Cat’s Morning Bits for February 18, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 18, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.
-William Wordsworth (1770-1850

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MBG: This Feng Shui & Astrology Connection Could Be A Game-Changer For Your Home

You probably already know your astrology sun sign and how it shapes your personality. Next obsession: designing an environment that brings out the best in you and everyone who shares your space.
In feng shui, just like in astrology, the “elements” of nature are an essential part of the practice.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/5-elements-feng-shui-astrology

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Herbal Muse: Peaceful Dreams Insomnia & Anxiety Elixer

The herbs in this formula have been used to induce relaxation and promote sleep for centuries and modern research validates their efficacy. Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), for example, a member of the mint family that grows in the moist woodlands of northeastern North America, contains several flavonoid compounds (i.e., apigenin, baicalin and wogonin) with demonstrated anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. The calming properties of passionflower and lavender are also well documented. In the latter, the mild sedative effects are produced by aromatic organic compounds called ketones. The sedative, anti-anxiety effects of passionflower are due to various alkaloids, most notably a group known as harmala alkaloids. Learn now to make this….

https://www.herbalmusings.com/single-post/2015/03/27/Peaceful-Dreams-Elixer

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Elephant Journal: Getting through Life as Highly Sensitive People without Putting Out our Flame.

I am both a highly sensitive person (HSP) and a hardcore empath.
It took me about 26 years of blindly exploring the deepest pits of life to unfold the reality of who I’ve always been, with all the tragedy and great triumphs that came with having this personality. I am almost 30 now.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/02/getting-through-life-as-highly-sensitive-people-without-putting-out-our-flame/

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Tetraktys: Witchcraft Troubleshooting: 5 Reasons Why Your Spell Failed

If, like me, you work according to the moon phases, you will easily know if a spell failed. If you set your intentions at the New Moon and release your expectations at the Full Moon, all your spellwork should run smoothly. However, if, when you reach the next New Moon, things have not improved, then something must have gone wrong.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/witchcraft-troubleshooting-spell-failed/

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MNN: Weekly Horoscope: These Days Are Perfect For Looking Inward

According to the AstroTwins, this week is ideal for embracing your emotional side and detoxing your home (and yourself!).
Monday is the moment to let your imagination run wild.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-monday-and-tuesday-are-the-perfect-days-to-look-inward

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EarthSky News: Year’s biggest supermoon on February 19

Last year, in 2018, the month of February had no full moon at all. But this year’s February presents the biggest full moon supermoon of 2019. By the way, that bright star accompanying the February supermoon is none other than Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. See the sky chart below.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/years-biggest-supermoon-on-february-19

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Patheos-Pagan: Building a Devotional Practice with the Sky

Working with High Days is a wonderful thing, but High Days come and go eight times a year. What can someone do if they want to develop a monthly, weekly, or daily practice? This discussion will investigate building a devotional practice with the Three Realms, namely, Land, Sea, and Sky.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/fromacommonwell/2019/02/building-a-devotional-practice-with-the-sky/

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Inner Journey:

THERE’S LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

“Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.”
— Myla Kabat-Zinn

“Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.”
— Barbara Rose

“No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place within. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know ‘why’ it happened.”
— Barbara Rose

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.”
— Dalai Lama

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A Note from the Universe

Really, all one has to do to transform their life is remind themselves to think and behave a little bit differently each day.

I mean differently from their own normal.

Rainbows,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Mini Taco Frittatas

I came up with these frittatas because I love egg breakfasts and adore tacos, but don’t have much time to hang around to make both. These are so delicious, guilt-free, and gluten-free. I love to make a batch and keep them in the fridge. They’re perfect for days you are on the run.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Mini-Taco-Frittatas.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
February 18, 2019

Giving

“The greatest grace of a gift, perhaps, is that it anticipates and admits of no return.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Give without hesitation. Give without expectation. Give freely of yourself, and watch. There are miracles just waiting to happen.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 10 Tips to Express Anger in a Healthy Way
Before you yell and get upset, read these ten tips on how to express your anger in a healthy way.

