SOME HINTS FOR DIVINERS
REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF PROPHECY BY THE TEA-LEAVES
"For a man's mind
is sometimes wont to tell him more
than seven watchmen that sit above in a high tower."
To those of an inquiring
or doubting turn of mind, there may arise the very natural question
as to why one shaped tea-leaf should mean "a hat" and
another "a table." It is useless to point out that these
objects are perfectly represented by the leaves. That is of no practical
satisfaction. The simple fact that each language has its alphabet,
its spelling, and its words, which must be learned before there
can be any reasonable understanding of it, seems the best and obvious
Symbolism is a wide
subject with many branches. Who can expect to master even its alphabet
in a moment? To those who cannot accept the symbols in the tea-leaves
on the authority of past experience, reaching over several centuries,
I would recommend a careful study of their cups for, say, three
months. Let them make notes of such signs as appear and beside them
place their meanings and predictions.
At the end of this time, compare all that has taken place with these
notes, and I think there will be no further lack of faith in the
Before very many years
have passed the language of symbolism by cards, tea-leaves, crystal
gazing, etc., will probably be almost universally understood. The
day will undoubtedly come when it will be accepted as naturally
as the English language, and we shall cease to worry ourselves as
to the why and wherefore of it all.
It is important that
those who are learning the art of divination by tea-leaves should
realise the necessity for consistently attributing the same meanings
to the symbols. Do not be tempted to change their interpretation
for what may seem a more probable, or pleasant, prediction for your
client. It is a fatal mistake.
Remember that you are
dealing with conditions and events of the future which are outside
the limited knowledge of the normal mind, whose power of vision
is limited to physical sight.
A simple instance of
what may occur, should you thus change the meanings of the symbols,
will suffice to show the folly of such a practice.
A consultant comes to
have her "fortune read." She is known to you personally,
and you are aware that she is anxious to hear a hopeful report of
someone dear to her who is ill. The tea-leaf symbols are obstinately
unfavourable, and display ominous signs of forthcoming sorrow. If
you gloss over this fact completely, and predict a rapid recovery
from the illness, what becomes of your client's faith in the power
of foretelling the future? Certain it is that the symbols would
be right in their verdict, and you would be wrong.
It is usually easier
to prophesy smooth things rather than unpleasant facts, but to do
this in the face of obvious contradictions will lead to disaster
in foretelling the future.
Divination by tea-leaves
or cards has the candour to be frankly disagreeable when necessary.
This is one great argument in favour of its unerring truthfulness.
There is no means by which symbols may be coaxed into proclaiming