Meaning of Today’s Holiday – April 2nd

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Today’s Holiday (April 2nd) is the “Carrying Away of Death” – a Pagan celebration

Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “Carrying Away of Death”




I adore this holiday.  It’s all about celebrating life, renewal and rebirth.  This is an ancient German celebration practiced by the Pagans. Now please don’t let the term ‘Pagan’ freak you out.  That word has been so maligned by media and religious zealots; the meaning has spun into a dark place.  What is the true meaning of Pagan?  It means ‘country folk.‘  That’s it.  Not as scary as some might have you believe.

But I digress.  Today’s holiday meaning celebrates the return of warmth, and the abatement of the cold.  The celebration is called “Carrying Away of Death.”  For Pagans, winter was symbolic of a time of darkness, and the return of spring meant the return of life from the grips of death.

The ritual of celebrating the Carrying Away of Death is symbolic and elegant.  The Pagans made little dolls made of straw.  These are symbolic of death and winter.  These little figurines also represented the challenges faced over the harsh months of intense cold.

After the straw figures were made, a tremendous bonfire was lit.  The bigger the fire the better!  Once the fire got stoked to a ferocious peak, the Pagans tossed their little straw effigies into the fire. It’s important to note, fire is symbolic of transformation, energy and inspiration. Tossing the dolls into the fire, it was believed, transformed energy from dark to light.

Essentially, this act abolished all the experiences, energies and spirits that plagued the people through the winter.  It was a symbolic act of saying goodbye to death and welcoming the return of life.  This ritual was a physical demonstration of annihilating unwanted evil and tribulation.  It was also a ritual of welcoming life, hope and the promise of warmer, better days to come.




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Today’s Holiday (April 2nd) is International Children’s Book Day

Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “International Children’s Book Day”

Today’s holiday meaning advocates children reading books. It is also the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.  He is most remembered by his enchanting fairy tales beloved by children all over the world.

This holiday was founded by The International Board on Books for Young People. Various countries celebrate  this day in different ways. In Greece, a common tradition is for children to draw pictures of characters from their favorite books.  In Denmark, there is a festival Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown.  There, his books are celebrated, and read aloud to children.  In parts of America, awards are given to children who have read the most books.  Awards are also given to notable authors of children’s books on this day.


In closing, I hope you enjoyed this article on today’s holiday meaning (April 2nd).  These two holiday’s are not the only ones occurring on this day – so do some research and see if you can find a perfect symbolic holiday that suits you!

The take-away point to this post, I think, is this:  This is a day to celebrate potential.  It is a day to embrace imagination.  This day resonates with the promise of hope and new adventure.  Why?  Because between the Pagan Carrying Away of Death, and the recognition of igniting children’s imagination with books – we have a strong combo for awesome, limitless possibilities!

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Akashic Record Meaning Simplified

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 Akashic Record Meaning




Wish me luck on simplifying the concept of Akashic record meaning.  This concept is not the easiest nut to crack. Let’s start with the meaning of the word.   The term Akashic is Sanskrit for aether (aka: ether).  Ether, in the spiritual sense, is the essence that dwells beyond our physical reality.  Some schools of thought believe ether (Akasha) is a place located in the higher-most regions above the clouds in the sky.  Interestingly, the term Akash is the Hindi word for ‘sky’.

Akashic record meaning is an obscure thing. It is submerged in a sea of opinions from religious scholars, renowned psychics, theosophists and a few crack-pots who have no idea what they’re talking about.

According to The Dictionary of the Esoteric by Nevill Drury, the definition of the Akashic Records is:

“Theosophical concept for an astral memory of all events, thoughts, and emotions that have arisen since the world began.”

That is a swanky way of saying the records are a celestial storage facility for all memory, experiences and potential of every living being for all time.

Will you allow me to go on a tangent here?

Once upon a time I used to manage a storage facility.  300+ units holding people’s stuff.  That storage facility was kinda like the Akashic records.  How so?

Each unit held people’s treasures, their memories, their history.  Some units held people’s future too. For example, a friend of mine kept a unit to protect a classic car he was working on; he planned on burning the road with it one day when he completed repairing it.

