Reading coffee grounds & eggs … for beginners

I’ve always been interested in the act of reading coffee grounds, the foretelling of one’s place in the universe as it appears in the upturned grounds of one’s morning/afternoon/evening coffee. I’m sure there are “experts” in the field and that some of what follows will seem pretty silly, and some of this should be taken with a grain of salt, but I thought I’d share some of the basics …

First up, this information from Wikipedia: “Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments. The terms derive from the French word tasse (cup), which in turn derives from the cognate Arabic word tassa, and the Greek suffixes -graph (writing), -logy (study of), and -mancy (divination).”According to a few online resources, the Chinese were the first to read the future in tea grounds. Following that model the Arabs started reading the future in coffee grounds. Today it is very common to read the coffee grounds in the Middle East ….

In my own kitchen, I have begun reading my eggs (over easy) – not so much as a means for discovering my future, but as a way to foresee how my day might play out. If the eggs are perfect, it means I’ll have a good day, everything will go smoothly, and I shouldn’t worry about a thing. If they are not perfect, I will have an imperfect day. As it happens, more times than not, the eggs have very little – if anything – to say about my day … Or maybe I just don’t know how to read them … yet.

Back to the coffee grounds …

Step 1) A person should drink their Turkish/Greek coffee. 2) A saucer should be placed on top of the mug/cup so that when the cup is turned over, the plate with be right side up and the cup will be upside down. 3) a shuffling or ‘setting’ of the grounds can be made by moving the cup in an arbitrary way. 4) The cup and plate should be inverted. 5) Allow time for the coffee grounds to cool before removing or ‘opening’ the cup.

Upon ‘opening’ the cup, if the coffee cup sticks to the plate, this is considered good luck …  If the coffee grounds have not fallen to the plate, this means you have problems at home or in your heart. If the bottom of the cup is clean, it means things are ‘good’.

Here’s where having a good imagination comes into play…

Each image has a meaning … Here’s a collection of possible possibilities

  • Axes: Bravery
  • Cakes & Pies: Good fortune
  • Cigarettes: You must follow through on your plan
  • Cows: Meeting an old flame
  • Elephants: Ask for a favor
  • Garlic: Strength against an aggressive person
  • Guns: You are treating someone unfairly
  • Hats: Someone is trying to cover something up
  • Chickens: Wistful feelings of home. You need to call or visit
  • Knots: Don’t worry about the little things
  • Mice: Trouble in business
  • Oars: Sacrifice for someone else.
  • Pigs: A desire will not come to fruition
  • Planes: You will not be going anywhere
  • Rabbits: Fertility
  • Rocks: Obstacles in your path to success either real or imagined
  • Shoes: You will have a long way to travel before you are happy
  • See-Saws: Ups & downs heading your way
  • Snakes: Make your decision you are wise
  • Stairs: Change is coming
  • Tigers: Find your strength and move forward
  • Trees: People find you noble
  • Urns: Trust your intuition
  • Weasels: There is a false person in your midst
  • Wolves: You have strength

… more than precise personalized imperatives, these ‘images’ should be considered clues to some facet of your life.

As you can imagine, the possible interpretations are endless, so you will have to be the one who reads and interprets  your coffee grounds … unless of course you want to get an expert opinion.

(Tomorrow’s article will be on reading clouds)

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