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Monthly Horoscope: Aries, November 2019

Download the Astro Guide app by VICE on an iOS device to read daily horoscopes personalized for your sun, moon, and rising signs, and learn how to apply cosmic events to self care, your friendships, and relationships. Sparks fly as love and money planet Venus enters fellow fire sign Sagittarius on November 1! This is…

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Monthly Horoscope: Aries, November 2019

Download the Astro Guide app by VICE on an iOS device to read daily horoscopes personalized for your sun, moon, and rising signs, and learn how to apply cosmic events to self care, your friendships, and relationships.

Sparks fly as love and money planet Venus enters fellow fire sign Sagittarius on November 1! This is a bright start to the month, bringing blessings to the sector of your chart that rules travel, learning, and publishing, despite the fact that Mercury retrograde is causing some delays and misunderstandings. Venus in Sagittarius delivers messages of love from far away and finds you especially valuing your relationships that center a mutual love of learning and travel. Venus in Sagittarius is boisterous and free-spirited—an adventurous atmosphere flows!

The start of November finds your ruling planet Mars in your opposite sign Libra. Libra is the logical, charming diplomat of the zodiac—an unusual placement for brutish Mars, the planet of war! Mars in Libra may find you arguing with partners more than usual, or perhaps the people you’re in relationships with are more aggressive than usual. You may even feel like you’ve lost some of your power! An especially frustrating moment arrives on November 5 as Mars clashes with the lord of the underworld, Pluto, in Capricorn—this certainly isn’t the day to pick a fight, since things will be taken to an extreme. You’re not afraid of confrontation, but you aren’t a fan of cruelty; at this time, the theme of power—and its abuse—is on your mind. You’ll feel some tension in your relationships and career. But a more productive energy flows on November 8 as the sun, Saturn in Capricorn, and Neptune in Pisces align—it’s a powerful time for manifestation, since a supportive energy flows as you try to make the best of the resources and information available to you.

November also begins with communication planet Mercury retrograde in intuitive, strategic water sign Scorpio, finding you rethinking many of the conversations you’ve had over the last few weeks. You’re thinking back to October 19 as Mercury connects with Pluto on November 9; conversations and ideas concerning your career will come up to be reworked. A turning point during this retrograde arrives as the sun and Mercury meet on November 11. You’re gaining an important perspective concerning money (and its trickier aspects, like debts, taxes, and inheritances), grief, and endings. How do you talk about pain, change, and letting go? You may realize something at this time or gain closure that helps you move on or learn about how you mourn the past.

  • It’s wise to to talk things through with someone if you’re working through trickier emotions and memories. If you don’t already have a therapist, you can get paired up with one online.
  • If your past involves intense grudges that still remain with you today, here’s some advice from experts on how to finally let go and move on.
  • Investing can be intimidating and full of confusing jargon, but this book breaks things down for beginners.

Scorpio season is all about letting go, and the full moon in Taurus on November 12 is a critical moment for release this month. A situation that’s been building concerning finances or your sense of security comes to a climax. Your ruling planet Mars also connects with philosophical Jupiter in Sagittarius during this full moon, pushing you and your partners to have some deep conversations! Again, you’re thinking back to mid-October as Mercury retrograde connects with Saturn and Neptune, finding you restructuring plans and reconsidering fantasies. Also on November 13, the sun connects with Pluto, helping you access resources that can support you in your career.

Venus clashes with Neptune, the planet of illusion and delusion, on November 14, and you’re confronting disappointment. Use this time to watch how you respond to dissatisfaction; you can learn a tremendous amount about your coping mechanisms right now. Catch up on rest and give yourself a break. This is a fine time to curl up in bed with a good book—not every moment of your life will be fireworks, dear Aries! Take this moment to reflect on the fantasies you’ve projected on to others. You may be longing for someone, but is not getting what—or who—you want making you want it even more? Take a step back and reflect on the reality of the situation. You’re likely not the only one of your friends who’s experiencing longing, so connect with a bud you can vent with about this issue!

You’re ready to sever ties with anything that doesn’t serve your highest good on November 19 when your ruling planet Mars enters Scorpio. This will also activate your finances—especially those debts, taxes, and inheritances we touched on earlier! Fortunately, conversations about these themes will begin moving forward as Mercury ends its retrograde on November 20. Between this point and December 7, when Mercury clears its post-retrograde shadow, financial plans and conversations about endings will begin moving forward.

