Thursday, August 20, 2020

๐Ÿ’› Some Mindset Thoughts ๐Ÿ’›


Howdy y'all.

Small life update I got a seasonal job working in a national park and having any kind of internet is almost impossible.

So future blog posts are on a hiatus for the time being. (Sorry not sorry I'm having the time of my life let me live lol)

Anyway while I've been here I've had some thoughts about things.

Lately, it seems to me that a lot of people view the world and their life in a very negative way and honestly it just kind of bothers me.

Im super over this, "life is trash, I wanna die" type of humor. When y'all speak like that you're literally manifesting that into your life and creating that to be your reality. If you wanna see the world for how beautiful it really is, if you wanna live abundantly and happily you need to teach yourself to believe that you already have all of that. Because you already do.

Be thankful. Look around you. Don't miss what you have today.

Friends.

Family.

People you love.

If you focus on the bad and what you don't have, that's all you're gonna see. But if you focus on the happy things and the things you already have than that's what you're gonna see.

The world isn't this big mean and nasty place. 
That nasty place is inside your head.
 I suggest you try and make it a good place to be.

(SPOILER) its actually pretty nice.


SHARE:

Monday, August 3, 2020

๐Ÿ‘ฝ Aliens Are Real ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

Life exists elsewhere in the universe. Just a statement of fact. 


๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ


When we think of Aliens people typically think of creatures that look like this. 


(Photo Credit: Inquisitr.com)


In reality alien life is extremely likely. NASA's Kepler probe has found 54 planets in the constellation Cygnus that can support life (Burreby, 2017). And that's just one constellation among trillions. The universe is endless, there’s an incomprehensible amount of planets that can support life. It doesn’t make any logical sense that we would be the only living things in the universe. 


(Photo Credit: apod.nasa.gov)


The greatest minds of our time say not believing in aliens is ludicrous. Stephen Hawking (RIP)  who is arguably the greatest mind of our time believed that aliens populate the universe. He even took it step further and said that he believes that there are space wars being fought right now between various alien populations. 


Aliens are so likely that almost all scientists believe in them. As soon as life was possible on Earth, it began. Why wouldn’t that happen on the countless other planets similar to ours? It overwhelmingly, probably already has. 


(Photo Credit: Forbes.com)


Neil Degrasse Tyson, when asked whether humanity is alone said this, “ You can’t think we’re alone once you study how common our ingredients of life are in the universe. The atoms of our body, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon. There the three most common commonly active ingredients. We are not based on special stuff. We are based on carbon, an extremely sticky element that makes molecules all across the periodic table. So if there was any kind of biology upon which you would base on an element, it would be carbon. And we are such an example of that life. Not only that, life got started almost as fast as it possibly could have in the early earth. After earth cooled down from meteor impacts that made us. Once it cooled down, complex molecules formed within a hundred million years, life appeared. So you combine these facts and look at the expanse of the 14 billion year age of the universe with a hundred billion stars in our galaxy and a hundred billion galaxies to suggest we are the only life in the universe that would be inexcusably egocentric.”




SHARE:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

๐ŸŒ™ What is a Moon Sign? ๐ŸŒ™


Hi, Hello how ya doing ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

In my Sun Series I went through some astrology basics and "What is a Sun Sign?" at the top of every sun series article and I've decided that I'm not gonna do that for the moon series because its just repetitive and boring. 

So for future reference when you're reading my Moon Series and don't really remember what a moon sign is you can just come here for a refresher. The Moon Series posts are just gonna be what the traits of the signs in the moon position and not an explanation of what a moon sign is, got it? okay yay :) 

(Photo Cred: Canva)

Astrology is extremely complex and you are several signs not just your sun sign. Your sun sign is the sign that the sun was in when you were born. The moon sign is a little different in that its where the moon was in the sky during your birth and it changes every few days. 

The moon rules your emotional self. It's your emotional instincts and habits. If your moon is in Aries you probably get angry easily and if your moon is in Pisces you may get your feelings hurt a little too easily. The moon sign is where you find yourself comfortable. If you have a Libra moon you may have gotten married young, if you're a Leo moon you may find that you like to stay single. This obviously has a lot to do with what's in the rest of your chart - like I said astrology is super complex, but you may relate to some of these traits if your moon sign is in these signs. 

The moon also rules your subconscious and inner self. The you that you don't show the world. The part of you that's hidden just like the moon is always partially hidden. It's key in understanding your relationships. 

The moon explains your inner emotional needs and childhood trauma. It represents The Mother and can tell you about your relationship with yours. 

If your moon is in an air sign you may find it hard to figure out exactly what you're feeling and you don't tend to get attached easily. If your moon is in a water sign, you may be a little needy in relationships, or extremely sensitive. A moon sign in an earth position may mean that you are looking for permanence and something you can build from. A fire sign in the moon position could mean that you move quickly in relationships, and are spontaneous. Moving from one extreme to another. 

