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Numerology 101

In my time running this blog, I haven’t seen a single post about numerology, maybe just because nobody knows it, or maybe because witches have a pathological fear of math. Either way, it’s a shame! The basics of numerology are painfully easy to grasp, and I would mark it down as one of the easiest divinitory systems I’ve tried to date. So let’s hit the basics!

We’ll jump right into it.

The Math

Actually, we need to work out the numbers we’re using first. While a person’s birthday is already very handily in a numeric form for you, their name is written up in pesky letters. But every letter has a corresponding numerological number, and by noting the number for each letter in a name, you’re able to calculate what you need.

Here’s a chart of the numbers, nice and easy and not necessary to memorize at all.

The numerological ‘alphabet’ if you will, only goes from the numbers 1-9. The letter ‘A’ marks 1, then J does again, then S. The more you work with numbers, the more you’ll come to just know what letters are associated with what, but even if you don’t, this chart is easy to replicate and even easier to find online.

The next part comes in writing out the numbers for a person’s name. You’ll want to keep this organized rather than messy, as  you’ll be using different parts of the numbers to calculate different things. I like to write out the names, then write the numbers for all the vowels above the name, then all the numbers for the consonants below the name. When you’ve done so, it should look something like this:

Some things to note:

  • Y is treated as a vowel when there are no other vowels in a syllable (Ex: Lynn, Carolyn)
  • W is treated as a vowel when preceded by a vowel and when it produces a single sound (Ex: Bradshaw, Matthew)

The birthday, again, is already in numeric format, so now all of your numbers just need to be added properly. Which brings us back to the scary part.

The Actual Math

Really, it’s nothing more than basic sums. If you can add, you can figure out your numbers. Hell, if you can’t add, you can have a calculator figure it out for you.

It is a little more involved than adding all the numbers you’ve so dutifully marked down and calling it a day, but let’s work through it first.

First, add all the numbers from the vowel section together. Then, add all the numbers from the consonant section together. If we go off the name I provided above, it should look something like this:

Congrats, the hardest bit of math is over!

“But Shay,” you say. “You said the numerological alphabet only consists of the numbers 1-9!”

And so I did. But I also said only the worst of the math was over. Next, we need to break down the numbers we got until they fall into that range. What you do for this is you take each numeral in the number and you add them together.

Let’s break it down. Looking at the vowel section, we’ve been left with the number 22. To get the numerological number, you take each numeral and add them together - here, that looks like 2 + 2 and leaves us with the number 4, perfectly within our range.

Our consonant number at the moment is 54, or 5 + 4, which adds up to 9. Again, in range. Should you get a number that’s still too big, keep breaking it down until it’s only one digit. For example, the number 98 becomes 17 (9 + 8), but then 17 becomes 8 (1 + 7) and is now within the acceptable range.

You’ve just calculated the Inner Dreams number and the Soul Urge number. And by adding those two together (and reducing as necessary) you will have the Destiny Path number. In this case, it’s 4 (The Soul Urge and Inner Dreams numbers 9 and 4 add up to 13, and 13 as 1 + 3 equals 4).

That’s three numbers down, one to go.

We’ve largely neglected the Life Path number, but all it really requires is the reduction method we just covered.

Take my birthday. April 27th, 1993, or in number terms, 04/27/1993. All you have to do is add all these numbers together, then once they’re nice and neat in one giant number, you simplify it as you learned. 04 + 27 + 1993 = 2024, which gives us a number to reduce. Even though it’s more than two digits, you handle it the same way. 2 + 0 + 2 + 4 adds up to 8, making a quick work of the reduction and giving us our Life Path number.

For you visual learners out there, it looks something like this:

Breaking it Down

So now, we have all four of our numbers! And with minimal tears shed. For the sake of having everything in one place, all of my numbers put together look something like this:

A number showing up more than once implies a strength of presence in that number - two or three times indicates that the traits associated with that number are strong, as do numbers that ‘resonate’, such as how 4 fits evenly into 8 or 3 fits evenly into 9. If there are too many repetitions of a number, expect to see more and more of the negative associations of those traits brought to light. Keep your eye out for these, as they will amplify one another.

Okay, but what does it all mean?

The Divination

There are four major numbers you go for when putting someone’s numbers together. The Life Path number, the Destiny Path number, the Soul Urge number, and the Inner Dreams number.

Life Path:

The life path number is the sum of the numbers in one’s birthday (date, month, and year). It relates to the path in life one will take and the traits one has at birth.

Destiny Path:

The destiny path number is the sum of all letters in one’s full name. It relates to the tasks one was meant to achieve in their lifetime.

