Earth Imbalance in the Natal Chart


Vincent Van Gogh, Blossoming Almond Tree, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92.0 cm., Saint-Rémy: February, 1890

A lack of earth in the natal chart signals a disconnection from the material plane. Often, one is not naturally attuned to the physical world, the body, or to the requirements and limitations of survival in the material world. As a result, one is not grounded in the present and practical considerations such as money, food, and shelter are not often prioritized. Accommodation to survival necessities is ignored until one is forced to do so by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension of reality can cause the individual to feel ostracized, having little physical solidity in one’s efforts to benefit from proper self expression. One often feels evaporable, unable to integrate the self with society’s structure, and dissatisfaction with life’s work. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable to the self, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. Additionally, there is an ultimate impetus to eternally transcend the limitations of the physical plane. While the boundless expression of the imagination can lead to fruitful results, the individual must first accept the basic requirement of earthly survival.

Insufficient earth emphasis can propel one to ignore the basic requirements of the physical body. Considering the physical body as secondary, insufficient emphasis on earth can cause one to forget eating, rest, and enjoyment of the five senses. One often finds poor skin tone: an indication that that life energy is not vitalizing the physical vessel. A lack of earth element can immeasurably benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule in one’s life, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, they can be mastered and used as sustaining power from the earth.

An over-abundance of the earth element can cause one to overly rely on the confinements of reality that stems a narrowness of perception. There is often an obsessive preoccupation with the factual as opposed to the ideal, focusing strictly on what is already palpable. As a result, there is a lack of imagination, overt practical efficiency, and material concerns to the detriment of theoretical and ethical principles. Too much earth can result in a loss of perspective on actions as well as the ultimate implications of one’s modus operandi. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change results in vocational activities. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and/ or inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

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The Battleground of Awareness and Crisis: Saturn in the Eighth House


Oskar Kokoschka, Die Windsbraut (The Tempest),1914, Oil on canvas,181 x 220 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel

The perpetual crisis battleground, seeking higher consciousness and elevated awareness through the unification of self with other, is the focal point of Saturn in the eighth house. In this house, crisis stimulus manifests and is released through sex, since there is death of individual awareness and birth of mutual consciousness. The union occurs independent of conscious acknowledgment. The individual with Saturn in the eighth house endures a double burden: simultaneously understanding and accepting Saturnian energies whilst descending into the realms of Pluto.

In many instances, Saturn in the eighth house suggests feelings of inadequacy and fear regarding sexual expression. While this symbolizes a more profound level of fear, on its own, the symbol is potent enough to generate much suffering. Additionally, the form of inadequacy is emotional as opposed to physical. The challenge is conveyed through fear of submission, powerlessness, violation, and emotional rejection from the partner. In other words, the psychic exchange, rather than the physical, is what contains the threat.

As with all Saturn placements, two extreme behaviors are probable. The effects of overcompensation can produce overt promiscuity as a result of awareness to the threat of psychic exchange. With this situation, Saturn attempts to transform emotional value into the physical without success. In contrast, one may veil fears with the guise of zealous religious or moral convictions, falsely declaring blasphemy where there is actually a deep rooted fear.

A characteristic pattern of an eighth house Saturn involves perpetual emotional betrayal by others, manifested in an intimate and painful manner. Frequently, there is denial of deep emotional bonding in childhood. Since Saturn is often associated with the paternal figure, the father may die or be emotionally unavailable. Additionally, an individual may be raised in an environment where there is restricted physical expression along with problems between parental figures. The atmosphere is often cloaked in the garment of hostility and fear. Often this is not subtle: beatings and assault may be present. The effect, despite the actual circumstance, is a feeling of being ostracized coupled with loneliness and belief that alleviation is impossible.

