Turkish coffee is made by boiling finely ground beans directly in water, meaning the dregs settle to the bottom of the cup. And this is where the fun comes in. After drinking this coffee, Turks have a tradition of reading the muddy leftover grounds to tell your fortune. My friend Özlem took me to a coffee shop with a resident fortune teller so we could have our futures divined from a cup of coffee. Fun!
So, what does my future hold? With Özlem’s translation, here are the highlights. In the past 2 or 3 years I went through a difficult time and a big break up (!); next year in the 7th month I will meet a tall brown-haired man with his own job who will bring me much happiness; I will also have great happiness in my home (which may or may not be related to the man – I was unclear on that part); there are currently 2 or 3 people who are very jealous of me, so if I get headaches or feel ill it is because of the negative forces they are directing at me (consequently, both the fortune teller and Özlem recommended I protect myself from the Turkish evil eye); however, one person in my professional life really supports me; I will have to go to court but will have no problems and a happy result; I have many international connections, and sometime in or after March I will have an interview or meet with 3 people and then have a really really great job. She also saw a kid, and thought I had one. Um, no. The fortune teller was so certain about this that she then checked her tarot cards to see if it was a kid in my family, or actually my kid. She proclaimed that I will have a kid. (I for one don’t see that happening, but then again I’m not the professional coffee ground reader.) Overall she said my future was very bright, so that was nice. As we were on our way out, the fortune teller added that I naturally believe in the good in people and don’t think they will hurt me, but I should be more cautious. Then again, maybe that was her way of telling me not to put too much stock in a saucer full of coffee sludge.