Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

My oldest child reached out to me and suggested I watch this movie. He had just watched it and found it very interesting. He also mentioned how so much of what is talked about are things I encounter or work with daily. So obviously, I watched it last night.

All I want to say is, watch it if you’re open to such things. If not, you’d probably be bored. I was transfixed, especially as it advanced.

Yes, my son was right, so much of what they speak of I work with or have encountered… still encounter. Am I a believer? YEP. In truth, it doesn’t even seem that weird to me. It seems like the only sensible possibility.

Anyway, watch it if you have any interest whatsoever in some pretty explosive facts about those things not often mentioned in public.

Enjoy. Calleen

My New Project is ALMOST Complete by Calleen

Just a quick update. I hope (fingers crossed) to be able to share all the information on this new project I’ve been feverishly working on next week, here in this newsletter.

It has taken up SO much of my time. I apologize for not posting more here, but this has been monumental for me to put it all together.

However, I think it will all be worth it. I hope you love it! I SO love it!

I am just so excited to get the products put together and up and running, so you can get your hands on them and give me feedback. So far the limited amount of feedback I’ve gotten has been really good.

Anyway, please don’t think I am ignoring you. I am seriously working like crazy and hope to tell you all about it next week.

Thanks for bearing with me!


What is a star child: who are the crystal, rainbow, indigo babies? By Mercy Mbuthia

Children are complex by nature. Over the years, they have exhibited a rare combination of traits standing out from the previous generations. However, special groups of children spring from the 70s and are characterized with unique personality features. Their natural abilities supersede those of other children. They are commonly referred to as star children.

Star Child

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What is a star child? Who are these star children? Let’s take a look at the star child meaning as well as star children characteristics.

Star child meaning

Star children are gifted human beings with unique abilities, and their mission on earth sets them apart from the rest. A star child’s role is to actively take part in transitioning the world into a new existence.

As change-makers on the forefront, the star child paves ways for humankind to thrive. They assist in raising human frequency, which is pivotal to the development of humanity.

Starseed child is another term coined to refer to the metaphysical concept of a star child.

It is estimated that the star child has been incarnating on earth for over 100 years. The first wave of star children on the planet was tracked as early as the 1970s.

From the 70s, the star children have come in three generations, namely indigo children, crystal children, and rainbow children.

Indigo children were the first of the three waves of the star children. Each generation has borne subsequent generations.

Indigo parents bore crystal children, whereas rainbow children were borne to crystal parents.

In as much as indigo children, crystal children and rainbow children possess similar special abilities and traits. Each generation of the star child dawns with its unique features in abilities and traits.

Star children characteristics

Arguably, everyone has met a child who they thought was wise beyond their years. The star child exhibits certain features that differentiate them from the rest.

Interestingly, each new wave of the starseed child displays unique characteristics and abilities. Regardless of the generation, they belong to; the star children share common features.

They understand their common purpose is to assist humankind as they rebuild the earth.

What are some of the star children characteristics to look out for?

Emphatic and aware – They see individuals who are emotionally hurting and want to help. They are focused observers and sensitive to body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice.

Wise beyond their years – They fathom things that transcend their physical form and limits of the earth. Regardless of their age, they grasp large concepts.

Find love everywhere – They have a high degree of emotional intelligence. Their aura of unconditional love helps them spread positive emotions to those hurting.

Creative and expressive – They express themselves freely and wordlessly through brain activities such as creative arts. They draw, paint, sing, dance, and even immersed in the world of poetry.

Impatient and highly intelligent – The starseed child always seems faster than the world’s pace around them. They are still waiting for the world to catch up with them.

Generous – Material things do not particularly interest star children. They clearly understand that everything on the planet is connected and belongs to everyone.

Feels they do not belong on earth – They feel disconnected from others because of their unusual thoughts and behavior.

Knows they have past lives – The concept of reincarnation is predominant with star children. They feel as if they have lived in several previous lives.

Have a great connection to nature, animals, night sky, moon and stars – They can spend hours looking at the sky, moon, and stars.

They love nature and can take strolls to look at the forest or look beyond the horizon of large water bodies. Besides, they amazingly connect with animals.

Star children are always inclined to push boundaries that were set by their predecessor generation. Each incoming generation tends to go beyond traits and characteristics boundaries.

It is a way to distinguish them from previous and forthcoming starseed child.

Who are Indigo children?

Indigo children are intuitive, strong-willed and very sensitive. They are the first wave of the starseed child and first dawned in the 1970s.

The term Indigo refers to their auric field. Indigo star children were born from 1970 to 1992.

Just like other starseed children, they share the common purpose to make humankind better. The main task for this starseed child is to fight for justice and expose the truth.

Indigo children traits

The star child from the indigo generation shows a myriad of characteristics, including;

A higher sense of self-worth – These star children are born knowing that they are unique, making them confident.

Insightful – Indigo children see the world differently and offer better ideas and new methods, especially better ideas for existing methods. They possess innate knowledge to do things better. They are change-makers.

High expectations on self and others – They are hard on themselves, which poses a challenge in their relationships and interaction with others. They came to challenge the world.

High sensitivity and psychic capacity – Indigos have a strong sense of knowing about people and their situations.

They love nature.

Resistant to authority – They are free thinkers and have a hard time putting up with rules and authority.

