Introduction to the Divination by Tea-Leaves

Practice and Method of Reading The Cup

General Theories in Reading The Cup

Divination by Tea-Leaves as an Amusement and as a More Serious Study

Some hints For Diviners. Remarkable Instances of Prophecy By The Tea-Leaves

Writing in the Tea-Leaves. Some Frequent Symbols

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





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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 unaware.

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 young child.

Soap.—Cakes or blocks of soap predict temporary trouble in business.

Soap Bubbles.—See Child Blowing Soap Bubbles.

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.

Spanner.—See Screw Spanner.

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 happy life.

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 or associate.

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 subterfuge.

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 industry.

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.

Stud.—See Collar Stud.

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 triumph.

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.





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