01.01.11 – Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings you all of what you hope for.
There’s a New Years Eve tradition in Finland of melting tin to predict your future. Each person is given a small tin horseshoe which is melted in a ladle over the stove. Once the horseshoe is completely melted, you dump the tin into a bucket of cold water. You can then view the shape by holding it up to a candle and “interpreting” the shadow.
Like dreams, you can find some guidelines to help you decipher your future; lots of little pieces means money, and anchor shape could mean a new job, or a heart might represent a new relationship. There are some bad ones too. I was once melting tin on New Years in America and one of my American friends got this bizarre cross-shaped figure. We were hosting the party and one of the Finnish girls came over to Jaana in hysterics because her teacher once had a similar shape and he died that year!!! Needless to say, its New Years and there is often alcohol involved I prefer to stay away from the guidelines. The party is more fun when everyone gets creative and adds what they think a shape might mean.
You might be wondering what my shape was like? Mine is in the picture above in the middle. What do you think it looks like?
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