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Bright and early on a windy Thursday morning is the first Arithmancy lesson of the term, and subsequently the first with Professor Ayana Sissay. She's just as excited as all the students obviously are, possibly even more considering how most teenagers and preteens feel about early mornings. But no matter! This is the best time for Arithmancy class. She'd checked the numbers.

The classroom is set up in quite the traditional Hogwarts fashion, with rows of tables and chairs facing the blackboard. On the desk at the front of the class is an assortment of seemingly random objects which will assist Professor Sissay with her lesson today; tiny animated elephants in a tiny enclosure, several leather coin bags, potted flutterby bushes, some broken clocks and finally, plastic muggle joysticks.

The Professor herself is gently leaning against the side of her desk with her arms by her sides, waiting with a smile for her new students to come in and take their seats. Behind her, the blackboard has already been filled with the notes they'll be needing for the lesson, but all that has all been hidden for now. No need to cause panic with new concepts just yet, which is why it currently only sports the following words in soft, curly handwriting:

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OOC: Helloooooooo everyone and welcome to Arithmancy! We're BACK. As always, don't forget to read over the rules here before you post. Please remember that this is indeed your characters' first lesson with Professor Sissay but it is certainly possible that this is not the first time your character has interacted with her (and seen her, definitely) since it's been two whole days since the year began on a Tuesday! Trust me, I checked!

You'll have around 24 hours to post your characters arriving, and then we'll dive right into the fun with the numbers because numbers are fun. Are you excited? I'm excited. Much excitement is happening in this head of mine. Always remember that you can pretend your character has been with us this entire time, or not and deal with the IC consequences. Happy RPing!

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- Part 1: What are some uses of Arithmancy? On what do the calculations we perform depend on?
_______Think about how you would carry out a numerological calculation. What do you need in order for that calculation to be possible?
- Part 2: What are some problems with name based arithmancy? Use examples mentioned by Ayana as guidance.
- Part 3: The Number Revealing Charm.
- Part 4: Number Analysis - Single Digit System, combinations, and the central figure.
- Part 5: Wrapping Up - closing commentary, homework assignment.
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Austin frowned. Yeah. He had no idea what he was supposed to do. He guessed aarithmacy would not be his strong suit. So he glanced around hoping to get a clue to what everyone else was doing.
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Maxie was lost. very lost. every word from Professor Ayana's mouth was pure gibberish. Nonsense. At this point, Maxie wondered if he might have understood her better if she were speaking mermish.

Numbers and letters flew in and out of the Hufflepuffs head- and then around it, and over, and under, until the young boy was as dizzy as a daisy.

Eying his notes, Maxie groaned miserably. Even they were topsy-turvy. How could his own hand lead him astray like this? He peered around, his large watery eyes unhappily taking in the site of his classmates doing the very best of their abilities. Stupid. Dumb. Maxie took up his wand and mimed the actions of those around him. He put nothing into it- nothing at all- convinced that if he looked like he knew what he was doing no one would bother him.
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So, this was the worst.

Vita was feeling a little discouraged after several unsuccessful attempts, and what made it worse was that because she couldn't manage it yet, she couldn't help any of the younger snakes with the spell. It was frustrating for sure. She wasn't going to quit, though. What kind of example would that be?

Emfanizou Arithmou. Emfanizou Arithmou. Emfanizou Arithmou. .... "Emfanizou Arithmou!" She all but shouted it out when she felt she had the pronunciation right. Realizing just how loudly she'd done it, the brunette raised her eyebrows and looked around as if she was wondering who could've done something so embarrassing. ...yeah.

The wand movement was okay, nothing she couldn't handle, so now she'd combine the two.

Wand at the ready, she went ahead and concentrated, saying clearly for only the second time all lesson, "Emfanizou Arithmou!"

She waited and for a few seconds, she almost wondered if she'd managed it, but then the numbers slowly started to appear. First an 8...then a 4... a 2... 0..followed by a 1... a 6...and a 0.

Was that correct???

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Tina was getting discouraged. She used to think she was good at arithmancy, but now not so much. This was twice in a row that she didn't have anything to add to a class discussion… well, not so much that she didn't have any ideas, just not any she felt confident enough to say. That hadn't happened to her since she was a little first year back at Beauxbatons. She was supposed to have all the answers!

Once again, the answer she'd thought of turned out to be nothing remotely like what the professor was looking for. Figures… The dark-haired Ravenclaw looked up as Professor Sissay spoke, listening more intently than ever. She could only hope that whatever this new concept was would click with careful attention and extensive notes. Okay, so arithmaelthilogy...a method of revealing an object's essence that had no need for words. That made sense so far.

Tina's mood instantly lifted when she heard they would be learning a number revealing charm. She may not be one to blurt out thoughts that may or may not be correct, but spells were something she knew she was good at! Both of the surviving father figures in her life were former charms professors, so it was kind of expected. She watched the spell demonstration closely, jotting down the incantation and wand movements in her notes. Emfanizo Arithmou, slow clockwise movements to the right, horizontal movement when the first number starts to appear… okay, got it!

Tina made her way to the desk at the front of the room to pick an item. She was hoping to get one of the tiny elephants, but unfortunately they were all taken by the time she got there. Her eyes were drawn instead to a colorful flutterbye bush. Gently setting the bush on her desk, she picked up her wand. First things first, practice the wand movement and incantation separately before putting the two together. She made a few slow clockwise movements with her wand, then followed with a horizontal motion. That part was pretty straightforward.

After repeating the movement a couple of times, Tina moved on to the incantation. “EmfaNIzo arithMOU,” said carefully and evenly. That spell was a mouthful, but it was nothing she couldn't handle. “Emfanizo arithmou, emfanizo arithmou…” Okay, enough practicing; time to try actually casting the spell! She brandished her wand, making clockwise circles as she said, “Emfanizo arithmou!” At the first sign of gray smoke forming a number, she moved her wand horizontally, and a series of very faint numbers appeared. Was that first number an 8 or a 3? Or a 6? It was too hard to read!


This was no good. She'd have to try the spell again. “Emfanizo arithmou!” Tina said again, this time with more power in her voice, as she made the wand movement. Once again, gray smoke shot out of the tip of her wand, and this time a sequence of numbers was clearly visible:
8 1 2 8 7 6 9. Tina repeated the numbers over and over in her mind as she jotted them down, trying to commit them to memory just in case they faded before she could finish writing. When she was done, she glanced up at the board to cross reference the numbers she had with the correct result. She'd gotten it right, thank goodness!
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He had said the incantation so many times now that it sounded more like a random string of sounds than anything else - though, come to think of it, that was all words were, really. Kaiser supposed that he may as well get on with actually attempting the spell, before the lesson was moved on. Playing catch up was not exactly easy.

Suddenly letting his chair fall back onto all four legs with a loud SLAM, he moved the joystick to the middle of the desk and pointed his wand at it. "Emfanizo Arithmou," he said firmly, moving his wand exactly as he had seen Professor Sissay do so in her demonstration. He had the incantation right, he had the wand movement right, but nothing happened. This, however, neither surprised nor bothered Kaiser. He simply tried again. "Emfanizo Arithmou."

This time, a small wisp of smoke appeared at the end of his wand, but too faint and lacking in substance to really form any clear numbers. Kaiser supposed that his concentration and intent were the problems here; his heart wasn't really in it and his mind was still somewhere up on the castle roof. It was difficult to force this kind of thing. He tried once more.

"Emfanizo Arithmou."

This time, the smoke that appeared started to form the slightly more recognisable shapes of numbers, and Kaiser held his breath so as not to disturb it. He picked up his quill, and quickly noted down what he was fairly certain he could see. There was a 2, definitely, and three... no, four 0s... but the smoke disappeared before he could make out the other two figures, or even double check to make sure he had actually seen what he thought he had seen. Kaiser dropped his quill and took up his wand again, wafting away the smoke with his free hand so that the air was clear for him to try again.
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How long was he sitting there watching the elephant? He didn't know but it was a moment or two before he realised that he was meant to be doing something around about now.

Lucas tore his eyes away from Dani the elephant and, instead, looked at the notes he had made, taking out his wand in the process. Emfanizo Arithmou? It really was a mouthful which only meant that he'd have to split it up. "Em-fa-NI-zo. A-rith-MOU. Em-fa-NI-zo A-rith-MOU. Emfa-NIzo Arith-MOU." How long was he chanting this? Again, he didn't know. "EmfaNIzo ArithMOU."

Breathe.

"EmfaNIzo ArithMOU. EmfaNIzo ArithMOU. Emfanizo Arithmou!" That was starting to sound better, yeah? "Emfanizo Arithmou!" There. Did he have to practice the wand movement? He didn't think so! How hard would it be to make slow, clockwise motions? Not very! There was no way he could mess this up that badly.

So, he delved straight into the spellcasting. Pointing his wand straight at the elephant's head, he started making small, steady clockwise motions first, mostly the size of the elephant itself. Which, by the way, was hard to do because the elephant was TINY! "Emfanizo Arithmou!" he called, continuing with the clockwise motions. Sissay said to only move horizontally when the number started to appear but..... there were no numbers. There was nothing.

So, he continued to move his wand in the same clockwise motion, still stuck on the elephant's head.

........ uh.......
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Ellie had most definitely heard wrong. She giggled quietly to herself as she listened more closely to what professor Sissay was saying. It was Arithmetology it was called that they were working with. Not something with melons. Why had her mind drifted to melons anyway? Juicy watermelons we’re delicious though.

Focusing Ellie went up to the table and got herself a tiny elephant to practice the new spell on. She had first been set on taking the broken clock but had changed her mind last minute. Returning to her desk she put the elephant down before she pulled out her wand. Wand in hand she started to practice saying the incantation out loud to herself first, several times in a row. "Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou!" And then another 5 times or so until she felt almost certain that she wouldn’t be missing any letter. She didn’t want to end up breaking her elephant like she had done with her mum’s flower pot when she had been 6 years old trying the levitation charm for the very first time and it had crashed on her twin brother’s head.

Gripping her wand she aimed it at her tiny elephant and said with little conviction "Emfanizou Arithmou!" as Ellie preformed the slow clockwise motion. Some smoke rose from her tip but it quickly dissolved. "Drats!" she muttered to herself she hadn’t said it too firmly maybe? Trying again she repeated loudly and firmly, eyes set on the elephant "Emfanizou Arithmou!" as she performed the slow clockwise motion. Grey smoke slowly flowed out of the tip of her wand forming into seven readable numbers 2 3 9 7 4 8 8. Knowing that the numbers would dissolve into thin air Ellie quick as a fox wrote down the numbers on her parchment. She had succeeded!
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Oh. Hang on a minute. Kaiser didn't even need to cast the charm again. A glance towards the front of the room told him that Professor Sissay had shown them exactly what numbers they should be revealing with the spell; she had them written on the board.

