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Wishing Wells and Horseshoes

People like to spend time gathering and harnessing good fortune. Why wouldn’t they? It would be rude to ignore ‘lady luck’.

A wish is a desire we hope to come true.

A well is a deep hole drilled into the earth to access water.

For centuries at least, possibly thousands of years, we have attempted to gain more for ourselves or our loved ones, by wishing.

Often we wish someone well. This means that we hope that they stay healthy. People throw a coin into a wishing well and make a wish.

Without too much thought we ask desires from water’s elementry powers. It’s natural for us to see water as a healing power – it does help heal burns and has other properties that are obvious and would have been to our ancestors.

Nowadays we have a buzz word, ‘wellbeing’ – a feeling of healthiness.

So, ‘wellbeing’ doesn’t describe a human who lives in a ‘well’. But, it is common sense that to have access to a ‘well’ would equal being healthier – as water is of paramount importance to us for life.

The connection between horseshoes and luck is less obvious.

There is also an ongoing debate, esp. in my head, on which way to hang a horseshoe. I believe that it should be upwards, containing any good luck in the location but I’ve seen expensive jewellery depicting the horseshoe hanging upside down.

Horseshoes are the iron plates put on horses hooves. They were traditionally made by blacksmiths who were considered magical to able to release the sword from the stone i.e. get iron from rocks.

Wishing wells and horseshoes have not only managed to retain their magic but can lay claim to having done so for thousands of years.

Churches were one of the first to control the traffic around wells (theatres too) and they built them on popular well sites. There are still many holywells in the UK, seen in the place and street names, predating the churches nearby.

Some people pray, some people use charms and wishes. Whether you throw a coin, wear a talisman or use charms…you are attempting to control events, which are, by-in-large, uncontrollable.

When all else is lost we turn to gods and luck.

I’m not sure if wishes are used in other countries but I’m interested to know and which way their horseshoes hang!

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