Cat’s Morning Bits for December 13, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 13, 2021

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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December Quotes

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”

  • Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Daily Tarot Girl: Tarot Reading for Dec 13 – 19

For this week’s reading, I’m using the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight – a super cool and trippy deck that I’ve barely used!

Read more…..

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Pagan Library; Away With the Spirits
Adaptations by Balinnor

(To the tune of Away in a Manger)


Away with the spirits in the land of the dead,
The Sun God has slumbered in his celestial bed.
He now starts his journey to bring back the light.
Let us sing of His praises on this Solstice night.


Read more….

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The Household Spirits of Yule || Pagan Happy Hour

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Spirituality & Health: The Spiritual Meaning of Water
BY AMINA SHAZI

Water is a representation of wisdom, peace, and purity. Its spiritual meaning lies in its reflection of the human spirit and the interconnection of all creations

Read more….

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Learn Religions: Blessing Your Yule Tree

If your family uses a holiday tree during the Yule season–and many Pagan families do–you might want to consider a blessing ritual for the tree, both at the time you cut it down and again before you’ve decorated it.

Read more….

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MBG: Why Astrologers Say This Is The Week To Find Your Kindred Spirit

This week offers us a chance to reassess our current relationships (romantic and otherwise)—and form some powerful new ones. Here’s your horoscope, from the AstroTwins:

On Monday, red-hot Mars is on the move, exiting Scorpio’s intense cauldron and zipping into passionate, adventurous, worldly Sagittarius until January 24.

Read more….

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Molasses Ginger Cookies for Enhances Magick and Spell Success

Elephant Journal: Sacred Conversations: a Message from the Universe.

Many who identify as spiritual hold the belief that everything happens for a reason, and everyone we encounter over the course of our lives is our teacher.
I’ve long held these beliefs myself, and yet it wasn’t until recently that this was really put into perspective for me

Read more….

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Treehugger: 12 Unexpected Facts About Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park


For such an arid, stark landscape, Petrified Forest National Park has a remarkably dissimilar past. The southern Arizona park sits in a desert and receives just about 10 inches of rain a year. Quite the contrast to when this was once a humid, lush swampland inhabited by giant reptiles—and even dinosaurs.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Geminid meteor shower 2021 peaks December 13-14

2021 Geminid meteor shower and the moon
The Geminid meteor shower – always a favorite among the annual meteor showers – is expected to peak in 2021, on the night of Monday, December 13 into Tuesday, December 14. The Geminids are a reliable shower for those who watch around 2 a.m. local time from a dark-sky location. We also often hear from those who see Geminid meteors in the late evening hours.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Fallow Season ~ Burnout, Fatigue, and Sacred Rest

Within the world of agriculture, there is a vital part of crop growing known as letting land “lie fallow.” To fallow a piece of earth is to leave it deliberately unsown – to let it rest. This time of rest allows more fertility to gather in the soil, guaranteeing a better crop later.

Read more….

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Patty Gurdy feat. Fiddler’s Green – The Yule Fiddler (Christmas Time Is Coming ‘Round Today)

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Inner Journey:

Capture your inspiration!

“Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly.”
— Rolf Smith

Insights and inspiration come to us for a reason. Don’t let them disappear on you!

When a great idea pops into your mind, write it down and capture it. Keep a mini-journal or piece of paper with you at all times.

Reflect on your insights. How might you anchor this great idea so it enhances your life?

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
— Nolan Bushnell

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Here’s a clue on how to know when new experiences, like you’ve never experienced before, are about to transform your life, even though nothing seems to be happening.

For the first time in your life, even though nothing seems to be happening, you start saying and doing things that you’ve never said or done before.

Oh yeah,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe:

Gingerbread Cookie Recipes
Gingerbread cookies are a must for the holidays, from gingerbread people to gingerbread houses.

Read more….

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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 13, 2021

Enjoyment
“Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.”

-Paul Goodman


If we’re doing what we love, then we’re not really working at all. “Work” can be enjoyable. Look at all the joy we can get out of one day, from enjoying our homes, our meals, our family and friends, and our time spent in nature. This is important activity.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.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 8, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 8, 2021

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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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Spirit Library:

Into the Heart of your Soul
Kate Spreckley


With last week’s Eclipse we reached a turning point in our transition from one level of consciousness and into the next. The energies being felt now are like nothing we have experienced before and signify that huge evolutionary change is upon us.

Read more….

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DIY Yule Decorations | Traditions of Yule

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Spirituality & Health: Are Crystals Safe to Put in Drinking Water?
BY KATHRYN DRURY WAGNER


Starting with water-safe crystals, sip from chalcedony water to support expression, smoky quartz for stress relief, and more.

