Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2020 ” Ostara Edition”

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 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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March Events & Holidays

March 20: Ostara/ Spring Equinox

March 24: New Moon : 2:28 am PST./ 3:28 am MST/ 5:28 am EST

March 27: Easter

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For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek.
-Celia Thaxter (1835-94)

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Spirit Library: Be Courageous & Daring (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are in a phase of collapse where the old destructive patterns of the world are failing and disintegrating. At the same time new energetic structures, which are in harmony with the universal laws and principles of balance, are being established

Read more

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Pagan Library: Ostara Return to Us by Savannah Skye

The wheel has turned to our Goddess
Our lovely Maiden Goddess
Goddess Ostara
Who will return to us

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Deities of the Spring Equinox

Spring is a time of great celebration in many cultures. It’s the time of year when the planting begins, people begin to once more enjoy the fresh air, and we can reconnect with the earth again after the long, cold winter.

Read more…..

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Pagan Library: Spring Sabbat Incense

Anon

3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Sandalwood
1 part Benzoin
1 part Cinnamon
a few drops Patchouli oil

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Rain

1. If the rain is a gentle one, and especially if rainbows are present, this is a positive symbol, foreshadowing the coming of a peaceful interlude and much happiness.
2. If the rain is heavy, this indicates a change in the dreamer’s financial fortunes. Depending on his circumstances, it could be a windfall or a major setback.
3. A major thunderstorm with thunder and lightning indicates a sudden and unexpected increase in wealth, possibly through a legacy.
Astrological parallel: Venus.
Tarot parallel: The Wheel of Fortune.

astrology.com

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“Gwyl Canol GwenWynol or Eostre: (pronounced E-ostra, also known as Ostara, Spring Equinox etc.), March 21-23. Time of equal day and equal night. This is often celebrated with eggs (beginnings) and rabbits (fertiity) … see the theme? It is now time to lay the seeds of new projects and new directions that you have meditated on throughout the cold months. Now is the time to start taking action. (A lot of traditions use this particular sabbat for initiations. New roads, a new breath.) Colours for this sabbat: Purple and Yellow. The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane. Night and day are in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy. The god of light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness. In the Welsh Mabinogion, this is the day on which the restored Llew takes his vengeance on Goronwy by piercing him with the sunlight spear. For Llew was restored/reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now well/old enough to vanquish his rival/twin and mate with his lover/mother. And the great Mother Goddess, who has returned to her Virgin aspect at Candlemas, welcomes the young sun god’s embraces and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice. And so the cycle closes at last to begin anew. The customs surrounding the celebration of the spring equinox were imported from Mediterranean lands, although there can be no doubt that the first inhabitants of the British Isles observed it, as evidence from megalithic sites shows. But it was certainly more popular to the south, where people celebrated the holiday as New Year’s Day, and claimed it as the first day of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. However you look at it, it is certainly a time of new beginnings, as a simple glance at Nature will prove.”
– Spring Equinox

gardendigest.com

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Today’s Music: – Ostara – Lisa Thiel 

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Elephant Journal: Remembering the Spring Equinox—in the Dead of a Worldwide Winter.

Outside my windows, burgundy shoots are dancing on the ends of maple trees, in their metamorphosis to leaves.
That these leaves begin their lives red as blood, long before they turn to green, is not lost on me.

Read more…

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The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as: Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, No Ruz, Ostara, Ostra, Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox.

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EarthSky News: Fastest sunsets happen near equinoxes

Here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually rises and sets faster around the time of an equinox. In 2020, the vernal equinox falls on March 20 at 3:50 UTC; translate to your time zone. The fastest sunsets (and sunrises) happen at or near the equinoxes. And the slowest sunsets (and sunrises) happen at or near the solstices.

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Ostara: What Are You Planting?

As the warmth of spring starts to loosen the grip of winter’s cold, the quickening of Imbolc transforms from thought and desire into action. The energies of new beginnings and rebirth are everywhere and seeds are planted, literally and metaphorically, for the coming harvest.

