A Creative Mind: Cat’s Angel Message for October 2, 2017  

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A Creative Mind: Cat’s Angel Message for October 2, 2017  

October’s Theme: Divine guidance and messages. Thoughts, ideas, insights, or even warnings. These messages are important for us personally, emotionally and spiritually so work on staying open  to the information that you receive.

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.

– Antony Jay

 

102: We all know that problems and issues can pop up out of nowhere and effectively blindside us. . If you are currently experiencing this, whether it’s something new, something old or a reoccurring issue help is on the way.  The Sacred Source (Goddess, God) along with the Angels and Ascended Masters will always offer assistance. Be clear in your request and believe that all will be well and a solution will present itself.  Stay open to receiving the guidance and messages that will come to you and be willing to try unconventional or creative solutions. Your ability for creative thinking will play an important roll this month so don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Facing problems can often leave us confused as to what to do next. Archangel Michael gives us the confidence that we need to commit to the course of action that we know is best. The Ascended Master Solomon help you navigate difficult situation and shows you that nothing is impossible and the Egyptian goddess Maat shows the truth behind confusing issues along with the necessary steps to find a solution. Our Sacred Stones for today are Angelite, Celestite and Apophyllite which  promote communication with the angels and the Divine, while moldavite promotes communication with the Ascended Masters.

Bright blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

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Daily readings are written by Cat. Angel graphic is created and (C)LBolotin 2016-17.

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Cat’s Bits for October 1-7 :  The Celtic Tree Month of Ivy

 

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Cat’s Bits for October 1-7 :  The Celtic Month of Ivy, Sept 30- Oct 27

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October Events:

October 5: Full Harvest/Blood Moon at 2:40 pm EST

October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 19: New Moon at 3:12 pm EST

October 23: Sun enters Scorpio at 1:27 am EST

October 28: Celtic Tree Month of Reed begins

October 31: Samhain / Halloween

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Celtic Month of Ivy

“Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.”

Charles Dickens: The Ivy Green

IVY LORE

The Celtic Month of Ivy / Gort/ Gwinwydden runs from Sept 30- Oct 27

The ancient Celts and in particular the Druids, held ivy in high regard. In Wales ivy was related to the goddess Arianrhod, and was used in her ritual of opening a portal into the Otherworld, also known as the dark side of the moon and the Realm of Faery. This realm is symbolized by the butterfly and gives ivy a mysterious and mystical aspect. (If you look closely, ivy leaves resemble butterfly wings) Persephone is also associated with this month, this begins the time when she departs for the underworld for the dark half of the year. This month is time of settlement and reconciliation as it relates to karma. This month also corresponds to the Hunters Moon (aka Harvest or Blood Moon) which is this month’s full moon. It relates to female hunting animals wolf (Brigid), boar (Garbh Ogh), Lioness (Sekhemet)

Ivy is associated with the Goddess because it grows in a spiral. It is also sacred to the God Dionysus and during the Bacchanal people would run around waving the thyrsus which was actually fir branches that were wrapped with ivy, and the ancient Greeks would give a wreath of ivy to newlyweds as a symbol of fidelity.

PLANT INFORMATION

This “super vine” has great strength because of it’s ability to force it’s way into solid rock and it was powerful enough to kill a full grown oak tree. Ivy is another “Celtic tree” that is not a tree, and depends upon a real tree to give it support. It is a member of the Ginseng family although it is considered an evergreen. It also represents the ever blooming aspect of the human psyche. It develops yellowish flowers in October and then black berries.

Ivy is a POISONOUS plant and while it is said to have been used for medicinal purposes (like curing hangovers and cleansing wounds) I would highly recommend AGAINST it , as all parts of this plant are poisonous.

IVY IN MAGIC

In it’s magical role ivy protects against evil spirits negativity and all forms of disaster, it is used in healing rituals and is a symbol of loyalty and longtime friendships. It can be used in love charms to promote fidelity. As a magical name Ivy denotes strength and to give someone ivy as a gift state’s “attachment” and be mine forever.

IVY PEOPLE

People born in this month have great stamina and talents that can bring them great public honors. Ivy people also tend to radiate success even when they are not so fortunate. They are colorful and unique individuals who can be manipulative and use their power ruthlessly to get what they want. The key for Ivy people is not to abuse this power.

Deities: Dionysus, Artemis, Ariadne, Bacchus, Osiris, Arianrhod, Danu, Hel, Persephone, Rhea, Frey, Ogma, Cerrunos

Sacred Stones: Opal, Chrysoberyl, Alexandrite

Colors: Blue and light brown/tan

Animals: Butterfly, swallow, mute swan, lark

written by CatSister 2010 sources:
The New Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
dutchie.org
controverscial.com
crystalforest.com

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

(C) LBolotin 2017

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 6 cats.

