By Tea Leaves
HOW TO READ YOUR FATE IN A TEACUP
BY CICELY KENT
With Twenty Illustrations
I. INTRODUCTION TO THE DIVINATION BY TEA-LEAVES
II. PRACTICE AND METHOD OF READING THE CUP
III. GENERAL THEORIES IN READING THE CUP
IV. DIVINATION BY TEA-LEAVES AS AN AMUSEMENT AND AS A MORE SERIOUS STUDY
V. SOME HINTS FOR DIVINERS. REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF PROPHECY BY THE TEA-LEAVES
VI. WRITING IN THE TEA-LEAVES. SOME FREQUENT SYMBOLS
VII. THE "NELROS" CUP. TWO EXAMPLE READINGS OF ITS SIGNS
A DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS
SOME COMBINATIONS OF SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANING
SOME EXAMPLE CUPS WITH THEIR INTERPRETATIONS
TELLING FORTUNES BY
INTRODUCTION TO THE DIVINATION BY TEA-LEAVES
At no time in the history of the world has there been such
earnest searching for light and knowledge in all matters
relating to Psychic Phenomena as in the present day. The
desire to investigate some new disclosure has resulted in yet
other discoveries. Such will be handed on in their various
forms to be studied and used by those who seek to learn.
Few subjects need more patience than those dealing with
Psychology. Even those who put their knowledge to a practical
use in such studies as divination by tea-leaves, must still
plod patiently along a path thickly strewn with new
knowledge. The powers of clairvoyance, for instance, cannot
be forced or hurried; such arbitrary laws as time have no
meaning for the subconscious self, therefore the need for
hurry does not exist.
I was once told by a very mediumistic woman that she had sat
in the same room at the same time for an hour every day for
seven years, because she "wished to develop Clairvoyance."
Here was patience indeed! In some manifestations of the
clairvoyant powers within us, it is spontaneous, the closing
of the eyes to shut out all material surroundings being all
that is necessary to bring a vision of what is happening, or
shortly to happen, possibly hundreds of miles away.
In all dreams the clairvoyant powers are spontaneous; but for
the development of clairvoyance at will, great perseverance
is necessary. Its interests and powers are unlimited, so that
it is well worth the patience and time spent upon it.
In the use of tea-leaves as a means of divination, the more
developed the "clear sight," the more interesting and
accurate will be the interpretation. Practice is most
necessary, especially for those who have less natural
clairvoyance than others.
The desire for knowledge on all Psychic matters has led to an
increased demand for various methods of bringing into symbols
and pictures that hidden knowledge of the present and the
future. That this knowledge can be translated to us
symbolically is apparent to everyone—who could doubt
it, and still believe in anything at all?
Tea-leaves are habitually used by many people as a means of
divination. To some it is an easier method than the cards,
there is less to memorise, or the crystal.
There is in Paris a famous clairvoyant who always uses
tea-leaves as the medium for her powers of divination. Some
are inclined to jeer at the fortune in the teacup, but if the
language of symbolism is rightly understood, the medium
through which it is seen matters little.
Tea-leaves have the advantage of being simple, inexpensive,
and within the reach of everyone. It cannot be claimed that
the cult is of the greatest antiquity; for although it seems
to have been used in China from very early times, tea was not
brought into Europe until about the middle of the sixteenth
century. For many years after its introduction into this
country, tea was far too costly to be used except by a
comparatively small proportion of the population. It has,
however, proved its extreme usefulness as a means of
divination, as well as its merits as a beverage, for close
upon three centuries.
It is a very favourite method with the Highlanders, where it
is customary for the "guid wife" to read in her cup of tea at
breakfast the events she may look for during the day. Simple
though they may probably be, there are to be seen in the
tea-leaves, a letter, a parcel, a visitor, a wedding, and so
on. It is said that no Highland seer would take money for
making prognostications as to the future. This, no doubt, is
one good reason for their powers as clairvoyants.
It is a misfortune that clairvoyance should ever have to come
into the material necessities of money transactions, as it
tends to mar the clear vision.
It is said by some that tea-leaves can foretell the events
for twenty-four hours only. As clairvoyance has no
restrictions as to time or space, I cannot see how it can be
thus laid down as a fact that it is limited to man-made laws
of time! Certainly there is much evidence of the "tea leaves"
being capable of foreseeing events of an important nature at
a considerable distance ahead.
One of the most difficult points in interpreting visions of
clairvoyance is the time element; simply because time, as we
know it, does not exist. The intuitive faculty is needed for
any accurate definition of time, so important to us in our
present conditions, so absolutely unimportant to the
subconscious self. Let us decide at once, then, that
divination by tea-leaves may, and often does, extend to a
further vision than that of the twenty-four hours. Much
depends upon the methods used.
Our individual past, quite apart from the arbitrary laws of
heredity, makes the road of our future. Possibly this may
account for the curious fact that in dreams the setting is
often in childhood's surroundings, while the dream itself is
obviously of the present or the future. This shows how the
first beginnings of the event which is to come were brought
about. It is somewhat like unwinding a cotton reel!
There are, no doubt, some who look upon the tea-leaves merely
as a form of amusement, and who entertain their friends in
that way. Well, it is a harmless amusement, and is often
useful at a very dull tea party! But for those who take it
seriously, and regard it as one of the many means of
divination, it will be treated with the respect due to such
As in other forms of divination, so with the reading of the
tea-cup, a great deal depends on the seer. Those who are
naturally clairvoyant will read many events and scenes in the
cup which would be passed over by others not so gifted. Even
without this "clear sight," however, the tea-leaves may be
read by anyone who has learned the principles and the
symbolic meanings given in this book. With a certain amount
of intuition and imagination, the tea-cups may be most
successfully used to reveal the future.
PRACTICE AND METHOD
A wide, shallow cup is the best kind to use for tea-leaf
divination—white if possible. A narrow cup adds to the
seer's difficulties, as the tea-leaves cannot be plainly
seen. Small cups, too, are objectionable for the same reason,
and a fluted cup is even worse. A plain, even surface is
required, with no pattern of any kind, as this has a tendency
to confuse the symbols. Indian tea and the cheaper mixtures,
which contain so much dust and twigs are of no use for
reading a fortune, as they cannot form into pictures and
symbols that can easily be distinguished.
Those who desire to have their tea-leaves interpreted should
leave about a teaspoonful of tea at the bottom of the cup. It
should then be taken in the left hand, and turned three times
from left with a quick swing. Then very gently, slowly, and
with care, turn it upside down over the saucer, leaving it
there for a minute, so that all the moisture may drain away.
Some divinators of the tea-leaves insist on a concentration
of the mind during this turning of the cup, as do many
cartomantes whilst the cards are being shuffled; others
prefer the mind to be as far as possible free from any
definite thought or desire, simply allowing it to dwell on
such abstract subjects as flowers or the weather. Personally,
I advocate this for both systems of divination; it enables
the subconscious mind to assert itself unhindered, whilst the
normal mind is in abeyance.
The turning of the cup before inverting it over the saucer is
equivalent to the shuffling of the cards. It is as a direct
result of those few seconds turning that the pictures and
signs are created, the subconscious mind directing the hand
holding the cup. The following simple ritual is all that is
necessary to those consulting the tea-leaves.
The cup to be read is held by the seer and turned about as
necessary, so that the symbols may be read without disturbing
them. This is important, but no disturbance will take place
if the moisture has been properly drained away. The handle of
the cup represents the consultant, also the home, or, if the
consultant be away from home the present abode.
It is necessary to have a starting point in the cup for the
purpose of indicating events approaching near to, or far
distant from, the person consulting. The leaves near the rim
denote such things as may be expected to occur quickly; those
directly beneath the handle indicate present and immediate
happenings; those on the sides of the cup suggest more
distant events; whilst those at the bottom deal with the far
This method of fixing the time, coupled with intuition,
renders it possible to give a consultant some idea as to when
an event may be expected; but if there be no intuitive sense
of time, it will be found wiser not to be too positive.
The turning of the cup and the draining of the moisture
having been carried out as directed, the tea-leaves will be
found distributed at the sides and bottom of the cup.
For those who wish to use the saucer as a further means of
divination, the following suggestions will be useful.
There must be a definite point to represent the consultant,
and for this reason the saucer is usually rejected. There is
also the objection that it is more difficult to manipulate in
the turning. Nevertheless, it is found to give excellent
results, and, if the cup is bare of events, it is useful to
be able to find information in the saucer.
First of all, then, to determine the position of the
consultant. Take the centre of the saucer for this purpose.
The circle round it represents the home, or if the consultant
is away from home, the present abode, and also events near at
hand. The more distant circle indicates those things which
are not to be expected for some time. The outer circle and
rim suggest events as yet in the misty future.
When the saucer is used as an additional means of seeking
knowledge of coming events, after the symbols in the cup have
been exhausted, it will often be found that this secondary
divination confirms or enlarges upon that which has already
been foretold in the cup.
The moisture and leaves drained from the cup, having remained
in the saucer, should be turned by the consultant three times
with the same swirling motion as for the cup, and the
moisture carefully poured away. The saucer should be held
inverted for a few seconds, otherwise when it is placed
upright, the remaining moisture will disturb the tea-leaves.
The symbols are read in exactly the same way as in the cup,
the only difference being the positions representing the
consultant, the home, and the indications of time. These have
already been explained.
GENERAL THEORIES IN READING THE CUP
At first sight the interior of the cup will show the leaves
scattered about apparently haphazard and with no arrangement;
just a jumble of tea-leaves and nothing more. In reality they
have come to their positions and have taken on the shapes of
the symbols for which they stand, by the guidance of the
subconscious mind directing the hand in the turning of the
The various shapes and the meanings to be attached to them
will at first be puzzling to beginners. A good deal of
practice is necessary before the tea-leaf symbols can be
accurately interpreted at a glance. That, however, will come
later, and in time it will be as easy as reading a book.
If you wish to be a proficient reader of the tea-leaves,
practise constantly this interpretation of the shapes and
positions of the leaves. Take a cup and follow out the simple
instructions for the turning and draining of it, and then
carefully study the result.
It is an excellent plan to make a rough copy of the leaves as
they present themselves to you in each cup, making notes of
the various meanings.
Do not feel dismayed if, when you begin looking at the
tea-leaves, you are unable to discover in them anything
definitely symbolic. It is certain that nothing will be found
if the seer is feeling nervous! Keep a calm, open mind, and
do not be in a hurry, for it is under such conditions only
that a clear reading of the leaves will be possible. In some
cases the symbols are more easily read than in others. Much
depends upon the consultant.
The gift of imagination (by no means to be confused with
invention) is of the greatest possible importance in
discerning the symbols which are of such endless shapes and
variety. The seer has to find in the forms of the tea-leaves
a resemblance, sometimes it may be but a faint one, to
natural objects, e.g., trees, houses, flowers,
bridges, and so forth. Figures of human beings and animals
will frequently be seen, as will squares, triangles, circles,
and also the line of fate.
These signs may be large or small, and the importance of them
must be judged by their relative size and position. Suppose,
for instance, that a small cross should be at the bottom of
the cup, the only one to be seen, the seer would predict that
a trifling vexation or a tiresome little delay must be
expected; but not for the present, as it is at the bottom of
the cup. An alphabetical list of symbols is given later on,
so it is not necessary to define them here. The various
points of a more general character, however, must be studied
before it is possible to give an accurate reading.
It will constantly be found that the stems, isolated leaves,
or small groups of leaves, form a letter of the alphabet,
sometimes a number. These letters and numbers have meanings
which must be looked for in connection with other noticeable
signs. If an initial "M" appears, and near to it a small
square or oblong leaf, both being near the rim of the cup, it
would indicate a letter coming speedily from someone whose
name begins with an "M." If the initial appears near the
bottom of the cup it shows that the letter will not be coming
for some time.
If there be a clear space at the bottom of the cup devoid of
tea-leaves, it shows water, and that, in all probability, the
letter is coming from abroad. If the symbol of the letter
comes very near to a bird flying, it shows a telegram. If the
bird is flying towards the consultant (the handle), the
telegram has been received. The news in it is to be judged by
other signs in the cup. If flying away from the handle, the
telegram is sent by the consultant. A single bird flying
always indicates speedy news.
In a cup with various ominous signs, such as a serpent, an
owl, or many crosses, the news coming is not likely to be
pleasant. In a cup without bad signs, it can safely be said
that the news is good.
As a general rule large letters indicate places, whilst
smaller ones give the names of persons. Thus a large letter
"E" would stand for Edinburgh and a smaller "E" for Edwards,
for instance. To all rules there comes the occasional
exception, and this principle holds good with regard to the
letters in the tea-cup. It is said that these smaller letters
always point to the first letter of the surname. Usually it
is so; but I have constantly found from experience that it is
the first letter of the Christian name, or even a pet name,
to which the letter refers. It is well to keep this
possibility in mind, otherwise the seer may give misleading
information to consultants.
Sometimes numbers mean the date for an event to be expected,
a "5" for instance, very near the brim of the cup, or the
handle (the consultant), means in five days; or five weeks if
it come on the side, possibly as far off as five months if
the figure be at the bottom of the cup.
As dots around a symbol always indicate money in some form or
another, according to the character of the symbol, a figure
beside the dots would signify the amount of money to be
expected. If the symbol were that of a legacy with the figure
"90" near, it would show that a little legacy of ninety
pounds might be anticipated.
Clearly defined symbols that stand out separately are of more
importance than such as are difficult to discern. Clusters of
shapeless leaves represent clouds marring the effect of an
otherwise fortunate cup.
Journeys are shown by lines or dots formed by the dust and
smaller leaves of the tea. The length and direction of the
journey may be known by the extent of the line and, roughly
speaking, the point of the compass to which it leads, the
handle in this case representing south. If the line of dots
ascends sharply to the brim of the cup, a journey to a hilly
country will be taken.
Supposing the consultant to be at home, and the dots form a
line from the handle all round the cup and back to the
handle, it signifies a journey for a visit and the return. If
the line were to stop before reaching the handle again, with
an appearance of a house where the line ends, a change of
residence might safely be predicted. A wavy line shows
indecision as to arrangements. Crosses upon the line indicate
that there will be vexation or delay in connection with the
journey. Large flat leaves some distance apart along the line
stand for important stations to be passed through.
For some consultants there seems very little of interest to
be read in their cup. There are no events, merely
trivialities. It is therefore difficult to find anything that
could be considered as "future," when it seems to be just a
dead level "present," the daily life, nothing more. It is sad
for those who have such a dull life, but there is usually
some sign, a small happening such as a parcel, or a visit
from a friend. These must be made the most of. The pleasure
of anticipation will add to the realisation.
A confused looking tea-cup, without any definite symbols,
just a muddle of tea-leaves, is useless for the purpose of
divination, beyond giving an indication of the state of the
consultant's mind, so vague and undecided in its character
that it obscures everything. Tell such a one the reason for
the failure of divining, and recommend a more reliable state
of mind. Then let them try their "fortune" again in a few
months, when it may be found quite different.
It is of course a great mistake to be always "looking in the
tea-leaves," as some foolish people do twice a day. It is
sure to lead to contradictions though there is no harm in the
habit of "looking in the cup" each morning as others do, for
finding the events likely to happen in the course of the day.
This is as permissible as the reading of the cards each
morning for the day's events by those who consider it a
safeguard, remembering that to be forewarned is to be
Some people use the tea-cup simply for the purpose of asking
a definite question, such as, "Is the sum of money I am
expecting coming soon?" When this is the case, the consultant
should be told before turning the cup in the hand to
concentrate the thoughts on this one point, as in the case of
wishing while shuffling the cards for a definite wish. Then
the seer must look only for the signs that will give the
answer to the question, ignoring all other points. This is
necessary for the giving of a satisfactory answer to the
DIVINATION BY TEA-LEAVES AS AN AMUSEMENT
AND AS A MORE SERIOUS STUDY
The need for patience cannot be too strongly impressed upon
those who are beginning to learn the language of tea-leaves.
Some of the most interesting symbols are very minute, and
will certainly be missed by the seer who is in a hurry.
When tea-leaf reading is indulged in merely as an amusement
to while away a few moments after a meal, a hasty glance at
the cup, or cup and saucer, will suffice. The seer will just
note the chief features, such as a journey, a letter, a
parcel, or news of a wedding, and pass on to the next cup.
But this is far from being a really interesting method of
divination by tea-leaves, wherein so much knowledge is to be
found, and so much useful information gained.
Those who closely study this fascinating subject will
certainly be well rewarded by a deep personal interest, in
addition to the pleasure they give to others.
It is wonderful how rapidly converts are made to this form of
divination. Some who in the past have been heard scornfully
to assert that they "have no belief in tea-leaves," become
the most regular inquirers. Moreover, these sceptics have
proved to be very efficient students.
There is always a satisfaction in persuading another to one's
own point of view. The more obstinate the opposition, the
more glorious the final conquest!
It is a rare occurrence nowadays to meet with three people in
the course of a day, and not to find that one at least is
deeply interested in fortune-telling in some of its various
Quite recently I had a letter from a girl who has gone on a
visit to British Columbia, asking me if I would "do the
cards" for her, as she could not find anyone in her vicinity
who was particularly good at divination. She went on to say
that "there is a perfect rage for fortune-telling out here,
and everyone is keen on it." Another instance of this
universal popularity was given to me by a friend who had
recently been to America. She was amazed at the numbers of
women whom she saw absorbed in the reading of their tea-cups
each day of the voyage.