Desire a more fair and just world – They stand up against compromised integrity.

Feel as old souls – Indigos feel like they have lived a handful of lifetimes, and they have wisdom unlike others of their age.

Strong-willed -They do everything to achieve set goals.

What are crystal children?

What is a crystal child? Crystal kids are gentle, loving, and forgiving.

They are the second wave of generation after indigo babies, their predecessors. They are highly sensitive as a result of their global consciousness. They are very linked to the world and are considered pure spirits.

Although the first crystal baby can be traced to the late 80s, a major wave of crystal kids was born in the 90s to early 2000s. They possess an Octarine-like aura that the human eye cannot see.

Their aura is therefore referred to as crystal.

The main purpose of crystal kids is to make the earth a better place by leading humanity to love and peace. They are tasked to teach the world unity as they live by the law.

Crystal children traits

One of a crystal baby’s unique characteristics is that they are guided with their hearts and not their minds. Here are the unique features and characteristics displayed by crystal children.

Crystal children are forgiving.

They have a calming aura with a penetrating gaze. They are caring, fun-loving and love to hug.

They live in the present and are affected by neither the past nor the future. They are connected to humankind.

They display magical abilities, and as a result, they make it possible to work on energy in new ways.

Intuitive and empathic – They relate with others very well, and from time to time, they can tell what others are feeling and thinking.

Late developers – Crystal children tend to speak later than their appropriate age. As a result, they are telepathic.

High sensitivity – Crystal children are sensitive to sound, colors, the environment, and others’ emotions. They suffer from allergies as a result of their sensitivity.

They are affected by adverse events on an individual level and other world occurrences.

Autodidacts – Crystal kids prefer to teach and equip themselves with skills; thus, they are multi-talented.

Who Are the Rainbow Babies?

The last wave of the starseed child is the rainbow babies. They are also the rarest type of star children; therefore, their abilities and characteristics are not widely known.

Their scarcity makes them different. Rainbow babies are also special because they are the highest example of true potential. They are the last star children.

This wave of rainbow children sprung in the 2000s. They are born with a bundle of positive emotions and have no karma. They have not lived on earth before.

Their purpose is to raise human vibration and frequency. They came to heal and realign humankind.

They possess a rare quality of quickly recovering from negative emotions. They are not affected much.

Rainbow children characteristics

They reveal the truth.

They are not affected by negative emotions; hence they are easily forgiving.

Clean slate – They have no earthly karma. This makes them more focused to bring more happiness, harmony and defy odds.

Deep connection – They are kind and loving. Full of empathy, they seek to help others. They are well-attached to their mission.

Strong-willed – These star children are fearless and are not easily distracted from their mission on earth.

Energy – They have constant high energy and, therefore, do not require much sleep. Best Yoruba names for your children

There are no actual times for star children to be born. They are only born when the world needs to evolve. The starseed child is on the lead to make the world a better place.

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Mysterious Deaths and Serial Killer Residents: What to Know About the Cecil Hotel’s Creepy History

Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel examines the 2013 death of Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a water tower atop the Los Angeles property.

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Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel delves into one mysterious death, but the historic Los Angeles property had an eerie reputation long before Elisa Lam checked in.

The twenty-one-year-old Canadian college student disappeared while staying at the hotel in 2013. Her body was later found at the bottom of a water tank on the roof. The circumstances surrounding her death mystified law enforcement and online sleuths, who studied the evidence, including a bizarre bit of security footage of Lam stepping in and out of a hotel elevator that marked the last time she was seen alive. Her death was later ruled an accidental drowning, but that has done little to quell the endless speculation about foul play or even paranormal activity.

According to one of the experts featured in a clip from the show (below), “Throughout the years the Cecil has become this exalted space of crime, of violence, of spookiness.”

Serial Killers in Residence

Two serial killers famously lived at the Cecil, a 700-room hotel that opened in the 1920s and is located in Downtown L.A.’s Skid Row. For much of its history, it functioned as single-room rentals with shared bathrooms, rather than a typical hotel.

Richard Ramirez, known as the “Nightstalker,” resided in a $14-per-night room in 1985, according to CNN. In the early 1980s, he killed 13 women and, the outlet notes, was able to remain under the radar thanks to the building’s seedy reputation and largely transient occupants. A second expert who appears in the episode notes Ramirez would “come back covered in blood” without raising eyebrows.

Another serial killer, Jack Unterweger, was reportedly a resident at the Cecil in 1991 and killed three Los Angeles sex workers during his time there. The Austrian journalist had previously been convicted of murder but was released early in 1990 after he was thought to have been rehabilitated. He went on to be convicted of nine more murders.

A Link to Black Dahlia

The Cecil Hotel also has ties to one of the most famous unsolved crimes in history: the Black Dahlia murder. While actress Elizabeth Short, who became known as the Black Dahlia after her death, was last seen at the nearby Biltmore Hotel before her gruesome death, Crime Scene indicates she allegedly visited the bar at the Cecil Hotel shortly before she was killed.

One online theory about Lam’s 2013 death also involved a suspect who had previously visited the Cecil and posted a video of himself with an image of Short in the background.

