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The real-life people behind 6 famous fairy tales by Gabbi Shaw

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Snow White might have been based on one of two potential German women. 
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  • Fairy tales are stories that have been passed down through generations, many of which have inspired some of the most beloved movies of all time.
  • However, some of these magical stories might not have come out of nowhere — many have some relation to real historical figures and events.
  • Rapunzel’s story can be traced back to the tragic tale of Saint Barbara.
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You may think you know the story of Rapunzel, but did you know that she’s partly based on martyr Saint Barbara? Or that the Beast of “Beauty and the Beast” actually existed?

These six beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes all have something in common: Their roots come from real people, places, and objects.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the facts behind your favorite fiction.

The story of “Beauty and the Beast” was probably based on the tragic life of Petrus Gonsalvus.

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“Beauty and the Beast.” 
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According to Refinery 29, in 1537 there was a young boy named Petrus Gonsalvus who was regularly called a beast. Reportedly, this was most likely because he had a case of hypertrichosis, a condition that causes a person to grow hair all over their body, often referred to as “werewolf syndrome.”

Read more: 17 children in Spain developed a condition known as ‘werewolf syndrome’ after they were accidentally given hair-loss drugs

Gonsalvus was just 10 years old when he was taken from his native country, Spain, and sent to the King of France to operate as a type of court jester. “King Henry decided to take on Gonsalvus as his little pet project,” Refinery 29 wrote, “the king groomed Gonsalvus to be a nobleman.”

Eventually, King Henry’s wife, Catherine de’Medici (who took over after the king died), found Gonsalvus a wife — coincidentally another woman named Catherine. Though it took some getting used to, the beauty fell in love with “the beast.” They were married for 40 years and had seven kids together, four of which also had hypertrichosis.

There are theories that Snow White is based on one of two real women: Margaretha von Waldeck or Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal.

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“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” 
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According to Mental Floss, von Waldeck lived in the German town of Waldeck (of course) during the mid-1500s. When she was 17, she left her father’s home, perhaps due to friction with her new stepmother, and moved to Brussels. There, she attracted the eye of Spain’s king, Philip II.

Soon thereafter she fell ill, and many believe she was poisoned, as the couple had their fair share of detractors who believed that marrying a coalminer’s daughter was beneath a king. Unfortunately, there was no true love’s kiss to cure her, and she died at 21.

The other potential inspiration? Deep breath: Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. The young woman also lived in Germany, according to the Independent, in a town called Lohr am Main. Born in 1729, she was the daughter of Prince Philipp Christoph von Erthal, whom she lived in a castle with. Turns out, her father owned a mirror factory. In fact, the castle they lived in is now open to the public as a museum, and inside one of the rooms is a

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8 CRYSTALS TO ATTRACT MONEY & WEALTH by Astrology Answers

Money planted in the ground to attract abundance.

Let’s face it: Money makes the world go around. Meaning that the more of it we have, the more we can do in many situations.

Some of us are more driven by money than others, but the bottom line is that we all need it on some level. What does that have to do with astrology? Quite a bit, as crystals are just one way that you can allow yourself to profit. Crystals can help accomplish many things, as there are crystals for luck, success, health and other things. Below you’ll find the top eight crystals to attract money.

8 Crystals to Attract Money & Abundance

Green Aventurine

Green Aventurine is one of the stones that attracts money. It has a reputation for bringing opportunity. It’s known as ‘the gambler’s stone’ because it helps increase luck when it comes to financial gain. The best way to use this crystal to bring you abundance is to keep it in the dish where you toss your loose change at the end of the night. It will help that jar to grow full! Give it time and let its influence take hold of your daily habits. Before you know it, you’ll be finding more ways to save the money you bring home.

You might also want to put it where your important papers and documents are kept. Wear it when you have meetings with your financial adviser or important business meetings. Do you have a meeting where you need to ask people to invest in your small business? Bring this stone along in your pocket or put it around your neck, as these are situations where it can’t hurt to have a bit of mystical power on your side regardless of circumstances.

