Thought For The Day: Dec. 21, 2020 “Yuletide Blessings!”

Happy Monday and Happy Winter Solstice!

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 Suns 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

Bright blessings for a magickal celebration!

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Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 21, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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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 Suns 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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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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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

gardendigest.com

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Spirituality & Health: Elves and More: Embracing Enchantment
BY SARAH BOWEN


Look beyond Santa and enjoy inspiration from elves, the fae, and other not-so-hidden creatures.

“The Kingdom of Elves was inside of the Land of Ireland. It lived in its bosom, concealed in its own light, in its days and cycles.

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crystal life: 8 Crystals for the Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice has been a time of magic for millennia. Celebrated around the globe, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The Winter Solstice represents rebirth, a time of reflection, a time of celebrations, and rituals. For centuries, and still to this day, the celebration of Yule occurs during the Winter Solstice. Yule began with the Germanic people and celebrates the rebirth of the sun and welcomes the season of winter. The Winter Solstice marks the changes of seasons and is a perfect time to cleanse and smudge your spaces.

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ThoughtCo: Sacred Plants of the Winter Solstice

In most modern Pagan traditions, plants and their folklore are an integral part of belief and practice. In particular, many of the Sabbats are associated with the magical properties of different plants. Yule, the winter solstice,

Read more…

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Magical Firestarters for Yule – How to Make Fire starters, How to Celebrate Yule – Magical Crafting

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Patheos Pagan: A Simple Solstice Ritual For Anyone

There is something powerful in a simple ritual that you know many other people are also doing – even if you’re separated by time, place, and pandemic. It brings a sense of togetherness and the feel of participating in making a pattern.

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MBG: How To Approach Wintertime If This Season Has You Feeling Down

Winter can be tough, especially if you live in a harsher climate. Days are short, nights are long, and the cold can get in the way of your typical pastimes.

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Worts + Cunning Apothecary: Darkest Night : A Winter Solstice Tarot Spread

As we celebrate the longest night of the year we have an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our desires as they are reflected back at us by the dark mirror of night. The following spread plays with image of the mirror as well as the promise of growing light, helping us to seed our dreams and plant promises for the months ahead.

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Today’s DIY: Yule Goddess Ornaments! Pagan-Witchcraft-Wicca-witch-winter solstice

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Elephant Journal: 3 Ways to Create a Beautiful Winter Solstice Ritual & Find Light in the Darkness.

The winter solstice means “Rebirth of the Sun” or “New Beginnings,” and in the United States, it occurs on Monday, December 21, 2020.
The winter solstice is celebrated, not only as the year’s shortest day, but of the sun’s steady climb toward the long, warm days of summer.

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DARIDEL – Yule (Official Video)

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Treehugger: Garden Cuttings for the Prettiest Winter Decor
The winter garden may seem quiet, but it’s filled with all-natural decorations.

Most of us like to bring some cheer into our homes over the festive season. For many, that involves a Christmas tree. But unless your tree is a living one, and your decorations are all-natural and plastic-free, this is not the most sustainable of choices.

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EarthSky News: Solstice sun at southernmost point

You might think of the solstice as a day, but it’s really a moment. The December solstice happens at 10:02 UTC on December 21, 2020. That time – the moment of solstice – marks the sun’s southernmost point for this year.

Here in North America, the solstice happens on December 21 (5:02 a.m.EST, 4:02 a.m. p.m. CST, 3:02 a.m. MST, 2:02 a.m. PST, 1:02 a.m. Alaskan Time and 12:02 a.m. Hawaiian Time). When is the moment of solstice for your location? Translate December 21 at 10:02 UTC to your time zone, here.

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Patheos-Pagan: Working Magic: Yule/Winter Solstice Spells

We could all do with a little boost to our abundance and prosperity at this time of year. Here I share a couple of ideas to work magic with your festive decorations and bring positive energy into your home. I have used prosperity as the intent, but you could work magic with them for anything.

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Pagan Playlist: Lisa Thiel – Yule (Winter Solstice Song)

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Inner Journey: THE GIFT OF JOY

“Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
— Mother Teresa

Some people unconsciously believe it’s not okay to feel more joyful than the people around them. Out of a mistaken sense of caring, they squelch their joy and tune in to the sadness of the one they are with.

