“There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house”.
Endpaper illustration from English Nursery Rhymes.
In 1916 A. & C. Black published a music book of English Nursery Rhymes, selected and edited by L. Edna Walter, Harmonies were by Lucy E. Broadwood and the illustrations were by Dorothy M. Wheeler (1891-1966).
This fine watercolour was reproduced across the endpaper of the volume, although not in colour.
all the crow/pie references in the last ep got me thinking
There’s an old English nursery rhyme about crows being baked into a pie called sing a song of sixpence
Looked up and lyrics and one line says ‘a blackbird pecked off her nose’ this could relate to a physical or mentally injury??
It also says ‘they sent for the kings doctor’ what English doctors do we know?👀
And finally at the end of the poem it says 'little JENNY WREN flew down to the garden and put it back again’ !!!! Jenny = Jenna Wren = WREN
I’m sure somebody else can add to this and make it better/ more comprehensive but it’s just a thought I had
Psychic protection is pretty much a required skill going into witchcraft. The rituals and spells are all fun and games, but if you’re sloppy with cleansing and purification you could find some unwanted attention coming your way. This could also come from other witches or magic practitioners who have taken a dislike to you, or just like to watch you squirm.
It is important to note that this protection is not something you do to prevent attack. This is something you do the minute attack starts coming your way, and you don’t have any resources at your disposal to deal with it. It also doesn’t have to just be for psychic attack. You can use these methods for walking in a dangerous area, not wanting to be noticed, avoiding hurtful comments from family, unwarranted criticism or negativity.
So how do you know you’re under psychic attack? You may feel one of the following.
Sudden unexplainable fatigue
Pressure wrapping around your head
Change in air pressure
Wanting to avoid eye contact with a specific person while travelling
Bad vibes from a certain direction that seem to seep into your body
Irrationally heightened fear of a stranger
If you feel that you have time, Ground before putting up your defences.
Methods of Protection
Shielding is perhaps the most obvious way. Many people see the shield differently. I personally imagine a thick layer of yellow that sits just above my skin. I imagine that it starts off in my chest and I quickly push it outside of my body to protect me. Every inch of me is protected, nothing can cross the layer. Visualisation is EVERYTHING. Maintain the shield for as long as you feel you need to. If I feel something trying to push through the shield then I visualise the shield making a fist and punching it away. But I wouldn’t recommend that unless you are well practised in shielding as it may make the new shielder drop focus.
The thing is that the negative energy may already be within your mind before you get the chance to shield. Pushing the shield out isn’t always enough to get rid of it. To combat this, I use a method I like to call Mental Hurling. I imagine a grey ball in the centre of my mind. Then, as quick as I can, I use all of my force to expand the ball out into my mind and hurl the assault far away. Imagine how it has been flung out of your head. I quickly shield right after this so it can’t get back in.
Sometimes a mental assault will come in the form of negative thoughts. For this, I use the Chant method. You know when you have a catchy song stuck in your head and it’s all you can think about? The same principle applies. Have a paragraph of something generic and unrelated to witchery that you can say over and over again in your mind to stop the negativity from taking root. Make it all that you think about, keep on saying it over and over. The chant I use is the old English nursery rhyme Jack And Jill, which goes like this;
“Jack and Jill went up the hill, To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after.”
If you’ve been practising these methods for quite a while and you feel comfortable in your ability, try counterfire in the direction the attack is coming from. It may scare the force away if they know that you don’t take any shit. I don’t recommend this though; it’s usually better to let the attacker lose interest.
To add a quick disclaimer, it’s not very likely that this will happen to you often, if at all. Please don’t be paranoid about it! The knowledge is just here to keep you safe.
The protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass.’ She was based on a real life girl that Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) knew. The story tells of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole only to end up in a strange world full of mad people.
After meeting many strange characters such as The Hatter and The March Hare, The Cheshire Cat and The Duchess, Alice comes across the foul tempered Queen of Hearts who tries to cut off her head in a farce trial. Luckily she manages to escape because it was just a dream and wakes up in the real world.
She would also travel to the chess-like land via a mirror.
Caster however is not wholly Alice, she is a personification of all English nursery rhymes and children’s literature of which Alice is the most famous.
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
Hizashi had a habit of walking right beside the wall of the school and running his hand or knuckles over the tile or brick or railing that was there while going to some place in the school.
