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Meet Tatianna Tarot, The Afro-Puerto Rican Bruja Bringing You Monthly Tarotscopes On FIERCE

At FIERCE, we want all of our readers to be living their best lives. To assist in that journey, we are bringing on Tatianna Tarot, our resident bruja who will help you become more self-aware and effective at obtaining the life of your sueños.

Born Tatianna Morales, this Afro-Puerto Rican intuitive tarot therapist, ritual practitioner and medium uses her gifts to guide others to develop inner peace, self-awareness, heightened intuition and an expanded consciousness on life. A life-long bruja, the 30-year-old Brooklyn, New York-born and New Orleans-living Morales is the witch behind My Urban Illumination, a website she started three years ago to offer one-on-one tarot reading sessions as well as weekly spiritual advice to readers.

Before Morales kicks off her monthly tarotscopes for FIERCE in February, we chatted with her to help you get to know and love her as much as we do.

1. You are an intuitive tarot therapist as well as a medium and ritual practitioner. Break that down for us. What does this all mean?

"I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. It's the male chauvinistic society that we're living in for the longest time, 3,000 years or whatever. And so I just wanted to point out the fact that men and women are magical beings. We are very blessed that way, so I'm just brining that our. Don't be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power." – Yoko Ono ?: @d_webb_designs ?: @theikphoto ? Oils by: @TatiannaTarot for My Urban Illumination #tatiannatarot #dwebbdesigns #dwebbdancewear #witches #brujas #tbt #oils #magick #mamabruja #brooklynbruja #throwback #passion

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I call myself an intuitive tarot therapist rather than a tarot reader because I utilize the cards to help people clarify any questions they have about their lives to better understand the power they yield over their lives. So rather than just shooting out generic information from the cards, I tap into them on a deeper spiritual level so they can resonate with that energy as well. It’s like having an intimate conversation with a close friend, rather than something that maybe is discomforting with a stranger.

As a ritual practitioner, I utilize different practices from African traditions that are conducive to a client’s healing. It’s like going to a doctor: We look into the cards to see where the problem stems from — a habit, a belief system — and I will prescribe a ritual they can do to help alleviate or treat it. The ritual themselves are not as important, but it gets people into the headspace of healing and makes them mindful of what they are trying to rectify.

A medium is someone who connects to spirits and can communicate to spirits. You can see famous mediums, usually white, on TV who pick up information through sensing vibrations or writing on a piece of paper. I connect, or pick up on spiritual energy or deities that have messages, through my cards. Doing this for more than 20 years, I can notice subtle differences between reading cards and the other energy coming through. For the most part, the cards are just a tool for me to access that.

2. Was it difficult for you to start identifying as a bruja?

No. I’ve always been this way. I’ve always worked in witchy shops and, aside from dancing professionally and teaching dance, my side gigs have always been doing tarot readings, helping people with crystals and spells or recommending books. Since I was 11, I was taking home books on brujería. My family knew, so as long as they were aware of my intention and where my heart lied, they weren’t very concerned. It’s always been embraced and always been known among my family and peers. There’s nothing new about this practice for me.

3. When did you begin to notice your gifts?

Since I was a kid. I started when I was 6 years old, pretending to read my classmates in kindergarten. I was doing palms hardcore before I started reading tarot. It’s a gift I never questioned and was always passionate about.

4. Do these gifts run in your family?

Yes. It runs in my blood. Relatives on my mother’s side, which is African-American, Native-American, Indonesian — a bit of everything, reads. And my Boricua father is a medium, though it’s not something he wants. His power came after his father passed away, and it’s been really discomforting for him because he can see spirits in real life and in his dreams.

