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The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

Burning candles is a sign of divine life in the Mexican culture for the divine presence of God. Ancient Mexico Christians burned candles for prayer and funeral processions. They were also used for mass and liturgical march. Candles were used to show respect for the Blessed Sacrament and throughout prayer ceremonies.

Candles are burned to symbolize good faith, grace, and wisdom. They are lit during Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Communion, prayers, and funeral processions. They also represent the dedication for divine life. The light from candles in current catholic Mexican tradition also signifies Christ or the presence of the divine spirit. This is why Catholic churches burn candles in honor of Jesus.

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The color of a candle is a form of vibration that affects us on different levels. They also cause us to react to the subconscious energy of each color. Different colors of candles can attract various emotions. Some colors can promote peace, love, and harmony. While others attract love and relationships. This article is will help you understand the meaning of candle colors, scents, and their effect.

Effects of Candle Colors:

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Each color provides powerful effects that can help restore, improve, and promote positive energy. This, in turn, will allow you to understand the meanings of each color for linking individual energy towards positive conclusions.

White Candles: These candles help promote peace by destroying negative energy.

Purple Candles: Candles of this color promote wisdom and spiritual awareness.

Lavender Candles: Lavender helps with healing and restoring peace.

Blue Candles: The color blue opens the lines of communication by encouraging happiness and forgiveness.

Green Candles: Green is known to promote luck and represents abundance.

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Rose Candles: Rose helps promote self-love, harmony, and friendship.

Yellow Candles: This color helps boost confidence and springs plans into action.

Orange Candles: This color focuses on stimulation, energy, and strength.

Red Candles: his is the color of passion, love and promotes courage.

Black Candles: Black candles provide protection by absorbing and destroying negative energy.

Silver Candles: Silver is the color of feminine energy, psychic development, and removes unwanted energy.

Gold Candles: Gold is the color of solar energy and spiritual attainment.

The Healing Power of Candle Colors

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Each color plays an important role in our lives. Thus, they help protect your health and provides natural healing of common illnesses. This is why it is important to learn how colored candles can rejuvenate your health.

Violet candles help reduce allergies.

Rose candles help decrease anxiety.

Candles that are Green and Violet help protect you from catching a cold.

Orange, Indigo and Rose colored candles help you with depression.

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Blue candles help restore your sleep pattern by reducing insomnia.

Yellow candles help you with indigestion problems.

Blue candles help against fevers.

Candles that are blue or green help get rid of headaches

Colored Candles for Affirmations and Interventions

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Based on specific candle color meanings these can be used for the following affirmations and intentions:

Black or Green double action candles help promote good luck and wealth by removing negative energy away from you.

Red double action candles help people fall in love.

White or Black double action candles help increase spiritual energy.

Black outside and red inside reversible candles help you surround yourself with good spirits.

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Green colored 7 knob candles help you achieve success to win or land a new job.

White 7 knob candles promote peace in your home or at your workplace.

Red Adam and Eve candle help encourage passion to your relationship.

A Red witch candle will increase the power of affirmation by placing a piece of paper under the candle.

How Scents Can Improve Your Well-Being

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Scents can help do amazing things for our mind, body, and soul. They help relieve you from stress, anxiety, and headaches. Certain smells have a way of removing negative energy from our living space. Learn how the sense of smell can benefit your well-being.

Lavender can help you relax, calm your minds and get a full night’s rest.

Pinedecreases anxiety and stress.

Citrus helps break your coffee addiction by increasing your energy and alertness.

Vanillastimulates happiness to help you relax.

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Pumpkinsparks excitement and male libido.

Peppermint increases brain activity by boosting concentration.

Jasmine can uplift your mood by reducing depressive thoughts.

Apple helps fight against migraines and control anxiety during stressful situations.

Olive is a natural appetite suppressant and improves the response of sugar in your blood.