Soul Urge:

The soul urge number is the sum of all vowels in a person’s name. It represents a person’s inner cravings, their likes and dislikes, and what they value most.

Inner Dreams:

The inner dreams number is the sum of all consonants in a person’s name. It represents secret dreams, inner desires, and fantasies.

And lastly, the meaning of the numbers themselves. This post is already long enough to the point where I’m not going to write up a paragraph about each and every number (they are all available and more if you look them up online), but I’ll give you a run-down for each.


Positive Traits:
Initiator, pioneering spirit, inventive ideas, strong leadership skills, independent
Negative Traits:
Overly assertive, aggressive, domineering, impulsive, egotistic, boastful


Positive Traits:
Cooperative, adaptable, considerate of others, sensitive, diplomatic, modest
Negative Traits:
Shy, timid, fearful, drowns in the details, easily depressed


Positive Traits:

  • Self-expressive, inspired, happy, fun-loving, keen imagination
  • Negative Traits:
  • Scattered energies, self-centeredness, unfinished projects, lack of direction


Positive Traits:
Strong sense of order, highly practical, steady growth, fine management skills
Negative Traits:
Lack of imagination, stubborn, fixed opinions, argumentative, slow to act


Positive Traits:
Expansiveness, new visionary ideas, quick thinking, versatile, resourceful
Negative Traits:
Restless, discontent, edgy temperament, dissatisfaction, overhasty, impatient


Positive Traits:
Responsible, artistic, nurturing, community-oriented, balanced, sympathetic
Negative Traits:
Self-righteous, obstinate, stubborn, meddlesome, egotistical, dominating


Positive Traits:
Methodical, analytical, intelligent, scientific, studious, solitary, perfectionist
Negative Traits:
Hidden motives, suspicious, overly reserved, isolated, inflexible


Positive Traits:
Good leader, strong sense of direction, sound judgement, decisive, commanding
Negative Traits:
Overly ambitious, oppressive, impatient, stressed, materialistic


Positive Traits:
Hearty friendliness, humanitarian instincts, giving, selfless, creative
Negative Traits:
Self-adulation, scattered interests, possessiveness, moodiness, carelessness 

So there you have it! Put the numbers you calculated to their associated meanings and work it out in your head, just like with tarot or other divinatory practices.

Just a few parting comments before I end this post.

In Summation

This is the setup for a slightly above basic numerological reading. The most basic that I ever use involves taking just the Life Path and Destiny path numbers. To take an even more complex spread, you could break down the person’s full name by each individual name, analyzing the vowels, consonants, and overall number for the first, middle, and last name individually, so that you can study what builds a person up into their full name and their path numbers. This gets very extensive very fast, and even with just the four above, you may end up doing three numbers per name plus the Life Path number. For your standard 3-name schema, this would involve ten numbers. Still manageable, but quite a lot.

On the topic of nicknames: generally, the rule in numerology is that you should use the name a person has held the longest. For example, Shay isn’t my birth name, but I’ve been called Shay for just over half of my lifetime. This is a good guideline, but please consider it only as a guideline. If someone has a name they do not wish to be called, respect them, and analyze the name they give you instead. An interesting thing to do - if the subject is comfortable - is to compare the birth name with the chosen name numerologically, and they can comment on advances that you have made through your life.

This is all I can think of at the moment! Go forth and numerolocize!

Lastly, I put together a blank template so you can practice on your own :D

Ok like
If we do get a Steven and Lars fusion
I don’t want him to be a kickass fighter or anything

I want him to be as dorky as all get out.

Weapon? Nah. He just takes that shield and some random stick or the f***ing magic sword and voila, it’s a magic frying pan. 

His powers are the ability to cook anything and everything on the fly. Sometimes its not even food items. Sometimes he makes weapons to escape the clutches of homeworld and make it home!

“Thirty seconds in the oven and voila my dearies we have a ****ing WALL BOMB.”

When he gets introduced to the Crystal Gems, they don’t pressure him to be a warrior like Stevonnie or Smoky. They encourage his inventing/cooking skills, knowing he’s clever and passionate about what he does. Even if he is awkward and dorky about it. It makes him happy and boosts his self esteem!

Heck wouldn’t it be awesome if there was an episode with Sardonyx’s room again? And instead of a talk show, it’s the zaniest cooking show on cable? Complete with explosions?

“Add a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of FIRE, and you have yourself a delicious stir fry that also acts as a combustant!”

I know its a tall order, and to be honest, I have my doubts we’ll get a fusion, but Lars’ and Steven’s brotherly relationship means a lot to me, and I want to see this sort of upbeat development happen.


