Thought for the Day: August 8, 2017 “The Nature of Self Care”

Happy Tuesday!

There are times when you just need to get outside, away from the confining walls where most of us spend our weekdays. Nature can help provide us with needed self care and stress relief. Doing something as simple as sitting in the sun for 10 minutes can clear the mind and help you to relax. I used to take my lunch break at a nearby park every day, sun, rain, or snow. I’d watch the butterflies and the birds along the river. It was a great way to put the job behind me for a time and I always left feeling refreshed. So today I leave you with these pagan words of wisdom!

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Thought for the Day: June 15, 2017

Happy Thursday, the end of the week is almost here!

Magick is everywhere. It lives inside every living thing… including you. You are capable of creating great things and are in fact worthy of them. When you believe in your own power there is nothing you cannot accomplish! What magick will you create today?

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Thought for the Day: June 8, 2017

Happy Thursday! We are getting close to the end of the week and tomorrow’s full moon. Hows that for some good news? 🙂

Everyone loves a campfire. There is just something about them that draws people like a magnet. Just sitting around the fire creates feelings of  peace, relaxation, and friendship. It paves the way for honest discussions, good cheer and the sharing of stories. Watching the fire can be a spiritual and meditative experience, it clears the mind and allows the stress to “burn away”. Keep reading for more Advice from a Campfire…………………..

 

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Cat’s Bits for June 4 -10 Violet Lore

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Cat’s Bits for June 4 -10  Violet Lore

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June Events:

June 9: Full Moon at 9:10 am EST

June 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins

Flag day: June 14

June 18: Father’s Day

June 21; Summer Solstice and Sun enters Cancer at 12:24 am EST

June 23: New Moon at 10:31 pm EST

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The Violet

Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colour bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.

Yet thus it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused a sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.

Then let me to the valley go
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.

Jane Taylor (1783- 1824

THE PLANT

The tiny violet is a common flower, it’s small purple face dotting shady places from forests to gardens. The ancient Greeks began cultivating violets around 500 BC. There are between 400-500  species and the plant comes in a variety of colors, purple, blue, white, yellow and even gray. It has 5 petals, 2 at the top, 1 on each side and one on the bottom which is striped. The leaves are heart shaped, which may have led to the conclusion that it was a flower of love. Some violets can have a 2 year lifespan and all violets bloom for about 3 months. They like shaded areas, often moist but not always,  and where they grow wild they grow in profusion.

In some locations the violet is considered a weed  due to their aggressive growth patterns. In fact I remember at my parents condo how the ground under their back deck was loaded with wild violets, they even popped up in their lawn and occasionally in the flower beds. However every time I tried to transplant them they withered and died. Colorado is notoriously hard on shade loving plants.

Both Greeks and Romans used these plants for their herbal properties, wine and a natural sweetener. Today they are used (sparingly) as decorations in jellies and other food items. Violets are a laxative and are not for consumption in large quantities. However if you are interested in the healing properties of this plant you can visit: http://www.gardensablaze.com/HerbVioletMed.htm

VIOLETS IN MYTH

In Greek myth this small flower was a tribute to Io, one of Zeus’s lovers. Violets are also associated with the story of Attis. While out hunting he was killed and where his blood touched the earth violets grew.

Violets are also part of the great love story of Napoleon and Josephine. Evidently, the violet was Napoleon’s favorite flower and on the day that he and Josephine were married he gave her a bouquet of violets and continued to do on each wedding anniversary. When Josephine died the grieving husband placed a violet from the grave site and placed it in a locket, it is said that Napoleon wore that locket until his own death.

VIOLET CORRESPONDENCES & IN MAGIC

Magic: Protection, love / lust, wish granting, healing

Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Astarte, Blodeuwedd

Names: Common violet, hooded violet, blue violet, sweet violet

Element: Water

To the Greeks, violets were a symbol of both fertility and love and they used the flowers to create love potions and wore them to induce sleep and calm the temper. In Rome, violets were worn because they were said to keep one from getting drunk.

In Christian symbolism the violet became known a symbol of modesty as well as humility and according Richard Webster, the term shrinking violet comes from this association.

Another folk spell says that if you wear a crown of violets that it will ward against headaches and light headedness. Or to heal wounds and stop evil spirits form making the wound worse you should wear a green sachet filled with violet leaves. but if you wear  a necklace of violets you will hear only the truth.

To dream of violets is said to be a sign that an important area of your life is about to move forward, thing will improve and the hard work you have done is about to pay off. Another meaning is that you will marry someone younger than you.

As a magical name Violet (which means purple)would be good for a person wanting to increase their spiritual development or as a power name to increase self confidence.

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

Laura (Cat) Bolotin has been following an eclectic pagan/spiritual path for over 25 years. She currently lives in Western Colorado where she enjoys communing with nature, desert crawling, belly dancing, nature photography, jewelry crafting and writing stuff she hopes will help others along their path. She is married and owned by 5 cats.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham

Flower and Tree magic, Richard Webster

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Thought for the Day: May 26, 2017

Happy Friday and TGIF!

Over the  last several evenings we have been lucky enough to see our neighborhood bats.  No, I don’t mean the lady next door…..although come to think of it she is pretty batty! 🙂 I’m actually talking about the small winged kind. Every creature that we come in contact with has a message for us. Let’s start the day with some Advice from a Bat………

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Thought for the Day: May 23, 2017

Happy Tuesday, I’m sitting here with my coffee and  watching the hummingbirds buzz around the feeders. There’s a kind of meditative peace in watching them, it soothes the soul. Yesterday’s senseless act of violence (the latest in a long and growing line of them) at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester left me deeply saddened. These events touch us all in one way or another. I spent the late afternoon outside letting the Earth Goddess energy flow through me. Barefoot in the grass , letting the wind  blow through me, putting my senses back in order.

Be at peace- be peace, Send love out into the world-be love, Embrace joy- be joy, Let healing for others flow outward- be healed…………….

 

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Thought for the Day: May 18. 2017

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Happy Thursday, we have rain today and  the flowers are loving it, my cats…………..not so much! Sometimes it’s the small things that make us the happiest and quite often other people have  nothing to with it.  We are each responsible for our own happiness, it is something that we create and nurture. You are not responsible for everyone else’s happiness although there are selfish people who would have you believe otherwise.

Our challenge for today is to acknowledge the little things that make YOU happy! For me it’s the smell of rain and wet earth, time spent with my mom, snuggles with my cat Sixx (I’m sure there will be more to add to my list)……..so what makes you happy today?

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