Cat’s Morning Bits for April 2, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for April 2, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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April Events & Holidays

April 7 Full Pink Moon & Super Moon at 7:35 pm PST/ 8:35 pm MST/ 10:35 pm EST

April 12 Easter

April 15 Celtic tree Month of Willow begins

April 22 Earth Day

April 22 New Moon at 7:25 pm PST/ 8:25 pm MST/ 10:25 pm EST

April 23 Ramadan

April 24 Arbor Day

April 30 Walprgis Night

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Often I am permitted to return to a meadow
as if it were a given property of the mind.
-Robert Duncan (1919-88)

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Spirit Library: Voyage into the Unknown (a message from Kate Spreckley)

So far it has been an intense year with many sudden and unexpected changes. The landscape of our lives is shifting, changing the direction of our life, our we perceive ourselves, others and our place in this world. For some this process is liberating and empowering and for others it is painful and confusing

Read more…

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Daily Good: Oriah Mountain Dreamer: The Call

“I have heard it all my life. A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency. But always it says: Wake up, my love. You are walking asleep.
There’s no safety in that! Remember what you are, and let a deeper knowing color the shape of your humanness. There is nowhere to go. What you are looking for is right here.” Oriah Mountain Dreamer shares more in this beautiful poem. { read more }

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ThoughtCo: An Introduction to Wildcrafting

In addition to growing your own magical herbs in your garden, in many areas you can harvest herbs from their natural environment—in the wild. This is known as wildcrafting, and is becoming a popular pastime.

Read more…..

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MBG: A 5-Step Guide To Cleaning Your Wallet The Feng Shui Way

There are so many ways to use feng shui to create an environment that’s inspiring, motivating, and empowering. Applying the philosophy to something as simple as your wallet can be enough to help boost your abundance. If you’ve got your wallet nearby and haven’t give it much love lately, here’s an easy step-by-step clearing routine to try:

Read more….

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Daily Dream Meaning: Flying

1. The dreamer’s basic ambition, drive, goals, and dreams. If the dreamer is flying like a bird, then he can accomplish his goals almost on his own. If the dreamer is flying in an airplane, or other sort of airship, he will need assistance. If the weather around him is turbulent, the path to success will be rocky and strewn with obstacles. If it is clear, the path ahead should be straightforward and easily traveled. If others are flying with him, he needs to gather the support of others in order to attain his goal.
Astrological parallel: Uranus.
Tarot parallel: The World.
2. A harbinger of a happy time in the dreamer’s life – as if she is “flying high.”
Astrological/Tarot parallel: The Sun.

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Pioneer Thinking: Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Most people buy waterless hand sanitizers but did you know you can make your own natural hand sanitizer for a fraction of the cost? It’s easy and you may even have all the ingredients at home already.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: The Basics of Sigil Making || Witchcraft 101

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MNN: Shhh! This is the first ‘quiet park’ in the world

Ecuador may have a new tourism jingle. But they don’t want anyone to actually sing it.

Indeed, the country’s latest national park is built on the mantra that silence is golden. The South American country has become the first in the world to build a “quiet park,” a lush stretch of land straddling the Zabalo River where silence is protected like a natural resource.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Venus, Pleiades couple up on April 2, 3 and 4

Although the planet Venus has a conjunction with the Pleiades star cluster every year, the best Venus-Pleiades conjunctions only come in early April and recur in cycles of 8 years.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan:  Water Symbolism In The Tarot

Water, the element of emotion, empathic abilities, visions and second sight plays an important role in the Tarot system. The Tarot system is a complex divination system that includes cards depicting images and scenes with various esoteric and spiritual correspondences.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: HURDY GURDY WINTER SONG || Ancient medieval instrument

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Inner Journey:

AWARENESS

“Relative to the level of awareness that is possible for us, our ordinary state of consciousness is as far from a direct experience of reality as sleep is from waking consciousness.”
— Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

“The thought ‘I exist’ is not the same thing as the awareness of one’s own existence. … Thought is not the same thing as consciousness.”
— Jacob Needleman

A person asked Buddha:
“Are you a God?”
Buddha’s reply was
“No.”
“Are you an Angel?”
“No.”
“Then what are you?”
“I am Awake.”
— Unknown Source

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

That thing you’re dealing with right now,  is not by chance.

