December 6, 2008

Meaning of Symbols at Turkish Coffee Fortune-Telling

Traditionally, it is believed symbols created by the grounds left in the cup have some meanings. There are hundres of them. I summarize some of the most popular ones and their meanings:
  • Angel: Good news and happiness approaching.
  • Ant: Determination in an activity will bear fruit.
  • Baby: Minor worries will occupy you.
  • Ball: Someone known to you involved with sport or short periods of luck and misfortune.
  • Beans: Financial difficulties.
  • Bear: If it's facing handle: Think carefully about new decisions. If it's looking away from handle: You will go on an important journey.
  • Bee: You will make new friends and hear good news. If it's near handle means old friends are gathering. If it's going away from the handle then it means old friends are seeking you.
  • Beetle: A difficult task will test your mettle.
  • Bell: Surprising news.
  • Bird: News.
  • Butterfly: You've a changeable friend. You should move together.
  • Candle: Another person will help you succeed. Knowledge and learning.
  • Cat: A quarrel will disrupt your life but only for a short time.
  • Chain: A legal union, a marriage or business partnership.
  • Chair: An unforeseen guest.
  • Circle: Success coming around.
  • Claw: Enemy.
  • Clover: Affection.
  • Daisy: Love.
  • Devil or horns: Beware of influential people around you. Danger approaches.
  • Dog: Good, reliable friends. Faithful partner. If it's near bottom of cup means your friends need your help.
  • Dolphin: Good news.
  • Eagle: Great improvements in your life.
  • Ear: Surprising news will reach you.
  • Earring: Careful explanation needed.
  • Egg: Wealth and success.
  • Eye: Envy, jealousy.
  • Face: Concern for you by a loved one.
  • Fish: Financial good news.
  • Flag: Danger-in-wait.
  • Fruit: Prosperity in your endeavors.
  • Gate: Opportunities for success.
  • Garland: Success.
  • Hand: Friendship and family.
  • Heart: Love, faith and trust.
  • Horse: Nobelness.
  • Key: You may move. If it's near a leaf then you have to be silent nowadays.
  • Knife: Enemies plotting. Danger ahead.
  • Letter: Good financial news coming.
  • Lines: If line is straight, trouble free progress. If it's wavy then it points out difficult progress.
  • Man: Money.
  • Monkey: Curiosity.
  • Moon: If it's full, love. If it's crescent then religious calling.
  • Owl: Disreputable person. Scandal.
  • Pear: Financial security.
  • Purse: You will receive money, but you've to save it.
  • Ring: Marriage. Broken ring means marriage in trouble.
  • Scissors: Arguments in the home.
  • Spider: Unexpected money on its way.
  • Square: Happy marriage.
  • Star: Journey or investment.
  • Sun: Power. Success. Rising sun means sudden success.
  • Sword: Enemies will fall.
  • Tie: Happy news, such as engagement.
  • Tree: Changes for the better on there way.
  • Triangle: A change is coming.
  • Y (as letter): A friend will stop by suddenly and bring good news.
  • Wheel: Fortunes will change.
  • Wild animal: Ambition.
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82 comments:

Azita said...

Hi, I love your blog about Turkish coffee. I enjoy drinking Turkish coffee every now and then with my friends. I was wondering if I can share "the meaning of symbols" with a good friend of mine just for the fun of it, if it’s alright with you. Thanks.

Azita

Mahir said...

Hi Azita,
Thank you for the comment. It's good to hear that you love the blog :)

Of course, you can share the symbols with your friend. I hope the cup will tell a good fortune :)

Thanks,
Mahir.

Azita said...

Thank you Mahir.:)

Lucy said...

I've been reading tea leaves for a long time but never coffee - it sounds intriguing!

Does the placement in the cup influence refer to when something will occur (closer to the rim means it will come into your life sooner)?

Mahir said...

Dear Lucy,
Reading coffee cup is a very old tradition. Hope you enjoy it...

Starting from the cup's handle, imagine a horizontal line and a vertical line. So, you'll have four different imaginary areas in the cup.

The symbols staying over the imaginary horizontal line are interpreted as things that will happen in the short-run. The symbols, which are below the line, are believed to happen in the long-run.

You can read all details about coffee cup reading from my other post:

http://turkishcoffeehouse.blogspot.com/2008/12/fortune-telling-with-turkish-coffee.html

Please don't hesitate to ask if this explanation doesn't work. Keep reading fincan :)

Emira said...

I saw my fathers face in my Turkish coffee cup. The thing is that my father passed away a few years ago and this has never happened to me before, to see his face clearly in my coffee cup.I just wanted to know what you thought about this and what you think it means.

Mahir said...

Emira,

It's really hard to tell anything without looking at your cup. In Turkish coffee fortune-telling, other figures appeared in the cup are also important to say something about a specific figure. For instance, the meaning is completely different if you see a bird near to your father's face or a butterfly.

