A popular New Year's tradition in Austria is to melt a metallic object. I was offered the choice of various objects. In size and colour they resemble traditional Monopoly pieces. There was even a top hat and I debated if I should select it, but in the end I chose the heart. After a few minutes the amalgam placed in the spoon and held to the candle became liquified. I tipped the liquid into a bowl of cold water. In an instant it solidified, creating a new and unique object. It is an oracle, and predicts my fortune for the year ahead.