Kaiser lowered his wand again. Was it a trick? Put the wrong numbers up there to try and fool them into thinking they didn't need to do the spell, only for them to mess something up when it came to... whatever they were supposed to do next? He hmmed to himself for a moment, tapping his wand idly on the surface of his desk as he considered the numbers on the board.

Well, there was a 2 up there, beside 'joystick', and a bunch of 0s too, so maybe it was the correct number. In fact, it seemed likely that it was. Satisfied enough with that, Kaiser copied down the rest of the number sequence from the board and leaned his chair onto its two back legs again.
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Thomas was still feeling nervous, he took out his wand, he didn't like using it that much, what if something went wrong, what if the spell didn't work for him. He watched as the Professor demonstrated the spell and then with a sigh he did exactly what the Professor was saying.

"Emfanizou Arithmoo!" Thomas mumbled, his heart pounding, his mind racing. He sighed as nothing happened. "Emfanizou Arithmoo!" Still nothing happened, okay so was he saying it right or was it something else?
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Eiji Rasting sure was a sullen one. It almost lessened Ayana's excitement at the wonderful answer he gave. Almost "Quite right Eiji! Excellent! And when you use numerology in an attempt to predict the future, this is quite an alarming discovery." A name does not change, but the times do. One of the biggest flaws in predicative numerology. Marvelous, marvelous.
Oh hey, look here. There was hope for this subject still.

The praise mostly had Eiji tuning out everything else, his eyes instead focused in the collection of random objects - the elephants in particular. He wasn't sure why the elephants to be honest. He had never been particularly drawn to them. They had always been Auntie Ella's to fawn over and he to help with the cookie decorating if anything. Maybe there was a bit of a pull at nostalgia, for whatever reason, and that it why he was fixating on them so much.

Though his attention was drawn from elephants to the professor as she moved on to the next bit of her lecture. Congratulations, professor, you now had Eiji's undivided attention. Though he had no real vested interest as to the state of his own spells and enchantments, but what window of possibility this did open up was the state of his potions - the brewing itself and his ingredients. This...Arithmalethilogy, had conservation potential. Knowing when an ingredient was ripe enough for picking and which were not. Which were stronger than others so as not to waste them on simpler brews. Likewise, since Nina was always botching potions on purpose, he could give her the weakest and spoiled ones from the batch to at least give some reason as to why her potions failed and to clean out his supplies without the feeling of waste becoming too much of a burden.

Yes, the fires of motivation had been reignited.

However, by the time he had arrived at her desk ... the elephants were all gone so he had to settle on a bottled flutterby bush. Not too much of a loss though...he could give it a pruning between practices and put the clippings into one of the phials he kept in his robes.

But...first things first. Incantation practice.

"Emfanizo Arithmou," he muttered to himself, mostly in a robotic monotone voice to begin simply to make sure he had all the syllables down and pacing correct before he worked on intonation and applying the wand movement to it as well. A few minutes later, when he was feeling confident enough, he turned his wand to the bush and gave his wand a whirl over it and then...waited.

Nothing. He brushed it off as another round of practice, rolling up his sleeves and giving things another go.

This time a few numbers in the sequence appeared, but each more faded than the previous until the final three or so in the sequence was not visible at all...causing the fourth year's brow to furrow in frustration. This was actually a useful spell. He needed to get it right.

He blamed his deskmate. She was being so loud in all her mutterings. Even worse that she managed it before him.
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[QUOTE=Daemon;12411866]This young girl certainly liked Quidditch! Ayana knew the sport was very popular in this school, more so than any other wizarding sport, and smiled at Holly with some amusement. "Indeed, the word ball is inadequate if someone should want to analyse snitches, bludgers and quaffles."

That wig comment had Ayana outright chuckling, and she nodded.

Holly nodded as she took down a few more notes. She was excited that she at least understood that much. She just hoped that when it came to actually doing something she managed to keep up just as well… ‘Cause she was nervous. New classes always made her nervous. Personally, she wished she was able to go and work on her uneven bar routines, her double layouts were really giving her grief on landing and she needed to work on it…. But she was a responsible (kind of) teenager, so she stopped day-dreaming as the Professor spoke up again and moved the class on.


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"Excellent class! Really, very thoughtful answers, I think we have seen plenty of problems that arise when wanting to use predicative numerology on more than just our names," Ayana began, wrapping up the discussion part of her first lesson with a flourish of her hands, returning to stand by her desk and the curious items on it. The roped off section was still there, and she glanced at it once. She'd have to remove that charm before the class ended, or they'd all become momentarily deaf given the acoustics in here.

"The very problems we have thought of, and many more, were the motivation that ancient arithmancers had to provide a better and more accurate way of understanding the true nature of objects, and spells too. What if I want to know the state of my undetectable extension charm? Would I apply the Pythagorean system to the incantation?" Ayana allowed for a pause to give her students some time to get used to these ideas, before flicking her wrist and producing her wand. Yes, magic in Arithmancy class! All her previous students had been happy at any excuse to wave their wands and take a break from extensive analysis, and she assumed Hogwarts would be no different.

Granted, they'd yet to reach the extensive analysis part of the module. This was only the beginning.

"Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new concept of Arithmancy you might have heard of previously," Ayana grinned around at the class. "Arithmalethilogy. The truth of the numbers, as the Greeks called it. This method, discovered by ancient arithmancers thousands of years ago, reveals the very essence of the object you'd like to analyse, and subverts the need for any names at all." Pretty neat right? She certainly thought so. "I'd like for us to start with the very basic spell used in this method, the Number Revealing charm."

Ayana cleared her throat, and turned to tap the blackboard where information on the spell began to emerge, for easier note taking. "This spell is similar to the spell used by cursebreakers, but predates it by several hundred years and dates back to the beginnings of the Hellenistic empire and used in the very dawn of modern arithmancy." Before that, Arithmancy had been an immensely difficult practice that had yielded accurate results only to the most proficient of masters.

"The result of the spell is seven smokey figures which will rise from your wand as soon as you finish the incantation. The wand movements are slow, steady clockwise motions moving to the right. The horizontal movement should only start when you begin to see the first number emerge - a grey figure that will form at the tip of your wand. The incantation is Emfanizo Arithmou," Ayana said slowly, and repeated the incantation once again; 'emfaNIzo arithMOU'.

"You will come up to my desk and take one of the objects provided here in order to practice this spell. For my demonstration, I will perform the spell on the the Caterwauling Charm I have placed here," Ayana glided across the classroom, and came to stop at the roped off section. "Emfanizou Arithmou!" she cast, loudly and clearly, and as her wand moved a bright grey smoke spilled from the tip to form figures: a 6, two 4's, a 7, a 5 and a couple of 9's.

6 4 4 7 5 9 9

"The figures will only remain for about half a minute or so, so make sure you jot your findings down before they disappear. After we have managed to successfully cast the spell, we will move on to how we analyse these numbers," Ayana smiled around at her class, trying to catch some of their gazes. "You may begin."

And as the students all came up to take an object from her desk - there are only five elephants, be gentle with them! - she tapped the blackboard again to reveal the correct series of numbers they should all see once they correctly cast the charm.
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She beamed as they were given compliments. Holly liked being right. Scribbling down notes, statistics and key terms was normal and all well-and-good until Professor Sissay started talking about things that she couldn’t spell. Worried, she nibbled on her lip trying to figure out how to write ‘Pythagorean’ … thankful that the Professor took a pause. However, just as she thought she had gotten over the worst of it, Sissay continued talking about ‘Arithmalethilogy’... She had no idea how to write that, but she could write down when it started and what it was… She’d ask for clarification on the name later.

Arith--something--logy. She left a gap in her notes.

Number revealing charm. Okay. Magic. Charms. That was better… as long as it wasn’t transfiguration… She still wasn’t that great in that class. Professor Darlington scared her… but at least they had a new Professor this year, so she could put the whole fire thing behind her… Hopefully. Maybe. Shereallyhatedfire.

Blinking and shaking her head, Holly nibbled on her bottom lip as she listened to the incantation. Muttering to herself, she repeated it over and over to herself as she listened to the rest of the instructions. Clockwise circles, horizontal movement as each number appears… There should be six numbers if done correctly. No pressure.

Making sure to leave her quill with her parchment for if when the charm worked, she slipped from her seat and moved to the Professor’s desk. Okay.. She’d try… one of the… broken clocks. They looked golden but slightly bruised. Like they needed love and attention. So could do that. Or at the very least, try.

Lifting her wand, she made circular motions in the air making sure she was making the right design, moving as it should… When she was happy with that feeling, and it felt less disorientating to move her arm without moving any other part of her body, she looked back to the board.

”emfanzo arithmoux-- No, not that wasn’t it…. Emfanizo Arithou… No.” Stopping herself, Holly looked up at the board, careful to keep herself on track as she tried again, trying to get her tongue to slip and twist around the syllables just right. ”Emfanizo Arithmou” Hey, that sounded a bit better… She looked around the classroom for Professor Sissay, trying to hear if she was correcting anyone else’s pronounciation so she could hear her saying it again.

No such luck… or at least not that she could hear. So she tried again, this time picking up her wand because it sounded right to her.

”Emfanizo Arithmou” She whispered, turning her wand in the clockwise circle, only for nothing to happen. Merlin. She thought, lowering her wand to break any sort of potential connection to the last try - and then she tried again. And again and again.
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"Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU,” Nina continued practicing the incantation until she felt certain she would be repeating it in her sleep, something her dormmates would be sure to make fun of her for. They all lacked tact. As for the task at hand, however, she felt far more comfortable to give the spell a try now that she had practiced quite a number of times.

The wand movement was slightly complicated though. It was worth giving that a few practice rounds as well. Slow, steady, clockwise. She moved her wand to the right, practicing the motion and going horizontally, imagining that the first numbered appeared. Again she practiced the motion a few times until she had exhausted most of the time they were given for the activity.

The fourth year then reorganized her desk slightly, pulling the coin bag in front of her body and lifting her wand in the air. "Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU,” she spoke confidently, making a slow, clockwise motion with her wand. A puff of smoke rose to the air, followed by another and another and another. Nina moved her wand horizontally from left to right, revealing more smoke as she went. Once she had reached the end of the line, she quickly swapped her wand out for a quill and scribbled the numbers down in the corner of her parchment, before rewriting them neatly underneath the rest of the notes she had taken during class.

6 9 4 3 7 5 0


This was kind of exciting. In a totally unexciting way. Because she was busy looking disinterested, if anyone asked.
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Analiese placed one of the broken clocks from Professor Sissay's desk in the middle of her table. She pulled out her ebony wand. "Enfanizou Arithmou!" She waved her wand but nothing happened. Well, the wandmaker at Ollivander's did say that it took longer to master spells with a wand like hers. She tried again and a puff of smoke appeared. They formed 7 numbers.

