Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 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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And Phillida, with garlands gay,
Was made the Lady of the May.
-Nicholas Breton (1545-1626)

almanac.com

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“How fair doth Nature
Appear again!
How bright the sunbeams!
How smiles the plain!
The flow’rs are bursting
From ev’ry bough,
And thousand voices
Each bush yields now.
And joy and gladness
Fill ev’ry breast!
Oh earth!–oh sunlight!
Oh rapture blest!
Oh love! oh loved one!”
– Goethe, May Song

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MNN: Why we should live our lives more like sloths do

‘Life in the Sloth Lane’ embraces a slower, more mindful approach

Sloths  they’re the adorable, slow-moving mammals that many people have grown to love. These peaceful animals can also teach us a thing or two about how we should live our lives, according to zoologist Lucy Cooke  author of “Life in the Sloth Lane: Slow Down and Smell the Hibiscus,” a photo book filled with inspirational quotes about embracing and enjoying life

Cooke spoke with MNN about her love and commitment to sloths, and why they’re one of her favorite animals.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/why-we-should-live-our-lives-more-like-sloths-do

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A Bountiful Moment

Daily Thought: Take each new day as an opportunity to learn something new. Challenge yourself. Learn to become comfortable with the unknown by looking at it as a chance to grow. Not only will this keep you moving forward toward achieving things you never thought possible it will also help keep you young.

Daily Practice: Challenge yourself today by trying or learning something new. It can be as simple as learning a new word to as challenge as training to run a marathon. Put this practice on repeat and make sure to incorporate into your daily routine.

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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MNN: Why you should grow a lawn for bees

If your landscape goal is to have the perfect lawn, who is it for? Yourself? Your neighbors? If the answer is both, perhaps you should expand your definition of neighbors and rise to a different challenge: Try growing a perfect lawn for bees.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/bee-lawn-leave-certain-weed-flowers-intact-help-pollinators

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EarthSky News: May guide to the bright planets

Jupiter rules! This month, it shines at its brightest best for 2018 and is out all night. Venus blazes in early evening. Saturn and Mars rise late and ornament the predawn hours.

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

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Patheos-Pagan: Sensual Healing Bath Ritual For Beltane

Beltane is often thought of as a sensual, sexual holiday. There may be expectations of mingling with others, celebration, dancing, and intimacy. If you’re single, solitary, or just not feeling that celebratory/sensual, you might be feeling left out. Celebrating Beltane doesn’t have to be a wild romp in the woods. It can be on your own terms. I created this solitary healing bath ritual to heal and to honor where you are at this point in your life and at Beltane.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2018/04/bath-ritual-beltane/

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Inner Journey: Speak Kindly To Yourself

“What is this self inside us, this silent observer, Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us, And urge us on to futile activity, And in the end, judge us still more severely, For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?”
— T. S. Eliot

How do you talk to yourself? Would you talk that way to anyone else?

Our thoughts create our reality. How do you typically think about yourself? Do you berate yourself for being stupid, sloppy, forgetful or insensitive? Do you watch yourself with interest, respect and compassion? Stay alert to your self-talk and let go of judgments that don’t serve you.

“Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship to myself.”
— Nathaniel Branden

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Little is more impressive, inspirational, or sexy,  than watching someone in the throes of action, driven by purpose, oblivious to all but their aim.

Today has your name all over it –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Fruity Sangria

This adult party drink can be made with a combination of fresh fruit and red wine.

I made this for a summer party just after harvesting my cherry tree. Many people loved it but some thought it was too sour. You may want to consider increasing the sugar if you like it sweet. It is a strong and fruity flavor so be sure to adjust the ratios to best suit your tastes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Fruity-Sangria.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
May 1, 2018

Friendship

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is ours to give. It is a gift that multiplies when it comes back to us. Friends help us to be more of who we are, they help us to feel our connection to the world. With the support of friends we can achieve more, enjoy more, and appreciate more. And we can do the same for our friends! Friendship works both ways.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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“The fair maid who, the first of May
Goes to the fields at break of day
And washes the dew from the hawthorn tree
Will ever after handsome be.”
– Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme

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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/

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 24, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 24, 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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Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.

-Edna Frohock (1906-97)

almanac.com

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Spiritual Unite: The Meaning of The Rainbow Aura | 5 Signs

There are many different colours of aura. Aura is the electromagnetic field located around an individual that depicts complete information about person’s thoughts, feelings, and abilities.