We all get angry, right? But how we deal with others when we get angry makes a big difference. Here are 10 tips to express anger is way that helps your relationships, not hurts them.
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/galleries/10-tips-to-express-anger-in-a-healthy-way.aspx#DXKqYyyiQMLEWiHV.99

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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 February 11, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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A sparrow enters the tree,
Whereon immediately
A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eyes.
-Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

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Spiritual Unite: Willow Tree Symbolism – Find Strength In Being Adaptable

The willow tree is one of the more popular trees regarding symbolism and cultural importance.
Aligned and in tune with feminine energies and the divine feminine, the willow tree holds particularly relevant symbolism for women

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/willow-tree-symbolism-find-strength-in-being-adaptable/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Your Valentine’s Day Forecast Is Here

According to the AstroTwins, this week will be off to a rocky start—but the dust will settle by Valentine’s Day.
On Wednesday, Mars and Uranus could send us into combat.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-february-11-to-17-2019

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Herbal Muse: Lavender Coffee Body Polish

This easy-to-make scrub exfoliates skin to allow for healthy cell turnover and prepare the skin to receive the benefits of lavender essential oil, which is not only highly fragrant but has clinically proven therapeutic properties. Applied topically, the oil counters acne, burns and inflammatory skin conditions. The healing properties of the herb are due to the presence of organic compounds called aldehydes and ketones.

https://www.herbalmusings.com/lavender-coffee-scrub

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MNN: Plant life will take your breath away in these 13 winning images

The International Garden Photographer of the Year honors photographers for their outstanding imagery captured in gardens, parks and cities.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/international-garden-photographer-year-winning-images-2019-beauty-and-importance-plant-life

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EarthSky News: For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

Tonight, think about – or look for – a star that northern stargazers rarely see. It’s Canopus, and it’s the second-brightest star in the entire sky. That means this star is easily visible, even on a moonlit night

https://earthsky.org/tonight/for-those-at-southerly-latitudes-canopus

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Patheos-Pagan: Acknowledging Our Magical Origin Stories Makes Us Stronger

When I was a child and a teen, I didn’t know how to make sense of the magical things that happened to me. How could I process my out-of-body experiences, the voices I heard in my mind before someone else spoke them, or my innate, overwhelming love of the gods?

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/02/acknowledging-our-magical-origin-stories-makes-us-stronger/

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Inner Journey:

HEAL THE PAST

“What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.”
— Gospel of Thomas

We can transform painful memories by re-imagining them from the soul’s perspective of love and meaning.

Andrew Schneider says that all experiences have the purpose of serving the soul. An experience in the past blocked us because our fear at the time distorted our perception of what happened. To transform this limiting experience, we must bring what was then unconscious into the soul’s realm through consciousness.

We can do this by following these steps:
1. RECALL the past experience that might inhibit us.
2. OWN the experience (no judgment, blame, etc.).
3. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for it and the consequences (i.e., the experience was determined by my subjective perception of what occurred, dictated by my lack of wholeness — specifically my fears).
4. GIVE IT MEANING (the soul was attempting to gain some kind of mastery or skill, but we didn’t know that at the time).
5. RE-IMAGINE it from the perspective of soul consciousness (showing its higher purpose).

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way — in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.”
— Stephen Levine

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

To be loved like you’ve never been loved you must love like you’ve never loved.

Sounds pretty easy –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Indian Summer Cornbread

A favorite bread from the northern Cherokee nation to enjoy with a drizzle of honey or butter.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Indian-Summer-Cornbread-1.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
February 11, 2019

Spirituality

“The spiritual quest begins, for most people, as a search for meaning.”

-Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980
We talk a lot about spiritual growth, but lets look a little deeper into what that really means to us. I think it’s true that most of us found ourselves on a spiritual path because we were looking for “more,” because we instinctively knew that there was something beyond the material world that could sustain us, nourish us, and fill our hearts. And perhaps all of our questions aren’t answered, but we catch glimpses of profound peace, and joy, and that keeps us going. Each day is new, each day we learn and grow and bask in the glow of spirit.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: 5 Suggestions for Cultivating Self-Love
Self-love can seem unattainable. It might be because, in part, self-love sounds abstract and ambiguous. To be clear, self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how you…
Read more……

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for February 4, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 4, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur faint and sweet,
And lo! The ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet.
-Jane Goodwin Austin (1831-94)

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Spiritual Unite: Leaf Symbolic Meaning – Life Giving And Taking

The symbolic meaning of the leaf and leaves is as old as time.
We can find extensive symbolism from cultures all around the world for the plants they grow.

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/leaf-symbolic-meaning-life-giving-and-taking/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Monday & Tuesday Are Ideal Moments For Manifesting

According to the AstroTwins, this week is the perfect moment to think big picture and use your skill set to start building a brighter world (no pressure!).
Monday is a great time to make a wish—for yourself and the world at large.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-february-4-to-10-2019

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Daily Good: How to Be Yourself

Some days, you need to remind yourself about what’s truly important in life. So sit back with a cup of your favorite beverage and give yourself a few minutes to savor this sweet video, which gives you a prescription for happiness in two minutes, starting with “show up.”

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3342

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Elephant Journal: New Moon in Aquarius: it’s Time to Declutter our Emotional & Spiritual Lives

It’s time to “spring-clean” our emotional and spiritual clutter this month.
It’s still winter in the northern hemisphere but nonetheless, this is a great month for some “spring-cleaning.”

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/new-moon-in-aquarius-its-time-to-declutter-our-emotional-spiritual-lives/

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Spirit Library: Use Divine Truth to Embrace Joy

As your awareness of yourselves as spiritual beings grows, you see the human side in a different way and your awareness of your truth, as well as the potential for new self truths, is expanded with each step on the ascension path. And with that awareness you find new levels of truth and understanding. This can often include the things you do not like about yourselves because you now see the areas where you lacked faith or did not use your power

https://spiritlibrary.com/jennifer-hoffman/use-divine-truth-to-embrace-joy

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EarthSky News: Locate Cassiopeia the Queen

Cassiopeia was an Ethiopian queen in ancient Greek mythology. According to legend, she boasted she was more beautiful than the sea nymphs, called the Nereids. Vanity, in mythology, is never wise.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/cassiopeia-is-shaped-like-an-m-or-w

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Patheos-Pagan: Animism and the Power of Waterfalls

Waterfalls are places of spiritual power. On some level, most people can sense this to be true. Maybe we cannot express exactly that uplifting feeling inside. Maybe we just rush on to the next thing. But for those of us who stay and really feel, waterfalls provide not just a sense of wonder, but a way to expand our own spirits.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/theothersideofthehedge/2019/02/animism-and-the-power-of-waterfalls/

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Inner Journey:

PRACTICE DETACHMENT

As our consciousness rises, our perspective becomes more and more impersonal. What does this mean?

It means we are increasingly able to view our lives and the rest of the world with detachment. This does not mean we are cold and uncaring. Rather, we are self- contained. We have well-defined boundaries and we are able to think and act objectively, clearly and responsibly.

When we have learned detachment, we do not get hooked into the thoughts and feelings of others. We are not easily upset or manipulated. We may feel compassion for others but this does not cloud our ability to choose how we think, feel and behave. We also do not need others to behave in any particular way.

“Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.”
— Stephen Covey

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A Note from the Universe

Have you stopped to consider that it’s life’s “disconnects,” “almosts,” and “not quites,” that make life’s “connections,” “gotchas,” and “eurekas” so fantastically romantic?

Good, because they were your idea.

Wild thing,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

With just three simple ingredients, you can make “shortcut” cinnamon sugar cookies. A fast and easy way to make some cookies, makes a nice little treat for the kids (adults too!).