Read more…

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Inner Journey:

NATURAL VIBRATIONS

“I sing the body electric.”
— Walt Whitman

The water that makes up so much of our bodies is like ocean water. The salt crystals in this water vibrate at ever-changing frequencies. Our hearts are the emotional centers of our bodies, and they put out frequencies that are 10 times the power of the frequencies of our brains.

When we are happy, we vibrate at a higher frequency than when we are angry or sad. Our emotions change the chemical composition of the water in our systems. That’s why happy tears taste different than tears of sadness.

Experiencing physical, emotional and mental stillness harmonizes the vibrational output of the body, heart and mind and we become stronger.

“The message we give our bodies — one of irritation or acceptance — is the message to which our bodies will answer.”
— Deb Shapiro

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 
Ever wonder what the world would be like without you?

Who would shine a light into all the dark corners you now illuminate? Who would comfort, guide, and inspire all those you now reach? Who would smile to those who need yours the most?

We do.

All the time.

And it ain’t pretty.

Here’s lookin’ at you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: How To Celebrate Ostara With Lavender Cookies and Spring Greens

One of my favorite Ostara flavors is lavender. It’s great in sugar cookies, as long as you use a sparing hand. You can also burn it as a lovely incense. To me, the smell and flavor are so reminiscent of the garden season which is to come. Every year I look forward to the green things coming up.

Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Ostara

Deities: Fertility deities, youthful deities, love goddesses, the Green Man, Gaia, Cerrunos, Eostre, Persephone, Thoth, Odin, Osiris, Isis, Venus, Pan, Athena.

Symbols for Ostara: Eggs, rabbits, snakes, unicorns, pegasus

Colors: Pastels, grass green, robins egg blue, violet, light pink and white

Stones: Moonstone, aquamarine, rose quartz, quartz crystal, amethyst.

Herbs/Incense: Jasmine, myrrh, rose petals, strawberry, sage, cinnamon, frankincense, orange peel, nutmeg.

Plants: Bulb plants, crocus, daffodils, Irish moss, ginger, snowdrops.

Foods: Eggs, the first fruits of the season, seeds, leafy greens, cheese, ham

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Daily Wisdom
March 20, 2020

Reason
“Reason consists of always seeing things as they are.”

-Voltaire (1694-1778)
“What is” is the truth. When we start going off on what “should be” or “could be” or “would be” then we’re living a life of illusion. Why create confusion and conflict? Accept what is. Love what is. Work with what is. That’s reasonable. Yes, we can make changes – but only when we start from a place of clear understanding.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Are you questioning which path to take next in your love life? The Hermit is pictured in solitary reflection, so spend some time considering your options by yourself before you make your final decision. Asking others their opinion will most likely only confuse the situation. It isn’t too early to plan for something you really want to happen in the future.

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 May 16, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 16, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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May come up with fiddle-bows,
May come up with blossom,
May come up the same again,
The same again but different.
-Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

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Spirituality & Health: Pilgrimage as Presence

BY ANTONIA MALCHIK

The physical act of walking brings us more fully back into the present. Author Antonia Malchik shares, “Walking is what we turn to when we wish to show our devotion to our gods, and how we move when the precariousness of our precious human existence is laid bare.”

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2019/05/08/pilgrimage-as-presence

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ThoughtCo: Frog Magic and Folklore

Frogs and toads feature prominently in magical folklore in many societies. These amphibious critters are known for a variety of magical properties, from their ability to help predict the weather, to curing warts to bringing good luck. Let’s look at some of the best known superstitions, omens and folklore surrounding frogs and toads

https://www.learnreligions.com/frog-magic-and-folklore-2562494

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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.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Humanity’s Path to a Flourishing Future

“I discovered that what makes humans unique is that we–to a greater extent than any other species–have what I call a ‘patterning instinct:’ we are driven to pattern meaning into our world. That drive is what led humans to develop language, myth, and culture. It enabled us to invent tools and develop science, giving us tremendous benefits but also putting us on a collision course with the natural world.” Jeremy Lent, author of “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning” shares more

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2313/humanity-s-path-to-a-flourishing-future-jeremy-lent/

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Elephant Journal: Why I’m Celebrating Life & Friendship by the Light of May’s Full Flower Moon.

