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A mini-reading for you

A mini-reading for you

Hello there!

I could not resist the urge to take my beloved Deck of the Bastard off the shelf today. This is a deck I normally use in the fall, but what the hey. It’s August 20th. That’s close enough, right? So here I am, trying not to think about the fact that it’s still 95F outside, ready to offer you a reading with my favorite autumnal cards. Oh, and we’re also using the Earthbound Oracle for good measure.

Are you open to some insights from the cards? If so, I am happy to offer you a free mini-reading.

As it usually goes, start by taking a moment to pause. Be in your body. Enter the moment. Take a conscious breath. Then, pick a number: one or two. When you are ready, scroll down and listen to your reading.

ONE

TWO

I hope that this open-ended reading has given you some interesting things to consider. I’m currently open for personal readings, so check that out here if it calls to you!

Until we meet again,

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Tarot Nerdery: What I’m Loving Lately

Tarot Nerdery: What I’m Loving Lately

Hello fellow tarot nerds!

You know what I miss from elementary school? SHOW AND TELL. Today I made a video showing + telling about some of the tarot things I’ve been nerding out over lately. Here you have it:

Despite all of my good intentions to get back on a regular schedule with blogging, I’ve still been pretty erratic so thanks for hanging with me.

A piece of GREAT NEWS – I also share this in the video – is that we are pretty much DONE with the creative aspects of The Spacious Tarot. We’re working on getting the guidebook and final illustrations formatted to print! Yay!

One thing this means is I will now have more time and energy for blogging and readings. After being unavailable since May, I just re-opened my services today! So if you’ve been wanting to work with me, come on in. I’ve missed connecting with clients and I am happy to be back in action!

I hope you are well. Take care of yourself and we’ll talk again soon.

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LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN: a tarot spread

LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN: a tarot spread

Whenever I talk about anything astrology related, I feel compelled to start with a disclaimer: I’m not an astrologer. Just a tarot reader who enjoys occasionally dips her toes into this complimentary field! That said, man oh man has there been some interesting astro stuff happening lately.

Mercury retrograde.
A solar eclipse in Cancer.
And now, a lunar eclipse in Capricorn.

I think I’ve been feeling this all times ten because of The Spacious Tarot. Creating a tarot deck has been a pivotal event in my life, and it’s coincided interestingly with all the macro level happenings. I’ve definitely been going through looooots of micro level shifts and really feeling this weird but wonderful cosmic energy lately!

On that note – we only have FOUR DAYS LEFT of our Kickstarter campaign for the deck! A lot of people have been asking if we’ll be selling The Spacious Tarot after the Kickstarter campaign ends – the answer is yes, but likely not until 2020. Figuring out the logistics is a big endeavor, so right now our priority will be Kickstarter orders. What I’m saying is, if you know you want a copy of the deck and haven’t yet backed it on Kickstarter, that’s the best way to go.

Here’s the tie in: one of the big themes that has come up over and over in the deck creation process is taking responsibility. Some time ago Annie and I got stuck in the project, and so I pulled a few cards for us to reflect on. The central card was the Emperor. This was an indicator that we each needed to have clearly defined roles, and we each needed to take greater ownership collaboratively and individually for this project. That reading definitely felt like it shifted the energy and allowed us to move forward productively.

This morning I spent some time sitting on my porch, drinking a nettle infusion and reading insights about this lunar eclipse in capricorn from some of my favorite astrologers. Here are some of the key themes they brought up about this eclipse:

@tara.nikita says we are dealing with collective themes of power, responsibility, and “spiritual adulthood.”
@mysticmamma says we are stepping out of old constructs and being guided back to our own seat of power. This can be a vulnerable process.
@chaninicholas says this is a time of release. It is important to stay close to what keeps us centered and protected.

Drawing upon these themes, I’ve created a LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN tarot spread for you to try. Although I did create this with the eclipse in mind, I think it would be a good spread to use any time themes of maturity and responsibility are prominent for you. Here’s the spread:

You are welcome to share this graphic on Instagram or any social media. If you share your spread and want to tag me, I’m @carriemallon on Instagram.

