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.

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/


					

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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