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Mercury will be in retrograde from September 9th to October 2nd, 2022, and that’s the 3rd retrograde this year. Mercury is the planet of communication, commerce, and travel, and we experience a retrograde around three to four times each year. For some, all this means is that Mercury appears to travel backward, but it actually doesn’t.
This is just an optical illusion, but it’s where the descriptor “retrograde” comes from. For those who practice astrology, however, this period of time is believed to impact big parts of our lives.
This phenomenon is a popular topic of conversation on social media, with many commenting that they feel the effects of the retrograde as soon as it starts. But what happens exactly?
Since Mercury governs communication, retrograde is typically associated with confusion or frustration, meaning things might begin to feel like they are heading for chaos. Think laptop stops working right as you have to deliver a final paper. Plans go interrupted. Texts or emails get delayed or mixed up. While this may sound really awful, many astrologers advise not to think about it in a bad way. Chaos is sometimes exactly what is needed to get our lives in order and according to astrologers, that’s exactly what we should be doing.
Retrograde is a good time to sit back and reorganize, and pay close attention to what you're putting your energy towards, and that it’s taking you in the right direction.
Astrologers also warn that relationships can be affected during this period. What this simply means, however, is that effort needs to be made to properly communicate feelings and thoughts. Despite Mercury creating turbulent energy in communications, now is not the time to bottle anything up. It’s time to listen closely to what others have to say and avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings that can lead to damaged relationships.
The best way to use the knowledge of retrograde is to just be prepared for any worst-case scenarios. Technology may break down out of nowhere (so turn those auto-saves and back-ups on!), and flights, car rides, or other modes of transportation might be missed for random reasons. After all, the big social media meltdown of 2021 was during mercury retrograde.So plan extra carefully and triple-check everything, now's the time to mind even the tiniest of details. Iva Naskova, an astrologer at the Nebula app says, "Surviving retrograde Mercury is easy if we remember to proofread our emails, texts, and any documentation we might work on." There’s no reason to be miserable during this time; after all, they do happen more than once a year and last almost a month, so instead learn to use it in your favor.
Lastly, know that it does affect each zodiac slightly differently so give this guide a quick read to find what you may expect. And last but not least, remember the world is in this together, literally, the effects of mercury retrograde leaves no one behind. So give yourself some grace if you’re feeling extra challenged. Odds are a lot of people you know are feeling the same way.
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The VMA’s have been a staple of pop culture for years now, and there’s always something to talk about after they’re done. This year was no exception, from iconic red carpet moments to first-time appearances to album announcements. And to no one's surprise, Latinx artists showed up and showed out to make the night even more iconic:
In the best Latin category, Anitta made history becoming the first-ever Brazilian artist to take home a VMA. In her emotional acceptance speech, she made sure to point out how it was the first time an artist from her country had won this award, saying, “Tonight I performed a rhythm that, for many years in my country, was considered a crime. I was born and raised in the ghetto of Brazil, and for whoever was born there, we would never [have thought] this was possible. Thank you so much."
Much love to #Anitta for representing for Brazil ❤️ #VMAs
Her iconic win happened only moments after she performed her hit single “Envolver.”
Anitta Performs "Envolver" | 2022 VMAswww.youtube.com
Later in the night, we witnessed yet another Latinx artist making history when Bad Bunny became the first non-English speaking artist to win the Artist of the Year Award, an award that has for years been one of the most recognized achievements in artists’ careers. Bad Bunny is also now the second Latinx artist to win the award, with the first being Camila Cabello in the 2018 VMAS.
In his heartfelt speech, Benito said, "I always knew that I could become a huge artist without changing my culture, my slang, and my language.”
\u201c*cue the applause* \n\n@sanbenito IS OUR 2022 #VMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR! \u2600\ufe0f\ud83c\udf0a\u2764\ufe0f\u201d— Video Music Awards (@Video Music Awards) 1661743116
Also watch the performance of "Titi me Pregunto" that had everyone getting of their sits:
Bad Bunny Performs "Titi Me Pregunto" | 2022 VMAswww.youtube.com
Definitely, a night to remember for Latinx representation.
Summer’s here and you have a chance to have those dishes and snacks that just seem to taste better when the temperature’s high. But even during the summer, nothing beats a good old recipe from our Abuelita’s kitchen to bring to parties or just enjoy by yourself if you’re more of a stay-at-home type of gal.
Coast through the rest of the summer with these five abuela-approved recipes.
Yep, it's called ceviche not “cowboy caviar,” and our Latina grandmas have been making it for years, especially as a fresh option to serve during the warmer weather. This delicious concoction is the perfect dish or snack to enjoy by the pool, and its slightly sour taste mixed with fresh mangoes will make your recipe all the better (that's a trick we learned from grandma).
Okay, if you grew up in a Latino family, you have to know what bolis are; even though they have different names in different places in Latin America, they are very common amongst all Latinxs. Bolis are quite simple, all in all they are just flavored ice, but they became a tradition due to the hotter weather in various areas of Latin America. This tradition has certainly transpired through generations, and now we know that a Boli is the best way to combat the heat. Here’s a quick and simple recipe to reminisce about your childhood.
CREAMY FRESAS CON CREMA BOLIS (MEXICAN POPSICLES) Super Easy To Make, Everyone Will LOVE!www.youtube.com
Okay first of all, choripanes are not hot dogs; they are simply not the same. Choripanes originated in Argentina, and are now typically consumed around Latin America as a quick snack or meal that you can buy mostly from street vendors. What makes choripanes so delicious is that as the name suggests, they are made with spicy sausage. The toppings that accompany it, generally consist of more spiciness so make sure you don’t miss them. With spicy onions, chimichurri, and different types of chile, trust us you’ll be obsessed. This simple recipe breaks it all down.
I mean, we can’t talk about summer recipes without including scorching hot soup that your mom insists on making even though it’s 104 degrees outside. Yes caldo rocks, but trust us you won’t regret switching up with this Sopa de Tortilla recipe.
Raspado de elote
We know the mess that eating an elote implies; it’s part of the fun. But turning an elote into a raspado is the best way to make quick little snacks that everyone can enjoy. Typically called an “antojito Mexicano” and more commonly called esquites in Mexico (yep, it's not corn salad in the U.S., Mexico, or anywhere for that matter). This is also a common street food that you can find almost everywhere in Latin America. Here's how you can prepare it right at home.
Esquites Recipe | Mexican Street Corn Saladwww.youtube.com
So there you have it! Don’t forget to try and share one of these traditional recipes with friends and family before the summer’s gone. After all, it’s always nice to share our cultural food and relive those fond food memories!