I feel like understanding what a moon sign might make more sense when you read about the signs in the moon position so if you're confused thats okay, I'll have more articles up soon :) 

Im really looking forward to diving into the Moon signs!! I feel like you can't really understand or know a person until you know their moon sign. 

 So just like with my Sun Series I'm going to be going through the zodiac wheel starting with Aries. I'm planning on getting that up within the next couple days so stay tuned and thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’›

Share this article! 
(it would mean a lot to me ☺️)

๐Ÿ’› Follow me on Social Media ๐Ÿ’›



Pinterest:@katie_mccarv




SHARE:

Thursday, July 2, 2020

✈️ Small Announcement! ✈️

Hi everyone I have a small announcement. 

I have another blog! 

Whereas this blog is dedicated to true crime, conspiracies, witchcraft, etc. I wanted a place that's more fitting for my adventures, stories, thoughts, etc. Something more casual that doesn't really fit into the style of this blog. Something that's just me :) 

SO
 
without further ado I give you My Morning Playlist


That was supposed to be a gif but idk if it'll work lol. 

Anyway, My Morning Playlist  is gonna be a super casual place for me tell my travel stories, life things, and just overall whatever I feel like. For now I think its gonna be a Travel/Lifestyle blog but i dunno we'll see what happens lol. 

I think Im gonna tell a few of my favorite travel stories like the time I almost got arrested in Estonia or how the first night I ever spent in New York City I got into a super exclusive erotic burlesque club lol

Thank you for reading! And plz head over there to check it out if you feel like it, thank ๐Ÿ˜˜



๐Ÿ’› Follow me on Social Media ๐Ÿ’›



Pinterest:@katie_mccarv






SHARE:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

๐Ÿ”ฎ 10 Signs You're a Witch ๐Ÿ”ฎ


Hello everyone my name is Katie and I'm a witch.

Witchcraft has been super demonized in the media for that last like several hundred years. Witches don't fly around on broom sticks or eat little kids. True witchcraft focuses on the energy within you and in everything in the world. There are several different types of witches but they all tend to have the same core beliefs and focus. At the core of their beliefs is self-care, connection to the divine, manifestation, among several other things.

I think people can choose to become witches but another important aspect is The Call. Are you being called to it? Is their something fundamentally luring you down that long crooked path like a carrot on a string in order to get your attention? 

Witchcraft, mage-craft, shamanism and etc... aren't for the light of heart. It can be some pretty heavy, scary life changing shit. Is the universe beckoning you through dreams, through strange experiences, by constantly reminding you you are not like everyone else? 

This can be shown to you through many paths. Some people, from a young age have strong connections and attachments to animals. "Just knowing" that there is something different and special about you. 

Seeing repeating number patterns, experiencing paranormal phenomena, feeling energy differences. It can be scary to start experiencing these for the first time. It's easy to ignore "the call" because its scary and unfamiliar territory. I think that having these psychic/unexplainable experiences are an important step into stepping into your path as a witch. It shows you that there is more that lies beyond the mundane. 

 When you start to open up that side of yourself, spirits and energy from other dimensions are going to come to because they are attracted to your light/energy. They see your energy and are curious. Some spirits will come to try and trick you, to siphon your energy, or to manipulate you. Its important that you learn how to protect yourself.  

When you become a witch you will start to develop relationships with non-humans, gods, goddesses, deities. You will become open to vibrations and shifts in frequencies. You will start to see parts of the world you were unable to before. You will find that there is so much more to the world than meets the eye. 

Once you choose to answer the call. You become open to so much more in life, and the power within you. 



Signs you may be a Witch. 

