Sun Sign Astrology: Leo

Sun Sign Astrology: Leo

Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac, with the Sun visiting July 23rd and leaving August 22nd. Leo is a fire sign, alongside Aries and Sagittarius. As a result of its fire influence, Leo’s have a passionate and fiery personality. They are expansive, and like how a single flame can quickly grow into a roaring fire, a Leo can go from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes. Leo is ruled by the planet of the Sun, and is the most powerful planetary influence, exuding energy and enthusiasm.

Leo’s are extravagant rulers of their kingdom, they want everyone to know who they are when they enter the room, and demand respect and loyalty. There energetic, flamboyant personality draws people to them like a magnet, and people often look to them for a good time – they are excellent entertainers and hosts. If they aren’t the centre of attention, they are not happy.  They are also very generous, partially to show off to others and gain their loyalty, but also because they are genuinely friendly people. They radiate optimism, and live a life bursting with energy. Leo’s make wonderful friends, as long as they get admiration and respect in return – there is never enough flattery and adoration in a Leo’s mind. They are also excellent business people, due to their authoritative, demanding nature that allows them to climb to the top of the ladder much quicker than others. If they know what they want, they are going to get it.

The extravagant nature of the Leo means that they often look down their nose at others, no one is better than them, and nothing is too luxurious or off limits to a Leo. When they do feel threatened by another person, they find it difficult to disguise their jealousy and will quickly find a way to outdo their opponent.  In times of financial difficulty, a Leo, worried about damaging their reputation, will take out another credit card and go on a shopping spree. They allow nothing to publicly bruise their ego. Leo’s are also known for for being headstrong and fixed in opinion, it takes a lot of persuading and convincing to get a Leo to change their mind, or admit that they are wrong. After all, they are the King of the Jungle, so surely what they think is always right?

Famous Leo’s include: Bill Clinton, Ben Affleck, Napoleon Bonaparte, Madame du Barry, Amelia Earhart, Madonna, and Barack Obama.

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Do You Have a Poltergeist In Your Home?

Do You Have a Poltergeist In Your Home?

A poltergeist differs from your average ghost, as is better thought of as a ‘noisy’ spirit. It can however, be difficult to distinguish between ghost activity and poltergeist activity. So how do poltergeists make themselves known? Here are some key signs that you have a poltergeist on your hands.

  1. Objects move without any logical explanation. A door slams shut. Something is knocked over, or moves across a table without any reasonable explanation. There is no breeze, and the object moves in a strange way – more as though a person is behind its movement rather than a sudden gust of wind. I have had this experience myself – In my old home I found a bauble from my Christmas tree in the hallway, meaning that the bauble at the far end of my living room had rolled across the entire room in a right direction, before taking a sharp right out of the door, and rolling down my very long hall. I was spooked to say the least – it was impossible for the ball to have rolled and changed direction multiple times around corners to arrive in my hallway.
  2. Objects mysteriously disappear. No, your not going crazy, you put something down, turn your back, and then its gone, only to reappear where you originally left it later on.
  3. This is similar to objects moving without a rational explanation. You may notice things are not quite how you left them, although many times it is subtle, and makes you doubt yourself. Once again I have my own personal experience of this. In my old home we had all of our shoes on a shoe rack in our hall – about 15 pairs in total. We would always put the shoes toe first into the rack. After returning home after a late night out, the shoes were all facing the other way, as though placed in the rack heel first. None of us had accidentally put our shoes in the wrong way, or else only a couple of pairs would be turned- and we noticed it immediately as we walked in the house because it looked odd to how we usually had it.
  4. You hear strange noises. A lot of people put this down to the house ‘settling’, and yes it is normal for houses to creek and respond to temperature changes within the home. However, with a poltergeist the noises are much more unsettling, you could here unexplained footsteps, despite everyone being fast asleep in bed or in the home alone, scratching on the walls, and even more sinister, hear voices. If you start hearing disembodied voices, either through the radio, the television, or even just in the air, it could very well be a poltergeist trying to send you a clear message.
  5. Electrical disturbances. Poltergeists are known to love flickering lights on and off, turning off your appliances in the middle of your favourite television programme. Batteries seem to drain quickly, although just being charged up.
  6. Strange scents and odours with no apparent explanation. The smells are usually unpleasant, such as smoke and in a lot of cases sulphur, a scent associated strongly with the paranormal. If you experience these scents you may find that they are stronger in certain parts of your home, and this could indicate your homes’ residing poltergeist.
  7. Unexplained scratches and physical injuries. Do you suddenly spot an unexplained scratch, bruise or bite mark but have no idea of its origin? If this occurred as a one off, you could dismiss it as an accident, but if this happens to you frequently, it very well could be due to poltergeist activity. In serious cases some people even report being aware of the attack from an invisible source.

