Cat’s Morning Bits for May 3, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 3, 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 sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
-Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Spiritual Unite: How To Recognize Your Soulmate – 4 Sure Fire Ways To Know

For most people, finding love is the first reason for living.
We spend our whole lives looking for that one person, and when we find our soulmate, we experience the kind of joy that is all too rare

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/how-to-recognize-your-soulmate-4-sure-fire-ways-to-know/

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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: An New Moon Practice To Help You See The Divine In The Everyday

I spent the last five days at a meditation retreat contemplating awareness and space, and one message kept coming loud and clear: Meaningful change begins in the body, not by escaping the body.
For eons, different spiritual traditions have considered the body the space of evils: unholy, dirty, and shameful. Something to want to tame and control.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/new-moon-may-2019-an-embodiment-ritual-to-harness-taurus-energy

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Daily Good: Becoming a Blessing

“A good story is like a compass, it points to something true and invites us to orient our own direction according to it and perhaps to live a little better.” With these words Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen proceeds to tell stories that enthrall and enchant and indeed help to orient us and guide us to seek to live better. She shares stories of her grandfather, whom she calls a “flaming mystic,” that were told to her as a very young child and yet still resonate for her today. She speaks of the power and web of connection among people and how that can be evidenced by blessing each other out loud. This video itself is a blessing to be cherished and shared.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8341

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Witchwood Teahouse: So… I made Moon Water. Now What?

Moon, Sacred, or Holy Water is one of the many staples I keep stocked in my magickal cabinet. The moon is the symbol of the Divine Feminine and the Holy Mother Goddess. She is nurturing, bold, and unapologetic in her brilliance. She is emotion and because of this, we are deeply connected to the moon’s energy. When a full moon is building, we might feel ourselves becoming a little irrational, angry, or irritable. Our emotions are great indicators of what we should work on in our lives as we seek out balance and stability.

http://www.themagickkitchen.com/so-i-made-moon-water-now-what/

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MNN: Why do bumblebees have stripes?
Think of them as a warning label.

If you’ve ever seen a bumblebee rummaging clumsily in the garden, you’ll know those aren’t racing stripes. The genus bombus is known neither for grace nor speed.
But what you may not have known is that those stripes come in hundreds of different patterns. You’d be forgiven for not taking a closer look. Even though bumblebees aren’t the stinging type — only females even have stingers and they’re reluctant to use them — these little buzzing balls can seem a little intimidating

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/why-do-bumblebees-have-stripes

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EarthSky News: Eta Aquariids before dawn May 4, 5 and 6

Before dawn these next several mornings – May 4, 5 and 6, 2019 – watch for meteors in the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower to streak across the heavens in an inky dark sky unmarred by moonlight. We expect the morning of May 5 to showcase the peak number of meteors. But try the morning before and/or after as well, as this meteor shower has a relatively broad peak.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/star-hop-to-the-radiant-of-the-eta-aquarids

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Patheos-Pagan: Bird Migrations and the Stars: The Science Behind the Connection

Birds and Stars in the Lore
Birds are often connected to transformation, the Otherworlds, and death. In the Lithuanian tradition the souls of the dead are said to turn into birds and fly along the milky way, which they call Paukščių Takas, The Way of Birds, or Vėlių Kelias, The Way of Souls. The Estonians called it Linnutee, The Bird Way, and the souls are said to be lead by a white bird with the head of a woman and the souls she leads take the form of a goose, duck, diver, or bluebird.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dandelionlady/2019/04/bird-migrations-and-the-stars-the-science-behind-the-connection.html

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Inner Journey: 

WHAT IS YOUR BODY SAYING?

“Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz — something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”
— Chungliang Al Huang

“As we explore the extraordinary interplay of energies between the many aspects of our personality — our needs, unconscious reactions, repressed emotions, aspirations and fears — with the functioning of our physical system and its capacity to maintainm itself, we soon realise how very wise the body is. With its intricately detailed systems and operations it portrays infinite intelligence and compassion, constantly giving us the means to understand ourselves further, to confront issues we are not looking at, and to go beyond that which is holding us back.”
— Deb Shapiro

Scan your body with your awareness. Are you experiencing any aches and pains? Any stiffness?

What might your body be trying to tell you about how you are living your life?

“Your body is the ground and metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. It is your Bible, your encyclopedia, your life story. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body. In the marriage of flesh and spirit divorce is impossible.”
— Gabrielle Roth

“What is always speaking silently is the body.”
— Norman Brown

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

My own personal policy as the Universe is to only do those things that I want to do, with whom I want to do them.

That’s part of the reason I’m always hanging around you.

Hungry?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipes

Not only are they delicious but chocolate banana smoothie are packed with good nutrients as well. They make a great fast breakfast option and can also give you nice recharge after a workout.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Banana-Smoothie-Recipes.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
May 3, 2019

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: What Does Your Palm Say About Your Personality?
The marks on your hand can reveal information about your characteristics.

Have you been curious about the lines on your palms? According to Psychic Library, “palmistry reveals individual personality and character traits through the study of the shape, size and lines of the hands and fingers”. The practice of palmistry started in India, where it is still a common practice to this day.

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 May 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 2,  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 woods were full of deer;
and running
everywhere
fresh water-
brooks, rundles,
springs and creeks.

-Charlies Reznikoff (1894-1976)

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Spiritual Unite:  White Owl Totem – Giving You Laser Sight

The White Owl is an animal with strong symbolism across many different cultures.
If the White Owl is your animal totem, you can be expected to have a lean towards connecting with natural wisdom, insight and intuitive vision.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/white-owl-totem-giving-you-laser-sight/

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ThoughtCo: Including Kids in Pagan Practice

As the modern Pagan movement progresses and evolves, the Pagan community has grown to encompass people of all age levels. Those who discovered Paganism as teens or college students two or three decades ago are now raising their own children, and so the demographic within the Pagan community is constantly changing. It’s not uncommon at all to meet families in which one or both parents are Pagans or Wiccans, and they may have kids who follow a variety of religious paths.

https://www.learnreligions.com/include-kids-in-pagan-practices-2561804

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Spirit Library: Magical Breakthroughs – May 2019 Energy Forecast

Hi my friend,

We have so much to catch up on, so let’s get right to it!

Magical Experiences

The month of May will offer us a combination of energies that will help us create more magical experiences and synchronicity in our lives, in a grounded and steady way.

https://spiritlibrary.com/emmanuel-dagher/magical-breakthroughs-may-2019-energy-forecast

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Elephant Journal: How Empathy Improves our Relationships—All of Them.

No two humans are exactly alike.
From different upbringings, experiences, genetics, personalities, and dispositions, it’s unlikely for anyone to walk through life without conflicting with someone else’s beliefs. Disagreements are inevitable.

Since human connection is so important to our well-being, how do we resolve human conflicts healthily, in order to have strong, long-lasting relationships?

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/how-empathy-improves-your-relationships-all-of-them/

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MNN: 11 astonishing facts about jellyfish

Did you know jellyfish have outlived the dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years, and some have been to space?

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/11-astonishing-facts-about-jellyfish

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EarthSky News: Arc to Arcturus, spike to Spica

Tonight, look outside in the evening and learn a phrase useful to sky watchers. The phrase is: follow the arc to Arcturus, and drive a spike (or speed on) to Spica. You can use this phrase in any year.
First locate the Big Dipper asterism in the northeastern sky. Then draw an imaginary line following the curve in the Dipper’s handle until….

https://earthsky.org/tonight/follow-the-arc-to-arcturus-in-may

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Patheos-Pagan: The Birth of Artemis

To Artemis
I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword. Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she draws her golden bow,

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/adamantinemuse/2017/02/birth-goddess-artemis/

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Inner Journey:

FIND PEACE INSIDE

“All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.”
— Swami Ramdas

Getting into the habit of meditating, praying and/or resting daily helps us pull back from our preoccupation with the material world. In silence and solitude, we have an opportunity to pay attention to what’s happening inside rather than outside.

