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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! 

Want to add more magic to your love life? Try the magic love tarot to reveal your romantic destiny!

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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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.

Read This Now: The Most Powerful Crystals for Your Zodiac Sign

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!

Read This Now: 7 Magical Ways to Make Your Wishes Come True

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.

Read This Now: The Best Self-Care Routine, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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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.

Read This Now: How to Pick a Tarot Deck: Where to Buy and More

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!

Read This Now: 6 Tarot Tips Every Beginner Reader Needs to Know

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.

Read This Now: The Spookily Accurate Power of a Single Card Tarot Draw

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

Read This Now: Want to Know If You’re a Psychic? Test Your Skills.

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!).

Read Me: Crystal Cleansing 101: Everything You Need to Know

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!

Read Me: The Best Crystals for Your Zodiac Sign

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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3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

By Gala Darling

On December 7, 2020

In Astrology, Magic, Spirit

3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way

One of the most wonderful things about magic is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. You don’t need to be wearing a special cloak, dancing around a bubbling cauldron … even though that image is very evocative! You can harness your power with your back pressed against a bathroom stall, as you rock gently within a subway car, or before you drift off to sleep.

While we all want to manifest big love, plenty of cash, and a life full of adventure, sometimes we just need a little hit of magic: Something to make us feel better on a day-to-day basis. Here are three simple rituals that I practice every week to stay positive, confident, and centered. Try them, and watch magic happen in your life!

Energy Protection Ritual

How to do it: It’s all about creating a vision! There are many variations, but here are two of my favorite ways to do it. The first technique is calling “zipping up,” where you imagine a huge zipper that starts at your pelvis and runs all the way up to the top of your head. All you need to do is visualize closing that zipper, and thereby sealing in all your goodness!

What it does: Protecting your energy is a way of keeping other people’s psychic gunk off you. You know how sometimes you walk into a room and feel like you’re absorbing someone else’s bad vibes? You’re not imagining that! When you protect your energy, it means you get to contain all positivity… and you won’t pick up anyone else’s unhappy mood.

When to do it: It’s best before you leave the house for the day, although you can repeat it throughout the day, whenever you’re feeling drained.

The second technique involves seeing yourself inside a sphere. Some people like to visualize themselves inside a big pink bubble, but I like to see myself in a huge disco ball, through which only positive energy can penetrate (and all negativity, jealousy, and bad vibes get bounced back out!).

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Confidence-Boosting Ritual

How to do it: Take a piece of carnelian and charge it under the light of the full moon. As you place it on your windowsill, set the intention that this stone reawakens your power to move confidently in any situation, fires up your vitality, and fills you with positive energy. After you let it charge up for a night, you can use it whenever you want to! Keep it in your pocket during interviews, place it on your desk, and rub it whenever you need a little extra boost!

What it does: Infusing the crystal carnelian with intention will keep you focused and confident, no matter who you come up against. It’s so easy to lose your nerve when you’re in a high-stakes moment, but with the help of this stone, you can move ahead confidently, no matter what.

When to do it: Initially on a full moon. Then, any time you’re heading into a situation where you want to be your best self.

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Meditation Ritual

How to do it: Go outside! If you can find a grassy area and take your shoes off, so much the better, but this isn’t essential. Find a quiet spot and stand with your feet apart, tip your head back and close your eyes. Imagine a huge cord dropping down from your root chakra and going into the ground, going down so deeply that it hits the core of the earth. I like to envision my cord wrapping around the core a few times so I know it’s really secure. Then, visualize expanding the cord and widening it so that it becomes like a beautiful cosmic garbage chute, and watch as all the anger, sadness, rage, and confused energy flows down it and into the core of the earth. When you feel like you’ve let it go, you can blow up the cord (in your mind, of course!) and then visualize the sun filling your body with golden light. You can take as long as you want to do this—sometimes it’s lovely to take a couple of minutes, but it can also be done in a pinch if you’ve got somewhere to be!

