Cat’s Morning Bits for September 1, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for September 1, 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 goldenrod is yellow
The corn is turning brown
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.”

childrens song

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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: Restructuring (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Reality is transforming and our experience of life is radically changing, and our perceptions are shifting. How we view our lives, our relationships and our world is altering as the structures of the past continue to collapse. As a result, a deeper awareness of our purpose on this planet is emerging calling us to change how we physically exist on the planet

Read more……

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The Green Witch: Anti-Anxiety Spell || Herbal Salve

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“The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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September 1-2, 2020 Full “Barley” Moon

Times: 10:22 pm PST/ 11:22 pm MST/ 1:22 am EST

This months moon is called the Barley Moon because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripe grains. Other crops are also harvested at this time. For example, many of the Native American tribes’ staple foods, such as corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and rice, were ready for harvesting during this month.

Read more……..

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MBG: This Week’s Horoscope Is In: Here’s What To Expect For The Start Of September

The more you cling, the less in control you feel—that’s the irony in store for us this week, according to the AstroTwins’ forecast.

There’s only one thing to do this Wednesday, September 2: Surrender, and let the universe reveal its wisdom.

Read more…….

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September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire.

Birthstone Color: Deep Blue

The striking deep blue of a quality sapphire is reminiscent of a cloudless night sky. Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.

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September Birth Flowers: The Aster and the Morning Glory

In the late summer, as the air cools, there are still many beautiful flowers to enjoy and give. Learn about the two September birth flowers.

Read more……

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Today’s DIY: DIY Autumn Maple Leaf Bowl

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Elephant Journal: Full Corn Moon brings Lessons in Intimacy & Communication {September 2nd}

On September 2nd, we will have some serious lessons in intimacy with the full moon in Pisces.
Right now, the sun is in the sign of practical and logical Virgo, which means all the darker or repressed characteristics that need to be dealt with in terms of emotional closeness with others might be highlighted at this time.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Tiny Elephant Shrew Species Rediscovered After 50 Years

For about half a century, researchers had lost sight of the tiny Somali sengi, a mouse-sized elephant shrew. The speedy relative of an aardvark and an elephant had been lost to science as no researcher has spotted this sengi species since the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Full Corn Moon on September 1-2

Tonight – September 1-2, 2020 – presents the third and final full moon of our Northern Hemisphere summer (or Southern Hemisphere winter). In other words, this is the third of three full moons to occur in between the June 20 solstice and the September 22 equinox

Read more……

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Patheos-Pagan:Working the Magick of the Heart Anyway

My heart hurts. And I haven’t really known what to write in the midst of this pandemic / world burning / who can I touch / ugh time.

Time has been swimmy. Before I know it, it’s Thursday and I’m back to the weekend where I’m not really resting, but I’m not really working.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: Witch’s Rune

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Inner Journey: WHAT NEEDS ATTENTION?

“We often spend so much time coping with problems along our path that we only have a dim or even inaccurate view of what’s really important to us.”
— Peter Senge

Where are you struggling in your life?

Look at your career, finances, relationships, growth, health and emotions. Where are you experiencing major challenges? Of these, which area most needs your attention at this time? Set an intention to face this struggle and resolve it. ATTENTION on your TENSION often releases it.

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”
— John Foster Dulles

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

It’s not from the known but the unknown, that creativity and inventiveness are born.

Turn away from the predictable, cliché, and reliable. Brave the void where the darkness is greatest. Trust the quiet, find the stillness, feel the calm. Then steadily think, speak, and move as if you were led. Behave as if your vision were clear.

Anticipate the emotional rush that will come with your triumph. And as if by magic, as you raise your pen to write, you’ll find the words have already been summoned, flooded in light that was there all along, in a world that has just as anxiously anticipated your arrival.

Just don’t let them worship you.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Broccoli Slaw with Spicy Dressing

This is a tasty broccoli slaw dressing recipe with spices that pack a punch to it.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Tuesday (masculine)

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness

Element: Fire


Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Star Signs: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Power Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs & Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Sacred Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Deities include Ares, Lilith, The Morrigan, Tiwaz, Tyr

Tuesday is ruled by Mars. Today’s energies align with all things masculine such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. It can also be used for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
September 1, 2020

Discovery
“Very often if happens that a discovery is made whilst working upon quite another problem.”

-Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)


Sometimes if we are focused too intensely on a problem, we get caught up in it and can’t see the forest for the trees. This is when it is time to detach, to turn our attention to something else and let our minds do some re-shuffling without our stubborn influence. And then, sure enough, we get that “ah-ha!” moment, and a discovery is made!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com _

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Daily Tarot: The Sun

Not only may you be inherently happy today, you’ll be able to explore all manner of intellectual problems, puzzles, and concerns. Great satisfaction can come from even the smallest insight, and if you can connect with the right person, you may have a conversation that will enrich and inform you for months to come. You may be attracted to more difficult problems today, and you’ll be up to the challenge.

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 24, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for August 24, 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 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: Inflow & Outflow (a message from Kate Spreckley)

With the rise of a new reality a very necessary transformation is taking place in our human structure. A new awareness is awakening and will realign all of humanity with the universal principles of balance.

Read more……

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Herbal Jedi: The Healing Powers of Goldenrod

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ThoughtCo: How to Do a Candle Wax Reading

A candle wax reading is similar to reading tea leaves, but instead of reading symbols and messages formed by wet tea leaves inside your teacup, it’s the candle drippings formed in water that we interpret.

Read more…..

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MBG: The AstroTwins Break Down The 3 Most Important Points Of This Week’s Horoscope

This week brings important lessons about examining your principles, standing your ground, and reframing difficult moments as learning opportunities. Here’s your horoscope.

