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What Are Angel Numbers?

What Are Angel Numbers?

By Nina Kahn

On November 12, 2021

In Astrology, Spirit

What Are Angel Numbers?

Angel numbers are a sequence of numbers that you see over and over. Whether it’s on shopping receipts, license plates, or the digital clock on your cell phone, seeing the same series of digits feels like a weird coincidence. But they may be sending a message. According to spiritualists, such as Mystic Michaela, angel numbers represent mystical messages from the universe. 

Angel Numbers and Numerology

According to numerology, every number vibrates at a unique frequency. And when a number is repeated—like angel numbers 111, 222, or 333—its power and meaning is amplified. Certain repeating numbers, like 11, 22, and 33, have an extra significance. They are known as “master numbers.”

Perhaps this is why it’s so common for people to make a wish when they see 11:11 on the clock, or why receiving a message at exactly 2:22, 3:33, or 4:44 might be considered a lucky sign—even by someone who’s never studied numerology or heard of an angel number.

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What Is My Angel Number?

If you tend to see a certain sequence of numbers over and over again, you can consider that a message—and a personal number for you.

But you can also determine your own angel number. To calculate your personal angel number, you will need to use your birth date. This is called a life path number. Add together all the digits of your birth date. Then pair it down to a single digit. For example, if your birthday was January 1, 2000, then you would add 1 + 1 + 2,000 = 2,011. Add those digits together to get 4, and voila, 4 is your number.

Angel Number Meanings

Whether you believe it’s the work of your angels, spirit guides, or just the magical synchronicity of the universe, it’s up to you. Here are some of the most common angel numbers and their messages so you can decode them next time they appear.

1111 Angel Number Meaning

Let’s start with the most popular and well-known angel number, which is 1111—or, as we recognize it on a clock, 11:11. When we see 1111, it’s the universe asking us to trust our intuition and embrace our spiritual power. 11 is a master number in numerology, and it represents things like psychic intuition and spiritual awakenings. That’s why it’s common for people to notice 11:11 more frequently as they connect more deeply with their mystical side. The manifestation power of this number is strong, too, which is why it’s customary to make a wish at exactly 11:11.

111 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 111, it’s a reminder from the universe to believe in ourselves. In numerology, one is the number of independence, initiative, and new beginnings (which makes sense, given that it’s the first of all numbers). Seeing sequences of “ones” is a sign to own your power, take advantage of new opportunities, and confidently charge forward into uncharted territory.

222 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 222, it’s a sign from the universe that we’re on the right path. It’s a very affirming number, as “twos” represent balance and things being in a state of harmony. Because twos in numerology also relate to partnership and cooperation, seeing sequences of twos is also a beautiful reminder that we’re not alone in our personal quests, even when we fear we are.

333 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 333, the universe is encouraging us to express our visions to the world. The number three in numerology is all about creativity, growth, and communication. It’s a lucky and optimistic number, so if you’re regularly seeing repeating sequences of “threes,” take it as a sign to connect with the world around you and embrace your free-thinking creative side.

444 Angel Number Meaning

The number 444 is a reminder from the universe that we’re being supported. In numerology, four is the number of stability and strength, and seeing sequences of “fours” reminds us that we have a solid foundation beneath us that will offer us protection. This hardworking and down-to-earth energy offers us a deep-rooted sense of safety and confidence.

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555 Angel Number Meaning

When we see 555, the universe is letting us know that changes are on the way. The number five in numerology relates to challenges, changes, and turning points in our paths, so it asks us to be adaptable and open to new things. Seeing repeating sequences of fives portends fresh opportunities, exciting shifts, and new adventures.

Remember: While we can decode the potential meanings of angel numbers using numerology, it’s also important to trust ourselvesto interpret the messages that the universe is trying to communicate to us. If you have a personal relationship or association with a particular number that’s continually catching your eye, trust your instincts! As is true of all mystical arts, it’s important to build your own symbolic bond with angel numbers and the magical messages they’re trying to send you.

Angel Numbers Cheat Sheet

  • 111: Believe in yourself
  • 222: You’re on the right path
  • 333: Express your creativity
  • 444: Support is here
  • 555: Changes are on the way
  • 1111: You’re spiritually aligned

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Tomorrow is 11/11: Here's Why You Need to Make a Wish!

Tomorrow is 11/11: Here’s Why You Need to Make a Wish!

By Horoscope.com

On November 10, 2021

In Aspect, Couple, Spirit

Tomorrow is 11/11: Here's Why You Need to Make a Wish!

Tomorrow, Saturday November 11, is one of the most auspicious dates on the calendar this year. The number 11 is a powerful one in numerology—it signifies sensitivity, intuition, empathy, and alignment with the universe. And when you have two elevens in a row? Those are the twin flames, signs of a soul mate connection. A twin flame is more than just a relationship, it’s a cosmic connection that binds two souls together, and the numbers 11/11 represent this type of intense, beyond-this-earth connection.

