Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 21, 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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And then the snows came, and the squirrel slept
Within the upper chambers of the oak;
And through the night the watchful rabbit leapt
And the wild fox within his den awoke.
-James Newton Matthews (1852-1910)

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Natural Living ideas: 4 Reasons To Go & Find Purple Dead-Nettle

You’ve probably seen purple dead-nettle growing at one time or another, even if you didn’t realize it.

This common plant that’s native to Europe and Asia, can now be found throughout North America too, and it’s very widespread

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: The Pendle Witches 

In 1612, a dozen people were accused of using witchcraft to murder ten of their neighbors. Two men and nine women, from the Pendle Hill area of Lancashire, eventually went to trial, and of these eleven, ten were eventually found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.

Read more….

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MBG: Pulling This Tarot Card Is Basically A Green Light From The Universe

Reading tarot cards may have hazy associations with fortunetelling, but this centuries-old practice isn’t nearly as mystical as it seems. At its best, reading tarot cards can be a direct line to your own intuition and wisdom. The practice helps one hone skills like mindfulness and meditation, and tapping into those abilities can illuminate a positive path forward in every area of your life.

Read more…

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Karma Tube: Mother Trees Connect the Forest

In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.

Read more…

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Today’s DIY: Witch Cauldron 

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Elephant Journal: 5 Steps to Practicing Radical Self-Love.

It’s mid-February and we just passed an explosion of pink hearts and roses everywhere.
But true, unconditional love—that’s something that we can’t decorate with Xs and Os.

Read more….

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MNN: Australian Aboriginal tale might be the oldest story ever told
Evidence suggests this story has been passed on for 37,000 years.

In science, we don’t often give much credence to witness accounts that are told years after the event they describe, for the simple fact that human recall is flawed. Evidence needs to be more reliable than the feebleness of memory. But now startling new research might force us to reconsider our skepticism of ancient storytelling, reports Science.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star

Tonight, at mid-northern latitudes, look for the brilliant star Arcturus to climb over your eastern horizon around 9 to 10 p.m. local time. That’s the approximate time on your clock, regardless of your longitude. South of the equator, this northerly star rises considerably later in the evening. Click here to know when Arcturus rises into your sky.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Your Witchcraft Practice Is Valid

When it comes to “valid witchcraft,” there’s an ugly undercurrent in today’s pagan and witchcraft communities. Over the past few months as I’ve been promoting Intuitive Witchcraft, I’ve spoken with a lot of people about experiences of witchcraft invalidation. I’m here to call BS on this issue.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

ONE STEP AT A TIME

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
— Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Does the prospect of changing and growing seem monumental to you? Just too much to tackle?
Then consider this approach. Take a simple step of affirming your openness to experience more or something new. Or a different first step might be to let go of judgment by embracing the neutral. Begin to see the people, activities and things around you as neither good nor bad.
A journey is made of many small steps. Don’t focus on a far-off destination if you’re not clear how to get there. Build a foundation that is solid for you. We get to new places one step at a time.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.”
— John Wanamaker

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

It’s wise never to ask another for what you want.

No, don’t ask me.

No, not even yourself.

Just give thanks, in advance. As if you already had whatever it is the “old-you” would have asked for.

Oh, and by the way, thanks (in advance) for loving every fiber of your supernatural self, as much as I do.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)

“Briam is a traditional Greek roasted vegetable dish with potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and red onions with lots of olive oil. It is a typical example of Greek cuisine where a few simple ingredients are turned into an utterly delicious dish with little effort.

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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, Palmarosa, 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
February 21, 2020

Ability

“There is only one proof of ability: action.”

