Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 14, 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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“Was it the smile of early spring
That made my bosom glow?
‘Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.

Was it some feeling of delight,
All vague and undefined?
No, ’twas a rapture deep and strong,
Expanding in the mind!”
– Anne Bronte, In Memory of A Happy Day in February

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ThoughtCo: The Pagan Origins of Valentine’s Day

Many consider Valentine’s Day to be Christian holiday. After all, it is named after a Christian saint. But when we consider the matter more closely, the pagan connections to the date appear much stronger than the Christian ones.

Read more…

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MBG: A 15-Minute Yoga Flow To Cultivate Self-Love & Open Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day upon us, you might be thinking about finding new love or reveling in the love you have. It can be fun to fantasize about roses and romance but not at the expense of your most important relationship: the one you have with yourself.

Read more…..

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Spirit Library: The Middle Way

In these transitional times it is imperative that we recognise the power of our thoughts, our words and our actions. We are manifesting so much faster now and it is vital that we are clear within ourselves as to what we are thinking and what we are feeling. Now is the time for us to find the middle way of balance,

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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Today’s DIY: Mini Bottle Valentine Crafts

Hi,
Here are 3 easy valentine crafts that you can make and using mini bottle,
Share your love and affection on this upcoming valentine’s day

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Elephant Journal: This Valentine’s Day, Love like a Buddhist.

I have been single for more Valentine’s Days than I have been coupled, and I have often felt a sense of impending doom as February the 14th approaches.

Read more

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MNN: In the Victorian era, people sent anonymous ‘Vinegar Valentines’ for fun

While many of us are preparing for Valentine’s Day with cards, flowers and other signs of affection, there was a time not too long ago when such sentiments also included insults, denigrations and spitefulness.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Tonight, if you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is low in the northeast sky at nightfall, but it’ll climb upward during the evening hours, to reach its high point for the night in the wee hours after midnight.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Lovely & Lusty Magickal Potions To Tickle Your Fancy

Around here lovely and lusty magickal potions are always in the air. I can’t speak about these kinds of potions and workings without talking about ethics. When I wrote my book Love Magic, I began writing about the serious topic of ethics concerning spell work, particularly of this kind.

Read more…

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Inner Journey:

LOVE YOURSELF

“If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person?”
— Rob Bremer

Thanks to the power of our inner critics, most of us have a very poor opinion of ourselves. Yet self- contempt merely keeps us miserable and stuck in our mediocrity.

If we were to make only one change to transform the quality of our lives, we might try sending a little love our own way.

“A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”
— Channing Pollock

“Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.”
— Barbara Sher

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
— Buddha

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

The presumption at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.

Love you,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Oven-Seared Beef Tenderloin with Herb Pan Sauce 

Steak is perfect for single-serve dinners since you can choose the size of filet you want and then make your own steak accordingly. And steak is fancy, making it a wonderful option for romancing yourself on V-Day! Plus, you can play with sauces, spices, and sides, like potatoes or veggies, based on what you like. There’s no accounting for someone else’s picky palate tonight. It’s all about you. Read more…. 

Love Potion No. 9

This special cocktail is pretty in pink for Valentine’s Day and features strawberries, amaretto liquor, champagne for bubbles, and ice cream (yes, vanilla ice cream scoops!) in it for a burst of color and flavor. Plus, each cocktail is for one serving, so you can’t make one of these and then move on to another cocktail for your special evening.Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Friday 

Intentions: Love, Pleasure, Affairs of the Heart, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Peace, Healing, Beauty, gentleness and Women’s Issues.

Incense: Strawberry, Sandalwood, Rose, Saffron, Verbena and Vanilla
Planet: Venus
Sign: Libra and Taurus
Angel: Ariel
Colors: Green, Pink, Aqua
Herbs/Plants: Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet and Water Lilly

Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmrosa, Rose, Yarrow, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris

Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus, Freya, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique

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Daily Wisdom
February 14, 2020 

Winter

“Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal, underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.”

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1971

It is our instinct to go within, to seek warmth, to find that inner light. It’s more dark in the winter, so we turn within for that light, and it’s there, like it always is. That feeling of wanting to “cocoon” in winter is strong because it feels good. We all need that, and the season provides it to us.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Emperor

You have extra protection today, but this is not a reason to act rashly or take extra risks. In fact, you may be called upon to protect someone else or to safeguard some progress or advantage that was recently gained. Have self-confidence in all situations but don’t take your safety for granted. Be willing to be responsible for those around you and win a lot of loyalty.

