Cat’s Morning Bits for July 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 12, 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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Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots, and gillyflowers.
-Sara Coleridge (1802-52)

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Spiritual Unite: Blue Star Spiritual Meaning – Fresh Start For Earth

The Blue Star spiritual meaning relates to the teachings of the Hopi culture in North America, a tribe of Native Americans that foretold the coming of European settlers.
Their teachings speak of nine signs that precede the final cleansing of humanity

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/blue-star-spiritual-meaning/

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ThoughtCo: Lammas/Lughnasadh Rites & Rituals

Looking for rites and rituals for your Lammas or Lughnasadh celebration? Here’s where you’ll find ways to celebrate the harvest, honor the gods of the fields, and pay tribute to the Celtic god Lugh.

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-lughnasadh-rites-and-rituals-2561564

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Elephant Journal: Celebrate your Small Wins in Life.

Challenges are called challenges for a reason.
When you’re facing a tough time, it can feel impossible not to get discouraged. Challenges push you in different ways to grow into a better version of yourself, even if that means breaking down before you can get back up.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/small-wins-wont-change-the-world-but-they-can-change-your-life-dina-al-mahdy/

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Daily Good: Creating Welcoming Space

“Hospitality means creating welcoming space for the other. Henri J. Nouwen notes that the Dutch word for hospitality, gastvrijheid, means ‘the freedom of the guest.’ It entails creating not just physical room but emotional spaciousness where the stranger can enter and be himself or herself, where the stranger can become ally instead of threat, friend instead of enemy.” In a time when it is more crucial than ever for humanity to revisit its relationship to strangers, this passage from Sr. Marilyn Lacey shines like a beacon.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2355/creating-welcoming-space-sr-marilyn-lacey/

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

astrology.com

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MNN: 11 things you didn’t know about opossums
There’s a lot to admire about these quirky critters.

Pity the poor opossum. The oft-maligned marsupial definitely suffers from an image problem — it is frequently perceived more as a giant, dirty, scavenging rat rather than a cute creature of the wild. But whether you love them or hate them, North America’s only marsupial has a set of unique characteristics that might transform aversion into affection.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-opossums

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Wise Woman Herbal: The Rhythms of Life
by Ann Marie Fryer Wiboltt

Today I went for a walk in my garden, which is nestled among the fields and woods with late summer flowers. It was humid and hot. The leaves of the near by maple trees had begun to turn yellow and orange, one by one spiraling to the ground. I felt the warmth of the air touching my skin and the wet, flexible soil below my feet. With my awareness I began to sense life itself. I sensed inwardly how the earth breathes and changes. I entered into the blue of the sky; let it permeate my whole being and felt the reverence that embraces the earth. I was filled with joy and reverence of just being.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7339439

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EarthSky News: Moon to sweep by Jupiter July 12 to 14

On the evenings of July 12, 13 and 14, 2019, watch for the bright waxing gibbous moon to swing by the giant planet Jupiter. Fortunately, the king planet is so bright that this world can easily withstand the lunar glare. After all, Jupiter is the 4th-brightest light in the heavens, after the sun, moon and planet Venus. Venus is a morning object, virtually lost in the sun’s glare now, so there’s no way to mistake Venus for Jupiter in the July evening sky.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-to-sweep-by-jupiter-july-12-14

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Patheos-Pagan: The Most Dreaded Cards in the Tarot & How To Embrace Them

It’s time for your annual reading or perhaps, you are having a crisis and need some insight… you head to your favorite reader and as the cards are slowly being turned over…one by one… your anticipation gets carried away. Secretly, you are hoping that the reading goes well and you do not get any ‘bad’ cards.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefairytalewitch/2018/08/the-most-dreaded-cards-in-the-tarot-how-to-embrace-them/

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Inner Journey:

A FOCUS ON YOU OR ME?

“Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Are you more self-conscious or other-conscious?

Watch your motives for the day. Are they generally about you (your own desires and needs) or are they about others and their needs? There are no right and wrong answers here.

We must guard, though, that we aren’t using service to others as a means to get our own ego needs met. If we are, we would be wise to meet our own needs first so our interactions with others are not primarily self- serving.