Throughout history, the naming of full moons has been an honored tradition, often signifying the connection of the moon to the seasons.
As we know, April showers bring May flowers, so it is no wonder that the May full moon is aptly called a “Full Flower Moon.” The Full Flower Moon was seen as a symbol of increased fertility signifying to the ancient tribes that now was a safe time to bear children and plant crops as the weather was warming.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/by-the-light-of-the-full-flower-blue-moon/

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Away With The Witch: Never not broken? There’s a goddess for that.

I struggle with the illusion of completeness.
It gives false expectations and sets you up to fail because life is a constant ebb and flow. We never truly ‘have it all’ because we’re all broken.
And there’s a Goddess for that: the Hindu goddess Akhilandeshvari is the Goddess of Never Not Broken. I’ll come to her in a moment.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/awaywiththewitch/2018/11/never-not-broken-theres-a-goddess-for-that/

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EarthSky News: How Leo the Lion lost his tail

See how – on old star charts like the one above – the tail of the constellation Leo the Lion curves around? There’s a star there, Beta Leonis or Denebola, whose name means tail.

https://earthsky.org/constellations/skylore-leo-lion-lost-tail-hair-queen-coma-berenices

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Beneath the Moon: Sun Magic: Solar phases, properties and sun altars

Sun phases for magic
Just like the moon, the sun has phases which can be used to tie in with your magical workings to add an extra boost of power. The sun measures time, where it sits in the sky denotes what time of the day it is, and a sun dial would be quite useless without the sun to cast a shadow! I also think that point between night and day and vice versa, that moment of hand over is quite special.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2019/05/sun-magic/

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Inner Journey:

THE FIRST STEP TO FORGIVENESS

“To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that require it.”
— Christiane Northrup

To forgive, we do not have to say that whatever happened was okay. In fact, before we can forgive, we need to allow ourselves to really feel the pain of the experience. If we don’t fully acknowledge our hurts, we will continue to carry them subconsciously and they will drain our energy.

To forgive, we need to decide that we won’t allow the memories of the event to poison us any longer. We’re ready to heal this wound from the past and open to a fresh new beginning.

The blessing is that when we’re really ready to experience our pain and we open to it, it usually fades away. By honouring our pain, we release it.

“We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it.”
— Kenneth McNoll

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Gotcha we heard your, “Thank you!!!!”s.

And your, “Whooohoooo!!!!”s and “Holy Cow!!!”s.

If you keep celebrating like this, before anything even happens, we’re going to have to reinforce time and space so that it doesn’t split when all the king’s horses and all the king’s men march in to party with their nearest of kin… (code for: huge party because great things are happening in one’s life).
TBT,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Deity: Greek Goddess Iris

Iris was known as the goddess of the rainbow and another messenger for the gods in Greek mythology.
She is depicted as a beautiful golden goddess, with wings (for flight), sandals, a staff, and a tunic. There is often much art, such as vases and murals, shown of her because she is worshiped and very beautiful. She was also seen briefly in Homer’s Legacies.

Read more…  https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(goddess)

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Today’s Recipe:  Recipe: Pineapple Coleslaw

I have never found a homemade coleslaw recipe that I liked, so this is a result of my own experimentation.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Recipes/Salads/Fruit/Pineapple-Salad-Recipes.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
May 16, 2019

Body

“The body says what words cannot.”