The male sex holds aloof and leaves us to "perform these
follies." Some ascribe it to man's superiority. Or as briefly
summed up by a delightful member of their sex, who when
declaiming against the possibility of the future being made
visible, said, "With all apologies to you, I must say I am
not so profoundly stupid as to believe in these things; it
cannot be anything more than rot."
It is remarkable how such protests die away when clairvoyant
evidence, either by cards, tea-leaves, or other means, has
accurately predicted some event of the distant future that at
the time appeared absurd and impossible of happening.
Woman may lawfully claim superiority with regard to her
intuitive faculty, and thus she is well equipped for
exercising her divinatory powers.
Who need be dull or bored when the language of symbolism
remains to be learned? Perhaps I should say, studied; for
completely learned it can never be, seeing that fresh events
are constantly occurring in the world, and new symbols appear
There are few things more fascinating than personal
discovery, and those who become students of divination by
tea-leaves, or cards, may safely be promised a taste of this
pleasing sensation of achievement. It is limited to the few
to discover the marvels of radium, or the discomforts of the
South Pole, but a fragment of their glory is shared by those
who find new evidence of the far-reaching knowledge of
SOME HINTS FOR DIVINERS
REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF PROPHECY BY THE TEA-LEAVES
"For a man's mind is sometimes wont to tell him more
than seven watchmen that sit above in a high tower."
To those of an inquiring or doubting turn of mind, there may
arise the very natural question as to why one shaped
tea-leaf should mean "a hat" and another "a table." It is
useless to point out that these objects are perfectly
represented by the leaves. That is of no practical
satisfaction. The simple fact that each language has its
alphabet, its spelling, and its words, which must be learned
before there can be any reasonable understanding of it, seems
the best and obvious reply.
Symbolism is a wide subject with many branches. Who can
expect to master even its alphabet in a moment? To those who
cannot accept the symbols in the tea-leaves on the authority
of past experience, reaching over several centuries, I would
recommend a careful study of their cups for, say, three
months. Let them make notes of such signs as appear and
beside them place their meanings and predictions.
At the end of this time, compare all that has taken place
with these notes, and I think there will be no further lack
of faith in the tea-leaf symbols.
Before very many years have passed the language of symbolism
by cards, tea-leaves, crystal gazing, etc., will probably be
almost universally understood. The day will undoubtedly come
when it will be accepted as naturally as the English
language, and we shall cease to worry ourselves as to the why
and wherefore of it all.
It is important that those who are learning the art of
divination by tea-leaves should realise the necessity for
consistently attributing the same meanings to the symbols. Do
not be tempted to change their interpretation for what may
seem a more probable, or pleasant, prediction for your
client. It is a fatal mistake.
Remember that you are dealing with conditions and events of
the future which are outside the limited knowledge of the
normal mind, whose power of vision is limited to physical
A simple instance of what may occur, should you thus change
the meanings of the symbols, will suffice to show the folly
of such a practice.
A consultant comes to have her "fortune read." She is known
to you personally, and you are aware that she is anxious to
hear a hopeful report of someone dear to her who is ill. The
tea-leaf symbols are obstinately unfavourable, and display
ominous signs of forthcoming sorrow. If you gloss over this
fact completely, and predict a rapid recovery from the
illness, what becomes of your client's faith in the power of
foretelling the future? Certain it is that the symbols would
be right in their verdict, and you would be wrong.
It is usually easier to prophesy smooth things rather than
unpleasant facts, but to do this in the face of obvious
contradictions will lead to disaster in foretelling the
Divination by tea-leaves or cards has the candour to be
frankly disagreeable when necessary. This is one great
argument in favour of its unerring truthfulness. There is no
means by which symbols may be coaxed into proclaiming false
The most practised clairvoyant may occasionally make mistakes
in her reading of the symbols, but no genuine seer should
ever deliberately give a wrong interpretation of them to
please her consultant. The business of the diviner is to give
what she believes to be a correct and unprejudiced
translation of the symbols before her.
It is sometimes a vexed question as to what extent
information of a gloomy nature, which may appear in a
divination, should be given to a client. Some are in favour
of withholding such matter altogether, whilst others announce
it frankly without modification. It seems impossible to lay
down any hard and fast rule. There are so many things to be
taken into account, and each case should be treated on its
merits and according to its peculiar circumstances. There are
some who would fret themselves ill at the least mention of
coming misfortune, others would be the better prepared to
meet it by having been warned of its approach.
One rule can be safely made for guidance on this point. Do
not minimise danger when a timely warning may avert an
accident, or other misfortune, nor should symbols of ill omen
be exaggerated. As students become proficient, they will find
many meanings in the tea-leaves in addition to those which
they learn from this book. Much will depend upon
circumstances and individual temperaments.
These personally discovered meanings should be carefully
noted and verified with events as they occur.
It is necessary to remember that divination by the tea-cup is
by no means limited to personal information. Forthcoming
public events are frequently revealed. This adds largely to
the interest and usefulness of the divination. It is
important to point out this to consultants, so that they may
not be too ready to fix the whole reading of their cups to
purely personal matters. It will be found that public news is
usually foretold in the cups of those who seek information of
the future as a regular practice.
For those who rarely do so, private affairs alone will
appear, probably without even a forecast of the weather to be
expected within the next few days.
It is a curious fact that the wider knowledge should seem to
be reserved for those who practise divination constantly, but
so it is.
Some remarkable instances of the accurate foretelling of
public events, which have quite recently been brought to my
notice, may be interesting.
For some weeks before the coal strike of 1920 was declared, a
pickaxe was seen on several occasions in the cups of two
persons, both of whom read their tea-leaves regularly. This
symbol, as will be seen in the dictionary which follows,
stands for "labour trouble and strikes." A spade was also in
evidence at intervals, a further sign of "trouble and
unrest." So that it was through no fault of the tea-leaves if
some of us were not in the superior position of knowing all
about the strike before it came to pass.
The symbols already mentioned would of course apply equally
to railway disturbance, and some time before the threat of a
strike was announced, these symbols appeared again, together
with an engine, and a signal at the angle of "Danger." This
seemed ominous. But within a few days the signal was evident
once more; but on this occasion set at "All Clear." So it was
easy to decide that the threatened strike would not take
place. The accuracy of this prediction by means of the
tea-leaves was shortly afterwards made evident.
Again, a week before there seemed to be even a hope of a
settlement of the coal strike, a mining shaft presented
itself in one of the tea-cups which had previously been
indicating the strike. This symbol appeared at the top of the
cup standing out clearly by itself, evidently predicting the
miners' return to work within a short time. There was no need
to depend upon information from the newspapers as to the end
of the strike, for here in the tea-leaves was all necessary
evidence of the fact.
Another very remarkable instance of symbolism was given to me
by a friend a short time ago. On Monday morning, October
26th, 1920, the three following symbols appeared in her
A vulture resting on a rock.
In the evening of that day the death of King Alexander of
Greece was announced.
It will be seen, on referring to the dictionary, that an
eagle and a vulture signify "the death of a monarch." The
monkey who lay at the bottom of the cup, apparently dead, was
of course the third symbol as having caused the King's death.
It was particularly gratifying that these signs should have
appeared in my friend's cup for she is a mathematical genius,
and rejects every symbol which she cannot recognise at once.
She was so struck by these signs that she called them to the
attention of her mother, who also immediately perceived and
identified them. The only regrettable omission was that the
cup was not photographed. It would have been valuable
evidence for the wonders of the tea-leaves.
This same friend had another interesting experience. The head
of an Indian appeared in her cup, with other signs pointing
to news of a personal nature. She was puzzled, for, as far as
she knew, there was no one in India from whom she would be in
the least likely to hear.
Very shortly afterwards, however, her mother went on a visit
to London. There she quite unexpectedly met someone who had
recently come from India, and who had brought back messages
of remembrance and affection from a girl who my friend had no
idea was in India at that time. Hence the Indian in her
Whilst on this subject, I am reminded of another occasion
when India was represented in the tea-leaves. I was looking
into my tea-cup one day, when I saw most clearly depicted two
natives creeping stealthily, their attitude making this
evident. In their hands were what appeared to be knives, and
they were making towards a figure that was unmistakably that
of an officer. He was standing upon what looked like a raised
platform with a barricade round him. He held a revolver in
I am quite aware that some may think this a tall tale for the
tea-leaves to relate! But fortunately my reading of the cup
was witnessed by two others, one of them being a man, who,
although interested in psychic subjects, despises the
tea-leaves! Without remarking upon what I saw, I suggested
that he should look at my cup and see what he made of it.
Without a moment's hesitation he said, "There is an officer
defending himself against some natives who are about to
My readers will appreciate the satisfaction this testimony
gave me, coming as it did from one who had never before
looked into a cup. Moreover, that this witness should have
been one of the male sex added to its value! This prediction
of danger for someone in India was borne out by facts that
were disclosed shortly afterwards. These instances which I
have given illustrate the variety and interest which are to
be found in divination by tea-leaves.
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
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 recognised 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 endeavour 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
emphasise their general significance by referring to them
here, in addition to their meaning being given in the
Among those which threaten misfortune, or sorrow, are the
following: Crosses, snakes, spades, pistols, guns, toads,
Joy and success are indicated by such symbols as a crescent
moon, clover leaves, flowers, trees, anchors, fruit, circles,
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 specially hard to
remember, roughly drawing its symbol beside it. In this way
the difficulty will soon be overcome.
THE "NELROS" CUP
TWO EXAMPLE READINGS OF ITS SIGNS
"If thou wouldst learn thy future with thy tea,
This magic cup will show it thee."
Some readers may find an additional interest in divination by
tea-leaves, if they use a cup marked with the planetary
symbols, patented as the "Nelros Cup of Fortune." A short
explanation of the symbols, and the method of using this cup,
will be helpful for those who are not familiar with its
signs. I am not suggesting the use of the "Nelros" saucer,
for the reason that its signs are somewhat obscure, and
students who have no experience in the science of astrology
would find it confusing, if used in addition to the cup, in
which all needful signs are illustrated.
As in the case of the ordinary tea-cup, the handle remains as
the representative of the consultant. The turning of it and
draining of the moisture should be carried out in the usual
Immediately under the handle, and above the space given to
the Sun, are seen a Diamond and a Horseshoe. Next on the left
are a Snake twisted round a stick, and a Spade, these being
placed over the space given to Saturn.
Following them are a Bell and a Club, seen over the sign of
Venus. Next, an Eye and Envelope, above the space given to
Then comes a Cross, with the sign of Pisces, the Fishes,
these being over the sign of Mercury.
Next are a Winecup and a Spider above the space of Mars.
Followed by a Cat's Head and a Heart, above the Moon.
Each one of these signs round the brim has a symbolic
meaning, though their meaning must also be judged by the
position they occupy in the cup.
Now, taking the signs round the brim of the cup, and
connecting them with the planetary symbols beneath.
Beginning at the handle is a Diamond, this being a token of
wealth, which, with the sign of the Sun below, indicates much
prosperity, favours, and general well-being, the Horseshoe
over the Sun also betokening good luck and successful
In the next space, reading to the left, is the Snake twisted
round a stick, over the sign of Saturn. This is emblematical
of a risk of poverty coming through deceit, and with a Spade
over Saturn, whose characteristic is privation, there is a
further indication of toil, loss, undoing.
The next sign is a happier one; the Bell over the sign of
Venus, with the Club beyond, indicates joyful news, events
meaning much happiness, love and peace, the characteristic of
Venus being peace or placidity.
Next is the sign of Jupiter, whose characteristic is
expansion; above it are placed an Eye and an Envelope, the
Eye showing the power of penetration, seeing things in a
right perspective, and light thrown on difficult questions,
the letter showing that news from all parts of the world is
made possible by its expansion.
Next come the Latin Cross and the watery sign Pisces, the
Fishes. These being in connection with Mercury, whose
characteristic is activity, show much alertness and desire
for knowledge; the Cross meaning obstacles and hindrances in
the chosen path, whilst the sign of Pisces denotes
interesting news from distant lands, with much desire for
travel and exploration.
In the next space the Winecup and Spider, in connection with
the sign of Mars, the characteristic of Mars being energy,
show the strength, courage, and perseverance needed to carry
out a successful career; the Spider being a symbol of
concentration, patience, and achievement, whilst the Wine-cup
tells of joy and realised ambition.
Following these signs are the Cat's Head and the Heart, with
the Crescent Moon below. The characteristic of the Moon is
change, mobility; it is also a symbol of good fortune in the
tea-leaves. In combination with the Heart it indicates a
romantic love affair. The Cat's Head shows interference by
those who are mean and spiteful.
Having learned from this brief explanation the symbols of the
"Nelros Cup," the reading of the tea-leaves in relation to
those symbols will be easy. For instance, suppose the wife of
a sailor to be the consultant. Her husband is on his ship in
the North Sea, and she is eagerly awaiting news of him. In
the cup she has "turned," the symbol of a letter comes in the
watery sign )-( with a large ivy leaf beneath it.
Further patience will be necessary, the ivy leaf tells us, as
the wished-for letter is still far away. The distance from
the handle (the consultant) shows this, also the letter
symbol being in the watery sign indicates the fact that it
will come from across the sea. The waiting for the news
causes a feeling of disappointment and sadness; these will
vanish later on, and the waiting be compensated by the happy
news that will come in the longed-for letter. This is seen by
the tea-leaves which appear on other symbols of the cup.
The form of a man is seen between the signs of the Bell and
Club; near this form is the letter "A," the first letter of
the consultant's name. Round this initial letter is a
well-formed circle; a trident lies at a little distance from
Here is evidence of the joyful news coming from her husband,
the tea-leaves in the spaces of the Bell and Club making a
prediction of the satisfactory news a safe one. The circle
round the letter "A" and the symbol of the trident near,
enable the seer to prophesy a good promotion, much success
This example reading of the "Nelros" cup is a fortunate one.
We will now consider one of a less satisfactory character.
The consultant is a widow; opposite the handle of the cup she
has "turned" is the Envelope over Jupiter, upon the Envelope
tea-leaves forming an Owl are seen, beneath is a small arrow
pointing towards the handle. These signs foretell bad news
probably coming from a far country; the sign of Jupiter and
distance from the handle (the consultant) would show this.
The symbol of the Owl indicates the anxiety caused by the
arrival of the letter and its news. The arrow pointing
towards the handle would show that the matter is personal,
and will much affect the consultant.
Upon the sign of Saturn, with an arm stretched towards the
Spade above it, is the figure of a man. The characteristic of
Saturn being privation, and the Spade being a symbol of toil,
it is evident that the figure of the man represents someone
related to the consultant for whom the present prospects are
very bad. It may well be this man from whom is coming the
news in the letter which will cause her so much anxiety.
Fortunately, on the Anchor at the bottom of the cup is a
well-formed key. Being in this position, it shows that
someone at a distance, having the welfare of the consultant
much in their mind, will be the means in the future of
helping her out of the difficulties. The key being on the
Anchor indicates the security she may feel in the friends,
who will be instrumental in giving her happiness and peace of
These two example divinations will illustrate the manner in
which the tea-leaves are read in relation to the signs upon
the cup. To some it may appear an easier means than that of
the ordinary tea-cup.
In any case it is very useful to have an alternative method
of foretelling the future. Variety is always acceptable, and
for this reason I commend the "Nelros Cup of Fortune" to my
A DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS
Abbey.—A sign of increasing wealth and comfort;
you will gain much success in your life.
Ace of Clubs.—This signifies good news through
Ace of Diamonds.—You will be gratified by a good
present or sum of money.
Ace of Hearts.—Shows affection and happiness in
Ace of Spades.—A large town or building.
Acorn.—This is a symbol of health, strength and
gain through industry, a sowing of which you will see the
reaping, a short journey from which there may be great
results; good fortune and ease are predicted by several
Aircraft.—If flying towards consultant, hasty
news or an unexpected journey; if stationary it gives warning
that you will have but little success in your life unless you
come out of the rut into which you have fallen.
Albatross.—If seen with the sign of a ship or
water it portends distress for those at sea; to sailors or to
those associated with them it is an omen of sadness, meaning
sorrow and sometimes death.
Alderman.—To workers this is a sign that if they
proceed with caution they will become prosperous.
Alligator.—This is a bad sign of personal danger
and distress possibly caused by those nearest to you; it also
shows much mental disturbance and worry; if very near
consultant a catastrophe is imminent.
Almonds.—These denote festivities and social
enjoyment, good and generous friends.
Altar.—If with a figure near, sorrow and distress
Anchor.—A pleasing symbol of good and loyal
friends, constancy in love, and the realisation of your
wishes; an emblem of safety to a sailor.
Anemone.—These flowers often indicate an event to
be expected in the early autumn; the nature of it must be
judged by other signs in the cup.
Angel.—This is a symbol of good fortune in love,
radiance, happiness, and peace.
Angel (Flying).—A token of love and joy which are
swiftly approaching you.
Antlers.—An accident is predicted by this symbol.
Anvil.—Your strength and energy will bring you
much success in new plans or enterprises.
Ape.—This animal points to the fact that you have
a secret enemy; it denotes malicious and dangerous persons
whose tongues are to be feared; it is also a sign of
despondency, care, anxiety, and fraud.
Apples.—A pleasant sign of happiness, cheerful
conditions, good health, and fortune.
Apple Trees.—These predict a happy event in the
Apron.—Near consultant brings a new friend; at a
distance new work or acquaintances.
Arab.—This symbol points to a need for caution in
choosing your friends, or you may find yourself in the power
of someone who will prove to be an undesirable companion.
Arch.—Things which you desire are developing in
the wished-for direction; the arch is a sign of hope; your
ambition may be gratified in a most unexpected manner. See
also Triumphal Arch.
