If you are going to Turkey for the first time then you might not have heard of it yet. However, if this is not your first time in Turkey, you have certainly encountered the Turkish tradition of fortune-telling before. In Turkey, you can find a special version of coffee, which is Türk Kahvesi. It is used for fortune-telling and predicting the future.
Turkish coffee is a style of coffee made from very finely ground coffee beans without filtration. It is prepared in a special pot with a long handle called a pot, and it is usually made of copper.
Turkish Fortune Telling
Firstly, before you can know your future. You need to familiarize yourself with a few rules. The first and probably the most obvious one is that you must make or go to a coffee shop for Turkish coffee.
The next steps are as follows:
- Always use a plain white cup; this makes it easy to read your coffee grounds.
- Drink your coffee, but not the bottom.
- Make a wish.
- Place your plate on the coffee cup and make sure it is properly sealed way.
- Close your eyes and hold it in front of you.
- Make three swirling motions to spread the residue all over the cup.
- Flip your coffee cup onto the plate.
- Give it to the Turkish fortune teller.
Never try to read the future for yourself and never let multiple people interpret them. The Turkish fortune-teller reading the coffee grounds will leave the cup for about 5 minutes until the residue settles and made its patterns onto the cup. Find out your future now!
Symbols and Numbers
Now it’s time for the most important thing, which is Turkish fortune-telling! When you turn the cup over you can see many shapes, lines, dots, or some pictures. If this is your first time trying to predict the future, you may have a lot of difficulties seeing something. You can tell the past, present, and future from the pots, it all depends on which part of the cup the symbol is on.
But if you decide to do reading for your friends and family, here are some basic meanings:
0: Everything repeats itself, goes in circles
2: Choose or hesitate between two things
4: Jealousy, unhappiness
7: New love
A: Starting something new
C: Children and Protection
Triangle: Change is coming to your life
Square: Comfort and peace
!: Danger, excitement
Circle: Overall success
Plane: A long journey, advancement, forward
Dragon: The past haunts you
Devil: Danger, beware of influential people, bad luck, a bad omen
If the coffee grounds completely cover the bottom of the cup, it shows that you are experiencing a lot of stress and problems in life. Whenever the textures cover half of it, you’ll soon be out of bad days. If there is a hump in the grounds, you have been or will be thrilled by some news.
As you may notice Turkish fortune-telling is incredibly fun and may show you a path for the future. In conclusion, it is worth remembering, that we are the masters of our own fate. We shouldn’t rely very much on divination, they can sometimes be good indicators or warnings, but all within reason.
If you are curious about Turkey and its traditions you should definitely read our article on Hidden Gems Of Turkey and Tourist Eastern Express(Orient Express)