Not only that, but right now, we’re gearing up toward a Scorpio new moon next week, a time when new opportunities, experiences, and paths can present themselves. A Scorpio new moon tends to portend mystery, passion, and unbridled energy, and is a moon of transformation, helping you become who you want to be. And 11/11 can help you get there, by giving you the extra insight, empathy, and intuition to manifest the life you want—and the person you want in it.

Want to go even deeper into numerology? This article offers a primer (as well as shares how to find your life path number.) For this Saturday, here are some strategies for getting even deeper into your mysterious self—and potentially finding your match.

Pay Attention to Coincidences
Your intuition is at an all-time high, so what may seem like coincidences are really the universe gently pushing you in certain directions. See a person who you thought about seconds before? Meet someone with the same name as your beloved grandma? All these count. Pay attention to the deeper messages that the coincidence might be sending. 

Write Down Your Dreams 
Your soulmate may not come along IRL just yet. But he or she may come across in a dream, and that’s why it’s important to pay attention to the ones you have in the days surrounding 11/11. You know how sometimes you meet someone and feel certain you’ve met them before? Chances are, it’s because you first became acquainted with each other in a dream, which is sometimes the universe’s way of first introducing a soul mate, so the initial introduction IRL won’t be so over-the-top intense! 

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Make a Wish
This isn’t just exclusive to November 11, but whenever you spot two 11’s—on your phone, on a clock, whatever—it’s a great time to close your eyes and make a wish? Why? Just you noticing them means you’re pretty tuned into the universe at that moment, which means it’s prime time to manifest some magic.

Call Your Soulmate In
Attached? You may be lucky enough to be with your soulmate right now, even though that connection is covered up by to-do lists and obligations. Spend some time focusing on what attracted you to that person in the first place. Single? Today is a good day to imagine your soul mate, right down to what type of job they would do, and even cast a love spell. 

Get Out There!
Coincidences, chance encounters, and meetings can happen, but you’ve got to get out there and find them! Use this auspicious date to live more intensely than you normally do. Say yes to an invite, head to a party, and make small talk with a cute stranger—especially if they seem like someone you may have met in a dream. Most of all, enjoy. When you flow with the universe, it’s energy flows back to you!

Feature illustration by Dorian Legret 

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The One Magical Habit That Can Change Your Life

The One Magical Habit That Can Change Your Life

By Horoscope.com

On November 5, 2021

In Spirit

The One Magical Habit That Can Change Your Life

Jamie Richardson specializes in tarot decks and readings. Find her @EmberandAura

Every morning you prepare to meet a new day. The Earth has completed another rotation; the moon falls into deeper shadow; the seasons change.

Are your days slipping into a lackluster pattern? Monotony can be both comforting and mundane. But how do we know that our lives matter? How do we connect with our individual purpose? How do prevent ourselves from fading into complacency? The answer is by crafting personal rituals that evoke our highest self.

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Ritual is often disguised in the most ordinary of activities: brewing your coffee, making your bed, and brushing your teeth. Each of these daily exercises is performed to bring forth a desired result—to make you feel secure, revived, orderly, and refreshed. Just as you maintain your outer world through these familiar routines, you can likewise cultivate inner balance through a daily Tarot reading.

The art of Tarot reading is an illuminating and grounding way to begin each day. With the help of its steadfast characters and suits, Tarot cuts through the preconceived notions of our overly rational minds and illustrates our life’s path in the ancient language of symbols. Whether a deck is used purely on its own, or as a supplemental tool with one’s own dreams or journaling, over time tarot becomes a trusted guide and companion.

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There are numerous ways to allow a Tarot reading to become a daily spiritual practice. Study various Tarot spreads and take note of which ones most resonate with you. Always conduct your ritual in a special space you have reserved for quiet reflection and invoking sacred energy. This can simply be a windowsill or corner with a few special objects that hold special meaning to you—a crystal, a stone, a feather, an image of a deity, photos of lost loved ones, or even a dried flower from a memorable day.

Once you are ready to begin, your personal ritual might look something like this: Light a candle and request the presence of the Divine. Acknowledge with gratitude the rising sun and the chance to start anew. Ask for protection around yourself and those you love. If you journal (which I highly recommend), take a few minutes to let your thoughts and dreams flow onto your pages. Now, open yourself to Divine presence and shuffle your deck. As you shuffle the cards, ask to be shown two cards: One card that depicts any obstacle you might face today and one card to show what solution may be used to overcome it. This is your lesson from above; this is today’s theme. Meditate on the images and let them rest on your altar throughout your day, if you wish. Continue to journal your first impressions from the cards and possible ways they may guide you today. Thank the Divine for Her guidance and also pray for wisdom and intuition to accompany you as you face your day. Close the practice with gratitude and blow out the candle.

