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These Latino Celebrities Fully Embody The Cancer Zodiac, And Here’s How

The first thing that comes to mind when you find out your new boo is a Cancer is, “oh sh*t they going to be tenacious.” Cancer’s are a water sign, which makes them intuitive and personable. They’re often artists or have some home-based hobbies–basically they’re either one of these famous Latinos or their tamales are an art form.

Cancers, meet your fellow creative-types.

1. Selena Gomez

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I mean, basically since she was a little Disney baby, Selena has oozed talent and stardom. Maybe it’s because of how the stars aligned or that her parents named her after the Selena Quintanilla. Who can say?

2. Gisele Bündchen

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen has been credited with ending the era of “heroin chic” modeling and brought her Brazilian curves back to the modeling industry. The Cancer in her also brought the signature “horse walk”, when the model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front. Uhh.. thanks!

3. Lionel Messi

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Nobody doesn’t know Messi. He’s captain of the Argentina national team. He was born with a growth hormone deficiency and moved to Spain to join Barcelona when he was 13 after they agreed to pay for his medical treatment.

4. Camila Mendes

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Camila Mendes didn’t come to “Riverdale” stardom out of thin air. Her dedication to the arts brought her to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she honed her skills, like a true Cancer.

5. Carlos Santana

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Santana created a whole new genre when his band Santana brought the timbales and congas into Latin Rock. Talk about creative genius, right?

6. Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor was the first Supreme Court justice of Hispanic descent to grace the highest court and the first Latina. She was appointed in 2009 by Barack Obama.

Decades ago, she said, “Although I am an American, love my country and could achieve its opportunity of succeeding at anything I worked for, I also have a Latina soul and heart, with the magic that carries.”

7. Lauren Jauregui

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Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Jauregui is a talented artist, most known for her role in Fifth Harmony. What you might not know about her is that she also has a big heart for social justice issues, which prompted her to publish an open letter to the Republican Party after the Trump win. She’s also vegan.

8. Cheech Marin

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Cheech was born in Los Angeles to Mexican American parents. Apparently, he got his name when he was a couple days old and his uncle said, “Ay, parece un chicharrón.”

9. Frida Kahlo

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Talk about a water sign–Frida is the wateriest of this bunch. She introduced new perspectives in her art, was gender fluid (she actually wore suits in many of her family photos), and was openly bisexual.

10. John Leguizamo

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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Leguizamo’s family eventually moved to Jackson Heights, New York, where he got his in in the stand up comedy world. Leguizamo has been committed to making it and has been in over 75 films.

11. Pablo Neruda

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Cancers are known for not being able to cope too well with heartbreak and moving on. Did you get any of that from Neruda’s poetry? ????

12. Romeo Santos

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Born at the very end of the cusp of Cancers and Leos, Romeo Santos is best known for bachata band, Aventura, originally called “Los Tinellers,” making fun of Dominican’s pronunciation of The Teenagers. Guess you can be a singer and a comedian, too.

13. Michelle Rodriguez

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Fun fact: Did you know MRod was expelled from five high schools? She eventually got her GED, and attended business school for a short bit before being a Cancer got the best of her. Ruled by the moon and intuition, she dropped out to pursue a career in acting. Get it girl.

14. Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias

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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is the one who brought us the, “I’m not Fat, I’m Fluffy” line. In his pursuit of his career, he’s been evicted from his home and even lost his car.

He’s also so devoted to his family, that he was disqualified from “Last Comic Standing,” after becoming one of the last eight comics….because he smuggled in a Blackberry to talk to his family and friends.

15. Emma Coronel Aispuro

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Mexican beauty queen and wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is best known for, well, just that. Born into a marijuana and opium poppy ranch, Aispuro has always lived in the gray, a common trait of water signs.

16. President Enrique Peña Nieto

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Cancers are represented by the Brave Crab, who will put themselves in danger to fight for someone else’s cause. Y por eso, we have the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.

17. Diego Alves

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Born in Rio de Janeiro on June 24, 1985, Alves eventually made his way to Brazil’s national team as a goalkeeper, and helped earn a bronze in the 2008 Olympics.

18. Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa

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Born on July 13, 1985, Memo is probably the hottest Cancer around right now, given that, as Mexico’s national goalkeeper, he just made nine saves against defending champion Germany at the 2018 World Cup.