Whatever this eclipse is bringing up for you, I hope you can find some meaning and magic in the moment. Remember that our individual experiences are important, but we really are all connected. The whole universe is going through this thing with you, let’s support ourselves and each other on this wild ride.

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Becoming the Queen of Pentacles

Becoming the Queen of Pentacles

Greetings from my balcony, upon which I am drinking a delicious cold brew herbal tea (kava, lemongrass, oat tops, ginger and rosemary), while Lulu rolls around in the dust and sniffs dried bird poop (sorry ‘bout that – the bird feeders are right above the balcony, you see). It’s not exactly the most Instagram-approved moment, but it’s a pretty damn good moment if you ask me.
Just over five years ago, when I started my business, I did a reading for myself. I drew three cards, asking what I might expect my business to look like in six months, one year and five years. I can’t remember the first two cards, but I’ve never forgotten the third card. It was the Queen of Pentacles.

So now here I am, five years on, and I do feel like I’m becoming the Queen of Pentacles. There are many layers of complexity and nuance to this. The most obvious sense – and the thing I thought of when I saw this card five years ago – is income. To be completely honest, I’ve never made much, but you generally don’t become a tarot reader to get rich. My earnings are still pretty modest, but I do feel more secure and stable these days, which is a very welcomed sensation.

Maybe this is a good point to talk about how FREAKIN AWED I AM at the reception of The Spacious Tarot on Kickstarter. For months before we launched I was haunted with the notion that we might not reach our financial goal at all. Well, we did. In fact, we met it only two hours after launching the 30 day Kickstarter campaign.

I mean… WHAT?! It’s been almost a week now, but I’m still trying to process this. It’s pretty amazing. Like, that’s an understatement. It is one of the most surreal and incredible experiences of my life. THANK YOU to all who have shown support in any way: backing the project on Kickstarter, reaching out with encouraging comments, or helping us spread the word. We could absolutely not do this without your support.

Now that we’ve met our initial goal, it is a guarantee we can move forward with printing and distributing decks (YAAAAY!) the extra income we’re generating via Kickstarter will be used to make the project even better. We’re already brainstorming fun bonuses for our backers, plus we’re planning to invest in some behind-the-scenes stuff to improve the quality of the deck (a copyeditor for the guidebook and maybe a graphic designer, perhaps someone to help with distribution, etc).

On that note, if you want a copy of the deck and have not yet reserved on Kickstarter, our campaign is still going for another 24 days. We do plan to sell the deck on our website at some point in the future, but that’s likely a way out. So right now, if you want a copy of The Spacious Tarot, backing on Kickstarter is the way to go.

Anyhow. Becoming the Queen of Pentacles means a lot more than just earning some coin (and to be frank, it will likely be a while before Annie and I to see personal profits from the deck, as much of what we’re raising right now will be invested back into the business).

Lately, for me, becoming the Queen of Pentacles (or Guardian of Pentacles, as the card is titled in our deck) also looks like:

-Refining my existing skill sets and deciding what new things are worth learning. I’ve learned a LOT of new things while launching the deck: about selecting printers, about offering physical products instead of just services, about creating and managing a crowdfunding campaign…the list goes on.

-Finding the right balance of actively building things up while also letting things grow at their own organic pace. A lot of this involves my relationship with “marketing.” Ugh, a businessy word, but really, marketing is just letting people know about what you’re making. Right now I’m inhibiting this interesting space where part of me wants to market the HECK out of our deck and get the word out there in big ways. Then the other part of me wants to take a quieter approach, letting the cards make their way into the world at their own pace and trust that they’ll find who they most resonate with.

-Choosing to focus more of my time on the projects that matter the most to me. This part hasn’t been particularly easy, as I’ve had to make the tough decision to put my client services on a long hiatus while I work on the deck. I really, really miss working with you guys. A few people have emailed me lately asking when I’ll be available again, and it puts a little ding in my heart every time I turn someone away. But at the same time, client sessions take up a lot of time and energy. And any Queen of Pentacles worth her salt respects the fact that her time and energy are finite. Oh, and by the by, I’m really hoping to open up client services again at the end of July or early August – I’ll keep you posted.