I don’t think every poltergeist has malicious intentions, rather they are trying to get our attention and let us know they are there. You may even find them helping you – I know someone who’s poltergeist used to fold their clothes for them! If it does seem to escalate and move towards violence, you may want to consider leaving the home if you can. Have you had a poltergeist experience? I’d love to hear about it!

Conspiracy Theory: The Death of Elisa Lam

Conspiracy Theory: The Death of Elisa Lam

Four years ago, on February 19th 2013, Elisa Lam’s body was found in the rooftop water tank of the Cecil Hotel, in Downtown L.A. Despite being reported missing earlier that month, Elisa’s body was only discovered when guests of the hotel complained that the water in their rooms had a funny taste and colouring. This is when Maintenance workers discovered Elisa’s naked body, floating in the water tank. Elisa was a student at the University of British Columbia, and the daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong. In January 2013, Elisa decided to make the trip to Southern California alone. On social media, nothing appeared out of the ordinary about her trip. She visited many popular West Coast sights, posting photos on social media like any other tourist. On arrival at the Cecil hotel, she initially was staying in a shared room with other travellers, but eventually was assigned a room of her own, as roommates complained to hotel staff that Elisa showed odd behaviour.  It is also important to note that Elisa had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, for which she was on medication, and also openly talked about on her blog. Before her body was found, the LAPD released footage from the camera within an elevator that showed Elisa behaving very oddly, looking as though she was hiding or trying to get away from someone, and even stepping out of the elevator and talking and gesturing as though someone was there (which is a possibility, there may have been someone out of sight of the camera). Whatever is happening in the video, it is very unsettling to watch.

So the question is, how did Elisa end up in the water tank, and what are the circumstances of her death? There are so many theories, but there a several that I think are strong possibilities. A lot of people are quick to point to Elisa’s mental health history, which I personally think is overly assumptive and really rather unfair. Elisa was on medication, and clearly in control of her disorders or else she would not have been able to arrange and partake on the trip, and I am sure her parents would have stopped her if they thought she was not well enough to do so. Equally, she had no previous history of attempting suicide. A major theory was that she was murdered – I mean there is no evidence to suggest she wasn’t, so it is definitely plausible. Elisa may have been murdered by a hotel worker or  a guest- the doorway to the roof where her body was found required a special pass/key only acquired by certain members of staff at the hotel, but may have also been taken by a guest. The water tanks required climbing a ladder to get into, but were also covered with heavy lids that would have been nearly impossible for Elisa to then place back on the tank once inside, suggesting someone put her body their and covered up the tank to hide it. On her blog, Elisa also wrote about how there were people behaving strangely in the hotel, and that she was having trouble with them,  suggesting that a person may have been stalking or terrorising her before her death. This would also explain the eery elevator footage where Elisa looks as though she is trying to run away from someone, before stepping out the elevator to confront them. Interestingly, people noticed that parts of the footage appear to have been removed, perhaps a worker at the hotel would have access to the camera surveillance and was able to delete anything that would incriminate them as the killer.

The sinister history of the hotel is another theory that is often brought into discussion about this case. The Cecil hotel first opened in the 1920’s, and since then a has became known for its countless numbers of suicides and murders, many of which remain unsolved. People point the finger towards the paranormal, and suggest that Elisa’s strange behaviour in the lift was because she was under the influence of a spirit. Many people claim to experience paranormal activity – some guests even stating that they feel themselves being choked when nothing is there, and this is further asserted by the death of a woman who was killed by strangulation but the murderer was never found. A second theory linked to the paranormal is that Elisa was in fact playing a Korean game in which players use an elevator in order to travel to another dimension. The game involves travelling to different floors of the hotel, and apparently makes players feel confused and disorientated, a possible explanation for why Elisa ended up on the roof of the hotel. Do you think it is just a coincidence, or do you think the paranormal plays a major role in Elisa’s death?