Fun fact: Memo chose shirt number 13 because his birthday is July 13. #CancerPride

Brazilian Researchers 3D-Print Part Of The Face For Cancer Survivor

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Brazilian Researchers 3D-Print Part Of The Face For Cancer Survivor

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A Brazilian cancer survivor has been fitted with a prosthetic eye and face to cover the hole that a devastating bout of skin cancer left. Denise Vicentin, 52, beat her cancer a decade ago and has since been living without a part of her jaw and her right eye ever since. Vicentin was so self-conscious about her battle scars, she became afraid to go out in public. People would stare at her everywhere she went and, soon, her social life and marriage fell apart. “[Before] when I was on the metro or train, I tried not to pay attention to the stares. At places like the bowling alley, I felt them looking, and the person would even leave when they saw me,” she told the Daily Mail.

Ten years later, researchers were able to create a custom prosthetic using just a smartphone camera and a 3D printer. Now, she feels like she has her ‘missing piece’ and says she is so happy that she even sleeps with it on.

Years ago, she was offered a hand-made prosthetic, but it would have cost her half a million dollars.

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A portion of her right jaw was removed, making it difficult for her to eat and slurring her speech. One of Vicentin’s most painful wounds left behind by the cancer was her inability to navigate throughout society without being ostracized or made to feel different. When doctors offered her the opportunity to have a prosthetic made for her, she had no choice but to turn it down. It would have cost over half a million U.S. dollars. 

Waiting for the right moment may have paid off for Vicentin. As technology has advanced, the capabilities of 3-D printing are only just now being realized. Vicentin sought out an alternative treatment at São Paulo’s Paulista University just last year and is already walking into 2020 with a new lease on self-confidence.

The final prosthesis just took 12 hours to create and a fraction of the cost thanks to 3-D printing technology.

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The research team at Paulista University formulated a plan to give Vicentin her ‘missing piece.’ Vicentin would have to undergo several surgeries over the next year in order to fit the prosthesis. Then, the doctors took 15 photos of Vicentin’s right eye socket from a simple smartphone. From there, they were able to use all the images to digitize a 3-D model that would eventually become the blueprint for the 3-D printer. 

The final model was printed and refined in just 12 hours, from a mixture of silicone, resin, and synthetic fibers. After the 3-D printer created the technical piece that would sit flush on Vicentin’s face, a bit of human artistry was applied to make the prosthetic as realistic as possible. The researchers painted the prosthetic to match Vicentin’s exact eye hue and skin color. They even individually secured lashes to resemble that of her other eyelid.

The research team has been perfecting 3-D prosthetics since 2016, offering new levels of confidence to over 50 patients so far.

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Dr. Rodrigo Salazar has specialized in maxillofacial prosthetics for the last few years and has married technology with medicine to create lasting change for his patients. In order to get a proper model for a prosthetic, he used to have to create a mold of the patient’s face, on the patient’s face. Today, he needs only a smartphone camera to capture the necessary data to create a model prosthetic. 

Vicentin never expected skin cancer to become a defining chapter of her life.

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When Vicentin was in her early 20s, she found a strange growth on her face and went to the doctor. It was a tumor, but it was benign, non-cancerous. She had it surgically removed and thought that was the end of it. It returned again, once again, benign. She had it removed a second time and enjoyed nearly 20 more years tumor-free. Ten years ago, the tumor came back, but it was malignant, slowly ravaging the right side of her face.

Today, Vicentin has titanium hooks surgically placed around her eye socket in order to be able to securely wear the prosthesis and take it off when she pleases. So far, Vicentin has been wearing the prosthetic for just a month and she loves it. ‘It was a long time looking at a face which was missing a piece, so I am so happy. I only took it off to clean it – I even slept with it,” Vicentin told the Daily Mail

No Pisces Is Going Into 2020 The Same Way As A Virgo—Here Are Rituals And Limpias To Start 2020 Right, According To Your Sign

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No Pisces Is Going Into 2020 The Same Way As A Virgo—Here Are Rituals And Limpias To Start 2020 Right, According To Your Sign

New Year’s resolutions have a reputation for not surviving long outside of January-land, but using simple rituals the for New Year can help you make space for personal reflection, process the lessons you’ve learned over the past year, and get in touch with your powerful inner witch. Plus, spending time, energy, and intention on your goals through ritual work adds a little bit of an extra sparkle to them that may just inspire you to follow through.

Each culture has their own traditions to celebrate the start of the new year and growing up Latinx, we know that there’s nothing quite like a spiritual cleanse or ‘Limpia’ for those who want to revive their energy after being exposed to negative energy. So keep reading to find limpias and rituals curated for each Zodiac sign.

