Cat’s Morning Bits for October 18, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 18, 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

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
-L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942)

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Daily Good: Ten True Things About Gratefulness

Gratefulness is a deceptively simple practice that has the potential to change your life and those around you. “The benefits of gratitude range from deeper sleep and better health to higher self-esteem and enhanced stress resilience. Gratitude has also been shown to enhance our relationships. And, if that’s not enough, gratitude makes us happier.” And happiness spreads. Here, an ode to the practice in the form of ten truths, from Gratefulness.org.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2112/ten-true-things-about-gratefulness-kripalu-center-for-yoga-and-health/

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Tetraktys: Five Samhain Spirit Animals You Need to Work With

A spirit animal is a spirit guide that has taken the form of an animal. Spirit guides can be seen from different points of view. Some people see them as distinct entities, or spirits, that come from other planes of existence. Others view spirit guides as reflections of their own psyche or parts of their unconscious.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/five-spirit-animals-you-need-work-samhain/

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MNN: 13 odd facts about Edgar Allan Poe 

Upon the mysterious death of America’s master of mystery and the macabre, the literary rival of Edgar Allan Poe wrote a scathing obituary and biography of the author. However, much of what was written by Poe’s foe, Rufus Griswold, was untrue. Vengeful over things Poe had written about Griswold, the latter’s postmortem portrait of Poe painted him as a womanizing madman, drug-addled and bereft of both morals and friends.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/13-odd-facts-about-edgar-allan-poe

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EarthSky News: Whale songs evolve, but calls persist for generations

Humpback whales have ever-changing and evolving songs. But a new study of whales in Alaska shows their repertoire of calls – including growls, trumpets, and ahoogas – remains more stable. Why?

http://earthsky.org/earth/whale-calls-remain-stable-across-generations

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Patheos-Pagan: Calling out to the Dead

I call out to the dead and the dead call out to me.
There was a time when I was walking down the hall and I smelled her perfume. And I didn’t know what to do. So I stood there, patiently. As though she might round the corner to say hello. I closed my eyes and waited. The smell lingered. The scent was unmistakable.
Jasmine.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2018/10/calling-out-to-the-dead/

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Inner Journey: 

STAR CONNECTIONS

“The interchangeability of matter and spirit means the starlit magic of the outermost life of our universe becomes the soul-light magic of the innermost life of our self. The energy of the stars becomes us. We become the energy of the stars. Stardust and spirit unite and we begin: One with the universe. Whole and holy.”
— Dennis J. Kucinich

Ponder the spectre of yourself as one human being in the over six billion people on Earth. See Earth as one tiny planet in a galaxy of billions of stars, and that galaxy as just one of billions of galaxies in our expanding universe. We are so minute as to be nonexistent. And yet, we have the power to visualize, to imagine the entirety of the cosmos.

In your journal, write about the paradox of being both microscopic and immense.

“I think we would be able to live in this world more peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking not just into infinity but very closely at the world around us — and appreciating its depth and divinity.”
— Thomas Moore

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
— Harry Emerson Fosdick

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A Note from the Universe

Quick! What’s the shortest distance between have and have not?

Right!!! What distance?

You’re there,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Butternut Squash with Macintosh Apples

I just love winter squash. I like it a bit sweet, but do not like having to sweeten it with so much sugar. I thought maybe I could cook apples with it and sweeten it naturally. This is so good, you will love it and you will have the kids eating their veggies like never before!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Butternut-Squash-with-Macintosh-Apples.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
October 18, 2018

Life

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was duty.
I acted and behold, duty was joy.”

-Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

There’s no doubt that life can be hard. And yet life is poetic. What we learn in our time here is beautiful. All that we really take with us is the wisdom we garner. Life is full of joy. We were blessed, against all odds, to be here, in this time and place, in this particular circumstance. It is our duty to live this life and to get all that we can from the experience.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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MBG: Do We Even Know What The Word ‘Happiness’ Means Anymore?

