Cat’s Morning Bits for January 23, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 23, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Outside your shadow, I can go
A free moon in a crystal arc;
Circling at dusk with lunar cold
Above, below, your cone of dark.

-Kathryn Worth (1898-1969)

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Patheos: “The Hidden Life of Trees”

As I have been learning more about the hidden life of trees, I have also been paying more attention to how much trees have meant to people over time. Most recently, I was watching the Springsteen on Broadway recording on Netflix, and I was not surprised that as “The Boss” waxed nostalgically about his life, one vignette prominently featured a tree. Remembering his childhood home, he recalled that

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2018/12/the-hidden-life-of-trees/

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Auracacia: lavender and tea tree essential oil cleaning spray

Make a homemade multipurpose home cleaning spray featuring lavender and tea tree essential oils

Get Recipe…….

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Spirit Library: 2019 Open to the Flow a message from Goddess of Creation channeled by Shelly Dressel

The first channel of the new year is always a wonderful time to look at your life, clear the past and open to the future. This channel is very powerful in doing all of these steps.

At the very beginning, the Goddess spoke about the changes taking place and the influx of the crystalline energy. As she spoke she was joined by Archangel Michael, St. Germain, Metatron, Melchizedek, the Universal Light Beings and more.

https://spiritlibrary.com/goddess-light/2019-open-to-the-flow

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Daily Good: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Break Free

For the last 11 years, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been in the public eye for his activism, movement building, work with Earth Guardians, and youth empowerment. In 2013, President Obama awarded Xiuhtezcatl the United States Community Service Award. Xiuhtezcatl was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the presidents youth council.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2212/xiuhtezcatl-martinez-break-free-kari-auerbach/

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual to Close Out the Day & Prevent Tomorrow’s Downward Spiral.

How I heal—one day at a time.
Our thoughts get in the way so much!

They can keep us from healthy relationships, send us into a downward spiral of depression or anxiety, delay our success and promotion at work, and make our physical bodies sick.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/a-ritual-to-close-out-the-day-prevent-tomorrows-downward-spiral/

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MNN: Why you should cultivate your inner dabbler
An essay encourages dilettante, and I couldn’t agree more.

When I was a teenager, I got the impression that dilettante was (almost) a dirty word. It was definitely an insult. A dilettante connoted a person who wasted time, who wasn’t serious, who was probably superficial. If you loved something, you would study it with focused attention, and dedicate your time to it, not fritter away the hours doing something that would never go anywhere

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/blogs/cultivate-your-inner-dilettante-dabbler

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EarthSky News: See daytime moon after sunrise

Starting around January 23 or 24, 2019, look westward after sunrise to see a daytime moon. What’s more, you can watch for the daytime moon all this upcoming week. Look for the moon to rise in the east before going to bed tonight and then seek for the moon low in the west after sunup. Click here for a sky almanac telling you the moon’s rising and setting times in your sky

https://earthsky.org/tonight/see-daytime-moon-after-sunrise-2

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Patheos-Pagan: 8 Things to do for Imbolc as a Solitary Pagan

Many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. But a lot of Pagan activities for Imbolc are designed for large groups. In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a series of rituals for those working alone on the Wheel of the Year. Every year they’re near the top of the list of most popular posts – here’s the Imbolc ritual.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2019/01/8-things-to-do-for-imbolc-as-a-solitary-pagan.html

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW YOUR LIFE

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
— James Levin

Take a few minutes today to reflect on what has happened recently and to put the last week in perspective. What made an impact on you this last week? What do you want to set as a goal for next week?

Reflection helps us step back from the details of our lives and see the bigger picture with fresh eyes. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Review your week and come up with at least one conclusion, insight or learning and write it in your journal.

“Just because we increase the speed of information doesn’t mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.”
— Dale Dauten

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Simply imagine happiness your own happiness. Feel the smile stretching across your face, notice the lightness in your step, hear the sparkle in your voice, and all things, material and spiritual, will soon fall into place.

Happy today!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

I made this for a party recently and it was very well received. One of my friends has allergies to many things so this is a very simple version. It could be spiced up in so many ways to suit your own tastes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Spinach-Artichoke-Dip-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 23, 2019

Truth

“We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.”