How You Can Benefit by Burning Candles

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Burning candles can promote positive energy in any outdoor or indoor location to restore peace and harmony. They help fill our living space with scents and vibrational energy to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Improves Ambiance and Atmosphere: Candle colors and scents can help you relax by removing stress and anxiety. This helps your brain focus and energize you to become more productive. Lavender candles can also help soothe your mind while eucalyptus candles help energize and improve mental focus. Likewise, lemon candles can relieve anxiety and depression that helps create a productive environment.

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Enhances romance and promotes celebration: Candles are the best way to enhance your like and improve your well-being. They create the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or to celebrate an anniversary. They also make a delightful way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

Candles help decorate your living space: Candles come in a variety of colors and can enhance the interior design of your living space. They provide a calm and cozy atmosphere to surround your home with good spirits. Likewise, they help spark conversation around the dinner table or outside around your deck or patio. Citronella candles also help keep bugs away when congregating outdoors.

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Provides a pleasant, sweet fragrance: Candles help remove odd or icky odors that plague your home. Likewise, they provide a perfect option to cleverly add an enrich aroma to your living space. They can also improve your workplace to promote creativity and help you generate new ideas.

Candles and scents help with remembrance: Our memory is strongly tied around our sense of smell. People often share past memories when they light candles and smell wonderful fragrances. Likewise, candles help remember loved ones who have left us. This is why you see tables in churches with candles or why some weddings include large candle sections.

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Candles are great for meditation and prayer: A great way to support your practice is by lighting candles. Likewise, staring at the flame burning on top of the candle is great for visualization exercises and manifestation techniques. Thus, this can help send your intentions out into the spiritual universe. This is why candles are perfect for prayer.

Candles help with self-expression: Everyone likes a particular fragrance. Our sense of smell is unique to each person. This is why we smell scents differently. A great way to personalize self-expression is by burning the scents you love. Likewise, it is important to only burn scents that you feel secure with an embrace. Just because someone else doesn’t like the same scents as you, that doesn’t make the scent bad. Thus, the scent makes you unique.


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Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Luis Alfonso Chimbo and Ana Soria had come a long way since they met as children in Cuenca, Ecuador. They were married, living in Brooklyn with their son, and 34-year-old Chimbo was working for the Windows of the World restaurant–the very top floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Chimbo had been promoted to a management position in the receiving department that takes inventory and stocks supplies. They were living the American dream as undocumented immigrants in New York City. In August, Ana Soria suffered a miscarriage. He took nearly a month off to be with her and care for the family. 

He was due to return to work on September 11, 2001. 

The morning of 9/11, Chimbo got up at 5 a.m. and left for work.

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The night before, he set his clothes out for his first day back and prepared a bag. He was always prepared. Chimbo would usually kiss Soria as he got out of bed. That morning, he didn’t. Soria went to their window and said, “Goodbye, my love” as he drove away.

Hours later, while working at the restaurant, Chimbo was trapped on the top floor of the North Tower after a plane was flown into the tower.

The Windows of the World staff included immigrants from over 24 countries.

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The 9/11 attack killed 170 people in Windows alone. Chimbo was one of 73 employees who perished. Arguably, those employees were some of the least-paid victims of the attack, which presented a moral challenge for Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who had to allocate the $7 billion in the Victims Compensation Fund. Five thousand five hundred and sixty people applied as injured or dependents of the deceased. Feinberg’s initial formula was based on “economic loss”–meaning families of stockbrokers would receive more money than Chimbo’s family. The formula also rested on the presumption that lower-income workers would remain in their earning class for the rest of their lives–the antithesis of “The American Dream.”

Stories like Chimbo’s made a “tremendous impact” on Feinberg’s new formula. 

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In fact, the owner of Windows of the World and the executive chef Michael Lomonaco testified to Feinberg on behalf of lower-paid employees with a high potential for further promotions. In the case of Chimbo, they gave Feinberg evidence that he started out as a stock boy and grew to become a manager in the receiving department. “The structure of the restaurant reflected the American Dream, which I don’t use as a cliché but as an actual possibility,” Debra Steinberg told Tom Roston, the author of “The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World.” 

