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People Share The Stories Of Their Past New Years Kisses

If you’ve ever celebrated New Years Eve in the US, you know what it entails: lots of fireworks, too many bottles of champagne, the ball dropping in Times Square, and that quintessential midnight kiss. People often make a big deal about having someone to smooch when the clock strikes twelve—there is many a movie plotline that revolves around this very topic (if you haven’t seen When Harry Met Sally, it’s a classic that you should watch immediately). Some folks are lucky enough to start the night out knowing exactly who will give them that special beso—others, not so much. Either way, the internet is buzzing with stories about their people’s past New Years kisses, and while some anecdotes are total rom-com material, others are awkward, uncomfortable, hopeful or optimistic.

Take this story about someone kissing their girlfriend’s sister at a New Year’s Eve party. They claim it was an accident, but others disagree. We’ll let you be the judge.

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“Accidentally kissed my girlfriend’s sister at a new years party. No one believed it was an accident. It was dark, I was intoxicated. My evening did not end as pleasantly as it might have otherwise.” –Reddit user, Germanakzent

Or this story from a girl who had a competition with a friend to see how many strangers they could kiss one New Years Eve.

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“I was lucky enough to spend NYE in Berlin, Germany. I made a bet with my friend early in the night that we’d both make out with strangers. I hadn’t kissed anyone since I broke up with my ex 4 months [before]. In the end, I won. I had my first kiss with a guy I’d been eye fucking all night, at midnight. Then enjoyed it so much I figured I’d keep finding hot strangers to kiss. Ended the night with 5 make outs and had the time of my life. Best new years eve ever.” –Reddit user, bendite02

Or this story about a classic high school love triangle.

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“I was deeply in love with my best friend when I was a teenager . . . On New Years Eve, just as the count down started he turned to me and said ‘If something’s done, can it be forgotten?’ I just looked at him confused and he leaned in with a great kiss. We never spoke of it again probably because he was dating my other best friend at the time.” –Reddit user, Mspizzu

Or this person’s animalistic reaction when they were approached by someone for a smooch.

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“I licked a dudes cheek who asked me to give him a midnight kiss. Like how a dog would if there was peanut butter all over his cheek.” –Reddit user, selly112090

Or this sweet Hollywood moment, when an old hometown fling barrels his way through a crowd of people to plant one on his date.

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“It was a New Years Eve about 5 years ago and I was in my hometown for it. Bumped into a guy I used to see and after a little flirting he said he’s see me at midnight. Come 11:59 the countdown is happening and he’s nowhere in sight. The count gets to 3 and I look around and he is absolutely bombing it through the crowd, pushing people aside to get to me and bang on midnight he rushes into me, grabs me and our lips lock. It’s not the most passionate or meaningful kiss I’ve ever had but damnit it brings a smile to my face every time I think of it.” –Reddit user, howlingatthemoobs

Or this person’s optimistic outlook after being turned down a few days following his New Years kiss (edited for clarity).

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“Had a few drinks waiting for the countdown to midnight, come the strike of twelve, I lean in and whisper in her ear if I could be her New Years kiss. She smiled and said yes, and we kissed. Now, I’ve had a crush on this girl for a long time, and I finally built up the courage to make my move, and I made it.

Afterwards before we had left, I took her aside and told her how I felt, But after I finished confessing my feeling for her, she doesn’t really respond to it. We walk out of the bar and go about the rest of the night.

2 days later, I still haven’t heard from her. But it’s a new year, and that means there’s a whole 365 days I’ll have to meet someone new.” –Reddit user, ChlorineLungs

Whether you find the New Years kiss tradition endearing or overwhelming, make sure you don’t do anything you don’t want to do, and celebrate the New Year in a way that makes you feel comfortable! Happy New Year!

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2020 Has Been A Mess: Here Are The Best Rituals And Limpias According To Your Sign

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2020 Has Been A Mess: Here Are The Best Rituals And Limpias According To Your Sign

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Let’s face it: this year has been an emotional and physical rollercoaster. It’s left so many of us completely dazed and confused and wondering what our future could look like.