In truth, joy is one of the greatest gifts we can give to people around us. Those who are unhappy need our joy, not our sadness.

“Never miss a joy in this world of trouble … that’s my theory! … Happiness, like mercy, is twice blest: it blesses those most intimately associated with it and it blesses all those who see it, hear it, touch it orbreathe the same atmosphere.”
— Kate Douglas Wiggin

higherawareness.com

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“Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider.”

Yule Lore

gardendigest.com

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Today’s Recipe: Herbed Pomegranate Salsa

A delightfully different salsa for the true salsa lover, this bittersweet salsa is often found in Mexican cuisine as well as Persian.

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Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences

December 21 (approximately)

Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver

Sacred Stones: Quartz Crystal, Turquoise, Lemon Quartz, Peridot, Serpentine, Garnet, Bloodstone, Ruby, Black Onyx

Herbs: All evergreens, Bay, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Ash, Holly, Mistletoe, Ivy, Pine/Fir cones, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Myrrh

Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, Cinnamon sticks, Bells, Spinning Wheels

Dieties: The Holly King, Apollo, Dagda, Brigid, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the Norn’s, all Winter Fae

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

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 15, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 15, 2020

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

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Embrace Where Life Has Taken You (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are in a time of integration as we assimilate the upgrades, shifts and changes we have experienced over the past year. Anything that isn’t in alignment with our soul has been transformed, altered and or removed offering us the opportunity to connect more deeply with our intuitive nature.

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The myth of King Midas and his golden touch – Iseult Gillespie

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Spiritual Unite: PANDA SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – BALANCE NEED FOR PEACE WITH SOCIAL TIME

The panda spirit animal represents gentle strength, inner peace and emotional sensitivity.

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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: 21 Self-Love Microbreaks To Carry Into The New Year

It’s always important to ask for help from others—and in 2020 we’ve all needed that extra support. Yet your most consistent, reliable source of support comes from yourself. A little (or a lot) overwhelmed these days? Microbreaks are just the ticket to show up for yourself in powerful ways each day.

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Today’s DIY: Yuletide Simmering Potpourri Gift – Yule DIY Craft – Magical Crafting – Witchcraft, Winter Solstice

Hello my darlings, and welcome. In this video I share a magical simmering potpourri recipe that will make your home smell like the Yuletide season and we will make a magical gift as well. Let’s do some Magical Crafting.

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Elephant Journal: Sacral Chakra, Chakras in Body, Guide to the 7 Chakras and Meanings

Sacral Chakra, Svādhishthāna Chakra , Kundalini Chakra , Chakras in body, Guide to the 7 Chakra and Their Meanings, Seven Chakra

Svā = Self
Adhishthāna = seat, residence

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Treehugger: 8 Recipes to Bring Some Hygge to Your Holidays
Even if you have hygge fatigue, let the gløgg and smørrebrød prevail!

I know that hygge, the Danish cultural concept of cozy contentment, has gotten a lot of play lately. But things become a cliche for a reason, and usually, the reason is that there is ample merit in the first place.

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EarthSky News: Young moon near glorious Jupiter and Saturn December 15 to 18

You might – or might not – catch the young whisker-thin moon below the planets Jupiter and Saturn after sunset December 15, 2020. You’ll surely catch the young moon and these glorious planets – now nearing their December 21 great conjunction – on December 16, 17 and 18. They will be a dazzling and exceedingly rare sight in our night sky. Don’t miss them!

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Patheos-Pagan: Phoenix Rising: A Book for the Season – “Little Book of Yule”

I have a confession to make…Yule has never been my favorite sabbat. It’s not that I don’t like Yule, it’s just that it doesn’t have the same power and pull for me that Samhain does and it always seems to get eclipsed by the other holidays in the winter season. However, that has changed for me after reading Jason Mankey’s Little Book of Yule.

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt – Santiago (Dancing Gypsy).

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Inner Journey: BIG MIND, LITTLE MIND

“It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.”
— Sri Ramakrishna

Zen distinguishes big mind from small mind. Big mind identifies with its process, is impersonal and participates universally. Big mind is unlimited possibilities, deeper understanding, forgiveness, acceptance, insight, connectedness, attention.

