Dust cannot gather if there is no mirror there THE TAO
This is something completely familiar and inherent to our present life on EARTH that there is a HERE and there is an OUT THERE. We experience life as both a place here, and a place out there. There is us, me, I … and them, or the other.
I remember that I was 18 when I discovered that “the little Philosopher” ( “le petit Philosophe” ), cannot see himself. I did a quick comical drawing with him standing on a kind of little mount,… with crossed eyes. He could not see himself. He had to use a MIRROR.
in the MIRROR, he would see himself in REVERSE, that is RIGHT for LEFT, and LEFT for RIGHT.
Interesting to notice that if you draw a thin CENTRAL line, it cancels the REVERSAL impression. That is what the QABBALAH Tree of Life is about. The Sephiroth on the LEFT and RIGHT Pillars, are complementary and OPPOSED to each other. The Qabbalist Scholars have created a complex system of BALANCE and EQUILIBRIUM, on many levels, in order to work out at best this phenomena of OPPOSITES.
Regardless of that, the CENTRAL pillar is like that thin line at the center of the MIRROR , that one that can know no REVERSE and no OPPOSITE. This is why it is called the GOLDEN Pillar.
This GOLDEN line, incidentally, is also the famous GOLD of the Alchemists.
So, what about us ?
Shall we choose the GOLDEN line, which is the reconciliation of everything ?
Let’s have a closer look why we have gotten entangled in this jungle of OPPOSITES in the first place.
I think it started way back, in the earlier times of our life on EARTH, when we were gathered at night around a protective and courageous Alpha male, and with the company of a blessed life saving big fire, that had to stay burning at all cost; we learned that the dark unknown OUT THERE was a no no, both terrifying and truly dangerous.
So wild animals were to us justifiably very scary. But also there was the need to protect our territory from the neighboring aggressive tribes around. And we ourselves, had to be fierce and aggressive to them in REVERSE.
There you are : the CENTRAL fire, the Alpha male or Hero or “god”, and the enemies OUT THERE.
We got divided and divided and divided. We learned how to establish a separation between “US” and “THEM”, and to recognize the varied signs indicating the presence of an enemy. Ironically (?), our “enemies” were doing exactly the same thing. And next, well … the fittest survived, and someone, in recent HISTORY, has explained this as the “Law of Evolution”.
Much later in History, one can recall some smart attempts towards reconciliation, or, at least, humble pleas towards the reception of something benevolent and literary life giving. For example, I am thinking of EGYPT ( a LEO Country ) and its century long partnership with … the STARS.
This leads us to the very interesting and very useful study of the phenomena of OPPOSITES and partnership in ASTROLOGY.
Let’s start with ARIES. This fierce and brave male, ruled by MARS, has for OPPOSITE and partner : LIBRA. LIBRA is definitely feminine as it is ruled by VENUS the goddess of beauty. LIBRA is considerate, courteous, seductive, diplomatic and peaceful. LIBRA counterbalances the combating ARIES, who is determined to parade his physical strength in the context of competition, challenge, and even war. But ARIES is straightforward and true to his word, when LIBRA is indecisive, easily manipulated, and … manipulative. ARIES will go for what it wants directly and forthrightly, when LIBRA will play the opportunist. GERMANY is ARIES, and ITALY is LIBRA. The Olympic Games were created during the Grand ARIES Era. Greece, ROME, and other MEDITERRANEAN Countries, dominated the Western World with their courteous policy of exchange, and beautiful architecture and sculptures.
TAURUS has for OPPOSITE and partner SCORPIO. This very practical Earthy sign ruled by VENUS, is sensible, down-to-earth, and uncomplicated, but has to associate with this incredibly complex and tormented SCORPIO. SCORPIO is not satisfied with mid stream and trendy opinions. To its peril sometimes. To go so deep in all those dark and unknown places can be life threatening, but SCORPIO is never afraid. It is ruled by PLUTO ( now believed to be our further Asteroid Belt ). And TAURUS is there to the rescue, providing shelter, good food, sustenance, and… its unmistakable charm. SPAIN and all the Mediterranean Countries are TAURUS, and so are the Countries on the same latitude, such as BRAZIL, for example. RUSSIA is SCORPIO. And is influencing that way the EASTERN EUROPE Countries. SOUTH AMERICA is probably SCORPIO. The worship of the great BULL took place during the Grand TAURUS Era. MESOPOTAMIA and ASSYRIA were the dominant Countries. It was an Era that saw the construction of the PYRAMIDS and other magnificent buildings.