Citrine

Citrine is a deep golden form of quartz. It’s known as one of the crystals leading to an abundance of money, and it’s sometimes referred to as ‘the merchant’s stone’ in astrology circles because it tends to bring prosperity to shopkeepers and other salespeople. My aunt had a shop, and she used to keep a small Citrine point in her cash register. She believed that it helped to draw money in and keep it there. You can almost certainly find a logical place for your Citrine to attract the money you need into your life.

Citrine is not just one of the best crystals for money, though. Any kind of tangible wealth and abundance corresponds with the beautiful colours of citrine. It also resonates with the Solar Plexus chakra, the area of your own energy where powerful transformation occurs. Use Citrine for as many things as you can and see what rewards it can bring!

Iron Pyrite

Iron Pyrite is known as “fool’s gold,” but not on the way that many think it is. It may not seem logical to see the word “fool” in the nickname of a crystal and think it’s positive. How can this stone, which alludes to deceit, be one of the best crystals to attract money? One of the magical properties of this stone is that it helps the bearer not to be fooled by things and people that are disingenuous.

Iron Pyrite protects you from scams and helps you recognize scammers. When you’re not conned out of money, you get to keep more of it for yourself. You can bring this to a meeting where you are entering into contracts that may impact your finances, or during meetings where you are making important decisions.

Jade

Like citrine, Jade is known as one of the crystals for attracting luck and success, not necessarily just money. It was valued in ancient China for these reasons, plus its beautiful colour. Jade is another stone that you can drop in your loose change dish or keep with your financial papers for an added boost of positive energy. Wherever you think you need a boost in your life, drop some Jade and know you’re in good hands.

This stone works with your Heart chakra, to help you keep your desire for wealth in balance with your own emotional desires. It will balance your ambition with your compassion and promote an understanding of those in your life.

Quartz

Quartz is not only one of the best crystals for money, but it can be quite helpful for nearly any purpose in life. Whatever you want to happen, incorporate some quartz, and you’ll be giving yourself a boost of positive energy. Get a piece of clear quartz—one that has a single termination. If you find one that has golden rutiles in it (these stones are sometimes called ‘Venus hair stones’ because the rutiles look like golden hair trapped in the crystal), then that’s even better.

You should place it on top of a piece of paper money folded up and put in a safe place. Keeping this with the rest of your important papers will do nicely. You might even want to place the folded bill and the stone in a dish where the sun’s light can bathe them with positive energy.

Sodalite

Many astrology and crystal references won’t list Sodalite as one of the best crystals to attract money, but we like it for a different purpose. Sodalite is cleansing, and it will help to rid you of what stands in your way of abundance and fulfillment. It’s called ‘the poet’s stone, and it will cut through any deceit to find the truth.

The stone is also an ally for excellent communication, and it’s a Throat chakra stone. Being able to voice your needs and then look for the true path to finding them is one of the most effective paths to prosperity. This can help you at work and with the people, you need to help you climb the career ladder. Carry it with you to help you see what’s happening clearly, and you’ll move in a more direct path towards your goals.

Sunstone

Inject positivity and happiness in your life with some Sunstone, as it’s full of the colours of sunlight. Our feelings and attitudes play a big role in our results in life, and that’s certainly the case with regard to our finances. Don’t confuse it with goldstone, though, which is composed of oxidized copper. Sunstone is all-natural and is a great stone for injecting positive energy into your wealth. It aligns with your Sacral chakra and helps you to rid yourself of the fears that you won’t have enough.

The fear of poverty or inferiority, the feeling of lacking, that you never have enough, will harm your efforts towards true abundance in your life. If you don’t banish them it can hurt you, and that makes Sunstone a very powerful ally with keeping these thoughts at bay. Sunstone may not directly influence the flow of money and abundance, however, if it

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