Cat’s Morning Bits for September 16, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 16, 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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Here and yonder, high and low,
Goldenrod and sunflowers glow.
-Robert Kelley Weeks (1840-76)

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September’s Events:

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Adjusting To the Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In the last few months we’ve experienced a kind of hurry up and wait kind of energy which has made it difficult to get things going. We have been adjusting to a new light which has made life somewhat uncomfortable.

Read more….

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Snoring hummingbird – Super Cute Animals – BBC

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ThoughtCo: Mabon Incense Blend

As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood.

Read more……

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MBG: 3 Signs Your Spirit Guides Are Speaking To You In Your Dreams

Are you writing off your recent dreams as anxiety? Or a way for your busy mind to process the day? While these factors likely play some role in dream formation, they may not tell the whole story. We still aren’t sure exactly what causes dreams, but I’d venture a guess that a lot of our dream life is directed by spiritual forces.

Read more…..

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Today’s DIY: Mabon altar set up

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Elephant Journal: Creative Therapy: Why Crafting Brings Me more Peace than Meditation.

I’ve learned reflection and insightfulness are two of my greatest attributes.
I’m constantly striving to be the best version of myself and I’m always fighting to be emotionally and mentally healthy for my kids.

According to literature, meditation, baths, and walks are all touted as great ways to calm the mind and are well known relaxation strategies.

Read more….

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Treehugger: The Mysterious Beauty of the Zodiacal Light

Once upon a time, before cities banished darkness and electrified the night, a glow on the horizon betrayed not the presence of civilization, but a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon known as the zodiacal light.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, since the moon is waning and gone from the sky in early evening, find the Andromeda galaxy, the great spiral galaxy next door to our Milky Way. It’s the most distant thing you can see with your eye alone. It’s best seen in the evening at this time of year, assuming you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people find the galaxy by star-hopping from the constellation Cassiopeia, which is a very noticeable M- or W-shaped pattern on the sky’s dome.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Coming of The Cailleach

As we head into autumn I can feel her…the time of The Cailleach draws near.

For those of you that don’t know me, The Cailleach is my matron goddess and has been with me for many years. She is a feisty, kick bottom, grumpy ‘ole bint, but she has proved me with support and guidance whenever I have needed it, even if I didn’t know it at the time.

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Song of the Witches

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Inner Journey: YOU KNOW THE WAY

“Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love … and to put its trust in life.”
— Joseph Conrad

How deeply do you trust your own guidance?

Always trust that you know what’s best for you. To move forward in your life, gather information from the “experts,” consider how their advice relates to your situation and then act only on what feels right for you. You are the only expert for your own life.

“I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn.”
— Melody Beattie

“I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it.”
— Melody Beattie

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Have you wondered that if (when necessary) you just closed your eyes, took a few minutes, and redirected your thinking, the monsters might shrink, the grins might grow, and the floodgates might begin trembling again?

Except when driving.

Try it,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Roasted Indian-Spiced Vegetables

“These Indian-inspired roasted vegetables have a pop of flavor and a hint of heat from the aromatic and well-known Indian spice blend, garam masala. If you cannot find garam masala in the international section of your grocery store or ethnic market, there are many recipes available online to make your own.”

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
September 16, 2020

Gentleness
“Never take anything in life but flowers, and from flowers, only the perfume.”

-Emilie Carles, 1977
We can be gentle with our place on the earth, with our role on the planet. Flowers give us their beauty, and their fragrance. They are happy to share – it is their dharma, their purpose! When we are in nature, we can give respect, and not interfere.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Pace yourself today and get more done than you might imagine as the day begins. It’s all right to be tired from time to time. It doesn’t have to cripple all your plans for the day. Maintain a sensible balance, remember to eat healthy, take a short break once and a while, and don’t aim too high. There’s plenty of work to be done that you can handle with ease.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 9, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 9, 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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The asters twinkle in clusters bright,
While the corn grows ripe and the apples mellow.
-Celia Thaxter (1835-94)

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Soul Connection (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Humanity, as a whole, seems to have lost themselves in creating superficially secure, economic environment which has replaced the spiritual one we experienced many hundreds of years ago. The questions of why we are here and what we are here to do have been pushed aside and repressed enabling the establishment of a more comfortable style of survival.

Read more……

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ThoughtCo: The Magical Energy of Apples

Apples are found in the mythology and legends of many cultures around the world. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since apples have been around for a very long time—petrified apple fragments dating back as far as five thousand years ago have been discovered!

Read more….

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MBG: A Rare Mars Retrograde Starts Today—Here’s How To Deal With It

In case you didn’t know, Mercury isn’t the only planet that can go retrograde, and we’ve got a rare retrograde coming this month.

Beginning on September 9th until November 15th, Mars—which rules anger and action, among other things—will go retrograde.

Read more……

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Today’s DIY: Harvesting Chamomile and Peppermint for Making Tea

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Elephant Journal: Quietly, it Listens. {Poem}

It is a marvel.
It is ever-changing.

It is always supporting.

It is transient

Read more…..

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Treehugger: How to Identify a Tree by Its Bark

Glance at a tree and you no doubt first look at its leaves. There are all sorts of interesting shapes and sizes, and often people will learn to recognize a species based on its leaf fingerprint. Other times, you can recognize a tree by its flowers.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Every visible star is within Milky Way

The image at top, showing a campfire under the Milky Way, is by Ben Coffman Photography in Oregon. He wrote:

These good folks – co-workers from one of the resorts on Mt. Hood, if I remember correctly – let me take their photo on the beach near Cape Kiwanda [a state natural area near in Pacific City, Oregon]. They looked like they were having fun.