-Blaise Pascal (1723-1662)

In many ways, truth is intuitive. We know it when we see it. We recognize it, we feel it. There may be no hard evidence to back something up, but when it is the truth, we don’t need evidence – we understand it without explanation.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Happy Hour: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mood Instantly
We all get in bad moods, here are some tips to help shake-off those bad times.
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 9, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for October 9, 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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October’s face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail.
-Jan Struther (1901-53)

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Spiritual Unite: Blue Chakra Meaning And Its Significance

Blue auric energy represents the fifth primary energy centre of the subtle body  the Throat chakra. The Throat chakra is responsible for communication, self-expression and truth. Spotting a lot of blue in your aura usually means that you have a strong Throat chakra, though muddy blues can indicate a blockage and a completely blue aura could mean an overactive

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/blue-chakra-meaning-and-its-significance/

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MBG: The Biggest Mistake We Make When Trying To Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can sometimes feel like a miracle cure, a panacea that can tackle both mental and physical ailments alike. A mindful outlook or practice can lower stress, ease negative emotions, lessen physical pain, and make sex more pleasurable. Indeed, the upsides to mindfulness seem endless.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/if-mindfulness-feels-difficult-this-could-be-why

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Daily Good: The Restorative Power of Trees

More than half of the world’s population lives in an urban setting. People in cities run a 20 and 40 percent higher risk of both anxiety and mood disorders than people in rural areas. And we’re spending more and more time away from nature. Researchers estimate that if every city dweller spent just 30 minutes per week in nature, depression cases could be reduced by 7 percent. Globally, that’s a whopping 21 million people. The answer lies in incorporating green space into urban planning, weaving nature into the fabric of everyday city life

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2100/the-restorative-power-of-trees-natalie-slivinski/

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Did You Know?

In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling

https://extension.illinois.edu/pumpkins/facts.cfm

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MNN: What’s the difference between the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac?

When it comes to winter snow or spring rains. people often turn to farmers for predictions. Both the Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmers’ Almanac have been predicting weather for at least 200 years. The almanacs use somewhat different methods of weather prognostication and have divided the climate regions of the country in different ways, and they each have their followings.

read more……

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EarthSky News: New moon is October 9

New moon is Tuesday at 03:47 UTC; that’s tonight for clocks in the U.S. The moon is crossing the sky with the sun during the day today, leaving the night sky dark. The difference between new and young moons,

http://earthsky.org/moon-phases/new-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: A Deep Dive into Animism

The very term animism was used by early anthropologists to conjure a more “primitive” world before the eyes of their readers. But there is another part to the conversation.

To be an animist means to understand that the worlds of both the spirit and the physical exist. The two can be experienced, side-by-side. This attitude is not a matter of religion, or belief. It becomes, in time, a matter of phenomenology, and eventually simple practicality.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theothersideofthehedge/2018/10/a-deep-dive-into-animism/

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Inner Journey: 

HEAL DUALITIES

“Beware of the fury of the patient man.”
— John Dryden

Our minds perceive and give relative value – positive and negative – to the different sides of a duality. We usually shun the negative.

It’s important to know that you cannot eliminate the negative by focusing exclusively on the positive. Energetically, both opposites must remain in balance. Increase one and its opposite will also increase. Try to be only positive and the negative within you will raise its ugly head.

We work with dualities by remembering that each is part of the whole. We must acknowledge and accept all aspects of life, because they all exist within us. And so, if we seek to be honest, we do so by acknowledging our potential to be dishonest. We can also bring in love and compassion when we catch ourselves acting out the negative.

Power arises out of integrating the positive and negatives within us. From the tension that exists between the two, we develop awareness and become more conscious and compassionate.

“Any fool can run towards the light. It takes a master with courage to turn and face the darkness and shine his own light there.”
— Leslie Fieger – author of the Delfin Knowledge System

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s like you’re a fabulously complicated jigsaw puzzle piece,  with stunning colors, wildly serrated edges, oceans of emotion, mountains of possibilities, worlds of talent, and complex energies, but for as long as you see yourself as just human, you’ll never quite know where you fit in.

Just say “No” –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Anzac Biscuits

This is a biscuit that was named after the Anzacs and is very popular in Australia. A crispy, nutty taste though no nuts. I presume the taste comes from the oats and golden syrup. It’s worth a try.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Anzac-Biscuit-Recipes.html

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
October 9, 2018

Prayer

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”

-Kahlil Gibran

There is no “right way” to pray. There is no “right time” to pray. Prayer is an ongoing dialogue, a soul connection with spirit, a fusion of physics and metaphysics. Prayer is our expression of gratitude, despair, longing, appreciation. It is one means of communication and communion with All That Is. Sometimes we’re praying and we don’t even realize it. Our actions reflect our thoughts; our thoughts are prayers. What are we thinking? What are we doing about it?