-Martha Graham, 1985
We express ourselves with our bodies. Our body “language” tells things about us that we cannot hide. Our emotions are broadcast to the world through our posture and our physicality. Our bodies are our instruments – and we can play them with dance and athletics and joy!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Affirmations for a Discouraged Spirit
Sometimes, we are our worst critic. Whether at work, home, or in a social setting, the lens we train on ourselves can be brutally harsh

Read more……………

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for May 15, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 15, 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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May is bee in blossom,
May is birds a-nesting,
May is picking violets on a hill;
May is young and twenty,
May is Sunday-besting,
May is eager Jack and willing Jill.

-The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1961

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Spirit Library: Why Not a Kingdom? (a message from Brenda Hoffman)

Dear Ones,

There are undercurrents within your societies different from outward appearances. So it is you become upset when someone does this or that even though their actions – unknown to you – are fulfilling your dreams.

You are in the midst of crumbling world structures as you wait for some knight to make everything right – in your mind. That knight is not going to appear for you are the creator of your life.

https://spiritlibrary.com/brenda-hoffman/why-not-a-kingdom

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ThoughtCo: Purple Dead Nettle

Like many of the herbs that we can use in magic, purple dead nettle is, for all intents and purposes, a weed. It will take over a spring garden in no time at all, spreading with wild abandon through your yard. So why not take advantage of its folklore and magic, and use it in your workings? It’s a handy little herb to harvest.

https://www.learnreligions.com/purple-dead-nettle-magic-and-folklore-2562033

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MBG: Dealing With Anxiety? Here Are 4 Simple Steps To Clear Your Mind

Growing up, we learn math and reading, history and geography, but nobody teaches us about the logic of the mind and how to navigate the internal geography of our mental landscape. A significant aspect of anxiety arises when we don’t understand how to work with the normal and necessary thoughts that dart and dash through the mind every minute of every day. The most painful and alarming of these thoughts, the ones that can cascade into anxiety and panic and cause untold mental suffering, are what we call intrusive thoughts.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/4-steps-to-break-free-from-intrusive-thoughts

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Clear up a misunderstanding and free up some time and space to begin something you’ve been wanting to do but felt beyond your means. You might also come to an understanding with someone who has been an obstacle for you, whether because of pride, some power struggle, or other kind of competition or misconstrued sense of prestige or self-importance. Today, you are the equal of anyone. Be gracious

astrology.com (daily newsletter)

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Elephant Journal: A Full Moon Meditation for Releasing our Troubles.

In metaphysical circles it is widely held that the energy of the new moon supports us in sowing new seeds, or intentions, for what we wish to create in our lives.
And the energy around the full moon supports us in letting go of what no longer serves us.
Of course, we can set such intentions at any time. However, working with the energies of the moon can help to super-charge those intentions

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/05/a-releasing-meditation-for-the-upcoming-full-moon/

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MNN: New panda park in China will be much bigger than Yellowstone

Long the iconic face of endangered species, the giant panda has made significant progress in recent years. In the 1980s, only about 1,216 pandas were left in the wild, but the most recent census in 2015 counted 1,864 adult bears, prompting the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to downgrade the species’ threat level on the Red List from endangered to threatened in 2016.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-panda-park-china-will-be-much-bigger-yellowstone

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on May 15 and 16

These next few nights – May 15 and 16, 2019 – the bright waxing gibbous moon passes to the north of Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Spica serves as a prime example of a 1st-magnitude star, so this star will probably be bright enough to overcome the moonlit glare

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-may-15-and-16

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3 Pagans & A Cat: Green Witchcraft – Embracing Nature’s Rhythm

Well, I live in modest hope that sunshine and warmer temperatures are in my near future. The sun made a grand appearance after several weeks of rain and chilly temperatures which even by Michigan standards are unusual by this point in May. Oh, we’ve had a smattering of sunshine pushing through the clouds. Enough for me to begin harvesting dandelions and newly discovered common blue violets in my back yard, anyway.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/05/3-pagans-a-cat-green-witchcraft-embracing-the-rhythm-of-nature/

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Inner Journey:

PRACTICE DETACHMENT

As our consciousness rises, our perspective becomes more and more impersonal. What does this mean?

