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Another source through which messages are received by the tea-leaves

will be found in the writing which will be seen from time to time.

Moreover, it has the great advantage of being clear and easy to

decipher, so that there may be no doubt of what is intended to be

understood by it. The tea-leaves can never be accused of being

illegible. Occasionally it is very minute writing, and would probably be

passed over by those
who read their cups in a superficial manner. To

those who study them carefully the future is revealed.

No one would reasonably expect to find a speech from the Prime Minister

or an invitation to a tea-party written for them in the tea-leaves. But

words they certainly will find.

A short time ago I saw in my cup, in perfect copperplate writing, the

word "wait." I was annoyed by it, for what is more annoying than having

to wait? Sometimes it may happen that the tea-leaves--as with their

relatives, the tumbler and automatic writing--become a little shaky in

their spelling. But this is not a serious defect, and the trifling

errors do not prevent the word from being translatable. It is a

recognised fact that writing seen through a medium, whether it be

tea-leaves, or a dream, is of importance, and should always be regarded

with attention and with an endeavour to understand its message.

I should like to point out that certain figures and symbols are of so

frequent occurrence that it may be well to emphasise their general

significance by referring to them here, in addition to their meaning

being given in the dictionary.

Among those which threaten misfortune, or sorrow, are the following:

Crosses, snakes, spades, pistols, guns, toads, cats.

Joy and success are indicated by such symbols as a crescent moon, clover

leaves, flowers, trees, anchors, fruit, circles, stars.

Having learned the symbols and the combined symbols by heart, it will

require only a little practice to interpret their meanings without

hesitation. For those who find difficulty in committing the dictionary

to memory, an essential for proficient reading of the cup, I would

suggest that they write down any meaning which may seem specially hard

to remember, roughly drawing its symbol beside it. In this way the

difficulty will soon be overcome.