For most of my life, I was guilty of chasing happiness too. But after about five years doing a deep dive into some of this literature on happiness, I realized that our culture’s gold standard definition of “happy” doesn’t match up to the history and research.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/why-you-should-chase-satisfaction-not-happiness

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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 October 11, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 11, 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

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O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.
-Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-85)

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MBG: Mushroom extract may help save bees

Over the past decade, beekeepers have experienced dramatic colony losses, with average bee losses of more than 30 percent. Causes range from pollution to habitat loss to viruses transmitted by parasites.

It’s on the last of those causes that research may have found a sliver of hope. Scientists may have discovered a way to combat the viruses, and all it took was some mushrooms and the dreams of a one-time long-haired hippie.

Read more…………….

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Daily Good: The Dinner Party

Loss is part of life for all of us, but the tendency in our time is to carry that burden alone. Lennon Flowers had lost her own mother to cancer and was carrying that burden alone when her friend and colleague Carla Hernandez reached out to her. Carla invited Lennon over to share dinner with other friends who’d lost a loved one, and the Dinner Party was born. Today, there are thousands of Dinner Partiers active at over 200 tables in over 90 cities and towns worldwide.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2110/the-dinner-party-lennon-flowers/

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Elephant Journal: A Guide to Raw, Wholehearted, Unapologetic Living.

Vulnerability.
Such a scary word.
It’s defined as the state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

For me, vulnerability means trusting a person with the rawest places of yourself—and not knowing how they will handle those places. It’s sharing your story without knowing the outcome.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/10/a-guide-to-raw-wholehearted-unapologetic-living/

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ThoughtCo. : Sacred Places to Visit in the United States

The British Isles and Europe don’t have a monopoly on sacred places. There are a number of sites in the United States that are places of magical energy and power. Here are ten amazing places in the U.S. that draw natural energy from the earth.

https://www.thoughtco.com/sacred-places-in-the-united-states-2562651

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EarthSky News: Watch for false dawn or dusk

The September equinox came on September 23, 2018 (or September 22 for us in the Americas), and the moon is new on October 9. That combination makes these next few weeks ideal for seeing the zodiacal light, also known as the false dawn. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, look east, about an hour before the light of true dawn.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/zodiacal-light-false-dawn-for-the-next-two-weeks

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Patheos-Pagan: Magical herbs, plants and foods for protection

I was recently asked about the best herbs to use for protection. My answer to any question along the lines of ‘what herbs are best to use’ is to go with your intuition. Trust it. What works for some might not work so well for others. There are of course some ‘standard’ (for want of a better word) herbs that can be used for the magical purpose of protection but I wholeheartedly believe that it will work better if you choose it based on your own gut instinct.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2018/10/herbs-food-protection/

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Inner Journey: 

DAILY FORGIVENESS

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.”
— Isabelle Holland

We cannot avoid daily resentment and thoughts of guilt. They are a part of human nature. What we can do is release their grip on us. We can forgive others and ourselves daily.

Forgiveness requires nothing in return. There are no conditions. It gets rid of old baggage and clears up unfinished business. It leads us to a life of authenticity, lightness and directness. Forgiveness is the highest form of letting go of resentment and ego.

True forgiveness is more than an apology, understanding and acceptance. There is an element of recreating and re-imagining. There is a need to envision ourselves as more loving, interdependent, courageous and compassionate. Forgiveness requires honouring the sacred journey of learning about life – our life and others’.

“Whatever we have done, we can always make amends for it without ever looking back in guilt or sorrow.”
— Eknath Easwaran

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A Note from the Universe

The main thing those who’ve “passed” would like to tell those who’ve not “passed,”  is that once you get over the shock of having safely arrived—completely intact, cool as ever, and bathed in love—what you’ll miss most about Earth, after ice cream, is the beguiling romance of uncertainty.

Oh yes you will.

You really do have it made,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Pickled Squash

Many kinds of squash can be preserved by pickling.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Recipes/Vegetables/Pickled-Squash-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
October 11, 2018

Prayer

“Time spent on the knees in prayer will do more to remedy heart strain and nerve worry than anything else.”