Rainbow colour aura is not very common; there are not many people who are blessed with all the colours of the rainbow in their aura.

http://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/rainbow-aura-meaning/

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MBG: 3 Mindfulness Practices You Can Do With Your Kids

I remember it well. I was sitting at my family’s altar as my mom wore a monk’s robe, lighting incense and dedicating her stillness and silence to our Vietnamese ancestors. Meditation was an integral piece of my childhood. Needless to say, I didn’t have a conventional upbringing, at least not when it comes to spirituality

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/3-mindfulness-practices-you-can-do-with-your-kids

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Birds & Blooms: The Backyard Benefits of a Moon Garden

Most of us notice how gorgeous gardens are when the sun is shining, but how often do we see what a garden looks like at night? Between dusk and dawn, when moonlight illuminates the plants, visitors can enjoy unique insight into a garden’s personality.

Night pollinators such as moths, native bees and bats are attracted to plants in a moon garden with white and pale-colored flowers that are intensely fragrant and produce a lot of nectar. As you walk through the moon garden, you will be able to watch these varied and industrious third-shift pollinators as they go about their important work.

Read more here…

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Pioneer Thinking: Plants For May

Summer is finally on its way and the garden is beginning to burst with colour. Here are just a few of the plants you might like to choose to make your garden really stand out this month.

Aquilegia or Grannies Bonnet is a very common cottage garden plant that some people even consider a weed. However, there are some really beautiful varieties of this stunning little plant that should have a place in every herbaceous border. Nora Barlow is a very old variety that has tight buds of apple green, a colour which stays on the tip of the petals as they unfurl into a ball of pink and white flowers. This variety is not only pretty but also makes a good cut flower. There is a black version called Black Barlow

https://pioneerthinking.com/plants-for-may

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EarthSky News: Do we all see the same moon phase?

One Earth. One sky. One moon phase (more or less) from all of Earth. So why (and how) does the moon appear differently from different parts of Earth?

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/do-we-all-see-the-same-moon-phase

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Patheos-Pagan: Daily Practice: Train For Success

Training in magic will change your life. Of all the things that we might conjure, the most challenging and most important is real, lasting change. If you want to live a life of success, it takes more than just knowing the right path forward.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theothersideofthehedge/2018/04/daily-practice-train-for-success/#qGSZ7ii6q0yih1H6.99

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Inner Journey: Awareness Through Love and Fear

“There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love — the first fluttering of its silken wings — the first rising sound and breath of that wind which is so soon to sweep through the soul, to purify or to destroy.”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our inner journey takes us through the following stages relative to love and fear:

1.UNCONSCIOUS LOVE: When we are born, we exist as pure love but we are not conscious of our love.
2.UNCONSCIOUS FEAR: Our souls have set the stage for our evolution. As we grow, unconscious fears arise in our personalities that draw experiences to us that wound us.
3.CONSCIOUS FEAR: Our wounds bring pain and suffering that enable us to become conscious of our fears.
4.CONSCIOUS LOVE: When we’ve suffered enough pain, we are motivated to move through our fears to consciously experience the love that supports all.

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
— Alexander Smith

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Do you know what we used to call you before you leapt into the jungles of time and space?

“Gutsy.”

Do you know what we call you now?

“An example.”

Do you know what we’ll call you when you return?

“Teacher.”

Tallyho, The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Thai Curry

When I make too much rice the night before, one of my go to meals for using up cooked rice is curry! This is an easy recipe for Thai curry. Have your lunch or dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Easy-Thai-Curry.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
April 24, 2018

Practice

“Whoever perseveres will be crowned.” -Johann Gottfried von Herder (German author, 1744-1803)

Remember the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The punchline is “Practice, practice, practice!” Funny, but oh, so true! How do we reach that peace of mind, how do we get to that spiritual place that we’re looking for? The answer is the same: Practice, practice, practice! We’re going to get better at seeing ourselves as who we really are the more we practice actually being it. Whatever practice you choose, practice on a regular basis, practice every day, twice a day or more so.

Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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

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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 17, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 17, 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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Buds are bursting in the hedges,
Leaves are stirring in the lane,
Everywhere the sap is stirring,
Love returns to life again.
-John Dennis (1657-1734)

almanac.com

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Beliefnet: 10 ways Chronic Stress is Killing Your Quality of Life

A certain level of stress helps us to adapt to our environment and pushes us to excel. The stress that is worrisome is chronic stress and it can affect you negatively in multiple ways.

While stress itself may not be a good thing, each of us is only here because of the stress response. Our ancestors reacted to a threat by fighting or fleeing, literally or figuratively, and so survived. Whether it was a food shortage or a physical threat,

Read more……………..

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MNN: Artisan tea farms are sprouting around the U.S

Tea played an important part in the early history of the United States. The Boston Tea Party of 1773  when 342 chests of tea were destroyed to protest a tax on tea, among other things  was one of the events that helped instigate the Revolutionary War. Though coffee culture is more dominant in the U.S., tea is still widely consumed, but almost all the leaves that make their way into American teapots are imported.

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/artisan-tea-farms-united-states

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A Bountiful Moment

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King Jr

Daily Thought: Everyone is faced with challenges. There is no exception to this rule. We all have something that brings us times of discontent and worry. What does make us different is how you handle the adversity. Does it break you and leave you in a place of nowhere to go from here? Or does it give you a moment of pause to re-group and re-set to move on. Don�t allow a challenge or internal controversy to stop you from your dreams. Rise above the situation and move forward until the challenge is no longer in view.

Daily Practice: Practice looking at difficult times or situations by looking at them from and outside perspective. View the challenge objectively. What would you tell someone else who is going through the same situation? Become your own best friend, or confidant. Support yourself through the difficult time and become stronger and wiser once it has passed.

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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EarthSky News: The Lyrid meteor shower has started

Watch for Lyrids this week. April 22 is the peak morning. Try April 21 and 23 as well. Good news … the moon is out of the way.

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-lyrid-meteor-shower

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OMTimes: 9 Tips to Clear Your Energy Now

The human experience involves both challenges and triumphs. It’s up to each one of us how we choose to perceive these experiences. We may choose to label an experience as good or bad; positive or negative. In reality, this is simply our perception or a personal assessment of the experience we have had. Nonetheless, these experiences are opportunities for learning and growth

https://omtimes.com/2013/12/clear-your-energy/

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Inner Journey: The Path to Wholeness

We think that God has blessed us if we don’t have too many troubles. In fact, religions have erroneously taught us that pain is punishment for our sins. We often ask, “What have I done wrong?” when things do not go the way we want.

Yet, to become ourselves in the truest and deepest sense, we must face our own duality, which of course includes facing our darkness. As souls we strive for wholeness, not for perfection.

At first, we really don’t know what is going on. We just find life difficult, challenging and often painful. Eventually, after much experience and reflection, we start to find meaning in it all. Eventually, we gladly accept the means whereby we can do the Soul work we have come for.

As we become conscious as Souls, we walk our journey purposefully, embracing the reality of our earthly nature along with the truth of our divine nature.

“When we are conscious of our personal uniqueness and our universal nature we express ourselves creatively. In this way we fulfill our dreams and our life purpose.”
— Andrew Schneider

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Whatever you focus on, you will experience.

So, when you talk about “what is” or “what was,” even if you’re just explaining to a friendly ear, you project more of the same into the future.

If you ask more than you give thanks, you’ll believe less in your own power.

And if you insist that it’s hard and that you’re lonely, you’ll find that it is and you are.

Or, you can choose to focus on what you like, what you love, and how very photogenic you are.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Creamy Whey and Vegetable Soup

I learned how to make yogurts and cheeses from my mother, who recently told me to reserve the whey and use it in my soups. The result is an extremely creamy and full-bodied soup that’s full of protein. The batch of whey I used in this soup comes from my recipe for cumin spiced cheese, which is attached below.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Creamy-Whey-and-Vegetable-Soup.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
April 17, 2018

Perception

“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” ~-The Talmud

We’re each looking through different eyes, bringing our own experiences and emotions to whatever it is we’re looking at. This is perception. Perception can change. The TRUTH remains the same… but do we see it? Do we see spirit in everything and everyone? We must recognize the spirit within ourselves and then we will see it reflected back at us everywhere we go!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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MBG: How to Make Essential Oils