Read more…..

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Daily Good: The Waters of Heterodoxy

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.

  • e.e. cummings –

The Waters of Heterodoxy

“In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack [an award-winning and highly acclaimed professor) offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature.[…] The Fourth Phase of Water contributes to a much larger paradigm shift that is proceeding across all the sciences, and indeed to a transition in the defining mythology of our civilization. In science alone, the implications of his findings, if verified, are profound, especially in areas like cell biology, plant physiology, chemical signaling, and of course medicine. Beyond that, they erode the story that we live in a dead universe of generic substances, that we, the sole intelligence of that universe, are therefore its rightful lords and masters. Pollack is part of the evolution of science toward a more shamanic worldview that understands that all things possess some kind of beingness.” Charles Eisenstein shares more in this essay

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Today’s DIY: Watermelon Face Toner

Cleanse the skin and shrink appearance of pores with a refreshing watermelon face toner. It also smells AMAZING!

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Elephant Journal: Do You Actually Love Yourself—or Are You Just Pretending?

Do you love yourself?
If you had asked me that question even 10 years ago, I would have unequivocally said, “No.”

It was that simple. I didn’t.

Read more……

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Treehugger: 10 Scary Animals That Are (Mostly) Harmless

The animal world is full of predators and nightmarish creepy-crawlies, but there are a few frightening-looking creatures that don’t deserve such a fearsome reputation. Some of these animals look scary based on their massive size, while others have sharp teeth or fangs.

Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Sagittarius? Here’s your constellation

f you’re outside on an August or September evening, you can glimpse the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius the Archer. From our northerly latitudes, it never climbs high in the sky. Yet Sagittarius marks the direction in our sky to one of the most wondrous places we can imagine: the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. And the constellation is fairly easy to spot, because its brightest stars form a distinctive shape of a Teapot. Follow the links below to learn how to see Sagittarius, and about the lore and science of this constellation.

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Patheos-Pagan: Green Earth Witchcraft: Who Is The Earth Deity?

In July, I wrote about my path that I’m calling Green Earth Witchcraft. A nature-based tradition that honors the Earth Deity (who is also known as the Earth Mother in my personal practice).

Since writing that post, many people have expressed an interest in learning more.

Read more…..

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Pagan Playlist: We Will Go Home (Song of Exile) – King Arthur

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Inner Journey: LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.”
— William James

Here is one perspective on levels of consciousness and some descriptive words to help us identify the differences:
• Not conscious – instinctual, follower
• Subconscious – habitual, robotic, reactive
• Conscious – aware, intelligent, conceptual, reflective
• Superconscious – intuitive, guiding, truthful, loving, universal

Reflect on how you typically move through your day. As we use our minds more consciously, we open up to the superconsciousness.

“Utilizing your conscious mind to direct the subconscious mind to enter into communication and harmony with the universal mind is the secret of personal power.”
— Delfin Knowledge System

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Remember you once told me that if ever all of the circumstances in your life were aligned “just so,” your soon-to-be friends were in all the right places at all the right times, and the financial markets, social climate, and global energies had all reached optimal points… you wanted to be gently nudged as a subtle sign that it was time to start doing new things, saying new things, and visualizing so that you might catch these gargantuan waves of change and surf to dazzling new heights?

NOW’S THE TIME! TODAY’S THE DAY!! GO! GO! GO!

Hang ten

The Universe
tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: 14 Best Savory Main Dish Recipes Starring Sweet Peaches & Plums

Mmm, the sweet surprise of fruit complementing tender, savory meat. These meaty recipes marry sweet plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots with savory pork and chicken. Together, they’re a stone-fruit groove.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
August 24, 2020

Cause and Effect
“What is found in the effect was already in the cause.”

-Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
We’ve heard it before – we reap what we sow. What we sow (cause) is what we reap (effect). Our energy generates something that comes back to us. Our efforts, or actions, cause things to happen, so we need to be mindful of what we say and do. And really, the effect becomes another cause, which produces another effect! It’s easy to use the analogy of gardening: we plant a tomato seed, which grows tomatoes, which produce tomato seeds. What is found in the tomato was already in the seed, and vice versa. The seed holds the potential for the tomato. We can apply the same knowledge to our lives, and create for ourselves the love and joy that we want to experience just by sowing the seeds for that

-Lissa Coffey
coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Empress

Clear up a misunderstanding and free up some time and space to begin something you’ve been wanting to do but felt beyond your means. You might also come to an understanding with someone who has been an obstacle for you, whether because of pride, some power struggle, or other kind of competition or misconstrued sense of prestige or self-importance. Today, you are the equal of anyone. Be gracious

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 July 27, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 27, 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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I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease . . .observing a spear of summer grass.
-Walt Whitman (1819-92)

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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.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: The Magical History of Corn

Of all the grains eaten in the world, corn–or maize–probably is surrounded by more legends and folklore than any other. Corn has been planted, tended, harvested, and consumed for millennia, and so it’s no wonder that there are myths about the magical properties of this grain. Let’s take a look at some of the customs and traditions surrounding corn.

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MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope Is In & These Are The 3 Cosmic Events To Not

Boundaries might be blurry this Monday, July 27, but do your best to discern them anyway.
For the third time in 2020 (including May 3 and 20), seductive Venus in Gemini squares nebulous Neptune in Pisces, a challenging angle that makes it hard for us to resist anything, especially temptation.

