Thought For The Day: Dec. 20, 2019 “Welcome Winter”

A Yuletide Toast

See the Yule Log draped with holly, glossy green and scarlet hued;

Adorned with ribbons and with gifts that Mother Nature grew.

Shaped by hands both large and small, a labor of love and joy;

To celebrate The Sun’s rebirth and a brand new season to enjoy.

So gather round and raise a cup to toast both log and coming light;

We’ll keep our vigil by the fire on this the longest night.

© CatSister/LBolotin

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December  20, 2019, Winter Solstice Edition

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December  20, 2019, Winter Solstice Edition

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

Blessings, Cat

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“In ancient times, both Druids and Romans hung sprigs of mistletoe in their homes and places of celebration to bring good fortune, peace and love.”

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Spiritual Unite: Spruce Tree Symbolism – Resilience And Strength

The spruce tree is one of the most famous trees in western and Mediterranean culture and has been for thousands of years.
Perhaps the most famous use of the spruce tree is as a Christmas tree.

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ThoughtCo: 12 Pagan Prayers for Yule

The winter solstice, the darkest and longest night of the year, is a time of reflection. Why not take a moment to offer up a pagan prayer for Yule?

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MBG: A Winter Solstice Ritual For Reflection & Release

Into the throes of winter we go with today’s solstice. It’s the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the sun has officially reached its southernmost point as seen from Earth. Here in NYC we’re expected to get around nine hours of sunlight today, but regions farther north will see as little as three or four.

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Pioneer Thinking: How to Create a Mistletoe Kissing Ball

Mistletoe has been used to decorate homes during Christmas for many, many years. There has been a long held tradition of kissing underneath mistletoe hanging from a door frame. Making your own mistletoe creation is simple and inexpensive, so get ready for the holidays by making an easy mistletoe kissing ball.

Read more……

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Elephant Journal: Winter Solstice: 5 Ways to Balance the Light & Dark aspects of our Nature.

Winter solstice: the shortest day of the year.
The sun is hibernating for most of the day. Sol invictus, or the invincible sun, symbolizes renewal, rebirth, revival. The one thing I look forward to every year on winter solstice is that every day thereafter, the sun shows her face a little more, a little more, a little more.

https://www.elephantjournal.com/2019/12/5-ways-to-embrace-winter-solstice/

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Pagan Library: Yule Fire (Anon)

Kindle the Christmas Brand and then
Till Sunneset let it burne;
When quencht then lay it up agen,
Till Christmas next returne.
Part must be kept where with to tend
The Christmas log next yeare;
And weher ’tis safely kept the Fiend,
Can do no mischiefe there.

Found here

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Farmer’s Almanac: 5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox

Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.

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“The Holly King, represents the Death aspect of the God at this time of year; and the Oak King, represents the opposite aspect of Rebirth (these roles are reversed at Midsummer). This can be likened to the Divine Child’s birth. The myth of the Holly King/Oak King probably originated from the Druids to whom these two trees were highly sacred. The Oak King (God of the Waxing Year) kills the Holly King (God of the Waning Year) at Yule (the Winter Solstice). The Oak King then reigns supreme until Litha (the Summer Solstice) when the two battle again, this time with the Holly King victorious. Examples of the Holly King’s image can be seen in our modern Santa Claus.”
– Yule and Its Lore

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EarthSky News: December solstice starts shortest season 

The December solstice will come on December 22, 2019, at 4:19 UTC. That’s 10:19 p.m. (22:19) CST on December 21 for those in the central time zone in North America. It’s when the sun reaches its southernmost point for the year. This solstice marks the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, and the start of the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere. And, no matter where you are on Earth, it marks the beginning of your shortest season.

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Patheos-Pagan: Yule Evergreen: Life. Magick. Cheer

For as long as I can remember, I have loved evergreen trees. As a child, I would search under the tall conifers on our property to collect pine cones. Sit in the cool space provided by their shade on a sunny day, the evergreen scent so refreshing and cheering to the soul.

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Inner Journey:

BRING SOUL INTO THE WORLD

“We live in a culture that is greatly biased against the imagination, because our culture is very materialistic, objective and literal. Our culture lacks soul, and doesn’t know it, although it experiences the consequences. When you don’t know what’s missing,then of course you don’t know what to bring in, even though you feel something is missing.

