These days whenever I feel it I do an ancient marble painting art called ebru in Turkey. My interpretation and inspirations are people’s energies. Before my client arrives I do ebru thinking about my customer’s life, let my work dry and put them in an order on top of each other. Wherever I can I gift those to my clients.
(Interview by Nic Skuja for International Psychics Directory)
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with the very charming Deniz Batuk, the 2016 IPA Psychic People’s Choice Award recipient. Deniz is a truly global psychic and has recently returned from engagements in Mexico and the United States of America where he presented at this year’s Burning Man Festival in Nevada.
Deniz is a psychic medium based in Sydney. His business, coffeecupreadingsonline.com, offers a variety of services for people all over the world. Deniz offers face-to-face psychic medium and coffee cup readings from his premises in Newtown. He does phone readings, online readings via Skype and email, face and photo readings, as well as functions and events. Deniz has also made guest appearances on a number of TV and radio shows.
Deniz started his career in Turkey and has over twenty-three years of industry experience. He specialises in Turkish coffee cup reading (tasseography) and conducts water reading (hydromancy).
We had a great chat. I had a few questions about coffee reading, his time at Burning Man and what’s in store for him in 2018:
What is coffee reading?
It is like an alphabet; talking to me. Next time you drink your coffee in a white cup look inside after finishing it. You will notice coffee residue building shapes. Particularly if it is black Turkish style coffee. Turkish coffee cup reading is an ancient way of divination by using the shapes left by the coffee grounds in your cup. It is huge in Turkey, Greece, the Balkans including Serbia, Croatia and the whole former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, Russia and the Caucasian states like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia etc.
The aim in readings is not just talking about one-way-fate, but how you can improve your chances and find the best option in life. I lay out all good and bad options. The choice is yours in the end.
How did you get started?
I started when I was a child… The intuition was always there. I used to give guidance to my parents, grandparents, school friends on finance, love relationships, business deals, friendships. I thought everyone had the same ability… Why could not they see that they were about to make a mistake? As a kid it was annoying to watch people taking wrong paths. I used to guide people, this is how it grew. I began Turkish coffee cup readings in my high school years in Istanbul. It is part of my culture. I did my first coffee reading for my best friend and through word-of-mouth, it snowballed.
Do you have a special process you follow?
I practice shamanism, so first I empathise with my client through a drum and bell sounds and then I close my eyes to focus. Sometimes I get a vision, then I open the coffee cup and talk, talk, talk. I then answer questions about this world and beyond. Usually, the night before, I have strange dreams which I interpret for the first client of the next morning. The relevance is always there… For example, the other night I dreamt about a sad gentleman; I could see his face. The next morning my customer showed me her husband’s photo; it was him.
Are there any rules?
Yes, and I can be picky. Look, the client has every right to be choosy as does the psychic. I do not accept clients if they are emotionally extremely sensitive. If I believe my client will not be able to cope with what I am going to say, I would rather cancel the session. The person must be ready, willing and open-minded; otherwise, there is no point. I do prefer customers who are informed about my services beforehand, rather than someone who wishes to have a reading on impulse. I do not work that way. It is not advised for people younger than eighteen, or for clients who’ve had alcoholic drinks just beforehand as I need their full attention.
What kind of symbols are you looking for when reading?
Anything really. A initials of a name, a complete name, career paths, exact locations, cities, diseases, deceased people and their attributes. Shapes can come as a heart, number, tree, letter, dog, bird, house, cloud, sun, moon or mountain – nature gives so many choices.
How is coffee reading different?
The main difference is you taste your coffee from a cup you touch. By your sense of taste and touch you become part of it; your energy connects. Still, in the end, it is up to the psychic medium how to interpret it. Tarot, coffee, crystal – all form of readings – give accurate results if you can build a connection with your psychic medium.
What do you love about what you do?
Everything. As a psychic I believe in constant improvement and betterment in every single detail. Beyond my readings, I sample the best coffee from various regions, I collect antique coffee cups to make the experience something memorable. At the age of forty-five I still get excited. I feel like I’m twenty when I am about the give readings. Works better than botox for me!
What are some of your favourite coffee reading memories?
Out of thousands of readings I can’t possibly pick favourites. When one of my clients say hello on the street or when I receive an email from an overseas client out of the blue, I feel happy.
Did you ever dream it would take you around the world?
No, not at all. It all happened naturally.
Do you have a favourite destination where work and your love of travel meet?
I love Istanbul, Sydney, London, LA, Berlin and Paris. So far, my line of work has taken me from Istanbul to Europe, America and finally to Australia. Thanks to technology and Skype, I have clients from over thirty countries. With overseas clients, language is the key: still not everyone speaks English. As well as Turkish and English I can converse in German, and these days I am working on my Greek and French to be able to reach more people. I love languages and other cultures, so everywhere has something to offer.