What it does: This super-simple meditation technique is one of the best ways I know to truly chill out. Instead of stewing in your own head or feeling gripped by anxiety, you instead, choose to connect with the earth and allow your negative energy to drain down into it.

When to do it: Any time you’re feeling stressed, overworked, frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed.

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5 Crystals to Help You Win at Work

5 Crystals to Help You Win at Work

By Simone Paget

On November 17, 2020

In Crystals, Spirit, Work

5 Crystals to Help You Win at Work

A few months ago, I found myself completely overwhelmed with a writing project I’d agreed to take on. Following through would mean accomplishing a huge personal goal, but when I sat down in front of my computer, I couldn’t focus, and I was riddled with anxiety and self-doubt. I was looking for a way to recenter my energy and get the creative juices flowing—and I knew my usual strategy (guzzling half a pot of dark roast and hoping for the best) wasn’t going to work this time.

Enter: crystal medicine

I’ve used crystals to help me get over a breakup and for insomnia, but I’ve never incorporated them into my creative process. But, “there are so many stones that you can use for work space,” says Courtney Taylor, a psychic clairvoyant and energy healer who frequently prescribes crystals to her clients.

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After speaking with Taylor, I was prescribed two different crystals. I started wearing them daily. While I didn’t notice a dramatic change initially, feeling them against my skin was a reminder to focus my energy on the task at hand. A week into wearing the stones, I started to notice a shift in my energy and more opportunities flowing my way.

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As Taylor explains, within the crystal universe there are “manifestation stones” that will help you get what you want. So, whether you’re hoping to make a move up the corporate ladder, tap into your inner confidence or simply manifest more abundance in your life, here are a few crystals to try.

Citrine

“This is always the first stone I give people when they’re wanting to change jobs, get a promotion or get more money,” says Taylor. In my case, wearing citrine has helped me shift my energy around money from a place of lack to a more positive space. Taylor says this is common. “It is a growth stone. It’s a manifestation stone. It’s an abundance stone. It’s really good to help purify and center you. It also helps identify which areas you need to work on. It will get there. It carries through.”

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Aventurine

Known for its gorgeous green hue, aventurine is another manifestation stone. If your current work situation is getting you down or you find negative self-talk is hurting your confidence, wearing some aventurine can help. As Taylor explains, “aventurine works more on the emotional side and keeps us in a place where we’re optimistic. It’s a healing stone and very gentle. It also creates balance.” Because aventurine is connected to the solar plexus, it can also help boost our confidence and self-esteem.

Taylor says that it’s especially great for work because, “it also helps keep us in a positive energy space while trusting what’s going to come.” So, if you’re angling for a promotion or your next big gig, “it’s a stone that keeps you out of your negative thought patterns.”

Taylor says it also pairs really well with citrine, “because you’re manifesting but you’re also being realistic.”

Pyrite

Also known as “fool’s gold,” this ultra sparkly stone is perfect for those times when you want to keep your mind clear and your eyes on the prize. “This is really good at giving you clarity, optimism. It has a very bright energy and is very flashy so it gives you the feeling of ‘I can do anything, I can take on anything,’” says Taylor. However, because Pyrite tends to come in a larger cluster, “this is one that I don’t recommend you wear but instead keep in the house.”

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Jade

Looking to get that raise or double your business profits? Jade is your lucky charm. Taylor says, “this one is all about money.” While jade will definitely help you manifest more money in your life, it’s connected to your heart chakra which means it will also help keep you, “from holding yourself back and delaying living up to your full potential,” she says. A gentle, pick me up stone; jade will remind you good things are coming into your life.

Iolite

Want to kickstart the creative process? Just add Iolite. This stone is connected to the seven laws of attraction and really powerful when it comes to tapping into your imagination and bringing visions to life. “It helps get you into a very visionary state. I love this one for people who are in the arts and media—anyone who is in a creative space, Iolite helps bring you to that creative space,” says Taylor.