When we do this consistently, we learn to relax and to quiet and detach from our mental chatter and our turbulent emotions. As we begin to witness ourselves in personality, we also begin to experience our soul.

“Meditation may require a lifetime to master, but it will have been a lifetime well spent.” If you want to judge your progress, ask yourself these questions: Am I more loving? Is my judgment sounder? Do I have more energy? Can my mind remain calm under provocation? Am I free from the conditioning of anger, fear, and greed? Spiritual awareness reveals itself as eloquently in character development and selfless action as in mystical states.”
— Eknath Easwaran

 

higherawareness.com
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Wise Woman Herbal: Got Ramps?!

Worthy of its own festival, ramps are a springtime rite celebrating a Southern Appalachian delicacy. Smelly as a ram in spring, ramps get their nickname from the Old English word “ramson” for wild garlic. They are also affectionately known as the spring onion, wild leek, and in French, ail sauvage and ail des bois, which translates as (no surprise!) wild garlic.

http://www.wisewomanmentor.com/articles/7310369

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Today’s Recipe: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of our favorite morning beverages and we make it at home from fresh harvest cacao beans. The beans are sun dried, cooked and grinded then placed into molds to form blocks or bars of raw unsweetened chocolate. We call them “tablea”.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Homemade-Hot-Chocolate.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
May 2, 2019

Understanding

“Much learning does not teach understanding.”

-Heraclitus (540?- 480?)

Where do we find understanding? It doesn’t just come from education. It isn’t just in books. How easy that would be it if were so! Understanding is not something that is generated in our minds. It starts with our mind, but whatever it is becomes understood when it finds its way into our heart. We understand because we can relate, we can identify, we can see that we are not separate from that which we seek to understand.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 21 Reasons Driving Inspires Us
We asked readers what inspires them most about driving. They told of their passion for becoming one with their cars and hitting the open road. They shared special moments behind the wheel enjoying…
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: Beltane Edition, for May 1, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 1, 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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‘But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother,
I’m to be Queen o’ the May.’
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

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The Beltane bonfires were lit as a symbol of the return of the sun for the summer half of the year. Nine sacred woods were used to start the fires and each wood has its own magickal properties. The names of the wood to be used appears in the long versions of the Witches Rede, while the shorter versions contain the first sentence.

“Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But – Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.”

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ThoughtCo: Faerie Lore: The Fae at Beltane

For many Pagans, Beltane is traditionally a time when the veil between our world and that of the Fae is thin. In most European folktales, the Fae kept to themselves unless they wanted something from their human neighbors. It wasn’t uncommon for a tale to relate the story of a human being who got too daring with the Fae–and ultimately paid their price for his or her curiosity!

https://www.learnreligions.com/lore-about-fae-at-beltane-2561643

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MBG: Monthly Horoscope: The Vibe Of This May? Chill & Surrender To Divine Timing

Finally—a bit of solid ground beneath our feet? May’s cosmic lineup is blessedly uneventful—and it falls against the backdrop of Taurus season, weighing our collective anchor even more. As the Sun makes its annual rounds through the earthy, steadfast sign until May 21, take the opportunity to plant deep roots and let your ideas gain traction

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/may-2019-your-monthly-horoscope-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: All My Best Words Were Hers: A Tribute to Ursula Le Guin

The impact of literature and specifically, an author, on a person can be “unfathomable.” In this tender tribute, Isaac Yuen recounts the many ways Ursula K. Le Guin influenced his life and his writing. He admits he is “only a fan.” He confesses his inadequacy in expressing how her work guides his: “I write about how reading her words transported me to strange worlds and into new souls, how that sparked my own journeys as a reader and a writer. The sentiment is trite. I steal her own words to say what she already knows. I cannot say what I mean. I cannot find the way.” And yet, he does. With profound love, he shares the legacy she leaves for him and the world

