SOME HINTS FOR DIVINERS
REMARKABLE INSTANCES OF PROPHECY BY THE TEA-LEAVES
The most practised clairvoyant
may occasionally make mistakes in her reading of the symbols, but
no genuine seer should ever deliberately give a wrong interpretation
of them to please her consultant. The business of the diviner is
to give what she believes to be a correct and unprejudiced translation
of the symbols before her.
It is sometimes a vexed
question as to what extent information of a gloomy nature, which
may appear in a divination, should be given to a client. Some are
in favour of withholding such matter altogether, whilst others announce
it frankly without modification. It seems impossible to lay down
any hard and fast rule. There are so many things to be taken into
account, and each case should be treated on its merits and according
to its peculiar circumstances. There are some who would fret themselves
ill at the least mention of coming misfortune, others would be the
better prepared to meet it by having been warned of its approach.
One rule can be safely
made for guidance on this point. Do not minimise danger when a timely
warning may avert an accident, or other misfortune, nor should symbols
of ill omen be exaggerated. As students become proficient, they
will find many meanings in the tea-leaves in addition to those which
they learn from this book. Much will depend upon circumstances and
These personally discovered
meanings should be carefully noted and verified with events as they
It is necessary to remember that divination by the tea-cup is by
no means limited to personal information. Forthcoming public events
are frequently revealed. This adds largely to the interest and usefulness
of the divination. It is important to point out this to consultants,
so that they may not be too ready to fix the whole reading of their
cups to purely personal matters. It will be found that public news
is usually foretold in the cups of those who seek information of
the future as a regular practice.
For those who rarely
do so, private affairs alone will appear, probably without even
a forecast of the weather to be expected within the next few days.
It is a curious fact
that the wider knowledge should seem to be reserved for those who
practise divination constantly, but so it is.
Some remarkable instances
of the accurate foretelling of public events, which have quite recently
been brought to my notice, may be interesting.
For some weeks before
the coal strike of 1920 was declared, a pickaxe was seen on several
occasions in the cups of two persons, both of whom read their tea-leaves
regularly. This symbol, as will be seen in the dictionary which
follows, stands for "labour trouble and strikes." A spade
was also in evidence at intervals, a further sign of "trouble
and unrest." So that it was through no fault of the tea-leaves
if some of us were not in the superior position of knowing all about
the strike before it came to pass.
The symbols already
mentioned would of course apply equally to railway disturbance,
and some time before the threat of a strike was announced, these
symbols appeared again, together with an engine, and a signal at
the angle of "Danger." This seemed ominous. But within
a few days the signal was evident once more; but on this occasion
set at "All Clear." So it was easy to decide that the
threatened strike would not take place. The accuracy of this prediction
by means of the tea-leaves was shortly afterwards made evident.
Again, a week before
there seemed to be even a hope of a settlement of the coal strike,
a mining shaft presented itself in one of the tea-cups which had
previously been indicating the strike. This symbol appeared at the
top of the cup standing out clearly by itself, evidently predicting
the miners' return to work within a short time. There was no need
to depend upon information from the newspapers as to the end of
the strike, for here in the tea-leaves was all necessary evidence
of the fact.
Another very remarkable
instance of symbolism was given to me by a friend a short time ago.
On Monday morning, October 26th, 1920, the three following symbols
appeared in her cup:—
A vulture resting on
In the evening of that day the death of King Alexander of Greece
It will be seen, on
referring to the dictionary, that an eagle and a vulture signify
"the death of a monarch." The monkey who lay at the bottom
of the cup, apparently dead, was of course the third symbol as having
caused the King's death. It was particularly gratifying that these
signs should have appeared in my friend's cup for she is a mathematical
genius, and rejects every symbol which she cannot recognise at once.
She was so struck by these signs that she called them to the attention
of her mother, who also immediately perceived and identified them.
The only regrettable omission was that the cup was not photographed.
It would have been valuable evidence for the wonders of the tea-leaves.
This same friend had
another interesting experience. The head of an Indian appeared in
her cup, with other signs pointing to news of a personal nature.
She was puzzled, for, as far as she knew, there was no one in India
from whom she would be in the least likely to hear.
Very shortly afterwards,
however, her mother went on a visit to London. There she quite unexpectedly
met someone who had recently come from India, and who had brought
back messages of remembrance and affection from a girl who my friend
had no idea was in India at that time. Hence the Indian in her tea-cup!
Whilst on this subject, I am reminded of another occasion when India
was represented in the tea-leaves. I was looking into my tea-cup
one day, when I saw most clearly depicted two natives creeping stealthily,
their attitude making this evident. In their hands were what appeared
to be knives, and they were making towards a figure that was unmistakably
that of an officer. He was standing upon what looked like a raised
platform with a barricade round him. He held a revolver in his hand.
I am quite aware that
some may think this a tall tale for the tea-leaves to relate! But
fortunately my reading of the cup was witnessed by two others, one
of them being a man, who, although interested in psychic subjects,
despises the tea-leaves! Without remarking upon what I saw, I suggested
that he should look at my cup and see what he made of it. Without
a moment's hesitation he said, "There is an officer defending
himself against some natives who are about to attack him."
My readers will appreciate
the satisfaction this testimony gave me, coming as it did from one
who had never before looked into a cup. Moreover, that this witness
should have been one of the male sex added to its value! This prediction
of danger for someone in India was borne out by facts that were
disclosed shortly afterwards. These instances which I have given
illustrate the variety and interest which are to be found in divination