So imagine an infinite number of storage units holding all memories, all experiences and all futures for all living beings.  That’s Akashic record meaning in a nutshell.

Regrettably, it’s not that simple when it comes to these weighty concepts…it never is.

Rather than storage units, most scholars agree the Akashic records are tomes…big books, if you will.  They are stored in a library that is incomprehensibly massive.  This library puts the Library of Congress to shame – it is endless, immeasurable.

Each book within this limitless library is a historical document of every being.  Each edition is a detailed account of every human’s past, present and future.  Each volume documents memory, emotion and experience.

Moreover, these books also contain pure potentials…actions not yet taken, experiences not yet felt.  These potentials shimmer in expectation, because the only thing that sets a potential in indelible writing in your Akashic record is choice.  Once you make a choice, the potential then becomes a permanent entry in your record.

So where is the library of Akashic records located?  In another dimension of course (I told you this stuff is never simple).

This is Madame Blavatsky’s take on Akashic record meaning and its location:

“…Located at the next level called the Fifth Round that is the fifth Element, Ether, which is the gross body of Akasha. As air is familiar to us now [Akasha] is the agent of all things. It is only in this Fifth Round detected with those of higher sense that growth and development of Akasha serves complete expansion.”

That’s pretty heavy.  Let me lighten the load.  Akashic record meaning in Blavatsky’s terms implies Akasha is synonymous with Ether. As such, Akasha is everywhere, pervasive, omnipresent…’like air.’

The  Akashic record meaning gets a little more muddled when we consult Edgar Cayce’s opinion on their location.  According to  Awakening Your Psychic Powers: Open Your Inner Mind And Control Your Psychic Intuition Today (Edgar Cayce Guides), the location of Akasha is in within the human soul.  To quote the book:

“He [Cayce] referred to the…Akashic Records as that domain where all memories are stored. He indicated that the soul contains a record of all its experiences, that the soul is built from those experiences. And yet, at the same time, all memories are ‘as One.’  The universal awareness is the consciousness of all those soul memories.”

This implies that the soul and spirit are connected to the animating force of life. Call it God, call it the Universe, call it Divine Spirit…it is the unifying power that is both the glue and lubricant for all existence.

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Are the records real?  That’s conjecture.  Meaning, there is tons of information on the existence of Akasha, but there is no hard evidence it exists for real.  Many theosophists and psychics are absolutely convinced of its existence.  Furthermore, experts claim the Akasha can be accessed.  Yep, like checking out a book from the library – but on a grandly divine, universal scale.

Is there a way to access Akashic records?  Yes and no.  If you doubt the existence of the records, then there’s no point trying to check out your book from the Akashic library.  If, however, you believe in such a phenomenal data-bank of all human existence, then you can absolutely obtain your library card and enter the grand halls of Akasha.

Can we view other people’s records?  Some scholars believe so.  Edgar Cayce healed hundreds of people by accessing their records in the Akasha.  Some psychics claim to do the same.  In truth, I’d rather not elucidate on this question.  Each record is extremely private, and to access someone else’s Akashic record without express permission, is a spiritual abomination….one that is unforgivable both in the physical and the non-physical realms.

Avia’s Experience with Akashic Record Meaning

In my experience, I gained access after six months of research into the Akasha record meaning combined with an equal amount of intense meditation.  Yep. Daily, for six months I endeavored to reach the ‘Hall of Remembrances’ (as Cayce puts it).

Did I make it?  Yes.  Conclusion?  Magnificent insight.  Did this experience change my life?  No.  The knowledge guided me – but I’m still human.  I’m still going to make crappy choices, no matter how illuminating my Akashic experiences were.

Did I learn my future from tapping into my Akashic records?  Yeah, sort of.  As mentioned, the book resonates with pure potential.  There are some future possibilities written in my book. But it seemed to me, my future is written in pencil….the writing was faint…whereas my past was in permanent ink.  This tells me my future is not set in stone.  It tells me that my choices are key to erasing the future written in pencil, and creating a better future written in pen.