8 4 2 0 1 6 0


Analiese quickly jotted down the results on a piece of parchment. This was fun. She had a feeling arithmancy would be one of her best subjects at Hogwarts.
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Ayana was now milling between the students and offering them some quiet advice to those struggling, answering some questions and overall making sure her class was progressing in the right direction. This spell was a little tricky, but the next part of their lesson is what they'd all gathered here for.

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Indigo was already getting confused. He hadn't answered the previous question at all because he had no idea. What if there was someone else named Indigo and they both did the name thing. The numbers would be the same because the name was the same, so the result would be the same, but they wouldn't be the same person so why would that make sense? It didn't, to him. Unless full names were necessary, then he could see how that might start to make a little more sense.

Then he was even more confused because earlier she had said his answer was correct, that a word was necessary, but this thing that they were doing now did not require words. It did require numbers though, which, of course it did that was kind of the whole point. But the numbers did not come from words, they came from... the thing itself? He wasn't sure how that worked so he just wasn't going to focus on that aspect because it was going to confuse him a little too much. Instead, he went up to the desk and grabbed one of the items - a coin bag - and sat back down. He was just wondering if all of the things of the same type would have the same numbers when he saw what she had revealed on the board and that answered that question. It would also be useful to know if he had done the spell correctly or not.

Indigo took out his wand and made a clockwise motion over the coin bag, making sure to go slowly. "Emfanizou Arithmou." Slowly, the smoky numbers appeared. Indigo quickly picked up his quill and scribbled them down in his notebook in front of him. 6 9 4 3 7 5 0. He glanced up at the board to confirm that was correct. He was satisfied with that, but still a bit confused as he regarded the coin bag. If it was made out of a different material would the numbers be different? Would it matter whether or not there were actually coins in it? Would two different previous owners mean two otherwise identical objects would have different numbers? He had a lot of questions, but didn't voice any of them aloud. Not at the moment, at least.

Wonderful, excellent work from Indigo here. "Very well done." Ayana nodded at him with a smile and moved on to some of the younger students.

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Avalon beamed at the professor's reaction to her answer. She was relieved that she had made a valid point, and even more relieved that Professor Sissay complimented her on her thinking. Avalon picked up her quill and continued jotting down some notes on her parchment. She paused to listen as the professor relayed the instructions for the next activity. Yes! She would be able to work with the fascinating little elephants. She wrote the incantation in large, capital letters on her parchment so that she wouldn't forget it.

Avalon made her way to the professor's desk and smiled as she gingerly retrieved one of the elephants. She had been eyeing them since the beginning of the lesson, so it only seemed right that she use them for the activity. Taking a deep breath, Avalon picked up her wand and pointed it at the elephant. She made a few slow counterclockwise circles before stating the incantation. "Emfanizou Arithmou!" she said firmly. But nothing happened. Absolutely nothing.

Raising an eyebrow, Avalon retraced her steps. What did she do wrong? The incantation was correct. She used slow, counterclockwise movements. Ah! Counterclockwise! She remembered that Professor Sissay had said to use clockwise movements. Avalon shook her head sheepishly at her mistake, but quickly tried again, using a controlled, clockwise movement. "Emfanizou Arithmou!" A plume of smoke drifted from the tip of her wand and hovered above the elephant. At the first sign of the 2, she started the horizontal wand movement. The rest of the numbers followed, billowing gracefully out of her wand. 2 3 9 7 4 8 8.

Heeding Professor Sissay's warning that the numbers would disappear quickly, Avalon snatched up her quill and scribbled the numbers on her parchment. Yes! They matched the ones on the blackboard! If only she could have gotten the spell to work on the first try...

Ayana always felt it was best to let the wandwaving part of the lesson go on without too much interference on her part. Avalon here was an excellent example of how students can quite efficiently learn from their own mistakes. "Well done Avalon."

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Oh, arithmetic. That made a lot more sense, actually. Arithmancy, arithmetic, easily confused words. ”Arithmetic, yes. My mistake.” Now that mistake had been cleared up, she could move on to learning more about what actual arithmancy could do.

All words were weird if you thought about them too much. ”Different languages have different words for the same thing, so if we were to nuemerologically analyze the meaning of a tree in our language, the result might be quite different from the meaning of a tree in Russia.” Did that even make sense? ”Even with one person using one language there could be different results, like if your name changed because you got married or adopted or something. Different name, different numbers. What does your name say about you then? And if someone gets your name wrong and leaves off a letter, that would entirely screw up the calculations.” For some, their surname represented a long family line or the love of their life. To her, it meant nothing. The name of a man who has left her life before she was even capable of forming any memory of him. Her name was nothing but a word that had always been too difficult to spell. It was a common error for people to forget the second L that came after the B.

Cordelia listened intently and took notes as the professor introduced the concept of arithmal-really-long-word. Holy hippogriffs, that word was a mouthful and yet another example of a word that no one could spell correctly. Number revealing charm. That was words Cordelia could understand. So this spell would produce smoke numbers. Seemed simple enough. Wait, did the professor just say she was casting the spell on the caterwauling charm? You could cast this spell on other spells? This sounded more complicated than expected. When it was time to get an object, Cordelia went up and selected a broken clock from the professor’s desk. Returning to her seat, Cordelia set the clock down on her desk and practiced saying the incantation without her wand. ”Emfanizo Arithmou. Emfa-ni-zo Arith-mou. Emfanizo Arithmou. Emfanizo Arithmou. Emfanizo Arithmou.” Once she was sure that she could say the incantation correctly, Cordelia pulled out her wand and started practicing the clockwise motion without saying the words yet. Eventually she was confident enough to try putting the incantation and wand movements together. ”Emfanizo Arithmou,” she cast on the clock, moving her wand slowly in the clockwise motion. A little smoke spewed from her wand but it disappeared before it could start forming numbers. She would have to try again. Focusing more intently this time, Cordelia again cast the spell on the clock in front of her. ”Emfanizo Arithmou!” This time, stronger smoke came from her wand as she repeated the slow horizontal clockwise motions. The numbers appeared before her - 8 4 2 0 1 6 0 - and Cordelia quickly jotted them down in her notes before they disappeared. The numbers on her paper matched the ones written on the board. She had done it!

Ah, the brilliance of diligence! "Very good, always remember to truly focus on the spell you're casting." They'll get into intent more around Easter, but this was always good advice to offer the young ones.

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Together with her hatred for people, Odaline's unsettled nature had began to creep back in as she spent more time in the classroom. She said nothing to answer any of the questions so far and added nothing to the discussion. Instead, she watched and observed and took notes of only the answers she approved of. (Which was not many) With a cautious glance at the door, Oda began to tap her fingertips against her palm to settle herself.

Very quickly, before too many people rushed up there, Oda swiped herself a broken clock. She had been tempted by the coin bag, just for the reminder of her summer that it might have had, but the broken clock felt personal right now. Strangely. Nothing ever felt personal to Odaline. Nothing until now.

She returned to her desk, waiting for others to start their casting so that her voice could be lost under all of theirs. Anything for no attention to come her way. Oda rehearsed the wand movement first, a few times until she felt that it would be second nature paired with the incantation. Which, luckily, was when other people started to do their own work and she was able to cast firmly. "Emfanizou Arithmou!" Were she alone, she may have celebrated the smoke numbers that she was presented with and quickly scribbled them down. 8 then 4 then 2 then 0 then 1 then 6 then 0.

And she had been quick enough that she had time to watch the smoke briefly before it disappeared. Why did broken clocks always bring disappearing things? Families? Smoke? Families? Didn't matter. Shouldn't matter. Doesn't matter.

"Wonderful work Odaline," Ayana encouraged as she passed by the quiet one's desk, smiling warmly. She should be very proud, this was not a simple spell. At the look on her face, Ayana's smile wavered slightly. Perhaps she'd add Odaline here to her list of students to summon.

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Eloise really had the thought that Professors say that about every class that it was important for the year because how else would you get kids to pay attention that didn't like arithmancy. And just took it because they thought it would be ok and easy enough to pass. Mistake right there.

Ok, yeah Eloise will be needing to take notes now because this was information that seemed important as she got some parchment out and started copying what she said about Pythagorean and all that and Arithmalethilogy. A lot of Greek to her, Profesor Sissay. Oh, she heard charm. ok, now they were getting somewhere.

She wasn't one to judge incantations..ok she was but Emfanizo Arithmou sounds like a failed Italian magician.

Guess no chance of anyone nicking an elephant than well alright. The redheaded fourth year sprung up from her and went up and well too late for an elephant. Sadly, but she took a joystick which looked like it more belonged in an antique shop or museum of gaming. Back to her desk to begin practicing the charm.

"emmmfaNIIIIIIIzoooooo ariiiithMOOOUUU"

yeah still sounded like a failed Italian magician. But she tried again say it properly with the correct wand movements" Emfanizo Arithmou"

Oh look at the cool smoke and numbers 2 9 0 0 0 0 1

Ayana couldn't help the feeling of amusement at Eloise's antics. What an interesting child. "Good work Eloise." Only meant the girl knew perfectly well how to work well in class and take notes.

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Was the lesson starting to make more sense? A bit. He still didn't understand what the other types of numerology were but that didn't matter because they weren't concentrating on them right now. Just on Arith..... Arithma...... squint Arithmalethilogy. That was a mouthful, wasn't it?

What he was understanding was that they were going to use a spell on an object and it will reveal numbers. That was it. He made a quick note of that - and the type of Arithmancy because he was sure he was going to forget - before putting his quill back down again.

Did he know what object he wanted to use? Yes! The elephant, there was no other choice! He wasn't, well, competitive but that didn't stop him from rushing up to the front of the classroom as soon as Sissay said that they could begin. There was a small crowd starting to form already but he nudged through as best as he could and swiped up one of the tiny elephants. Hello!

Lucas pushed through the, this time bigger, crowd again and strolled back to his seat. A small smile started to creep onto his face as he sat there, observing the tiny elephant. It was so small! Could he name it?

Dani. Dani the elephant.
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How long was he sitting there watching the elephant? He didn't know but it was a moment or two before he realised that he was meant to be doing something around about now.

Lucas tore his eyes away from Dani the elephant and, instead, looked at the notes he had made, taking out his wand in the process. Emfanizo Arithmou? It really was a mouthful which only meant that he'd have to split it up. "Em-fa-NI-zo. A-rith-MOU. Em-fa-NI-zo A-rith-MOU. Emfa-NIzo Arith-MOU." How long was he chanting this? Again, he didn't know. "EmfaNIzo ArithMOU."

Breathe.

"EmfaNIzo ArithMOU. EmfaNIzo ArithMOU. Emfanizo Arithmou!" That was starting to sound better, yeah? "Emfanizo Arithmou!" There. Did he have to practice the wand movement? He didn't think so! How hard would it be to make slow, clockwise motions? Not very! There was no way he could mess this up that badly.

So, he delved straight into the spellcasting. Pointing his wand straight at the elephant's head, he started making small, steady clockwise motions first, mostly the size of the elephant itself. Which, by the way, was hard to do because the elephant was TINY! "Emfanizo Arithmou!" he called, continuing with the clockwise motions. Sissay said to only move horizontally when the number started to appear but..... there were no numbers. There was nothing.

