MONKEY : Beware of flatterers and toadies. Do not fall for peoples’ words. There is a monkey in your cup. People talk a lot, one should not always believe them. BOWLER hat : Change is coming - a new job is in order. You will receive good news and you will meet new challenges. You shall develop professionally and you will succeed in whatever you are doing. CLAM : Well, you will get courtship and it will happen quite soon. I see a clam right here in your cup. You will have fun and you will like each other a lot. A walking stick beside a contour : You will have business discussions. You have to get very well prepared, to show your skills, to react quickly and adequately. If you do well, it may bring you success.
Tasseography is a method of fortune telling using Turkish coffee grounds or tea leaves. Its coffee version is quite popular in the regions, where the Ottoman Empire had its presence or influence - in several Mediterranean, East European and MENA countries.
“Technically”, an "expert" who can read symbols into the grinds of coffee left after drinking tells a drinker's future. As the traditional Turkish (Greek, Bosnian, etc.) coffee is made, having coffee grinds left to settle at the bottom of the cup, it makes nice “pictures”, providing the basis for the fortune telling.
The coffee reading ritual begins with the drinker first drinking nearly all the liquid. The coffee grinds left at the bottom of the cup that are used for fortune telling.
Further, the coffee cup must be covered with a saucer, then turned upside down. Some claim it should be “facing” the person whose fortune will be told. The small amount of coffee left in the cup swirls the grinds and drains, leaving the grinds to settle and dry where they are at the inner surface of the cup. Some fortune tellers ask the cup be turned clockwise three times before covering with a saucer.
It should be noted that in most countries it is considered improper for a person to read their own cup. The reading must be done by a fortune teller (clairvoyant) or at least an elder, respectful lady. The cups used are white inside, to contrast good and positive against the dark grinds, creating figures to be interpreted.
The fortune teller will then find pictures or symbols in the coffee grounds, such as objects, symbols, letters, numbers, animals or people.
The art of coffee or tea leaf tasseography has been around for long, since coffee and tea has taken their place in peoples’ daily life. The practice can be traced back to ancient and medieval fortune-tellers who used to read spread bones, beans, splatters of wax, lead and other similar substances.
Coffee tasseography is strong the Turkish, South Slavic, Latin (Italy and Romania), Greek, Albanian and Arabic cultures.