It’s the beginning of the most exciting transformation of your life, so far.

Birds in the sky…

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Bulgarian Moussaka

This is a Bulgarian variant of moussaka that my family makes.

Read more…..

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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
April 2, 2020
Mystery
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
This is a big concept. The invisible could be love, for example. Is that so mysterious? Love just “is.” We know it, we feel it, we treasure it. We can count on it; it doesn’t go away. But the visible, that can be transitory. We can ask, what is its purpose? What is our relationship to it? If we can accept the invisible as reality, we can look at the visible in another light. So, what is real? That is the mystery!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance 

Temperance is a card that symbolizes moderation, so if you’ve been indulging a bit too much in your love life, it’s time to tone things down. You don’t have to show a lot charisma, wit, and sex appeal to prove that you have substance. Do what’s necessary to obtain that elusive balance in your love life. No effort, no matter how small, goes unrewarded.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts 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 January 13, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 13, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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O Winter, ruler of the inverted year,
Thy scattered hair with sleet like ashes filled,
Thy breath congealed upon they lips, thy cheeks
Fringed with a beard made white with other snows.
-William Cowper (1731-1800)

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Spiritual Unite: This is The Spiritual Symbolism For Lemon

Lemon is a yellow coloured fruit of the small evergreen tree of the Rutaceae family. It has a distinctive sour taste that makes it an essential ingredient for many of our favourite food and drinks.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: A Collection of Prayers for Imbolc

If you’re looking for prayers or blessings to celebrate the sabbat of Imbolc, here’s where you’ll find a selection of original devotionals that bid farewell to the winter months and honor the goddess Brighid, as well as seasonal blessings for your meals, hearth, and home.

Read more…..

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MBG: This Week’s Horoscope Is Here To Shake Up Your Daily Routine

Today, the AstroTwins are breaking down how this week’s astrological transits could inspire some out-of-this-world innovation and creativity.
Life takes a turn for the poetic this Monday, January 13, as enchanting Venus floats into ethereal Pisces.

Read more….

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Wise Woman Herbal Ezine: Winter Medicine: An Overview of the Pantry and Medicine Chest
by Linda Conroy
I live in a cold climate, where the winter months can be quite long. Because fresh, local, wild food and herbs are not as readily in the winter months, I spend a lot of time during the fall months preparing food and medicine to have on hand for winter.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: How to Make Corn Husk Dolls: 13 DIYs

Children and mothers used to make fashionable dolls out of corn husks wherever corn was grown as a crop. The custom though mainly prevalent in native and colonial American families seeped into the modern American culture down the ages.

Read more….

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Elephant Journal: Making Love with Nature: a Letter to the Alder Trees.

Inside the meditation hall, I sit with my hands in my lap, breathing into the hollow of my palms.
Left hand lying gently inside the right, thumb tips just barely touching, center point of concentration in the posture of Zen meditation. Back straight, mind deep in the body, the hands open and connected to the motion of breathing. I think of the image suggested by the Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh—a baby Buddha nestled in my hands,

Read more….

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MNN: Scientists discover 10 new birds
5 new species, 5 subspecies found on small islands in Indonesia

A group of scientists set out on a six-week expedition near Sulawesi, Indonesia, in hopes of learning more about the region’s bird population. What they discovered was far more exciting — undiscovered bird species.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Tonight is New Year’s Eve, in the Julian calendar

Today is January 13, 2020, in our calendar, the Gregorian calendar, but it marks the last day of the year by the Julian calendar, which was first introduced to the world by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. The Gregorian calendar’s January 14, 2020, is January 1 of the same year by the Julian calendar. It’s the Julian New Year, sometimes called the Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: 2020 Witches’ Wheel Of The Year

This guide to the Witches’ Wheel of the Year is a journey through the lunar, astrological and seasonal energies of 2020, with spells, rituals, and spiritual practices to strengthen your connection to the deeper world.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

WATER WISDOM

“When flowing water … meets with obstacles on its path, a blockage in its journey, it pauses. It increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it….