So, he continued to move his wand in the same clockwise motion, still stuck on the elephant's head.

........ uh.......

By the numbers, this one was fast. Ayana chuckled as Lucas rushed past her to take an elephant, and watched quietly as he seemed to coo at it. Perhaps a gentle reminder that the spell was to be cast on the elephant? Ayana glided towards him, her robe shimmering in the now brighter classroom, and watched happily as he remembered he was in a lesson. "Remember to accurately say the incantation while moving your wand Lucas, and always hold the spell in your mind when you cast." Some students picked up the little details better than others, but she had full confidence in this elephant loving student.

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It was a broken clock for Vita and the seventh year took the object and held it up, observing it thoughtfully. There didn't appear to be anything particularly special about it, but perhaps performing the spell would reveal something more. Either way, she was ready to try.

"Em-Emfanizou Arithmou." That incantation, though... Vita found herself frowning. She prided herself on being great at spells, but this one was tricky. A mouthful for sure. "Emfanizou Ar-Ariithmou." Yikes.

She continued practicing, quietly and to herself, trying to get it to feel natural rolling off her tongue. If she didn't have to think about saying it correctly, if it came naturally, her focus could be on making those numbers appear.
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So, this was the worst.

Vita was feeling a little discouraged after several unsuccessful attempts, and what made it worse was that because she couldn't manage it yet, she couldn't help any of the younger snakes with the spell. It was frustrating for sure. She wasn't going to quit, though. What kind of example would that be?

Emfanizou Arithmou. Emfanizou Arithmou. Emfanizou Arithmou. .... "Emfanizou Arithmou!" She all but shouted it out when she felt she had the pronunciation right. Realizing just how loudly she'd done it, the brunette raised her eyebrows and looked around as if she was wondering who could've done something so embarrassing. ...yeah.

The wand movement was okay, nothing she couldn't handle, so now she'd combine the two.

Wand at the ready, she went ahead and concentrated, saying clearly for only the second time all lesson, "Emfanizou Arithmou!"

She waited and for a few seconds, she almost wondered if she'd managed it, but then the numbers slowly started to appear. First an 8...then a 4... a 2... 0..followed by a 1... a 6...and a 0.

Was that correct???


By Hypatia, Vita had quite a pair of lungs on her. Ayana was all the way across the room from her when she heard the young woman practice her pronunciation. She grinned and watched as those telltale smokey numbers spilled from Vita's wand, proud. She attempted to catch her eye and nod, conveying that this was very very good work.

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Hmm? Kaiser didn't have very long with his thoughts before he was dragged back into the present moment, back to the classroom, by the words of Professor Sissay. "No," was his response, as he turned his quill over in his fingers and dragged his gaze reluctantly from the window. "Not today."

Oh, how he would rather be up on the roof right now than stuck inside a classroom contending with all these words and concepts. He still wasn't totally with it even now, but he had at least fixed his eyes on the board at the front of the room rather than the window. All the better to appear engaged, even if he did look kind of glazed over.

It was more luck than judgement that Kaiser managed to tune back in again in time to hear the instructions for the spell they were supposed to be casting, though he still managed to miss the details on exactly why this spell was useful. But, well... that was a future problem.

When they were given the go-ahead to get started, Kaiser moved to the front of the class and grabbed one of the joysticks, the first item he could reach, then returned to his desk once again. He rolled his wand between his fingers and looked around at the others in the classroom for a moment or two, repeating the incantation under his breath in order to get used to it, so he wouldn't trip over the words when the time came to actually cast the spell. "Emfanizo Arithmou... Emfanizo Arithmou..."

Already those around him were producing smoky numbers, but Kaiser still delayed. He tilted his chair back so that it balanced on two legs and kept murmuring that incantation to himself. "Emfanizo Arithmou."
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He had said the incantation so many times now that it sounded more like a random string of sounds than anything else - though, come to think of it, that was all words were, really. Kaiser supposed that he may as well get on with actually attempting the spell, before the lesson was moved on. Playing catch up was not exactly easy.

Suddenly letting his chair fall back onto all four legs with a loud SLAM, he moved the joystick to the middle of the desk and pointed his wand at it. "Emfanizo Arithmou," he said firmly, moving his wand exactly as he had seen Professor Sissay do so in her demonstration. He had the incantation right, he had the wand movement right, but nothing happened. This, however, neither surprised nor bothered Kaiser. He simply tried again. "Emfanizo Arithmou."

This time, a small wisp of smoke appeared at the end of his wand, but too faint and lacking in substance to really form any clear numbers. Kaiser supposed that his concentration and intent were the problems here; his heart wasn't really in it and his mind was still somewhere up on the castle roof. It was difficult to force this kind of thing. He tried once more.

"Emfanizo Arithmou."

This time, the smoke that appeared started to form the slightly more recognisable shapes of numbers, and Kaiser held his breath so as not to disturb it. He picked up his quill, and quickly noted down what he was fairly certain he could see. There was a 2, definitely, and three... no, four 0s... but the smoke disappeared before he could make out the other two figures, or even double check to make sure he had actually seen what he thought he had seen. Kaiser dropped his quill and took up his wand again, wafting away the smoke with his free hand so that the air was clear for him to try again.
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Oh. Hang on a minute. Kaiser didn't even need to cast the charm again. A glance towards the front of the room told him that Professor Sissay had shown them exactly what numbers they should be revealing with the spell; she had them written on the board.

Kaiser lowered his wand again. Was it a trick? Put the wrong numbers up there to try and fool them into thinking they didn't need to do the spell, only for them to mess something up when it came to... whatever they were supposed to do next? He hmmed to himself for a moment, tapping his wand idly on the surface of his desk as he considered the numbers on the board.

Well, there was a 2 up there, beside 'joystick', and a bunch of 0s too, so maybe it was the correct number. In fact, it seemed likely that it was. Satisfied enough with that, Kaiser copied down the rest of the number sequence from the board and leaned his chair onto its two back legs again.

Ayana milled towards where young Kaiser sat, and admired his work ethic. Practicing incantations was quite a dull endeavor, yet he seemed to have fully embraced it. She had turned away to assist another student with their casting when she jumped as a chair slammed down. By Hypatia! "Kaiser, please refrain from leaning back on your chair like that," she requested, firmly. She'd heard far too much about this school, the less loud noises in her classroom the better. "Excellent work on the spell," she said again, softer as she made her way towards him with a smile. Good work.

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It obviously paid to move schools sometimes, as one gained knowledge at one that you didn't necessarily gain at another. In other words, they had studied probability not only at Illvermorny, but at her muggle school as well.

The next question.....well, there were plenty of problems, but her classmates had mentioned most of them. And as one of those that preferred going by a different name than her given first one, she wasn't very appreciative of Vita's response either. Even though Archer was a part of her name, it bothered her to include the 'Sterling' part. Especially since sterling was also the name of a type of metal (not a very valuable one, either), British muggle money (pound sterling), several towns and thousands of other things. Of course, that problem lead really into what the professor had been trying to impress upon them anyway so....

Approaching the desk, Archer grabbed one of the broken clocks before sitting back at her own desk, placing the clock upon it. Wait, had Professor Sissay said Caterwauling Charm? That caused the prefect to chuckle at the thought of somebody accidentally setting it off....

"Emfanizou Arithmou," she recited, practicing saying the name of the charm so that she wasn't the one setting off the Caterwauling Charm. "Emfanizou Arithmou."

"You're getting the hang of the greek incantation, well done," Ayana nodded in Archer's direction as she passed by her table. Good, very good. Now for the spell perhaps?

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Though she had mastered the art of looking forever disinterested, the Slytherin was thoroughly enjoying this particular lesson. Surprisingly, however, it had very little to do with the subject matter itself. She did enjoy Arithmancy (for it was logical, detail-oriented and required extensive analysis), but more than that she felt drawn to their Professor’s teaching methods. The questions Professor Sissay had posed to the class kept Nina in a state of thought, even while others shared their answers, Nina was still thinking about many of the concepts that were posed.

Then there was the matter of introducing new material. Professor Sissay provided such detailed context. Nina often found herself having to visit the library after class to read up on a period of history or the state of the world at a particular time, in order to understand the lesson within a larger context. But already, the connections to the ancient Greek arithmancers had provided her with much of the information she needed.

The spell they were using had dated back to the beginnings of the Hellenistic empire, which was quite peculiar. Thought it made sense all at the same time. For arithmancy and this period of history shared many commonalities. For example, the emphasis on science and logical mathematics, married in with a simultaneous emergence of art and creativity. Airthmancy was primarily based upon logic, but it allowed for flexibility in application too. Something which was only growing more apparent throughout the lesson.

Fortunately, Nina realized she had been a little too immersed in thought before she had missed the demonstration entirely. Drawing herself back to the present moment, the Slytherin frantically began jotting down the rest of her notes, causing her to lag behind the rest of her schoolmates in choosing an item from the front of the room. Not that she cared to have one of the five elephants. She didn’t like animals. Miniatures or not.

Which also meant she avoided the flutterby bush. Animals and plants were just about one in the same. Because she didn’t want to stand their for too long, she quietly reached for a coin bag and hurried back to her seat where she began practicing the incantation. Pronunciation was often key and she intended to get it right on her first try.

"Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU."
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"Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU,” Nina continued practicing the incantation until she felt certain she would be repeating it in her sleep, something her dormmates would be sure to make fun of her for. They all lacked tact. As for the task at hand, however, she felt far more comfortable to give the spell a try now that she had practiced quite a number of times.

The wand movement was slightly complicated though. It was worth giving that a few practice rounds as well. Slow, steady, clockwise. She moved her wand to the right, practicing the motion and going horizontally, imagining that the first numbered appeared. Again she practiced the motion a few times until she had exhausted most of the time they were given for the activity.

The fourth year then reorganized her desk slightly, pulling the coin bag in front of her body and lifting her wand in the air. "Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU,” she spoke confidently, making a slow, clockwise motion with her wand. A puff of smoke rose to the air, followed by another and another and another. Nina moved her wand horizontally from left to right, revealing more smoke as she went. Once she had reached the end of the line, she quickly swapped her wand out for a quill and scribbled the numbers down in the corner of her parchment, before rewriting them neatly underneath the rest of the notes she had taken during class.

6 9 4 3 7 5 0


This was kind of exciting. In a totally unexciting way. Because she was busy looking disinterested, if anyone asked.

The quiet one speaks. Ayana thoroughly enjoyed watching Nina out of the corner of her eye, from her notetaking to her practicing and then finally to her flawless execution of her spell. Just like she'd assumed, there was a lively brain behind the quiet exterior. "Excellent work Nina, very well done."