-George David Stewart

Long before Prozac, there was prayer. Can you see the prescription now? “Pray two prayers, twice a day until symptoms subside. Then continue the treatment over the course of a lifetime to prevent symptoms from recurring.” Prayer is a remedy. We can turn our burdens over to God and feel the weight drop from our shoulders. Why do we feel the need to carry around all that heaviness? Pray. And then pray some more. And then keep praying. And feel the lightness return.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Butterflies Are Spiritual Messengers
If you see these creatures often, they might be telling you something.
Butterflies are more than just beautiful creatures. They come to remind you about the power of transformation, and that you need to go through a personal growth in life. If you are repeatedly seeing butterflies, it may be a sign that you need to change or release some thoughts or feelings that are holding you back.

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 October 4, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 4, 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

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A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.
–Thomas Collier (1842–93)

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Spiritual Unite: Connect And Save Mother Earth

Our planet is in peril. That isn’t an exaggeration. Every day, all over the world, pollutants are spewed into the atmosphere, causing the ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise. The temperature is slowly rising, and we as a species have been slow to take action.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/connect-and-save-mother-earth/

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MBG: Female Friendship Has Never Been More Important. Here’s How To Find Your Girl Gang

Earlier this month, world-famous feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem said, “I’ve never seen this much activism in my life. It’s way, way more than anything I’ve ever seen.” And that’s saying a lot: At age 84, Steinem was a leader of the feminist movement in the late ’60s and early ’70s and the co-founder of Ms. magazine

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-make-female-friends-as-an-adult

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Daily Good: Bridging Divides in Kosovo with Rock Music

The power of rock and roll. It brings people together from all different facets of life. That’s what students from Mitrovica, Kosovo, found out through The Mitrovica Rock School. The program, created by Musicians Without Borders, involves 113 students, in 10 ethnic bands, led by 16 local teachers.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2048/bridging-divides-in-kosovo-with-rock-music-lea-suter/

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Elephant Journal: Smell the Flowers, Blow the Candle: 5 Ways to Introduce our Kids to Meditation.

Lately, my three-year-old son has been asking to go to meditation with me.
In his little voice, which is the cutest thing in the world, he skips the “d” and it melts my whole existence every time he does it.
One day, during soccer practice when they were stretching in butterfly, the coach asked him, “where are you going with those wings?” and he responded, “to meitation”—I almost cried.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/10/smell-the-flowers-blow-the-candle-5-ways-to-introduce-our-kids-to-meditation/

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MNN: Why does autumn have two names?

As the seasons change, the days grow shorter, the leaves change colors and the collection of flavors called pumpkin spice is added to practically everything.

These are just a few signs that autumn has arrived. Or is it fall? The indecision about which name to use only seems fitting when applied to a season that is itself a shift from one clearly defined season, summer, to another equally well-defined season, winter.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/why-does-autumn-have-two-names

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EarthSky News: Tonight  Can you find the Big Dipper?

Sure, it’s easy to recognize, but sometimes the Big Dipper is low in the northern sky, or not visible at all. That’s the case now, in the evening.

Read more……………..

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Patheos-Pagan: The Witch’s Toolbox: The Pentacle

Excerpted from The Witch’s Altar by Laura Tempest Zakroff and Jason Mankey. Llewellyn Publications, 2018.

The pentacle is often confused with the pentagram, and according to the Oxford English Dictionary, pentacle is a synonym for pentagram, but that’s not how the words are gen- erally used in Witchcraft. In Witchcraft, the word pentagram refers to a five pointed star, with the single point usually facing upward. Pentagrams are often ringed by a circle touching all five points of the star, but the circle is not necessary for something to be called a pentagram.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2018/10/the-witchs-toolbox-the-pentacle/

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Inner Journey: 

WE CAN’T ESCAPE

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
— Orison Swett Marden

We can’t escape problems and negativity. Escaping just brings denial and suppression – we continue to carry the problem with us. Ironically, it is our lack of acceptance and resistance to the problem that creates the pain. Resistance builds up an energy wall or block that, if not discharged, gets suppressed into the body. These blocks identify places where we have not enough understanding or love.

