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TAROT REFERENCE

Major Arcana

0 The Fool – New beginnings, optimism, trust in life; Reversed: Delays

1 The Magician – Action, the power to manifest; Reversed: Misunderstandings.

2 The High Priestess – Inaction, going within, the subconscious; Reversed: Manipulations.

3 The Empress – Abundance, nurturing, fertility, life in bloom; Reversed: Neglect

4 The Emperor – Structure, stability, rules and power; Reversed: Chaos

5 The Hierophant – Institutions, tradition, society and its rules; Reversed: Hypocrisy

6 The Lovers – Sexuality, passion, choice, uniting; Reversed: Separation

7 The Chariot – Movement, progress, integration; Reversed: Defeat

8 Strength – Courage, subtle power, integration of animal self; Reversed: Fear

9 The Hermit – Meditation, solitude, consciousness; Reversed: Isolation

10 Wheel of Fortune – Cycles, change, ups and downs; Reversed: Stagnation

11 Justice – Fairness, equality, balance; Reversed: Lies

12 The Hanged Man – Surrender, new perspective, enlightenment; Reversed: Stubbornness.

13 Death – The end of something, change, the impermeability of all things; Reversed: Limbo

14 Temperance – Balance, moderation, being sensible; Reversed: Impatience

15 The Devil – Destructive patterns, addiction, giving away your power; Reversed: Freedom

16 The Tower – Collapse of stable structures, release, sudden insight; Reversed: Control

17 The Star – Hope, calm, a good omen; Reversed: Darkness

18 The Moon – Mystery, the subconscious, dreams; Reversed: Paranoia

19 The Sun – Success, happiness, all will be well; Reversed: Failure

20 Judgment – Rebirth, a new phase, inner calling; Reversed: Regrets

21 The World – Completion, wholeness, attainment, celebration of life; Reversed: Incomplete

Suit of Swords
• Other Names: Staves, arrows, spades
• Element: Air
Attributes: Active, male
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
• Direction: West
Season: Pagan – Spring / Esoteric – Autumn
• Self: Mind, thoughts, intellect
Jungian Function: Thinking
Body Part: Head
Qabbalistic World: Yetzirah – the Formative World

Air is seen as the intellect, logic and reasoning. An active element, Air circulates and so cleanses; it carries your thoughts and dreams; is also expansive when hot and is said to be expressive. Your mind or thoughts can be seen as clear or clouded; speech requires breath, which requires air.

Swords represent logic, the mind and your thoughts. They deal with problems and troubles, planning, communication, ideas, your intellect and how you use it. They represent your daily and life struggles, problems in general. The very nature of a sword is aggressive and warlike. Combined with the swiftness of air, the combination can see situations arise quickly. The ability to see clearly means resolution is quick also. Swords people are great thinkers. You will find them in study, research, academia, the sciences, law courts and libraries. They love to learn and live to do it in any capacity.

Keywords: decisions, worries, problems, issues, tension, communication, intelligence, disagreements; arguments, logic, reason, cognition, ideas, inspirations, balance, equilibrium, the mind, mentalism, thinking, facts and figures, definition.
Reversed: vicious, ruthless, manipulative, cold, unemotional, spite and malice, accidents, inertia, indecision, confusion, mental blockages, biased, illogical, mental health issues, negative life changes.


• King – Serious, controlling, rational and mind/intellect-focused; Reversed: Foolish
• Queen – Intelligent, writer, communicative yet cold; Reversed: Ineffective
• Knight – Fierce, determined, aggressively pursues goals; Reversed: Boredom
• Page – mentally unstable or intellectually immature, acts without thinking; Reversed: Stupidity
• Ace of Swords – A fresh start, a sudden opportunity or idea, clarity; Reversed: Improbable
• 2 – Indecision; Reversed: Conflicts
• 3– Heartbreak, betrayal; Reversed: Torment
• 4 – Meditation, rest, retreat; Reversed: Disturbance
• 5 – Mind games, hostility; Reversed: Treachery
• 6 – Leaving, accepting help, going somewhere better; Reversed: Trouble
• 7 – Secret plans, abandoning ship; Reversed: Clumsiness
• 8 – feeling powerless and stuck; Reversed: Escaping
• 9 – Overactive mind, anxiety; Reversed: Martyrdom
• 10 – Feeling defeated, self-sabotage; Reversed: Sabotage