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Eniola was relieved to finally have some wandwork. Normally that's one of the reasons she didn't like Arithmancy because it was far too much theory and not enough wand work which is something she excelled at typically. Hopefully that's the same here. She thought as she listened carefully to what the professor was instructing them to do.

Going up to the Professor's desk she grabbed a coin purse and quickly returned to her seat to begin. She was curious to see where all of this was going.

Okay, slow, steady clockwise motions moving to the right. She thought to herself as she started to move her wand. "Em-fa-NI-zo arith-MOU." Eni said over the coin purse and she saw her numbers appear.

6 9 4 3 7 5 0

Quickly Eni jotted the numbers down in her notebook and began to think about what it could mean. Was it a code to unveil something? Was it something about the coin purse? Did the professor put a spell on each object before she allowed us to grab them? What did the numbers mean?

"Well done Eniola." Ayana nodded as she passed by her table, catching the last glimpse of the numbers before they vanished into thin air.

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instead of answering the question, Dorian had opened up his notebook and dipped his quill in the ink pot before he began writing down a few notes which he thought would come in handy for later. As information about the spell began to form on the blackboard, the Ravenclaw wrote them down quickly before the Professor vanished the words. Arithmalethilogy, if it hadn’t been written down he would have no idea how to spell that.

When he was done, he placed his quill down carefully on a blank piece of paper so that he did not spill the ink on the desk and watched as the Professor demonstrated the Number Revealing charm. So slow, steady clockwise motions moving to the right? Got it. Simple enough, he had had to learn more complicated wand movements over the course of the years. The hot air charm for example. For such a simple charm it had a complicated wave.

Getting up from his seat, he walked to the items that they had to work with and after looking at them for a moment, he picked up the broken clock. As he sat back down, he placed the broken clock down and took out his wand from his robe pocket.

He moved his wand clockwise slowly while moving to the right as a grey smokey figure began to appear in thin air.8420160

With his left hand, because he held his wand with his right, he quickly wrote down the numbers in an even more horrible ‘doctors handwriting’ than he normally had before placing down his quill and stopped the charm. Seemed like the numbers were alright…what now?

What now was an excellent question that Ayana was eager to answer, but of course that would have to wait until most of her students managed to get the spell. She smiled eagerly at Dorian when she noted he had perfected the spell, and moved on. Quickly now, so they'd have time for the analysis.

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Jade took notes furiously as she listened to the professor, trying to take in everything she was saying. This was really interesting! It was a lot like curse-breaking! That was her dad's area of expertise, though he had never taught her about Arithmalethilogy before. Granted, they didn't talk about anything as much as they used to. But she could definitely impress him with her new knowledge next time they met.

And now they were to try out the Number Revealing Charm. The brunette walked up to the desk at the front and after some contemplation, took a flutterby bush. Upon returning to her seat, she decided to practice saying the incantation first. "Emfanizo Arithmou, emfaNIzo arithMOU, Emfanizo Arithmou..." it had a funny sound to it. She also tried the wand movement - slow clockwise motions moving to the right. The difficult bits would be keeping her hand steady and making sure that she maintained her focus.

When she thought she was ready, Jade directed her wand at her flutterby bush and cleared her throat. "Emfanizo Arithmou," she said loudly as she made the slow clockwise motion. Oh oh, there was something emerging from the tip of her wand!! Was that the first - oh, darn it. Her hand shook slightly out of excitement and the smokey figure quickly disappeared. She would have to try again. "Emfanizo Arithmou," she repeated, this time focusing entirely on her spellwork. As she did the correct wand movement, she saw grey smoke spill out from the tip of her wand again. The smoke formed itself into seven numbers - 8 1 2 8 7 6 9 - which she jotted down quickly onto her notes as soon as she put her wand down.

Wonderful! Focus pays off! "Very, very good Jade, adding that little extra focus every time will go a long way towards improving your spellwork." At least in Arithmancy, where that extra concentration was sorely needed. This was not a lean-back-in-your-chair kind of subject, as they all knew.

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Austin frowned. Yeah. He had no idea what he was supposed to do. He guessed aarithmacy would not be his strong suit. So he glanced around hoping to get a clue to what everyone else was doing.

Ayana also frowned, and walked towards Austin and his notebook. "Did you not bring your wand to class, Austin?" Quite a peculiar thing to leave behind, all things considered. But she had asked him to speak with her once the lesson was over, perhaps she'd understand more then.

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Maxie was lost. very lost. every word from Professor Ayana's mouth was pure gibberish. Nonsense. At this point, Maxie wondered if he might have understood her better if she were speaking mermish.

Numbers and letters flew in and out of the Hufflepuffs head- and then around it, and over, and under, until the young boy was as dizzy as a daisy.

Eying his notes, Maxie groaned miserably. Even they were topsy-turvy. How could his own hand lead him astray like this? He peered around, his large watery eyes unhappily taking in the site of his classmates doing the very best of their abilities. Stupid. Dumb. Maxie took up his wand and mimed the actions of those around him. He put nothing into it- nothing at all- convinced that if he looked like he knew what he was doing no one would bother him.

Oh dear, this young one didn't seem like he was faring well, did he? Hmm. "Emfanizo Arithmou," Ayana said quietly to him as she walked by his desk, eyes twinkling in merriment. She summoned a coin bag from her desk, one of the less popular objects, and placed it in front of little Maxie. He still had plenty of time until they moved on.

... Well, no, he didn't. But Ayana wouldn't discourage the little one from trying.

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Tina was getting discouraged. She used to think she was good at arithmancy, but now not so much. This was twice in a row that she didn't have anything to add to a class discussion… well, not so much that she didn't have any ideas, just not any she felt confident enough to say. That hadn't happened to her since she was a little first year back at Beauxbatons. She was supposed to have all the answers!

Once again, the answer she'd thought of turned out to be nothing remotely like what the professor was looking for. Figures… The dark-haired Ravenclaw looked up as Professor Sissay spoke, listening more intently than ever. She could only hope that whatever this new concept was would click with careful attention and extensive notes. Okay, so arithmaelthilogy...a method of revealing an object's essence that had no need for words. That made sense so far.

Tina's mood instantly lifted when she heard they would be learning a number revealing charm. She may not be one to blurt out thoughts that may or may not be correct, but spells were something she knew she was good at! Both of the surviving father figures in her life were former charms professors, so it was kind of expected. She watched the spell demonstration closely, jotting down the incantation and wand movements in her notes. Emfanizo Arithmou, slow clockwise movements to the right, horizontal movement when the first number starts to appear… okay, got it!

Tina made her way to the desk at the front of the room to pick an item. She was hoping to get one of the tiny elephants, but unfortunately they were all taken by the time she got there. Her eyes were drawn instead to a colorful flutterbye bush. Gently setting the bush on her desk, she picked up her wand. First things first, practice the wand movement and incantation separately before putting the two together. She made a few slow clockwise movements with her wand, then followed with a horizontal motion. That part was pretty straightforward.

After repeating the movement a couple of times, Tina moved on to the incantation. “EmfaNIzo arithMOU,” said carefully and evenly. That spell was a mouthful, but it was nothing she couldn't handle. “Emfanizo arithmou, emfanizo arithmou…” Okay, enough practicing; time to try actually casting the spell! She brandished her wand, making clockwise circles as she said, “Emfanizo arithmou!” At the first sign of gray smoke forming a number, she moved her wand horizontally, and a series of very faint numbers appeared. Was that first number an 8 or a 3? Or a 6? It was too hard to read!


This was no good. She'd have to try the spell again. “Emfanizo arithmou!” Tina said again, this time with more power in her voice, as she made the wand movement. Once again, gray smoke shot out of the tip of her wand, and this time a sequence of numbers was clearly visible:
8 1 2 8 7 6 9. Tina repeated the numbers over and over in her mind as she jotted them down, trying to commit them to memory just in case they faded before she could finish writing. When she was done, she glanced up at the board to cross reference the numbers she had with the correct result. She'd gotten it right, thank goodness!

Ayana beamed at the young woman as she succeeded in her casting, and watched those lovely smokey eights form from the tip of her wand. "Very good!"

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Arithmik melons????

Ellie had most definitely heard wrong. She giggled quietly to herself as she listened more closely to what professor Sissay was saying. It was Arithmetology it was called that they were working with. Not something with melons. Why had her mind drifted to melons anyway? Juicy watermelons we’re delicious though.

Focusing Ellie went up to the table and got herself a tiny elephant to practice the new spell on. She had first been set on taking the broken clock but had changed her mind last minute. Returning to her desk she put the elephant down before she pulled out her wand. Wand in hand she started to practice saying the incantation out loud to herself first, several times in a row. "Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou, Emfanizou Arithmou!" And then another 5 times or so until she felt almost certain that she wouldn’t be missing any letter. She didn’t want to end up breaking her elephant like she had done with her mum’s flower pot when she had been 6 years old trying the levitation charm for the very first time and it had crashed on her twin brother’s head.

Gripping her wand she aimed it at her tiny elephant and said with little conviction "Emfanizou Arithmou!" as Ellie preformed the slow clockwise motion. Some smoke rose from her tip but it quickly dissolved. "Drats!" she muttered to herself she hadn’t said it too firmly maybe? Trying again she repeated loudly and firmly, eyes set on the elephant "Emfanizou Arithmou!" as she performed the slow clockwise motion. Grey smoke slowly flowed out of the tip of her wand forming into seven readable numbers 2 3 9 7 4 8 8. Knowing that the numbers would dissolve into thin air Ellie quick as a fox wrote down the numbers on her parchment. She had succeeded!

Hard work payed off, and Ayana couldn't be prouder as Eleanor managed to get her spell just right. "Excellent Eleanor!" Very very good. This determination is what she wanted to see in her classroom.

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Thomas was still feeling nervous, he took out his wand, he didn't like using it that much, what if something went wrong, what if the spell didn't work for him. He watched as the Professor demonstrated the spell and then with a sigh he did exactly what the Professor was saying.

"Emfanizou Arithmoo!" Thomas mumbled, his heart pounding, his mind racing. He sighed as nothing happened. "Emfanizou Arithmoo!" Still nothing happened, okay so was he saying it right or was it something else?

Ayana glided over to young Thomas with a kind smile. "Remember to match the incantation to the wand movement, and really hold the spell in your mind as you cast. Spells in this subject need that extra bit of focus," she smiled and nodded, and demonstrated the spell for him again slowly, enunciating and clearly moving her arm so he would see how it all came together once more.

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Oh hey, look here. There was hope for this subject still.

The praise mostly had Eiji tuning out everything else, his eyes instead focused in the collection of random objects - the elephants in particular. He wasn't sure why the elephants to be honest. He had never been particularly drawn to them. They had always been Auntie Ella's to fawn over and he to help with the cookie decorating if anything. Maybe there was a bit of a pull at nostalgia, for whatever reason, and that it why he was fixating on them so much.