  1. You find yourself being drawn to articles just like this.
    1.  When you are being called to witchcraft you find yourself being drawn to all that witchy stuff. Crystals, candles, the occult. You find yourself stumbling down little rabbit wholes that leads you to witchcraft. The universe is trying to show you that this is your path. Finding yourself being interested in witchcraft when you've never been exposed to it before is a first step. Many witches are born knowing that there is unexplainable energy in this world. Many start out extremely religious only to find it doesn't really fulfill them, or match their beliefs. It is only when they discover witchcraft that they truly feel at east. It just feels right to you.  
  2. You've experienced things in your life that you just can't explain. 
    1. You may "just know" things about other people without being able to possibly know them. You may be thinking about someone and then they call you right as you're thinking about them. You pick up on synchronicities in your environment. You pick up that you are being shown signs. You have feelings, visions, signs that you can't explain. You could be getting signs from your spirit guides but don't know that its them or what they are. Witchcraft explains those experiences. 
  3. You possess Psychic abilities or one of The Clairs. Many people possess psychic abilities (I feel that everyone possess these abilities but some come more easily to others). The Clairs are different types of psychic abilities. People who have a lot of water in their birth chart are more likely to possess psychic abilities. The Clairs: 
    1. Clairaudient, you can hear things that are not within this world or dimension.
    2. Clairvoyance, you can see things not within this world. Either with your physical eyes or within your minds eye you have visual access to other planes.
    3. Clairsentient, when you can feel something intuitively. People often refer to this clair as a "gut feeling" but its stronger than that. You can feel when something is right for you, or if something is off in a situation. You pick up on energies very easily. 
    4. Claircognizant, when you just know something. A thought that pops into your head that is not your thought. You can't explain how you know something but you can't deny that you know it either. It's knowledge that comes from elsewhere but also inside you. 
  4. You can feel what others are feeling.
    1.  You may be an empath (being an empath is different than being clairsentient but thats an article for a different day). An empath is someone who literally feels what everyone else is feeling. This phenomenon is very common in witches and people are connected to the other side. An empath may cry when they see others crying, or when someone else gets embarrassed - even when others don't even know they're embarrassed - you can also get embarrassed. Even when you see people on tv crying or experiencing a strong emotion, you also feel that feeling. You pick up on energy easily. It's not just your emotional self that is sensitive its also your physical body, because of this you need a lot of alone time to recharge, and you like being alone. 
  5. You love staying up late and you don't even mean to.
    1.  Witches like nighttime. This kind of ties into the old witch legends about witches coming out at night and honestly its a little true. You love staying out late and are deeply obsessed with the moon. 
  6. You feel connected to nature on a different level. 
    1. You can feel nature. Your energy and natures energy communicate and you feel this. You were born with this feeling. You may be big on sustainability or big on saving the earth. It's not that you just like nature, it's that you NEED to be around it. You can feel the energy in the trees and plants and you know that they recharge you.
  7. You are a speaker of truth and justice.
    1.  You are always the one that participates in protests, boycotts, etc. You can feel when something is right and cannot stand for something that is wrong. You know that when something is unjust it is going against nature. You know this and you feel this because you are connected to the natural world. You know that it's your duty to stand up for whats right and you are often the more progressive one in your friend group or family.
  8. What you see is what you get and you're probably a weirdo. 
    1. You don't put on a mask when around people. Witches can be lonely because they don't try and fit in with everyone else. They know that they're different and don't mind standing out. They're not the type to have a lot of friends. When you are born in a world where you don't fit in, its because you were born to help create a new one. You know this, and are called to it. 
  9. You're an Old Soul. 
    1. As a kid you were wise beyond your years or you've had many people describe you as an old soul. The more evolved you are as a person through many lifetimes,  the more connected you get to the other side and it shows. 
  10. You have a strong presence about you. 
    1. When you walk in a room the energy changes. You get looks from other people. They can tell something is different about you. You know that you are different. Animals and babies may stare at you. You can feel this energy and tap into it. Witchcraft is all about energy. When you are going the right way in life you can feel that it is right and your energy flows freely. You are able to manifest easily. You understand how certain energy will effect your life. You can "read" energy and the energy around you gets stronger. 
There is an old saying "in her heart every woman is a witch". Women tend to be more inclined to witchcraft. It's easier for them to feel the other side. 

A witches power doesn't come from their tools, a witches power comes from within themselves. This is why self care is key in the practice of witchcraft. Witches can be selfish, they know their worth. This tends to grow with time. 

If you are meant to be a witch in this life, the universe will pretty much bug you until you start down the correct path. The ways she does this is different for everyone, but if you are meant to be a witch, the universe will get your attention. 

Stay tuned for a shit ton of more witchcraft posts coming up. Im super passionate about this and want to share it with the world. Next few witchy articles are gonna be about Crystals, The Law of Attraction, Spirit Guides, Angels, Music, etc. See you there ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ



๐Ÿ’› Follow me on Social Media ๐Ÿ’›



Pinterest:@katie_mccarv



SHARE:

Thursday, June 18, 2020

♓️ Sun Series: Pisces ♓️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

We finally made it!!! This is the last article in the Sun Series up next is the Moon Series!! I don’t know about you but I am sooooooo excited to dissect some moon signs. :)

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Pisces part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego


NOTE: You are a Pisces Sun sign if you are born between February 20th and March 20th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.

♓️ Sun Series: Pisces ♓️

Pisces is the final sign in the Zodiac. They are considered the “most evolved” sign. An old soul. Their symbol is the fish and their sign is also considered the “Jesus sign.” They are a water sign, the other water signs being Cancer, and Scorpio. If you are a Pisces moon you can definitely relate to these traits.

Pisces is ruled by mystical Neptune, the planet of mystery and illusion. So it’s a very interesting planet to be ruled by. They are the most sensitive sign and considered to be the most “watery” of the water signs. They just have so much depth.

Water signs in general are considered more connected to the other side but Pisces in particular are very connected to the spiritual world and the spiritual side of things. They have a good sense of the point of life. They feel the deeper meaning. A lot of them end up being religious.

A lot of astrologers believe that Pisces are more likely to be reincarnated souls or souls that have lived a long time. Pisces feel the emotions of people around and this really tires them out. They are also extremely sensitive themselves and can get their feelings hurt easily. They have a strong compassionate intuitiveness.

They have a hard time saying no to people and will fall for anyone's sob story. Pisces can be taken advantage of because they are too nice and they don’t usually stick up for themselves. They see the world with rose colored glasses and always see the good in people. They always try and save people and take on people as projects and it's not always a good thing.