 

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The Dusty Ramblings of a Desert Pagan. https://catsister.wordpress.com

Sacred Spirals on Facebook: The Place Where All Paths Meet  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredSpirals/

This page may be shared with others as long as no changes are made, and ALL credits, links, photos and copyrights remain intact. All written work and are created by and copyrighted to LBolotin/Cat 2007-2017

It’s About Change: Cat’s Angel Message for September 25, 2017

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It’s About Change: Cat’s Angel Message for September 25, 2017  

September’s Theme:  Life Purpose.  Sometimes we have a clear vision of what that is and sometimes we don’t. Many of us fall into the second category and that’s OK!  Remember that everything you do has an impact on your world and the people in it and around you. Life Purpose can be very simple, like making “tiny miracles” happen for others or even making your own life or the life of a loved one better.  Sometimes the small things are the best!

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

– Albert Einstein

 

925: Yesterday we talked about the changes headed our way. However, some of you may be experiencing them now. Remember that faith is an asset (faith in self and Spirit). It will help you move forward and will invite new things into your life. Today’s number (25) is about action and rising above any obstacles that you encounter. Since change is necessary for growth be sure to embrace the resources you have (like your support system) as they will help you to live life to the fullest and create fresh new ideas and prospects. Combine this with confidence and strength and step into your power to make things happen. The secret to change lies in acceptance and the ability to let things unfold naturally.

If you feel yourself lagging in the areas of faith and confidence call on Archangel Michael. He helps us to find the inner power to commit to what we believe in and boosts courage and self esteem. The goddess Hecate in her maiden aspect helps us with new beginnings. She can help us to see things in a new and fresh perspective which we need when change comes knocking and the Hindu god Ganesh helps clear all obstacles from our path. Our Sacred Stone for today is Black Banded Agate which provides energy and support when we start all forms of new things.

Bright blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

 
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Daily readings are written by Cat. Angel graphic is created and (C)LBolotin 2016-17.

Cat’s Bits for September 10-16: Autumn Reflections

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Cat’s Bits for September 10-16: Autumn Reflections

Note: This week’s offering is an older one that I happened across the other day. Since it struck a cord and seemed relevant to my thoughts, I decided to share it with you! Cat

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September Events:

Sept 20: New Moon at 1:30 am EST

Sept 21: International Day of Peace

Sept 22: Fall Equinox/ Mabon and Sun enters Libra at 4:02 pm EST

Sept 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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The Canvas

The canvas of the summer is made of shades green;
Emerald, jade and serpentine with many in between.

When the harvesttime begins the Lady takes up her brush;
She starts to add new colors, vibrant, bold and lush.

Carnelian, garnet, amber dots the forest floor;
She lets it dry a day or so, before she adds a little more.

She works with slow precision as she paints each leaf with care;
Ash, oak and aspen glow; with gemstone hues everywhere.

When the landscape is complete she adds a turquoise sky;
Wild geese and soft white clouds gently sail on by.

To the lady we give thanks for the beauty that she brings;
Each season is a masterpiece that helps our spirit sing.

© LBolotin/Cat 9-3-07

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Autumn Reflections
by Cat Bolotin 2006

This year the change of seasons has put me in a reflective mood, leaving me with the conclusion that autumn is an odd season. Some years the change happens slowly, while other times it happens over night. There are times that it arrives early and other times when summer seems to have no end and autumn is a long time coming. Maybe I notice these things because autumn is a dramatic season………………

This year autumn is early, as I write this, the month of August isn’t even over with and already the autumn faeries have been busy. There are splashes of yellow in the aspen groves and small patches of red in the ground cover. The pine trees are dropping their cones and the black tailed squirrels are busy harvesting the fallen treasure. Only the scrub oak remains unaffected, while they are loaded with acorns, they will be the last to decorated by the faeries. Yesterday, my husband and I were hiking to our hunting spot with our friend John. As we were walking through a pocket of pine and aspen John said “Look! This is my favorite part of fall!” He was holding a beautiful red and gold aspen leaf, about the size of a quarter, almost reverently in his fingers. “Aren’t they amazing? Hey! Did you ever press them in wax paper when you were a kid?” I nodded and smiled “Yep, sure did!”

