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December 14, 2018

Year of the Pig 2019: Zodiac Symbols and Zodiac Signs

Those dazzling zodiac signs spinning through the constellations of our lives. Mesmerizing, and charming. Sometimes our zodiac signs can be scary, but their meanings are always powerful. Our zodiac symbols and signs offer us a peek into the diversity of human character and personality. Now there are some who don’t subscribe to the art of astrology. Some folks deem the attributes of the zodiac as hooey.

Aries

Aries: March 21-April 19

One of the best ways to get to know an Aries sun-sign is through their zodiac symbols. Observing the symbols for each sign is akin to taking note of a person’s eye color, or mannerisms. These seemingly innocuous symbols linked to each sign can tip us off to a deeper understanding of Aries and their ways.

How so? Well, for example…one of the zodiac symbols associated with Aries is fire.

What do we know about fire? It’s the poster-child for passion, creativity, inspiration. Ergo, Aries and their kinship with fire will tend to be hot, hot, hot – in love, sometimes temper, and certainly in seeking excitement.

 Taurus

Taurus: April 20-May 20

Ah, Taurus…the tried, the true, the stable, dependable sun-sign of the zodiac. What would we do without you, dear Taurus? I for one would be utterly lost without your stoicism, and your solid presence in my life.

True to their sun-sign nature, Taurus zodiac symbols mimic that earthy, grounded essence that all Taurus’ express in one way or another.
For example, the elemental zodiac symbol for Taurus is earth. What better way to express connection with strong foundation and that “feet on the ground” persona than earth?!

Maybe you’re a Taurus, and want to dig deeper into the layers of your zodiac symbols. Or…perhaps you have a Taurus friend and you’re curious about their bullish qualities. Learning about the symbols associated with a sign is a sure-fire way to peek into the deeper intricacies of an astro-personality type.

Gemini

Gemini: May 21-June 20

Dear Gemini, how I so love your energy! Your zodiac symbols are highly appropriate for your adaptability, flexibility and intelligence. Take yellow, for instance. Yellow is your governing color. Bright, radiant and symbolic of enthusiasm and ebullience. That’s a Gemini sun-sign to a T.

I particularly appreciate Gemini’s quick wit. Gemini tend to have a fabulous ability to communicate clearly – and they get their point across succinctly.

Air is Gemini’s ruling element, and this is a big factor in your ability to think, speak and react well. Air is the element of communication. Think about cell phones, and WiFi. All that data speeding through the ethers. Gemini has intricate networks of intellect emitting from them all the time. No wonder you have such bright ideas!

Cancer

Cancer: June 21-July 22

Tender, loving, loyal Cancer – where would we be without you? We’d be without the finesse you execute in sensing what is needed in the moment. We’d be without a deep streak of sympathy and compassion. We’d be without vital memory-keepers in the world.

To be sure, Cancer is a integral part of society. Your zodiac symbols reflect a deep influence upon others and the world.

Your ruler is the Moon, and as such, you are involved with affecting the ebb and flow of emotional waters around you. It’s a big job, but as a healthy, whole Cancerian, you are up to the task of managing emotional drips and/or flooding.

Every sign has its flip-side. Cancer’s, you can be the shoulder everybody cries on – the one who soothes away the wrinkles in the fabric of life. But your element is water – which can be unpredictable. Combine the sometimes erratic nature of water with your ruling Moon – we sometimes get a cocktail of variables. One day you are the gracious healer, the next, a hermit concerned with only your own challenges.

Leo

Leo: July 23-August 22

Charismatic, opinionated and creative. That’s a cocktail for a radiant Leo sun-sign personality. A lot of Leo’s shining qualities are evident in their zodiac symbols. For example, Leo is ruled by the sun – the center of our solar system. Similarly, a lot of Leo’s kinda figure the world revolves around them too (or at least it should). Nothing wrong with that. After all, Leo’s are incredibly powerful, potentially influential, and certainly smart enough to command authority.

Another of Leo’s zodiac symbols is an indicator of promising personality. Take gold, for instance. Gold? Yep – that’s Leo’s governing metal. It makes sense. Leo’s tend to have the ‘Midas Touch’ – meaning most things they set their will upon often turns into a golden result.

Gold is also Leo’s color, as well as orange and/or yellow. These hues are bold statements of creativity, expansiveness and energy.

Virgo

Virgo: August 23-September 22

Compassionate, caring, nurturing and extraordinarily tender-hearted – Virgo strums the human heart strings in the zodiac. As they do, Virgo’s create beautiful music within their communities all around the globe. How so? Well Virgo’s shine brightest when they are called to a noble cause. They particularly excel in standing up for justice. They simply can’t tolerate injustice are mistreatment of the weak.

This is why many Virgo’s are champions for the underdog. Whether they are adopting every stray cat and dog in their neighborhood, or lobbying reform in for underprivileged children…if there is a higher cause that protects the weaker, or vulnerable amongst us…you can bet a Virgo is behind the scene pulling strings somewhere.

It has to do with the virginal symbolism attached to the sign of Virgo. As you’ll see in the zodiac symbolsfor Virgo – you’ll notice a theme of purity. Virgo is a sign of idealism. In an ideal world, all children are nurtured and are raised in pure, positive environments. In an ideal world, animals are protected, and live unmolested in their domains. Likewise, a Virgo’s life is at its best when it is clean, clear and free of messy, ugly stuff.

Libra

Libra: September 23-October 22

Charming, harmonious and filled to the brim with energy. Libra’s have a lot going for them – often in many different directions. Getting to know the zodiac symbols for Libra is essential to crack the intricate code of this fascinating sun-sign.

For example, Libra’s ruling planet is Venus. We all know Venus is symbolic of love, passion and beauty…but there is more to this energy than that. Venus – and Virgo stand for appreciation, specifically appreciation for the lovely, fine things life has to offer.