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Iolite is also connected to your third eye. Because of this, it’s a helpful crystal for the manifestation process because it allows you to take ideas and project them forward. It’s a good stone to use when you’re building your own intuition. As Taylor explains, this is the perfect stone to use when you want to send a message to the universe that, “I want things and I’m going to get them.”

As Taylor reminds us, “many of these stones are manifestation stones for the career space. They will help you set your desires, manifest money and project forward to get there.” However, because crystals are a form of energy medicine, people react differently to every stone. “I like giving different ones because our body gets used to wearing certain stones and the energy needs to be changed up every now and then,” says Taylor. Start by experimenting with one or two stones and go from there.

Simone Paget is a freelance writer based on the West Coast of Canada. She’s a nationally syndicated sex and relationship columnist for the Toronto Sun and the author of the blog SkinnyDip.ca. Her work has appeared in/on publications such as the Washington Post, Elle Canada, Food Network, Reader’s Digest Best Health and The Toronto Star. 

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10 Simple Hacks to Bring More Magic Into Your Life

10 Simple Hacks to Bring More Magic Into Your Life

By Virginia Mason

On July 8, 2020

In Magic, Rituals, Spirit

10 Simple Hacks to Bring More Magic Into Your Life

Feeling stuck these days? The easiest way to get out of a rut is to reconnect with the energies around you. Magic is constantly present. In a universe that is always surprising us, where its origins and existence move in mysterious ways, everything is magic, and you’re a part of it! 

So keep connecting and keep the magic going each and every day with these lifestyle habits that can help you manifest the things you want faster than ever. (Hint: If you still want more magic in your life, check out these magical tools for your zodiac sign.)

1. Journal Your Dreams

When you sleep, you venture into an altered state of existence. Over the course of the average lifetime, this adds up to twenty-six years worth of experiences. Sure, sometimes dreams are just dreams. But sometimes, they’re more. By keeping a dream journal, you’ll able to decipher which dreams include messages and which ones don’t. As you write each morning, don’t worry about quality, length, or remembering every tiny detail. Just write, and the messages will come through once you find a trend.

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2. Meditate, Meditate, Meditate

You don’t have to sit on a cushion to meditate. Meditate while doing the dishes, riding the subway, waiting in line, showering. Any mundane moment can turn into something magical. (Cancers supposedly benefit the most from this practice!) Not good at meditating? Here’s how: Slow down and breathe. Focus your attention on your breath. Focus your attention on your body and any movement you’re making. Tune into your physical senses in the moment rather than thinking about other moments in your mind. It’s okay to start thinking about things. Just let the thoughts keep on moving as you return your attention to your body. By bringing meditation into your life, you will rewire your brain to strengthen your connection to the present moment and the true nature of reality. This is where magic lives.

3. Get Outside and Go for a Walk

Take yourself for a walk each and every day. It doesn’t have to be long a walk. It can last just a few minutes, but getting outside will get you out of your head. By doing this, you free yourself from the grind. This helps you remember just how free you truly are. 

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4. Keep Your Phone Away From Your Bed

Is your phone the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night? If so, turn it to do not disturb, and move that thing away! Give yourself time to exist without the nagging sound of alerts and the nagging mental chatter of wondering how many likes you just got. This is a hard habit to break so try investing in an old-fashioned alarm clock so you can keep your phone elsewhere in the house. 

5. Make Your Space Smell Good

Smell is one of the most powerful senses, and when the right scent is paired with the right zodiac sign, magic truly happens. You can spread scents throughout your home with incenses or by burning sacred herbs like sage. You can also use essential oils in a diffuser to spread your favorite scent throughout your space. Select the scent that will give you whatever it is you want help with. Want to relax? Go for lavender or earthy scents. Want to wake up? Try peppermint or citrus scents. Want to feel regal? Go for rose. But ultimately, choose what makes you happy. Notice how different scents make you feel. And for even easier smell boosts, hang eucalyptus over your shower head or just boil some cinnamon sticks on the stove. You’ll be smelling the effects in no time.