-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1893

There are all kinds of sayings about this – “Talk is cheap.” “Actions speak louder than words.” “Just do it.” “The proof is in the pudding.” We get it! But it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in awhile… To get good at something, to develop our abilities, we need to take action. And we can do that right now, right here. There’s no reason to put it off any longer. What are we waiting for?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star

Despite any confusion of the day, you’ll be the calm and serene center of any activities. Your calmness will be contagious, too, so look forward to being surrounded by people who want to cooperate with you and be helpful before being directly asked. Take your calm state of mind into the evening, rest well, and see how much you can take with you into tomorrow

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 February 20, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
-George Washington (1732-99)

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Pioneer Thinking: Planting Lavender is an Easy Spring Garden Project

Planting lavender is a great way to start off the spring gardening season. A little effort now will pay off for years to come as this low maintenance perennial yields its aromatic and useful blossoms. Purchase a plant from a nursery, choose the right location,

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Make a Ritual Robe

Many Wiccans and Pagans prefer to perform ceremonies and rituals in special robes. If you’re part of a coven or group, your robe might have to be a certain color or style. In some traditions, the color of the robe indicates the level of training a practitioner has

Read more…..

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MBG: 3 Beginner Breathwork Techniques & The Best Time Of Day To Do Them

Meditation is certainly a useful tool for the mind and the body. However, many people find it hard to meditate because when we sit still and quiet our external stimulation, all of the racing thoughts, feelings, and sensations bubble up to the surface.

Read more…..

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The Individualogist: The Harmonic Experience of Sound Meditation

Generally speaking, meditation is a practice that unlocks both the conscious and unconscious thoughts that we have. By doing meditation, we allow ourselves to be open to the infinite possibilities that our minds can process.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: Witchy Aesthetic Decor

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Elephant Journal: Screw “Self-Care.” This is what we Really Need.

The next time someone reaches out to you for help, please resist every urge in your body, your mouth, and your fingertips to suggest self-care as a solution.

Read more…..

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MNN: One couple in India is buying land — and letting it go wild
They’re giving tigers space to breathe in Rajasthan.

Compared to the barren, brown stretch of land that juts up against it, the Singh family’s lot sticks out like a green thumb.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: See the Double Cluster in Perseus

Tonight, find the gorgeous Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus. It’s a wonderful sight to see, assuming your sky is dark. To see it at this time of year, face north to Northwest as darkness falls.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Witch, Know Thyself

Written above the entrance at the temple of Delphi are the words “know thyself”. What was true thousands of years ago is true today: as a Witch your primary responsibility is to know yourself. What exactly does this mean? How does a Witch know thyself? Why is it important?

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

APPRECIATE THE MYSTERY!

“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.”
— Aart Van Der Leeuw

“I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.”
— William James

“Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.”
— Niels Bohr

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
— Copernicus

“Curiouser and curiouser!”
— Lewis Carroll

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Did you know that you have so many fans in the unseen who love you so much, that you never dream alone, cry in vain, or sleep without guardians protecting you?

No matter how things may appear.

Cozy, cozy –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Garlic Chicken Tacos

This recipe was passed down to me from my grandmother. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends have! Add any additional amount of anything, if desired. Make sure to add salt and pepper!

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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
February 20, 2020 

Ability

“In the first grade, I already know the pattern of my life. I didn’t know the living of it, but I knew the line…. From the first day in school until the day I graduated, everyone gave me one hundred plus in art. Well, where do you go in life? You go to the place where you got one hundred plus.”

-Louise Nevelson, 1976

What usually happens, is that we are really good at doing what we love to do – so we do it more often and become even better at it! Maybe we love doing it because we’re good at it, or the other way around, but it doesn’t matter. The idea is to find our “thing,” whatever that happens to be, and do it!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot:  The Sun

Find a way to inject an artistic touch to whatever you’re doing and get extra satisfaction and have greater success at what you’re doing. You may not think of yourself as artistic, but it will be hard to hide or resist your creative side today. Even the most mundane and boring tasks can be made more pleasant by adding a dash of artistic expression. Within reason and appropriateness, let it shine!