For health, we must work through what we seek to avoid. How do we do this? We can love parts of ourselves that we don’t like. We can seek the lessons we are being invited to learn through the problem. We can examine our beliefs and seek to see different perspectives and a bigger picture. As our perspectives grow, more of life makes sense and has meaning.

“The Lord is a good psychologist: he knows the way our minds run. Turmoil can be the Lord’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and saying, ‘Don’t forget me.'”
— Eknath Easwaran

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A Note from the Universe 

About those dreams you have each night that you don’t quite remember…

Well, those are the ones in which you hold sway over the stars, possessing the keys to the entire Universe, and in which all the angels sing your name in praise. The very same ones in which you summon legions to do your bidding, create worlds to play your games, and unflinchingly orchestrate challenges that are so intense, you completely forget you’re even dreaming.

And you’re having one right now.

Now, repeat after me, “I will remember I’m dreaming, I’m perfectly safe and sound, and that rumble in the jungle… is just me.”

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Hot Spiced Cider

When the weather is cold, there are delicious ways to use apple cider and spices to warm you up.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Hot-Spiced-Cider-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
October 4, 2018

Nature

“Ah, dear nature, the mere remembrance, after a short forgetfulness, of the pine woods! I come to it as a hungry man to a crust of bread.”

-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Nature can nourish us, refresh us, and replenish us. Time spent with nature helps to still the mind, to quiet the activity of our thoughts. Nature provides us with everything we need for our bodies with its bounty of fruits, grains and vegetables. Yet nature’s “food for thought” – its pure silence, is just as necessary for our health, mentally, physically and spiritually.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Ways to Welcome the Change of Season
Are you ho-hum about adjusting to the cooler weather? Here are tips to welcome the change of season by changing your attitude.

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 September 27, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 27, 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

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When the air is white with the down o’ the thistle,
And the sky is red with the Harvest Moon.

-Richard Watson Gilder (1844-1909)

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Spiritual Unite:  Lime Green Aura Meaning | For Growth And Change

You can tell a lot about a person from their aura. Auras are colour expressions of the unique vibrational energies your subtle body puts out into the world. From those colours, you can effectively see what that person is made up of. Today we’re looking at the lime green aura. So what does the lime green aura mean?

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/lime-green-aura-meaning-for-growth-and-change/

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MBG: Why Ambivalent Relationships Drain You As Much As — If Not More Than — Toxic Ones

Everybody has a handful of “friends” in their life about whom they have pretty mixed feelings. But when do these relationships become a problem, and how can you tell?

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/ambivalent-relationships-drain-you-as-much-as-toxic-ones

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Elephant Journal: The Silent Acts of Violence we Commit Every Day. 

This is for those of us who keep our lives in our mouths, as Nayyirah describes:
“my whole life
i have
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
i am so full of my tongue
you would think speaking is easy.
but it is not.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/the-silent-acts-of-violence-we-commit-every-day/

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MNN: Cities say ‘lights out’ to help migrating birds

Each year when night falls on Sept. 11 in New York City, twin pillars of sheer radiance powered by 88 high-powered searchlights are blasted into the heavens near where the World Trade Center once stood.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Look west after sunrise for the daytime moon

The September 2018 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning gibbous phase, which means it rises in the east later and later each evening. Beginning around the morning of September 26 or 27, 2018, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/look-for-the-daytime-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: Magick in the Bedroom: A Witch’s Guide to Sleep

Let’s face it, nights of restless sleep will always result with little magick in the bedroom. Whether it be stress, leg cramps, lack of comfort, here are some tips to help get the sleep that you need and deserve.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefairytalewitch/2018/09/magick-in-the-bedroom-a-witchs-guide-to-sleep/

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Inner Journey: 

DANCE THROUGH YOUR DAY

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
— Horace

Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.

“Slow down a notch,” Leder counsels. “Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. … As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the timein the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours.”