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2266/all-my-best-words-were-hers-a-tribute-to-ursula-le-guin-isaac-yuen/

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Witchipedia: May in Myth and Magic
To maintain a youthful appearance and enhance your beauty, wash your face in the dew you collect on the morning of the first of May.
Marry in May, you’ll rue the day.
It is considered very bad luck to get married in May; perhaps because it is considered by some to be the wedding month of the God and Goddess and it would be very rude to upstage them.
Wash a blanket in May, you’ll wash a dear one away
It is bad luck to wash your blankets in May or to buy a new broom.
According to one superstition, children born this month will be sickly all their lives and cats born this month won’t catch mice, but might bring snakes into the house.
Good weather in May is not necessarily a good thing.
A wet May brings a big load of hay.
A cold May is kindly and fills the barn finely.
Mist in May and heat in June makes harvest come right soon

http://www.witchipedia.com/month:may

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MNN: What to see in the night sky in May
Meteor showers, the Flower Moon and more reasons to look up

That giant sigh you just heard? The collective relief of the Northern Hemisphere that spring with all its beauty, sounds and smells is finally here. It’s also the perfect time for stargazers to throw on little more than a sweatshirt and enjoy warmer evenings of looking up into the heavens.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/what-see-night-sky-may-eta-aquarid-meteor-shower-flower-moon

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EarthSky News: Star-hop to the Hunting Dogs

Tonight, find the Hunting Dogs. The chart above looks directly overhead at nightfall or early evening in May, as seen from a mid-latitude in the N. Hemisphere. It’s as if we’re viewing the sky from the comfort of a reclining lawn chair, with our feet pointing southward. The constellation Leo the Lion stands high in the southern sky, while the upside-down Big Dipper is high in the north. Notice the Big Dipper and Leo. You can use them to star-hop to to the constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/star-hop-to-canes-venatici-the-hunting-dogs

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Patheos-Pagan: Beltane Flowers: A Dish For Your Beltane Potluck

So the flowers I’m talking about here are cauliflowers. I suppose you could make a garland to wear on your head of cauliflowers. It seems a bit excessive, maybe even dangerous. I’m suggesting you make a delicious gratin and take it to a Beltane potluck to share with friends and loved ones. Of course, you can make this on any old Tuesday afternoon as well and not share it with anyone.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thewitchesnextdoor/2019/04/beltane-potluck/

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Inner Journey:

OPEN TO THE NEW

“All the people we call ‘geniuses’ are men and women who somehow escaped having to put that curious, wondering child in themselves to sleep.”
— Barbara Sher

How willing are you to learn something new?
How open are you to new perspectives?

Only when we’re open can we really hear what’s being said or really see what’s happening or really experience the moment.

Openness demands that we be willing to move to places we’ve never been before. It asks us to continually challenge the foundations of our belief systems so we can test out new ideas. And to do that, we need to accept insecurity.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

The reason there are so many people in the world is so that each of you might at least find a few of them to love.
And ye shall be transformed,

The Universe
tut.com

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The Agora: Reflections in Nature: Spring Musings

Part of the path of being a witch for me is following the changing of the seasons. As the earth this year comes to life around us, I am struck by the feelings it generates within. Spring is not merely the greening of the year and the welcoming of warmer days. It is nature fighting to bring forth new life, new beginnings, but also the death of winter and those things that have ended.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2019/04/reflections-in-nature-spring-musings/

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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
May 1, 2019

Understanding

“In what we really understand, we reason but little.”