“Do not turn and run, for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go. Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger … emulate the example of the water: Pause and build up your strength until the obstacle no longer representsa blockage.”
— from the ‘I Ching,’ presented in ‘To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring’ by Marsha Sinetar

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

A philosophical journey from here to there…

Do you think that if ten million dollars were to be suddenly deposited into your checking account, that over the following months and years you’d have fewer and fewer challenges? Or do you think, perhaps, that your challenges would simply evolve and change?

Right, evolve and change.

And do you think that with your extra $10 million, you’d gradually be presented with more and more opportunities to be happy? Or do you think, perhaps, that your opportunities would simply evolve and change?

Right, evolve and change.

Now, doesn’t that answer everything?

Beeb, beeb –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: These Caffeine Alternatives Will Give You A Natural Energy Boost

We all have our morning routines. Part autopilot, part ritual, what we do each morning helps us get ready for what the day brings. For some, it all starts with a staggering zombie walk to make coffee (I include myself in this category)

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, 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
January 13, 2020 

Confidence

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t you’re right.”

-Mary Kay Ash (1985)

How many times do we sabotage ourselves from a lack of self-confidence? We are such powerful, creative people – and yet we doubt our own abilities! If we feel stuck, like we’re not getting anywhere – we have to look carefully to see what is holding us back. And most of the times, the answer is ourselves. When we have confidence, we can soar!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

If you’re hesitant to do something or to make a decision, that’s OK. What urgently needs to be done will be done, so don’t worry about it. There may simply be too many options and too many conflicting requests coming up all at the same time. Sometimes hesitation can be a sign of prudence and a refreshing change from impulsiveness.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts 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 December 3, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 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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I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful-
an endless prospect of magic and wonder.
-Ansel Adams (1902-84)

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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

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: How Do I Know if a Deity Is Calling Me?

A reader writes in, “There’s been some weird stuff going on in my life, and I’m beginning to notice things happening that make me think a god or goddess is trying to contact me. How do I know that this is the case and that it’s not just my brain making things up?

Read more….

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MBG: How Doing Eye Yoga Can Help You Relieve Stress

The average adult spends three hours a day on their phone. That’s 45 days a year. On our phones! Let’s not even talk about what that means for a lifetime. And while cellphone companies have recently begun to release screen time reports and other mechanisms to help us track our cell usage, most of us still spend an embarrassing amount of time glued to our devices.

Read more……

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Daily Good: Why We Turn to Mr. Rogers

“Here’s the thing: Mister Rogers almost never taught us that we should be kind. There wasn’t much should at all in the Neighborhood. The shoulds that did subtly emerge were more like suggestions. “You might consider sharing who you are through the arts. May I suggest that you find ways to express your feelings? May I remind you, once more, that those expressions don’t have to hurt you or anyone else?” Most of all, more than kindness (which he rarely talked about), more than self-expression and feelings (which he talked about all the time), he told us one thing again and again: “You are lovable.” He didn’t usually say it quite like that. Instead, he said, “I like you just the way you are,” or “There’s only one person in the world like you,” or “You’ve made this day a special day for me by just your being you.” And he sang it, too.”{ read more }

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Elephant Journal: Why we can’t Love Nature if we don’t Learn to Respect It.

A group of boys was milling about on the path by the edge of the canal.
As my wife and I walked closer, we could see their arms swinging and the arc of their fishing poles as they cast their lures into the ribbon of water in the concrete trench.

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MNN:  Drone captures the largest swarm of sea turtles ever filmed
The density of turtles is so high that you could almost imagine crossing the sea by hopping from shell to shell.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Keep an eye out for Mercury and Mars 

Mercury, the innermost planet, reached its greatest elongation from the sun on November 28, 2019. In other words, that date marked Mercury’s farthest point from the sunrise on the sky’s dome for this morning apparition. Mercury was 20 degrees west of the sun then, but – for the coming week at least – you can still find this planet before sunup. It’ll be in the east, more or less on line with the red planet Mars and the bright blue-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo.

Read more….