Emotional isolation with Saturn in the eighth house seeks union rather than the security issues stemming from Saturn in the fourth house.  The type of unification sought is intensely transformational and the individual is propelled, through another, to seek rebirth and awareness of one’s spiritual nature. Ultimately, one succumbs to the realization that transformation and resurrection into higher consciousness manifests within the self: this is Saturn’s primordial eighth house lesson. The profound knowledge and mastery of the unconscious must be gained unescorted. The utilization of and intense interest in the depths of the mind while, simultaneously, mastering the true nature of creative energy makes Saturn in the eighth house natives spiritual alchemists. The enigmatic potency of the subconscious as life-generating, healing power for the self and others is, ultimately, the laborious gift bestowed upon the eighth house Saturn.

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Air Imbalance in the Natal Chart


Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen, oil on canvas, 2016.

Insufficient air in the natal chart is rarely perceived to be an issue  because one may be too consumed in concerns with the dynamic, emotive, and material aspects of life. However, it is precisely this lack of objectified perception that prevents one from self-reflection on a detached level. Insufficient air delineates a challenge in personal detachment from actions as well as the probability of burden regarding involvements that are insufficiently analyzed in advance. Additionally, there may exist a lack of satisfaction in close relationships stemming from ineffective cooperation. There is a unifying quality to the air element that enables seamless adjustment , ease of absorption regarding new ideas, insights, and relating to a variety of individuals. A lack of air attunement creates challenge in adjusting to new ideas, and therefore to new people. Additionally, there can be a sense of distrust and/ or suspicion towards those who appear (in the native’s mind) as over-intellectualized. While a strong Mercurial (Virgo) influence can ameliorate this imbalance, a lack of air emphasis denotes the inability to view both internal and external circumstances with an objective sense of lucid and detached interpretation.

An attunement to air indicates the ability to view situations with a clear perspective, while one lacking this affinity has difficulty gaining self-perspective with an objective viewpoint. As a rule (unless supplemented by Virgo/ Mercury emphasis), one fails to analyze oneself and is rarely projected with reasoning strength and articulation of self-expression, particularly verbal and written. Often, there is weakness of the nervous system, which manifests as psychosomatic issues. When ideas fail to be assimilated mentally and emotionally, one can react violently. One’s physical reaction to inconceivable ideas and/ or people can astonish to the extent of physical illness and irrational aggression in efforts to abolish seemingly threatening thoughts.

Over-abundance of air in the natal chart can signify an individual who is engulfed in the contents of the mind. Excessive air can create an over-active mind which must be guided and controlled. If an added void of earth is present, there may exists and inability to generate depth of actualization to mental constructs. In extreme circumstances, the inability to generate action without excessive thought can lead to paralysis of will and  severe psychological disorders. The mind may create its own isolated world, apart from the material, leading to often conceptual brilliance but also to a sense of impractical reality that is incongruent with the plausible.

Physically, an over-abundance of air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitive nervous system. Restful retreats of meditation and recuperation are necessary  to allow the nervous systems to replenish itself and prevent the mind from reaching a state of psychic exhaustion. Additionally, it is imperative to implement a change of scenery away from the quotidian in order to escape from systematic preoccupations, second thoughts, and interminable plans.

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Imbalance of Water in the Natal Chart


Ivan Aivazovsky, Storm at Sea on a Moonlit Night, oil on canvas, 28 cm x 39 cm, 19th century.

A plethora of psychological, emotional, and physical problems can manifest as a result of deficiency of the water element in the natal chart. A lack of water affinity generates enormous challenge and perplexity when attempting to contact the emotions of others through empathy and compassion, as well as personal understanding of one’s own emotional requirements. While this does not imply a lack of sensitivity in all cases, it does suggest difficulty in deciphering and acknowledging one’s own emotional health. The plane of emotions can appear as a foreign world of hazard which may prove more perilous than fruitful. Additionally, there is an inability to view in others the projection of self-unacceptability. Ironically, this leads to unconscious dependency on others who are emotively expressive.

