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Molybdomancy (Bleigießen) 2019-2020

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen) in Austria 2019 - Best Time
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© Thomas Helbig

Every year at the end of December, Austrians visit Christmas markets and buy special spoons and small packages of silver. Then the metal is melted on a spoon under a candle and dropped into a bowl of cold water. As the result, ​there is a figure, which is believed to be the symbol of the coming year. The figure could be put in front of the candlelight to create a shadow, which can be interpreted as well. This tradition comes from ancient Greece ​and is still popular in some areas.​​

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen) in Austria - Best Season 2019