Friday, 23 October 2015

the human nature

There's beauty to be found in wild, messy, untamable hair and wild eyes.

In sitting cross legged like a five year old again.

Even in tears shed over lost love and innocence.

In desperation and drowning fear.

Vulnerability and blind red rage.

In the pathetic attempts to heal a heart broken into millions of golden pieces.

In shy side glances and uncertain smiles.

Beauty in grief over a dead bird.

In being emotional.

In blank stares of people that don't know anymore.

In girls that prefer not to look at themselves in a mirror without make up that lie.

In counting calories and shaking your head 'no' even though you wanted to shout 'yes'.

In feelings whose roots find themselves deeply woven into your arteries and sprouting flowers shaped like stars.

There's beauty in the emotion that wells up in you when you smell the perfume your mother used to wear.

In the dramatic effect music can have on your heart.

In maternal instincts.

In a friend's arms.

Even in feeling the Sunday type of blue.

There is beauty in the human nature.
Woven into DNA and flowing through veins like harmless poison.

Monday, 19 October 2015

everything wrong with Harry Potter

Many times when a conversation steers in the "What are your favourite books to read or movies to watch?" direction Harry Potter comes up. And many times, after I've said that I just don't do Harry Potter, I've been asked why.
I used to answer that my parents don't allow me, because it was easier than explaining why I'm so against Harry Potter, and I've always been one to avoid stepping on anyone's toes.

But then last week, I watched this video, which I was able to get the written content from. It's about and ex-witch's letter about Harry Potter:

