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Aircraft such as airplanes or balloons : unsuccessful projects Anchor: good luck in business and a stable love life Note: If this symbol is cloudy in appearance, it should be interpreted as the opposite. This means monetary success. Clover: very good luck; happiness and prosperity Coffin: lengthy sickness or the death of a loved one Compasses: business travel Cow: prosperity Cross: trouble, delay or death Crown: success and honor. Ship: a successful journey Snakes: a bad omen; take caution! Squares: comfort and peace Star: good luck; if surrounded by dots, wealth, and honor Swan: good luck and a happy love life Sword: arguments, especially between lovers; a broken sword means an enemy will win Trees: good luck; prosperity and happiness; if surrounded by dots, fortune will be found in the country Triangles: good luck or an unexpected inheritance Umbrella: difficulty; annoyance Unicorn: scandal Wheel: inheritance Worms: secret enemies.
A clover near the top of the cup means good luck will come soon, but the closer it gets to the bottom means the more distant the luck is.
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A dog symbolizes good friends if near the top of the cup, unfaithful friends if near the middle and secret enemies if at the bottom. Divide the cup into vertical halves left and right , using the handle to the right as an anchor point. The symbols on the left side are potential negative outcomes, while the symbols on the right are potential positive outcomes. Divide the cup in the same way, but use them to answer "yes" or "no" to the question of the querent.
Divide the cup into horizontal halves top and bottom. The bottom half signifies the past and the top half signifies the future. Your Guide to All Things Tea. Melton's described methods of pouring away the tea and shaking the cup are rarely seen; most readers ask the querent to drink the tea off, then swirl the cup. It is traditional to read a cup from the present to the future by starting along the rim at the handle of the cup and following the symbols downward in a spiral manner, until the bottom is reached, which symbolizes the far future.
Most readers see images only in the dark tea leaves against a white or neutral background; some will also read the reverse images formed by seeing the symbols that form in the white negative spaces, with a clump of dark leaves forming the background. Certain western circles, consider it ill-advised for one to attempt tasseography using tea from a cut-open tea bag or to use a symbol dictionary.
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The reasons for these prohibitions are practical: tea-bag tea is cut too finely to form recognizable figures in the cup and tea-leaf reading has its own historic system of symbolism that does not correspond exactly with other systems, such as symbolic dream divination. Although many people prefer a simple white cup for tea leaf reading, there are also traditions concerning the positional placement of the leaves in the cup, and some find it easier to work with marked cups.
Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing to the present, English and American potteries have produced specially decorated cup and saucer sets for the use of tea-leaf readers.
Many of these designs are patented and come with instructions explaining their mode of use. Some of the most common were those that were given away with purchases of bulk tea.
There are dozens of individual designs of fortune tellers' cups, but the three most common types are zodiac cups, playing card cups, and symbol cups. Most of the coffee in the cup is consumed, but the sediments are left to settle. It is often believed that the querent should not read their own cup. There are several variations of coffee reading. They commonly require for the cup to be covered with the saucer and turned upside-down. In the Turkish tradition, coffee-readers often interpret the cup as being divided into horizontal halves: symbols appearing on the bottom half are interpreted as messages regarding the past, and symbols on the top half are messages regarding the future.
The cup may also be interpreted in vertical halves to determine "yes" or "no" answers as well as the overall outcome of the events represented by symbols.
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For example, some fortune tellers may "read" symbols in the "left" half as "negative" events or outcomes, while symbols in the "right" half are "read" as "positive". Other readers may adhere to the belief that the cup is capable of revealing insights about the past, but it cannot predict events beyond forty days into the future. The saucer may also be incorporated into the reading.
As with the cup, different variations exist for what the saucer represents, including whether the saucer sticking to the cup indicates a "positive" or "negative" outcome. Some Romanian methods require that the sediments be swirled around until they cover the majority of the cup's inside surface. Other traditions, such as Turkish and Middle Eastern, do not require this swirling but do require that the cup be turned towards the querent in revealing the fortune.
The coffee grounds are given time to dry against the cup before a reading begins. After a reading, the querent will be asked to "open the heart". This is done by placing the right thumb at the inside bottom of the cup and twisting clockwise slightly.
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This will leave an impression behind that the fortune teller will interpret as the querent's inner thoughts or emotions. In , a coffee-reading fortune teller from Israel was charged with fraud, a crime punishable by up to five years in jail. The fortune teller in question was acquitted of the charges after the Israeli government deemed it too hard to prove she was knowingly "faking it". Many interpretations for symbols exist, but readers commonly focus on the color of the symbols.
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Since most cups used are white or ivory and the grounds are dark, symbols are formed from the strong, contrasting colors. White is considered a "good" symbol foretelling of generally positive things for the querent, while the grounds themselves are considered to form "bad" symbols. Symbols can be many things, including people, animals, and inanimate objects. Usually, the fortune teller will group nearby symbols together for a prediction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Canadian musical group, see Tasseomancy band. This article needs additional citations for verification.