Reading the Tea Leaves or Coffee Grounds

The symbols and meanings that follow below can be used as a general guide when doing your readings. However, you may find that certain symbols have a particular meaning for you alone and vary from the meanings given below. Feel free to follow your own instincts when doing readings. Basically, the rule of thumb is, if it works well, then stick with it.

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J

Jester Party or social gathering. Alternatively - avoid frivolity, be serious.
Jewellery A present.
Jockey Speculation.
Jug Gaining in importance, good health.

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K

Kangaroo Domestic harmony.
Kettle Minor illness. Near handle of cup - domestic bliss. Near or at bottom of cup - domestic strife.
Key New opportunities, doors opening. Crossed keys - success. Two keys near bottom of cup - robbery.
Keyhole Beware of idle curiosity.
King A powerful ally.
Kite Wishes coming true, do not take chances, scandal.
Knife Broken relationships. Near handle of cup - divorce. On bottom of cup - lawsuits. Crossed knives - arguments.

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L

Ladder Promotion.
Lamp Near handle of cup - money. Near rim of cup - celebration. On side of cup - personal loss. On bottom of cup - Postponed social event. Two lamps - two marriages.
Leaf Prosperity, good fortune.
Leopard News of a journey.
Letter News. Near dots - news about money.
Lighthouse Trouble threatening, but averted. Success through a friend.
Lines Straight and clear - progress, journeys. Wavy - uncertainty, disappointment. Slanting - business failure.
Lion Influential friends.
Lock Obstacles in your path.
Loop Impulsive actions could bring trouble.

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M

Man Near handle of cup - a visitor. Clear and distinct - dark-haired visitor. Not well-defined - fair-haired visitor. With arm outstretched - bearing gifts.
Map Travel and change. The country it indicates could show a visit to that place, or represent someone from there.
Mask Deception.
Medal A reward.
Mermaid Temptation, an offer that is not what it seems.
Mitre Honours.
Monkey A flattering mischief-maker.
Monster Terror.
Monument Lasting happiness.
Moon Full - a love affair. First quarter - new projects. last quarter - fortune declining. Obscured - depression. Surrounded by dots - marriage for money.
Mountain Obstacle, high ambition.
Mouse Theft.
Mushroom Growth, setbacks. Near handle of cup - a home in the country.
Music Good fortune.

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N

Nail Malice, injustice, sharp pain.
Necklace Complete - admirers. Broken - the end of a relationship.
Needle Admiration.
Net Traps for the unwary.
Numbers Indicate a timescale, the number of days before an event occurs.
Nun Quarantine.
Nurse Illness.
Nutcrackers Difficulty is passing.

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O

Oak Good fortune.
Oar A small worry, help in difficulties.
Octopus Danger.
Opera glasses A quarrel, loss of a friend.
Ostrich Travel.
Owl Gossip, scandal, failure. At bottom of cup - financial failure. Near handle of cup - domestic failure.
Oyster Courtship, acquired riches.

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P

Padlock Open - a surprise. Closed - a warning.
Palm tree Success, honour, happiness in love.
Parachute Escape from danger.
Parasol A new lover.
Parcel A surprise.
Parrot A scandal, a journey.
Peacock With tail spread - riches, land. Surrounded by dots - a life of luxury. Next to a ring - a rich marriage.
Pear Comfort, financial ease.
Pentagon Intellectual balance.
Pepperpot A troublesome secret.
Pig Material success brings emotional problems.
Pigeon Sitting - an improvement in trade. Flying - important news.
Pillar Supportive friends.
Pipe Thoughts, solution to a problem, keep an open mind.
Pistol Danger.
Pitchfork Quarrels.
Policeman Secret enemy.
Pot Service to society.
Profile New friend.
Pump Generosity.
Purse Profit. At bottom of cup - loss.
Pyramid Solid success.

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Q

Question mark Hesitancy, caution.

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R

Rabbit Timidity, be brave.
Railway Long journey.
Rainbow Happiness, prosperity.

Rake Be organised.
Rat Treachery.
Raven Bad news.
Razor Quarrels, partings.
Reptiles Treacherous friend.
Rider Hasty news.
Ring Completion. Near top of cup - marriage. Near middle of cup - proposal. Near bottom of cup - long engagement. Complete ring - happy marriage. Broken ring or ring next to cross - broken engagement. Two rings - plans working out
Rocks Difficulties.
Rose Popularity.

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S

Saucepan Anxieties.
Saw Interfering outsider.
Scales A lawsuit. Balanced scales - justice. Unbalanced scales - injustice.
Sceptre Power, authority.
Scissors Domestic arguments, separation.
Scythe Danger.
Shamrock Good luck, wish coming true.
Sheep Good fortune.
Shell Good news.
Ship Successful journey.
Shoe A change for the better.
Sickle Disappointment in love.
Signpost Draws attention to the symbol to which it points.
Skeleton Loss of money, ill health.
Snake hatred, an enemy.
Spade Hard work leads to success, or avoid taking side of cups.
Spider Determined and persistent, secretive, money coming.
Spoon Generosity.
Square A symbol of protection, comfort, peace.
Squirrel Prosperity after a hard time.
Star Good health, happiness. Five-pointed star - good fortune. Eight-pointed star - accidents, reverses. Seven stars together - grief.
Steeple Slight delay, bad luck.
Steps An improvement in life.
Sun Happiness, success, power.
Swallow Decisiveness, unexpected journeys.
Swan Smooth progress, contented life.
Sword Disappointment, quarrels.

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T

Table Social gethering. Surrounded by dots - financial conference.
Teapot Committee meeting.
Telephone Forgetfulness causes trouble.
Telescope Adventure.
Tent Travel.
Thimble Domestic changes.
Toad Beware of flattery.
Torch A turn for the better.
Tortoise Criticism.
Tower Opportunity, disappointment.
Tree Changes for the better, ambitions fulfilled. Surrounded by dots - your fortune lies in the country.
Triangle Somehing unexpected. Point upward - brings success. Point downward - brings failure.
Trident Success at sea.
Trunk A long journey, fateful decisions.

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U

Umbrella Annoyances, a need for shelter. If open - shelter found. If closed - shelter refused.
Unicorn A secret wedding.
Urn Wealth, happiness.

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V

Vase A friend in need.
Vegetables Unhappiness followed by contentment.
Violin Egotism.
Volcano Emotions out of control.
Vulture Loss, theft, an enemy in authority.

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W

Wagon A wedding.
Walking stick A visitor.
Wasp Trouble in love.
Waterfall Prosperity.
Weather vane A difficulty, indecisiveness.
Whale Business success.
Wheel Complete - good fortune, earned success. Broken - disappointment. Near rim of cup - unexpected money.
Wheelbarrow A meeting with an old friend.
Windmill Business success through hard work rather than brilliance.
Window Open - good luck through a friend. Closed - disappointment through a friend
Wings Messages.
Wishbone A wish granted.
Wolf Jealousy, selfishness.
Woman Pleasure.
Worms Scandal.
Wreath Happiness ahead.

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Y

Yacht Pleasure.
Yoke Being dominated.

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Z

Zebra Adventure overseas, an unsettled life.
Zeppelin Delays, perseverance necessary.

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