Small mind is self centred and focuses only on itself. It is compulsive, limited, reactive and mechanical. Small mind feeds on itself — fear reacts to fear, judgment reacts to judgment, anger sparks more anger.

Always seek higher perspectives and you will in time find freedom.

“If a pickpocket meets a Holy Man, he will see only his pockets.”
— Hari Dass

“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.”
— Lord Thomas Dewar

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

I’m sorry but concerning your dream job, did you want a salary, royalties, commissions… or all three?

How many weeks vacation are you expecting?

Are you willing to share the New York apartment?

Oh, and should your London assistant speak French? Or will your French be sufficient by then?

Helps to have a plan, ‘n’est pas’?

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Impossible™ Stuffed Peppers

These beauties are loaded with goodness such as fresh spinach, black beans, rice, spices, and more. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for busy families.

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire

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

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

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

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

Element: Fire

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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 15, 2020

Joy
“Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.”

-Phil Jackson


Phil Jackson was the coach for the NBA Champion Lakers, and he obviously had a winning attitude. When you watch him on the court, you can see that he is fully engaged in coaching his team. He is focused, involved and very “in the moment.” Joy has a way of inherently bringing success with it! Where do you find your joy? Go there! Immerse yourself and reap the rewards.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Fool

You may have the best of intentions today but it won’t be easy to stick to any of them. There’s a lot of randomness in the air and you won’t have very much control over anything. Don’t let this lull you into becoming thoughtless or not caring about what you’re doing. Do what you can and save some energy for tomorrow when things might be smoother

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 11, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Embrace Where Life Has Taken You (a message from Kate Spreckley)

We are in a time of integration as we assimilate the upgrades, shifts and changes we have experienced over the past year. Anything that isn’t in alignment with our soul has been transformed,

Read more….

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A Simple Way to Add Witchcraft to Your Everyday

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Spiritual Unite: SPIDER SPIRIT ANIMAL MEANING – CONTROL YOUR DARK SIDE

When your spider spirit animal appears in your life, it symbolizes your creativity, feminine energy, and patience.

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ThoughtCo: 7 Goddesses of Empowerment

Think you’d like to embrace the sacred feminine as part of your spiritual development? Here are seven goddesses from around the globe who embody female strength and empowerment in a number of different ways. See which one resonates with you the most!

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MBG: A Neuroscientist On The Benefits Of Essential Oils & How To Use Them

Aside from just smelling nice, essential oils have a myriad of physical and mental health benefits. So, when it comes to understanding how they work with the body—and how best to use them—

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The Snake Queen – Eastern European Myth – Extra Mythology

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Today’s DIY: 11 Great Mason Jar Gifts

Mason jars are incredibly useful. They’re the perfect containers for everything from kitchen staples to craft supplies to a cold pint of beer and, best of all, they can be reused forever (as long as you don’t break them).

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Elephant Journal: Confessions of the Feral: Deconstructing Myths for Wild Women.

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with being a good girl.
I’m not very good at it.

I’ve got a rebel streak as wide, wild, and winding as the Yellowstone River, which I grew up next to, and my nature is much like the mountainous climate where I live—unpredictable. I like me this way.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?

If you’ve ever had a dog, it’s likely that, at one time or another, you’ve taken part in a staring contest with your pet. Read more…..

Why Does My Cat Stare at Me?

One of the more disconcerting moments in the lives of cat owners is waking up to a pair (or worse, pairs) of wide, glowing eyes watching them in the dark. Read more…..

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EarthSky News: Geminid meteors best on December 13-14

The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors on the night of December 13-14 (Sunday night till dawn Monday). The peak morning is likely to be Monday, December 14, 2020. These colorful meteors tend to be bright.

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Patheos-Pagan: The Herbal Magick of Mistletoe : Kiss Me Twice

Yule means trees, fires, and mistletoe. The darkest night of the year is traditionally a time for magick and mystery. Mistletoe has always carried a high spiritual vibration. In nature, it grows attached to another plant, usually an oak or other hardwood tree.

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt Full Circle

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Inner Journey: OPEN TO AWARENESS

“Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best wecan. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.”
— Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why do we want to become more aware?

If we remain unaware, we:
•repeat the past,
•remain stuck in relationships,
•live superficial, literal and one dimensional lives,
•lack experiences of love and beauty, and
•have limited connection to others and the universe.