“We live in a world that needs more soul, more meaning. We, as conscious beings, have, as our primary responsibility, at this time in human history, the task of bringing soul into the world, or releasing soul into theworld. We do this, first of all, in ourselves and in our own personal world; then we do it in our groups – including family; then we do it in our society through our work, relationships and presence there.”
— Andrew Schneider

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A Note from the Universe

Straight from The Zippy Handbook for Faster Manifestations in Any Time-Space Continuum:

“When you want your really gigantic dreams to come true it helps to keep busy and stay happy.”

Actually, I added your name.

Busy being happy,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Frosted Eggnog Cupcakes

These eggnog cakes are the perfect comforting dessert for the holidays. They’re topped with a luscious spiced cream cheese frosting. Perfect with a cup of coffee!

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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, Palmarosa, 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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Pagan Library: The First Yule

Once upon a time, long, long ago, a beautiful young woman lived on a blue and green island. She had many friends on the island, fairies, trees, flowers, rabbits, deer and birds… but she was the only person who lived there. She wanted to share her friends and her secrets with other people just like her, so she began to give birth. Every month when the moon was hiding, she gave birth. For the first six months, she gave birth to daughters with dark skin and eyes. For the last six moons of the year she gave birth to fair skinned daughters. On the seventh moon of every year the First Mother gave birth to a magickal, sacred oak.

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Daily Tarot: The World

Take your place in the World and be in your element all day long. Your practical mind and easy nature let you cruise through the regular maze that is daily life. If anything out of the ordinary arises, you’ll know instinctively how to approach it and resolve things to your satisfaction. Today may not be easy or effortless but it will be rich in success and approval – from yourself and probably others as well

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/

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Sacred Spirals (the place where all paths meet)
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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 17, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 17, 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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Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Spiritual Unite: Moth Spirit Animal Meaning – Blinded By The Light

Your moth spirit animal signifies that you are hiding your problems from yourself and others around you.
It also represents optimism in the face of adversity, as well as searching for the light in your life.

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ThoughtCo: Yule Rituals

Yule, the winter solstice, is a time of great symbolism and power. It marks the return of the sun, when the days finally begin to get a little longer. It’s also a time to celebrate with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving during the holidays. Here are some great Yule rituals that you can do to celebrate this winter Sabbat, either as part of a group or as a solitary.

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MBG: Your Weekly Horoscope Is In: Here’s How To End 2019 On A High Note

2019 isn’t over yet, but today the AstroTwins share why now is the time to start your resolution-making.
Clearance for takeoff! This Friday, December 20, Venus—the rocket ship of love—blasts into futuristic, anything-goes Aquarius until January 13, 2020.

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Daily Good: This Is Your Brain On Music

“Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.” { read more }

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MNN: Why dark sky tourism is catching on

In the fight to protect natural wonders around the world from pollution, development and other man-made byproducts of our modern world, it’s an overlooked fact that we’re on the verge of losing one of our most enchanting. Even more ironic, it’s not something that requires travel or tickets to experience. The night sky — a free, all-access glowing spectacle — has been tamed by humanity to the point where 83% of the world’s population now live under light polluted skies.

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EarthSky News: Start watching for Ursid meteors

Tonight – December 17, 2019 – marks what might be your first night for seeing meteors in the annual Ursid meteor shower. This shower typically peaks around the December solstice, which, in 2019, comes on December 21 or 22, depending on your time zone. The shower’s peak morning is probably December 22, but any of the next few mornings should yield some Ursids as well. The meteor shower usually ends around December 26.

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Patheos-Pagan: Dance of the Maenad: The Faery Path

The faery path is winding and laden with poison fruits, plants both baneful and healing. The leaves clinging to twisted oak branches chime like bells as they sway, the wood creaking like a violin. The air itself is intoxicating, shimmering, undulating.

