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From Glow Necklaces That Detect Ghosts To Prayer Beads, These Are The Items You Didn’t Think To Pack In Your Brujeria Kit

When you’re a bruja, you know that a big part of your lifestyle is all about the swag. From the perfect incense to the best sage smudge sticks, brujas need it all. So, what’s on your brujeria kit wish list?    Here’s a list of 13 amazing and unique products for all your witchy needs, from finding ghosts to connecting with your inner self.  Let the magic begin!

A Unique Wooden Box to Carry All The Sacred Things

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Every bruja-in-training needs a special box to hold all of her sacred objects and witchy tools, especially a bruja on the go. Keep all of your stones, card decks, herbs, and more safe and sound in a box that is both beautiful and useful. Not only is this one easy on the eye with a Tree of Life design, but it’s also good for the planet; it’s hand-carved in India by skilled artisans from eco-sustainable mango wood as well as recycled wood. Next time you’re headed to a seance or moon circle, you won’t have to wonder where your favorite crystal or special feather went. Just pick up your bruja box and go!

This “Ghost-Detecting” Stone That Turns Red If A Ghost Appears Nearby

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If you’re into the paranormal, consider this stone that supposedly picks up on paranormal activity.

Songs To Raise Your Vibration and Connect With Your Inner Goddess

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What better way to connect with the universe–and yourself–than through sacred song? Hailing from the southern end of the American continent, Loli Cosmica has been sharing her sweet sounds with the world for quite some time. Songs like “Yo Soy Diosa” and “Sagrado Feminino” are perfect to share during your next women’s circle or even simply while singing in the shower. You’ll be sure to fall in love with her pure voice and sacred message. 

Do Like Beyonce and Channel Yoruba Goddess Oshun

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Beyonce doesn’t have to be the only goddess channeling the powers of Yoruba orisha, Oshun. With this bright yellow necklace, you can do your part to honor the water goddess of female sensuality, love, and fertility. She was known to be both benevolent and malevolent, prone to a hot temper that Beyonce leaned into as she smashed cars and stores in her video, “Hold Up.” It’s up to you to choose: which side of Oshun do you want to honor today

A Candle For Haters to Shut Up

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There’s a candle for every day of the week– and every possible occasion. Light this blood-red candle when you need protection against the haters–people who are trying to bring you down with vicious rumors and gossip. Indio products also have candles to help a bruja out if you’re looking for Fast Money or sweet loving with their Come to Me candle. These candles will burn for 120 hours–plenty of time to get rid of the negative juju and conjure up the good stuff. Once you get your hands on these energetic bombshells, the haters will never mess with you again!

Dispel Negativity and Ground Your Soul With These Spiritual Cleansing Concoctions

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Are you feeling dragged down by negativity or sapped of energy? It’s time to create a new self-love ritual with Art of the Root’s Cleansing Pure and Natural Ritual Kit. The kit comes with a smoky quartz infused soy candle and all-natural roll-on perfume that will be sure to purify and revive. But the most exciting part of this kit is the luxurious bath tea bags that are chock-full of everything you need for a deep soul reboot: herbs, dead sea salt, and oatmeal. Next time your nerves are feeling frazzled, slide into a tub infused with one of these Pure & Natural tea bags and watch your worries wash away. 

Inspiration for the Salty Brujas In Your Life

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Not all brujas have to be holier-than-thou. Roxan McDonald, of the hit Instagram account @spiritual_AF, created these “super-salty, ultra-inspiring” cards to help you make your life go from sh*tty to shiny in no time flat! With cards like “LOOK AT THE F***IN’ MOON”  and “DANCE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO **** THEMSELVES,” they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. But behind the F-bombs, there are some true words of wisdom, with real-life advice like how to stop from participating in the toxic gossip mill. The deck even includes a stand for you to display your favorite profane phrases!

This Gemstone Pendant Has All Your Chakras Covered

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Raise your vibration on the daily with this wearable healing crystal. With 7 layers of gemstones, each one corresponding to a specific chakra, you can emit positivity and stay connected to your energetic centers as you go about your daily life. Made from high-quality materials, this necklace can also be used in divination, dowsing, meditation, and Reiki. Make a fashion statement while feeling fantastic–no matter what life throws your way. 

Magnify Healing Vibrations With Lavender Dragon Mist

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We can all benefit from a refreshing spritz to purify the air of stagnating energy and bad vibes. Whether you’re looking for a boost during meditation or to clear negative energy from a physical space, Moonwater Elixirs can get you feeling positive, peaceful, and uplifted. Containing the master of all healing crystals, quartz, this mist is charged with moon magic as well as Reiki energy. Also available in other scents such as sandalwood and frankincense. 

