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The Wishing Well

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THE WISHING WELL (S8x32) 2C (4C set) Minnie Bänninger RSCDS Book 44

1- 4 1L+2M ¾ turn RH, turn partners LH once round, pull back LSh to face clockwise, join RH and nearer hand to partner - all in diagonal line
5- 8 Line rotates clockwise 1 place, 1M+2L dance on 1 more place while 1L+2M continue turn to place opposite partner in order (2)(1)
9-16 2s+1s ½ turn partners RH, pull back RSh and all dance out to own sides. 2s+1s circle 4H round to left
17-24 1s set, turn 2H opening out to face up, dance up and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s dance Diamond Poussette

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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A wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted.

The idea that a wish would be granted came from the idea that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods, since water was a source of life and often a scarce commodity.

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Wishing Well in Barrmill, Scotland

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