Read more….

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Journey Into Dreams: Turtle Dream Meaning
Turtles symbolize our pace in life. Learn about the symbolism of turtles and what it means to dream about a turtle.

Read more….

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MBG: Pulled The Ace Of Cups? It May Be A Green Light For Romance & More

In your traditional tarot deck, you’ll find 78 unique cards, each with different meanings. The Ace of Cups is particularly auspicious and signals some major prosperity ahead. Here’s what to know if you pull this card, according to tarot experts

Read more….

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Daily Magick Snippets

Moss Agate is a cleansing crystal, useful for clearing personal energy systems as well as environmental. [Mella, 69] It is helpful in reducing sensitivity to weather. [Hall, 47] It brings new friendships, and worn as jewelry or placed over the heart at night, will attract new love or the re-growth of former love. [Eason, 253]
Moss Agate Meanings and Uses – Crystal Vaults

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Today’s DIY: Make a Yule Log
A Time-Honored Tradition

As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, the days get shorter, the skies become gray, and it seems as though the sun is dying. In this time of darkness, we pause on the Solstice and realize that something wonderful is happening. It’s usually around December 21 — unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, where it falls in June — but it’s not always on the same date.

Read more……

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Elephant Journal: The Art of Mindful Gifting: 21 Ideas for Holiday Cheer.

Before heading out for madness similar to the scenes of Black Friday, consider more mindful and meaningful options instead.
Present buying can turn into a total nightmare, when it really should be something to be enjoyed both by the person giving and the one receiving.

Read more….

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Treehugger: 10 Otherworldly Facts About Death Valley National Park, the Hottest Place on Earth

It’s not hard to guess how Death Valley National Park got its name. A scorching desert with some of the hottest and driest conditions in the world, Death Valley’s landscape is nothing short of challenging when it comes to the survival of its flora and fauna.

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Horologium the Pendulum Clock, best in December

Horologium is one of the 14 constellations named by Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, a French astronomer who surveyed the southern sky in the 1700s. It ranks 58th in size out of the 88 constellations. Horologium is supposed to represent a pendulum clock, though the dim stars here are not particularly distinctive. Only one of its stars is brighter than 4th magnitude. Observers in the Southern Hemisphere can see the constellation best around the month of December.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: Do You Really Want To Find Your Destiny?
JOHN BECKETT

I see a lot of people talking about destiny: how to find it, how to follow it, how to fulfill i. I see, more than a few offering to help people do all these things…. for a price of course.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Anilah – Medicine Chant

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Inner Journey:

REMEMBER…

“Never forget what you need to remember.”
— Garrett Bartley

What do you want to remember from this past week?

Reflect on your experience over the last 7 days. What was memorable about it? Write a short summary.

If you are not learning and moving forward, you are unconsciously entrenching older patterns more deeply. You are actually going backwards. So take a few minutes each week to reflect on what matters most in your life.

“Memory is the cabinet of the imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and the council chamber of thought.”
— Basile

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

Would a “forever being” ever worry about the future? Ever look back and wonder? Would a “forever being” ever have anything to fear?

When the hands of time are frozen and this world no longer exists, you’ll just be getting started. This is preschool. Pre-pre-preschool. Let down your guard, go out on a limb, and take some more chances. Experiment, play, and stretch yourself. Honor your preferences, respect your wishes, and follow your heart. Practice, try, and try again.

Forget perfection, think adventure, and do all these things knowing that nothing can ever be taken away from a “forever being.”

To the ball,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: This Creamy Vegan Root Veggie Soup Will Warm You Up & Fill You Up

In the Northeast, we’ve officially hit winter weather, with the chilly temperatures and windy days making a warm bowl of soup sound even more appealing than it normally is—and creamy soups, in particular. This celery root soup that at-home chef Pierce Abernathy shared on Instagram is exactly the sort of satisfying bowl we love for cozy evenings indoors

Read more….

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Magical Correspondences for Wednesday

Magickal Intentions: Communication, Divination, Writing, Knowledge, Business Transactions, Debt, Fear, Loss, Travel and Money Matters

Element: Air


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

Deities include Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Mercury, Odin

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Wednesday’s vibration adds power to spell work involving inspiration, communication, writers, poets, the written and spoken word, and all matters of study, learning, and teaching. This day also provides a good time to begin efforts involving self-improvement or understanding.

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Daily Wisdom
December 8, 2021

Memories
“As the dew to the blossom, the bud to the bee,
As the scent to the rose, are those memories to me.”

