Tea leaf reading which is also called Tasseography was popularized by gypsies but has its origins in China. It is a process of reading the tea leaves that are left at the bottom of the tea Cup after the tea had been consumed. The hot refreshment itself is consumed by the person who is receiving the reading and read by the psychic performing the reading. This is a type of reading that anyone can actually do whether you have psychic ability are not. The only thing that is required is the knowledge of what the symbols represent and how you are able to interpret them. As with anything practice makes perfect. Before you start the reading you should take the time to figure out what question or questions you would like to know the answers to. Whether this is life itself or questions you may have about business, family or love related issues. In terms of divination this is called Tasseomancy.
How to do a tea leaf reading:
Tea cup and saucer
teapot with an open spout ( that doesn’t hold the tea back in the pot if you choose to boil your tea that way)
As you can imagine the first step is actually boiling the water to make a cup of tea. Now most people say that you have to use the actual tea leaves without a teabag, which in most cases is true but if you can’t do that you can always cut the teabag open and use that as well if you don’t have access to just the leaves, but make sure this is done prior to the tea being brewed. The important thing to remember is that the cup of tea must have loose leaves in it. Psychics believe the best tea leaves for reading are Earl Grey or Jasmine but any will do. The cup itself cannot be a mug but has to be a cup on a saucer and should be plain inside. The larger the bowl of the cup the better. The reason for it to be plain on the inside is so that there is no misinterpretation of the leaves. Milk or sugar can still be used if you add them to your tea as it will not cloud the reading that you are about to have.
Step two is to get the person that is having the reading drink the tea. While they drink the tea the person who is asking the questions to do their best to clear their mind and relax. The person being read or querent should then make sure that they leave a little bit of tea still in the bottom of the cup. The cup should then be swirled around anticlockwise three times before the contents are poured out easily and not forced onto a napkin or paper towel that is been put on the saucer. Putting the cup upside down on the saucer is the last step for this part.
Step three is to now look at the symbols that the tea leaves have left and to interpret them. your reading begins by starting at the handle moving clockwise around the cup. Watch the video below for the proper way of reading the cup starting with the handle.
In this video it shows how to properly conduct a reading of the leaves:
Tea leaf reading symbols:
Now just like dream interpretation the leftover leaves can create tons of symbols and have a lot of meanings associated with them. Here’s a website or you can go to that has over 200 possible signs that your cup of tea can be telling you.
How Often can i do a reading?
It’s best to do readings no more than once a week as you have to give time for the short term energy to change. If you are reading them yourself, then you can do them daily if you want, but then they are just a guide for the day.
I want to buy tea leaf cards, any suggestions please!
Unfortunately, they are out of print at the moment. You could contact US Games Systems, Inc. and ask them when they plan to reprint them. Other than that, there are some available for sale on Amazon.com from private sellers but these are very expensive. Sorry, I can’t be more help than that at the moment.
Any Books you can suggest to learn the meanings?
I recommend Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners, by Caroline Dow, or Tea Cup Reading: A Quick and Easy Guide to Tasseography. That one’s by Sasha Fenton. Both are available for Kindle, which is how I got them.
Can there be images within the images?
Absolutely. A symbol can be one image or made up from many different images.
Who should drink the tea?
The person whose fortune is being read is the person who should drink the brew or coffee.
Can you use a teabag?
You have to split the teabag. The readings are better with loose leaf tea because the tea leaves in a tea bag have been ground up very small and float when you put hot water on them. Split the teabag, take out a small amount of tea about 1/2 tsp and put in cup. Pour a small amount of boiling water over it and let tea steep. You don’t have to drink the tea unless you want to, but you must hold the cup with both hands to let your energy flow, thinking of the questions that you want the cup to answer.