Suit of Cups
• Other Names: Chalices, Grails, Cauldrons, Hearts, Vessels
• Element: Water
Attributes: Passive, female; cold, wet
Astrological Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
• Direction: East
Season: Pagan – Autumn- / Esoteric – Summer
• Self: Emotions, love, receptivity
Jungian Function: Feeling
Body Part: Heart
Qabbalistic World: Briah – the Creative World

Water is seen as the emotions, your feelings, and your intuition. Considered passive, water can be deep or shallow; you like the ocean, are responsive to the moon; your tears can rise and fall; out of control, your emotions flood;

Cups represent your emotions, feelings, your subconscious, intuition and psychism. They deal with love affairs, all relationships, inner expression, your reactions or responses and the pursuit of happiness. Generally passive and not outwardly extrovert, creativity through expression are some of the traits of this suit. Careers are usually in the arts or creative pursuits, they are, poets, painters, florists and designers, nurses, social workers and care-givers. Cups people are happy in the background doing their own thing, though they are often actors distinguishing the limelight from private time like no others.

Keywords: creative, intuitive, clairsentient, psychic, passive, affectionate, receptive, imaginative, caring, relationships, love, dreams, sensitivity, romantic, artistic, spiritual, compassionate, tactile, nurturing, the unconscious mind, domesticity, culture, expression, flexibility, fluidity, calm motion, serenity, empathetic, aesthetics and beauty.
Reversed: needy, co-dependent, intense, neglectful, fantasists, uncaring, cold, unfeeling, moody, unresponsive, illogical, lost, negative, pessimistic, emotional, overly sentimental, tearful, selfish.


• King – Repression of deep feelings, possible alcoholism; Reversed: Selfishness
• Queen – Emotionally nurturing, intuitive, sensitive; Reversed: Ignorance
• Knight – Romantic, adventurous, following one’s heart; Reversed: Pessimism
• Page – Creative, inspired, learning artistic skill; Reversed: Gloomy
• Ace of Cups – emotional fulfillment, joy; Reversed: Indifferent
• 2 – Partnership, mutual attraction, compatibility; Reversed: Abandonment
• 3 – Celebration, fun with friends, laughter; Reversed: Jealousy
• 4 – Boredom, dissatisfaction with what is being offered; Reversed: Avoidance
• 5 – Dwelling on the negative, self-pity; Reversed: Alienation
• 6 – Sentimentality, kindness, help; Reversed: Discouraging
• 7 – So many choices, indecision, getting lost in fantasy, wishing and dreaming; Reversed: Lethargic
• 8 – Abandoning something in search of something better, vision; Reversed: Sacrifice
• 9 – Indulgence, self-satisfaction; Reversed: Disintegration
• 10 – Emotional bliss, happiness, attainment; Reversed: Disruption


Suit of Wands
• Other Names: Batons, Staves, Rods, Clubs, Staffs, Scepters
• Element: Fire
Attributes: Active, masculine; hot, dry
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
• Direction: South
Season: Pagan – Summer / Esoteric – Spring
• Self: Will, actions, desire
Jungian Function: Intuition
Body Part: Genitals
Qabbalistic World: Atziluth – the Archetypal World

Fire is energy and action, passion, drive and ambition. An active element, it can cause permanent change; is expansive; can be aggressive; is pro-active and undeterred.

Wands represent creativity, energy, passion and action. They cover your spiritual pursuits, your career and creative projects. Leadership, self-growth and general optimism are some traits of this suit. Careers are usually in business, they are leaders, entrepreneurial & sales focused. Wands people like to get ahead and are generally pro-active in all their activities. With an unrivaled healthy vitality, they are often accomplished sports people.

Keywords: intuition; creativity; vitality; sexuality; spirituality; vision; energetic; outgoing; impulsive; motivational; pro-active; spirit and spirited; optimistic; enterprise; commerce; business; careers; opportunities; the thrill of the chase; competitive; growth; personal development; inspirational; enthusiastic; sexual; passionate; action; movement; initiation.
Reversed: rash; impetuous; ruthless; greedy; narrow-minded; hyperactive; brash; manipulative; conniving; mean-spirited; overly optimistic; risk takers; heartless; aggressive; selfish; misleading; sadistic; distrusting of others.