It means we are increasingly able to view our lives and the rest of the world with detachment. This does not mean we are cold and uncaring. Rather, we are self- contained. We have well-defined boundaries and we are able to think and act objectively, clearly and responsibly.

When we have learned detachment, we do not get hooked into the thoughts and feelings of others. We are not easily upset or manipulated. We may feel compassion for others but this does not cloud our ability to choose how we think, feel and behave. We also do not need others to behave in any particular way.

“Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.”
— Stephen Covey

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Apples

This is a great way to use up apples that may be getting a little old and wrinkly. I had some Honeycrisp apples that I didn’t have the heart to throw away, so I decided to turn them into cinnamon apples.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cinnamon-Apples.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions:Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear,Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Planet: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and, Opalescent colors and Violet
Herbs/Plants: Fern, Lavendar, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalytus, Lavender

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

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Daily Wisdom
May 15, 2019

Body

“The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.”

-Martha Graham, Blood Memory, 1991

Dancers know, as Martha Graham so beautifully states, that our bodies respond to the attention that we give them. When we take care of the body with nutrition and exercise and personal care, we can trust the body to function optimally.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Today’s Deity: Devi Saraswati

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and the learning. She is the part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. This trinity helps Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to create, maintain and destroy (to regenerate) the universe respectively. As per Devi Bhagwat, Goddess Saraswati is the wife of Lord Brahma. She abodes in Brahmapura, the abode of Lord Brahma…..

Read more………. https://www.drikpanchang.com/hindu-goddesses/saraswati/goddess-saraswati.html

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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 May 13, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 13, 2019

Good Morning Beautiful Souls, grab a cup of your favorite morning brew and start things off with “Today’s Inspirations”. I hope you find something here that will make you feel good or help you on your path today.

Blessings, Cat

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May is a green as no other,
May is much sun through small leaves,
May is soft earth,
And apple-blossoms.
-Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

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Spiritual Unite: The Mirror Effect Of An Empath

We have all experienced it, being around someone who has either taken an instant dislike to us, or a bizarre resentment suddenly appears in those we have known for some time.
There may be no clear reason for this change in their behaviour. No matter whether they try to hide their feelings or not, an Empath can sense their loathing and it does not feel good!

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/the-mirror-effect-of-an-empath/

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ThoughtCo: Make a Simple Magical Herb Bundle to Hang on Your Door

Herbal magic is an ancient art and an important element of most Wiccan practice. Each herb has a different purpose and power. It’s easy to create magical herb bundles:

https://www.learnreligions.com/how-to-make-herb-bundles-2562028

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Here’s How To Prep For The Year’s Only Full Moon In Scorpio

Some major planetary shifts are taking place in the sky this week. Here, the AstroTwins walk us through how to navigate it all.
On Wednesday, Venus and Mars change signs and push us to focus on our relationships.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-may-13-19-2019-by-the-astrotwins

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Today’s Deity: Oshun, African Goddess of Love and Sweet Waters

Across many ancient civilizations throughout the world, love was placed under the domain of a certain deity, usually, but not in all cases, a goddess. In the Classical world, for instance, there were Venus and Aphrodite, love goddesses of the Roman and Greek pantheons respectively. In the ancient Near East, love was personified in such goddesses as Ishtar and Astarte. Further afield in West Africa, the Yoruba people believe in a love goddess by the name of Oshun

https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-africa/oshun-african-goddess-love-and-sweet-waters-002908

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MNN: There’s a tree in this North Carolina swamp that’s at least 2,624 years old

There’s a specific stand of bald cypress trees along the Black River in North Carolina that are some of the oldest trees in the country. Locally known as the Three Sisters Swamp, there are several trees in the group known to be more than 1,000 years old.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/scientists-discover-tree-least-2624-years-old

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Tetraktys: The 13 Wiccan Esbats Explained 