Way before there were multilevel marketing companies selling essential oils by the pound, there were wise healers accessing the benefits of essential oils by making poultices, salves, and medicinal teas from the raw plants. In fact, plant medicine was the only medicine for thousands of years until the pharmaceutical industry began to provide other options. Now, as the pendulum swings from the prescription pad back toward the power of plants, it�s a great time to make sure you understand what essential oils are, how they�re made, and how to use them safely and effectively.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-essential-oils-are-made

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for April 3, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 3, 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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Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing!
See! The sky is bright an clear,
Oh, how green the grass is growing!
April! April! Are you here?
-Dora R. Goodale (1866-1953)

almanac.com

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Spirituality & Health: 3 Steps To A Kinder Mind

Offering a smile and a kind word to the checkout person, giving a frazzled mom an understanding look when her child is having a tantrum, offering your shoulder to cry on for an upset friend; these are all gifts of kindness. While there may be a cultural trend away from kindness, it is possible to cultivate this capacity within yourself

Read more………………

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Beliefnet: Angel Feather Colours and Their Meanings

Our angels like to send us signs to let us know they are listening and working on our prayers and requests. Symbols like feathers are most important when they are meaningful to the person who receives them, especially if you have asked your angels for a sign. The first question to ask is “What does the sign mean to me?” What were you doing or thinking about when you noticed the sign or feather? When analyzing anything, ask yourself first always, “What does this mean to me?”

Read more….

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mindbodygreen: Your Complete Astrological Forecast For April Has Arrived

Clash of the cardinal signs? April’s stars cluster in two distinct camps, gathering in fiery Aries and determined Capricorn. As new-radical Aries meets old-guard Capricorn—and four planets have retrogrades—change is unavoidable but should be carefully considered.

Read more………………..

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A Bountiful Moment

Know your truth and act accordingly.

Daily Thought: Do not be distracted by the noise of the day. Act on what you know will be the future you and allow today to take care of itself. Be confident that you have already set into action all that is occurring so you can continue to create what is going to happen in your tomorrow.

Daily Practice: Visualize today the completion of something you have set into motion. See yourself doing it. What do you look like? Where are you at? What and who is around you? Spend time in that space several times today and act as if you are already there.

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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EarthSky News: Keep watching the moon and Jupiter

They’ll be the brightest lights up there from late night Tuesday to dawn Wednesday.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Building Your Own Liturgical Calendar

Imbolc is for Brighid and Lughnasadh is for Lugh, but when do we fulfill our obligations to Cerridwen or Cernunnos or Athena? … If a God is important to you, They should have Their day at some point. There may be historically appropriate days, but if not, pick one. Establish your own liturgical calendar.
Read more………………..

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Inner Journey:
LIVING THE ADVENTURE

“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.”
— Martin Buber

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

I understand that you must wonder, sometimes to the point of bewilderment, at what you’re truly capable of doing. Yet, therein lies the “problem,” because living the life of your dreams is far more about what I’m capable of doing.

Surrender,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Pineapple Nice Cream

This is a super healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream. There’s no dairy or added sugar. The pineapple flavour is the star, and the smooth texture of the mango gives it its ice cream effect. For being 100% fruit, this dessert is a guilt-free and creamy delight!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Pineapple-Nice-Cream.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
April 3, 2018

Peace

“Our goal must be not peace in our time but peace for all time.”  -Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) Informal remarks, Galesberg, Illinois, 1950

In turbulent times, where is our attention? On the problem? Or on the desired outcome? What can we do to help the world situation, while we are here comfortable in our homes and we know that others are suffering? We can’t all go out and battle, nor would that help even if we could. We must think peace. We must bring our attention to peace. We must create a unified consciousness of PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO ALL. We must build a class consciousness of love and caring. Starting right here and right now, with each one of us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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MNN: Florida photographer captures the stunning beauty of the Everglades

As a Miami native, photographer Paul Marcellini grew up just 20 miles from the Everglades, a national park that was once considered a swamp full of muck and alligators. But the area has drawn the attention of top-notch photographers who have brought its beauty, uniqueness and fragility to the public eye. Marcellini is one of these photographers and his images of the park have gained international recognition.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/florida-photographer-captures-stunning-beauty-everglades

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 27, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 27, 2018

Good Morning!

