the Legend: Wishful Thinking
A wish is a hope or desire for something to come true. In folklore,
the concepts behind wish making are common themes typically in the
form of a morality tale telling it's reader to be careful what they
wish for. In most fiction a wish is a supernatural demand placed on
the recipients request to a wish providing spirit, such as a genie, or
an inanimate object such as a monkey's paw.
Wish providing spirits are typically bound to an object, such as a
magic lamp, or a container closed with Solomon's seal. The act of
releasing the entity from the object results in attaining the ability
to make wishes most often restricted to only three.
In all of these stories it is extremely important how the user phrases
his wish. In the Monkey's Paw, for example, wishing for wealth brings
about the death of a loved one and their inheritance money. Sometimes
the user's accidental use of the word wish when not wishing can lead
to unexpected consequences.
Many cultures have wishing customs such as blowing out the candles on
a birthday cake, seeing a shooting star, tossing a coin into a wishing
well, or breaking the wishbone of a cold turkey.
THE BABYLONIAN COIN OF TIAMAT
The serpent on the Babylonian Coin that Sam and I found was Tiamat,
the Babylonian primordial god of chaos. There were some priests back
in the day who created the coin through some serious black magic
bestowing the seeds of chaos. Whoever tosses this coin into a wishing
well, makes a wish, the coin turns on the well and the wishes become
very real and very twisted. This coin has been responsible for wiping
several towns off the map.
Wishing Well is a term coined from European folklore describing wells
or fountains where it was believed that any spoken wish would be
It was believed that these wells and fountains housed water deities or
were placed as gifts from God, since water was a source of life and
often a scarce commodity. Germanic and Celtic peoples considered
springs and wells sacred places and often marked them with wooden
statues of Gods associated with the water. Germanic people were also
known for throwing their armor and weapons of defeated enemies into
bogs and other pools of waters as offerings to their gods.
It was believed that the deities taking residence in the wishing wells
would grant wishes upon a price. This price was most often paid
through the contribution of coins and the way it landed would decide
After saying the wish, one would drop their coins into the well. If
the coin lands 'heads-up,' the wish would be granted. If the coin
landed 'heads-down,' the wish would not be granted.
In "Fountain Money Mountain" November 2006, it was reported that
tourists throw just under 3 million pounds per year into wishing
LUCK OF THE PENNY
Money has always been seen as a symbol for power and those who had it
were considered to be lucky. This is especially the case when it comes
to pennies. As an old rhyme goes, "See a penny, pick it up, all day
long you'll have good luck, give it to a faithful friend, then your
luck will never end!"
If a penny is found lying face up with the date marked on it
corresponding to the year you were born you're in for a great year. If
it's found lying face down, it shouldn't be picked up in fear of bad
Another superstition states that if you spit on the first penny of
change you receive each day, then turn it over three times in the palm
of your hand and keep it safe, you'll have good luck for the rest of
Also if one puts a few shiny pennies in the palm of a newborn baby,
it's believed that luck and prosperity will follow the child.
Many cultures have their own beliefs concerning wishbones. But, in all
the customs it's considered a taboo to put your finger on the head of
a bone to give yourself a better grip because this unfair leverage
invaliadates the wish and it can automatically transfer to the other
Two people grasp one end of a chicken or turkey wishbone, each pulls
on the wishbone while making a wish. The outcome from that point on
typically varies. In all customs those that get the larger piece of
the bone, the one with the head on it, will get their wish; however
one may need to quickly say "lucky break" then make a silent wish.
Those with the smaller part may be the first to marry, they may have
to say what their wish was and it won't get granted.
If one keeps a wishbone dried in the sun and for a long time, they can
touch it any time they want to make a wish.
the Legend by Dean5339