Numerous Guest Deaths

At least four tenants of the hotel have also died by suicide at the site since 1927. In 1962, a woman jumped from a ninth-floor window and landed on a pedestrian below killing them both. Several others died after ingesting poison. In the show, the hotel’s former manager, Amy Price, claimed she had seen 80 deaths in the 10 years she worked there, from 2007 to 2017.

Turns on TV

The Cecil served as inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel, the fifth season of the Ryan Murphy-created show, which aired in 2015 and 2016. The show was not filmed on-site, but there were many parallels to Murphy’s fictional Hotel Cortez. He even revealed on a panel that he decided on the theme of the season after seeing a real bit of surveillance video. “A girl got in an elevator in a downtown hotel. She was never seen again,” he said seemingly referring to the footage of Elisa Lam.

It also received a visit from Travel Channel’s Zak Bagans and his team of paranormal investigators, who created the two-hour special Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel, which debuted on January 4 and is available to stream on Discovery+.

New Tenants Wanted

The Cecil Hotel is not currently welcoming guests, but there are plans for it to reopen. The property was purchased by hotelier Richard Born for $30 million in 2014, according to Curbed. The plan was to turn it into “reasonably priced residences catering to young professionals,” according to the outlet. But it soon changed hands again. It was purchased by a development group in 2016 with hopes to turn it into the Historic Core hotel, a mix of hotel rooms and rental units.

In 2017, it closed for renovations, with plans to add a gym and rooftop pool among other luxury amenities. It has yet to reopen.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is streaming now on Netflix.

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Our favorite musicians are just like us. They love to seek out creepy paranormal experiences.

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[Photos by: Kesha, Corey Taylor/Spotify, New Years Day, Post Malone/Adam Degross]

There are few things we love more than musicians and ghost stories, so when they come together, we can’t get enough.

Luckily, many musicians in the scene are self-proclaimed horror buffs, sometimes incorporating the aesthetic into music videos, album art and more.

And some even take their curiosity to another level, actively seeking out paranormal events for themselves.

We decided to look at 10 musicians who have been ghost hunting or claim to have encountered spirits from another dimension. Because these stars just love scaring the shit out of themselves, just like us.

Post Malone

Post Malone is likely the most well-known artist who has had a highly public ghost encounter. In 2018, the rapper appeared on Ghost Adventures with Zak Bagans, where he encountered a haunted box. In the time that followed, a chain of unfortunate events followed, including a car accident, an emergency landing via plane and a failed robbery attempt, leading Posty to now believe that he was cursed by the experience

Vince Neil

Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe also appeared on the Travel Channel show, investigating the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The experience definitely freaked him out and made him believe in ghosts after feeling the presence of a cold energy in the room.


Awsten Knight of Waterparks has shared several paranormal experiences with his Twitter followers, including burning sagesleeping at haunted hotels and playing with possessed dolls. However, he seems to always be pretty freaked out by anything remotely spooky. Who could blame him?

The Osbournes

It’s unsurprising that America’s favorite spooky family has had a ghost encounter. Last year, the family appeared on the Travel Channel show Night Of Terror, where they investigated L.A.’s haunted hotspot Heritage Square and learned about its sinister history.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper might bask in all things creepy and scary, but he hasn’t been spared from a few frights of his own. He’s previously shared a story about a time when he was staying at a house that seemed to be haunted. The faucet would turn on by itself, and there were loud sounds coming from the basement. The entire experience made him and his company flee, only to later find out that The Amityville Horror was written in the home, which definitely explains a few things.

New Years Day

In 2014, New Years Day got together with us to go ghost hunting in Cleveland, and it was a sight to behold. It was pretty harmless, but you definitely get some paranormal vibes from the whole thing.

Meat Loaf

In an episode of The Haunting OfMeat Loaf confronted the spirit of a man who attempted to sabotage his music career many years ago. The scene will definitely have the hair on the back of your neck sticking up.


Kesha hasn’t been shy about her paranormal experiences. Aside from a claim she made in 2012 that she slept with a ghost, she also appeared on The Haunting Of to revisit a haunted hotel she once stayed at. In her original encounter, she says she felt a weird energy and saw the figure of a girl who “stared into [her] soul,” which sounds like it came straight out of a horror movie.

Oliver Tree

While Oliver Tree didn’t seek out a ghost, one was definitely looking for him. He told a story of seeing a ghost when he was 8 years old at his grandma’s house and later seeing the same ghost several years later. He had been told his grandpa was haunting the house but wasn’t sure whether or not the spirit was related to him.

Corey Taylor

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor went ghost hunting at acclaimed former comedian Redd Foxx’s house, and he proved that he’s lowkey a professional ghost hunter. He took the whole thing seriously, and while he tried to keep a brave face, he was definitely a little shook.

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What I’ve Learned From Dating Every Sign of the Zodiac by Chioma Nnadi

What Ive Learned From Dating Every Sign of the Zodiac
Illustrated by Natalie Krim

I was a hardened astrology skeptic until my mother, a lover of all things woo-woo, booked me in for a chart reading with an eccentric septuagenarian astrologer named Fritz on my 18th birthday. In the 90-minute session, Fritz cracked a window onto my angsty teenage soul: Everything about me—from my nerdy obsession with Manga cartoons to my quirky fashion sense—seemed to be written in the stars.