  • Here’s a witch’s guide to cord cutting that could be particularly helpful for you this month.
  • After Mercury retrograde, clear any bad vibes from your living space with this candle and get communication flowing again.
  • If you frequently find yourself forgetting to your wallet, use a phone wallet that’ll ensure you always have your essentials—ID, credit card, metrocard—with you.

The sun enters Sagittarius on November 22! With Mercury retrograde behind us, communication and travel are much easier, and Sagittarius season usually gives you the itch to get out of town. November 24 is an especially lucky day as Venus meets Jupiter, bringing you blessings from abroad and creating a sweet, flirtatious atmosphere. But watch out for unexpected costs, financial stressors, or an unexpected ending as Mars opposes wildcard Uranus on this day, too.

Venus enters grounded earth sign Capricorn on November 25, bringing good vibes to your career and finding you receiving rewards and attention for your hard work, as well as boosting your popularity! In your relationships, Venus in Capricorn finds you especially valuing partners who support you standing in the spotlight and share your drive for success.

A new moon in Sagittarius arrives on November 26, asking you to take time to reflect on your vision for the future: What are your aspirations? Where do you want to go? What new ideas do you want to learn about? A new opportunity to travel or boost your education may arrive. If you’re creating content you want to share with the world, this new moon starts a new cycle for sharing your message. But this is also an especially sleepy new moon, as dreamy Neptune ends its retrograde on November 27. Dust off your dream journal and keep it on your nightstand—some unusual dreams and messages from your inner voice arrive as Neptune changes directions.

You’re thinking back to November 13 as Mercury connects with Neptune on November 28: A recurring dream may arrive, and you may be in a much more private mood than usual. Make time for quiet meditation—your inner voice has much to say. Also on November 28, Venus connects with Uranus, sparking your need for freedom! This is an exciting time in your career and some unexpected financial blessings may come your way. You’re in the mood to experiment and are coming up with plenty of wild ideas. You’re thinking back to November 13 again on November 30 as Mercury connects with Saturn, helping you restructure plans and commitments that were derailed by Mercury retrograde. Good luck this month, Aries, and see you in December!



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The 9 Best Sex Toys to Give (or Receive) in 2019

In the midst of whatever holiday excitement you may be feeling (or not!), it’s good to also celebrate more intimate moments with a partner—or on your own. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I’ve rounded up my favorite sex toys of the year that can be enjoyed solo, with others, or both. Pick up…

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The 9 Best Sex Toys to Give (or Receive) in 2019

In the midst of whatever holiday excitement you may be feeling (or not!), it’s good to also celebrate more intimate moments with a partner—or on your own. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I’ve rounded up my favorite sex toys of the year that can be enjoyed solo, with others, or both. Pick up a gift that everyone will enjoy this season and well into the new year.

Fun Factory Manta stroker

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The Manta is hands-down the most innovative new sex toy for people with penises, especially for boosting masturbation or receiving oral sex. The stroker’s tip is contoured to grip and encircle the shaft of a penis for a tailored massaging effect, and its lubricant-friendly ridges keep liquid contained to enhance the glide.

Aneros MGX Trident massager

aneros trident

This prostate massager is a necessity if you’re ready to explore deeper sensations for the first time (or whenever, really). The Aneros’ “T” shape fits your or your partners’ body with arms that sit along the perineum and an insertable stem for G-spot or prostate stimulation—which is amazing, because sex that accounts for the P-spot can unlock incredible orgasms, even surpassing those that come with straightforward ejaculation.

Unbound Bender vibrator

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The updated rerelease of Unbound’s popular Bender vibrator is stronger, thicker, and better than ever. The new version features an improved battery life and a stronger motor. The durable seven and a half–inch toy is flexible enough to reach the deepest reaches of your or your partners’ G-spot areas, and it can be used flat or bent into a curved shape for internal and external pleasure—whatever you prefer, or, of course, both. It comes in two cute colors—mint green and quartz pink.

CalExotics Packer Gear stroker

packer gear stroker

This is the ideal toy for transgender men who are looking for a stroker specifically designed to maximize physical pleasure after taking T. The stroker grips and uses suction on your or your partners’ genitals. The toy offers maximum genital coverage designed to emulate squeezing and massaging along the lines of masturbation, and it’s especially effective with a water-based lube.

