MBTI Type: ISFP
Gillian is deeply withdrawn, secretive, and evasive about her true opinions and feelings unless they truly matter to her; then she tends to assert herself through magic, or force, rather than talk about how she feels. When Shep tries to get her to open up about how she feels (“Is it the same for you?”) she sidesteps and evades, offering him metaphorical comments in return. Gillian has a vindictive side; she takes pleasure in remembering how she caused thunderstorms all through one school year, to torment a girl she didn’t like, and runs her out of the Zodiac with music. She threatens to put spells on her, when Shep angers her by being upset over the love spell. Even when she loses her magical powers due to falling in love, she cannot find it in her to tell Shep – he has to come in and see it for himself. She invites her cat to bring someone interesting into her life, then when her aunt hexes the phone of the man upstairs, she uses it as a chance to get to know him. Upon finding out he’s about to marry her schoolyard enemy, she immediately casts a love spell on him. When he remarks that he would have liked to publish a bestselling book, she says she’ll find a way for him to meet the author. Once her brother gives her a summoning charm for Christmas, she uses it to bring the author into his life. Upon discovering that her brother has collaborated with the writer to write a book on witchcraft which is more accurate, she casts a spell that makes the manuscript impossible to sell in New York. At school, she used thunderstorms to torment one of her sworn enemies. She goes from not wanting to get married or settle down to doing just that. She changes her shop overnight, to reflect her new personality. Before opening up her store in New York, she traveled the world, never staying too long in one place. But her low order Ni longs for a sense of certainty and permanence, to have a life that is meaningful and stable. She also is not good at foreseeing the consequences of her actions — bringing the author into their lives led her brother to take an interest in him, and educate him on witchcraft properly, to all their determent. Gillian tends to boss her family around; she thinks in logical terms, believing her aunt’s magical meddling will reveal their powers to outsiders, so she refuses to let the woman practice magic in their apartment building (and threatens magical retaliation if she doesn’t agree; “I can make you regret it, you know I can”). She takes the direct course every time; she gives the author a subtle threat, hidden inside a question about retaliation, and causes Shep (and every other publisher in New York) to reject the manuscript outright.
Enneagram: 7w8 sp/sx
Gillian has a longing for things that aren’t in her life, and feels dissatisfied and restful much of the time. She tells Shep that she has lived a selfish life, in pursuit only of her own pleasures and interests, and does not think she would be ‘suited’ to marriage. She has a tendency to go after what she wants, even though at times she tries to restrain herself and impose strict instructions on herself (moving temporarily toward 1, in her forceful attempts to curb her bad behaviors). She isn’t satisfied with her quiet life and longs for it to have greater meaning; she would rather do something ‘different’ than the same old things all the time. She spent a year in Mexico, and many other places, traveling, meeting people, and seeing the world, so she could bring back interesting things from it. Her 8 wing comes out in her need and desire for power and control. She keeps her aunt and brother under her thumb, though her brother occasionally and mischievously rebels. Rather than lash out at a girl she hated at school, Gillian caused her endless angst through months of terrible thunderstorms. She warns her aunt that unless she stops messing about with magic carelessly, there will be consequences (and her frightened aunt capitulates). When Gillian does not like her brother’s involvement in writing a book about actual witchcraft, she goes over his head by making every publisher in New York disinterested in it. She shies away from emotional involvement and considers falling in love a weakness – but eventually, integrates into a more loving woman, willing to be emotionally vulnerable.