Ark.—This symbol assures you of security and of
finding refuge in times of distress and turmoil.
Arm.—If curved, it signifies love, protection,
care and strength; stretched out, that a new influence will
come into your life which will prove to be an endless source
of joy and love.
Armour.—A suit of armour foretells that you will
be called upon to face difficulties and dangers and that you
will come through them with courage. See Knight in
Arrow.—Unpleasant news or a disagreeable letter
from the direction in which it comes.
Artichoke.—This signifies sadness, disappointment
and delay; sometimes a secret trouble is indicated by this
Artist.—To see an artist at work, indicates
association with those who study art; also a happy nature
finding much joy and beauty in life.
Artist's Mahl Stick.—This implies an artistic
temperament, a dislike of daily duties or irksome tasks, and
a fretting under any routine; a lack of attention to detail
is also a usual characteristic of this symbol.
Arum Lily.—This flower stands for dignity,
expectancy, and calm; its fuller meanings must be judged by
other symbols around it.
Ass.—If its head is towards consultant, a piece
of good news or an event which has long been waited for is
near; if its tail, then further patience is necessary, for
there will be delay; if it gallops, it gives warning that if
people allow themselves to become too boring their friends
may reasonably, be expected to avoid them.
Asters.—These flowers indicate a smooth though
possibly a somewhat monotonous life; they also show a settled
state of mind and sound judgment; if seen in the form of a
wreath a death is predicted.
Automatic Machine.—This signifies a lack of
initiative and consequent failure in arriving at any great
Axe.—This shows mastery and power to overcome
difficulties; sometimes separation.
Baby.—A naked baby near consultant is a sign of
sadness and disappointment caused by those who are nearest
and dearest; to some it is a sign of money worries; a baby in
arms means reconciliation.
Bacon.—Pieces of bacon signify good luck and
Badger.—For a maid, or a bachelor, this symbol
predicts a single life, but one of freedom, health and
success; for the married, it implies regret that they did not
Bagpipes.—This symbol gives warning of coming
sorrow or much agitation and disturbance.
Ballet Dance.—This is a forecast of unsuccessful
Balloon.—A symbol which indicates that much is
attempted but little achieved; there is a passing enthusiasm
for various experiments and new ideas, but the interest soon
flags, and finally vanishes as the balloon in the clouds.
Bananas.—These promise gratification and the
occurrence of those things which are most pleasing to you;
also a prediction of much happiness and success in love
Banner.—This is a symbol of a prosperous life for
a man and of a wealthy marriage for a woman.
Barber.—This signifies the approach of a new
interest coming into your life, which will lead you to be
most particular as to your personal appearance.
Barrel.—Festivity, possibly a picnic; several
Barrel Organ.—Melancholy and a distaste for
Basin.—This symbol stands for small ailments and
minor worries; a broken basin, domestic annoyance.
Basket.—Domestic duties and family cares; if
full, a present given or received.
Basket of Flowers.—Happiness and contentment,
Bassoon.—This musical instrument implies that
your energy is apt to exceed your wit.
Bath.—This indicates grief or dismay.
Bats.—An ill omen showing sickness and trouble in
the home; with other signs, a prediction of death.
Bayonet.—A sign to be feared; it shows danger of
operation, wounds, and pain.
Beans.—These show quarrels and disputes with
Bear.—A journey north, sometimes prolonged
travel. See also Polar Bear.
Bed.—A visit, illness; or death, according to
Beef.—A round of beef foretells coming financial
Beehive.—This is a symbol of eloquence, mental
capacity, and much energy in forming new schemes and carrying
them through; also of attainment to power and honour.
Bees.—These foretell success through your own
ability, many friends and enjoyment of life to the full. See
also Bumble Bee.
Beetle.—This signifies unrest, domestic
tribulation, or disagreements; several beetles, that there is
a risk of slander and abuse by those whom you regard as
Beetroot.—This symbol indicates that someone will
try to do you a bad turn, but it will fail in its object and
rather turn out as a benefit.
Bell.—Amazing news according to other signs in
the cup; several bells indicate a wedding. See also
Canterbury Bells, Diving Bell, Handbell.
Belladonna Lily.—This flower is a sign of hope,
love, happiness, and the leading of an upright and honourable
Bellows.—These show an endeavour to make the best
of a bad business.
Besom.—This gives a caution to avoid meddling in
other people's affairs or you may find yourself regarded as
an unpleasant busybody.
Bier.—A symbol of death; if near consultant, a
personal sorrow, otherwise of a less personal nature.
Billiard table.—Pleasure followed by regret.
Bird Feeding Young.—After a time of patient
waiting, your desires will be fulfilled.
Bird of Paradise.—Difficulties and trials are
vanishing and a future of comfort and pleasure awaits you.
Bird on a Perch.—If near consultant, news
resulting in pleasant plans; if at some distance, there is a
doubt of the news being sent.
Birds.—These are significant of happiness and
joyful tidings; a single bird flying means speedy news,
telegrams; birds in a row on a branch or line show that there
will be vexatious delay in receiving some wished-for news;
birds in a circle denote cogitation followed by swift
decision. See also Clapper for Scaring Birds and
Birds in Cage.—This implies that a variety of
causes prevents you from obtaining your dearest wish; should
the cage door be open, obstacles will shortly be removed and
great happiness will be yours.
Bird's Nest.—This signifies a happy discovery,
leading to a fortunate enterprise brought about to a great
extent by your own patience and ability; it is also a good
omen of love, friends, and increase of fortune.
Biscuits.—These seen in various shapes and sizes
foretell the occurrence of pleasant events.
Bishop.—A sign of benevolence, authority, and
progress; in cope and mitre, preferment and honour.
Bluebells.—These indicate that an event bringing
you much satisfaction and pleasure may be expected to take
place in the spring.
Bluebottle Fly.—Unpleasantness and jealousy will
be aroused by your success.
Boar.—This animal shows much energy and push
though not always in the right direction to bring you
unqualified success; it is also a sign of obstacles in your
Boat.—Success in a new enterprise; seen with
clouds, troubles and disappointment. See also
Bomb.—This foretells a personal disaster or news
of an explosion and loss of life.
Bones.—These are an indication of misfortune
surmounted with courage.
Bonnet.—This implies that youth will be past
before you have the best happiness of your life. See also
Book.—An open book shows a desire for information
and a mind ever on the alert to understand new theories and
facts; a closed book is a sign of expectancy.
Bookcase.—This is a pleasing symbol of coming
success through study and perseverance.
Boomerang.—This sign means news from Australia,
or that some unexpected development will lead to your having
a great interest in that country; with signs of travel, that
you will make your home there.
Bootblack.—A bootblack is a sign of failure in
Boots.—These show fortunate business, a good
income, and the gratification of your tastes and pleasures;
boots of a curious shape foretell an unfortunate enterprise
ending in failure.
Boot-tree.—A lucky surprise.
Bottle.—A sign of happy days; several bottles
indicate extravagant tastes; small bottles, illness.
Bouquet.—This is a most fortunate symbol of
coming happiness, love, fulfilled hope, and marriage.
Bow.—A sign of reunion after absence or
Bow and Arrow.—This denotes that there is
unpleasant talk of your personal affairs which may do you
Bower.—Happiness in love is proclaimed by this
Box.—An open box foreshows a troubled love
affair; a closed box, that you will find something which you
Boy.—This symbol must be read in accordance with
other signs in the cup.
Bracelet.—A discovery made too late.
Branch.—A large branch is a sign of much
independence and of success in carrying out an undertaking;
the larger it is the greater your success; a broken branch
signifies an attempt to organise a project or new scheme
which will end in failure.
Bread.—A loaf of bread is a sign of the
commonplace and of monotony; several loaves give warning
against waste and extravagance, for a shortage of corn is
threatened; loaves of bread with crossed swords above them
predict mutiny and disaffection among those whom the world
Bricklayer's Trowel.—A task which you have in
hand will be successfully carried out.
Bricks.—These signify new plans and enterprises
which will lead to prosperity.
Bride.—This sign indicates a wedding, coming joy,
or a rival in your affections, according to other symbols
Bridge.—An advantageous opportunity; a fortunate
journey. See also Suspension Bridge.
Bridle.—This points to the fact that you greatly
object to interference or authority, and that you will always
be "top dog" with your friends.
Brooch.—This indicates that you are likely to
make a discovery greatly to your advantage, and may in time
turn it to good account in the development of a patent; a
brooch with dots around it predicts a present.
Broom.—This signifies that there is need for you
to be careful in the choice of your friends, and to avoid
rushing into an intimacy which you might later have cause to
Child Blowing Soap Bubbles.
Buckles.—These foretell that some important
arrangement of much personal advantage will fall through in
an unforeseen manner, causing disappointment and dismay.
Buffalo.—A most unexpected and unusual happening,
possibly causing agitation and uncertainty as to the best way
Bugle.—This shows a desire for admiration and
notice from all whom you meet; it also implies that it is
high time to arouse yourself and become more energetic and
Building.—A sign of removal.
Bull.—An ill omen of misfortune, attacks of pain,
or of slander by some enemy; if it gallops with tail up,
personal danger or illness of someone dear to you.
Bumble Bee.—This shows a cheerful disposition,
making the best of everyone and everything, easily gratified
tastes and pleasures; many friends and social success; with
other signs, travel is indicated.
Buns.—These signify social amusements and duties,
also that you usually take a cheery view of things even in
Buoy.—This is a symbol of hope; you have a good
friend in all weathers.
Bush.—Invitations and social enjoyments.
Butter.—This signifies good fortune and success,
the comforts of life, and a desire for the best of
Butterfly.—Passing pleasure, power of attraction,
many admirers, and flirtations; to the lover it speaks of
Buttonhook.—An exchange between friends,
successfully organised plans, and a propitious meeting.
Buttons.—If of various size and shape they mean
that there will be many suggestions as to arrangements and
new plans without anything definite being settled.
Cab.—A sign of gloom, sadness and parting.
Cabbage.—This symbol points out that in spite of
thrift and diligence, you will never be very rich.
Cabinet.—An unexpected and fortunate discovery,
giving you much pleasure and satisfaction, possibly wealth
and unthought-of prosperity.
Cage.—An empty cage shows that you expect to find
all manner of amiable qualities in others which are entirely
lacking in yourself. See also Birds in Cage.
Cakes.—New friends, social success, invitations,
and hospitality. See also Wedding Cake.
Calf.—This signifies a need for gentleness and
kindness to those with whom you associate.
Camel.—A responsibility satisfactorily carried
out; sometimes frustrated plans and endless delays; a camel
laden means wealth from an unexpected source abroad.
Camera.—This proclaims the fact that you are too
fond of gathering new or clever ideas from others, with a
view to passing them off as your own original thoughts
whenever the opportunity arises.
Campanulas.—These flowers indicate that your hope
is centred on one desire, and assure you of the certainty of
obtaining your wish.
Candle.—This is significant of trials, worries,
Candle Extinguisher.—An uncomfortable incident or
episode which will put you out considerably.
Candlestick.—You have need to look at things from
a wider point of view; to make the best of yourself you must
Cannon.—This denotes military and naval display
and good fortune; with pleasant symbols around or near, such
as a crown or star, promotion for someone dear to you in the
Canoe.—This implies that a new friendship will
eventually lead to a happy love affair.
Canopy.—This brings success through the help and
interest of those who are socially or mentally your
Canterbury Bells.—These graceful flowers indicate
that your happiness is to a great extent dependent upon
others; if the figure of a woman appeared beside the flowers
it will be through a woman that your best happiness comes, if
a man were seen it will be one of the male sex to whom you
must look for your chief joy in life.
Cap.—This warns you to be cautious in your
dealings with those of the opposite sex; it also points to
the fact that those things which you desire to hide will
become known. See also Peaked Cap.
Capstan.—To those associated with the sea, this
symbol gives warning of storms; to others, it predicts
association with sailors or yachtsmen.
Carafe.—A pleasure which will depend entirely
upon yourself is the meaning of this symbol.
Caravan.—This signifies an independent nature,
desiring to live a roaming life free of restrictions; should
a horse be harnessed to the caravan your ambitions will be
Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds, Ace
of Hearts, Ace of Spades.
Carnations.—These sweet-scented flowers bring
happiness, faithfulness, love, and good friends.
Carpenter at Work.—Necessary arrangement of your
affairs is the meaning of this symbol.
Carriage and Horses.-This foretells that your affairs
will prosper and that you may reasonably expect the comforts
of life; a carriage without horses means that your riches
will be transitory, leaving you in poverty; with other signs
it denotes that you may be the victim of scandal.
Carrying Chair.—An omen of illness or accident.
Cart.—A symbol of fluctuation in fortune and of a
tedious waiting for any settled improvement in financial
Carving.—Handsome carving is a sign of
satisfaction and development.
Castle.—You may expect fortune to smile upon you;
a crumbling castle denotes disappointment and ill success in
love and marriage.
Cat.—This is an uncomfortable sign of trickery,
meanness, and quarrels among relations, money matters
probably being the disturbing cause; a cat jumping shows
worries and difficulty.
Caterpillar.—You are likely to be criticized
unkindly by those who are envious of you, although you have
no suspicion that these people are anything but friendly in
their feeling towards you; there is slyness and deception,
and it would be well to be on your guard or you may find
unpleasant gossip has been spread about you.
Cathedral.—Prosperity, contentment, and happiness
with those whom you love is the meaning of this symbol.
Cauldron.—New opportunities which need careful
Cauliflower.—This signifies that even your best
friends cannot describe you as constant or reliable.
Cave.—Unless you rouse yourself and use a little
more push, you are likely to remain in obscurity all your
Celery.—A vigorous body and active mind which
will preserve the energies of youth to a good old age.
Chain.—An engagement or wedding; an entangled
chain means a dilemma which will tax your ingenuity to the
utmost; a long, thick chain indicates ties that you wish to
undo; a broken one, trouble in store.
Chair.—A small chair shows an arrival; a large
one, deliberation over a new plan. See also Carrying
Chair, Rocking Chair.
Chatelaine.—This signifies that a variety of
people will be instrumental in your career; it is also an
indication that you are somewhat inclined to depend too much
on sentimental and demonstrative affection.
Champagne Glass.—This is a symbol of good fortune
and delight; to the sick, a good omen of recovery.
Cheese.—A large cheese denotes that you will
benefit by the generosity of prosperous friends.
Cherries.—A love affair, happiness, and health,
are the meanings of this symbol.
Chessmen.—These announce the fact that you will
be troubled by matters which are difficult to adjust to your
satisfaction, and you must expect a certain amount of anxiety
Chestnut Tree.—An event of interest and
importance may be expected in the spring.
Chestnuts.—These show determination in carrying
out a scheme which you think will benefit you.
Chicken.—This shows new interests and pleasures;
if roosting, domestic tribulation; if flying, troublesome
Child.—This is a sign that you will soon be
making fresh plans or forming new projects; a child running
means bad news or threatened danger; at play, tranquillity
Child Blowing Soap Bubbles.—Occasions of sadness
and joy in quick succession.
Child with Dancing-Doll.—The gratification of a
wish through an entirely unexpected means.
Child with Tambourine.—Pleasure,
lightheartedness, coming good news.
Chimney.—Unless you are cautious you will take a
false step; a chimney with smoke to be seen means that you
are content, and find pleasure in daily routine and a
somewhat commonplace life.
Chinaman.—There is someone who appears eager to
serve you but in reality is far from being trustworthy.
Chinese Lantern.—False security, the evidence of
which will soon be brought to your notice.
Chisel.—A symbol of losses, dismay, and trouble.
Christmas Tree.—This sign indicates that you may
expect some special happiness at the Christmas season.
Chrysanthemums.—These beautiful flowers assure
you of a long desired hope in connection with someone dear
to you which will be realised in the autumn.
Church.—Courage, honour, and tranquillity; a
Churning.—This is a happy omen for good and
successful results in all you undertake; you will be
fortunate and will always take a turn in the right direction
for your own happiness.
Cigar.—A wealthy friend or lover who will absorb
all your thoughts; a broken cigar signifies a disagreeable
incident or a quarrel.
Circle.—Money, presents, an engagement, faithful
Clapper for Scaring Birds.—This sign proclaims
that you are offended at small faults or failings in others,
and are always eager to bring them into notice, but are blind
to your own more obvious deficiencies.
Clarionet.—A pleasure which will be gratified in
an unlooked-for manner.
Claw.—This symbol foretells scandal or evil
Clenched Hand.—Indignation; disputes.
Clergyman.—Reconciliation in a long-standing
Clock.—A sign that you desire to hurry over the
present and arrive at a time to which you are looking
Clouds.—These denote disappointment, failure of
plans, and dismay.
Clover.—A very lucky sign of coming good fortune.
Cloves.—This symbol proclaims the desire for
appreciation and the wish to appear at your best on all
Clown.—Your folly is apparent to everyone.
Golf Clubs, Ace of Clubs.
Coach.—If with horses, you may look forward to a
time of ease and luxury; if without horses, it warns you
against an act of folly or a harmful indiscretion.
Coal.—Prosperity and good fellowship
Coal-Scoop.—This signifies domestic difficulties
or vexation at the turn things have taken.
Coal Scuttle.—You will adapt yourself to
unaccustomed circumstances requiring much energy.
Coat.—Sadness caused through a parting; if the
coat is ragged, distressing news; without sleeves, failure in
a new undertaking.
Cobbler.—This predicts a life of arduous and
ill-paid work, poor health, and a struggle to make both ends
Cobra.—A warning of grave danger to you or yours.
