98)


MBG: How To Give Your Home An Energetic Makeover This Fall, According To Feng Shui

In feng shui philosophy, the season of autumn is related to the metal element. Metal, water, wood, fire, and earth make up the five “phases,” or elements, that Taoists and Buddhists observe to relate the cycles of nature with the patterns in our homes, bodies, and lives. Many different ancient cultures have their own five-element system, such as the Native Americans, Tibetans, and Hindus.


Daily Good: In the Footsteps of Kabir

Possibly the most-quoted poet-saint of north India is Kabir, the illiterate, 15th century mystic who belonged to a class of weavers in the ancient city of Varanasi. Kabir was a ‘nirguni’, one who believes in a formless divinity that can be discovered both within and without. With whip-like wit, his poetry scorns outward rituals and displays of piety exhorting his listeners to seek the divine through self-interrogation, and to recognise the impermanence of manifest reality. Read on for an extract from ‘The Bijak of Kabir’, one of the most important anthologies of the Eastern tradition of Kabir’s verses.


Elephant Journal: 12 Yoga Poses to improve Digestion & Core Strength

Having a strong core enables us to stand tall, sit straight, be centered, and walk our talk with purpose.
Often, when we think of “core strength,” we think exclusively of the abs. But core strengthening is about much more than attaining a toned six-pack. We must also pay attention to the back of the core, as well as the oblique abdominals—the muscles on the sides of the lower torso.


MNN: ‘Alice’s Restaurant’: It’s a Thanksgiving music tradition

Thanksgiving is full of traditions. With a few exceptions, the food on my Thanksgiving table looks almost exactly like the food that was on my parent’s Thanksgiving table year after year. It’s tradition. When my son was 3 years old, he made paper pilgrims and Native Americans in the shape of paper drumsticks at school. I proudly taped them onto the china cabinet. The next year, he found them and taped them back up. Voila — tradition.


EarthSky News: Come to know the Pleiades, or 7 Sisters

November is the month of the Pleiades star cluster. On these November nights, the Pleiades cluster shines from nightfall until dawn. It’s low in the east at nightfall, high overhead around midnight and low in the west before dawn. Locate it by the bright star Aldebaran this evening, or any evening soon.

Patheos-Pagan: Irish-American Witchcraft: Be Your Own Spiritual Leader

There’s an aspect of modern paganism that has always puzzled me and recently I think I’ve started to understand a bit about why. It’s not a judgement, just an observation about how different formative experiences create different approaches to things. I often see the wider pagan community looking for and to spiritual leaders and texts as if they are ultimate authorities. And that has always puzzled me somewhat


Inner Journey: 


“Activity is not achievement. It is not enough to rush about beginning a lot of things and keeping busy. A well-spent life is one that rounds out what it has begun.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Intention and the words we speak are powerful. When we say we are going to do something, we set energy in motion. When we fail to act or complete our intention, we drain our energy. We lose our power.

We would be wise to choose our words carefully — to really mean what we say and to honour the commitments we have made.

“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.”
— Joseph Joubert

“Good to begin well, better to end well.”
— English proverb

A Note from the Universe 

Yikes! The holidays are upon us and I have no idea what to get for 8 billion people this year! Do you have any idea how difficult it is shopping for people who already have dominion over all things?

There’s NOTHING I can give them, that they can’t give to themselves.


The Universe

Today’s Recipe: Persimmon Daikon Salad

It’s persimmon season and I love it! Persimmons are such a versatile fruit. They can be used in savoury dishes, turned into sweet desserts, or eaten by themselves. This Japanese style persimmon daikon salad is so easy to make, even though it is probably a bit out of the ordinary. It’s bright and punchy and goes great on the side of any dish. If you can’t find daikon, use any radish

Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healing, 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

Daily Wisdom
November 21, 2018


“The fiery moments of passionate experience are the moments of wholeness and totality of the personality.”

-Anais Nin (1968)

Passion is often associated with fire. It feels “hot.” It feels like it could consume us. We need to pay attention to the things that we feel passionate about. Our passions are tools which help us to learn and grow. When we are pursuing our passions we feel alive, we are living in the moment, taking it all in and savoring each experience. They are the times when we are more of who we really are, and we know it.

-Lissa Coffey


Beliefnet: 7 Things That Happen When You Take Responsibility For Your Life

Too many of us simply drift through our lives, allowing fate to take us where it may. But a life without commitment is a life wasted, and so it’s important to live on purpose, and to make intentional choices every single day.

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.

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts!
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 16, 2018


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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 16, 2018

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


My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)


Spiritual Unite: Sigil Magick: The Beginners Guide
Hello witches! Here’s a new article in my series “Types of Magick”. This week, I am sharing with you my knowledge on sigil magick. This post contains all you need to know to create effective sigils right away. This article is separated in two part. The first part introduces the theory behind sigil magick and the second part is a detailed practical guide.


MBG: Social Media Really Does Cause Depression. Here Are 6 Ways To Make It A Healthier Habit

We’ve known for a while that social media use is linked to symptoms of depression and loneliness, primarily by causing FOMO-related anxiety (i.e., fear of missing out on experiences with your friends, or at least knowing what everybody’s up to) or by making us constantly compare our lives and bodies to those of random internet people.


