Divination was not always the most popular class when it was being picked up as an elective. The amount of students in said class dropped significantly once people were given the option to be able to drop their electives. It did make everything easier to manage, but it was a little disheartening all the same.
Not everyone had the Sight, but that did not mean that everything in the class was useless. There was certain aspects of divination that did not require having the sight. It was why she was currently teaching the younger students about dreams, because that was something that they could all understand and do.
For the older students she picked tarot cards. Once her sadly small class was sorted, she started talking. "Tarot cards can be followed back to the mid 15th century, although it wasn't until the late 18th that they started to be used for divination. They can be used to gain an understanding of the past, present, or the future by asking a question. If there is something you are having difficulty understanding, or deciding, they can be a useful tool.
"If one of you would like to volunteer and come up here with your question, I can give an demonstration. Yes or no questions tend to be most effective, but don't let that hinder you."
Post by HAZE MARIA ROBERTS on Jul 21, 2017 4:52:51 GMT -6
Haze had grown to enjoy Divination throughout her school life in Hogwarts, however it had taken her while. It didn't help with the attitude of other students to the subject. Her father didn't approve, of course, but it was interesting and could come in handy in the future.
There she sat with her two classmates. The class had been getting smaller and smaller over the years. She didn't mind however, that meant getting more personalised learning. The Professor mentioned Tarot Cards and her ears pricked up. She had always been a bit unsure about their abilities but Divination had changed her mind. When asked if there was a question she wanted answered she raised her hand reluctantly as the others hadn't responded yet. The silence was killing her. "Am I going to pass this year?" she asked with a smile, she truly worried that she was going to fail even though she had worked so hard. Maybe the cards would help her.
As Haze raised her hand, Persephone went over to the girl with her cards. "I'm going to shuffle the cards, and then hold them out to you. Once I have, think of your question, and pick out three cards." She began her shuffling, and then held the cards out to the girl. Once there was three on the table, Persephone turned them over. The World. The Chariot. Upside down nine of cups.
"The world signifies completion or wholeness," she explained, touching the first card. "It suggests a goal reached, and your efforts rewarded.The world also leans towards coming full circle. That as you complete one journey, another one starts. In context of your question, it would lead towards you finishing your studies, and reaching that end goal. But the next journey of what happens next starting."
"The chariot is a hard won victory, it's triumph, progression. The chariot celebrates the strong and determined, those that have the will power to achieve their victory. It suggests that the hard work that you have put in will lead towards success."
"The nine of cups means accomplishment, and wishes granted. In the upright position it signifies that all is well, and a longed for desire has been fulfilled. However in the upside down position, as yours is, it means that contentment and abundance can turn into overindulgence and greed. It warns you of boasting about your good fortune."
She looked away from the cards, and to the girl. "It looks good for you, I think."
Divination was one of those classes Everett had picked because it seemed interesting and not many other people wanted to do it. Plus he just liked to know as much as he could and this was no exception, though it wasn't something he saw himself using much outside of class. Tarot cards sounded pretty cool though.
Bouncing in his seat a little, he waited a little impatiently for Haze to get her reading done. He never had been the best at waiting for something. Once she was done though, he was eager to let Professor Windsor know he was next. "I know I'm kind of a mess, so um, am I ever gonna stop being such a mess?" That was a yes or no question, right? It was the only thing that really bothered him too, and he wanted to ask a question that mattered.
Post by HAZE MARIA ROBERTS on Oct 8, 2017 5:52:28 GMT -6
Haze listened carefully to the Professor. The cards were exactly what she had needed to hear. The negativity of her father, the unknown of the world outside of Hogwarts left her for a moment. Maybe she could do what she put her mind to. Smiling at her teacher she nodded. "Yes, sounds brilliant," that was an understatement.
Everett was the next to be picked. She could tell he had been waiting patiently. She hoped his reading was as postive as hers had been.
Persephone smiled at Haze as she responded, glad that the girl was pleased with her reading. Then she turned to Everett. As he asked his question, she began shuffling the cards, going through the same process as she had with Haze.
As he picked his three, she laid them down on the table, and turned them over. The Ace of Pentacles. The wheel of fortunate, and the upside magician.
"The ace of pentacles," she tapped the card. "Signifies comfort, enjoyment, abundance. It indicates a beginning, and that you have the necessary means to achieve a goal." Sounds positive. "Here that would suggest putting your mind towards a new goal, or a new adventure. Perhaps what you choose to do once you have left school will end positively for you - making you less of a mess as you say."
"The wheel of fortune is changes and turnabouts, it suggests that good and bad times are part of life - it deals with the aspects of life that are outside our control. Usually it signifies a lucky break, but as the wheel can turn unpredictably it may not be through carefully laid plans, but instead through chance. It suggests a positive answer to your question, but you may achieve your goal in a way that did not occur to you earlier."
She turned to the last card. "The magician signifies bending circumstances to your will. In the upright position it signals self confidence and mastery, that we are the masters of our lives and have the ability to make things happen. Yours is upside down. It suggests that power can be misdirected, and to consider your motivations before acting. The end does not always justify the means. Be careful. To your question, I believe it could suggest that you have the ability to achieve the goal that you want, but that you should take care of the method you use to achieve it. Don't compromise things in the hope it will get you where you want in the end."