He liked to tap his fingers while going up and down places with railings. It always made him think of that one English nursery rhyme about the spider going up the water spout.
He also enjoyed rubbing his hands together, especially when he was wearing his gloves because they just felt really nice when he decided to run them over his fingertips or his face.
Hizashi loved going to his desk and rolling the multitude of pencils that he kept there in case someone needed a pencil, especially since he always got ones that were colorful because he thought they were more fun.
If anyone ever saw these habits, they never said anything. And besides, they were small actions that made him happy, so who was to judge?
He strongly advised me (for the sake of my linguistics career) to study “modern Latin,” which is apparently descended from ancient Latin, and related to, but different from, Italian
Since by then I had learned that he can never admit to knowing less than me, even about my own major, I didn’t bother trying to set him straight. Instead I just said that I was interested in studying lesser-known languages. To which he replied “Yeah, that’s smart, you should learn something practical… like Spanish”
He asked me once if Albanian is closely related to Romanian, and I said not really; Romanian is a romance language and Albanian is not. At which point he actually scoffed at me and said “Uh, I don’t know about that, Romanian is really guttural.” Oh really, you don’t know?Well why don’t you listen, because I do know and I just told you. (Keep in mind that his Great Expertise was based on hearing like three minutes of Romanian this one time)
I mentioned that the final exam in my American Sign Language class was to interpret an English nursery rhyme into ASL, and I was really excited about the challenge. This guy, who does not know a lick of ASL, told me “Pssh, that sounds way too easy. I know I could do that”
Pro-tip guys: if you want to show off in front of a girl, try a) actually listening when she speaks and b) not insulting her in the process. Why is that so hard
Technology For the Blind and Deaf is Getting Pretty Cool
That picture above is a Blitap – an iPad for the blind. It uses a liquid-based technology to create raised Braille images to be read by the visually impaired. Pretty cool stuff.
It’s just one of many emerging technologies that can be used by people with sensory disabilities. For the deaf, researchers at the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University, are using 3D motion sensors on a person’s body to help translate American Sign Language motions into nursery rhymes.
Most kids learn their ABC’s through the classic song, but English nursery rhymes don’t translate well to ASL. The sign language grammar structure is much different from that of English…
To translate rhymes to a non-sound based language, she adds, the team keeps repetitive rhythms available through the use of common handshapes.
Motion capture tracks these “temporal rhythms” of hand gestures and reflects the data on a dual monitor like a polygraph, which acts as a blueprint for the 3-D signing avatar. (In ASL, signage and facial expressions work to translate what might be compared to vocal intonations in English.)
Technology has long been cited as a key resource for students with disabilities who are getting special education services. Some technology can be really simple – placing a three-paneled barrier along the edge of a desk can help kids with ADD stay focused.
Other technology is a little more complicated, like the Blitap or this 3D motion capture. Obviously there’s a cost here. Special education is already costly and difficult to manage, especially for poor school districts.
But these kinds of technology are worthy of exploring in an educational setting.
As a lot of you know I’ve been trying to do a storybook version of PMMM based on a poem I wrote a while back (which for the sake of being absolutely annoying, I won’t translate this to)
At some point I realized that someone had made a canon-accurate Witch Runes font and decided that it was even more fun ‘reading’ it that way because you can only guess what it says (unless you want to translate)
I may fix these up a bit, come up with a real cover, and sell them (the prints did ok at the con I attended but prints in general sold poorly and now I have a whole bunch left but idk let me know if you’d be interested in this book (or perhaps a version with the english nursery rhyme in it even though it looks less creepy. But you CAN translate these runes. They spoil the plot of Madoka Magica obviously. eheheh)
Vanitas no Carte Theory – When Fairytales read into reality
The tale of the Book of Vanitas is a bed time
story, and it could also be considered a kind of fairytale for vampires. Its
moral reminds me a little bit of how the Fairy from Beauty and the Beast put a
curse on the latter because he didn’t allow her in his house during a storm.
The vampires rejected Vanitas out of superstition and they also paid a price.
The book itself is interesting because it is
the center of a fairytale, and the malnomens it fixes are always related to fairytales.