GEMINI, ruled by MERCURY, has for OPPOSITE and partner SAGITTARIUS. GEMINI are two twin brothers, and as such is, at the very least, disturbed by its divided self. It seeks the peace of reconciliation or at least synthesis with its one pointed companion SAGITTARIUS. The Fiery SAGITTARIUS, ruled by JUPITER, reigns confidently and assertively over the solution of all things. It says : “listen to me and I shall give you the truth, the only one truth”. Very comforting to GEMINI. But the over expansive and impulsive SAGITTARIUS, on its “wild horse”, can get carried away, and this is when the light minded GEMINI says : “The truth is not one but many; the World is made of all kind. Relax and play a little”. GEMINI is an Air sign and is the “butterfly” of the Zodiac. The USA is SAGITTARIUS. EUROPE is GEMINI. BELGIUM is GEMINI. JUDAISM is on this polarity GEMINI / SAGITTARIUS.
CANCER has for OPPOSITE and partner CAPRICORN. CAPRICORN is the serious and responsible Father. CANCER is the tender and nurturing Mother. Their partnership is known as … Parents. CANCER is also a Water sign, ruled by the MOON, and is dreamy, psychic, artistic, and vulnerable. When the Earthy CAPRICORN, ruled by SATURN, is proud, hard working, ambitious and implacable. In control, and … a little too stubborn. So CANCER comes and tries to smooth down the sharp angles that show not only on the face of CAPRICORN, but on the trail that he leaves behind him. CHINA and neighboring Countries are CAPRICORN. The Mountainous and Nordic Countries, such as SWITZERLAND and SCOTLAND, are CAPRICORN. The two Poles are CAPRICORN. ISLAM is on this polarity CAPRICORN / CANCER. AFRICA is CANCER. We are just entering a ( short ) CAPRICORN Period that will last approximately 90 years.
LEO has for OPPOSITE and partner AQUARIUS. When watching for the Stars in the night sky is something not very new, AQUARIUS is very new, and intends to make its presence felt totally, in its downright annoying ( but exciting and uplifting ) way, that is : contrary, unpredictable, extreme, changeable, free, light, and completely revolutionary. Also, the Aquarian sense of humour is at the very least, … bizarre. This is because AQUARIUS has a very little ego, but an immense sense of the group. So, with all that, the somewhat narcissist and not humble fiery LEO is having a hard time, but … ultimately, “the Queen is amused”, so all ends well. LEO is generous and has a “Heart of GOLD”. On a more serious note, the Airy AQUARIUS, ruled by URANUS, is the people, when LEO, ruled by the SUN, represents the Gods and Kings of … the past. Their partnership goes like that : the “King” cannot do without his people, in the same way that the “Star” cannot do without his Public. FRANCE and EGYPT is LEO. And a little bit of SPAIN and BRAZIL is too ( with TAURUS ), and probably POLAND ( with SCORPIO), as well. And SAUDI ARABIA ( with TAURUS ). AUSTRALIA is AQUARIUS, and is influencing that way some of the Far East Countries close by. I think that we have entered the Grand new AQUARIUS Era in the late 1960’s, although the Aquarian energy came much earlier, slowly but surely. It will last for 2160 years, approximately.
VIRGO has for OPPOSITE and partner, the Watery PISCES, ruled by NEPTUNE. VIRGO is anxious to “get it perfect”, when PISCES is not anxious at all because it feels that it does not belong “here”. The Earthy VIRGO, ruled by MERCURY, is organized, methodical and brainy, when PISCES has left “all the cares of the world behind”. The partnership is therefore definitely OPPOSITE and complementary. I think it is VIRGO that created the Black and White flooring of our Cathedrals, during the Grand PISCES Era. And it is PISCES who gave ecstasies to the holiest Saints. INDIA is PISCES. TIBET is PISCES ( with CAPRICORN ). ENGLAND is VIRGO.
You guess that this little Astrological study is utterly incomplete, to the point of being somewhat misleading. But it just gives a good clue related to our present subject : that of OPPOSITE and REVERSE.