A LETTER FROM AN EX-WITCH

WRITING ABOUT HARRY POTTER

I am writing this urgent message because I was once a witch. I lived by the stars as an astrologer and numerologist casting horoscopes and spells. I lived in the mysterious and shadowy realm of the occult. By means of spells and magic, I was able to invoke the powers of the "controlling unknown" and fly upon the night winds transcending the astral plane. Halloween was my favorite time of the year and I was intrigued and absorbed in the realm of Wiccan witchcraft. All of this was happening in the decade of the 1960's when witchcraft was just starting to come out of the broom closet.
It was during that decade of the 1960's, in the year 1966, that a woman named J.K. Rowling was born. This is the woman who has captivated the world in this year of 2000 with four books known as the "Harry Potter Series." These books are orientational and instructional manuals of witchcraft woven into the format of entertainment. These four books by J.K. Rowling teach witchcraft! I know this because I was once very much a part of that world. Witchcraft was very different in the 1960's. There were a lot fewer witches, and the craft was far more secretive. At the end of that spiritually troubled decade, I was miraculously saved by the power of Jesus Christ and His saving blood. I was also delivered from every evil spirit that lived in me and was set free. However, as I began to attend fundamental Christian churches, I realized that even there witchcraft had left its mark. Pagan holidays and sabats were celebrated as "Christian holidays."
As time went on, I watched the so-called "Christian" churches compromising and unifying. I also watched with amazement as teachings from Eastern religions and "New Age" doctrine began to captivate congregations. It was a satanic set-up, and I saw it coming. Illuministic conspirators were bringing forth a one-world religion with a cleverly concealed element of occultism interwoven in its teachings. In order to succeed in bringing witchcraft to the world and thus complete satanic control, an entire generation would have to be induced and taught to think like witches, talk like witches, dress like witches, and act like witches. The occult songs of the 1960's launched the Luciferian project of capturing the minds of an entire generation. In the song "Sound Of Silence" by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, we were told of seeds that were left while an entire generation was sleeping, and that the "vision that was planted in my brain still remains."
Now it is the year 2000. All of the foundations for occultism and witchcraft are in place. The Illuminists have to move quickly, because time is running out. It was the Communist revolutionary Lenin who said, "Give me one generation of youth, and I will transform the entire world." Now an entire generation of youth has been given to a woman named J.K. Rowling and her four books on witchcraft, known as the Harry Potter Series.
As a former witch, I can speak with authority when I say that I have examined the works of Rowling and that the Harry Potter books are training manuals for the occult. Untold millions of young people are being taught to think, speak, dress and act like witches by filling their heads with the contents of these books. Children are obsessed with the Harry Potter books that they have left television and video games to read these witchcraft manuals.
The first book of the series, entitled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", finds the orphan, Harry Potter, embarking into a new realm when he is taken to "Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry." At this occult school, Harry Potter learns how to obtain and use witchcraft equipment. Harry also learns a new vocabulary, including words such as "Azkaban", "Circe", "Draco", "Erised", "Hermes", and "Slytherin"; all of which are names of real devils or demons. These are not characters of fiction! How serious is this? By reading these materials, many millions of young people are learning how to work with demon spirits. They are getting to know them by name. Vast numbers of children professing to be Christians are also filling their hearts and minds, while willingly ignorant parents look the other way.
The titles of the books should be warning enough to make us realize how satanic and anti-christ these books are. The afore mentioned title of the first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", was a real give away.
The second book was called "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", while the third book was entitled "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Nothing could be more obvious than that Harry Potter books are pure witchcraft and of the devil.
This is the oldest con game ever hatched out of hell. As a real witch, I learned about the two sides of "the force." When real witches have sabats and esbats and meet as a coven, they greet each other by saying "Blessed be", and when they part, they say "The Force be with you." Both sides of this "Force" are Satan. It is not a good side of the force that overcomes the bad side of the force, but rather it's the blood of Jesus Christ that destroys both supposed sides of the satanic "Force."
High level witches believe that there are seven satanic princes and that the seventh, which is assigned to Christians, has no name. In coven meetings, he is called "the nameless one." In the Harry Potter books, there is a character called "Voldemort." The pronunciation guide says of this being "He who must not be named." On July 8 at midnight, bookstores everywhere were stormed by millions of children to obtain the latest and fourth book of the series known as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." These books were taken into homes everywhere with a real evil spirit following each copy to curse those homes. July 8th was also the 18th day (three sixes in numerology 666) from the witches' sabat of midsummer. July 8th was also the 13th day from the signing of the United Religions Charter in San Francisco. Now we have learned that the public school system is planning to use the magic of Harry Potter in the classrooms making the public schools centers of witchcraft training.
What does God have to say about such books as the Harry Potter series? In the Bible in the book of Acts, we read the following in the 19th chapter, verses 18 - 20: "And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed."
Harry Potter: ‘Making Evil Look Innocent'
Issue Date: November/December 2001
What are kids saying about Harry Potter?
Here are some samples:
"I want to go to wizard school and learn magic. I'd like to learn to use a wand to cast spells." Dylan, age 10.
"If I could go to wizard school, I might be able to do spells and potions and fly a broomstick." Mara, age 12.
"It would be great to be a wizard because you could control situations and things like teachers." Jeffrey, age 11.
"I'd like to go to wizard school and learn magic and put spells on people. I'd make up an ugly spell and then it's pay-back time." Catherine, age 9.
"I feel like I'm inside Harry's world. If I went to wizard school I'd study everything: spells, counterspells, and defense against the dark arts." Carolyn, age 10.
"I liked it when the bad guys killed the unicorn and Voldemort drank its blood." Julie, age 13.
"The books are very clever. I couldn't put them down. When I was scared I made myself believe that it was supposed to be funny so I wasn't so scared." Nuray age 11.
These are the comments of young readers of the Harry Potter wizard books quoted on a new video by Jeremiah Films. On the video, called Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, Making Evil Look Innocent, author Robert S. McGee explains: "Children as young as kindergarten are being introduced to human sacrifice, the sucking of blood from dead animals, and possession by spirit beings."
Courts have banned the teaching of Christianity in public schools but Wicca, which is recognized by the U.S. courts as a religion and given tax-exempt status by the IRS, is taught freely. Harry Potter has become the method of introduction of Wicca to the very young.
Harry Potter materials have become much more than a hand full of children's fantasy books. Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Minutemaid, and Mattel have used the Potter materials to launch games, puzzles, toys, backpacks, and every possible merchandizing product.
Scholastic, Inc., a major supplier of public school teaching aids has added the Potter literature to its line of curriculum materials. When the name "Harry Potter" is keyed into the Scholastic.com web site search engine, it returns 268 matches. "Jesus" returned only 23.
And now, a major movie is about to break on the scene called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Millions of dollars are being spent on pre-release hype.
Once introduced to the world of wizards, spells, and dark arts, readers of Harry Potter can advance their knowledge and skills in witchcraft and paganism by visiting the hundreds of web sites available on the internet.
Or, they can purchase more books on the subject from the well stocked Wiccan sections in local book super stores. Or, they can find over a thousand volumes on witchcraft available at Amazon.com.
Harry Potter books have taken the world of children's fantasy literature by storm. Over 200 million have been sold in 40 languages. One study shows that over half of the children in the western world have read at least one of the Potter books. Many reported rereading each book several times.
But is it just fantasy literature like Snow White and Cinderella? In the Harry Potter video, cult expert Caryl Matrisciana points out that in the older stories, evil never prevails.
There are no absolutes in his world. What is right depends on the situation.
Witchcraft now has a complete package. Starting in kindergarten with Harry Potter and TV witch shows, children are led on to the horror movies and hundreds of Wicca and pagan web sites. When they thirst for more power, high school and college Wicca covens are available. In the adult world, corporations are hiring New Age practitioners to provide seminars in sensitivity training, stress relief, and self improvement for employees.
Former Satanist William Schnoebelen points out in his book, Wicca, Satan's Little White Lie, that, "I finally learned in the most graphic fashion imaginable that the difference between witchcraft or Wicca and Satanism is actually non-existent."
Before he was saved he found himself cruising the streets looking for a lone female to assault, not for sex, but to drink her blood.
The bottom line is a hunger for power. Harry Potter and the rest of witchcraft promises that power. But in the end they discover that Satan is really in charge of the power and only uses it like cheese in a mouse trap.
Harry Potter provides a basic initiation into witchcraft for a whole new generation. Imagine what the world will be like when they grow up.
Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged Making Evil Look Innocent
Millions of American schoolchildren have a new subject in school: witchcraft!
Through the Harry Potter series, the ancient occult religion of Wicca is being introduced in almost every public school in America. This video explains how Scholastic Inc., the largest publisher of children's books in the world, is supplying Harry Potter materials to millions of schoolchildren. Scholastic Inc. is using its unrivaled position in the educational system to flood classrooms and libraries with witchcraft, repackaged as "children's fantasy literature." Teachers are encouraged to read the Harry Potter books aloud in class, and millions of children are being densensitized to the dangers of the occult spirit world.

