You can often hear the expression “fortune telling in the coffee grounds”, which is used to emphasize the ironic tone of the phrase, and the very meaning of what was said boils down to the fact that the interlocutor’s prediction has no basis and it is unlikely to come true. Probably, such a skeptical attitude to all kinds of fortune-telling appeared in our generation not by chance: children of the technological age rely on reliable computer machines in everything. However, more recently, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers took fortune-telling about coffee grounds very seriously and, in difficult situations, sometimes turned to otherworldly spirits for advice.
However, today there are many people who want to know their destination with the help of a drink. Perhaps the interest in this type of knowledge will not fade, because how does it have several reasons? Let’s leave this question open and try to find out where the tradition came from, to guess about the coffee grounds.
The occupation of kings and sultans
It is believed that for the first time the fortune-telling of coffee appeared in the palaces of kings and first captured the entire nobility of the court, and only then spread throughout the kingdom, enchanting everyone from young to old. According to another widespread version, divination about coffee grounds began under silk canopies in the palace of a wealthy sultan. Be that as it may, fortune-telling on coffee grounds became so popular that later special booklets were even published that told the fortune-telling rules, revealed the meaning of fortune-telling symbols on coffee grounds and allowed anyone to do such an activity. Many of these manuals were also published in Russian, as this game was no less popular with our nobility than in Europe.
There is another interesting version of the appearance of fortune-telling on coffee grounds, with which we invite you to get acquainted. It was in Italy. At the end of the 18th century, it was developed by an unknown master. He compiled not only the rules themselves, but also a list of fortune telling symbols on the coffee grounds, as well as their decoding. Also, fortune telling from coffee was considered one of the surest ways to discover your own destiny. But the Italians were convinced that such knowledge could not be given without the participation of “evil spirits” and that is why they took it extremely seriously.
How not to miscalculate during fortune telling, or the science of fortune telling on coffee grounds
It must be said that in the long years that have passed since the appearance of this simple ritual, the technique itself has not changed at all. First, you must clearly formulate your question. This should be done even before the start of the process, otherwise there is a chance at the most important moment of getting confused and completely forgetting why all this started. To avoid this awkward moment, ask your question in advance. In order for the coffee fortune-telling to be successful, it is necessary to prepare a strong and thick drink, such as that which is adopted in the classic version of the word, and not in what a public coffee machine in the hall gives for a couple of rubles . The thicker the drink, the truer the divination, this sign is the same age as the divination itself. In general, coffee is prepared at the rate of 7 g of ground mixture per 100 ml of hot water. It can be even stronger. Note that sugar should never be added.
The preparation itself resembles the stage of preparation of Turkish coffee. We take the cezva (this metal coffee pot, which many call Turkish) from the fire before the coffee boils. The drink is poured into a cup and drunk, but not completely. There should be a teaspoon of coffee left in the cup. What remains in the cup is lightly shaken in a circular motion clockwise for men and counter-clockwise for women. Hold the cup with your left hand.
When the beans are mixed, cover the mug with a saucer and turn it over. This must be done roughly, otherwise the coffee may spill. After that you should wait a bit. During this time, the drink will drain onto the saucer. After that, the mug can be removed and the received symbols can be examined.
Decoding symbols for divination or debriefing
An intricate coffee pattern appears on the sides of the mug. It is in its complexities that you can read your past, present, and future, and also get answers to important questions. Note that the meaning of the symbols changes depending on the position on the cup. So the bulk on the saucer is the past, and the pictures inside the cup are the present and the future. The patterns closest to the edges of the mug are the present and the near future. And the distant future: these are drawings that go deep into the cup, to the bottom. After deciphering the fortune-telling symbols on the coffee grounds, you will get a picture of your present and future, as well as answers to interesting questions.
To understand the intricate coffee patterns, first try to distinguish them in a simple way. To do this, use your intuition, because it is not for nothing that they say that everyone sees something of their own in coffee drawings. Well, if you find it difficult to do this, seek help from reference books and interpreters.
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