Disclaimer: I’m sure this has been done somewhere already, so credit to whoever thought this up first! Also, while the collages are my own, all pictures are from Google Images, so credit to their owners. For each house, I found a list of their typical characteristics, and picked the three that most matched to each person.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON: Gryffindor; courage, determination, daring

Alexander was the definition of brave; he literally fought for everything he had. His courageous and daring personality catapulted him into a world he never dreamed of as a bastard child in the Caribbean. His determination paved the way for him to become one of the Founding Fathers of the US.

JOHN LAURENS: Gryffindor; courage, determination, chivalry

John was courageous in everything he did. His tragically short life’s mission was to lead an all black battalion. He fought for this in a time where it was unusual to say the least. A Southern gentleman, he was courteous and chivalrous to all he encountered. He died fighting for the country he loved, determined to gain equality and freedom for all people. 

HERCULES MULLIGAN: Ravenclaw; intelligence, creativity, originality

Hercules was a highly creative person, working with his hands and mind to create clothing for his clients. During the revolution, he successfully pretended to be on the side of the British officers he worked for while he gained valuable information to relay back to Washington. Keeping up this charade required a careful intelligence few possess. He was not afraid to rebel against the British, further proving his ability to go his own way.

MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE: Hufflepuff; loyalty, hard working, tolerance

Lafayette was one of America’s most loyal allies. While France was his home, he had a special place in his heart for the US. He stayed loyal to General Washington his whole life, naming his first and only son after the future president. He worked tirelessly to help turn the tides of the Revolutionary War against the British, and then went back home to France to help lead the French Revolution. He fought for freedom for all, regardless of their personal trappings.

AARON BURR: Slytherin; traditionalism, preservation, ambition

Aaron took a traditional approach to his entire career, never taking a big risk or risking offending anyone. He fought to stay relevant in a rapidly growing and changing new form of government. He aspired for great things, but ironically, was held back by doing everything by the book. He was willing to adapt his personality to whatever the situation called for (see: talk less, smile more). He willingly switched political parties when he saw an opening in the Senate.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Gryffindor; bravery, heroism, strength

George was perhaps one of the bravest men in the history of the US. In addition to leading countless battles, he ventured into new territory when he became the first president of the country. He was seen as a hero to Americans everywhere in his time, and now as well. His strength was most well exhibited in his ability to avoid being attached to one political party, and in staying neutral in conflicts between the British and the French. These decisions were not easy, but he was the right man at the right time.

THOMAS JEFFERSON: Ravenclaw; intelligence, creativity, individuality

Thomas embodied the word intelligence. A master of language, he wrote an estimated 19,000 letters in his life. He collected books, and his personal library had hundreds of works on all sorts of subjects. He had a wide variety of interests, ranging from law to science to the natural environment. He designed dozens of inventions, and was skilled in the field of architecture, displaying his creativity. He was a strong individual, with his own ideas and views that faltered for no one. 

ELIZA SCHUYLER: Hufflepuff; loyalty, patience, dedication

Eliza was one of the most loyal people you could ever find. Her husband was always away; at the beginning of their marriage, fighting in the war, and then working as a lawyer, and eventually in politics. Through these separations, she stuck by his side, raising their children. This not only exhibits an amazing amount of loyalty, but it proves her patience as well. She lived a long life, and dedicated it to preserving the legacy of her loved ones. She established an orphanage in honor of Alexander, fought for the end of slavery as Laurens would have, and worked to help establish the Washington monument.

ANGELICA SCHUYLER: Ravenclaw; wit, intuition, curiosity

Angelica was a witty woman in a time where many women didn’t even have access to basic education. She had a hunger for knowledge, and found very few people to be her intellectual match. Her curiosity was greatly heightened when the Revolutionary War began to surround her. She was very conscious of her place in the world, and despised the fact that her opportunities were limited by her gender. She fell for Alexander, but knew that he would not be a socially acceptable partner for her, and introduced him to her younger sister instead. Her intuition is best observed in these actions.

PEGGY SCHUYLER: Hufflepuff; kindness, enthusiasm, practical

Peggy is the most practical of the Schuyler Sisters in some senses. For example, she is the only one to fear the impending war, which would most definitely instill fear in the average person. She is portrayed as being enthusiastic, seen in her reactions when her sister Eliza becomes engaged to Alexander. Despite any fears she had for her sister about her future brother-in-law’s lower station, she is nothing but kind to him.

PHILIP HAMILTON: Gryffindor; bravery, willful, pride

Philip was extremely brave; he died protecting his father’s honor. He expressed fear before the duel, but carried on despite these feelings, displaying a sort of bravery rarely seen. One could argue his pride was the death of him. George Eacker’s insults ended his young life, when the whole issue could have been ended fairly easily. He was a willful man as well; his stubbornness against ending the feud when his father warned him further contributed to his untimely death.

