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Thursday, 06. March 2008
Yijing Dao - Calling Crane in the Shade
Friday, 25. January 2008
Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
Did you know that your coffee cup holds clues about yourself, your present and your future?
This activity requires at least two people. Although some people believe that they can read their own fortune, many do not. I don't even bother trying to do my own. To me, it's only entertaining as a group activity.
Choose the old-fashioned kind of coffee cup, similar to a tea cup. It should be rather shallow and wide. You should choose a white or light-colored porcelain cup; never use a black mug.
Preparing the Coffee
Normally, by the time you drink your coffee, there are no grounds in your cup. So I'll tell you how to go about preparing the coffee.
Boil water. Use the same amount of coffee that you normally use. You should not attempt to do this with pre-ground, canned or instant coffee - the coffee will probably taste unbearable and you may end up drinking too many coffee grounds, leaving you with nothing to work with.
Measure your coffee. 1 tablespoon for every 6 oz. of water is a good ratio, but you make it to your own taste. Boil the coffee on the stove top. This doesn't make the best tasting coffee, but if you don't boil the coffee grounds, the grounds will float in your coffee cup and make it difficult for you to drink the coffee.
Pour the coffee into the cup without filtering the coffee grounds. Most of the coffee grounds should settle to the bottom of the cup. If you don't have enough to obscure the bottom of the cup, you can manually add a spoonful of grounds from the coffee-pot into the cup. Add sugar and milk to taste. You can stir the drink as much as you'd like. This will stir up the grounds, but they'll re-settle on the bottom of the cup a moment later.
People seem to like a certain amount of ritual to their entertainment, so I've created one, although I don't think that it is required. After drinking the liquid, I have the subject turn the coffee cup over onto the saucer, then turn the coffee cup three times to the right. The subject should then put his or her hands on the cup and make a wish.
Part of "fortune telling" in general, and coffee cup reading in particular, is tuning into the "vibes" of the subject.
Symbols and Significance
The interpreter (or psychic, as the case may be) should hold the cup in one hand, and hold the left or right hand of the subject. The interpreter will be looking for images in the coffee grounds. The process is similar to gazing at clouds and "seeing" symbols and images in your mind's eye.
When I read a person's cup for the first time, I usually see some sort of a tree. Sometimes it is an oak, sometimes a willow or palm. I interpret this to be the person's tree of life. A heavy root structure (or lack of it) tells me that about the person's relationship with the family. Sometimes I'll see a tree that leans to one side or that is lopsided, indicating that the subject is concentrating too much energy in one area of his/her life.
Other symbols can be interpreted, with varying significance. I usually use my imagination and past experiences to interpret the symbols. Here is a (very) short list of my interpretation of some common symbols.
Apple: Fertility and creativity.
Arch: Money in business matters.
Bread: Nurture your desires, hopes and dreams.
Bridge: A major decision needs to be made - which way should you go?
Camera: Someone is attracted to you.
Coins: Money is on the way.
Diamonds: A marriage proposal is expected? If the person is married, this may be a symbol of money and material wealth.
Flowers: Flowers indicate happiness.
Genie Lamp: Your wish will be granted.
Harp: Traditional romance.
Heart: A love affair, if the heart is broken or misshapen then the person is broken-hearted.
Knots: Concern over something, take care that it does not negatively affect your health.
Road: Creative opportunities are bringing you to another level.
Ship: A business opportunity is presenting itself.
[Note: See the link to the symbol guide below]
Meaning and Time
Not all cups tell the future. If the subject is wary of "fortune telling," the cup will be a general cup, and often the cup will be general if this is the first reading for the subject. Sometimes too, the cup may not be about what will actually happen, it will instead reflect what the subject wants or fears will happen in the near future.
I don't believe that events are predetermined; I think that people make their own reality and future based upon a series of everyday actions and decisions. The reading merely represents an opportunity for the subject to examine the way that subject spends his/her energy. Thus, fortune telling gives the subject insight into him/herself in a new way. Your coffee clutch will really enjoy this fun little exercise, and it can start some unusual discussions that give you great insight into the hopes, dreams, concerns and fears of friends.