Daily Good: K9s for Warriors: Together We Stand

Sometimes it’s not the human who rescues the dog, but the dog who rescues the human. K9s for Warriors, a program based out of Ponte Verda, Florida, was established in 2011 to help soldiers experiencing PTSD and other war trauma disabilities. The dogs are trained to be service dogs and address symptoms in their owners such as anxiety, isolation, depression, and nightmares, often serving in conjunction with traditional treatments like medication and psychotherapy. To date, the program has rescued more than 850 dogs and 440 military service members, with an astounding 99% program success rate. “Service dogs are prescriptions on four legs,” says owner Shari Duvall. Read on to learn more about the inspiring stories behind the soldiers and their canine warriors


MNN: 10 cultural variations on Thanksgiving

Harvest festivals around the globe

Thanksgiving is defined by oversized meals with family or close friends (not to mention football games, parades and other modern additions). Historians still debate the origin of American Thanksgiving, but the most common narrative attributes it to early North American pilgrims, who held feasts to celebrate successful harvests. The concept of celebrating agricultural success dates back much further than the 17th century. Ancient Greeks, South Asians, and Celts all marked harvest holidays.


EarthSky News: Leonids peak mornings are November 17 and 18

The famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to be at its best in the predawn hours on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018. We give the nod to Saturday, November 17, because there will be less moonlight to intrude on the show.

Patheos-Pagan: Of Light & Shadow: Anubis, God of the Modern Age

I can’t tell you exactly how old I was the first time I encountered Anubis, but I was rather young. I was likely around 5 years old, and it was a chilly, but pleasantly sunny autumn day. My grandfather and I were out on one of our nature walks, this time in a wooded area just a few miles outside of our small town in the Midwest.


Inner Journey:


“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Racing through life is very stressful. If we stay in high gear too long, we lose our ability to shift down. And when we’re stressed, we can’t access happiness, appreciation, fun, compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty and other wonderful qualities.High stress also triggers negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anger and fear.

Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
— Eddie Cantor

A Note from the Universe

To put a few “non-things” into a time, space, and material perspective, it’s as if all the love that now bathes the world comes from a heart 7 zillion times larger than your sun.

Your “guardian angel” is so gigantic, her halo would reach the moon.

And your ultimate happiness is so assured,  we’ve been celebrating your life since the day you were born.
Yeah, you insisted –

The Universe

Today’s Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This recipe came from a magazine called Ohio Valley. The original did not call for chicken and only really had onion and cauliflower. We added mushrooms, red pepper, and chicken, and we found it much improved.

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

Daily Wisdom
November 16, 2018 


“A good laugh is sunshine in a house.” -William Makepeace Thackeray

Norman Cousins discovered personally, and wrote eloquently, about the healing power of laughter. Laughter is good medicine. When we laugh, we can’t help but feel good. We feel good around people who laugh, people who enjoy life and can express themselves so freely.

Here’s a little story I heard that might get you giggling:

A wealthy man dies and goes to Heaven. He brings with him all of his earthly belongings when he meets St. Peter at the gate. St. Peter says: “Oh, my… you know, you can’t bring any of that in here.” The man pleads his case, he worked so hard for everything and can’t bear to leave it all behind. Finally St. Peter agrees to discuss the situation with his boss, who says, “Fine, let him bring in just one suitcase.” The man is overjoyed! He goes through everything and loads up one of his largest bags and presents it to St. Peter for inspection. It is filled to the brim with solid gold bars. St. Peter looks at his quizzically and says: “You brought pavement?”

-Lissa Coffey


Beliefnet: 5 Effective Tips to Teach Kids to Be Grateful
Being grateful is an important skill for children. It can be taught by parents and teachers who make it a priority, say authors Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono in their book “Making Grateful Kids:…

Read more……………….

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.

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts!
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)

Cat’s Morning Bits for November 15, 2018


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Cat’s Morning Bits for November 15, 2018

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


Shorter and shorter now the twilight clips
The days, as though the sunset gates they crowd.
-Alice Cary (1820-71)


MBG: The One Ritual I Swear By When I’m Stressed, Anxious & Uncertainty Prevails

Let me preface this by saying that tarot is something I’ve only dabbled in—I’m certainly not an expert nor am I claiming to be! Tarot has been presented to me by healers in one-on-one sessions, my own research, and, of course, Instagram. I’d written about tarot in my book, the Spirit Almanac, but didn’t practice it regularly on my own. I’d be remiss not to mention that this is about finding my own groove with tarot, a method that fits with my lifestyle, and that’s what I’m sharing here, not an official method of any kind.


Herbal Muse Press: Herbal Dream Pillows

Herb and spice-filled pillows are a delightful way to induce relaxation and sleep by natural means. They’re fun to assemble and they make wonderful gifts!

For centuries, the fragrance of herbs have been captured in pillows and sweet bags to purify and scent the home. They were known by European mothers anxious to lure their offspring into tranquil sleep, by those seeking relief from headache or depression, and by the solitary who yearned to find true love.