JAMES MADISON: Hufflepuff; loyalty, hard working, practical

James preferred a practical sort of politics for the time, being a Southern Democratic-Republican. He, along with many others, felt that the country would not last with a radically different financial system. He was very close with Jefferson, forming a friendship that lasted 50 years. This sense of loyalty bonded them in matters both political and personal. He exhibited a strong work ethic throughout his career, contributing largely to the Federalist Papers, proposing the Virginia Plan, and even writing the Bill of Rights. 

“burn down hotel,” sunny said.

Not yet,” Sunny said. “One more thing.”

Everyone stared at the youngest Baudelaire, who was wearing an expression so unfathomable that even her siblings could not tell what she was thinking. “One more thing?” Count Olaf repeated, staring down at Sunny. “What could that be?”

The two eldest Baudelaires looked at their sister, and felt a cold ripple in their stomachs, as if a stone had somehow been dropped straight into the siblings. It is very difficult to make one’s way in this world without being wicked at one time or another, when the world’s way is so wicked to begin with. When unfathomable situations arose in the lives of the Baudelaires, and they did not know what to do, the children often felt as if they were balancing very delicately on top of something very fragile and very dangerous, and that if they weren’t careful they might fall a very long way into a sea of wickedness. Violet felt this delicate balance when she offered to help Count Olaf escape, even though it meant that she and her siblings could escape, too, and Klaus felt this delicate balance when he helped Olaf unlock the laundry room door, even though the sugar bowl was not to be found inside. And of course, all three Baudelaire orphans felt this delicate balance when they thought about Dewey Denouement, and that terrible instant when the weapon in their hands brought about his death. But as Sunny answered Count Olaf’s question, the clock of the Hotel Denouement struck two Wrong!s , and her siblings wondered if they had lost their balance at last and were tumbling away from all the noble people in the world.

“Burn down hotel,” Sunny said, and all three Baudelaire orphans felt as if they were falling.

The Penultimate Peril

I was rereading The Penultimate Peril last night for nostalgia sake and enjoying every bit of poison dart ever mentioned (because i still marveled at how Daniel Handler hinted this plot point without ever directly stating the whole truth - typical, i know, but i’ll always love him for it), breaking my heart over Dewey’s death (and how the Baudelaires’ must felt at that moment), and loving how smart Sunny Baudelaire was.

I mean, about the ‘burn down hotel’ part.

The way she figured out they needed to burn the down hotel before her siblings, they way she realized what Kit Snicket wanted (manipulated) them into doing before her siblings did.

I mean, I love that Violet’s inventor skills and how she got the boat off the roof, and I love how Klaus deducted that the sugar bowl wasn’t where Olaf thought it was, and how he cracked the code, but on the other hand, we already seen Violet and Klaus practicing their inventing/research skills countless times before. I admire them for it, but I’m even more in awe of Sunny’s quick thinking - it’s not exactly one of the VFD-skills/hobbies (inventing / research / cartography / fungus) that she’d practiced for many years, and yet she still reached this conclusion of what they needed to do so fast.

TL;DR - I love Sunny Baudelaire

Yes, this scene is sad–Dean is being sad and drinking beer sadly and looking at the pictures sadly, but let’s see it under a different point of view.

Dean here needs a moment to be alone with his pictures and his thoughts and his emotions. He needs to be in a safe place where he feels comfortable. Where do we go when we need a moment to be alone to deal with our sadness? Somewhere private that we feel a connection to, like our bedroom or a place that means a lot to us, right? Dean picks the kitchen.

Dean’s cocoon, Dean’s safe place, has become the kitchen. He goes there to be alone with his feelings. He goes there to be emotional.

We have discovered that Mary doesn’t use the kitchen, she doesn’t cook. But Dean does. Dean loves his kitchen. He feels safe and at home in his kitchen.

Dean needs a moment to be alone with his emotions and crouches against the kitchen cabinets, in front of the stove, a place where his legs fit just right, in fact. He feels at home in his kitchen, he kind of entrusts the kitchen with his feelings; he used to do that with the car, but the car means life on the road, and what Dean craves stability (which parallels him to Rowena, who calls the Ben guy “stable”). He feels home in the bunker now, he’s going to be pissed if the British Men of Letters try to get him out of it (which will likely happen, poor Dean).

