I gather this book, The Complete Guide to Coffee Grounds & Tea Leaf Reading, is part of a series of "guides". I hope the others in the series are better than this one.
I bought this book because I thought it would be fun to invite my nieces up for a tea party and do a little foretelling. They're at an age when tea parties start to lose their childhood shimmer, and I would hate for that to happen. So, says I, let's do something fun!
However, since they don't drink tea (they usually drink cocoa at our tea parties) I needed to find an alternative to tea leaves. Why, then, you're asking, did I buy a book on coffee ground/tea leaf reading? Because there isn't anything out there on reading cocoa dregs. The title of this book led me to think it was a little broader in scope than the "traditional" tea leaf reading books.
And it is. But it's greatly in want of a good editor. For instance, the text reads: "The cup pictured on the right is suitable, whereas the one on the left is not." Followed by this picture:
Now I ask you, how is one to become an expert in tasseomancy given this kind of confusion?
To give credit, this book didn't cost much, and it does have a ton of symbols and meanings. However, for the newbie, black and white drawings don't really help much. I would have like to see at least ONE example photograph, and sample interpretation.
I will probably keep this book on my shelf as a reference, but I'm going to try out some other divination type books before I schedule my tea party. And since this is all in fun, if I can't find anything good, I'll probably just make up a bunch of stuff. After all, how hard can it be? Teenage girls still want to hear about the cute boy coming their way, don't they?