Source: Coffee Tasseography – Fortune Telling with Coffee by Margaret Wallauer.
You may also like:
Tasseography - How to Read Tea Leaves, with huge Symbol Guide.
Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves by 'A Highland Seer', from Project Gutenberg.
Telling Fortunes By Tea Leaves by Cicely Kent, 1922.
The Future In A Cup: Tea, Or Coffee? by Sahar Huneidi.
Turkish Coffee Cup Reading by PS Magazine.
Saturday, 18. August 2007
A profusion of color surrounds me as I sit on my deck: the bright-orange day lilies lining my street, the deep-blue summer sky, the forest-green trees reflected in the lake, plus the red, yellow, orange and rose flowers in my own yard. Colors provide us with some of life's simple pleasures, as Alice Walker rightly noted in her novel The Color Purple: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
It has symbolic significance on religious paintings — for example, on Tibetan thangkas, medieval Christian canvasses, and Hindu yantras. It shouldn't surprise us to learn that color can also connect us with our inner vision in divination.
Visual stimuli contain two main elements: shape and color. Many visual divinations depend on identifying shapes. Color can provide similar oracular guidance, but I think it affects us in a deeper, more emotionally charged way. Why else would we talk about feeling blue? seeing red? being green with envy? calling someone yellow (cowardly)?
For Color Cards, Clothes Oracle, Food Colors ... Read more ...
Saturday, 11. August 2007
A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards
The methods of divination by cards are sufficiently numerous in France, as they are in other countries, including England.
It is worked with a piquet set of ordinary playing cards, which, as most people will know, consists of the usual picture-pieces and the ace, 10, 9, 8 and 7 of each suit, excluding the lower numbers.
A French Method of Fortune telling by Cards by Arthur Edward Waite.
(PDF, 10 pages)
Saturday, 04. August 2007
Crystal Vision through Crystal Gazing
Fascinating! This book is more than a guide to crystal gazing. It is a warning for those who do not take things of a spiritual nature seriously. Ant it is a treatise on spiritual growth and finding out who you really are - whether you do it in meditation with your legs crossed or by staring at a crystal, the results are the same for the student of truth.
The study of Crystal Gazing without a Crystal would appear very much like the study of a "Bill of Fare" without troubling to obtain the material food described thereon. The mere reading of a book on a subject of this nature without an attempt to put into practice the processes described -- step by step -- from the very beginning, is futile and a mere waste of time.
In olden times, and even up to the last few years, crystals were the cherished possessions of those well advanced upon the Path and kept by them from the eyes of the so-called profane. Only after having found the way, often with difficulty, to the presence of these Seers, did an opportunity occur to get even a glimpse of such a magical link with the invisible spheres. Fortunately for the modern aspirant, however, this difficulty has been removed and it has been found that more good may result by a proper study of this science so as to develop one's own latent powers, than ever a mere visit to a Seer could produce. Man has made a considerable advance on the road to Attainment. Self-development and self-initiation are beginning to play a much more prominent part than formerly. Man is no longer content to believe what he is told, he at last desires to know from his own experience. The Crystal is a stepping-stone towards Self-knowledge.
We should select our crystal with great care; the more perfect its quality, the more we should desire it as the means of our development.
Crystal Vision through Crystal Gazing by Frater Achad. (PDF, 46 pages)
Or the Crystal as a Stepping Stone to Clear Vision. A Practical Treatise on the Real Value of Crystal Gazing.
Dedicated to Those Who Having Realized the Difficulties of the Path Have Sworn to Overcome All Things.
Contents: The lesser crystal sphere; The greater crystal sphere; Universal crystalline sphere; A consideration of the ancient methods; Further considerations the methods of Dr. Dee and Sir Edward Kelly; Attainment of crystal vision; The ultimate crystal.