This is where people stay for a week in the desert in Nevada. This year (In 2017) there were seventy thousands participants from all around the world. CEO’s, students, backpackers, businessmen, artists, young and old.
What took you to Burning Man?
We went as a group of four people. When I was there, I realised many people go to grieve after losing someone or a break-up and to heal and to burn their sorrow. I gifted my readings there and enjoyed this experience immensely.
What were your highlights?
Sitting in the main camp in the morning I gave readings one after another. I met a young American couple. After their reading the man burst into tears. He had thought he was a bad person because of the violence occurring in Afghanistan during his time there as a soldier. I had helped him overcome his guilt. Another man was suffering in his marriage because his mother-in-law had moved into his home causing a big rift. I explained his options, and he was grateful to hear there was hope to heal his union with his beloved wife. One day, a glamorous, tall transgender lady came to me. She was also Turkish, we talked in my mother tongue – far far away from Turkey. She was a beautiful soul. I remember giving advice about how she could locate the right person for her.
Do you see a return to Burning Man in the near future?
Certainly. Where I sat was next to the main stage and organisers noticed that something was going on there. People were waiting in a queue, talking. They invited me to the stage, gave me a microphone and asked me to give readings to the crowd. It was incredible to talk and try to help people from every corner of the planet. The organisers took my contact details and asked if I would go back next year.
How was your trip to Mexico and your experience visiting the temples and sacred sites?
I feel enlightened about the Mayan culture; I was curious about the Chichen Itza and Tulum pyramids. I learnt a lot about how the locals created their civilisations and lived their faiths. It was fascinating. To me the most sacred place and temple is our inner world. When I talk to my clients I get an insight about their lives which is more precious than any physical journey in this world.
In Mexico, my personal highlight was Mother-Nature herself; in Tulum, observing giant Caretta caretta (loggerhead) turtles coming to the beach to lay their eggs. It was moving to see these gentle giants following the moonlight and surviving all adversities to give life. All mothers, either human or animal are incredibly precious!
Where are you off to next?
Egypt, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.
What’s in the cup for you in 2018?
My vlog or a ‘video book’ I call it. Many come to me with issues related to their private lives. Over the years I have done studies in marriage and relationship counselling, shamanism, spiritual development, now my glass is full and it is time to share. This is not psychic medium reading, it just outlines the rules of a successful marriage & union. Soon, I will launch this project on my website and social media.
My coffee cup and I are mere tools to guide you through the millions of available paths. I can direct you, but it is your choice to take my advice. I believe in my client’s intuition and insight. In most cases, I believe you already know the possible solutions to your problems, but hearing answers from someone else validates your inner feelings and gives you perspective.
Although my speciality is traditional coffee cup readings, I use many techniques to help my clients such as reading objects, eyes and hands or connecting with spirits. Being able to see the past clearly can be more useful than looking into the future because sometimes we need to look back at critical junctures and reflect. In all cases, I aim to give my clients specific information they can relate to. For example, if I am connecting with a relative in spirit, messages bypass my conscious mind and strange statements slip out of my mouth. It is most satisfactory when a client smiles and acknowledges, ‘Oh yeah, he would have said that!’ To get the most from a reading, look for specifics. Ask questions to get more detail if you are unclear about something. Be open to seeing your journey from an outsider’s viewpoint and tackle your future with optimism and hope. In the end, regardless of what a psychic or anyone else says, your destiny in in your hands!
Reading Eyes & Hands: My specialty is to read eyes and the true meaning and thought in pupils, I call this process as ‘peeling the onion off layer by layer’. I read the photo of hands to understand the personality and behavioural patterns.
Reading Objects: As a clairsentient I might be able to guide about a person’s fate, whereabouts, current or past feelings. This item might be any personal object such as a t-shirt or a ring, even a piece of hair. If there is nothing else and old or new photograph can be a good start point.
Spirits of Relatives: Some of the people I do read are spirits, loved ones who already crossed. This stage of the mediumship activates my channelling while giving client the most important messages.
Details of Physical Body: Describing the persons’ outlook is crucial so you can relate to whom I am talking about.
Strange Words – Sentences: Like names, syllables in any language, or a complete sentence from a spiritual domain are very useful. Location names are a good example.
Shapes or Numbers,:
Anything in the form of a shape or a number, they all have a meaning.
Hectic is the right word to describe the last twelve months! Thanks to your continuing trust, I have been awarded the Psychic People’s Choice Award with votes coming from places I have never been – except via Skype or phone sessions- making 2016 an incredibly valuable experience for me and my cat assistant Shelby. Thank you!