A few years later when I first discovered Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, I learned that astrology could come in handy when it came to navigating my romantic life too. Heralded as “the first astrological blockbuster,” the book was essentially a self-help guide for lovelorn astrology geeks. Goodman takes each of the 12 sun signs and explores the romantic compatibility with each of the others in detail.

You don’t have to get too deep into the almost 1,000-page text to understand that Linda lived on her own kooky planet. In the foreword, she explains that she wrote Love Signs over the course of a decade while sequestered in a haunted suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, finally completing the book in 1978, a scenario that brings to mind Miss Havisham levels of insanity. (It’s worth noting that, fours decades on, the book’s conventional heteronomrative framework in no way stands the test of time.)

Still, it’s hard not to be just a little charmed by Love Signs. Like your favorite auntie, Goodman draws you in with her deliciously gossipy tone, casually dropping romantic advice in the form of cosmic cautionary tales. Sometimes it hits so hard the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up. Other times, you’re left thinking what the hell was this woman smoking. You don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the book—true believers will know it’s more about your chart anyway—but you do have to be a sucker for a good love story.

Revisiting Love Signs during these strange days, so many moons after I first picked it up as a guileless 20-something Taurean transplant from London, has been something of a revelation. About halfway through reading it again, it dawned on me: Could it be that I’ve dated every freaking sign of the Zodiac? (Yes, really!)

And so in the spirit of comparing notes—and of course, Valentine’s Day—I’ve catalogued my experiences as they relate to the 12 astrological love matches for my sun signs as described by Goodman.

The Jovial Taurus

A few years back, an astrologer (not Linda Goodman) told me I’d do well with a Taurus. The idea immediately struck me as a bit of a snooze. Who wants to date somebody with all the same irritating hang ups as them?

When I did finally met a Taurus man, it didn’t feel like I’d met my match exactly. In some ways we were similar: he liked plant pots, yoga, green juice, and sitting under trees maybe more than any other man I’ve met. But in all other things we were worlds apart.

Oddly my first date with this Taurus ranks as one of the best of all time. In truth, it didn’t start out as “a date” at all: I was interested in buying his ceramics, so he invited me over. One thing led to another and somehow we ended up goofing around playing target practice with broken pots and BB guns in the back of his studio. Then seemingly out of nowhere, he produced a tandem bike—wouldn’t it be fun to take a ride through Greenpoint at golden hour he said. Sitting on the back of this beautiful bike made for two, the wind blowing in my hair, was totally dreamy. We passed by his favorite antique store (or course he had perfect taste) and then made a pit stop for coffee. I thought to myself: Does this day really have to end?

What happened next contradicts everything you’ll read about Taureans: he actually turned out to be sort of a flake. Like most bulls though, he did have a sensational sense of humor. About a year after that magical date, he sent me a gift that still makes me smile to this day: a ceramic pot modeled after a man’s lower torso with the words “Property of Chioma Nnadi” painted across the butt.

The Handsome Libra

Besides being level-headed, mild mannered creatures, Libras have a reputation for being good looking. Goodman doesn’t hold back in her depiction of the attractive Libra. She gushes endlessly about their “satiny voices,” their “gorgeous laugh,” their “beautiful eyes” etcetera etcetera. “A Libra smile is a deadly weapon that should be outlawed,” she writes.

The Libra man I dated in my 20s was tall, dark, and yes, devastatingly handsome. When we met at a fashion party in the Meatpacking District, I remember thinking I’d seen him before—because who would forget a face like that? Then I realized I had actually seen his face plastered on a billboard for Abercrombie and Fitch overlooking 8th Avenue.

When he asked for my number at the end of the night, I legitimately thought he was joking. My coworker, a plain-spoken Gemini who later ran into us on a date at a now shuttered bowling alley in Union Square, was eager to share her personal thoughts about this too. “Chioma, that guy is too good looking for you,” she said wagging her finger.

Believe it or not, the handsome Libra man didn’t turn out to be such a bad boyfriend, even if long-term romance was never on the cards for us two. (Libra is the cardinal of the three air signs, which is bad news for an earth-bound bull like me.) Truthfully, the pretty boy thing did end up being tiresome. Men and women would flirt with him shamelessly, then slip their number into his pockets when they thought I wasn’t looking—it didn’t seem to matter that I was standing right there, holding his hand. One time we walked into a Macdonald’s in the village, and the entire joint erupted in a chorus of wolf whistles. Still, true to his well-adjusted Libran nature, he never did let it go to his head.

The Neat Freak Virgo

Known for their inscrutable perfectionism, Virgo might be the most anally retentive sign of the zodiac—as someone whose rising sign is Virgo, I say this with love. I once dated a Virgo who organized his closet so meticulously it looked like the inside of a Ralph Lauren store; nubby cardigans hung on wooden hooks just so, rows of perfectly worn-in brogues lined the shelves; stacks of polo shirts were neatly folded, then colored coded. Even in the throes of passion, he’d pause to tidy away the clothes I’d tossed on the floor of his well-appointed Brooklyn loft. God forbid I borrow one of his Purple Label shirts!

As Goodman tells it, it’s impossible to seduce a Virgo man for various reasons, partly because, as Virgins, they’re literally absorbed with themselves. Even still, she posits that for the Virgo and Taurus, “there’s a lot going for the relationship from the start.” This, in my humble opinion, is highly debatable.