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Observing this simple rite on a regular basis will establish a beautiful rhythm to your days. Don’t be surprised if the Tarot cards repeat themselves until you have mastered a particular lesson, or if they seem to take on a lifelike energy of their own. You will find that the wisdom of the cards is just a reflection of your own, always ready to assist you on your journey, always making magic out of the mundane. —Jamie Richardson

Jamie Richardson is a tarot reader, mom, and online boutique owner in Denver, CO, specializing in ethical fashion, vintage goods, and tarot decks and readings. Find her @EmberandAura. 

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Honoring the Day of the Dead

Honoring the Day of the Dead

By Horoscope.com

On November 1, 2021

In Spirit

Honoring the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (or El Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that occurs on November 1-2, when families celebrate their deceased ancestors. The gates between the physical and spiritual world open on the evening of October 31, unlocking the realms that allow families to be reunited. 

Ancient indigenous cultures of Mexico have celebrated the lives of those who’ve passed away for over 3,000 years. The holiday originally lasted the entire ninth month of the Aztec calendar year. 

November 1 honors deceased children, the innocent souls lost. Offerings are made in the form of toys and dolls for the children to play with and enjoy on the holiday. November 2 celebrates the deceased adults. For them, we bring libations and earthly gifts that they’d find amusing and adore. 

Many people do altar work to attract their ancestors in spiritual form. This requires them to make offerings to the spirits. Usually, marigold flowers, foods (the favorite foods and libations of the deceased are made and placed on the altar), fruit, and water are left on the altar with photos of ancestors and candles burning brightly throughout the day. These offerings are used to attract ancestors and alert them to come towards the loving space that we have created in their honor and memory.

Dressing up in skull masks or face makeup is common. This is a contemporary way to celebrate the holiday. The more traditional approach is to eat sugar skull cookies known as pan de muerto and to drink atole, which is a spicy dark chocolate liquor, and greet neighbors with “Feliz Dia de los Muertos,” which translates to “Happy Day of the Dead.”

Having a lovely and lush meal with living family members while holding an empty seat with a place setting the spirits is a welcoming way to evoke them to come out and enjoy the fun. Families hold feasts with wine and food that the deceased love. The family raises a glass and gives a toast to the family members they are honoring. Everyone reflects and shares stories about their ancestors. Tears, laughs, and a wide range of emotions are felt throughout the course of the meal. After all, it’s a celebration of the circle of life and those who we miss dearly. 

Festivals continue in the parks and cemeteries, where the spirits are remembered and revered. All generations of families gather together and unite in paying tribute to their deceased loved ones. Music is played. Dancing under the sun lasts until moonlight. Additionally, flowers, photos, and personal trinkets are left on the graves of those who’ve departed to let them know that their presence is not forgotten and always felt. People also make crafts, art, and jewelry that have personal significance to the departed and allow them to feel the tender love and kindness their family has for them. 

Cleansing the home and energy is important as well. It’s always a good idea to refresh and reset one’s personal energy when doing altar work and connecting with spirits to keep the energy clean. Also, to ensure that you’re aligning with the right spirits — the ones who are only giving you love and respect. 

The Day of the Dead is not a one-off holiday, meaning that it’s not just celebrated one time throughout the year. Plans and offerings are made throughout the year, not just on this one day. This is the time when the bell between the spiritual and physical world is the nerve and normal, which is why it is a time that the spirits come to visit. However, this is a time-honored tradition that spans decades and generations and requires consistent devotion and love. 

The magic of the Day of the Dead is one that has stood the test of time and brought families together. It is the most magical and inspirational time of the year for all who celebrate. Knowing that your ancestors are present and showing you the love that you feel for them is the most wonderful sentiment one could possibly feel. All of these reasons and more are why Dia de los Muertos is an amazing time for those who celebrate — and why it should be honored throughout the year.

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Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

By Shereen Campbell

On October 13, 2021

In Spirit

Is a Soul Mate Real and Do You Have One?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve pondered the meaning of this elusive word, “soul mate.” A soul mate is person who is perfectly suited to you; your ideal mate, with you to the end. Sounds so romantic, right? Or maybe a little too romantic — like the ending of a fairy tale: Prince Charming had finally found his one true love, for no other lady was as perfectly suited to him as Cinderella. And they lived happily ever after.

But do they soul mates really exist?

I think not. In fact, I’m calling bullshit on this definition of soul mate and advocating for us to let it go and embrace a new definition! I yearn for a day when we look at two people and see all the hard work, dedication, perseverance, love, and compassion it took for them to complement each other so nicely. The current definition over simplifies the emotional growth and development these two people took to stay together. Of course, they probably had a ton in common and many similarities, but their union most definitely took some work. And this isn’t just true of romantic pairings — familial relationships and even friendships require attention. In the end, relationships that are long lasting and fulfilling take a great deal of energy, compassion, and love.