Libra has a tremendous sense of style, and has a knack for introducing pleasurable experiences to any environment. In fact, Libra’s often excel in occupations dealing with art and decor.

Libra’s colors, pastel blues and lavender, are symbolic of sophistication and style too. Lavender is a healing color, and Libra’s heal through refining their environment with loveliness. Libra’s are attuned to color. They know that colors can uplift and inspire. Light blues and purples will invigorate, inspire and offer illumination to Libra’s. These colors are also helpful in injecting clarity, good communication and tranquility to the Libra psyche.

Scorpio

Scorpio: October 23-November 21

Extreme, powerful, elusive…Scorpio’s are in the zodiac to keep us all scratching our heads saying “huh?” To be sure, Scorpio’s can be hard to cipher. But that’s okay.

They’re absolutely worth the time we take to crack their complicated codes. Learning Scorpio zodiac symbols is a great start to decoding this mysterious sun-sign.

For starters, we can contemplate Scorpio’s governing color for meaning. Bright reds are the colors for Scorpio. This hue is symbolic of intensity, passion, assertion.

Blood red is a keen alignment to Scorpio’s deep sense of self, and their understanding of the undercurrents that make life flow. Red is also the color of the root chakra, which is symbolic of action, physicality, sex and base nature of the self. Red is a core color for prime need and function. Similarly, Scorpio’s have a wicked-sharp understanding of what’s at the core of life. They innately understand what makes things tick, and they have a remarkable way of turning over stones to animate anything that was once stagnate.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius: November 22-December 21

Inspired, wandering, optimistic Sagittarius…what would the world do without you dreamers of the zodiac? I’ll tell you what we’d do…we’d become mired in the minutia of the mundane, forever yearning for the sparkles you bring to the world.

As with all the zodiac signs, Sagittarius is just as complex and hard to figure as everybody else. But Sag might give us an easier time in ciphering who they are, because they have a tendency to ‘let it all hang out.’


Sagittarius sun-signs are pretty much what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

Take Sagittarius’ ruling planet, for example – Jupiter. It’s a planet symbolic of generosity, fortune, zeal and expansiveness. When a Sagittarius turns on these features in society, it’s hard to miss. There’s no denying a Sag when they are high on a new adventure or in the throes of enthusiastic excitement. Further, Jupiter is a highly visible planet…even by the naked eye in certain times of the year. So too is the Sagittarius. You just can’t remain blind to a switched on Sagittarius within your midst.

Another element of obvious transparency regarding the Sagittarius personality is their governing color. Sagittarius is governed by the color purple. This is a long-held color of royalty. As in the old days, when such pomp and circumstance was observed, when the community saw purple, they knew a biggety wiggety was in their presence. Same with Sag. When a healthy, whole Sagittarius comes on the scene, you’re going to know you’re in the presence of a bombastic being. 

Capricorn

Capricorn: December 22-January 19

If it weren’t for a Capricorn, it’s highly doubtful I would be sitting here writing this post today. It took a Capricorn’s strong, patient, stable, reliable influence to pull me out of some pretty dark moments.

Maybe you’ve had the same encounters with this solid sign. If so, you’ll know Capricorn’s have a keen intellect. They see the inner-workings of things and deftly maneuver elements to strategically obtain goals.

In doing so, they employ admirable determination and discipline. What’s more, Capricorn has an innate understanding of personal responsibility. A peek at Capricorn’s governing zodiac symbols can elaborate on these traits. Take the symbolic planet Saturn, which rules Capricorn. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agricultural harvesting. Anybody who knows about farming, knows it takes fortitude to manage all the risks of agriculture. It’s a dicey industry. Weather, economics, strength/weakness of plants, implementing proper nutrition…it’s toiling work too. No wonder the Roman’s sought the blessings of such a powerful god over their crops. Capricorn’s share that hard work ethic with Saturn. The planet Saturn is symbolic of many things. It’s primary theme is: Control. Capricorn’s share that personality trait as well as all those mentioned.

The theme of control shows up in alchemical zodiac symbols for Capricorn, namely, lead. Lead is the metal that governs Capricorn. As a metal, lead is dense and highly resistant to corrosion. In Capricorn terms, this translates to their ability to resist dissuasion or distraction from their goals.

Aquarius

Aquarius: January 20-February 18

Uncompromising, individualistic, thoughtful Aquarius…oh how I love what you bring to the zodiac buffet of diversity! To be sure, the world would be a pale shade of grey without your ideas and intelligent insight. There’s a lot to learn from Aquarius, and learning about this sun-sign’s zodiac symbols is a great start!

Take Aquarius’ high-minded color, blue. Bright sky-blue to be more precise.

This color reflects the high flying ideas Aquarius’ are often prone to think up. This color also describes Aquarius’ tendency to fly into blue skies of dreams, intellect and far reaching philosophical clouds. Blue is the color of clarity, something Aquarians value. Blue is also associated with the throat chakra, which is symbolic of communication. Aquarians are typically good communicators. In fact, many of our greatest teachers are Aquarians.

Another glimpse into Aquarian aspects can be found in the planet and Greek god, Uranus. Uranus is the ruling planet for this sign, and is symbolic revolution and inspiration. The planet governs neat stuff like: Art, science and invention. All of these symbolic factors jive well with Aquarius disposition. The Greek sky god, Uranus, was said to have no parents. Rather, he was born from chaos. This ties in with Aquarius’ personality because chaos, in Greek terms, is that point of pure potential just before creation sparks. Aquarius digs this place, and in fact likes to party there. Ever seeking the “what ifs” in every scene, Aquarius is okay with the blank canvas before the first bold stroke of paint is placed.