I used to be against tattoo or any symbol on the body but I have a better view now. About a month ago I got my arm permanently inked. My middle name is Suleyman or Solomon, a name a share with my grandfather and also the King Solomon whose gift was to talk to animals. Another connection was the Suleymaniye Mosque of Istanbul, a magnificent yet humble architecture and design of its own. One day looking at the dome decorations I saw the patterns of my future tattoo. Why not? We all change, so are our take on life.
In order to change though first we need something to inspire us, but what? How to motivate yourself? First, you can try by thinking about what you want to do. If you want to work, then so be it. If you want to study, then it is your choice. No matter what the choice you take about what you want, it has to be a good thing based on your values.
The second step you can do after you have made the choice about what you want to do is to measure how hard it is for you to perform the tasks that will come in the path you have chosen. It is true that when there is a will there will be a way. However, there is also a limit to everything, including your capabilities. So, if you think that the tasks on your path will be very hard for you to overcome, then it will be okay for you to give up the path or switch side.
The third step you can do about how to motivate yourself is to think about for whom you do and step in the path you have chosen. In this case, the most common choice is for the ones who love the most, such as your parents, your siblings, your lover or yourself.
The fourth or the last step on how to motivate yourself is to think about why you do this. In answering the “why” question I bet you will find your true self and your true motivation.
We humans are social creatures. In addition to getting the right course, we also have an obligation. Often, we feel our rights are ignored or feel that our arguments are the most correct. If so, then you should need to fix that act because it could be that you are having a crisis of personality in you. Ego is a picture of the personality or the concept of reality and desire within. When the ego is directly proportional to the reality, of course it is considered as a natural thing. However, the real case is if the ego is so dominant and so destructive to the general agreement on the concept of truth. If the ego is left unchecked, a person who could not beat his ego and has a tendency to be apathetic and arrogant, so that it will affect his social life or, in other words, that person will withdraw from social life.
A logical consequence when you are strong enough in defeating the ego in yourself is being ostracized by the community. Of course, it is something that does not want to be experienced by anyone. Therefore, it is good to begin to fix it by getting to know your identity. Someone will be able to get to know himself better than anyone, so he will understand what is needed and what is not. Thus, in practice he will be able to refrain from doing things that are not necessary. So, what you can do to avoid conflicts that can occur with the people around you is by defeating the ego in yourself. However, note that the ego is not easy to beat. First of all, one must be able to know his position in the society or in the surrounding environment. When you know that you are only a small part of the community, then you will be able to begin to accept the existence of others and lower your ego.
Secondly, you should be able to know who you are. This may sound easy, but in reality it is very difficult. Most people feel that they already know who they are, but in fact they only know the outside of themselves or arguably only their physical bodies. This is quite natural because the ones can know us are only ourselves. However, it turns out that the understanding is not accompanied by a determination in finding who we really are. To know who you are, then you can try to explore a wide range of understandings about human creation. If you already find and understand who you are, then you will be much closer to defeating the ego in yourself completely. If it had been up to that point, it will not be difficult for you to be able to socialize in any society. By doing so, a good social life that is coveted by all people can be realized. That is the eternal benefit of being able to defeat your ego.
Smile is a body language which is interpreted as an expression of happiness. Smiling is very easy to do, but often because of busy awork and endless routines, it makes us forget the joy we can feel from this activity. We do not realize how great the power of a smile is. In fact, even with the diversity of language, culture, ethnicity, and religion around the world, smiling still means the same. There are so many good effects that we can feel when we often smile because a smile will greatly affect our lives, whether they are in psychology, health, and social life.
Unwittingly, with a smile we will be happier even if our body conditions are not good though. That’s because when we smile, our brain releases a hormone called endorphins. This hormone will make someone feel calm and happy. This hormone gives morphine-like effects. In fact, the effect is 200 times greater than morphine. Unconsciously, the power of smiling gives great benefits to our bodies. Someone who often smiles has an immune system that is better than those who rarely smile. Smiles also keep us from excessive stress. Medically, smile is also able to control our blood pressure. By emphasizing on a smile, we will be able to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
From centuries ago, the power of smiling has been known as a natural youthful drug. To smile, we need only thirteen facial muscles. The facial muscles will lift your face to look younger. In addition to providing benefits for your own self, the power of the smile may also provide benefits for others. When we smile and others also smile, then it implies that we have to transmit the benefits of a smile to the others. The amount of the force from a smile can surely be felt when we meet with new people or when we are during an interview. Smiling will bring a positive aura, give you confidence, and give a good and friendly impression. Obviously, it would be a plus for those of you who will be applying for a job. For women, a smile is very important, in addition to improving self-confidence, a smile will make them look more beautiful.