What is interesting, although I mentioned many Countries here, is how this functions in our individual lives. To know oneself is a good thing. To know others is a good thing too.
So, unless you are privileged enough to have a Mutual Reception in your Chart, and or even better, with the Chart of another, your partner, ( a Mutual Reception is when the Ruler of one Sign is in the OPPOSITE Sign, … twice; for example, MOON in CAPRICORN, and SATURN in CANCER. Or, URANUS in LEO, and SUN in AQUARIUS. But a Mutual Reception does not occur necessarily in the OPPOSITE Sign; for instance, since 2003, the World NEPTUNE and the World URANUS have been in Mutual Reception, which explains all the recent devastating weather upheavals …) you may find it difficult to put yourself in the other person shoes.
in Astrology, partnerships are studied with the HOUSE I, and the HOUSE VII; also called ASCENDANT and DESCENDANT. I have heard many times that the other is the MIRROR of oneself. Well, yes, because, ultimately, in your Chart, this House VII of partnership is …yours ! So it is the other, yes, but in your eyes, in your life; and not necessarily in the eyes of the other.
To make matter worse, or, let’s say, a little bit more complicated, it is the same for your partner : his House VII is not you, but you, in his eyes.
Never mind, this HOUSE VII is also the OPPOSITE and complementary of your self, the HOUSE I, that is, the consciousness that you have of yourself. In other words, perhaps something close to your unconscious, or what some call : the SHADOW.
Why is it called a Shadow ? Because NATURE wants to be WHOLE. Yourself, you want to be WHOLE. So, when there is a part in you that is not acknowledged, that is not brought into light, then some one will come along, and will play the Shadow part for you. It is a bit like the ( black ) YIN and the ( white ) YANG, well, the WHOLENESS is the sphere that contains both. And when you do not recognize this but say : “It is you ! It is you !”, then you do what is called a projection. Because in reality it is you, yourself, and not him or her or them.. This Shadow part can be played by either a situation or by a person.
And as our self- awareness changes and grows, these Shadow parts come and go.
( see my article : “It is about TIME” where I explain that we are all ONE )
The irony is that yourself can also play a Shadow part for another, or some others, more often than not.
What is less ironical is that one can take on the Shadow part of another, that of a person who feels too clean or too pure to carry its own Shadow. It does happen, I am afraid. So then, your illness or ailment or misery is not necessary your own, and it takes a while to understand from where it really comes from. It can happen similarly with ghosts…, that is the mysterious presence of departed loved ones, who are sometimes still very unhappy.
Can we at times love our Shadow part ? Yes, for instance, when we say to someone : “You make me feel complete”.
Can we at times dislike our Shadow part ? Yes, for instance, when we find someone else down right irritating.
Now, we must not feel guilty about our likes and dislikes. To love everything, yes, but to like everything, is another story. We are all different and unique. And it is good to be like that. The World is made of all kind. What suits some does not necessarily suit some others. What is worth noticing is that, again and again, we meet our OPPOSITES in our environment, or in the people close to us – for instance, children are often the OPPOSITES of their parents -, this is quite normal, it is again the balancing act of NATURE. It is life, the secret will to live, that brings about this phenomena.
So, I am going to give you a clue on how to “CANCEL” something that you find really annoying. Like, for instance, what you may feel is a bad habit in a close one, or a trait in a person that you perceive is painful and useless, or a waste, and the like. Do not worry. No one will be harmed.
It goes like that : first, you have to realize that you are saying to yourself that you would never do such a thing, or behave in such a way. Probably very justifiably so, because I believe you have your very good reasons for thinking like that. This is not the point.
Second, just do it.
Yes, do it yourself, do the same for a while.
And you will see … It will work ! The enervating situation will slowly disappear.
To “CANCEL” someone is to give them exactly what they want, or to MIRROR them.
To “CANCEL” a situation, same. Or, alternatively, with a little bit of knowledge in ASTROLOGY, one can embrace the same energy, but at a higher turn of the SPIRAL. It works too. For instance, the fiery SAGITTARIUS, at a lower turn of the SPIRAL, is very preachy, impulsive, tactless. It is “over weight” too. Larger than life. Do not fight this. In yourself, or in another, or in a situation. Simply stay with the SAGITTARIUS energy, but go higher. SAGITTARIUS, at a higher turn of the SPIRAL, is benevolent, confident, optimist. It loves to travel, to expand physically or mentally. And so much more, the “lower’ or “higher” has no limits. You can work out like this all the Signs of the ZODIAC.