Cock.—A sign of forthcoming good news, of
conquest and triumph.
Cockatoo.—This bird indicates disturbance in the
home and some vexation with friends.
Cockchafer.—This predicts a bad harvest season;
flying, the arrival of sudden news of a somewhat disagreeable
Cocoanut.—Travel or interesting discoveries.
Coffee Pot.—Dependence on creature comforts;
Coffin.—A bad omen of coming bereavement; a
coffin with a sword beside it shows death of a soldier; with
a flag, that of a sailor; with snowdrops, death of a child or
Collar.—Perseverance in the face of obstacles
will bring you a great reward.
Collar-Stud.—A reminder of some tiresome or
disagreeable little duty which you would fain forget.
Columbine.—These flowers foretell the renewal of
a former friendship which is brought about by means of an
Comb.—You will find out that your confidence in
someone was misplaced and this discovery will cause you much
Comet.—Favourable weather; unusual and
interesting events; to lovers it is an unfavourable omen of
separation and blighted hope.
Compasses.—This sign implies that you may expect
to travel and to spend your life in interesting activities.
Concertina.—This symbol proclaims dilatory habits
and feeble wit.
Convolvuli.—This flower shows feelings of
sadness; love and hope which have lasted but a short time now
leave only memories to which you cling.
Corks.—This sign shows the power of adapting
yourself to your company, and of proving yourself useful in
Corkscrew.—This denotes that you will be vexed by
inquisitive people who trouble you with questions.
Cormorant.—This bird is a symbol of agility,
swift decisions, and the attainment of your ambition through
the power of rapid thought and work.
Corn.—This is a pleasant omen of wealth and
Cornucopia.—This symbol predicts great happiness
and unqualified success.
Cow.—A calm, contented state of mind, peaceful
and prosperous days.
Cowslips.—A sign of joy; to the married it
foretells a birth.
Crab.—Strife, family disagreements, an enemy.
Cradle.—A birth; a broken cradle, sorrow or
anxiety about a child.
Crane.—Heavy burdens and anxiety are indicated by
Crests.—These are often to be seen and must to
some extent be read in connection with other signs in the
cup; large crests indicate news of, or communications with,
those in positions of authority; small crests, interesting
Cricket Bat.—A love of sport and a keen desire
for fair play in all matters.
Crinoline.—This predicts that unless you retrench
in your expenditure, you will have but a pittance to spend
upon your dress.
Crocuses.—These flowers are an emblem of joy, and
of radiant happiness in love.
Croquet-Mallet.—A cheerful and patient
disposition, always making the best of things, is the meaning
of this symbol.
Cross.—You must expect to meet with hindrances
and obstacles in the way of your desires; sorrow and
misfortune are also indicated by this symbol. See also
Crossed Keys.—A sign of authority, power and
honour, and an assurance of comfort and help in times of
difficulty or doubt.
Crown.—Advancement and honour; the attainment of
your highest ambition.
Crutches.—This is an unpleasant sign of
forthcoming illness or accident which causes lameness for the
Cucumber.—A new plan successfully carried out.
Cup.—A large cup tells of a splendid opportunity
coming your way which will insure your future success; a
small cup means that a little anxiety is before you.
Cupboard.—Disappointment in money affairs.
Curtain.—This symbol proclaims that someone is
hiding a matter from you which it would be to your advantage
to learn; with other signs in the cup which are good you may
conclude that the matter will be revealed to you shortly.
Custard-Glasses.—A signal of illness, possibly
chicken pox or measles.
Cypress.—This tree indicates that you bravely
face a difficulty, and finally overcome it by your own
Daffodils.—A long-desired hope is about to come
to pass, or a delightful holiday spent in the company of
those most congenial to you.
Dagger.—If near and pointing towards consultant,
it would be a bad sign of danger from wounds or an operation;
if more distant, it shows a much less personal danger.
Dahlias.—A sign of some important event which you
may expect to take place in the autumn; it also denotes
thrift and increase of fortune.
Daisies.—These imply that you have an attractive,
child-like nature, finding happiness in simple pleasures; a
circle of daisies means that you attract someone to you of
the same nature as yourself who will become all the world to
Damsons.—These denote complication of your
Dancer.—A pleasant omen of coming pleasure and
gratification, good news, happiness in love and friendship;
it also means that you will receive an unexpected invitation;
several figures dancing in happy abandonment foretell that
your hopes and desires will be fulfilled, and that many
changes will occur, all tending to your success and future
Child with Dancing Doll.
Dandelion.—Unexpected news of the marriage of an
old friend whom you had always supposed would never marry.
Dates.—A pleasure which is unlikely to come up to
your expectations is the meaning of this symbol.
Deer.—An unfortunate indication that your
ventures in new directions of work or business will end in
failure; if running, a fruitless endeavour to undo your past
mistakes; a dead deer, that you will be the innocent cause of
distress to someone you love.
Desk.—You will receive a letter which will upset
you, or you will lose the friendship of someone with whom you
have corresponded regularly for many years.
Devil.—This symbol gives warning that reformation
is needed, or you may find yourself so tightly in the grip of
bad influence that it will be well-nigh impossible to
Diadem.—This ensign of royalty shows that your
ambition is realised beyond your expectations; wonderful good
fortune and influential friends assure you of an unusually
Ace of Diamonds.
Dish.—Anxiety in household matters; a broken dish
is a foretaste of a greater loss.
Diver.—A great and unexpected piece of news which
will lead to a fortunate discovery; to the lover, it reveals
Diving-Bell.—This sign predicts that you may one
day find yourself in danger on the sea or river.
Dog.—This symbol has many meanings which must be
read in accordance with the other symbols; in a general way
this sign indicates adverse conditions, the thwarting of
life's chances, unfortunate love affairs, family misfortune
and money troubles; a large dog sometimes signifies
protection and good friends; a small dog, vexation and
Doll.—A festivity at which you will endeavour to
conceal your feelings of boredom under somewhat foolish
hilarity. See also Child with Dancing Doll, Rag Doll.
Dolphin.—A cheerful and optimistic character,
pleasure on the sea or river.
Dovecot.—Peace in the home.
Doves.—These birds give a personal message of
happiness and an assurance of faithfulness in love, peaceful
circumstances, high ideals, and progress; to those who are at
enmity this symbol proclaims reconciliation; to the sick or
anxious, comfort and hope; to a business man, a fortunate
omen of success.
Dragon.—Great and sudden changes about which
there is an element of danger.
Dragon-Fly.—Tidings of unexpected occurrences,
unlooked-for events, new and advantageous opportunities,
sometimes new clothes or furniture.
Drum.—A hazardous enterprise or expedition is the
meaning of this symbol.
Drummer.—To a man, this foreshows popularity and
a successful public career; to a woman, social success, a
large following of friends and admirers, and power of gaining
her own ends.
Duck.—A sign of a taste for speculation; if more
than one duck, success in work and enterprise, profitable
Dumb Bell.—A chance meeting which will lead to
the making of a new friend.
Dustpan and Brush.—You will be certain to hear of
domestic tribulation amongst your friends or relatives; if
this symbol appears in your cup with other signs of vexation,
it would indicate personal domestic annoyance.
Dwarf.—This portends calamity, accident, or
Eagle.—This predicts that you may expect most
beneficial changes, the realisation of a long-cherished hope,
and possibly an inheritance of wealth from an unexpected
source; a flying eagle shows the coming of wealth and honour
after a change of residence; with a vulture, death of a
monarch; a dead eagle, public loss and mourning.
Eagle's Nest.—An eagle on its nest foretells
association with those in places of authority and honour; it
also denotes a life of wealth and ease.
Ear.—A large ear shows that you will be shocked
by hearing of some scandal or abuse; a normal ear means that
you will receive some interesting and pleasant piece of news
or valuable information.
Ear-rings.—To a man this symbol proclaims the
displeasure of one of the opposite sex; to a woman, the
humiliation of unrequited affection.
Earwig.—A sign of uncomfortable discoveries in
the home, troubles with domestics, deceit and prying.
Easel.—A sign of marriage to widows and maids; to
the married, increase of worldly goods; this symbol must be
read in connection with other indications in the cup.
Eels.—This is an unpleasant symbol meaning
malicious tongues and treacherous friends, also gossip over
Egg-Cup.—A sign of an escape from a threatened
Eggs.—New plans and ideas, or a birth.
Elephant.—A sign of power, travel, promotion,
happiness and stability in love and friendship.
Elf.—This symbol should put you on your guard or
you may be the victim of an unpleasant practical joke.
Elm Tree.—A good omen of prosperity and coming
Emu.—Lack of caution will not be one of your
Engine.—Journeys, trouble on the railway,
strikes, accident, and hasty news are the meanings of this
Eye.—This signifies penetration and the solving
of difficulties; it also shows depth of character and love.
Eyeglasses.—You will make a beneficial discovery
through surprising means.
Faces.—Several of these denote an invitation to a
party or wedding; ugly faces mean disturbances or bad news;
pretty faces, pleasure and love; two faces upon one head,
looking diverse ways, indicate that you may hear yourself
accused of deception and falseness, or that these things may
be practised upon you; a bearded face, health and strength,
but an indolent nature, which is a source of vexation to
those around you.
Falcon.—This bird warns you to be on your guard,
for you have an enemy.
Fan.—Love of admiration, frivolity, pleasure with
the opposite sex.
Fate.—This is indicated by a straight thin line
of tea leaves which ascends towards the consultant; what may
be expected of fate must be judged by the line itself and
other signs in the cup.
Feathers.—Large feathers signify achievement and
prosperity; to authors, literary success; small feathers
denote something of which you are afraid, but which you will
meet with courage.
Feet.—You will be called upon to take a decisive
step in some matter which may lead up to an eventful change
in your life.
Fence.—This means that there is but a step
between you and success.
Fender.—You will constantly come in contact with
someone to whom you feel a strong antipathy.
Ferns.—Dignity, peace, and steadfast love are the
meanings of this symbol.
Ferret.—Jealousy and enmity are likely to cause
Ferry-Boat.—This symbol implies that difficulties
will be smoothed away for you by the aid of good and useful
Field Marshal's Hat.—To a soldier, or those who
are associated with them, this is a sign of coming promotion,
triumph, and of the attainment to honour.
Figs.—These indicate joy and abundance of the
good things of this world; to those in business it is an omen
of success and prosperity.
Figurehead of a Ship.—A good omen for your future
Welfare; this symbol predicts that you will be enabled to
steer your course through smooth waters.
Numbers, Human Figures, Running
Finger.—This usually indicates a special need for
attention to be paid to adjoining symbols.
Fire-Engine.—An evidence of a serious fire of
which you will hear or from which you will suffer; this must
be judged by other indications in the cup.
Fire-Escape.—An urgent warning to take all
precautions against fire.
Fireplace.—Your chief interests in life will
probably lie in your home; small duties, simple pleasures,
and a circle of friends.
Fish.—News from abroad; with other signs of
movement, emigration; a starfish is a sign of good luck.
Flag.—Danger, rebellion, and war are the meanings
of this symbol.
Flower-Border.—That for which you have long hoped
and waited is about to come to pass.
Flowers.—Many pleasant meanings may be given to
this symbol, good fortune, happiness, love, marriage, and a
large circle of admiring friends, being among them. See also
Basket of Flowers, Foxgloves, Lily, Forget-me-not.
Fly.—This signifies small vexations and
annoyances which will ruffle you considerably. See also
Bluebottle Fly, Dragon Fly.
Font.—News of a birth or an invitation to a
Foot.—This indicates a journey; a swollen foot,
injury, or news of an accident to the foot.
Football.—Love of outdoor games, or a keen
interest in the welfare of those who take part in them, is
shown by this symbol.
Forge.—This implies a need for refinement and of
reconstructing your ideas on many subjects.
Forget-me-not.—This flower speaks of the
attainment of a cherished hope, also that you will probably
find your truest happiness in love and marriage.
Fork.—This warns you against those who constantly
flatter you; it would be well for you to be on your guard or
you may one day awake to the fact that all this flattery was
used as a tool to harm you.
Fountain.—A most favourable omen foretelling
happiness, success in love and marriage, prosperity in
business, and good fortune in all you undertake; this symbol
also points to an unexpected legacy.
Fox.—This denotes that you may have an
unsuspected enemy, possibly disloyal dependents; sometimes it
means theft and trickery.
Foxgloves.—These show ambition and attainment; if
broken or bending, defeated plans and hopes.
Frog.—A change of residence; with other signs,
new work or profession; with bad symbols around, unpleasant
sights and stories.
Fruit.—A happy sign of forthcoming prosperity and
Gaiters.—Your chief interests will be in outdoor
work and amusements; intellectual pursuits will not attract
you; to clergy, or to those associated with them, gaiters
Gallows.—An omen of great distress and tragedy.
Garden Roller.—An indication that things around
you are liable to become somewhat unmanageable, and that you
will need tact and strength to avoid being crushed by
Garland.—A sign of happiness, love and honour.
Garters.—A contempt for feminine weakness is the
meaning of this sign.
Gate.—An excellent opportunity awaits you,
perhaps the chance of a lifetime; massive high gates denote
restriction, misery, or imprisonment.
Geese.—These indicate the arrival of unexpected
and rather troublesome visitors.
Gentian.—A memory which is interwoven with sorrow
Geranium.—This flower shows a strong will and
determined character, contentment, and happiness; it also
denotes two opposite natures who have a great bond of
affection between them.
Giant.—There is, or will be, a serious obstacle
in your path.
Gimlet.—You will be unpleasantly reminded of a
Giraffe.—You are apt to cause mischief through
blundering and the making of incorrect statements.
Gladioli.—These flowers indicate courage in the
face of difficulty; hope and tenderness.
Glasses.—These show that you will entertain your
friends on a lavish scale, and delight in hospitality, but
will occasionally be confronted by difficulties in your
arrangements. See also Champagne Glass, Custard-Glasses,
Eyeglasses, Hand Glass.
Gleaner.—You will always endeavour to make the
best of the circumstances in which you find yourself but will
seldom possess the most desirable things in life.
Goat.—A new enterprise which has an element of
risk about it; a goat is an unfortunate sign to sailors or to
those connected with them.
Golf Clubs.—These indicate a life so full of work
that there is but little leisure for recreation.
Gondola.—A visit to Italy, or a romance are the
meanings of this sign.
Gong-and-Stick.—This symbol warns you to expect
little else than the "trivial round and common task" for the
Goose.—A venture needing much discussion and
arrangement; plans are made only to be upset again, and
unless you proceed with caution, you are likely to make a bad
Gramophone.—This usually portends vexation at
being drawn into a somewhat disorderly and noisy pleasure.
Grapes.—These signify pleasure, abundance,
fulfilment, and a life free from care.
Grasshoppers.—These insects give warning of a
poor harvest season; for an old person the risk of chill
leading to severe illness.
Grave.—This symbol must be read in accordance
with its position, also with reference to other signs in the
cup; as a general rule, with gloomy signs it would bring a
message of coming sorrow, or with cheerful symbols that a
death would benefit the consultant.
Greyhound.—This sign stands for energy and
untiring activity which will bring you unqualified success;
it also denotes that you may expect favourable tidings of the
result of a new enterprise.
Grindstone.—The aftermath of an indiscretion.
Guitar.—This symbol displays strong power of
attraction for the opposite sex, also pleasant adventures
ending in a happy love affair.
Gun.—A very disquieting symbol, grave danger of a
sudden calamity; with other bad signs, a violent death.
Hammer.—Troublesome little tasks which you are
reluctant to undertake.
Hammock.—A mournful ending of something to which
you had looked forward with delight.
Ham with Frill.—This denotes a nice invitation,
hospitality, pleasure with your friends; also enjoyment
followed by dismay; a ham without a frill means increasing
fortune and success.
Hand.—A sign of good fellowship, loyalty, and
affection; it may also indicate a parting, a meeting or a
bargain concluded; other signs around it must be noticed in
order to read its special meaning. See also Clenched
Handbell.—You would much like to startle the
world by a wonderful discovery or amazing theory by which
your name would be known for all time but you will need every
possible good symbol to appear in the cup to give you any
assurance of your ambition being gratified.
Handcuffs.—Disgrace, imprisonment, misfortune,
and dishonesty; this sign must be read in connection with
others around it.
Handglass.—An illusion quickly dispelled is the
meaning of this symbol.
Handscreen.—Even small demands sometimes
necessitate great effort on the part of those to whom the
demand is made.
Hare.—The return of an absent friend after a long
absence; if it is running, a journey is indicated; a dead
hare foreshows money acquired through industry.
Harebell.—Peace, a placid existence, and
faithfulness in love are the meanings of this lovely little
flower; with other signs you may expect news of a birth.
Harp.—This is a sign of melancholy and predicts
the possibility of a nervous breakdown.
Harrissi Lily.—These graceful flowers predict
peace, joy, hope, and a wedding.
Harrow.—This shows that much of your time will be
given endeavouring to make the lives of those around you
smooth and happy, whilst you cheerfully spend your days in a
somewhat monotonous manner.
Harvest.—A shock of corn is a somewhat sad emblem
showing that you have sown that of which the reaping will be
tears; it is also a warning of illness, especially to the
Hastener for Roasting Meat.—You are reminded that
you should endeavour to move with the times, and not cling so
tenaciously to ideas and habits which are now obsolete.
Hat.—A symbol of luck, presents, success in new
work or enterprise; sometimes it foreshows the arrival of a
Hawk.—This is an unfortunate symbol, as it
denotes circumstances in which people and things seem to be
working against you, placing you in awkward and embarrassing
Hayrick.—This indicates a desire for mastery and
preeminence; it also shows that a doubt will arise as to how
best to proceed, but you will find the right way out and will
come to a wise decision.
