Fortune-Telling with Wax - New Year's Activity Kit
WAX POURING: A perfect New Year's Eve Tradition for homebound celebrations!
Molybdomancy – the practice of telling the future by observing the molten properties of lead – and ceromancy – telling the future from identifying shapes formed by melted wax in water – have been used for thousands of years in many cultures, dating back to ancient Celtic and Roman times. More commonly known today as Bleigiessen (lead pouring), or Wachsgiessen (wax pouring), this ancient form of divination is still performed in many Nordic and German-speaking countries as a part of traditional Silvester, or New Year, celebrations.
In practicing this ancient craft, a small bit of lead, tin, or wax is melted in a spoon over a candle flame, then tipped into cold water. At that moment, the fortune for the coming year is set! The hardened figure is then removed from the water and examined to determine the future.
A handy guide provides interpretations for many potential images that may be seen. For example,
if you see a Bird, good luck is on its way
if you see a Genie's Lamp, an adventure is in store
if you see a Mushroom, love will spring out of nowhere
or maybe you'll see Scissors, in which case, important decisions are coming
There are many possibilities!
This kit includes:
- 1 tea light candle
- 7 100% beeswax charms
- 1 wax pouring spoon
- 1 instruction booklet with fortune guide
You will need:
- 1 bowl of cold water
- 1 drop of liquid dish soap
- 1 sheet of wax or parchment paper
So go on – see what the new year holds for you!
This kit is family friendly, but requires adult supervision. Recommended for children 5 and up, though younger children can participate with an adult's assistance.