5. Tell us about tarotscopes, which we’re SO excited to have you start doing on FIERCE?

#Tarot #Meditation // Death + The Pope + Temperance + 2 of Wands + 5 of Wands In order to shift conscious worlds & grow, things that cannot expand at that rate or vibe at that frequency will be left behind. In a day, there are many deaths disguised as cycles with their own ending & beginning. Death is a transition that points to change – be it expected & deliberate or not, its effect is inevitable. Everyone will have to experience the influence it brings. In you something is coming to pass, Death releases patterns, allows one to shape-shift into other personalities & hopefully better ways of being. It teaches us that the only constant is change, in order to make it a graceful one, go in accord with the universe's will. The Pope challenges you to consider your life more structured, organized & traditional. You create your dynamic, perhaps what needs more tradition in your life is your sense of stability & care. What can you implement daily that supports that? Things will be much more manageable but in ways that are unique to your needs. You have the ability to call the shots & make sure things don't turn out the same. In fact, you're demanded that you do things radically different & switch up the role of the Pope in your life. Assemble your "Higher Self" as part of your wise counsel of guidance – What is it suggesting that you do? Reigning over the 2 of Wands & 5 of Wands, the Pope knows what lies ahead of him because of his expanded state of conscious & possible psychic abilities but teaches the importance of grounding through faith. The 5 of Wands can be impulsive behavior, a restlessness stirring of the soul & discord with your own ambitions. Stop to visualize where you want to take you, the 2 of Wands is a visionary that knows no limits. Remove your pride, ego & eliminate the need to get in your own way. Temperance applies grace, patience & miracles to anyone's path. This is alchemy; if you're expecting a complete transition into a new way of being & living, then one must be patient with the process, including themselves. Do not interrupt what the higher forces are placing for your advantage. Temperance illuminates your path during turbulence. Stay strong.

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I’ve always gravitated to horoscopes, but I’m not too savvy with astrology, so I wondered what I could do with my tarot as a writer and creative. The answer: use tarotscopes like horoscopes. I start by mediating with the cards per sign, and then I ask the spirit what is the message this sign needs to hear for this month — what are the messages, blockages and themes? I pull out those cards and begin tying the story together. Whatever I receive, I put in a digestible message that offers some practical and sound advice. I do this monthly, and it gives me a lot joy.

6. How can tarotscopes help or guide our readers?

Tomorrow, Weds, February 1st, I'll be going #Live at 9:30pm EST // 8:30 CT and taking over @sanctuarythree's IG account to give A Live #Tarot Reading and talk about what the new month will bring! Join @sanctuarythree's live stream for #spiritual insight into the energy of #February. ⭐️ I'll be looking into the following & answering any quick questions you might have: 1. What is the energetic state and overall theme that February will bring into our lives? 2. How can we best work with this energy to ensure success this month? 3. What are the blockages we are presented with this month & how can best avoid them? 4. What does Spirit most will us to do for the month of February (main focus)? 5. And how can we best develop our Inner Sight this month for direct clarity & spiritual guidance? Tune in to see what is channeled ?????? ?: @laneamua ?: @erynamelism ?: @andrewfennell

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Tarotscopes are going to first and foremost highlight the energy you may encounter externally — something that may be happening to you in the outside world — or internally — your emotions or spiritual journey. I will clarify what these energies are and what may happen based on spiritual guides, and I will offer some sort of solution to that. It will help readers avoid doing things blindly and help them think and consider their lives. There’s some homework on self-reflection, things to help us become more aware of our actions and help us have more control of ourselves and our destiny. I want to help you create the life you always envisioned.

7. Are there any limitations to tarotscopes?

#Tarot #Meditation // King of Wands + Ace of Pentacles + The Emperor + Hanged Man (Reverse) + Get Mad + Sage it Out + Check In w/ Yourself Time to do a little season clearing in the house, on a multitude of levels: physical, spiritual, emotional, the internal & external houses. Sage it out, suggests that you literally get into the act of clearing stale, negative & confusing energy. If you have remaining pent up aggression & frustration from life, channel that into something artistic and rewarding for the soul. Get Mad and being real with your emotional state while being fully vulnerable to express your heart is what's needed to make room for the new & worthy. Take a note on your internal weather from time to time; are you feeling your best & what's allowing your energy to fluctuate? Sometimes we tend to live our lives in autopilot, unaware of personal choices & where our vibes drift off to. The Hanged Man in Reverse shows that you need no other perspective, you should be able to get your answer right from where you stand. Second guessing yourself would be useless, have faith in the way you live your life and things will start moving in your direction again. Check up on what is working for you energetically. Are you receiving as much as you give out? The King of Wands is about changing his world and seeing real results, quickly. He's not a talker but a "doer" and has enough drive to motivate himself & those around him for the better. The Ace of Pentacles speaks of real stability, incoming financial opportunity, potential move or relocation of career. Essentially is a card that communicates commitment & new journeys, it is also stimulating growth at this time – reminding us that we are our best investments with so much potential for growth. Embodying the characteristics of the Emperor, dedication, routine & consistency – will allow us to attain the best results rapidly. Discipline is key if you want the rewards the Ace of Pentacles brings to you. This energy can seep into our lives in a variety of ways – only those that are prepared can truly take advantage of this generous flow. It's time to get serious with your life & put in the work to get those results.