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Rune stones, the basics and how to use them || Enchanted Endeavours Ep. 4

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Today’s DIY:  EASY DIY AIR DRY CLAY PROJECTS | Boho Wall Hanging, Scandi Plant Hanger, Modern Jewelry Dish

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Elephant Journal: 10 Signs You’re an Old Soul (I Definitely Am)!

By 39, I’d had two relationships with men a lot older than I was.
And although I’m done with the category of 10 to 25 years age difference, I do wonder why I got into them in the first place.

Read more…..

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Treehugger: 8 Things You May Not Know About Squirrels

Squirrels get a lot of attention from humans, but not always for good reasons. We tend to dwell on negatives like stolen tomatoes and occupied attics, sometimes failing to fully appreciate the long, mostly harmless — and often entertaining — history of squirrels living in our midst.

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EarthSky News: Moon’s near side is its dark side

Tonight, while the moon is a few days shy of meeting up with the red supergiant star Antares, let’s see if we can make out the dark areas on tonight’s moon, which is at or somewhat past its half-illuminated first quarter phase at nightfall July 27, 2020. These smooth, low-lying lunar plains are called maria,

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Patheos-Pagan: Undoing or Reversing Spells

There are a few questions that I get asked on a regular basis, one of them is:

“I worked a spell and it has gone horribly wrong, how do I undo it”

It does happen, I suspect it has occurred for most of us at one time or another. Spells do have a habit of working in unexpected ways.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Eivør – Into The Mist (Official Video)

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Inner Journey:

Slow down

“The soul requires duration of time — rich, thick, deep, velvety time — and it thrives on rhythm. Soul can’t be hurried or harried …. We may go through many events in the day and experience nothing because the soul has not had the opportunity to feel them from many different points of view.”
— Robert Sardello

Soul cannot exist when our connections in life remain superficial. An experience of soul requires that we take time to be fully present to the details of our lives.

Explore what happens when you take the time to STOP and PAY ATTENTION. When we choose to slow down and really experience the qualities of our lives, we get a whole new perspective on what living is all about.

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”
— H. G. Wells

“The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.”
— Mary Webb

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

It took some craftiness to create the splendors you now live in because it all had to be done with the most exquisite balance, and in just such a way that you’d never, ever become bored.

Yeah, I had to throw in a few valleys so that you could truly appreciate the peaks. A few scaly, ugly, biting creatures, to make the others more adorable. Some slippery slopes, dangerous curves, and moving targets, to show you how agile, brilliant, and cunning you are. And some quicksand, tornadoes, and earthquakes, to help you appreciate a stolen nap, an evening stroll, and quiet times.

But perhaps, best of all, I had to dream up some pretty special people. You know, with perspectives and traits so unlike your own that sometimes it would seem your only means of surviving the relationship would be learning to love yourself, even more. Aren’t they a piece of work?

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Roasted Zucchini Casserole

Roasted zucchini with onion and layered with marinara sauce and pasta. A meal-in-one with a salad and rolls. Can’t get better than that! A great way to use up your zucchini crop in the summer..

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Monday (feminine)

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
July 27, 2020 
Style
“To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and inside of the human body – both go together, they can’t be separated.”

-Jean Luc Godard

 
In this quote Jean Luc Godard is talking about writing style in particular, but it can really be applied to any kind of style. We always hear: “You can’t judge a book by its cover” and yet, it happens all the time! Even if we don’t “judge” a book, or a person, by appearance, experience tells us that certain expectations have been set up for us. What does this mean to us spiritually? We understand that mind and body, inside and outside, are intricately linked. We need to take care of both. Our style reflects the person we are, it’s what the world experiences of us. The way we present ourselves is the way we see ourselves.

 

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

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

 

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for July 13, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for July 13, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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The dawn was apple-green,
The sky was green wine held up in the Sun,
The Moon was a golden petal between.

-D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

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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: Seesaw Experience (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This is a time of great intensity where we are completing an important evolutionary cycle. With the ending of this last eclipse season we are being exposed to new and different energies.

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Friendship Breakup Souring Spell | Witchcraft

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ThoughtCo: Celebrating Lammas When You Eat Gluten-Free

Lammas, which falls on August 1 in the northern hemisphere, and February 2 below the equator, is one of the most popular of the Pagan sabbats –

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope For July 13–19: What’s In The Stars For You?

This week’s “cirque du Soleil” begins on Tuesday, July 14, with an eye-opening opposition to Jupiter retrograde.

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Daily Good: Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life

In 2002 Thom Bond was a successful environmental engineer, passionate about designing smart buildings that used alternative energy. Then he chanced upon Marshall Rosenberg’s landmark book Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life. “By the time I read Chapter 1, it hit me that I had found what I was looking for…A set of concepts and ideas to be able to move through conflict.” Thom realized instinctively that he’d found a new technology — one that was human-oriented as opposed to building-oriented that would allow for more effective and harmonious use of energy.{ read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Fairy Lantern / fairy glow jars

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Elephant Journal: Writing the Emotional Wave into the Sunset—How Journalling Untangles the Knots.

On this ride of untangling the knots I’ve accumulated along the way, conditioned and then self-perpetuated, I’m learning to work with my emotional swells with a lot more clarity and calm than ever before.

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Treehugger: How to Make Dehydrated Banana Chips

You can make delicious dehydrated banana chips in your oven, in the great outdoors, or with a food dehydrator. Depending on your technique and your patience, these dried fruit treats can be ready in a few hours or a week.