Aries


The first sign of the zodiac is competitive, courageous, with a ‘winner’ mindset. As a fire sign, Aries can be very emotionally charged —and 2019 sure threw some curve balls. Heading into 2020 a ritual with an opposing element like water, can help balance and flush out those high temps.

Here’s a simple ritual:

Fill a glass with purified water and find a place of solitude with no distractions (cell phone off).

Create an intention of what you learned in 2019 that you want to continue growing and learning in 2020.

Visualize that intention being poured into the glass of water. Visualize the element of water cleansing and purifying the negative thoughts.

After taking a moment of gratitude to connect and visualize your intention, release the intention back into the earth by pouring the water on the ground.

Taurus

Taurus are some of the most loyal elements of the zodiac. They are reliable, consistent and calm. 2019 was probably a prosperous year for you, either financially or work-wise. Heading into 2020, keep up the prosperous vibes with this simple limpia:

Recite a personal prayer to connect you with your source (the higher power you believe most in)

Open windows or doors so that dense energies can flow out.

Light a dried lavender flower bundle like you would palo santo or sage and move the extinguished bundle around your space to cleanse away the negative energetic residue of 2019.

Gemini

Geminis are full of curiosity, and inquisitive knowledge. But it‘s this mindfulness and curiosity what causes that tendency towards indecision. Being indecisive probably led you down some interesting lessons this past year. Here’s a ritual to help you head into 2020 with a more grounded mind and level-headed confidence.

Recite a personal prayer to connect you with your source (the higher power you believe most in)

Open windows or doors so that dense energies can flow out.

In a fire-proof bowl or cauldron, light a piece of charcoal like you would sage or palo santo. Place fennel seeds on the smoking charcoal and pour a small amount of cedar oil on the fennel to increase the burn.

Fan the smoke around you and your space to cleanse away the negative energetic residue of 2019.

Close the ritual with a prayer of affirmation and love.

Cancer

With the moon as your ruling planet, you are one of the most intuitive signs. You are loved for being attentive and nurturing and this can be draining your energy. Self-care should be an important topic for you going into 2020. Here’s a ritual for a spiritual baño to help you cleanse from negative vibes and ease into more chill ones.

Run warm water and fill tub to your liking.

Add sea salt and chamomile allowing the properties to expel in the water.

Place healong crystals of your choosing around the tub, or inside if they don’t have a negative reaction to water.

Light some candles to help you relax, and soak in the warm bath.

Visualize the chamomile and salts working their magic, releasing dense energy from your aura.

Enjoy for as long as you need and close with a prayer of gratitude.

Leo

You shine bright like the sun. Leo is one of the most charismatic signs of the Zodiac. You live passionately and are usually center stage or the life of the party. 2019 might have been a little bit of A reality check for your ego. A year full of highs and lows helped both make you humble and proud of who you are. Here’s a spiritual bath to help soothe your inner fire.

Run warm water and fill tub to your liking.

Add a handful of dried lavender allowing the properties to expand in the water.

Add a tablespoon of Florida water to the bath —or as much as you feel guided to pour.

Soak in the warm water and envision yourself connecting with the lavender to help you soothe and cool down the overuse of fire within you. Ask for guidance toward a more balanced temperament.

Enjoy for as long as you need and close with a prayer of gratitude.

Virgo

This sign is known for it’s meticulous attention to detail and impeccable work. Your grounded nature allows you to be practical and get things done —which is something many other signs lack. 2019 might have thrown you off of your stable nature which left you feeling frazzled at times. However, 2020 will help make you feel more stable as we move into a four universal year in numerology. Enjoy the following cleanse to assist you in cleaning yourself of dense negative energy and freeing new space to allow new opportunities into your life.

Make bundles of fresh rosemary (one for each room with a bed and another for a small altar)

Spray or sprinkle Florida water onto bundles.

Pray over the rosemary bundles and connect with the higher power you believe in, and ask for assistance in welcoming in fresh energy this 2020.

Place a bundle under every bed in your place and another in an altar.

Keep the bundles in place until they’ve dried out completely.

Once they’ve dried out (2 weeks approximately) throw them away in a dumpster at least 2 miles away from your home.

The rosemary will clear out dense energy and will allow a clear mind for your analytical brain.