Head.—A large head gives warning of family
trouble or of serious illness; a very small head, waning
ability or power; several heads, mental distress or
Hearse.—A sign of bereavement or of sad news of
those who are bereaved.
Heart.—A sign of coming happiness through the
affections bringing joy into your life, or satisfaction
through money, according to other signs near.
Ace of Hearts.
Heather.—A most fortunate sign of gratified
wishes and of coming good luck; to lovers it is an assurance
of much happiness.
Hedge.—This shows that through energy and
perseverance you will surmount obstacles and carry all before
Hedgehog.—You will be immensely surprised by
hearing that someone whom you had always thought of as a
confirmed bachelor is about to be married.
Hemlock.—The shadows of your past life have an
inconvenient habit of appearing at the most awkward moments.
Hens.—Comfort and domestic felicity; a hen
roosting shows domestic annoyance and money worries.
Highlander.—This is a sign of sound business
capacity and a plodding contriver in transactions.
Hockey-Stick.—A keenness for games and success in
the playing of them.
Hoe.—This means that you will often have more to
do than you can well accomplish; each day things will occur
needing your attention and increasing your work, but in spite
of it you will have good health and cheerfulness.
Holly.—This indicates that something of
importance may be expected to occur in the winter; unless
gloomy signs appear in the cup, it may be assumed that the
event will be a happy one.
Hollyhock.—You will have a friend, or lover, who
will never disappoint you.
Honeycomb.—Prosperous undertakings, honour and
renown, and much which is delightful are foreshown by this
Hoop.—You will find immense satisfaction in doing
things that require energy even if they are of little
Horns.—You have a powerful enemy, or at least
someone who has feelings of animosity towards you, which may
prove to be unpleasant in their result.
Horse.—Comforts, loyal friends, and pleasure;
galloping horses mean that events are hurrying towards you
over which you have no control, bringing many changes into
your life. See also Carriage and Horses.
Horse-Collar.—To those who own horses, or do
business with them, this sign is a pleasant indication of
success in some transaction; to others it would imply toil
and a strenuous effort to keep things going.
Horseshoe.—An unexpected piece of good fortune,
the achievement of your wish, and good luck in all you
undertake; a double horseshoe hastens the arrival of your
desires; a horseshoe reversed means an upset of plans causing
much disappointment and vexation; a broken one denotes a
dilemma, trials, or discomforts.
Hot-Water Bottle.—You will always find
compensation in all trials and discomforts.
Hot-Water Can.—Indisposition, irritability,
Hourglass.—A warning against delay in
arrangements or thought-of plans; with other signs, the
hourglass is a grave warning of peril through illness or
House.—A successful transaction, a visit, a new
Human Figures.—These must be judged with regard
to what they appear to be doing.
Hyacinth.—This flower predicts love, joy, and
Ibex on Rock.—After a time of strenuous effort
and struggle, you will achieve triumph and a position of
security and peace.
Indian.—This symbol predicts news from India; the
nature of the information, whether personal, public,
pleasant, or the reverse, must be judged by other indications
in the cup.
Initials.—These frequently occur, and usually
point to names of people from whom you may expect to hear
shortly; or they may indicate places.
Iris.—These flowers bring a message of hope and
Iron.—Small vexations or troubles which will
quickly pass, is the meaning of this symbol.
Ivory.—This foretells increased wealth and a
well-merited reward for past industry.
Ivy.—Patience, understanding, steadfastness, and
loyal friends are indicated by this sign.
Jackdaw.—Sagacity, dependable friends, and
knowledge acquired by persevering study.
Jam.—Pots of jam caution you against extravagance
Jelly.—This foreshows a time of pleasure and a
time of pain.
Jemmy.—A bad attack of toothache is indicated by
Jewellery.—You may expect an increase of wealth,
possibly good presents also.
Jockey.—Successful dealing and good money
enterprise; luck in racing and speculation.
John Bull.—This figure implies that you are
likely to witness, or partake in, an event of national
Judge in Robes.—Legal affairs, personal or
otherwise according to other indications in the cup; this
sign is often seen during a famous trial or when such is
about to take place.
Jug.—This shows good health and money making.
Jumping Figure.—Change which will be greatly to
Kangaroo.—You will receive an unlooked-for and
interesting piece of news; sometimes it indicates that you
have a rival.
Kettle.—This is a sign of illness; unless a human
figure appears beside it, the illness is probably for the
consultant; it is an omen of coming trouble.
Key.—Circumstances will improve, things will
become easy, and your path will be made smooth; you may hope
for success in whatever you have on hand; a key at some
distance from the consultant denotes the need for the
assistance of good and influential friends in times of
difficulty. See also Crossed Keys.
Keyhole.—This gives warning of a need for
caution, for someone of whom you feel no suspicion is
Kingfisher.—This beautiful bird signifies the
return of someone for whom you have been longing; if flying,
news of a surprising nature will speedily arrive.
King on His Throne.—Security and peace; it may
also mean that you gain a high position through influential
Kite.—Vanishing pleasures and benefits, or
scandal, are the meanings of this sign.
Kneeling Figure.—A new enterprise or project;
care should be taken to think it over well; do nothing rashly
and seek reliable advice.
Knife.—This is an unpleasant sign of quarrels,
broken friendship, and tears.
Knight in Armour.—This sign predicts good
fortune, success in love, and loyalty to your friends.
Knives.—These signify danger of wounds, attacks
of pain, and dismay.
Laburnum Tree.—A sign of delight and the
fulfilment of a cherished hope, probably occurring in the
Ladder.—This signifies advancement, influential
friends, and the attainment of good fortune.
Lamb.—An indication that you will be amazed by
the success of a doubtful undertaking. See also
Lamp.—This sign provides an assurance of good
success in business. See also Street Lamp.
Lantern.—This shows that fear and doubt will mar
your happiness and progress. See also Chinese Lantern.
Laurel.—This tree points to power, ability and
Leaves.—Prosperous results of your diligence, new
friends, and satisfaction.
Leek.—This implies that you are anxious to come
to the root of some matter of which at present you have only
an inkling; with good signs around, you may expect to come to
a satisfactory understanding.
Leg.—This foretells a successful race with
Leg of Mutton.—Depression and pecuniary worries
is the meaning of this sign.
Leopard.—This animal foreshows triumph over
adverse circumstances or an evil report; two leopards,
fortune and misfortune following each other in quick
Letters.—These are shown by oblong or square
tea-leaves, initials near give the name of the writer; with
dots around they will contain money.
Lettuce.—This shows sleeplessness, possibly from
the receiving of some perturbing news.
Lighthouse.—A good sign of security and of light
on your path whenever it is most needed; if crooked or
broken, disaster at sea.
Lightning.—Forked lightning seen in a zig-zag up
the side of the cup shows bad weather conditions; if near the
figure of a man or woman, it may possibly indicate death from
lightning or electrical mechanism; if seen at the bottom of
the cup and with a clear space indicating water, it would
mean bad storms abroad causing damage and loss.
Lilac.—This is an emblem of radiant happiness;
joys shared with another, with whom there is perfect oneness
of purpose and love.
Lily-of-the-Valley.—A fortunate omen of
realisation, love, and marriage. See also Arum Lily,
Belladonna Lily, Madonna Lily, Harrissi Lily, Water Lily.
Limpets.—These denote that you endeavour to wrest
from others some valuable secret which they possess, but
without success; limpets are a sign of good luck to fishermen
and promise a big haul of fish.
Lines of Dots.—These indicate journeys and their
probable length and direction; to be read in connection with
other signs of movement; wavy lines mean tiresome journeys or
difficulties likely to be encountered; if the lines ascend
sharply to the brim of the cup, a journey to a hilly country
will be taken.
Lion.—One of the most fortunate symbols
indicating high hopes and excellent prospects, association
with distinguished persons, honour, and fame.
Lizard.—This suggests treachery and the
probability of a plot being laid against you by false and
Lobster.—A pleasant event, or a good present, is
shown by this symbol.
Lock and Key.—You are warned against the loss of
something which you value.
Looking-Glass.—This implies a desire to know the
truth, even if it be unpleasant to you.
Lord Mayor's Coach.—You will receive a good offer
from an unexpected quarter.
Lute.—This is a sign of a secret sadness of which
those around you know nothing; to musicians, a good omen of
Lynx.—To the married a bad omen of estrangement,
possibly divorce; to others it denotes treachery or episodes
of a painful nature.
Macaroni.—This proclaims the sad fact that you
must endeavour to make sixpence do the work of a shilling.
Mace.—Promotion, a position of authority and
Madonna Lily.—This flower means perfection and
peace, and the assurance of love and truth.
Magnet.—You will be drawn by an irresistible
attraction towards someone for whom you will eventually feel
more dislike than affection.
Magnifying Glass.—You are given to such
exaggeration that it amounts to untruthfulness.
Magnolia.—This tree brings calm and peaceful
conditions after a time of unrest.
Magpie.—"One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for
a wedding, four for a birth"; this ancient saying well
explains the meaning of seeing magpies in the tea-leaves.
Artist's Mahl Stick.
Mallet.—You will arrive at a wise conclusion in a
difficult matter. See also Croquet Mallet.
Maltese Cross.—You will emerge from one source of
vexation or trouble only to fall into another.
Man.—You may expect a visitor.
Man Carrying a Burden.—An unhappy marriage or an
unfortunate love affair.
Man Carrying Mace.—This points to personal
promotion or the advancement of someone dear to you.
Man Speaking from a Platform.—Public news or
developments which will specially interest or concern you.
Mars.—This sign will often be seen, and indicates
a courageous, energetic nature, fond of exploits and freedom,
and shows a capacity for strenuous work; a fortunate symbol
for a soldier.
Mask.—For a lover, this predicts that unpleasant
facts will come to light, of which at present there is no
suspicion, leading to an abrupt ending of the love affair.
Mass of Leaves.—Arrivals and departures about
which there are little difficulties.
Mast.—This symbol must be read in connection with
the surrounding signs.
Mastiff.—This dog warns you of an unexpected
emergency in which there is danger of your being overpowered
by the arguments of those who are masterful.
Maypole.—This shows that you find but little
satisfaction in your amusements and gaiety; for whilst you
appear to enter into them in a light-hearted manner, you are
craving for further excitement.
May Tree.—This signifies the receiving of a
Meat.—A sign of financial worry.
Meat Cover.—An unpleasant emergency or discovery.
Medal.—You will be rewarded for past industry by
Medicine Bottle.—An unpleasant sign of illness.
Medlar.—This tree predicts a condition of
Meerschaum Pipe.—You will be disturbed by some
news from a man who has much influence in your life.
Melon.—This means gratification and good news,
and the deriving of much pleasure from the appreciation of
those whose good opinion is of value to you.
Mercury.—This planet is constantly seen in the
tea-leaves and is a symbol of ceaseless activity of striving
to attain great things; it also indicates good business
Mermaid.—To those associated with the sea, this
is a warning of shipwreck or other peril.
Merrythought.—The attainment of a wish or small
Mice.—These indicate danger of poverty through
fraud or theft.
Milk-Cans.—These show an agricultural enterprise
that will be to your advantage.
Milk-Churn.—A good emblem of future comfort and
Milking-Stool.—A new venture about which you will
feel somewhat dubious but which with care will be carried out
Mine-Shaft.—This is a hopeful sign of coming
peace after a time of discontent amongst miners, or a coal
Mirror.—Prophetic dreams; a love of truth.
Mistletoe.—This signifies that a cherished hope
is unlikely to be fulfilled, or at any rate it will only be
after many months have passed, and when you have become weary
Mitre.—A prediction of honour and promotion for a
Monk.—Religious controversy and disturbances.
Monkey.—This is an unpleasant indication that
ugly rumours and scandal will be spread about you or yours;
sometimes public notoriety; with other signs, it foreshows
grief and pain.
Monkey-on-Organ.—Difficult circumstances and a
hard struggle are the meanings of this sign.
Monkey Puzzle Tree.—A task lies before you which
you will find hard, but for which you will afterwards be
rewarded by meeting with great success.
Monograms.—These will often be found in the
tea-leaves and will indicate someone of much importance in
your life, whose initials are shown by the monogram.
Monument.—Someone in whose career you are much
interested will rise to fame.
Moon.—A crescent moon denotes good news, fortune,
and romance; for a man it predicts public recognition and
Mortar.—A sign of gloom, illness, emergencies.
Motor Car.—Short journeys by road or rail, visits
from friends; with other signs, some increase of fortune may
Mountain.—This gives promise of the realisation
of a great ambition and of the influence of powerful friends;
many mountains indicate obstructions and sometimes powerful
enemies in your career.
Mounted Horseman.—A sign of good friends, luck,
and advantageous offers.
Mouse.—This invariably indicates that there is
need for a trap to be set; it also gives warning that
domestic worries are to be expected.
Muff.—This implies caprice and ostentation.
Mug.—This symbol predicts a merry meeting.
Mushroom.—This predicts that you will take a
small risk and achieve a great success; to lovers, it
foreshows a quarrel and possibly a broken engagement.
Music Conductor.—A good sign to a musician; to
others it suggests that enthusiasm and good spirits will
carry them through life very happily.
Mutton Chop.—Fruitless discussion or
indisposition are the meanings of this sign. See also
Myrtle Tree.—This speaks of affection and peace;
a declaration of love, and a happy marriage.
Nail.—Toothache and painful dentistry are
foreshown by this sign.
Names.—To see the name of a person or place,
signifies events occurring in connection with such person or
place; if good symbols appear, pleasant happenings may be
expected; if gloomy signs, then trouble will arise associated
with the name seen.
Narcissus.—This flower shows sentiment and coming
joy; also that some new idea will unfold itself to you in the
spring and will prove to be of much advantage to you.
Native with "Tom-Tom".—This foreshows news of
disturbance in India or news of a personal nature which will
Necklace.—A good present or money; a broken
necklace shows that you will break a bond which you have
grown to feel is unendurable.
Needles.—These denote mischief and deceit;
sometimes disappointment in love.
Neptune.—This planetary symbol indicates a
condition of chaos.
Bird's Nest, Eagle's Nest.
Net.—Toil or anxiety followed by amazing
achievement and good fortune.
Ninepins.—These show a mind determined to gain
success whatever the cost in drudgery.
Nose.—A large nose denotes dissipation; a crooked
one shows a wayward and untrustworthy character; a long, thin
nose implies that you change your ideas on various subjects
and alter your mode of life in accordance with your new
Notice-Board.—Your attention will be called to
some fact which it will be to your advantage to learn.
Numbers.—These are frequently found in the
tea-leaves, and must be read in conjunction with surrounding
symbols. If the consultant has a lucky number, and this
appears with good signs, it promises much success. An unlucky
number with gloomy signs predicts misfortune. A journey with
a five near obviously points out that it will be taken in
five days, or weeks, and so on. Ten dots, close together,
means ten pounds or shillings, according to the size and
number of the dots. Numbers with the symbol of a legacy show
the amount to be expected.
Nun.—This is a sign that you will probably remain
unmarried through your own choice; to the married it implies
Nurse.—A nurse in uniform usually foretells
illness for yourself or for someone dear to you.
Nut-Crackers.—This portends that you will strive
to solve a difficult problem, the result of which is of much
importance to you.
Nuts.—Gratified ambition and wealth are indicated
Oak Tree.—This is a good omen of wealth,
strength, and attainment of cherished hopes; for a lover, it
predicts happiness and prosperity in marriage.
Oar.—Sport; amusements; a broken oar denotes
recklessness for which you will pay dearly; for a lover or
husband, this means affliction.
Obelisk.—This foreshows honour and wealth.
Oil-Can.—Work and worry are foretold by this
Onions.—You may expect that something which you
supposed was a secret will be discovered, possibly through
Opera-Glasses.—You are in danger of losing the
confidence of your friends because of your inquisitive
Orchids.—These give a pleasing assurance of
coming good fortune and a life of ease and wealth.
Organ.—This must be read in connection with other
signs around it; sometimes it means a wedding, death, or
realised ambition; to a musician, it is a good omen of
achievement. See also Barrel Organ.
Ostrich.—This symbol points to achievement in
creative work; if running, you may look for startling news
and rumours of public upheavals.
Otter.—You must expect to receive a disagreeable
shock through some unpleasant spite on the part of those of
whom you have always thought well, and regarded as loyal and
Overcoat.—You may expect to have changes in your
life and become of much importance.
Owl.—A bad omen of illness, misfortune, and
poverty; if flying, you will receive tidings of grief; to
lovers this bird is a symbol of bad news or unpleasant
rumours; to those who are contemplating new work or
enterprise the owl should be regarded as a warning to proceed
Ox.—An ox in his stall implies hospitality,
domestic peace and abundance.
Oysters.—These are a sign of enjoyment and
expensive tastes, also that you will appreciate the pleasures
of life more in your later years than in your youthful days.
Padlock.—An open padlock means a surprise; a
closed one, a need for precaution.
Pail.—You will be called upon to undertake a
variety of things which you dislike.
Pails on Yoke.—In the future you may hope for
compensation for past trials and weariness.
Palace.—This portends good fortune and favours.
Palette.—A hopeful sign of success to an artist
or to those associated with one; to others, it suggests a
need for deliberation and advice before embarking upon a new
work or enterprise.
Palm Tree.—This is a symbol of honour, fame, and
victory; increase of wealth, love, and marriage.
