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Have you ever wanted something so badly that you basically willed it to come true? Maybe you imagined it in detail, spent hours working toward it, or told yourself over and over that it would happen…until it did. This is called manifestation, and it can work for major things (getting into your dream college, meeting someone eerily perfect for you) and smaller stuff (scoring a job interview, finding a new apartment).
And yes, it can happen on a subconscious level, but you can also actively manifest whatever it is you desire, according to me and my new book This Is Your Destiny: Using Astrology to Manifest Your Best Life—and also, soon, to you.
How to Manifest Money
Dig your checkbook out of your drawer and imagine what it would feel like not to be worried about cash. Then grab a pen and write out a check…to yourself, for an amount that would make you feel financially stable.
Choose a future date (like a few years from now) and sign it “So Mote It Be.” Put the check in a drawer or your wallet. Now you’re working toward a financial goal, and the universe is cheering you on.
How to Manifest Confidence
Take a piece of paper, and on the left side, write three things you love about yourself (like, say, your optimistic outlook, your eyelashes, and your ability to reach Inbox Zero). On the right side, write down three of your insecurities.
Then draw lines between the columns while thinking about how amazing your best traits are and trying to feel compassion for your insecurities. Repeat nightly or weekly to learn how to be kinder to and more confident in yourself.
How to Manifest Love
You’ll need two red or pink candles and some sugar. Hold the first (unlit!) candle to your heart, say your name out loud, and picture your energy going into the candle. Next, hold the second candle and say the romantic attributes you want to bring into your life (like loyalty, compassion, amazing sex).
Place the candles approximately six inches from each other and make a sugar path between them. Finally, slowly bring the candles closer together, envisioning a light that gets brighter and brighter in your mind’s eye. When the candles are just about an inch apart, light them and let those flames burn, bb. Feel free to repeat as often as you like, and trust that true love is coming your way.
How to Manifest Career Growth
Connect with your breath and shake your hands, picturing energy flowing from your head to your fingertips. Then set a timer for four minutes and write down words, phrases, ideas, or symbols that feel inspiring—from the work-related, like “self-employed,” to the abstract, like “kangaroos” (stay with me!).
When the time is up, turn your notes into a list, and look for common themes (independence? flexibility? lots of nature-related things?) and brainstorm what’s next. You are v welcome for this free cosmic career advice.
How to Manifest Friendship
Open up your cal (either IRL or digital) and block out time for friend-related activities, even if you don’t have actual plans yet. Then begin reaching out to current friends, we-were-close-a-whole-pandemic-ago friends, and we’re-TikTok-mutuals friends to organize happy hours, phone calls, or walks around your neighborhood.
If you’re not getting enough RSVPs, use the time to check out new communities, like a book club or BTS fan group. As time goes by, you’ll connect and meet with more and more people—and make a new bestie or five.
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