Have you recently engaged in m0lybdomancy recently?
It’s an ancient Greek tradition. You melt tin in a spoon, pour the liquid metal into a jar with cold water, and predict the fate of a person in the coming year from the frozen, contorted silvery shape.
Today, this fortune-telling game, called Bleigießen in Germany (lit: lead pouring, using lead-based alloy figures rather than expensive tin) is still practiced in Germany, Austria, the UK, and Northern European countries, especially on New Year’s Eve.
Here is how it’s done:
- Buy a Bleigießen kit at your local convenience store (if you live in German-speaking Europe, or online if you are living in North America
- Melt the small led figures (bell, horseshoe, etc.) in a spoon provided in the kit
- Rapidly pour molten led into a dish with ice-cold water
- Retrieve the frozen shape and interpret the resemblance to objects or animals found in nature
- Read in the supplied booklet the meaning of the object or animal for your fate next year.
Will you fall in love? Will you make more money? Will you experience malaise or misfortune due to a stroke of bad luck? It’s all foretold by a piece of led.
Enjoy some good champagne when you engage in molybdomany and cherish your family and friends who will pick you up or celebrate with you, no matter what.
Happy New Year!