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Inner Journey:

DISTINGUISH PERSONALITY DESIRES FROM SOUL NEEDS

“Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.”
— Julio Cortazar

We indulge ourselves when we seek to meet our longings through desires of the personality. We indulge ourselves when we buy more clothes to make us happy, when we eat another snack to ease the hunger, when we have an affair to feel powerful or loveable. Any pleasure we get, if we get any at all, is shallow and short-lived.
The only lasting satisfaction can come from meeting the deep spiritual needs of the soul. We discover what we are really after in life when we identify the spiritual qualities and needs that lie behind our desires for material pleasures.

“But life lived only for oneself does not truly satisfy men or women. There is a hunger in Americans today for larger purposes beyond the self.”
— Betty Friedan

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A Note from the Universe

Heaven forbid! Do you really think I’d let you go to a place where you couldn’t find new friends, laughter, health, and abundance of every sort? Where you couldn’t be happy about something every single day? Where you would be limited, stuck, or unable to change your circumstances?

Do you even think such a place might exist?

Not in a zillion years.

Your Michelin Tour Guide to the Cosmos –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Butterscotch Pudding

Creamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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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
December 17, 2019

Environment

“I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions – those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.”
-Alice Walker, 1988

That really is the way it works, isn’t it? The Earth can’t differentiate one person from another, because we’re all one! So, what one of us does affects all of us. We’re all in this together; we can’t afford to be selfish. We have to keep the “big picture” in mind at all times.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Things may not be going the way you like, but this is no time to give up. Whatever went wrong yesterday or last year is no excuse to stop trying to make things right. Be honest with yourself and do what you can to at least not make matters worse. There’s nothing that can’t be forgiven, repaired or replaced. Keep the faith and keep going.

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 December 16, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 16, 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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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
-J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

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Spiritual Unite: Lynx Spirit Animal Meaning – Use Your Patience

The Lynx spirit animal appears in your life when there are hidden forces in your life.
Lynx spirit animal symbolizes:

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ThoughtCo: Yule Craft Projects for the Winter Solstice

There are so many great ways you can decorate your home for the Yule season. Adapt store-bought Christmas decorations, or make your own Pagan-themed home decor for the season. Here’s how you can put together a Yule log of your own, some fun and simple ornaments, some seasonally-scented potpourri and incense, and more!

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MBG: 3 Holiday Season Intentions For Getting To January In One Stress-Free Piece

Some say—well, at least a very popular song suggests—that the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. No matter what your holiday situation is, that’s a lot of pressure for anyone. Thanks to stressors like family dynamics, financial demands, and the uphill battle of trying to keep some semblance of our health routine intact, chances are the season will feel not so wonderful at times. And that’s especially true if you’re not used to prioritizing your own self-care.

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Daily Good: The Lost Words

“It had come to our attention that words were slipping out from the mouths and the minds of children, but it was only once the book was complete and beginning to make its way out into the world that this really hit home. In a class full of children I asked who knew what a wren was. Wren, that small brown bird, feathers small as splinters with a sharp song so loud that threads its way through hedges in parks and gardens. Not one. Not even the teacher. An absence of knowledge.” Award-winning writer and illustrator Jackie Morris shares more.{ read more }

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Elephant Journal: 10 Gems & Crystals to bring our New Year’s Intentions to Fruition.

“Manifesting is all about aligning your personal energy and frequency with what you desire.
Like attracts like. Which is why it is crucial to clear your chakras and aura of dirty energy, and keep your vibration high. You can do this with the help of crystals because their healing works on an energetic level. When you use crystals to stay balanced you become a conduit for positive high frequency energy to flow easily into your life.

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MNN: 5 fascinating facts about bobcats

1. Bobcats are sometimes nicknamed the red lynx due to their similar appearance to the Canadian lynx, but more rufus coloring.
2. Another species that bobcats are sometimes misidentified as are mountain lions. According to Urban Carnivores, “Many people are surprised to learn how small bobcats are,

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EarthSky News: Moon couples up with Regulus

Tonight, on December 16, 2019, you might see the moon and Regulus, the Royal Star, coming up above your eastern horizon before your bedtime. If not, you can always get up before daybreak on December 17 to view the waning gibbous moon and Regulus much higher up in the morning sky. Look first for the moon and that nearby bright star will be Regulus.