Like spring, there is something about autumn that brings out the joy in people. These seasons are also in between times. Hot and cold, light and dark, life and death. Spring brings the miracle of rebirth, while autumn reminds us that nothing is permanent and everything passes away. The wheel of the seasons turns……….. The Great Wheel also corresponds with the Sabbats, of which there are greater and lesser. It has occurred to me that there are greater and lesser seasons as well. To me spring and autumn are greater seasons because they ultimately bring about the greatest changes in the form of rebirth and dying off. Summer and winter are times when things slow down and level out. They flow into the more dramatic seasons of spring and autumn. This theory may be obvious to some and debatable by others. Either way, it’s something to think about.

During this time of magick and beauty, I hope that you too will reflect on the coming seasons as well. As humans we tend to “ignore” the subtle things. While we dutifully honor the Sabbats we miss the miracles of nature that lead up to them. By slowing down and observing the subtleties of change that each day brings, we can connect more fully to the natural world. It is my belief that the Goddess asks this of each of us and whether we do it or not is up to the individual. Each season should be enjoyed in it’s time and the connection to the other seasons acknowledged. For it is through awareness, the beauty and miracles that surround us are more easily seen and enjoyed.

The wheel of the seasons turns in a seamless flow, each blending with the next and containing it’s own unique magick……………………….Can you feel it?
© CatSister/LBolotin 2006

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.

 

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The Dusty Ramblings of a Desert Pagan. https://catsister.wordpress.com

Sacred Spirals on Facebook: The Place Where All Paths Meet  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredSpirals/

This page may be shared with others as long as no changes are made, and ALL credits, links, photos and copyrights remain intact. All written work and are created by and copyrighted to LBolotin/Cat 2007-2017

Cat’s Bits for September 3- 9 “Celtic Tree Month of Vine”

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Cat’s Bits for September 3- 9 “Celtic Tree Month of Vine”

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September Events:

Sept 2: Celtic Tree Month of Vine begins

Sept 4: Labor Day

Sept 6: Full  Harvest Moon at 3:03 am EST

Sept 20: New Moon at 1:30 am EST

Sept 21: International Day of Peace

Sept 22: Fall Equinox/ Mabon and Sun enters Libra at 4:02 pm EST

Sept 30: Celtic Tree Month of Ivy begins

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The Celtic Tree Month of Vine

I dreamed this mortal part of mine
Was metamorphosed to a vine,
Which, crawling one and every way…
from Robert Herrick’s “The Vine”VINE LORE

The Celtic month of Vine or Muin runs from September 2nd to September 29th.

The month of Vine is the bridge between the Autumn Equinox and the dark time of the year that begins at Samhain. Muin is an Ogham word that means highest of beauty and strongest of effort and the Irish word Muine means thicket.

Vine symbolizes emotion and sensuality and represents the clinging aspirations of artists and of poets. Vine refers to specifically to the Grape Vines. In mythology, the grape vine is personified in the God Dionysus or Bacchus, who brought the art of wine making to mankind. Carvings of this god show him with an ivy wreath upon his head and his body covered with grapes and leaves. As such he resembles the GreenMan of the celtic traditions. In Pagan/Wiccan traditions the five pointed leaves are sacred to the Goddess as is the spiral growing pattern of thevines themselves.

PLANT INFORMATION

This is not a tree but more like a shrub and is probably the oldest cultivated plant in the world. It is a long lived plant and scientists have found fossilized grape leaves that date back 40 million years! These vines have large lobed leaves and produce small whitish flowers, that in turn produce grapes. Vine can grow up to 115 feet in length and live to a recorded life span of 600 years. The stem of very old grape vines have been know to produce “planks” 15 inches wide when cut. This vine has no uses other than wine making.

In healing, vine is known for it’s restorative and regenerative powers. It can help with fever, the leaves and seeds were used to stop hemmoraging, bleeding and inflamation. Grapes are rich in iron, and vitamins and provide an excellent source of instant energy. They are also a laxative and a diuretic. Blackberries were used by the ancient Greeks to treat gout. In England the leaves were used to treat burns while berries were used to treat bug bites, loose teeth and sore throats. The bark and roots are known for their astringent properties and are still used today.

VINE IN MAGICK

Vine is female and is ruled by the moon. It can be used to promote prosperity, fertility, mental powers and can be used in garden magick. Ritual uses include celebrations, grounding and faery magick. Use the leaves of this plant to enhance your own goals and ambitions. Vine is also one of the nine sacred woods burned at Beltane as a symbol of joy.

Vines properties are as follows:

Thistle: Protection, strength, exorcism, hex breaking
Blueberry: Spirituality, protection and dream magick
Grape: Garden magick fertility, prosperity/money and binding
Blackberry: Protection, healing and properity

To dream of grapes/blackberries is a sign of abundance, if the leaves are green then success is coming your way and if you are harvesting the berries your income will be a good one. To dream of walking through a vinyard fortells of prosperity.