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan: An Introduction to the Craft of Blessing Magic

I think most people can agree that blessings are a wonderful thing.  They are an integral part of most ritual structures.  We talk about them frequently in regard to devotional work, and when giving thanks at sabbats and esbats.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Kulning – How to call a wild swan with traditional Swedish singing.

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Inner Journey:

DO YOU OWN YOUR LIFE?

“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.”
— Ken Hudgins

When we own our lives, we accept what we’ve inherited and the experiences we hold in our memories. We also claim our right to create new conditions if we’re not happy with what’s come before. We assume responsibility for changing what does not suit us. We acknowledge our own special talents and skills, and truly comprehend our right to enjoy the journey. In short, we embrace the meaning and purpose, the mystery and the beauty of our lives.

Do you feel that you own your life at the moment?

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself… and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”
— Shirley MacLaine

“Life is too short to be little.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“Every man dies, but not every man lives….”
— Garth Brooks

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

In a slightly different world, if dogs believed in “soul mates” when it came to choosing their owners, can you imagine how lonesome most would be?

Oh, there’s definitely room for “picky,” but there’s also room for “surprise me.”

Surprise me,
The Universe

Cat, I was alone most of my life, until I learned this…

Manifesting LOVE is like manifesting anything else, let me show you how.

Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ®
To reprint, credit and attribution to ©www.tut.com
“Cute Dachshund ISO cool human (like Cat Bolotin) with nice house near Colorado. Must be mind-reader, watch Animal Planet, and listen to Dr. Dre. No pic, no reply.”

A new book with over 600 Notes + a virtual READING party, Cat! Join me!
Spiritual Tune-Ups ❤️ Weekend Notes

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cauliflower Sheep

There’s more than one way to get creative in the kitchen! Make cute little sheep from cauliflower florets. All you need are black olives, fresh cauliflower florets, raisins, dry black-eyed peas, and toothpicks. Olives and black-eyed peas become the heads and eyes. The legs are raisins. Don’t play with your food? Well, not this time. So much fun.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
September 9, 2020

Illusion
“Our greatest illusion is to believe that we are what we think ourselves to be.”

-Henry Amiel (1821-1881)


Who do we think we are? We go around acting like human do-ings, with families, jobs, cars, mortgages. But is this our reality, or is it an illusion, a play? There’s an ancient Indian saying that explains that we are actually spiritual beings having a human experience. Let’s think of ourselves from that perspective, and see how things change for us

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

A past wrong against you might be set right today. It’s important that you give others a fair chance and don’t automatically discount what they have to say or offer. You don’t need to satisfy everyone but you do need to make the effort to let them have their say and their moment to contribute. Be confident and don’t feel threatened by anything.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 2, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 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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In its deep cup-grassy, cool-
Sleeps the little roadside pool;
Sleeps the butterfly on the weed,
Sleeps the drifted thistle-seed.
Like a great and blazing gem,
Basks the beetle on the stem.
Up and down the shining rays
Dancing midges weave their maze.

-Charlies G.D. Roberts (1860-1943

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September’s Events:

Sept 1-2 Full Moon 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

Sept 2 Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 7 Labor Day

Sept 10 3rd Qtr Moon 2:25 am PST/ 3:25 am MST/ 5:25 am EST

Sept 17 New Moon 4:00 am PST/ 5:00 am MST/ 7:00 am EST

Sept 22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Sept 23 1st Qtr Moon 6:54 pm PST/ 7:54 pm MST/ 9:54 pm EST

Sept 30 Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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Spirit Library: Weekly Forecast: August 30 – September 5, 2020 (a message from Kelly M. Beard)

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto)

Read more…….

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A Video Identification Guide To Edible & Medicinal Plants

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Odin’s Wise Words || Life Lessons From The Hávamál

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ThoughtCo: Pomona, Goddess of Apples

Pomona was a Roman goddess who was the keeper of orchards and fruit trees. Unlike many other agricultural deities, Pomona is not associated with the harvest itself, but with the flourishing of fruit trees. She is usually portrayed bearing a cornucopia or a tray of blossoming fruit. She doesn’t appear to have had any Greek counterpart at all, and is uniquely Roman.

Read more……

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MBG: Numerology Forecast For September 2020: What To Expect With This 4 Month

September is a very special month in the yearly numerological cycle. It’s a peak month, meaning the number associated with this September is the same number associated with the year we are in. We are now in a universal month 4, during a universal year 4.

Read more……..

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The Celtic Tree Month of Vine

The month of Vine is the bridge between the Autumn Equinox and the dark time of the year that begins at Samhain. Muin is an The Ogham word for this tree month is Muin which means highest of beauty and strongest of effort and the Irish word Muine means thicket.

Read more…….

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Echinacea flowers and root uses with Susun Weed

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Elephant Journal: A Meditation for a New Month’s Beginning.

As we close out August and welcome September, I am reminded of how much I cherish this occurrence that happens twelve times each year.
It brings with it reflection upon what’s being left behind and anticipation for what lies ahead—an opportunity to think about what we could have done differently and the motivation to try again in the days ahead.

Read more……..

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Treehugger: 8 Extraordinary Facts About the Elusive Okapi

The okapi is not a particularly famous animal, at least not outside its small native range. About 100 live at zoos around the world, but otherwise, they’re hidden in rainforests and rarely seen by humans.

Read more……

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EarthSky News: Look west after sunrise for the daytime moon

The September 2020 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning gibbous phase, which means it rises in the east later and later each evening. Beginning around the morning of September 3 or 4, 2020, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon.

Read more…..