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 February 19, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 19, 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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The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
-Rumi (1207-73)

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Spirit Library: Mercury Retrograde

a message from Kate Spreckley
Monday, 17 February, 2020
We have now entered into the first Mercury retrograde season of 2020. This retrograde lasts until the 9th / 10th of March and will offer us the opportunity to realign our motivations with the clarity and truth of our soul. This time calls us to take note of the details so that we may consciously work with the universal laws of balance to create a stable and secure foundation for our lives.

https://spiritlibrary.com/spirit-pathways/mercury-retrograde

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ThoughtCo: Threshold Blessing

If you’ve moved into a new home, it’s not a bad idea to do a magical or spiritual cleansing of the place before you get truly settled in. In addition to ritually purifying the interior of the home, many people like to do a threshold blessing,

Read more…

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MBG: 6 Ways To Hone Your Healing Gifts This Pisces Season

The Sun visits a new zodiac sign every 30 days or so. During each “season,” everyone feels the influence of the prevailing astrological energy. Pisces season 2020 begins February 18 and ends March 19. Here are six ways to hone your healing gifts while the zodiac’s deep-diving fish directs attention to what lies beneath:

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The Individualogist: Tarot Card Numbers & Their Meanings

There is a strong connection between tarot and numerology; hence, a careful examination of this numerological association can help an individual determine and assess the point of his/her life they are currently in.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: A Witch Crafting: DIY Handfasting Cords

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Elephant Journal: 3 Powerful Warrior Practices to Protect our Energy.

Are there days when you feel like an empty cup, an over-soaked sponge, or a wilted flower?
If you are striving to live in service to the world, to create a more beautiful world, to protect any part of this suffering world, then you are living against the current.

Read more….

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MNN: 9 illuminating facts about iguanas

Simply amazing lizards
Unless you’re a herpetologist or dedicated reptile enthusiast, you might not know much about iguanas. These docile creatures are laid-back, and their unassuming nature is often the root of many misconceptions.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Bright star Deneb transits at nightfall

In mid-October each year, the northernmost star of the Summer Triangle, Deneb, transits or climbs to its highest point in the sky at or near 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. local daylight saving time). What does that mean for skywatchers?

read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: The Corner Crone: Personal Agency, Healthy Boundaries & Saying “No”

We watched and listened carefully as The Seeker–garbed head to toe in black and hunched forward, her arms protectively crossed over her body, her legs crossed and drawn slightly up, her soft, childlike voice hesitant–struggled to articulate the energetic experiences that seemed to have been bombarding and sapping her.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2020/02/the-corner-crone-personal-agency-healthy-boundaries-and-saying-no/

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Inner Journey:

THE EYES OF THE SOUL
Today, we want to share a passage from Martia Nelson’s book, ‘Coming Home’:
“My greatest teacher was the experience of living in split realities: personality and true self. Personality is our daily companion, our conscious self that sees the world through the eyes of limitation and dutifully keeps us informed about what we can and cannot do. True self, on the other hand, patiently stands by, offering the unwavering knowledge that a state of vibrant well- being and unlimited possibility is our true nature, a birthright that can be lived if we choose to do so. … True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing at the time.”

Whenever we feel constrained, fearful, unworthy, inadequate or anything we deem to be negative, we have identified with our personality. We can always choose to view the same situation from the perspective of our soul.

“As a Witness, you begin to discover that you are not that which you have been observing; you are not those things that you have been noticing about your body. Instead, you are the noticer.”
— Wayne Dyer

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

“Grasshopper,” you may not always know what your invisible, limiting beliefs are. But you will always know the kinds of empowering beliefs you’d like to possess. And so, one decision at a time, one day at a time, you can choose to behave accordingly. And verily, worlds will be born, you shall be transformed, and the cows will come home.

O-m-m-m-m-m,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Bombay Potatoes

A yummy Indian side dish, Bombay potatoes are vegan, super simple to make, and family friendly to boot. I have lived in both India and the UK, where this is a popular dish, and this is the one Indian dish that I make that tastes super authentic.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
February 19, 2020

Ability

“The workman is known by his work.”

