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Weekly Horoscope October 29th – November 4th

It’s that time again when Venus is in retrograde affecting most of our personal relationships. See how much drama is coming into your life this Wednesday.

Aries

Starting in November, you’ve got the whole world in your hands, my powerful Aries. But before we get into more on that later in the month, you might experience some surprising financial news this week involving any shared money or benefits with a partner. This blow will force you to reassess how you’re going about handling your funds and you may need to help out a friend in need after they experience an abrupt change. Venus retrogrades in your relationship sector on Wednesday, causing you to have to have pay attention to whatever needs repairing in your love life. Just remember, you got this!

Taurus 

Expected the unexpected this week when it comes to your love life. While you’ll see much stability and career success later in November, this week sees Uranus in your relationship sector opposing Venus, which is still in retrograde. You might see a curveball in your relationship on Wednesday, by way of either a sudden breakup or a reconciliation of a past relationship, even though you know it will probably continue to be unstable. Hold on, bull! You can work through this.

Gemini 

Throughout Venus’s retrograde, you’ve had to do some major rewriting to your stories of love and money, Gemini. This Wednesday when she retrogrades in your personal relationship sector, you’ll feel this blow even harder. Remember that everything comes in cycles, though, and this won’t last long. Maybe you’re hung up on an ex or not feeling the passion with your current paramour. This too shall pass. Whatever you’re currently feeling will be amplified come November, for better or for worse.

Cancer

Sorry to say it, Cancer, but this week could be all about drama, drama, drama. You might learn of a secret that will affect your relationship on Wednesday and experience an abrupt breakup. We’re sorry for whatever betrayal you may feel, but know that your Cancer dignity will be intact, something you’re always good at. Hold on to that confidence and come out of this week stronger without losing faith in love. Come the rest of November, it’s all about a jumpstart to your career. Don’t retreat too deep into that shell because greater things are on the horizon for you, my cangrejo!

Leo

The second week of November is going to you bring you all the luck in the world, Leo, but in the meantime, you will find yourself fixated on that irritating Venus retrograde that’s been occupying your brain so much lately. It’s going to be pretty impossible to focus on anything else as past experiences dwell on your mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. Whatever you’re reeling over, you will be given the opportunity to make things right and settle your soul.

Virgo 

I swear, it’s truly unfair what a lucky Venus retrograde you Virgos have been granted, but considering how calm, cool, and collected you are as a sign, I guess you deserve it! You may hear some positive news from a family member this week that will be a cause for celebration. Congrats! Whatever the circumstance may be, it will help you and your partner to remember to focus on the good over the bad and further be thankful for each other’s honest love for one another.

Libra

With Venus retrograding in your personal sector on Wednesday, you’re definitely not feeling confident this week, Libra. In fact, you may be internalizing things so hard that you think everything going wrong is entirely your fault. While this may be what you feel, it’s definitely not what’s truly going on. In fact, your feeling this way means the complete opposite — that you care enough to think the blame is on you. Let this remind you of how beautiful and great you really are and keep up the hard work like you’ve been doing. It’s paying off.

Scorpio

It’s really hard to read the barometer of your love life this week, Scorpio, but know that November will essentially be providing you with a reset button from the universe. For right now, it’s hard to tell what the truth of your love life is, with you feeling passionate and hopeful one day and ready to walk away from it the next. Come Wednesday, expect a past situation to come back knockin’ on your door, and not necessarily for the better. Hold on tight and stand your ground, scorpion!

Sagittarius 

This week brings you the clarity you need about overcoming a love situation that just wasn’t serving you, Sag. You’ve dwelled on this for a while and while I know we keep reiterating how important self-love and care is for you right now, we’re delighted that you’re finally about to see the light. You’ve had the power to overcome this situation for some time, and now you’re realizing it. November is going to present lots of new directions for you, but that’s cherished information I’m going to have to save for you until next week!

Capricorn

Hmm, this week could be a weird one, Cap. Your chart is showing that a fiesta could present some odd turns in your relationship sector. Remember, we’re still in Venus retrograde, so either a past love or someone you turned down once before pops back up and you give them a second chance? Or maybe you’ve got a hunch a friend of yours is going for your significant other. This all goes down in your sector on Wednesday, which happens to be Halloween, so whatever party you attend is bound to bring you some…interesting new developments. Godspeed!

Aquarius

November is about to show you just how important your friends are for your personal growth in joy, and it starts as early as this week. Stay social and agree to any invites to parties where you’re bound to make important new friendships or happen upon a promising new love relationship. If you’re already partnered, you and your love just might throw the best Halloween party that you couldn’t be more proud of — because it was spent with each other and the friends you value the most.

Pisces

Be wary of saying something you might regret this week, Pisces! November is about to bring you some major career successes you’ve been eagerly awaiting and definitely deserve, but for right now you might have to tend to your significant other and their financial situation. Perhaps they’ve made a career change and have taken an unforeseen pay cut. Make sure not to harp too much on them and their decision, because having their back is all they need right now and your love will be better for it. Starting next week, expect wonderful news in your professional life that we’ll have to hold off on telling you for right now!