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Patheos-Pagan: Herbal Magick: Cinnamon Sticks

I’m one of those people who believes cinnamon can go on almost anything. It dances the line between sweet and savory dishes, and you can even use it to spice up hot chocolate or chai, and drink it down !

Read more……

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Pagan Playlist: Albannach – The Fire and Thunder of Scotland

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Inner Journey: REAWAKEN YOUR CURIOSITY

“What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.”
— Sigmund Freud

Why is this so?

Young children possess what Zen calls ‘beginner’s mind.’ They are awed and fascinated with the wonder of the world, open to discovering and experiencing new things. Anything is possible. Life is a great adventure.

For almost all of us, the systems that ‘educate’ us to be adults stifle our natural joy and curiosity. We lose touch with our innate appreciation of life. We forget how to dream.

The blessing is that with attention, patience and love, we can reawaken our sense of wonder. We can again dance with life.

“The mind WILL be free, or it will be dead.”
— Grace Llewellyn

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

If you can fall in love with just one thing about him, her, them, it, or yourself,just once a day, and speak it aloud, you’ll be surprised by how quickly it will transform your entire life.

I love that look on your face when the coin drops –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Watermelon Mojito Granita

“A refreshing sweet twist on the original mojito, but frozen. Top with a mint leaf and more rum if you choose to.”

Read more…….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Energy: masculine

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
September 2, 2020

Discovery
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Albert Einstein knew that there was a purpose for time spent in quiet. In silence we have access to all the wisdom of the universe. We don’t have to reach for it, the wisdom comes to us when we are open to it, and allow it space to come in. We can soak it up, marinate in it! And then, lo and behold, the wisdom is there for us when we need it.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Instinct and impulsive action will cause more trouble than they can solve today, so spend more time reasoning things out and being careful about what you say and do. Asking questions is a good idea. It will get you information you need, and show how thorough, bright, and capable you are. It might take a bit longer, but it will save time and effort in the end.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 26, 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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August Events & Holidays

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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The woods grew dark, as though they knew no noon;
The thunder growled about the high brown hills,
And the thin, wasted, shining summer rills
Grew joyful with the coming of the rain,
And doubtfully was shifting every vane.
-William Morris (1834-96)

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Spirit Library: Finding Meaning ( a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we move into the limitlessness of our soul the need for unity of heart, body, mind and spirit will increase. As a result, we are being urged to expand ourselves beyond the boundaries of old behaviours and rigid patterning.ning (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Read more…….

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Yeyeo Botanica: Cinnamon: Spiritual and Magical Uses

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ThoughtCo: Negative Reactions to Magical Crystals

Many Pagans and other people in the metaphysical community use crystals and gemstones in their magical and spiritual practice. There’s practically an endless list of stones you can use,

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MBG: Feeling Expressive? You Might Just Have A Blue Aura — Here’s What It Means

Auras are believed to be the unique energy field surrounding all living things, and though most people can’t see them with the naked eye, every aura is a different color or combination of colors, with different meanings behind them. (To find out which color dominates your aura, you can get an aura portrait done, read your own aura, or take a quick quiz on your aura personality.)

Read more……

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Pioneer Thinking: Health Benefits of Grounding

Grounding is the actual process of placing your feet on the ground and making contact with sand, dirt, grass or concrete, especially wet ones. There are some recent reports which indicate that direct contact of your body with the electrons of the earth which have anti-oxidant effects, optimizes your immune system.

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Today’s DIY: DIY magical candle bowl

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Elephant Journal: The Earth is asking us to Listen.

It is a Sunday morning in August 2020, and through her moans and deep sadness, she is asking to be heard.
But not just heard, listened to.

Each of my children wake asking me similar questions, “Mom there are lights flashing outside” and, “It sounds like furniture is being moved, is everything okay?” I reply, “Everything is okay, my love, please go back to sleep.”

Read more……

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Treehugger: Bumblebees Are Larger in Cities, Study Finds

Living in cities has an impact on bumblebee size. Bees are larger in urban areas and, because of their increased heft, they’re more productive than their rural relatives, according to new research.

Read more……..

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EarthSky News: Ophiuchus is part of the zodiac, too

Tonight – August 26, 2020 – the moon is passing in front of the faint zodiacal constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. The above sky chart shows only the southern part of Ophiuchus. We show this constellation in his entirety later on in this post

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Patheos-Pagan: Hekate’s Wheel & the Iynx Wheel

The Wheel of Hekate is a symbol that has become synonymous with the Goddess of the Crossroads in the last few decades, and it is confusingly sometimes named as an Iynx or Strophalos – which are ritual tools.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Mother Of Darkness; We All Come From The Goddess by Circle Of Women

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Inner Journey:

CO-CREATION STARTS WITH IMAGINATION

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”
— Decouvertes

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
— Muhammad Ali

Imagination is a tool of the soul. Our imagination gives us the opportunity to ‘try on’ new qualities and perspectives in our life. Through imagination, we can explore our past, problems, patterns, processes, plans, perceptions, principles, passions andpurpose to uncover new possibilities.

Without imagination, we stay stuck in the realm of the material, the past, the superficial and the literal. We remain one-tracked, instinctual and one-dimensional.

Our imagination comes from the soul, subconscious and senses. Only through our imagination can we become multidimensional, experience more love, create more beauty, manifest more results, change our conditions, rewrite the past, and connect with divinity,purpose and others.

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”
— Ralph Gerard

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Phew… I need a break! Tell you what, why don’t you write your own NOTE today? To me?