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Did you know…
According to the Guinness World Records, the largest snowflake in the world was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. This was recorded in January 1887 by somebody called Matt Coleman at Fort Keogh, Montana, he said that the snowflake was “larger than milk pans”.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: Winter Magick

With the Solstice officially here at the end of the month, it seems that now would be a wonderful time to talk about “Winter Magick.” Not to mention that the lovely forecast this brisk, cold morning here in New England, calls for three to eighteen inches of the white fluffy stuff.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

WATER WISDOM

“When flowing water … meets with obstacles on its path, a blockage in its journey, it pauses. It increases in volume and strength, filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it….

“Do not turn and run, for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go. Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger … emulate the example of the water: Pause and build up your strength until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage.”
— from the ‘I Ching,’ presented in ‘To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring’ by Marsha Sinetar

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

Ask with love and their answer may surprise you.

“Hi, it’s Love and I…”

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 3 Infused Waters For A Metabolism Boost & Optimal Hydration

Healing foods are a big key to any cleanse, but you know what’s just as important? Hydration, hydration, hydration!
If you’re not familiar with infused water, it’s any water flavored with submerged fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices. The added ingredients can add a nutritional boost—for instance, revving up your metabolism—but the main beneficial ingredient is water.

Read more….

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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
December 3, 2019

Belief

“Believe that you may understand.”

-St. Augustine (A.D. 354 – 430)

Belief is the first step toward understanding, which then leads to knowledge, wisdom, faith, and conviction. Belief suggests that we are to trust something that we can’t necessarily see. We have to take someone’s word for it. Or we have to trust our own inner vision that something is possible which hasn’t happened yet. Belief takes strength, and it can help us to grow.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

You may be tempted to backtrack a few times today and fall back on some old habit or procedure that used to work better than it does now. After enough of this, you’ll get the message that it’s time for a change, or at least a different approach. You don’t need to have the same old conversation over and over.

astrology.com

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About Cat’s Morning Bits: These daily posts 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/

The Present is A Gift: Cat’s Angel Message for May 11, 2019

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May’s Theme: This month brings changes into your life. While change sometimes feels scary, it is a necessary thing for our overall growth. Be willing to embrace it and allow it to happen naturally and get ready for better things!


The past has no power over the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle


511: Today the Universe is asking us to focus on receiving and acknowledging the  messages and guidance we receive.  Remember to pay attention because  these messages can come from anywhere and at any time. So staying in the present will benefit you today as this information is directly related to the personal evolution and the changes taking place. If you feel that your communication lines are blocked try giving  yourself a creative project. Did you know that creative pursuits are  a form of meditation that opens the line to divine communication while it promotes clarity? Activities like painting, dancing, gardening, or crafting of any kind will allow your mind to stay present yet relaxed. Not feeling creative? Try yoga. This also promotes clarity and focus as it relaxes the mind. Be open to all forms of guidance, even if it doesn’t seem relevant now store it away for future use.


Archangel Jophiel teaches us to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us. By taking the time to simply breathe and absorb “beauty” it can help open our communication lines by lowering the barriers we have put up. The Ascended Masters, Jesus, Moses, Babaji and Yogananda, all demonstrated the ability to clearly hear the Divine during their time (s) on earth. They can assist in removing any blocks so that you can trust in the guidance and wisdom that you receive. And  and the Roman/Celtic goddess Sulis of the healing waters, tells us “Look to the sacred power of water for healing and comfort. Water has the power to cleanse not only your body but your spirit and energy field as well.”. When our energy field is clear messages come to us more easily.


Our Sacred Stones for today include the following: Iolite, also known as “Poor Man’s Amethyst” is a stone of vision that assists our intuition and aids us in setting things in motion. It helps you stay true to yourself and your path while freeing you from the expectations of others. Moonstone, the stone of new beginnings. This beautiful, watery stone helps to navigate the cycles of change and calms our emotions as it gently promotes creative thinking and creative problem solving and Selenite  which promotes mental clarity and helps to open the direct line to better divine communication.


Bright blessings for a magickal day!


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Thought For The Day: April 15, 2019 “Surfing”

Happy Monday,

Let’s start the new week with a quote about feelings. The way we feel and the the way others make us feel is important. While it’s not good to bottle them up (ever) we must sometimes choose how and when we show them. Learning to surf our emotions gently can greatly ease the stress and anxiety that turbulence can cause. Be like water and allow the ebb and flow of your tide to carry you through the day.