And perhaps more than anything, becoming the Queen of Pentacles has meant deeply sensing in to how I want my business to grow from here. What do I want to build next? How can I best prioritize my endeavors going forward? What do I want my work to look like five years from now? I’m not certain of the answers, but I have some ideas, and I’ll keep sitting with the questions, listening to the Universe, and doing the work to find out.

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The Spacious Tarot is ready for you!

The Spacious Tarot is ready for you!

Hello there,

Today is A HUGE day! The Spacious Tarot is now available on Kickstarter! Happy Summer Solstice, indeed!

I’ve been a little quiet here on my blog, but behind the scenes I’ve been in full on Eight of Pentacles mode working on this deck. I can’t wait for you to see the beautiful Kickstarter campaign Annie and I have created.

Right now, the only way to ensure you get a copy of the deck is to pledge on Kickstarter. Your support means the world to us – we can’t do this without you. Thank you for being a part of this space!

Well, what are you doing still reading this email?! Get on over and check out all the goodness on Kickstarter!

Sending lots of love, enthusiasm and spacious vibes your way,

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Tarot Tuesday for May 7, 2019

Tarot Tuesday for May 7, 2019

I’m back with another mini-reading for you! This time the reading is in video format and we’re using the Wild Unknown tarot. Keep in mind that I recorded these readings on May 7, 2019 but you will find them when you need them. Even if it’s a different date, trust that the timing is right for you.

Take a moment to center yourself. Get comfortable, let your shoulders relax, and perhaps take a deep breath. When you are ready, pick a number: one or two. Then scroll down and find your reading.

ONE

TWO

I hope you find some interesting things to think about here! You are welcome to leave a comment on the unlisted YouTube video or right here on the blog.

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The Spacious Tarot updates, April 2019

The Spacious Tarot updates, April 2019

It’s about time for another update on the status of the deck I’m creating with Annie Ruygt, isn’t it?!

Even though I’ve been posting pretty regularly on the deck’s Instagram page, it’s been quite a while since the last blog post. And just in case you missed it over on Instagram, I have HUGE NEWS to share today.

The Spacious Tarot Kickstarter will launch June 21, 2019!

The summer solstice seems like a perfect time to do this. There’s a radiant energy around the solstice and I think that dovetails perfectly with the magical vibe of our deck. The Kickstarter campaign will probably last around 30 days, but there juuuuuuussssttt might be a special early bird price for the first few backers!

Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! The date might seem far away, but I think it’s going to arrive before we know it. Annie and I still have a fair amount of work to do in the mean time. Annie is almost done with first draft illustrations but we still have revisions and touch-ups in the pipeline. I’m still writing the guidebook as well as communicating with printers and figuring out how structure the Kickstarter campaign. 

And of course, we both have other projects and full lives. Annie’s traveling right now (check out her Instagram for a peek at her adventures!) and I’ve had some family stuff going on. It’s a lot, but this deck is really important to both of us. It’s an absolute passion project. We are so excited to have a Kickstarter launch date finalized!

It will be so amazing to see the deck professionally printed! All the photos I’ve been sharing online are basic prints I did at the UPS store. The cards are going to look 10x more amazing when the deck is done! Here are a few more nerdy printing details, in case you’re interested in this kind of thing! There is a slight chance some of this might change, but this is the plan so far:

-the deck will be printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper

-the cardstock will have a matte finish and slightly rounded edges

-the images will be borderless

-the box will have an attached lid that flips open (similar to the box of the Prisma Visions Tarot) and the guidebook will sit in the box right on top of the cards

So there you have it! June 21 is the big day. I’m so excited, and also nervous, but mostly excited. It’s happening! Thank you so much to every person who has shown us support so far. It’s amazing seeing that other people are enthusiastic about our deck! We’ve put so much love and intention into this project and we are already beyond thrilled with the way it has been received.