12 Reasons The Brazil Carnival Should Be On Your Bucket List

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12 Reasons The Brazil Carnival Should Be On Your Bucket List

Forty days before Easter, Brazil draws in people from around the world to celebrate its biggest party: Carnaval. The Brazil Carnival is, without a doubt, one of the biggest events in the world, full of people wanting to live, eat and breathe the party atmosphere that takes over the country for a whole week. From the over the top costumes to its insanely fun block parties, it’s an event that should be on everyone’s bucket list and here’s why:

1. Brazilians are some of the friendliest people on earth.

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No matter where you go in the country, Brazilians are welcoming and warm. Most of the locals you’ll meet during the Brazil Carnival are generally accepting of tourists, but make sure you understand their playful, sometimes sarcastic, humor or you’ll be left out of the conversation.

2. It’s an authentic cultural experience.

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Although the Brazil Carnival has garnered worldwide fame, it still stays true to its original spirit. The celebrations begin on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and finish on that day, marking the beginning of Lent.

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Because of this, many Catholics abstain from consuming meat. The word carnival stems from carnelevare, or “to raise meat,” and refers to these days of epic celebration.

3. It’s considered the biggest party in the world.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Brazil Carnival is considered the world’s largest carnival. With parties happening day and night, the country comes together to celebrate in epic proportions.

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It’s believed that almost 2 million people a day take part in the festivities and, in 2011, the Rio de Janeiro celebrations brought in an estimated 4.9 million people alone. From ticketed events to street parties, the country really goes wild with excitement.

4. There are celebrations scattered all throughout Brazil.

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Although the Rio de Janeiro carnival might be the most popular with foreigners, celebrations take place all around the country.

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From Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo to Salvador to Bahia, every region has a special way of celebrating during the Brazil Carnival, and each city brings a special something to the party. Whether it’s different music, costumes or events, you’re sure to be surprised no matter where you go.

5. Samba is KING!

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One of the most popular music genres in the country, samba remains king of the carnaval. Once considered as slave music, the genre has developed over the years and is nowadays closely associated with the Brazil Carnival.

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Deeply rooted in African culture, street parades and special performances are all choreographed to the beat of the drums that enthuse dancers and spectators alike. It’s impossible to sit still once the music starts playing, and you’ll be shimmying along with the dancers before you’ve made it out of the hotel.

6. A visit to the Sambódromo might cost a small fortune…

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Rio de Janeiro’s Sambódromo is arguably the most representative thing about the Brazil Carnival. The arena hosts the most iconic events, and the seats are filled to the brim with Cariocas (locals) and foreigners alike who want to catch a display of pure samba talent.

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That being said, scoring a ticket to the Sambódromo during the festivities is definitely not easy or cheap: It can set you back almost $1,600 for one of the “Luxury Suites”. With Carnival Sunday and Monday being the busier days, your best bet at snagging a ticket is on Saturday.

7. …but the shows are unbelievably worth it!

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Nonetheless, buying a ticket is definitely worth it for the sheer talent of the dancers alone. The dance shows are an incredible example of the work, money, and energy that go into preparing a performance of this caliber, and the performers leave it all on stage.

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It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience, made all the better thanks to the energy of the locals who dance along too. Being at the Sambódromo is truly an immersion of culture, and it’s a must-do for anyone visiting Brazil at the time.

8. You can watch samba schools compete for a shot at the crown. 

 

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More than a stage to show off their talent, the shows at the Sambódromo are also a competition – a very fierce one. Samba schools are similar to sports teams, and they compete against each other during carnaval to be crowned champion.

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Samba schools are judged on their dances, music, costumes, and their parade float. Each performance lasts up to an hour and, depending on the size and fame of the school, can cost millions of dollars to organize and produce. Talk about high stakes!

9. The costumes are unlike anything else you’ll ever see.

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The Brazil Carnival has always been closely associated with scantily-clad women wearing huge headdresses and rhinestones that move to the rhythm of the music. While this might be true, there’s a lot more that goes into these outfits.

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While part of the costume is sewn with a machine, most beads, feathers, and accessories are all usually made by hand. A typical carnival outfit can range anywhere from $200 – $1,500 depending on the detail and complexity of the attire. While it’s nice to feel like a local, we recommend going for the cheaper option: beads, wigs and maybe a few feathers. There’s no actual dress code, so don’t worry about not splashing out.

10. There’s plenty of Instagrammable moments.

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In today’s digital era, capturing the moment has become an essential part of our daily lives. If you went to the Brazil Carnival but didn’t post about it on social media, did you actually go? While the answer is obviously yes, there are still plenty of camera-worthy moments waiting to be captured.

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From the eccentric costumes to the street parties, passing through the giant parade floats and the iconic carnival-women, the Brazil Carnival is a photographer’s dream.

11. Missing out on blocos will give you serious fomo.

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Even though the sambódromo might seem like the star of the show, there are plenty of other celebrations happening around the country that don’t require a ticket. Tourists and locals alike can show up to blocos, or block parties, wherever they are.

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These events usually involve a truck, huge speakers, and extremely loud samba music blasting through them. Being outside and on the street, these parties are generally more relaxed than the other carnival events, and usually, everything goes. Rio, for example, hosts no less than 587 blocos a year that cater to everyone:  it’s a party based around the principle of acceptance, love, and the desire to have a great freakin’ time.

12. It’s an experience you’ll always remember.

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With all its colors, sounds and smells, the Brazil Carnival is truly a once in a lifetime event. If you’re one of the lucky ones that do get to be a part of it, take it all in — even the low moments. Keep an eye on your valuables, stay close to your travel buddies and stay aware of your surroundings. Carry only what you need for the day and make the most of it without having to worry about a case of curious fingers.

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