Traditionally, an Esbat is a gathering of Wiccans happening during the night of the Full Moon. The purpose of an Esbat is to celebrate the Full Moon, honor the Deities and practice magick. Esbat rituals are part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year along with the eight Sabbat

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/wiccan-esbats-explained/

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EarthSky News: Look for the legendary green flash

It’s not hard to see a green flash with the eye alone, when sky conditions are right, and when you’re looking toward a very clear and very distant horizon. That’s why those who live near an ocean tend to report green flashes most often. A sea horizon is the best place to see them.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-the-legendary-green-flash

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3 Pagans & A Cat: What’s In a Name?

This past Sunday, Car and I renewed our marriage vows in a handfasting during a Beltane ritual. The event was held at Artes and Craft, and officiated by our friends Pat and Paul, who in addition to co-owning the store are the High Priestess and Priest of a local coven.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/05/3-pagans-a-cat-whats-in-a-name/

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Inner Journey: 

SMART QUESTIONS TO KEEP HANDY

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
— Anthony Robbins

Last time, we talked about questions to avoid. Today, let’s consider some that are truly empowering:
• Is there a message for me in this experience?
• What’s the gift in this situation?
• What can I learn from this?
• What’s the most loving thing I could do now?
• What’s the most important thing for me to focus on now?
• What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
• What would I do if there were nothing to fear?

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”
— Francis Bacon

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A Note from the Universe

Dreams come true, that’s what they do. The only variable is when.

For the slow approach: Resist. Attach. Insist. Deny. Stop. Second guess. Whine. Argue. Defend. Protest. Cry. Struggle. And ask others, when you know the answer yourself.

For the quick approach: Visualize. Pretend. Prepare. Dodge. Roll. Serpentine. Do not waver over intentions, but over methods. Show up, even when nothing happens. And give thanks in advance.
You knew that,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Crispy Tuna Cheese Puffs

These little crispy pockets of tuna and cream cheese are an excellent appetizer or side to a meal. I came up with them because I adore crab rangoons, but don’t always have those ingredients handy. I always have tuna and cream cheese around! These can be pan fried or baked. I’ve added both methods in this recipe.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Crispy-Tuna-Cheese-Puffs.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
May 13, 2019

Body

“We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.”

-Seneca the Younger (5? BC – AD 65)

There is a kind of mindfulness that we need to observe when taking care of the body. We need to exercise, but not overdo. We need to eat properly, but not too much. This is a precious package that is ours to take care of. And when we take care of the body, it takes care of us. We all have this in common. We may look so different on the outside – different shapes, sizes, colors, ages, whatever. But on the inside- it’s all the same basic equipment. What makes us “tick” is all the same “stuff.”

-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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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 3, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 3, 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 sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Spiritual Unite: How To Recognize Your Soulmate – 4 Sure Fire Ways To Know

For most people, finding love is the first reason for living.
We spend our whole lives looking for that one person, and when we find our soulmate, we experience the kind of joy that is all too rare

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/how-to-recognize-your-soulmate-4-sure-fire-ways-to-know/

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ThoughtCo: Make Your Own Besom

The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. In addition to being good for playing Quidditch, the besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools.

https://www.learnreligions.com/make-your-own-besom-2562738

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MBG: An New Moon Practice To Help You See The Divine In The Everyday

I spent the last five days at a meditation retreat contemplating awareness and space, and one message kept coming loud and clear: Meaningful change begins in the body, not by escaping the body.
For eons, different spiritual traditions have considered the body the space of evils: unholy, dirty, and shameful. Something to want to tame and control.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-may-2019-an-embodiment-ritual-to-harness-taurus-energy

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Daily Good: Becoming a Blessing

“A good story is like a compass, it points to something true and invites us to orient our own direction according to it and perhaps to live a little better.” With these words Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen proceeds to tell stories that enthrall and enchant and indeed help to orient us and guide us to seek to live better. She shares stories of her grandfather, whom she calls a “flaming mystic,” that were told to her as a very young child and yet still resonate for her today. She speaks of the power and web of connection among people and how that can be evidenced by blessing each other out loud. This video itself is a blessing to be cherished and shared.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8341

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Witchwood Teahouse: So… I made Moon Water. Now What?