We have been taught to fight and to be in the belligerent position when things go “wrong”. So the “good” fight the “bad”, and the “bad” fight the “good”. I am not talking about violence at all, here. I am talking about how we immediately go against, and position ourselves in OPPOSITION, when we want a result. But it is precisely this OPPOSITION that keeps the conflict alive, because OPPOSITES nurture, they do not CANCEL. ( Why do you think this LEFT and RIGHT was invented in POLITICS ?! ). Life on EARTH is kept going because of DUALITY. DUALITY means life, physical life. The all important BREATHING, which involves a perpetual round of two movements, IN and OUT, means physical life. It is the very first thing that we expect from a BABY who has just been born.
Here is a charming story : it is said that when GOD, who IS, tried to find a force that would create the World, he took a simple RUBBER BAND, and started to extend it. After a while, He felt the growing resistance of the Rubber Band. He had found that force that would create the World : the Rubber Band trying to go back to its peaceful poise, and escape the two OPPOSITE hands that pulled it into two ANTIPODAL directions. Like this :
Consequently, we do live in a world of OPPOSITES, and the DUALITY keeps us here.
I guess that SPIRITUALITY is the reconciliation of everything. And the route away from this pulling apart force that created life on EARTH. Spirituality is the GOLDEN PILLAR that we saw earlier on the Qabbalah Tree of Life. It has no REVERSE and no OPPOSITE. A truly spiritual person is not a belligerent one. Spirituality is a Mystical center. It is ONE and unified. Some called it THE HIGHER SELF, quite justifiably, because not only it synthesizes all DICHOTOMY, but also it has the privilege of the highest view, or higher perspective, above TIME and space. It is.
It is … beyond judgement and ANTAGONISM, either towards others, or towards oneself. It is incredibly “cool” and cheerful. ALL IS WELL.
Yes, DEATH, BIRTH, or just going to sleep, or going into a trance state, is to go through that PASSAGE, where nothing is the same again. It is like a REVERSE, where the INNER becomes the OUTER, the PAST becomes the FUTURE, and where the PRESENT is ETERNAL, and much more. Interestingly, it is said that above DA-AT, on the Qabbalah tree, one meets with the DIVINE MIRROR. Which signifies that one now realizes how much one has lived so far in a DREAM world, like in an opposite DREAM…
It is said that the TWILIGHT is a period, or a state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline. Or gradual awakening. So, to me DUSK and DAWN are PASSAGE moments as well.
To meet and recognize you SOUL MATE for the first TIME, is a PASSAGE moment.
You may have noticed that the drawing above is, … upside down. It is just a little whim from me, to show how all this is related to the TAROT card : THE HANGED MAN, Arcana XII. ( the Universal-Waite deck ).
By the way, all that we “see” goes first INVERTED on our retinas, like this :
And the famous CAMERA OBSCURA functions in accordance with this phenomena of REVERSE and INVERSION also :
It is well known that the LEFT part of our BRAIN corresponds with the RIGHT part of our body, and that the RIGHT part of our brain corresponds with the LEFT part of our body.
On a lighter note ( or … is it ? ), it is fun to track down opposites in some words that are in common use nowadays. Watch these :
- DVD, or DAVID, or the Star of David.
- CD, ( Washington DC )
- the FOOL, ( here the F is the MIRROR reverse of the L )
- MIRROR (!)
- ABBA, ( in the original Name, the first B is even the MIRROR reverse of the second B )
- POP (!)
- BARACK OBAMA
- can you think of any others ?
Similar opposites (!), are noticeable with numbers, ( dates, and phone numbers, for example, used in the Medias ), such as these few examples below, taken at random :
- 20 00 02, and the like
- all the 01010101 and 1001010110, etc, of our Computers, and Supermarkets bar codes
- 404, 505, 606, (the serial numbers of the PEUGEOT cars )
- 121, 434, 585, and so many others.
In my article : “It is about TIME“, there are more interesting findings about this REVERSE phenomena, and “twilight” or ZERO zone.