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 February 13, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 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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Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind.
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
-William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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Pioneer Thinking: A Morning Ritual Nourishes You Throughout The Day

How you start your day, in a very real way, sets the stage for what follows. So why not give yourself as good a beginning as possible? Would you like to experience your own expansion of possibilities?

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: 8 Common Belief Systems in the Modern Pagan Community

Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan paths are the same. From Asatru to Druidry to Celtic Reconstructionism, there are plenty of Pagan groups out there to choose from. Read on and learn about the differences and the similarities.

Read more….

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MBG: 3 Mood-Boosting Meditations For The Next Time You’re Feeling Down

While meditation is not a replacement for therapy or other interventions for prolonged sadness or depression, research has shown that a regular meditation practice can help increase happiness and decrease irritability. It also shows promise for improving sleep, reducing anxiety and stress, and enhancing self-awareness—all of which are potential mood boosters.

Read more…

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Daily Good: The Wonder of the Universe is Wondering in Us

Paul Fleischman is the author of numerous books, and has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He points to our sense of wonder as the apparatus by which we experience the intelligence of the universe within. “The wonder of the universe is wondering in us, he writes. And, To live with wonder one must persevere in unknowing, re-encountering and participating. More in this excerpt from his book: Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant { read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Fairy Night Light – Fairy Lantern – Glow Jar –

This DIY fairy night light has an on and off switch and makes magic fairy sounds when you move it. It’s perfect for any fairy themed bedroom and is portable for late night bathroom trips

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MNN: 7 bizarre and fantastic creatures from the Biodiversity Heritage Library

If you’re a naturalist, botanist or just a lover of old, dusty books, you’ll be delighted to know that one of the world’s largest open access digital archives is now available for you to peruse its 55 million pages of literature and 150,000 illustrations of life here on Earth.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, try star-hopping to the famous Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the Great Square of Pegasus. Ready?

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Green Witchcraft: Can You Feel The Heartbeat?

As Witches and magickal/spiritual practitioners, we are aware that nature has a rhythm of its own. We can sense currents of energy within the earth beneath our feet.

Read more…

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Inner Journey:

GROWING OURSELVES

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

We are all on a life-long journey. It is a search for who we are and why we are here. It is a journey that expands our consciousness.

There is an urge within each of us to move forward in life. It is an urge to become more whole, to find more meaning, and eventually to help others. It is human nature to strive for a sense of well-being.

We all go through the same growth cycles, though our experiences may appear entirely different. By understanding the process of personal and spiritual growth, we can work more effectively with the process, instead of fighting and resisting it.

“We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

It’s not as if one could be bored enough, feel frustrated enough, or complain enough that their life would suddenly turn around. Doesn’t work that way.

Whatever anyone “is,” they become more of. And anyone can change what they become by thinking new thoughts.

Happily,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Colombian Aji

“For any Colombian food you serve, always have some aji on the table. Hot, spicy, fresh, and flavorful.”

Read more…

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health/ Healing, Religion, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success, Trade and Employment

Incense: Cinnamon, Henbane Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter
Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces
Angel: Sachiel
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue, and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire
Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oakmoss, Star Anise

Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit

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Daily Wisdom
February 13, 2020 

Winter

“The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn.”

Patricia Hampl, 1981

Snow seems to make everything seem to clean, so pure, so peaceful. Utah is one area where they get a lot of snow in the winter. The kids love it because they can go skiing and snowboarding. But every time I go to visit it amazes me just how different the landscape is from season to season. It’s really a different world in the winter. You have to move more slowly, to be safe. You have to take more time getting places. The snow makes you stop to think, you can’t help it.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Chariot

If you’ve been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward.

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 February 12, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 12, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
-Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

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Natural Living Ideas: How To Grow Cucamelons – The Most Exciting Fruit You Can Grow This Year

While most Americans have never heard of cucamelons, this fruit is definitely one you’ll want to know a lot more about.

Read more….

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ThoughtCo: Cakes and Ale in Pagan & Wiccan Ritual

The part of a ritual known as “Cakes and Ale” is often celebrated in some NeoWiccan covens as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings. Cakes are usually not cakes at all, but instead, cookies prepared in the shape of crescent moons, and the ale can be alcoholic or it can be apple cider

Read more…

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MBG: Sidestep Negative Energy With These 6 Crystals

As a meditation teacher, one question that I get often is, “What can I do to protect myself from toxic people and their energy?” Of course, there are many layers to this one, but crystals are one accessible and beautiful tool that I always like to suggest.