• King – Career focused, mature, passionate; Reversed: Impostor
• Queen – Confidant, focused, has zest for life; Reversed: Fatigue
• Knight – An adventurous risk taker who follows his passions; Reversed: Apathy
• Page – newly inspired, excited about life and work; Reversed: Passive
• Ace of Wands – New beginnings, creative spark, fertile ideas; Reversed: Unpromising
• 2 – Contemplation, assessing one’s life direction; Reversed: Dispute
• 3 – Reaping the rewards of your efforts; Reversed: Idleness
• 4 – Celebration, safety, the home; Reversed: Discord
• 5 – Competition, minor struggles or disagreements; Reversed: Timidness
• 6 – Success, accolades and achievement; Reversed: Disapproval
• 7 – Feeling defensive and on guard; Reversed: Yielding
• 8 – Speed, things manifesting quickly; Reversed: Stagnation
• 9 – Pessimism, gearing up for the worst; Reversed: Weakness
• 10 – Feeling oppressed, exhaustion, too many responsibilities; Reversed: Impractical

Suit of Pentacles
• Other Names: Disks, Coins, Deniers, Stones, Diamonds
• Element: Earth
Attributes: Passive, female
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
• Direction: North
Season: Pagan – Winter / Esoteric – Winter
• Self: Body,
Jungian Function: Sensation
Body Part: Feet
Qabbalistic World: Assiah

Earth is seen as the material, the physical & the sensual. A Passive element, Earth allows growth & production; promotes prosperity; is the foundation on which anything is built.

Pentacles, represent all things material and physical, what you experience using your senses. They deal with your money, business deals, material possessions, your job, arts, crafts, your home & garden. Working hard & getting the job done are attributes of this suit. Pentacle people don’t mind getting their hands dirty whether that’s working with the land or in a factory. Strong & dependable, often found in the trades, removals, farming, landscaping & homemaking.

Keywords: sensual, sexual; strong; lithe; dependable; reliable; stoic; practical; skilled & skillful; artistic; common sense; traditional; regular; straightforward; grounded; sensible; lush; fertile; growth; luxury; wealth; prosperity; apprenticeships; scholarships; dull; dutiful; realistic; down-to-earth; materialistic; money motivated; domesticity; health & fitness; exercise.
Reversed: miserly; slave drivers; workaholics; pleasure seekers; neglectful; shoddy work; dullards; negative; pessimistic; superstitious; thoughtless; penny pinchers; lazy; unforgiving; selfish; greedy; covetous; moronic.

• King – Enjoys the good life (food, drink and leisure), financially secure; Reversed: Hoarder
• Queen – Healthy in body and finances, grounded and calm; Reversed: Unreasonable
• Knight – Cautious, sensible and slow to progress; Reversed: Inexperienced
• Page – Student, commitment to learning; Reversed: Rookie
• Ace of Pentacles – Financial reward, clarity of life purpose, goals; Reversed: Debt
• 2 – Balance, multitasking; Reversed: Impractical
• 3 – Meaningful work, enjoying one’s work, suitable career; Reversed: Mediocrity
• 4 – Hoarding, feeling poor, holding self-back out of fear; Reversed: Greed
• 5 – Minor money troubles, health problems, feeling like an outsider; Reversed: Helplessness
• 6 – Charity, accepting and giving help; Reversed: Cruelty
• 7 – Patience, waiting for your plans to bear fruit; Reversed: Unemployment
• 8 – Hard work, focused efforts, laying the groundwork; Reversed: Skill-shortage
• 9 – Luxury, rest, financial and material comforts; Reversed: Dependency
• 10 – Financial success, strong business relationships; Reversed: Restrictions

Death and taxes

Reposted from a friend:

Henry vomited in his sleep at 1:30am. He came upstairs crying to tell us. After Michael and I cleaned up his bed and threw his comforter and his security blanket into the washer, wiped the chunks of the carrots he ate eight hours ago off of the wall behind his bed, and moved him to another bed, I checked my phone to see the status of the tax bill.


I have been praying all year for God to soften my heart. I’ve asked Him over and over again to take away the bitterness and the anger. And with each health care victory, I felt a little ease. But tonight - tonight, all that bitterness and anger has come rushing back.