Finally, I’m not sure what I think of this theory, because it claims that Elisa Lam was a made up person, and that does not sit well with me, especially when I think about her grieving family, but there is also a theory that Elisa’s death was used to cover up an outbreak of tuberculosis in the area. Soon after Elisa’s body was found, an outbreak of deadly tuberculosis occurred in the area surrounding the hotel. The test kits for tuberculosis were named “LAM-ELISA”. Whilst I don’t prescribe to this theory myself, it is more than spine chilling. The belief is that to cover up the tuberculosis outbreak, this death was ‘invented’ so that anyone researching LAM-ELISA would instead come across the story of Elisa Lam. Sure enough, I typed LAM-ELISA into my google search, and all that comes up on the first page are stories about Elisa Lam, and her Wikipedia page.

Elisa was only 21 when she died, and I hope one day the cause of her tragic death is discovered, and that there can be closure for her family and loved ones. She was described by those who knew her as cheerful and outgoing, always ready to welcome others, and never without a smile on her face. I hope one day she has justice.

 

Sun Sign Astrology: Cancer

Sun Sign Astrology: Cancer

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, with the Sun visiting June 21st and leaving July 22nd. Cancer is a water sign, alongside Scorpio and Pisces. As a result of its watery influence, Cancer signs are sensitive and intuitive. They are ruled by their emotions, rather than logic. Cancer’s ruling planet is the Moon – explaining Cancer’s intuitive and emotional behaviour.

Cancerian’s are incredibly imaginative, exuding creativity – always full of new and exciting ideas. They are often spontaneous, relying on their intuition to make important decisions, rather than spending a lot of time planning and deliberating. To other’s Cancerian’s are loyal friends and lovers, and seek close relationships and meaningful bonds. Unlike many of us, Cancerian’s like to stay in touch with ex-lovers, ex-spouses, people they were friends with as children etc. – they grow their circle of friends, and are especially reluctant to let anyone slip through their fingers. They are nostalgic, and look back at their memories with others fondly. They are also incredibly faithful, and love the idea of a traditional marriage and home life, believing marriage is a life long commitment, and are very hurt when this ideology is challenged.

They are kind and sympathetic to those around them, but also very sensitive themselves, and this can be a problem, especially as being over-emotional leads them to take things to heart too often. Due to their turbulent emotions, many people may be shocked that Cancerian’s also have a moodier side to their personality. Also they have quite a pessimistic attitude – as soon as something goes wrong, they will abandon the entire project – they do not cope well with failure and setbacks. Because of their sensitivity, they are very guarded, and fear being hurt or rejected by others. They struggle to trust others as a result, but once you form a relationship, whether it be romantic or a friendship, they give unselfishly- it is important for them to show people they care.

Now for some famous Cancerian’s, my favourite being the late Princess Diana. I think she was a perfect example of a Cancerian – emotional, sympathetic & caring, devoted mother, but also with a moodier side to her at times. Other famous Cancerian’s include: Tom Hanks, Ernest Hemingway, Frida Kahlo, George Orwell, Prince William, Robin Williams, and Nelson Mandela.

Law of Attraction: Money

Law of Attraction: Money

I have quoted in previous posts that if you can see it in your mind, you can see it in your life, or as W. Clement Stone articulates it better “whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve”. A lot of people have a negative relationship with money, money is a major stressor in most people’s lives, and we often worry that we do not have enough. Some even go as far as to say that money is the root of all evil. It is these very beliefs that make it difficult to acquire more money, and put you in financially difficult situations. As soon as you shed your negative views of money, you start to welcome it in abundance. To attract money, you have to stop focusing on the lack  – like attracts like, and lack attracts lack.