Read more…

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Pioneer Thinking: Lemongrass Pain Relief Tea

Lemongrass is a medicinal grass native to India. It has an impressive list of health benefits, one of them is its ability to ease pain naturally due to its analgesic properties. Next time you have a headache, migraine, muscle pain or backache, reach for a cup of lemongrass tea for some natural pain relief. Here’s how to make a cup of lemongrass pain relief tea.

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Today’s DIY: DIY Seashell Candle Tutorial

Hey guys! This tutorial is SUPER easy and really fun to make! It’s perfect for any sea witch, or just someone who loves the water and ocean!

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Wise Woman Herbal: Elder Berries and St. Joan’s Wort

Susun talks about Elder Berries and Saint Joans Wort herbs. Two of the best anti-viral herbs.

Watch the video…

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MNN: Why the mountain pika is an adorable proxy for the effects of climate change

Although you might think they look like a rounder, tailless rat or short-necked squirrel, mountain pikas aren’t rodents at all. They’re actually related to rabbits. They make a cute squeaking sound to communicate with one another and they move fast over the rocks, often with a bunch of grass or moss between their teeth.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Moon and Spica rise at late evening

On February 12, 2020, you’ll have to stay up late to view the moon and Spica, the constellation Virgo’s brightest star, rising into your eastern sky. At mid-northern latitudes, look for the twosome to be up by around 11 p.m. to 12 midnight. At more southerly latitudes, the moon and Spica rise earlier in the evening.

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Opening to the Love Spell of Life: Or How I’m Spending My Valentine’s Day

As the chocolates and all things pink and red begin to fill stores and mailing lists, I turn my heart to my heart. I turn to a love spell.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY

“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Racing through life is very stressful. If we stay in high gear too long, we lose our ability to shift down. And when we’re stressed, we can’t access happiness, appreciation, fun, compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty and other wonderful qualities. High stress also triggers negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anger and fear.
Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
— Eddie Cantor

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A Note from the Universe

Worldwide Proclamation!

This is to remind all my loyal subjects that you are not my loyal subjects. And that all the sacrifices, appeasements, and groveling have never been necessary.

I, the Universe – the sun, the moon, and the stars, the Alpha and the Omega, and all the rest – have created a paradise in Time and Space so that I, through you,  might experience its infinite splendors, drink from its every cup, and live, love, and be merry in ways impossible without you.

Your desires, therefore, are my desires for you. Your dreams are my dreams. And so, your wisdom has been added to my own. You are the be-all and end-all of Time and Space, the only reason for this Garden of Eden. You can do no wrong, there are no mistakes, and it’s all good.

Follow your heart, delight in your preferences. Approve of yourself. Stake your claim, demand it, and hold out your hands, expectantly. Banish your doubts, get off of your knees, and live as you please. Because, dearest, you can, and this is all I’ve ever wanted.

You’re just another part of me

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:  Winter Fruit Mostarda

This Italian inspired recipe is the ultimate homemade condiment, perfect for serving alongside chicken and other meats.

Read More….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Intentions: Rules healings, the mind, Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters, Addictions, Young People, Messages, Perception, Self Expression.

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

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Het Heret
[Hathor]

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Daily Wisdom
February 12, 2020 

Winter

“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner thing happens, the resurge of nature.”

-Edna O’Brien, 1978

In the winter, on the outside, it looks like nothing is happening. The trees are bare. The ground is cold. But growth is taking place. Inside things are happening. We don’t see the results of that growth until the spring, but that doesn’t mean that something wasn’t taking place every moment. The tree is bare, but it is very much living. It’s like when we’re meditating – we look like we’re asleep because on the outside we are still, but major growth is happening on the inside.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Wheel of Fortune

Whatever you have planned or prepared for today, it probably won’t happen according to the script. Be flexible and expect the unexpected. It may not be anything big, so don’t completely abandon your agenda unless you must. It could just be a day of endless interruptions. Keep that sense of humor handy, and maybe find an inspiring idea or two in it all.