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As we jump into this, let’s take a look at the word soul mate. It is made up of two words, “soul” and “mate.” First, what’s a soul? It’s hard to define, but loosely, it’s a spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. And a mate, of course, is one half of a pair. Both words have no inherent judgment, but soul mate is most definitely a loaded term. I believe that’s because, as humans, we have a tendency to categorize and label things, and we might have added in the perfectly suited portion of the definition in an attempt to glamorize the coming together of two individuals. I suppose to some extent this makes sense, because that’s generally how it starts. Fast forward to Prince Charming and Cinderella two years later, and I’m sure even they had to make some compromises. Let’s be real: Soul mate shouldn’t mean, “the only person in the whole wide world who’s totally and completely a match for you,” but rather, simply two individuals coming together to make it work.

If we took this a little bit further and dug into what a soul is actually doing down here on earth, it would bring this sense of learning and growing into view more. Astrology, in itself, is more or less the study and cycles of human growth and evolution. Furthermore, most religions and spiritual beliefs in one way or another share the thought that we are here to become a better version of ourselves. What better way to do this than to interact with other souls that share the same unconscious goal? Moreover, since we know that I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, and actually no one on the planet is perfect, wouldn’t it make sense that any two imperfect individuals who come together are soul mates? And, in the end, maybe a soul mate is just the folks that you enjoy being around while you all work on yourself? It’s something we should really think about deeply. Perhaps anyone could be your soul mate and maybe we could use a break from trying to force this whole idea of perfect on each other.

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As much as it’s fun to glamorize the idea of a soul mate, I think we should all just keep it real and know that when two individuals come together to put in the energy to create a relationship they’re proud of, that should be called a soul mate relationship. They helped each other heal, grow, and flourish. And the best part is, there are lots of folks and types of relationships that could help you do just that. There’s not need to look for just one special one. Keep working on being your best self in all your relationships, and you might find yourself with a bunch of soul mates. That’s a definition that can make everyone happy. — By Shereen Campbell

Shereen Campbell is a 30-something New Yorker striving to create the life of her dreams. She’s an astrologer, ecommerce manager, and the founder of My Little Magic Shop. She loves sailing, southern Italian food, and all things magical.

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5 Ordinary Objects for Practical Everyday Magic

5 Ordinary Objects for Practical Everyday Magic

By Gala Darling

On May 28, 2021

In Fashion, Shopping, Spirit

5 Ordinary Objects for Practical Everyday Magic

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the witchy stuff out there. Between all the crystals, Tarot decks, moon journals (plus having an astrologer on speed-dial), there are so many sexy spiritual accessories that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. What do you really need—and which items are more of an unnecessary luxury?

While a fully decked-out altar looks lovely on Instagram, it won’t necessarily make you happy. And she who dies with the most crystals still, well, dies. So, as much as I love “stuff,” I’m happiest spending my money on experiences, or things that connect me to something greater. Scroll below to see the ordinary objects that I find the most magical, but also most practical.

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Fresh Flowers

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A bunch of roses or tulips is not a luxury! They cost about the same as an oversized drink from your favorite caffeine corporation, and they will give you much more joy. I always have pink roses on my altar, a purple orchid on my coffee table, and—often—a bunch of tulips in my living room. They remind me of the beauty that is all around us (if we will just open our eyes and look), connect me to the earth, and bring a beautiful spark to my home. They are worth every penny and more.

An Aura Photo

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If you don’t know what your aura looks like, how can you live with yourself?  Get thee to an aura photographer stat! If you’re in New York City, get down to Chinatown and visit Magic Jewelry for a quick photo and a reading that will blow your mind.

The shot, which shows your aura—a rainbow of colors that can help decode what you’re projecting in your everyday interactions—is a great visual example of how there’s so much more to you than meets the eye. Not in NYC? One of my dear friends Christina runs a traveling aura photography studio called Radiant Human, and her photos are to die for. Beloved by the fashion set, her aura portraits are so beautiful they’re worth framing.

A Magical Manicure

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Our hands are the very tips of our body: They are what we use to create, to touch, and to receive information. They are the primary way we send energy from our body into the universe. We communicate with our hands all day—typing messages on our phones and computers, gesticulating, and adding flourishes to our body language.

So here’s the deal: A sparkly, gem-encrusted, or otherwise fabulous manicure actually emphasizes the energy you’re putting out. When you honor your hands, you are honoring yourself and your expression. A magical manicure makes you more mindful of what you’re about to make manifest. And I am convinced that I am a better writer when my manicure is on point!

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A Bright Wallet

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Comme Des Garçons Women’s Leather Pink Wallet, $137

Your wallet is your ultimate symbol of abundance. So what is it saying? If your wallet is old, ripped, overstuffed, or (even worse) nonexistent, how does that vibe translate to your life? And in what way is that manifesting in your finances? Yeah, I see you there, gulping nervously as you think about the stained wallet you’ve been using for the last five years! It’s time to clear it out and get a swift upgrade. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to cost your weekly paycheck, like the gorgeous GG Blooms number below. I have an iridescent pink faux-reptile skin wallet from Georgia Mae that I adore. In addition to bringing me untold amounts of happiness, it also send out great money vibes!