Now, no wonder that the Divine is associated with the PYRAMID. From the painful separation that comes from the dividing TWO, ( fascinating that the TAROT card THE DEVIL, Arcana XV, is a monster who keeps a female and a male separated and in chains… ), the reconciliation takes place in the THREE, and after that is the Divine endowment with the PYRAMID. Is this the reason why the PHARAOHS wanted to be buried in PYRAMIDS ? And why some times a PYRAMID appears as if out of nowhere in a big City ?
Also, it is quite probable that underneath a Pyramid, there is another Pyramid, hidden.
The Louvre PYRAMID in Paris
The inverted Pyramid underground
Notice the presence of many LOZENGES. I have seen them elsewhere in more recent buildings, like inside the grandiose Town Hall of Astana, in Kazakhstan.
The shape is interesting because, on the Qabbalah Tree, one can draw an imaginary TRIANGLE between KETHER, BINAH and CHOKMAH. And another TRIANGLE between BINAH, TIPHARETH, and CHOKMAH. The two make a LOZENGE. The superior or “supernal” TRIANGLE is REVERSE to the inferior TRIANGLE, hence it is called the DIVINE MIRROR. And when this goes REVERSE again, we have, … the Great “X”.
The highly Symbolic Pyramid relates to the FOUR, or “Divine Manifestation”. It is also associated with the famous and sacred FIVE, or QUINTESSENCE, which is the most refined and perfect. The TOP of the Pyramid is the FIVE. From there comes the TOP of the MOUNTAIN, or place of INITIATION in CAPRICORN. Also, it is the place of “THE ALL SEEING EYE”, place of the highest perspective. FIVE is linked with the STAR, or PENTACLE. See also below the Esoteric VITRUVIAN MAN of Leonardo Di Vinci which represents again that perfect FIVE.
So the GOLDEN LINE, or HIGHER SELF, has lead to the DIVINE. It is a life where everything is reconciled, where separation has ended. It is a life prompted by the SOUL. What is remarkable is that Esotericism says that from then on, the WHEEL will turn in the REVERSE direction. Which WHEEL ? The Astrological WHEEL, or that one of the Cycles of TIME. “When life has been transformed from the personal to the impersonal, the individual is fully anchored in the SOUL’s orientation”, I read, “and the WHEEL”, ( the personal Astrological Chart ), “mutates accordingly, REVERSES,” and starts moving clockwise from PISCES to ARIES via VIRGO. It is called the COSMIC Chart. Because TIME moves clockwise as well, it explains how such elevation provides a feeling of being above TIME and space. As if TIME has stopped.
But what about the World WHEEL that turns in the OPPOSITE direction to the personal WHEEL, which is for the moment : clockwise? It has done so for centuries and centuries. Probably so for 25 920 years (!). For instance, we just have moved out of the grand PISCES Era into the new grand AQUARIUS Era. I think that when the World INITIATION will take place in the grand CAPRICORN Era, in apprxt 2160 years, then this World WHEEL will mutate and REVERSE as well.
HOMEOPATHY, what a fascinating subject. Well, it is : ” like heals the like”, as I mentioned before, isn’t it ? Yes, but, … not quite. HOMEOPATHY has definitely something to do with the SPIRITUAL. The substance is so shaken and so diluted that it becomes ESSENCE, or SPIRIT. It as if this shaking treatment has induced THE PASSAGE on the substance. And we know now that beyond THE PASSAGE, everything is reversed. There you go. HOMEOPATHY works according to this subtle “in-between” state. It gives a message to the SOUL, to then which the body responds. Because our lives is the MIRROR projection of the SOUL’s life, remember. What we suffer here is the REVERSE of that which our SOUL suffers. For instance, being physically over weight could mean being spiritually too thin… Ups ! I let you work out all these physical / spiritual DICHOTOMIES because it is a delicate subject. But think about it. ARTHRITIS for instance, inflammation of the bones leading to painful stiffness, could mean a SOUL that is too gentle and condescending… etc. Old people suffer this illness sometimes because they have “given up”, and have become totally dependent. They have no choice. ALZHEIMER could mean that the SOUL cannot wait to talk … But what is the language of the SOUL ?! Is there anybody there to listen, to understand ? PARKINSON could mean that the SOUL has fallen into a stale mate, is too still and cannot move or move on any more, that there is a kind of blockage.