Pisces like to help others and serve others. They can be very susceptible to drugs and alcohol. They need to learn that the world isn’t all happy and magical like it is in their minds. They like to wine and love to complain. They have such deep emotions it can be hard for them to cope.

They are too sensitive. They get offended by any little thing. They need to learn to be a little stronger and not to take things so hard. Some things aren’t meant to be taken so hard.

They can be lazy. They don’t really understand the grind till you die mentality. They are obsessed with music, they can feel the emotions in songs more than other people. They typically become musicians and their lyrics are very important to them. They have a need to escape reality and use music as a way to do that.

Pisces are the biggest daydreamers and biggest dreamers. They usually have intense dreams. They are not the type to be loud or obnoxious. They are usually very wise. They can be too trusting. They’re not into people who are superficial or vain.

They are very accepting of others and tolerant. Pisces is very open-minded. They tend to doubt themselves. They need to stop caring what other people think of you.

Every sign brings certain traits to the world, Pisces brings their connection to the other side and their dreaminess.

Keywords: deep, mystical, emotional, psychic, magical, watery,


SHARE:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

♒️ Sun Series: Aquarius ♒️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Aquarius part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

NOTE: You are a Aquarius Sun sign if you are born between January 21st and February 19th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.


♒️ Sun Series: Aquarius ♒️

Aquarius is the 11th sign in the zodiac. Their sign is the water bearer. Despite their misleading name they are actually an Air sign, the other air signs being Gemini and Libra.

Aquarius are very unique and weird people. They are ruled by Uranus and Saturn. Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision. People born with this sign are change makers and are extremely humanitarian motivated. Their symbol is the water bearing meaning they bring things to others. They live to serve the world and to improve humanity.

Aquarius are extremely kind and generous. They genuinely care about other people and about improving humanity. They’re usually involved in charity, donating, or giving back in some way. A lot of them end up in careers where they’re helping people.

They have the biggest hearts and all they want is to better the world. They’re not motivated by money. Aquarians are very kind, grounded, humble people. They’re also just weird and goofy. They know this. They are the type of people to have some odd hobbies. They’re also very intelligent, all air signs typically are. They are logical and usually very attractive people.

They are usually very artistic and live in their own little world. They march to the beat of their own drum and they don’t care what other people think of them. They are born knowing who they are. They can come across as awkward or strange.

They are all about new things and changes. Many of them are brilliant minds who are creators and inventors. They are smart but they tend to be more street smart than book smart. Knowing about people and the world is what is important to them. They are always looking for new knowledge.

Aquarians are weird and are not judgemental of other people at all. They’re comfortable, nice people to be around. They can be friends with anybody. They don’t feel the need to show off or be flashy. They don’t care about that kind of stuff. People open up to them easily because they’re just so accepting of everyone.

They are very free and independent thinkers. They are known to be somewhat detached from their emotions. It may be hard to tell if an Aquarius likes you. They’re not the sign to cuddle or want to touch to show affection. They don’t like hugs are things like that. If you’re dating an Aquarius it may be hard to tell if they like you. They just don’t really show affection, it’s not that they don’t like you, it’s just not something they think about.

They can be emotional because they care so much about humanity. They hide it well and don’t cry or show emotion in front of people usually. They are very independent and need to feel free at all times. They can have commitment issues. But they just like their own independence and freedom.

Aquarius are shitty liars and typically very honest. They hate conflict and or extremely non confrontational. They have a problem with overthinking. Aquarius has a lot of friends but are very choosy about their inner circle.

Every sign brings traits to the world, Aquarius brings their much needed humanitarianism.

Keywords: intelligent, goofy, inventive, charitable, kind, giving, attractive


SHARE:

Thursday, June 4, 2020

♑️ Sun Series: Capricorn ♑️


Hello and welcome back to Astrology Thursday!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Per usual a lot of the information on this first page is going to be pretty similar to what I put on my other sun series articles. (What is a sun sign, more about the series, etc.) So if you wanna skip ahead to the Capricorn part go ahead.

Every Thursday I do an article about something Astrology related. I’m starting with going through the sun signs, then the moon signs, then the rising signs, and proceeding from there through the planets and houses. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in astrology and that’s fine, these articles aren’t gonna be about convincing you. (Although I probably will try sometime in the future). I just find astrology fascinating and informative. I’ve also discovered a huge community of like-minded individuals who have the same beliefs about it as I do and this is my blog and I can do what I want here.

So let's get into some astrology shall we?

First, if you’ve never heard of a sun sign here’s the basics. Each astrology sign holds unique properties which influence our lives in different ways. Although people often refer to each of these signs as ‘their sign’, the correct term is ‘sun sign’ which means the position of the sun in the Zodiac the moment you were born.

Overall Astrology is extremely complex and the sun sign is just a very small part of who you are as a person. If you are a Gemini and don’t really relate to these traits it’s likely because you have many strongly placed other signs in your chart that dull the quality of your Gemini sun.