A Self-Love Routine That Works

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I left the most important one for last. It’s essential to figure out what you need to make you happy. If I skip my meditation practice, don’t work out (or at least stretch), ignore calls from my friends, and refuse to do something creative, I’ll sink into a deep slump. We need to top up our emotional tank every single day: The effect is cumulative.

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Everything You Need to Know About Reading Tea Leaves

Everything You Need to Know About Reading Tea Leaves

By Ellen Ricks

On May 7, 2021

In Magic, Spirit

Everything You Need to Know About Reading Tea Leaves

Tasseography, the art of reading tea leaves, is a form of divination that originated in Europe during the 17th century when the Chinese Trade Route brought tea to the continent. If done right, much like a psychic reading, tea leaves can foretell the tell the future, or give you some hot advice with every sip.

Reading Tea Leaves: What Is It?

I learned about tasseography the way I learned about most things: from Harry Potter. As I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I was enchanted by the thought of reading tea leaves like the trio did in divination class. While no one in the book took the leaves seriously (apparently at magic high school, predicting the future via tea is too far-fetched), I was curious on how to see the future, using a simple cup of tea.

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Fast forward years later, I attended a tea reading class the kids at the metaphysical club had put together (yay, liberal arts college!) where I got a crash course in tasseography, and I’ve been practicing ever since.

If you’re curious to see what’s brewing in your future, follow me as I give you my blend of tea readings, one mug at a time.

Tea Leaf Symbolism and How-To Guides for Beginners

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What’s great about reading tea leaves is that it’s more personal than Tarot or palmistry, and there are no firm rules to what each symbol has to mean. While both our cups can have a bird in it, we can come up with different meanings. For example, when I see a horse, I think of power and movement, but it can have a completely different meaning to someone else. Just go with your gut.

If you are completely drawing a blank, there are plenty of tea leaf reading guides, like Dennis Fairchild’s A Divination Guide for the Bottom of Your Cup, to give you a hand. And for those who need a little extra guidance, you can always use The Cup of Destiny, a beginner’s kit complete with a decorated cup and detailed instructions.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to reading tea leaves.

How to Read Tea Leaves

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What You Need:

  • A White Mug (Teacup preferred)
  • Loose Leaf Tea. (Any kind but I prefer Salem Witch blend from Adagio teas)
  • A Small Plate
  • Paper
  • Pen

Instructions:

Step #1: Brew your tea like you always do. Loose leaf tea is the traditional and preferred method of tea readings, but if you don’t have loose leaf, a tea bag is fine. Wait until it’s fully steeped and most of the leaves sink. As the tea steeps, quite your mind.

Step #2: Sip your tea slowly, holding the cup in your weaker hand—if you’re right-handed, hold it in your left, and vice-versa. While you’re drinking, think about the questions you’re asking. For example, I asked what lay ahead for me in the next six months. Drink until there is only a half of a swallow of liquid left. If you are using a tea bag, now is the time to cut it.

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Pro Tip: If you’re drinking loose leaf tea, place your mouth around the rim of the cup and sip that way to prevent yourself from accidentally choking on tea leaves like I did.

Step #3: Swirl the cup three times counterclockwise. Turn the plate upside down and place it on top of the mug. Tip the cup over so most of the liquid and tea leaves can spill onto the plate. What remains is your reading. If there are no leaves left in your cup, you have too much water left. Pour the liquid and leaves from the plate back into the mug and drink until only a little bit of liquid remains.

Step #4: Hold out the mug in front of you and read your leave clockwise, writing down everything you see, all shapes and symbols, anything that jumps out at you.

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For example, when I first looked down at my cup, I immediately said horse, because that’s what I saw. Again, don’t worry about something being ridiculous or not—just write it down, then we’ll tackle symbolism. If you are having trouble seeing anything, walk away from it for a while or take a picture, with a little distance, it might all become clear. What I saw in my mug was: a horse in mid-jump, a smile, a bird, an S, New Jersey, and some floating leaves.

Step #5: After you wrote down what you saw, it’s time to focus on where it’s placed. The closer the leaves are to the center of the cup, the more distance it is in the future. So if there are leaves in the center of the cup, that’s the distant future or outcome. Your cup handle is your starting point, representing yourself.

 

Can I Do This With Coffee?

Yes! If you’re not a big tea drinker, you can also read coffee grounds to get your divination fix. Just follow the steps above and replace tea with coffee.

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I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

By Horoscope.com

On February 18, 2021

In Astrology, Spirit, Tarot

I Did Everything Tarot Cards Told Me for a Week and Here’s What Happened

Everyone who has ever worked with Tarot deck knows they have personalities. Some Tarot decks are sweet, some are direct, and some are vague. I’ve worked with tarot for a few years now and my cards have to be the BOSSIEST cards out there. In-your-face blunt honest. Do I listen to my cards? No. Should I? Probably.

After a series of questionable life choices, I thought it might be helpful to call upon some otherworldly sources for guidance: my Tarot cards. So, I decided to listen to my Tarot cards for a whole week, following the advice without argument or reshuffling. Hey, they can’t do any worse!

