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Anonymous asked: can you help me roleplay a fortuneteller? one who specializes in tarot cards?

Sure! I just want to warn you from conforming to stereotypes.

First of all, I think you really need to be specific about where your fortuneteller comes from. Different strands and types of fortune telling comes from different places and cultures. Tarot cards specifically originated in Italy in 1391. It’s actually related to Catholicsm. They were associated with the Romani because people thought that Tarot cards came from Egypt and the Romani were thought to have come from Egypt. These are all false myths. Tarot cards existed in Italy and France way before the Romani settled in these respective countries. Tarot cards are a type of playing cards and playing cards inherently are related to divination. Actually, fortune telling with cards were sort of interpreted by these three writers who thought it was fun to insert symbolic meanings into the cards disregarding the history of where the cards even came from. They also wrote extensively about occultation and the relation with the Romani. But really, it’s just false. The idea that Romani are tarot card readers and fortune tellers is a horrible stereotype that should really be dispelled. So, it depends whether your character wants to portray the eccentric vagabond in order to get money or someone who really believes in what they’re doing. 

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Which brings me to a second point, if I see another Romani character calling themselves Gypsy, I will throw something at you. Gypsy is a slur. That’s it. That’s all you need to know. Don’t use it. Also, please please please research Romani spiritual believes before throwing any sort of magical act for them. Playing a fortune-teller is great, seriously, so much fun! But please be respective of someone else’s culture and beliefs. Make sure that whatever you’re doing, whether it be tarot card readings or reading tea cups, you’re grounding it into something factual. 

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Third, as seen from above, I don’t think that a fortune-teller would ever call themselves Roma, unless they’re trying to con you out of your money. Which is totally fine, playing a con-artist is fun on its own. 

Research on these types of characters:

Fourth, if you’re playing a modern-day fortune teller, it is way easier to make her a real human being with no association to romani stereotypes, and simply make her someone who realizes the art form and is proud of it. There are academics based on the art of tarot cards, and you can make this person a scholar. 

Examples:

More on Tarot Cards:

Finally, I would suggest talking to your RP partners about their future plots. For example, if a character asks your character a question you don’t know the answer of, don’t make it up, just ask! Fortune tellers are there to guide you when you need them and really offer the counselling that someone is searching for. Therefore, it’s important that you build the relationships between the characters and understand what you need to say. By doing so, you can help others further their plots and build the reputation for your character in the fictional community. Also don’t be afraid to offer your services to other people. Let them know that you have a character here who can be a non-biased ear to someone’s character and a guiding light. A fortune teller should always be someone who is open and ready to help discuss problems with their clients. Unless, they are a con-artist, then plotting with other people would be really useful there.

Hope that helps!

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myths & urban legends masterpost

ohnogangsters:

i really love hearing about ghost stories, folklore and the like, and im sure there people out there who can relate, so i decided to throw together a masterpost. this collection is the result of a half hours’ worth of googling around. i apologize if there are any broken links - if you catch one, please fix it. additionally, if you know any good links that arent listed here, feel free to add them!

browse carefully - some of these are pretty creepy. lots of violence and swearing scattered around, etc.

Wikipedia:

Snopes: (warning: some popups! snopes is sometimes an unreliable source, so i suggest taking its articles with a grain of salt, but theyre still a pretty good read.)

Misc.:

  • 136 creepy wikipedia articles (not all urban legends, but still a really excellent masterpost!)
  • American Folklore (havent delved too deep into this website but it has a lot of content - check the links across the top in the red bar)
  • Creepypasta Index - Highest Rated (again, havent read all of these but theres some classics on here i recognize)
  • All-Lies (has some irritating ads, but theres a lot of stuff on here. take note of the sweet ’90s flames on the bottom of the page)
  • DisneyLies - (sister site to the previous link. im not sure why there are so many creepy myths surrounding disney, but these are pretty good. also has some pretty rad flames)