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Breaking the Wheel tarot spread

Breaking the Wheel tarot spread

I arrived very late to the Game of Thrones party – I binged the entire show starting in February and got caught up just in time to watch the premiere of the final season. I’ll try to keep this relatively spoiler-free, but I had to mention the show as it was the inspiration for the tarot spread I’m going to share with you here today.

There’s a particular line from the show I keep thinking about. In a conversation with Tyrion, Daenerys talks about how the same ‘wheel’ keeps turning in Westeros. The wheel that she speaks of is the neverending quest for power. One ruler makes it to the top, the wheel turns, another ruler is now at the summit, and so the cycle goes on…and on…and on. Dany tells Tyrion that she doesn’t want to stop the wheel. She wants to BREAK the wheel.

I will spare you my anaylsis of what this means in the context of the show and move on to how this concept has inspired me to create a tarot spread. I really resonate with the idea of ‘breaking the wheel.’ We all get stuck in destructive cycles. Maybe your ‘wheel’ is a behavior pattern you keep enating, a relationship dynamic that keeps spiraling, or a routine that is no longer serving you. Breaking the wheel means moving into a new paradigm. It isn’t an easy thing to do. Once a wheel is in motion, it is likely to stay in motion. Stopping a wheel is tricky enough, but breaking it? Well. That’s quite the task!

If you currently feel like you’re riding some type of wheel and you want to break the damn thing once and for all, perhaps this spread can give you some insights to consider. I did it for myself today and I got a lot of juicy goodness out of it. Give it a go and see what turns up!

Some notes on the spread positions: card one offers additional clarification about what the wheel actually is. Even if you go into the spread having a good idea of what kind of cycle you’re dealing with, this card may help you uncover the deeper implications.

The second card shows internal factors upholding the wheel. This is where you can examine what is within your personal power: what choices are you making that keep the wheel in motion? What energy are you bringing to perpetuate the spinning of the wheel?

Card three, on the other hand, speaks to external factors. This is important because some cycles we get caught in are not entirely of our own making. Societal forces and other circumstances outside of your direct control may be at work, and it’s helpful to be aware of those.

With card four, you consider what purpose the wheel has served. There’s a reason you found yourself in this cycle, and this card may illuminate the lessons you’ve been tasked with learning here.

Finally, cards five and six give some advice and insight on how to actually BREAK THE WHEEL. It may not be easy, but it can be done – and these cards will help you chart a course forward.

If you do try this spread, you’re welcome to leave a comment or tag me on Instagram and let me know how it goes! Bonus points if you happen to have the Game of Thrones tarot deck and use it for this spread, haha! Now that I’ve watched the show I may need to add that one to my wishlist (I totally called Melisandre as the High Priestess and Cersei as the Queen of Swords).

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Synchronistic greetings from the Luminous Void

Synchronistic greetings from the Luminous Void

Hello! It’s your friendly neighborhood Carrie, emerging from the shadows. I’ve been neglectful of the blog and newsletter, and I regret this. Spending time here and connecting to you in this way is very valuable to me. I want to do a better job of honoring that going forward.

The main reason I’ve been MIA is I’ve got a lot of other things competing for my brain power lately. I’m writing the guidebook and researching printing for The Spacious Tarot, plus there’s been a minor shit storm of events happening at the same time in my personal life. Everything is okay, and I have many reasons to be grateful, but it’s felt like a lot to navigate. I’m always a pretty tender person (INFP, empath life) and sometimes I get overwhelmed not by any one thing in particular, but just by LIFE. You know? LIFE is a lot.

But I’ve also been finding new levels of strength and resilience within myself lately. Anxiety has crept in a few times, but I’ve doubled down on self-love and introspection and reminding myself to carve out non-negotiable time for the practices that anchor me. Lately, this has meant lots of hot baths (with epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils) and yoga sessions (Yoga With Adriene has been a godsend).

Anyhow, I wanted to re-connect with the blog and newsletter today but wasn’t sure what to talk about. I was pondering this and pacing around my office when The Luminous Void tarot caught my eye. This is one of the newer decks I’ve received and it sure is a quirky thing. I have a lot of decks and I can honestly say this is one of a kind. I will be totally honest – some of the imagery is almost too weird for me (and I have an unusually high weirdness tolerance) but it’s also really fascinating.

