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Take A Look At What The Stars Have In Store For You This Week When It Comes To Life, Career, And Amor

WARNING: Venus is in retrograde from October 5th through November 16th and there are plenty of shakeups happening for us. Some will need to ignore that old flame that will come creeping back in the picture while others will have plenty of romantic and professional options to choose from. Read below to see how on point your horoscope is.

Aries

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Money and love will experience a revival this month for you, Aries, but not exactly in the way we’d hope. With Venus turning retrograde in Scorpio on October 5th, this will be a time for you to repair your finances. Remember, retrogrades aren’t always about halting progress and making our electronics break down — they also mean that things from the past could re-emerge and create a positive impact. Have you missed out an opportunity you thought was no longer an option? Be on the lookout for that money-making prospect to find its way back into your life. The same goes for your love life, as Venus in retrograde could mean giving a second chance to a past flame that you’re ready to make official this time.

Taurus

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With your ruling planet Venus in retrograde from October 5th through November 16th, expect to see some important shakeups in Scorpio, aka your 7th House of Committed Relationships. The good news? If you’re in a happy and healthy relationship, this is a time to work on that love connection by bringing up any past concerns or insecurities for a heart-to-heart discussion with your amor. Now is your time to either get out of a toxic relationship or strengthen the good one you’re in.

Gemini

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Now that Venus has sat in retrograde since Friday, October 5th, you in particular, Gemini, are not really feeling the love this month, except that it might be coming from your colleagues and coworkers more than a love relationship. You may find yourself feeling underappreciated and misunderstood. However, remember that retrogrades are still a time for personal reflection and reevaluation. You can make the most of this negative feeling and turn it into positive soul-searching, maybe even decide to look for a new job.

Cancer

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It wouldn’t be a proper Venus retrograde without a former lover popping back up in your life, so expect that old flame you’re always off-and-on again with to reappear once more this week, Cancer. Whoever this past fling was, it was definitely one full of intensity, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself contemplating offering that certain someone another shot or deciding that leaving the past the past is the healthiest option for you.

Leo

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Everyone is seeing from their past reemerge come this Venus retrograde, and you are no different, you vibrant Leo. While most signs may see former lovers or friendships weaving their way back into their lives again, this retrograde in your home and family sector starting October 5th means that you might find yourself finally letting go of a toxic relative or focusing on your domestic bliss to keep you grounded and fierce like the lion you are.

Virgo

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With Venus in retrograde starting October 5th, you may think you’ve got a strong hold on both your love life and finances, dear Virgo, but the universe is saying otherwise. This isn’t necessarily a negative, just that like most retrograde periods, it’s a time to pinpoint what exactly needs work in your life and create a clear goal-ridden path to fix whatever that is. The New Moon on Tuesday, October 8th, offers you a new opportunity to make money.

Libra

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Sorry to say it, Libras, but you’ll really feel it this week with your ruling planet Venus going into retrograde starting October 5th. What this means is you’ll feel a definite blow to your confidence and find yourself feeling underappreciated at either work or in a relationship. It’s hard to fight against those taking you for granted during Venus retrograde, but a New Moon on October 8th will help you focus on working on your inner beauty and start fresh.

Scorpio

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Oh sexy, sexy Scorpio! When Venus turned retrograde on October 5th, that attractive confidence you’re known for feels to have suddenly vanished. Venus will rest in Scorpio until October 31st, but with a little help from Mercury entering on October 9th, you’ll be able to voice your feelings to those who you feel are putting you down and have too much control over your view of your self-worth. Don’t let anyone step on your happiness, you tough scorpion!

Sagittarius

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Your theme for October, Sagittarius, is to walk away. With Venus retrograding in your 12th house of contemplation on October 5th, walking away is the only way you will realize the things that were toxic in your life for what they really are, and, yes, we’re talking about your love life here. Remind yourself that if it is meant to be, it will be. Otherwise, it is time you make a big change.

Capricorn

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This week is all about friendships, Capricorn, and, sadly, not in a friendly way. With Venus turning retrograde in your friendship sector on October 5th, there is definitely the opportunity to feel manipulated by someone. Beware of a backstabbing by someone thought of as a trusted friend. However, in true retrograde fashion, expect the emergence of a friendship from the past and take advantage of this golden opportunity to reconnect. A New Moon in your career house on October 8th offers a nice professional opportunity but is squared by Pluto. Don’t let someone step on you in this new career path and be wise in how you execute your power.

Aquarius

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Are you really doing what you’re meant to do in life, Aquarius? With Venus retrograde impacting on you from October 5th to November 16th, you might find your career is backpedaling and you question whether this is where you’re even supposed to be. A New Moon in your house of legal matters on October 8th might find you using sneaky strategies with a legal proceeding. This isn’t advised. Rise above using tactics just because you think it’ll help get you what you want the fast way.

Pisces 

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The theme of October is relationships, sweet, emotional Pisces, and you won’t get out of this week scot-free. With Venus turning retrograde the Friday before, and a New Moon in Libra on the 8th, intense information is coming to light. If you’re not rock-solid in your current love situation, this week could be the one that breaks it. But don’t sweat it. If it ends, it’s because it needed to and be prepared to embark on a journey of much needed deep healing.


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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.

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