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asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)
any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
50 sci fi and fantasy works every socialist should read
a whole bunch of cv/resume templates
any lipstick colour you want for cheap
college survival masterpost
food for broke college kids
how to answer common job interview questions
how to become an adult
how to look busy even when you’re not
learn languages
need to escape from a bad home situation?
short introductions to politics and other grown up issues
should i vote ukip?
what are my transferable skills?
what the fuck should i make for dinner?
writing a cover letter
CHEER UP
24/7 cute animal livestreams
7 cups of tea
cute websites
feeling ok?
feeling stressed?
for when u hav feelings
for when ur sad my lil pumpkin
happy things
positivity tag
trekkie care package
FILMS
afi’s top 100
all the disney and pixar u could want
animated faves
find a good movie to watch
ghibli \ wes anderson \ sofia coppola
good movies to watch whenever
lgbtqia+ movies
lovely big movie masterpost
ooo scary movies
studio ghibli subs n dubs
superheroes!
totally 90’s
what do you mean we’re not 10 any more?
FOOD
a whole bunch of delicious recipes
breakfast on the go
cheap and healthy snacks
ever wanted to try lembas bread?
fuckingrecipes
lavender lemonade
make your own vitamin water
microwave mug snacks
my food and recipe tag
no more ramen
quick and easy snacks
quick and easy soups
recipes from your favourite fandoms
smoothie recipes for every occasion
study snacks
supercook ingredient match
thinking about going vegan?
FUN STUFF
cute games
if ur real bored
coolio psychological games to make u think
easy blanket nest
more cutie games
plants that help bees
realistic drawings and animations of plants
reject someone in elvish
waste time!
write a letter to a disney character
GENDER & SEXUALITY
chest binder tutorial
helpcorgi’s gender + sexuality masterpost
if someone tries to tell you your sexuality isn’t natural
lgbtqia+ movies
movies about gay ladies
music monday
resources for cis allies
roundup of the best ya novels w lgbtqia+ characters
simple cami binder
MENTAL ILLNESS
7 cups of tea
anxiety masterpost
bipolar disorder masterpost
depression masterpost
disorder specific coping strategies
feeling isolated?
help w mental illness
if you’re not good at reading body language
need help but low on cash?
panic and anxiety info and resources
read web text more easily
recovering from emotional trauma
recovery resources
SCHOOL
a fuckload of free books
back to school masterpost
can’t afford microsoft word?
cool sciency things
exam survival
getting up in the morning
gigantic study masterpost
learn anything | also on youtube
lots and lots of free books
peer-reviewed alternative to wikipedia
pull an all-nighter
remember more of the things you study
simple essay structure
study skills
useful websites
SELF CARE
alleviate menstrual cramps
boost your confidence
funny non gendered sex education
love yourself!
more sex ed
on your period?
self help after anxiety
stop biting your nails
stop procrastinating
stop skipping breakfast
super silky summer legs
tumblr saviour for the rest of the web
SOUNDS
all the music posts you’ve reblogged
calming noises
daft punk
get shit done mix
music to write to
my mixes on 8tracks
star trek ambient sounds
star trek ds9 infirmary background ambience
when you can’t remember the name of a song
which artist should i listen to next?
THEMES
brilliant theme makers and other useful things
list of simple theme makers
make your own theme from scratch
the cutest themes on this website
TV
90’s cartoons
black comedy written by charlie brooker
bob ross’ joy of painting
cute urban fantasy miniseries w positive depiction of a disabled character
danish political intrigue w subtitles
every star trek episode ever
firefly
gangsters in the ’20s - gr8 lady characters
giles & sue
how to watch classic who | now here’s the masterpost!
jack davenport and idris elba fight vampires
paul mcgann fan? you will be after this
series about cool people starting a colony on another planet - if you enjoy babylon 5 and deep space nine you’ll love this
the hour
the x files
twin peaks
MISC
cool text tricks
cool sweary insults
cute masterpost full of nice stuff
how to get shit done
how to pack efficiently
imaginedragins’ everything masterpost
learn how to code
literallyrad’s resource masterpost
the everything post
the ultimate writing resource post

asbaeks:

okay so I’ve seen a lot of really cool things around the internet so I thought I’d compile a bunch of references and fun things into one easy post for y’all! this has been a real long time in the making but it’s finally finished uwu (◡‿◡✿)

  • any links on this masterpost broken? use this!
BEING AN ADULT
CHEER UP
FILMS
FOOD
FUN STUFF
GENDER & SEXUALITY
MENTAL ILLNESS
SCHOOL
SELF CARE
SOUNDS
THEMES
TV
MISC

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Supernatural episode titles

angel-pancake-of-the-lord:

usapotterfan:

smnkennedy:

greenburg-sucks:

usapotterfan:

then and now

Season 1:

  • Faith
  • Bugs
  • Asylum
  • Shadow
  • Skin
  • Salvation
  • Scarecrow

Season 7:

  • Shut Up, Dr. Phil
  • Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!
  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • The Slice Girls
  • Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie
  • Party on, Garth
  • The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo

they started listening to fall out boy

i don’t watch this show what is going on

well it’s actually fairly simple

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