I will say that the first man to float the idea of marriage was a Virgo. Six years after we broke up, in which time he’d moved to Virginia, found god, and been ordained as a pastor, this Virgo man called me out of the blue. “What if we made a proper go of it?” he said with a perfunctory tone, as if he was proposing driving lessons not marriage. “There’s a fashion college in the next town, you could teach there when you move here.” I didn’t have to consult my copy of Love Signs to know the answer was no.

The Spicy Aries

Aries are known to be fiery, outgoing types. In my experience, they’re also great dancers. My salsa teacher was supremely talented in that respect, brimming with Big Aries Energy despite his compact frame; even in his chunky, 3-inch platform sneakers, he was barely 5ft 7” tall.

As Goodman tells it, Aries need “a dash of magic to make life interesting.” Sparks did indeed fly on our first date. Thanks to his experts skills—he was actually the Cuban Salsa Champion of the World—dancing together felt like walking on air.

And yet what goes up… must come down. Goodman’s advice on the matter is sobering. “You can see right away that these people are not Bobbset Twins,” she writes. As predicted, the spell was swiftly broken. Before I’d even graduated from beginner to intermediate, he’d found a new dance partner—petite, feisty, and a Sagittarius—in the advanced class.

The “Twinning” Gemini

This chapter should probably come with a trigger warning, given the number of people I know who’ve had their heart broken by a Gemini. I remember ribbing my Gemini ex boyfriend about this when he first slid into my DMs. “You know, you and I are the astrological match from hell. We’re doomed!! HAHAHAH” I wrote with a flurry of crystal ball emojis.

Geminis might have a reputation for being badly behaved and inconsistent, but really I think they’re deeply misunderstood. As Goodman points out, you are essentially dealing with two personalities. On a good day, they’re excellent conversationalists, quick witted and exceptionally sharp. On a bad day, well, let’s just not even go there.

The trick to making it work with a Gemini is to avoid their evil twin at all costs. My ex boyfriend’s evil twin had an annoying habit of rearing his ugly head at the most inopportune times, when we were rushing to catch a flight (evil Gemini twin can’t bear to be late!), or waiting on line for a table at a restaurant (evil Gemini twin needs food!); there was nowhere to run or hide. For this unfortunate situation, Goodman has plenty of sympathy. “Pity the poor Taureans who are faced with these two fast-moving people!” Just like I said, doomed from the start.

The Oddball Aquarius

“There are exceptions, but the average Taurean girl who is unhappily involved with an Aquarian male is more vulnerable to being devastated by it than he is,” writes Goodman. By the time I came to read these fateful words, it was already too late: l was hopelessly in love with an Aquarius. Wonderfully gregarious, deeply humanitarian, and truly impossible to pin down, my ex boyfriend fit the sign’s oddball profile to a T. Goodman’s description of his eccentricities is especially uncanny, down to his weird aversion to kissing and back rubs (though his obsession with Hello Kitty ephemera is clearly unique to him.)

Did we find common ground? Very rarely. Where I was content with dinner-and-a-movie dates, his idea of a cute night out usually involved value meals at White Castle or breaking into abandoned buildings with his skateboard. What class! Somehow though, every moment we shared was giddy and enchanting. Even my Aries mom fell for his charms, though she had his number long before I did. “You know he’s sort of like a glass of champagne,” she said shortly after being introduced, “fun for the night, but you’ll have a hangover in the morning.”

The Hybebeast Leo

Leos are usually big, warm-hearted creatures who like to be the center of attention. I’ve personally always had a soft for them. For all my enthusiasm though, Goodman doesn’t seem to see much fertile ground between us. The one thing she does see is a shared sense of loyalty. Fun fact: I dated a Leo who literally had the word loyalty tattooed across his chest.

Me and this hypebeast Leo also shared a love of fashion. In fact he would often remind me that Coco Chanel was a Leo (and yes, Barack Obama too). I used to joke that he loved sneakers the way Carrie Bradshaw loved Manolos: you literally couldn’t move in his apartment for Nike boxes. Ultimately, trying to imagine how we could ever share a closet—let alone the rest of my lives together—was virtually impossible.

The Wishy-Washy Pisces

In nature as in astrology, earth and water elements are technically very compatible. In the best case scenario for a Taurus and a Pisces, they are “magically pulled together in order to carry out the karmic balance of action and reaction.” Goodman cites the poets Robert Browning (a Taurus) and Elizabeth Barrett (a Pisces) as the perfect example of this pairing. As the story goes, their courtship was conducted in secret; Barrett’s father strongly disapproved of the union. Barrett literally snuck out of the house to marry her boo.

Sounds all very romantic doesn’t it? But don’t be fooled: there is a B-side to the Taurus-Pisces dynamic that plays out quite differently. “The wrong blending of these two can create mud or quicksand,” writes Goodman. Let’s just say things can get messy.

Pisces are elusive and mysterious creatures, which makes them very intriguing for the simple Taurus. True to form, my Pisces man suggested we meet at the Russian bath house in the East Village. At first I couldn’t decide whether this was intriguing or maybe just an odd choice for a first date. Once I’d got past the standard issue swimwear situation, and the fact that I was practically naked with a man I barely knew, things improved considerably.

