Friday, November 25, 2011

Vendredi: Numbers and Letters

The meanings of numbers and letters in tasseography are probably the most straight forward in this form of divination.  Although everything is open to interpretation, and of course the reader should inform the reading with their own intuition, these shapes are pretty cut and dried.  All interpretations have been taken from Albert S. Lyon’s Predicting the Future published in 1990 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

The shape of any letter at the bottom of a teacup indicates the first letter of the name of a person that has influence either over the situation or the petitioner.  I would add that this is probably a person the petitioner already knows as the letter is completely meaningless in any context if it is not recognizable to him/her.

With numbers, which in my research over the last few weeks come up a lot more frequently than I would have thought, the meanings are more specific.

1 ~ ambition, a leadership role, excitement about a project/undertaking
2 ~ partnership, love interest or friendship
3 ~ written communication including writing for a living or musical talent
4 ~ hard work or the settlement of an argument or disagreement
5 ~ possible public speaking; a significant change
6 ~ harmony; a happy home and/or personal partnership
7 ~ decision made on intuition or a spiritual awakening
8 ~ good business decisions; possible promotion to an executive position
9 ~ volunteering or other altruistic venture; a flash of insight

Note that numbers are read separately; in other words a 5 and a 4 together are not 54 but simply two single numbers next to each other.  If they are touching, their meanings strongly influence one another.  Depending on the petitioner and their question, I might interpret that combination as a significant change in the petitioner’s life brought about by hard work or a court settlement.

Next week, we’ll look into geometric shapes (which will include that circle you may have thought would have been read as a “zero”).  Vendredi heureux ~

Header: Telling Fortunes by Harry Roseland c 1900


Timmy! said...

I would think an '8' would be the most unusual number to appear, Pauline...

Pauline said...

And there's the thing; that is a difficult shape.