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1. What kind of wood is your wand made of? Go to the Celtic Wood Chart
and find which according to your birth date. (This is similar to the traditional horoscopes.) Then copy-paste the description here. Bold traits that describe you very well and strike those that do not apply to you whatsoever. Then provide a brief commentary on how accurate you think these traits are in the scope of your nature and personality.
August 5 - September 1
"The 'new moon' Hazel individual is more inclined to seek out knowledge than his or her 'full moon' counterpart. These people possess an inquisitive nature which can, at times, become prying or underhand. The 'full moon' Hazel individual is more outgoing in nature and temperament. These people are also more inclined to become public figures who seek to educate or instruct people in the arts. The 'full moon' Hazel sets a high regard on honesty and has well-defined principles. Such people can, however, be very critical in attitude...usually stemming from an inbuilt hypersensitivity. Hazel individuals need to express their creativity or they could easily become morbid and introspective. "
Perceptive. Clever. Endowed with good reasoning powers. Sharpness of intellect. Excellent debater and writer. Wonderful planner and organizer. Desires to acquire knowledge. Expert in chosen field. Lively. Analytical mind. Great deal of imagination. Radical and idealistic thinker. Artistic abilities often lead to creating beauty with very practical uses. Sometimes known as the mediator of society. Keen observer of truth. Able to judge an entire situation in a very short period of time. Paranoid. Lacks self-worth. Abundance of nervous energy. Needs to be constantly channeled or becomes prone to sudden headaches and migraines. Dislikes pretenses, false values and waste of any kind. Probably the most rational. Always appears to be cool and reserved. Emotional surface control. Prone to suffer from nervous tension. Strong mental stamina. Blessed with agile mind able to cope with any extremes. Most critical of own shortcomings. Low self-esteem. Argumentative or even cynical. Resorts to underhanded means in order to attain knowledge. Honest and caring as mate. Sincere. Inspires great loyalty from others.
I really don't put much stock in horoscopes in the first place and this is so general it doesn't really go further than surface level. I’m smart, this isn’t bragging and it’s not me trying to say that I’m right all the time but on the whole I like thinking things through before I do them. I like learning more about things but I only throw myself into things wholeheartedly if I really have an interest in them. I like to imagine things, new things, different things. I believe in many ideas and ideals that most people consider unusual, especially for someone my age. I like peace, whether it be world peace or peace in a household, I want it and I want to take part in bringing it about but I don't think that humanity has what it takes to do it. I’m honest, I dislike people who lie and ideas that are obviously lies or contradictory statements. I won’t second guess my decisions you’ll often find when I state my opinion I always include a way to admit I was wrong in the most painless way possible. I love loyalty. I rarely bestow my loyalty to something but when I do, I do it wholeheartedly and expect others to do the same. In spite of all these things I don’t consider myself clever, in fact I can be very dull-witted at times. I love and admire beauty but I don’t find it very practical and I’m not very good at making beautiful things. I have few true fears, I believe in caution but I’m not afraid. I’m not very energetic, I don’t cheer loudly or act excited very often. When taking up projects I do so carefully and slowly so as to ensure that as few errors as possible occur. There was one trait in here that I really have no idea what to do with: Honest and caring as a mate. I don’t know! I don’t have a mate and probably won’t for sometime yet so don’t ask me.
2. How do you think you would use magic? On a day to day basis? Over your entire lifespan?
I would use magic in as many things as are practically possible. I would use it to get more things done things like: cooking, cleaning, writing things down, transportation. I would try to use it so that things can be done efficiently too. I think it’s important to remember though that it’s bad to become addicted to anything, including magic. While magic is extremely useful, it also promotes laziness. If you save all that time by using magic now what are you going to do with it. While it’s an amazing tool it’s important over time to remember the old-fashioned way to do things. Over my lifetime I’d probably set certain occasions where I would not use magic except in emergencies. Sort of like Jewish Sabbath or the Catholic Lent. I'm not the sort of person who has adventures and does great things though so I probably wouldn't use magic for more than ordinary things.
