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 forms.
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
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 representing each.
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 symbolism.