I’ll post a full review of the deck in the future, but for today I thought I’d offer another mini reading for you. I’ve done this a couple of times over the past few months in video format. Today we’ll try written format.

If you’d like to participate, take a moment to settle in wherever you are. Maybe take a deep breath in through your nose, out through your mouth. Allow yourself a moment to release distractions and be present. When you are ready, pick a number: one or two. Then scroll down to find your card and message.

For those who picked card one:

You have the Page of Swords. Perhaps it is necessary to remind yourself that you will not find meaningful change by being hostile towards your flaws. You will not grow by cutting yourself down.

Consider that you might be better served by taking a neutral approach. It is possible to observe where you have room for improvement without tearing yourself apart. It is possible to acknowledge where you need further knowledge without presuming your current self to be ignorant.

Most importantly, you must cultivate an unwavering belief that evolution is possible for you. The energy of the page is apt here, for as the metaphorically ‘youngest’ of the court cards, the page still has much to learn, much to experience. You are asked to align with your inner page by affirming that opportunities for expansion await you.

This is not just a woo-woo sentiment: psychologists know how strongly your beliefs about yourself impact your life. If you believe that transformation is always possible, you will find endless opportunities to transform. If you believe that you have hit a dead end, you will find evidence to support that belief. Remind yourself that you can actively choose which of these belief systems to work with.

For those who picked card two:

You have the Page of Cups. Remember that the realm of imagination and play and dreams is just as important to your well-being as the realm of tangible reality. Making art or communing with the moon or performing rituals is just as valuable as spending time doing something society would deem “more productive.”

You may find yourself craving a more magical connection with this world, with yourself. This card reflects the part of you that has never been hurt by life, the part of you that never learned to cut yourself off from the pure magic of your existence. That part of you is always somewhere deep within you, and perhaps now is a time to bring your inner Page of Cups to the surface.

Especially when you are busy or when you experience resistance, it is essential to allow yourself to spend time in the realm of imagination. Put some time on your calendar to follow your fancy. This might look like reading a fairy tale, or walking in the rain, or simply immersing yourself in your fantasies.

Let yourself strip away any layers of stress, debris and external conditioning that are wearing you down. There is an invitation to buoyancy here, a return to trust. You are held and supported, just as the Page in this image is held by the cup. Affirm that it is safe for you to dream, it is okay for you to wander. It is essential for you to experience pure, undiluted magic.

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I hope you found something in your message that resonates. Thank you for being here. I am sending you many good wishes and lots of encouragement! Until we meet again,

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Embrace, Erase, Face

Embrace, Erase, Face

Hardly a day goes by that I’m not shuffling a pack of cards. Tarot is a central part of my life, obviously! Even so, it has actually been quite a while since I’ve done a spread for myself. I still do a daily draw for myself, but that just involves pulling one card and quickly jotting down a sentence about how it might apply to my day.

This is totally normal, of course. Many seasoned tarot readers notice that their relationship with the cards ebbs and flows. Sometimes we feel we need more frequent, in-depth spreads. Other times we sense it’s okay to let some time pass between reading sessions.

Usually I have a pretty good feel for this and know intuitively when I’m due for a more in-depth session with the cards. But lately I’ve been so go, go, go that I didn’t realize how much I needed a reading until I stumbled upon the three card spread I’m going to share with you here. The spread is credited to @owlandbonestarot and the positions are Embrace, Erace, Face. When I saw this spread it hit me right in the gut and I said out loud “ooh, I NEED TO DO THIS.” So here I am, with the Fountain Tarot next to me. I’m going to give this spread a go for myself and notate some of the insights here.

EMBRACE: Nine of Coins | ERASE: Four of Cups | FACE: Six of Wands

Immediately, the Nine of Coins feels like an invitation to embrace all the growth I’ve experienced lately. I definitely have a tendency to be self-depracating. Even when I’m making real improvements and generally doing well at life, I can get mired down by beliefs that all my progress is a farce and I am actually an epic failure. It’s a shadowy tendency that I’ve become more and more aware of over time, but there’s still work to do here.