Pampas Grass.—This is a sign that you will make a
pathetic endeavour to find happiness in a life which is cast
in a somewhat dreary lot.
Pan and His Pipes.—A most cheering symbol which
gives an assurance of happiness, future prosperity, and
Pansy.—This flower is a symbol of understanding,
modesty, and contentment; it is also a pleasant indication of
faithful friends and happy days.
Panther.—You may expect to be shocked at the
treacherous behaviour of a friend whom you had always
regarded as honourable.
Bird of Paradise.
Parallel Lines.—These predict well-thought-out
and smoothly running plans.
Parcels.—These are shown by thick, square or
Parrot.—This is a sign of foreign travel, the
making of many friends, and much mental energy; sometimes it
gives a hint that there is an inclination to gossip and
Parsley.—Small events will bring you
Peacock.—A sign of the acquisition of property; a
prosperous and happy marriage; with other signs, an
Peaked Cap.—The arrival of a male visitor.
Pears.—Improved social condition and other
advantages; this fruit brings success to a business man and
to a woman a rich husband; one pear signifies a birth or new
Pedestrian.—An important appointment or urgent
Pelican.—This bird is a symbol of loneliness,
separation, and yearning for the unattainable; if it is
flying you will receive news from those who are far away in
isolated parts of the world.
Penguin.—This strange bird indicates interesting
news of expeditions and discoveries in the northern regions.
Penknife.—This is an unfortunate symbol of
enmity, disloyalty, and jealousy.
Peonies.—You will probably be called upon to make
a decision of much importance before another summer is past;
broken peonies predict that you may possibly throw away your
chance of happiness by coming to a wrong conclusion.
Pepper-Pot.—This means vexation and unreasonable
irritation which you will endeavour to conceal.
Perambulator.—News of a birth.
Pestle.—A sign of decisive measures; a remedy for
a grievance or an ill.
Pheasant.—Good fortune; new friends; if flying,
speedy and propitious news.
Piano.—This is a sign that you will make the most
of your opportunities and will gain that for which you have
aimed; to musicians, a sign of advancement.
Pickaxe.—This sign proclaims labour troubles and
Pig.—This assures you of gain and success in
agricultural interests; it also denotes that you may expect a
present of money or a legacy.
Pigeons.—These show reconciliation with someone
dear to you from whom you have been estranged; if flying,
important and pleasant news is on its way; if stationary,
delay in the arrival of important news.
Pillar.—A symbol of strength, protection from
danger, and of good and powerful friends; a broken pillar
predicts sorrow and despair.
Pillar Box.—Important or specially interesting
correspondence is the meaning of this sign.
Pincers.—A painful experience; an injury;
Pincushion.—Thrift, order, and a well-regulated
Pineapple.—A pleasing indication of wealth, rich
friends, and good presents.
Pine Trees.—Happiness followed by an aftermath of
Pipe.—A visit from a dear friend; several pipes
foreshow news from a man who is much in your thoughts. See
also Meerschaum Pipe, Pan and His Pipes.
Pistol.—An ominous warning of disaster; with
other bad signs, of a violent death.
Pitcher.—This shows an endeavour to relieve a
rather dull and monotonous life, by throwing your energy into
somewhat unnecessary work.
Pitchfork.—A sign that you are apt to stir up
feud, and make peace and quiet impossible.
Plate.—For the present, you will merely jog along
in an ordinary way.
Ace of Clubs, Ace of
Diamonds, Ace of Hearts, and Ace of Spades.
Plough.—You must expect to go through toil and
frustration before you finally conquer your difficulties and
Plum Pudding.—This denotes festivity and
Plums.—These foretell a new development of plans.
Polar Bear.—This sign means a journey to a cold
Policeman.—This tells you to beware of theft and
underhand practices; with other signs, it would indicate
trouble probably caused by those with whom you are most
Pope.—Unexpected gain and future happiness are
foretold by this sign.
Poppy.—This flower is significant of a pleasant
occurrence in the early summer.
Porter and Truck.—This indicates a pending
journey or the arrival of a traveller.
Post.—This signifies a formidable obstacle; if
broken, that you will encounter a storm of opposition to your
Postman.—Important and profitable news.
Potato.—You will have need of patience in your
daily life, and will sometimes be troubled by pecuniary
Prancing Lamb.—This is a symbol of trouble which
will have beneficial results and will lead to contentment and
Prawns.—These bring pleasures, presents and
Prince of Wales' Plumes.—This is a symbol of
pleasant events, stirring topics and sometimes of personal
honour and distinction.
Puffin.—This bird denotes timidity and a desire
for solitude; if flying, news from abroad.
Pulpit.—A love of talking and a dislike to
listening is the meaning of this symbol.
Pump.—Your own efforts will bring about a
Punch-and-Judy.—You will read, or hear, of a
sensational case in married life.
Purse.—This cautions you against theft, or
carelessness that may lead to losing money.
Pyramids.—These foreshow attainment to honour,
fame and wealth.
Queen.—A queen upon her throne indicates
security, peace, and honour; sometimes the attainment to a
high position through powerful friends.
Query.—This shows doubt, indecision; if this sign
were seen with a letter the doubt would be with regard to
some correspondence; if with a journey, uncertainty about it;
and so on.
Quill Pen.—This shows that you may expect, before
long, to sign your maiden name for the last time in a
marriage register; with other signs, a legal document.
Quoits.—This sign indicates a journey to the
country on pleasure.
Rabbit.—An indication of illness for a child; a
dead rabbit means domestic duties which will bore you,
sometimes financial worry; several rabbits suggest that you
must depend upon your own efforts for your amusements and
must be content with simple ones; a rabbit on its hind legs
predicts that a new plan or idea will bring you great
Rag Doll.—This implies a simplicity that
sometimes verges on folly.
Railway Signal.—This symbol may be seen at
"danger" or "all clear." Its meaning must be read in
accordance with other signs.
Ram.—An unpleasant person whom you would do well
to avoid is indicated by this sign.
Rake.—This implement denotes a persevering nature
which should bring you a liberal measure of success in
whatever you undertake; it also indicates luck in
Rat.—Treachery and other impending troubles, are
foreshown by this unpleasant symbol.
Raven.—This bird is an omen of gloom and
despondency, disappointment in love, separation, failure in
work; it is also a symbol of death for the aged.
Razor.—Quarrels, also a warning against
interference in other people's affairs; to lovers this sign
foretells disagreement and separation.
Red-Hot Poker.—This flower suggests that you are
likely to bring yourself within the range of unpleasant
criticism by your flaunting manner.
Reptile.—This is a bad omen of coming misfortune,
treachery, or illness.
Rhinoceros.—This animal denotes a risky
proceeding into which you plunge without hesitation, although
your friends and relations will try to persuade you to give
up your scheme, but your indifference to the opinion of
others prevents any chance of their being successful.
Rider.—This brings good news from overseas of
business and financial affairs.
Rifle.—Strife and calamity are shown by this
Ring.—With dots around, a contract or a business
transaction; with the figures of a man and woman, an
engagement or wedding is foretold.
River.—A sign of trouble and perplexity,
sometimes illness and bereavement.
Robin.—A symbol of much good fortune, loyal
friends, and happiness in love.
Rocket.—This foretells joy and gladness at some
event about to happen.
Rocking Chair.—This indicates contemplation of a
new idea or scheme about which you are somewhat doubtful.
Rocking Horse.—Happy associations will be
renewed; pleasure with children.
Rocks.—These prepare you for alarms and
agitation, but if good signs appear, you will eventually find
a smooth path through your fife.
Rolling Pin.—This is an indication that you will
be capable of smoothing out your difficulties and will
usually find an easy path in which to tread.
Rose.—A token of good fortune, joy, and love.
Rosemary.—Memories of the past will mar your
Running Figures.—You may expect an emergency in
which you will need to have all your wits about you;
sometimes this signifies urgent messages.
Sack.—This predicts an unlooked for event which
will turn out to be most fortunate.
Saddle.—The successful solving of a troublesome
matter is the meaning of this sign.
Sailor.—You may expect news from overseas of an
Salmon Jumping in a Pool.—This is a fortunate
sign of propitious news which will mean a great deal to you.
Sandwich Man.—After a time of irksome tasks and
pecuniary worry, you will be rewarded by a time of ease and
Saucepan.—This is an indication that many
troubles will befall you, and your courage will be tested in
Sausages.—These show complaints or affliction.
Saw.—Interference which will bring a good deal of
trouble upon you, is signified by a saw.
Scaffold.—This signifies that you will enter into
a rash speculation.
Scales.—This symbol stands for legal proceedings.
Scarecrow.—This warns you to avoid interfering in
the private affairs of others, or you may find that you will
receive the cold shoulder from them.
Sceptre.—This is a fortunate sign of distinction
Scimitar.—You will hear of murders, horrible
treachery, and riots.
Scissors.—An unlucky sign of friction between
friends; disputing and disagreeableness with married couples;
quarrels between lovers; trouble in business.
Screw.—With a little ingenuity and perseverance,
you will arrive at that for which you aim.
Screw-Spanner.—Troublesome affairs and vexations
are before you.
Scythe.—This sign foreshows grief and pain.
Seagull.—A sign of storms; if flying, news from
Seakale.—A satisfactory conclusion to a vexed
question is the meaning of this symbol.
Seal.—An indication that a considerable amount of
patience will be necessary before your hopes are realised,
but eventually you will gain success and wealth.
Sealing-Wax.—Theoretically you are wise, but you
seldom bring your wisdom to bear on practical matters.
See-Saw.—Unless you endeavour to become more
decisive and reliable, you will lose any good opportunities
which may come your way.
Seaweed.—This denotes a joy in the past of which
only the memory remains.
Shamrock.—A sign of good luck.
Shark.—An ominous sign of death.
Shaving-Brush.—This sign suggests that you are
apt to turn molehills into mountains.
Sheep.—To landowners or those engaged in any
agricultural pursuits sheep are an omen of success and
prosperous dealing; to others this sign implies that they
will receive assistance from unexpected quarters.
Shell.—Good luck from an unexpected source; with
other signs, a visit to the seaside.
Shepherd.—The appearance of this symbol warns you
against taking unnecessary risks in all matters.
Ship.—News from distant lands; a successful
journey; a voyage.
Shirt.—This sign is considered an omen of good
Shoes.—These indicate speedy new arrangements
which are likely to turn out extremely well.
Shrimping Net.—Pleasures and amusements,
unconventionality, and good spirits.
Shutters.—This sign proclaims the fact that there
is need for secrecy, and that there may be things in your
life of which you trust nothing will be known.
Sickle.—A sign that you will experience sorrow
and pain through the callous behaviour of someone you love.
Signpost.—This symbol must be read in conjunction
with surrounding symbols; it usually emphasises the
importance of other signs; a broken signpost indicates, that
you take a wrong turning in your life and afterwards have
much cause to regret it.
Skeleton.—This implies a feeling of disgust at
some information which is told to you and which you are asked
not to reveal.
Skipping Rope.—Pleasure with children and
popularity with them.
Sleigh.—A spell of cold weather; an interesting
event or piece of news to be expected in the winter.
Slug.—Petty annoyances; bad weather.
Snail.—This is a sign of infidelity; several
snails, that mischief is going on around you of which you are
Snake.—This is an unpleasant sign of treachery,
disloyalty, and hidden danger, sometimes caused by those whom
you least suspect; if its head is raised, injury by the
malice of a man is predicted; it is also an indication of
misfortune and illness.
Snipe.—This bird signifies the discovery of a
useful fact; if flying, hasty news of a great friend.
Snowdrops.—These are a symbol of youth and
innocence; this sign may point to some event affecting you
and yours which will probably take place about February; if
seen in a cross it would foreshow the death of an infant or
Soap.—Cakes or blocks of soap predict temporary
trouble in business.
Child Blowing Soap
Sofa.—This foreshows indisposition or a small
illness, sometimes disturbed nights or emergencies.
Soldier.—This signifies that you may count upon
the loyalty and affection of your friends; sometimes it
indicates that you may expect speedy news of a soldier.
Solomon's Seal.—This plant is a symbol of
understanding, devotion, and coming joy.
Soup Ladle.—It will be through the assistance of
others that you will arrive at success.
Soup Tureen.—To the mature, this symbol points to
a return of good fortune; to the young, a small illness and
loss of appetite.
Spade.—This means toil, care, unrest,
disappointment, and failure. See Ace of Spades.
Sphinx.—This denotes that your hopes will be set
on things far beyond your reach, and that as nothing but the
very best in life has any attraction for you, it is
improbable that you will ever attain to complete happiness.
Spider.—You may expect to receive an inheritance;
with other signs, that you will be triumphant in disputed
will or money settlement; several spiders foretell profitable
transactions, sometimes a heritage of much wealth.
Spur.—This symbol foretells that as the result of
endurance and honest labour you will attain to honour.
Square.—This formed of dotted lines indicates
perplexity and dismay, and endeavour to extricate yourself
from an embarrassing situation.
Squirrel.—This is a sign of contentment and
cheerfulness; although you may never be rich you will be
loved by those around you and, on the whole, will lead a
Star.—A lucky sign; if surrounded by dots, wealth
and honour are foretold.
Steamer.—A voyage, news from overseas,
interesting events, according to other signs.
Steeple.—This denotes misfortune, bad luck; if it
is crooked or bending it foreshows a coming disaster or
crushing blow to your hope.
Steps.—Unaccustomed work which will fall to your
lot as a result of the illness of someone with whom you work
Stile.—With a small amount of perception you will
arrive at a right conclusion.
Stilts.—These show a desire to appear different
in the eyes of your friends from that which you really are,
and you will often fail in an effort to keep up this
Stocks.—These sweet scented flowers foreshow an
unexpected happiness with someone whom you have not seen for
a long while.
Stockings.—A present received or given is the
meaning of this symbol.
Stones.—Little worries and vexations.
Stool.—A large stool is a symbol of honour; a
small one signifies that your success in life will be meagre.
Stork.—In summer, this bird tells you to beware
of robbery or fraud; in winter, prepare for bad weather and a
great misfortune; a stork flying predicts that whilst you
hesitate in coming to a decision, a profitable chance is
lost, the news of which will speedily reach you.
Stove.—This symbol calls attention to the fact
that trials and tribulations await you.
Straw.—A bundle of straw foretells gain through
Strawberries.—Pleasure and the gratification of
your wishes are shown by this fruit.
Straw Hat.—Modesty and simple pleasures.
Street Lamp.—This is a sign of a foolish desire
to draw attention to yourself.
Stuffed Birds.—A discovery that something upon
which you had set your heart proves unsatisfying.
Submarine.—Swiftly arriving news or events;
sometimes the disclosure of a secret which will be of much
personal value to you.
Sun.—This promises happiness, health, success in
love, prosperity, and the beneficial discovery of secrets.
Sun Bonnet.—A sign of originality, personal charm
and attraction, sometimes coquetry.
Sundial.—You are warned to take heed as to the
way in which you spend your time.
Sunflower.—This flower proclaims learning and a
satisfactory conclusion in matters which are most interesting
to you; it also implies that you may reasonably expect a
scheme to work out greatly to your advantage.
Suspenders.—These show precaution.
Suspension Bridge.—A venture in which much is at
stake but after a time of anxiety you arrive at final
Swallow.—A journey with a happy result; if
flying, joyful tidings from someone you love; if several
swallows are flying, they indicate a journey to a warm
climate under very pleasant conditions.
Swan.—This bird is significant of tribulation,
troublesome conditions in the home, and sometimes of
separation from those whom you love.
Sweep.—The performing of an urgent disagreeable
business will shortly fall to your lot.
Sweet William.—This flower signifies that
happiness in the past has tinged your future with sadness.
Swimming.—A brave endeavour to overcome your fear
of an undertaking which must be faced.
Swing-Boat.—By an act of folly, you forfeit the
good opinion of someone with whom you most desire to be on
terms of friendship.
Sword.—This is a sign of danger, sudden illness,
or even death; it also betokens slander and dangerous gossip;
to lovers it is a bad omen of quarrels; a sword in its sheath
shows honour and glory for someone dear to you; a broken
sword predicts the triumph of an enemy.
Table.—This means suggestions and consultation;
note the subject from the surrounding signs.
Tambourine.—A symbol of lighthearted gaiety which
will follow a time of gloom or worry. See also
Tea Cosy.—To the unmarried, this is a sign that
they will probably remain single; to the married, affection
and comfort in the small things of life.
Tea-Cup and Saucer.—You may expect to hear
something of much interest and pleasure in your "fortune."
Teeth.—These call attention to the fact that
probably a visit to the dentist is required.
Telegraph Post.—Hasty news by telephone or
Telegraph Wires.—You will transact important
business by telephone or telegram.
Telephone.—You will be put to considerable
inconvenience through forgetfulness.
Telescope.—This predicts the probability of
trouble with your eyesight.
Tennis Net.—This shows pleasures and social
Tent.—A symbol of travel.
Thimble.—For a girl, this symbol implies that she
will probably never marry; to the married, it predicts
changes in the household.
Thistle.—This is a pleasant sign of strength,
endurance, and affection; it also shows a desire to remove
obstacles from the path of those who are in difficulties.
Throne.—An empty throne denotes public
misfortune. See also King on Throne.
Thumb.—A large and powerful thumb foretells an
opportunity in which you prove yourself superior to those who
hitherto somewhat despised you.
Tiger.—You will be placed in a perilous position
possibly through the bad behaviour or folly of those who
should protect you.
Timber.—Logs of timber are a sign of well-being
and prosperity in your affairs.