But, in general, I can say that seeing face of father who just passed away has a positive meaning for the family members, especially for you and your mother if she's alive.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. My mom reads coffee grinds as well I am Serbian. She says that a worm means sickness and I was wondering what a cross means. She says it means death or religion. I made a wish at the bottom about my health and sickness showed up as well as a cross. I have a dental appointment on Friday and my tooth is loose could this be what I am thinking about. Many thanks. Please help I would like to know your output. Many thanks love your site Mahir..

Mahir said...

Sorry, but a cross means that a lie coming from you but said reluctantly will hurt you lately.

If there's a wish about your health and you saw a cross there, it may mean you'll have to say a lie about your health to your family or your close friends. Be careful about health issues.

Hope it helps...

Anonymous said...

what does an elephant means?

lillady09 said...

hi mahir,
ive had my coffee read before and i also enjoy drinkig the coffee. i wanted to know what does it mean to have a dog and also a scorpion in the cup?

Mahir said...

Elephant means you'll make progress with support of rich and/or powerful people who are around you.

Mahir said...

Hi lillady09,
A scorpion and a dog indicates that
you should believe trust and fidelity of the person whom you love...

Anonymous said...

I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
And you et an account on Twitter?

Mahir said...

Yes, you can. It'll be great if you can give a link to the original post.

I'm on Twitter. Here's my Twitter link:

http://twitter.com/turkcoffee

Angie V. said...

Hello,
My aunt used to read for me but she passed in 2001. On Christmas Eve, we had Turkish coffee at my brothers house and for fun, I turned my cup over to dry for old time sake and found an image of a dinosaur. Since I never had one show up when my aunt used to read for me, I am curious as to what it might mean. Can you tell me?

Mahir said...

Hello Angie,
Sorry for your loss...

A dinosaur can have different meanings. Generally, it has negative meanings such as being tired or getting older. However, it may have a positive meaning. Tough I didn't actually see your cup; in your case I can say that it may indicate that you'll receive news from very old days. The news'll be something that will make you really happy.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

Mahir said...

Thank you! Yes, of course you can. The aim of this blog is to share information... I appreciate if you don't copy+paste the post completely and give credit to me and my blog.

Tamara said...

Hi, this is a great blog. I love it! I just recently got into the whole Turkish coffee fortune-telling. I was wondering if you knew what the symbolism behind a large man, almost monster like sasquatch was. Weird I know, but I can't find that symbol anywere. Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Anonymous said...

does a burned out candle mean..?

Mahir said...

Hi Tamara,

Thank you for your comment.
A monster normally means that there people around you with negative feelings against you. You have to be careful... As the monster is behind a large man, it may mean you will be protected by a man who loves you deeply.

Hope this explanation helps you. :)

Mahir said...

Thank you! I'm trying to be more creative day by day! :)

Mahir said...

A candle means that you will reach your desires only after long time. However, if the candle is burned out, the meaning can be different. Actually, I should see the cup. But I can roughly say if it is totally burned out, then it means you lost your chance to reach your desires. If not, you are close to your desires.

alfaraz said...

verry interesting..thank you Serkan..

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Mahir said...

You are welcome! Hope you will get a good grade from your assignment :)

Anonymous said...

hello mahir
love your blog wondering if you can do a reading for me or if you know anyone who does.i have been looking for someone for quite a while,but no luck. can you please help
thanks
neelee

Mahir said...

Hello Neelee,
I can do reading.

Anonymous said...

very useful post. I would love to follow you on twitter.

Anonymous said...

hi mahir, am new in ur blog, nd new to have the coffee also, as u said, how we see al thes? is it happening in the surroundings, while we have the coffee, or is it our imagination inside of the cup ?
culd u explain

mo said...

hello mahir
i was wondering what could a waterfall mean in turkish cofee, while one person in black is standing below it and to peolple in white are satanding bisde it while facing it?

Lida said...

i had coffee today and saw a lama in my coffee I was wondering what that means, I also saw a person praying can you tell me what they mean. thank you lida

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Coffee reading is done after having the coffee.

Mainly, it is based on images that are appeared inside the coffee cup. Of course, it is also based on reader's sense...

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi Mo,

Generally a waterfall means that the life will be fulfilled with successes. Person in black symbolizez your partner who is supporting you fully. Other people who are in white are your close friends and relatives who will also support you.

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi Lida,

Seeing a lama may mean that you will have deep trust to someone who is close to you but you are not aware of him/her.

A praying person is related with something good that you will experience. But, if the praying person is a woman and there is also a cross, it may have a negative meaning.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

My mother does coffee cup readings but some of the symbols according to her and a few other people I know mean different things. For example, scissors, particularly open ones, means that something is opening up, something good is about to happen. Also, according to the people I know, a key means that something will come to fruition.