“We are able to be of service to those who suffer only to the extent that we have been able to transform fear in our own lives.”
— Robert Sardello

higherawareness.com
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Today’s Deity: Bast

Areas of Influence: Bast, the Egyptian cat Goddess had numerous areas of influence that developed over time. She became both a nurturing mother figure and a terrifying avenger.

https://www.goddess-guide.com/bast.html

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A Note from the Universe

Some people smile to make friends.

Others smile to look younger and live longer.

And then there are those, Cat, who so totally get life, that smiling is all they know.

Cheese,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Morning Chia Detox Drink

Chia seeds are a healthy addition to anyone’s breakfast. This morning detox drink also contains honey and tumeric to jump start your day.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Morning-Chia-Detox-Drink-1.html

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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, Palmrosa, 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
July 12, 2019

Uncertainty

“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”
-Erich Fromm

I think this is kind of like “necessity is the mother of invention.” What makes us learn and grow and propels us forward is uncertainty. If everything were certain we would get lazy pretty quick- Instead we are constantly challenged to find solutions and better our conditions.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Mercury Cycles again- Keeps life Interesting!
Life happens in Cycles. We are in the midst of another cycle with Mercury Retrograde (July 7th to August 2nd), so expect this next month to be an interesting one. Don’t groan, learn to love mercury! I…

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 July 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 11, 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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The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze
that sweeps the cool clear sky.
-William C. Bryant (1794-1878)

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Spiritual Unite: Hawk Spirit Animal – Take The High Road

Your hawk spirit animal appears in your life when you are optimistic, you need a higher perspective, or you would benefit from a more systematic approach.
This is a powerful spirit animal that flies into your awareness during spiritually active times in your life

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/hawk-spirit-animal/

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Cooking & Recipes

Lammas, or Lughnasadh , is the time of year when the gardens are in full bloom. From root vegetables to fresh herbs, so much of what you need is right there in your own back yard or at the local farmer’s market. If you’re one of our gluten-free Pagan readers, be sure to read the article about celebrating Lammas when you’re on a gluten-free diet. Let’s take advantage of the gifts of the garden, and cook up a feast to celebrate the first harvest at Lammas

https://www.learnreligions.com/lammas-cooking-and-recipes-2562188

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Daily Good: Unexpected Art in Unexpected Places

What happens when we look more closely, whether with the naked eye or equipment? Incredible details come into focus, bringing with them the possibility of beauty and interest we might never have conceived of. Imagine what would occur if you suddenly zoomed in on all those things you have lying around your house and studio or rusting outside. What new art might be inspired by such “stuff”? Mikra Knaster shares more in this piece

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2263/unexpected-art-in-unexpected-places-mirka-knaster/

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Daily Tarot: The Star

You can make today memorable purely by the strength of your unfailing hope for all things to work out for the best. No matter how muddled the events of the day, how confused or how many mixed messages people give you, especially at work, your innate hopeful spirit will cut through most of the mist and give you good results. Look forward to many satisfying encounters, however little or much gets done.

astrology.com

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Elephant Journal: Remember This when you feel Fat, Unlovable & Not Good Enough.

I am not strong because I have an iron will and Protestant work ethic.
I am not strong because I can slap a game face on and pull myself up by my bootstraps.
I am not strong because “I wish a mother f*cker would.”
I am strong because one day, I decided to love myself exactly as I am.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/03/remember-this-when-you-feel-fat-unlovable-not-good-enough-angela-meyer/

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MNN: The red-cockaded woodpecker is making a comeback

Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers were once common across the Southeast U.S. The mostly black-and-white birds made their homes in pine forests, drilling holes in the trees to search for insects. But with increased logging, much of their habitat was lost. As the trees diminished, so did the woodpeckers.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/red-cockaded-woodpecker-southeast

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EarthSky News: Moon’s near side is its dark side

Tonight, while the moon is a few days shy of meeting up with the king planet Jupiter, let’s see if we can make out the dark areas on tonight’s waxing gibbous moon. These smooth, low-lying lunar plains are called maria, the plural for the word mare, the Latin word for sea. You should be able to see the darkened portions on the moon with the eye alone. The dark maria on the moon’s near side – the solidified remnants of ancient lunar seas of molten magma – make the near side of the moon reflect less light than the far side, which has fewer maria

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moons-dark-side-faces-earth

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Patheos-Pagan: Sea Charm for Protection