Little did I know that steam rooms and cold baths were basically this man’s raison d’etre. He’d fill his weekends with excursions to bathhouses in far-flung corners of the Tri-state. “There are these great Korean spas that are open all night in Jersey,” he’d tell me excitedly. Naturally his curious obsession made it impossible for our relationship to take root; soon all prospects of hanging out dried up. Weirdly enough, I wasn’t that bummed really; plenty more fish in the sea.

The Emotionally Unavailable Cancer

Admittedly, the research I have on Cancer men is pretty thin. I will say that I’m blessed to have a sweet and loving Cancer man for a father. Cancers are known to be sensitive types and tend to have a high emotional IQ. As Goodman points out, they’re also ruled by the moon and prone to mood swings. They feel things deeply, so when they are wounded in love it can take them a while to get over it.

Such was the case with the Cancer man I encountered when I first moved to New York. He had kind, dark eyes, and a warm smile, and yet you could practically see the sad little rain clouds gathering over his head. Despite the obvious red flags, I persisted. Maybe my Taurean charms could help turn his frown upside down? “Love at first sight is not quite what happens when an Earth sign like Taurus meets a Water sign like Cancer, it takes time,” writes Goodman.

Turns out this Cancer was more than a little lovesick—but not about me. He spent most of our date at a tapas bar in Nolita bemoaning a recent breakup. “She just radiated beauty,” he said, reaching for his fourth gin and tonic. “It was like a halo glowed around her head.” I stuck around long enough for the patatas bravas I’d ordered to arrive and listened to the story of his ex girlfriend, a free-spirited Aries who had dumped him for a wealthy Sagittarius hotelier and moved to Costa Rica, then made my excuses and left. There was nothing more to be done. The only thing that might heal his broken Cancerian heart, was time.

The Couch-Surfer Sagittarius

When it comes to my romantic life, I think it’s best not to recycle the past. In my experience, things rarely work out any better second time around. The Sagittarius man has been the exception to that rule. He was just an awkward teenager when I first sidled up to him at a hip hop party in soho. I was 22 years old, three years his senior so practically a cougar.

Predictably the love connection was short-lived. (Maybe three weeks at best?) He disappeared and then resurfaced a few years later, a little older and maybe wiser too, but still restless in his soul. As I had learned from Love Signs, Sagittarius are dreamers. They’re always flying off in search of adventure. Holding down a conventional job was never going to be his thing. Even when a fancy advertising firm chased him down with the promise of a six-figure salary, he had no trouble turning them down even if it meant sleeping on his mom’s couch.

The Sagittarius man “needs a woman who will believe all his dreams and not one who constantly pops his balloons with needles of doubt.” And it’s true that maybe too often I rained on his parade. When he suggested we try for a baby, I wondered aloud how we’d find room for a crib in my tiny apartment. I mean, I already had two roommates!

Even still, our shared love of simple pleasures always brought us back together. On the mornings that he’d walk me to work, holding my hand for the hour-long trek to Manhattan, I was reminded that the sweetest things in life are free.

The Gentlemanly Capricorn

Of all the signs in the zodiac, Capricorn might be the one that got away, at least for me. According to Goodman, Taurus and Capricorn are practically soul mates. “When these two animal meet at the zoo, the ground shakes with the vibrations of destiny,” she says. “Who knows what success lies ahead when a bull and a goat get into harness together.”

Sadly it took my Capricorn suitor a couple of attempts to even get my attention in the first place. The poor guy sent flowers to my office twice—first pink roses, then orchids. (In all fairness, he forgot to sign his name on the first bunch.)

Capricorns are modest and reserved. And as Earth signs, they’re also pretty dependable. So don’t expect any curveballs here. This Capricorn man was also very generous. Each time we’d meet, he’d bring me a small gift. So when I mentioned on date two that my friend, a gentle Virgo, had just had a baby boy, he showed up on date three with a big box from Bloomingdale’s for the little guy. “Oh my god you should marry this man!” my friend said gleefully unwrapping the onesies. Was it me, or was this Capricorn trying too hard?

Regrettably he didn’t really get the chance to prove himself either way. Just as I was warming to him, the couch-surfer Sagittarius came back around yet again; poor mister Capricorn was dropped like a hot potato! If Linda Goodman would call this a cruel twist of fate, my therapist would say it was self-sabotage.

The Seductive Scorpio

Picture the scene in Jungle Book when Mowgli is hypnotized and damn near suffocated by Kaa, the cunning boa constrictor, and you’re halfway to comprehending the complex Taurus-Scorpio dynamic. Goodman sums up the ominous nature of this union like this: “The more quickly this horror is disposed of, the better.”

Scorpions are sexy and secretive, the kind of people who lurk on Instagram but rarely post. My Scorpio crush was for sure far too cool to be on social media. He also suffered from Batophobia, the fear of being in or close to tall buildings. Instead of picking me up at my office, a medium-sized skyscraper in midtown, we’d meet at a park nearby. It was weird, but I liked him anyway. Plus he’d always come wearing some ridiculously stylish outfit—maybe a powder blue suit and a matching headwrap to keep his dreadlocks in place—then off we’d go for vegan lunch.

Perhaps sensing my hesitation, he never pushed the friendship any further. Which is probably for the best—because oh the horror! And yet part of me still thinks, what if?