Mary has “burst his bubble” about her meals; he has realized that Mary wasn’t the perfect housewife and mother he thought her to be. He assumed her to be; it’s not like Mary ever pretended that the meals were homecooked, she doesn’t say “sorry I lied to you”, she just says that reality was different than what Dean had assumed. Dean built the image of what a perfect housewife and mother is like–he assumed a mother homecooks, for instance. Something he loves to do for the people he loves. Basically, Dean projected his own nurturing instincts on her.

Dean is what he imagines a perfect housewife to be. Providing Sammy - whom he was a guardian for, aka a parent figure - food he makes on his own, more or less. Remember what he told Tina–“My Dad was always working, so I came up with about 101 different ways to make macaroni and cheese”… he invented recipes (within his skill range as a kid of course), he did his best to come up with personal recipes for the food he gave to Sam. He didn’t just buy food from the supermarket and place it in front of Sam, he made his own recipes and variations. Even in Something Wicked he’s shown mixing stuff in a pot, if I’m not mistaken.

Dean makes food for the people he loves and he gets all proud and happy about it. Dean made the airplane thing to Sammy. “First tooth, first crush”–we don’t really know about the teeth, but Dean gave Sam advice on how to talk with girls when he met Amy Pond.

Dean also gave John emotional comfort when he came home from hunts, something that one should get from a partner, not a child.

Dean is what he believes a perfect housewife and mother should be. The queen of the kitchen. The provider of emotional support.

The traditional gender roles assign to women the role of provider of housework labor and provider of emotional labor. And those are Dean’s roles in the family. He’s the angel of the hearth of the Winchester family. Now with Mary back, the dynamic between the actual mother figure and the “surrogate mother figure” will be interesting to see.

“You only write fanfic? You don’t write original works? You’re not really a writer, then. Not a real writer, at least.” 

is just about as silly as

“You only play from sheet music? You don’t compose your own music? You’re not really a pianist, then. Not a real pianist, at least.”

“You only draw fanart? Why don’t you draw original stuff? Fanart isn’t like real art, I mean, someone else came up with the design for the character.”

sounds as ridiculous as

“You only paint portraits from a model? Why don’t you paint exclusively from your imagination? Painting a portrait isn’t like real art, I mean, you didn’t invent that person’s face.”

Skulduggery Pleasant Series : The Monster Hunters

It’s always the four of them against the denizens of the dark, against the creatures with too-sharp teeth, too many eyes, formless, winged, oozing their way out of the shadows. It’s always the four of them, with nothing but their inventions, their skill, and, naturally, their magic.

Names spread through the underground like wildfire.

O’Callahan. Bane. Renn. Maybury.

The four of them against every goddamn shrieking beast that pops out of the dark, hauling each other up each time one falls down- No one is supposed to be left behind. Not once, not ever.

The four of them, standing in the doorway to prevent what lurks in the dark from crawling out into the light.

Series of Unfortunate Events AU

I’ve been rereading a Series of Unfortunate Events recently and I can’t help but think of Percy and Cassandra as the Baudelaire children and the Briarwoods as Count Olaf so here you go. Let me know if y’all want more of this AU because I have some stuff floating around in my head.

  • Percy took Cassandra out for a day to visit the library/museum in Whitestone, when they return, the entire castle is under quarantine. A few days later the rest of the De Rolo family is dead (no one knows how the disease started or even what disease it was, but no one suspected foul play at the time)
  • Because both siblings are still underage, Uriel appoints a temporary Lord over Whitestone, Percy will inherit the title once he comes of age
  • The De Rolo children are sent to live with Professor Anders, their tutor, first. It’s pleasant enough at first, but eventually the Briarwoods come to dinner. Professor Anders says that he is transferring custody of the children to them, Cassandra sees the Lady Briarwood passing him a bag of coins through a cracked door and the siblings know that Bad Things are happening
  • Through the use of Percy’s brilliant inventions and vast amount of knowledge and Cassandra’s daring nature and knack for being in the right place at the right time, they manage to escape the Briarwoods and are moved to a new house
  • Percy is 16, has a love for invention, great skill in crafting on the fly, and pulls down his creepy-ass bird mask when he thinks (the equivalent of Violet)
  • Cassandra is 12, can make a weapon out of almost anything, and has a more daring nature than Percy. She’s more likely to sneak around and take risks so that they can escape a bad situation
  • The Briarwoods are trying to get custody of the children to that they can have access to the legal titles to Whitestone and they can have somewhere to revive Vecna without being interupted. They each have dark black tattoos on their ankles that seem to spin when you look at them too long
  • Just imagine all of this in Lemony Snicket’s voice and style??? That dark, dry sense of humor just fits Percy’s personality so perfectly??