3. What are your strongest personality traits? Your weakest?
Strongest: I’m honest. I tell what I think without embellishing it, I give an account of things exactly as I remember it whether or not I will be looked upon badly for it. I’m compassionate. I might not agree with people’s decisions and I might not like the people at all but if I see someone who is hurting or going through a rough time I feel for them and want to do (and often do) try to help them. I’m loyal. I’m loyal to the inth degree. If someone hurts someone I’m loyal to they will regret it sincerely. My family is my life and I’m very protective of them. One of my favorite quotes is “Never go against the family.” In a large group I always sit with my brothers even if I felt like murdifying them a minute before. Sometimes this gets in the way of honesty and honesty usually wins, but once again my family is everything to me. Because I know that I will probably be for them for the rest of my life I’m very picky about my allegiances but that’s just how I am.
Weakest: I am shy, I am very shy. Particularly in front of people who are older and usually, therefore wiser than me. When asked my opinion in front of people I don’t know well, I usually say something very short and very quiet. Most people that I know of find it very difficult to get to know me as I don’t speak until I’ve known them for a long time. I’m proud. When I’m confident I have a hard time accepting that I’m wrong. (which does happen a lot.) I will not give in until the only way I could possibly not is to lie outright and look extremely foolish. I’m forgetful. Things tend to slip my mind quite often. I forget to do things, I forget what people said, I forget what I was going to say, I forget what I’m supposed to say. This usually leads to problems and ultimately me getting in trouble.
4. If you could solve world hunger by killing one person would you? Explain why or why not.
Does this person know that by them dying billions of lives could be saved? What do they think? There are so many variables in this question I don’t know where to begin. Am I the person that must die? How would this person dying save the world from hunger? Honestly though when all is said and done my answer would be a provisional no. I believe that to take a life is wrong, except in self-defense or in the defense of others. Even to save all the people who would die from hunger. If that person was aware of the reason they were dying and willing to die, then yes it is an acceptable factor. The same goes for if that person was me. There is no greater love than this that a man should lay down his life for a friend. Dumbledore, according to J.K. Rowling, says that one must choose between what is right and what is easy. The easy solution is to kill one person, figuring out what is right is the hard part. The only way, realistically, the problem of world hunger is going to be solved is if all humanity learns to work together. (Which, by the way, I don’t think is possible without God playing a major role.) I also don't think that killing someone to solve a problem is a good idea. Doing something that you know is wrong in order to do something that is right is not a good idea. All it ever leads to is more wrong. You've heard that two wrongs doesn't make a right. Well, one wrong doesn't make a right either.
5. Who would you say is your role model? Explain.
Role Model- noun: Someone worthy of imitation. There are many people that I emulate but there is no human being who ever lived (excepting the person of Jesus Christ who was perfect and worthy of imitation in every area) who is perfect in every way. Overall however I would say my mother. Not just because she is my mom and not because of her amazing education and successful career either. (She dropped out of college to raise her family.) It’s more because of her endless patience. There are eight kids in my family 5 of them boys. She keeps the peace between all of us, she taught us to be honest and to follow God. She always treated us like people with brains not just little kids. She respects people and is loving. She gave up the opportunity to have a career to home school the lot of us kids so we could have the best education possible. To me she is the picture of family loyalty. On top of that is that she's smart. Despite dropping out of college she's still a teacher, she tries to overcome problems and she thinks things through. She's not afraid of doing things differently. She's not perfect though but she knows how to admit she's wrong. I couldn't think of another person I'd want to be more like.
6. How do you respond to confrontation?
On an academic level if someone disagrees with something I’ve said my first response would be to ask them why they think that. If there is still a disagreement then on to debate! I love debating things, whether to confirm what I think or to find out something new. The process of arguing things out is fun and exciting to me. As for physical confrontation, sometime I’ll fight but only if it’s a last resort. I prefer to avoid physical confrontation in the first place, I believe that violence doesn’t solve things. I’m nearly always willing to compromise to achieve a solution.
7. What values are important in your life?
I value honesty, loyalty, courage, and faith. The truth is very important to me, I believe that there is always truth. There are always absolutes. I think that liars are the lowest of the low. Not that I’m implying that I’ve never lied. People try to brush it off as: just one little lie but it’s more than that. To me to lie is just as much of a crime as stealing something. Loyalty to one’s family is one of the most important values I believe exists without it there would be anarchy. I believe that where you place you’re allegiance is not something that should be taken lightly. I think that once you give your allegiance to something you should support it fully with everything you can. I believe that once you say something you stick to it. I value having courage to do things in spite of what other people thing. I value the ability to believe in something that you can't see or measure. Whether that be believing in God or believing in the big bang.