Want to Know What Your Great-Grandmother Has Been Trying To Tell You?

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You can’t be a real bruja if you haven’t tried communicating with the dead, and what better way than with the classic ouija board? You probably first learned about it in the classic teen movie, Now and Then, but you’re never too old to give it a try. Gather your coven and dare to ask the questions that have haunted you all of your life. There’s no need to fear–only to be open to what the spirits want to say. 

Find Out What It Really Means When a Black Cat Crosses Your Path

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Have you ever wondered what it means to find a snake resting on your car windshield or unexpectedly spotting an owl in broad daylight? Have you always connected to dolphins but were never quite sure why? Well, Kim Krans can share the spiritual world of animals with this beautifully illustrated card deck. Find out what’s your spirit animal and which energy is associated with each creature. Receive guidance from the special creatures that surround you. You might be surprised to find that the animal kingdom with whom you share the world becomes more alive and instrumental in your spiritual practice. 

No Spiritual Practice is Complete Without A Special Journal For All Your Revelations, Incantations, and Speculations

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Everyone with a spiritual practice needs a place to express their dreams, thoughts, revelations, and observations. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be to another person. Instead, we can roam across the blank page, completely free, and these gorgeous hand-crafted, ethically made leather journals are just the place. Perhaps you want to jot down a dream in the middle of the night or doodle a vision you had during a meditation. Keep your innermost thoughts safe in this old-fashioned journal, which comes with a handy strap to lock it all in. Take it with you on your journeys, whether those be of the mind or in the world. 

14-Year-Old Latina Student Developed Technology Allowing People To Ask Alexa Immigration Questions In English And Spanish

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14-Year-Old Latina Student Developed Technology Allowing People To Ask Alexa Immigration Questions In English And Spanish

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Alexa, am I allowed to get a driver’s license? Alexa, how long does it take to get a visa? These are the kinds of questions immigrants are now able to ask the virtual Amazon assistant in Spanish and English, thanks to “Immigration Bonds,” an Alexa Skill created by a 14-year-old Latina.

Suguey Carmona, a high school student at KIPP Brave High School in Austin, Texas, developed an Alexa Skill that allows English- and Spanish-speaking immigrants to get answers to questions related to their rights.

Carmona first developed an interest in coding after taking a computer class in the sixth grade. She then joined Hello World, a K-12 computer science program based in Austin and San Francisco. She became exposed to different programming languages and discovered a way to meld her love of coding with an idea to help out immigrant families in her community.

The 14-year-old set out to help her own friends and family with this app.

I chose to work on this technology because I see my own friends and family who have questions and who are struggling to make a living, and I thought maybe I should do something about it,” Carmona, whose family is from Mexico, told NBC News.

Carmona’s technology helps create a judgement-free safe zone for people to ask questions freely.

Language barriers and lack of access to information can be a major source of confusion for immigrants and can prevent them from accessing the services they need, according to numerous studies. Carmona’s technology addresses those challenges by providing a judgment-free zone to ask questions at people’s pace and in their own language.

The teen worked on everything, from research to coding, to develop “Immigration Bonds.”

After interviewing people about their most pressing immigration questions and conducting research on the logistics of obtaining paperwork, finding employment and navigating other areas of life as an immigrant, Carmona began working on the technology, which she named “Immigration Bonds.” And so began a monthslong process paved with coding challenges. “I’d work on it for hours each day,” Carmona said. “I’d start a new paper and it would crash and break and I’d be like, ‘Oh, shoot. Now I have to start over again.”

Sabina Bharwani, the founder of Hello World, said that her team assisted Carmona on her app but they also let her struggle, which “made all the difference” when the teen was successful.

“Suguey struggled to use the Alexa interface, which is usually used by developers with 10-15 years of experience,” Bharwani said. “It was a steep learning curve, but when she mastered it, it meant more.” Throughout this time, Carmona experimented with different ways to present the technology. She said she wasn’t sure if she wanted it to be a video game for children or a phone app, but she ultimately decided on issuing it as an Alexa Skill because she liked “how you didn’t need certain keywords for it to work.”

Alexa would reply no matter what you respond,” Carmona said. “The problem with text boxes is that if you don’t put in certain words or phrase things a certain way, it won’t read it and that can make it really complicated for people who are trying to use it to get answers.”

After developing a prototype, Carmona tested the technology with her friends and family and made adjustments as she saw fit.

Once Alexa users download ”Immigration Bonds,” they can ask Alexa questions directly, as they would for Apple’s Siri or other voice-automated technology. For example, if a person wants to know whether they can apply for a driver’s license depending on their immigration status, the app will respond by asking them where they live, for example, so that it can provide the user details based on their geographical location, as laws differs by state.

