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How to Make a Wish in a Wishing Well

Updated on July 24, 2013
The Wishing Well at Belmore Park in New South Wales.
The Wishing Well at Belmore Park in New South Wales. | Source

It is believed that wells hold the power to grant wishes. In this article, we will explore why this is believed to be true and how to capitalize on that. We will also talk about other practices that are believed to grant wishes, like the first star that you see at night or successfully blowing out all the candles on your birthday cake

A Fascination with Wishing Wells

I remember when I was a little girl, we used to go to a large fountain. My parents would give me a penny and I would run up to the fountain. I would clutch that penny so tightly in my little hand, deciding on the right wish, waiting for the right moment. It was an overwhelming task. Even at a very young age, I felt a need to take full advantage of the opportunity and a fear of not doing it just right!

I am not alone in this fsacination for wishing wells and fountains. Because water is a source of life and was often hard to find, it was a considered a gift from G-d. In folklore, It was thought to have sacred powers. People often equated the good fortune of having/finding water with other wonderul things in their lives. While this custom has changed throughout the years and across the world, it is still commonly practiced.

When you see the first star at night or walk past a fountain filled with coins, do you...?

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What else do we Wish on?

  • When we blow out our birthday candles, we close our eyes and make a wish.
  • We wish upon the first, the brightest or a falling star we see at night.
  • Many people like to "kiss the clock" when it is either all consecutive numbers or all the same number. IE.: 11:11 or 12:34.
  • We make a wish on our fallen eyelashes!
  • Wishbones. Whoever gets the bigger piece has their wish granted.
  • Necklace clasps. When the clasp is in the front, you swing around the to the back along with your wish.

This list certainly brings back memories and I can even think of more, some silly and some obscure. The common thread here is that wishing holds power for us. It is an extension of our desires, our yearning and our needs. For some, it is fun and whimsy, for others it holds a more prominent position.

The wishing well at Luray Caverns, Virginia.
The wishing well at Luray Caverns, Virginia. | Source

How to Make a Wish in a Wishing Well.

There is , believe it or not, a correct way to make a wish in a wishing well!

  1. Locate a Wishing Well.
  2. Choose a special (to you) coin.
  3. Decide on your wish.
  4. Toss your coin in the well while saying your wish aloud.
  5. Go back home and wait for your wish to come true!

Choose your Wish carefully!

I am reminded of all the "genie" jokes. Even with the hree wishes most genies are willing to grant, the recipient generally dedicates one of those wishes to asking for even more wishes! Keeping that in mind, I suggest that before you go to the fountain, wishing well or look for shooting stars, you prepare your wishes.

Think about what you would really, really like to have or have happen. Is it love, money, a new job? Remember...this is your wish! It could be whatever YOU want from a million dollars to a hot fudge sundae!

Once you have decided on your wish, it's time to find a venue. Will you be stargazing or going to the fountain at the mall? Is it your birthday or has the wishbone dried from the Thanksgiving turkey? For best results, do all of them!

Three Coins in a Fountain

In 1954, a movie was made that embraced the idea of making wishes in a fountain. It was based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome and featured three American girls on their search for romance and happiness. The girls all make their wishes and as I'm sure you have guessed, they get their guys and the movie has a happy ending.

The water at the bottom of the infamous Trevi Fountain represents the sea. The legend is that if you toss a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome. You toss the coin over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.

Wish Upon a Star

The tradition of wishing upon a star actually started with shooting stars. Because they were more rare and lasted for only a brief moment, they were thought to have magical powers.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Sometimes, Dylan. Not every time.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Tina,

      If you are seeing this, I do hope this day has turned out better for you. Please, please don't cut yourself. There are many good people and resources out there to help you feel better and less humiliated. If you need some help finding them, you can contact me here. I would be happy to help you get in touch with them.