A sun sign is basically the sign that governs your personality and is a reflection of your soul, your ego, your inner self and determines your basic approach to life. You also have your moon sign and your rising sign which contribute significantly to your character, dreams, relationships, and temperament.

Astrology has an impact on your approach to life and how you respond to any given situation. For instance, if your sun sign is Cancer you may use emotional appeal to get things done the way you want and generally just as the crab walks sideways you take an indirect approach. If you were an Aries however, you would take a more direct and physical approach to get things done.

You also have a moon and rising sign, which - very basically, breaks down to your moon is your emotional self and your rising is how you appear to the outside world. It's also your gut reaction to things. For an Aries rising, your typically knee-jerk reaction to things would be to get angry.

Sun Sign key words: basic nature, basic personality traits, values, the “big picture” of your overall personality, consciousness, basic identity, basic ego

NOTE: You are a Capricorn Sun sign if you are born between December 22nd and January 20th although the exact time varies every year so if you were born near the transition you should check to be sure what your sun sign is. I really like the website astro.com. Just type in your birthday, time of birth, place of birth, and it will give you your accurate sun, moon, and rising sign.

♑️Sun Series: Capricorn ♑️

Capricorn is the 10th sign in the zodiac wheel. They are an earth sign, the other earth signs being Taurus and Virgo. Capricorn's symbol is a Sea-Goat.

Capricorns are the least likely to believe in astrology. Or really anything they can’t fit into a box. They probably don’t believe in conspiracy theories, aliens, ghosts, etc. They are skeptical by nature. The world is very black and white to them. They are very logical and need to see tangible evidence for them to believe in things. They always need proof for everything. They’re not very open-minded.

They can be a little conservative. Especially about tattoos and piercings. They do things for practical uses. They’re the sign of practicality and they’re stubborn about it. Debating with a Capricorn is like talking to a brick wall. They can come across as a know-it-all.

They’re very good at remembering things and doing math. They’re the kind of person who’s smart who doesn’t really have to try to be smart. They can come across as kind of preachy sometimes, this is because they just believe so strongly that they’re right about things.

Capricorns need to learn that their way is not always the best way for everyone. They have a hard time letting things go when someone disagrees with them.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and Saturn is a difficult sign to be ruled by. Saturn represents live lessons, restrictions and challenges. (Every person will go through a Saturn return at some point in their life. This is when Saturn returns to where it was when you were born. This time is usually considered your midlife crisis or a time of challenge and change. Your Saturn return is usually every 27 years.) Saturn represents personal growth, Capricorns become stronger and tougher the older they get. Being ruled by Saturn gives Capricorns a lot of challenges in life.

Capricorn is not a very lucky sign. Many of them struggle with addiction and difficulties throughout their life. This just makes them stronger.

Capricorns are especially ambitious but they have to be the one that decides to pursue that goal. If their motivation doesn’t come from within, it can be hard for them to work towards that goal. Earth signs in general are career driven but Capricorns in particular are especially career driven.

They are independent people. They don’t feel the need to be in a relationship but if someone catches their eye and they are committed. A Capricorn is very choosy and if they choose you, they are choosing to be committed for the long haul.

They are good critical thinkers, they have good practical ideas. They work smarter, not harder. Capricorns are responsible people. They’re excellent planners and are never flaky. They like to make plans and they stick to them. When someone flakes on them, they get really offended.

They are logical, and masters of self-control. They’re the sign to survive an apocalypse because they’re resourceful. They are always looking for validation and improvement. They are very hard on themselves thinking that they don’t work hard enough.

They are very stoic and can come across as emotionless. They’re good at putting on an act. When they allow themselves to have fun, they have a lot of fun. Work hard, play hard attitude. They can become a completely different person when they drink.

They are solid life-long friends. A great person to help you with a practical solution. They are extremely loyal but they do get annoyed easily. They can have a negative attitude about things.

Capricorns need to practice self-love more.

Keywords: Logical, Rational, Ambitious, Methodical, Strategist, Reflective, Stubborn, Obsessive, Controlling, tough


SHARE:

Monday, June 1, 2020

⚒ North Korea & The Short Life of Otto Warmbier ⚒

Otto Warmbier was an American man who went on a daring trip to North Korea back in 2016. North Korea is a very hostile country and relations with them are always extremely tense. They censor their people to the extreme. It's truly like the entire country is a giant cult.

The rules when going to North Korea is that you are not allowed to bring almost anything. They control everything, including what you’re allowed to see. Absolutely no cell phones, no computers, no printed material, no music, no camera that is too sophisticated, nothing. When people go to North Korea like Otto did, they are forced to watch these propaganda videos saying how horrible the US is and showing how much food North Korea has. They are extremely Anti-American.

North Koreas "Great Leader" Kim Jong-Un
(photo Credit: thefinancialexpress.com) 

Occasionally, North Korea allows some US citizens to come in, although they are extremely choosy about who they let in and it's all pretty much to shove propaganda down their throats and try to make it seem like the people in North Korea are doing well. They control everything and you only get to see what they want you to see. It's truly bizarre. There are videos you can watch of North Korean kids performing and singing songs and the whole thing is so rehearsed and not natural at all.