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Valentine’s Day 2021: Love Horoscope For All Zodiac Signs by Deepannita Dason

Another tribute to Valentine’s Day for all you lucky couples out there. Enjoy!

Valentines Day 2021: Love Horoscope

The month of February is something special for those who love, because, on this day, February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day. From February 7 to February 14, the loving couple celebrates Valentine’s Week. This whole week comes Rose Day, Propose Day, Kiss Day, Hug Day, Teddy Day, Chocolate Day and finally Valentine’s Day. Let’s know how this Valentine’s Week will be for all the 12 zodiac signs.


Aries: 21 March – 19 April

The entire valentine’s week is going to be very special for you. During this time you will get a chance to spend enough time with your love partner. Your partner will also want to spend more and more time with you. Not only this, but they can also plan many surprises for you. If you are married then you will do your best to make your married life happy. Overall, this Valentine’s Week is going to bring happiness to you.


Taurus: 20 April – 20 May

Your valentine’s Week is going to be more special than last year. Your love partner or your life partner. Your love will increase. This whole week is going to be very romantic for you. On the other hand, if you are single then you can get a love proposal in this period. It is possible that you accept this offer immediately.


Gemini: 21 May – 20 June

Valentine’s Week is going to be full of many surprises. During this time your love partner can do something for you which will be memorable for you throughout your life. They can also propose you for marriage. If you are married and your relationship with your spouse has come in the distance, then try to reduce the distance between you in this week of love. You will definitely get success. If possible, go for a picnic at your favourite place of love.


Cancer: 21 June – 22 July

If you are not very serious about your romantic life, then this time is going to be a bit difficult for you. During this period, your love relationship may break. You may hurt your partner emotionally a lot. This week is going to be very romantic for your married people. Your relationship with your spouse will be strong and your love will also increase.


Leo: 23 July – 22 August

Leo zodiac signs may get mixed results in Valentine’s Week. Beginning of the week will be a little slow for you, but in the middle, your partner can make some good plans for you. They can also propose marriage in front of you in a very romantic way. If you are married, then during this period you are advised to avoid small differences with your spouse.


Virgo: 23 August – 22 September

This Valentine’s Week is going to bring you great relief. If your relationship with your love partner is not going well then in this period your bitterness can be overcome. Your mutual understanding will increase and you will feel that your partner loves you genuinely. This week will also give good results for your married people. Your spouse will do its best to make you happy.


Libra: 23 September – 22 October

For Libra people, this romantic week will be full of love and romance. During this period, the closeness between you and your partner can increase. Your partners will be ready to do anything for you. You will be very happy to be with each other. At the same time, there will be some void in the lives of married people. You will feel that your spouse is ignoring you.


Scorpio: 23 October – 21 November

In this Valentine’s week, your love partner will value you more than yourself. During this period you may also get an opportunity to take a short trip. Not only this, but you can also get a valuable gift from them. This week is going to be great for married natives of this sign. Your spouse’s love and companionship will make you feel special. You too will try your best to keep them happy.


Sagittarius: 22 November – 21 December

If you want to make your Valentine’s week happy, then you are advised to keep your tongue under control. Your slightest mistake can increase bitterness in your relationship with your partner. It is better that you take special care of your behaviour and speech. Married people are also advised to avoid quarrels and discord during this period. You should respect each other’s feelings.


Capricorn: 22 December – 19 January

During this period, you will be immersed in your partner’s love and prefer to spend more and more time with your beloved girlfriend. You may also decide to pursue your relationship. Your valentine will not be very good for married people. During this period, there may be distances in the relationship with your spouse. Your beloved’s behaviour will not be right towards you.


Aquarius: 20 January – 18 February

If your romantic life has a fluctuating situation for some time, then all your problems will be solved in this period. Your love will grow and your trust in each other will also be strengthened. During this time, you can also decide to tie the knot with your partner and you can get the approval of family members too. On the other hand, your married people will get a chance to spend enough time with their spouse during this period. You will try your best to remove all the grievances of your beloved.


Pisces: 19 February – 20 March

You are advised to control your emotions. Don’t get excited and do something that you have to regret and also hurt your partner’s feelings. If you are married then you can get a chance to hang out with your spouse in a romantic place. During this time some of your old and good memories can also be refreshed.

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The Worst People To Date According To Their Astrological Sign

OK… so with Valentine’s Day coming up I decided to post this. Found it funny, and probably very accurate. Although I too am nowhere near the most dateable. Go figure. HA! Calleen

Are people with these astrological signs really the WORST people to date? 

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Mercury is in retrograde right now, which a big concern if you’re into astrology . . . And a new survey on for Valentine’s Day found 1 in 3 people have certain zodiac signs they’d never date.

And the least-dateable are . . . GEMINIS.

Here are all 12 signs, ranked . . .

1.  Gemini.  42% of people who believe in astrology wouldn’t date one.

2.  Cancer, 37%.

3.  Taurus, 36%.

4.  Aries, 34%.

5.  Leo, 31%.

6.  Virgo, 28%.

7.  Scorpio, 24%.

8.  Libra, 22%.

9.  Sagittarius, 17%.

10.  Capricorn, 16%.

11.  Aquarius, 10%.

12.  Pisces, 7%.  So they’re most most-datable.

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Each Zodiac Sign’s Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer by Aliza Kelly Faragher

Humans have pondered the mysteries of the universe for millennia, tracking the sun’s vibrant motion, the moon’s beguiling cycle, and the swirl of boundless stars overhead. Astrology and astronomy were inextricably linked for thousands of years. Although these two fields have been disentangled over time, the mystical teachings of the cosmos still guide us today.