My question is, is there only one way of interpreting symbols and we are simply doing some things wrong? Or does it depend on the reader?

And my last question pertains to reading one's own cup. Some people have told me that it's bad luck to read one's own cup. But I read everywhere online that it's ok. I am simply curious.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi , can you tell me what a Lion with a sword next to a image like a devil with ( horns) and letters F around it means? This is all on the left side of my coffee cup!

Anonymous said...

hi, please help me understand. i am about to get married & have lots of problems..I saw 2 people wearing white dress & a white tuxedo almost like dancing; however, when i opened "the heart" of the bottom of the cup - i opened a face of a devil (in white). but it was a such a scary face looking at me that i almost cried..please tell me what that is..thank you!

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

As I mentioned many times, it's really hard to make a comment without seeing the actual cup. But, I can say that having a bride and a groom together is a sign that all of your dreams are going to come true. On the other hand, seeing a devil object in that scene means someone who is very close to you or your partner is against this marriage and working to separate you. As devil is in white; probably she/he is a bridesmaid or bestman.

Anonymous said...

Hello ; I wanted to see if you could tell me anything about my comment on June 14th. Thank you

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi, sorry for missing your comment on June 14.

It's a nice and interesting scene to read.

A lion with sword and a devil with horn means that you will overcome major problems in your life soon. The problems will be hunted one by one.

The letter F may indicate many things. If your name or surname starts with F, then it means you will solve your problems alone. If not, you should be careful against people whose name start with F. They may be helpful or contrary be harmful during the process of overcoming your problems.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mahir,

can you please tell me what is the meaning of a pelican at the top of my cup and a peacock at the bottom of my cup mean( Right side).also i see a feather at the bottom of my cup ( left side ) below what it looks to be a tree or an angle with picture of a cane in middle of it.

Thank you.

wadad said...

hello,
your blog is very interesting and i was wondering if i can send you pictures of my cup and you could interpret it? lots has been happening in my life and although i know it is all in the hands of god i was just wandering what it means sometimes.. is there an email or something i can email you the pics ?
Wadad

lara said...

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone can help me with my recent dream and coffee grinds. I have had a dream a few days ago about bathing some unknown couple's quintuplets (5 new - born babies) and then yesterday I looked at my turkish coffee cup and clearly saw number 5 "staring" at me. What could this mean? I feel this number has some significance for me. Please help. Thanks!!!

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi Wadad,

You can send photos of your cup to be read to me. My email is mahir (at) turkishcoffeeblog (dot)com

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

A baby in your cup means you will be regret. But, if it was only in your dream then it may have a good meaning.

Seeing a number in your coffee cup may mean you'll be lucky in coming days. It's hard to say somethig without seeing other symbols in the cup.

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned many times, it's almost impossible to have an accurate reading without seeing the actual coffee cup. However, I'm trying to help people here to read their cups as much as I can.

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Thanks! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mahir,
I saw in your Blog. that you do coffee reading. how can i meet with you or make an appointment. if i can't make appointment with you do you know any one that does reading.

Regards,
Para

Alma said...

Hi Mahir,
I came across your blog. recently and i enjoy reading it.
I was wondering if you do reading your self and if you do how can i make an appointment with you.

Lida said...

hi today I had a cup of turkish coffee and I noticed a big bunny on the bottom of the cup. can you tell me what that means?

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Dear Alma and Para-

Yes I do reading. I live in Turkey :) If you're not here, then the thing is you can send me your cups' photos. Hope it helps.

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Hi Lida,

That big bunny may mean many things depending on its size, shape, and the things around it. However, generally it means there's a person who is close to you and gives you negative energy & sadness.

Anonymous said...

Hi I've added your blog to my faves!. Im still learning though on how to read a coffee cup thank's so much for your blog!. It's a BIG HELP!. :) I just have a question; can you tell me what the Eiffel Tower means in the coffee cup. Thanx!.

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Generally, seeing a tower in your cup means that you'll be in a bad situation because of your wrong behaviors. However, a specific tower, such as Eiffel Tower, can mean many things depending on surroundings. So, it's hard to make a comment without seeing the actual cup.

Fara said...

Hi Mahir:
Thanks for your blog. It is very interesting and make our Turkish Coffee time more fun. Would you please tell me the meaning of Camel in the bottom of coffee cup ( this is when you wish at the end and push your finger to the bottom of the cup) ALSO, the meaning of the black panther at the edge of the cup.
Thank you so much
Fara

Anonymous said...

hey ... how can i know if my ex (past) lover will come back to me ??

Anonymous said...

Hi; I am from middle east where reading coffee is very popular and accurate, how ever I am away from home and don't know anyone here who can read.
I am going through a very difficult time and have to make life altering decisions, was wondering if your coffee fortune telling could be done for another person from a far.
In other words I guess I am asking if you could do a private reading for me, and of course I will be more than happy to pay for your time and help.