-William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

True understanding is knowingness. We don’t have to be able to put it into words, we just know. In our heart, in our mind, in our very being, some things just ARE, and we understand. It’s kind of like how we can feel when someone loves us. We know it without that person having to say it. We don’t have to think about it and analyze the situation, there is just this understanding that is there. That same understanding, that same knowingness, comes with the presence of Spirit, omnipotent and omnipresent.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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The Wild Hunt: Beltane’s Past in Print

MIAMI (TWH) – Referenced in William Bells’s (1856) book, “On the English nomenclature of the days of the week,” John Jamieson’s Dictionary of the Scottish Language mentions a Gaelic rhyming proverb:
Woe to the mother of a magician’s son,

When the Beltaine happens on a Sunday.

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 April 30, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 30, 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 woods were full of deer;
and running
everywhere
fresh water-
brooks, rundles,
springs and creeks.

-Charlies Reznikoff (1894-1976)


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Spiritual Unite: 9 Signs You Are Experiencing A Synchronicity And what It Means

You have probably heard about synchronicities, or maybe you are reading this article exactly because of a synchronicity bringing you here.
Anyway, synchronicities happen to all of us who are open to receive cosmic messages, to anyone who is tuned into their own truth and their own soul.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/9-signs-you-are-experiencing-a-synchronicity-and-what-it-means-2/

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ThoughtCo: 11 Pagan Fertility Deities of Beltane

Beltane is a time of great fertility—for the earth itself, for animals, and of course for people as well. This season has been celebrated by cultures going back thousands of years, in a variety of ways, but nearly all shared the fertility aspect. Typically, this is a Sabbat to celebrate gods of the hunt or of the forest, and goddesses of passion and motherhood, as well as agricultural deities. Here is a list of gods and goddesses that can be honored as part of your tradition’s Beltane rituals.

https://www.learnreligions.com/fertility-deities-of-beltane-2561641

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Daily Good: 10 Sharing-Focused Books to Read this Spring

Whenever people come together, something has to be shared. in the workplace, the home, the neighborhood; even in the grocery store. The books in this book list from Shareable, an award winning nonprofit, delve into understanding the what, who, how and why of sharing our way into a brighter future. Dive in and get inspired, excited and sharing.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2280/10-sharing-focused-books-to-read-this-spring-shareable/

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Elephant Journal: What they Forgot to Tell Us about Spiritual Growth

I’m going to be really vulnerable here and share something that is going to make it easy for you to judge me.
It’s been on my heart and I just need to let it out.

I’m so tired of all the inspirational rah rah rah stories, the “this is what I do to fix x, y, and z.”
Not tired, as in, I’m sick and tired of this in a judgmental way. Tired, as in, absolutely exhausted from them

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/what-they-forgot-to-tell-you/

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Spirituality & Health: Curcumin, the Divine, and Happy Spouses
BY KATHRYN DRURY WAGNER
This week’s research dive found lasting effects from a spiritual encounter, reasons to try curcumin, and why having a happy spouse can help you live longer.

https://spiritualityhealth.com/blogs/science-spirit/2019/04/24/science-spirit-curcumin-happy-spouses-and-the-divine

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EarthSky News: Moon and Venus grace eastern morning sky

Late April and early May 2019 present the moon and the planet Venus adorning the eastern sky before sunrise. From most places worldwide, these two brilliant worlds can be viewed at dawn if you’re blessed with clear skies and an unobstructed horizon. After all, the moon and Venus rank as the second-brightest and third-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun. Unfortunately for far-northern latitudes, like Alaska, viewing the moon and Venus will be extremely difficult because the moon and Venus rise about the same time as the sun at those latitude

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-venus-grace-eastern-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan:  Protection Magic Basics

In our lives, and especially in our training as practitioners, at times we will feel beset by outside powers. The first response should be grounding and centering, but these are not always sufficient on their own. Sometimes, it may be necessary to create some form of magical protection

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/theothersideofthehedge/2019/04/protection-magic-basics/

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Inner Journey:

TWO VIEWS

“… no matter what our difficulties may be, we recognize that there is a deep untroubled stream flowing below all surface troubles and that we are of one substance with that stream. The soul knows no difficulties.”
— James Thornton

Masters teach that we can experience two completely different states of reality at the same time — from the personality and from the soul.