So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life.”
— Martha Graham

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A Note from the Universe

Yeah, I know it sounds like a good idea to the new-agers, god-squads, and holy-rollers to turn all things over to “the Universe,” but I’m a little concerned that something important has been lost in translation.

How ’bout you just turn over the “hows” to me, and have yourself a little field day with the “all things” part?

Hope I got to you before they did,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodles can be used in all sorts of dishes, and a cold noodles salad is a delicious way to use them.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cold-Soba-Noodle-Salad-Recipe.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
September 27,  2018

Relationships

“The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation – or a relationship.”

-Deborah Tannen

A relationship is a living thing. It grows, evolves, and no two are the same. We need to care for our relationships, and that can mean different things in different circumstances. We need to pay attention to relationships that are important to us, and know that in return the relationship nurtures us.

-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 September 20,2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 20,  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

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The mellow moon, the changing leaves,
The earlier setting Sun,
Proclaim at last, my merry boys,
The harvest-time begun.
–Charles G. Eastman (1816–60)

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Spiritual Unite: Orb In Photos And Their Meaning

One of the most common experiences we have with the spirit world shows up in places that we might not expect  photography. Specifically, the little (or large!) balls of energy that show up in photos, that are commonly called orbs. The spiritual energy that runs through our world may be as old as time, but strangely enough, it is…

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/orb-in-photos-and-their-meaning/

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MBG:How To Have Epic Outdoor Adventures (Even When You Work A Desk Job)

What do you think of when you imagine an outdoor adventure? Maybe you’re envisioning thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, summiting Denali, or traveling the country in a converted van—something big, bold, and ambitious.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-have-outdoor-adventures-even-when-you-work-a-desk-job

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Daily Good: Betty Peck’s Magic Mirror

Imagine a magic mirror that you look into to discover how truly wonderful you are. That is the kind of mirror that Betty Peck, a kindergarten teacher with more than 50 years experience, had in all of her classrooms. Whenever one of her students felt worried or unsure, Betty would gently guide the student to look into the magic mirror and say, “How could you forget how wonderful you are?!” In this short film created by a former student of Betty’s, this wise woman, now well into her 90’s, encourages us to have just such a magic mirror in every kindergarten, every household and every garden. In that way we can all say, “Thank you for every magic moment that makes it possible for me to stand here and to feel how truly wonderful I am.” { read more }

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8167&coord=1

Be The Change

Give thanks today for all the magic moments in your own life. If you’d like, you can send a note of gratitude to Betty Peck for the countless seeds of goodness she planted in so many hearts

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Elephant Journal: Equinox, September 23rd—We are Two Halves of the Same Heart.

Come September 23rd, our closest and most precious star will align with the centre of the earth.
At precisely 3.54 a.m., Central European Time, the sun will shine directly over the equator, and the equal length of night and day will be the same—everywhere in the world.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/equinox-september-23rd-we-are-two-halves-of-the-same-heart/

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MNN: People like you more than you might think
(No, seriously, they do … we have research to prove it.)

For many people, the moments after a conversation — and sometimes even during the conversation — can be filled with self-doubt. There’s a lot of second guessing, like what did the person on the other side of the conversation think? And double the speculation if you’re meeting for the first time.

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/liking-gap-people-like-you-more-than-you-think

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EarthSky News: See Venus at its brightest

On and around September 20 and 21, 2018, look for the brightest planet, Venus, now looming low in the evening twilight, dazzlingly bright. It’s now Venus’ time of greatest brilliancy, a time when the planet takes on an odd appearance; many will report it as a UFO in the days ahead. It’s a precursor to Venus’ disappearance from our evening skies in the coming weeks.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/see-venus-at-greatest-illuminated-extent

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Patheos-Pagan: Mind Over Spirit: Be. QUIET. 
We’ve heard the whole thing about ‘mind over body’. I can say from experience that this is a legitimate thing—the strength of the mind, the logic and rationality and sheer strength of it, kept elements of my body in check until I was alone and free to fall apart.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kacealexander/2018/09/be-quiet/

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Inner Journey: 

ON SELF-HONESTY

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.”
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

“You cannot fake a relationship and feel right with yourself or anyone else. Changing yourself to fit what you think other people want doesn’t work. Pretending to be someone other than yourself only broadens the distancebetween the person you are and the one with whom you’re trying to establish closeness.”
— Mary Manin Morrissey

“Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.”
— Vernon Howard

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
— Janis Joplin

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Whatever you have to say, say it with love.