Just last week I found myself breaking down in tears because of the sense that I’m not doing enough, that I’m failing, that I suck at life. Luckily my husband and my dog were there to remind me of my value and bring me back to center. But being in that shadowy place is not a healthy thing for me, and this card is a reminder of that truth.

I need to embrace that I’m doing just fine. And perhaps even more than that – perhaps I am doing great. How would it feel to believe that? How would it feel to take ownership for how far I’ve come? What might my experience look like if I learned to tame these shadowy beliefs, as the woman in the card has tamed the falcon?

As the suit of coins is associated with the mundane realm, this card also invites me to acknowledge evidence of my progress. Sort of a confirmation bias thing: if I’m looking for evidence that I’m a failure, I’ll find it. But on the other hand, if I choose to actively embrace the evidence that I’m doing well, I’ll find that instead. This isn’t to say I should ignore the real areas of improvement that may be available to me, but it does seem to indicate that I need to give myself a lot more credit for all the ways in which I’m growing and improving.

The Four of Cups in the erase position is an interesting card to see here. This is one of the more complex tarot cards for me – I view it in so many different ways depending on context, intuition and so on. One of the keywords I often see given to this card is apathy. Although I do not always view the Four of Cups in this way, that’s what it feels like for me here in this spread.

I am asked to erase apathy, because apathy gets me nowhere. Apathy prevents me from taking the constructive advice of the previous card. Apathy lets me stay in the comfortable (but glum) groove of self-deprecation. Then the question becomes, how the bloody hell do I erase apathy? I see some advice on that front coming forward in the next card.

I am asked to face the Six of Wands, and this card hit me in the gut the second I saw it show up in the spread. I get a sense here of excitement. The person on this card looks completely swept up in joy. They are not holding themselves back from this experience, they are giving in to the joy, letting themselves be carried by it. 

This is why the Six of Wands hit me in the gut: I do sometimes resist letting myself really RIDE waves of joy. When good things start happening, I have a tendency to (unconsciously) slam on the energetic brakes. I described the Four of Cups as glum, but comfortable. There is certainly part of me which would rather stay in a glum but comfortable place than let myself be swept up in the rhythms of joy. Those rhythms may be more enticing than the glum place, but they aren’t as comfortable because they are unknown, they are outside of old patterns and comfort zones.

Perhaps this is why I’m asked to erase those old, comfortable but glum ways of being. Maybe I needed them for a time. Maybe they did not exist because of my shortcomings, but because of some deep seated need of my psyche. But it feels like I have now transcended that need, and I am now asked to face something different. Something brighter and more expansive. I need to be patient with the scared part of myself that would rather stay put. I need to invite her into the adventure and convince her that it is safe to face happiness, it is safe to exist in a different way.

Hmm. This is getting into some deep shit. Suffice it to say, I think it’s a universal spiritual conundrum: being resistant to embracing joy, because something ‘bad’ might happen. So the weariness of an imagined and as yet completely fictional ‘bad thing’ prevents us from the thrill of enjoying the ride. Yep.

Some of the messages I’m getting here are applicable as I work on The Spacious Tarot, the deck I’m creating with my friend Annie Ruygt. Even though it has been going well and I have every reason to believe it will continue to go well, I have had a few freak out moments over it. I probably haven’t let myself really give way to the joy of this project because I get stuck in old blah energies. Time to let myself face forward and get swept up in goodness!

This is one of those spreads I’ll be thinking about for a while. Also, I love the spread positions here! And if it seems interesting to you, I encourage you to give this spread a go for yourself. I got a lot out of it and what I shared here is really only scratching the surface of what this spread has led me to consider. It’s been a while since I encountered a new three card spread that felt really exciting, but this one is fantastic – shoutout again to Owl and Bones Tarot!

Speaking of tarot readings and the deck I’m working on, I’ll soon be taking a break from client readings to focus on writing the deck’s guidebook. If you’ve been thinking about getting a reading with me, now’s a good time to book. I’ll be putting my services on pause at the end of this week!

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