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Bundle Up for the Winter Solstice

Bundle Up for the Winter Solstice

By Horoscope.com

On December 20, 2021

In Spirit

Bundle Up for the Winter Solstice

As we prepare for yuletide festivities and cooler temperatures, take a moment on December 21 to celebrate the winter solstice. Yet another season has arrived, offering us time to reflect on growth as we approach the end of the calendar year. Days are now shorter, and the air is chillier. Do not let external melancholia interfere with your personal transformation. Instead of hibernating, appreciate the wintery weather this season. Take a step back, reflect, and plan your activities as you head into a new year.  

The solstice also marks the beginning of Capricorn season, which means that we are looking back at the past in an effort to change as we move forward in our lives. Honoring and remembering yesteryear is a wonderful way to find the path that aligns with one’s goals and desires. Now is also the time to manifest your visions during the upcoming days to ensure that you’re moving into the new season on a high. Refresh. Restart. Reboot. This will bring personal happiness and fulfillment in the months ahead. 

As we toast auld lang syne and bid farewell to 2021, try to reflect, remember, and move towards the future with high hopes. 2022 promises to be a better year than the past two. So, let’s all welcome winter with warm hearts, merriment, and cheer.

Winter Solstice Activities

The solstice is a wonderful time to connect with family and friends. Invite the people you care about over for a feast with all of the season’s delectable foods (stews, hearty soups, root vegetables, and puddings for dessert). Also, wine, beer, tea, and cider are essential drinks to toast the new season. You may even want to have a potluck dinner and let your guests plan the menu.

Being that the solstice is the shortest day of the year, we honor the sun by wishing and wanting its return to us.  A great way to pay reference to the sun during the solstice is to light white candles around the home to purify the energy and cleanse the home for the upcoming season. The sun‘s light gives everyone and everything life on earth, which is what we will celebrate and pay tribute to on the solstice. 

Additionally, altar work is essential on the solstice. Cleansing and clearing the altar for the upcoming season will allow you to set new intentions and manifest your hopes in the upcoming months. Switch up the energy of your altar by adding seasonal staples, such as pine cones, bells, red wine for the spirits, and winter colors to help your manifestations along. 

Lighting a yule log and placing it in the fireplace is a protective activity for the solstice. It’s said that the yule log serves as a great way to ward off evil entities or spirits that come our way during the winter solstice. In fact, due to the lack of sunshine in the day, many people believe that this gives way for mischievous energies, entities, or sprites to create havoc in our homes and lives. Luckily, the lighting of the yule log will protect us all from negative vibes. 

Exchanging gifts with loved ones is also an important solstice tradition. Whether or not you celebrate the holidays, it’s nice to give those you care about a token of your appreciation. After all, the new year is coming soon, and it’s a generous gesture to let people know that they are in your thoughts. The presents you give don’t have to be large. They could simply be something that you made yourself. If you are feeling the seasonal joy, you may opt to give a charitable donation in the names of those to whom you are giving presents. Or, you can start a toy drive in which you give gifts to those in need.

Although the temperature is getting cooler outside, it’s a wonderful time of the year to take a walk and connect with nature. Breathe in the fresh and crisp wintery air as you walk through your town. Embracing nature is a way to show Mother Earth how much we honor and appreciate the abundance that is given to us. Seeing nature in all its glory is also a wakeup call from the universe to be grateful.

Written by Lisa Stardust.

Photos Courtesy of Ylanite Koppens and Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.

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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.

Written by Lisa Stardust

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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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Courtesy of Amazon

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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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

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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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'Are Horoscopes Real?': All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

‘Are Horoscopes Real?’: All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

By Horoscope.com

On January 21, 2021

In Astrology, Horoscope, Spirit

'Are Horoscopes Real?': All Your Astrology Questions, Answered

Some of us giggle over our daily horoscopes on the way to work, while others continuously read them just to see if they “come true.” And then there are those who get a full natal chart reading and faithfully check their horoscopes on the daily. Based on this, they might also check compatibility reports for potential friends and lovers, and even plan major life events according to how the planets are aligned.

Whatever type of horoscope-checker you are, you’ve probably wondered how exactly a horoscope is even made and whether there’s any truth to it. Well sit tight, because we’re about to answer all your questions.

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Is There Any Truth in Horoscopes?

The word “horoscope” comes from the Greek word “horoskopos,” which literally means “a look at the hours.” Early astrologers in ancient Babylonia based their predictions on the movement of the planets, which at that time were thought to represent the activity of their five gods—Marduk representing Jupiter, Ishtar representing Venus, Ninurta representing Saturn, Nabu representing Mercury, and Nergel representing Mars—in combination with the Moon-god Sin and the Sun-god Shamash, whose movements were believed to affect what was happening on Earth.

Can Horoscopes Predict the Future?