-La Fontaine (1621-1695)

This applies in every area of our lives. The artist is known by his (or her) art. Whether the art is music or baking, whether the work is teaching or construction or stock trading – our work is a representation, an expression of ourselves. It’s one way that the world recognizes us. It is one way that we contribute to the world. So we must always strive to work to the best of our ability, to do the best that we can do. In doing so we honor ourselves and our abilities.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Devil

Your instincts may be heightened and a bit off today, and this could lead you to make some wrong decisions or assumptions. Then, you run the risk of pouncing on these assumptions and acting out of a bad impulse. Keep your emotions under control and back away from impulsive actions of any kind. Today they are traps that lead to embarrassment at best, and harm at worst.

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 February 18, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 18, 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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How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Spiritual Unite: What Does The Colour Green Mean Spiritually?

Colour is a vital part of life as a human being. Since the dawn of time, we have taken clues from the colours of the world and used them to enhance our lives.The colour green is one of the most commonly used colours regarding symbolism.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How To Hold a Pagan Naming Ceremony for Your Baby

Once your child has been blessed and presented to the household guardians, you still may want to have a ceremony to introduce the new baby to your extended network of friends and family.

Read more….

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MBG: Breathwork: How To Tap Into The Incredible Power Of Breath

Breathwork is the active form of consciously working your breath to bypass the mind and enter a different state of awareness. This is what most people seek when meditating, and breathwork takes you to that place very quickly.

Read more…..

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Living Life Fully: Daily Meditation

Sanctuary–what a nice word that is. A sanctuary is a place where we can rest, where we can escape the stress and strife of the world in which we live, where we can feel at ease and breathe deeply and relax. And what Herman Hesse is saying is that we all have such a place within ourselves, accessible when we need it, wherever we happen to be, whatever we happen to be doing.

Read more…..

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Pioneer Thinking: How to Treat Gum Disease with Essential Oil

Are your gums swollen, inflamed or bleed when you brush your teeth? Are your gums sensitive or do you have frequent infections? These are signs of gum disease. Herbal essential oils can be used to help fight gum disease.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: Pagan Craft – Stone and Crystals Mobile

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MNN: How to help succulents survive winter indoors

If you grow cactus and succulents as houseplants, here’s the best thing you can do to get these warm-growing, sun-loving plants through the cold, dark days of winter: Lose your watering can.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon occults Mars morning of February 18

On the above sky chart above, we don’t show the moon for February 18, 2020, because – from a good swath of North America – it’ll actually be in front of Mars, and covering over the red planet.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Joy of Magical Friendships

For many people, friendships are an important part of their life. Friends are considered family, support, inspiration and more. When you factor in magical friendships, covering all the different spiritual paths and journeys we are on, appreciation for the type of friendship takes on a whole different meaning.

Read more…..

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Inner Journey:

CONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION

“If we want to be compassionate we must be conscious of the words we use. We must both speak and listen from the heart.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

Conscious communication requires us to be truly present to what is occurring. When we are unconscious, we both speak to and react to others out of habit. And in the face of what we perceive as someone’s judgment and criticism, we automatically (and unconsciously)defend, withdraw or attack.

To communicate consciously requires attention to two areas:
1.I need to speak from awareness of what I am perceiving, feeling and needing, and
2.Through watching and listening, I need to be aware of those same needs in others.

“When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

There hasn’t been one single day of your life when the world hasn’t been made a better place by your presence in it.

Kudos,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  12 Brussels Sprout Salad Recipes That Make Lettuce Look Really Boring

If we’re considering crunch, lettuce can’t compete with Brussels sprouts. Slicing or shaving raw sprouts keeps them firm enough to stand up to dressings for days in the fridge. Lettuce can’t claim that. Plus, roasted sprouts taste delicious in salads, too, hot or cold.

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality, and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
February 18, 2020

Ability

“The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.”

-Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

We are blessed with so much ability. And we can choose to better ourselves and our skills all the time. We might struggle as we learn new things, but as we develop our abilities, these things become easier for us. Have you ever noticed how people who are the best at what they do make even the most difficult of tasks look easy? Olympian ice skaters were not born knowing how to do a “triple toe loop” or some of those fancy moves! But through dedication and perseverance, they are able to master the ice and gravity that plunked them down so many times before.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

It might be a busy day, but try to make some time for yourself. Any time you spend meditating or settling your mind will be time well spent. It doesn’t have to be spent sitting around and being idle all day. Staring pensively into that cup of tea for a few moments can be equally beneficial. Calm your mind, and your heart, and make it an at-peace day.

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 February 17, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 17, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
-Lord Byron (1788-1824)

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Spiritual Unite: Starseed Types – All Bringing A New Age

There are many Starseed types – some of which you will have heard, others that are lesser-known.
All of them are important to the process of Ascension that is currently underway on our beautiful planet, Earth.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How to Make and Use a Crystal Grid

Many people like to use crystals for healing and wellness of both the physical and spiritual kind. Whether you’re working with crystals for a specific purpose, such as health or love, or for a general well-being ritual, you may find that placing your crystals in a grid-style layout can amplify their metaphysical power.

Read more…..

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MBG: This Isn’t The Week To Put Your Blinders On, According To Astrology

This week, the AstroTwins break down how Mercury (which is in retrograde, P.S.!) will conspire with Uranus and Taurus to bring on some shady business.

Read more……

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Oath Bound with Thorn Mooney (Patheos)

My Five Favorite Recent Witch Books

I’ve made a lot of blog posts and videos in the past about favorite books: advanced books, beginner books, books for people interested in taking things in a new direction, classics I think everyone should read, and books that I’ve got in my personal to-be-read pile.

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Today’s DIY: Ostara Wreath

Ostara is on the way!! Heres a cute, easy and affordable wreath idea for your front door.

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Elephant Journal: 7 Words from Alan Watts on understanding our Spiritual Experiences.

In referring to the mystical experience, and what to do after having one, Alan Watts famously said, “When you get the message, hang up.”

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MNN: How to watch the northern lights from the comfort of home

Seeing the northern lights in person is on many travelers’ bucket lists.

But while you save up for the trip, there’s a live camera in Canada that can make the wait easier.

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EarthSky News: Moon, 3 bright planets before sunrise

Before sunrise these next two mornings – February 16 and 17, 2020 – look for the lit side of the waning crescent moon to point to a string of planets in the early morning sky. From top to bottom, these planets are Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The moon rises first, followed by the red planet Mars, then the king planet Jupiter and then the ringed planet Saturn. Incidentally, that bright light close to the moon is Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Art of Ritual: Calling the Quarters

Calling in the elements, calling the quarters, calling the Guardians of the Watchtowers, calling the Elementals – so many names! But essentially we are calling upon the four elements from the four directions to join us in ritual and to lend their power, energy and protection.

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Inner Journey:

LIVE LIFE FULLY

“Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.”
— Alan Lakein

Refuse to feel USED by life! Make full use of it instead.

To do this, we initially need to take control of the time of our lives. Time management is life management, from the inside out. It’s an INSIDE job. You already have everything you need. You have the power to create a life of meaning, fulfillment and joy.

Your challenge is to find what works for you! Review the literature but make your own decisions. To do this, you’ll need to:

Get to know yourself — your desires and passions, rhythms, styles, challenges, needs and habits.

Be aware that you always have choice. Claim your independence and power to choose what is right for your life, moment by moment.

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
— M. Scott Peck

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A Note from the Universe

Of all the joys on Earth, few compare to the crowning glory of achieving against the odds, succeeding in the face of peril, or triumphing over adversity.

Wouldn’t you say?

Yet in every such case, without exception, the poor odds, the peril, and the adversity must come first.