You could say something like, “Jambo Universe, it’s me! Right, the good-looking, talented, sexy one for whom the sun rises every day. Anyway, just wanted to tell you that this adventure in time and space has been awesome. Everything I ever expected it would be. (Huh, imagine that.) It’s been exactly as hard and as easy, as challenging and as rewarding, as I’ve been telling myself. (Hey, what a coincidence.) And even though I know we are ONE, I still like thinking of you “out there” somewhere, watching, loving, and protecting me. (Hmm, could this also be why I sometimes feel alone?) At any rate, I’m learning tons, having some fun, and really looking forward to coming home one day. (Unless, of course, I’m home now.)

Hey, since I have your attention, thanks, for another day in paradise. (Where my thoughts become things, dreams never stop coming true, and it all just keeps getting better and better.)

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Spinach Caprese Salad

A greener version of the classic Caprese, this salad is just as delicious with the added nutrients of spinach! The drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar make a wonderful dressing for the spinach underneath.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
August 26, 2020

Cause and Effect


“Curiosity, or love of the knowledge of causes, draws a man from consideration of the effect to seek the cause; and again, the cause of that cause, till of necessity he must come to this thought at last, that there is some cause, whereof there is no former cause, but is eternal, which – men call God.”

-Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
We are compelled to learn. It is in our nature. We can’t help it. And the more we learn, the more that knowledge brings us to ourselves. We look outside, we read, we study, we work – and what we learn is to look inside. We look inside to turn knowledge into wisdom, and we grow

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Be calm, proactive, and don’t exhaust yourself with endless fear. Any number of things might backfire or go wrong today, just like any other day, and there is little if anything extraordinary to be fearful about now. Your basic sense of insecurity may be higher than normal today, but this will pass soon. Take heart and be your normal brave self

astrology.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://www.thedesertpath.com/

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://www.thedesertpath.com

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 19, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 19, 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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To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim-the rocks-the motion of the waves-the
ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
-Walt Whitman (1819-92)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

Aug 17 Moon enters Leo

Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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Spirit Library: New Structures of Light (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As we continue to process and integrate the Lionsgate energies we are entering into a significant period of change within ourselves. Our entire system is being rewired to hold within us a new structure of light energy that will entirely transform the energetic circuitry of our bodies.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: The Carnivorous Plant that Heals | Teasel Root

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL MEANING OF THE COLOR YELLOW

Whether we are aware of it or not, colors have the power to influence and change our perspective most subtly and subliminally.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: The Four Classical Elements

In many modern-day Pagan belief systems, there is a good deal of focus on the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. A few traditions of Wicca also include a fifth element, which is spirit or self, but that is not universal among all Pagan paths.

Read more….

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Using Pendulums in Your Craft

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Elephant Journal: Vedic Chanting Heals Us—Here’s How (& Why I Love Goddess Durga Mantra)

In March of 2020, I began to experience health issues that may or may not have been related to COVID-19.
I may never know.

What I do know is that I am grateful to be alive, am still experiencing mild, but prolonged, mysterious symptoms, and am slowly, but surely progressing in recovering my health.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 9 Enlightening Facts About Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian devils are widely known, but not widely understood. Their most famous emissary is Taz, the spinning Looney Tunes character who bears only a remote resemblance to actual Tasmanian devils.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: The Teapot, and the galaxy’s center

Tonight, or on any moonless evening during a Northern Hemisphere summer or Southern Hemisphere winter, you can look in the evening hours toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It’s located in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius the Archer, which happens to contain a famous asterism – or noticeable pattern of stars – called the Teapot.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Moth and the Witch

The Moth is of the Lepidoptera family, with 11,000 species here in United States alone. Moths like bats and owls are a creature of the night, and also a known familiar of the witch…

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Circle of Women – Nalini Blossom

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Inner Journey:

THREE LEVELS OF PROSPERITY

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
— Woody Allen

To become more prosperous, we need to change on at least two levels. First, we must ensure our financial affairs are in order. We need an income that at least covers our expenses. And we need a foundation of habits, tools and skills so we achieve some financial stability in our day-to-day experience.

Second, we must become aware of the beliefs we hold around money and prosperity. If we unconsciously believe we are lacking in some way, then no matter what we do, we will unconsciously sabotage our own efforts to improve our finances.

And third, it’s helpful to understand the spiritual principles that govern our level of abundance. Once we know those principles, we can work effectively within them to attract abundance to us.

“If you’re prosperous in soul, you’ll be prosperous in whole.”
— Mark Victor Hansen

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A Note from the Universe

Hubba, Hubba, Hubba!

Ya know how the bud of a flower looks? Already attractive, special, and unique yet still barely hinting at the splendor and magnificence to come. Oblivious itself of how its presence will add to the world.

That’s what you remind me of.

Rose bud,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

One of my favorite cookie bar recipes.

Read more…..

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
August 19, 2020

Myth
“I can find my biography in ever fable that I read.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Some myths may be larger than life, but at their core they illustrate basic human needs and ambitions. We can see ourselves in the characters, and try out our options as they do. The archetypes of myth are our examples, our heroes, our role models, our teachers. We learn from their triumphs and tragedies, from their wisdom and from their mistakes

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

You may be dwelling on your weakness or discomfort, and those things may be real enough, but take heart and know that these things are also temporary and are not going to last much longer. You underestimate or overlook your great powers of recovery and self-healing. You have too much love of life to be kept down for long. Give yourself a break and relax a bit.