As knowledge of astronomy and the world has evolved, the art of astrology has evolved as well; these days, the charting of planets is very thorough if done by any professional astrologer. Because of that, using astrology to interpret potential life events is very real indeed.

How Do Horoscopes Work?

Surely you know your sun sign (hint: it’s the typical answer to that “What’s your sign?” question.) But to learn about your other signs (and yes, you have more), astrologers will need to know more than just your birthday.

To write the most in-depth horoscope possible, astrologers require the date, time, and location of your birth. When we have this information, we are able to place your sun sign on the first house of an astrological chart, then follow the signs in order for each house thereafter, thereby determining what types of issues may affect you at any given time. By looking at the position of the planets, we can study your chart’s aspects and determine whether or not you will have a challenging day, month, year, or if the aspects are lining up in your favor.

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What Are Planetary Aspects?

The detailed theory of planetary aspects is quite complex, but in a nutshell, when there is a connection formed between planets that are associated by some degree in the zodiac, they are referred to as “aspects.”

When the planets occupy the same degree of different signs in a chart, they have a connection that is referred to as either harmonious or challenging, depending on the signs involved or the number of degrees separating the planets.

The major aspects commonly referred to are the “conjunction,” which is zero degrees and is considered the strongest blend of two energies; the “opposition,” which is 180 degrees and considered a very challenging aspect; the “square,” which is 90 degrees and largely represents conflicting energies; and the “trine,” which is 120 degrees and considered to be an easy and beneficial connection.

Do Planetary Aspects Affect Signs the Same Way?

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When it comes to astrology, nothing affects any two individual people in the exact same way. The planetary aspects have different effects in general, and as we apply these to peoples’ sun signs, the aspects affect each sign differently.

For example, in the Sun square Mars aspect, Mars is the planet of drive and determination, and the square aspect denotes difficulty in this area, so in general, people with this aspect in their chart may have problems with others getting in their way, so the lesson in their life may be to face challenges head-on and be willing to jump hurdles to get what they want.

So, does this aspect affect a naturally headstrong Aries differently than a more introverted, sensitive Cancer? Absolutely! We can see a lot less frustration ahead for the Ram than for the Crab, as overcoming obstacles comes much more naturally to an Aries than it does a Cancer.

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Okay, But Sometimes My Horoscopes Don’t Come True—What Gives?

Horoscopes are great tools to use as general guidelines for living, not predictions to be followed to a T. In order to write the most detailed and in-depth horoscope possible, an astrologer needs to have a person’s birth date, time, and location. Because it isn’t possible to have all of that information for every person, most horoscopes are written with a more general audience in mind. Most daily horoscopes are written by using sun signs based on the position and effect of the Moon.

The Moon changes signs every two to three days, which in turn affects our moods and emotions, so daily horoscopes are written based on where the Moon is, and how that will generally affect each sun sign on that day. Monthly horoscopes can add sun signs crossed-referenced with planets that change every month or the course of several months, namely Mercury, Venus, Mars, and the Sun. Yearly horoscopes include slower moving planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, and longer-term horoscopes are based on the movements of Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus, which can take many years to move through one sign.

How Can I Use My Horoscopes in My Life?

When you have a decision to make, do you only listen to one person, or consult one source? Probably not.

By reading your horoscope, whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, you can get a glimpse into what your world will be like from a planetary perspective, and you can use this information as a tool to help guide and motivate you.

Horoscopes can help you open up your mind to new possibilities, as well as options that you may not have considered, and as long as you approach reading your horoscope with an open mind, you can let the planets be your guide to all that is possible.

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Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

By Ellen Ricks

On January 6, 2021

In Astrology, Magic, Spirit

Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft

Witchcraft seems like a particularly buzzy topic these days, with books, blogs, and more delivering ancient magic to a modern audience. But while stylized Tarot cards and light-catching crystals have their place, the shift from intrigued observer to practicing pagan can be a daunting one. So why not start the process by determining which brand of witchery resonates with you?

Read on to learn about five specialized takes on witchcraft, where the variants came from, and which type of witchcraft resonates most with you.

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Astrology

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What is an astrologer? An astrologer, or cosmic witch, is a witch who uses planetary and celestial energy in their practice. They study and feel a personal and spiritual connection with not only the main planets in our solar system, but with asteroids, meteors, supernovas, stars, constellations, galaxies, and black holes. Cosmic witches pay particular attention to astrology, horoscopes, and zodiac signs—but that only gives us a picture of how the cosmic forces influence the individual. Cosmic witches are focused on how celestial energy influences the inner self, but also the world.