The Rules: For this, I used my sassiest deck: The Kawaii Tarot by Diana Lopez. Do NOT be fooled dear readers, these cards may look sweet and innocent but are highly skilled at throwing shade.

I started my day with a one-card reading, asking for a piece of advice for the day. I also consulted my tarot whenever I had any decisions that I wanted a second opinion on.

Here’s what happened.

Day 1
Daily Card: The Star

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Interpretation: The Star means faith, hope, and positivity. I took it to mean: be still, things will get better. It’s the “hang in there, baby” of Tarot. I was very stressed before my reading so this comforted me. It’s also a card of patience, which is so not me.

How I took this advice: First, I took it to mean I should play “Faith” by George Michael as I got ready for the day, so it was already helping me make good choices. During the day when I got stressed about work, I meditated for a few minutes, visualizing what I wanted, knowing the universe wanted me to have it. It really boosted my mood and changed my mindset the rest of the day.

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Day 2
Daily Card: 5 of Swords

Interpretation: I was wondering when I would get swords. I hate swords; swords mean conflict which I do not do well with; the 5 means change, which is something I also don’t do well with. This foreshadows conflict/change in a relationship. Don’t keep things bottled up. Be assertive! Take a stand!

Oh dear.

How I took this advice: I actually had a lot of unresolved issues with many people so narrowing down the list was a struggle. First, I thought of my ex who I had a nasty breakup with almost two years ago. Maybe it was time for healing?
Nope! Because when I asked if I should reach out to my ex I pulled two cards: The Devil, and The Tower (Reversed), which are the worst cards. The Devil is vice, addiction, and the Reversed Tower means holding onto a bad situation. Well played, Tarot.

So I thought about confronting a friend I was having issues with. I got the Emperor which is the bossy authority figure. That’s the one! I called him and we had a long conversation where I told him how I was feeling. Our relationship is different, but I’m healing.

Day 3
Daily Card: Page of Wands

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Interpretation: This card means learning about power, inspiration, or passion. Clearly my Tarot is telling me I needed to learn something new that day.

How I took the advice: I spent the day getting organized, career-wise. I read a few career-related articles, and learned how to write a decent cover letter. Knowledge is power!

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Day 4
Daily Card: 6 of Cups

Interpretation: This card means nostalgia, old friendships, and connecting with the past. Cups and the number six are creative, so maybe I should look at things from a new angle?

How I took the advice: I decided to look at things from a different perspective and did creative work I didn’t normally do. I even wrote a poem. I treated myself with old childhood throwback: Coloring, to de-stress.

Day 5
Daily Card: 9 of Cups

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Interpretation: This is one of my favorite cards in Tarot, not only because I connect to it (I’m a 9 life path) but it always gives the best news. 9 of cups means satisfaction, accomplishment, and indulgence; all things I enjoy.

How I took the advice: I did a LOT of online shopping. Hey, it’s the “Treat Yo Self” card. Plus, I asked my deck before I checked out if I can buy it, and I got yes after yes. So Tarot is the reason I shop (she lies to herself).

If you think I was being overdramatic in the beginning when I said my deck was sassy because it’s letting me color and buy clothes, don’t be fooled. Later I asked about the future of my relationship with this guy I’ve been talking to and drew the 7 of cups, which means illusion and fantasy. Please get me some Aloe, because I just got burned.

Day 6
Daily Card: Knight of Pentacles

Interpretation: This was a spooky experience. As I was shuffling my cards to do my morning reading my hands suddenly started shaking and my heart rate spiked as I rapidly shuffled my deck until I pulled out a card from the middle of the deck. It was the Knight of Pentacles, which is the responsibility card. Honestly, that was a really dramatic way to tell me to be more responsible. Chill, Tarot.

How I took the advice: Pentacles represent everyday actions, and since this is a card of patience and responsibility, it means I should get prepared for something coming in the next few weeks and months. So I got my finances in order (after my shopping “spree”), double checked that all my bills were paid, and finished most of my assignments for the week. I don’t know what’s coming, but I’m ready.

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Day 7
Daily Card: 5 of Cups (Reverse)

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Interpretation: I felt it was sort of fitting that on the last day of the challenge, I got the “acceptance” card. 5 of Cups is also about moving on and letting go.

How I took the advice: As much as I hate confronting the past, I have a hard time letting go. It’s something I need to work on. I took the day to reflect on my goals, tried to center myself, and let go of negative energy.

When I started this project I didn’t think I was going to get much out of this, but I was wrong. This project made me reflect on emotions I hadn’t acknowledged. The deck was both comforting and honest. This was a great opportunity to analyze things and look from a different perspective. I enjoyed getting back into Tarot and plan to consult my cards more often. It might not predict the future, but it gives me the power to shape my mindset.