A water void can present itself as an innate suspicion regarding intuitive knowledge. In certain examples, the fundamental issue is rooted in self-distrust coupled with the dismissal of one’s feelings as trivial irritations. However, through unconscious processes, denial of conscious access continues to influence and manipulate the individual. Additionally, there may arise a resistance towards external attempts to wield oneself out of an elemental (water) void while simultaneously, generating oblivious gestures towards emotively expressive individuals. Those with said imbalance displayed within their charts can master a degree of emotional equilibrium by slowly allowing the seemingly interminable abundance of sensations reach the surface, releasing the denied, accumulated threshold of suppressed suffering. A void of water also delineates a fanatical fear of pain which often results in a disregard and abandonment of emotional needs. Unfortunately, this only ensures the cyclical experience of repressed trauma.

Externally, water voids are revealed through physical disruption associated with excess toxicity. Since water is cleansing, healing, and releasing energy, one who lacks this element is inevitably slowly poisoned by the accumulation of emotional and physical waste products. This condition of toxicity manifests as a variety of symptoms and ailments with the same general requisite for amelioration: absolute physical and emotional purging. Dietary practices should be precariously administered and one can benefit from periodic cleansings and moderate fasts. When one consciously strives at augmenting the cleansing function on the emotional and physical levels, one is able to surpass and avoid most of the severe disturbances caused by extreme degrees of toxicity.

Those with an over-abundance of water emphasis may feel intensely directionless. Usually, they are easily influenced and highly impressionable, exhibiting a pattern of emotional uncertainty and lack of stability. This water imbalance generates extreme sensitivity to any experience, which can lead to either profoundly piercing intuition or an unnecessary degree of over-reaction. Individuals can become debilitated by subconscious fears and phobias if the emotions are uncontrollable or the person habitually functions in a state of apprehensive, over self-protection. Overwhelming timidity, negative reaction patterns, and devitalizing fears can paralyze the daily life of individuals. Ultimately, one may feel unable to cope with external and internal stresses, prompting one to withdraw into an inner protective sphere of escapism. On the physical plane, an over-emphasis of the water element signifies  that the body is constantly eliminating poisons, both physical toxins and emotive residue. Efficiency of this cleansing process is, however, highly dependent upon the individual’s emotional self-awareness.

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Imbalance of Fire in the Natal Chart


 J. M. W. Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, oil on canvas, 925 x 1230 mm

Noting the primary, comprehensive methods for analyzing elemental voids or imbalances, this post accentuates, solely in isolation, the element of fire and the importance of its maintenance in equilibrium as addressed in the natal chart.

The digestive system often suffers as a result of little emphasis on fire in the birth chart, resulting in debilitated assimilation of food. If the individual is also lacking in earth, simultaneously, dietary intake should be carefully scrutinized since there exists a lack of digestive strength to absorb heavy, concentrated foods. In my experience, Ayurvedic medicine proves a beneficial aid in ameliorating said imbalance.

The elemental fire void manifests as a lack of dynamism and a proclivity to be dubious of the sustenance in the life force itself. Additionally, there is an underlying current of apathy, lacking the primordial energy and motivation to mobilize goals. Self-confidence may be poor with a tendency towards despondency. Challenges and obstacles can paralyze the fire void native, while crises may take a relatively longer time to manage and triumph. Usually, the residual psychological effects of major threatening circumstances tend to reside within the individual long after the experience has culminated. Little emphasis in fire often indicates a significant obstacle in the manner which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise, should be performed in moderation so that one does not entirely extinguish the reserves of one’s energy. However, given a strong Mars or Sun as compensation, fire void natives do exude a significant degree of patience.

An overly emphasized fire element in the natal chart will often only be conspicuous to the individual when it is too late to rectify. One may exhibit the tendency to be overly active, restless, and fixated on generating change, at all costs, in the world. Over-abundance of fire may spawn difficulties in relating to and interacting with others, since impulsiveness, unforseen destructiveness, and the urge to act at all costs can generate extreme insensitivity and crudeness in one’s social approach. This force, under affliction, is uncontrolled, giving to extravagance, over-confidence, and self-indulgence. Primitive traits are marked, accentuated by ego-exaltation and excessive self-importance.