Tin Tacks.—An agreement about to be
Toad.—You may expect deceit and the discovery of
disagreeable facts; this sign should caution you to be on
your guard, for malicious talking causes much discomfort and
may separate the best of friends.
Toadstool.—You are warned against making rash and
unguarded statements, a bad habit of gossiping and
Native with Tom-Tom.
Tomatoes Growing.—An increase of worldly goods is
foreshown by this sign.
Tombstone.—This sign must be judged in accordance
with other symbols around it.
Tongs.—A pair of firetongs indicates anxiety and
disturbance in the home.
Tongue.—This signifies that unless you amend you
will make mischief by your indiscreet and unkind words.
Tooth.—One large tooth is a symbol of
Topiary Work.—Trees and hedges cut into the forms
of birds, animals, etc., are often to be seen in the
tea-leaves; this sign assures you of the fact that those
things for which you must wait longest are those which will
give most joy.
Torch (Flaming).—This is a hopeful symbol that
some unexpected piece of good fortune will come to you; it
also indicates the discovery of an undeveloped talent.
Torpedo.—Acts of violence, disaster, or
distressing news are the meanings of this symbol.
Tortoise.—This means that you attempt that of
which you have no knowledge.
Tower.—This predicts an advantageous opportunity
through which you may rise to a good position in life.
Toys.—Pleasure with children.
Train.—Arrivals, removals, a journey.
Tram.—A roadway journey on business or pleasure.
Tram Line.—This is indicated by two thin,
straight lines which run near together up the side of the
Trees.—Good health and a pleasing assurance of
coming prosperity and happiness; if surrounded by dots an
inheritance of property in the country is foreshown! See also
Chestnut Tree, Christmas Tree, Elm Tree, Oak Tree, Yew Tree.
Triangle.—A fortunate meeting, good luck;
sometimes an unexpected legacy.
Trident.—A hopeful sign of honour and promotion
to those in the Navy.
Triumphal Arch.—This is a fortunate omen of your
future honour and high position; a decorated arch foretells a
Trowel.—This gardening implement foretells good
weather conditions; seen in the winter, it indicates unusual
mildness. See also Bricklayer's Trowel.
Trousers.—A pair of trousers foretells news of
misfortune or sorrow for a man.
True Lover's Knot.—This is a happy omen of
faithfulness in love, and of enduring friendship.
Trumpet.—This denotes good fortune to a musician;
to others, entertainment, large assemblies of people, public
speaking, sometimes the setting on foot of new schemes.
Trunk.—Arrivals and departures.
Tub.—You have evil to fear, is the meaning of
Tulips.—A symbol of radiance, health, and
constancy in love and friendship.
Tunnel.—This suggests that you are likely to make
a wrong decision in an important matter.
Turkey.—That you are in danger of committing
injurious follies is the meaning of this sign.
Turnip.—The discovery of secrets and domestic
quarrels are indicated by this sign.
Turnpike.—This implies that the reminiscences
which you relate of the past are of more interest than your
topics of the present.
Turnstile.—This is a sign that you cleverly evade
a disagreeable incident or unpleasant discussion without
Turtle.—This is significant of wealth and luxury.
Twins.—This is a symbol of sympathy and the
perfection of happiness; with other signs, news of the birth
Ugly Faces.—These show domestic quarrels or
Umbrella.—If it is open, bad weather and
grumbling are foretold; closed, a bit of bad luck which may
Unicorn.—This is an indication of scandal.
Urn.—A sign of illness.
Vampire.—This brings a message of gloom and
sorrow, or also means that you await the expected news of a
Van.—This sign denotes an interesting experiment
in which you succeed.
Vanity Bag.—A large circle of admiring friends,
and much pleasure with them.
Vase.—This sign brings you a promise of good
Vegetable Marrow.—This means sad news or monetary
losses through bad crops, either at home or abroad.
Vegetables.—These indicate toil, followed by a
time of leisure and affluent circumstances.
Venus.—This planet which is sometimes seen in the
tea-leaves, brings a message of peace or placidity.
Vise.—A carpenter's vise signifies that you will
need powerful assistance to extricate you from the mess in
which you will find yourself through your folly.
Violets.—This is a symbol of high ideals and of
the finding of happiness in its fullest sense; several
violets assure you of coming joy; if in the form of a cross,
death is predicted.
Violin.—A symbol of coming success to a musician,
and of pleasure and entertainment to others.
Vulture.—This bird is a forewarning of evil and
unrest in various quarters of the globe; it also means a
powerful enemy, sometimes death; if it flies, tragedy,
sorrow, and tears are predicted.
Wading Boot.—This is a warning to be cautious in
swimming or boating, or you may meet with an accident; with
other signs it denotes a home by the sea.
Waggon.—This implies a fortunate outlook and
changes for the better.
Walking Stick.—The arrival of a male visitor.
Wall.—A thick, high wall denotes many
difficulties in your life, and that much courage will be
needed to overcome them.
Wallflower.—This sign indicates the serious
consideration of a new plan.
Warming Pan.—This is a sign of comfort in small
things and domestic peace.
Wasps.—These insects are significant of distress
caused by the sharp tongues of those around you.
Water.—This is usually recognised by a clear
space entirely free from tea-leaves at the bottom of the cup.
Water Lily.—This flower proclaims a declaration
Weasel.—This animal shows cunning, and points to
the sly behaviour of someone with whom you associate, and of
whom you feel no suspicion.
Weathercock.—This is a sign that you feel
incapable of making up your mind definitely on any matter
without first consulting each one with whom you come in
contact, and in the end you settle upon an entirely different
course of action.
Wedding Cake.—This proclaims a speedy and
Whale.—A prediction of personal danger which may
be averted if you are cautious.
Wheel.—This is symbolic of the wheel of fortune
and foreshows a prosperous career or an inheritance of
wealth; a broken wheel predicts a bad disappointment as to an
expected increase of income or a legacy.
Wheelbarrow.—This sign foretells a visit to the
country or a pleasant renewal of friendship with those who
live in it.
Whip.—To a woman this sign foretells vexation and
trials in her marriage; for a man, it has much the same
meaning, and severe disappointment will befall him.
Wicket Gate.—A small incident leads up to an
important future event.
Widow's Bonnet.—This sign must be read in
connection with other symbols; sometimes it foreshows grief
and mourning, or if dots are round it, that a sum of money or
a legacy may be expected from a widow.
Windmill.—A sign that you may hope to succeed in
a doubtful enterprise.
Window.—An open window shows that you are
regarded with favour by many; a closed one means
Wine Cup.—Joy and realised ambition.
Witch on Broom.—You will be reproved by some of
your friends who consider that your interest in psychic
matters is dangerous, but later on you will be able to prove
to their satisfaction that no harm has come to it.
Witness Box.—With bad signs around it, this would
point to a personal matter ending in a law court; otherwise,
it denotes the taking place of a trial in which you will feel
Wolf.—Beware of an avaricious and hard-hearted
neighbour or friend.
Woman Carrying a Burden.—An unhappy marriage or
unfortunate love affair.
Woman Carrying a Child.—This shows distress,
sometimes illness of someone dear to you, or sadness through
Woman Holding a Mirror.—Clairvoyance and
prediction of the future are signified by this symbol.
Women.—With bad signs, several women mean
scandal; otherwise, society.
Wood.—Much happiness with someone dear to you, a
forthcoming wedding, or a fortunate and favourable event.
Woodpecker.—This bird brings pleasant news from
those who live in the country.
Worms.—These warn you of coming misfortune, or of
treachery, and evil by secret foes.
Wreath.—This is a symbol of marriage, and of much
happiness being in store for you.
Yacht.—This is a favourable sign of increased
wealth or happiness.
Yew Tree.—You may expect to attain to a prominent
position in life, and to receive a legacy from an aged
relative or friend.
Zebra.—Something for which you have long waited
is now within sight, but you are likely to be disappointed,
for you will find that it was not worth waiting for after
SOME COMBINATIONS OF SYMBOLS
AND THEIR MEANING
Ace of Diamonds, A Circle.—An engagement.
Ace of Diamonds, A Bush.—A pleasant invitation.
Ace of Clubs, An Obelisk.—The offer of a good
Ace of Hearts, A Train, A Query.—Indecision about
Ace of Hearts, An Urn, A Bed.—Illness in the
Ace of Spades, Bricks.—An advantageous offer from
a large town.
Arm, A Myrtle Tree, Bird on a Perch.—New plans
which bring about a meeting with someone who will become all
the world to you.
Arum Lily, Bells, A Church.—A wedding.
Arum Lily, A Bat, A Bed, A Widow's Bonnet.—Death
of a widow.
Bacon, Pagoda.—You will make your fortune abroad.
Banana, A Peacock, Ace of Hearts, Trees.—A happy
marriage to someone of wealth and property in the country.
Bed, An Engine, Laburnum Tree.—A happy visit to
the country in the spring.
Besom, Ugly Faces.—You will make many enemies by
Bonnet, A Bouquet.—Marriage late in life.
Bride, A Crescent Moon, A Swallow.—A journey
which leads to a romantic love affair.
Bride, Penknife, An Owl.—Jealousy terminates an
Cab, A Square, A Cap.—A gloomy outlook brought
about by one of the opposite sex.
Camel (Laden), A Small "T," A Coffin.—An
unexpected fortune through the death of someone abroad whose
name begins with "T."
Chain (Entangled), Onion.—You will be placed in
an embarrassing position by the discovery of a secret.
Chinese Lantern, A Pair of Stilts.—Pride brings
about a fall.
Clover, Plums, A Bridge.—A new and excellent
opportunity will come your way necessitating a journey.
Daffodils, The Sun.—A joyful occurrence in the
Doves, A Book, A Beehive.—You will advance
rapidly and become a well-known writer.
Duck, A Vegetable Marrow.—Rash investments.
Eagle (Flying), A Steamer, A Tent, A Large "E."—A
position of honour in Egypt.
Ear, A Beehive, A Trumpet.—Fame as a public
Fate Line, A Sword in Its Sheath, The Sign of Mars, A
Chain.—A happy fate awaits you, and marriage to a
soldier who will rise to the top of the tree in his
Frog, A Fish, A Ship, A Large "C".—Emigration to
Goat, A Running Figure, A Lamb.—There need be no
doubt as to the successful outcome of your venture.
Grasshoppers, A Sleigh, A Wreath of Asters.—Death
of an elderly friend or relative in the winter.
Key, A Flaming Torch.—Some discovery or the
development of a patent leads to your becoming famous.
King on His Throne, An Eagle in a Cage, A Mace.—
An important public ceremony in which you take a part.
Ladder, Ring, A Man and a Woman.—Marriage will be
the means of advancement and good fortune.
Ladder, A Palette.—Attainment to a position of
honour as an artist.
Ladder, The Symbol of Mars.—A most fortunate
career as a soldier.
Lion, A Lute.—Rising to the top of the tree, as a
musician, is assured by these symbols.
Lion, A Man Speaking from a Platform.—Great
success in a public career and the attaining to an
Lion, A Man Beside a Pestle and Mortar.—Excellent
prospects and fame as a doctor.
Lizard, A Peaked Cap.—An expected visitor is not
to be trusted.
Mace, A Mallet.—Through wisdom and clear judgment
you will rise to a position of authority.
Man Carrying a Burden, A Pair of Scissors, A
Mushroom.—Quarrels in an unhappy love affair ending
in a broken engagement.
Magnet, A Meat Cover.—An unpleasant discovery
leads to the abrupt ending of an infatuation.
Nail, A Pair of Pincers.—A visit to the dentist
and the removal of a tooth.
Notice-Board, A Leek, An Open Padlock.—In a
surprising manner you will get the information for which you
Onions, An Otter.—Those in whom you trusted have
betrayed your confidence and divulged a secret.
Owl, A Pail.—Loss of income will necessitate your
undertaking distasteful work.
Pagoda, A Palm Tree, Water.—A voyage to a warm
climate under very happy conditions.
Pestle and Mortar, A Walking Stick.—Illness and
the arrival of the doctor.
Pulpit, Opera Glasses.—Those who weary others by
undue curiosity will always remain in ignorance.
Query, A Letter, Initial "B," A Grave Stone.—You
will be consulted as to the erecting of a headstone on the
grave of a relative or friend.
Quill Pen, Lilies of the Valley, An Organ.—Great
happiness through marriage.
Rabbit, An Arrow, A Large Letter "L," A
Dagger.—News of severe illness and a probable
operation for a child who lives in London.
Rhinoceros, An Overcoat, A Steamer, A Large Letter
"I.".—The undertaking of a somewhat hazardous
enterprise necessitates a voyage to India; through this much
will happen which will eventually lead to your becoming
Rocket, A Pear, A Snowdrop.—News of a birth of
which you may expect to hear in February.
Rocking Chair, A Pedestrian, A Mushroom.—
Deliberation over important matters brings you to the
conclusion that a great venture, which may mean enormous
gain, is worth a small risk, and success will await you.
Sailor, A Flying Swallow, A Trident, A
Ring.—Happy news of good promotion for a sailor and
a proposal of marriage.
Scaffold, Leg of Mutton.—Gambling or speculation
will bring you to poverty unless you pay heed to this
Shark, A Pistol, A Flying Seagull.—News from
abroad of a tragic death.
Snake, A Ram, A Woman, A Widow's
Bonnet.—Overwhelming evidence against some widow who
is a dangerous enemy.
Sofa, A Sleigh.—A cold in the head or a chill.
Sword, A Ring, A Man, A Woman, A Toad.—Separation
of lovers brought about by slander and malicious talk.
Table, A Quill Pen, A Cat, A Ring with Dots
Around.—Legal business over money matters which
leads to family quarrels.
Throne, An Ostrich Running, A Flying Seagull, A
Flag.—Serious news from abroad of disturbances and
Tram Lines, A Building with Dots Around It, A
Purse.—You will take a roadway journey to a bank and
are warned to beware of pickpockets.
Urn, Hospital Nurse, A Man, A Large
Heart.—Serious illness affecting the heart is
predicted for a man.
Vegetable Marrow, A Steamer, Native with "Tom-Tom," A
Broken Pillar.—Distressing news of misfortune for
someone dear to you in India.
Violet, A Water Lily, A Robin, A Crescent Moon, A
Ring.—A romantic love affair which ends in a happy
marriage taking place in the early spring.
Wading Boot, The Sign of Neptune, Several Penguins, A
Mast.—News of a disaster in the North Sea.
Widow's Bonnet, A Pig, A Dotted Circle, The Figures
"100."—A small legacy of a hundred pounds may be
expected from a widow.
Woodpecker, Trees, A Rose, A Man.—A prospective
visit to the country in the summer, when you will meet with
someone who will become very dear to you.
Yew Tree, An Open Padlock, A Wallflower, A
Pineapple.—A new plan of life is made necessary as
the result of an unexpected inheritance of much wealth.
SOME EXAMPLE CUPS WITH THEIR
The following twenty illustrations are photographs of cups
which on various occasions have been turned by consultants
and interpreted by a seer. The student will find these of
much practical value in learning what symbols to look for,
and how to discern them clearly as the cup is turned about in
The divination of each cup should be carefully studied with
its illustration; by this means the student will be enabled
to grasp the principles upon which to form a judgment of the
cup as a whole.
Having mastered this, the knowledge gained can be
supplemented by reference to the alphabetical Dictionary of
Symbols and Their Meanings in the previous chapter.
To study the illustrations and their descriptions correctly,
the former must be turned about and about until each symbol
has been identified.
The most noticeable feature of this cup is the clear evidence
given that the chief interests of the consultant are bound up
in some man in India. That there is delay in receiving
important news from him is shown by the symbol of the pigeon
on the stone immediately beneath the handle. But that most
favourable news may be expected later is certain, for the
figure of a man upon an elephant with a pineapple beyond
gives proof of this. The natives with the large "P" in
conjunction show that the Punjaub is indicated, and this is
further emphasised by the sign-post which points towards
these symbols. The child's toys show the consultant's
association and happiness with children. The figure of the
woman seated on the edge of a rock with its curious peak
behind her, and the seagull below, suggest that storms at sea
will cause distress to some woman known to the consultant.
The small figure "11," close to this symbol, points out that
it is likely to be eleven days before there is hope of the
anxiety being relieved.
On sides.—Natives on post. Large letter "P."
Child's toys. Woman with uplifted hands on curious shaped
rock. Small numeral "11" above. Seagull perched on small rock
In centre.—Pigeon standing on large stone, man in
sun helmet on elephant. Sign-post pointing to letter "P."
Near rim and handle.—A pineapple on dish.
This cup shows that a variety of events may be expected, with
a fair proportion of pleasure and success to be anticipated
The finger beyond the handle pointing to the ark indicates
that in all trials the consultant will find a refuge. The
hanging lamp is also a guarantee of coming success, and
prosperous undertakings, in some new plan which is under
The clouds, the symbol of the goat beyond which is facing
into the open gateway, signify that an advantageous
opportunity, to which a certain amount of risk is attached,
awaits the consultant; the prominent figurehead upon the
stone pillar gives assurance that all will turn out well, and
that there is no need for hesitation in embarking upon this
new opportunity; that it will necessitate a removal is shown
by the buildings beyond. The quill pen and dots point to the
fact that some legal business will be transacted over money
The dove-cot in the centre, with the form of a widow with
dots around, signifies that a benefit to the home may be
expected in the future, through a widow. The clergyman in
conjunction, holding a paper, shows that the benefit will
probably come about through a reconciliation. The bank of
clouds behind the ferry boat shows that some trouble, to be
expected in the future, will be lightened by the help of good
friends. Whilst the bird stationary upon the piece of wood,
at some distance from the consultant, and in conjunction with
the letter "L," means uncertainty as to some desired
information, which should come from someone whose name begins
On sides.—Finger. Small ark. Hanging lamp and
shade. Large arm-chair. Bank of clouds. Goat. Large open
gateway. Curious shaped figurehead upon a stone pillar. Low
curved wall and buildings. Small quill pen and dots.