Moon, Sacred, or Holy Water is one of the many staples I keep stocked in my magickal cabinet. The moon is the symbol of the Divine Feminine and the Holy Mother Goddess. She is nurturing, bold, and unapologetic in her brilliance. She is emotion and because of this, we are deeply connected to the moon’s energy. When a full moon is building, we might feel ourselves becoming a little irrational, angry, or irritable. Our emotions are great indicators of what we should work on in our lives as we seek out balance and stability.

http://www.themagickkitchen.com/so-i-made-moon-water-now-what/

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MNN: Why do bumblebees have stripes?
Think of them as a warning label.

If you’ve ever seen a bumblebee rummaging clumsily in the garden, you’ll know those aren’t racing stripes. The genus bombus is known neither for grace nor speed.
But what you may not have known is that those stripes come in hundreds of different patterns. You’d be forgiven for not taking a closer look. Even though bumblebees aren’t the stinging type — only females even have stingers and they’re reluctant to use them — these little buzzing balls can seem a little intimidating

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/why-do-bumblebees-have-stripes

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EarthSky News: Eta Aquariids before dawn May 4, 5 and 6

Before dawn these next several mornings – May 4, 5 and 6, 2019 – watch for meteors in the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower to streak across the heavens in an inky dark sky unmarred by moonlight. We expect the morning of May 5 to showcase the peak number of meteors. But try the morning before and/or after as well, as this meteor shower has a relatively broad peak.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/star-hop-to-the-radiant-of-the-eta-aquarids

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Patheos-Pagan: Bird Migrations and the Stars: The Science Behind the Connection

Birds and Stars in the Lore
Birds are often connected to transformation, the Otherworlds, and death. In the Lithuanian tradition the souls of the dead are said to turn into birds and fly along the milky way, which they call Paukščių Takas, The Way of Birds, or Vėlių Kelias, The Way of Souls. The Estonians called it Linnutee, The Bird Way, and the souls are said to be lead by a white bird with the head of a woman and the souls she leads take the form of a goose, duck, diver, or bluebird.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dandelionlady/2019/04/bird-migrations-and-the-stars-the-science-behind-the-connection.html

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Inner Journey: 

WHAT IS YOUR BODY SAYING?

“Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz — something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”
— Chungliang Al Huang

“As we explore the extraordinary interplay of energies between the many aspects of our personality — our needs, unconscious reactions, repressed emotions, aspirations and fears — with the functioning of our physical system and its capacity to maintainm itself, we soon realise how very wise the body is. With its intricately detailed systems and operations it portrays infinite intelligence and compassion, constantly giving us the means to understand ourselves further, to confront issues we are not looking at, and to go beyond that which is holding us back.”
— Deb Shapiro

Scan your body with your awareness. Are you experiencing any aches and pains? Any stiffness?

What might your body be trying to tell you about how you are living your life?

“Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible.”
— Gabrielle Roth

“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

My own personal policy as the Universe is to only do those things that I want to do, with whom I want to do them.

That’s part of the reason I’m always hanging around you.

Hungry?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipes

Not only are they delicious but chocolate banana smoothie are packed with good nutrients as well. They make a great fast breakfast option and can also give you nice recharge after a workout.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Banana-Smoothie-Recipes.html

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
May 3, 2019

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: What Does Your Palm Say About Your Personality?
The marks on your hand can reveal information about your characteristics.

Have you been curious about the lines on your palms? According to Psychic Library, “palmistry reveals individual personality and character traits through the study of the shape, size and lines of the hands and fingers”. The practice of palmistry started in India, where it is still a common practice to this day.

Read more……………….

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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