Your experience with the Akasha may be completely different than mine.  As with all things spiritual and ethereal…this stuff is linked to the soul.  Every soul is unique, so therefore you’re spiritual journey will offer you different insights than mine.

In the end, the choice to believe is yours.  Don’t take my views as the ultimate answer. I strongly encourage you to do your own research, and make your own decisions.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on Akashic record meanings.  As always, thanks for reading.  If you liked this article, please check out the links below listed:

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Today’s Holiday – The Martyrdom of Hypatia

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Symbolism of Today’s Holiday for Hypatia

Today’s holiday is something to be mightily celebrated. Why? Because this is a day of bowing to the juggernauts in both ancient and modern world.  Specifically, the female juggernauts who moved mountains to change minds and advance the human society.

Which brings me to Hypatia.  She was a Greek writer, philosopher, astrologist, mathematician…you name it…she seemed to have her finger on the page of whatever kind of wisdom required for the time.

In fact, she was the caretaker and curator for the educational institution of Alexandria.  This was a goldmine of knowledge, study and information.  Hypatia was the matron of this place, where she taught students, and preserved precious archives.

There is a sorrow that cloaks this day.  Hypatia was stoned to death around this time in March (estimation March 8-12).  She was accused of political meddling by a bunch of zealots.  It did not help matters that she was smart, savvy and way beyond her years in terms of insight and vision.

Nevertheless, Hypatia’s presence was overwhelmingly revolutionary.  She paved a way for so many students, women and scholars for tons of decades after her passing.

This is a great day to observe the following…

♦Embrace the beauty of a book

♦Recognize teachers and mentors in your life

♦Take a bow to those who have fought for the freedoms we experience today

♦Learn a new skill, consider a new profession, take on a new challenge

♦Dare to challenge the ‘status quo’, upset the apple-cart, and be a shining example of what it means to stand up for your passion.

To be sure, Hypatia was a rebel.  She stood for her beliefs, and she never backed down.  Regrettably, that resulted in her gruesome demise, but she cut a path for so many of us because of her unflinching will.

In a way, Hypatia was a hero.  So today’s holiday in history is a great day to celebrate your bold, brassy women and mentors that have made a difference in your lives.

As always, thanks for reading!

Brightly,

Avia

St. Patrick’s Day Symbols

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Symbols





It’s been said that on March 17th, St. Patrick’s day, everybody is Irish.  That’s not too far off the mark.  At one point, Irish immigrants outnumbered any other nationality in the US. In fact, the Irish have been so influential in this country, that many Irish customs (and symbols) are embossed upon the American culture.

This Irish holiday is just as impressive with symbolic meaning. Firstly, St. Patrick was a pretty remarkable dude…and he wasn’t Irish either. He was born around Roman Britain, close to Scotland.  In a weird twist of fate, St. Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and made a slave in Ireland.  Ironic, eh? Yeah…the guy who is an Irish icon was kept a slave there from the time he was 16. After about seven years as a slave, St. Paddy was called by God to serve a higher purpose, and he ran away from his dour life of slavery.

He traveled Europe and got the education he lacked as a slave. Then God called St. Pat again, telling him it was time to do great things. So St. Patrick went back to Ireland to share his passion for Christianity. Talk about dynamic forgiveness! This is a guy captured by the Irish, yet he went back there as a missionary to talk about salvation.

St. Patrick didn’t have an easy time of it though.  He made some big social blunders.  On one occasion, Patrick lit a bonfire on what was then one of the most sacred Celtic celebrations (Beltane).

No big deal, right? Well, the high Celtic king, Laoghaire saw Pat’s fire and was enraged. Apparently, it’s not good etiquette to light a bonfire before the king lights his own first. Oopsie.

St. Patrick soothed over the hard feelings about the fire, started to make friends, and successfully shared his views about Christianity.

What I find very cool about St. Patrick is that he took a different tact than many missionaries.  He wasn’t about crushing and converting the people.  He actually meshed the Celtic/pagan beliefs in with the Christian philosophy.  So instead of obliterating Irish ancient beliefs, St. Patrick wove together the old and the new – forming a cohesion.