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 August 12, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 12, 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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All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again.
-Helen Maria Winslow (1851-1938)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

Aug 17 Moon enters Leo

Aug 18 New Moon 7:41 pm PST/ 8:41 pm MST/ 10:41 pm EST

Aug 19 Moon enters Virgo

Aug 21 Moon enters Libra

Aug 23 Sun enters Virgo / Moon enters Scorpio

Aug 25 1st Qtr Moon 10:57 am PST/ 11:57 am MST/ 1:57 am EST

Aug 27 Moon enters Capricorn

Aug 30 Moon enters Aquarius

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Spirit Library: Collapse of the Old, Birth of the New (a message from Kate Spreckley)

For centuries humanity has explored what it means to be in duality and separation. As a result, we have as a collective accumulated centuries of trauma, pain, disconnection and imbalance.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Arnica Harvesting and Uses with Herbalist Yarrow Willard | Harmonic Arts

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Spiritual Unite: SPIRITUAL MEANING OF NUMBER 100

When we go through our spiritual journey, numbers are essential.

They are not relevant in a mathematical sense; instead, their spiritual messages provide us the knowledge to help us in our spiritual journey.

Read more…

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ThoughtCo: The History of Butterfly Magic and Folklore

The butterfly is one of nature’s most perfect examples of change, transformation, and growth. Because of this, it has long been the subject of magical folklore and legend in a variety of societies and cultures.

Read more…

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MBG: Room-By-Room Ideas For Displaying Your Book Collection At Home

If you ask me where books “belong,” according to feng shui, there’s not a single place I can rule out. Books are fabulous everywhere. That said, books are filled with symbolism, stories, wisdom, and personal associations, and they, therefore, carry a lot of energy. And feng shui can certainly give us ideas about how to display and channel that energy to create positivity at home.

Read more….

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Pamela Smith(Pixie)║The Forgotten Woman of Modern Tarot

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Elephant Journal: You Don’t Need to Do a Damned Thing. You’re Already Enough

When do you feel as though you are enough?
Is it only when someone compliments the work you are doing or validates you in some way? Is it only when you’re praised for something that you’ve done?

Read more…

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Treehugger: 8 Amazing Facts About Albatrosses

An albatross is a large, magnificent seabird capable of soaring incredible distances without rest. Long viewed with superstitious awe by sailors, they spend most of their time gliding over the open ocean.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Spectacular! Moon, Venus before sunrise

Before sunrise these next several mornings – August 14, 15 and 16, 2020 – watch for the waning crescent moon to pair up with the dazzling planet Venus in the predawn/dawn sky. It’d be hard to miss these brilliant beauties, as the moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and 3rd-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun. Moreover, you might still see a sprinkling of Perseid meteors, although the Perseid shower is past its peak.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: What Makes a Sacred Place Sacred?

Last week a Facebook friend asked if anyone had been to any place in the United States that felt especially powerful. The responses were generally affirmative, with examples of places people had been where they had strong experiences, or just felt like they were in the presence of something sacred.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Karliene – The Last of the Giants

 

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Inner Journey:

TAKE TIME TO BE STILL

“Work is not always required … there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”
— George MacDonald

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?

Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive opens us to the spacious present. It nurtures and restores balance. Give yourself a regular gift of inactivity.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”
— Sir J. Lubbock

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A Note from the Universe

Can you keep a secret?

You know the space between you and all things, the void. Like right now, the space between you and your computer.

That’s where I hide… and watch.

Looking to see what your expectations are: of yourself, others, abundance, health, and happiness.

And from this space as I catch your thoughts, hear your words, and see all you do, no matter where we are, I manifest the next moment in time.

Fade out with “I believe in miracles, you sexy thing” by Hot Chocolate –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Potato and Chorizo Mini Quiches

“This little baked bite is very loosely based on the Spanish Tortilla, and not only is it dead simple to make, but the versatility of the technique allows this to be adapted to any occasion.”

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

 

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Daily Wisdom
August 12, 2020 
Eternity
“The eternity of the moment.”

-Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

 
The beauty of the moment. It all comes down to that really. We can’t predict the future, it can change with a thought. We can’t change the past, what’s done is done. But we can live in, and enjoy, and appreciate this precious present moment. When we are totally in the moment, time stands still.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

The day may be full of confusion but you don’t have to go through it naively and unaware of what’s happening around you. It’s not a good day to flirt with taking silly risks, some of which might turn out to be semi-dangerous or costly. You may be too hyper to want to play it safe, but at least make an effort to not be naïve or irresponsible.

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 August 5, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for August 5, 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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Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
-Edna Frohock (1906-97)

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August Events & Holidays

Aug 1 Lughnasadh/ Lammas NH/ Imbolc SH

Aug 2 Moon enters Aquarius

Aug 3 Full “Sturgeon” Moon 8:58 am PST/ 9:58 am MST/ 11;58 am EST

Aug 5 Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins

Aug 5 Moon enters Pisces

Aug 7 Moon enters Aries

Aug 10 Moon enters Taurus

Aug 11 3rd Qtr Moon 9:44 am PST/ 10:44 am MST/ 12:44 pm EST

Aug 12 Moon enters Gemini

Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Aug 14 Moon enters Cancer

to be cont.

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Spirit Library: Something New Is Forming (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In the second half of 2020 humanity’s process of evolutionary growth is accelerating at a much greater pace. The intense energy we have experienced over the last few months is radically quickening our processes and creating deep and lasting change.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: The Magic of Mugwort

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Celtic Tree Month of Hazel

Long ago, hazel trees were prized by the Romans who used the limber twigs to hold up grapevines. These vines were sacred to the Roman god Bacchus and goats who were found feeding on them were sacrificed to Bacchus and roasted on hazel spits

Read more……

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ThoughtCo: Wicca, Witchcraft or Paganism?