Steinberg represented Soria along with thirty-seven other Windows of the World workers. “When you drill down into the stories of the immigrants who worked at Windows on the World, most of them said that it was the dream job. They walked with pride in their step. It was an astonishing place.” Feinberg told Roston that he used “discretion to bring up the lower end worker and reduce the stockbrokers and hedge fund managers,” granting higher payments to lower-paid victims of the attack.

A dozen of the Windows workers were undocumented.

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Feinberg looked to the congressional statute that allocated the funds and said it became clear. Documentation or nationality was not a factor into who becomes a legal victim and who does not in the eyes of the United States. The fund was for all victims of the attacks. 

As an undocumented person, Soria was terrified to ask for help in the days after the attack.

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“I was scared,” she says in Roston’s book. “[And] I was thinking that maybe I did not deserve it because this was not my country.” Finally, it was her son that prompted her to recall that at least he is deserving of medical care. Amidst the terror, her son needed asthma medication, so Soria went to Manhattan. Still, she doesn’t remember much about that day but remembers the help of fellow Americans to ensure her family got what they needed.

Would undocumented immigrants be met with the same courtesy today?

In the decades that have since passed, Soria has become a chef.

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She was taking culinary lessons at the time of the series of tragic life events –the miscarriage, the terrorist attack, the loss of her husband. Six years after 9/11, she returned to culinary school. Fifteen years after 9/11 tore her family apart, she received a green card. Her son has become a photographer and captured the above image of his mother.

She goes to the North reflecting pool every year on 9/11. Last year, she went on his birthday and left a flower and a birthday card which read: “To the love of my life, happy birthday to you. Surprise, you didn’t know I was coming.” 

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Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

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Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

Back in February of this year, “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio dominated fashion headlines after her appearance on the red carpet of the Oscars. The actress made her first appearance at the 91st Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for her breakout role as Cleo a maid of Mixteco heritage working for a family in Mexico City during the early 1970s. Aparicio had already had a big night, not only had she nailed a coveted nominee slot, she’d done so for her first role ever in a movie. And while awe over her talent was much talked about, it was the mint-green and silver metallic tulle gown she wore by Rodarte that caught so much attention.

The fashion brand has long been an established designer on red carpets but there’s no denying the actress has helped raise interest in its designers. The red carpet match of the designers and the actress proved not only to be a success at the Oscars, but it also proved worthy of a lasting partnership.

For the fashion brand’s latest lookbook, Aparicio was selected as a model.

The rising star wowed in the brand’s dreamy fashion shoot.

Aparicio appeared in the Spring lookbook in a polka-dot belted black and white dress and a pair of sheer gloves studded with pearls which also speckle her hair. She modeled the dress in a magazine that featured Hollywood veterans such as Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst.

Aparicio appeared in simple colors and extravagant gowns.

For her other appearance, the actress could be seen wearing a black and white plaid dress that featured a ruffle color and puff sleeves.

Of course, it didn’t take long for reactions to Aparcio’s appearance to set fire online.

Fans of the actress were quick to call her a “reina” and other celebrities including “Mad Men” actor January Jones, who also appeared in the shoot, commented “Love. ❤️”

Aparicio’s feature is another reminder, that the indigenous actress has her heels dug into Hollywood and the fashion industry and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Back in January of this year, Vogue México honored the actress with a feature and photoshoot that served as an ode to her culture and home state of Oaxaca. Not only was she featured on the magazine’s cover, but she was also thrown a party at the Patio del Huaje en el Jardín Etnobotanico in Oaxaca.

While the finicky nature of Hollywood and its attention to actresses of color has a strong pattern, Yalitza’s star does not seem to be dwindling. In fact, her appearance in the lookbook nearly seven months after her appearance at the Oscars, and without any announcements of new roles, proves she must have a lot coming up for herself.