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Cinnamon-Sugar-Cookies.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Beliefnet: Creating Your Psychic Protection Shield

We all need to shield ourselves before we go out the door. Just as we put on clothes to protect our body and carry an umbrella in the rain, we must put on our psychic shield to protect our energy. Creating your psychic protection shield should be done every day
Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/creating-your-psychic-protection-shield.aspx#gBsZM3HPyxRh8WGj.99

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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 January 28, 2019

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 28, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town.

-Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

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Thought. Co: Recipes for the Imbolc Sabbat

Imbolc is a great time of fire and feasting. It’s the celebration of the goddess Brighid, guardian of the hearth and homefires, as well as the season of the Lupercalia, and of the spring lambing season. For this sabbat, celebrate with foods that honor the hearth and home —breads, grains, and vegetables stored from fall, such as onions and potatoes—as well as dairy items.

https://www.thoughtco.com/recipes-for-the-imbolc-sabbat-4125902

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: The Relationship Conversation You Should Be Having This Sunday

This week’s horoscope from the AstroTwins talks all about the creative revolution that’s coming our way—but not without a dose of aggression first.
On Friday, Mars and Pluto clash, and things could get tense.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-january-28-to-february-3-2019

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Daily Good: On Compassion, Equanimity and Impermanence

“Compassion is practiced in two ways: subtly and overtly. You can subtly serve any person with whom you interact by allowing their pain to resonate deeply within you, and experiencing it completely so that it does not turn into suffering within you. This is the healthy alternative to both callous indifference and enervating enmeshment.” Author and mindfulness teacher Shinzen Young shares more in this collection of thought-provoking reflections

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2213/on-compassion-equanimity-and-impermanence-shinzen-young/

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MNN: How to learn bird language in 5 steps

Birds love to tell tales and chatter about what’s going on around them at all times. They are vigilant and vocal beings, and naturalists know that by listening in, you can discover what everyone is up to — even when the “who” is completely out of sight

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-learn-bird-language-5-steps

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter is easy to spot

Tonight – or any winter evening – look for the constellation Orion the Hunter. It’s probably the easiest to pick out of all the constellations in the Northern Hemisphere winter sky (Southern Hemisphere summer sky). It’s identifiable by Orion’s Belt, three medium-bright stars in a short, straight row at the mid-section of the Hunter. See these stars? They are easy to spot on the sky’s dome.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/orion-the-hunter-is-easy-to-spot

Patheos-Pagan: Love is in the Air or is it?

“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around, Love is in the air, every sight and every sound…” As February draws near, this delightful song (Love is in the air by John Paul Young) seems to play over and over in my head. It’s an upbeat melody that lifts spirits and invites sing-a-longs.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefairytalewitch/2019/01/love-is-in-the-air/

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Inner Journey:

THE KEY TO CREATIVITY

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge islimited. Imagination encircles the world.”
— Albert Einstein

Do you know the key to creativity?

It rhymes with weed. It produces the oak tree. We often eat it or grind it up for flour. It can mean cause or origination. You guessed it. It is SEED.

Our minds love to associate one thing to another. But as we get stuck in very fixed patterns of thinking, we think of fewer and fewer connections. We are ruled by habits, associations and automatic responses. So we must stimulate our thinking with lots of different seeds to chart new paths in our brains.

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”
— Napoleon Hill

“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in amuseum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardwarestore and fashion in an airport.”
— Robert Wieder

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A Note from the Universe

If you look closely enough, intent upon understanding those things that cause you great pain and consternation, ultimately, I promise you, you’ll find great joy and illumination.

Take the bait,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Blackberry Ricotta Cake

A moist, blackberry ricotta cake that you can enjoy for a birthday cake or any occasion.

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Blackberry-Ricotta-Cake.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
January 28, 2019

Commitment
“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stand up and starts putting his life jacket on.”

-Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz is the well-known football coach, and he’s talking about teamwork, and the importance of commitment to the team. The analogy he uses is great because it’s so visual – and you can see how one person’s lack of commitment affects those around him.

I was thinking about the commitment our ancestors made when coming to this country. Can you imagine the courage it took to leave home for somewhere, something unknown – the possibility of something better? Once they set out in that “boat” there was no turning back. If we could only have that courage, that commitment, in our own lives to just “go for it!” Yes, there are risks – that comes with the territory, but like another saying goes: “no risks, no rewards!”

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Pioneer Thinking: Holistic Herbal Health Solutions

Holistic herbal solutions can also be defined as or simply called natural home remedies. There are more ways than you can possible think of to help yourself be naturally healthy or healthier. I am not saying that you should totally dismiss you primary care physician but I am saying that you can possibly visit him MUCH less

https://pioneerthinking.com/holistic-herbal-solutions

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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 January 21, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 21, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Sounds of the winter too,
Sunshine upon the mountains-many a distant strain
From cheery railroad train-from nearer field, barn, house.

-Walt Whitman (1819-92)

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Spiritual Unite: 5 Ways to Deepen Your Connection with Your Spirit Guides – All About Spirit Guides Part 3

Hello witches! This is the last article of my “All About Spirit Guides” blog series. Last week, I gave you 7 ways to meet your Spirit Guides. But if you already met one of your Guides, you may wonder what to do next. As I wrote in my previous articles, to work with your Spirit Guides, you need to build a relationship. Spirit Guides are just like any of your friends.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/5-ways-deepen-connection-spirit-guides/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Why The Day AFTER The Eclipse Is The One We Should Really Be Talking About

January 21, 2019 — 8:00 AM

This week’s horoscope from the AstroTwins talks all about this week’s rare lunar eclipse—and the fun doesn’t stop there! Just a day later, a once-in-a-dozen-year transit will affect those who work in creative fields

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-january-21-27-2019

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Daily Good: Mary Oliver: Instructions for Living A Life

Mary Oliver was one of the most beloved poets of our times. A writer who was dazzled by her daily experience of life, and dazzled the rest of us by telling about it in her poems and essays. She deliberately stayed out of the public eye and what follows is one of her rare interviews — a conversation with On Being’s Krista Tippett. Read on for a glimpse of the remarkable woman who once wrote: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life/I was a bride married to amazement./I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms

http://www.dailygood.org/story/2208/mary-oliver-instructions-for-living-a-life-on-being/

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Elephant Journal: How to Manifest Self-Love—Even if you feel a bit Crummy Today.

Most women have heard the phrase “self-love” being thrown around on Instagram, in blogs, and in the pages of glossy magazines.
If this term is new to you, self-love is the idea that our entire lives are shaped around how we feel about ourselves.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/how-to-manifest-self-love-even-if-you-feel-a-bit-crummy-today/

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MNN: 6 facts about the strikingly beautiful snowy owl

Snowy owls, despite their white plumage that allows them to blend into their Arctic surroundings, are easily recognizable. They’re beloved as a symbol of winter and as a companion to Harry Potter.
The image above, snapped by Shayna Hartley, was the result of plenty of patience on Hartley’s part.

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/snowy-owl-facts

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EarthSky News: Venus-Jupiter conjunction on January 22

Before sunrise on January 22, 2019, look eastward or in the general direction of sunrise to see the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter in the predawn/dawn sky. At conjunction, these two brilliant worlds shine north and south of one another on the sky’s dome, with Jupiter passing 2.5 degrees south of Venus. You simply can’t miss these two brilliant beauties, because Venus and Jupiter rank as the 3rd-brightest and 4th-brightest celestial bodies, respectively, after the sun and moon.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-jupiter-conjunction-on-january-22

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Patheos-Pagan: Imbolc Ritual: Honoring the Sacred Fire

The wheel of the year turns. By Imbolc, the sunlight is returning! Every day, the sun rises a little earlier, making our days grow longer and giving us more visibility. At this sacred time of the year, the point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we honor Brigid and the warmth in our homes and hearths.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/starlight/2019/01/imbolc-ritual-for-whatever-keeps-you-warm/

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Inner Journey:

REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM

“We focus on the negatives, losing ourselves in the ‘problem.’ We point to our unhappy circumstances to rationalize our negative feelings. This is the easy way out. It takes, after all, very little effort to feel victimized.”
— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Nothing and no one can make us a victim. We do it to ourselves when we allow external circumstances to hold power over us.