Love you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Buko-Pandan Cake

Natural is always a good thing especially with food. This recipe uses coconut and no artificial colors and flavoring are added.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Buko-Pandan-Cake.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
September 20,  2018

Solitude

“We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!”

-Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending

There comes a time when we realize that there’s no escaping it, we have to live with ourselves! How do we treat ourselves? Are we kind and loving, do we show appreciation and forgiveness? Too often we’re our own worst critics! We’re hard on ourselves when we really need a break once in awhile. Let’s work on being the kind of person whom we want to be with – and spend some time being ourselves, by ourselves.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Uses for Honey

The Egyptians used honey as an antiseptic, a way of preventing body decay, and also to aid upset stomachs. During World War I soldiers were treated with a mixture of honey and cod-liver oil on open sores. Today, honey is just as remarkable for cuts, scrapes and to keep a youthful appearance
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/health/6-uses-for-honey.aspx#Kedu8GRxIXjLTR5W.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 13, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 13, 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

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The mellow moon, the changing leaves,
The earlier setting sun,
Proclaim at last, my merry boys,
The harvest-time begun.
–Charles G. Eastman (1816–60)

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Spiritual Unite: Overactive Crown Chakra

Situated at the crown of the head, the crown Chakra or Sahasrara connects the spiritual and material realms.

It regulates your emotional stability, creative thought, spirituality, inner wisdom and personal attachment

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/overactive-crown-chakra-16-signs/

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MBG: These Caffeine Alternatives Will Give You A Natural Energy Boost

We all have our morning routines. Part autopilot, part ritual, what we do each morning helps us get ready for what the day brings. For some, it all starts with a staggering zombie walk to make coffee (I include myself in this category). But for others who are seeking an alternative to caffeine to jump-start the morning, there are many natural energy-boosting options.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/caffeine-alternatives-for-healthy-natural-energy

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Daily Good: What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

Compassion in the workplace may sound foreign, but studies have shown that cultivating compassion at the office can have remarkable outcomes for product design, employee and customer engagement, and accountability. Compassion is at the root of delivering quality service, says Monica Worline, because “Service quality hinges on relationships, and relationships deepen when we listen and hear what’s going on in someone else’s life.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2086/what-does-a-compassionate-workplace-look-like-nir-eyal-monica-worline/

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Elephant Journal: Every Day is a Prayer.

I don’t much believe in praying on our knees, hands clasped.
Still, I pray all day.
I grew up with the religious view of prayer, which felt like a pleading request for a temperamental God to step in and deliver what I asked for. It felt a bit like unworthiness waiting to be transmuted.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/every-day-is-a-prayer/

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MNN: ‘Tower of Voices’ honors the Sept. 11 bravery of Flight 93

“Tower of Voices,” a 93-foot musical instrument at the Flight 93 National Memorial, honors the passengers and flight crew who decided to fight back after terrorists hijacked their United Airlines plane on Sept. 11, 2001. The plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, never reaching its intended target but killing all on board.