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Tarot doesn’t predict things. People have this misconception that it’s going to be black and white, that the cards said this so this is what is going to happen. No, you have free will. The cards only reflect the energy you are projecting your way based on your past actions. You can change your vibrations in a second. You can drop your career or partner in a second. Also, regardless of what the reading is about, we all have very different interpretations of what it is. For some it’s about romance, while for others it’s about someone who passed away. Go in with an open mind. If it resonates with you, then take it and use it. Take what you need and leave the rest. There are no rules. Take it with a grain of salt and see where it leads you.

8. This language might be new to some of our readers, can you give us a rundown on vocab?

I N T U I T I V E • T A R O T • W O R K S H O P • S E R I E S New Orleans!! Join me tomorrow for the first workshop of my Tarot Series, in @rosaliesapothecary from 7-9pm. You can find out more info via the link in @rosalieapothecary's bio. To register, call: 504-488-4425 This class will be offered at a sliding scale of $20-35 *Wear comfortable clothing, bring a journal, your own tarot & oracle decks (if you have) & an open mind* Channelling Your Higher Self: Psychic & Intuition Development w/ Divination & Oracle Cards This class dives into the basics on how to #channel from a place of pure potential and light! Learn how to access information from your higher self/#spirit and how to discern when you are receiving information from a place of lower #vibration. We will explore heart-space meditation techniques that enhance our intuitive abilities and learn to protect ourselves from toxic & lower energies (#psychic defense). Attendees will strengthen their psychic abilities through practical tools, allowing them to become sharper readers and gain insight from their guides and ancestors daily. This course can be taken as a preliminary into learning the Tarot #divination form or can be applied to your own personal intuitive practices. ?: @bynikkig #tarot #intuition #workshop #neworleans #followyournola #magic

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Yes! What a great idea. Here are three of the words you’ll hear from me a lot:

Manifestation: the art of creating with your body, soul and mind.

Conjuring: a mystical word to bring up or to create. It is also a term in African-American folk magic. To conjure something is essentially to call upon, to create something in terms of a magic ritual, to make something appear.

Divination: the power of using a tool that gives you a power to read energy, like tarot cards or Cascarilla (Santería). To divine is to get information, and divination tools help you get energy.

9. Finally, what is one thing you want our readers to know about your work as an intuitive tarot therapist?

I think the most important thing is that I hope it’s a mirror for people to validate their own intuition and wisdom and also that it shows that people have this capability and power in their lives to access this universal intelligence. They can receive guidance and answers on their own. It’s not limited to certain people, and it doesn’t go against faith. It’s a deeper connection to the divine, whatever that means to you. I encourage people to explore it, this gift they have within them and develop and facilitate that within their lifetime.

Read: Bruja Tip Is An Instagram Account Sending Love Notitas To Brujas Embarking On Spiritual Journeys

Tatianna Tarot’s exclusive tarotscopes for FIERCE will begin in February. For now, follow our resident bruja on Instagram and head over to her website to book her for any one-on-one consolations.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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Crash Course On The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

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Crash Course On The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

Burning candles is a sign of divine life in the Mexican culture for the divine presence of God. Ancient Mexico Christians burned candles for prayer and funeral processions. They were also used for mass and liturgical march. Candles were used to show respect for the Blessed Sacrament and throughout prayer ceremonies.

Candles are burned to symbolize good faith, grace, and wisdom. They are lit during Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Communion, prayers, and funeral processions. They also represent the dedication for divine life. The light from candles in current catholic Mexican tradition also signifies Christ or the presence of the divine spirit. This is why Catholic churches burn candles in honor of Jesus.

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The color of a candle is a form of vibration that affects us on different levels. They also cause us to react to the subconscious energy of each color. Different colors of candles can attract various emotions. Some colors can promote peace, love, and harmony. While others attract love and relationships. This article is will help you understand the meaning of candle colors, scents, and their effect.

Effects of Candle Colors:

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Each color provides powerful effects that can help restore, improve, and promote positive energy. This, in turn, will allow you to understand the meanings of each color for linking individual energy towards positive conclusions.

White Candles: These candles help promote peace by destroying negative energy.

Purple Candles: Candles of this color promote wisdom and spiritual awareness.

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Lavender Candles: Lavender helps with healing and restoring peace.

Blue Candles: The color blue opens the lines of communication by encouraging happiness and forgiveness.

Green Candles: Green is known to promote luck and represents abundance.

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Rose Candles: Rose helps promote self-love, harmony, and friendship.

