Read part one here.
I found a website, conveniently called Coffee Cup Readings Online, that explains how the coffee reading process takes in detail:
1. Simply drink your coffee in white china with no inside pattern or decoration. It can be any sort of coffee as long as it leaves sediment after drinking. Shapes and patterns inside the coffee cup and on the saucer need to be visible for reading.
2. After drinking most of the liquid in the coffee, cover the cup with the upside-down saucer. Put it down and allow a few minutes for the coffee to settle.
According to wikipedia,
There are at least two forms of coffee reading. Both require that the cup be covered with the saucer and turned upside-down. Some traditions, such as in Romania, require that the sediments in the cup be swirled around the inside of the cup until they cover the majority of the cup’s inside surface. Other traditions, such as Turkish and Middle Eastern, do not require this swirling but do require that the cup be turned towards yourself for showing your own fortune. The coffee grounds are given time to settle and dry against the cup before a reading begins.
Many interpretations for symbols exist, but one common thread is the color of the symbols. Since most cups used are white or ivory and the grounds are dark, strong contrast exists for the symbols. White is considered a “good” symbol foretelling of generally positive things for the drinker, while the grounds themselves are considered to form “bad” symbols.
After my cup was ready, the Macedonian lady grabbed it and started scrying it. She smiled broadly when she saw the pattern on my coffee cup. “Money, money, money, happy, happy, happy!” she announced. Her daughter helped her to explain that according to the coffee cup patterns, I live a happy life (true) and have a lot of money (my poor wallet would disagree!). She turned the cup around and said she saw a lot of tables, which means party or parties (I was inviting people round for drinks on Sunday), and my lucky number is 7 (not sure what this means).
But then she frowned and looked concerned. “Big, fat snake,” she said unhappily, which means there is a big, fat person who’s jealous of me and talking about me behind my back. However, from its position, according to her, the person cannot hurt me. But there’s another snake, shorter, slimmer, crawling up to the top of the cup, she said, and this short, slim person wants to do nasty things to me. “Be careful,” she said, more than once.
I was shown the cup, and maybe because I had a mental image of snakes in my brain, I could easily spot 2 snakes in the cup, as well as my lucky number 7. “Be careful,” she said again, even after finished reading others’ cups.
She didn’t particularly look too happy with the result. “Be careful,” she said for the third time before we left the house.
I left wondering about who the “snakes” are, or what they meant. I had my suspicion, as I was dealing with personal issues which shook me to my core, and in result it made me questioning about two particular persons whom I thought were my friends. The next day I told my best friend about it, and she immediately mentioned two names, which were the same I had in mind. The scrying, true or not, finally emphasised what I had been feeling all along, that I should not have trusted them because they would have bitten me in return. It was too little too late, though, as the damage had been done, but I guess I know I should be extra careful when I am near those people in the future.
By mid January 2011 I was invited again for another coffee reading. When she read my cup, it hit all the right spots. She said I was going to travel, which was correct, as I was going away for holiday. She also saw a lot of tables, which means I would attend a big party. Again, it’s correct, as I was going to attend a wedding party in two weeks time. She was actually amazed when she saw my cup, “Biiiiggg party!” she said. I had to explain that in Indonesia it is common to invite over 500 people to a wedding party.
“No snakes this time!” she announced happily. And I sighed in relief.
I wonder though, if the coffee pattern only reflects on what I am going to do in the future, rather than answering my questions about my future. For example, when I asked if I would get a particular job in the near future, I was told that the pattern didn’t show anything about the job. Was it because I myself didn’t know the answer so it didn’t reflect on the pattern?
What do you think?