As he respected the old ways while honoring his own faith – I think St. Paddy would approve of this post on St. Patrick’s Day symbols.  Why? Because symbols, either ancient or new, reflect an era, a culture, a belief, etc. Check out these St. Patrick’s Day symbols…I think you’ll find they make March 17th a little more rich with meaning.



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St. Patrick’s Day Symbols

Shillelagh: Okay, so it’s not the most sophisticated weapon, but certainly effective.  Back in Patrick’s day, there was a lot of warring for territory, and family feuds. The fighting Irish devised these clubs called shillelagh’s from oak trees as weapons. Often, a warrior would double fist their clubs, one club in one hand to deliver the damaging blow, and the other club for staving off attacks. So what makes this one of St. Patrick’s Day symbols? Over time and with the evolution of legend, the clubs turned into staffs or walking sticks.  They were considered to be a mark of wisdom and great power.  Check out any picture of St. Patrick, and you’ll see him with a staff – a mark of his esteemed position in the Irish culture.

Leprechaun: These are the wee ones in Irish lore. They are a group of fairies known as Luchorpan. The whole deal with their association with cobbling shoes points back to their name in Gaelic, which means ‘one shoemaker’.  Now, you’ve got to understand that in ancient cultures around the world, just about everything had a governing spirit (fairy, troll, goddess whatever).  There is a hierarchy of mythic beings who are in charge of certain functions in life. Leprechaun’s, apparently were the Jimmy Choo of shoes back in the day. The leprechaun is included in this list of St. Patrick Day Symbols as a nod of respect to St. Pat for keeping old traditions intact. Rather than eliminating beliefs in magical beings, St. Patrick allowed the people to acknowledge them side-by-side with the new religion.

Harp: Both a national symbol of Ireland, and St. Patrick, the harp won popularity with the Irish long ago.  This instrument was used in festivals, celebrations and just general family gatherings. Its music was said to put evil spirits to sleep, and insure peaceful dreams for children. The harp plays its way into Irish culture because it was custom for great tales and legends to be made into music.  These tales were often sung accompanied by the harp. Seeing as how St. Patrick is a living legend, it makes sense a few harp tunes were played in his honor. As a symbol of cultural heritage, St. Patrick and the harp go hand in hand.

Shamrock: This unlikely little plant set St. Patrick on the map.  It is THE symbol he is most famous for.  Why?  Because St. Pat was a clever guy.  He used the shamrock as a demonstration tool to explain the triple force behind Christianity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost).  Celts were already digging the scene of triple energy (triple gods, and goddesses) when Pat showed up, so a trinity was easy to grasp.  St. Patrick used the shamrock to show how each branch of the Christian faith stood on it’s own power, but all the leaves needed each other to live and grow.  He used the leaves to explain the individuality of each holy entity, while also explaining their dependence upon each sacred power.  Learn more about shamrock symbol meanings here.

In closing, I hope you enjoyed this brief article on St. Patrick’s day symbols and their meanings.  To be sure, there are many more icons associated with St. Patrick, as well as Ireland.  Don’t let your research stop here! Take some time to find out the symbolic meanings associated with this great time of year and the Irish culture.

If nothing else, you can impress your friends at the pub with your knowledge about Irish symbolic history!

As always, thank you for reading. And I hope your St. Patrick’s day (March 17th) turns out to be a frolicking good time.

Brightly,

Avia

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Friends, Foes, Family, Toads

I’ve got a friend. I call her ‘Mayura’.  It is the Sanskrit name for peacock.  If she reads this post, she’ll know exactly what I mean.

Anyway, I’ve known Mayura for a long time…over twenty years.  I’ve had the honor of seeing her grow up.  She grew up in a thoroughly challenging environment.