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 10 Ways to Have More Peace In Your Life
All it takes is a little effort to discover there are ways to feel more peace in your life. Here are some of them.

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 Bits for August 27 – Sept 2; Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves

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Cat’s Bits for August 27 – Sept 2   Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves

We are starting to see early signs of fall here, so I thought I would share one of my old favorites this week. I hope you enjoy it!

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September Events:

August: 12: Mercury is Retrograde Aug 12- Sept. 1

Sept 2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 4: Labor Day

Sept 6: Full  Harvest Moon at 3:03 am EST

Sept 20: New Moon at 1:30 am EST

Sept 21: International Day of Peace

Sept 22: Fall Equinox/ Mabon and Sun enters Libra at 4:02 pm EST

Sept 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves

A Tale from the Cherokee Nation as told by Cat

In the beginning, and just as it is today, all creatures including the trees spoke to one another. They shared many things amongst themselves and with their neighbors. Just as we two-leggeds do. But during the winter all the birds would fly south. It was warm there and the birds big and small would sty there until spring. Then they would return home with their families.


 
That year as winter approached, Sparrow was hurt. He wasn’t well and he knew that he was not strong enough to make the yearly journey with his family to the south. So Sparrow told them to go to the warm place without him. At first they refused to leave him but Sparrow insisted and finally they left.

 
Because of his injuries Sparrow knew that he would not survive the winter without shelter. So he decided that he would ask the trees to help him.  He went first to Oak and said ” Friend Oak, as you can see I am hurt and cannot fly well. Winter is almost here and without shelter I will die. Will you help me by sheltering me within your beautiful leaves so that I can heal and greet my family when they return in the spring?” But Oak was an old tree who had little patience for guests particularly during the winter when he liked to sleep. “Go away Sparrow, I will not spend the winter listening to your chattering. Find somewhere else to make your shelter!”

 Sparrow was greatly saddened by Oak’s words, they hurt deep in his tiny spirit.

He then went to see Maple. ” Friend Maple, as you can see I am hurt and cannot fly well. Winter is almost here and without shelter I will die. Will you help me by sheltering me within your thick, beautiful leaves so that I can heal and greet my family when they return in the spring?” asked Sparrow. But Maple didn’t want a guest for the winter either and said ” No Sparrow you cannot spend the winter with me…go now and ask another!”Again, Sparrows tiny spirit deeply hurt and turned away to look elsewhere for shelter.


And so it went, each of the trees from whom Sparrow asked for help turned him away. Until Pine was the only tree left. With a heavy heart and little hope Sparrow went to Pine. Friend Pine, as you can see I am hurt and cannot fly well. Winter is almost here and without shelter I will die. Will you help me by sheltering me within your leaves during the winter……?” 


Pine was silent for a moment. He was thinking to himself  “What is there that I can do? I am the least of all the trees”. But Pines spirit heard the tiny birds plea and he said “Friend Sparrow, my leaves are not much, in fact they are like needles and my branches are different than the other trees…..but you are welcome to share what I have.” Thank you Pine cried Sparrow and his heat was filled with renewed hope. They spent the long winter together and when spring returned it brought with it Sparrow’s family. Sparrow flew out to greet them and there was such rejoicing. “Thank you Pine!” cried the happy sparrow family.

Now the Creator had been silently watching all this time. He had heard everything that had transpired between the Trees and Sparrow and he was saddened and angry. He called a council meeting of the trees and said ” You trees have been given so much. Yet you would not share even the smallest bit of what you had with Sparrow in his time of need. This hurt my spirit just as it hurt Sparrows! Because of this and from this day forward when winter comes to the land your leaves, your crowning glory will wither, die and blow away.”


Then the Creator spoke to Pine. “Pine you have touched my spirit and given me a great gift through your gift to Sparrow! You had the least to offer yet you gave freely to one in need. When winter comes you alone will keep your leaves and they shall stay green in all seasons. This is my gift to you!”


That is why, to this day, when winter comes Pine stays green while the other trees are bare.

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

 

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.

 

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