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      Tina 3 years ago

      It's the worst histories of birthday in the world please I wish I can have a better bithday ii wish all my birthday wish will come true every day and I have magic candles and maches that really grant wishes like in the movie 16 wishes I wish to have the best birthday in the world

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      Tina 3 years ago

      I'm sad I got embarrassed it was humillating day of my life I wish I'm never embarrassed and everybody will stop being mean to me I'm about to cut my self cause thers bullies that want to hurt me I wish that bad karma s go to some one who hurts me

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      Tina 3 years ago

      I wish Derrick caronza deeply fall in love with me and he will never flurt with other girls and woman's and he will never cheat on me and he will not remember what happen on Thursday 12 he will never remember any thing and his memories are gone and he get new memories and won't rember the old memories please please please please make it come true I'm miss fortion today I wish every body's memories are erase please please please help me I want this to come true

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Rosemay! It was fun!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Enjoyed this delightful read

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Tess. It was fun to write!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi Randi! Tossing a coin into a fountain or a wishing well, wishing upon a shooting star or merely giving well wishes to a stranger for good luck (on his lotto purchase, lol) is anything of a positive feeling to give one's self the feeling of cheerfulness in contentment on small matters, and a nice impression of a person's good character. It doesn't hurt to wish upon a well or a star of course, especially to non-believers and such, for me, it brings the child in us as we were brought up learning many stories of the enchanting world.

      Lovely and enjoyable read! Thanks Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Pamela! It was fun to write!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is a great topic for a hub. I have not been around a wishing well for years, but I have thrown coins in the fountain, made wishes and so forth. This is a very interesting hub that I really enjoyed.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It's nice to see you, Joelle! Thank you for bringing that up! I had been planning on writing a small section about the ones for charity and completely forgot! Thank you!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Randy! I like the idea that we can make some wishes by throwing some coins.... but best of all, some places where you can throw your coins gather the money to help some good causes.... so everybody is a winner :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Imogen and welcome to my hubpage! I said and still say the same rhyme! I appreciate your comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Nell, thank you so much. It was written with just those feelings and I am so honored that it was interpreted that way! I still wish on stars, pick up pennies and throw salt over my left shoulder (Just to mention a few!)

      Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      The idea of wishes coming true through some sort of magical ritual is an idea that appeals to us all - especially as children. A visit to my local wishing well was always a favourite expedition as a child.

      We also said a rhyme when we saw the first star of the evening:

      "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,

      I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight!"

      Thanks for an enjoyable read and the memories :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love this btrbell! I am such a kid it appealed to my sense of child likeness! lol! the one thing I still do even today, is if I see the full moon through glass, I turn round three times and then either make a wish or throw salt over my shoulder, or if I see the moon outside and its full just make that wish! can't get out of the habit! lol! but I do love wishing wells, there is something so magical about them, loved it! voted up and shared! nell

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Eddy! It was a fun one to write. You have a great day, as well!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful Randi; I truly loved this gem. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Pamela! It was a fun write. Makes me want to drive up to the mountains and look for shooting stars!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Who can ever forget the wonder of wishing .on a star, throwing a penny in a well, or a fountain? Every time it was a mystical experience.

      Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Angels are on the way ps

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, Colin! I am honored. I'll go check it out now!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you soooo much dear Colin et al! You are, as usual, way more than kind! Your encouraging words are greatly appreciated! I will be sure to check out Facebook. Again, thank you. Wishing the same health and happiness to your household! PS: We had a horrible storm last night, too. The big girls were willingly grounded! ( I don't let the 2 little ones out at all)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Randi - your awesome new hub presentation here just inspired me to write a new one called - Granting a wish to the bride in black.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      What a lovely idea for a wishing well Randi and in your own beautiful way everything you touch turns to a golden memory and experience because you always do such a nice job on your hubs. I just posted and link your 'wishing well' on my FB page and will send you a nice card on your wall so check it out - yes I just woke up with first cup of coffee after night shift with some nice J.S. Bach at 2:24pm and both cats back outside after being brought in last night against their will just before a brutal wind and rainstorm as I was preparing to go to work but the air is cooler today and last week's heat wave is gone and yes both cats have their god given right restored, lol, and are back outside.