North Korea broadcasts these videos showing how the people worship their great leader and they show videos of people crying and cheering when they see him but the whole thing is very off and extremely fake. When Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il died in 2011 the entire nation was shown crying and weeping in a huge display of overwhelming grief. That would obviously never happen in a country where people are free to have their own opinion. In North Korea you can be imprisoned and tortured for minor trifles, like not mourning the death of their great leader enough. People are sent to a kwan-li-so for being related to someone who displeased the state, or they face a kangaroo court trial and possible public execution for a long list of political or economic "crimes."

(photo credit: The New York Times)

North Korea as a whole is a very very poor country and their people are literally starving. Many many people try to flee north to China at extreme risk to themselves and their families. When anyone comes to North Korea to film things for documentary reasons they are only shown what the state wants them to see and a lot of the homelessness and poverty goes undocumented.

There is this really funny (but also very sad and horrible) video where North Korea literally faked showing their people doing google searches. This documentary team went to this school or library and showed this group of students sitting at computers where they were just sitting and staring at the computers and not even touching it. There was only one man there who looked like he even knew how to use a computer and of course that was the one man that they wanted them to meet.

This North Korean man was filmed just sitting and staring at the google page. He never even touched the computer.
(Photo Credit: businessinsider.com)

These people are SO controlled it's actually hard to fathom. Their entire reality is warped and people who have gone there have said that it’s like walking around in a real life Truman Show.

(Photo Credit: news.harvard.edu)

This is the story of Otto Warmbier. Honestly I’m shocked and a little disgusted at how little coverage this story got and the fact that it got swept under the rug so quickly. Otto was a 21 year old man from Cincinnati who went on a daring trip to North Korea in 2015. He was taken by the North Korean authorities for allegedly trying to steal a poster of their great leader and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Otto was released by North Korean authorities in 2017 and sent back to the United States in a deep coma which he never came out of. He died on June 19th, 2017 at the age of 22.

(photo credit: wikipedia.com)

Otto was born on December 12th of 1994. His parents are Fred and Cindy and he has two other siblings, Austin and Greta.

Otto was a very smart individual with some of the highest grades in his school. People describe him as being enthusiastic, energetic, and eager to learn. He was Prom King, an athlete, and he even gave a speech at graduation. He was very well-known in his area and very well liked. Everyone who knew him really liked him and he was just kind of a zany guy with a weird sense of style. He wasn’t the type to be super into himself and he was just a super down to earth, solid type of guy.

After high school Otto enrolled in the University of Virginia and was double majoring in commerce and economics. He was also very interested in international relation/studies, and had a minor in global sustainability. Otto really liked to travel and he had actually already been to quite a few countries. His friends said that he was very daring and that he wasn’t afraid of anything. He really searched for that adventure in life. In 2015, Otto signed up to do a trip to North Korea because that was just the kind of adventurer he was. 

Otto speaking at his highschool graduation.
(photo credit: CNN.com)

Otto signed up through this group called Young Pioneer Tours and this tour group really advertised themselves as “places your mother doesn’t want you to go.” Meaning that these were dangerous trips. Specifically on the North Korea trips they really advertised how wild and fun it is. They made it seem like the hotel was super nice and that you were gonna have a really fun time in North Korea. (“fun time in North Korea” I know right?)

(photo credit: youngpioneertours.com)

North Korea is extremely dangerous and they HATE Americans. They literally sing songs and have posters up everywhere that say things like “Death to America.” It’s obviously not the people's fault that it’s like that because they’re brainwashed to hate Americans but still… it’s not a good place for an American to be. But Otto was fearless and wasn’t scared. He really was just looking for a cool adventure.

So Otto went with this tour along with 10 other Americans and he didn’t know anyone else on the trip personally when they left. The tour he signed up for was a 5 day tour around New Years Eve. They were shown a bunch of cool places around Pyongyang and were staying in this super nice hotel. Pyongyang is pretty much where all of the nation's money goes to make it look super nice for when other nations come to visit. It’s all part of the illusion that their country is “powerful” and “strong.”

Whenever North Korea has visitors from other countries they all stay in this super nice hotel that is literally built on an island and where your every move is watched. The thing that is super weird about this hotel is that there is allegedly this 5th floor where guests are not allowed to go to. No one really knows what's going on on this 5th floor, people speculate that it’s probably where the North Koreans keep an eye on their guests. The elevator in the hotel even skips the 5th floor.

Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang North Korea
(photo credit: youngpioneertours.com)

Otto, being this adventurous kind of guy allegedly wanted to go to the 5th floor. There’s actually been some reports of some tourists who have come and stayed in that hotel, and have gone to the 5th floor before. There is even a blog post written by one of those tourists that talks about the 5th floor and she even has pictures and video of it. Apparently on this floor there is just a ton of Anti-American propaganda and Pro-North Korean posters. There’s some stuff online about it and it kind of seems like going to the 5th floor was just kind of a tour thing that a lot of people did.