Latinos are vastly underrepresented in computer science.

Latinos in computer science (aka. coders) only make up 7 percent of the STEM workforce, according to a 2018 study from the Pew Research Center. And at Google — one of the largest tech companies — only 1.4 percent of its new tech hires in 2019 were Latina and less than 4 percent were Latino. This is why stories like Carmona’s  draw attention to the importance of endeavors like Hello World and Computer Science Education Week — which recently took place globally from Dec. 9-15 — which foster students’ interest in computer science.

Those who are interested can download the “Immigration Bonds” app on the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website.Though the technology was published in the Amazon app store earlier this year, Carmona plans to keep adapting it and eventually publish it as an Apple app too.

Former Amazon Mexico Executive Goes Into Hiding After Wife Was Killed

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Former Amazon Mexico Executive Goes Into Hiding After Wife Was Killed

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A former Amazon executive is suspected to be on the run in the United States after he crossed the border two days after his estranged wife’s murder. Juan Carlos Garcia is the primary suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Abril Pérez Sagaón, who is believed to have been assassinated via a hitman on November 25 in Mexico City. Pérez Sagaón was in Mexico City to appeal a verdict that found Garcia guilty of domestic violence after he savagely beat her with a baseball bat in January. Pérez Sagaón believes that he is guilty of attempted murder, and was in Mexico City to prove that when Garcia allegedly hired for her assassination, completing what he allegedly set out to do in January. Mexico courts ruled the beating as a domestic violence case, prompting outrage from the public on how women are treated in Mexico. International police were notified with a warrant for Garcia’s arrest after he didn’t appear for a scheduled hearing.

Interpol now believes that Garcia crossed the Tijuana-California border on foot just days after her assassination.

Abril Pérez Sagaón was murdered in front of two of her three children.

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Pérez Sagaón had moved to Monterrey from Mexico City after she was beaten by Garcia and promptly filed for divorce. She was traveling back to Mexico City to appeal the verdict that downgraded his charge from attempted murder to domestic violence. While in Mexico City, she underwent a psychological evaluation on Nov. 25 that was meant to help her case.

Ultimately, her goal in appealing the domestic violence charge was to be able to get full custody of her children. She was in the car with two of her three children and her lawyer when a man on a motorcycle opened fire on Pérez Sagaón through the passenger seat window. He shot her in the head and neck. Pérez Sagaón died six hours later after doctors were unable to save her from her injuries.

Pérez Sagaón’s family is calling for #JusticeforAbril.

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Pérez Sagaón’s brother, Javier Pérez Sagaón, tweeted the above photo of her after her death, “Despite being hit and after several days in the hospital, she was already positive and in a good mood. We miss you, little sister. #JusticeForAbril #AbrilPerez”

The family is absolutely certain that Garcia killed Pérez Sagaón. A relative that asked El País to remain anonymous told the outlet that “the only enemy she had in her life was him.” Pérez Sagaón has placed a restraining order against him, and his lawyers were informed that she would be traveling in Mexico City. “He had enough money to hire a hitman. We have no doubt it was him. The way things unfolded, because he already had shown intent, and because we know the way he is,” the relative told the outlet.

The family has tweeted out images of Pérez Sagaón’s brutal injuries to prove that Garcia had already attempted to murder her.

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“Only a coward does this to a woman,” her brother, Javier, tweeted in Spanish, along with the images. “Terrible the emotional and physical suffering April suffered at the hands of her ex-husband JUAN CARLOS GARCÍA, for years! Let this atrocity not be forgotten. The authorities must apply the force of the law and make this damn being pay for the murder of April. #JusticiaParaAbril,” tweeted another friend in Spanish.

#JusticiaParaAbril has trended in Mexico since her death, prompting calls for Judge Héctor Jiménez López’s firing.

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Many are calling on Judge Héctor Jiménez to step down from office for the way he handled Pérez Sagaón’s case. “Outrageous that Judge Héctor Jiménez remains in office,” tweeted one woman in Spanish. Another added that “No woman is safe in México while judges like Héctor Jiménez López keep freeing femicide offenders.” The judge freed García on counts of domestic violence, rather than attempted murder, even though he grabbed Pérez Sagaón in her sleep and beat her with a baseball bat until her head split open.

Others are marching in the streets, demanding #JusticiaParaAbril.

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Garcia was the CEO of Amazon Mexico from 2014 to 2017 and went on to become a Director at a Mexican tech company. Many believe that his wealth and status led to a more lenient charge against Garcia, allowing him to continue to operate among citizens and coordinate the assassination of Pérez Sagaón.

Abril Pérez Sagaón is survived by her three children. Authorities are asking for help in capturing Garcia, who entered the United States through Southern California last week.

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