The coffee grains made shapes in both as we turned the cups upside down and let the water drain to leave clearer pictures. How extraordinary that five matching cups, all holding coffee made to the same amounts, could give such a variety of patterns.
Most of us had never done this type of reading before, but we all saw shapes, people, paths as we looked into the grains coating the inside of the cups, and spread over the saucers. "A man owes you an apology," one read, and there was a nod in agreement. We looked into the cup, and there, quite clearly, was the shape of a man with his head bent down. "You're taking a new path, a change in life, but you are afraid."
There was a smile; the coffee had struck a chord. The more we looked; the more little shapes became clearer. Some of the shapes like the little dots meant money. But mostly the images were more understandable, there was no dictionary of signs to learn, just gentle guidance to open our eyes. That in itself is a valuable trick to learn in life.
The cup was said to represent about two months. Anticipation became excitement, knowing that the outcome of the things that we saw would be such a short time away. We learned that clues are everywhere to help us make sense of life and its challenges, even looking into a glass of water.
Tarot, palmistry, crystals, these are the ways we are all familiar with as ways of finding the answers. Some people are afraid of these things; perhaps they don't really want to know. Images of an old lady looking into the tea leaves always raises a smile, perhaps more so amongst the English, but how we longed for her to look into our cup and tell us what she could see.
And now we have been shown another way to seek, and, what a great way to spend an afternoon, looking into the future with friends, over a good cup of coffee.
5th May 2004
© Angie McNee - La Sagra.
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