Sincerely

Anonymous said...

Ok so my friend saw a Witch in the Turkish coffee cup? what does it mean is it bad?...
It had a lot of wavy lines too but I kind of understand that part. We don't read it well but we spotted a few things here and there the witch was very clear so it has me wondering anybody know a meaning to this symbol?....

Anonymous said...

My mom read my coffee cup and a figure of a dragon about to pick up a happy little man showed up... i know it sounds so odd, but we couldnt figure out what it meant. do you know what it means? also in our tradition your supposed to make a wish and with the fourth finger on your hand press down at the bottom of the cup and that shape is supposed to tell about your wish. my shape was circle but not a whole circle with the T and J do you know what thats means?

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I love your blog! Just wondering if you can help me with my symbols and there meanings..
I had about 4 different cups show up with giraffes in them, all different angles and one of which jad two standing together, can you please tell me what that could mean? Thanks a million! X

Anonymous said...

Hey I got it read by a coworker and she saw a mermaid a one on one meeting and an object that kind of looked like a duck or a bird at the bottom. I'm curious as to what the mermaid means.

Anonymous said...

...so I saw a skull with a snake spitting venom over his head
in another I saw a giant snarling dog (or wolf)

Stef said...

Hello there,

great effort.I hope you have success!
Could you please tell me what a snail, a boot (like shoe) and a beautifull shaped heart mean? The heart was close to the boot.

Thanks

Stef

Anonymous said...

he,, what does a black dress withe a snake ontop of it and a hole on the dress on the place of the humans heart mean??

jess said...

hi
my partner had a Turkish coffee and when I read the cup the word Kate came up
do you know what that means :)

Anonymous said...

hi my cup recently got read i had a bird and a heart in my cup... there was also like a light rays what could that mean and also a face im positive its a female face ???

zeen said...

Thanks for your blog. It is very interesting and make our Turkish Coffee time more fun. Would you please tell me the meaning of two deer in the bottom of coffee cup

Anonymous said...

Hello I enjoyed my first cup of coffee today I turned it over and a skull appeared! What is the meaning to that, as I am not sure that's actually what it is I do have a picture of the cup...all the thanks! Alicia

anne said...

hey , i dint read much in your blog, actually im in tension. one of my friend's aunt does this coffee reading , she told me that at the bottom near the handle there was symbol of an arabic word mohammed, an bomb and even a frog, what she told me was that a muslim guy wil be my life partner and he wil be a cause of trouble in my house because she saw the bomb near that.. what do u think? is this true? im really tensed please help me.. is coffee reading always so true and exact?

Turkish Coffee Blog said...

Dear all,

Since I've started to write this blog, I've been receiving many emails, comments and messages from visitors to read their cups.

Tough I tried my best to answer all of them, it reaches to a point that is very difficult for me to do. So, here's the new policy. :-)

Please make a donation to my blog (donation button is located on the right-hand side of the blog) and send me photo or video of your cup.

It really became hard to keep this blog live without support. I hope you understand me. Thanks.

Linda said...

This blog is truly amazing & very helpful. Thank you, for taking the time to help people world wide. I really could use your help. Ever since I got married my family has turned upside down. Every time I look at the Turkish coffee I see a long snake. What does a snake mean? Today I drank coffee & there was a big circle at the middle of the cup & it looked like an eye. What does the eye represent? Also there is a circle that circles the bottom of the cup?What does that mean? Please help me.

nagham said...

hey,mahir yday's coffe cup was full of signs so i wanted to know wat does a tree that occupied the bottom of the cup means,and there were that cross and a lady with her hair covered near each other it really looked like virgin Mary to me,and a diamond ring wen i finger printed

nagham said...

hey,mahir yday's coffe cup was full of signs so i wanted to know wat does a tree that occupied the bottom of the cup means,and there were that cross and a lady with her hair covered near each other it really looked like virgin Mary to me,and a diamond ring wen i finger printed

Annie said...

What does an empty space with 2 wavy lines in the middle mean?

Anonymous said...

What does snake and donkey means in coffee fortune telling?

Anonymous said...

This is EXTREMELY odd,but I can clearly see the shape of America! I have no idea what this may mean, if anything but I am American? Please help?

Anonymous said...

You probably already heard this but it usually means falsity in those around you, or in a few cultures, a shape shifting animal in your life

Anonymous said...

Usually travel or interrupted travel usually by sea

Kim said...

Hi
I had a number 7 appear in my coffee...I was drinking a cappuccino and after eating the foam from the top, I stirred it quiet vigorously than after a few minutes I looked down and there was the number 7...I took a photo to show those I tell..I have been trying to figure out what this may mean, would appreciate any light you can shed on this... Thank you
Kim