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EarthSky News: Jupiter reaches opposition July 13-14

On the night of July 13-14, 2020, our planet Earth flies between the sun and the outer planet Jupiter. Our faster motion places Jupiter – largest world in our solar system, and an exceedingly bright planet in our sky – opposite the sun about once each year. In other words, Jupiter is now rising in the east as the sun is setting below the western horizon. Astronomers call this event an opposition of Jupiter.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Basics: Candle Magic

Candle magic is one of the most popular methods of working magic. It can be as simple as lighting a white candle and putting your intent into it or going the whole hog and tying in the correct colour of the candle, adding corresponding herbs, anointing with oil, carving runes or sigils, chanting a spell to go with it – or anywhere in between.

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Pagan Playlist: The Earth, The Air, The Fire, The Water, Return

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Inner Journey:

5 STEPS TO SELF-ACTUALIZATION

“Every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation.”
— Dalai Lama

Monitoring what motivates me has helped me see how I am growing. I do things for different reasons now than I did 10 years ago. As we pay ongoing attention to our motives, we can see how both our conscious and unconscious attitudes are changing.

Here are some ways that our motives can shift with rising consciousness:
• I desire
• I want to collect things
• I want to know
• I want to serve
• I want to be

What are your motives as you participate in life?

“There are three kinds of people and three kinds of richness:
• people who want to have, to collect
• people who want action, work and labor
• people who want to be

“The real richness is in be-ness. People can take all that you have, all that you collected. People can stop your labor, or an accident can stop you. When you are, you never lose what you are.”
— Torkom Saraydarian

“You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!”
— Bob Richards

“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Note from the Universe 
Let’s see, last time I checked you were still a forever being with as many second chances and new romances saved up as there are stars in the night sky; whose thoughts fly on wings, whose dreams become things, and for whom all the elements bow.

In case you were wondering.

Moonbeams,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Pesto-Stuffed Grilled Portobellos

Pesto-stuffed grilled portobellos make for the perfect summer outdoor meal. It stands alone as vegetarian fare if you serve it with fresh fruit (such as watermelon chunks and blueberries); I love it with cedar-plank grilled salmon as well. You will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Monday (feminine)

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

 

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Daily Wisdom
July 13, 2020 
Helping
“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

-George Eliot
When we look for our dharma, our purpose in life, we recognize it when we can affirmatively answer the following questions: Is this something I love to do? Is this something that helps others? Of course there is a huge range of things that qualify as helpful, and we can’t all be Mother Teresa. But we can each contribute to making the world a better place, and spreading some light, love and laughter in our own unique way.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot:  The World

You may not expect or even want it, but today you will be properly acknowledged and even honored for a skill, talent, or accomplishment. Your big heart will also be appreciated. Some sort of public reward is possible, if only in the form of praise, which can be transformed into something more tangible later. If not seeking validation or kudos, be on the alert because it’s coming. You’ve earned it!

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 June 29, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 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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** Mercury Retrograde from June 18- July 12

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I meant to do my work today-
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
-Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947)

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Spirit Library: Freedom From Karmic Constraints (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently we are still processing and integrating the effects of this past weekends Solstice New Moon Solar Eclipse. In this time, we are being offered the healing and resolution of many long standing issues, both from this lifetime and from others.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Sunflower Magic and Folklore

When summer is at its peak, its not uncommon to see rows of sunflowers blooming in all of their colorful glory. Ranging from just a foot or two high to well over eight feet in height, sunflowers come in a variety of yellows and oranges.

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MBG: Weekly Scope: Prepare For More Mercury Retrograde Muddling This Week

Still waiting to run through that Mercury retrograde essential checklist? Hop to it!
Back up all your important data, create stronger passwords, and quickly submit that (almost past due) paperwork. Then, check in with your feelings.

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Daily Dream Meaning: Teeth

1. False or disembodied teeth portend the breakdown of an important relationship in the dreamer’s life – not necessarily a romantic one.
2. If the dreamer dreams of aching teeth, this could be a warning of future health problems, possibly involving the teeth but not necessarily. White and beautiful teeth, on the contrary, portend health and happiness.
3. Broken or decayed teeth imply the need for repair in some department of the dreamer’s life. Look to other symbols in the dream to judge which one.
4. Dreaming of brushing your teeth implies making major and positive changes in your life.
Astrological parallel: Saturn.

astrology.com

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Today’s DIY: Lemon Dandelion Hand Pies || Spiritual and Emotional Cleansing Spell

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Elephant Journal: A Ritual for Energy Protection & Clearing in Troubled Times.

No matter where we stand, it’s clear: powerful shifts are taking place in the world right now.
Many of us find comfort and guidance by looking to the wisdom of the earth and the heavens at times of change and challenge.

Read more…

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Treehugger: 8 Slowest Animals in the World

Some animals just aren’t in a hurry. From sloths to snails, tortoises to slugs, these are some of the slowest animals in the world. While animals like the cheetah and greyhound show off their graceful speed, these creatures are content to amble and creep, moving sometimes just a few feet per minute.

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EarthSky News: Circumpolar stars don’t rise or set

Circumpolar stars stay above the horizon all hours of the day, every day of the year. These stars neither rise nor set but always remain in our sky. Even when you can’t see them – when the sun is out and it’s daytime – these stars are up there, circling endlessly around the sky’s north or south pole.

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Patheos-Pagan: Sun Magic: Sunrise and Sunset Spells

Sun phases for magic
And just like the moon the sun has phases which can be used to tie in with your magical workings to add an extra boost of power. The sun measures time, where it sits in the sky denotes what time of the day it is, and a sun dial would be quite useless without the sun to cast a shadow! I also think that point between night and day and vice versa, that moment of hand over is quite specia

 

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Pagan Playlist: Stevie Nicks – Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) (Official Music Video)

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Inner Journey:

CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY TODAY

“It is always your next move.”
— Napoleon Hill

The great benefit of heightened awareness is that we have more choice in how we live our lives. At any moment, we can purposefully choose a new experience for ourselves. We can choose to pay attention, breathe more deeply, laugh, rest, play, appreciate, do something different – the possibilities are endless.