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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Sunshine trying hard awhile
On the bare brown fields to smile;
Frozen ruts and slippery walks;
Gray old crops of last year’s stalks.
Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-90

almanac.com

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Mind Body Green: How To Take Your Meditation Outdoors

It wasn’t until late in my life that I realized the power and influence of meditative movement on cultivating a healthy mindset. Perhaps it was just ignorance, or maybe I just was not ready. The prevailing philosophy, which works for many, is to sit down and meditate. As a self-classified Type A personality, calming my mind and focus has never come very easily, so adjusting to the silence and physical inactivity required for meditation proved ineffective.

Read more…………………

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Beliefnet: 6 Powerful Forgiveness Tips

Science is backing up the power of forgiveness. Researchers have found when we forgive anxiety is reduced, the immune system is stronger, and there was an increase of energy. The Stanford University Forgiveness Project found that people who practice forgiveness for minor offenses saw a boost in their cardiovascular health. It’s not easy to forgive, even though we know it’s for our own good. Experts say we need to practice forgiveness to master the challenge. Try these six ideas.
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Spiritual Unite: These Are The Five Best Crystals For Empaths

Best crystals for empaths: As empaths, we need tools in our arsenal to deal with the extreme emotional fluctuations and invasions. We fight on a daily basis and one vital part of that arsenal is crystal healing. Best Crystals For Empaths But what are the best crystals for empaths? We’re going to do a rundown of the best crystals for

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A Bountiful Moment

I would rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.  ~Robert H. Schuller

Daily Thought: Getting caught in the mediocrity of life is easy. There is no effort or reward to just waking and living and allowing the day to drive your actions and reactions. Personal well-being occurs when you have set goals and become determined to achieve what you believe to be your right course. Maintain your actions by remembering that your goals are important to achieve. That by you getting better everyone and everything around you will grow too.

Daily Practice: Recommit to the goals you have set and begun to achieve. Do not allow a moment of pause or distraction from others to derail what it is you have thought about, planned for, and begun to act on. Stay focused. Re-evaluate, re-establish, and re-commit. What do you need to do next to maintain the forward momentum that you have already started?

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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EarthSky News: Tonight and tomorrow  Moon and the Lion

Seen from around the world on March 27 and 28, 2018, the moon is moving through the constellation Leo the Lion, past the bright star Regulus, the Lion’s Heart. Read more…………………..

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Patheos-Pagan:  The Fool tells us to “Just Believe” 

Do you feel like giving up? Do you feel like you have bad mojo? Tarot Cards can give so much insight. Read on how the Fool card coupled with a little power of believing can change your life  Read more…………………

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Inner Journey: Questions That Aren’t Helpful

“We accept many notions because they seem to be the logical answers to our questions. But have we asked the right questions?”
— Harold L. Klawans

Sometimes we ask questions for which we really don’t want the answer! Nonetheless, when we ask a question, our subconscious minds will get to work to answer us.

Here are some examples of questions we want to avoid:
•What’s wrong with me?
•How long could this take?
•What could go wrong?
•How much trouble could it be?
•How hard could it be?

Asking questions can be empowering – as long as they’re smart questions!

“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
— Anthony Jay

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

What if you first got to decide how you’d like to feel – happy or sad, hurt or mad, approving or jealous – and then I had to go out and rearrange all the people and circumstances of your life to make it so?

You’d like that, huh?

You’d choose happy, eh?

Done.

Yeah, ‘mon,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Baked Crispy Tofu

This is a 3 ingredient recipe. It is a healthier alternative to frying tofu while still achieving the nice crispy texture!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Baked-Crispy-Tofu.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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MNN: ‘Sex, Lies and Butterflies’: Documentary takes a high-def look at these extraordinary insects

They’re beautiful, they’re delicate, they’re imperiled. But butterflies are also highly sophisticated, tough and not above using deception and warfare to get ahead in this world.

Nearly 20,000 species of butterflies exist around the Earth, and with 50 million years of evolution under their belts, the diversity is simply jaw-dropping. So, it’s no wonder that PBS Nature is taking a very close look at the lives of these extraordinary insects.

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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! Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/


					

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 20, 2018

Good Morning, 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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“Spring comes: the flowers learn their colored shapes.”
–  Maria Konopnicka

~gardendigest.com

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 Birds & Blooms: 15 Super Colorful Spring Bird Photos

Spring is the season when color comes back into bloom. Celebrate with these vibrant bird photos!