Allegedly, Otto and his tour group were celebrating New Years Eve and after celebrating and drinking in Kim song-il square, they decided to go to the 5th floor. Which is SUPER ballsy and something you probably shouldn’t do. North Korea is super serious about rules and punishment and many people speculate that maybe he had been drinking and just wasn’t thinking straight. However his friends on the trip say he never removed the poster from the hotel and that he was in bed on the night of the alleged theft. Otto was a smart individual and he knew how serious North Korea was, he wouldn’t have risked his life to steal a poster.

North Korea claims that Otto and a couple other people went to the 5th floor and that Otto stole a poster off the wall. There is video footage that North Korea claims is Otto that shows him taking and rolling up a poster with an image of their great leader on it. Now North Korea is CRAZY obviously and they have insane rules about the image of their great leader. You cannot fold, roll, or mess with the image of their leader at all. It’s a serious crime to do anything to his image.

Alleged video of Otto taking a propiganda poster. 
(photo credit: twitter)

The video of “Otto” has been under a lot of scrutiny. North Korea doesn’t have any fair kind of justice system and it’s all pretty just a Kangaroo Court. In the video it’s not really clear that it’s even Otto, for all we know it could have been staged by North Korea (which it probably was). We really just don’t have any facts and North Korea can, and does lie to the US (and the rest of the world) frequently. Many people think that he never even went to the 5th floor and that North Korea just accused him so they would have an American Prisoner.

As the tour group was about to leave Otto was taken by North Korean authorities and that was the last time anyone would ever see him. At first his tour group didn’t think anything was wrong but as the plane was boarding he never showed back up. When the plane was closing up the tour group started freaking out and demanded to know where he was. The North Korean authorities told them that Otto was sick and that he couldn’t get on the plane. His tour group knew this was a lie because they had just been with him but they had no choice and were forced to leave without him.

North Korea doesn’t really have a justice system. If you are accused of a crime you’re forced to confess even if you didn’t do it.They do these super fake trials to make it seem like they have a trial system but none of it is real. They give statements for the defendants to read and they have act exactly how they want you to act. Otto was forced to do one of these “trials” and “confessions.” The North Korean authorities televised this and there are videos you can watch of it although I will say that it is extremely disturbing.

(photo credit: timemagazine.com)

In his “confession” the values highlighted are on par with Confucian values. The language, vocabulary, and body language used are exactly the same as many of the North Korean reporters. He was forced to say things like “I can’t believe I was fooled by the American government,” and “I have come to realize how the US Administration has lied to its people so that they can overthrow the DPR Korea.”

Otto was found guilty of his crimes and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. North Korea has these labor camps which are basically concentration camps similar to what the Nazi’s had in WW2. Some of these camps are huge, one is the size of New York City, another is the size of Washington DC. No one really knows what really goes on in these camps. Some Americans have been held prisoner in these but their reports vary a lot. Some say that it wasn’t that bad and some say that they were starved, beaten and tortured.

Some said that people would catch frogs and rats and eat them raw because they were starving so bad. Some prisoners have been able to escape and tell their stories. There's even a book out by a man who escaped called Escape from Camp 14. He is known to be the only person to escape from a "total-control zone" grade internment camp in North Korea.The prisoners there are forced to do hard labor and are barely fed. They’re tortured, beaten, and are treated as inhuman. 

Satellite image of one of North Koreas labor camps. 
(photo credit: timemagazine.com)

Otto’s sentence officially started in January of 2016. His family tried everything they could to get him back but it was super super difficult and they were basically told to stay quiet because “you don’t wanna upset the North Koreans.” And honestly…. The US government really didn’t do anything to help get him back. They might have done some things behind the scenes but it really seemed like nothing was being done to try and get him home.

In 2017, North Korea finally admitted that Otto was in a coma. Nobody knows how this happened. Specialists who have looked at him think that this happened to him just weeks after he was sentenced. Meaning Otto had been in a coma for over a year. They think that his coma was not caused by any head trauma because his brain tissue was damaged throughout his whole head. Specialists think that it was from lack of oxygen. Some people think that the North Koreans did as a torture but some people actually think that Otto tried to commit suicide right after his sentence so that he would die in North Korea and cause a lot of problems with the government. No one really knows how this happened and we probably will never know. 

Otto after he was sentenced.
(photo credit: voanews.com)

North Korea finally released Otto “on humanitarian grounds” but that's total bullshit because if they actually cared about being humanitarian they would have released him as soon as he went into a coma. US authorities think that North Korea just didn’t want him to die while in their possession and that the only reason they gave him up was because they knew that he was close to dying.

In June of 2017 he was officially released by North Korean authorities and flown home to the US. His friends and family weren’t really aware of the severity of his condition so when his plane landed they were all really excited to see him again. However his severe condition became clear when he carried him off the plane. He was limp, unconscious and when doctors took a look at him it was clear that he had no chance of survival. On June 19th of 2017 Otto was taken off life support and passed away a short time later.

