reading tea leaves

The interpretation of the symbols is the seekers quest to understand themselves


Hammer.—Troublesome little tasks which you are reluctant to undertake.
Hammock.—A mournful ending of something to which you had looked forward with delight.
Ham with Frill.—This denotes a nice invitation, hospitality, pleasure with your friends; also enjoyment followed by dismay; a ham without a frill means increasing fortune and success.
Hand.—A sign of good fellowship, loyalty, and affection; it may also indicate a parting, a meeting or a bargain concluded; other signs around it must be noticed in order to read its special meaning. See also Clenched Hand.
Handbell.—You would much like to startle the world by a wonderful discovery or amazing theory by which your name would be known for all time but you will need every possible good symbol to appear in the cup to give you any assurance of your ambition being gratified.
Handcuffs.—Disgrace, imprisonment, misfortune, and dishonesty; this sign must be read in connection with others around it.
Handglass.—An illusion quickly dispelled is the meaning of this symbol.
Handscreen.—Even small demands sometimes necessitate great effort on the part of those to whom the demand is made.
Hare.—The return of an absent friend after a long absence; if it is running, a journey is indicated; a dead hare foreshows money acquired through industry.
Harebell.—Peace, a placid existence, and faithfulness in love are the meanings of this lovely little flower; with other signs you may expect news of a birth.
Harp.—This is a sign of melancholy and predicts the possibility of a nervous breakdown.
Harrissi Lily.—These graceful flowers predict peace, joy, hope, and a wedding.
Harrow.—This shows that much of your time will be given endeavouring to make the lives of those around you smooth and happy, whilst you cheerfully spend your days in a somewhat monotonous manner.
Harvest.—A shock of corn is a somewhat sad emblem showing that you have sown that of which the reaping will be tears; it is also a warning of illness, especially to the aged.
Hastener for Roasting Meat.—You are reminded that you should endeavour to move with the times, and not cling so tenaciously to ideas and habits which are now obsolete.
Hat.—A symbol of luck, presents, success in new work or enterprise; sometimes it foreshows the arrival of a visitor.
Hawk.—This is an unfortunate symbol, as it denotes circumstances in which people and things seem to be working against you, placing you in awkward and embarrassing predicaments.
Hayrick.—This indicates a desire for mastery and preeminence; it also shows that a doubt will arise as to how best to proceed, but you will find the right way out and will come to a wise decision.
Head.—A large head gives warning of family trouble or of serious illness; a very small head, waning ability or power; several heads, mental distress or derangement.
Hearse.—A sign of bereavement or of sad news of those who are bereaved.
Heart.—A sign of coming happiness through the affections bringing joy into your life, or satisfaction through money, according to other signs near.
Hearts.—See Ace of Hearts.
Heather.—A most fortunate sign of gratified wishes and of coming good luck; to lovers it is an assurance of much happiness.
Hedge.—This shows that through energy and perseverance you will surmount obstacles and carry all before you.
Hedgehog.—You will be immensely surprised by hearing that someone whom you had always thought of as a confirmed bachelor is about to be married.
Hemlock.—The shadows of your past life have an inconvenient habit of appearing at the most awkward moments.
Hens.—Comfort and domestic felicity; a hen roosting shows domestic annoyance and money worries.
Highlander.—This is a sign of sound business capacity and a plodding contriver in transactions.
Hive.—See Beehive.
Hockey-Stick.—A keenness for games and success in the playing of them.
Hoe.—This means that you will often have more to do than you can well accomplish; each day things will occur needing your attention and increasing your work, but in spite of it you will have good health and cheerfulness.
Holly.—This indicates that something of importance may be expected to occur in the winter; unless gloomy signs appear in the cup, it may be assumed that the event will be a happy one.
Hollyhock.—You will have a friend, or lover, who will never disappoint you.
Honeycomb.—Prosperous undertakings, honour and renown, and much which is delightful are foreshown by this symbol.
Hoop.—You will find immense satisfaction in doing things that require energy even if they are of little importance.
Horns.—You have a powerful enemy, or at least someone who has feelings of animosity towards you, which may prove to be unpleasant in their result.
Horse.—Comforts, loyal friends, and pleasure; galloping horses mean that events are hurrying towards you over which you have no control, bringing many changes into your life. See also Carriage and Horses.
Horse-Collar.—To those who own horses, or do business with them, this sign is a pleasant indication of success in some transaction; to others it would imply toil and a strenuous effort to keep things going.
Horseman.—See Mounted Horseman.
Horseshoe.—An unexpected piece of good fortune, the achievement of your wish, and good luck in all you undertake; a double horseshoe hastens the arrival of your desires; a horseshoe reversed means an upset of plans causing much disappointment and vexation; a broken one denotes a dilemma, trials, or discomforts.
Hot-Water Bottle.—You will always find compensation in all trials and discomforts.
Hot-Water Can.—Indisposition, irritability, annoyances.
Hourglass.—A warning against delay in arrangements or thought-of plans; with other signs, the hourglass is a grave warning of peril through illness or accident.
House.—A successful transaction, a visit, a new home.
Human Figures.—These must be judged with regard to what they appear to be doing.
Hyacinth.—This flower predicts love, joy, and gratified ambition.