Pisces

Pisces: February19-March 20

Soulful, mysterious, insightful Pisces…You bring a level of depth to the zodiac like no other sign. To be sure, it’s not easy being you. Straddling the realm of physical and spiritual can be extraordinarily taxing on you.

Nevertheless, your ability to see into the astral plane is a gift that is both rewarding and necessary to the world.

As the last of the procession of zodiac signs, Pisces represents the culmination of all that has been before its arrival on the scene. As such, Pisces is incredibly rich and deep in many areas.

We can tap into that depth and diversity by learning more about the zodiac symbols for Pisces. Why? Because their symbols are clues that dive deeper into this soulful sun-sign.

For example, platinum is the governing metal for Pisces. Platinum is a rare metal, and therefore considered a prized commodity. In many ways, so is Pisces. Pisces expresses rare gifts of perception, and has an uncommon ability to glean information from unorthodox sources. Often, the information they intuit from these unlikely sources (like dreams, meditation or the spirit realm) are highly prized…by themselves and others. In alchemical wisdom, platinum is symbolic of manifestation. This jives with Pisces because they are incredibly adept at manifesting concrete results from seemingly nothing. In other words, they can take fluffy data and seem to magically make it real.

By Whats Your Sign
December 14, 2018

Gemstone Meanings: Zodiac Signs and Corresponding Gems

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Do a little of your own transforming by incorporating a few of these birthstones and gemstone meanings into your daily life. Observe any shifting in your awareness as you wear or work with these zodiac stones. The results might surprise you.


Aries Gemstones:

Diamonds: These will enhance your ability to cut through clutter and see facts clearly. Diamondsalso enhance luck in wealth for Aries personalities.
Amethyst: Perfect for activating patience, and balancing out your moods if things aren’t going the way you want.
Emerald: Wear for protection, and when you need a bit of settling and grounding after having been charged up with action.





Taurus Gemstone Meanings:

Emeralds: Opens up creativity and a feeling of connection. Also a protective stone for Taureans, as well as boosts self-esteem .
Rose Quartz: Wear for social occasions and when you want your environment wrapped in a loving, caring feeling.
Lapis Lazuli: If you’re feeling unstable, lapis will help you regain your connections to that which is most important to you. Also helps with intuitive clarity.


Gemini Zodiac Gemstone:

Agate: Wear when you need your highest intention to be revealed. Good for bringing about softness, comfort and healing too.
Tourmaline: Magnificent for focus and mental acuity. Also good to keep with you to aid with meditative practices.
Citrine: A great stone when you just need a lift. Wear to keep your mood sparkly, fresh and bright.


Cancer Gemstones:

Pearls: Perfect to keep with you when you’re contemplating decisions as it helps strengthen inner wisdom.
Moonstone: Soothes moodiness. Wear when you’re feeling out of sorts as it helps with clarity. Also great to wear while doing for intuitive work.
Peridot: Outstanding gem for healing. And, for Cancerians, this stone is also useful for lifting depression.


Leo Gemstone Meanings:

Ruby: Enhances the warmth and generosity inherent to your nature. Wear during social events when your intent is to experience harmonious communication.
Topaz: Helps clear physical blockages. Also good for mental clarity. Wear when you need to focus on projects.
Tiger Eye: Enhances perception, great for psychic development and intuition work. Also helpful for visions (known as scrying).


Virgo Gemstones:

Sapphire: Wear when you need to escape from the every day. This stone lifts moods, and enhances dreams for Virgos.
Amethyst: Promotes calm and healing. Wear when you need relief from worry, stress or depression.
Carnelian: Perfect stone when you need to be reminded of your personal power. Increases feelings of security and confidence


Libra Zodiac Sign Gemstones:

Opal: Sparks the fire within your creative self. Wear when you need inspiration.
Peridot: Enhances your heart energies. Wear when you need to communicate your heart’s desire with clarity.
Jade: Brings balance to your finances. Keep a jade chip in your pocket or purse to remind you of your deserved prosperity.


Scorpio Gemstone Meanings:

Onyx: Fabulous stone for getting in touch with your latent psychic abilities. Perfect for shadow work.
Black pearls: Feeling edgy? Wear black pearls to sooth your choppy emotions. Enhances calm and tranquility
Garnet: Stimulates libido. Wear when you want to enhance your beauty, virility and/or sensuality.


Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Gemstones:

Turquoise: Tempers your ambition and aggression. Protects against injury and enhances psychic communication.
Topaz: A great stone to help keep you mellow. Wear in the evenings during dinner parties for the perfect harmonic mood amongst guests.
Quartz: Assists in unifying your duplicitous nature. Facilitates communication between your hedonistic and puritan selves.



Capricorn Gemstones:

Snowflake Obsidian: Galvanizes your sense of authority and leadership while also helping you to be flexible in negotiations.
Garnet: Offers a light confidence and lifts some of the seriousness of your disposition. Also a great stone for attracting health and social warmth.
Sapphire: Enhances your intuitive abilities, allowing you to see with the third eye more clearly.


Aquarius Gemstone Meanings:

Amethyst: Enhances an amicable mood, and assists in communicating with love and clarity.
Amber: Perfect stone for healing emotional injuries. Wear when you are receiving or giving counsel or advice.
Hematite: Brings you back down to the ground after you’ve been flying high. Wear when you need focus, order and discipline.


Pisces Zodiac Sign Gemstones:

Bloodstone: The power to ground. Wear when those deep currents of yours threatened to pull you away from safe harbor.
Aquamarine: Offers heightened awareness, and gives you spot-on clarity when worn with intent for psychic accuracy.
Opal: For Pisces, this stone has a unique comforting effect, and helps protect against addictive behaviors.