Otto being carried off the plane after his release from North Korea. 
(photo credit: The New York Times)

Truthfully I don’t really have a good ending to this story. Nothing was really done to get justice for Otto and his story was swept under the rug really quickly. I feel like his story deserved to be told and shared and it’s something we shouldn’t forget.

It’s fun to talk about conspiracies and speculate but this shit is real. This government is real. We read books about dystopian or futuristic societies being mentally controlled and heavily censored but this is REAL and happening right now. 

Ottos parents, Cindy and Fred Warmbier. 
(photo credit: vox.com)

May Otto rest in peace. So much potential for such a short lived life.


(photo credit: WPCO.com



Pin this article to Pinterest




SHARE:

Sunday, May 31, 2020

๐ŸŽจ 6 Incredible Artists You Need to Know About ๐ŸŽจ

Freelance artists are people who are commissioned to create a specific piece or series of pieces for clients. They can be graphic artists, sculpture artists, painters, etc and are typically self-employed. Personally, I feel that too often freelancers get overlooked because they can be hard to find. In an effort to create more awareness for freelance artists (and small artists in general) here is a short list of super cool and amazing artists that I know of. Feel free to commission them and check out their sites. Even an Insta follow would help. So without further ado here are 6 Incredible Artists you Need to Know About. 


(Photo Credit: @artbyjmalone on Instagram)

  • Jamie Malone
    • Jamie Malone is an artist based out of central Iowa. They are a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Bio/Pre-Medical Illustration. You can commission them for prints, paintings, graphic design, and illustrations. They are heavily inspired by celestial bodies, music, black creatives, and the natural word. They wish to educate and celebrate with their creations, and provide clients with art they can cherish for lifetimes.
    • Site - https://www.thegoldhollow.com/
    • Insta @artbyjmalone
    • Twitter @warmlux

These 8.5 x 5.5 prints are available at Jamie's website (thegoldhollow.com) Proceeds are currently going to the bail funds of Des Moines Protesters who were arrested during the George Floyd / Black Lives Matters Protests. 

  • Jordan Jorgenson
    • Is also an artist based out of Iowa. They do watercolor paintings, drawings, poster designs etc. 
    • Insta @jorjorgenson

(Photo Credit: @jorjorgenson on Instagram)

    • Summer Mursum
      • Summer is an artist out of Iowa. They do drawings, paintings, and makeup. 
      • Their coloring book! - Little Village 
      • Insta @Mersum_ 

    (Photo Credit: @mersum_ on Instagram)
    • Sabrina Brugmann
      • Sabrina Brugmann is an Argentinian artist who creates empowering illustrations. In her own words from her website. "Hi, my name is Sabrina Brugmann also known as Sasa Elebea. ​I’m an Argentinean illustrator and tattoo artist, living in Tel Aviv. My work consists on writing empowering quotes on illustrations of women and feminine objects. I look forward to sharing a positive message on my Instagram to keep people inspired and motivated. I believe that a positive way of thinking, and living a mindful life can make a huge impact on the mood. On my designs, I share that experience with all the ones that are looking for this feeling.​"
      • Site - www.elebea.com/
      • Insta @sasa_elebea
      • Facebook Page - @hi.elebea
      • Twitter - @elebea
      • Tumblr - @elebea
      • Pinterest - @sasaelebea

    (Photo Credit: @sasa_elebea on Instagram)


    • Kat R. 
      • Nola is a multimedia artist who studied the intersection of science and art, and is starting to work toward her Master's in Medical Illustration. with this degree, she plans to specialize in creating works of art that bridge the gap in knowledge and reduce malpractice in the medical field, including medical treatment for women of color and Black women, LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual education, and entertainment media that brings life to the voices of systemically ignored groups of people. While her works in fine art now are mostly focused on the human figure, sensuality, and feminine expression, her main passion lies within science, and expressing its use for progress. She recently began transforming thrifted and factory closeout clothing into wearable works of art using a different medium - bleach. Her mission with the bleached products is to use clothing that's secondhand and saving them from a land fill or burn pile - which is a reality for nearly every company in fast fashion - and bring awareness to the environmental impacts of such trades. Someone who feels compelled to have a foot in every door, she's made works in digital art, animation, painting, drawing, graphic design, clothing design, sewing, and photography. She can be commissioned to do most of these mediums, and has specialized in custom ethereal nude paintings, pet portraits, and animated character re-draws.
      • Etsy shop: @KRArtKat
      •  Twitter: @imabigboy69
      • Insta: @nolakats
      • Patreon: @nolakat
      • Ko-fi: @krartkat
    (Photo Credit: @nolakats on Instagram, these shirts are available at Kat's Etsy shop linked above)


    (Photo Credit: @alexisrakun on Instagram)

    ๐Ÿ’› Find me on Social Media ๐Ÿ’›



    Pinterest:@katie_mccarv



    Pin this article on Pinterest!!
    SHARE:
    Blogger Template by pipdig