Author Pema Chödron talks about being hungry, cold and tired but at that same time deeply content. Ram Dass speaks of how the emotional heart can be breaking while we recognize that all is unfolding perfectly.

Allowing our soul to be present with the discomforts of the personality shifts our experience of the discomforts.

“True self simply refers to the aspect of our being that is completely aware of its expanded nature no matter what we may be experiencing in our lives.”
— Martia Nelson

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A Note from the Universe

Resentment, anger, and impatience all have their place. Actually, they’re absolutely priceless, revealing to those who feel them that there are still a few pieces of life’s puzzle they’ve overlooked.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Beltane Marigold Custard

Anon

2 cups milk
1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
1 to 2-inch piece vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water
whipped cream

Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.

Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.

http://www.paganlibrary.com/recipes/beltane_marigold_custard.php

 

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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 30, 2019

Understanding

“Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand.”

-Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Some things seem beyond our understanding. Certain algebraic formulas, for example – or the mentality of terrorists. This is a complicated world we live in. And we may not understand all of it. But we can expand our faith to accept what understanding we do have, and to build on that. We can take what we know, and learn and grow from here.

 

-Lissa Coffey

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Spirit Library: Claim Your Truth Now

This message is a lovely channel from Archangel Uriel.

It is time to claim your truth, to be in your own light and energy and the truth of your being. This is not an easy task because you have done this before, usually with terrible consequences. Claiming your truth means that you stand in your own light, no matter what others may feel or think about it or how they respond to you. The opposite of your truth is not a lie, it is denial and you must now choose to live in truth or to live in denial, to stand in the bright center of your light or in theits shadowy edges

https://spiritlibrary.com/jennifer-hoffman/claim-your-truth-now

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 29, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 29, 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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Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

-Langston Hughes (1902-67)

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Tetraktys: A Wiccan Blessingway Ritual – How to Have a Spiritual Baby Shower

I have great news to tell: I am pregnant with my first child! So, last week, I celebrated my passage into motherhood with a ritual. I wanted something different from the traditional baby shower, that would be more meaningful to me. I did a little bit of research and I decided to have a Blessingway ceremony. In short, a Blessingway is a woman-centered ritual that celebrates the journey into motherhood

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/wiccan-blessingway-ritual-spiritual-baby-shower/

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Spiritual Unite: Synchronicity: The Universe’s Software Programs

Despite the recognition that Carl Jung has received throughout the last century or so, the importance of his work still cannot be stressed enough. The real beauty of Jung’s work was his ability to conceptualize a variety of esoteric, even shamanistic concepts through scientific, empirical observation.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/synchronicity-the-universes-software-programs/

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ThoughtCo: Recipes for the Beltane Sabbat

Beltane is a time to celebrate the fertility of the earth, and the return of spring blossoms and blooms. It’s a season of fire and passion, and when many of us honor the wild and lusty god of the forests. Beltane is a time for planting and sowing of seeds; again, the fertility theme appears. The buds and flowers of early May bring to mind the endless cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth that we see in the earth. Try one of these seven seasonally-appropriate recipes for your Beltane celebrations!

https://www.learnreligions.com/recipes-for-the-beltane-sabbat-4126076

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MBG: This Week Kicks Off With A Retrograde & It Could Shake Up Your Foundation

On Monday, Saturn goes retrograde and reminds us to make sure we’re operating from a solid foundation.
Are you forging ahead against all odds? It may be time to pull the brake on that strategy when cautious, conservative Saturn pivots into its annual retrograde this Monday, April 29. For the second consecutive year of three

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/your-weekly-horoscope-for-april-29-to-may-5-2019-from-the-astrotwins

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Daily Good: Butterflies Without Borders

Change is the only constant. And things are going to be different, not better or worse, just different. Our first impulse in the face of overwhelming change is often to resist and try to stop it from happening. How would it be if we could transform our fear into energy influencing the inevitable changes of life? Learn more about how some courageous people are learning to influence the changes facing Monarch butterflies

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=8300

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Elephant Journal: How to create an Energy Sanctuary & Altar in your Home, Bedroom, or Office with Crystals & Gemstones.

