Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fortunetelling 101

Tasseography, or the art of fortunetelling by reading your coffee cup, is a popular pastime in Turkey. My husband has an aunt who seems to have the knack for it. She even pulled the name of her new neighbors out of a cup once. I can’t explain it and I’m not saying I believe it, but there’s something fishy going on! 

Sibel visits a coffee shop with Seyhan, who does believe. His explanation of the practice deviates from the norm and includes djinn.

From Burnt Amber:

Anna turned the cup upside down on its saucer and swirled it around between her thumb and forefinger as we’d been directed. 

“Come on Sibel. You too.”

“Fine.” I was supposed to make a wish too. But in all seriousness, I couldn’t think of an interesting one, let alone believe it might come true."

My method uses a connection to djinn via the fortuneteller. A medium taps into the superconscious telepathy (think The Secret) to scry your fortune. The patterns and symbols which appear in the cup are translated into a fabulous story, which may or may not apply to you :)

Known to western cultures as genies, without the flying carpets in this case, djinn are a Middle Eastern equivalent to fairies or demons. 

Get a cezve like the one above, along with other Turkish coffee products at 

PS. Per wikipedia

In 2007, a coffee-reading fortune teller was charged with practicing magic, a crime punishable by up to five years in jail. The fortune teller in question was acquitted of the charges after the Israeli Gov. deemed it too hard to prove she was knowingly 'faking it'.

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