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Molybdomancy (Bleigießen) 2023-2024

Magical fortune telling with a help of spoon and silver

Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)
Molybdomancy (Bleigießen)

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.​​

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