As you study and learn more about magical living and modern Paganism, you’re going to see the words witch, Wiccan, and Pagan pretty regularly, but they’re not all the same.

Read more….

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MBG: The Not-So-Obvious Sign You May Be Facing Mental Burnout, From A Reiki Master

Burnout can be tricky: Not only can it manifest in a multitude of ways, both physical and mental, but it can be difficult to identify burnout before it becomes severe. It can be rather frustrating; after all, the key to managing burnout is to prevent the onset in the first place—aka, to combat the stress before it becomes debilitating.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: DIY Travel Tarot Mat

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Elephant Journal: Our Truest Reflection of Self-Love can be seen in How we Cultivate our Gardens

I’m sitting in my garden and watching the rabbits sprint and jump.
The birds have been up for hours now—their singing is full of life with no worries.

That is the phrase for this garden: worry free.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: How to Identify Different Types of Bees

When was the last time you were in your garden, saw a bee, grabbed it and squeezed it? Probably never, right?
Unless you’ve done that, there’s a good chance that if you’ve ever been stung it wasn’t by a bee, said Becky Griffin.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: See 4 bright planets in August

The five bright solar system planets, in their outward order from the sun, are Mercury, Venus, (Earth), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Four of these five planets are in display in August 2020. Mercury, the lone exception, is nominally a morning planet until mid-August, at which juncture it’ll transition over to the evening sky.

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: The Greatest Offering To A Deity
For those who work with deities; in my opinion and experience food, libations, candles, and incense smoke are not the most powerful offerings you can give to a deity. The most powerful offerings you can make to a deity are acts that change the world for the better in their name.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Gaelic Song – Fear a Bhàta

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Inner Journey:

Play with the growth journey!

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.”
— Max Eastman

Banish bad baggage, backward beliefs, boring boundaries, big blocks and belittling blame by building your beingness bridge by becoming a beautiful, bold, balanced, broadminded, boundless being.

“If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.”
— Anthony J. D’Angelo

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A Note from the Universe 
There is no greater weapon than kindness.

A smile, a compliment, encouragement and compassion belong in the arsenal of every Time-Space Adventurer.

Today, may you crush, kill and destroy the fears you encounter, in others and in yourself.

Yes, please, thank you –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Summer Minestrone Salad

“This versatile dish can be featured as a starter, a side or an entrée! It’s delicious served warm or cold, making it the perfect summer recipe using the minestrone soup mix you have in your pantry.”

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

 

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Daily Wisdom
August 5, 2020 

Interdependence
“There’s a thread that binds all of us together, pull on one end of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.”

-Rosamond Marshall, 1943

 
We have an inherent obligation to help out. When someone is in pain, that hurt affects more than just that one person. By reaching out, by showing compassion, by doing whatever we can to ease the burden, we make it better for all of us. Love lifts, love heals, love lightens. Whether it’s right here at home, or across the world, there are so many opportunities to make a difference.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

A change has been in the air for some time and today the actual transformation could happen. There’s nothing to be afraid of, or to dread, or to fear losing. Room is being made and energy is being set aside for something new and better for you. It could be something small or something large, but whatever it is will be meaningful and affect your daily life.

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 July 29, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 29, 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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Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
-Barry Cornwall (1787-1874)

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

August 1 Lammas/ Lughnasadh

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Spirit Library: Consider Your Choices (a message from Kate Spreckley)

In times of change and uncertainty we must harness our courage and investigate the unknown. We must move beyond the limits of our normal routines and explore the mystery of the unfamiliar. As we continue to shed the past we free our energy, which enables us to harness the power of our creativity to shift our expression of life.

Read more….

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Tarot vs Oracle║The Differences | Divination

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Craft Projects

Looking for some fun and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Lammas? Make an easy grapevine pentacle, apple candleholders, a cornhusk chain and Lammas incense as a way to celebrate the season.

Read more….

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MBG: Polarity: What It Is & Why It’s Important For Chakra Balancing

There are seven major energy centers, or chakras, located throughout the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. You can think of chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels”) as the links between our energetic and physical bodies. They also speak to the universal life force energy that connects all of us to one another and our environment.

Read more….

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Herbal Jedi: Valerian – Back to Your Roots with Yarrow Willard Cl.H | Harmonic Arts

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Elephant Journal: I’m Tired of Thinking Positive.

I’m tired of always trying to be a positive thinker.
Thinking positive makes me feel guilty or afraid to have “negative” thoughts because, god forbid, that might bring more negativity into my life, and I already have enough.

Read more….

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Treehugger: How to Forage Like You’re From Finland

In Finland, they have what’s known as everyman’s right, also called the right to roam. People are permitted to camp, swim, bathe, fish and forage in almost all free spaces, even if those spaces are privately owned. That right, along with a history of foraging dating back to World War II, makes Finland’s city parks akin to wild grocery stores.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter returns before dawn

Around late July or early August, if you’re up early and have an unobstructed view to the east, be sure to look in that direction in the hour before dawn. You might find a familiar figure – a constellation that always returns to the sky around this time of year. It’s the beautiful constellation Orion the Hunter – recently behind the sun as seen from our earthly vantage point – now ascending once more in the east before sunrise.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Witchcraft into the Wilds: Working Magic With Nature

My chat this week is all about working with the magic that Mother Nature provides us with, a bit of Witchcraft into the Wilds. Magical energy found within stones, shells, feathers, bones, leaves and thorns.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Lady of the Lake – Tales of Old (Celtic Fantasy Music)

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Inner Journey:

Capture your inspiration!

“Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”
— Rolf Smith

Insights and inspiration come to us for a reason. Don’t let them disappear on you!

When a great idea pops into your mind, write it down and capture it. Keep a mini-journal or piece of paper with you at all times.

Reflect on your insights. How might you anchor this great idea so it enhances your life?

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

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A Note from the Universe 
Whoops… I did it again. Took a little nap, had a few dreams, and worlds were born. Planets spun and cooled. Continents rose and fell. And civilizations clashed and united.

Actually, it’s quite good fun. But I also dreamed I was you. And in that dream, for a spell, I didn’t remember I was also the Universe.

It was frightful, actually. Just about scared me to death until, as you, I slowly remembered who I was. And in those waking moments, it was as if the earth shook, the seas danced, and the skies rejoiced almost as much as myself. As if they were waking up, too. It was the most beautiful, sublime, intoxicating rush of pure joy I think I’ve ever known.

How I wish I could tell you more. But like a farmer eager for the new crop, any rush to harvest would spoil the yield. Besides, words would utterly fail me.

Fidgeting madly,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Keema Aloo (Ground Beef and Potatoes)

If you want to try something a little different, I guarantee you will love this meal. It is by far my favorite Indian recipe. Inspired by my mom, who still makes this for me to this day.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
July 29, 2020 

Style
“The style is the man himself.”

-George-Louis de Buffon (1707-1788)

 
This quote is talking about writing style. He is saying that the style in which a person writes is how his personality shines through. Look at how many times, and how many ways, we have heard the same spiritual lessons. There are so many good spiritual teachers out there, with books and videos and classes and ministries. And yet they’re really essentially all saying the same thing when it comes down to it! But we each respond differently because we have different styles of our own, and different styles resonate with us in different ways. Said with a certain style we hear the messages better, understand them more, relate to them more personally.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Pope

People may look to you to get some enthusiasm back into their lives. If sagging a little in spirit yourself, you can still inspire others. This can cheer you up, too, so don’t underestimate a small glimmer of joy in something that you genuinely love. No one has to agree with you. They only have to allow you to do what feels best to you – and you to them.

 

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 July 22, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 22, 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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Bright clouds,
Motionless pillars of the brazen heaven-
Their bases on the mountains-their white tops
Shining in the far ether-fire the air
With a reflected radiance
-William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

August 1 Lammas/Lughnasadh

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Spirit Library: Untethered & Free (a message from Kate Spreckley)

It’s been an intense week as we are physically integrating the vast amounts of light energy that are flooding in. These energies are cleansing and clearing our body and being of the energetic imprints of the past.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Decorating Ideas for Lammas/Lughansadh

Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Lammas/Lughnasadh? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!

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MBG: The Case For A Realistic Board & 2 More Unexpected Vision Boarding Ideas

Vision boards are basically adult scrapbooks that map out the future instead of the past using a combination of photos, art, and inspirational mantras and quotes. Erica Lasan, a coach who specializes in finding joy and purpose in hard times and life transitions, thinks they can be a wonderful tool for connecting people with their goals and dreams.

Read more…..

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Herbal Jedi: Self-Heal – a MIGHTY little helper

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Today’s DIY: Making a Basket from PINE NEEDLES | Start to Finish Project

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Elephant Journal: How to Open & Unblock the Throat Chakra (& 9 Crystals that Help).

Speak your truth, because living a lie doesn’t change reality.
Because keeping your truth inside doesn’t serve you.

It starts a war inside of you. It festers and poisons you.

Read more…

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Treehugger: Please Eat the Dandelions: 9 Edible Garden Weeds

Instead of trying to get rid of those lawn and garden weeds, harvest them for free homegrown meals.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Watch the moon shed its shadow

What did he mean by the moon shedding its shadow? For all worlds including the Earth and moon, night is a shadow. That is, when night falls on Earth, you’re standing within Earth’s shadow. Likewise, when you see a crescent moon in the evening sky – such as the one you’ll see on the evenings of July 21 to 24 –

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Patheos-Pagan: Magical Resistance: Queen Nanny of the Maroons

While I had heard about Queen Nanny in history classes long ago, what put her on my magical and artistic radar was a lecture by Emma Kathyrn at the Magickal Women’s Conference in London in 2019. Emma’s lecture was titled “Rebel Women & Rebel Magic” and prominently featured Queen Nanny – you can listen to the lecture here. Not only was Queen Nanny a 18th century freedom fighter, but she was also a renowned Obeah woman.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Old Village – The Call of The Old Gods (Pagan Folk music)

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Inner Journey:

WHAT IS YOUR DESTINY?

“The significant business of your life is alive and well, awaiting discovery, within your very soul. You and I were born to come into ourselves as complete and distinctive persons. Accepting this, we build a valuable life.”
— Marsha Sinetar

What is the significant business of your life? What is your purpose? Andrew Schneider says that purpose “is more than just having a direction. It is about one’s place in the universe. It is the journey of finding that place and being there and living fully whatever that place is. It is your own unique place that nobody else has, had, or will have.”

How would you describe your place in the universe?

“We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:

– I know that I count and I act as though I do.
– I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
– I am a healing force in the Universe.”
— Susan Jeffers

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
— Joseph Addison

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

No matter what else you might feel or think, it’s working, flawlessly, magically, and without exception.

