We are at the last installment of our blog discussion series on wishing, but if you want more wish omens you just need to follow my Facebook and Pinterest pages. Due to popular demand, my daily wishes on Facebook and Pinterest will continue every single day to ensure you get access to all of the wish omens you need. This week I thought what better wish omen to finish the series off with than one of the most famous wish omens of all, wishing wells! What is the history of this famous wish omen, and is there a right and wrong way to use a wishing well? Well, let’s find out!
Visiting a wishing well to placate the fates and turn the hands of karma to your favor is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries. One of the oldest wish omens with wells states that if you want to wish at a well, you must stoop at the well, drink from it out of the palm of your hand three times without speaking, while turning the wish over in your mind the entire time. Of course we know that you must not utter this wish to anyone, until it comes true.
You can use any well you want to make your wish, the one pictured here is from Thuya Gardens in Maine. But of course the wells that have the oldest tradition, such as the holy well at Maughold, will secure you a lovely wish as well. The holy well at Maughold Church in England is located half way down the face of the cliff that slopes to the sea and, like most holy wells, is shaped like a horseshoe, another sign of good luck. Legend has it that the shape of the well is the imprint of St. Patrick’s horse when he took a leap across the island and in so doing he released healing and magical waters to anyone that was around to experience the miracle. This is one of the first historical accounts of the magic behind wishing wells.
The Chibbyr Pherrick is another famous wishing well, and visitors come from all over to climb the mountain roads to get to it. The gardens here offer the perfect ambience to make your wish and send it to the powers that be, and the perfectly manicured landscaping will wind you down to the little cottage where the well sits in a tiny valley that is wild and overgrown with some bushes. Here it is said that the Fairy Queen holds court in a romantic setting waiting to grant your wishes of love.
But you don’t need to visit a famous well to have your wish taken care of. If you are near any well, you can also throw a coin into it when making your wish. By offering a token of your appreciation, you ask the gods to honor your wish. After you throw a coin into a well, look to see your reflection in the water. The clearer your reflection, the better the chance of your wish coming true. You can also throw a coin into the well, and wait until the water stops rippling and shows your reflection. Watch the water and then when your reflection becomes clear, make your wish silently.
And last but certainly not least, you can throw coins over your head with your back to the well and make a wish. Toss three coins over your head and when you hear each splash, make the same wish each time. If you hear every one of the splashes, the water in the fountain is very strong in securing your wish.
And that’s it for our blog discussion series on wish omens, I hope you enjoyed it! If you love this wish series and want more, be sure you have joined our circle of friends over on Facebook or Pinterest, or on them both! Happy wishing folks!