The power of smiling can be very helpful when we use it at the right time. Smiling facilitates us to interact with each person and also a mainstay for breaking the ice. Smile is also a form of appreciation of someone to another person. In fact, some jobs require every employee to always smile, such as customer service, bank security, or a tradesman. Smiling is also believed to bring fortune. Of course it is very reasonable. As a prospective buyer, we would choose a salesgirl who likes to smile than the one who doesn’t like to smile. With all the benefits of smiling, of course it would not hurt if we multiply our smiles. No matter how hard the trials of life, we have to keep smiling because a smile is a source of strength to face every problem of life.
Hello my dear readers,
Last April I received an email from womo.com.au which stands for Word Of Mouth Online and publishes customer reviews of local businesses in Australia. I was understandably very excited when I read the following:
True! Everyday I give readings to my regulars and new clients. Like anyone else sometimes I forgot how blessed I am and how well my readings went. I just wanted to know how I won this award in the first place and began reading all feedback provided on this website about my psychic readings.
Apparently there are two types of comments. The first one is about the personal approach than the expertise on the field. Those kind reviews state that I was very honest, calm, warm, caring, relaxing, respectful and so on. (Am I that calm, I think we should raise this question to my partner at home!)
The second and most important aspect of your reviews are about the predictions.
Here are some examples of your thoughts on my readings:
‘So far I have seen Deniz twice and on both occasions he was on the spot with his predictions in all areas – more specifically he gave me some life changing advice which I am so grateful for. With his guidance I have met the love of my life, 6 months after the second time I saw Deniz I am now married and so happy. Deniz gave me the courage to break old habits and I am really looking forward to my future. ‘
‘I have to say that Deniz’s reading for me was uncanny in describing the personalities of people in my reading, and so far all that he described is working out even though I doubted some predictions at the time. ‘
‘I tried few clairvoyants in the past 19 years and only 2 of them have stand out. One has passed away 15 years ago in Brazil, Alvaro, he was amazing. And now, for the past 2 years I have been going to see Deniz, and I can’t describe and gifted he is. ‘
‘I first went to see Deniz in March 2012. At that time, he told me specific accurate details of my situation and gave me insight of what was about to happen. Now, 6 months down the track, the thing he predicted just came true. Amazing!’
‘The main thing about Deniz I find is that his predictions always seem to come true – I honestly have not met any psychic that can predict outcomes to situations as much as Deniz can.’
‘I was amazed and impressed with his accuracy in face readings and personality descriptions.’
‘I found his coffee cup reading to be incredibly accurate, very helpful and very interesting.’
‘I felt very relaxed with him. He was also accurate about my present, personality and I am just waiting for the future to come.’
‘During my reading Deniz was so right concerning my ”ex” boyfriend. All what he said was spot on. First I didn’t listen and had hoped I could go back to my exboyfriend on my own (after breaking up with him) silly i know…. and he buffed me off and he said exactly what Deniz has said.’
‘The reading was amazing and answered in detail, my many questions I had. I have recommended Deniz to all my friends. I have seen many psychics throughout the years and Deniz has been the best one by far.’
‘Deniz is a talented reader and was able to pick up on many people in my life and gave me cues to move forward.’
‘I have seen several physics in the past but no-one has been as accurate, insightful, genuine and clear as Deniz.’
‘He was very accurate in his description of me and the events going on in my life at the moment.’
‘The main thing is, he helped me with my problems and I now know what to do.’
‘Deniz is a caring person with incredible insight.’
‘I saw Deniz 3 months ago, I was very surprised at his reading…however his reading gave me clarity and everything he has said has come true.’
‘Deniz’ reading absolutely amazed me – accurate in terms of people in my life and the situation at present and detailed predictions that I walked away with it. One has come true already. ‘
‘Deniz was remarkably accurate and gave me much hope for the future.’
‘Astonishing … the reading was so interesting, accurate in depth and details.’
‘Psychic Deniz is amazing and I definitely feel better after talking to him so far some of the things he said did come true.’
‘Deniz is an accurate man when it comes to reading your cup. It’s amazing how he knows so much about you without you telling him anything.’
‘Deniz has helped guide me and keep me positive and have highly recommended him to my friends and family. There is simply no one like him!’
‘Whatever you told me about my family and circumstances are slowly “happening”. I have said this before, “you are amazing and spot on” ‘
Till my next blog stay with love, peace and a big smile on your face:-)
Reading coffee cups…
As a technique of divination I have been reading coffee cups professionally for the last 17 years, and during that time I have met your faces and heard your voices. I specialise in personal relationships, business and past lives. How do I know you? Continue reading