Yellow Candles: This color helps boost confidence and springs plans into action.

Orange Candles: This color focuses on stimulation, energy, and strength.

Red Candles: his is the color of passion, love and promotes courage.

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Black Candles: Black candles provide protection by absorbing and destroying negative energy.

Silver Candles: Silver is the color of feminine energy, psychic development, and removes unwanted energy.

Gold Candles: Gold is the color of solar energy and spiritual attainment.

The Healing Power of Candle Colors

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Each color plays an important role in our lives. Thus, they help protect your health and provides natural healing of common illnesses. This is why it is important to learn how colored candles can rejuvenate your health.

Violet candles help reduce allergies.

Rose candles help decrease anxiety.

Candles that are Green and Violet help protect you from catching a cold.

Orange, Indigo and Rose colored candles help you with depression.

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Blue candles help restore your sleep pattern by reducing insomnia.

Yellow candles help you with indigestion problems.

Blue candles help against fevers.

Candles that are blue or green help get rid of headaches

Colored Candles for Affirmations and Interventions

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Based on specific candle color meanings these can be used for the following affirmations and intentions:

Black or Green double action candles help promote good luck and wealth by removing negative energy away from you.

Red double action candles help people fall in love.

White or Black double action candles help increase spiritual energy.

Black outside and red inside reversible candles help you surround yourself with good spirits.

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Green colored 7 knob candles help you achieve success to win or land a new job.

White 7 knob candles promote peace in your home or at your workplace.

Red Adam and Eve candle help encourage passion to your relationship.

A Red witch candle will increase the power of affirmation by placing a piece of paper under the candle.

How Scents Can Improve Your Well-Being

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Scents can help do amazing things for our mind, body, and soul. They help relieve you from stress, anxiety, and headaches. Certain smells have a way of removing negative energy from our living space. Learn how the sense of smell can benefit your well-being.

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Lavender can help you relax, calm your minds and get a full night’s rest.

Pinedecreases anxiety and stress.

Citrus helps break your coffee addiction by increasing your energy and alertness.

Vanillastimulates happiness to help you relax.

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Pumpkinsparks excitement and male libido.

Peppermint increases brain activity by boosting concentration.

Jasmine can uplift your mood by reducing depressive thoughts.

Apple helps fight against migraines and control anxiety during stressful situations.

Olive is a natural appetite suppressant and improves the response of sugar in your blood.

How You Can Benefit by Burning Candles

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Burning candles can promote positive energy in any outdoor or indoor location to restore peace and harmony. They help fill our living space with scents and vibrational energy to create a relaxing atmosphere.

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Improves Ambiance and Atmosphere: Candle colors and scents can help you relax by removing stress and anxiety. This helps your brain focus and energize you to become more productive. Lavender candles can also help soothe your mind while eucalyptus candles help energize and improve mental focus. Likewise, lemon candles can relieve anxiety and depression that helps create a productive environment.

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Enhances romance and promotes celebration: Candles are the best way to enhance your like and improve your well-being. They create the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or to celebrate an anniversary. They also make a delightful way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

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Candles help decorate your living space: Candles come in a variety of colors and can enhance the interior design of your living space. They provide a calm and cozy atmosphere to surround your home with good spirits. Likewise, they help spark conversation around the dinner table or outside around your deck or patio. Citronella candles also help keep bugs away when congregating outdoors.

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Provides a pleasant, sweet fragrance: Candles help remove odd or icky odors that plague your home. Likewise, they provide a perfect option to cleverly add an enrich aroma to your living space. They can also improve your workplace to promote creativity and help you generate new ideas.

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Candles and scents help with remembrance: Our memory is strongly tied around our sense of smell. People often share past memories when they light candles and smell wonderful fragrances. Likewise, candles help remember loved ones who have left us. This is why you see tables in churches with candles or why some weddings include large candle sections.

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Candles are great for meditation and prayer: A great way to support your practice is by lighting candles. Likewise, staring at the flame burning on top of the candle is great for visualization exercises and manifestation techniques. Thus, this can help send your intentions out into the spiritual universe. This is why candles are perfect for prayer.

Candles help with self-expression: Everyone likes a particular fragrance. Our sense of smell is unique to each person. This is why we smell scents differently. A great way to personalize self-expression is by burning the scents you love. Likewise, it is important to only burn scents that you feel secure with an embrace. Just because someone else doesn’t like the same scents as you, that doesn’t make the scent bad. Thus, the scent makes you unique.

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