Friends, coffee and fortune telling

by: Samira Ali

Fortune telling and coffee go hand in hand in the Turkish Culture. They enjoy excellent coffee with their nearest and dearest and then… the coffee allows its drinkers fortune to be revealed.

How it is done:

1. Drink the coffee from one side of the cup.

2. When the coffee is finished, the saucer is placed on top of the cup, and a wish is made.

3. With the saucer still covering the top, the cup is held at chest level and turned counter-clockwise a few times.

4. Following this, the cup is turned upside down onto the saucer, and left to cool.

5. Sometimes a coin may be placed on top to make the cup cool faster and to dispel bad omens that could be read from it.

6. When the coffee cup is cool enough, someone other the person who drunk the coffee opens the cup, and starts interpreting the shapes for divination.

Here are some simple rules to then interpret your friend’s future; tell your friend the coffee cup is considered in two horizontal halves. The shapes in the lower half talk of the past, whereas shapes in the top half talk of the future. The shapes that feature on the right side are usually given positive meanings, while shapes on the left are interpreted as signs of bad events, enemies, illnesses and troubles.

Then tell them it is widely believed that the coffee cup can tell the past however it can only foretell forty days in the future (this means you can be a fortune teller a countless number of times).

Once the meaning of the shapes within the cup has been revealed, it is time to reveal what the shapes in the saucer mean. Tell your friend that the saucer is generally believed to be their home and it is said to give clues about their domestic life;

(a) If there are large blank areas on the saucer where the coffee has not touched, it means there is a sense of relief that will be experienced in your friend’s home.

(b) If however the shapes on the saucer are confused and disorderly, this is taken to mean that there will be a funeral or illness-related crowd in your friend’s house.

Try it next time a friend is around for coffee and let me know how you get on.

I will be making a trip to Turkey in July travelling around the Black Sea and Bodrum and I will ensure I keep an eye out for beautiful Turkish cups and saucers so that you can give your friend’s the true Turkish experience!

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