Lelo TOR 2 ring

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$115 (on sale, usually $139); Lelo

This sophisticated cock ring is a stellar companion toy to elevate the sensations of penetrative sex for everyone involved. It’s designed to fit over a dildo, strap-on, or bio penis, making it a great gift for people interested in changing things up without having to learn all new moves or techniques. Its six pleasure settings range from soft vibrations to intense pulsation to benefit both the TOR’s wearer and their partners.

Maude vibrator

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Maude’s personal massager is discreet, silky in texture, water-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing. Given its unique shape—it looks kind of like an expensive cone-shaped paperweight in someone’s fancy office—this 100 percent silicone vibrator may have you wondering, How exactly does this work? The answer: exactly like most other vibrators, except stronger than most other vibrators, despite its innocent looks. This toy is especially recommended for travel (and even comes with a travel mode)—the TSA won’t know what it is, either. A note: This toy, for all its benefits, should not be used with silicone- or oil-based lubricants, which will degrade the silicone in the toy.

Womanizer touchless stimulator

womanizer

The Womanizer, which emulates oral stimulation with soft bursts of air against a person’s genitals (and especially their clitoris), has been rereleased on its five-year anniversary in a chic white design. A claw shape provides suction and massaging air waves to send targeted sensations directly to your or your partners’ most sensitive areas for touch-free pleasure. You can literally sit back and let this waterproof toy do all of the work.

b-Vibe Rimming Petite vibrator

b-vibe rimming petite

The slightly higher-tech toy Petite does double duty to simulate a rim job: Its vibrating head can be inserted anally for prostate or G-spot stimulation, and the rotating beads at the bottom sit against the nerve endings at the base of your or your partners’ anus. A remote control allows you or your partners to cycle between five different speeds/intensity levels as you go. Use a water-based lube with it—and feel free to take it into the bath or shower with you.

Doc Johnson Crystal Jellies double-ended dildo

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Twist, bend, suck—use this double-ended dildo any way that you see fit to enjoy double penetration alone or with your partners. This jelly toy is firm, but soft enough for safe, easy vaginal or anal entry, and its multi-textured 12 inches create wave after wave of excitement as you go—whether you’re sharing it with a partner, or one of you is taking it all for yourself.

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Lufthansa scraps 1,300 flights in 48-hour strike

Image copyright EPA Image caption The union has warned that further strikes could come “at any time” Lufthansa has cancelled 1,300 flights after it lost a last-minute legal bid to halt a strike by cabin crew.The two-day action over pay and conditions began at midnight local time. About 180,000 passengers are set to face travel…

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The union has warned that further strikes could come “at any time”

Lufthansa has cancelled 1,300 flights after it lost a last-minute legal bid to halt a strike by cabin crew.

The two-day action over pay and conditions began at midnight local time. About 180,000 passengers are set to face travel disruption.

The UFO union said it would hit all Lufthansa flights from German airports.

Flights by Lufthansa’s other airlines including Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected, the airline said.

Lufthansa has cancelled 700 flights on Thursday and 600 on Friday, amounting to about one-fifth of its planned flights over the 48-hour period.

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Thousands of passengers are set to face disruption

It said it regretted the inconvenience caused, adding: “We will do everything we can to minimise the impact of this massive strike on our customers.”

On Wednesday, a Frankfurt labour court rejected Lufthansa’s application to prevent the strike, which is part of a long-running dispute at the airline.

Lufthansa has said passengers travelling between German airports can exchange their tickets online for rail tickets. Other passengers will be offered alternative flights.

The union’s vice-president, Daniel Flohr, has warned that further strikes could come “at any time”.

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‘I was kidnapped and now only travel by train’

Image caption Mannir Awal Addo refuses to travel by road after his kidnapping ordeal To avoid Nigeria’s notorious kidnapping gangs thousands of commuters pack on to trains each day between the capital, Abuja, and the city of Kaduna.Mannir Awal Addo, a trader in Abuja who has family that he visits every weekend in Kaduna, was…

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Mannir Awal Addo refuses to travel by road after his kidnapping ordeal

To avoid Nigeria’s notorious kidnapping gangs thousands of commuters pack on to trains each day between the capital, Abuja, and the city of Kaduna.

Mannir Awal Addo, a trader in Abuja who has family that he visits every weekend in Kaduna, was kidnapped on the Abuja-Kaduna highway earlier this year and held for five days.

He told the BBC that he paid his abductors $1,300 (£1,000) for his freedom: “It was a traumatic experience.”