Now, more than ever, we need to create a space for personal reflection and get in touch with our 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

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The first sign of the zodiac is competitive, courageous, with a ‘winner’ mindset. As a fire sign, Aries can be very emotionally charged —and as 2020 continues to throw some curve balls, we need a ritual with an opposing element like water, to 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

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Taurus are some of the most loyal elements of the zodiac. They are reliable, consistent and calm. You’ve probably had a less tumultuous year than most – either financially or work-wise. But keep those good, prosperous vibes going 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 2020.

Gemini

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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.

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 2020.

Close the ritual with a prayer of affirmation and love.

Cancer

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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 at all times but especially now thanks to everything going on in our world. 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

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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. For so many, especially Leos, 2020 has been a powerful check against ego and self-identity. 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

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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. 2020 is likely throwing you off of your stable nature which has left you feeling frazzled at times. 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 before the year ends.

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

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Balance is your safe haven. Structure and diplomacy are ideal for a Libra to thrive. 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

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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

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2020 has tested your ways of communication. The latest mercury retrograde 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 have been created in 2020.

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

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You’re naturally driven and ambitious, but this year’s unprecedented drama and some recent 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 goals for the rest of the year 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

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The innovative ones. Working through and shattering old patterns was a big behavior for Aquarius in 2019 – but then came 2020. Leave all the clutter of the mind and our world 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

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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 this year has taught you – about who you are, what you value, what you yearn for – for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

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.

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Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Although I’ve found it difficult just to remember to brush my teeth while in isolation, there are plenty of amazing artists living their best lives in quarantine. And the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and Maluma have all gifted this strange world we’re living in with some serious bops – and equally mesmerizing videos. Case in point here and here – Bad Bunny in literal drag and Maluma in old man drag, basically.

Now, Residente has added his own touch to quarantine memories with the release of his new song and video for “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” and I’m living for it.

Residente’s new video gives me all the feels and it’s really damn beautiful.

“Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” (“Before the World Ends”) talks about love in social distancing times. “When will we go out again? No one knows,” he sings, before adding, “We better kiss before the world ends.”

The single is full of beautiful metaphors that show Residente’s romantic side. “With your lips I listen to the waves of the ocean, and my feet fill with sand from quarantine,” he raps. He continues to say that the biggest pandemic in the world won’t make him keep a distance from his love, and even if they’re physically apart, the light coming in through the window in the afternoon will unite them.

The video celebrates those who have each other in lockdown. “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” depicts a grand total of 113 couples from 80 countries around the world smooching for the camera, for seven minutes of socially distant heaven.

And yes, the video actually features 113 different couples representing different sexual orientations and more than 80 different countries.

The music video features 113 couples from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, orientations, religions, and genders representing 80 countries around the world — as well as kissing and embracing each other in very intimate moments that make for the most heartwarming 7 minutes and 40 seconds of your life.

It starts with Residente and his girlfriend Kasia Marciniak, and includes surprise appearances by Bad Bunny and Gabriela Berlingeri, NBA player J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego, Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, Canelo Álvarez and Fernanda Gómez, Evaluna Montaner and Camilo, and many more who sent Residente their home videos, which he edited into the final piece.

Ricky Martin shared on his Instagram that he and his partner, Yosef, participated in the video to represent Puerto Rico, where he is from, and Syria, where Yosef is from.

He wrote to Residente in the caption, “Hermano, gracias por hacernos parte del mensaje. ¡Que hermosa letra!,” which translates in English to, “Brother, thank you for making us part of this message. Beautiful lyrics!”

The video is a visual representation that love has no boundaries or limits, and it will be what we’ll need most when the world starts opening up again.

Residente hopes that more artists will use this unique moment in history to put out art they truly feel.

In an interview with Billboard, he says that the current pandemic is a unique opportunity for artists to experiment and shake things up creatively.

“It’s a great moment to do things you’ve never done,” he concluded. “Like, I really don’t know why people keep trying to make the same type of hits instead of using this moment to put out things that they’re feeling. You don’t have the need of putting out a hit because you’re not going to perform. If there’s a moment to put out different things, it’s now. Things you’ve never done. Concerts will eventually start but later. This is a chance for artists to reboot and think differently.”

Residente has stayed productive despite living amid a global pandemic.

Beyond this latest video, Residente has kept a very outward-facing presence this quarantine, meeting and discussing the pandemic with world leaders during weekly Instagram Live sessions. Recently, he had on New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss COVID-19, Puerto Rico, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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