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 February 11, 2020

 

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 11, 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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Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothed the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light.
-William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

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Pioneer Thinking: 7 Herbal Infusions for Men’s Health

There is a lot of information out there on “women’s herbs” for menopause, osteoporosis and many other ailments usually thought of as only affecting women. What you may not know, is that these herbs help both women and men. The plants work on the same areas of the body.

Read more..

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ThoughtCo: Scarecrow Folklore and Magic

Anyone who watches horror movies regularly knows just how creepy scarecrows can be. On the flip side, sometime they’re fun, and decorated in a country-cute style, or silly like the lovable “If I only had a brain” type in The Wizard of Oz. Although they haven’t always looked the way they do now, scarecrows have been around a long time and have been used in a number of different cultures.

Read more…

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Wise Woman Herbal:  The Spirit of Simples

What is a Simple?

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

Read more…

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Daily Good: Living Light

“We had sailed Indonesias shattered archipelago before arriving at the uninhabited island chain of Wayag a gumdrop cluster of limestone peaks cloaked in an aura of brilliant, turquoise lagoons. Our crew, a ragbag of scientists and sailors, had come to this remote corner of the globe to study coral reefs. Unlike the bony, barren graveyards that haunt much of the tropical world, the reefs in this part of Indonesia are still vibrant, prismatic wonderlands, and if kept intact, can serve as nurseries to repopulate our oceans. These Technicolored coral wildernesses are unforgettable, yet what I saw at night during that voyage glistens most brightly in my memory.”… { read more }

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Today’s DIY: DIY Offering Plates & Chalices

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MNN: Meet the pangolin, an adorable endangered creature

Pangolins are burrowing mammals that look like scaly anteaters, and they’re being illegally traded at an alarming scale, despite increased protections.
These creatures, of which there are eight species, are prized for their supposed medical value in traditional Chinese practices, but the pangolin’s keratin scales are medicinally useless.

Read more…

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EarthSky News: Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see the zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, from the Southern Hemisphere, the zodiacal light is best seen before dawn during these months of the year. The light appears when the evening twilight has left the sky (about 80 to 120 minutes after sunset).

Read more…

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Patheos-Pagan: Phoenix Rising: Fire, Water, and Words: Divination with the Goddess Brigid

There are divination tools and methods that I use throughout the year, and then there are some that I feel drawn to based on the season and/or the deity I might be working with. The period of time directly before, during, and after Imbolc typically finds me working more closely with Brigid and thus always seems to compel me to make use of fire, water, and words in my divination efforts.

Read more….

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Inner Journey:

CHANGING CONSCIOUSNESS

Why should we care about raising our consciousness? When we set an intention to change and grow, we begin a journey in which we move from coping, to learning and finally, to the enjoyment of living.

Here are some of the shifts we move through:

From dependence on the clock, to charting a direction, to moment-to-moment guidance from intuition.

From doing things right, to doing the right things, to being your true self.

From lack of self discipline to having personal willpower to being completely willing to express our essence.

From being out of control, to being in control, to trusting and letting go of the need to control.

With each step, we experience greater freedom, fulfillment and joy. Worth going for, don’t you think?

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
— Stephen R. Covey

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

You don’t even have to ask.

I know, I’m there, and I’m already busy.

Heave, ho. Bend, dip. Gotcha.

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Black-Eyed Pea, Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew Will Warm Up Any Winter Day

One of the very best vegetarian one-pot dishes! What’s not to like about black-eyed peas, chickpeas, and pumpkin with lots of spices? It’s delicious on its own but equally good with a roast chicken or a few lamb chops. You can also eat this dish with flatbreads or rice pilaf, if you prefer

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Incense: Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli, Lignum Aloes, Plantain

Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Planet: Mars
Sign: Aries and Scorpio
Angel: Samuel
Colors: Red and Orange
Herbs/Plants:Red Rose, Cock’s Comb, Pine, Daisy, Thyme and Pepper
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet and Pink Tourmaline
Oil: (Mars) Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

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Daily Wisdom
February 11, 2020

Winter

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer, and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”

-Ruth Stout, 1955

In other seasons we are more outwardly oriented, we’re playing sports or running around outside. In the winter we tend to spend more time going inward. This is a time for reflection, and contemplation. In places where there is snow, the snow tends to make everything more quiet. It’s as if we are meant to listen more closely, to listen to our hearts.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Tower

Some days something blows up and there’s nothing you can do. It has nothing to do with you, actually; you just happen to be there. While today will probably be uneventful, you may feel emotionally vulnerable and find yourself imaging one worst case scenario after another. Consider these imaginings as drills or dress rehearsals and don’t let any of this unnerve you. You’re fine and will be fine no matter what.