Elephant Journal: Mercury Retrograde: 7 Good Things that Can Happen to You. {November 16 to December 6} 

For those who are a bit hazy about what happens during Mercury retrograde, here’s what you need to know:
The world seems to go haywire with miscommunications of all types during this period—which happens again from November 16 to December 6, 2018.


MNN: Who needs small talk? Not the Finnish (or me)

When I was single and dating, my friends made fun of me for jumping into deep conversations with guys I just met.
I’ve never been interested in small talk, or its cousin, flirting. I’m genuinely curious to get to know people, and I’d rather not talk if it’s going to be about nonsense. Turns out, I have something in common with the “silent Finns” who are also known for not talking small, but diving into meaningful conversation — or none at all.


EarthSky News: Could consciousness come down to the way things vibrate?

What’s the relationship between mind and matter? A new psychological theory suggests that synchronized vibrations lie at the heart of human consciousness, and – indeed – of all physical reality.

Patheos-Pagan: Witchin’ in the Kitchen: Recipes and Blessings for Thanksgiving Feasts

As the Thanksgiving feast day approaches, it’s time to get down to meal-planning. I feed folks of all dietary needs at my table, so over the years I’ve adapted recipes to suit all sorts of palettes; carnivores to vegans, traditional to exotic, and many of them gluten-free. As much as I love the traditional foods I grew up with in the southeast, I like to put an international twist on ’em, just to keep folks guessing.


Inner Journey:


“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
— Aldous Huxley

What was your peak experience of this past week? What was your most challenging experience?

Stepping back to review your week can offer many insights. Normally we can’t see the forest for the trees. Now back away and see the whole forest. Review your week. Now write a short summary — whatever comes to mind for you. If action is required, plan how you will accomplish it in the next week.

“Ask the experienced rather than the learned.”
— Arabic proverb

“Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
— Franklin P. Jones

A Note from the Universe

You don’t even have to know what you want. I’ll take care of that.

Just enjoy that you received another day, and the 10,000 miracles within it.

It’s on me,

The Universe

Today’s Recipe: Crescent and Feta Cheese Triangle Appetizer

Here is another simple appetizer recipe using crescent rolls and feta cheese to make tasty pastry triangles.

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

Daily Wisdom
November 15, 2018


“A good laugh is as good as a prayer sometimes.” -L.M. Montgomery

Laughter heightens our senses so that we feel joy. And when we feel joy, we feel our connection with God. Having that feeling of oneness is like a prayer, it’s comforting, it’s cleansing. Laugh, and share the joy.

-Lissa Coffey


Beliefnet: 5 Ways to Feel Less Lonely
Everyone craves and needs social engagement. Personal interactions are good for the mind, heart, and soul. You don’t have to be a social butterfly to feel less lonely though. There are simple ways…

read more……

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.

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts!
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)

Thought For The Day: Nov. 23, 2017 “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special time to share with family and friends. Make memories and enjoy the time you have. Be grateful for togetherness and good company.  From my family to yours, Bright blessings on this beautiful day!

Daily Thought

I invite you to check out my Facebook group, Sacred Spirals: The place where all paths meet at

Cat’s Bits for Nov. 23, 2017 A Thought For Thanksgiving

CBP November

Cat’s Bits for November 23, 2017: A Thought For Thanksgiving


November Events:

Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Day USA

Nov. 25 Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins


“The year has turned its circle,

The seasons come and go.

The harvest all is gathered in 

And chilly north winds blow. 

Orchards have shared their treasures, 

The fields, their yellow grain, 

So open wide the doorway- 

Thanksgiving comes again!”

~author unknown


A Thought For Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving originally began as a harvest festival and has been celebrated off and on since around 1789. It became an acknowledged federal holiday around 1863 thanks to President Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately somewhere along the way it has become  one of those muddled holidays that seems to have lost it’s true purpose.

The sentiment behind Thanksgiving is gratitude. Being grateful for what you have and have accomplished in the past year. sharing old memories and creating new ones that culminate in reuniting and solidifying relationships with family and friends.  Being grateful for the chance to spend another holiday together, as my mother always adds to the meal blessing. The following “Thought” is what I’m Thankful for. It’s an old one and if you have been following me for awhile it will be familiar to you. So the question is….. What are you thankful for?

On this day I Am Thankful.

I am thankful for being able to rise and greet the day when there are those who cannot.

I am thankful for my health and the health of my family when so many others are sick.

I am thankful for having a home when so many are homeless.

I am thankful for my family, friends and pets when so many spend their lives alone.

I am thankful for having a loving spouse when many live with abuse.

I am thankful for the food on my table when so many are starving.

I am thankful that my husband has a job when so many are out of work.

I am thankful to be able to take part in the adventure called life.

On this day I remember the importance of being thankful even when it seems like I have nothing to be thankful for.

On this day I give thanks for all that I have, for every tiny miracle.

On this day I acknowledge how blessed I really am and I give thanks to the people and events, both past and present, that have helped me to be the person I am today.

I am thankful.

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!


(C) LBolotin 2017

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 6 cats.



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