Through Harry's world of sorcery they are learning what tools today's witches and pagans use -- supernatural imagination, spiritual concentration, wands, brooms, spells and curses. Warner Brothers new film based on Harry Potter has been called an accurate portrayal of witchcraft. And indeed it is.
In this video, you will see how completely occult is the world of Harry Potter. After reading the Harry Potter books, millions of children will demand to see Warner Bros. new movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Christian parents have faced a similar problem for years with the teaching of evolution in their public schools. They have responded by teaching their children that they cannot believe everything they are taught in school. Now, with the Harry Potter books on witchcraft becoming part of public school curriculum, parents need to know enough about it to also teach their children that the spell-casting and other activities of Harry Potter are also forbidden territory. This video will help.
Harry's books are about a young 11-year-old generational wizard, Harry Potter, who attends the prestigious 1000-year-old occult boarding school, Hogwart's School of witchcraft and Wizardry. All his teachers are practicing occultists, and tutor their students in the dark arts of sorcery and divination: fortune telling, astrology, potion mixing, spell weaving and curse casting. Harry's world says that drinking dead animal blood gives power, a satanic human sacrifice and Harry's powerful blood brings new life, demon possession is not spiritually dangerous, and that passing through fire, contacting the dead, and conversing with ghosts, others in the spirit world, and more, is normal and acceptable.

After that, I decided stuff this, I can't not talk about something as big of an issue as this if I have Christian friends finding it okay to watch Harry Potter.

And I am not sorry if I'm stepping on your toes right now.

James 5:19-20New International Version (NIV)
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

I am not judging any Harry Potter lovers. That is not my intention.
My intention is for you to wake up and see Harry Potter for what it really is.

Alright, then. Let me begin.

In the spiritual realm, there are no grey areas. You are either for God, or against Him (Matthew 12:20).

Now, for a moment just consider what Harry Potter is all about. I can sum it up in a single word. Witchcraft. Harry Potter begins and ends with witchery and witchcraft.

I can assure you with the deepest of certainty that witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry and evil spirits is definitely not for God, and God wants you to stay away from anything to do with it.
The Bible backs me up on that.