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Patheos-Pagan: Winter Solstice Hibernation Ritual

Several years ago I went through an initiation. The process was long, deep, intense, and life changing. During my initiation I had several mentors working to steward me through it. They would offer advice, suggestions, and challenges to guide me on my path. One of my amazing mentors challenged me to hibernate. Since that first year, I have done a Winter Solstice hibernation ritual every year.

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Inner Journey:

LAUGH!

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.”
— William James

Why laugh?

Laughter nourishes the soul and triggers joy. It’s a natural stress reliever. It stimulates the immune system and increases oxygen, stamina and our breathing capacity. Medical literature is full of reasons to laugh for the health of it.

Don’t rely upon your funny friends, favorite sit-com or jokes to tickle your funny bone — just laugh for the joy of it!

“Laughter is like the human body wagging its tail.”
— Anne Wilson Schaef

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A Note from the Universe

I’m sure you’ve probably noticed but you’ve already gone farther than you used to dream of going.

Please tell me you’ve noticed.

We sure have

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Blueberry Tea Cake

A delicious cake for parties especially since our entire family loves blueberries and they are so good for you

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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 16, 2019

Environment
“There is a unity of the body with the environment, as well as a unity of the body and soul into one person.”
-Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

When my kids were little they watched “The Lion King” on video over and over again. They loved the animals, they could relate to them – and they totally “got” the whole Circle of Life message. I think this new generation is more sensitive about the environment, maybe because they grew up with more of an awareness of it. There are recycling bins in every home now, so kids are getting into better habits at a younger age.

-Lissa Coffey

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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/

Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences

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Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences

December 22, 2019

The Winter Solstice or Yule (ewe-elle/yool) is the shortest day of the year and the time when pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. The date of this event tends to vary and falls sometime between Dec 20th and Dec 23rd. It is a fire festival and a quarter Sabbat. On this longest night of the year, the now elderly Holly King makes way for the newborn son(sun) who will soon be the Oak King. This holiday is celebrated worldwide and is known as Mean Geimhridh, Mid Winter and Yuletide.

The theme of the Winter Solstice is one of rebirth and renewal. It brings the return of hope and the knowledge that life will continue with the rising of the new sun after the long dark. Those of Christian faith celebrate the birth of Jesus around this time as well, but scholars now say that he was more likely to have been born around Easter. However, Jesus was not the only deity said to have been born at this time, he’s in the company of Pagan gods like Apollo. Mithras, and Horus. After the coming of Christianity, our ancestors continued to celebrate the Winter Solstice and eventually, the church decided that it was easier to incorporate the pagan celebration into theirs rather than to change it altogether. As a result, the pagan Sun God is born on the same day as the Christian Son of God, who is by the way called “the light of the world”. Here is an interesting little tidbit…Did you know that mistletoe was banned from churches due to its pagan/druid association?

Yule is also a festival of light and candles are a traditional item. Candles were lit at midnight as a symbol of the birth of the Sun God. In Ireland, oil lamps were left lit all night long. Special Yule candles were also poplar and one would be lit every night throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas which make up the traditional Yule season. As with any candle, blowing it out causes the accumulated luck that resides in the candle to “blow away”. The purpose of these candles is to bless the house and family in the coming year.


 Yule Correspondences

Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver

Sacred Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, Serpentine

Herbs: All evergreens, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine/fir cones, cinnamon

Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, =innamon sticks, bells,

Deities: The Holly King, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the =orns, all winter fae

Food & Drink: Roast fowl, ham, apples, oranges, nuts, mulled cider/wine

Activities for Yule include:

Making treats and feeding our feathered friends.

If you have access to the forest you can find a yule log for your home and decorate it.

Help those less fortunate by donating food or gifts to a good charity.

Staying up all night and celebrate the rebirth of the sun at dawn.

Create a special red Yule candle to burn, buying one is okay too! Decorate your candle with evergreens and holly.


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 December 12, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 12, 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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The hills look gaunt in russet garb:
Against the sky the leafless woods
Are dark, and in their solitudes
The chill wind pierces like a barb.
-Clinton Scollard (1833-70)

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Spiritual Unite:  Mouse Spirit Animal Meaning – So Mighty

If you have the mouse spirit animal, you have the unique symbolism of the mouse as a way to help guide you.
Your spirit animal can offer insight into the areas of your life that need your attention.

