|The succeeding ten figures are copied
from actual tea-cups that have been at
different times subjected to the proper
ritual by various consultants and duly
interpreted by seers. They are selected out
of a larger number as being representative
of many different classes of horoscope, and
they should afford students practical
instruction in what symbols to look for, and
how to discern them clearly as they turn the
cup about and about in their hands.
By reference to the interpretations provided
upon the pages facing the illustrations he
will be able to ascertain the principles
upon which to form a judgment of the cup
generally; and this, once he has mastered
the method, he will be able to supplement,
by consulting the alphabetical list of
symbols and their significations in the
previous chapter, and in this way will
speedily attain proficiency in reading any
tea-cup presented for his consideration.
Interpretations and Illustrations:
This is a fortunate
horoscope. If cup has been turned by a man
it shows that he will gain success, honor,
and wealth in the profession of a naval
officer. If by a woman then her luck is
bound up with that of a sailor or marine.
The pistols on the sides show the profession
of arms, and the naval gun in the bottom of
the cup accompanied by a trident the branch
to which he belongs. The on one side and the
tree on the other are two of the best signs
of promotion, rewards, and prosperity. The
house near the pistol pointing towards the
handle of the cup indicates the acquisition
of property, but as neither tree nor house
are surrounded by dots this will be a town,
not a country, residence. The repetition of
the initial 'L' may show the name of the
admiral, ship, or battle in which the
officer will win renown. The triangles
confirm the other signs of good fortune.
Two pistols on sides.
A cannon in conjunction with a trident in
A pair of compasses near the rim.
Several small triangles scattered about.
Initial letters 'L' (twice), 'N,' and 'V'
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