Those attuned strongly to fire are motivated, ambitious, and often successfully commence and promote new enterprises, projects, and idealistic ventures that demand a vast reservoir of dedication, courage, and vitality. It should be reiterated, upon concluding this brief overview of the elemental fire void, that it is here discussed in exclusion, not taking into account all other elemental factors present in the natal chart. Ultimately, individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, acknowledging that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth.

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Life Energy: Interpreting the Four Elements in an Astrological Chart

Interpretive astrology generates added depth and dimension when emphasis is placed upon the elements. Through analysis of the elemental force in the natal chart, one concentrates on the mechanics of specific vital energies. This is in contrast to limiting interpretation solely to the manifestation of said energies in expressive behavior and external personality traits. All individuals are composed of the four elements, whether consciously or subconsciously aware of said energies. There is impossibility in human existence if only one of the elements is absent due to the complete void of the functional energy of any missing element on both a psychological and physical level. However, the elements most exemplified in a natal chart by planetary placement along with that of the Ascendant indicate the primary energies one is capable of effortlessly maneuvering in daily life. Additionally, such energies denote naturally and spontaneously available realms of experience. In contrast, elements lacking emphasis in a chart reveal certain realms of vital activity not consciously attuned with the individual. Therefore, these conscious elemental voids must be cultivated and developed in order to generate experience in a particular elemental field and ultimately, manifest a complete and balanced life.

When analyzing a chart in relation to elemental equilibrium, the most dominant element is usually, but not always, the Sun, followed by the elements of the Moon, Ascendant, and Mars, respectively. Lastly, the elements of Venus and Mercury, followed by the influences of Jupiter and Saturn. The elemental influences of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn involve minute conscious forces, pertaining more to generational factors. Furthermore, the element of the planet in dominion of the Ascendant along with the Sun sign’s ruler are given further emphasis unless said planet is Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. If one has Aquarius rising, for example, the element of Saturn would provide more emphasis than that of Uranus, Aquarius’s co-ruler. The placement of the Ascendant’s element yields such vital prominence that it should always be strongly accentuated in chart analysis. Emphasizing the Ascendant’s elemental ruler provides the astrologer with the capacity for insight into the client’s motivational urges, as opposed to merely summing the number of planets in each element.

When deducing the balance or imbalance of elemental energies, one chart factor can significantly alter the entirety of the expressive energetic field. The ideal strategy should involve at least some acclimatization to each element. Furthermore, this results in the capacity to achieve a harmonious life approach as well as the immediate participation in all realms of experience. Individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, knowing that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth and self-expression.

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Grace and Neptune: Liberation Through Dimensional Experience

While Uranus signals an urge to experience a new, willful level of individualistic, expressive freedom, Neptune indicates an impetus toward freedom from the boundaries of intellect. Neptune signifies a yearning to merge with the entirety of existence, dissolving illusions of separateness and ego-centricity. Neptune’s essential disposition represents manners of escaping all forms of limitation, including orthodoxy, egoism, the material plane, and the perils of quotidian life. While aspects to Neptune reflect on the imaginative and creative qualities, negative aspects relate to illusion and deception. Ultimately, close Neptune aspects, harsh or harmonious, indicate the urge towards potential realization and achievement of union with universal consciousness. More often than harmonious aspects, harsh aspects propel one to manifest spiritual ideals on an elevated dimension.

When searching for connection on the outer plane, one experiences distortions and perplexities, arriving at a sense of disillusionment. In essence, this occurs since Neptune symbolizes modulation to the nebulous resources of the inner sphere and the limitless levels of experience. Therefore, one can define Neptune’s challenging aspects as phases of life where lessons concerning spiritual dimensions and their subtle nuances are learned  through disillusionment of experience. Furthermore, the scope of experience that confronts disillusionment is indicated by close planetary aspect(s) to Neptune. When the astrologer notices close challenging aspects between Neptune and personal planets, the client’s spiritual inclinations should be further explored as opposed to focusing on quotidian issues in order to obtain a renewed perspective.