By Whats Your Sign

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

I Never Thought I Would Lose 20 Kg. Until I Tried This Crazy Lemon Trick

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Most of the people start the day with a glass of soft drink or a cup of coffee. However, in order to boost your energy levels, wake up your body, remove the toxins and waste and deep clean your body, you have to consume drink different from coffee and soda.

Here is the recipe that will provide your body with many health benefits – form speeding up your metabolism to losing weight and getting rid of the excess pounds.

Recipe:

2 l of purified water
4-5 cloves of garlic
5 lemons
1 inch pieces of ginger


Instructions:

The first thing you should do is to squeeze the lemons. Do not throw the lemon peel because you will need it later. Peel the garlic, peel and grate the ginger and put them in a blender with the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix well until you get homogenous texture.

Boil the water in a saucepan and then add the lemon peel together with the texture from the blender. Let it simmer for a few minutes.

Finally, strain the resulting mixture, let it cool down and transfer it in a glass bottle. Consume a cup of this miracle right after you wake up on an empty stomach. The results will be visible in just a few days and you will be surprised by the results.

Lemon juice stimulates bile production in the stomach, improves the function of the gastrointestinal tract, prevents digestive issues and burns the fat in the body!

This powerful drink will improve your overall health also help you lose weight quickly and naturally.

Have a nice day and feel the difference in your body!

By Losing Weight

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

Being Vegan Makes You Mentally Disabled, Warns Top Danish Doctor

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“Such a diet may involve developing different brain symptoms."

The chief physician at a leading hospital in Denmark has warned that being vegan can cause mental disabilities and other disorders.

Dr. Allan Lund of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen highlighted the risks of a vegan lifestyle for young people in an ​appearance last week on Danish TV.

“Such a diet may involve developing different brain symptoms, with muscle weakness, poor contact, and epilepsy,” he told TV4. "And in the long term mental retardation."

According to Lund, his hospital has recently treated a number of vegan kids with such problems.

The news program aired amid a national debate in Denmark over the growing phenomenon of parents putting their children on a plant-based diet.



Lunds' medical opinion will likely come as no surprise to some Americans. Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal rights group that advocates veganism, tweeted out a chart of common sayings that it deemed "anti-animal" and so forbidden.

Amid widespread mockery of the PETA's intellect, it followed-up by explicitly comparing animal rights to those of African-Americans and gays, effectively one-upping its attempt days earlier to co-opt feminism.

The United States also has its fair share of progressive ​parenting ​trends ― from ​empowering children to pick their ​gender to ​teaching them social media values ― that may or may not be good for American youth.

vegan, mental disorder

To be fair:
Research suggests that Americans' animal-products-heavy diet is less than ideal for their health or the environment. Plus, there are the moral arguments that eating animals is wrong.

However, even most liberals ― who by the way, tend to ​look to Denmark as an example ― continue to acknowledge the ​virtues of meat and to reject extending human rights directly to animals.

By Pluralist

Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

Gold-Obsessed Man Wears 13Kg of It Wherever He Goes

Tran Ngoc Phuc

A Vietnamese businessman has been attracting a lot of attention on Asian social media sites for his obsession with gold. 36-year-old Tran Ngoc Phuc wears a total of 13kg of gold wherever he goes, and is always accompanied by at least 5 bodyguards who make sure that no one tries to steal it.

Phuc first started making headlines in Vietnam last week after a series of YouTube videos of him showing off his massive jewellery went viral, getting several millions of views. Since then, photos and videos of him wearing his huge gold necklace, bracelets and rings have been doing the rounds on Vietnamese social media, and even on several websites in China and Thailand. While some people expressed their doubts that the jewels are real gold, most commenters wondered how he can stand walking around with so much extra weight. The businessman admitted that wearing the jewellery took some getting used to , but claimed that it was worth it as all the gold has boosted his good luck and prosperity.

Tran Ngoc Phuc told Vietnamese reporters that his current collection of oversized gold accessories consists of a 5kg gold chain and medallion, two large bracelets weighing 5kg each, four 500g rings and a gold waistband. All together they weigh 13kg and are worth an estimated 13 billion Vietnamese dong ($550,000).


The young businessman revealed that he started ordering his giant gold jewellery 5 years ago, after a feng shui consultant told him that it would increase his good luck. He first commissioned the large gold chain and medallion featuring a winged horse, but then decided that more gold meant more good luck, so he had the other pieces done as well. And he’s not stopping here. Phuc recently revealed that he plans on ordering a custom gold hat and shirt as well to go with all his current accessories.

Tran Ngoc Phuc

13kg of gold jewellery is a lot to carry around, and Tran admitted that it was pretty hard at first. He would wear it for a while and take it off when it became too uncomfortable, but he got used to it eventually. The heavy chain and medallion have given him the most trouble, as his neck started hurting because of the extra weight. At one point, he stopped wearing it and went to see a doctor because the pain wouldn’t let up. The physician thought he was crazy when he said that the pain had been caused by an extra large gold chain and medallion, but then he came back wearing his jewellery and the doctor prescribed some medication.

Phuc, who also goes by Phux XO, after the name of a luxurious karaoke club he owns in Ho Chi Minh City, grew up in a poor family, but made his fortune in his 20s, by trading oil. He claims he started off with one barrel, but anticipated a steep increase in price and borrowed money from family and friends to buy more cheap oil and sell it when the price became high enough. His gamble paid off as oil prices skyrocketed from 5 thousand dong to 8 thousand, and then 10 thousands almost overnight, and he made enough money to start his own profitable business.


Walking around with 13kg of gold isn’t the smartest thing a person ca do, and Phuc is aware of the risks, which is why he always has 5 bodyguards around him whenever he goes out with his precious accessories. He was recently spotted in the stands at a soccer game between Vietnam and the Philippines, and his bodyguards were all over him quite literally, holding his jewellery whenever they sensed any danger. Phuc understands that not everybody can afford to hire several bodyguards, so he recommends that people not follow his example.