8. If you were to face a boggart, what would it turn into?
I honestly don’t know what my deepest fear is. What is fear? As far as I know there is little that I truly fear and I’m not in any hurry to go testing my limits to see what I fear. Sometimes I think it would turn into a gigantic swarm of ants or the dead bodies of my little siblings, other times I think that, like with Harry, it would turn into a dememtor. I really just don’ know. If I ever face one though I hope I have sufficient strength of person to be able to face whatever comes out.
9. What makes a person respectable?
A person must be just and honest. A person must respect others, a person must have the ability to admit they were wrong, a person must act on their words and listen to what other people have to say. A person must care about something, it doesn't really matter what, just something. Yes, I know that not many people are going to fit this bill but a person who exhibits even a few of these qualities is more likely to be deserving of my or anyone’s respect. Why, you say? Because without these qualities what are you stuck with? An unjust, lying, proud, person. I don’t know about you but to me that doesn’t seem like someone I’d like or respect. In real life, no one respects a person who doesn't keep their word or is unfair. A person who doesn't care about anything is usually just lazy and laziness isn't deserving of respect. People who are excited about things like to do things, not just talk. They have a fire that inspires loyalty (among other things) in people.
10. Which of the basic elements do you identify with the most: Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?
Probably water. Water can be ice, which is as hard and unmoving as stone. Water can be flexible and tolerant, without being flighty like air. Water is the healing element, it has the ability to do damage but is more prone to being gentle and kind. Water can run quickly toward something but it can also slow down and be still for a minute. I can be very stubborn but never so stubborn as to be unmovable. I am constantly loving on people who are hurting, and I like to comfort people, especially children. I can get very excited about things but I nearly always maintain the ability to look at it realistically. I’m not all passion and heat like fire and I’m not constantly moving and dreaming like air. I like people from other elements and I like the qualities they represent but I don't see myself as one of them.
11. Do you believe there can be a truly selfless act?
Yes, I do. When a mother lays down her life for her child, when a soldier jumps in front of a child to protect them, when Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity. All of these are examples of a selfless act. What do these acts gain them? Nothing, they gain nothing for laying down their lives for others. Some might argue that they get glory and fame for their sacrifice but really, they’re dead. What good does glory do them then? A selfless act is doing something when you will gain nothing from it. Even if you do eventually get something the thing that makes it selfless is thinking that there’s nothing in it for you. A selfless act is doing something with no thought to yourself and Yes I think it's possible.
12. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
If I could live anywhere in the world I would want to live in The Republic of Kazakhstan. KZ. is a country between China and Russia. The weather there is nice, in the summer it's hot and in the winter it snows. I've lived in the desert my whole life and while I love the heat, it never snows here. The real reason I'd like to live there though is because of the people. I'm a Christian. I'm not like some religious nut or anything but I like sharing my faith with other people. KZ. isn't really a rich country, there is a lot of poverty but their society is coming to the point where there are so many things that I as an American could do there. I like to work with kids. A few months ago my family adopted a little girl from KZ. and there are a lot of little kids in the baby houses that could use some loving. They have a beautiful heritage and aren't ashamed of it but they're more than willing to learn new things. On the whole it's just a cool place.
13. Have you read all of the Harry Potter Books? If yes, which book is your favorite and why? If no, which book is your favorite so far and why haven't you finished the rest?
Yes, I have read all the Harry Potter books. I loved nearly all of them but my favorite would have to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I love it for all sorts of reasons, from the sheer length of the book to the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Luna Lovegood. The reason I really love HP and TOTP is because of Dumbledore’s Army. I’ve always loved the idea of students banding together on their own to resist an enemy. What’s even better is that they’re doing it through education. Not only that but it’s one of the most detailed examples of inter-house friendship. With people from three different houses not only meeting together voluntarily but quite a few of those students agreed to learn from a person not from their house.