So far, we’ve had ‘Little Briar Rose’ (which is the German version of ‘The
Beauty Sleeping in the Wood’) with Amelia and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with
Bucolicus. I’m not sure about this, but since Pandora Hearts had a lot of
elements from Lewis Carol and English Nursery Rhymes (like Humpty Dumpty), we
will probably see some other fairy tales, mainly from Brothers Grimm and
Charles Perrault—the story is set in France, after all. I can’t think of a tale
that could fit Luca’s brother since we barely now anything about his condition
(asides from being a curse bearer), but the chains he appears to be wearing may
give us a glimpse of a violent one, even more dangerous than the usual loss of
control that affects vampires whose names have been stolen. Beauty and the
Beast may be an option, especially on the bestial side. I wish we could see Rumpelstiltskin,
though (even if not tormenting Luca’s brother but another vampire). The
manifestation of that malnomen could be quite interesting.
Little Briar Rose
& Little Red Riding Hood (Eglantine—Prison of Briars & Loupgarou—Wolf who
Amelia appeared to be sleeping while the curse
took over her body. She was surrounded by thorns (just as the ones that had grown
around the palace in the tale), which were her weapons and shield. Amelia’s case allowed us to see how vampires
perceive the curse internally (and how she felt after Vanitas gave her name
back). This didn’t happen with Bucolicus, since the focus of the scene didn’t
lie on how he experienced it all, but on how Vanitas could easily give back any
name with the book.
Rewriting the formulas
Since Vampires were one of the things that
appeared after the failure of Paracelsus idea for the creation of a better
world, and the book can interfere with the formula of their names, I’m starting
to believe that the Book of Vanitas is more dangerous than it appears, for
humans and vampires alike. It can alter the vampires’ names, for good or bad.
In a way, it rewrites them. It seems to me that it has the power to access the
World where only formulas exist and to tamper with them. It could be dangerous
for vampires (and for everything that appeared after Babel) because their
existence could be removed, and it could be dangerous for humans since it may
have the power to add or eliminate things from their World.
By the way, I’m truly suspicious of Murr. The
last time I saw an author focusing so much in a cat that appeared normal… Well,
it wasn’t (yes, I read Nabari no Ou). And I don’t know why but I’m starting to
get the feeling that the original Vanitas was a she.
Was that the best episode ever? No. But it had a huge list of tasks that it had to accomplish – explain what happened during the time jump, work on mending the breach between Crane and Abbie, re-introducing us to Jenny, introducing Pandora and Betsy, plus a case of the week – and it did it all ably along with some wonderfully moving bits and some laugh-out-loud moments. If this is what we have to look forward to, I can’t wait to see what’s next. Let’s get into it:
OH HEY NO FAKEOUT COLD OPEN. What a pleasant surprise! And this really was the right way to start things. It was a passing of the torch, of sorts, Headless giving way to the new baddie in town while ably demonstrating that however bad Headless is, Pandora can whup his ass with a song. And even though Headless is off the table for now (though he can come back!), it felt like this was acknowledging what made Headless a great villain, as opposed to what he became. So even if we don’t get him, I hope we get that feeling back.
The song Pandora sings, “Who Killed Cock Robin?” is, like the song she sings later, an English nursery rhyme about birds. It lists a number of birds. Interestingly, it could be a recounting of the death of Baldur in Norse myth, which basically involves Baldur (god of light) being murdered by Loki (god of mischief, not Tom Hiddlestone) with an assist from his hapless brother Hoor. So, maybe something to keep an eye on.
Does Pandora’s box remind anyone of the Ghostbuster pack thingies? Just me?
Current sexuality; Abbie smashing dudes in the face with a trash can lid.
Then Abbie goes from beating him in the face to reassuring him, telling him he’ll be protected, advocating for him because, of course, she’s been in shoes not so different from his. God I’ve missed you, Miss Grace Abigail. Throughout this episode we have moment after moment reminding us of Abbie’s greatest strength: her empathy. And it’s beautiful.
THE SWELLING ICHABBIE THEME WHEN ABBIE LOOKS AT CRANE FOR THE FIRST TIME. The fact that she has to laugh and look away lest this becomes something too deep too fast. The Romantic Lead look on Crane’s face when he sees her!
So it seems that Crane did tell Abbie in some way that he was going to “clear his head,” and just never came back. That’s better than just leaving. You’re marginally forgiven.
“I required solitude. Then it became a habit. A deeply regrettable one.” Don’t we all know this feeling? You need to be alone, to heal, to remember who you are, but then it becomes easier and easier to be an island. And by the time maybe you don’t want to be alone anymore, you’re too far from shore to find your way back. This is very believable to me, especially for someone grieving.