Whenever you remember, TAKE YOURSELF OFF AUTO-PILOT and really examine your situation. Take charge and make a choice that will enrich your experience. At the end of the day, reflect on what happened and how you felt when you chose a new line of thought, feeling or action.

“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — how we can take it, what we do with it — and that is what really counts in the end.”
— Joseph Fort Newton

“When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.”
— Tin Cup (the movie)

And remember: “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”
— Neil Peart

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A Note from the Universe
Best friends may tell you what to do. Yep, because that’s what best friends do.

Wise friends, however, wouldn’t dream of it because they understand that they’ll never know of all the secrets that stir in your heart, of your gifts that lie in waiting, or of the plans that we have made.

S-h-h-h-h-h,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms

“Chicken and artichokes are perfect partners. Although this is a quick and easy recipe, it has a fairly upscale flavor profile. Serving suggestions are rice, noodles, riced cauliflower, or zucchini noodles.”

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Monday (feminine)

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

Element: Water

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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth

Monday is ruled the Moon. Today’s energy best align with spell work that deals with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
June 29, 2020

Gardening
“My garden is an honest place. Every tree and every vine are incapable of concealment, and tell after two or three months exactly what sort of treatment they have had. The sower may mistake and sow his peas crookedly: the peas make no mistake but come and show his line.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 
How does your garden grow? Remember that line from a nursery rhyme? Now we can see how it applies to the ‘big picture.’ What choices are we making? What colors are we choosing for our palette? Do we have some vegetables in the mix? Some fragrant flowers? Are we showing our garden enough tender-loving-care? We will harvest our rewards, and they can be as bountiful as we want them to be!

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

Apply your basic practical good sense to the biggest and most serious of challenges and watch the problems wilt under your gaze. There’s nothing you can’t handle today if you can keep things uncomplicated and straightforward. Be calm but firm in your dealings and don’t allow others to add their petty complications to any of your efforts. Remember to be good to yourself.

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 June 2, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for June 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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June Events and Holidays

June 5: Full Strawberry Moon at 12:12 pm PST/ 1:12 pm MST/ 3:12 pm EST

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

June 14: Flag Day

June 20: Mid Summer/ Summer Solstice

June 20: New Moon at 11:41 pm PST

June 21: New Moon at 12:41 am MST/ 2:41 am EST

June 21 Father’s Day

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A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;
a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;
but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.
-Beekeepers’ saying, mid-17th century

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Spirit Library: Focus on Your Inner Life (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Currently the incoming energies are getting stronger and stronger intensifying our soul’s impulse to evolve. Global events and circumstances are forcing a dramatic shift in our perspective urging us to find a new way of living and being in the world.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Understanding Omens and Symbols

For many practitioners of various magical traditions, there is a tendency to look for and find symbolism in everything, particularly in aspects of nature. Often, these symbols are interpreted as omens.

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MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope: Here’s Why Wednesday Is Such A Big Day For Love

On Tuesday, June 2, romantic Venus hits some turbulence with her cosmic co-pilot Mars as the two planets assemble into a complicated square (90-degree angle).

Read more……

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Daily Dream Meaning: Exam

1. An upcoming crisis in the attainment of a cherished goal.
2. If the dreamer fails the exam, or if he awakens before knowing whether he passed or failed, the goal may be unfeasible at this time and should be re-examined.
3. If the dreamer passes the exam, then, in spite of obstacles, he has it in him to get what he wants.
Astrological parallel: Saturn or Uranus.
Tarot parallel: The Tower.

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Daily Good: Wells of Living Water

Poet and writer, Ron Hobbs, has explored life from many angles and has the stories to prove it. He writes, Many years later I was working on a tramp-steamer that had pulled into Haiti. I hiked off on my own to learn the island. It was hot and mid-afternoon and I thirsted. I saw an old woman working her garden. Ma’am. Ma’am! Excuse me. I’m a stranger here and I am thirsty. Could I please have a drink of water?
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Be The Change
What accounts for the mysterious depth of refreshment a drink of good cold water bestows when one is parched on a hot day? Is it a demonstration – rarely recognized as such – that we are each a sentient particle of the cosmos?

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(Cat’s side notes: This would be a fun project for a little one to make for the Litha/Mid Summer Sabbat)

Today’s DIY: Felt Flower Wand

Since I love plants and flowers, my son made this all on his own as a Mother’s Day gift. I was really impressed that I was able to capture some of the steps in his project (as I didn’t have a clue he was making it for me until I realized it was a gift).

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Elephant Journal: 3 Buddhist Teachings to help us through Strange & Upsetting Times.

For most of us, the pandemic has been both extremely difficult and a breath of fresh air.
One thing is for sure: like no other time have I had to lean on the wisdom teachings of my spiritual life.

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MNN: 7 things you never knew about dragonflies

Arriving on the scene around 300 million years ago, dragonflies were one of the first insects to inhabit this planet. They’ve had a long time to perfect the art of flying, hunting and just being amazing. Here are seven facts that will change the way you look at these unique, ancient and incredibly varied insects.

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EarthSky News:  Virgo? Here’s your constellation

The constellation Virgo the Maiden fully returns to sky at nightfall – with her feet planted on the eastern horizon – by late April and early May. Virgo appears in the evening sky on late May, June and July evenings, too. Then by late August or September, Virgo begins her descent into the glow of evening twilight.