I first started learning about energy and crystals while working as a RN years ago.
I was in my first year as a new nurse—feeling exhausted, unbalanced, and stressed out, I was desperate to try anything.
I went to a shamanic healer who told me that I had unwanted negative energies in my aura from working in hospitals and, not only that, I was bringing them into my home.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/04/use-crystals-gemstones-to-make-your-home-an-energy-sanctuary-partner/

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EarthSky News: Moon and Venus grace eastern morning sky

Late April and early May 2019 present the moon and the planet Venus adorning the eastern sky before sunrise. From most places worldwide, these two brilliant worlds can be viewed at dawn if you’re blessed with clear skies and an unobstructed horizon. After all, the moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and 3rd-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun. Unfortunately for far-northern latitudes, like Alaska, viewing the moon and Venus will be extremely difficult because the moon and Venus rise about the same time as the sun at those far northern latitudes

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-venus-grace-eastern-morning-sky

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Patheos-Pagan:  Preparing for Beltane and the Love Spell of Life

I never believed in love spells.
But he was walking away from me, pulling away from me. And I wanted nothing more than to bring him back. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I trusted in a book whose name I can’t remember now.
I chanted something. Burned something. I’m sure a candle was involved. Red, of course

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2019/04/preparing-for-beltane-and-love-spell-of-life/

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Inner Journey:

Labels limit us

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu

How do you define yourself, to yourself and others? Are you first and foremost a husband/wife? A mother/father? A bus driver, dentist, musician … ? A Christian, Muslim, Jew …? A nag, joker, dreamer …?

Be aware that any label puts limits on you. Today, experience how it feels to let go of the labels to rest in ‘I am.’ Feel the freedom, the spaciousness, the infinite potential of simply being.

“With every breath, the possibility of a new aspect of self arises.”
— Wayne Muller

“As long as I am this or that, I am not all things.”
— Meister Eckhart

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A Note from the Universe

For the one who continues failure becomes impossible.

Phew!

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Japanese Croquettes

These “croquettes” are easy to make, and yummy with the crispy outside, and soft insides with potato, onions and ground beef. They can be served with rice, shredded cabbage or fruit. This is a real easy dish to make, and a great way to also use left over mashed potatoes when you have them.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Easy-Japanese-Croquettes.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
April 29, 2019

Understanding
“Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.”

-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916)

There is so much more to this world that what we can actually see and hear and feel. There is so much that is without explanation, but that is beyond explanation. There are unlimited possibilities all around us, at all times – how could we even venture to guess what they all could be? When we realize that our lives can open up to these possibilities, we allow understanding to pour in and nourish us.

-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)
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Thought For The Day: Dec. 4, 2018 “Drop the Weight”

Happy Tuesday,

The expectations of others can often seem like weight upon our shoulders. We are often told how to act, think, or look. When we rebel and do things our own way we are often told “I just don’t understand you!” Well…… guess what? That’s OK! As individuals we all have our own way of doing things, we have our own ideas and attitudes. Remember that others mean well but it’s your path to walk and create!

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Thought For The Day: May 17, 2018 “Work In Progress”

Happy Thursday,

Tolerance,Compromise, Understanding,Acceptance and Patience. As we get older we begin to understand the importance of these things in our daily lives, ( or at least most of us do) These things usually don’t just “happen” by themselves, we have to work at them. Personally the “tools” I  keep working on are  patience and compromise. Since I am a work in progress (just like you) I have hope that one day these tools will be sharp. So……. how are the tools in your shed?

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