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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Coffee Readings

Both tealeaves and coffee cup readings are known as Tasseography, or tasseomancy (kafemandeia in Greek). When I first moved to London, I met several women from different countries and cultural backgrounds who had the ability to read the future in a cup. The art was very much alive and practiced by these various seers from Greece, Persia, Russia, Armenia and Yugoslavia.
How to read a Turkish Coffee Cup

You will of course need to prepare your coffee in such a way that there
 are grounds to read. Use grounded, powdery soft Turkish or Greek
Coffee (the only difference between the two is the type of coffee beans and degree of roasting, the former is a darker roast, the latter a blonde, or lighter roast). Cafeterier, or percolators coffee is too course to form legible patterns. By the way, the residue from a cappuccino or espresso will work just as well. 

·        Enjoy your coffee while relaxing, and ask yourself: "What do I need to know about my
present situation?" or " What will be the important changes in my life in the near future?"

·        Now, take out a piece of paper and pen, and in a stream-of-consciousness style, begin
jotting down your thoughts as you casually meditate on the shapes you see there. Above all,
don't edit yourself.

·        Write what pops into your mind. If the first thing has nothing to do with the coffee, jot it down anyway. For example, if laundry is the first thing that pops into your mind - whatever it may be, write it down; however, continue to stare at your cup as if you were lying face up on your lawn (if you are fortunate enough to have one) staring at the clouds above. 

Greek Coffee
A lot of people who come into our restaurant have no idea what Greek coffee is. When I ask these people if they have ever had Turkish coffee and they reply in the affirmative, I can simply say, "Well, it's just like that, only we don't say 'Turkish' much around here." If they reply in the negative, well, that's a different story. I explain that Greek coffee is made from a fine, powdery coffee grounds, that sugar is added to suit the drinker's taste and that, after it has come to a boil, the coffee-- grounds and all-- are poured into a little, white cup. And, of course, that it is an excellent beverage to consume if one has a lot of house cleaning to do in the immediate future or if one is about to go out dancing-- it's that caffeinated.
Fortune Telling
Apart from the caffeine, the best thing about drinking a cup of Greek coffee is knowing that, as you drink it, you are sealing your own fate-- from how you sip, to how you swirl the cup-- you are influencing the placement of the grounds that settle into a sort of mud at the bottom. It is from this mud that one's future can be divined. It's an old tradition that dates back to the Turks (who introduced their own, slightly darker-roasted coffee to the Greeks), of course, but one never mentions that.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Full Moon in Gemini

When the Sun is in Sagittarius we will find the Full Moon in Gemini. It is a time to be more open, meet
people and find humor in our lives. It is a mutable and air sign and is ruled by Mercury. During this time
we feel curious, adventurous, exchanging of new ideas and discussions.

Gemini sign is a very social and communicative sign. It is interested in all the facts and how things fit
together. Also, it tries to find the way that the universe works. Because Gemini is so oriented towards
communication and the sharing of experiences, this is a wonderful time to bring people together to share
new ideas and to learn more about each other.

This moon shows us how changeable we are. It has us to be more open minded and to see others views.
This has us learning by what we see and hear from what we experience.

Full Moon in Gemini theme:

Taking view from all sides

Being social

Finding fun and humor in life

The value of collecting ideas from others

Use this Full Moon in Gemini to:

Find ways to reduce stress

Seek out information

Communicate with others

Be more social