AQUARIUS Leisure Interests

While a great many of Aquarius’ interests are intellectual, they also love tinkering with things, using their inventive skills to fix, create, or supplement technical gadgets or useful implements. Aquarians often work on several hobbies or interests at the same time.

The typical Aquarius enjoys the following pastimes:

radical politics
rhythm, and singing
science fiction
controlled exercise
writing his personal journal
scientific or inventive hobbies
theater, comedy, and home movies
flying, gliding, and parachuting

fame or recognition
learning about the world
quiet time to think
dreams and mystical experiences
surprises and brilliant ideas
the latest techno gadgets
telling others what they think
eccentric friends
studying history
travel to exotic


too much emotion
people who are boring
being taken for granted
having freedom curtailed
any kind of rip- off false advertising
making loans or borrowing
revealing their own motives
the herd mentality

Prompt: “You are a criminal that has been kept hostage by an alien race. They force you to use your skill to invent advanced weaponry.On your own time you send out an sos hoping to be rescued and the alien race to be stopped from using your weapons. Enterprise is sent to help & a battle occurs. The crew is then surprised when you are willing to sacrifice yourself for them/one of them. In turn, despite your criminal record, you are invited to stay on the enterprise and find good friendship with the crew.” - @dani-fae

Word Count: 2,078

Author’s Note: The exciting conclusion from yesterday’s fic! Part 1 is here. Enjoy!

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for @sadderforit

The rising of the zombies changed everything. One minute, he was an eighteen-year old boy reuniting with his older sister. The next, he was building a ten foot wall around a the crumbling ruins of his childhood house, creating weapons, and learning various forms of martial arts. Cumbria wasn’t as large as the other surrounding cities, so the first few months were bearable. Only a few stragglers that needed to be killed swiftly and efficiently, while the other towns fought desperately to remain afloat. 

But as the year ended, more and more zombies came, seeking prey to consume or to turn into one of their kind. Lucille had grown adept at handling daggers and swords, but he preferred the axe. Their weapons were modified, allowing them to still have a weapon in hand despite having it flung from their grip. At times, he wondered what their father would say if he could see what Thomas was doing with his inventive skills now. 

It was this penchant for creating weapons of defense against the undead that made him a part of the zombie hunting party, who were responsible for keeping the highways and byways of Cumbria clear. They often ushered the defenseless ( families, women, and children ) from one end of their territory to the other. It was during one of these trips that they encountered a caravan, filled with the usual travelers. Most were three person families and couples, but there was one who looked like she was traveling by herself. While his other companions were tending to the passengers, and the others carefully searching the caravan, he approached her and doffed his hat.

                   “Not to worry, my lady. This is just a routine check up. Just in case one
                    of them managed to latch on to the bottom of the caravan. It happens.”

Concept: Robbie is also an elf. Consider: potential magic powers (although he was probably just hallucinating), ridiculous longevity (lived through up to NINE prior Sportaci), and insane handiness, inventiveness, and mechanical skill (classical traits of Dökkálfar). Now, Sportacus is certainly an elf: he’s superhuman in every possible physical and mental capacity and we never see his ears. I know what you’re thinking! “But Zoe, Robbie is nothing like our favorite Sportafloppityflip! Why would he be the same species?” Well, in traditional Norse (read: ICELANDIC) mythology, there are two races of elves. Sportacus is a Ljósálfr or light elf, which live in a realm above the earth (airship) and are described as “fairer than the sun to behold” 💁🏼. Robbie, on the other hand, would be a Dökkálfr or dark elf, which are mischievous, in a perpetual rivalry with the Ljósálfar, and typically live underground (lair).

Guys it just explains so much

How to Get Through a Job Interview

I’m currently in a program that helps disabled people get jobs and we’re given booklets to work through which have tips and instructions for job searching and interviews. Since people seemed to find my last post about this helpful, I thought I’d make another one. It’s pretty long, but it’s information I’ve found very helpful.

If you’ve had a job before, you will have picked up some skills during your work. Even if it’s your first job, you’ve likely picked up some skills during school/life/activities. You can use these skills later in the interview when they ask you what your skills/strengths are. Here are some potential skills:

  • Working with people skills: assisting, caring for, conflict resolution, consulting, co-operating, counselling, demonstrating, helping, instructing, problem solving, serving, teaching, training, listening
  • Communication skills: advising, interpreting, public speaking, negotiating, persuading, promoting, reading, speaking, summarising, translating, writing
  • Working with information and number skills: analysing, budgeting, calculating, checking, evaluating, inspecting, memorising, ordering, organising, researching, reviewing, scheduling, selecting, verifying
  • Creative skills: arranging, building, cooking, creating, demonstrating, designing, developing, devising, generating, improvising, inventing, originating, performing, predicting
  • Leadership skills: administering, coaching, conducting, consensus building, managing, planning, rewarding, controlling, co-coordinating, deciding, directing, motivating, recognising, supervising, influencing, initiating, inspiring, leading, negotiating, reinforcing
  • Manual and technical skills: adjusting, constructing, repairing, operating, painting, servicing, installing, cleaning
  • Personal skills: accepting, adaptable, active, capable, cheerful, discreet, open minded, persevering, thrifty, committed, competent, creative, dependable, expressive, mature, organised, quick learner, trustworthy, efficient, encouraging, energetic, friendly, helpful, intuitive, patient, sincere

The Call
So you’ve gotten a call that you’ve got an interview. Before you hang up, make sure you have this information:

  • date, time and place of interview
  • directions on how to get there, whether by car, public transport, walking etc
  • name, position and phone number (and/or email) of interviewer

Research the Company
When you’re preparing for the interview, it’s good to know a bit about the company so you can seem knowledgeable and interested if they ask you what you know about their company. Don’t feel you need to memorise every single one, but find out some things like:

  • how many people work there
  • what are the different departments
  • how many stores do they have
  • do they have a mission/values (might be on their website, under a heading like ‘about us’)
  • what is the main attraction/product
  • is the business growing
  • is the company adding new jobs or transferring jobs to a different community
  • are there opportunities to learn new skills
  • what are the salary ranges for different positions
  • what kind of benefits plan is offered to employees
  • search the company on news sites and see what you find

Potential Interview Questions
These are some common questions that you might be asked in the interview and how to answer them:

  • ‘Tell me about yourself’. Give a one minute background statement about yourself, showing how you’ve reached a point in your working life where the job you are interviewing for is the next logical step
  • ‘Why do you want to work here?’. Talk about how your skills fit the needs of the job. Also a chance to show you know something about the company form your research. Let them know you’re aware of the products or work they do. Let them know you’d be proud to contribute to their success
  • ‘What are your greatest strengths?’. Pick three skills you have picked up from your life, or better, from your previous jobs if you have any, from the list of skills up the top
  • ‘What are your greatest weaknesses?’. Kind of a trick question. Avoid any weaknesses that would be a major part of the job, and don’t mention an illness/disability. Try and pick something that’s a strength in disguise, like ‘I become impatient when the work of other people has to be fixed so that I can get my work done’, but don’t go with ‘I’m a workaholic’, because they hear that from basically everyone. You could also pick something that’s a weakness but one you’ve turned into a strength, e.g. you’re nervous about public speaking so you practice it a lot and have become really good at it
  • ‘Is there anything that would prevent you from doing any of the job duties?’. Just Say No. It’s A Trick.
  • ‘Why should we hire you instead of other equally qualified candidates?’. Talk about each part of the job, giving examples of the skills you have that will lead you to be the best person for the position. Close your answer with a comment about how you would be a team player with the company and the importance you give to contributing positively to their goals
  • Asking how you dealt with a problem at your last job: use the STAR format (Situation Task Action Results). Situation: set the scene by briefly describing the situation. Task: describe what needed to be done and what your role and responsibilities were. Action: detail the action you took to have an impact on the situation, maybe include reasons for action. Results: outline the outcomes of your action, how can they be measured? (quantifiable, qualitative, your learning)

Body Language to Avoid
This one is particularly difficult if like me you have trouble with social skills/body language. They can seem really arbitrary and frustrating, but you have to play by their rules I guess.

  • leaning back too much - looks lazy or arrogant
  • leaning forward too much - looks aggressive. maintain a neutral posture
  • breaking eye contact too soon - can seem untrustworthy (unfair but that’s how they see it)
  • nodding too much - nod once when it’s appropriate, but don’t be nodding up a storm
  • chopping or pointing with hands - looks aggressive
  • crossing arms - looks aggressive, defensive, closed off. keep arms in lap or at sides
  • fidgeting - instantly tells them how nervous you are (me @ me: lol good luck stopping it tho)
  • hands behind back or in pockets - suspicious
  • looking up or around - apparently a cue that’s you’re lying or not listening (except maybe you just hate eye contact like me??? will the neurotypicals never let us live???)
  • staring - seems aggressive (apparently a fine line between holding gaze and staring, good luck finding it)
  • not smiling - can make people uncomfortable, looks like you don’t want to be there. go for a genuine (or make it look genuine) smile when you first meet the interviewer, then again when it’s appropriate
  • hands on hips - looks aggressive
  • checking phone or watch - looks like you’re bored, want to be somewhere else, rude