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6. Talk to Plants and Animals

Connecting to plants and animals helps you remember that we’re all intertwined. You may feel silly talking to them, you may think they don’t understand, but just because they don’t know your language doesn’t mean they lack understanding. You’re still giving off energy vibrations that they can feel. Some of them will want nothing to do with you. Others will embrace you with excitement. By strengthening your connection to plants and animals, you strengthen your connection to everything, and you gain a greater appreciation for your role in the whole wide world.

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7. Dance Yourself Awake

No matter how you feel in the morning, the moment you turn the volume up on one of your favorite songs, it’s hard to keep your body from moving to the beat. So let it move. Not only does get your blood flowing, it gets your soul flowing. By fully expressing yourself this way first thing in the morning, you set the tone for the rest of the day—ready to accept the good things! 

8. Pull a Card

Take a few minutes each day to pull just one Tarot or oracle card. Through this, you strengthen your connection to the universe and train yourself to notice signs. This daily ritual keeps you engaged. Tarot requires practice to interpret, but oracle decks are great because they often have the message written directly on them. If you’re new to cards, get yourself an oracle deck or start by having a professional read your cards. If you want to work with tarot and don’t have a deck (and don’t want to spend money), ask the universe to send you one.   

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9. Turn Off the Lights

Electric lighting disconnects us from the natural cycle of day and night. It disconnects us from nature and the universe. So one hour before bed, turn off all your electric lights and opt for candles instead. By keeping your space darker, it’ll be easier to get a good night’s sleep. It’ll also add some magic and romance to every evening. You can live by the light of a fireplace or play with placing candles throughout your home or try a scented candle for another easy way to work with smell. Keep one candle on your nightstand, and every night before you go to sleep, make a wish as you blow it out. Get to know the darkness and become comfortable in it.

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10. Massage Your Hands and Feet

With your lights turned out and candles burning, wash your feet. Weird? A little. Magical? Yes—and here’s why. Your hands and feet work so hard every day to keep you going. You’re using them constantly. Now’s your time to treat yourself, to love yourself, and to say thank you. So wash those tootsies, massage them with a relaxed-smelling lotion or oil, move up your calves and in between your toes. Do this all while thanking them for their service as a way to reconnect with your bodily form. 

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Your Sign's Biggest Weakness (and How to Fix It!)

Your Sign’s Biggest Weakness (and How to Fix It!)

By Horoscope.com

On March 13, 2020

In Compatibility, Sign, Spirit

Your Sign's Biggest Weakness (and How to Fix It!)

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You already know your sign’s strengths. But along with the good can come some annoying, tricky, and troubling habits and behaviors. Here, your sign’s number one weakness, and how to fix it (if you wanna—no judgment).


Aries 

Aries’ Biggest Vice: One-click shopping. No sooner than you hear about something on TV or from a friend, it’s in your cart and at your door. The result: You have way too much stuff! 

How to Fix It: Hold back. You know that old put your credit card in water in the freezer trick? Try it. We know, we know, your card info is saved on your favorite websites and it takes two seconds to defrost the ice under hot water, but the act will remind you: Taking your time can pay off.

Taurus 
Taurus’ Biggest Vice: Stubbornness. Even when everyone, including Google,  proves you wrong, you’ll hold onto your version of the “truth.” 

How to Fix It: Say it with us: I hear you. You don’t need to agree, but some arguments (like chocolate versus vanilla ice cream) will just never be solved. Play the peacemaker and try to stop proving everyone else wrong for once! 

Gemini 
Gemini’s Biggest Vice: One more round, please! Life of the party Geminis love to keep the party going into the wee hours … which seems like an awesome idea until tomorrow morning’s alarm sounds. 