He was affected by polio as a child and said he could not run away when kidnappers attacked the vehicle he was travelling in.

“Since then, honestly I don’t use car transport because I am afraid of the road. It’s better for me to take the train because of its safety.”

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Armed police officers accompany the six-carriage trains

By road the 150km (93-mile) journey between the two cities is cheaper and shorter, but it has become a matter of life and death as dozens of travellers are kidnapped along the highway – and many are killed.

When, thanks to a $500m Chinese loan, the train line linking Abuja to Kaduna opened in 2016 people used it more for its novelty value, given that most the country’s railway system is a relic from the colonial era.

Brawling for tickets

But now it is hard to get a ticket for the four round-trips made each day, with 5,000 commuters packing on to them daily.

The demand is high because nine armed police officers are on board guarding the train’s six carriages.

A one-way ticket is sold for about $4 for economy and $8 for business class – and there are usually long queues to get them.

Many passengers miss scheduled trips because of the huge demand. Many of the civil servants who work in the capital live in Kaduna.

In August, users posted images of stranded passengers brawling over tickets at a train station.

Officials have also been accused of hoarding tickets and selling them at inflated rates in a racketeering scheme, prompting the government to say it is considering automating the process.

Those who have tickets but cannot find seats have the option of standing for the two-hour journey for the same fee.

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When I joined 600 passengers on the 09:45 from Abuja, more than 50 were standing in my carriage.

Others were squeezed into the spaces between the carriages and by the toilets.

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Many are happy to find foot space to stand for the journey

It is a choice many are happy to make rather than use what has been dubbed Nigeria’s most dangerous road.

The highway is bordered on each side by thick rows of neem and baobab trees, providing excellent cover for the armed gangs hiding in wait.

Kidnappers in Nigeria are not fussy. They abduct both rich and poor, often collecting ransoms of up to $150,000 and as low as $20 – sometimes killing those whose families fail to pay.

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The passengers feel safer on the train than risk being attacked on the road

“At its height, the road had 10 kidnappings per day with 20 different groups operating on the route,” says police commander Abba Kyari, who heads a special unit fighting kidnappers.

The true figures are likely to be higher, as some families, like that of Mr Addo, choose not to report to officials, deciding to negotiate with the kidnappers directly.

Train passenger and postgraduate student Idris Mohammed, who used to travel by road to Kaduna for the weekends, is happy to pay more for his safety as “the roads are too dangerous now”.

Why don’t people live in Abuja?

For most of the civil servants who work in the capital annual rents as high as $15,000 are just too expensive.

Many live to the north in Kaduna, the commercial hub of northern Nigeria, where housing is cheaper. A cosmopolitan city, Kaduna is very different to Abuja, bristling with divergent interests, but with simmering tensions over ethnic, political and religious issues.

By contrast, Abuja is a slow-paced, administrative city. It became Nigeria’s capital in 1991 and has grown up from a small village to become home to many diplomats and foreign NGO workers. It was chosen as the capital because of its central location – which means that many people come from elsewhere in the country to work there, so on weekends it really empties out.

And its fairly well-heeled daily and weekly commuters are prime targets for kidnappers.

Bus stations suffering

But the popularity of the trains is bad news for buses.

Despite buses charging at least six times less than the trains, many of the big bus stations, which used to be bustling with passengers and luggage, are now empty.

An official from the transporters’ union told me the safety the trains could provide was the main reason.

Many of those who still use the road do so in private cars and set off at mid-morning or early afternoon.

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The Abuja-Kaduna highway is now travelled by only a brave few

Those who travel later place their faith in the several police check-points along the road to try to deter kidnappers.

Though the police have recorded a few successes against the kidnappers, including the 2017 arrest in south-west Lagos of an alleged kidnap kingpin, some people still question the seriousness of security agencies in tackling the problem.

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The Rigasa station in Kaduna is the final terminal point for the Abuja train

For now the train is a welcome haven – and the only recent security issue has been over cattle.

In September last year, the armed police escorts fired live rounds into the air to disperse villagers on the outskirts of Kaduna who had gathered to attack a train after 50 cows were crushed crossing the track.

The train journeys have also become a meeting point for Nigeria’s rich and poor and they sometimes bring together those from feuding communities – now all fleeing one common enemy, kidnappers.

When my train finally arrived at Rigasa station in Kaduna, some passengers raised their arms and murmured a prayer: they had lived to die another day.

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