Ibex on Rock.—After a time of strenuous effort and struggle, you will achieve triumph and a position of security and peace.
Indian.—This symbol predicts news from India; the nature of the information, whether personal, public, pleasant, or the reverse, must be judged by other indications in the cup.
Initials.—These frequently occur, and usually point to names of people from whom you may expect to hear shortly; or they may indicate places.
Iris.—These flowers bring a message of hope and pleasure.
Iron.—Small vexations or troubles which will quickly pass, is the meaning of this symbol.
Ivory.—This foretells increased wealth and a well-merited reward for past industry.
Ivy.—Patience, understanding, steadfastness, and loyal friends are indicated by this sign.


Jackdaw.—Sagacity, dependable friends, and knowledge acquired by persevering study.
Jam.—Pots of jam caution you against extravagance and waste.
Jelly.—This foreshows a time of pleasure and a time of pain.
Jemmy.—A bad attack of toothache is indicated by this weapon.
Jewellery.—You may expect an increase of wealth, possibly good presents also.
Jockey.—Successful dealing and good money enterprise; luck in racing and speculation.
John Bull.—This figure implies that you are likely to witness, or partake in, an event of national importance.
Judge in Robes.—Legal affairs, personal or otherwise according to other indications in the cup; this sign is often seen during a famous trial or when such is about to take place.
Jug.—This shows good health and money making.
Jumping Figure.—Change which will be greatly to your advantage.


Kangaroo.—You will receive an unlooked-for and interesting piece of news; sometimes it indicates that you have a rival.
Kettle.—This is a sign of illness; unless a human figure appears beside it, the illness is probably for the consultant; it is an omen of coming trouble.
Key.—Circumstances will improve, things will become easy, and your path will be made smooth; you may hope for success in whatever you have on hand; a key at some distance from the consultant denotes the need for the assistance of good and influential friends in times of difficulty. See also Crossed Keys.
Keyhole.—This gives warning of a need for caution, for someone of whom you feel no suspicion is untrustworthy.
Kingfisher.—This beautiful bird signifies the return of someone for whom you have been longing; if flying, news of a surprising nature will speedily arrive.
King on His Throne.—Security and peace; it may also mean that you gain a high position through influential friends.
Kite.—Vanishing pleasures and benefits, or scandal, are the meanings of this sign.
Kneeling Figure.—A new enterprise or project; care should be taken to think it over well; do nothing rashly and seek reliable advice.
Knife.—This is an unpleasant sign of quarrels, broken friendship, and tears.
Knight in Armour.—This sign predicts good fortune, success in love, and loyalty to your friends.
Knives.—These signify danger of wounds, attacks of pain, and dismay.