April 2021 – Newsletter


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Hello Dear Ones

We have entered April with the exciting news that some restrictions are being lifted here in the UK.  Spring is in the air and life feels vibrant and full of possibilities!  (Even if it has been sub-zero temperatures and snowing here in Scotland!)  

Aries Season is upon us, bringing in a fast-paced energy, which can feel like a bit of a whirlwind at times, so do take some time to ground yourself, this month.   Aries is also heralding in new beginnings and the cosmic energies are inviting us to start a new chapter in our life.  What changes are you being called to create in your life?  

As we re-enter life, after the last few months of enforced winter hibernation, take things at your own pace and be gentle with yourself ... just as it took us time to find new ways of coping during lockdown, we will need to take our time to feel into reconnecting with life.

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I have been reading the April chapter in A Spell in the Wild and this month she talks about shape-shifting woman. I have been thinking about shapeshifting for a while; last year I did a meditation that guided me through shapeshifting, and it was one of the most powerful meditations I had done for a while.

Isobel Gowdie in 1662 told stories of how she shapeshifted into a hare to carry out her spell work. I am not quite at that stage, but I still think there is merit in experiencing our environment as another creature.

The past few weeks we have been exploring the Goddess archetypes, with last Sunday being the Mother. Fionn took us on a journey where we healed our mother and grandmother. I wasn’t shapeshifting into them, but just having that connection made me experience a little of what I think they may have struggled through and that was powerful. I came out of that very brief experience having much more compassion for them.

I have started felting again, this time using the fibres to create dolls. I am spending hours with each face trying to bring the character out, then making the body and dress. These dolls are filled with herbs and flowers I have collected and dried. I am using the process of creating the doll as another way of connecting with the archetypes we are working with. The process of needle felting is meditation in itself as it is repetitive and requires very little skill.

So, while I am not making a pact with the devil and turning into a hare to carry out his work, I am using these experiences to transform myself and explore what I want to become.

Enjoy the awakening of nature this month, remember to stop and pay attention.

With lots of love


Belinda

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I became very fond of the Tower Card during March!  Its regular appearance throughout the month has taught me not to resist change and to allow what needs to fall away, to fall away.  So now, it's time to rebuild healthier foundations.  Which is in perfect alignment with the Aries theme of new chapters.  

Belinda and I have been leading our Goddess Workshops, which has been truly inspirational to witness each sisters commitment to the work and their transformation thus far.  Whilst we embody traits from all the goddess archetypes we are working with, some may be more dominant than others, it is through accessing the energy of these archetypes and goddesses, that we can gain a greater insight into the intimate truths of our own psyches, and become our own heroines!  

This week we finished working with the Mother Archetype, which brought a deeper reflection on how this archetype is the foundation to healing the past, present and future.  She is potent and truly transformational.   

Next up is the Wild Woman, which feels rather apt for me as I rebuild healthier foundations for the future.  This will be a key time for me to reflect on what is deeply important to me and what's not and by making a deeper commitment to begin honouring myself by not going against my instincts.  

Sending you all so much love

Fionn

The Owls Witchy Tip

Daisies are appearing everywhere at the moment. Pick a jar full, cover with sweet almond oil and leave in a dark place for a few weeks. Strain and it is ready to use.

I use it with an equal quantity of coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil to make a body oil. Just heat the coconut oil until it is a liquid, add the sweet almond oil and add the essential oil.

The Wolfs Wild Tip

On the Medicine Wheel, Spring is the time of infancy and childhood.  What better time than to reconnect with your inner child and remember how to play again.  

Get creative!  Get the paints out and do some finger painting or go outside and blow bubbles!  (this one I love doing) 

Get curious.  Go outside and explore somewhere new or sit outside and quietly observe what's happening in nature.  

Take out some photos of when you were a kid and remember your inner magic!

Recommendations of the Month

  • Books
    • A Spell in the Wild, by Alice Tarbuck
    • Lunar Living, by Kirsty Gallagher

Whats New?

Beltane Spell Work Circle Join Belinda and Fionn for a Spellwork Circle on Sunday, 2 May 2021 at 19:00.  Beltane is a Sabbath linked to fertility. We will use this special time to do a spell to ensure that our plans are fertile and that we attract everything we wish for. Belinda will be weaving her magic and creating a spell parcel for you, so be sure to book before 23 April 2021.  RSVP here.