Though his attention was drawn from elephants to the professor as she moved on to the next bit of her lecture. Congratulations, professor, you now had Eiji's undivided attention. Though he had no real vested interest as to the state of his own spells and enchantments, but what window of possibility this did open up was the state of his potions - the brewing itself and his ingredients. This...Arithmalethilogy, had conservation potential. Knowing when an ingredient was ripe enough for picking and which were not. Which were stronger than others so as not to waste them on simpler brews. Likewise, since Nina was always botching potions on purpose, he could give her the weakest and spoiled ones from the batch to at least give some reason as to why her potions failed and to clean out his supplies without the feeling of waste becoming too much of a burden.

Yes, the fires of motivation had been reignited.

However, by the time he had arrived at her desk ... the elephants were all gone so he had to settle on a bottled flutterby bush. Not too much of a loss though...he could give it a pruning between practices and put the clippings into one of the phials he kept in his robes.

But...first things first. Incantation practice.

"Emfanizo Arithmou," he muttered to himself, mostly in a robotic monotone voice to begin simply to make sure he had all the syllables down and pacing correct before he worked on intonation and applying the wand movement to it as well. A few minutes later, when he was feeling confident enough, he turned his wand to the bush and gave his wand a whirl over it and then...waited.

Nothing. He brushed it off as another round of practice, rolling up his sleeves and giving things another go.

This time a few numbers in the sequence appeared, but each more faded than the previous until the final three or so in the sequence was not visible at all...causing the fourth year's brow to furrow in frustration. This was actually a useful spell. He needed to get it right.

He blamed his deskmate. She was being so loud in all her mutterings. Even worse that she managed it before him.

Ayana appreciated the change in demeanour from Eiji, and passed by his desk on her way back to the front of the class, offering a reassuring smile. "Remember to concentrate on the spell as you cast," Ayana added with a nod.

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Holly nodded as she took down a few more notes. She was excited that she at least understood that much. She just hoped that when it came to actually doing something she managed to keep up just as well… ‘Cause she was nervous. New classes always made her nervous. Personally, she wished she was able to go and work on her uneven bar routines, her double layouts were really giving her grief on landing and she needed to work on it…. But she was a responsible (kind of) teenager, so she stopped day-dreaming as the Professor spoke up again and moved the class on.


She beamed as they were given compliments. Holly liked being right. Scribbling down notes, statistics and key terms was normal and all well-and-good until Professor Sissay started talking about things that she couldn’t spell. Worried, she nibbled on her lip trying to figure out how to write ‘Pythagorean’ … thankful that the Professor took a pause. However, just as she thought she had gotten over the worst of it, Sissay continued talking about ‘Arithmalethilogy’... She had no idea how to write that, but she could write down when it started and what it was… She’d ask for clarification on the name later.

Arith--something--logy. She left a gap in her notes.

Number revealing charm. Okay. Magic. Charms. That was better… as long as it wasn’t transfiguration… She still wasn’t that great in that class. Professor Darlington scared her… but at least they had a new Professor this year, so she could put the whole fire thing behind her… Hopefully. Maybe. Shereallyhatedfire.

Blinking and shaking her head, Holly nibbled on her bottom lip as she listened to the incantation. Muttering to herself, she repeated it over and over to herself as she listened to the rest of the instructions. Clockwise circles, horizontal movement as each number appears… There should be six numbers if done correctly. No pressure.

Making sure to leave her quill with her parchment for if when the charm worked, she slipped from her seat and moved to the Professor’s desk. Okay.. She’d try… one of the… broken clocks. They looked golden but slightly bruised. Like they needed love and attention. So could do that. Or at the very least, try.

Lifting her wand, she made circular motions in the air making sure she was making the right design, moving as it should… When she was happy with that feeling, and it felt less disorientating to move her arm without moving any other part of her body, she looked back to the board.

”emfanzo arithmoux-- No, not that wasn’t it…. Emfanizo Arithou… No.” Stopping herself, Holly looked up at the board, careful to keep herself on track as she tried again, trying to get her tongue to slip and twist around the syllables just right. ”Emfanizo Arithmou” Hey, that sounded a bit better… She looked around the classroom for Professor Sissay, trying to hear if she was correcting anyone else’s pronounciation so she could hear her saying it again.

No such luck… or at least not that she could hear. So she tried again, this time picking up her wand because it sounded right to her.

”Emfanizo Arithmou” She whispered, turning her wand in the clockwise circle, only for nothing to happen. Merlin. She thought, lowering her wand to break any sort of potential connection to the last try - and then she tried again. And again and again.

Ayana approached Holly's desk with an encouraging smile. "The incantation must be exactly timed with the wand movements, you've almost got it," she offered kindly, and nodded towards her wand. All things must work together to end in success.

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Analiese placed one of the broken clocks from Professor Sissay's desk in the middle of her table. She pulled out her ebony wand. "Enfanizou Arithmou!" She waved her wand but nothing happened. Well, the wandmaker at Ollivander's did say that it took longer to master spells with a wand like hers. She tried again and a puff of smoke appeared. They formed 7 numbers.

8 4 2 0 1 6 0


Analiese quickly jotted down the results on a piece of parchment. This was fun. She had a feeling arithmancy would be one of her best subjects at Hogwarts.

Little Analiese was last on Ayana's stop to the front of the classroom, and Ayana smiled proudly as the little one excelled at the spell and her numbers proudly appeared from her wand. "Tighter on those clockwise wand motions, Analiese, they'll help with casting the spell again," Ayana added, and with a flourish spun around to face the student at the front of the class.


"Wonderful, most of you have managed to successfully cast the charm and revealed the true numbers of the objects in front of you!" An oversimplification, but one that was necessary for the first lesson of the term. In the upcoming months, they'd see the world isn't quite as simple. Because yes children, this is simple. Ayana had full faith everyone would be able to keep up as the lessons get progressively more complex, but it meant that they all really needed to understand today. "For those of you who haven't yet, there will be plenty of time for that during your homework assignment," Ayana's eyes twinkled and she moved to the blackboard.

"Now that we have our numbers, we are presented with a very obvious question that I'm sure has occurred to most of you; what do they mean?" she looked around the room, making sure she had everyone's attention, and tapped the board to reveal a chart. "This here is an abbreviated list of the single digit system used in Arithmalethilogy. It also appears in page thirty-five in your textbooks, so there is no reason to write it into your notes," Ayana added the last bit quickly, before any panicked quills would race across parchments in sloppy handwriting.

"Some of these number meanings are quite similar to those in predicative numerology, while others are vastly different. This is because, as we discussed, we are no longer looking at Arithmancy from a human standpoint, but rather a natural one. The deeper you go into the analysis, the more accurate the results become, and the more you can glean from a simple seven numbered series." She briefly paused, then tapped the board again to change the way the numbers of her chosen example objects were presented, with the middle figure now slightly larger.

"We will now move on to how we analyse these numbers. Initially, we always look at the fourth digit, which is the center number in the series," Ayana gestured towards said numbers. "These are the guiding force of the object, its purpose or its main state. After that, we move on to reading the series as a whole, and trying to spot some common combinations. These combinations have an added meaning, an understanding about a certain aspect of the object that would not have otherwise been clear if we had studied the digits separately."

Ayana paused again, allowing them all to take notes and to let this new information sink it. It's all in their books of course, but the written word will never be quite as efficient as a lesson. After moving to the other side of the board, Ayana smiled again. "What can you learn about the objects that you perhaps did not know before, using these numbers? What properties make themselves known instantly through the numbers? Do you see any patters? Today is all about practicing our analysis skills, and we will carry on with this in our next lessons.

You are permitted to work in pairs or groups of threes. Please keep the noise level down, and any questions you may have, do not hesitate to ask! You will later have to hand in analysis essay to me as your homework, so this is a great opportunity to practice just that."


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The Single Digit System

0 - DUAL PURPOSE - death, finality, unnatural OR emptiness, nothing, decay
1 - independence, energetic, solitude
2 - duality, unity, collaboration
3 - foundation, versatility, growth
4 - severe, structured, rigorous
5 - average, adaptable, change
6 - chaotic, disorder, scatter
7 - power, shape-shifting, superiority
8 - infinity, repeatable, life
9 - complexity, high leveled, intricate

Analysis Numbers

Elephant - 2 3 9 7 4 8 8
Coin bag - 6 9 4 3 7 5 0
Flutterby bush - 8 1 2 8 7 6 9
Broken clock - 8 4 2 0 1 6 0
Joystick - 2 9 0 0 0 0 1
Caterwhauling charm - 6 4 4 7 5 9 9

Common Combinations

These commonly appear in many analyses, and often signify the following:

Double nine (99) or double seven (77): immense power, nine in effect and seven in magical potency. Generally, repeating numbers signify more of that property, or two properties within that number that overlap.
Six zero (60) - a negative event happened to the object being analysed and it's very reason for existing has been removed.
Double zero (or more) (00) - Very little magical properties and/or use, or an object that is very old and decayed.
Zero one (01) - Often appears in muggle made objects (plastic and other unnatural materials) and machinery that does not have magical use.
Double eight (88) - Very common to find in animals and in objects full of life, such as animated portraits.

OOC: We have arrived at the main activity! Number analysis, the thing everyone loves most! ^___^ Again you'll have about 48 hours (probably more, let's be honest) before we wrap up. Here is where you can get as creative as you'd like! Ayana would love to hear as many colourful suggestions as your character can think of.
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Ayana also frowned, and walked towards Austin and his notebook. "Did you not bring your wand to class, Austin?" Quite a peculiar thing to leave behind, all things considered. But she had asked him to speak with her once the lesson was over, perhaps she'd understand more then.

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"No," he said quietly. "I did bring my wand. I just don't understand the lesson," he said.
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Now that she had the incantation down (even the professor said so!), it was time to actually perform the spell. "Emfanizou Arithmou," she recited, moving her wand in the required clockwise direction (ha, clockwise at a clock). Once all the numbers had appeared, Archer put down her wand and picked up her quill, quickly jotting down the digits before they could disappear.

The news of some of the number meanings being different didn't really faze her. They usually changed outside of the whole 'life path number' system, so it was nothing new to her. What was interesting, though, was that they were starting with the fourth digit. She made note of that, along with the why, before flipping her textbook to the page so that she wouldn't have to constantly look back at the board.

Okay, so her object's fourth digit was a zero which apparently meant 'death, finality, unnatural or emptiness, nothing, decay'. Well, if that wasn't completely obvious.

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Object: Broken clock
Analysis Numbers: 8 4 2 0 1 6 0
Center Number: 0= DUAL PURPOSE death, finality, unnatural OR emptiness, nothing, decay
Common Combinations: 01= Often appears in muggle made objects (plastic and other unnatural materials) and machinery that does not have magical use; 60= a negative event happened to the object being analysed and it's very reason for existing has been removed
Other Numbers: 8= infinity, repeatable, life 4= severe, structured, rigorous 2=duality, unity, collaboration
And now that was written out, it was time to analyze the whole thing.