Mayura reminds me of a lotus flower.  Did you know that for all its loveliness, the lotus flower is born in some pretty stinky conditions?  Yep. In fact, the more putrid its environment, often the lotus blossom becomes ever more pure, powerful and gorgeous.  It is a supreme, symbolic example of beauty finding a place in the midst of pretty crappy places.  This also, makes the lotus a sacred flower in ancient Asian cultures.  There is a remarkable quality to anything that can flourish and offer elegance in a chaotic, sometimes icky world.

At any rate…Mayura and I have somehow kept in touch over time.  We’ve been ‘radio silent’ for years, only to pick right back up as if time has never passed.  This, my friends, is a luxury I hope you all can experience at least once in your lives.

Mayura and I have been talking about human relationships lately.  I adore how she views things.  She has an expanded, helicopter view of interpersonal dynamics.  I dunno how she does it.  Maybe she was born with this laser-like view into the human soul.  She knows herself and she knows others…it is almost as if she holds people up into the light and she can see through them…like she is seeing through the transparency of a person…like she can see the other page behind the cover of the book that is the human.

I wish I had been (and could be presently) as savvy as Mayura.  She is 20 some-odd years my junior, but this woman has insight and wisdom coming out her ears, and beyond her years.

So what’s my point to all this?  You know I always want to give you something…some kind of take-away point.

Well, as I said…Mayura and I have been talking about the ups and downs of dealing with people.  Doesn’t matter if friend, foe or family…dealing with people can be a dicey prospect.  Actually, dealing with those closest to us can be more challenging than dealing with strangers off the street.

We shared a little about our experiences with feelings of guilt, betrayal, love, loyalty…you know…all that stuff all people should coffee-klatch about sometime in our lives.  One of the things I love about Mayura is she makes me think.  She makes me go deep and internalize some really heavy stuff that sometimes I’d rather not visit.

Nevertheless…while discussing a particular touching moment in our lives, I shared an infinitesimal bit of fluff with her.  It wasn’t my most shining moment of advice-giving.  It was not a wise, sage-filled statement I made.  In fact, I’m pretty sure my words to her were, in some ways, hauntingly hopeless.

But were they?

Somehow, we got to talking about the idea of people changing.  We all want to give people the benefit of the doubt.  We especially always want to keep loving and believing in our friends and family.  Even our foes…our ‘frienemies’ – at some point we had a connection with these people…they didn’t become our enemies for no reason.  Nope.  Often, an enemy was once a friend.

So what do we do with the people in our lives who we so desperately want to love, to trust, to believe in….yet they somehow always seem to disappoint us?

This is what I said to Mayura  in response:

“I think people can modify.  We can rise above, improve,  adjust….but at our core…I think that nugget of true ‘self’ is nestled within us like a little toad.

The only true hope we have of true transformation is if we love our inner toadie, and let it snuggle in tight within us, and love it warts and all. Contrarily, there are those of us who ignore the roosting toad….which causes that soggy thing to rot and become poisonous.

We are who we are.  Our only chance is to embrace or reject it.  And….I hope you understand what I’m saying…because if I have nothing in this life to give…my little observation about inner toadies is about all the wisdom I have.”

Lame?  Yeah, maybe.  But relevant?  Yeah, I think so.

What is your inner toad doing within you?  What is the inner toad doing within your friends, family or foes?  Is it twitching, torturing? Chilling out?  Consider it.  -Makes a big difference within ourselves and with those whom we interact.

Just thinking.

May all your interactions be filled with revelation.

Brightest,

Avia

 

Symbolic Meaning of Today’s Holiday – March 3rd

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Today’s Holiday (March 3rd) celebrates the Norse sea goddess Ran, and her husband Aegir

Symbolic Meanings of Today’s Holiday March 3rd




There are several neat holidays around the world on this day.  Let’s start our journey into symbolic meaning of today’s holiday March 3rd in Scandinavia.

On this day, the Norse celebrated sea deities. Specifically, Aegir Norse god of the Teutonic sea, and his wife, Ran who was also a water-lover.

Aegir (which means ‘ocean’ in Norse) seems to be a pretty laid back dude in Norse mythology.  He is considered a kind a gracious host to all who enter his watery domain.