Your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations are the sole cause of the effects of your life. And while this may give you pause and have you wondering why you’ve not yet met with some of the successes you’ve sought, let it also empower you as you remember that the floodgates must fly open and the Kingdom must be revealed at the precise moment you release whatever else you might have felt or thought about it not working.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Quick Tofu Stir-Fry

Crumbled tofu, frozen vegetables, and black bean sauce create a fast and easy dinner or lunch. Serve with rice or noodles for a complete meal.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air
Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin
Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Tarot:  The Devil

You don’t want to spend the whole day trying to swim upstream. Work on your self-control and don’t let anyone or anything lure you into overreacting or flying out of control. Be practical and don’t get in your own way. You can have your silly fun later, and fantasize your revenge, at home in private with those who love you no matter what you do or say

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 July 15, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 15, 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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When the heat like a mist veil floats,
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh. It is July.
-Susan Hartley Swett (1860-1907)

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July Events & Holidays

July 1 Canada Day

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Full “Buck Moon” at 9:44 pm PST / 10:44 pm MST

July 5 Full “Buck Moon” at 12:44 am EST

July 8 Celtic Tree Month of Holly begins

July 12 Mercury goes direct

July 20 New Moon at 10:32 am PST/ 11:32 am MST/ 1:32pm EST

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Spirit Library: State of Grace (a message from Kate Spreckley)

As the energetic matrix of our new reality becomes more energetically active dormant areas within us are awakening. Ancient knowledge, which has been stored within the cells of our body is being released. As a result, we will encounter a range of different experiences that will shift, align and rebalance our entire being.

Read more…

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Spiritual Unite: LYRAN STARSEEDS – ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

Lyran starseeds are the oldest souls in our whole galaxy. They are fourth dimensional and perfect in their star, but on earth, they are a bit different from what they would have been if they were on their home ground.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Lammas Customs and Traditions

The early harvest and the threshing of grain has been celebrated for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the customs and legends surrounding the Lammas season.

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MBG: 4 Natural Mosquito Bite Relievers: Science-Backed & Derm-Approved

Come summer, most of the skin care conversation zeroes in on SPF, which is absolutely necessary—proper sun care is nonnegotiable any time of year but especially under some scorching rays. But among peeling sunburns and hyperpigmentation, we can’t forget about another seasonal skin care gripe: mosquito bites.

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Plentiful Earth: How to Make Sage Spray

It’s incredibly easy to make a DIY sage spray! With just 5 ingredients, you can spray the bad energy away! Simply add everything to a spray bottle, shake, and spray! If you can’t burn sage smudge sticks to sage cleanse your home, this spray is a great way to create your sacred space!

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Today’s DIY: DIY Intention Candles – For Witches in the Broom Closet

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Elephant Journal: 12 Things Introverts Do Best.

I am an introvert, and it’s okay.
Some things are inherent in us, and we may or may not be able to change those personality traits. Well, we may or may not even want to change those things.

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Treehugger: These Sea Wolves Swim for Miles and Live Off the Watery Wilds

Wolves have forever had a storied place in the minds and hearts of humans; and whether seen as threatening or predatory or magical or mysterious, most people think they know wolves. But then there are the sea wolves.

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EarthSky News: Moon, Venus beautiful before sunrise

Before daybreak these next several mornings – July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2020 – look eastward to enjoy an eyeful of the waning crescent moon and the dazzling planet Venus. These two brilliant worlds will be hard to miss, as the moon and Venus rank as the 2nd-brightest and 3rd-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun. Some people might even see Venus after sunrise.

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Patheos-Pagan: What Is Shadow Work And Why Is It Crucial To Spiritual Practice?

Shadow work is a term that is frequently used in various spiritual traditions, including pagan and witch communities.

But what is it really?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/teaaddictedwitch/2020/07/what-is-shadow-work/

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Pagan Playlist: Fantasy Elven Music – The Voice of the Forest

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Inner Journey:

Willingness to change

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
— Thich Nhat Hahn

How are you feeling in this moment? If you are not feeling great, are you willing to make the effort right now to shift your focus so you feel better? Finding something to appreciate will do it.

If you are not willing, that’s okay. Don’t judge yourself. Just be aware that you are choosing to stay where you are.

“Choice of attention… is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.”
— W.H. Auden

higherawareness.com
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A Note f rom the Universe
It isn’t easy at first, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.

Even trickier is discovering that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who gets on your nerves is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace.

And perhaps most challenging of all is understanding that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is the realization that your heart soaring and your nerves fraying have never been dependent upon other people and their lessons.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

One really delicious and really unhealthy Sunday coffee cake. I have no idea where I got this recipe from but it was about thirty years ago and has been a family favorite since. The bake time is a bit longer if you’re using frozen berries.

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday 

Wednesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air

Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet Pea
Planets: Mercury and Chiron (though this is a moon of Pluto)
Star Sign: Virgo
Angel: Raphael
Power Colors: Orange, Light Blue, Grey, Yellow and Violet
Herbs & Plants: Fern, Lavender, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Sacred Stones: Aventurine, Bloodstone, Hematite, Moss Agate and Sodalite
Oil: (Mercury) Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

 

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Daily Wisdom
July 15, 2020 

Helping
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

-Herman Melville
When we help one person, we’re helping all people – and we’re helping ourselves. Because of our intricate connection with each other – we feel it on some deep primordial level. And it works the other way, too. When one of us is hurt, all of us are hurt. Because of technology and advances in communications, we can understand better how something like a war, way on the other side of the world affects each one of us. We see the war; we feel the emotions. People we love are far away from us, and our hearts are with them, and their families. We can help them with our thoughts and prayers.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

Kindness will take you very far today. It’s not a show of weakness or inferiority to engage in that random act of kindness. Think of it as acting out of generosity of spirit. The bigger your heart today, the more respect and cooperation will come your way. Make sure your kindness is genuine and from a genuine place. Then you’re virtually unassailable

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/