Saturday, 14. July 2007
Made in the Image of the Heavens: The Cosmology of the Hand
For many centuries, the idea that mankind is made in the image of the heavens has been the essence of European culture. This idea is embodied in the numerous depictions of zodiacal man, where the sequence of the zodiacal signs is connected to the different parts of the body, starting with Aries ruling the head and concluding with Pisces ruling the feet.
Perhaps the most beautiful example in European art is the depiction of zodiacal man in De Duc De Berry's Les Trés Riches Heures, (see below).
In particular the hand has long been regarded as a microcosm of an individual's creation, and its interpretation is invaluable for revealing a person's inner potential. As the bible says:
"God has placed signs in the hands of all the Sons of men, that all the Sons of men may know His work." - Job 37:7
This is the basis of 'cheiromancy' which, deriving from Greek, literally means divination through the hand. The underlying premise of hand-reading is that the shape, structure and features of the hand are a symbolic expression of a person's innate psyche.
Astrology and hand-reading are sister disciplines that have explored this macro/microcosmic relationship from opposite poles; astrology illuminating the macrocosm of the planets in the heavens, and cheiromancy revealing the microcosm within the hand. As a consequence, the cosmology and symbolism of the elements, planets and zodiacal signs are common to both disciplines and a number of astrologers in former times were also known to read hands. It is likely that they used cheiromancy to refine their interpretation of natal charts, and to see how the chart was specifically acted out in the life of the individual.
In European culture cheiromancy is integrally linked to the spread of Hermetic teachings. Appropriately enough in zodiacal man, the two arms and hands are ruled by the double-bodied sign, Gemini. In turn the hands are also connected to the planet Mercury, reflecting their importance for translating ideas into action. Mercury is also linked to Hermes Trismegistus, the philosopher/sage reputed to be the source of Hermetic teachings. Cheiromancy has therefore been used as a mnemonic for communicating Hermetic teachings, in a similar way to the ritualised hand positions, called mudra, being used to express spiritual principles within the art of oriental religions.
The Hermetic philosophers visualised the universe as having four distinct realms, in accordance with the four elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth respectively. Their cosmology is based upon the Three World View, whereby existence consists primarily of a Realm of Light (Fire) or God, from which the Three Worlds are created. Out of the Light the Intellectual World (Air) is generated. Next the Celestial World (Water) descends From the Intellectual World. Finally the Elemental World (Earth) precipitates from the Celestial World.
Each world has its own rulers; The Intellectual World - or heaven - is ruled by angels and archangels, the Celestial World is ruled by the planets, and the Elemental World - or Mother Earth - is ruled by the elements.
Figure 1: Robert Fludd's Three World View
The process of creation as perceived within Hermetic philosophy is shown by Robert Fludd's illustration of The Three World View in figure 1 above. The spiral pattern describes the descent of Light from God (Deus) into matter. In this descent, three distinct Worlds are formed. Commencing with Mens, the universal mind, the spiral leads down through the Intellectual World indicated by the various angels and archangels: Seraphin, Cherubin, Dominationes, Throni, Potestates, Principatus, Virtutes, Archangeli, Angeli. Below the Caelum Stellatum - 'the stars in the heavens' - the spiral leads down through the Celestial World indicated by the planets: Saturnus, Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Venus, Mercuri and Luna. Finally the spiral leads down through the Elemental World indicated by the elements: Ignis, Aer, Aqua and Terra. In the spiral, Fludd also connects the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet with each of the rulers of the Three Worlds as the spiral of Light descends to Earth. The rulers of the worlds are used as symbolic tools for understanding matters corresponding to that particular World.
When this cosmology is transposed into Man:
the Celestial World corresponds to the soul
the Intellectual World corresponds to the spirit
Read more ...
Tuesday, 26. June 2007
The Runic Journey
Runes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century c.e. until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets became the preferred script of most of Europe, but their forms and meanings were preserved in inscriptions and manuscripts.
Today, runes have been rediscovered as a symbolic system and have gained immense popularity as a means of divination. They are, however, much more than a curious alternative to Tarot cards for telling fortunes. They provide a key to understanding the lives and beliefs of the ancient people who created them, and have much to teach us about a way of life that was perhaps more inimately connected to the natural world, and to the realm of spirit, than our own.