Prominent Neptune influence, whether accentuated through personal planetary aspects, planets in Pisces, Pisces ASC, and/ or Neptune in the first house, signify the importance of finding a definite and disciplined manner of expressing one’s urge to transcend and escape. Otherwise, one will remain in a state of perpetual spiritual distortion, confusion, and discontent. Close aspects to Neptune can sometimes (depending on the condition) indicate capabilities in unison with spiritual dimensions of consciousness. Such aspects can also relate to guidance and instruction from various astral forms, spiritual guides, and/ or teachers. Additionally, it is important that objectivity and discretion is implemented in order to prevent loss through ego-involved self-delusion. Therefore, it is necessary to be thoroughly grounded while maintaining a level of objective sincerity, since Neptune can, of course, induce illusion and deception. Ultimately, imagination and direct spiritual reality can be difficult to objectively distinguish, particularly with elemental voids in air, prominent first house emphasis, and a variety of other factors that can only be properly examined by inspecting the entire chart.

Karmic patterns involving challenging aspects to Neptune can result in having misinterpreted, misused, and misapplied certain spiritual energies in previous incarnations. Therefore, the necessity is to confront, at the present moment, spiritual energies in order to effectively navigate dimensional experience. By accomplishing this, the perplexity, self-destructive proclivity towards escapism, and ego-involvement prevalent in karmic pasts can now be identified and steadily reduced.

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The Asteroid Goddesses: Harbingers of Dynamic Transformation

In order to transcend inertia and propel oneself towards cycles of evolutionary advancement, momentum is a necessary catalyst for transformation. In personal transcendence, momentum is accomplished through the compression of emotions, where intensification signals the first phase of metamorphosis. The asteroid goddess indicative of this stage is Vesta, whose dynamism gravitates introspectively as a source of self-containment. On the psychological level, one experiences Vesta as a state of emotive hindrance, projecting experiences of separation, loss, grievance, desperation, pain, frustration, failure, and rejection.

Through dissolution or the second phase of the transformation process, Pallas Athene serves as the governing asteroid of creative energy. Here, the limiting structures of compressed emotional energy are shattered by Vesta, resulting in various forms of termination concerning relationships, family, jobs, perceptions, or lifestyles. During this transition, the individual experiences a degree of disassociated energy, none of which is yet coalesced. Existing, then, in a dimensional state of uncertainty, one is liable to experience panic, anxiety, or chaos. On the contrary, one may also sense the exhilaration of exploring new prospects and visions.

With the renewal stage being the third phase of transformation, Juno’s asteroid brings urge toward unification, maneuvering the self from exclusion to association. Here, one directs and coordinates the liberated energy to manifest new forms, facilitating growth expansion and continual revelation. During this phase, one’s interpersonal life and its facets (vocations, relations,  communities, educational pursuits) are ameliorated and replenished.

We now arrive at Ceres, the firstly discovered and most grandiose of the asteroids. Astronomers theorize that Ceres was once the core of a planetary form prior to its explosion and formation of the asteroids. Ceres symbolizes the matrix out of which the other asteroids are orchestrated. Through mythology and Eleusinian Mysteries, the goddess Ceres represents the process of birth, death, and renewal as depicted by all of the asteroids. In other words, Ceres provides the infrastructure for the complete process of transformation.

Dominance of asteroid themes in a natal chart delineate a personality which attains the effective ability to employ the power of the transformative principle. Often such individuals serve as catalysts for the shattering of crystallized, antiquated structures, in order to replenish and regenerate society with effective solutions. As a result, the lives of such people are demarcated by individuality crises that challenge traditional views of societal consciousness.

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Lilith: Depersonalization Through the Astrological Houses

Lilith’s astrological house placement signals to degrees of personal immaturity. Here, superficial expectations create distortions that impede clarity of judgement. In Lilith’s particular house placement, sophistication of impersonality must be mastered through a series of self-centered denials. In essence, depersonalization must be infused in one’s character to successfully triumph over childish, ego-driven dependencies that restrict the evolution of emotional maturity.

