THE "NELROS" CUP
TWO EXAMPLE READINGS OF ITS SIGNS
"If thou wouldst
learn thy future with thy tea,
This magic cup will show it thee."
Some readers may find
an additional interest in divination by tea-leaves, if they use
a cup marked with the planetary symbols, patented as the "Nelros
Cup of Fortune." A short explanation of the symbols, and the
method of using this cup, will be helpful for those who are not
familiar with its signs. I am not suggesting the use of the "Nelros"
saucer, for the reason that its signs are somewhat obscure, and
students who have no experience in the science of astrology would
find it confusing, if used in addition to the cup, in which all
needful signs are illustrated.
As in the case of the
ordinary tea-cup, the handle remains as the representative of the
consultant. The turning of it and draining of the moisture should
be carried out in the usual way.
Immediately under the
handle, and above the space given to the Sun, are seen a Diamond
and a Horseshoe. Next on the left are a Snake twisted round a stick,
and a Spade, these being placed over the space given to Saturn.
Following them are a
Bell and a Club, seen over the sign of Venus. Next, an Eye and Envelope,
above the space given to Jupiter.
Then comes a Cross,
with the sign of Pisces, the Fishes, these being over the sign of
Next are a Winecup and
a Spider above the space of Mars.
Followed by a Cat's
Head and a Heart, above the Moon.
Each one of these signs
round the brim has a symbolic meaning, though their meaning must
also be judged by the position they occupy in the cup.
Now, taking the signs
round the brim of the cup, and connecting them with the planetary
Beginning at the handle is a Diamond, this being a token of wealth,
which, with the sign of the Sun below, indicates much prosperity,
favours, and general well-being, the Horseshoe over the Sun also
betokening good luck and successful projects.
In the next space, reading
to the left, is the Snake twisted round a stick, over the sign of
Saturn. This is emblematical of a risk of poverty coming through
deceit, and with a Spade over Saturn, whose characteristic is privation,
there is a further indication of toil, loss, undoing.
The next sign is a happier
one; the Bell over the sign of Venus, with the Club beyond, indicates
joyful news, events meaning much happiness, love and peace, the
characteristic of Venus being peace or placidity.
Next is the sign of
Jupiter, whose characteristic is expansion; above it are placed
an Eye and an Envelope, the Eye showing the power of penetration,
seeing things in a right perspective, and light thrown on difficult
questions, the letter showing that news from all parts of the world
is made possible by its expansion.
Next come the Latin
Cross and the watery sign Pisces, the Fishes. These being in connection
with Mercury, whose characteristic is activity, show much alertness
and desire for knowledge; the Cross meaning obstacles and hindrances
in the chosen path, whilst the sign of Pisces denotes interesting
news from distant lands, with much desire for travel and exploration.
In the next space the
Winecup and Spider, in connection with the sign of Mars, the characteristic
of Mars being energy, show the strength, courage, and perseverance
needed to carry out a successful career; the Spider being a symbol
of concentration, patience, and achievement, whilst the Wine-cup
tells of joy and realised ambition.
Following these signs
are the Cat's Head and the Heart, with the Crescent Moon below.
The characteristic of the Moon is change, mobility; it is also a
symbol of good fortune in the tea-leaves. In combination with the
Heart it indicates a romantic love affair. The Cat's Head shows
interference by those who are mean and spiteful.
Having learned from
this brief explanation the symbols of the "Nelros Cup,"
the reading of the tea-leaves in relation to those symbols will
be easy. For instance, suppose the wife of a sailor to be the consultant.
Her husband is on his ship in the North Sea, and she is eagerly
awaiting news of him. In the cup she has "turned," the
symbol of a letter comes in the watery sign )-( with a large ivy
leaf beneath it. Further patience will be necessary, the ivy leaf
tells us, as the wished-for letter is still far away. The distance
from the handle (the consultant) shows this, also the letter symbol
being in the watery sign indicates the fact that it will come from
across the sea. The waiting for the news causes a feeling of disappointment
and sadness; these will vanish later on, and the waiting be compensated
by the happy news that will come in the longed-for letter. This
is seen by the tea-leaves which appear on other symbols of the cup.
The form of a man is
seen between the signs of the Bell and Club; near this form is the
letter "A," the first letter of the consultant's name.
Round this initial letter is a well-formed circle; a trident lies
at a little distance from it.
Here is evidence of
the joyful news coming from her husband, the tea-leaves in the spaces
of the Bell and Club making a prediction of the satisfactory news
a safe one. The circle round the letter "A" and the symbol
of the trident near, enable the seer to prophesy a good promotion,
much success and happiness.
This example reading
of the "Nelros" cup is a fortunate one. We will now consider
one of a less satisfactory character.
The consultant is a
widow; opposite the handle of the cup she has "turned"
is the Envelope over Jupiter, upon the Envelope tea-leaves forming
an Owl are seen, beneath is a small arrow pointing towards the handle.
These signs foretell bad news probably coming from a far country;
the sign of Jupiter and distance from the handle (the consultant)
would show this. The symbol of the Owl indicates the anxiety caused
by the arrival of the letter and its news. The arrow pointing towards
the handle would show that the matter is personal, and will much
affect the consultant.
Upon the sign of Saturn,
with an arm stretched towards the Spade above it, is the figure
of a man. The characteristic of Saturn being privation, and the
Spade being a symbol of toil, it is evident that the figure of the
man represents someone related to the consultant for whom the present
prospects are very bad. It may well be this man from whom is coming
the news in the letter which will cause her so much anxiety.
Fortunately, on the
Anchor at the bottom of the cup is a well-formed key. Being in this
position, it shows that someone at a distance, having the welfare
of the consultant much in their mind, will be the means in the future
of helping her out of the difficulties. The key being on the Anchor
indicates the security she may feel in the friends, who will be
instrumental in giving her happiness and peace of mind.
These two example divinations
will illustrate the manner in which the tea-leaves are read in relation
to the signs upon the cup. To some it may appear an easier means
than that of the ordinary tea-cup.
In any case it is very useful to have an alternative method of foretelling
the future. Variety is always acceptable, and for this reason I
commend the "Nelros Cup of Fortune" to my readers.