      Always so nice hanging out with you my ravishing Randi and I am sending to you 3 big hugs from Tiffy, Gabriel and Colin and I always love the eclectic nature of your hub subjects. We will make a wish for the health and happiness of your family, Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It's crazy, isn't it, drbj? I was actually going to put a bit in about the fountains for charity. That always makes me happy when I know that what they collect goes to a good cause! Thank you so much for your commnets!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Rose! I am so excited thagt so many people feel the same way I do! I never pass up a chance to see or be in a "magical" place! Thank you for the vote!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Frank! I am with you. I can't give up my special coins, either! Instead, I use pretty, shiny ones or ones that have an interesting year on it!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Gypsy! It was fun to write!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      If it were not for people believing in the power of making a wish by tossing a coin in the fountain, the fountain at Trevi would be devoid of coins. I visited that famous landmark one year and could not believe how many coins covered the bottom of the fountain.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      There is something magical about tossing a coin in a fountain, making a wish while blowing out a birthday candle or wishing upon a star. This was so lovely. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I too love the concept.. although parting with my special coin will be difficult.. but nonetheless would probably make that wish at that time just as special.. great hub

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed this. Just a delightful read.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for visiting my page, W1totalk! I think what really matters is that you are realizing your wishes and not so much how you execute the request! Try it sometime! It's fun!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mary! It was fun to write. My kids were the ones that told me about the clock. I haven't done too much "research" on it but I do know that there is a song from 2006 written about it and I have found some info about it being superstitious or foreboding. I think, personally, it is just appealing to see. Thank you so much for your votes and share!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan! Your kind words are much appreciated! How cool that you were able to go to the Trevi Fountain! I am a big believer in positive thinking and law of atraction si I am certain that making wishes sand hope can only help!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin!

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I see wishing wells but am never sure how to wish I guess. Thank you for this hub.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Fascinating choice for a hub btrb. The kid in all of us wants to believe wishes come true, just listen to Jiminy Cricket!

      I like the way you added wishing on a star and pointed out some other ways we "make wishes".

      I have to admit I never heard of kissing the clock but I did once work with a guy who always seemed to look at the clock at 1:11 or 11:11...strange.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very interesting indeed---I truly enjoyed the idea of this hub!

      Strangely, even in India we have such beliefs about 'Making a wish', almost in the same way. Along with the Well, we also toss coin into a River, and make a wish, while passing along a river bridge or when we go near a river.

      When I had visited Italy, my whole family tossed coins into the Trevi fountain. It was fun to join the mad rush of people doing the same thing.

      No one knows, what will happen in future and this is also true that to achieve something, one has to do hard work and put in sincere efforts. But I do believe in 'Hope' like any other human being. Why to leave an opportunity of 'Making a wish'.

      Believe it or not, there are more 'Believers' than 'Non believers.'

      Very interesting hub--Voted up! Thanks!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. You know my feelings about dreams and wishes. But I have made so many come true.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well put, Jackie! Who WOULD want to miss out on a possibility? Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't believe in any of it but it doesn't keep me from doing it, lol. Who wants to miss out on a possibility! Great fun read.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! Thank you so much lyricwriter! You honor me! Yes, even at my age and track record, I cannot resist a fountain, well or star! Hmm, may have just come up with the perfect first tattoo for me! Thank you, again!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted this up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. I like the entire concept behind it. I believe, it keeps hope alive. In the end, you never know, right? The hub even has a magical feel to it, so very good work! I liked it!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill...it was fun. I hae to say, I wish upon just about every first star I see at night. Do I believe in it? Lol. I WISH it were real!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool topic for a hub, Randi! I'm a sucker for wishing wells, but do I believe in them? Sorry, the skeptic in me won't allow that. LOL Good job of writing.