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 February 10, 2020

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Cat’s Morning Bits for February 10, 2020

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

Blessings, Cat

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When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
Slow unfold,
And show the golden summer there.
-Philip Savage (1868-99)

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Natural Living Ideas: 12 Bedroom Plants To Purify The Air & Improve Your Sleep

There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, before being awoken by the sound of your alarm clock just minutes after you finally manage to nod off! These sleepless nights can take their toll on our energy, productivity, mood and overall quality of life.

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ThoughtCo: Good Luck Charms and Symbols

For thousands of years, people have utilized good luck talismans, charms, and amulets to bring fortune their way. Whether it’s something you’ve crafted yourself, found outdoors in nature, or even purchased, good luck talismans can come in handy.

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MBG: Your Valentine’s Week Horoscope Is Here (And Surprise, Surprise: It’s Intense)

This week, the AstroTwins break down the astrological transits that steer your Valentine’s Day conversations toward the awkward.

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Pioneer Thinking: Plants for February

It may be cold outside and the garden a little bleak but there are still some stunning plants to be had that will really give your garden a lift at this time of year. From early bulbs to flowering shrubs, here is a short list of some of the very best.

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Today’s DIY: Crayon Candle

Every year we go through our crayon collection and pull out the small broken pieces. Not wanting to just throw them away, I try to come up with some fun or interesting things to do with them. This year, we decided to try to use the sun to melt the crayons into a crayon candle

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Elephant Journal: How Not to Suffer: the Buddhist Way to Let Go of Attachment (to People, Places & Things).

I write about my human experience and specifically about life events that have brought me to the current path on which I tread. My new journey is deliberately designed to enable me to heal, reset, and to use these positive changes in my life, in a way that leaves me happier and healthier. I guess you could call it a “do-over.”

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MNN: Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees
The ancient holiday has become a modern ‘Jewish Arbor Day,’ bringing people together for ecological reflection.

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EarthSky News: See all 5 bright planets in February

In February 2020, you might be able to see all five bright planets, two after sunset and three before sunrise. By bright planet, we mean any solar system planet that’s easily visible without optical aid and that’s been watched by our ancestors since time immemorial.

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Patheos-Pagan: A Guided Journey to Meet the Elementals: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

This is a simple and fun journey that brings you into contact with the Elementals: spirits of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. For this meditation, you will need to have a pinch of salt, a small cup of water, a lit candle and your own sweet breath

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Inner Journey:

A NEW VIEW

A friend shared this moment of awakening. She was moaning, “I never get anything done.” Her companion replied, “Perhaps you never get EVERYTHING done.” Oh… of course!

A shift in perspective can bring both understanding and release.

“Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned — not to see what is not.”
— Maria Mitchell

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe

When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been happy and that you’ll always be happy.

The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared.

Something, perhaps, to remember.

ILY,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Healthy Brownie Hummus Tastes Like Rich, Fudgey Batter

This creative hummus is the perfect dessert to pair with apple slices or crackers, while packing in enough protein to keep it nutritious. Plus, it’s simple and easy to make—perfect for an impromptu date night or get-together with friends. This hummus recipe is so good, you’ll want to scrape the bowl clean (or at least fight over who gets to lick the spoon).

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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 10, 2020 

Winter

“There is a wilder solitude in winter
When every sense is pricked alive and keen.”

-May Sarton, “The House in Winter” 1966

I know that we have readers all over the world, and for those in the southern hemisphere, this is actually summer time! But here in the U.S., where I am, we are in the midst of winter. Even in California, which is known to be pretty “season-less,” the temperature has dropped. That nesting instinct kicks in; we want to be warm and cozy. The weather brings us indoors, and like hibernating bears, it is a time for us to be still.

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Patience is your secret weapon to face down all obstacles today. Take your good old time to make sure you understand what needs to be done, for whom, why, and how. This methodical approach may not be your natural or favorite one, and it might annoy someone who has a different opinion of how urgent the issue is. Nonetheless, patience will get you through the day with fewer, if any, mishaps.