These are not so stupid thoughts because SCIENCE has discovered that the World is made of MATTER and ANTI-MATTER. And that each minute particle has an anti-particle : equal and opposite, or “feminine” and “masculine”.
If by chance they meet, … they vanish, they simply disappear ! They cancel themselves out.
One cannot meet the DIVINE MIRROR and live… ever the same again.
So in order to CANCEL something or to make it disappear, ( to “disappear”, meaning essentially to move to another DIMENSION ), what is proper is to make meet two equal and OPPOSITES. OPPOSITE here means the SPIRITUAL, or ANTI-MATTER, versus the PHYSICAL, or MATTER. The in-between two worlds again. This is why the PHARAOHS wanted to mate with the STARS …
Something else, Isaac Newton once stated that : “to each action there is an equal and OPPOSITE reaction “. Fine, but I know so many people who has taken this quote to illustrate the so-called law of KARMA.
KARMA does not exist simply because TIME does not exist. Of course TIME exists in our daily life, or in the conception we have of our daily life. If one plants a seed, and takes care, it will surely, in TIME, bring about a healthy plant. But if KARMA is explained as : the consequence of our actions, good or bad, that will return to us one day, … NOP … The physical cannot return to us through the air. There is no consequence in the SPIRITUAL. Do not worry and take care. The only and single body that can ever punish ( or reward ) you is … yourself, or your misled self. There is no punishment and no reward. No one deserves anything, and every one deserves everything.
Moreover, we have seen that in the Physical, it is very much likely that we meet our OPPOSITES than the exact so-called equal consequences of our previous actions.
KARMA came to us recently as a “gentle” replacement to the century old belief in HEAVEN and HELL. It made sense to a lot of people. It seemed fair. But, really, it is just a scarecrow, based on the pendulum of the GOOD and BAD, and is spiritually non viable.
Having said that, you are building your own house, so to speak . The World is made of all kind. There are many Worlds. To which House or World will you belong ? To which House or World do you belong ? Well, to the one you cultivate, inside, outside, everywhere. That World is from the SOUL and is very likely to be with you over many life TIMES, according to some mysterious cycle patterns that do exist also in the Spiritual. You may own several Houses or Worlds too. In truth, life is MULTI-DIMENSIONAl.
Interestingly, about THE MIRROR, … I reckon a MIRROR can give us a glimpse into the MULTI-DIMENSIONAl. Well, two MIRRORS, to be precised. Take a small MIRROR, and go towards a large MIRROR, like the one on a wardrobe. Face the large MIRROR, while holding the smaller MIRROR facing the larger MIRROR as well. What do you see ? Infinity, YEP. To me, it is the FIFTH DIMENSION.
FIFTH DIMENSION ! The reflection of the reflection of a MIRROR. Notice the elliptic curve.
WAR and ENEMIES. It is possible to try to understand why this kind of thing can happen at all, if one studies the solar HOUSES XII and I , alternatively and in comparison.
When one Period starts, such as for instance the SCORPIO / TAURUS Period started in 1830, it becomes the solar HOUSE I of the world, and the Country or Countries associated with this Sign is likely to dominate on the scene of the World. It means also that another Country becomes the solar HOUSE XII of the WORLD, and is likely to suffer torment, exile, separation, humiliation and defeat. LIBRA was the HOUSE XII during this SCORPIO / TAURUS Period. And ITALY is LIBRA. See my article : “It is about TIME” for more on these cyclical Periods of TIME.
Just few examples :
LIBRA / ARIES Period : 1740 – 1830
SCORPIO / TAURUS Period : 1830 – 1920
SAGITTARIUS / GEMINI Period : 1920 – 2010
CAPRICORN / CANCER Period : 2010 – 2100
The POLARITIES seem to be working in unison here, and not in OPPOSITION. The OPPOSITION is between the HOUSE XII and the HOUSE I.
The study of these Periods in TIME is a complex one, and my first -big- book is devoted entirely to these.
In our personal Chart, it works the same. We were born with a HOUSE XII. But, as we grow older, the HOUSE XII may change, because the HOUSE I is moving on ! ( one degree per year ). So that which “defeats” us changes too.
What is an enemy anyway ? What is a friend ? What is an ANTAGONISTIC situation ?
This little drawing below shows how much LEFT becomes RIGHT, and RIGHT becomes LEFT, when one changes position.
Take care !
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