The book ‘The Secret’ talks about a number of techniques you can use to start focusing positively on money. One man would imagine that bills coming through his letterbox were in fact cheques, and on opening the bill would add an extra zero to the amount and pretend that he was receiving it. That way, he felt as though the money he was paying out was only small in significance to the amount he was ‘receiving’. Eventually he began to receive unexpected cheques in the mail, and although he still received bills – they were much less in comparison to the amount of money coming to him. Others, including Jim Carrey, write themselves a cheque for the amount of money they want, and look at it everyday, feeling as though it is already theirs – they are just waiting to cash it. The Secret website now has a feature where you can print off a  Law of Attraction blank cheque because this technique has proved so successful.  An important part of this technique is that you have to believe it – and this is the difficult part, but as soon as you get over that barrier, the money will flow to you. There is no need to worry about where this money will be manifested from – if you start thinking, “but it is impossible for me to receive that amount of money on my current income”, then you won’t receive it. There are many unsuspecting ways money can find its way to you, maybes you receive an inheritance, win the lottery, a new opportunity comes along with a substantial pay cheque. You have to be open to the numerous possibilities the Universe will present you with.

Giving is another powerful way of attracting more money to you. As soon as you start to give you are suggesting to the Universe – I have this money to give, and the Universe rewards you with more. If you say “I don’t have enough money to give”, then the Universe says, “your wish is my command”, and now you do not have enough money.  Giving should make you feel good, it should never feel like a sacrifice or be done begrudgingly, you need to emit thoughts of having plenty to give and being happy to do so. It sounds counter productive, giving away money in order to bring more into your life, but if you have faith and start to feel good about sharing money, you will be rewarded with more.

The key take away message in this post is to shift your feelings of negativity and lack towards money, and make it your intention to feel happy and grateful for the money you do have, and the money the Universe is going to give to you. Change your frequency to thoughts of wealth, and you will receive more.

 

Conspiracy Theory: Do We Now Know What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Conspiracy Theory: Do We Now Know What Happened to Amelia Earhart?

I am sure you will have heard of Amelia Earhart, and being told about the story of her disappearance. In case you haven’t, here is a quick overview with all the facts you need to know. Earhart was a famous American aviation pilot, with one of her most notable achievements being that she was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Her final challenge was to travel across the globe alongside co-pilot and navigator Fredrick Noonan, in the year of 1937. Earhart hoped that the journey would inspire other women to become involved in aviation, and it was an important step towards gender equality and female empowerment in American history. Usually, the story goes that Earhart, and her navigator Fredrick Noonan experienced difficulty during the flight,  ultimately crashing her plane into the Pacific Ocean without leaving a trace. Of course this is the simple explanation, because no one knows for sure what really happened – or so we thought until 2017.  Recently, new evidence has been revealed – an archived photograph, depicting Earhart and Noonan in the Marshall Islands, whilst a distinct object thought to be Earhart’s plane, is being towed by the Koshu ship in the background.

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The story begins when Earhart and her plane were expected to arrive on Howard Island, as one of the many stops on their journey. Earhart did not reach Howard Island however, and whilst she was still sending out communications, she was not able to receive communication back. It is believed that as a result, Earhart landed or crashed the plane in the Marshall Islands, and her and Noonan became captives of the Japanese. Something about this theory that bothers me is that this photo is not the first piece of evidence to suggest that Earhart was a captive of the Japanese. Many locals on the Island, as well as US veterans claimed to have seen Earhart and Noonan, some who even state that they interacted with her – and these accounts have been around for 80 years. Particularly the locals, who would have had no idea how famous Earhart was back in the US, had no reason to make up these accounts – so why were they ignored for so long? Here are some accounts that really stood out to me. A man named Bilimon Amaron, a Japanese medical worker on the Island of Jaluit at the time of Earhart’s disappearance, was interviewed in the 1980’s, in which he claimed that he had tended to Noonan and Earhart’s wounds at the ship, the Koshu – the very same ship thought to be towing Earhart’s plane. This man at the time describes Earhart and Noonan and simply a man and a woman – he clearly did not know that they were of significant importance elsewhere in the world, and so I think his story is very credible. Another eyewitness, a lady named Ms. Blas living in a small village, reported seeing a white female prisoner being driven to a nearby tree. She was blindfolded and handcuffed, forced to kneel in front of an already dug grave, and shot in the chest. This of course may not have been Earhart, but the timeline and the fact that a white woman on the Marshall Islands was very uncommon does suggest that this very well could have been Earhart.