Here is a recipe for Vine Moon Tea (good for use in Earth magic, sex magic, overcoming difficulties):
1 part blackberry
1 part dandelion
splash of currant wine or Grape juice
pinch of hibiscus
(dutchie.org)

VINE PEOPLE

Vine people have high personal standards and tend to be natural socializers and well organized. They also have well developed insticts and an eye for detail however this can become an issue as they can be highly self critical. They are also secretly romantic and sensitive. Vine people have a dual personality and can be happy one minute and down the next. It is important for Vine people to learn the importance of balance between giving and receiving.

To choose Vine as a magickal name can indicate that you are a climber and have great potential. You are willing to work hard to achieve what you want.

Deities: Dionysus, Osirus, Branwen,Brigid, Danu, Freya , Hathor, Bacchus, Dagd, Etain.
Animals: White swan, eagle, lizard, hound
Sacred Stones: Blue beryl and emerald

written by CatSister 2010
sources:
The New Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
dutchie.org
controverscial.com

Grapes on the Vine photo: freeimages.com

Bright Blessings for a Magickal Week!

Cat

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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.

 

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Please feel free to check out my websites!

The Desert Path: The Dusty Ramblings of a Desert Pagan. https://catsister.wordpress.com

Sacred Spirals on Facebook: The Place Where All Paths Meet  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacredSpirals/

This page may be shared with others as long as no changes are made, and ALL credits, links, photos and copyrights remain intact. All written work and are created by and copyrighted to LBolotin/Cat 2007-2017

Creative Flexibility:  Cat’s Angel Message for August 12, 2017

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Creative Flexibility:  Cat’s Angel Message for August 12, 2017

August Theme: Prosperity- Abundance- Creative Problem Solving

Be resolute in your goals, but flexible in your tactics. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

812: Today we continue on the theme of creative problem solving. We are all capable of this, however some seem to have difficulty in accessing it. This could be because they are afraid to let themselves go or what others may think. By allowing our creative mind to blossom it invites new ideas to come and visit. While it’s true that these ideas may generate artistic endeavours it can also generate a completely different approach to solving issues that we are working on.  This in turn gives us more options and flexibility so that we have more to work with. The angels are reminding us to stay positive, focused and open to trying out new ideas!

Archangel Uriel can show us how to access new and creative ideas. We can also harness the power of the Irish moon goddess Aeracura by letting her show us a more playful and joyous approach to life in general which can help our creative thought process. Keep working with Chiastolite (Cross Stone, Andalusite)  to help balance problem solving with with creativity and practicality.

Blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

 
Cat’s Treasure Trove: An Eclectic Collection of Jewelry & Gifts!  at www.catstreasuretrove.weebly.com  
and my group Sacred Spirals: The place where all paths meet at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/ 
The Desert Path: The Dusty Ramblings of a Desert Pagan. https://catsister.wordpress.com

Daily readings are written by Cat. Angel graphic is created and (C)LBolotin 2016-17.

Close to Your Soul: Cat’s Angel Message for August 10, 2017

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Close to Your Soul: Cat’s Angel Message for August 10, 2017

August Theme: Prosperity- Abundance- Creative Problem Solving 

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. ~ Anne Sexton

810: The longer we work on opening the channels of communication between ourselves and the Divine, the easier it becomes. It should feel comfortable and over time it will become second nature and provide an almost meditative experience. This communication flow helps us in many ways. It not only opens the way for information it also brings us peace and feelings of safety. Today the angels are asking us to pay attention to the guidance we receive, it could come as thoughts, ideas, AHA! moments or even through visual clues. It’s important to stay centered focused so that you are ready to embrace the blessings that are headed your way!

The Ascended Masters Jesus and Moses can help learn to be open to divine communication and the goddess of healing waters, Sulis can help us to open our physical and spiritual eyes. The element of water can be a powerful spiritual transmitter and contact with Sulis is easier when done in or near water. Our stone for today is Opal. It is connected to water and can be used to promote balance on all levels.

Blessings for a magickal day!

Cat

I invite you to share my work as long as no changes are made and to check out my websites:

 
Cat’s Treasure Trove: An Eclectic Collection of Jewelry & Gifts!  at www.catstreasuretrove.weebly.com  
and my group Sacred Spirals: The place where all paths meet at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SacredSpirals/ 
The Desert Path: The Dusty Ramblings of a Desert Pagan. https://catsister.wordpress.com

Daily readings are written by Cat. Angel graphic is created and (C)LBolotin 2016-17.