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ThoughtCo:  Magical Recipes for Yule

The holidays are a time when recipes are swapped and delicious meals are prepared, and Yule is no exception. A midwinter celebration that dates hundreds of years, Yule is the season for spending time with friends and family, and food often takes center stage at these gatherings. Whether you’re planning a pot of wassail, carving up a chocolate Yule log, or spooning up a savory soup, this is a great time of year to make some magic in your kitchen.

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MBG: I’m An Energy Healer & This Is How I Quickly Raise Good Vibes

Everything around us is made up of energy—a lesson you probably learned in high school physics class. As an energy healer, it’s my job to study the body’s subtle energy systems.

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Pioneer Thinking: The Story Behind The Norfolk Pine

The traditional holiday fir, the Norfolk Island Pine, has a back story worthy of a Hollywood movie. When you see these delicately shaped pines at your favorite retail store, you’re taking home a bit of nautical history.

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Elephant Journal: The Last Full Moon of the Decade: Gemini & the 12/12 Portal.

Astronomer Dr. Percy Seymour puts forth that astrology is a science of magnetism, a universal force as significant as gravity.
It is an ancient language spoken by the cosmos, and interpreted by man through sacred symbolism.

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MNN: 6 surprising ways mindfulness meditation can improve your brain

You’ve heard how good mindfulness is for you, but did you know it helps you grow new brain cells, changes how your brain functions and even resets your perception of pain?

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EarthSky News: Geminid meteors to peak this weekend

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak this weekend – though under the glaring light of the almost-full waning gibbous moon. The peak morning is likely to be Saturday, December 14, 2019 – or, possibly, Sunday, December 15, 2019. But the morning of December 13 might offer some meteors, too. These colorful meteors tend to be bright, so you might see as many as 20 or so Perseids per hour, despite the moonlight. On a dark night, free of moonlight, you can easily spot 50 or more meteors per hour.

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Patheos-Pagan: My Goddess Doesn’t Do Guilt Trips And Jesus Was A Deathwalker

As someone who is attempting to grow within myself and in my understanding of the deeper world, I’ve noticed that there are those who strive to keep us in spiritual kindergarten. These are the gatekeepers who want to tell us which gods are appropriate and how to interact with them.

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Inner Journey:

SELF-DECEPTION

“The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self.”
— Phillip James Bailey

Are you hiding in some way from your own inner light?

I wouldn’t dream of stealing things but I do steal from my own potential. I can be a master at rationalizing, at justifying why it’s not the right time to do something challenging. My arguments seem valid but deep down, I know they’re excuses.

“The longer the excuse, the less likely it’s the truth.”
— Robert Half

“When we know deep down that we’re acting with integrity despite impulses to do otherwise, we feel gates of higher energy and inspiration open inside of us.”
— Dan Millman

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A Note from the Universe 

Not the pain or the relief. Not the answer or the question. Not the challenge or the victory. The song or the sparrow…

Nothing is random.

I’m like that,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Almond or Pumpkin Seed Matcha Muffins

Do you enjoy matcha? You should try these delicious matcha muffins topped with your choice of topping. I used almond slices for half and the other half pumpkin seeds!

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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
December 12, 2019

Environment

“I am I plus my surroundings; and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.”

-Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955)

I know that this spiritual community totally understands the meaning of these words. When we get into that space where we can’t tell where we leave off and the environment begins, it is total bliss. We know that taking care of the environment is the same thing as taking care of ourselves.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The High Priestess

Be inconspicuous if you can, stay out of your own way, and see how many things go right all by themselves. Real luck is looking for you today, but you can chase it away by trying to have too much control over everything. This is not a day to micromanage. Rather, listen to your hunches, and don’t demand solid answers or too many facts or figures.

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 11, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 11, 2019

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

Blessings, Cat

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Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together.
-Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

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Spiritual Unite: The Spiritual Symbolism Of Peacocks | Love And Dream Meanings

The spiritual symbolism of the peacock has been recognised in every corner of the world for centuries – even longer, perhaps!
From Asia to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. There are myths and legends involving the symbolism of the peacock.