Pro-lifers, check your Bible. Your vote just put money into the hands of the rich at the expense of the poor. Your vote just took health care away from 13 million people. Your vote just put Medicaid on the chopping block, risking the lives of millions of children, low-income families, and people with disabilities all across the country.


In addition to that, we are 30 days without CHIP funding. The Republican party thought giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy was a higher priority than giving health care to CHILDREN.


I ask you, “What would Jesus do?”


You can call your anti-poor, anti-sick, anti-child ideals, “pro-life.” You can pretend to hide your disgust for the poor and your discrimination of the sick and your homophobia and your racism behind your religion. But you can’t hide from us.


We see you.


You OWN this. This is yours. Every single one of you who voted Republican in 2016. You did this. All the people who are about to suffer when the budget has to cut LIHEAP and education and Medicaid and Medicare to pay for this tax plan and people weep for their families, it will be your fault.


We believe in the power of prayer in my home. We pray daily, and it gives us strength to get through the day. But we also believe in helping the less fortunate through means other than prayer. We believe in fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. We believe that our actions are just as important as our prayers.


In a few weeks, I’ll post a photo of Henry from his hospital bed, before the procedure he will be having. If you voted for Donald Trump, do me a favor: Don’t send Henry your thoughts and prayers. They won’t mean much coming from anyone who voted to take his health care away. They won’t mean anything coming from anyone who doesn’t really care if he lives or dies.


If you voted for Donald Trump, if you support a Congress that puts the wants of the wealthy over the needs of the sick, there is no need to send your thoughts and prayers to Henry. You should probably save those thoughts and prayers for your own soul.


You’re going to need them.

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okkkk let me show u smth
this photoshoot is really old, i think its from 2015, but anyway it is still my favourite
i wish i could change my wig styling hah but i still look rly good i think meenah is one of the coolest cosplays of mine :oD 
ph: RedCrow 

Keith’s Motivations this Season

Aka, “Me Trying To Puzzle Out Keith When I Still Haven’t Even Finished the First Episode.” Let’s pop off.

So the conflict this season is obviously Keith’s responsibilities as a Paladin vs his desire to help the Blades. And because Keith’s life is a melodrama, his problems quickly become everyone else’s. But the real question is: Why is he doing all this in the first place?

(cracks my knuckles) Time to one part analyze, one part predict, one part headcanon.

Here are my theories as to what Keith’s reasons are for doing anything this season:

1. Keith is a man of action. And Voltron hasn’t really been doing much lately.

I’m actually going to disagree with Keith here because, as pretty much Everyone in the episode points out, Voltron has been doing tons lately. They’ve been freeing planets, consolidating with rebels, leading parades- They’ve been winning.

But not in the way Keith wants. Keith is a very single-minded person, and he’s also… Not a pessimist, exactly, but he’s a realist. He knows that everything they’ve accomplished will mean jackshit so long as their real enemies (Lotor, namely, with Haggar close behind) are still out there. Keith is the kind of guy who’d rather get everything done first and then relax.

Voltron is the defender of the universe. But Keith focuses more on being a protector. He wants to be pro-active. In the earlier seasons, he was more used to being pro-active for himself since, y’know, loner. But now that he’s become the Leader, his instincts to strike first have gone into total haywire. Voltron is the defender of the universe, but Keith wants to defend Voltron. And to do that, he has to take out every possible threat he can, and he can’t do that if he’s parading himself in front of a crowd for the second time this week.

Also, Keith just… hates performative action. He’d rather have his boots on the ground doing something rather than sitting back and waiting for Lotor to come to them. The thought just makes him antsy lmfao. Keith probably feels fake under the attention like. He doesn’t really trust people just at their word, and this applies to himself. If he were really a Paladin of Voltron, he’d be out there suckerpunching Galra, not sitting around and waving at a crowd. He got enough  over-glorification and attention at the Garrison, thank you very much.

2. The Blades are fucking shit up and locking shit down.

Like, these guys are kicking ass. I’ll fully admit it, and I don’t even like them lmfao. Keith would much rather be out there risking his life for the cause instead of celebrating like they’ve already won. That’s just the kind of person he is.

Also, he definitely feels some sense of belonging with them, or something of a kindred spirit. I mean, throwback to NotAllGalra in season 2 lmfaoo. Plus, these guys are like the Key to Keith’s past and all the stuff he doesn’t know about himself. Of course he wants to get in on that.