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7 Real-Life Psychic Predictions That Were Accurate AF

7 Real-Life Psychic Predictions That Were Accurate AF

By Horoscope.com

On February 8, 2021

In Psychic, Spirit

7 Real-Life Psychic Predictions That Were Accurate AF

Pretty much anyone who goes to a psychic is looking to get real, precise insight into their lives. Whether you want to know what new and exciting events will happen in the future, a peek into your love live, a nudge about a career move or a tip about what will happen to your loved ones, if you’re seeing a psychic, you hope you’ll receive information that is right on target. And while some readings may be vague, some readings are so accurate, they literally predict your future. Scroll through to read these seven stories that that are so on-point they’ll give you the chills (and have you calling your favorite psychic stat).

He Predicted I’d Fall for a Tattooed Sailor

“Many years ago, I was dating a gentleman who was amazingly psychic. He told me I would remarry in my 50s. I told him in no uncertain terms that I wouldn’t. He insisted that I would marry a man with a tattoo on his hand and that he would be a sailor. I laughed thinking this was his unusual way of asking me out, because he was a former Marine and had a tattoo and the only man I knew with one at the time.

Sad to say this gentleman and I broke up but I started to date again. I joined an online dating site and had been speaking with a man on and off for six months before we agreed to meet. When the evening came to a close, this guy took my hand and kissed it.  I almost fell over. As he took my hand in his—I noticed an eight-pointed star on his hand. I asked what the tattoo was for and he replied he had done it to himself when he was kid. The star is the ancient symbol that would identify a sailor. I was 52 when we wed.” — Tammey

She Warned Me About a RunIn With a Bear

“I had a reading where the psychic warned me about a bear. She said she saw a vision and signs from guardian angels. I also had recently had a vision that while I was at the fridge, I saw a bear approaching my five-year-old daughter in our yard. We hadn’t had any bear visits that year yet so, I thought to myself, where did that come from? About four hours later it came true. A bear came from the same direction as it had in my vision and my daughter was standing in the exact same spot! Very scary and thankfully we were all safe but the psychic was right on!”  Tammy

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She Predicted a Family Reunion

“I’ve had a couple of good readings, but one in particular stands out. I am adopted, and I a psychic told me that in my late 30s, my biological sister would start looking for me. When I was 39, she found me and I was reunited with my biological family, including two brothers, a sister, both parents the day after my 40th birthday.” — Denise

Read This Now: 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Going to a Psychic for the First Time

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She Predicted My First Two Jobs

“When I was younger we had a family psychic—my mom was really into that stuff. Over the years, I wouldn’t pay attention to most of the stuff she said, but looking back, two of her predictions about my first jobs were right on. She said you’re going to drive very far for a new job, but you’re not going to like it. My first corporate job was a long drive, and I hated it. Then she said, you’re going to work for an Asian company and travel a lot. About six years later, I got a job for a Korean shipping carrier—pretty specific when I had no plans to work for the company years before.” — Antonio

He Told Me About a Career Change

“Around a year ago, I saw a psychic who insisted that she saw a career change on the horizon for me. I worked in a creative field at the time and she kept coming back about how I would soon be working in tech, particularly something related to a ‘new’ technology like blockchain. I brushed it off. But lo and behold, a few weeks later I was laid off, and then, through a friend, secured a freelance assignment writing about blockchain and cryptocurrency a few months later. It didn’t dawn on me that the psychic was right until a few weeks into the new gig!” — Blair

 

She Told Me I’d Write a Book

“I decided to speak to a spiritual medium and healer to help overcome my immense sadness from the sudden passing of my mother on the day after my birthday in 2009. As I was leaving, she handed me a paper with the name and number of an editor on it. When I asked why she was giving me this, she said, ‘You are going to write a book, and you’ll need her to edit it for you in order to sell it to a publisher.’ At that time, I had been thinking about writing a cookbook, but had never told anyone about it. I actually thought it was a crazy idea and that no one would take me seriously, since I didn’t have a professional cooking background or career. Three years later my cookbook was published and am now in the process of writing my second book.” — Josephine

He Predicted My Boyfriend Would Reunite With His Ex

“Though I had total confidence in my psychic, with one early prediction I crossed my fingers that he was wrong. The psychic predicted that the guy that I had been dating would break up with me and go back to his ex-wife. My then boyfriend and I talked about the prediction and even laughed about it saying that it could never happen. Eventually, however, my ex went back to his ex. After we broke up, the guy even had the guts to ask me what else the psychic had predicted about him and his ex-wife! The nerve! I’m still irritated about that.” – Catherine

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8 Mind-Clearing and Productive Crystals to Keep at Your Work Desk

8 Mind-Clearing and Productive Crystals to Keep at Your Work Desk

By Amanda Lauren

On January 25, 2021

In Crystals, Spirit, Success

8 Mind-Clearing and Productive Crystals to Keep at Your Work Desk

Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting up your dream business or have been continually successful, keeping crystals at your desk can make sure both your mind and to-do lists are clear.

Many of us are aware that crystals can help with productivity and cleansing one’s thoughts. But crystals are masters at a variety of work challenges from self-doubt, feelings of failure, lack of inspiration—even the foibles of unpleasant coworkers can be fixed with a little crystal guidance!