-Amelia C. Welby


Granted, not all memories are pleasant. But those that are sweet, are cherished. We keep those memories close to us, and they bring us comfort and joy. I think about when my kids were little and I smile.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Death

Say goodbye to some old useless habit and welcome the chance to develop a new habit that will serve you better and take you further. The Death card is not so much the end of anything as it is the shutting off of some automatic pilot switch and getting you back out under your own power again. Be strong. You can more fully embrace this change in the near future.

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, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 7, 2021

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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December Quotes

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens –
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

  • Katherine S. White

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Spirit Library: Purification
Kate Spreckley


With this past weekend’s Solar Eclipse, we have reached a critical time in our journey where another layer of the energies, structures and patterns of the past is being cleared. To say the energies are uncomfortable is an understatement as deeply buried emotions are surfacing to be purified and released. Eclipses always trigger a profound awakening which can be challenging as the unconscious becomes conscious.

Read more….

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Gobannus: The World-Travelling Smith (Celtic Mythology Explained)

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Pioneer Thinking: Make a Scentsational Luxury Bath Soak

Christmas is coming , and surely there’s nothing sweeter than a handmade gift. Edibles are always well received , but if you’re anything like me you stuff yourself like a turkey in December anyway, so I thought I’d focus on a few, slightly more original, non edible gift ideas over the next few weeks- which naturally smell great too!

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ThoughtCo: What Songs Should I Sing at Yule?

So, you’re looking for songs to sing to the gods and goddesses of your tradition at the winter holidays. Sure, there are Christmas carols where people have substituted “goddess” for the words “God” or “Jesus,” but that’s not quite the same. Are those good Pagan songs to sing at your ceremony?

Read more….

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Journey Into Dreams:Tests and Schoolwork Dream Meaning
Have you recently had a dream about tests or school work? Learn what it means to dream about tests, homework, and school work.

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MBG: Spiritual Self-Care Is Finding A New Audience On TikTok

In the past, astrology, tarot, and medium readings have been relegated to dark, moody shops—off the beaten path and not the most accessible. But as more people, particularly young people, look beyond organized religion for answers to life’s biggest questions, these previously esoteric approaches are gaining mass appeal.

Read more….

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Making Sleepy Tea, Fire Cider, and Decorating || November Vlog 2021 (The Witch Of Wanderlust)

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Yule & Winter Solstice ritual ideas (Alwyn Oak)

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Elephant Journal: Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Work & What You can do Instead.

Back in my 20s and 30s, I was that bubbly, highly optimistic, and slightly annoying friend who was always working on a goal.
Always looking for ways to make improvements, strive for better; even if it was far out, not realistic, or highly unlikely to succeed—it did not matter.

Read more….

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Treehugger: We All Need More Awe in Our Lives
And nature is just the place to get it.

In 2018, there was a study done at the University of California at Berkeley that delved into the question of awe, and what it is about nature that manages to trigger such sensations of wonder within humans at times. Why do we feel so much better when we go outside? What is that feeling, and what exactly is it doing for us?

Read more….

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EarthSky News: Triangulum galaxy, the 2nd-closest spiral galaxy

The Triangulum galaxy, also known as Messier 33, is sometimes said to be the farthest object visible with the unaided eye. But you’ll need perfect dark sky conditions – and good eyesight – to see it. Even with binoculars and a telescope, this pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxy is not easy to spot.

Read more….

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Patheos-Pagan: The Currents of Magic are Getting Stronger
JOHN BECKETT


Our world is becoming a more magical world, for good and for ill. There’s more power for us to draw on when we work spells. Spirits can access our world more easily, and not all…

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Music for Yule & Winter Atmospheres | Pagan Folk/Traditional/Winter Synth

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Inner Journey:

HONESTY

“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What level of honesty are you living now? How honest are you with strangers, institutions and businesses, acquaintances, friends, family, spouse? How honest are you with yourself?

“Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”
— Walter Anderson

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

All that you need, to have all that you want, lies inside of you, right now.
Everything,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie IX

A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery.

Read more….

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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 7, 2021

Memories
“Fortunate are the people whose roots are deep.”

-Agnes Meyer


When trees have deep roots they don’t fall over as easily. It works the same with people. Our roots help to support us, and to keep us strong when the wind blows hard. Our roots can nourish us. It’s up to us to grow these roots for ourselves – with our friends, our family, our community and our memories.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.com

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Daily Tarot: Temperance

Pace yourself today and get more done than you might imagine as the day begins. It’s all right to be tired from time to time. It doesn’t have to cripple all your plans for the day. Maintain a sensible balance, remember to eat healthy, take a short break once and a while, and don’t aim too high. There’s plenty of work to be done that you can handle with ease.

