a polish tradition, in celebration of the feast day of st andrew.
step 1 - fill a large pan with cold water and place on the centre of a table.
step 2 - melt wax in a saucepan. any old candle will do.
step 3 - pour the hot wax slowly through the hole of an old key
into the pan of water.
step 4 - hold up the resulting blob of hard wax in front of a light, making a shadow on the wall.
the shape of the shadow should symbolise something that will happen in the future, although according to wikipedia
it was originally meant to show the profession of a young woman's future husband. the ritual is steeped in ancient superstition, the key being symbolic of a doorway into the unknown future.
what a lion, a dancing couple, a crocodile and a scary horse says about our respective futures is open to interpretation...