Meet the colorful stars of the spring season! From sunny yellow warblers to pretty-in-pink roseate spoonbills, we’ve collected together some of our all-time favorite reader-submitted spring bird photos

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Beliefnet:  5 Ways to Tell If You Have Spring Fever
Warmed by a sun that has just crossed the equator, March becomes April and winter becomes spring… and people come down with Spring Fever.

It’s not really a fever, of course. The symptoms are vague, but persistent. People feel more energetic and often feel a certain element of lust—some of it for life in general. Exuberant sufferers want to plant gardens, move to the country, start new projects and may daydream of an al fresco dinner or even about calling in sick to work. But most of all, spring gets us thinking about love. Spring is hormone-racing season.

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 OM Times: 4 Steps To Finding The Perfect Life Mantra

The perfect life mantra helps in personal growth, navigating life challenges, and reflects self-growth. Choosing the right life mantra requires looking inward, and feeling. There are 4 easy steps to selecting a life mantra or series of mantras to aide us through our daily lives.

Life can be challenging. It has its moments of complete frustration and unadulterated joy. How we navigate these moments reflects our inner values and ability to cope with life’s expectations. It’s a dance of keeping perspective on the issue and taking care of self.

https://omtimes.com/2018/03/perfect-life-mantra/

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 Aura Cacia: Finding peace in your home through breathing
We all crave space. Space to be ourselves. Space to be creative. Space to express ourselves. Space to simply be. To find this space, we must first create space within ourselves.
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EarthSky News: 
 March equinox: All you need to know

Happy equinox! The March 20, 2018, equinox is an event that happens on our sky’s dome and a seasonal marker in Earth’s orbit around the sun.

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 Patheos-Pagan:   7 Suggestions For A Shinto-Pagan Spring Equinox

 I am exceedingly fortunate. My place of work, which is a Japanese organisation, gives us selected Japanese holidays as paid holidays in addition to the UK ones. And one of these holidays is Shunbun no Hi, or the Spring Equinox. I think I am one of the few Pagans in the UK who gets Ostara off without having to request it!

This is thanks to the fact that the Spring Equinox is an important day in Shinto and Buddhism, the two main religions in Japan which are more or less merged with each other. It�s part of a seven-day period called Higan, which is a time for remembering the dead. You can read more about what the Spring Equinox means for the Japanese here.
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Inner Journey: Dream!

“The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has sight, but no vision.”
— Helen Keller

What’s the big picture for your life? Always have a larger, purposeful, even spiritually ideal picture of where you are going. Your mind needs to have a clear and challenging vision to draw you ever upwards.

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead.”
— Louisa May Alcott

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.”
— James Broughton

 

higherawareness.com

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 A Note from the Universe

Ever wondered why so many people, sometimes virtual strangers, tell you their deepest secrets?

It’s because when they look into your eyes, they see me.

And sharing their secrets with me, as you, reminds them that no matter what they have to say, my love is so much bigger.

We’re quite the team –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken

This honey mustard glazed chicken is topped in the final minutes of cooking with shredded mozzarella cheese for a soon to be favorite main course.

Read more…………………

thriftyfun.com

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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
March 20, 2018

 Kindness

“Kindness is wisdom; there is none in life but needs it, and may learn.” -Bailey

It is truly amazing that as we learn and grow and attain more wisdom, that we understand more and more the real value of the most simple things in life. Kindness is precious. It is healing and life-affirming and contagious! And kindness is readily available at all times. If there were a prescription for happiness, kindness would be one of the ingredients. It all starts here – show kindness and see what happens!

Lissa Coffey

coffeetalk.com

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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!  Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

 

Cat’s Morning Bits for March 13, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 13, 2018

Good Morning!

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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Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare.

Emma Lazarus (1849-87)

almanac.com

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Mind Body Green: New To Plant Medicine? Here Are 10 Perfect Herbs For Beginners

Feeling called to the herbal world? Confused about where to start? As we see a resurgence of collective interest in traditional plant-based healing, we’re simultaneously inundated with a flood of information, recommendations, and herbal products. For serious or chronic health issues, it’s a good idea to seek out a trained herbalist for an in-depth assessment, and for specific questions about herbs and dosing, seek out places that have herbalists on staff as well as regular herb-focused classes and workshops.