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Patheos-Pagan: Working Magic: A Spell Mandala for Clarity

Drawing an oracle card from the Flower Magic Oracle deck gave me a focus for working some magic. This week’s card is honeysuckle, the meaning of which is – clarity. So, I have given the meaning of the card below along with some other correspondences for ‘clarity’.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: The Fire Within: A Guided Meditation to Release Negativity

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Inner Journey:

BALANCE MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL

“What is [the role of money] in the search for meaning? Is our relationship to it one of the chief factors that keeps us in our prison, or could it also be a tool for breaking out, for awakening to a life filled with intensity of purpose?”
— Jacob Needleman

Our personality has a need for security. As a human in a material world, we need money to survive. If we don’t have enough for basics, our lives cannot function. At the same time, with too much emphasis on the material, we lose the spiritual awareness that brings meaning and fulfillment. The key lies in the balance.

What draws most of your attention, time and energy: spiritual growth or money? Reflect on (or better yet, journal on) the balance or lack of balance of these two in your life.

“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential.”
— Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

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A Note from the Universe
Primitive societies live by the Rule of Might, and the strong prevail.

Advanced societies live by the Rule of Law, and the privileged prevail.

Enlightened societies live by the Rule of Love, and everyone is lifted higher.

Love on,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

Magickal Intentions: Courage, Physical Strength, Revenge, Military Honors, Surgery and the Breaking of Negative Spells, Matrimony, War, Enemies, Prison, Vitality and Assertiveness
Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants: Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger
Mars rules Tuesday. The energies of this day best harmonize with efforts of masculine vibration, such as conflict, physical endurance and strength, lust, hunting, sports, and all types of competition. Use them, too, for rituals involving surgical procedures or political ventures.

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Daily Wisdom
June 2, 2020
Value
“The Worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.”

-James Kelly (18th cent.)

 
It’s that insatiable desire for something that keeps us at it. It’s that burning passion that compels us to work hard, to not give up, to stay focused and on target. We can cite countless examples of people who have worked to build their own businesses, or buy their own home. It works the same way with our spiritual growth. Do we have a burning desire for it? Do we work at it every day? Do we make it a priority in our lives?

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Magician

It may be hard to be serious and stick to those dull but crucial tasks that keep the day running smoothly. Be systematic, cheerful, and don’t let it show if you feel undervalued or underappreciated. Save your sharp wit and cleverness for another time and place. Time spent with younger people or children can lift your spirits and keep things in perspective for you.

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 May 18, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for May 18, 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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May Events & Holidays

May 18 Victoria Day (Canada)

May 22 New Moon at 10:38 am PST/ 11:38 am MST/ 1:38 pm EST

May 25 Memorial Day (USA)

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May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.”
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996

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Spirit Library: Jupiter Retrograde (a message from Kate Spreckley)

With Jupiter now adding to the mix of retrograde planets the next few months promise to hold an abundance of pure healing energy. This energy will compel us to reconnect with the deepest aspects of ourselves.

Read more….

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Spell Dolls, Poppets, & Taglocks || Witchcraft 101

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ThoughtCo: What Is a Leprechaun?

A leprechaun is a mythological figure, a type of fairy originating from 8th century Irish folklore. Contemporary leprechauns are depicted as men, small in stature and wearing a green coat, a top hat, and buckled shoes.

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MBG: Horoscope For May 18 to 24, 2020: Here’s What’s In The Stars This Week

This week, the AstroTwins share how to prepare for the buzzy energy of Gemini season.

It’s still Taurus season until this Wednesday, May 20, giving you a couple more days to bask in the comfort and luxury of the zodiac’s earthy Bull

Read more…..

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Daily Dream Meaning: Egyptian

1. Dreaming of living in ancient Egypt might actually be a past-life memory. Be sure to write the dream down immediately upon awakening, as an issue from that past life could be coming to the surface of your unconscious mind. Something in the dream probably relates to a concern in the present, and the dream may be giving you important insights.
2. Egypt is a land of mystery, and therefore if you dream of Egypt or things Egyptian there is probably some mystery in your life that you’d like to have resolved. Look to other symbols in the dream to discern what it is and what you should do about it.
3. Egypt is a land where a lot of secrets are being dug out of the ground. What secrets are you hiding? Or are others around you keeping things from you that you really need to know? If the other symbols in the dream support this idea, honest communication with those involved is definitely called for.

astrology.com

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Pioneer Thinking: The Legend of Bouncing Betty – Soapwort

Bouncing Betty Gallops On
In our country’s early formative years the West was being claimed by the “Easterners” and the trail from East to West Coast could take many a month and sometimes years to complete.

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Today’s DIY: How to Fix a Leggy or Stretched Succulent! ✂️🌵// Garden Answer

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Elephant Journal: 4 Grounding Practices to Balance your Root Chakra & Ease Anxiety.

I opened my eyes and popped out of bed.
My heart was racing, and I felt sweat on the back of my neck. I peeked over at the alarm clock and it read 3:30 a.m. It had been a dream. My heart started to come back down to its normal rhythm, and I took a deep breath.

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MNN: 9 interesting facts about the Nile River

The Nile is one of the most famous rivers anywhere on our planet, and rightfully so. While all rivers are important for people and wildlife who live nearby, the Nile looms especially large, both literally and figuratively.

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EarthSky News: Meet Corvus the Crow

A favorite constellation for many, little squarish Corvus the Crow, can be found after sunset at this time of year. It’s not far from Spica, the only bright star in the constellation Virgo. Once you find Spica, you’ll recognize Corvus easily. It’s always near the star Spica on the sky’s dome, recognizable for its compact.

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Patheos-Pagan: Simple Witchery: Love In The Cards?

