The Full Moon in Gemini taking place on December 18 will be one that highlights the importance of communication. Expect turning points as a result of deep conversations during this time. In astrology, a Full Moon represents a period of culmination. Your body’s ability to absorb minerals and retain nutrients is heightened and things that have been lingering unaddressed will come to the forefront now for resolution and conclusion.
With this Full Moon taking place in Gemini, a sign ruled by Mercury, expect a period of time that carries wild card energy and focuses on technology, short-term travel, and interactions with others, especially neighbors and siblings. Any short-term road trips that you take now may bring or represent a major turning point in the way you view and approach your relationships and life in general.
The Full Moon brings things that have been lingering unresolved or that have been in the works to complete fruition. Full Moon energy lasts for the three days preceding and the three days following the exact day it takes place. Look out for any noteworthy experiences— revelations, conversations or hunches during this time. They hold more significance and weight than they would at other times during the month. They are likely to affect the way you live your life and the decisions that you make moving forward.
Experiences that occur during a Full Moon mark a shift in the way you usually operate and are meant to put you more in line with your truest and highest purpose.
Here's what the Full Moon in Gemini has in store for your zodiac sign:
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The energy of the Full Moon in Gemini is positive and optimistic. You are likely to feel particularly hopeful and motivated and your ability to absorb this energy is intensified at this time. Amplify these good vibes with yellow- and orange-colored crystals.
Better yet, bathe with them to better boost the fortunate experiences that are likely to accompany the Full Moon in Gemini phase for you!
You’re likely to experience a significant conversation during this time that shifts your perspective in a major way. Time spent with siblings or neighbors will be especially rewarding, Aries.
You are going to experience due recognition at work, in some form, or come to the realization about something that enhances—or takes away from—your self-esteem, earning power, and value. Now is the time where your hard work—or lack thereof—will pay off. This is a full-circle moment for you, Taurus.
Gemini, you are likely to come to a realization about yourself through a conversation with a sibling, neighbor, an article you read online, a social media post, or something you experience during a short trip away from home.
Pay attention to any strong hunches or gut instincts that you experience about yourself and knee-jerk reactions during this time. They are likely to spotlight any defensive or self-destructive patterns that may be hindering you from being your best self in life and in your relationships, Cancer. Meditate or take a spiritual bath during this time.
Something that you’ve been suspecting about a friend or a member of your social circle will be fully revealed or confirmed now. The way that you interact with this person or group will change as a result, Leo.
A seemingly insignificant event or conversation at work will mark a shift in the future of your career, Virgo. Remain alert and take advantage of any seemingly casual opportunities now. What you do now will impact the future of your career in a small way short-term, but in a significant way for the long haul.
Step out of your comfort zone this week, Libra! You will receive blessings as a result of engaging in anything that expands your mind, experiences, and body of knowledge.
Sex will be particularly transformative for you during this time, Scorpio. You may experience epiphanies about the way you interact with and express your sexuality. Receiving a bonus, inheritance, or monetary gift is also highlighted under this moon phase.
You are likely to experience an epiphany about the person you view as your life partner or about someone who could potentially fill that role for you, Sagittarius. Any feelings, conversations, or epiphanies that you experience about people during this time are noteworthy and mark a shift in the way you choose to view and interact with them.
You are likely to either have a doctor’s appointment, medical procedure, or to be given new job responsibilities in the days preceding and following this full moon phase, Capricorn! Other Caps will find themselves signing up for a new workout class or sharpening up their daily routines and health regimens.
Get ready to experience a realization about your need to live according to your true self, Aquarius. An epiphany or sudden revelation related to your self-expression, sexually and creatively, will mark a shift in the way you approach living a life that’s more in line with who you are inside. This is an excellent time for conceiving a child.
Considering moving, Pisces? Feel like sprucing up your place? In the market for a new apartment or home? You are likely to make a decision about something home- or family-related, or something that increases your feelings of stability this week.
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
There’s nothing quite as humbling as navigating adulthood with no instruction manual. Since the turn of the decade, it seems like everything in our society that could go wrong has, inevitably, gone wrong. From the global pandemic, our crippling student debt problem, the loneliness crisis, layoffs, global warming, recession, and not to mention figuring out what to eat for dinner every night. This constant state of uncertainty has many of us wondering, when are the grown-ups coming to fix all of this?
But the catch is, we are the new grown-ups.
As if it happened without our permission, we became the new adults. We are the members of society who are paying taxes, having children, getting married, and keeping our communities afloat, one iced latte at a time. Still, there’s something about doing all these grown-up duties that feel unnaturally grown-up. Enter the #teenagegirlinher20s.
If there’s one hashtag to give you the state of the next cohort of adults, it’s this one. Of the videos that have garnered over 3.9M views, you’ll find a collection of users who are overwhelmed by life’s pressing existential responsibilities, clung to nostalgia, and reminiscent of the days when their mom and dad took care of their insurance plans.
no like i cant explain to her why i had to buy multiple tank air dupes from aritzia #teenagegirlinher20s #fyp
The concept of being a 20-something or 30-something teenager is linked to the sentiment of not feeling “grown up enough” to do grown-up things while feeling underprepared and even nihilistic about whether that preparation even matters.
It’s our generation’s version of when we ask our grandmothers how old they are and they simply reply with, “I still feel 45,” all while being every bit of 76 years old. In this, we share a warped concept of time while clinging to a desire for infantilization.
Granted, the pandemic did a number on our concept of time. Many of us who started the pandemic in our early or mid-20s missed out on three fundamental years of socialization, career development, and personal milestones that traditionally help to mark our growth.
Our time to figure out and plan our next steps through fumbling yet active participation was put on pause indefinitely and then resumed provisionally. This in turn has left many of us hanging in the balance of uncertainty as we try to make sense of the disconnect between our minds and bodies in this missing gap of time.
Because we’re all still figuring out what the ramifications of being locked away and frozen in time by a global pandemic will have on us as a society, there really is no “right” way of making up for lost time. Feeling unprepared for any new chapter of life is a natural rite of passage, pandemic or not. However, it’s important to not stay stuck in the last age or period of life that made sense to us because self-growth is the truest evidence of personal progress.
So whether you’re leaning on your inner child, teenager, or 20-something for guidance as you fill the gap between your real age and pandemic age, know that it’s okay to grieve the person you thought you would be and the milestones you thought you’d hit before you ever knew what a pandemic was. If there’s anything that the pandemic taught us, it’s that we have the power to reimagine a better world and life for ourselves. And if we tap into our inner teenager as a compass, we can piece together our next chapter with a fresh outlook.
Sure, we’ve lost a couple of years, but there are still some really amazing ones ahead.
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