Here are eight crystals for your best work life yet.

Rose Quartz

Best for: Self-confidence

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For those who never seem to feel good enough, rose quartz is a perfect answer for your problem with negative talk. Feeling nervous about a presentation? Can’t seem to shake self-doubt when preparing to ask something of your boss? This gentle, reassuring, self-love crystal will open up your heart chakra in order to give you the confidence you need to take on anything.

Is negative self-talk an issue for you? Did a conversation with your manger leave you with feelings of self-doubt that you’re just unable to shake? Take a short break with a quick rose quartz ritual. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and try a metta (loving kindness) meditation, if possible. The crystal of love and self-love will help open up your heart chakra to heal you.

How to use it: When you’re feeling antsy, take a short break with a quick rose quartz ritual. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and try a metta meditation (loving kindness meditation). In your head or out loud, repeat phrases you would like to instill in your heart such as, “May I be confident. May I be strong. May I be happy. May I be peaceful and at ease.” Repeat until you feel calmer (and ready to take on anything!).

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Black Tourmaline

Best for: Protection against EMF exposure; protection against negative coworkers

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If you only keep one crystal at your desk, let it be black tourmaline: the black shining armor of the crystal world. This crystal shields against electromagnetic radiation fields (EMFs) that are emitted from devices such as computers and cell phones. Though the health risks posed by EMFs is inconclusive, a few theories suggest these rays can cause you to feel stress, fatigue, and anxiety—all the feelings that can hinder your productivity at work.

Black tourmaline also protects you from the negative energy of other people—like that coworker who won’t stop coming up to your desk, or that family member who doesn’t understand why you can’t answer their mid-day texts.

How to use it: Keep it close when a particularly aggravating situation comes up. For instance, if your coworker approaches your desk (once again), take hold of the tourmaline in your hand. If your mom texts you for the third time in a row, turn your phone face down and place the tourmaline on top.

Citrine

Best for: a creativity boost; inspiration

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You don’t have to keep banging your head against the wall when faced with an issue or dead-end project. Citrine can help open your third eye and give your imagination an open channel to receive out-of-the-box thoughts. For that reason, this crystal is especially useful for people who work in creative fields.

How to use it: Hold the crystal and set your intentions. Take a deep breath. Journal your goals or write out a quick to-do list. Then, get ready for it all to come to fruition. Do this daily or weekly—it really depends on how fast you want things to happen!

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Smoky Quartz

Best for: Concentration

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Is there too much going on in your head? Is your productivity waning? Feeling overwhelmed or distracted by life at home? A smoky quartz can help you to focus on the task at hand. By decreasing stress, anxiety, and other toxic cloud that can take over your thoughts, it can help your mind restore itself to a more grounded state.

How to use it: When you’re feeling overwhelmed, hold your smoky quartz, close your eyes, and breathe deeply until you feel settled once again. 

Selenite

Best for: Energy cleanse; positivity; charging other crystals

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As one of the most powerful crystals out there, selenite can be used to cleanse energy and provide positive vibes. It’s particularly useful in a large office or coworking space where there are a lot of energies around.

This crystal is also especially important for entrepreneurs, as it keeps the good juju going when you’re starting something new. Pro tip: Combine it with citrine to clear any blockages related to finance.

How to use it: A selenite charging plate is also a useful tool to keep your other crystals charged.

Green Aventurine

Best for: Money; promotions; success at work

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Green aventurine is a beautiful stone that helps manifest abundance of all kinds. While it is often advertised as a money stone, it doesn’t just help in the cash department (although it’s perfect for money abundance if that’s what you’re looking for!). Green aventurine can also help bring many types of abundance into your work life. For instance, it could help you receive a promotion, create new partnerships, or see to it that you get acknowledgement at work.

How to use it: Write down a goal around abundance on a piece of paper. What do you want to see happen? Fold that piece of paper up and place your aventurine on top. On your desk it’ll serve as a daily reminder to quietly meditate no receiving your goal.

Tiger’s Eye

Best for: Calming those jitters 

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Are you nervous for a presentation? Wondering how you are going to get up there and do your best in front of everyone? Channeling the “eye of the tiger” has never been easier with this stone. Think of tiger’s eye as the crystal version of your own personal cheerleader.

How to use it: While you can keep a larger stone on your desk for everyday nerves, a small tumble stone for your pocket is perfect for you to take into meetings.  in your pocket can also get the job done.

Amazonite

Best for: Healing; communication with others

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Connected to the heart and throat chakras, it’s no wonder why this crystal touches our most personal and communicative issues. For days when you’re simply maxed out and you desperately need to soothe your body, mind, and spirit, amazonite is your solution. For days when you need to have sensitive discussions with coworkers, amazonite is the best to have by your side.

How to use it: Hold it close a couple minutes before a meeting or when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You should find that your energy re-balances, leaving you open and free to new possibilities.

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