Last month I was out of town much of the month. Part of my travel was to San Francisco for a lovely well needed vacation. The second part was to attend my 2nd year at Pantheacon. It was a fantastic time, and I will be blogging about some of the things I learned very soon. However this blog is all about a Sea Charm for protection.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/waterwitch/2015/03/sea-charm-for-protection.html

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Today’s Deity: Kali

Kali comes from the Sanskrit root word Kal which means time. There is nothing that escapes the all-consuming march of time. In Tibetan Buddhism Her counterpart is male with the name Kala. Mother Kali is the most misunderstood of the Hindu goddesses. The Encyclopedia Britannica is grossly mistaken in the following quote, “Major Hindu goddess whose iconography, cult, and mythology commonly associate her with death, sexuality, violence, and, paradoxically in some of her later historical appearances, motherly love

http://goddess.ws/kali.html

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Inner Journey:

REVIEW AND RECOMMIT

“Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
— A. A. Milne

“Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.”
— Chuck Knox

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It’s not the career you choose the friend you marry, or the path you take that determines success or happiness in life, but that each day, in some small way, you seek to amaze as much as be amazed.

You “Wow” me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Creamy Garlic Sauce

This is a delicious and easy-to-make garlic sauce. It’s based on a Lebanese garlic sauce I get at one of my favourite shops, but this comes out to being about 1/5th the price (and has no chemicals)! I like using this alongside my meat dishes, as a roast veggie dip, or swiped on breads and crackers.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Creamy-Garlic-Sauce.html

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon,Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
July 11, 2019

Uncertainty

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.”
-R.I. Fitzhenry

We live in a world of uncertainty. No matter how hard we plan or schedule or try to control things, the truth is that anything can happen, at any time! We can embrace that, and take what comes- or we can live in a state of apprehension. But we can’t change the “unknowingness” – that’s just a part of life, so we might as well enjoy it!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 27 Common Things That Prevent Our Happiness
Instead of looking outwards for happiness, simply look within at all the ways you are preventing yourself from being happy in this very moment — and work on letting them go. To get you started,…
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 July 10, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 10, 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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Cool in the very furnace of July
The water-meadows lie;
The green stalks of their grasses and their flowers
They still refresh at fountains never dry.
-John Drinkwater, British poet (1882-1937)

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Spiritual Unite: Kangaroo Spirit Animal – Embrace Change

The kangaroo spirit animal appears in your life when you are ready to escape a bad situation.
It lends you the strength to take the initiative and take back control over your destiny.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/kangaroo-spirit-animal/

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ThoughtCo: Lammas History: Welcoming the Harvest

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more

https://www.learnreligions.com/history-of-the-lammas-harvest-celebration-2562170

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Spirit Library: No Act of Love is Ever too Small (a message from Ann Albers)

Hi Dear Friends!

No act of love is every too small. The angels talk about trusting the impulses that arise from within and I’ll share some practical ways you can do so 🙂

Love you all!

♥ Ann

Message from the Angels

https://spiritlibrary.com/ann-albers/no-act-of-love-is-ever-too-small

©Ann Albers, http://www.VisionsofHeaven.com

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Daily Good: Uncomfortable Place of Uncertainty

“We weren’t trained to admit we don’t know. Most of us were taught to sound certain and confident, to state our opinion as if it were true. We haven’t been rewarded for being confused. Or for asking more questions rather than giving quick answers. We’ve also spent many years listening to others mainly to determine whether we agree with them or not. We don’t have time or interest to sit and listen to those who think differently than we do.” Margaret Wheatley shares more in this excerpt

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2354/uncomfortable-place-of-uncertainty-margaret-wheatley/

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Elephant Journal: 25 Quotes to Soothe your Inner Weirdo.

Ever since I could form my own thoughts and understand what people around me were saying, I always remember being labeled “different,” “eccentric,” or the ever-popular “someone who just marches to the beat of her own drum.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/10/25-quotes-to-soothe-your-inner-weirdo/

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MNN: What does Mercury in retrograde mean?