Ba-boom,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Lime Bars

“A different take on the lemon bars we all love. I actually prefer them to lemon. This is my favorite bar cookie and I’m asked to bring it when going to a potluck or picnic. The recipe says it serves 36, but you can’t eat just one of these delicious, tangy lime bars. You can omit the glaze and sprinkle with powdered sugar if that’s your preference.”

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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
February 17, 2020

Ability

“He can fit his sails to every wind.”

-John Clarke (1596-1658)

Being flexible is an ability we all have, but do we all use it? Have we developed the tools and the skills that it takes to get through whatever comes our way? I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit. We might think that we are not capable, not ready, not “enough of whatever” to do what needs to be done. But look at how our abilities shine forth when we need them. Look at how we rise to the occasion when we are called upon. We are strong and we are able

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

If any problems arise today, they will probably come out of being careless about something simple and normally no trouble at all. Carelessness is the chief threat to having things go smoothly. Even if only small things are lost, broken, or need to be redone, it can make tomorrow even more of a mess than today might be. Pay attention to details, take your time and do your best.

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 February 13, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 13, 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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Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
-William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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Pioneer Thinking: A Morning Ritual Nourishes You Throughout The Day

How you start your day, in a very real way, sets the stage for what follows. So why not give yourself as good a beginning as possible? Would you like to experience your own expansion of possibilities?

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ThoughtCo: 8 Common Belief Systems in the Modern Pagan Community

Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan paths are the same. From Asatru to Druidry to Celtic Reconstructionism, there are plenty of Pagan groups out there to choose from. Read on and learn about the differences and the similarities.

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MBG: 3 Mood-Boosting Meditations For The Next Time You’re Feeling Down

While meditation is not a replacement for therapy or other interventions for prolonged sadness or depression, research has shown that a regular meditation practice can help increase happiness and decrease irritability. It also shows promise for improving sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, and enhancing self-awareness—all of which are potential mood boosters.

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Daily Good: The Wonder of the Universe is Wondering in Us

Paul Fleischman is the author of numerous books, and has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He points to our sense of wonder as the apparatus by which we experience the intelligence of the universe within. “The wonder of the universe is wondering in us, he writes. And, To live with wonder one must persevere in unknowing, re-encountering and participating. More in this excerpt from his book: Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant { read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Fairy Night Light – Fairy Lantern – Glow Jar –

This DIY fairy night light has an on and off switch and makes magic fairy sounds when you move it. It’s perfect for any fairy themed bedroom and is portable for late night bathroom trips

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MNN: 7 bizarre and fantastic creatures from the Biodiversity Heritage Library

If you’re a naturalist, botanist or just a lover of old, dusty books, you’ll be delighted to know that one of the world’s largest open access digital archives is now available for you to peruse its 55 million pages of literature and 150,000 illustrations of life here on Earth.

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EarthSky News: Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the Great Square of Pegasus. Ready?

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Patheos-Pagan: Green Witchcraft: Can You Feel The Heartbeat?

As Witches and magickal/spiritual practitioners, we are aware that nature has a rhythm of its own. We can sense currents of energy within the earth beneath our feet.

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Inner Journey:

GROWING OURSELVES

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are all on a life-long journey. It is a search for who we are and why we are here. It is a journey that expands our consciousness.

There is an urge within each of us to move forward in life. It is an urge to become more whole, to find more meaning, and eventually to help others. It is human nature to strive for a sense of well-being.

We all go through the same growth cycles, though our experiences may appear entirely different. By understanding the process of personal and spiritual growth, we can work more effectively with the process, instead of fighting and resisting it.

“We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

It’s not as if one could be bored enough, feel frustrated enough, or complain enough that their life would suddenly turn around. Doesn’t work that way.

Whatever anyone “is,” they become more of. And anyone can change what they become by thinking new thoughts.

Happily,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Colombian Aji

“For any Colombian food you serve, always have some aji on the table. Hot, spicy, fresh, and flavorful.”

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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
February 13, 2020 

Winter

“The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn.”