14. Who is your favorite character in the HP series? Why?
I’ve jumped back and forth in my favorite character as I’ve read the books and I don’t really have an all time favorite but for the purpose of discussion I’d have to go with Professor Severus Snape. While reading the first book I always thought him cruel but I knew that Dumbledore trusted him and as a naïve child assumed he must be fine because Dumbledore knew everything. As time went on I liked him more and more, I began to try to see him as a person not just an antagonist in a good book. After I read the fifth book my allegiance was sealed. Because the books are written largely from Harry’s Point of View it’s difficult to really see into Professor Snape’s true character so it wasn’t until after the 7th book that I really started studying his character and really trying to understand his motive’s and biases. Snape’s feelings toward Harry always seemed to me to show a lot into his personality. It always seemed as if he loved him because of Lily and because of that wanted to take care of him, yet he hated him because of James. He was a person who could care about his students, why else would he have been the head of Slytherin house. Harry always thought that Snape was biased towards his own house but was he really any more so than Minerva McGonagall? I don’t think he was. Snape continued to work for Dumbledore even after Lily Potter was killed, after Lord Voldemort returned even though he more than anyone realized just how powerful the Darklord had become. He was also a member of: The Order of the Phoenix, even though he abhorred a good many of its members. He trusted Dumbledore enough to do what was asked of him even when most people would have called him crazy. In DH Lily Evans asked him if being muggleborn made any difference in the quality of wizard you were and he said no. Kinda makes me wonder if things had been different, would he ever have joined the Dark Lord. On the whole Snape is one of the most controversial and interesting characters in the HP series. Snape is a picture of undying love and what a person will do because of it.
15. Which character is your least favorite in the HP series? Why?
Although she was only in two books and was supposed to be a villain anyway, Dolores Jane Umbridge will always be especially loathed by me. Some might see this choice as simply picking a “Bad Guy” and throwing them in but there is (hopefully) good reason behind this decision. I have absolutely NO tolerance of anyone who hurts children. Whether discipline is necessary or not is not the question, but anyone who marks a child can never be excused. On top of this there is the way she seems to be the picture of prissy femininity, she takes things that could be considered as likeable and makes them unlovable. She’s the kind of person who takes things that are good and turns them evil. Her very name means: pain, sadness and grief. She pretends to be humble and tries to show a picture of a loveable aunt, when in fact this is the opposite of what she is. She masquerades as one of the good guys when really she’s just as evil a woman as Bellatrix Lestrange.
16. If you were a part of the HP series, what canon character(s) would you be friends with and why? Which character(s) do you think you would not get along with?
I think I would have liked to have been friends with Lily Potter (or Lily Evans). She's the kind of person who liked to get excited about things and wasn't afraid to hang out with whoever she wanted. She liked Snape but she also liked James. She was in Gryffindor but one of her best friends was a Slytherin. She disregarded social barriers and was always trying to make peace. She inspired loyalty in proud, introverted young Snape and attracted the affection of a troublemaker like James. As an adult she fought against Lord Voldemort with the order of the phoenix but she also had Harry and was a mother to him. She was willing to die for her child. She had courage, loyalty, pride, and brains. I like having friends who aren't afraid of doing what they think is right. People who are nice to the more over-looked individuals in life and who don't care what other people think about them. People who won't compromise their beliefs for anything.
17. Choose a quote from one of the HP books. ANY quote. Be sure to cite who said it and explain why it is your favorite.
Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am. -Luna Lovegood.
Ok, now for the why. For one reason; I love Luna Lovegood. She's quirky and weird and unashamed of it. For another: the fact that she knew that people called her looney and didn't mind. She assumed the best of Harry, that he would know that she wasn't really crazy and would thus take her comment to heart and find it comforting. She knew that people had been calling Harry crazy for awhile and would continue to do so and she really tried to make him feel better, even though it didn't work. I've been called weird and insane before. I've called myself weird and insane before too. The irony of this quote just always struck me as funny. It's a statement that says: I'm weird and I'm proud of it!
Date journal was created: 2007-6-1
Favorite Spell: Avada Kedavra. Yes, I am aware that this is the killing curse and one of the unforgivable curses. The reason I like it though is because of its origins. As many speculated Avada Kedavra comes from Abara Kedabra which is a healing spell. It's an example of how easy it is to turn something good evil and it should serve as a warning to all those who dabble in questionable areas of magic.
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