. . . A Tarot Reading for Venus in Retrograde
Venus is in retrograde for the first time in two years (May 13 to June 25). Not only is the planet of love going all retro on us in the sway of fickle Gemini’s influence, it sidles up closer to earth than any other planet.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Eivør – Rain (Official Music Video)

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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

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A Note from the Universe

You see, there’s a choice for all who aspire to live in abundance that only the wisest ever perceive.

You can visualize a life in which you possess fabulous wealth.

Or…

You can visualize a life in which you are creatively fulfilled, with fantastic friends, dancing in the marketplace… and you possess fabulous wealth.

Do you see the oh-so-subtle difference?

I see you as the dancing sort,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Ayurvedic Lunch & Dinner Recipes To Support Your Doshas During Early Summer

Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine, follows a rich tradition called Ritucharya, a Sanskrit word that means “following the rhythms of the seasons.” Following this more seasonal approach to health means adjusting your diet throughout the year in order to maintain balance in the body.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconciliations, Voyages, Dreams 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
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.

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Daily Wisdom
May 18, 2020

Thinking
“In this world, if a man sits down to think, he is immediately asked if he has the headache.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 
A little bit of humor from Emerson, a favorite of mine! His point is that we are so much on “auto pilot” that we rarely take time out just to think. There is a lot of busy-ness, or business, going on, all the time, and we tend to jump right from one thing to the next with barely a breath in between. How rare, and yet, how wonderful, to take a moment, or two, or twenty, to just sit and think.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

It’s possible that you’re putting yourself under more stress and pressure than anyone or anything else going on around you. It’s not necessary to beat yourself up emotionally like this. Things are fine and you can make things even better if you curtail the urge to obsessively dwell on only what and who is letting you down. Be your own best friend and give yourself credit for what you’re doing right.

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 March 16, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for March 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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March Events & Holidays

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: Celtic Tree Month of Alder begins

March 20: Ostara/ Spring Equinox

March 24: New Moon : 2:28 am PST./ 3:28 am MST/ 5:28 am EST

March 27: Easter

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The moving Moon went up the sky,
And nowhere did abide;
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

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Spirit Library: Find Your Equilibrium (a message from Kate Spreckley)

Our process of transformation and growth is currently accelerating at a much greater pace. The intensity of this time is radically quickening our healing to create deep and lasting change and transformation. We are being shown the way to creating a safer, less destructive and more sustainable world.

Read more…..

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ThoughtCo: Ostara Recipes

Ostara is the celebration of the Spring Equinox; it’s the time of year when new life is beginning to form, and fresh little green things are starting to poke their way out of the chilly dirt.

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MBG: Weekly Horoscope: Spring Is Here & It Could Spur Collective Action

This Monday, March 16, expressive Mercury returns to Pisces, the sign of forgiveness and healing.

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Daily Dream Meaning:

Crowds:

1. Dreaming of actually being part of an orderly and purposeful crowd implies aspirations in tune with those around you and support and assistance in making all your dreams a reality.
2. If you’re not actually involved with the crowd, however, you may feel as if you’re “on the outside looking in” with regard to what’s going on in your immediate circle.
3. An angry, out-of-control mob implies turbulent emotions. You need to slow down, take a look at your feelings, and do what you can to make sense of them.

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Daily Good: Do Not Lose Heart — We Were Made for These Times

Clarissa Pinkola Estes stirringly invites us to embrace the moment we are in with all of its fear, uncertainty, and turmoil. She says, “I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it…In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. Do not make yourself ill with overwhelm.” This passage calls us to constructive action — and recalls us to our deepest purpose.{ read more }

Be The Change

What is your response to times of great challenge? What would it look like in your life to be “fully lit and willing to show it”?

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Today’s DIY:  Making a Spell Candle

Life can get a bit stressful at times. Media is full of all kinds of bad news. You cannot even pop on Facebook to say hi to friends and family without seeing all types of negativity. As a witch, we need to be more careful of this than most.

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Elephant Journal: 3 Reasons you should Take a Hike—Like, Right Now.

If you are lucky enough to live within a couple hours’ drive of the Appalachian Trail (or really any hiking destination), get your ass in the car.
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

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MNN: How to help hummingbirds in winter

Hummingbirds get little relief from hunger, thanks to the fastest metabolism of any vertebrate animal. Native plant nectar is usually their best food source, but since hummingbirds can starve after just a few hours without food, humans often lend a hand.

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EarthSky News: Waning crescent moon, 4 planets before sunrise

These next several mornings – March 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020 – watch for the waning crescent moon to swing by four morning planets. From around the world on March 17, 2020, the lit side of the lunar crescent points directly at this parade of planets.

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Patheos-Pagan: Green Witch Guide To Easing Flu Symptoms

Last week, I shared an article on how to use essential oils to create natural cleansers. The idea is to create herbal shields as an additional safeguard in our homes. We are magickal people, so it makes sense to engage our plant allies for assistance for health and home.

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Inner Journey:

LOOK INSIDE FOR DIRECTION

“If you see your path laid out in front of you — Step one, Step two, Step three — you only know one thing… it is not your path. Your path is created in the moment of action. If you can see it laid out in front of you, you can be sure it is someone else’s path. That is why you see it so clearly.”
— Joseph Campbell

What? No one to follow? Now that’s a scary thought!

And yet, that’s what life asks each of us to do – to chart our own path. We are each unique. We’re told our uniqueness is our gift to the world. And so why would we even want to follow in someone else’s footsteps?

Can we trust ourselves to carve our own trail?