However, Ran (Norse for ‘robber’), is quite the opposite.  Legend has it that she would smash ships to bits – ruthlessly waiting until they sunk into the ocean’s abyss.  Apparently she got quite a kick out of this destruction.

But maybe Ran wasn’t all bad.  Myth states that Ran would also come to sunken sailor’s aid, taking care of them until they could get back on their feet after almost drowning.

In terms of symbolic meaning of today’s holiday March 3rd, we’ve got a lovely  do-si-do dance between the concept of creation vs destruction or kind vs cruel.

That’s good to keep in mind on this day, especially since this is the 3rd day of the 3rd month.  That kind of energy is all about polarity trying to stabilize and harmonize.  How so?  Well, consider a triangle. All sides must work together in order to keep its structure.  In symbolism, one side of the triangle represents concepts like: Light, Creation, Good.  The other side of the triangle represents opposite qualities like: Dark, Destruction, Bad. The horizontal side is the unifying factor.  It is the stabilizing energy that meshes dark and light together to bring about balance.

This is good to keep in mind, because this day has a strong triple energy.  Being aware of these influences can enhance your balance throughout the day and night.  To learn more about triple energy, check out my post on  Triple Symbolic Meanings here.

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Today’s Holiday in Japan is called HinaMatsui.

Symbolic Meaning of Today’s Holiday, March 3rd

Visiting The Doll Festival in Japan

Next we travel to Japan, where today’s holiday is called Hinamatsui. This annual holiday on March 3rd is also known as the ‘Doll Festival’.  In ancient Japan, women would make paper dolls and rub them all over their bodies.  When the doll-scrubbing was done, the women would toss the paper dolls into the river.  Apparently, this ritual was symbolically intended to extract evil spirits hiding out in the mind, body and/or spirit.  Heck, I might try that myself! Then again, I’ll try anything once!

Later, around the 18th century the paper turned to clay.  These clay dolls were so intricate and lovely, that many women could not bring themselves to pitch them in the river.  Often, the clay dolls are kept and bequeathed to the first daughter born in the family.

The revised ritual goes a step further. These clay dolls are displayed on altars.  Hinamatsui displays consist of fifteen dolls, which includes empress, emperor, guards and attendants of the Imperial Castle.  It is tradition for young girls to visit each other’s uchi (house) to gander at these exquisite doll displays.

We could say the symbolic meaning of today’s holiday March 3rd in Japan is meant to honor our leaders.  This doesn’t have to be royalty for us…it can be giving credit and recognition to our personal leaders, such as teachers, mentors, parents, etc.

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Good luck symbolic meaning for today deals with Middle East magic.




Symbolic Meaning of Today’s Holiday March 3rd

In the Form of a Good Luck Symbol

Okay, you’ve got me…this isn’t really a holiday.  But I thought it would be nifty to mix it up a little and include a ‘good luck symbol of the day’ feature every once in awhile.

On this, the 62nd day of the year, the good luck symbol isn’t really a symbol, it is a word.  The word is  “Bedooh”.  It’s a Middle Eastern magical word and in Arab it means: “He has walked well.

This word is typically engraved on gems, helmets, and weapons. The word Bedooh is also used for seals. These are embossed emblems used to seal (usually with wax) important documents and letters.  When the recipient received the envelope and notices the Bedooh seal, he knows the sender has integrity and blessed with good fortune.

Sufi writer, Ahmad Ali al-Buni, mentions the Bedooh.  To quote Ahmad,  “He who carries the magical word Bedooh inscribed on a ruby mounted in gold is assured constant good fortune.” I say anybody who has a ruby mounted in gold is pretty lucky…just sayin’.


In closing, I hope you found this post on symbolic meaning of today’s holiday March 3rd interesting and inspiring.  I think it’s a great practice to investigate myths, symbols and holidays around the world.  Why?  This world is wicked-diverse.  If we only know the signs and symbols in our own corner of the world, we are only getting a fraction of the big pictures.  Learning symbolic meanings from other cultures enriches our lives and encourages fullness and wholeness in our understanding of this awesome planet we live upon.

As always, thanks so much for reading.

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