Three or four times a year, planet Mercury is said to go retrograde — that is to say it moves in an opposite direction to planet Earth. Planets move from east to west around the sun, and when Mercury turns to move from west to east instead, that’s when Mercury is in retrograde. Many refer to this time of year as simply Mercury retrograde.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/what-does-mercury-retrograde-mean

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EarthSky News: We go between Saturn and the sun July 9

Our planet Earth flies this week between Saturn and the sun, bringing Saturn to what astronomers call opposition. Opposition is a big milestone each year for observing the ringed planet Saturn, or any superior planet (planet orbiting the sun outside Earth’s orbit). When we fly between a superior planet and the sun, the planet is generally closest to Earth and brightest for that year. Saturn’s opposition comes on July 9, 2019, at 17:00 UTC.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/saturn-closest-and-brightest

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Patheos-Pagan: The Magic of Spaces, Places, and Things

For as long as I can remember, I have talked to everything: trees, insects, doors, birds, coats, the ocean, electronics, my paintbrushes, my room – basically everything animate and inanimate that I come into contact with.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2019/01/the-magic-of-spaces-places-and-things.html

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Inner Journey:

THE SOURCE OF ANGER

“Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does anger typically surface in your life?

We usually get angry at someone, don’t we? We judge that someone has done something wrong and we want them to be punished.

In truth, the actions of others are never to blame. It’s our thinking – our blaming and judgment – that causes the anger. And we blame and judge because we have a need that has not been met.

In his book ‘Nonviolent Communication,’ Marshall B. Rosenberg advises that rather than blame others, we are better served by directing our energy towards meeting our own needs.

He offers a simple tool for change. Instead of saying, ‘I am angry because they …’ we can say, ‘I am angry because I am needing ….’

“At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.”
— Marshall B. Rosenberg

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
— Marcus Aurelius

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The reason your thoughts become things besides your insistence, was so that you could always change whatever you didn’t like.

“No exceptions, full on, without judgment, all things possible, as soon as possible, sky’s the limit, where they have chocolate, please, now, thank you…” you were quoted.

Nice word-train,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ginger Cookies

I have been experimenting making ginger cookies and quite by accident I left off 1/4 cup of flour. They came out better, thin and crisp with tiny holes in them. If you like the taste of ginger and molasses, you will love this flavorful, cookie.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Ginger-Cookies-2.html

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Everything you touch or talk about today is going to get bigger, so be careful with your words and actions. While today will be easygoing and agreeable, a few days from now something you set in motion today may come back in a bigger form. Watch out for exaggeration, even about good things. Go light on the flattery, and even sincere compliments, since it all may become grander than you intend.

astrology.com

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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
July 10, 2019

Uncertainty

“The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that… Accept that it’s unknown, and it’s plain sailing.”
-John Lennon

Why is it so difficult for us to just accept the unknown? We tend to feel like we have to “make” things happen. Sure, we must take action, and work towards our goals – but at the same time if we could also relax and know that however things turn out, that’s the way they’re supposed to be. The process itself is really where we learn. And at the same time, since everything is changeable, and everything is possible, we can always start again!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Signs, Symbols, and Warnings From the Archangels

Have you ever wondered which of the Archangels is with you and what are the signs to let you know they are there? What is the best way to work with them and how they can help you?

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 July 9, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 9, 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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Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall.
-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Meaning Of Peacock Feather – Physical And Spiritual

The meaning of the peacock feather holds important symbolism for many cultures across the globe.
From the shamans of tribal cultures to Buddhists in the east, peacock feathers have formed an essential part of ritual and belief for much of history.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/meaning-of-peacock-feather/

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ThoughtCo: Make Your Own Besom

The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. In addition to being good for playing Quidditch, the besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools.

https://www.learnreligions.com/make-your-own-besom-2562738

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Here’s What The Stars Have In Store For You

On Tuesday, a Saturn transit will bring some structure to all spontaneity.
With Cancer season in full swing, it’s been easy to indulge in life’s comforts, refreshing your glass (and everyone at the table’s) with another pour of “frosé”; nibbling on whatever’s in the fridge. Nothing wrong with that! But when these mindless diversions start turning into habits, you might be numbing out. Tuesday, July 9 could snap you back to awareness, when disciplinarian Saturn in Capricorn opposes the Cancer Sun.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins-july-11-to-14-2019

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Did you know…

Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative against many ailments, including gout.

http://www.pickyourown.org/blackberries.htm

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Elephant Journal: A Manifesto for those who are Done with Love, Light & Positive Vibes Only.

I don’t believe in “positive vibes only.”
I don’t believe in only “love and light.”

