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Telling Fortunes by Tea Leaves

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CHAPTER VI
WRITING IN THE TEA-LEAVES
SOME FREQUENT SYMBOLS
Another source through which messages are received by
the tea-leaves will be found in the writing which will be
seen from time to time. Moreover, it has the great
advantage of being clear and easy to decipher, so that
there may be no doubt of what is intended to be
understood by it. The tea-leaves can never be accused
of being illegible. Occasionally it is very minute writing,
and would probably be passed over by those who read
their cups in a superficial manner. To those who study
them carefully the future is revealed.
No one would reasonably expect to find a speech from the Prime Minister or an invitation to a
tea-party written for them in the tea-leaves. But words they certainly will find.
A short time ago I saw in my cup, in perfect copperplate writing, the word "wait." I was
annoyed by it, for what is more annoying than having to wait? Sometimes it may happen that
the tea-leaves—as with their relatives, the tumbler and automatic writing—become a little
shaky in their spelling. But this is not a serious defect, and the trifling errors do not prevent
the word from being translatable. It is a recognized fact that writing seen through a medium,
whether it be tea-leaves, or a dream, is of importance, and should always be regarded with
attention and with an endeavor to understand its message.
I should like to point out that certain figures and symbols are of so frequent occurrence that
it may be well to emphasize their general significance by referring to them here, in addition
to their meaning being given in the dictionary.
Among those which threaten misfortune, or sorrow, are the following: Crosses, snakes,
spades, pistols, guns, toads, cats.
Joy and success are indicated by such symbols as a crescent moon, clover leaves, flowers,
trees, anchors, fruit, circles, stars.
Having learned the symbols and the combined symbols by heart, it will require only a little
practice to interpret their meanings without hesitation. For those who find difficulty in
committing the dictionary to memory, an essential for proficient reading of the cup, I would
suggest that they write down any meaning which may seem especially hard to remember,
roughly drawing its symbol beside it. In this way the difficulty will soon be overcome.
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