On a side note, does Keith know anything about his mom yet? I mean like. He better. If she was a Blade and Kolivan still hasn’t told Keith jack I’m going to be PISSED on his behalf. My boy nearly dies every mission and they’re still withholding information from him? Ugh.

3. Keith is trying to avoid being the Black Paladin/Leader.

There’s only so many times Keith can try to give Shiro back the Black Lion before people start getting suspicious lmfao.

Keith really, really doesn’t want to be leader. This should be obvious by now. Before, he bore the burden grudgingly, but always with the condition of ‘until Shiro comes back.’ Well, Shiro is (supposedly) back now, but he’s not taking refunds and Keith doesn’t know what to do. It was easier before, because Keith had a clear purpose: Find Shiro. And then, later on, Stop Lotor. 

Now he’s found Shiro but Lotor is gone with the wind and Keith is frustrated that he’s still stuck in this role. Also, it’s kind of nerve-wracking to Keith that Shiro is watching and judging his every move as leader. I mean like, not really, because Shiro is a nice guy, but it Feels Like Shiro Is Measuring Him Up and it’s hell on Keith’s instincts since he’s now always second-guessing himself. What would Shiro do, you ask? Well, Shiro is right here and he has Opinions. Unfortunately, Keith’s eager beaver attitude goes directly against his urge to follow his own instincts, leading to a lot of mess and a lot of bad feelings on Keith’s part. It’s not fun feeling like you’re failing someone important to you just because you’re trying to be true to yourself.

Additionally, Shiro is the one guy in the world Keith doesn’t want to let down, and now they both have to do this awkward tango where Shiro says he’s happy that Keith is the true Black Paladin when he’s very obviously Not That Okay with it. Awkward. Of course Keith wants to bail out of this situation.

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Snape Appreciation Month   

Day 1. General Snape Love 

Unfortunally, because of some university works I had no time to draw something for the first day of snape appreciation month… But despite that I wanted to leave my contribuition so I made some gifs.

I really like this character and I wish snape would receive a lot more love and less hate because he deserves better.

Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals

Note: Spoilers ahead for both manga.

If you want additional world-building for BNHA, I recommend reading the spin-off! Just by the title itself, the focus of the story are the “vigilantes”, would-be “heroes” who aim to do good by using their Quirks without a professional license, technically breaking the law even if they do it in the name of justice.

While it’s set in the same universe, it may feel very different as it’s focused on the other “darker” parts of this universe, like how small time criminals committing crimes are overlooked by Pro Heroes as they’re focused on bigger criminals, or how the world has adapted to the existence of Quirks itself, both positively and negatively.

The MC is so lovable and the other characters are also very interesting! There are also characters from the main BNHA story making an appearance, such as All Might, Eraserhead, and the other Pro Heroes.

Is this canon? Horikoshi obviously has influence on the story as he is the original writer of BNHA. But what made me consider this canon is the introduction of the Trigger in the main story. The Trigger, if you’ve read the latest chapter of BNHA, is the Quirk enhancement drug you saw being used by the minor villains in the latest arc. This drug made its first appearance in Vigilantes, and it is actually the source of conflict in the spinoff. Horikoshi introduced it in the main story maybe as a form of continuity in the “Hero Aca universe”.

The Vigilantes timeline also seems to be set in the past, as the MC Kouichi has met and befriended Iida Tensei while he’s an active Pro Hero.

(also he said Iida is not able to make turns lmao implying this is in the past)

Anyway, try giving it a read! The spinoff is only released once a month and currently only has 7 chapters, so it wouldn’t take too much time to catch-up! Plus you get to see Tensei!!

Me, scrolling through the Voltron tag: Do you guys… do you guys even like this show???
Like are you sure??? You say you like it but don’t seem to be having much fun???

ALL ABOUT SISTER SIGNS

I get a lot of questions about sister signs, so I thought I would make a post that covers the basic understandings of what the sister signs are, and what makes them sister signs. 

Sister signs share modality and are congenial elements. There are three types of modalities, or qualities, and these are cardinal, fixed and mutable

The cardinal signs are Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer. They tend to be very self-aware; they are pro-active and are known for being go-getters. 