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Right off, the clock makes it pretty obvious that it's broken. I mean, sledgehammer obvious. But, what it doesn't make obvious is how it was broken. To figure that out, you have to look at the other numbers present. The number combination zero one says that the clock is a muggle one, which makes it easier to figure out what's not working: the mechanism that is usually inside of a muggle clock. The other number combination, six zero, says that something is probably missing from the inside. So, someone probably removed a part of the mechanism or maybe even the whole thing.
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Thomas smiled and watch the Professor demonstrate the spell again, he listened carefully and suddenly he realised where he was going wrong. ""Emfanizo Arithmou!" Thomas muttered under his breath, just to make sure he had got it right, it sounded right.

""Emfanizo Arithmou!" Thomas did the wand movement exactly the same way as the Professor had shown him, and he suddenly saw numbers appear.

8 1 2 8 7 6 9

Thomas sat in awe, this was simple so amazing, he wondered what it would be like if some muggle used something like this in a magic trick.
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Ellie opened her textbook on page 35 as she listened to what Professor Sissay said about analysing numbers. When a lot of info appeared on the blackboard she was glad that she had it already in her text books. Copying down all those notes and still paying full attention Professor Sissay’s instructions would have proven difficult. As it was now she didn’t need to and could worry a little right away at the announcement that they were going to be analysing the meaning of the numbers of their chosen objects. Analysation had never been Ellie’s strongest or best part. She let her eyes glance around at her other peers before she decided that it was better to complete the activity alone.

Sticking her quill to the parchment Ellie started to write down her numbers, meanings and analysation for her elephant. Would she get to keep the elephant when the lesson was over? A silly thought that she quickly pushed away as she refocused on the task at hand. Several minutes later Ellie put her quill down to scan over her analysis, happy with her result. She had tried and that was all that Professor Sissay expected from them right?


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Object: Elephant
Analysis numbers: 2 3 9 7 4 8 8

2: duality, unity, collaboration
3: foundation, versatility, growth
9: complexity, high leveled, intricate
4: severe, structured, rigorous
Center number: 7 (power, shape shifting, superiority)
Common combinations: Double eight (common to find in animals and in objects full of life and animated portraits.
SPOILER!!: Ellies analysis

I thought at first that the elephant was just a muggle kids toy of sturdy material, but the double eight numbers made me examine it closer. The elephant object is actually animated just like the double eight hinted at and can give off elephant sounds as well as walk on my desk. The other numbers also show the traits that i associate with a big grey elephant such as severe, rigorous and foundation. Elephant’s stand firm on the earth with their four feet and big body's.

The elephants are also powerful and a race of creatures that has lived on the earth for about 6 million years and they have through the years changed their appearance like shape shifters and growed as a race into the shapes we are all familiar with today. If i hadn’t analysed the numbers i wouldn’t have learned these new things about elephants.
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Avalon had just started to scribble down the numerical analysis chart on her parchment when she heard Professor Sissay remind them that the information was available in their textbooks. Crossing out the one line she had gotten through, she opened her textbook to page 35. She would definitely need to reference it for her analysis.

She had never practiced analysis before, and Avalon was a bit nervous at how she would do. She considered asking someone to work with her, but it seemed like a lot of people had already paired off together. Oh well. She was content with working alone for now! She picked up her little elephant again, peering at it from all angles before referring down to her parchment for the corresponding numbers: 2397488. Avalon copied down the corresponding descriptions for each number first, making sure to underline the most important numbers.

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2397488 - Elephant

2: duality, unity, collaboration
3: foundation, versatility, growth
9: complexity, high leveled, intricate
7:power, shape-shifting, superiority
4: severe, structured, rigorous
Double 8: Very common to find in animals and in objects full of life, such as animated portraits.

Analysis: It makes sense that a double eight appears in this number set, because the pair is commonly found in lively objects and animals. The center number, 7, could refer to the sheer size of an elephant and its majestic nature. Some of the other numbers indicate growth and complexity (due to it being a living organism). The only number that doesn't really make sense to me is 2 - how is duality and collaboration associated with elephants?


Well, her analysis wasn't the most creative. It was fairly surface-level. But Avalon found it interesting that the elephant they were working with was quite little. Was it just a model, or was it the real thing that Professor Sissay had shrunk down? She raised her hand, suddenly very curious. "Professor, these elephants aren't real animals, right? Just animated figures? If so, why is it that their numbers feature a double 8? Is arithmancy generalizable even to models of an object?" Was she making sense? She felt like her question was a bit unclear. "So, for example, if I was to perform the same analysis on an inanimate object that symbolized a living thing - like a stuffed animal - would I get the same results as if I performed it on the actual animal?"

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Ellie opened her textbook on page 35 as she listened to what Professor Sissay said about analysing numbers. When a lot of info appeared on the blackboard she was glad that she had it already in her text books. Copying down all those notes and still paying full attention Professor Sissay’s instructions would have proven difficult. As it was now she didn’t need to and could worry a little right away at the announcement that they were going to be analysing the meaning of the numbers of their chosen objects. Analysation had never been Ellie’s strongest or best part. She let her eyes glance around at her other peers before she decided that it was better to complete the activity alone.

Sticking her quill to the parchment Ellie started to write down her numbers, meanings and analysation for her elephant. Would she get to keep the elephant when the lesson was over? A silly thought that she quickly pushed away as she refocused on the task at hand. Several minutes later Ellie put her quill down to scan over her analysis, happy with her result. She had tried and that was all that Professor Sissay expected from them right?
After Avalon finished writing her own analysis, she noticed a Gryffindor student a few seats away from her who was also working alone. She looked to be a third or fourth year, and she also was looking at the elephant. "Would you like to compare analyses?" Avalon asked, giving her a friendly smile. "My name's Avalon, by the way. It looks like we picked the same object." She held out her palm so the girl could see her elephant. "I have no clue if I'm even on the right track," she added with a laugh.
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Ayana approached Holly's desk with an encouraging smile. "The incantation must be exactly timed with the wand movements, you've almost got it," she offered kindly, and nodded towards her wand. All things must work together to end in success.

"Wonderful, most of you have managed to successfully cast the charm and revealed the true numbers of the objects in front of you!" An oversimplification, but one that was necessary for the first lesson of the term. In the upcoming months, they'd see the world isn't quite as simple. Because yes children, this is simple. Ayana had full faith everyone would be able to keep up as the lessons get progressively more complex, but it meant that they all really needed to understand today. "For those of you who haven't yet, there will be plenty of time for that during your homework assignment," Ayana's eyes twinkled and she moved to the blackboard.

"Now that we have our numbers, we are presented with a very obvious question that I'm sure has occurred to most of you; what do they mean?" she looked around the room, making sure she had everyone's attention, and tapped the board to reveal a chart. "This here is an abbreviated list of the single digit system used in Arithmalethilogy. It also appears in page thirty-five in your textbooks, so there is no reason to write it into your notes," Ayana added the last bit quickly, before any panicked quills would race across parchments in sloppy handwriting.

"Some of these number meanings are quite similar to those in predicative numerology, while others are vastly different. This is because, as we discussed, we are no longer looking at Arithmancy from a human standpoint, but rather a natural one. The deeper you go into the analysis, the more accurate the results become, and the more you can glean from a simple seven numbered series." She briefly paused, then tapped the board again to change the way the numbers of her chosen example objects were presented, with the middle figure now slightly larger.

"We will now move on to how we analyse these numbers. Initially, we always look at the fourth digit, which is the center number in the series," Ayana gestured towards said numbers. "These are the guiding force of the object, its purpose or its main state. After that, we move on to reading the series as a whole, and trying to spot some common combinations. These combinations have an added meaning, an understanding about a certain aspect of the object that would not have otherwise been clear if we had studied the digits separately."

Ayana paused again, allowing them all to take notes and to let this new information sink it. It's all in their books of course, but the written word will never be quite as efficient as a lesson. After moving to the other side of the board, Ayana smiled again. "What can you learn about the objects that you perhaps did not know before, using these numbers? What properties make themselves known instantly through the numbers? Do you see any patterns? Today is all about practicing our analysis skills, and we will carry on with this in our next lessons.

You are permitted to work in pairs or groups of threes. Please keep the noise level down, and any questions you may have, do not hesitate to ask! You will later have to hand in analysis essay to me as your homework, so this is a great opportunity to practice just that."


Good? Good.

Intime with… Ooohhhh …. Okay… Holly’s eyebrows scrunched inwards as she started again, she had just started to do the incantation again when the Professor called everyone’s attention together. Jumping Jinx’s. She was out of time. Nibbling on her bottom lip, the Slytherin felt stupid for not getting the charm to work properly for her… but she guessed there was always extra time and homework to get it right. That’s what the Professor had just said… homework. Yay.
Looking between the board, and flicking her textbook to page 35, Holly nodded a little. Okay. So the numbers and the one digit system were described here… Each number meant something different… Combinations could mean something else… They all meant something when added together… Middle number was the most important.

As the Professor spoke, Holly looked down at her own parchment. She blinked and looked at the number for the clock… and then at the meaning for the ‘0’. ”Huh.” She muttered to herself, quill running over her bottom lip.

Looking around her, for anyone that was looking for a partner, she motioned excitedly at the clock in front of her. ”The main number is o! That means Finality, Nothing and dual purpose… Well, a clock only shows twelve hours and yet there were twenty-four in every day,… Every minute that passed was final, but there was no end to the time that was to come. That’s completely a dual purpose.. How cool is that?” She wasn’t really talking to anyone in particular… just… hoping someone thought it was as cool as she did?

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Object: Broken Clock
Number: 8 4 2 0 1 6 0
Centre: 0 - DUAL PURPOSE - death, finality, unnatural OR emptiness, nothing, decay
Combinations / Meanings
8 - infinity, repeatable, life
4 - severe, structured, rigorous
2 - duality, unity, collaboration
Zero one (01) - Often appears in muggle made objects (plastic and other unnatural materials) and machinery that does not have magical use.
Six zero (60) - a negative event happened to the object being analysed and it's very reason for existing has been removed.


Writing out the rest of her notes, she tried to spot anything else that could be gleaned about her clock - still very happy about the centre number. Infinite, repeatable structure that unites and collaborates time… It was definitely a muggle, non-magical item… and well. It was broken! So of course something bad had happened.

Her poor clock!
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Hearing Professor Sissay's... request? No, more like instruction... Kaiser moved his chair back onto all four legs again, a little more quietly than he had last time. But the urge to balance on two legs was now even more stronger than it had been before she had told him not to do it. He tried to keep himself busy by tracing the numbers he had written down over and over again, so they were soon printed on his parchment in extra thick lines. Before long, though, they were moving on.

One thing Kaiser was sure of; if this lesson was just the basics and he was already struggling with it, he had very little hope for the rest of the term. He listened to Professor Sissay's instructions, but realised after not that long that he had started to glaze over again. Shaking his head as though to clear it, he tried to tune in once more.