Tran Ngoc Phuc’s obsession with gold has made him an overnight celebrity, and he seems to be enjoying every minute of it, as he continues to give interviews and even invite people inside his home to show off his prized collection of expensive drinks.


Phuc’s oversized jewellery remind me of another businessman who loved to cover himself in gold. Back in 2013, we wrote about Datta Phuge, a wealth chit fund manager from India, known as The Gold Man of Pimpri. He had a solid gold shirt made for himself to suit his nickname.

By Oddity Central
December 10, 2018

Are You Ready For The Year Of The Pig 2019?

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After the very active last years in the coming year 2019, many passions will fade into the background: practicality and realism will come to the first place. This year will give purposefulness to all intentions and inspire actions, and nothing prevents signs from following a straight path.

The influence of pigs has a beneficial effect on family life, patriotism and devotion to the ideals that need to be defended.

At the same time, it is a year of unusual change, predicts the website thechinesezodiac.org . Our views will become more idealistic. A suitable period for accessing genuine values. The year ruled by the pig is characterized by good deeds and the restoration of justice. In these months, the weakest and most disadvantaged will feel more protected. The Eastern 12-year calendar and forecasts for it are applicable to those people for whom the issues of social realization, the search for their place and external self-affirmation in society are in the first place.





Rat
1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Year of the pig for the Rat is not the most pleasant. Suddenly, a mass of troubles may fall on their heads. They will receive alarming news, extreme situations on the road are likely.

Not everything can be achieved, so it makes sense to relax a little and plan a more distant future, so far only to prepare the ground for future success.

You will be too tense this year. You need to learn to relax, and in healthy ways. And all problems and obstacles should be met calmly: be rational. If you take things philosophically and do not inflate problems, then the year will not be so bad as it was thought at first. You will find peace only if you deal exclusively with your person and do not disperse forces on others.
It is not recommended to be seduced by love passions.


Ox
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The problems of this year seem very serious at first glance. But on closer examination, it will turn out to be quite favorable, because the expected troubles will pass by and the path will clear from obstacles.

Of course, the restless nature of the Bull will still not be completely satisfied. You are essentially realists and rarely live only the joyful hopes of the future. But do not exaggerate the problems, so as not to worsen personal relationships. It is better to find and strengthen common points of contact with loved ones in order to strengthen the alliance. And lonely Bulls can meet their other half.

This year is associated with travel, as well as uninvited guests: you need to take care of the security of your home.


Tiger
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

The background of this year is very good, fate protects you from big troubles. To succeed, you need to work hard and be full of zeal, always have a full readiness to act. Sometimes you will feel overworked and even lonely, because for a long time they have been burdened by large responsibilities. But still will be accompanied by happiness. A lot will clear up in business, there will be an understanding of your goals and a place in the society to which you aspire. You can seek help from influential individuals who will open many doors. And thanks to their help you will have time to carry out your plans. But remember that nothing will be given in vain. Success will be when you are fully prepared for any adventure and big things. And what fate brings this year will be given in advance, in the end everything will have to be worked out well. And you also need to pay attention to the family. Good luck accompanies travel, especially distant ones.


Rabbit 
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

You have quite a pleasant year, which will not bring much change, but will require some caution. There will be incomes on which you count, and also old problems will gradually be settled.

More attention should be paid to their work, where positions are most vulnerable. There may be obstacles from colleagues. To ensure that projects are not on the verge of collapse, take action in advance. But this is not so scary, because a lot depends on you personally. Implementing your own ideas promises to be successful. However, do not rush to share them with others, as someone may try to appropriate them and get around you in business. And do not be upset when you hear criticism from the authorities. After the storm there will be a lull. There will also be time for rest and waiting for well-being in the family. We can say that luck will smile in almost all spheres of life. Health also should not fail.


The Dragon
1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

For Dragon, the year is considered difficult: there are unexpected obstacles in progress that can change the usual course of events. It is better not to make long-term plans: at the last moment they can be broken. Relaxing too will not work, because the risk of collisions with enemies and competitors is very likely. The situation can even reach an open conflict. Stress can weaken if you change your place of residence or resort to the mediation of colleagues you can rely on. In the first half of the year, there may be some financial difficulties and even a frank lack of money. But in the second half of the year you can wait for income from a variety of sources. Not bad promise to develop and personal relationships, lucky in love, the fateful meeting is not excluded.


Snake
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Snakes in the year of the pigs are promised wonderful chances, especially if they face dangers face to face. They will be confident in their affairs and feelings. This is the right time to introduce new ideas. You can dream of many things, for this there is all the potential, but you should beware of petty thefts and deceptions. For large purchases it is necessary to soberly assess their financial capabilities.


Horse
1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

It is a great year for success in various fields of activity: in mediation, commerce, work with information, and studies. The horses will successfully pass all the exams this year – both literally and figuratively. Or get a job for which they have long sought. A great year for a change of occupation or the beginning of life from scratch. But nothing is given just like that, so you have to work hard, commensurate with the effort expended, with the expected result. You also do not need to be too selfish and take care of yourself, you should think about others: only in this case important people will notice you. But in the family is not excluded parting with a loved one or just the situation on the verge of it. There may be lawsuits, legal proceedings. But there will be no health problems.


Goat
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

A difficult year is expected: it is necessary to cope with unfavorable circumstances, burdensome duties, love anxieties. You may even feel abandoned, because others cannot give you proper attention. Do good things by refraining from financial fraud and reckless spending. You must stand firmly on your feet. Those changes that are coming are unlikely to please, but they just need to be accepted. A lot of attention will have to be paid to the family, it can bring a lot of headaches.