With awareness, we are fully involved with life. Awareness is sensing deeply and sensitively for what really is. To do this, we need to approach the present as totally new. When we can be open and attentive in each moment, we begin to free ourselves fromthe conditioning of the past and the suffering that it so often brings.

“If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you.”
— Sheng Yen

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

A thought on the “hows”:

Just because you’re not to mess with them doesn’t mean you’re not to get busy doing all you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are.

The difference is in how you see what you do: you don’t do all you can with an eye to hitting a home run, but with an understanding that for each door you knock upon and every stone you turn over, you’re pitching the ball to me.

The more balls you pitch, the greater my options, and the farther the balls will sail.

Batter up,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms

A great from-scratch salisbury steak and gravy recipe I found a long time ago. The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice. The gravy is still good without mushrooms. I’ve made it for my husband that way.

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Magical Correspondences for Friday

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers and Matters of the Heart

Element: Earth


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

Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald and Jade
Oil: (Venus) Cardamom, Palmarosa, Rose, Yarrow

Deities include Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus


Friday is ruled by Venus. It’s energies are warm, sensuous, and fulfilling. Efforts that involve any type of pleasure, comfort, and luxury, as well as the arts, music, or aroma (incense and perfume) can be done on this day. As Venus lends its sensuous influences to the energies of this day, use it for any magical work that deals with matters of the heart.

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Daily Wisdom
December 11, 2020

Morning
“It’s completely usual for me to get up in the morning, take a look around, and laugh out loud.”

-Barbara Kingsolver


Our attitude has everything to do with how the day goes for us. When we approach our activities with a sense of fun and light-heartedness, it affects our environment, and the people around us. Time passes by more quickly, and we enjoy ourselves so much more.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Strength

Act with boldness, but not too much, and make this an easy and productive day. If something challenging or unexpected arises at work or with family, be receptive and stand your ground. Don’t push back until you know what it is you’re up against. Then if needed, give as well as you get. You can do this tactfully.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 8, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 8, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Beyond the Ego & Into the Soul (a message from Kate Spreckley)

This has been a long year of introspection and self-reflection. Global events and the incoming cosmic energy have offered us the opportunity of going within and reconnecting with our inner most self, our soul. For many this has been a long dark night of the soul as we faced all that has been hidden and suppressed.

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Herbal Jedi: Stranger Plants of the Forest Floor

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ThoughtCo: The Greek Goddess Hecate

Hecate (sometimes spelled Hekate) was a pre-Olympian Greek goddess—she may have had Thracian origins—and ruled over the realms of earth and fertility rituals. As a goddess of childbirth, she was often invoked for rites of puberty, and in some cases watched over maidens who were beginning to menstruate.

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Patheos / New Visions: Thankful in a Tough Time

How are you doing? Really doing? How are you handling the new pause? Are you spending your time complaining and wishing for a better day, or are you staying in the present and treating it as a present?

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MBG: How To Use Tonight’s 3rd Quarter Moon To Start Wrapping Up 2020

When we think about moon rituals, we might think they’re reserved for new and full moons. But the truth is, we can work with the moon’s energy no matter what phase it’s in. There’s a third quarter moon coming up, which is when the last half of the full moon remains in shadow, waning on its way to new

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The Herbal Muse Press: Pine Needle Medicine

Herbal Spotlight: Pine Needles
(Pinus spp.)
Family: Pinaceae

Many herbalists focus on the use of white pine (Pinus strobus), which is abundant throughout the eastern United States and is easily identified by its unique five-needle clusters. But all pines can be used interchangeably in herbalism, so don’t hesitate to work with the species of Pinus found in your bioregion!

Not only is pine a quintessential winter fragrance, but it is also a beneficial herbal ally. Pine needles and bark are harvested and used fresh or dried for use in teas, tinctures, or infused oils. Pine’s warming energetics, its antimicrobial and expectorant actions, and vitamin C content make it a natural ally for respiratory support during cold and flu season.

Drinking a decoction of the bark and needles can help move respiratory congestion and ease a wet cough, and the decoction can also be used as a pleasant facial steam for the same purposes.

.herbalmusings.com

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Today’s DIY: Book of Shadows Art – Yule Incense & Oil Recipe – Winter Solstice – Magical Crafting – Witchcraft

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Elephant Journal: 22 Gentle Reminders to Inspire Self-Love.