Show me your darkness instead.
Terrify me. Surprise me. I want to see the real you beneath your sparkling smiles that don’t last for long.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/07/a-manifesto-for-those-who-are-done-with-love-light-positive-vibes-only-ilda-dashi/

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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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Tetraktys: Lughnasadh Gratitude Ritual: A Bread & Beer Celebration

Hello readers! This week, I am writing about the pagan holiday of Lughnasadh (pronounced Lunasah), which is celebrated on August 1st. First, I will explain the origins of Lughnasadh, then I will share with you a simple gratitude ritual that you can perform on your own to celebrate it. So let’s get started!

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/lughnasadh-gratitude-ritual/

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica on July 8 and 9

On July 8 and 9, 2019 – as the setting sun closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns – let the moon introduce you to a special star. The bright star to the east of the moon on July 8 is none other than Spica, the sole 1st-magnitude star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-spica-on-july-8-and-9

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Patheos-Pagan: Magickal Fatigue: When You Need Inspiration

There comes a time every year when you are just worn down, worn out, and tired. Exhausted, fed up, tired of people, tired of the day-to-day drudge. Maybe it happens more than once a year. Maybe you save it for special occasions. You have what can be termed Magickal Fatigue, and what you need is inspiration, oomph, motivation, just something.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchindeed/2019/07/magickal-fatigue-when-you-need-inspiration/

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Today’s Deity: Astarte

Astarte, also spelled Athtart or Ashtart, great goddess of the ancient Middle East and chief deity of Tyre, Sidon, and Elat, important Mediterranean seaports. Hebrew scholars now feel that the goddess Ashtoreth mentioned so often in the Bible is a deliberate conflation of the Greek name Astarte and the Hebrew word boshet, “shame,” indicating the Hebrews’ contempt for her cult. Ashtaroth, the plural form of the goddess’s name in Hebrew, became a general term denoting goddesses and paganism.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Astarte-ancient-deity

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Inner Journey:

FINDING CONTENTMENT

“When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil which yields my food. I share creation. Kings can do no more.”
— Chinese proverb

Do you sense the peace and contentment that can come from an appreciation of one’s place in the cosmos?

How do we get there with the complexities and pressures of our current lifestyles? Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming aware of what we truly have as opposed to what our egos believe we need. If we look closely, we may find that our ego ‘needs’ are just desires.

When you find yourself longing for something, stop and ask, “What is missing from my life? Is it a need? What are the essential qualities of what I seek? How can I experience that now?”

“If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.”
— John Bunyan

“Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell.”
— Bill Copeland

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The main reason someone moves mountains, wins friends, influences people, amasses a fortune, or anything else is because they thought they would.
You can do this,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Tex-Mex Spiced Lentils

I am trying to eat less meat. Lentils are a healthy and economical way to do that. These are quick and easy to prepare and are delicious. You can freeze if desired.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Tex-Mex-Spiced-Lentils.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
July 9, 2019

Uncertainty

“Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope, and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”
-John F. Kennedy

Isn’t this uncertainty such a great concept? It sure helps us out when we make a mistake! We can change things, make them better. Nothing is set in stone, that’s just the way it is – life is fluid, moving, changeable – and that is good for us. There is great potential in uncertainty- it means that ANYTHING, and everything is possible.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: High Anxiety: Conquer Your Fear
On this earth, you’ll never run out of things to worry about, but when you adjust the way you worry, you don’t have to scrabble through life. Here are several coping strategies for overcoming…
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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 17, 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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The Junes were free and full, driving through tiny
Roads, the mudguards brushing the cowparsley,
Through fields of mustard and under boldly embattled
Mays and chestnuts.
-Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

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Spiritual Unite: Panda Spirit Animal Meaning – Balance Need For Peace With Social Time

The panda spirit animal represents gentle strength, inner peace and emotional sensitivity.
These concepts are essential to you and becoming conscious of them will help you to achieve balance within yourself.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/panda-spirit-animal-meaning-balance-need-for-peace-with-social-time/

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ThoughtCo: Celebrate Litha With Summer Solstice Recipes

Litha is the celebration of the summer solstice—and what’s a Sabbat without food? Take advantage of the summer crops of fruit and vegetables, and prepare a simple and delicious feast for your Midsummer gatherings.