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ThoughtCo: Wicca, Witchcraft or Paganism?

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

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Tetraktys: 10 Ways to Celebrate Yule Without a Coven
Hello witches! If you didn’t know already, Yule is the pagan and Wiccan celebration of the winter solstice. This year, it will happen on December 21st. Did you know that a lot of Christmas traditions have pagan roots? For this reason, it’s very easy to celebrate the winter solstice and the holidays from a pagan point of view. This article contains my top 10 ideas to celebrate Yule. You don’t even need to be in a coven to do them!

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Daily Good: Earth as Goddess

Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa, from Zimbabwe, was born a Svikiro (in Shona, his native tongue), a carrier of many earth and water spirits, and a Mondhoro (Lion), one who is in constant prayer on behalf of others.Mandaza is an African traditional healer and voice for Mother Nature, he carries with him, in his heart, the Central African spiritual tradition of healing and peacemaking. In the following interview he dives into the heart of our relationship with Mother Earth and a path to healing within and without.{ read more }

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Elephant Journal: For those who Struggle to Find the Light during the Holidays.

Holidays always come on too strong.
Not all lights guide us. Holiday lights, as magical as they once were when we were younger, can somehow overwhelm us into a deeper despair—especially those of us carrying wounds.

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MNN: Why do smells trigger such vivid memories?

The smell of a newly mowed lawn may take back to your childhood days tumbling in the backyard. Maybe catching a whiff of a certain perfume instantly reminds you of your mom.

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EarthSky News: Cold Moon to prelude Geminid peak

The last full moon of the year falls on December 11 or 12, 2019, depending upon your time zone. We in North America often call the December full moon the Cold Moon or Long Night Moon.

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Patheos-Pagan: Celebrating Yule: Light in the Darkness

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of every year. The date of the Winter Solstice is variable and can occur anywhere from December 20 to December 23. After the Winter Solstice the amount of sunlight we receive will gradually lengthen until starting to decline again six months later at the Summer Solstice.

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Inner Journey:

SMILE!

“Smile, it’s free therapy.”
— Doug Horton

I’ve learned that if I put a smile on my face when I’m feeling down, my spirits will automatically lift. The body knows that a smile means happiness.

Knowing this doesn’t mean I’m always willing to do it. Many times, I have absolutely refused to cheer myself up. Isn’t that interesting!

It’s a clue that sometimes the ego positively enjoys being miserable. It can be enlightening to explore the pay-offs we get from our black moods.

“Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there is never any recourse to the mention of it.”
— Samuel Johnson

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A Note from the Universe

Most people quickly forget car types, brand names, and whether or not you could throw a Frisbee but forever remember the broadly smiling, animal talking, tree hugging eccentrics they befriended.

Go for the latter.

Putting the “U” in Unforgettable,

The Universe

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Today’s Recipe: Frosted Eggnog Cupcakes

These eggnog cakes are the perfect comforting dessert for the holidays. They’re topped with a luscious spiced cream cheese frosting. Perfect with a cup of coffee!

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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 11, 2019 

Environment

“In the relations of man with the animals, with the flowers, with the objects of creation, there is a great ethic, scarcely perceived as yet, which will at length break forth into light.”

-Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Victor Hugo said this over 100 years ago. Do you think that the ethic has broken forth into light? What will it take for the world to understand that we are intricately connected to our environment? There are people and organizations making great efforts to preserve our environment, and to stop a lot of the abuse of nature that has been going on. But it seems like these organizations have to fight to get their message across. Hopefully with the growing popularity of hybrid cars, and solar power, we’ll be able to make a difference – and show that we are evolving, technologically and spiritually.

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Hermit

Think twice before you speak or act and avoid any slip up or oversight that could make extra work for you tomorrow. Exercise more discretion, check the facts, and don’t automatically believe everything that you’re told. Be clear that you’re not suspecting the world of lying to you; you’re simply being prudent and cautious. It shows how much you care about getting things set right for everyone.

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 December 2, 2019

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 2, 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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Shorter and shorter now the twilight clips
The days, as though the sunset gates they crowd.
-Alice Cary (1820-71)

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Spiritual Unite: Lion Spirit Animal Meaning – Embody Courage To Roar

The lion spirit animal appears to you when you need your strength and courage to overcome an obstacle.
The lion is the king of the jungle, embodying strength, leadership and bravery.

