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How to Make a Wish in a Wishing Well

Randi is an optimist who always looks for the silver lining and picks up every lucky penny. She never misses a chance to make a wish!

It is believed that wells hold the power to grant wishes. In this article, we will explore why this is believed to be true and how to capitalize on that. We will also talk about other practices that are believed to grant wishes, like the first star that you see at night or successfully blowing out all the candles on your birthday cake

A Fascination with Wishing Wells

I remember when I was a little girl, we used to go to a large fountain. My parents would give me a penny and I would run up to the fountain. I would clutch that penny so tightly in my little hand, deciding on the right wish, waiting for the right moment. It was an overwhelming task. Even at a very young age, I felt a need to take full advantage of the opportunity and a fear of not doing it just right!

I am not alone in this fascination for wishing wells and fountains. Because water is a source of life and was often hard to find, it was a considered a gift from G-d. In folklore, it was thought to have sacred powers. People often equated the good fortune of having/finding water with other wonderul things in their lives. While this custom has changed throughout the years and across the world, it is still commonly practiced.

What else do we Wish on?

  • When we blow out our birthday candles, we close our eyes and make a wish.
  • We wish upon the first, the brightest or a falling star we see at night.
  • Many people like to "kiss the clock" when it is either all consecutive numbers or all the same number. IE.: 11:11 or 12:34.
  • We make a wish on our fallen eyelashes!
  • Wishbones. Whoever gets the bigger piece has their wish granted.
  • Necklace clasps. When the clasp is in the front, you swing it around to the back along with your wish.

This list certainly brings back memories and I can even think of more, some silly and some obscure. The common thread here is that wishing holds power for us. It is an extension of our desires, our yearning and our needs. For some, it is fun and whimsy, for others it holds a more prominent position.

How to Make a Wish in a Wishing Well.

There is, believe it or not, a correct way to make a wish in a wishing well!

  1. Locate a Wishing Well.
  2. Choose a special (to you) coin.
  3. Decide on your wish.
  4. Toss your coin in the well while saying your wish aloud.
  5. Go back home and wait for your wish to come true!

Choose your Wish carefully!

I am reminded of all the "genie" jokes. Even with the three wishes most genies are willing to grant, the recipient generally dedicates one of those wishes to asking for even more wishes! Keeping that in mind, I suggest that before you go to the fountain, wishing well or look for shooting stars, you prepare your wishes.

Think about what you would really, really like to have or have happen. Is it love, money, a new job? Remember...this is your wish! It could be whatever YOU want from a million dollars to a hot fudge sundae!

Once you have decided on your wish, it's time to find a venue. Will you be stargazing or going to the fountain at the mall? Is it your birthday or has the wishbone dried from the Thanksgiving turkey? For best results, do all of them!

Three Coins in a Fountain

In 1954, a movie was made that embraced the idea of making wishes in a fountain. It was based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome and featured three American girls on their search for romance and happiness. The girls all make their wishes and as I'm sure you have guessed, they get their guys and the movie has a happy ending.

The water at the bottom of the infamous Trevi Fountain represents the sea. The legend is that if you toss a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome. You toss the coin over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.

Wish Upon a Star

The tradition of wishing upon a star actually started with shooting stars. Because they were more rare and lasted for only a brief moment, they were thought to have magical powers.

© 2013 Randi Benlulu

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