Reiki Treatment A Reiki Treatment is a wonderfully relaxing experience. It can help kick start your journey to connecting to your heart space and help you make the right decisions for you.  Reiki can also help with pain relief, anxiety, fatigue as well as improve your mood and enhance your overall well-being. Fionn is preparing to take in-person bookings from 26 April 2021 onwards.  The first available dates are now live on the website.  If you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Shamanic Power Retrieval A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you.  Fionn is preparing to take in-person bookings at Santosa, from 26 April 2021 onwards, if you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Intuitive Oracle / Tarot Card Readings Fionn offers intuitive Tarot and Oracle Card Readings delivered straight to your inbox so you can read them again when you need to.  Prior to consulting the cards to answer any questions you have, I go on a short Shamanic Journey to gain insight into your question and then I connect to the cards for more intuitive guidance.  More details here.

Goddess Archetype Workshop We are opening registration for our next 6-Part Workshop, beginning October 2021, we will explore aspects of the Triple Goddess and deep-diving into each of the archetypes: The Maiden, The Mother, The Wildwoman and The Crone. We will also explore the shadow aspect of each of these archetypes. This workshop will enable you to develop the goddess within you and expand your sense of self.  The workshop will be hosted online via zoom.  If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.

Oracle Card of the Month

Jewelled Web – Shamans Dream Oracle
This card speaks of connectivity, no separation and the feeling state.  We can see in the card, there is a shimmering web of jewels we didn't know existed.  

April / Aries season is about brand new beginnings and as lock-down restrictions are beginning to lift here in the UK, it's time to start considering our re-entry into life. Where it took us time to find new ways of coping during the lockdown, we need to take our time and feel into reconnecting with life outside our front doors.  We may be feeling nervous about socialising again after so long... just focus on the now. 

We are not separate and we are in this together.  

May April bless you with good health and happy moments!

Blessed Be

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Spring is Natures Way of Saying Lets party!   Robin Williams

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March 2021 – Newsletter


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Hello Dear Ones

And just like that, as if by magic, we have entered March and the season of unfurling vibrant life!  

The shift in energy has been palpable and we can breathe a collective sigh of relief as we leave the heaviness of the last couple of months behind us.  

The February Full Moon in Virgo brought some much needed nourishing energy, which helped to clear the fog and shine its lunar light on what we needed to let go of, so we can set a course for forward momentum.  

March is a time for advancement and movement, a time when we look to the future without looking back.  It's an assertive month, with only one objective: explosive expression, there is no stopping the birth of new life from the deepest womb of mother earth.  

By following Mother Earths example, we too can embrace the assertive and lively energy that this month brings and re-ignite our hearts to move forward with our dreams at full throttle.

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Fionn sends me a reminder that it is time to put the newsletter together, deep sigh. Where am I going to find time to do this? It is 9 pm and I have just finished work. I change the bed linen – I always sleep better on clean sheets and go for a shower. This last week has been a nightmare between family problems and work, I have just wanted to run away to a sunny beach.

Then while I am in the shower the mind starts working, as it always does. I am reminded of a meditation I like doing with Lakshmi. The last time I did this I asked about lack of time and the answer was clear. There is enough time in the bank, it is what we decide to use it on that is the problem.

So for me, it is easy to make a decision to get up a little earlier, but to spend some time in the morning drinking my coffee and just waking up. I know that some may consider that a waste of time, but I like doing that, it was a conscious decision to do that. What is not conscious is when I pick up my phone and half an hour later I realise that my coffee is done and I have wasted the time looking at the news that annoys me anyway.

On Monday when I worked until 9 it was a decision I made. It is easy for me to decide to spend more time on work, but somehow I can’t do that for the other things that are important for me. Tonight I have something that I need to be online for at work, but the compromise is to spend time on workshop preparation and writing this instead of just working.

My message to you this month is to make decisions about how you spend your time. If that is to work in the evening then that is ok, but also know when to say, actually, I need some space for myself now. And then more important than anything else, accept your decision and be happy with it.


Belinda

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February was a tough month, mentally and emotionally. A lifelong theme was brought fully into my awareness just before the February Full Moon, as recent events played out. When I began to consider my own part to play in this situation, I had a serious AHA moment, old memories flooded in of times, where I have been the ‘happy helper’ (aka too accommodating) forgoing my own needs for sake of others and the resulting negative reactions when I began to unplug them from my energy source.

Whilst I have thought I was being compassionate and understanding, empathetic even, it was very clearly illuminated by the full moon, that I often put the needs of others ahead of my own. Which is one sure-fire way to make one feel drained both emotionally and physically.

Being the happy helper can mean that instead of checking in with ourselves to make sure we have the space to hear someone else’s problems, we accommodate them and let them unload. We also tend to be too understanding and allow people to overstep our personal boundaries, in various ways.