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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 June 27, 2018

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 27, 2018

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

Blessings, Cat

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When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land.
-Sir Cavendish Boyle (1849-1916)

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MBG: These 2-Minute Rituals Will Seriously Up Your Self-Love Game

How do we get through the dark cloud or the tough patch? How can we grow, even flourish, in the face of grief, loss, confusion, and transitions? We’re human, and such experiences are inevitable, after all. To avoid them is to deny the full range of being alive.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29965/these-2minute-rituals-will-seriously-up-your-selflove-game.html

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The Tetraktys: The Element of Water in Wicca – Connecting With the West and Finding Equilibrium

So, what is water? The element of water represents two things: water itself, or H2O, and things in their liquid form. Most of the time, in nature, the latter also has water in it since water is the universal solvent on Earth, which means that it can dissolve more things than any other substance

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2018/the-element-of-water-in-wicca-connecting-with-the-west-and-finding-equilibrium/

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Elephant Journal: Save Yourself the Disappointment: 5 Things to Avoid Doing while Mars is in Retrograde. {June 26 to August 27}

Have you ever been through a period of your life where your great expectations are met with huge disappointment and disbelief?
You look up at the sky with a grimace on your face and have what social scientists call a “W-T-F” moment as you think about the disaster that’s just happened in your life.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/06/save-yourself-the-disappointment-5-things-to-avoid-doing-while-mars-is-in-retrograde-june-26-to-aug-27/

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MNN: Ancient engineers behind Stonehenge used Pythagorean’s theorem

While the ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras is often credited with creating the first proof for what’s since become known as the Pythagorean theorem, there’s increasing evidence that this clever bit of math has been used for millennia by cultures all around the world.

According to the authors of the new book, “Megalith: Studies in Stone,” Stonehenge and other Neolithic sites were created using complex geometry that at some point became lost to the ages.

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/ancient-engineers-likely-used-pythagoreans-theorem-build-stonehenge

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EarthSky News: Strawberry Moon, Saturn June 27 and 28

These next few nights – June 27 and 28, 2018 – find the Strawberry Moon in the vicinity of the planet Saturn in the southeastern sky at nightfall. Then, at the month’s end, watch for the waning gibbous moon to pair up with the red planet Mars.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/this-years-full-strawberry-moon

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Patheos-Pagan: Do What Thou Wilt

If you attend any meeting of Thelemites someone is likely to say “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” which is always answered by “Love is the law, love under will.” What does that mean?
The phrase “Do what thou wilt” is part of the law of Thelema. It comes from the Book of the Law, Chapter I, line 40, dictated to Aleister Crowley by the entity Aiwass.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/starandsnake/2014/05/do-what-thou-wilt/

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Inner Journey: 

ASK YOUR BODY FOR ADVICE!

“The body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little to do with logic, and much to do with truth, little to do with control, and much to do with acceptance, little to do with division and analysis, and much to do with union.”
— Marilyn Sewell

Are you aware of your body’s wisdom? Our bodies usually know us better than our minds do. If you have a decision to make, consult your body before making a final choice.

Reflect on an option before you and then pay attention to your body. Are you breathing deeply or barely at all? Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Is your energy blocked or flowing?

Your body knows what it likes and it feels good when it’s happy. As your body is the source of your vitality, your motivation, your inspiration and enthusiasm and most importantly, your intuition, it’s best to get that part of you on-side if you are venturing into a new activity.

“When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible.”
— Osho

“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding. …The intellect works best in service to our intuition, our inner guidance, soul, God or higher power — whichever term we choose for the spiritual energy that animates life.”
— Christiane Northrup

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Upon confirmation that you would soon be living on planet earth at this wild and crazy time, as YOU no less, there was utter jubilation. And one of the many reasons you were so happy was because you knew there would never, ever be any shortage of people you could help, smiles you could spread, and love you could give.

You’re like me,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mustard Chicken with Summer Vegetables

Few things go together better than chicken and an assortment of summer vegetables all cooked so that the flavors mingle. Convenient and easy to prepare, this dish makes a great complete summer meal.

https://pioneerthinking.com/mustard-chicken-with-summer-vegetables

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions: Rules healing , 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
June 27, 2018

Thoughts

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” -Buddha (563 – 483 B.C.)