Although we have no control over what happens to us, we ALWAYS have a choice in how we respond. We hold our power when we accept complete responsibility for our thoughts, feelings and actions.

“A man may fall many times but he won’t be a failure until he says someone pushed him.”
— Elmer G. Letterman

“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
— Steven Biko

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A Note from the Universe

Too often the only difference between HAVE and HAVE NOT depends on whether or not the initial request was followed by a thank you, yee-haa, and action, rather than a question mark, timidity, and TV.

Don’t ask. Give thanks. Bust a move.

Yo –

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Monday 

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
January 21, 2019

Truth

“This is the character of truth: it is of all time, it is for all men, it has only to show itself to be recognized, and one cannot argue against it”

-Voltaire (1694-1778)
Truth is the great clarifier. I think of Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” being grilled on the witness stand by Tom Cruise – it’s obvious that Jack’s covering something because the pieces aren’t falling into place. And he gets frustrated and yells at Tom: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” It’s one of those great moments in film where you get that “ah-ha!” and then the truth comes out. The truth might not always be pretty – but it is what it is, and it wants to be discovered.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Thought.Co : Hold an Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitaries

Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies are often crisp and clear. As a festival of light, Imbolc came to be called Candlemas. On this evening, when the sun has set once more, call it back by lighting the seven candles of this ritual.

https://www.thoughtco.com/hold-an-imbolc-candle-ritual-for-solitaries-2562108

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 14, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 14, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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“ …There was a flutter of wings and the bright appearance of an angel in the air, speeding forth on some heavenly mission. ”

– Nathanial Hawthorne, “The Celestial Railroad”

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Tetraktys: 7 Ways to Meet Your Spirit Guides – All About Spirit Guides Part 2
Hello witches! This is the part two of my blog series about Spirit Guides. To read the part 1, click here. Last week, I presented the six different types of Spirit Guides that you can have. Now, you will learn seven easy ways to meet them.

https://www.thetetraktys.com/2019/7-ways-meet-spirit-guides/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Aquarius Season Is Here, Folks

On Monday, a quarter moon in Aries will inspire us to dream big.
Prepare for lift-off! The week begins with a quarter moon in Aries, a lunar boost that will activate our ambitions while also helping us weigh our visionary ideas against practical considerations.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/weekly-horoscope-for-january-14-20-2019

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Daily Good: Call of the Mountain

Have ever asked yourself, why am I moved to tears or laughter at the sight of a soaring bird? Have you ever felt deeply drawn to a tree, a river, an ocean or a mountain? Settle in and watch this video. Come home to who you are in this wide wonderful world. Learn how even your smallest daily choices can be deeply meaningful and fulfilling once you understand the your deep connections to the vastness of the universe.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7387

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Elephant Journal: The Bravery of Allowing Ourselves to be where we Bloom.
It’s okay to acknowledge that some environments simply do not facilitate our highest growth.
If you plant a plumeria tree in the alps, no one blames the seed when it doesn’t bloom. It’s so clear to us that the environment was not supportive to that particular seed.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/the-bravery-in-allowing-yourself-to-be-where-you-bloom/

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MNN: 8 amazing structures with mysterious origins

Why is this here?
Many people visit historic places because they want to see firsthand where an important event took place or where an often-told narrative was played out. The allure of these legendary sightseeing spots has everything to do with the historical facts that surround them.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/photos/8-amazing-structures-with-mysterious-origins/why-is-this-here