The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. They tend to enjoy routine and become quite uncomfortable with change. They are rather controlling, so when the unexpected occurs they aren’t too happy. They are also stubborn and persistent.

The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. They are very adaptable, and tend to enjoy change; they become unsettled with too much routine. As a result they tend to be good at a lot of things; quick learners. 

The congenial elements are fire and air, and then earth and water. Fire and air are extroverted and sociable. Earth and water are introverted and emotional. 

THE SISTERS

ARIES & LIBRA 

Aries (fire) and Libra (air) - congenial elements, both extroverted and sociable. Both cardinal. Both tend to thrive in social circles; popularity; likeable. 

TAURUS & SCORPIO

Taurus (earth) and Scorpio (water) - congenial elements, both introverted and emotional. Both fixed. Both very controlling; don’t care about social acceptance - prefer asserting their opinions and pride; quiet power.

GEMINI & SAGITTARIUS

Gemini (air) and Sagittarius (fire) - congenial elements, both extroverted and sociable. Both mutable. Both fickle and uncomfortable with consistency; curious; thirst for knowledge and expansion; tend to be the biggest travellers. 

CANCER & CAPRICORN

Cancer (water) and Capricorn (earth) - congenial elements, both introverted and emotional. Both cardinal. Both value tradition and family; Cancer represents raw emotion, Capricorn represents repressed emotion; Cancer - the mother of the zodiac, Capricorn - the father of the zodiac. 

LEO & AQUARIUS

Leo (fire) and Aquarius (air) - congenial elements, both extroverted and sociable. Both fixed. Both have an ego complex; highly value their perception from others, where Leo wants assurance through pride and vanity, and Aquarius wants assurance through originality and independence. 

VIRGO & PISCES

Virgo (earth) and Pisces (water) - congenial elements, both introverted and emotional. Both mutable. Both sensitive and wise; easily hurt yet resilient; Virgo is very in touch with reality and logic, Pisces is very in touch with fantasy and imagination. 

TIL there are actual, active, pro-KKK people that follow Househunting and send me messages telling me that we have all been brainwashed to not support the KKK when really they were good because they wanted women to have the right to vote. 

unsure what to say at this point bc i don’t think Nazis and KKK members deserve a conversation or a platform to speak because they actively advocate for violence and by definition they’re pro-genocide. Prob won’t continue the discussion here unless more in-person actions take place, but I’ll leave the KKK dudes in my inbox that are frantically replying to ever post I make with this message from our kick ass KC Exec. I will continue to reblog Charlottesville support funds every so often.

anonymous asked:

I have trouble getting into most of today's historical romances in part because the alleged "heroes" are so often the borderline sociopathic jerks that would have been the clear 'villains' back in Jane Austen's day :) There are almost never any shy, adorkable heroes (like Edward Ferrars!) or cheerful, pleasant heroes in these books, and if there are, the writer immediately dismisses them as too dull for their heroines. It's kind of a shame!

Yeeeah it’s a mixed bag as trends come and go in romantic fiction with modern lenses shaping heroic personalities while at the same time trying to respect the confines of historical precedent. (Or, at least, any author worth their salt would attempt to work within the boundaries of established facts.)

Happily, I think we are even now moving into an era where the sensitive man is making a comeback in historical fiction, as opposed to the throwback Dominating Jerk Gets Reformed that plagued historical romance for much of the last several decades. I think as heroines became more pro-active and (I really, really hate to employ this word but you know why I’m doing it) feisty, they needed a hero who could match them, and/or for them to play off of, to make them stand out from the archetypes of the era.

Progress is never straightforward, so in terms of historical romance, if a heroine was to be a fiery sort, she unfortunately began to fall into the pattern of being Not Like Other Girls, and the hero would then be a pseudo-antagonist to rub her the wrong way with his Patriarchy and his big dumb chiselled jawline and stupid strong arms. Of course by the end of the book he would display or discover a more understanding and sensitive side (usually) thanks to The Power of Love, and often in comparison to the REAL villain or rival, who would prove to be a complete chauvinist pig with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

As inclusive feminism and the dismantling of toxic masculinity becomes more and more widespread, however, we can begin to see these tropes dying out (and not a moment too soon!) and a broader range of deserving and complex romantic heroines and heroes in historical fiction, without losing any of the zest of their love story!