In centre.—Dove-cot. Widow in flowing veil seated
in chair. Dots around. Man in clerical hat holding an open
paper in his hand.
Near rim.—Shapeless leaves. Small ferry boat on
water. Bird standing on log of wood. Letter "L."
The cat with dots around being near the handle indicates
financial worry in the home. The bone beyond shows that the
misfortunes will be met with courage, and eventually
overcome. The cockatoo, with the cauliflower appearing on the
opposite side, signifies that an unreliable friend will cause
the consultant a little uneasiness, and as a small symbol of
a mushroom is beside it, a quarrel with this undesirable
friend may be expected.
The pear may be linked to the symbol of the font in the
centre of the cup, showing that the consultant may expect
news of a birth; the carving indicates that the news will
give much satisfaction; the wine-cup, with the leg in
conjunction, points out that the ambitions of the consultant
will certainly be realised in the future. That a certain
amount of waiting will be necessary is shown by the distance
from the handle.
The motor boat, and monument in the centre, foretell the
successful outcome of a new venture, which at present is
unthought-of. The rocks show that a certain amount of mental
agitation is aroused by the setting out on this undertaking,
but, with the reassuring symbols in this cup, no alarm is
On side under handle.—Cat. Scattered dots.
On side.—Bone. Cockatoo upon a stump of wood.
Small symbol of a leg. Wine-cup held in hand. Small symbol of
a mushroom. Pear. Cauliflower.
On circle under handle.—Curious shaped rocks.
On circle beyond.—Monument.
In centre.—Motor boat. Font. Carved figures.
The symbol of the seal being directly under the handle, with
the large arch and carving beyond, show that the consultant
will soon enjoy the fulfilment of a long desired hope;
everything is going smoothly, and will turn out as desired.
The only obstacle is seen in the symbol of the weasel, which
appears beyond the seal, pointing to the fact that the
consultant has someone who is not to be trusted in the home,
but this will not result in anything serious.
The figures of the two women opposite the handle show the
arrival of friends to the "house," bringing presents with
them. The inkpot, pen, and numeral "7," with the bird's nest
in connection, show that happy news, as the result of
personal effort on the part of the consultant, may be looked
for within seven days.
The rock, motor, and wavy lines being in conjunction, warn
the consultant of some forthcoming vexation, and possibly
alarm, in connection with a motor expedition, but the episode
is in the distance, and will not be more than a passing
The slug, at the bottom of the cup, predicts a future
disturbance with someone, but the matter will be trifling.
The large symbol of the king and queen upon the throne,
opposite the handle, foretells a future of honour and wealth,
and the assurance of every happiness for this fortunate
Opposite handle on circle.—Two women, inside
figure carrying basket, outside figure with parcel under arm.
On sides.—Line of wavy dots. Large rock. Motor.
Bird's nest. Pen. Numeral "7." Inkpot.
On circle.—Large arch with carving.
In centre.—Slug. Figures of King and Queen on
Under handle.—Seal. Weasel.
The large rock on the side, with the letter "J" beside it,
speaks of a forthcoming vexation or trouble caused by someone
whose name begins with "J." The necklace and jewellery
beyond, with scattered dots around, give a cheerful assurance
to the consultant of coming prosperity. This is further
emphasised by the circle of dots above the letter "C" in the
centre. As the initial is large, it probably indicates the
name of the place from which the source of wealth may be
anticipated; and that much happiness will come to the
consultant in the future, is shown by the dancing figure and
carved figures being in conjunction.
The small basket, the sausage, and roll of bread, with the
query and "2" beyond, all point to the fact that the
consultant will have little complaints and grumbles to put up
with, and there will be some doubt as to which of two people
is most to blame. But it will be only a small ripple upon the
otherwise smooth surface of the consultant's outlook.
On sides.—Large rocks. Letter "J" in conjunction.
In centre.—Large ornamental "C." Circle of dots
above. Figure of girl dancing with arm upraised beneath.
In centre near circle.—Basket. Large sausage with
roll of bread in conjunction. Small query. Numeral "2."
The numeral "4," beside the shapeless leaves, and the line
leading from this to the flat rock beyond, indicate that in
about four days the consultant may expect to meet with
obstacles in the way of some prospective outing or pleasure,
which will probably fall through.
The corkscrew, with the letter "C" in conjunction, signifies
vexatious curiosity as to the consultant's private concerns,
on the part of persons whose names begin with these initials.
But that it is merely a passing annoyance is shown by the
symbol of the arch, and dancing figures above it, and, with
the fig tree beyond, foretells the development of things most
wished for, and much future happiness and prosperity.
The anvil in the centre, with the branches of a tree in
conjunction, suggests that it will be largely owing to the
consultant's energy that this hopeful outlook in the future
may safely be predicted.
On sides.—Corkscrew. Letter "C." Arch. Dancing
figures above. Fig tree.
Near rim.—Shapeless leaves. Numeral "4." Line
leading to flat rock.
In centre.—Anvil. Branches of a tree.
Under handle.—Scattered dots.
Although the small symbol of the dagger points towards the
consultant, it would not in this case predict a personal
danger, as there are no further signs of illness or
misfortune. So that it may safely be taken to mean that the
consultant will shortly be going to see a friend who has had
an operation; this fact is borne out by the short dotted line
beyond, leading to the door knocker, under which is written
the word "in."
The numeral "7" coming at the end of the dotted line would
show that it will probably be seven weeks before this friend
recovers from the illness. This friend's name is shown to
begin with "L," as that letter is also near the end of the
The more distant signs of a brooch and a cabinet beyond both
foretell the unexpected development of good fortune. If the
consultant is married, the thimble in the centre would show
future changes in the household; that they will be
advantageous is shown by the large feather which gives
assurance of a prosperous future.
That this may come about through a friend, or lover, is shown
by the cigar, and is further emphasised by the large dots
A warning against extravagance, however, is given to the
consultant by the crinoline, which appears amidst these signs
of future wealth.
Near rim.—Small dagger. Short dotted line leading
to door knocker, with "in" written beneath. Numeral "7."
Letter "L." Dots.
On sides near circle.—Group of dots and small
symbols showing presents. Brooch. Cabinet.
In centre.—Crinoline. Large feather. Small cigar.
Under handle.—Symbols of letters and parcels.
The only definite indication of future prospects is shown by
the symbol of the organ, and acorn, upon the circle at the
bottom of the cup, the position of these signs showing that
hope will not be realised for some time.
But these symbols make the prediction of ultimate success a
safe one. Should the consultant be a musician, triumph in the
profession would be assured.
The coal scoop and beetle are significant of domestic worries
and household cares. But the tea cosy in the centre promises
compensation in the way of small comforts and affection.
Small symbol of a coal scoop.
On circle.—Organ. Acorn beside it. Beetle.
In centre.—Tea cosy.
This cup would be singularly disappointing from the
consultant's point of view, as it is devoid of incident.
The large spray of thistle on the rim indicates an unselfish
life of endurance. For the present, there is no sign of a
more eventful existence.
The dust-pan, brush, and duster, in the centre, point to
future domestic vexations, but the large spray of iris beside
it promises a pleasure which will far outbalance the trifling
Centre.—Dust-pan and brush. Duster. Large spray
Under handle.—Shapeless leaves.
The most striking features of this cup are the various
indications of pleasure and social enjoyment. These being
shown by the cake and butterfly, while the orchid in
conjunction predicts that the consultant's personal charm and
power of attraction will result in a future of wealth and
The pillar, near the rim and handle, gives a pleasing
assurance of security and loyal friends. The bird flying from
the cage brings joyful news, that something which has been an
obstacle in the way of the consultant's desires is about to
be removed, and much future happiness may be looked for.
The figure of the man fishing from a rock foreshows the
arrival of a visitor, who will have some pleasant news to
The toque opposite the handle, but at the bottom of the cup,
gives further evidence of the good luck coming to this
Near rim.—Small stone pillar. Cake on dish. Man
on rock fishing.
On sides.—Bird cage, small bird flying from it.
On circle.—Butterfly. Lady's hat.
In centre.—Orchid with long stalk.
Under handle.—Shapeless leaves.
This cup indicates that the consultant is apt to be ruffled
by trifles and to become upset by anything unexpected. As,
for instance, in the case of the arrival of visitors, shown
by the mass of leaves and chair. The query beside it shows
the indecision of the consultant's mind as to necessary
arrangements. The boots on the opposite side denote that lack
of income will not trouble the consultant.
But that there is some misfortune or hindrance in the future
is shown by the symbol of the broken cross in the bottom of
the cup; the head and shoulders of the woman beside it
suggest that this trouble will be caused by a woman.
Compensation will be found in the happy love affair, which is
clearly predicted by the cherries, the figures of the man and
woman embracing, and the man's hat and pipe.
Large dots signify that wealth will be added to happiness.
This event must not be expected for some months, as the
symbols are in the bottom of the cup.
The letter "N" with the dots and small tree beyond show an
immediate pleasant happening, in connection with a person
whose name begins with that letter.
Near rim.—Mass of leaves. Stones.
On sides.—Chair. Query. Two boots.
On circle.—Figure of man and woman embracing.
Small bunch of cherries beneath. Several dots. Man's hat and
pipe in conjunction.
In centre.—Broken cross. Head and shoulders of
Under handle.—Letter "N." Small tree beyond.
The present conditions of this consultant are not cheering.
The large cloud, associated with dots, the small dog on the
opposite side, and the policeman beyond, all point to
grievous money worries, possibly caused by dishonesty.
The somewhat indistinct axe implies a brave effort to
overcome, and final mastery of, some of the difficulties.
However, the future has more pleasant prospects, and may be
looked forward to with hope. The symbols of the clover and
cherries, give assurance of this.
The spray of ivy speaks of the patience with which the
present trials are borne, also that true friends are a source
of comfort to the consultant.
On side.—Small dog lying down.
Near rim.—Policeman. Indistinct symbol of an axe.
Large cloud. Dots.
Centre.—Two small butterflies. Small symbol of a
stocking. Small bunch of cherries. Spray of ivy. Clover.
The consultant who has "turned" this cup must be prepared for
delays, and must not expect real happiness until rather late
in life, this being shown by the bonnet and strings on the
side of the cup.
The small symbol of birds on a perch gives further evidence
that having to wait is a feature of the consultant's lot. The
rock and pipe beyond show some dismay with regard to a dear
The large spray of mistletoe and holly at the bottom of the
cup, with the letters "F" and "L" in conjunction, implies
that some event of importance to the consultant, in
connection with persons whose names begin with these initial
letters, will occur in the winter. If the cup has been
"turned" during the autumn or winter, probably a year will
pass before the event takes place, as the mistletoe indicates
delay. But this consultant is prepared to hear the truth, and
faces it calmly, even if it is a little unpleasant; the
symbol of the woman looking into the glass brings this fact
The child playing with its toys foreshows future pleasant
plans which will result in tranquillity and satisfaction.
On sides.—Bonnet and strings. Birds on perch.
Pieces of rock. A pipe.
On circle.—Child with toys.
Centre.—Large sprays of mistletoe and holly.
Letters "F" and "L." Figure of woman looking in glass.
This cup was "turned" by a well-known authoress. Its sinister
appearance is accounted for by the fact that at the time of
"turning" the cup, she was arranging mentally a murder plot
for the book she was then writing.
The symbols speak for themselves and need no explanation.
It is a most interesting specimen, as being absolutely
On side overlapping circle.—Tail and hindquarters
of rat, with head in a hole. Monster with a man's head and
On side.—Dead fish beyond.
The consultant who "turned" this cup was sorrowful and had
either just passed through a bereavement, or such will take
place in the immediate future. The rough cross and the grave
near the handle point to this. The bed, with the figure of
the woman in nurse's cloak near it tells of serious illness
in the home. But this is a future trouble, as the symbols
appear at some distance from the handle. The saucepan also
bears witness to the general gloom.
The ivy leaves beyond the rough cross show the patience with
which the consultant bears the trials; also that good and
loyal friends will be a source of comfort.
The small bit of wood and the closed book are symbols of
hope, and assure this sad consultant that the expected
improvement in affairs will certainly take place and will
relieve some of the present anxieties.
This is the most that can be foretold of the future, for
there are no signs of pleasant events or definite changes.
Indeed, the symbol of the loaf of bread in the centre of the
cup shows that monotony and ordinary routine are all that can
be predicted from the divination.
Near rim.—Rough cross. Ivy leaves beyond. Large
On sides.—Log of wood. Bed. Figure of a woman in
nurse's cloak beside it. Grave, with small cross.
In centre.—Loaf of bread. Small symbol of a
This cup gives an impression of a somewhat undeveloped
character which is further brought into notice by the stump
of a tree on the circle; the hen on a nest, near the handle,
points to a home life of comfort and affection.
The egg in the cup, and the duck, show that a risk of
threatened disaster, as a result of rash speculation will be
averted, and with the symbol of the three boots, fortunate
prospects, and the guarantee of hope fulfilled, may safely be
predicted for the future.
On sides.—Hen on nest. Shapeless leaves. Egg in
Near circle opposite handle.—A duck.
On circle.—Stump of tree. Three boots.
The figure of the child, with its toys beyond, implies that
new plans, to be made very soon, will be most beneficial, and
will bring much pleasure to the consultant. But as the
sausages and snail are not far distant, there is likely to be
a marring of the pleasant conditions, caused by an act of
unfaithfulness on the part of someone with whom the
consultant is closely connected.
The bellows beyond suggest that the matter is treated with as
much philosophy as possible, and with a resolve to make the
best of a bad business; the ham also, being in conjunction,
it is evident that the episode will not interfere with the
consultant's success in life.
The sign post, with the running figure beside it and the
large letter "M" beyond, prepare the consultant for startling
news, the result of which will be of great importance. The
news will come from a place beginning with the letter "M."
There is no doubt that the matter will turn out admirably and
bring about many advantages, as shown by the spreading
branches of the tree; while the grapes beneath promise
abundant success and joy.
The large boot-tree and latch-key on the circle beneath the
handle predict a fortunate and unexpected gain in the near
future. This consultant may look forward with confidence to
the pleasures which fate has in store.
On sides.—Child seated. Toys beyond. Sausages.
Snail. Ham. Bellows.
In centre.—Sign post. Running figure beside it.
Large letter "M" in conjunction.
On circle.—Tree with spreading branches. Bunch of
grapes beneath. Large boot-tree. Latch-key.
The shadow beneath the haycock shows that the consultant will
soon be placed in a somewhat trying position and will have
considerable difficulty in finding a way out of it.
The future is full of promise and there can be little doubt
that the consultant will enjoy the pleasures of prosperity.
A journey to a cold climate to be taken later will result in
very propitious news as shown by the symbol of the pheasant.
On sides.—Shapeless leaves. Haycock. Shadow
In centre.—Pair of boots. Spreading branches of a
tree. Pheasant flying.
Near circle.—Head of a polar bear.
The doll on the side, with the small symbol of a toadstool
beside it, gives a warning to the consultant against folly
and a bad habit of gossiping when feeling bored in society.
The stuffed head of the deer, in this case, shows that much
distress is caused by the unguarded talk, and the consultant
certainly cannot be described as an "innocent cause."
The various scattered shapeless leaves point to confusion,
and a somewhat "happy-go-lucky" nature. The spray of poppies
on the circle beneath the handle foreshows that a pleasant
experience may be expected in the summer.
The broken gate, with the cross above it, denotes that a new
opportunity which awaits the consultant at a future date,
will coincide with a time of perplexity and trouble, which
fact is further borne out by the running figure below. This
being in conjunction with a large letter "Y," implies that
the disturbance will arise in connection with a place, the
name of which begins with "Y."
On sides.—Small symbol of a toadstool. Doll. Head
of a stuffed deer.
Near rim.—Many shapeless leaves.
On circle.—Spray of poppies.
In centre.—Broken gate with cross above it. Large
"Y." Running figure.
This cup shows confusion and that the consultant was in a
state of mental turmoil at the time of "turning" it. But in
spite of this drawback there are some interesting facts to be
The dotted circles and large ornamental arch point to a most
hopeful outlook and to the successful development of some
desire at present unattainable.
The various initials and small numerals scattered about show
correspondence as to plans and fixing of dates. The bush
apple tree speaks of some pleasure which may be looked
forward to in the summer.
The dancing figures predict much future happiness; the
numerous changes which are likely to come about will all tend
to success and the gratifying of the consultant's wishes. And
what more cheerful outlook than this can be desired?
On sides.—Scattered shapeless leaves. Several
initials. Small numerals. Dotted circles. A large ornamental
Near circle.—Bush apple tree.
In centre.—Dancing and grotesque figures.
It may be safely promised to those who follow the simple
instructions given in this book that within a short time they
will find themselves encircled by a halo of popularity. For
few things provide a more certain guarantee of this pleasant
condition than that of being able to "tell fortunes."
Divination by tea-leaves will bring to those who study it
deeply a fund of knowledge beyond the radius of normal
For those who use it as a means of amusement only, it will
give pleasure which is dependent upon nothing more difficult
to obtain than a cup of tea! With this recommendation I will
leave these pages, in the sincere hope that this little book
may be of real value to those who desire to be initiated into
the fascinating art of reading the future in a tea-cup.