Rumors were all over the school that something had happened off of the campus. Someone said that three girls had been killed, but there was no one missing in Hufflepuff as far as she knew. Hwever, Fornia was taking no chances. She made sure to stay with groups of students wherever she went in the castle, and walking to class with a group was reassuring. Today she had an afternoon class for Astrology with Professor Forbes. Perhaps the stars and the horoscopes held some answers to these riddles? Fornia didn’t know, but she liked the course matter because it was so random, yet so informative at the same time. She believed that perhaps she could be a Seer someday, if she could hone her skills better. She was going to try, and so she took Divination and Astrology again this year.
She took Seat #1. She always took that seat if it was open in any classroom. She looked around and saw the entire room was redecorated with large wall hangings or tapestries that were part of the lesson. She’d never heard of this kind of Astrology, and it turned out not to be strictly Astrology at all. She wasn’t really sure what it was, but it certainly had an effect on your life. In her culture, the compass directions held great meaning, and prayer times relied upon it. Buildings in Egypt were oriented with the stars, sun or moon, so that part of it was interesting. She picked up the book and read until the class started. The Professor was going to have them write about a favorite part of the school. Fornia had to think about that for a while. She liked the courtyard near the Transfiguration classrooms, and she would often go and sit under the trees there if the weather was fair. She took a look at the directional compass and at the picture of Buddha on the wall. She didn’t have to stare at it very long to see that the courtyard of Hogwarts were towards the center, with other things around it. According to the book, this was the right place to have such a space. Open, so you could ‘breathe’, and surrounded by areas of learning. It was more North than any direction, and this corresponded to a space that equated with health and long life. In her native land, courtyards were prized for being the contemplative area, just as in India, and the cool awnings spread over them protected you from the sun. She wrote more than 12 inches about this courtyard at the school, and felt like she somewhat understood what this discipline was about: It tied mysticism and practical science together with the movements of the earth and stars. She handed in her essay early. That had been fairly easy.