Monkey
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Many projects of the year have the risk of being unfulfilled, as some people are not inclined to fulfill the previously promised. But you have to be smarter, not really count on others, and always have a backup plan of action.

This will help to survive the period of financial difficulties, as well as to avoid losses in capital investments. You can not lend money in order not to lose them. A good moment to think about your life, to separate the wheat from the chaff and determine which of the people around you really loves and supports you. Time will tell who is who, and will identify true friends who will help to figure out where and when mistakes were made.

In personal relationships, tension also increases. Year of the pig recalls the importance of organization and perseverance that will help smooth out the negative.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 09, 2018

Yes, People Can Die From Giving Up on Life

Psychogenic Death

FEELING DEFEATED AND giving up on life can lead to death, according to new research.

A study published in ScienceDirect examined the condition, which "describes people who respond to traumatic stress by developing extreme apathy, give up hope, relinquish the will to live and die, despite no obvious organic cause."

The phenomenon occurs when someone experiences a trauma they feel they cannot escape, making death seem like their only option. Dr. John Leach, author and research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, drew a distinction between the condition and suicide.

"Psychogenic death is real," Leach said in a press release. "It isn't suicide, it isn't linked to depression, but the act of giving up on life and dying usually within days, is a very real condition often linked to severe trauma."

According to Leach's research, the condition has five stages: First is social withdrawal. Following a trauma, people may become self-absorbed and indifferent and show a lack of emotion. The second is apathy – an emotional or symbolic "death," researchers say. Apathy is "a demoralizing melancholy different to anger, sadness or frustration."


The third stage is an extreme lack of motivation paired with a weakened emotional response, known as aboulia. It makes it difficult to make decisions and take initiative. People in this stage usually lack cleanliness and frequently stop eating. The fourth stage is psychic akinesia. Although this person is conscious, they are in a state of extreme apathy and do not react to extreme pain.

Psychogenic Death

The final stage is psychogenic death. Leach states this is the "disintegration of a person." He said "nothing … can make them want to live."

Leach stated that the psychological deterioration could originate from a "malfunction" in the anterior cingulate circuit in the brain due to severe trauma. This part of the brain controls how someone maintains goal-directed behavior and is responsible for a person's motivation.

"Motivation is essential for coping with life and if that fails," Leach said, "apathy is almost inevitable."

The condition is reversible, however. Intervention can be taken in any of the various stages. Such interventions include physical activity and a person regaining a sense of control of their life.

By Alexa Lardieri, U.S News

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 07, 2018

Philippines Arrests US Priest Accused Of Abusing Altar Boys

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Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as "shocking and appalling".

Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said Thursday the Rev Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for alleged illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines, was arrested in a church in Naval town on the island province of Biliran.

An Ohio court had issued a warrant for the arrest of 77-year-old Hendricks, who has been living in the Philippines for 37 years, Ms. Sandoval said, adding that the US criminal case stemmed from complaints from Filipino minors who were allegedly victimised in the Philippines.

There was no immediate reaction from the US embassy, Philippine Catholic church officials or Hendricks, who was flown to Manila and detained in an immigration cell.

The suspect allegedly abused seven victims, who served mostly as altar boys in Naval, in 50 counts of molestation in his residence in a case that's "both shocking and appalling,'' Ms. Sandoval said.

``The victims were in his house and the abuses were committed while he was taking a bath with each of them,'' Sandoval said by telephone. US authorities provided information about the alleged sexual assaults to the Philippine government, she said.



The victims were reportedly warned they would be locked up in jail if they told anyone about the abuses, she said.

"Several of his victims have come forward with their statements,'' Sandoval said.

The US Embassy may revoke Hendrick's passport to help Philippine authorities immediately deport the priest, the immigration bureau said in a statement.

Hendricks is "a fugitive from justice that poses a risk to public safety and security,'' Sandoval said. "We will not allow sexual predators to prey on our children. People like him must be kicked out and banned from the Philippines.''

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly lashed out at the dominant Catholic church and its priests over such abuses, saying he himself along with other students were sexually molested by an American priest in their high school days.

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In separate speeches Wednesday, the volatile leader claimed almost 90% of Catholic priests were homosexual and also admonished Catholics to "kill your bishops, they are useless fools. All they do is criticise".

"I'm telling you, the most hypocritical institution in the entire Philippines is the Catholic church and the pope knows that,'' Mr. Duterte said.

A Catholic priest and Mr. Duterte critic, Amado Picardal, said the president's remarks on the church may be aimed at diverting public attention from his widely criticised deadly war on drugs, the government's failure to stop the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country, continuing poverty, corruption and other issues.

He said Mr. Duterte may also feel threatened by the Catholic church, which played a role in the ouster of two Philippine presidents, including the 1986 overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

"Many people believe that his controversial statements are simply a way of diverting the people's attention from the real issues raised against him,'' Picardal said.

By Bangkok Post
December 07, 2018

‘Kill Catholic Bishops, They Are Useless’, Says Philippines’ Duterte

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has launched yet another verbal attack against Catholic bishops, calling them useless and saying they should be killed, according to the transcription of one of his speeches released by the presidential office on Thursday.

More than 85 per cent of the country's population is Catholic.

"These bishops of yours, kill them. They are useless. All they do is criticize," Duterte said in a part tagalog, part English speech in Manila on Wednesday night.

At a later event, he called the Catholic Church "the most hypocritical institution in the entire Philippines" and claimed that "90 per cent" of priests were gay, Efe news reported.

The Catholic Bishops'' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) refused to comment.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo later defended Duterte's remarks, saying they should not be taken literally as they had only been used for dramatic effect.

Two weeks ago, the President insulted Catholic bishops and priests, saying Filipinos should not go to church to pay for "idiots".

Days earlier, Duterte accused Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David -- one of his most vocal critics -- of stealing church donations. The bishop responded by calling the leader a "very sick man".