https://www.learnreligions.com/recipes-for-the-summer-solstice-4136752

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MBG: How To Harness The Big, Bold Energy Of Tonight’s Sagittarius Full Moon

What would be possible if we opened our minds? The Sagittarius moon arrives to help us explore that.
With the full moon in candid Sagittarius, there could be some jaw-dropping headlines before the week is through. These high-minded moonbeams could bring a potent reminder that honesty is still the best policy.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/full-moon-in-sagittarius-june-2019-everything-you-need-to-know

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Anger could raise its ugly little head today, but you have things under control. Don’t engage, if possible, and tactfully deflect the worst of whatever misunderstanding caused the outbreak. If it’s repressed anger, there may never be any loud or angry words. You can smooth any ruffled feathers simply by standing up and not being intimidated or rushed into any action or opinion. Be at your best today.

astrology.com

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Daily Good: Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

While many of us associate uncertainty with discomfort and fear, there is an exquisite beauty to be found in the transformation that takes place when we can welcome the unknown. Kristi Nelson, the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, examines what it means to surrender to the unpredictable nature of our days and the rewards that manifest as a result. “Much of our freedom depends on cultivating greater perspective about being with uncertainty, however and whenever we can,” she writes. Read more to learn how you can lean into the impending unknown with gratitude and awareness

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2324/deepening-our-comfort-with-uncertainty-kristi-nelson/

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Elephant Journal: The Moon Soothes my Soul.

Luna, the beautiful goddess of the Moon,
dressed in shimmering white with a crown of stars around her head.
A quiver with golden arrows on her back,
a bow in her right hand,
ready to pierce the night with her brightness.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/06/how-our-emotions-cycle-with-the-phases-of-the-moon-cindy-chase/

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MNN: 20 minutes in nature a day is your ticket to feeling better

Nature soothes our stressed-out souls. We instinctively know nature is the best prescription, but new research is revealing how little time we need to set aside to reap the benefits.
In one study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers tried to identify the most effective “dose” of nature within the context of normal daily life

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/urban-park-20-minutes-feel-better-study

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EarthSky News: Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn

On both June 16 and 17, 2019, the moon will appear full to the eye as it shines close to the king planet Jupiter all night long. The crest of the moon’s full phase comes at a specific instant, though – the instant the moon and sun are most opposite each other on our sky’s dome for this month – and that moment happens on June 17, 2019, at 8:31 UTC

https://earthsky.org/tonight/strawberry-moon-jupiter-from-dusk-till-dawn

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Patheos-Pagan: A New Chant for Litha: Honoring the Green Ones at Midsummer

It’s hard to believe, but official summer is almost here. The days are long. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, spring flowers are spent and we are seeing summer blooms opening around us; roses and lilies have taken the place of tulips and daffodils. The bright spring green of leaves’ first unfurling is past. Jungle green is all around us now and keeping up with the weeds in the garden is a daily challenge.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/naturessacredjourney/2019/06/chant-litha-honoring-green-ones-midsummer/

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Inner Journey:

LONELINESS

“When humans find themselves surrounded by nothing but objects, the response is always one of loneliness.”
— Brian Swimme

Soul lives through relationship and it is in soul that we find meaning. We can have meaningful relationships with people, animals and other beings, projects, ideas and ideals.

How much time do you devote to building relationships with things?

“Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.”
— Maxwell Maltz

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”
— George Eliot

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Ten thousand times a day for ten thousand different reasons, angels share your story to inspire, comfort, and reassure the world’s most able dreamers, thinkers, and lovers.

Well, I’d want to know –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Green Pumpkin Flower Soup

Yes, the flower is eatable. This green pumpkin flower soup is a very cool light quick and easy to make soup.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Green-Pumpkin-Flower-Soup.html

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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
June 17, 2019

Comfort

“I have enjoyed many of the comforts of life, none of which I wish to esteem lightly; yet I confess I know not any joy that is so dear to me, that so fully satisfies the inmost desires of my mind, that so enlivens refines, and elevates my whole nature, as that which I derive from religion – from faith in God. – May this God be thy God, thy refuge, thy comfort, as he has been mine.”
-John Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)
It doesn’t matter which religion we follow – we can garner comfort from our relationship with God, from our faith. When we feel in need of comfort, this is where we should turn first. Out of habit, we tend to look elsewhere – but we will always find comfort, and strength when we look within.

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