History: Cosmic witches have been around since the study of planets. According to the American Federation of Astrologers, the Babylonians are credited with the birth of astrology. They used their astrological charts to predict the “recurrence of seasons and certain celestial events.” Around 2000 B.C., Babylonian astrologers believed that the sun, moon, and the five known planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto had yet to be discovered) all had distinct character traits (Mercury representing communication, Venus representing affection, and so on). Cosmic witches use these planetary traits to call upon their energy. For example, many witches choose to perform spells on a full moon because the full illumination can create an extra magical boost and enchantment—and the rock itself is said to align with emotions and the soul.

Modern cosmic witches: A present-day cosmic witch may not be using astrology to predict the weather, but rather to predict future events or influences. For example, it’s beneficial for a cosmic witch to know when Mercury is in retrograde, and in which sign, because it will allow them to determine where communication breakdowns will occur, and in what guise. If a cosmic which was planning to perform a love spell, their best chance of having it being successful during a new moon which corresponds with new beginnings and relationships.

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Divination

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What is a divination witch? A divination witch uses their magic to try to predict the future, often employing a variety of tools—or one that resonates. There are so many mediums with which to connect into the magic of the world: think Tarot cards, oracle cards, a pendulum, the I Ching, palmistry, and tasseography, and more.

History: Divination and divination witches have existed in just about every time period in history. In ancient Greece, divination witches were known as Oracles, and it was believed that deities spoke through them. A famous oracle was high priestess Pythia—known as the Oracle of Delphi—who was thought to be the mouthpiece of the god, Apollo. Every culture has its own form of divination. In ancient China, the diviner would carve out their question onto an ox bone until it cracked, and then the cracks were analyzed.

Modern divination witches: Today, divination witches don’t claim to be the mouthpiece of the gods; instead they use divination to predict likely answers to simple queries like, “Am I on the right career path?” or “Does this relationship stand a chance?” And in true modern fashion, divination methods like Tarot can even be found on our phones.

Herbalism

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What is a green witch? A green witch works with magical properties found in the natural world. Their craft is based on respecting nature and all living things. Green witches focus on the magical correspondence of herbs, plants, and flowers. This incorporates herbalism, which is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes.

History: Herbalism is found in many cultures, but Chinese herbal medicine is one of the ancient variations still practiced today. Chinese herbology is based on the concepts of yin, yang, and Qi energy, where the herbs can either cool (yin) or stimulate (yang) certain parts of the body, the concept used for ritual and spiritual practices as well as medicinal. In parts of Africa, an herb known as purslane was used for purification during and after ritual ceremonies, while in some Scandinavian countries, clover was once used to ward off evils spirits and help develop psychic ability. In folk magic tradition, chamomile is said known to bring luck.

Modern green witches: Today, green witches still take herbal magic very seriously, using essential oils and creating small physic gardens in their own apartment. (You can find plenty of green witches on Instagram for inspo!) Be aware that this is a learned art: it’s extremely important to know the health effects of the herbs you plan to use or ingest as well as the magical benefits.

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Kitchen Witch

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What is a kitchen witch? A kitchen witch practices magic within their own home. Their magic is not based on any divine power or spiritual guidance, but that magic that can be found in the everyday routine. Their craft comes out while cooking, baking, and nesting while tapping into the power of their own intention.

History: Witchcraft and cooking have always gone hand-in-hand. During the late 15th and mid-18th century many of the 200,000 witches (mostly women) were tortured, hanged, or burned at the stake were accused of poisoning food. Even now, our classic image of a witch persists as a woman stirring her cauldron. There has always been a magical and ritualistic nature surrounding food. Like green witchcraft, kitchen witches use herbalism in their food-based magic—but kitchen witchery isn’t just about food. It can also be making a homemade offering to a deity, cleansing and protection your home, and so on.

Water Witch

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What is a water witch? A sea witch, also known as a water witch, works with the element water in order to tap into their magic. They feel a deep, powerful connection to the water—whether it is the ocean, sea, or lake. This powerful pull leads them to be more aware of their own mystical energies.

History: Sea witches have been found in many cultures throughout history. From the sea nymph Calypso of The Odyssey; Sycorax of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest; even Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. However, sea witches have a deeper history in mythology. In Norse mythology, sea witches were magical, malevolent feminine spirits who often took the form of mermaids. These witches believed that their power and bond over the sea and tides was born of their worship for the moon. The triple goddess symbol holds particularly deep meaning for sea witches, as it represents the three phases of the monthly lunar cycle: waxing, full, and waning.

Along with praying to the moon, sea witches have had a long history with practicing dowsing, a method of divination for finding water, metals, even gravesites underground by using a Y-shaped stick made of hazel. Dowsing has been around since the Middle Ages, used frequently in Europe until its association with witchcraft caused the practice to be shunned; its legitimacy as a science is still up for debate. 

Modern sea witches: Contemporary sea witches may not be luring sailors to their deaths, but they are still incorporating water, weather, and the moon into their practices, finding their own magical connection with the sea.

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