Self-care includes boundaries. And in my case, my inner voice was yelling at me that I needed to create space and re-establish boundaries and to rethink what I perceived to be morally the right thing to do…. during a pandemic; and to make matters even more complicated, there is the added layer of worrying about what others will think.

Being too accommodating is a left-over survival behaviour from childhood, that follows us into adult life. This programming means we are often too helpful, and we instinctively jump into being of service to help people feel at ease, sometimes before we are even asked to. We trick ourselves into thinking we are being nice, but in fact, what we need to recalibrate is our own sense of value and worth.  

The cleansing winds of February and my newly acquired wisdom has left me feeling refreshed and ready to march on with renewed vim and vigour.

This month’s thought to ponder… where are we not harnessing the power of our no and creating healthy boundaries that ensure we come first?

Fionn

The Owls Witchy Tip

With spring on the way do some physical and spiritual spring cleaning. Clean your sacred space, move it about to release stuck energy and then dress your altar with all things pastel and pretty.


Connect with spring by planting some flower seeds or perhaps something to eat. I have just planted sweet peas (indoors) for planting in the garden later in the year and soon I will plant my first salad leaves. These will be in pots and the cut and grow again variety.  

The Wolfs Wild Tip

Go outside and soak up as much sunlight as you can! This is much needed after the long winter nights and the currently enforced lockdown restrictions.  

Take time to look around you and notice the plants bursting into life. Stop and really take a look at a plant in bud. How amazing are they?  

It’s a time of celebration. Do something fun.

Recommendations of the Month

  • Instagram
  • Books
    • Winter Hours, by Mary Oliver (It's spring, but the book is so beautifully written)
    • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (If you need some innocent wisdom in your life.  Supposed to be a children’s book, but one that Belinda rereads all the time)
    • Odin, by Morgan Daimler
    • Goddess Wisdom, by Tanishka

Whats New?

March and April

We are leading our Goddess Workshop during March and April and there are currently no planned Circles during this time; however, as the months unfold we will send out details of any circles we plan to host, in a separate email.    We look forward to sharing our Goddess Workshop Journey with you.  

Shamanic Power Retrieval

A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you.  Fionn is currently facilitating Power Retrievals remotely as distance sessions.  More details here.

Card Readings

Fionn offers intuitive Tarot and Oracle Card Readings delivered straight to your inbox so you can read them again when you need to.  Prior to consulting the cards to answer any questions you have, I go on a short Shamanic Journey to gain insight into your question and then I connect into the cards for more intuitive guidance.  More details here.

Tarot Card of the Month

The Sun – Prisma Vision Deck
The perfect card for March. It may not always feel like it, but the sun always returns. This card invites you to allow the warmth of the sun to embrace you. If you are finding that these times are still dark for you let the sun creep into those dark cracks and just warm you up a little. Remember if you are enjoying the sun share it with others that may struggle to find it.

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

Blessed Be

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March on.

Do not tarry.

To go forward is to move toward perfection.

March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.

Kahlil Gibran

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February 2021 – Newsletter


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Hello Dear Ones

Welcome to our February Newsletter. We have managed to make it through January… more or less intact, maybe with a few more bumps and bruises that we would have liked!

It’s now more than halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. I can hear a few hoorays! I know I am certainly excited to see the light starting to return.

February is a transitional time, a tipping point, a time for letting go of the old, to make space for the new. You can already sense the change in the air, the evenings are getting lighter and we are starting to feel ourselves waking from our winter hibernation.

In ancient Roman times, February was known as the “Month of Purification”. February is still considered to be the month for cleansing and purging ourselves from any residual negativity. This makes February an excellent month to balance our Chakras (link in the recommendations) or consider a ritual or spell for health. It’s also a good time to eat right, get plenty of rest, stay active mentally and physically.

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It's February, can you believe it? I always think that when February is gone then the rest of the year just flies by. So, what's my intention for February? To live every minute of it, to feel every minute of it, to be awake. I love waiting to see the first snowdrop, that is always the highlight of February for me.

And January? Well, it was a dismal, COVID, America, the ice. But it was also magical. Just watching the snowfall and then seeing the dog trying to navigate it once it had turned to ice. Watching the birds coming for food. And noticing the first buds on the honeysuckle. I received a delivery of seeds, they are waiting to be planted, it is exciting to think about summer and what the garden could look like.

And then the inauguration and Amanda Gorman!  If you did not see it, the link to a video of it is included below. The hill we climb was just wonderful: " For there is always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."

I don't know about you, but between Amanda Gorman and Kamala Harris, I was very proud to be a woman that day.