Once they were told to get on with it, Kaiser paused and looked around to see what everyone around him was doing, and maybe sneaking a peek at his neighbours' parchments here and there. Analysing the numbers, right. He pulled his parchment towards him and started his own work.

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Combinations: 00 (very little magical properties and/or use, or an object that is very old and decayed), 01 (appears in muggle made objects (plastic and other unnatural materials) and non-magical machinery)

It is not a magical object. It is unnatural, not made from natural materials. Perhaps not worth much.
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Vita flipped open her book so she had everything she'd need to know right in front of her, knowing she'd need to go back and reference often. She still wasn't feeling completely confident about this whole Arithmancy thing, but she could pretend and she could certainly draw conclusions based on the information she was looking at, even if she wasn't sure they'd be correct.

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8 4 2 0 1 6 0

Looking at the central digit, 0, it shows a connection between the broken clock and the ideas of death and finality. Clocks show the passage of time, and one could say that when your metaphorical clock stops, that means your time in this world has come to an end. A broken clock could certainly represent the end of a person's life. It could also mean emptiness and decay. The clock is broken, dead, so to speak. So perhaps it is empty, useless to anyone now. It's a bit sad to think about. The 6 0 is another clue that the clock is empty, so to speak. The combination of numbers means that something negative and bad happened to the item, and it was stripped of its usefulness.

The 8 is connected to life and infinity. Clocks do go round and round, showing the passage of time for as long as they're operational. On a deeper level, the clock while it worked could've represented the time someone had in their life to accomplish things.

The 4 makes sense when you think about the relation to structure. Clocks provide a way to organize your life, really.

The 2 and the connection to duality could relate to the ideas of life and death touched upon in some of the other numbers.

The 1 on its own doesn't make as much sense to me, but the 0 1 combination represents muggle objects with no magical use and from previous numbers, we have learned this broken clock's purpose has been stripped away, leaving it just a mundane object.
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"Wonderful, most of you have managed to successfully cast the charm and revealed the true numbers of the objects in front of you!" An oversimplification, but one that was necessary for the first lesson of the term. In the upcoming months, they'd see the world isn't quite as simple. Because yes children, this is simple. Ayana had full faith everyone would be able to keep up as the lessons get progressively more complex, but it meant that they all really needed to understand today. "For those of you who haven't yet, there will be plenty of time for that during your homework assignment," Ayana's eyes twinkled and she moved to the blackboard.

"Now that we have our numbers, we are presented with a very obvious question that I'm sure has occurred to most of you; what do they mean?" she looked around the room, making sure she had everyone's attention, and tapped the board to reveal a chart. "This here is an abbreviated list of the single digit system used in Arithmalethilogy. It also appears in page thirty-five in your textbooks, so there is no reason to write it into your notes," Ayana added the last bit quickly, before any panicked quills would race across parchments in sloppy handwriting.

"Some of these number meanings are quite similar to those in predicative numerology, while others are vastly different. This is because, as we discussed, we are no longer looking at Arithmancy from a human standpoint, but rather a natural one. The deeper you go into the analysis, the more accurate the results become, and the more you can glean from a simple seven numbered series." She briefly paused, then tapped the board again to change the way the numbers of her chosen example objects were presented, with the middle figure now slightly larger.

"We will now move on to how we analyse these numbers. Initially, we always look at the fourth digit, which is the center number in the series," Ayana gestured towards said numbers. "These are the guiding force of the object, its purpose or its main state. After that, we move on to reading the series as a whole, and trying to spot some common combinations. These combinations have an added meaning, an understanding about a certain aspect of the object that would not have otherwise been clear if we had studied the digits separately."

Ayana paused again, allowing them all to take notes and to let this new information sink it. It's all in their books of course, but the written word will never be quite as efficient as a lesson. After moving to the other side of the board, Ayana smiled again. "What can you learn about the objects that you perhaps did not know before, using these numbers? What properties make themselves known instantly through the numbers? Do you see any patters? Today is all about practicing our analysis skills, and we will carry on with this in our next lessons.

You are permitted to work in pairs or groups of threes. Please keep the noise level down, and any questions you may have, do not hesitate to ask! You will later have to hand in analysis essay to me as your homework, so this is a great opportunity to practice just that."


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Eniola continued to take notes and started to really get interested in the class. Who knew that Arithmancy could be interesting? Go figure! She thought to herself as she read over her notebook.

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The Single Digit System
0 - DUAL PURPOSE - death, finality, unnatural OR emptiness, nothing, decay
1 - independence, energetic, solitude
2 - duality, unity, collaboration
3 - foundation, versatility, growth
4 - severe, structured, rigorous
5 - average, adaptable, change
6 - chaotic, disorder, scatter
7 - power, shape-shifting, superiority
8 - infinity, repeatable, life
9 - complexity, high leveled, intricate

Analysis Numbers
Elephant - 2 3 9 7 4 8 8
Coin bag - 6 9 4 3 7 5 0 [foundation, versatility and growth. No double digits! What does that mean?]
Flutterby bush - 8 1 2 8 7 6 9
Broken clock - 8 4 2 0 1 6 0
Joystick - 2 9 0 0 0 0 1
Caterwhauling charm - 6 4 4 7 5 9 9

Common Combinations
These commonly appear in many analyses, and often signify the following:
Double nine (99) or double seven (77): immense power, nine in effect and seven in magical potency. Generally, repeating numbers signify more of that property, or two properties within that number that overlap.
Six zero (60) - a negative event happened to the object being analysed and it's very reason for existing has been removed.
Double zero (or more) (00) - Very little magical properties and/or use, or an object that is very old and decayed.
Zero one (01) - Often appears in muggle made objects (plastic and other unnatural materials) and machinery that does not have magical use.
Double eight (88) - Very common to find in animals and in objects full of life, such as animated portraits.


Raising her hand she asked the Professor, "Sorry, Professor, but I chose the coin bag and I don't see any double digits or repeating numbers. Now, the number three is associated with foundation, versatility and growth it says so that would be the main purpose, but then could the focus of different numbers be more emphasized depending on if there was a charm placed on the coin bag...like say an Undetectable Extension Charm? I feel like that would emphasize then nine, seven or five in their meanings. Or is there another way to analyze when there's no known patterns?" She knew it was a bit much, but how else was she supposed to analyze the object. it's not like she had the easy go with already having her combinations laid out for her.
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Before he knew it, Sissay's words reached his ears and he tore his eyes away from his work to look at her. Always hold the spell in mind? He frowned slightly in thought, really trying to consider her words, before asking, "Is it a difficult spell?" Mostly because he wanted to know if it was beyond his year or....... well.

Yeah.

Uh.

Before he could so much as take a deep breath, it sounded as though the Professor was moving on with the lesson. The frown was back, but this time at the thought of having extra homework, just because he couldn't get the spell right. The thought of doing extra homework during the first weekend of the term didn't sit well with him at all.

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Text Cut: Parchment
Object: Elephant
Analysis Numbers: 2 3 9 7 4 8 8


Single Digit System:
2 - duality, unity, collaboration
3 - foundation, versatility, growth
9 - complexity, high leveled, intricate
4 - severe, structured, rigorous


Centre Number:
7 - power, shape-shifting, superiority


Common Combinations:
Double eight (88) - Very common to find in animals and in objects full of life, such as animated portraits.


Analysis:
My object is an animated elephant and, from these numbers, it's clear that there's a lot to unpack. The double eight combination means that the object is animated, which is true in the way it's currently trying to climb into my inkpot (don't do that, Dani the elephant). The central number in this system is 7, a number that signifies power, shape-shifting and superiority. I was confused about how this could combine with elephants but I guess, when you think about it, they are really powerful. They're normally HUGE and they've been around for a very long time, surviving a lot of things in the process.

Elephants are also very good when it comes to family. I don't speak elephant but it looks like they have a very strong bond with their family members and look out for each other in the wild. It's nice. You always see them walking around in packs together, especially if there's a young involved. Plus, they survive in very hot weather and I think they can retain water for a long time? That's cool. It shows that it's not only their skin that's tough, all of them is tough.

I don't know what else to analyse here. Elephants are cool.
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Tina had just successfully cast her number revealing charm when she saw Professor Sissay headed her way. She nodded, smiling slightly in reply to the professor's praise. Finally something this lesson was going right! Tina was feeling pleased with herself for mastering the spell fairly quickly, but her confidence didn't last long. She understood the number meanings and the basic concept of arithmaelthilogy; it was her ability to translate those concepts into an analysis that she doubted.

Tina glanced at the number sequence she'd written down before cross referencing page 35 of her textbook. Okay, so the center number was 8, and that meant… infinity, repeatable, life. That made sense; a flutterbye bush was a living thing, after all. She examined the numbers again, this time looking for any of the common combinations, but she found none. There were two 8s in the sequence, but they weren't next to each other so that probably didn't count. Hmm… two 8s but not double eights. Tina thought for a minute. Did that mean a plant like a flutterbye bush was less full of life than an animal like the tiny elephants?

The dark-haired Ravenclaw then looked at the other numbers in the sequence: 1, 2, 7, 6, and 9. She thought back to things she already knew about the flutterbye bush. The meanings of the 7 and 9 made themselves clear fairly quickly. She also had an idea what the 1 could mean, but she was stuck on the 2 and 6. After several minutes of thinking and poring over her textbook, she came up with her. best guess and wrote her analysis:


Text Cut: Tina's analysis
Object: flutterbye bush
Number sequence: 8 1 2 8 7 6 9
Center number: 8 (infinity, repeatable, life)

Other numbers:
1 (independence, energetic, solitude

2 (duality, unity, collaboration)

7 (power, shape-shifting, superiority)

6 (chaotic, disorder, scatter)

9 (complexity, high leveled,levelicate)


The flutterbye bush is a magical plant that blooms once a century and can change change its scent to attract the unwary. Right off the bat, that explains the center number of 8. 8 represents infinity, repeatable, life; the flutterbye bush is a living organism. That could explain the numbers 7 and the 9. 7 means power and shape-shifting, and the flutterbye bush has the power to change its scent… and if you squint, that ability is kind of similar to shape-shifting. It would have to have some level of complexity and intricacy, as represented by the number 9, to be able to do that.


The 1 represents independence, energetic, and solitude. Could that refer to the plant's ability represents its smell by itself? The meanings of 2 and 6 are a bit less apparent. 2 means duality, unity, and collaboration, which seems at odds with the number 1's meaning at first. Maybe the duality part is referring to the plant's adaptability? I'm not exactly sure how the 6 fits in. 6 means chaotic, disorder, or scatter. There doesn't seem to be anything chaotic about the flutterbye bush, unless the 6 refers not so much to the bush itself but the person smelling the flowers. You never know what the flutterbye flower's scent is going to be, so one could argue that uncertainty creates a sense of chaos.


Finally satisfied with her dindings, Tina put down her quill and looked over her work. Her analysis was probably way off the mark, but it was the best she had.
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