Divination with Lead

Divination with Lead

A woman whom I knew in Ramsey, Mrs. C., practiced for her own benefit, and for others without payment, a method which is employed in England also.  She melted lead in a pan over the kitchen fire and dropped it slowly into a basin of clear water. From the shapes taken by the cooling metal she made her predictions.

Her scrutiny of the contents of the basin may have served to evoke a glimmering of clairvoyance, for she hit the mark oftener than she was likely to do by intelligent guessing.


(source: A Second Manx Scrapbook, WW Gill (1932); photograph)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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