But there is more evidence to this story than just single eyewitness accounts. Locals on the Marshall Islands claim that  they are taught about Amelia Earhart in school, and that it is actually a part of their curriculum. Not only are children taught about who she was and her work, but taught that she in fact was held captive by the Japanese on the very same Islands. The fact that this is actually taught as part of the curriculum, and not just nothing more than a story told in school, suggests that the Islanders are certain that this really happened, and what reason do they have to lie? It is even depicted on their stamps! The locals have stamps that show Earhart’s plane in the water, images of the ship being towed by the Koshu… It is more than simply a story – it is part of their history. Clearly, these people’s accounts were being brushed under the rug as part of a cover up, and I’d be quick to point the finger at the American government, who I believe knew very well that Earhart had been taken hostage by the Japanese. Image result for stamps earhart

What do you think of the newly emerged photograph? Do you believe Amelia Earhart landed on the Marshall Islands, or do you think she simply crashed into the Pacific Ocean? This is just the beginning of these new developments into the Earhart case, and I think its exciting that there is still more to be uncovered in the years to come.

Project MK Ultra – What was it, and could it be happening right now?

Project MK Ultra – What was it, and could it be happening right now?

Project Mk-Ultra was the name given to an illegal CIA human research programme that carried out experiments on the American public covertly between the years of 1953-1973. In these experiments, human test subjects were used without their knowledge or consent, making the project illegal. The government believed that the experiments were justified as they were intended to identify drugs that could be used to make people stronger against biological and chemical warfare, as well as interrogation through torture, and prevent the leaking of confidential information. It is believed that the Cold War was the motivation for this project, with the U.S. government being fearful that both the Chinese and Russians were already using mind control techniques on their population, and therefore were better prepared for warfare than the U.S.

Although suspicions arose in the 1960’s, the programme was not officially brought to an end until 1973. Mk Ultra involved many illegal activities, including not obtaining informed consent from participants, manipulating people’s mental state, administering dangerous drugs and chemicals, hypnosis, sleep deprivation, and other forms of traumatic psychological abuse. Eventually, in 1975, the project was brought to the public’s attention by the Church committee of the U.S. congress, and an investigation to look into the CIA activities was set up. However, the CIA Director Richard Helms ordered for all MK Ultra files to be destroyed in 1973, making the investigation very difficult, and also explaining why today it is so hard to find information about MK Ultra. Only a small number of documents survived. In 1977, the Freedom of Information Act uncovered 20,000 documents relating to the project, of which were used in Senate led hearings that year. These documents gave insight into some of the efforts put in place during MK Ultra, including the administration of substances that render a person illogical and impulsive, substances that cause paralysis or wipe memories, materials that allow people to be hypnotised easily, and materials that cause mental confusion. People who also believed to have been unwilling participants in the project came forward and gave their testimonies, even though there is little evidence to prove that all of them were involved.

In more recent times, there has been a growing conspiracy theory that the public are being controlled through the use of ‘chem trails’, a chemical/biological agent deliberately released by aircraft for unknown purposes. People who believe this theory assert that a normal contrail left behind a plane will disappear quickly, whilst chem trails last much longer, and when they do eventually dissipate they shower unknown chemical substances onto the population. People wonder whether these chem trails are being used in psychological manipulation and control of the human population, very much similar to the intentions of MK Ultra. Many government agencies have stepped forward to dispel the theory as nothing more than anti-government paranoia, yet in 2011, 2.6% of the US, UK and Canada said they believed the conspiracy wholly, whereas 14% claimed to believe there was some truth behind it. Knowing that the government has done similar experiments before, I think this theory is very much viable – they can conduct illegal experiments on the population much more discreetly this way than the way they did so with MK Ultra.

We know that MK Ultra was a real project, so do you think that these types of experiments on the unknowing population still go on today?