HAES activist to doctors

Dear activist, when you go to a doctor do NOT expect sugar-coated lies, but the harsh, bitter truth:

Your fat is killing you slowly whether you want to admit that or not.

You are 300 lbs because you eat junk food and because the only physical activity you do is going from the fridge to the couch, it’s not your genetic, it’s not PCOS, it’s not your thyroid, it’s YOU.

You have back pains and chest pains because your fat is suffocating your organs that are working 300% more to desperately try to keep you alive, and they are tired and won’t keep it up much longer.

Your body has its own rules, rules that you don’t set, rules that you can’t change.

You are prescribed weight loss because your doctor knows that bariatric surgery is dangerous, can have multiple and unpleasant side effects and it forces the patient to go on a clear liquid diet, sometimes even for months. He’s not a fat-phobic asshole, he’s trying to save your life and he’s doing it because he thinks it’s better for you, not for him.

Your bones are not big, your daily caloric intake is.

You are not meant to be this way, your body is not meant to bear all the shits you are making it going through.

You are not a poor soul victimized by this society, you are scientifically illiterate for thinking that obesity is normal.

Being healthy and being alive are not the same thing: if you need help to get off the bed, to take few steps and to shower you aren’t healthy, you’re barely living a bearable life.

Obesity shortens the lifespan significantly (10-15 years) and it will send you to an early grave, an early, big grave, and no amount of body positivity will ever change that.

The inspirational themes and lessons in the otome Mystic Messenger

Cheritz did an amazing job in the scenario and the themes, it’s game full of lessons ! It’s not an empty game, like you finish and you move on already, it gives you the chance to think and rethink about it!

I will talk about what themes there are in each route and what positive effects it can bring into our lives ;)


  • Jaehee : the theme of the dream, the goal of your life, what is the most precious, finding the real happiness, having the guts to say stop at a boring and average life and raise up, raise up to reach your own happiness ! Jaehee is always overbooked, working day to night, and even night to day, she earns a hell lot of money yes since Jumin pays her very well, but she knows that deep in her heart, working like a company slave is not what she wanted. She took a big risk to quit and following… actually creating her own path. If you feel suddenly lost, if you think about your life and you feel you’re not happy with what you are doing, it’s NOT TO LATE ! Go and do what you like ! Be who you want to be ! Because no one will do that in your place ! Be happy ! Carpe diem guys !
  • Zen : the courage to not give up after several hardship and failures, the courage to go through all the difficult things in life and to stay who you are, it might be the continuation of Jaehee’s theme about pursuing your own happiness, without caring of the judgement of the others ! Yes, Zen is living in a very small place, not even enough for two persons, he’s not rich but he is happy, he embodies who he is really, he is not depressed, he loves his life and he’s proud ! The fact that he never gave up will make him a big celebrity too ! Do not give up, life can be hard, life can be tough, Zen started by playing guitar in the streets ! But see who he became ! Perserverance is the key in every way, life is too short to give up ! ;)

 

  • Yoosung : of course it’s the theme of the pain and the loss, the mourning, but it’s also the theme of trying to find a new happiness, trying to move on, the theme of growing up, of moving forward, of actually realizing that we have one life and we should take advantage of it (example : in the deep story, Yoosung finally calls her mother, a thing he didn’t do for a very long time because he was busy to play LOLOL). Yoosung, by learning from all his hard times, his mourning, he grew up ! Because he opened himself to the others about his pains, he found the power to forgive V (the theme of forgiveness!), he found the courage to move on, working hard at school and becoming a great vet ! Yes, it’s painful, some events are so painful you just want to die, you want to stop all this pain, but you can in a better way: open yourself to the others, find the power to forgive, and become pro-active of your life ! Life isn’t just about pain and loss, it’s about building yourself, loving, and becoming a great person ! Hang it there !
  • Jumin : Jumin, a successful businessman, a CEO-in-line, rich as hell, smart as hell, he has everything…and yet, he can’t be happy. Jumin who thought he could be happy by having only Elizabeth 3rd by his side realized that it was actually not enough. Something was missing in his life, something was missing in his heart. Behind that cold mask of him, that cold voice, that cold stare and cold clothes, his heart was yearning for something bigger, his heart was yearning for love. A love he refused to himself because of the women he met in his life. It’s a theme about the real happiness, the love, about the question of  “can I make it in this world on my own”? But it’s also the theme of communication with our partner, and how much we can do for our partner without hurting them. It’s about opening our heart to the others, to the feelings, to feel, to receive and give love in order to feel complete ! You’re a human being, human beings need to live in a society with the others, otherwise, they feel lonely and they will become crazy. Even if you think you don’t need the others… the others will always need you, and soon, you will be in need of the others ! Let your feelings go, express yourself ! Let yourself be loved even if you are scared…<3 !