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Beliefnet: Colors That Will Cheer You Up

Alternative therapy can offer a breakthrough for people struggling depression. There is art therapy, animal therapy and storytelling therapy. There is an arm of therapy that is used to help people with depression that is often not talked about or perhaps never heard of–it’s called color psychology. Color psychology is the study of different hues and its impact on human behavior.

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Did You Know?

Children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year.

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A Bountiful Moment

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Daily Thought

Looking at mistakes made as growth will change the direction of your actions and emotions. It allows the challenge to become part of what you need to learn within the journey. Sometimes you are not able to achieve the goal you set on the first try, all that means is you need change the way you address it. A mistake never really means defeat until you give up.

Daily Practice

Take another look at what you view as a mistake made and reframe it as something positive. What did you learn or get from the path taken and mistake made? Did it make you stronger, more committed, or have you given up because you felt defeated? Look again at what you were trying to accomplish and change direction to reach the same goal by acting in a different way?There is no such thing as a mistake when you are trying

Have a Great Day and Believe in Yourself!

Dr. Juliann (my child therapist.com)

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EarthSky News: Tonight … A tangle of stars in Berenices’ hair

Berenices’ Hair – aka Coma Berenices – requires a dark sky to be seen. But it’s worth the effort, a wonderful star cluster!

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Patheos-Pagan: Get Over Your Fear Of Religion

All some people seem to want is a vague and trite spirituality that makes them feel good and tells them everything’s going to be OK whether it really is or not. But if you want a deep spiritual…

A couple weeks ago I made a comment on a friend’s Facebook post about the differences between Christian religion and Pagan religion. In response, someone else (who I don’t know and therefore won’t name) said:

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Inner Journey

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN SUCCESS

“What you believe yourself to be, you are.”
— Claude M. Bristol

Do you believe, deep down inside of you, that you can succeed in what you want to do?

Beliefs are strong, and they have the power to attract what is believed to us. If we doubt our ability to succeed, if we in fact believe we WON’T succeed, then sure enough, that�s what will happen.

What do you believe about yourself? You have the power to change your beliefs, and that will change your outcome. Set goals you believe you can accomplish. Your beliefs will shape your actions. As you achieve these goals, you’ll begin to believe you are capable of succeeding and of doing even more.

“It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.”
— Albert Einstein

“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”
— Dr. David Schwartz

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Aha! Do you know what your thoughts did last week?!

They became the things and events of this week. The things you thought would be difficult became difficult; easy became easy; boring became boring; and fun became fun. Where you thought there might be surprises, you were surprised. And where you thought there might be land mines, there were land mines.

Bravo! You can add this week to the list of your most creative accomplishments.

Now, can you guess what your thoughts this week are going to do?

You are awesome,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Golden Turmeric Cauliflower and Quinoa Bowls

Trendy avocados are not only a tasty fruit, but provide good plant-based fat, which is low in saturated and trans fats. And a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Yet despite their increasing popularity, one in two Canadians still don’t know how to incorporate avocados into their meals and recipes, according to a recent survey. But it�s easier than you think to add good fats into your balanced diet. There are now many products made with avocado oil that make it even easier to use in your favourite recipes, like new Becel with Avocado Oil margarine. It is made with the goodness of avocado oil and perfectly balanced with the great taste of margarine.

Read more………..

thriftyfun.com

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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
March 13, 2018

Desire

“Heaven always favors good desires.” -Cervantes (Don Quixote)

What makes a “good” desire? All of our desires are good! We have our desires for a reason, and we wouldn’t have them if we were not capable of fulfilling them. Be like Don Quixote, and “follow that star!” Our desires lead us to our destiny.

Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Birds and Blooms: 6 ways to Attract More Cardinals

Setting out a bird feeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds is a surefire way to attract northern cardinals but ambitious gardeners shouldn�t stop there, because the right plants bring in these ruby red beauties and other songbirds, too. The key is to focus on the trifecta of providing food, cover and places to raise young, says Gary Ritchison, an ornithologist at Eastern Kentucky University and writer of the bird guide Northern Cardinal. A deep dive into the life of cardinals unveils clues to help you attract the ubiquitous backyard birds.

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! . Visit Our Store

Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/