Read more……………

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EarthSky News: Moon, Jupiter, Antares September 13 to 15

These next three evenings – September 13 to 15, 2018 – watch for the waxing crescent moon to travel eastward through the zodiac. The moon pairs up with the dazzling planet Jupiter on September 13, and then moves in between Jupiter and the red star Antares on September 14. Finally, on September 15, the moon sweeps to the north of the red star Antares, the heart of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-jupiter-antares-september-13-to-15

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Patheos-Pagan: Wiccan Rede: Harm none, spell won’t be done

Many moons ago, through a strange twist of fate, Phyllis Curott’s Witch Crafting landed on my door mat. I wasn’t particularly excited about reading it but through lack of other reading fodder at the time, I began to read. By the end of the book, I realised ‘witch’ was something that had been missing in my life. Without anyone to turn to on my new path, I began to read but this time with an insatiable appetite. It wasn’t long before I came across the Wiccan Rede:
“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/awaywiththewitch/2018/08/wiccan-rede-harm-none-spell-wont-be-done/

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Inner Journey:

FIND PEACE INSIDE

“All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.”
— Swami Ramdas

Getting into the habit of meditating, praying and/or resting daily helps us pull back from our preoccupation with the material world. In silence and solitude, we have an opportunity to pay attention to what’s happening inside rather than outside.

When we do this consistently, we learn to relax and to quiet and detach from our mental chatter and our turbulent emotions. As we begin to witness ourselves in personality, we also begin to experience our soul.

“Meditation may require a lifetime to master, but it will have been a lifetime well spent.” If you want to judge your progress, ask yourself these questions: Am I more loving? Is my judgment sounder? Do I have more energy?Can my mind remain calm under provocation? Am I free from the conditioning of anger, fear, and greed? Spiritual awareness reveals itself as eloquently in character development and selfless action as in mystical states.”
— Eknath Easwaran

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Young souls use pain to learn how things are.

Mature souls use pain to learn how else things might be.

And old souls, use pain to learn how else they might be.

T-s-s-s-s-s-s,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Rose Pistachio Rice Pudding

This is a beautiful rice pudding that’s spiked with pistachios, rose water, and cardamom, and then elegantly decorated on top. It’s a recipe we’ve held in our family for decades. I hope you try it out. 🙂

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Rose-Pistachio-Rice-Pudding.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
September 13, 2018

Awareness

“Every dog has its day, but it’s not every dog that knows when he’s having it.”

-Winifred Gordon, A Book of Days (1910)

Is today your day? Sure it is! Why wouldn’t it be? Expand your awareness to include all the beauty and joy and love and peace and goodness that is in you and through you and all around you. Today and every day is your day – recognize it, and enjoy it!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 15 Ways to Reduce Stress in 15 Minutes or Less

Excessive stress can be bad for both your body and your mind. Stress can come in many forms – a huge project at work, family issues, illness – and not addressing it can lead to sleep issues, anxiety, depression, weight gain as well as digestive and heart problems. Here are some fun and quick ways to reduce stress in your daily life.

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 September 6, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for September 6, 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

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The dawn laughs out on orient hills
And dances with the diamond rills;
The ambrosial wind but faintly stirs
The silken, beaded gossamers.
–Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942)

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Spiritual Unite: Twin Flame Unity: The Spirit Consciousness

The Twin Flame experience is special. No other relationship can help us understand the true oneness of the soul and of consciousness more than the Twin Flame relationship, centred as it is purely on the spirit level of consciousness. We love our Twin Flame as we love ourselves, on the same level. That is no accident our Twin Flame….

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/twin-flame-unity/

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MBG: The Age When Your Self-Esteem Peaks Will Pleasantly Surprise You

How will you change over the years as you get older? Past research offers strong evidence that, although there are parts of personalities that stay relatively set throughout our lives, we do in fact experience real character growth over time. The primary way we change is through maturation: All of our more pro-social, positive traits (things like conscientiousness and social skills) tend to increase as we get older, whereas many of our more negative traits (things like impulsiveness and anxiousness) tend to decrease.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/your-self-esteem-grows-as-you-get-older

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The wound is the place where the Light enters you. –Rumi

Daily Good: Welcome to Our Shared Humanity

In moments of difficulty, we can feel utterly and completely alone in our pain and suffering. Actually, in this very moment, everyone is carrying some burden. It might be physical, like a load of heavy bricks. It might be emotional, like a regret from the past. It might be a burden of basic survival, like finding enough food or a safe place to sleep for the night. We are, in this very moment, part of a great interconnected web of shared struggle. Explore this thoughtful essay to discover simple practices for being a healing strand in this shared web of humanity. Ultimately, that healing will find its way back to you. {read more }

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2076/welcome-to-our-shared-humanity-ted-seymour/

Be The Change

Make time today to offer silent wishes for peace and well-being to every life form you encounter.