Our thoughts direct our lives. The path we are on begins in our heart and in our mind. Each step we take moves us toward our greater purpose if that is where we want to go. We can become the person we want to be, the person we know that we truly are.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 6 Ways to Incorporate Essential Oils in Your Home

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have been using the powerful properties of plants. These cultures have known the immense wellness benefits of plants, and in modern times, essential oils have brought to light what these cultures have known throughout the ages.

Read more…………………..

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

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The Desert Path: The dusty ramblings of a desert pagan. https://thedesertpath.com/

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Celtic Tree Month of Willow (Saille (Sail)  April 15- May 12.

Celtic Tree Month of Willow (Saille (Sail)  April 15- May 12.

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“The willow tree plays the water like a harp.”  
Ramon Gomez de la Serna  (Spanish Writer, 1888-1963)


The Tree:

The willow tree is associated with the element of water and they grow best in or near damp or wet areas. They love growing on or near riverbanks and actually help to stop soil erosion. They are impressive trees that can grow up to 80 feet in height. There are many varieties of willows throughout Europe and North America, including globe, white and weeping and they make excellent shade trees. All willows produce long fuzzy catkins in the spring before the leaves appear. They have thick, ridged bark and long thin leaves. As anyone with willow trees can attest to they are messy trees and are what is called “self pruning” as they tend to drop copious amounts of branches when it’s windy. Willow can also be a shrub which can be found growing along creeks and in marshy areas.


Healing:

In healing willow is used as an all around pain reliever and is the main ingredient in aspirin. It is also used to treat fever, chills, bursitis, menstrual cramps, chronic dysentery, worms and edema just to name a few. It is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and an antiseptic. It has also recently been shown to delay the formation of cataracts and lower the risk of male heart disease. It can also be used as a wash to treat poison-ivy, corns and cuts.  For more information on the healing properties of willow visit: https://www.homeremediesweb.com/willow-bark-health-benefits.php


In Myth & Magic

Willow is a symbols of new journeys, and  of contact with the otherworld. The Celts have a creation myth that involves this tree. It is said that in the beginning there were two scarlet colored sea serpent eggs that held the sun and the earth. These eggs were hidden among the branches of a great willow tree to keep them safe. When the eggs hatched, they brought forth all life.

Willow is also the embodiment of female and lunar energy. She is the ebb and flow of  water and governs the cycles of  both woman and earth. The month of willow brings the wonder and enchantment of spring, moon related magic, strengthening of intuition and new wisdom. Her connection to the moon can bring visions and the understanding of dreams. To dream of a willow tree is said to mean that a rival will take your lover.

In Northern European folklore willow was associated with death and the words “wicked and witch” are said to be derived from it’s name, however if you place the branches in your home those within will be protected from evil. Other associated folklore includes knocking on this tree to avert evil and yes this where the saying “Knock on wood” originated. If you carry a piece of willow on your person it will instill bravery and remove the fear of death. If there is a willow growing near your home it will protect you, and if you need to get something off your chest, tell it to a willow tree and your secret will be held fast. Talismans of willow twigs and leaves can be made for love, friendship and loyalty.

As a magical name Willow is one of emotion. It is also a flowing and loving name for a serious moon worshiper!

Willow People

People born in the month of willow tend to be empathic and intuitive and are said to be able to access ancient memories easier than most other people. They have a deep love for beautiful things and can be honest to a fault. Willows also accept change easily and are quick to grab opportunities that come their way. On the down side willow people are subject to mood swings and can have trouble reasoning things out. They can be hard to get to know and demanding which makes them hard to live with at times.

Correspondences:

Folk Names: Pussy Willow, Saille, Saugh Tree, Tree of Enchantment, Withe, Withy

Magic: love, fertility, protection, intuition, healing, contact with fairies and elementals, moon magic.

Deities: Artemis, Hecate, Aradia, Sarasvati, Ishtar, Dana, Diana, Ceridwen, the Morrigan, Belil, Poseidon, Arawen, Brigid, Mercury

Sacred Stones: Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Mother of Pearl

written by Cat from the following sources:
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
The New Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
crystal-forest.com
dutchie.org

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