Alex Elle is an amazing soul, mother, author, and wellness consultant.
I found her through my best friend, who is constantly reposting her uplifting Instagram quotes, which encourage people to lean into their healing, embrace their rocky transformations, love who they are, and accept themselves in totality.

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Treehugger: How Many Trees Are There in the World?

A new study takes a count of our arboreal cohabitants, and the number is astounding.

There’s an old saying that there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand on the earth. Both have such magnificent numbers that it’s really hard to even fathom

Read more…

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EarthSky News: See a celestial Chariot in December

Tonight, or any one of these long December nights, you can find the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. The Heavenly Chariot – with its brilliant yellow star Capella – starts the journey in the northeast at early evening, flies overhead around midnight and finishes up in the northwest at dawn.

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Patheos-Pagan: Yule Candle Spell

The month of December offers us an embarrassment of riches when it comes to celebrating. We’ve got the holy day of Saint Lucia, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and Christmas, just to name a few.

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Pagan Playlist: Loreena McKennitt – Bonny Portmore

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Inner Journey: THE POWER OF SILENCE

“Growth takes place in a person by working at a deep inner level in a sustained atmosphere of silence.”
— Dr. Ira Progoff

How can we hear our wise voice of intuition if we are always thinking, talking and distracted by outer events?

If we take time daily to experience physical stillness and to direct our attention inside, we can begin to find the peace, love, will and wisdom that exist as our essence.

“Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others… And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be refound through solitude.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
— Angeles Arrien

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

If at first you don’t succeed, it only means you’re getting closer, cooler, hotter, better, “badder,” and more awesome.

Tallyho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Quick and Easy Yorkshire Pudding

A great, quick and easy recipe for Yorkshire pudding. Everybody loves ’em!

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Magical Correspondences for Tuesday

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

Element: Fire


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

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

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

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Daily Wisdom
December 8, 2020

Morning


“The moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not one jot. The possibility is always there.”

-Monica Baldwin, 1950


There is always some uncertainty to the day. Will it rain? Will it be sunny? And we don’t know what surprises may come our way, big or small! But how fun to be able to participate in the process, to watch things as they unfold and to make choices and contribute.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Moon

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

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 7, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 7, 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.

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Your Centre of Gravity is Shifting (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The energies of this year have catapulted us into reviewing and transforming many of our values, attitudes, relationships and life experiences. Unconsciously and consciously, we have been expanded into new ways of thinking, being and living

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Dragons – The Origin of Dragons – Extra Mythology

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Spirituality & Health: 20 Affirmations to Help You Through the Holidays

The holidays can extinguish the brightest light. Here’s how to keep yours burning.

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ThoughtCo: 5 Easy Yule Decorations

Yule falls around December 20 – 22 in the northern hemisphere, and if you’re below the equator, it’s around June 20 – 22 each year. No matter what belief system you may follow, this time of year is typically known as a season of fire and light, of family and friends, and of peace, hope, and joy

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Patheos / New Visions: Practices From the Inside Out: A Spiritual Practice of Reading

Spiritual Practice of Reading
Building a healthy spiritual practice of reading is about more than loving to read.

I have loved to read since I learned how to do it. Reading teaches me about the magic and power of words

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MBG: PSA From This Week’s Horoscope: There’s Beauty In Simplicity

With a waning quarter moon in Virgo this Monday, December 7, you could unearth important intel, shifting the direction of a project or plan.

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Daily Good and Karma Tube: Snack Attack

Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.

Idries Shah –

Snack Attack

Waiting to board a train, an old lady just wants to eat her cookies in peace, but hijinks ensue when a teenager on the bench next to her seems intent on sharing them, too. This delightful animation was directed by Andrew Cadelago, with music by Roberto Murguia. { read more }

Be The Change

Challenge an assumption that you’ve held all your life, whether it is about others, or yourself.

