1. Philomena C says:

    Have you ever seen Zodiac signs in the tea leaves? I’ve never heard of that happening before. But in my tea cup morning there were two very clear ones: a Taurus the Bull, and below it very clearly, Scorpio the Scorpion. Any thoughts?

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Phiomena in my opinion, it is either a warning that you are putting your physical world and needs above your spiritual needs or if you have been lately too involved in spiritual work, you are advised to do some grounding work and enjoy a bit more the physical world around you.

  2. ailina ahern says:

    What type of disposable cups would you use given each person would need a new cup and the cup should show the leaves/grounds easily? If you were at a fair or something and wanted to read for others?

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Do you want them to drink the tea before your read? Or do you just want to read tea? When I workevents I don’t have time for people to drink a cup before they sit down with me. And – I have a line of people waiting. The first time I did a promotional event, I read tea leaves out of white Styrofoam cups for 5 hours straight in a department store. After I finished reading, the cup just went in the trash. I now read at some really upscale places and for bridal showers, so I now prep the tea in small Saki cups with just enough water to soften the leaves but not enough to make a mess when I dump the cup. I clean out my cup between readings. I prep about 12 small cups and then reload.

  3. I have a newbie question. I’m looking for a tea pot and find that most of them have a built in strainer. Do you brew full pots in this kind of tea pot and more importantly, how do you get the tea leaves in the cup? TIA!

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      If you can’t find a pot without a strainer you can also put some tea leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over them.

  4. Louella P. says:

    I read with tea bag tea most of the time, and I usually set the bag aside until after I’m nearly finished with my tea before I tear it open and scrape the tea into the cup. I’ve gotten good results with this method

  5. Pro tip when it comes to timing

    f you’re reading for a year, divide the cup equally into 12 parts (months) and starting with the handle and reading in a clockwise direction, the first 1/12 represents the first month, the second the second month and so on.
    If you’re reading for a month, divide the cup into four equal parts (weeks) and use the same methodology.
    If you’re reading for a week, divide the cup into 7 equal parts (days).
    If you’re reading for a day, read the cup as a whole.
    I find that the timelines can be elastic and the further out that you’re trying to read, the more likely things are going to change because so many things can impact long-term energy. Four months is basically the end of short-term energy and I find that fortunes within that period are the most accurate.

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Thank you for that addition Ashil :)

  6. Question is there special tea that you need to do this?

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Loose leaf . One that I like best is Earl Grey as it has a nice blend of different sized leaves, but any kind is fine. Even tea from teabags is okay. However, some of the tea in bags is ground so fine it is like dust and this can make for muddy, unreadable symbols. Also the extremely large leaves of some of the herbal ones are not good for reading either.

  7. merci nevels says:

    the kind of tea is a personal preference, the smaller the cut of leaves, the easier the images will present themselves. My favourite is Good Evening from T2, it has a mix of fine and larger pieces, the larger pieces float which gives another dimension to the reading.

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Good advice, Mercie. :) The only type of leaves that don’t work are the extremely large herb leaves. Ones out of teabags is okay as well except for the ones where the tea leaves are so small they are like dust. Other than that, use one that you like to drink. I find that Rooibos or Earl Grey tea work well for me.

  8. Thank you for sharing. Would most of your advice be applicable to coffee grounds as well? Tea leaves and coffee grounds tend to have the same symbolic meanings

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      I would think so, Darsie. The only difference I would advise for a coffee cup is when you’re nearly finished drinking it that you add a pinch or two of coffee grounds to make sure there is something to read. Remember that Turkish coffee and Greek coffee are two totally different animals and they have completely different ways of being prepared.

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