The conflict between Duterte and the Catholic Church goes back to February 2017, when the CBCP criticized the President's anti-drugs campaign, calling it a "reign of terror".

By NDTV
December 07, 2018

This Is How You Should Spend The Final Month Of 2018 According To Your Zodiac Sign

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You should be having a fairly good end of the year so far. As an Aries, you have gone through some difficult challenges lately but you have handled them fairly well. In December, it would be best for you to really focus on your love life. Some opportunities are going to present themselves to you and it’s important that you don’t let them go to waste.


Taurus (April 20 – May 21)

You should take some time to focus on your career this December. You might be feeling a little emotionally insecure with some of your relationships. But you shouldn’t let your insecurities get the best of you. just try to really devote all of your time and attention to your work opportunities. If not, you’re going to end up regretting it in the future.





Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

You should really take things down a notch. As a Gemini, you’ve been rushing all this year. You’ve always been keeping yourself busy. And that’s just part of the personality that you have. However, you should really try to slow things down. You’re in danger of burning out and hating life. Maintain the positive vibrations in your life by going at a steady pace.

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Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Really pay attention to the people around you. As a Cancer, you have been so used to just taking care of those around you. You just keep on focusing on how you can better serve the people closest to you. However, now, it’s your turn to get help from them. You have an opportunity to serve your self-interests but you need the help of others to do so.


Leo (July 23 – August 22)

You are going to have to pay a lot of attention to your emotional connections this December. Your relationships are in jeopardy and you’re going to have to find a way to manage everything. But you crave for social interaction anyway. That’s just how you are as a Leo. However, you also have to make sure that you don’t lose yourself in the process.


Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

You have lots of positive energy that will regenerate you in the coming month. You are going to be thrown a few new challenges at work but at least you have the energy to face them all. However, you also need to be paying attention to your love life. You’re going to have fun in love but you have to make sure that you don’t take it for granted.

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Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You’re going to feel incredibly loved at the end of this year. The people who love you are going to rally around you and make you feel all of the love and affection that you might need. Take it all in. Let it happen. Don’t feel the need to reciprocate. Just be appreciative of all the positive energy and use it to your advantage moving forward in life.


Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

You really need to make something of your life right now. You need to start adding more meaning and fulfillment into your lifestyle. You’ve been coasting lately. You’ve been playing it safe. But now, it’s really time for you to take that leap of faith. It’s time for you to take that risk. Put yourself outside of your comfort zone and welcome new opportunities for growth.


Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

Stop living that big life that you always want. Stop making everything so grand and exciting. Let things wind down a little bit as the year draws to a close. Instead of trying to expand your social circle, try focusing on the small core group of friends that you already have at the moment.


Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

You are going to have an influx of new people and personalities as you close the year out. And it’s important that you don’t let yourself get lost in that wave. You have to make sure that you conduct yourself with tact and class. Otherwise, you might rub a lot of these people the wrong way. You don’t want to be destroying relationships before they even start.


Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

Take the lead. Take control of your life. Your world is going to expand significantly as this year comes to an end. Just make sure that you are ready for it. Own up to your life and don’t shy away from any of the opportunities that will be afforded to you.


Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Go on an adventure. You also have an opportunity to expand your world and perspective as you close this year out. Don’t waste it. It’s always nice whenever you are able to expose yourself to new perspectives and philosophies. It’s an opportunity for you to learn and grow.


By oHippo

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 06, 2018

How To Know If Your Partner Is Cheating On You Just By Listening To Their Voice

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Every single person wants a secure relationship and a partner that is trustworthy. But cheaters are everywhere. A lot of us will experience their partner cheating.

Men with a deeper voice are rated by women as more likely to cheat on a partner and as less trustworthy in general.

Women prefer such men with deeper voices for short term rather than long term relationships, according to studies.

Another interesting thing about this discovery is that when women are breastfeeding their child or just nurture it, they prefer men with high pitched voices.

This suggests women use something in men’s voices to try to assess how likely to cheat they are, as well as their general trustworthiness. There was a study that proved this.



The Study:

A recent study from researchers in the US suggests that people can spot a cheater just by listening to their voice.

However, when we are in a relationship we tend to ignore these subtle clues that tell us something is not quite right with our relationship.

Participants in this study were played recordings of people speaking and given no other background information about them.

The participants successfully rated cheaters as more likely to cheat than non cheaters. Interestingly, women were better at this task than men.

Currently researchers don’t know what cues the participants used to judge whether the voices came from cheaters.

It is not only women who can pick up on men’s vocal cues of good genes and likelihood to cheat, and use it to their benefit.

A woman’s voice changes during her menstrual cycle when she is not using contraceptive pills.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, men find women’s voices most attractive when the women are near ovulation, when they are most fertile, than at other times of the month.

So when you start to pick up subtle intuitive clues out of someone’s voice, trust your intuition, chances are you are right. Here are other ways you can know if someone cheats.

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5 Ways How To Know If Your Partner Is Cheating:


1. They avoid eye contact.

Can you remember a time when you did something bad as a child, or when you tried to hide something from someone? You probably avoided eye contact with the person. This is because looking at someone’s eyes creates connection between the two people and when there is connection we can feel the other person’s pain, happiness, excitement. Avoiding eye contact means the person avoids connection with you for some reason.

2. Their emotional connection seems distant.

If you have a partner you most likely feel emotionally connected with them. You share how you feel or felt during the day and they share their feelings too. If your partner suddenly starts being emotionally distant, if they stop sharing emotional information with you, there is something wrong. If they try to avoid when you share your emotions, or just answer with polite and shallow answers, you should speak with them.