The study of astrology is expansive, complex, and transformative. Despite the nuances, the most fundamental principle of astrology centers on the 12 familiar star signs of the zodiac. Over the centuries, each sign has developed its own associations — including myths, animals, and colors— and its own characteristics. Every sign boasts an individual approach to life, complete with dynamic strengths and frustrating weaknesses.

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The sun sign is the cosmic launching pad for both amateur and professional astrologers. Your sun sign is determined by your date of birth and represents your core personality, sense of self, basic preferences, and ways in which you move through the world. This astrological placement sheds light on your intrinsic gifts, as well as your blind spots. Joys, wishes, flaws, and fears are what make a sun sign special and unique. When combined with the other planets in your chart, it creates the distinctive profile that serves as your astrological fingerprint.- ADVERTISEMENT -

No sign is perfect on its own. The diversity of the zodiac completes the astrological wheel.

Ready to take your astrological knowledge to the next level? There are four triplicities and quadruplicities that further categorize the twelve signs. If these words sound like gibberish, don’t fret: The concepts are easy. Triplicities is astrospeak for elements, which include fire (the fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius); earth (the earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn); air (the air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius); and water (the water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). Generally speaking, fire signs are passionate and exuberant, earth signs are practical and grounded, air signs are intellectual and curious, and water signs are intuitive and emotional.

Quadruplicities are the signs’ qualities. Cardinal signs, which include Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, kick off new seasons. They are excellent at taking action and starting initiatives. Fixed signs, which include Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, occur in the middle of seasons. They are the steady, consistent forces that maintain movement. Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. As we continue layering astrological concepts, we uncover a rich and complex practice that delivers insight into our truest selves.

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Ahead, discover each sun sign’s personality attributes, from the admirable to the exasperating. Remember, cosmic warrior, growth begins with self-awareness, so read on to know yourself better.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries loves to be number one, so it’s no surprise that these audacious rams are the first sign of the zodiac. Bold and ambitious, Aries dives headfirst into even the most challenging situations. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Aries horoscope predictions.

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Lizzie Gill

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus is an earth sign represented by the bull. Like their celestial spirit animal, Taureans enjoy relaxing in serene, bucolic environments surrounded by soft sounds, soothing aromas, and succulent flavors. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Taurus horoscope predictions.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Have you ever been so busy that you wished you could clone yourself just to get everything done? That’s the Gemini experience in a nutshell. Appropriately symbolized by the celestial twins, this air sign was interested in so many pursuits that it had to double itself. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Gemini horoscope predictions.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Cancer is a cardinal water sign. Represented by the crab, this crustacean seamlessly weaves between the sea and shore representing Cancer’s ability to exist in both emotional and material realms. Cancers are highly intuitive and their psychic abilities manifest in tangible spaces: For instance, Cancers can effortlessly pick up the energies in a room. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Cancer horoscope predictions.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Roll out the red carpet because Leo has arrived. Leo is represented by the lion and these spirited fire signs are the kings and queens of the celestial jungle. They’re delighted to embrace their royal status: Vivacious, theatrical, and passionate, Leos love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate themselves. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Leo horoscope predictions.

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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo is an earth sign historically represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture, an association that speaks to Virgo’s deep-rooted presence in the material world. Virgos are logical, practical, and systematic in their approach to life. This earth sign is a perfectionist at heart and isn’t afraid to improve skills through diligent and consistent practice. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Virgo horoscope predictions.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libra is an air sign represented by the scales (interestingly, the only inanimate object of the zodiac), an association that reflects Libra’s fixation on balance and harmony. Libra is obsessed with symmetry and strives to create equilibrium in all areas of life. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Libra horoscope predictions.

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Lizzie Gill

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpio is one of the most misunderstood signs of the zodiac. Because of its incredible passion and power, Scorpio is often mistaken for a fire sign. In fact, Scorpio is a water sign that derives its strength from the psychic, emotional realm. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Scorpio horoscope predictions.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Represented by the archer, Sagittarians are always on a quest for knowledge. The last fire sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius launches its many pursuits like blazing arrows, chasing after geographical, intellectual, and spiritual adventures. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Sagittarius horoscope predictions.

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

The last earth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is represented by the sea goat, a mythological creature with the body of a goat and tail of a fish. Accordingly, Capricorns are skilled at navigating both the material and emotional realms. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Capricorn horoscope predictions.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Despite the “aqua” in its name, Aquarius is actually the last air sign of the zodiac. Aquarius is represented by the water bearer, the mystical healer who bestows water, or life, upon the land. Accordingly, Aquarius is the most humanitarian astrological sign. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Aquarius horoscope predictions.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces, a water sign, is the last constellation of the zodiac. It’s symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions, representing the constant division of Pisces’ attention between fantasy and reality. As the final sign, Pisces has absorbed every lesson — the joys and the pain, the hopes and the fears — learned by all of the other signs. Read your sign’s full profile here. Next, read this month’s Pisces horoscope predictions.

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