My message for you this month is to enjoy the returning of the light and to be the light.

YouTube:  Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb'


Belinda

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Living in the UK for the last 11 years, I have come to associate February with a liminal space… it’s still winter, but not quite spring. A space where nature begins to wiggle her toes and fingers before she takes a soul-satisfying stretch and slowly starts to unfurl from the depths of her slumber.

January has been… well simply rubbish. Lockdown here in the UK has certainly been a challenge, amplified by the long winter nights, it has often felt like the walls have been closing in. But this has leant itself to tipping the situation on its head and looking for creative ways to negotiate these unusual times.

January brought with it some interesting synchronicities. While feeling into the energy for February, the word sovereignty came through and more recently it has appeared in books, Oracle Cards and at a recent Cacao Ceremony, I attended.

It felt like this word was trying to get my attention. *woohooo* I am over here. Don’t you love it when the universe winks at you…

Stepping into our sovereignty means that we are free of the illusions of being something that we are not.  It means we are complete; we are the creators of our own destiny and we give voice to our creative expression. We lay claim to our space, body, soul, mind and heart. We accept full ownership of ourself, including our shadow and are personally responsible.

Next up was a very persistent swan (you know how much I love an animal guide 😉) and very timely too, as Swans are the symbol of the Goddess Brigid, whom we honour at Imbolc. She was showing herself in oracle cards, appearing in journey’s and in various other places.

Her message is to love yourself first and know yourself. She symbolises the awakening power of self, spiritual evolution, and transformation.

The message feels very strong this month, the time is now. Time to clear out and step up. To make space, to remember who we are and reclaim our sovereignty.

Which syncs in nicely with the Oracle Card for the February, which inviting us to dive deeper into getting to know ourselves. 

Fionn

The Owls Witchy Tip

To plant your intentions for this year ritual:

Buy a small packet of your favourite flower seeds, find a pot that can sit on a windowsill for now. On the waxing moon fill your pot nearly to the top with soil. Now create some sacred space, breathe deeply and spend a few minutes thinking about what you want the summer and the rest of the year to hold for you. Pick a few of these plans and plant a seed for each of them. As you plant the seed name it after your intention. All the time just breathing and visualising your intentions coming true. Once you are done cover the seeds with some more soil and water it. Now water your seeds on a regular basis, tending to your intentions and watch them grow. They will be a reminder for you throughout the summer.

The Wolfs Wild Tip

Imbolc is the gateway to spring. It’s an in-between place. In Shamanism we are very interested in the in-between places. We see these as the cracks between the worlds as a powerful portal for healing.

February can be an immensely powerful time to do Journeywork, and below are some ideas on what kind of journeys you can take:

  • Journey to the lower or upper world to meet your power animal to ask for guidance for the coming year.
  • Journey to specifically tune into the energy of this time of year, for healing to clear out the old and prepare for the new.
  • Journey to the middle world, envisioning the future and putting energy into it, by seeing yourself moving through the coming year putting your plans in action.

If you have never done journey work before, here is a link to a Shamanic Journey by Sandra Ingerman who for me, is my go-to teacher on all things Shamanic. This link is suggested Shamanic Drum Music to use on your journey.

Recommendations of the Month

Whats New?

Reclaim your Sovereignty - Cacao Ceremony
Join Belinda and Fionn for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 21 February 2021 at 19:00 where we will be connecting with the Goddess of Love to help us return home to ourselves, through the act of self-love and reclaim our sovereignty.  RSVP here.
 
Goddess Archetype Workshop 
In this 6 Part Workshop, beginning on 7 March 2021 (online), we will be exploring aspects of the Triple Goddess, deep-diving into each of the archetypes: The Maiden, The Mother, The Enchantress / Wildwoman and The Crone. We will also explore the shadow aspect of each of these archetypes.  This workshop will enable you to develop the goddess within you.  We will be hosting this workshop online via zoom. 
 
There is only 1 more space available.  If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.
 
Shamanic Power Retrieval
Fionn is facilitating Power Retrievals at Santosa in Edinburgh (in-person sessions will recommence after lockdown).  A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you.  If you are not in Edinburgh / Scotland a Power Retrieval can be facilitated remotely.  More detailshere.

Oracle Card of the Month

Sea Turtle, Stability – Divine Animals Oracle

In the current vibes, it’s hard to feel stable, emotions are all over the place and we are feeling stuck. In February we are still in transition between Winter and Spring, it’s the in-between place… we hunger for more, but right now we have to be patient.

The Sea Turtle magic flows to us with stability and resilience. She is asking us to ride her wave of magic with ease and surety. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured, follow the currents and hitch a ride.