Libra

Balance is your safe haven. Structure and diplomacy are ideal for a Libra to thrive. 2019 may not have been to challenging to you, however, this past year did cause some shakeups in your romantic relationships as well as your friendships. Spending so much time with your head in the clouds requires some time for you to feel more grounded —and that’s exactly what this limpia will help you do.

Set a bowl full of water and salt in the middle of the room you wish to cleanse.

Light an ethically sourced bundle of sage and state a protection intention

Work the smoke from your sage, from the North corner of the room, to the east, south and western corners.

Direct the energy you’re clearing, into the bowl with salt. The saltwater will soak up all the energy you need to release –from anger, to confusion.

Once done with the sage, place it safely somewhere it can extinguish itself until the smoke goes out.

Center yourself in the middle of the room with a black crystal or tourmaline (make sure you sage the tourmaline too), and ask Mother Earth in gratitude, to help you feel more grounded as an air sign.

Scorpio

This year you were focused and you dedicated a lot of time to areas where you feel that you are in a position of power: work, relationships, etc. If you worked hard, you experience positive karma paying you back in return. You might have had some harsh realizations that triggered you emotionally though. So cut yourself some slack with this limpia to help you revive the energy of your space.

Place purified water in a pot to boil

Once boiling, add fresh basil.

Squeeze 2 fresh lemons into the boiling water.

Allow the water to cool down and place it in a spray bottle. This will be your purification water.

Spray it in rooms, use it to clean desks or mop your floors.

You can use it all year round.

Sagittarius

2019 tested your ways of communication. The final mercury retrograde of the year might have affected some of your friendships or relationships. You learned how to express yourself but also how to not lash out. Here’s a fire limpia to help release any personal, professional or romantic blockages that were created in 2019.

Pray over fennel seeds to seek for the release from any blockages created in the year.

Light a charcoal block until it sparks and place inside a cauldron or fire-proof pot.

Place copal carefully onto the charcoal and the fennel seeds on top while the charcoal is lit and heated. Pour some ‘road opener’ oil (find it at your local botanica or or spiritual shop) on it and let it smoke.

Perform a self limpia —use the smoke to wash over your head.

Scoop the smoke over your head and down every chakra point up to the soles of your feet.

Work the cauldron in circles over your arms and legs until the smoke goes out.

Remaining smoke can be used to cleanse your room.

Capricorn

2019 kept pushing you towards growth and success. You’re naturally driven and ambitious, but some of last year’s retrogrades might have felt like you were being pulled backward which made you feel anxious. This ritual will help get rid of that left-over anxiety and return you to your usual tenacious self.

Connect with your higher power of love and protection.

Cleanse a smokey quartz stone

Meditate your intention over a dark brown candle. Cut the wick before lighting and pour patchouli oil over the candle for added protection and spiritual grounding.

Write your intention and new goals for 2020 and propose them to planet Saturn for added discipline and assistance.

Light the candle and place the crystal on top of your paper of intention. Connect and meditate with the crystal for 5 minutes.

Keep the candle lit for the next 8 days or as long as it burns.

Aquarius

The innovative ones. The year 2020 will be a phenomenal year for your sign, and you‘ll feel more at ease than ever. 2019 was a year full of shadow work for you. Working through and shattering old patterns was a big behavior for Aquarius in 2019. Leave all the clutter of the mid behind and make way for the greatness to come. This simple spiritual bath will help you come back to center and focus your mind.

Light a white candle

Pray over a bundle of eucalyptus and the candle, stating your purpose for the new year.

Place the white candle in the bathroom with you.

Run a warm bath with epsom salt (2 tb spoons) and place the eucalyptus around the showerhead so that the stream of wafter runs through the properties of the plant.

Drop some essential oil into the bath and soak for as long as you need. Pour the bath water over your head (chakra) and let it touch every part of your body.

Keep the bundle on your shower head until you no longer feel the properties of the plant in the water, then dispose of it 2 miles away from your home.

Pisces

The most emotional and sensitive sign of the Zodiac. You spend a lot of time dealing between what is real and what isn’t —with your innate ability to tap into other realms. Here’s a simple water cleanse —your natural habitat!— to help connect you with your intention and wishes for the new year.

Fill a glass with purified water and find a place of solitude with no distractions (cell phone off).

Create an intention of what you learned in 2019 that you want to continue growing and learning in 2020.

Visualize that intention being poured into the glass of water. Visualize the element of water cleansing and purifying the negative thoughts.

After taking a moment of gratitude to connect and visualize your intention, release the intention back into the earth by pouring the water on the ground.