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Today’s DIY: How to Make a Pendulum & Pendulum Board – DIY Craft Yule Gift for Winter Solstice – Magical Crafting

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The Herbal Muse Press: Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourris, also known as “simmering spices,” have been used for centuries to fill homes with the comforting smells of local fruits, spices, flowers, and herbs. Unlike most store-bought candles, incense blends, and cleaning supplies, homemade stovetop potpourri is entirely natural and free of chemical additives and synthetic fragrances. This Holiday Stovetop Potpourri recipe features warming scents, like orange, cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum) to infuse your home with classic aromas of the season

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Treehugger: 15 Houseplants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

Pets and houseplants bring joy to households around the world. Plants do more than improve a home’s aesthetics – foliage houseplants have been shown to absorb formaldehyde from indoor air environments and improve air quality overall

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EarthSky News: Earliest sunsets for 40 degrees N. around now

For the southernmost U.S. and similar latitudes – around 30 degrees north latitude – the earliest sunsets of the year happen in late November and early December. For latitudes further north – around 40 degrees N. latitude – the year’s earliest sunsets happen around December 7.

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Patheos-Pagan: How to Create a Blessing Hand

This work assumes you’ve already created blessing water. If you haven’t already created it, do that before doing this work. The blessing water is what will be used to feed the blessing hand. If you’re incorporating moon phases into your blessing hand work, make sure to begin this work on the new moon.

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Pagan Playlist: Hidden Hollow – Nox Arcana

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Inner Journey: YOU ARE BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
— Meister Eckhart

We are the ocean — vast, deep, powerful and rich. Nourishing and nurturing. Dive down into the dark stillness of being. Sense the rising and falling of surface thoughts and emotions, sometimes gentle, sometimes violent. Always shifting. Always in motion. Draw back and watch the waves of your life at play. Know you are the unfathomable depths — surface agitations can’t disturb you. Know that you are bigger than the little things that aggravate you.

“The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
— John Berry

“It’s best not to get too excited or too depressed by the ups and downs of life.”
— Dalai Lama

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

You do know, of course, why you’re here don’t you?

Because you couldn’t resist the challenge!

Nothing in all creation, not in any sphere of the universe, compares to being born into time and space without any recollection of your past. Having to find your own way when lost, your own courage when frightened, and the infinite powers at your disposal when challenged. Left to the elements to rediscover your supremacy over them.

Driven by your passions so that you might rise above your humble, naked beginnings and ultimately see through the illusions that have trapped you. To find yourself once again high upon the throne of thy Kingdom come, from whence it all began.

Walking on sunshine,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe (MBG): The Perfect Creamy Black Bean Soup For Winter Nights, From An R.D.

Looking for a warming, protein packed dinner for the coming weeks? This simple black bean soup might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. From The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy by Brynn McDowell R.D., It’s the sort of recipe you can totally picture enjoying on on colder nights—and it’s not going to take ages to make, either.

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Magical Correspondences for Monday

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

Element: Water


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

Deities include Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth


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

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Daily Wisdom
December 7, 2020

Morning
“How beautiful, how buoyant, and glad is morning!”

-L.E. Landon, 1933


Good morning! Reading positive messages is a great way to start the day, getting centered, remembering what is important. The break of day represents a kind of optimism. There is a newness, a freshness, as if time starts all over again. No matter what has happened the day before, we know the sun will come up and shine its light on us today

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: The Devil

Some days you just want to be self-indulgent, and today is one of those days. Put those feelings on the back burner while at work or out in public. After the serious part of the day is over, the danger actually increases for you. Don’t overindulge and make yourself sick or regretful. Sometimes too much of a good thing is too much, and you want to start tomorrow feeling good

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 3, 2020

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 3, 2020

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

Stay healthy, Stay safe!

Blessings, Cat

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December’s Events

Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day

Dec, 10 Hanukkah

Dec. 14 New Moon at 8:16 am PST/ 9:16 am MST/ 11:16 am EST

Dec,15 National Cat Herders Day

Dec. 20 Ugly Sweater Day

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice/Winter Begins

Dec. 21 Moon 1st Qtr 3:41pm PST/ 4:41 pm MST/ 6:41 pm EST

Dec. 23 Festivus

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Dec. 24 Celtic Tree month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa

Dec. 29 Full Moon at 7:28 pm PST/ 8:28 pm MST/ 10:28 pm EST

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

Dec. 31 Hogmanay

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Spirit Library: Stay Centred & Grounded (a message from Kate Spreckley)

The energies of this year have been intensely powerful, purposeful and seemingly continuous. In our modern cultures rites of passage are not always consciously undertaken and therefore planetary alignments and eclipse gateways offer the opportunity for deep growth, healing and soul evolution.