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)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 30, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 30, 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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Nothing, no one, is too small to matter.
What you do is going to make a difference.
–Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007)

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Spiritual Unite: Seal Spirit Animal Meaning – Being Honest With Yourself

Your seal spirit animal is a messenger, asking you to look within yourself and find the natural flows that govern your body.
It is also a reminder to pay attention to your imagination – and your dreams.

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ThoughtCo: How to Use Mugwort in Magic

Mugwort is an herb that is found fairly regularly in many modern Pagan magical practices. From its use as an incense, for smudging, or in spellwork, mugwort is a highly versatile – and easy to grow – herb.

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MBG: 3 Ways To Help Save Wild Animals—No Matter Where You Live

Grizzly bears once ranged all throughout the western United States and Canada and south into Mexico. In fact, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee estimates that there were about 50,000 bears when Lewis & Clark explored the West. By the time the 1970s rolled around, though, only 600 to 800 grizzlies lived in the Lower 48, and they were confined to areas around Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

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Country Living: 15 Best New Years Superstitions That Could Bring You Good Luck in 2020

It’s just not New Year’s Eve without a few certain activities, like watching the ball drop, making some noise at midnight, and singing iconic New Year’s Eve songs like “Auld Lang Syne,” for starters. But did you know that some of the things you do before the clock strikes 12 are longstanding traditions, derived from New Year’s superstition and folklore from around the world?

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Today’s DIY: 12 Macrame Projects (That Aren’t Wall Hangings)

If you grew up in the 1970s or have been on Pinterest in the last several years, you are likely familiar with the term macrame. Macrame projects have intricate designs created with several knots, and they come in various shapes and sizes.

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Elephant Journal: The Loneliness of Winter.

Winter is always described as the loneliest of months.
It’s cold out. People are hibernating inside with oversized sweaters and warm socks and gathered around the fireplace with their loved ones.

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MNN: At Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen, you can pay it forward or pay with your time

Thanks to a certain megastar from the Garden State, no one needs to go hungry if they live near Red Bank or Toms River, New Jersey. And soon, the same will be true in Newark.

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EarthSky News:  Can you see stars’ different colors?

Tonight … notice that the stars are like wildflowers, in that each star radiates with a different color of the rainbow. Have you ever noticed their various hues? Let’s explore some of the stars that you’ll see in the meadow of night tonight.

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Patheos-Pagan: Using the Liminal Space Before the New Year

The liminal space is defined as the space between “what was” and “what’s next”. To me, no better time period personifies this than the space between Christmas/Yule/All the Holidays and the New Year. The celebrations have been celebrated, food has been eaten into infinity, and the merriment is wearing a bit thin.

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Inner Journey:

COMMITMENTS TO SERVE

“Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with …knowing we are of genuine use to others.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Holding an intention to be in service shapes our overall attitude towards life in many ways. For example, it brings a greater sensitivity and awareness of others, a commitment to harmlessness, a willingness to put others’ needs before our own and a desire to be in harmony with all.

An attitude of service also involves a willingness to be served when we truly need support.

“… there is no such thing as just existing. Everything is in service to everything else. Existence is giving and receiving. A stone gives and receives no less than a saint.”
— Jacob Needleman

higherawareness.com
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A Note from the Universe 

Persistence isn’t about knocking on one door until the dang thing opens.

It’s about knocking on all of the doors.

Knock, knock,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Easy Cranberry Sangria
Add a little holiday spirit to a classic sangria recipe. This drink is delicious served warm or chilled.

https://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/make-it/cranberry-sangria

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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
December 30, 2019

Angels

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

-G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Doesn’t this make you smile? Enlightenment means lightening up – so angels are a good example for us! We can laugh, and play, and see the goodness and beauty in life – and not take ourselves too seriously!

-Lissa Coffey

coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Star 

You enjoy an extra dose of protection today, so approach the day with confidence and a great sense of graciousness. Your angels are voluntarily working overtime on your behalf, so take advantage of all opportunities to do good and to make progress in your daily life. Do a nice deed for someone else and know you’ve been rewarded in advance. More blessings will be on the way.

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

Thought For The Day: Dec. 12, 2019 “What Will You do?”

Happy Thursday,

Look to nature for winters meaning. It’s a time to slow down, for contemplation and introspection. A time to gather your thought seeds for the new year and the new beginning it brings. What will you plant and what will you create? What new dreams will you dream and what stars will you reach for?

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I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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