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Here’s Your Weekly Horoscope On All Things Love And Work So You Know What To Expect

Exes are back in the picture for many. Read below to see how Venus retrograde will affect you this week.

Aries

Beware of your finances this week, Aries. You and I both know you’re a fire sign who loves immediate satisfaction and shopping splurges to help ease a fiery mood, but right now isn’t the time. In fact, you might find yourself trying to fix a financial disaster and having to rely on a friend or significant other for help. We know you’re stubborn and prefer your independence, but adapt to accepting the help from others in this time to avert further financial troubles. This month isn’t the time for throwing your money away!

Taurus

Hello, my stable and unwavering little bull! This week will be a bit of trial one for you and you need to have people accept your stubborn ways. Even though you’re loyal through and through, Venus’ retrograde until November 16th could bring an ex into the picture that your current significant other isn’t comfortable with. You know where your loyalty stands, but it can be hard for your partner to see it that way. If you want this to succeed, it’s time to cut ties with the past relationship that apparently has a hard time leaving you.

Gemini

We’re in the thick of Venus retrograde, my sweet, dual Gemini. We know that retrogrades aren’t always a bad thing — mostly they’re about the past revisiting us and even bringing us joys and connections from previous times. For you, however, a past lover reappearing is to be avoided. Be aware of your health this week, and take any sickness as an opportunity to slow down and focus on yourself. People will have your back and understand your need for recovery.

Cancer

We’re sure as hell in the middle of an intense retrograde for you, beautiful Cancer. As I write this you’re probably already in the midst of a past relationship popping back up into your life. Not that you’ve necessarily reconciled already or are about to go down that path, just that it is definitely staring you in the face right now. While you’ve been in communication, you’re in no need to make a choice on the matter too quickly. Let the potential outcome sit with you before acting too fast. You’ll be thankful you did.

Leo

Progress begins slowly this week, Leo, and if you don’t start doing it now and allowing it to build, it likely will never happen. That’s not meant to be negative, but you need to take the time to sit and assess the situation so that you are better able to financially prepare for the future. You might be aiming towards changing your living situation, and while this isn’t the best time to make big moves, it is wisest to start planning so that you can ensure your dream can happen.

Virgo

Venus retrograde isn’t being fair to you, kind Virgo, and of all people, you deserve it the least. You’re so down-to-earth and loyal, yet a backstabbing from a friend or lover is weighing heavily on your mind and heart right now. Rightfully so, you’re finding that fixating on it is inescapable. Whatever is troubling your soul from a past wrongdoing is best to move past as much as possible. Today is different and you have the chance to make a different choice this time around.

Libra

You generally keep quiet in order to maintain the peace, but this week won’t be the one for that, Libra, and you might find yourself feeling underappreciated and not willing to hold your tongue any longer about being mistreated or taken for granted. Arguments are likely when you realize that you have much more to offer to the person than they are choosing to spend time with you for. You’re worth more than this situation, so stand up for yourself, even if it means the whole situation implodes. In the long run, it’s what’s best for you.

Scorpio

Watch your words this week, my sassy Scorpio. Yes, you’re passionate and intelligent, but a flare-up this week could find you saying things you won’t be able to take back. You’re extra combative this week, and everything you say might pack a bigger punch than intended. By Friday, you might explode so much that it’s a step back in any progress you thought you were making. Be careful with that poisonous sting, scorpion!

Sagittarius

If you’re in a relationship, there’s probably a dynamic you’re no longer happy about and it’s impossible to bring it up without creating a blowup and/or breakup. You’re at a crossroads. You can keep the peace and stability but know deep down you are unhappy, or you could stand up for yourself and see things crumble. It depends on what is more worth it to you, Sagittarius, but given the power of Venus retrograde, this blowup could end up doing you a solid.

Capricorn

This week it seems like the friends who are always there for you in your times of need don’t just don’t have the patience or interest to be there for you, Capricorn. Since you’re typically more aloof and prefer your friendships to be a tight few who you trust fully, this can sting. However, you’re also used to doing things on your own because, for your personal drive, it’s just easier. At the same time, trust the silence of your friends. If those who are always loyal to you don’t seem to be lending an ear, maybe it’s because they’ve heard it too much and it’s time for you to focus on moving past the thing you continuously find yourself complaining about.

Aquarius

Venus retrograde is dealing you such a blow this week, Aquarius, it’s totally understandable if don’t even want to think about it all. Maybe ignore those Bumble messages for this week, because if you’re finding it hard to meet up with a potential new mate, take it as a sign it’s not meant to be. Already have a boo? You might feel this person isn’t supporting you and your goals right now. Things won’t be smooth, that’s for sure, so take the time to breathe and just focus on yourself. Don’t take anything that happens negatively too seriously and remember to love yourself instead this week.

Pisces

Happy Venus retrograde, my sensitive little fishy. You might feel that you and a partner aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a moral dilemma that matters a lot to you, leaving you confused about who this person really is. You’re still emotionally invested in them but you may realize you haven’t even been on the same page. Whatever you do, don’t rush it. This is a time of passionate feelings and brash actions, so take your time with your decision, for your own sake.


READ: Your Weekly Love And Professional Horoscope For The Week Of October 8

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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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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