Cat’s Morning Bits for December 8, 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.
Stay healthy, Stay safe!
Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day
Dec, 10 Hanukkah
Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST
Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day
Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day
Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins
Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST
Dec. 23 Festivus
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins
Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Dec. 26 Kwanzaa
Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST
Dec. 31 New Years Eve
Dec. 31 Hogmanay
Spirit Library: Beyond the Ego & Into the Soul (a message from Kate Spreckley)
This has been a long year of introspection and self-reflection. Global events and the incoming cosmic energy have offered us the opportunity of going within and reconnecting with our inner most self, our soul. For many this has been a long dark night of the soul as we faced all that has been hidden and suppressed.
Herbal Jedi: Stranger Plants of the Forest Floor
ThoughtCo: The Greek Goddess Hecate
Hecate (sometimes spelled Hekate) was a pre-Olympian Greek goddess—she may have had Thracian origins—and ruled over the realms of earth and fertility rituals. As a goddess of childbirth, she was often invoked for rites of puberty, and in some cases watched over maidens who were beginning to menstruate.
Patheos / New Visions: Thankful in a Tough Time
How are you doing? Really doing? How are you handling the new pause? Are you spending your time complaining and wishing for a better day, or are you staying in the present and treating it as a present?
MBG: How To Use Tonight’s 3rd Quarter Moon To Start Wrapping Up 2020
When we think about moon rituals, we might think they’re reserved for new and full moons. But the truth is, we can work with the moon’s energy no matter what phase it’s in. There’s a third quarter moon coming up, which is when the last half of the full moon remains in shadow, waning on its way to new
The Herbal Muse Press: Pine Needle Medicine
Herbal Spotlight: Pine Needles
Many herbalists focus on the use of white pine (Pinus strobus), which is abundant throughout the eastern United States and is easily identified by its unique five-needle clusters. But all pines can be used interchangeably in herbalism, so don’t hesitate to work with the species of Pinus found in your bioregion!
Not only is pine a quintessential winter fragrance, but it is also a beneficial herbal ally. Pine needles and bark are harvested and used fresh or dried for use in teas, tinctures, or infused oils. Pine’s warming energetics, its antimicrobial and expectorant actions, and vitamin C content make it a natural ally for respiratory support during cold and flu season.
Drinking a decoction of the bark and needles can help move respiratory congestion and ease a wet cough, and the decoction can also be used as a pleasant facial steam for the same purposes.
Today’s DIY: Book of Shadows Art – Yule Incense & Oil Recipe – Winter Solstice – Magical Crafting – Witchcraft
Elephant Journal: 22 Gentle Reminders to Inspire Self-Love.
Alex Elle is an amazing soul, mother, author, and wellness consultant.
I found her through my best friend, who is constantly reposting her uplifting Instagram quotes, which encourage people to lean into their healing, embrace their rocky transformations, love who they are, and accept themselves in totality.
Treehugger: How Many Trees Are There in the World?
A new study takes a count of our arboreal cohabitants, and the number is astounding.
There’s an old saying that there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on the earth. Both have such magnificent numbers that it’s really hard to even fathom
EarthSky News: See a celestial Chariot in December
Tonight, or any one of these long December nights, you can find the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. The Heavenly Chariot – with its brilliant yellow star Capella – starts the journey in the northeast at early evening, flies overhead around midnight and finishes up in the northwest at dawn.
Patheos-Pagan: Yule Candle Spell
The month of December offers us an embarrassment of riches when it comes to celebrating. We’ve got the holy day of Saint Lucia, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas, just to name a few.
Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt – Bonny Portmore
Inner Journey: THE POWER OF SILENCE
“Growth takes place in a person by working at a deep inner level in a sustained atmosphere of silence.”
— Dr. Ira Progoff
How can we hear our wise voice of intuition if we are always thinking, talking and distracted by outer events?
If we take time daily to experience physical stillness and to direct our attention inside, we can begin to find the peace, love, will and wisdom that exist as our essence.
“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others… And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
— Angeles Arrien
A Note from the Universe
If at first you don’t succeed, it only means you’re getting closer, cooler, hotter, better, “badder,” and more awesome.
Today’s Recipe: Quick and Easy Yorkshire Pudding
A great, quick and easy recipe for Yorkshire pudding. Everybody loves ’em!
Magical Correspondences for Tuesday
Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr
Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.
December 8, 2020
“The moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not one jot. The possibility is always there.”
-Monica Baldwin, 1950
There is always some uncertainty to the day. Will it rain? Will it be sunny? And we don’t know what surprises may come our way, big or small! But how fun to be able to participate in the process, to watch things as they unfold and to make choices and contribute.
-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com
Daily Tarot: The Moon
You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.
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