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Tasseography - Reading of tea leaves in a cup

Images: Left. Astrological Chart. Right. The palmist Le Normand.

Reading tea leaves - Tasseography (or Tasseomancy)
Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that in western traditions
interprets patterns in tea leaves. The term also refers to the reading of coffee grounds, especially in the Middle Eastern
tradition, or the reading of wine sediments.
The terms derive from the French word tasse (cup), which in turn derives from the Arabic tassa (cup), and the Greek
suffixes -graph, -logy, and -mancy (divination).
The practice of tea leaf reading originated independently in Asia, the Middle East and Ancient Greece. Cultures of the Middle
East that practice divination in this fashion usually use left-over coffee grounds from Turkish coffee turned over onto a plate.

Modern tasseography is said to have been started by women in the Highlands of Scotland well over two hundred years
ago, and is thought to be a modern adaptation of a form of divination known to the greeks, by whom a splash of wine was
thrown out of a cup into a metal basin.
Only about half a teaspoon of tea should remain in the cup after drinking.The cup is then picked up by the handle with the
left hand,the rim outwards and turned three times from left to right in one quick movement, after which it is slowly inverted
on the saucer so that the moisture can drain away.
The nearer the symbols are to the handle, the nearer is said to be the fulfilment of the events prognosticated.Similarly, the
nearer they are to the rim, the more quickly may they be expected to occur, the bottom of the cup being concerned with
events relating to the remoter future.
The whole idea is to find, in the groups or shapes presented by the tea leaves, some resemblance to wellknown objects,
which may be natural or otherwise.Representation of trees, animals, birds, crowns, squares, crosses, etc, may be
observed, the importance of the signs being judged by their size.Each symbol is supposed to have some fortunate or
unfortunate significance, of which a few examples follow.

List of Symbols
Aircraft-Unsuccesful plans
Anchor-Indicates success in business
or constancy in love
Angel-Good news coming, especially
as regards love matters
Arch-A journey abroad is indicated
Basket-An addition to the family
Birds-If flying, good news.If at rest, a
fortunate journey is approaching
Boat-An unexpected visit from a friend
Bush-A social invitation is coming
Castle-Good fortune or a legacy is on
the way
Cat-Treachery which will cause trouble
Circles-Money or presents
Coffin-The sign of death, either of a near relative or a close friend
Cow-A sign of prosperity to come
Crown-Success or honour
Dove-A sign of good luck in prosperity
and love matters
Duck-Profitable trade
Elephant-A lucky sign relating to health
Fish-Good news may be expected  
from overseas
Flowers-Success and good fortune
are indicated
Gun-A sign of discord
Hammer-Difficulties will be overcome
Harp-Success in love matters, and an
early marriage
Hat-A sign of general prosperity to come
Heart-Unexpected pleasures to come
Horse-Wishes will be fulfilled after a
House-Signifies success in business
Jug-A sign of good health
Kettle-A death
Key-Money and success in trade and
love matters
Knife-Disastrous quarrels are
Lion-Success through influential  
Monkey-Disappointment in love
Moon-A crecent moon indicates
Motor car-Money is coming
Mushroom-A lovers' seperation, following
a quarrel
Owl-This is regarded as an evil omen
Palm tree-Success in any undertaking.
A speedy marriage if the consultant is a
young woman
Pear-Business success or an improved social position
Pig-A mixture of good and bad luck
Pine tree-Continuous happiness
Rat-There are enemies or servants
who will cause trouble
Razor-Quarrels and seperation
Ring-A wedding sign
Rose-Good luck and happiness
Scissors-Quarrels or an illness
Sheep-Success and prosperity are
Ship-The consultant will make a
successful journey
Spider-A lucky sign.Money coming
Star-A fortunate omen
Steeple-Bad luck is coming
Trees-A sure indication of good luck
and happiness
Triangles-These are always regarded
as signs of good fortunate
Wagon-An unfavourable sign
indicating approaching poverty
Worms-Beware of secret enemies
Zebra-Indicates travel and adventure,
probably overseas