“To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling.”
— Jean Shinoda Bolen

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A Note from the Universe

If you just start dancing, I can assure you, by the powers vested in me (more than you could ever imagine), the music will be added. As will the partners, the giant disco ball, and whatever else you like.

But I must warn you, “start” is not to be confused with “start and then stop to see if anything happens.” Nope, that’s “I’m scared, tired, and not sure what I really want.”

I mean “start” as in “never stop, never look back, because even if I make a ‘mistake,’ at least I still get to dance.”

Do your thing and I’ll do mine.

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Orange Creamsicle® Protein Shake

“Packed with protein, this shake is reminiscent of the famous ice cream bar. Tasty, healthy, and sure to keep you full until lunch or beyond.”

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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
March 16, 2020

Reason
“Let Reason, not impulse, be your guide.”

-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
I like this because Gibran used a capital “R” for reason – and I think that’s significant. We have a head, and we have a heart. We are at our best when we can use the two of them together. Reason with a little “r” might just be thinking, using our heads. But Reason with a big “R” connects the heart. Our heart can be impulsive, and our head can be impulsive – but Reason allows us that time for consideration, that time for thoughtfulness. It brings us balance, and peace of mind.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

The Lovers card embodies the classic struggle between following your heart and listening to your head. There are a lot of temptations out there, but what are the consequences if you give in to them? Difficult choices have to be made in order to move forward. Which direction will you choose to go? Reflect on your values in order to make the right decision.

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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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 3, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 3, 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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Design the winter on the window pane,
Admit pale sun though cobwebs left from autumn;
Remember summer when the flies are stilled;
Remember spring, when the cold spider sleeps.
-Conrad Aiken (1889-1973)

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MGB: Your Weekly Horoscope Is In — And Monday Is A Big Day In The Stars

Starting Monday, February 3, wordsmith Mercury swings into poetic Pisces, raising the stakes on amorous expression for two whole months.

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ThoughtCo: Daffodil Magic, Legends, and Folklore 

Daffodils are bright sunny flowers which make their appearance right around the time of Ostara, the spring equinox, which falls around March 21 in the northern hemisphere. Its bright petals are typically found in shades of white, yellow or even pale orange.

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MBG: Flower Elixirs & Feng Shui Tips For Every Chinese Zodiac Animal

For thousands of years, cultures have tapped into the power of flowers, seeking out special ones to assist with healing, clarity, and more. Sometimes thought of as “meditation in a bottle,” flower elixirs can magnify your positive qualities and dissolve static, helping you feel your best.

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Karma Tube: Wild Soul – A Nature Poem

Here’s a nature poem from one of the wild places of our amazing planet. A short poem that urges you to come closer to nature and add some wildness to your soul.

Watch now….

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Today’s DIY: HOUSE BLESSING MIRRORED CHARMS!!!

Happy New Year fellow Pagan Pals! Bellarosa here for another episode of MyPaganPal crafts & such! We’re making House Blessing Hanging Mirrored Charms to refresh your current sacred space for the new year! I’ll be using these cute charms in my new home! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Natural Living Ideas: 10 Beautiful Ways To Use Rose Petals

As the enduring symbol of romance, the classic rose is one of the stateliest flowers to grace gardens today. But, these beautiful blooms are useful for so much more than looking pretty.

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MNN: This little owl was found in a ditch, but her reason for being there was a surprise

When a U.K. landowner found a “soggy” owl in a ditch, he took her to a bird rescue, thinking she was injured.

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EarthSky News: Moon near star Aldebaran on February 3

On February 3, 2020, you’ll find the moon near Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran marks the tip of a V-shaped pattern of stars that represents the Bull’s face.

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Patheos-Pagan: Powerful Plant Allies: Greening Your Home Space

Years ago, I had the good fortune to find a mentor willing to teach me about witchcraft. She shared wisdom that I use to this day, but the first and most valuable lesson helped me understand the importance of plant allies.

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Inner Journey:

ATTACHMENT

“The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly.”
— Saint John of the Cross

“Attachment to spiritual things is… just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.”
— Thomas Merton

“The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.”
— Zen Saying

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A Note from the Universe 

Without a doubt, right here and now, as you read these very words with eyes that sparkle, this golden day, amid your dancing manifestations in a perfect world on an emerald planet while your heart beats, your blood flows, and angels peer over your shoulder, I think you just might be the “luckiest” person alive.

Royal-Flush-Lucky,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms…

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
February 3, 2020

Courage

“Few persons have courage to appear as good as they really are.”

-J.C. Hare (1795-1855) and A.W. Hare (1792-1834)

Is this so true? There is so much self-deprecation going on out there! Why do we fear our brilliance? Why do we hide our lights? We need to have the courage to shine! And we need to en-courage each other to bring it on – to share our gifts with the world, and with each other!

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: Death

There’s a sense of security in what is old, and with something new coming into your life it’s natural to be a bit afraid. Give this new situation a chance and give yourself time to get comfortable with the new conditions. It could be as simple as getting your hair cut or changing your glasses frames, but it could be much bigger than that.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for January 13, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for January 13, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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

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Spiritual Unite: This is The Spiritual Symbolism For Lemon

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

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ThoughtCo: A Collection of Prayers for Imbolc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patheos-Pagan: 2020 Witches’ Wheel Of The Year

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

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Inner Journey:

WATER WISDOM

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

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

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A Note from the Universe 

A philosophical journey from here to there…

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

Right, evolve and change.

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

Right, evolve and change.

Now, doesn’t that answer everything?

Beeb, beeb –

The Universe

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

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

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
January 13, 2020 

Confidence

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

-Mary Kay Ash (1985)

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

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Lovers

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

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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