Phone Interviews
Sometimes before a proper interview, they’ll do a phone interview. If like me you hate talking on the phone, this can be stressful. But here’s some tips:

  • if they call and it isn’t a good time, ask them for an alternative date and time, or offer to call back later yourself, don’t risk having it at a bad time and it going badly
  • if you’re expecting a call, have a copy of your resume, a pen and paper, device, or computer ready for taking notes
  • clear the room of all noises and distractions if possible, like kids, pets, friends
  • create a script or have open a document that has the potential questions they might ask and your answers to them

Tips for the Interview

  • check your appearance. are your clothes clean and neat? is your hair neat and well groomed? have you shaved? I know some places help people out with getting job interview clothes, so do a search if you need some
  • make a trial run to the interview location before the actual interview, at around the same time the interview will be
  • arrive around 15 minutes early. don’t want to be too late or too early
  • make eye contact with the interviewer when you meet them. give them a firm handshake and say ‘hello/hi, my name is X. it’s nice to meet you’
  • stand until you are indicated to sit down. when you do sit down, don’t slouch
  • try and be positive, I know it can be hard, but it can help make a good impression
  • bring a copy of all the materials you sent when applying for the job, and any letters or materials you received from the employer/interviewer. you should also bring in a list of your references/referees on a separate sheet of paper, including their names, addresses and phone numbers
  • find positive things to say about previous employers. this can be hard but try not to say anything negative about them as it can reflect badly on you i.e. it might make the interviewer think ‘if they’re saying that about their old employer, what will they say about this job when they leave?’
  • when you’re leaving the interview, thank them for meeting you

Things not to do in the Interview

  • don’t smoke or chew gum. if you’ve gotta smoke, try not to do it just before the interview as the smell lingers, and freshen your breath before the interview
  • don’t wear strong perfume, body spray (like Lynx/Axe), or cologne. people might be allergic, also it can just be overwhelming
  • don’t argue or get angry/upset. if discriminatory or illegal questions are asked, be diplomatic, polite and tactful. I know this can be hard, if you start feeling defensive during the interview
  • don’t fidget, play with your hair, a pen, another object as this can be annoying/distracting. unfortunately this means no stimming (or at least not visibly), which can be calming when you’re in a stressful situation
  • don’t tell the interviewer how many jobs you’ve applied for or give any info that will make it seems like people don’t want to hire you
  • don’t talk about how much you need the job. you’ll be hired on the basis of your skills, not your needs (unfair I know)
  • Don’t Lie. interviews are stressful enough without adding to the stress by worrying about a potential employer finding out you’ve lied

Hope this is helpful.

“‘Hamilton’ is about the words.” So spoke Christopher Jackson, who portrays George Washington in the hit Broadway musical, as he welcomed 1,300 high schoolers to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Wednesday for the first in a series of matinee performances set aside for New York City students from low-income areas.

The students attending the matinee, some of whom shared the stage to perform their own work, engaged with an incredibly wordy production—about 20,000 words in all, including some challenging vocabulary items.

The playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also stars as Alexander Hamilton, skillfully weaves together words both high and low. Hamilton describes himself to his equally quick-witted sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler as a “polymath,” a person with great learning in many fields (from Greek words meaning “much” and “learn”). But he follows that up with an earthier self-description: “a pain in the ass.”

In one particularly rapid-fire number, “Guns and Ships,” the Marquis de Lafayette, played by Daveed Diggs, describes Hamilton as “ingenuitive,” a peculiar adjective form of “ingenuity” (meaning “inventive skill”) that is difficult to track down in any dictionary. In an interview, Mr. Miranda said that he and his collaborators argued over whether it was really a word, but they decided to let this ingenuitive creation stand.

Hamilton’s foes have less kind words for him. Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.) calls him “protean,” or ever-changing, after the shape-shifting Greek sea god Proteus. James Madison (Okieriete Onaodowan) says Burr “obfuscates,” from a Latin root meaning “to darken.”

The vocabulary flies thick and fast in cabinet confrontations between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson (also portrayed by Mr. Diggs), performed in the style of rap battles. In one, Hamilton argues that centralizing debt would be a “financial diuretic.” “Diuretic,” from a Greek root meaning “prompting urine,” serves as a peculiar bodily metaphor, suggesting the debt plan would encourage capital flows.

Alexander’s brash young son Philip Hamilton, played by Anthony Ramos, boasts that “the scholars say I got the same virtuosity and brains as my pops.” “Virtuosity” originally referred to such “manly” virtues as courage and vigor, but it was later influenced by the Italian word “virtuoso,” meaning someone who is technically proficient in the arts.