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The Egyptian myth of Isis and the seven scorpions – Alex Gendler

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Pioneer Thinking; How to Make Beeswax Candles

The following two projects that this article is going to teach are both simple and beautiful. With very little work you can create a beautiful and pleasant scented candle.

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ThoughtCo: All About Yule

For people of nearly any religious background, the time of the winter solstice is a time when we gather with family and loved ones. For Pagans and Wiccans, it’s often celebrated as Yule, but there are literally dozens of ways you can enjoy the season.

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Patheos / New Visions: Listening to Sacred Stillness: Stillness on a December Morning

Stillness on a December Morning
There were times this year when we were not sure we would make it to another December morning.

This year has threatened to overwhelm us. We have pushed through, over, and around obstacles this year. Some of us have survived the loss of people we love.

Read more…….

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Spirituality & Health: 4 Mini Meditations for a Peaceful Holiday Season

Spirituality is accessible even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, if we make it a practice in our everyday lives.

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The Witch of Wanderlust: Low-Cost Witchcraft Tools(That You Probably Already Have!)

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Elephant Journal: How this Loving-Kindness Meditation can start to Heal Divisions.

I have struggled this year—with grief and loss and fear.
Grief from recent deaths of both my parents, grief for lives lost at the hands of racial injustice and from COVID-19, and grief from the loss of “normal” life as we knew before the pandemic hit.

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Treehugger: Vote for Your Favorite Wildlife Photographer of the Year

It’s time to head back to the polls, but this time all the choices are wildlife.

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest announced its winners earlier this year. Now it’s time for animal lovers to go online and weigh in on the LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

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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: Irish-American Witchcraft: Why the Roots of Your Fairy Beliefs Matter

If you enter into a discussion in any fairy group on social media you will very quickly find a variety of ideas being expressed. Usually these ideas are put forward not as opinions but as unassailable facts supported by the person’s own experiences or study.

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

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Inner Journey: SEEK YOUR LIMITS AND BEYOND

“If you’re proactive, you don’t have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.”
— Stephen Covey

Connect with the edge, the unknown, of your experience. Allow this pull towards unexplored territory to take you to new dimensions of yourself. Allow life to touch you in new ways. For this is how we truly live life. Become more alive as you grow through your consciousness barriers. Ask questions that seek answers beyond yourself. The depth of life is revealed as you go further into it.

“Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for – life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience – and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways.”
— Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.”
–Benjamin Disraeli

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Manifesting doesn’t just work sometimes..

Which is pretty much the only “lesson” you have to learn.

Thoughts become things,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Turn Gingerbread Men Into Reindeer With This Clever Decorating Trick

If making gingerbread cookies is one of your holiday traditions, you probably have a gingerbread man cookie cutter in your baking supplies. But did you know you can use that cookie cutter to make more than gingerbread men? With one simple trick you can turn a gingerbread man into a reindeer. Simply flip him upside down and the legs become antlers! Genius, right?

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Magical Correspondences for Thursday

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Element: Earth

 Incense: Cinnamon, Musk, Nutmeg and Sage


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

Deities include Juno, Jupiter,Thor, Zeus

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. Today’s energies influence all matters involving material gain and spell work for general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, legal issues, luck, gambling, and prosperity.

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Daily Wisdom
December 3, 2020

Personality
“We do not accept ourselves for what we are, we retreat from our real selves, and then we erect a personality to bridge the gap.”

-Susan Sontag, 1963


In this case, the word “personality” is being used like the word “ego.” It is important for us to understand that we are more than the roles we play. Sometimes we lose ourselves in these roles, we identify with our “doing” rather than our “being.” Take time in silence to reconnect.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Justice

Take everything and everyone a little bit more seriously today, without getting grim about it. People may bring you requests or problems that they think are shaking up their world, and you should offer at least a token respect for their worries and needs. None of this puts any pressure on you, unless you get emotionally involved. Remember, you have neither the power nor responsibility to fix it all.

astrology.com

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

I invite you to check out my websites!

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

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

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

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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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  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.

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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

gardendigest.com

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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

higherawareness.com
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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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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

higherawareness.com
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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

coffeytalk.com

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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/