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EarthSky News: How to locate planet Uranus

Tonight – January 14, 2019 – the waxing gibbous moon is roughly one day past first quarter phase and shines rather close to the 7th planet, Uranus, on the sky’s dome. Uranus is located in the the constellation Pisces the Fishes, though very close to the border of the constellation Aries the Ram. This faint planet – barely bright enough to be glimpsed with the eye alone on a moonless night – will cross over into the constellation Aries in February 2019, but the moon will leave this section of the starry sky after a day or two.

https://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-uranus-in-front-of-pisces

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Patheos-Pagan: Garden Magic: The beginnings and the flow of magic…

As Mother Nature is beginning to stir I am thinking about planting seeds and looking at any re-designing that is needed for our garden. If you don’t have any plan or are looking at creating your own garden this year, I would like to share an excerpt from my latest book Kitchen Witchcraft: Garden Magic in the hope that it might help…

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/beneaththemoon/2019/01/garden-magic-the-beginnings/

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Inner Journey: 

DEFINE ‘RICH

“It ain’t so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich.”
— Josh Billings

How do you define ‘rich’?

If you want greater wealth, what does that mean for you? A large annual income? If so, how large? A beautiful home? Health? Security? Happiness? To be in service?

Get really specific about what would bring you a rich life. There are no right and wrong answers here. Don’t judge your desires. Just dig deep to discover what it is that you really want. If you want things, explore what qualities of life those things represent to you.

“No one can tell whether they are richer or poor by turning to their ledger. It is the heart that makes a person rich. One is rich according to what one is, not according to what one has.”
— Henry Ward Beecher

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”
— Edmund Burke

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A Note from the Universe

One of the things I’ve learned from witnessing civilization after civilization after civilization is that one should never underestimate the profound resiliency of the human spirit, nor how swiftly things can change for the better, often overnight.

Swoosh!

The Universe

tut.com

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
January 14, 2019

Moments

“Each moment we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and never will be again.”

-Pablo Casals
I was given this quote when I was sixteen, and I have it displayed in my office today. Being “in the moment” is one of those things that is so easy to say, yet sometimes so hard to do. The moments seem to pass by us so quickly. We find ourselves saying: “Where did the time go?” So it’s important to stay present, and to recognize the value of those moments. In spirit, there is no time or place… but we’re here, in this physical body, on this earth, for a reason. Here there is time, here there are moments – moments we can hold and treasure, moments where we can learn and grow.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Shape Shifting – A New Connection
Shape shifting into this new you that has been transforming creates new connections between your body, mind, and soul. Many of you have been going through huge shifts and changes and it is time to make…
Read more…………………

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 7, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 7, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Oh, what a goodly and a glorious show;
The stately trees have decked themselves with white,
And stand transfigured in a robe of light;
Wearing for each lost leaf a flake of snow.
-Richard Wilton (1827-1902)

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Spiritual Unite: Olive Tree Symbolism – Friendship And Peace

The Olive tree has a rich history in symbolism, tradition and mythology.
As early as Ancient Greece, the Olive tree has held symbolic meaning related to peace and friendship

https://www.spiritualunite.com/articles/olive-tree-symbolism-friendship-and-peace/

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: 3 Planets Are Conspiring To Make Us More Honest In All Of Our Relationships

On Monday, Venus enters Sagittarius and ushers in more honest relationships.
Enough with the seductive mystique and the cat-and-mouse games. This Monday, January 7, Venus hauls her fine self out of hiding as she leaves Scorpio’s caldron and boards Sagittarius’ carnival float.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/january-7-13-2019-horoscope

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Daily Good: Abused Wolves and Troubled Teens Find Solace in Each Other