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Elephant Journal: Neptune in Opposition—but Still on Our Side.

Come September 7th, Neptune will stand directly opposite the sun in the night sky—and we will stand between those two worlds, like curious children looking up at giants.
It would serve us well to remember that curious child inside each one of us.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/09/neptune-in-opposition-but-still-on-our-side/

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MNN: Understanding fake honey and how to avoid it

A recent report about “honey laundering” in Australia is another reminder of the benefit of supporting local farmers.

Testing showed that Australia’s biggest honey producer, Capilano, and some of that country’s largest supermarkets have been selling fake honey — many of them unknowingly — according to the Sidney Morning Herald. Much of the honey was adulterated, meaning it had been mixed with other substances. That was uncovered by a German lab commissioned by a law firm looking into the reports.

Read more……………………

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EarthSky News: Hazy light pyramid in east? False dawn

For the Northern Hemisphere, these next months are your best time all year to catch the zodiacal light, or “false dawn.” And the next few days are great, because the moon will be in a waning crescent. There might be some great photo opportunities with a waning crescent moon and the zodiacal light, since both will be located in the east before dawn breaks. On September 9, the moon will be new, or between the Earth and sun, and then it’ll be back entirely in the evening sky … gone from the sky before dawn, leaving it dark for your zodiacal light viewing pleasure.

Read more……………

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Patheos-Pagan: Get Yourself in Gear by Using School Starting Magic and Goal Setting

Every year I ask my two daughters to create goals for themselves for the year. Last week, Python coding, Indian History (subcontinent not American), chemistry, and finishing a novella all got put on the docket along with much more.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dandelionlady/2018/09/get-yourself-in-gear-by-using-school-starting-magic-and-goal-setting.html

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Inner Journey:

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

“I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.”
— William Faulkner

What have you been thinking lately?

Do you know? We get so accustomed to our thoughts that we lose awareness of them. We don’t see how they are stuck in old habitual patterns, most of which don’t serve us.

Take time to journal so you can capture your thoughts on paper. By doing so, you will begin to take control of your mind and use it to best advantage.

“When you choose to understand [and] exercise control over the functions and attributes of your own mind, you will be empowered to create your own reality, to be completely self-reliant and totally prosperous.”
— The Delfin Knowledge System

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

While you might, from time to time, envy others, it’s precisely during those moments when you might ask yourself whether or not you’d actually like to be them.

Envy cured, huh?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Gluten Free Blueberry Breakfast Bread

This is a great bread loaf for those looking for a gluten free, dairy free, and low carb option. You can have it fresh out the oven, but I prefer to cut them into 1/3″ slices, toast them, and have them with butter and/or jam. This bread’s consistency is a cross between banana bread and an English muffin. If you’d like it more like the former altogether, add a few tablespoons of sugar, as this recipe is barely sweet.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Gluten-Free-Blueberry-Breakfast-Bread.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
September 6, 2018

Leadership
“Divide and rule, the politician cries;
Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.”

-Goethe (1749-1832)

It has been said a million different ways, a million different times: we’re all in this together. Great leaders understand this and show us just how much we have in common. Together, with all of our talents and intelligence working as one, we can accomplish so much, more so than we ever could alone.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Adapt to Change

A man loses his job. A woman discovers her boyfriend was cheating on her. Another person discovered he has cancer at 49. We don’t like change. In fact, just thinking about the possibility of change gives some people the chills. No matter what, change makes us feel miserable and if we could high-tail from it, we would and frequently do. We are creatures of habit and feeling a sense of security is normal and when we are knocked on our butts with horrible news–we take a dive into a foreign land
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/6-ways-to-adapt-to-change.aspx#XhbiF23O9dFz0OlC.99

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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