Leviticus 19:31
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God

Deuteronomy 18:9-12
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

The purpose of Harry Potter is to desensitize people against witches and witchcraft, to get them interested, because what do you normally do if you're interested in something? You find out more and pursue it.

And that's exactly what Satan wants through Harry Potter. It's been his plan all along.

Please, don't fall in the Harry Potter trap. It might look harmless, but dig a little, and you'll find out that it's definitely not.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

we're all gonna be okay

I've just really felt uninspired to blog lately, but it's 13:46 now and I'm finished with most of my schoolwork, though I actually should get back to math to completely figure out loci...

I suddenly felt the urge to blog, and that's why I'm sitting on my bed right now, blanket draped across crossed legs and second day hair pulled up in a messy bun that's so messy that it looks like a bird has nested and reared its young somewhere in the middle of my head.
(On the bright side, at least I'm not ashamed to say that my nails look really fantastic right now. Light peachy pink, with a shimmer.)

I asked myself what I would've wanted to read as a reader of this blog, and quite frankly, it's as simple as a quick post to be reminded that everyone struggles, but we'll make it out just fine.

I think sometimes we forget that. That we'll be okay.

That the things facing us down now won't matter in a year.
You're going to figure it out.
Even if you're bleeding right now, I know you'll smile real, genuine smiles again.
If you're not getting enough sleep at the moment, lazy Saturdays, the real kind where you can actually sleep in, are around the corner.
Your hard work will pay off.
You'll get rid of that acne.
You are going to find someone that will make you feel like waking up to Friday, every day.
If you don't understand what the hell is going on in your chemistry book right now, you will eventually.
Your hair will grow long again.

I promise you that.

AND AFTER MENOPAUSE THERE ARE NO MORE BLOODY DAYS OF BEING ON YOUR PERIOD EVER AGAIN.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

spring in Cape Town







 
Mum was planting flowers when I snapped this. I kinda liked it. 


 
Aren't flowers just the most photogenic little things ever?

Friday, 4 September 2015

Amsterdam

This post is almost a week overdue, but better late than never, right?

Amsterdam has been an experience and a half. I loved every single minute. The canals, the little houses, the streets, the food, the people. I lost my heart to this city, and even now I'm home, pieces of my heart will always remain in Europe.








 
Yellow bike ride tour through the Dutch countryside. It was a highlight.
 



 



 
We took a day trip to Volendam, a small town outside Amsterdam.

 
I fell deeply in love with this mug, so I bought it and packed it in between a sweater in my suitcase. Now I drink my morning coffee out of it and feel homesick for a city that I don't belong to every morning.

 
I saw this little girl outside a museum my mom and I visited, and I don't even really know why, but I felt like I couldn't not take a picture of her. Isn't she beautiful?


 
My dad gave us his airport lounge card that he got because he flies a lot, and it was amazing and it said "By invitation only" SO I FELT SO IMPORTANT LIKE OH MY GOSH.
Because our flight was early in the morning, we had breakfast in the lounge and after that we looked through duty free and then boarded the plane.



Somehow traveling has the ability to form you and grow you into the most authentic version of yourself you are capable of being.
 
I am now a part of this world wiser and richer.
 
What a lovely, lovely thing to be able to say.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Paris

It's time to post about the City Of Lights (or city of love, the amount of couples and PDA in Paris is astounding...)
I kind of expected a perfect city, with hazy pink light and being able to see the Eiffel from every second street corner. It was a bit (okay, very) unrealistic. But Paris is still imperfectly perfect, and I feel so blessed that I was able to spend five days in Paris at the age of sixteen.

Now, picturessss. (In no particular order.)

 



 
We had a picnic dinner at the Sacre Coeur on our first night.

 
 
 

 
Metro sittin'.

 
Almost the tippy top of the Eiffel.

 
Claude Monet's water lillies.

 
Best ice cream I've ever had in my whole entire life on our last night in Paris.

 
 Louvre.


 
We were on our way to the Notre Dame, but we got a bit side tracked...




 
The Seine River.
 
 
 
We're in Amsterdam right now, and it's very beautiful and...interesting.
We fly back home on Saturday, and I'm glad to be going back. A bit homesick, to be honest.
But homesickness aside, I'm having the time of my life.