“A strong gust of wind is answered by a chorus of wolf howls in Southern California’s high desert. Wearing hoodies and well-worn sneakers, city kids make their way up a mountain. Navigating the high desert terrain can be a challenge for some, and a few lag behind. Leading the way is a wolf named Malo. For many of the teens who find their way here, Wolf Connection’s Youth Empowerment Program is their last chance; they have been kicked out of school, or have been in gangs or in and out of foster homes

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=7890

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Elephant Journal: 2019 Eclipses: Changing the Story for us and our World

Astrology predicts—or so they say.
Prediction is only one of astrology’s functions. Astrology predicts events and marks time, but most of all, astrology identifies our role in the universe—who we are and how we can best fulfill our purpose.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/01/2019-eclipses-astrology-and-predictions-by-debra-silverman/

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MNN: 9 mythical places you can visit in real life

Where myth and reality meet

We all grew up hearing stories based on myths. Thanks to these tales — and the books, artwork, movies and cartoons they inspired — most of us have developed images of these mythical places in our minds. But not all of these images have to stay locked in the realm of imagination. Many famous legends are set in or inspired by real places.

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/mythical-places-you-visit-real-life/where-myth-and-reality-meet

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EarthSky News: Go young moon hunting

Tonight – January 7, 2019 – given clear skies, many of us around the world may be able to spot the slender young moon in the western sky at evening twilight. But don’t tarry because the moon will set before nightfall. An unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset and a pair of binoculars will assist you on your young moon quest. If you miss the moon at dusk on January 7, try again after on January 8

https://earthsky.org/tonight/young-moon-hunting

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Patheos-Pagan: The Magick of Rest: Following the Moon’s Advice 

I am writing within the time of the dark moon and into the new moon. I am up early and see only the dark expanse of the sky, shadowy and streaked with clouds across stars.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chargedbythegoddess/2019/01/the-magick-of-rest-following-the-moons-advice/

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Inner Journey:

PURPOSE BRINGS JOY

“Our purpose is hidden in our joy, our inspiration, our excitement. As we act on what shows up in our life our purpose shows up.”
— James King

For many of us, our joy is truly activated when we get a bigger picture of who we are and why we are here.

Most of us need to enlarge our self-concept. We may see ourselves as a bag of bones but, in truth, we are eternal, multi-faceted and multi-dimensional spiritual beings having a human experience. It’s time to think of ourselves as much larger and granderthan just a physical and emotional being confined in a body.

“There is no more important step you can take than to define your life’s purpose. It develops your sense of belonging to our universe.”
— Arnold Patent

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A Note from the Universe

Quickie Happiness Workshop for Increasing Profits at Times of Seeming Peril:

Think as much, if not more, about growing your income as you do of trimming your expenses.

And for extra credit focus on customers more than vendors; smiles more than frowns; possibilities more than risks; options more than commitments; vacations more than overtime; detours more than setbacks; opportunities more than obstacles; and Goldilocks more than the bears.

End of Workshop –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cashew Oats

This is an awesome way to trick your instant oatmeal into a luxurious textured, full-of-flavour delight. I like to whip this up for my friends who stay over… only takes a few minutes. They think I go through a lot of trouble making it. No trouble! But they can think what they want. 😉

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Chocolate-Orange-Cashew-Oats.html

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams, Medicine, Visions and Merchandise

Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Planet: Moon
Sign: Cancer
Angel: Gabriel
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood

Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast

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Daily Wisdom
January 7, 2019

Wisdom

“Wise men hear and see
As little children do.”

-Lao-Tzu (6th cent. B.C.)
Children see things with an open mind and an open heart. Wisdom is not being childish, but rather it is being child-like in our curiosity and wonder. It allowing possibilities to present themselves in front of us. It is marveling at the grandeur of life.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Beliefnet: Quotes to Kick Start Your New Year

As we start the new year there are goals and resolutions that we hope to achieve. A New Year means a new beginning and chance to live our lives to the fullest.

Read more…

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

Cat’s Treasure Trove …. an eclectic collection of jewelry & gifts! https://thedesertpath.com
Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/

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