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ThoughtCo: Appropriate Worship – Honoring the Gods the Way They Want

One issue that comes up often for people learning about modern Pagan spirituality is the concept of appropriate worship. There tends to be some question about what, exactly, is the right offering to make to the gods or goddesses of one’s tradition — and how we should honor them when making those offerings.

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Natural Living Ideas: How To Make Air Cleansing Rosemary & Sage Smudge Sticks

Smudging is the practice of the burning of sacred herbs for spiritual cleansing and purification. It’s a ceremony that has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries.

A selection of herbs, usually white sage or cedar, is bundled with a cotton or hemp string. The bundle is then dried. Once the herbs have thoroughly dried, it’s lit and allowed to smoulder. The smoke is then fanned around an area for cleansing.

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Daily Good: Falling in Love With the Earth

“The natural world is one of the most resplendent and consistent sources of generosity in our lives whether we experience it directly moment-to-moment or not. When we allow ourselves to tune in and pay attention, our Earth is perpetually nourishing and providing for us, sustaining life and offering its abundant gifts with a breathtaking and consistent flourish. We are fed, literally and figuratively, by the Earths offerings every day.” { read more }

Be The Change

Practice giving silent thanks each day for the countless ways in which you are sustained by the Earth.

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Elephant Journal: 7 Spiritual Practices to Reduce Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is over, which means the days will soon get darker and our energy will start to plummet.
The thing is, it doesn’t necessarily have to go that way yet again this winter. We may be able to salvage some of that summer feeling through spiritual work.

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MBG: Found: The 5 Most Important Astrological Moments This December

Get ready for a whole new energy—calmer, steadier and more certain. The last month of 2019 is a sneak preview of the new year and how we’ll move into this unchartered decade.

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EarthSky News: Orion the Hunter and the Milky Way

Tonight – or any December evening – find the famous constellation Orion the Hunter, and see the Milky Way running behind it. Orion is bright and can be seen from inside smaller cities. For the Milky Way, you’ll need a dark sky!

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Patheos-Pagan: The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Is Yule like The Force?

Yuletide. Christmas. Midwinter. New Year’s. What do these celebrations have in common? They all have their origins in month-long feasting found, at various times, from Scandinavia to Rome. These midwinter festivals all tie us together in the spirit of community.

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Inner Journey:

GO FOR DEPTH

“Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price. We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Our world now offers us a smorgasbord of opportunities. In the personal growth field alone, there is a myriad of books and products, all promising relief from what ails us. It’s easy to flip quickly from one program to another when something new captures our imagination.

If I long for change in my life, however, I need to do more than skim the surface. I need to make time and take time to both learn new approaches and then — most importantly — to apply what I’ve learned. If I jump around to new techniques too rapidly, I won’t benefit from any of them.

“Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts.”
–Elbert Hubbard

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A Note from the Universe

Here’s a fun game to play whenever you want to be even more amazing:

Let the shortcomings of others inspire you to work on your own.

Love, love –

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Meringues

I originally made these for a friend who loves the taste of chocolate peanut butter cups but finds them too heavy. This is the perfect solution! They’re so good, I now prefer these over peanut butter cups, myself. The peanut butter meringues are so crisp and light, even dipped in chocolate, they make you feel much less guilty.

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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 2, 2019 

Past

“Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.”

-Virginia Woolf, 1922

It is interesting to think that we each have a past that we carry with us. No one else can see it, but it has shaped who we are. What the past has taught us shapes our character and influences our behavior, and in that way lends itself to the “title” of the book that people see when they look at us. And yet we know that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” And more importantly, we know that each of us is still busy writing our books every day, adding pages every moment!

-Lissa Coffey

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Daily Tarot: The Hanged Man

Possibly a romantically disquieting day, you may begin to suspect that your love is not being returned, at least not in kind. Or perhaps you can’t bring yourself to return the affections of an ardent admirer. This might feel even worse. The head and heart don’t always speak the same language or have the same opinions. Be strong and as kind as you can.

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/