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 6, 2021

Cat’s Morning Bits for December 6, 2021

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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December Quotes

“Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young.”

  • Helen H. Moore

gardendigest.com

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December Events

Dec. 4 New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 11:43 pm PST/ 12:43 am MST / 2:43 am EDT

Dec. 18 Full Moon at 8:35 pm PST/ 9:35 pm MST/ 11:35 pm EDT

Dec. 19 Venus Retrograde until January 29

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice / Yule

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve & celtic Tree Month of Birch begins

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 31 New Years Eve

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Daily Tarot Girl: Tarot Reading for Dec 6 – 12

This reading was intense! I’m using the Dark Mansion Tarot here…

Read more….

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Creating a Shrine to the Greek Goddess Persephone – Honoring Deity – Magical Crafting

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Spirituality & Health: Tap Into Creativity With the 2nd Chakra
BY JILL LEIGH

Whatever your artistic jam, you need lots of your own energy to bring your project to fruition. Try this practice at the beginning of any creative project

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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.

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Journey Into Dreams: Suitcase or Luggage Dream Meaning
A suitcase in dreams can be a symbol for your plans and aspirations in life or can symbolize burdens and emotional baggage.

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MBG: Astrologers Say This Is The Week For Deep Introspection

All signs point to an introspective week. Here’s your weekly horoscope, according to the AstroTwins.

There’s so much to wrap up before the year is through, but don’t just go racing into Action Jackson mode this Wednesday, December 8.

Read more….

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Yule preparations | Pagan Yule stories & history | Witch vlog

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Elephant Journal: A Guided Meditation to keep us Grounded in our Needs this Holiday Season.

While remembering our needs can be difficult during the holiday season, it can also be what helps us stay centered.
Buying gifts, preparing food, and even coming together with family during the Christmas season often brings up feelings of stress and overwhelm. As we try to please everyone around us, it’s easy to forget about what matters to us.

Read more….

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Treehugger: Explore Dinosaur Fossils, Wildflowers, and Dark Skies at Big Bend National Park

Known as one of the most remote parks in the lower 48 states, Big Bend National Park is bordered by the famed Rio Grande River—which also serves as an international border between the United States and Mexico. In fact, Big Bend National Park gets its name from the large bend in the river that curves along the boundary of the park, covering a distance of 118 miles.

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EarthSky News: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus December 6 to December 9

New moon came at 07:43 UTC on December 4, 2021. By the evening of December 6, the young waxing crescent is back in the evening sky. From that evening through at least the evening of December 9, you can see spectacularly beautiful scenes in the sky after sunset, as the moon sweeps up away from the sun in our sky, passing first Venus, then Saturn, then Jupiter. Two of these (Venus and Jupiter) are the brightest planets. They’ll be incredibly noticeable with the moon!

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Patheos-Pagan: Elemental Witchcraft for Reconciling Divine Paradox
HERON MICHELLE

My forthcoming book, Elemental Witchcraft, is a magickal map to balance and wholeness as a five-fold being here on planet earth. I call that balancing journey the Pentacle Path.

Read more….

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Pagan Playlist: Lady of the Dawn

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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

higherawareness.com

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A Note from the Universe

To make hard tasks easy, mountains molehills, and challenges simple, you can opt for one of two paths. You can be still, wait for guidance, and expect spontaneous enlightenment.

Or you can just roll up your sleeves and get busy doing what you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are.

May I suggest the latter? It’s usually much faster. And it makes you a lightning rod for divine guidance and spontaneous enlightenment.

Hi-ho,

The Universe

tut.com

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Today’s Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

This lovely and delicious tea ring combines the classic flavors of cranberry and orange to create a tender and beautiful loaf that everyone will love!

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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 6, 2021

Memories
“The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.”

-Lillian Hellman


During the holiday season it’s easy to wax nostalgic. We tend to remember holidays because we take photos and keep them in albums. We get together with friends and family and create memories. We remember because during that time we are in the moment, and enjoying ourselves, so the feelings remain long after the time is past.

-Lissa Coffey coffeytalk.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. 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!

Graphic found on the internet.

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 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.

Read more……

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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.

Read more…..

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more…..

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more…….

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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?

Read more…..

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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.

Read more…..

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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

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more…..

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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.

Read more….

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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.

Read more….

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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!

Read more……..

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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—

Read more…….

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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).

Read more…..

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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.

Read more…..

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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.

Read more….

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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

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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)
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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/