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Check Out Your Horoscope For The Week Of November 11th

Aries

We know you’re all about motion and action, Aries, but with your ruling planet Mercury going retrograde on the 16th, you’ll want to get all of your ducks in a row in the days leading up to it. Remember that it’s a bad idea to start new projects or commitments during a retrograde, so getting your life sorted before then is the best way to come out of one smoothly. Ironically, this same Friday sees Venus plop right into your relationship sector, which will have you on cloud 9 in terms of love. If you’re single, its soulmate time. No, seriously. This could mean wedding bells. If you’re in a relationship, be ready for great collaboration with your partner where you’re both on the same page and exactly where you want to be – with each other.

Taurus

As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday the 16th, you’ll want to watch your spending habits, Taurus. As a bull, you certainly love the finer things but take this time to reconsider your relationship with your finances. Luckily, you’ve got more important things to focus on than money right now. Yeah, we’re talking romance. Your ruling planet Venus will turn direct in Libra the same day as Mercury retrograde, so who can even be bothered with the most-feared of astrological movements when you’re about to reignite the sparks with your current lover and build something even stronger together?

Gemini

Mercury may be turning retrograde on the 16th, but this day also sees Mars moving into your career sector. While your love life can get confusing this week, at least you have more important financial and professional matters to focus your energy on. If you’re single, you could meet someone you share an incredible connection with, but if you’re currently in a relationship, you and your partner might not be on the same page about stuff you used to be. Try to be a good listener and don’t jump to any conclusions just yet. Instead, do your best to focus on work this week, where you know you can shine.

Cancer

Mercury’s impending retrograde on the 16th allows you the time to refocus on yourself and tap into your inner spirituality. What are you doing that has been holding you back? As you reassess and find some alone time, you’ll come out of your shell knowing how to push through those challenges to get you where you need to be. Remember that tense family situation with a partner last week, Cancer? All problems should soon be rectified and you’ll feel the balance back in your partnership again. And if you’re single, rely on some family members who’ve been forcing you to meet someone they think you’ll like. This time, they actually got it right!

Leo

Mercury may be turning retrograde on the 16th, but you won’t even seem to notice it, Leo! That’s because, on the very same day, Venus turns direct in your house of career, making your ideas in the workplace heard and appreciated. You’ll start making much better progress at your job. Minding that retrograde, however, it’s best to use these next three weeks to save all that money you’ll hopefully find yourself earning. Save your acorns for the winter, essentially. Or, as a lion, I guess – save that fresh antelope kill? You get the idea. Your love life is about to pop off, as well, because of course it will. You easily attract attention and this week will be no less. In fact, you’ll be especially lucky in love.

Virgo

Mercury will turn retrograde on the 16th, meaning don’t make any big purchases or sign on to any new commitments. With Venus also turning direct in your sign on the same day, however, this’ll be easy. Your finances will go back up right where they need to be, so make sure to keep them there with financially-sound choices. What’s the only thing better than money? Well, I guess that’s debatable, but most people of sound mind would argue…sex! Expect to see your romantic life take a spicier turn in the bedroom – and you definitely won’t be complaining about it!

Libra

You’re back in your element this week, Libra, feeling the balance in those scales once again. On Friday, Mercury turns retrograde, but Mars also enters your 6th house of work and health. You’ll be killing it from the inside out now that you’ve finally gotten your groove back. Your shine is nothing short of illuminant this week! With that said, if you feel like that certain someone in an important relationship isn’t seeing the glow you and everyone else knows you have, this is the time reevaluate if that partnership is truly serving you anymore. Don’t let anyone dull this sparkle!

Scorpio

A New Moon on the 8th sees Jupiter move into your financial house, kicking things up for you and your finances. Be wise with that money when Mercury goes retrograde on the 16th and don’t make any unnecessary spending choices that burn away that new cash. Venus turns direct for you the same day and your love life will be on fire, Scorpio! If you’re partnered up, you and your love with have no problem keeping each other warm for the winter, and if you’re single, you’ll have a clearer head when it comes to deciding which potential partner is truly the best fit for you and that passionate sting.

Sagittarius

Mercury’s retrograde on the 16th will leave you feeling confused and like you have to overexplain yourself. The problem is is that it’s all in your head. Since Mercury is your planet of love, these misunderstandings in your relationship aren’t as bad as they seem. In fact, they’re more or less just in your head as your sign goes through a bit of a foggy time. Don’t overthink the small stuff because your partner is there for you. The same goes for you and your career, as you may find yourself making dumb errors at work. They won’t be detrimental, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be feeling okay about your missteps. What’s more important is that you stay calm and cool in the wake of these so no one thinks you can’t handle the stress.

Capricorn

Your career planet Venus ends its retrograde the same day Mercury begins theirs, and it all goes down on the 16th. As you smooth out some old residual issues at work, take the time to relax your body and your mind to come out of Mercury’s retrograde stronger. On the same day, you might realize that someone you’ve been seeing just doesn’t fit into your life the way you thought they would. It’s time to make a choice, but know that you’re better off for it, Cap.

Aquarius

Venus turns direct on the 16th, which happens to be your planet of home and family life. Take this time to work on home improvement projects and anything that will make your home more, well…homier! However, the same day will see Mercury, your planet of true love, retrograde for the next three weeks. There will be miscommunication between you and your closest friends. Perhaps you gave bad advice, have been ditching them for a new love interest, or don’t feel ready to introduce a new special someone to your circle just yet. First impressions won’t go well this week, so hold off until December to clear the air with those friends. For right now, at least, communication might just feel haywire.

Pisces

Mercury retrograde has a way of unfairly affecting Pisces the most, doesn’t it? Having this planet as your ruler of love, home, and family life means retrogrades affect the things most important to a Pisces in the most annoying way. However, this final one of the year will probably barely be noticed, my little fish. Since Jupiter moved into your house of career last week, you’ll see financial issues fade away and the encouragement to move forward. If you’re in a relationship, it’s all about sticking with your partner and not playing the blame game over past financial mistakes. It’s all getting sorted now. Single fish might find themselves flirting with a certain hottie at the office. Well, we told you your career would get better. Haha!


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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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