3. They are not asking questions.

A person who builds a relationship with someone will want to know about the other person’s day. It’s normal for your partner to ask you questions. However, if they suddenly stop asking you anything for a longer period of time, and just converse in shallow topics, it means they are hiding something. A person who doesn’t want to be asked a question avoids asking other people questions.

4. There is something off about them.

You know your partner best. If there seems to be something off about them you should sit them down and speak to them. They might be going through some rough stuff and they might don’t want to tell you because they would appear vulnerable. Sit with them and let them know that the space between you two is safe space and they can share what’s wrong. If they don’t tell you anything, trust your intuition, there’s something off about them.

5. Their story doesn’t add up.

And the final clue that should tell someone is cheating is the stories they tell. A lier will usually tell a complicated story. They will try to make sense of things and they will complicate the story they tell. Try to test their story. Other clues of someone lying is they always tell the story as a third person, they will rarely speak about details to paint the picture. Look for these clues, test their story, and see if it aligns with reality.

If you find all of these 5 clues in someone, they most likely cheated.

By Life Coach Code

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 05, 2018

Chocolate Can Make You Smarter, Proves A 40-year Study

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WHAT IF CHOCOLATE COULD MAKE YOU SMARTER?


There are lots of scientific studies aiming at knowing if chocolate offers proven positive effects within the organism of praline, caraque or truffle lovers. If theories say that enjoying a piece of chocolate once a week enables us to fight cardiovascular diseases and cerebrovascular accident risks, another theory now connects chocolate to intellectual capacities.

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Chocolate and intelligence: the contours of this scientific study

We owe this study to several research teams’ work from Maine University, University of South Australia, and Luxembourg Institute of Health. It falls in line with a study piloted since the 70s, the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study. It initially focused on the relationship between blood pressure and brain performances.

Between 2001 and 2006, a list of questions about eating patterns has been added to the 7 waves of surveys that were sent out, in order to ask the panel representing 1,000 persons, of all ages. Within eating patterns, chocolate consumption was brought forward. When it comes to cognitive tests, there were 6 themes: numbering, abstract thinking, (visuospatial, working and verbal) memory, and a “mini mental” test.


Results show that people who get higher scores in the different tests are those who consume chocolate at least once a week. To be more precise, these scores represent 5 tests out of 6 - verbal memory is the only capacity that shows no apparent correlation with chocolate consumption.

Concretely, in our everyday lives, chocolate is said to strengthen our ability to remember a shopping list, or even a phone number, and even solidify our capacity to handle several tasks at the same time. How? It is possible thanks to flavonoids, which we can find in high amount in cocoa beans.


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Flavonoids are said to boost brain activity

With natural compounds that can be found in plants, flavonoids help repair their injuries and make sure they are protected against danger represented by diseases and parasites. Their presence in our food is said to have a positive impact on some chronic pathologies, and on our cardio-cerebra-circulatory system. They are also said to be excellent memory aid, since they play an active role of vasodilator, which seems to improve blood flow and is good for irrigating the brain and making it work.

This study doesn’t tell us everything (yet): which category of chocolates should we prioritize? Dark, white or milk chocolate? Indeed, flavonoids concentration is not the same depending on the type of chocolate you are eating. However, if flavonoids really are the elements having an impact on our cognitive capacities, you should prefer enjoying a few dark chocolate pieces, which has the highest cocoa level.

December 05, 2018

Drinking Alcohol Actually Makes You Lose Weight, Says Study

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Drinking and weight loss have never really gone hand-in-hand. Maybe it’s because we’re so familiar with the concept of a “beer gut” or maybe it’s because that third vodka-cranberry makes us 70% more likely to make the Uber driver stop for Taco Bell our way home from the bar.

But, interestingly enough, there is evidence that suggests there are TWO big ways that drinking actually can help you lose weight — in one good way and in one bad way.

Let’s start with the good. A 2010 study from Archives of Internal Medicine noted that women who were regular moderate drinkers, having one to two glasses of alcohol a day, were less likely to gain weight than people that didn’t drink at all.

We’ve all heard how booze is filled with empty calories. Our bodies burn off the alcohol and then whatever is left over (sugar, hops, potato skins) is converted into fat. Hence, the notion of the beer gut and the creation of things like “skinny prosecco.” (That’s why alcohol isn’t normally associated with having a positive body image.)



However, the study argues that your metabolism reacts different to alcohol if you train it to handle moderate amounts. So, if you binge-drink or if you have a Bloody Mary once in a blue moon, your body either can’t handle or has no experience with metabolizing the booze, so everything gets converted into fat.

BUT if you have a regular, every-day, non-excessive alcohol intake, your body actually knows how to metabolize the alcohol properly and you also get the wider benefits of the increased metabolism.

Lu Wang, the head researcher for the study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Women’s Health, that the bodies of moderate, regular drinkers “use.

And that metabolism boost actually helps them lose weight easier than people who don’t drink at all. (Suck on that, Teetotalers!)

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So, if you train your body with a regular booze regimen, it can help you lose weight, which sounds like the best health program EVER.

However, there is also a BAD way that alcohol can help you lose weight, if you’re less into moderation and more into self-destruction.

Drinking large amounts of booze can trick your stomach into thinking its full — and while that sounds like the science behind a SlimFast shake — it can really mess up your body.

It triggers a huge increase in the amount of stomach acid you produce, which can cause dyspepsia, chronic vomiting, or an overall sour stomach or abdominal pain. Alcohol abuse can also cause your liver to deteriorate or shut down completely — that can help you lose weight because it’s straight-up killing you. So, on the plus side, you might leave behind a great looking corpse.

What have we learned?

Your body likes it when you know how to handle your liquor.

Be a consistent, responsible drinker — don’t feel guilty about that after-work scotch — and your body will actually thank you for it with more confidence and a maybe even a nice flat tummy.

By Tom Burns, Yahoo Lifestyle