How to Fix It:  Switch to selzter for a round or two. You’ll be surprised at how you can still be the life of the party—even when you’re not indulging.

Cancer
Cancer’s Biggest Vice: Who you, a hermit? Cozy comforters, oversize sweaters, and throw pillows galore—Cancers are all about the Nordic art of hygge, and can often be found snuggling deep under the overs even on a steamy weekend night in July.

How to Fix It: Try sleeping al fresco—or at least with the windows open. Cancers are all about cuddling into themselves, but connecting to the outside world—including the very physical feeling of sensing the wind on your skin—can only make you feel more in tune with the larger world around you. And nothing is cozier than that. 

Leo 
Leo’s Biggest Vice: Labels? Yes, please. Luxury-loving Lions love the thrill of the hunt, a little too much. They can’t resist the newest, the latest, and the most luxe—and love flaunting their finds.

How to Fix It: Try before you buy. Enjoy trying things on at your favorite shops, but don’t pull out the plastic yet. Instead, make eBay and TheRealReal your friends—so you can buy the looks you love for a lot less money.

Virgo
Virgo’s Biggest Vice: Monotony. Virgo, let’s talk about that white t-shirt collection, or the line of denim shirts in your closet. When you love a look, you buy it in bulk.

How to Fix It: Try a trend! A pair of red power heels from Badgley Mischka, a silver metallic sweater from Catherine Malandrino, or a buffalo plaid boyfriend shirt will all look great with the basics you’ve already (over)stocked. 

Libra 
Libra’s Biggest Vice: The eyes are a window to your soul, and you’re obsessed with making sure your peepers are perfect. You are likely to own more tweezers than shoes, and you get anxious if you don’t have a spare pair in your bag; plus, you’ve never met a mascara you didn’t like.

How to Fix It: Go natural! Trying a skincare regimen like Glossier’s Phase 1 isn’t exactly the same as going makeup-free, but your peepers will finally get a chance to show their true colors—and you won’t believe how many compliments you’ll get!

Scorpio 
Scorpio’s Biggest Vice: Moody purples, intense reds—you’ve never met a deep, dark shade you didn’t like, which sometimes makes your space feel a little claustrophobic. 

How to Fix It: A Tocca candle, in a breezy, beachy scent, gives you that candlelit look you love—and offsets the moodiness of your interior decor. 

Sagittarius 
Sagittarius’ Biggest Vice: Archers, it’s in the bag, literally. Adventurous Sags are always planning getaways, and purchasing different purses, backpacks, overnight cases, and suitcases to ensure they can carry all their stuff. The only issue? You never know where you’ve put anything! 

How to Fix It: Go oversize: A Rebecca Minkoff satchel in a statement color from TheRealReal.com will hold everything, so you don’t need to divvy up (and misplace) your belongings. 

Capricorn 
Capricorn’s Biggest Vice: Sale? Better stock up. Practical Caps often buy in bulk, and always have plenty of toothpaste, cereal, paper goods, and dry goods on hand. But when was the last time you actually bought something fun? We thought so.

How to Fix It: Go to a store you love, touch everything, and buy one thing at full price—for yourself. We promise that it won’t lead to a shopping habit, but will help you learn how to treat yourself when the time is right. 

Aquarius  
Aquarius’ Biggest Vice: Aquarians can be flaky, all about doing whatever suits their needs at that moment. And planning more than a few days ahead? No way!

How to Fix It: Commit to a calendar. Whether it’s on paper or your iCal, writing your plans down will subconsciously help you keep the date. Also: No more maybes. When you get an invite, say yes or no. 

Pisces 
Pisces’ Biggest Vice: Sensitive and empathetic, you sometimes get a thrill from other people’s drama—even when it drives you nuts. You’re so affected by moods that sometimes you play God, pitting people against each other inadvertently as you probe into their issues. 

How to Fix It: Hello, Netflix. Getting up to date on an emotionally meaty drama like The Americans satisfies your need for drama without you getting too invested. 

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