The primordial goal of Lilith through the astrological houses is the establishment of depersonalization. Lilith’s placement focuses on one’s lower nature, where one must resolve the self-centered influences of that specific house in order to progress through mental creativity and spiritual advancement. Succinctly, through the houses, Lilith signals to the life area where one must employ emotional maturation. An often appalling, degrading, or abrupt experience will continue to surface until one consciously witnesses and identifies the level of one’s own naiveté. According to the extent of one’s inability to remain objective, Lilith symbolizes the eroding conduit that forces an elevated mental and spiritual application.

One encounters self-reflection of narrowing emotionalism, rendered through situations or people that force a sense of objectivity. Not unlike Saturn (and Lilith shares many commonalities with Saturn), Lilith can appear to leave one embittered and yet, far more aware of emotional dependencies that are at the root of one’s inability to master the lessons of a particular house.

Through Lilith’s forced depersonalization arrives an expansive reservoir of intellectual ability, creativity, and independence. Through altruistic concentration on elevated interests or goals, emotional order is established in Lilith’s house of occupancy. Lilith dominates the intellectual soul, elevated instincts, and demonstrates distortions when there is subjective personalization, passivity, narcissism, concern with self-image, and all other channels of expression which are not truthfully and unequivocally dedicated to objective intellectual and emotional maturity.

Lilith resonates favorably within areas that circumvent the personal ego, including selfless work and services. When angular in a chart or otherwise prominent, Lilith provides an extraordinary quality not unlike that of Neptune. It illustrates an illusive quality to a house that, not unlike Neptune, will corrode the negative and transcend to lucidity all that remains positive or selfless in motivation.

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Beyond Lunar Limits: Lilith as a Conduit for Impersonal Transcendence

The usual discourse on Lilith begins with its discovery, followed by the emphasis on raw  feminine energy, coupled with empowering exertion. As a result of the growing interest in Lilith, both mythologically and as an astrological point, this post intends to forego the above and instead, focus on Lilith as means of attaining personal transcendence through the implementation of detached consciousness.

Representing an imperceptibly lunar penumbra, Lilith denotes the scope of human consciousness that, compared to the Moon, remains far less investigated and acknowledged, due to both lack of comparative popularity and insufficient research. While the Moon resides over the emotional soul, Lilith governs a desire that is more creatively sophisticated in nature. Comparatively, Lilith is a mode of transmission for the discovery and detached influence of Uranus as well as Pluto’s transformative ray. Therefore, as a surge of both Uranus and Pluto, Lilith creates sudden compulsive shifts, an effect dependent on one’s ability to successfully depersonalize. As the Moon personalizes, Lilith depersonalizes, resulting in a degree of sophisticated awareness.

Lilith’s exertion in one’s life emphasizes an impersonal approach occupying the mental, artistic, socially productive, and vocational fields. In natal charts, this is demonstrative as Lilith’s positive modus operandi. However, emotional immaturity in the house of Lilith represents denial as a form of discipline. Additionally, while the Moon supports subjective motivation, any impetus less than impersonal /social leads to a lack of Lilith’s level of manifestation. When activated in accordance with realistic and impersonal approaches, there is a dynamic release of intellectual, creative, or aesthetic energy.

In contrast to our Moon, Lilith appears non-reflective to our mundane awareness and is more psychological in action. Lilith’s inclinations involve one’s social orientation, one’s universal concerns, and one’s vocation, comparatively objective in nature as opposed to the subjective Moon. Once unleashed, Lilith’s energy, like that of Pluto, tends to be either positive or negative in its extremities. When the motivational factor is egotistical, Lilith manifests as frustration, shock, seemingly cruel experiences, and insurmountable acts of rebellion. Regarding selfish desire, Lilith produces unreasonable fears, since the intellectual/ creative soul is disassociated from sentiment. Lilith is anathema to subjective devotion. Its positive fruition is noted in depersonalized orientation, creative detachment, and intellectual awareness.

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