The Runic Journey (PDF)
This pdf includes: History and Origin of the Runes, The Meanings of the Runes, Runic Divination & Rune Magic
Related Entry: Runes
Tuesday, 31. October 2006
The Eye of Midnight & The Vault of Mystery
Not only for Halloween ...
This Mysterious Fortune-Telling Pendulum is ready to answer whatever questions you might wish to ask. The unblinking eye will spin above the center of the answer disc for a little while, slow untill it's nearly motionless ... and then mysteriously begin to swing either in a circle or a straight line. The direction of either motion will reveal the answer to your question, as the eye swings above the eerie finger-bones on the answer disc.
More Haunted Paper Toys by Ray O'Bannon.
All free for you to print out and enjoy.
Thursday, 17. August 2006
Palmistry is often thought of as the art of reading the lines in the hand. The lines tell only one part of the story that is etched into the hands. A skilled Palmist looks at palmar lines and ridges, the shape and length of each finger, the mounts and bumps on the hand as well as skin color, warts, cuts, blisters, scars and the subject's own unique calling card, the fingerprints.
In this article, I will do my level best to explain how scientific astrology and Hand Analysis (Scientific Palmistry) can help people to be better professional managers and business leaders.
Astrology, Hand Analysis, Management Science and Business Prospects
by Yaschpaule, who practices Indian Astrology and Palmistry.
Friday, 19. May 2006
Art and Oracle
Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (English)
Monday, 14. November 2005
Nostradamus - Time Travel and Prophecy
If the future however, is not fixed, it cannot be known and then predicting it with accuracy is consequently impossible and as a result true prophecy cannot exist either. However, history tells us about many prophets that supposedly received true prophecy.
Check also the links to websites dedicated to Nostradamus.
Wednesday, 17. August 2005
Runes are an oracle from which one seeks advice. They work best if you detail your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Rune readings are sometimes obscure. They hint toward answers, but you have to figure out the details. This is when the rune casters intuition becomes paramount. Some times the Runes "sing" to me, and their meaning becomes instantly clear.
Runes, Alphabet of Mystery
Explain everything about runes
Study of the Runic Elder Futhark and norse mythology.
The Futhark Alphabet, which is essentially a set of glyphs representing sounds and ideas, is derived from the Hieroglyphs of the remote Ancient Egyptians. The term "Hieroglyph" was coined by the Ancient Greeks to describe the "Sacred Writings" of the Ancient Egyptians. Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt, which represented sounds and ideas, were considered "Sacred" not only in the religious sense, but also because they conveyed a "Secret Meaning".
Ancient Egyptians and the Futhark Alphabet
An exploration of the Ancient Egyptian origins of the Runic glyphs and their astronomical meanings.
Sunday, 14. August 2005
On the Net:
Here I will try to gather resources - links, articles and other info to get you started on this exciting journey - dowsing! It is in it's early stage now and I will try to add to it as we go along. Please remember - there is no single technique that is right for everybody, so try them all and choose whichever feels the most comfortable for you.
Dowsing Resources & Techniques by Divining Mind (English)
The Ancient art of dowsing has been practiced throughout millennia, although the names used to identify it may have changed in different cultures and eras, the techniques have not.
Dowsing: Ancient History by Lloyd Youngblood. (English)
The Matter of Dowsing by James Randi Educational Foundation. (English)
Wednesday, 08. June 2005
The History of Handreading
Monday, 23. May 2005
Phrenology - Phrenologie
An Exhibition on Phrenology: Reading Heads & Ruling Passions by the Macleay Museum. Very good overview. (English)
The Phrenology Page by a modern believer in phrenology, Peter Van den Bossche, Ph.D. (English)
Gute deutsche Seiten zu diesem Thema sind rar.
Hier eine kurze Übersicht: Phrenologie - oder die Lehre des Geistes und seinen Organen von Edda Affeldt. (German)
Lesenswerter Artikel von der Zeitschrift FACTS: Die Beulen der Elite (German)