She is inviting us to operate from a stable base, so instead of skimming the surface, dive deeply into study or learning your craft. Delve a bit deeper into getting to know yourself.

Let us nurture the spirit of renewal and embrace the light of the lengthening days.  

Blessed Be

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The birds
brought seeds
and flowers
and bits of brightly coloured string
and placed them in her hair while she slept
so that she would remember
the wild joy of
spring
when she
finally
awoke

Brian Andreas

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The Power of Working with Archetypes


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What is an archetype and how do we harness their power to create a conscious and authentic life?

Archetypes classify specific, recognisable, and universal traits.  Humans seem to have an instinctive sorting system of how we relate to people and it doesn’t matter where we are from in the world, the same archetypes exist. 

Jung is seen as the father of archetype psychology. He believed that archetypes exist in the collective unconscious and that stories and myths are an intrinsic part of our development.  According to Jung, the human mind retains aspects of our ancestors and this forms the basic foundations of being human. Jung also believed that our personality holds aspects of all archetypes, but that we are dominated by one archetype.  How these are expressed, depends on the stories that shape our upbringing, our values, character, culture, and the world around us.

Jung identified 4 major archetypes but maintained that there were many more.

  • The Persona: who you present to the world;
  • The Anima or Animus: the Anima/Animus is the mirror image of our biological sex.  The unconscious feminine in the masculine and the unconscious masculine in the feminine;
  • The Shadow: those things that society may think as unacceptable or what your own values consider unacceptable;
  • The Self: this is the unified unconsciousness and consciousness of an individual.

Other Archetypes include the Mother, the Hero, the Warrior, the Child, the Maiden.

There are various ways to work with archetypes:

  • Active Imagination
  • Dream Work
  • Astrology
  • God / Goddess Work

Why do we work with Archetypes?

Archetypes are a powerful teaching tool, that not only gives insight into ourselves, but also how we relate to others.  They trigger emotions and provide meaning.  Archetypes are a doorway to behavioural change and that can offer us a rewarding roadmap to reaching our unique potential and experiencing greater fulfilment in life.

For Jung, the reason for working with the archetypes was to allow an individual to achieve a sense of a cohesive self.

By working with Archetypes, we get to explore new and unknown parts of ourselves, allowing us to consciously create our life, by shaping who we are from the inside out, with conscious intention.

Why work with the Goddess Archetypes?

Working with the Goddess is powerful and alchemical work as she serves as a portal into our femininity.  She helps us to harness the different aspects of our femininity that work together to heal our wounds, expand our sense of self and birth a new way of being.  She supports us with wisdom and power so that we can strut our stuff like the badass goddess's we are!

We all have our own inner goddess and working with a specific Goddess, gives our inner Goddess extra va va voom. We can identify with Kali, see her fierceness in ourselves and allow her to help us bring that positive ferocity out where we need to. This work allows us to honour ourselves the way we understand the goddesses to be honoured. 

Working with Goddess Archetypes can assist with:

  • Understanding ourselves and increasing our self-awareness
  • Finding more fulfilment in life
  • Improving our relationship with ourself and others
  • Initiating personal growth through each of the archetypal stages
  • Healing ourselves and the collective
  • Gaining greater understanding of our social belief system

Getting started working with the Goddess Archetypes

  • Read about them and see who / what resonates with you.
  • Invoke an archetype you are naturally drawn to
  • The soul responds powerfully to imagery, find, or create an image of your chosen archetype

Once you have decided which Goddess or Archetype resonates with you, set up an altar in a visible location and place an image of your Goddess on your altar. 

Once you have created your altar , quiet your mind by taking a few deep breaths, drawing each breath deep into your belly and focusing on your heart space.  Take a moment to feel into what you would like to bring more of into your life by working with the archetype.

Light a candle and set your intention to invite in your chosen archetype, giving her space to infuse her particular shade of genius into your life.

Write down your invitation on a piece of paper, be very clear and specific on the qualities you are inviting in.  Place it on your altar and meditate on your request.  Let your candle burn for as long as feels right (supervised of course and remember pets are flammable 😉)

As part of your ongoing work with your goddess, you can meditate with her every day and placing seasonal offerings to her, on your altar.

New Moon rituals are a magical way to harness the lunar power of the moon to amplify your intention and desires.

The Goddess is rising.

Blessed Be.


Fionn and Belinda, work with the Goddess in all her forms, as part of their own transformational work and feel called to offer Workshops and Cacao Ceremonies to support others with these powerful teaching tools, which enable us to create a more fulfilling and magical life.


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