 

  • 707 : there are a lot of themes here that I’m sure I will forget some when I’m going to write ! His route is so complex but I will mainly focus on the theme of the identity crisis, who he really is, his origins, the theme of the sacrifice and loss, how much he sacrificed to help his brother? Everything, who he is, he hid the answers deep in him to move on and it’s actually make sense when we know he is an agent : an agent can’t be a person, an agent is invisible, an agent can’t have relationship and personal connections, an agent have to forget everything and be ready to be terminated at any mistake and dangerous mission. Saeyoung created a mask, the mask of Luciel, the mask of 707, the one who only makes joke and laugh all the time, but it’s not him. And he can’t embrace who he is because if he does that, he will remember of Saeran and his sad childhood. But that is the problem. To live and be happy, you have to embrace who you are, your past, your present, the bad moments, the good moments, you have to create yourself, to be a person, you have to build yourself but you also have to remember about your past. Seven’s route is a trip about rediscovering himself and finding himself, it’s about fixing the wrong choices and creating a new path, it’s about forgetting the predestination and create yourself your future. You can do it !
  • V : it’s mainly about the theme of the art, about the soul, and of course the definition of love ! All along his route, it’s a question of what is the art, the perspective, and in parallel, it’s connected to love. The art is the treasure, the richness of the soul, the art is a full creating of your soul, your feelings, the art is a parallel of your soul : because you create, you play something or you write/draw something, you use your imagination and the imagination is connected to who you are. If you block your creation, your imagination, you stop growing up, you are stuck, this time, your soul is yearning. The art is also only about yourself, not the others. The favorite subject of V was the sun, but he thought that the sun was Rika, he took him time to realize that the sun was him, the sun is above all but it’s in ourselves. Also, I was talking about the theme of love, in V’s route, it’s also about the different kind of love, the love we think it’s the true love and we become blind of our partner, the love who is actually an obsession, the love that we think we give but we actually give something else to our partner (and it creates misunderstanding), the love we think we deserve. The insane love. For V, the love was just love, there weren’t distinctions, and because of this he suffered (and Rika too). But what make us understand the different is the experience and the retrospection, we have to realize what is the love we want and what is the love we want to give and for this, we have to know ourselves, who we really are and we have to embody it, (at the end, V is not V anymore, he is Jihyun), the conclusion is, before giving happiness to the others, before loving the others, give yourself the happiness (for V, it’s painting, creating, answering to the call of his soul) and love yourself first ! And do not give up on love !

 

  • Rika/Ray/Saeran : these themes are darks, but depending the ending (in 707 or V routes), there are hopes for them. Anyways, of course, it’s the theme of mental illness. Well, there are a lot of metaphors with the darkness and the light, the devil inside, but to simplify, it’s a poetic way to say our conscience and bad conscience, or for them, it’s a way to say their others personalities. For Rika, it’s schizophrenia (I think?), and MPD (multiple personality disorder), and for Ray it’s MPD and BPD (borderline personality disorder). Rika has a kind side but becomes a whole new person when she is upset, and Saeran is split between Ray (the kind boy who has BPD) and Unknown (the cruel sadist who want to hurt and destroy everyone). Saeran/Ray is also afraid of abandonment, of being alone and he will do frantic efforts to avoid being left by someone, he will do everything, he will even let himself used and manipulated (by Rika) if he knows he won’t be alone – that is the BPD. But for those who have these mental disorders, there are hopes ! Rika is saved  by getting help (well she was so convinced that she was okay that Jumin forced her but at the end she was saved), and Saeran was saved too in the secret ending ! There are always hope, we live in a world where having help is possible, getting help, or just being receptive to our friend’s attention is a good beginning to the happiness ! You think you are alone with your mental illness, with the pain in your mind, but YOU ARE NOT ! You are NEVER alone ! Don’t forget that !