Patricia Hampl, 1981

Snow seems to make everything seem to clean, so pure, so peaceful. Utah is one area where they get a lot of snow in the winter. The kids love it because they can go skiing and snowboarding. But every time I go to visit it amazes me just how different the landscape is from season to season. It’s really a different world in the winter. You have to move more slowly, to be safe. You have to take more time getting places. The snow makes you stop to think, you can’t help it.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

If you’ve been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward.

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 February 11, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 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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Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light.
-William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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Pioneer Thinking: 7 Herbal Infusions for Men’s Health

There is a lot of information out there on “women’s herbs” for menopause, osteoporosis and many other ailments usually thought of as only affecting women. What you may not know, is that these herbs help both women and men. The plants work on the same areas of the body.

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ThoughtCo: Scarecrow Folklore and Magic

Anyone who watches horror movies regularly knows just how creepy scarecrows can be. On the flip side, sometime they’re fun, and decorated in a country-cute style, or silly like the lovable “If I only had a brain” type in The Wizard of Oz. Although they haven’t always looked the way they do now, scarecrows have been around a long time and have been used in a number of different cultures.

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Wise Woman Herbal:  The Spirit of Simples

What is a Simple?

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

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Daily Good: Living Light

“We had sailed Indonesias shattered archipelago before arriving at the uninhabited island chain of Wayag a gumdrop cluster of limestone peaks cloaked in an aura of brilliant, turquoise lagoons. Our crew, a ragbag of scientists and sailors, had come to this remote corner of the globe to study coral reefs. Unlike the bony, barren graveyards that haunt much of the tropical world, the reefs in this part of Indonesia are still vibrant, prismatic wonderlands, and if kept intact, can serve as nurseries to repopulate our oceans. These Technicolored coral wildernesses are unforgettable, yet what I saw at night during that voyage glistens most brightly in my memory.”… { read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Offering Plates & Chalices

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MNN: Meet the pangolin, an adorable endangered creature

Pangolins are burrowing mammals that look like scaly anteaters, and they’re being illegally traded at an alarming scale, despite increased protections.
These creatures, of which there are eight species, are prized for their supposed medical value in traditional Chinese practices, but the pangolin’s keratin scales are medicinally useless.

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see the zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn during these months of the year. The light appears when the evening twilight has left the sky (about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset).

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Patheos-Pagan: Phoenix Rising: Fire, Water, and Words: Divination with the Goddess Brigid

There are divination tools and methods that I use throughout the year, and then there are some that I feel drawn to based on the season and/or the deity I might be working with. The period of time directly before, during, and after Imbolc typically finds me working more closely with Brigid and thus always seems to compel me to make use of fire, water, and words in my divination efforts.

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Inner Journey:

CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS

Why should we care about raising our consciousness? When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.

From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.

From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to being completely willing to express our essence.

From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
— Stephen R. Covey

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You don’t even have to ask.

I know, I’m there, and I’m already busy.

Heave, ho. Bend, dip. Gotcha.

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Black-Eyed Pea, Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew Will Warm Up Any Winter Day

One of the very best vegetarian one-pot dishes! What’s not to like about black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and pumpkin with lots of spices? It’s delicious on its own but equally good with a roast chicken or a few lamb chops. You can also eat this dish with flatbreads or rice pilaf, if you prefer

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Intentions: Courage, Destination, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
February 11, 2020

Winter

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer, and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”

-Ruth Stout, 1955

In other seasons we are more outwardly oriented, we’re playing sports or running around outside. In the winter we tend to spend more time going inward. This is a time for reflection, and contemplation. In places where there is snow, the snow tends to make everything more quiet. It’s as if we are meant to listen more closely, to listen to our hearts.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

Some days something blows up and there’s nothing you can do. It has nothing to do with you, actually; you just happen to be there. While today will probably be uneventful, you may feel emotionally vulnerable and find yourself imaging one worst case scenario after another. Consider these imaginings as drills or dress rehearsals and don’t let any of this unnerve you. You’re fine and will be fine no matter what.

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/