SOME EXAMPLE CUPS WITH THEIR
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 hand.
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
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."
rim and handle.—A pineapple on dish.