Tasseography, tasseomancy, or tasseology is the art or practice of interpreting the patterns in over loose tea leaves.

The history of tea leaf reading is said to have originated in the Middle East, Asian, and ancient Greece.

And even in today’s modern times, tea leaf reading is still being practiced; for people being able to know and see what lies ahead. If you fancy tea leaf reading, then this one’s for you.

The basics of tea leaf reading

What you will need:

  • Your choice of tea: green or black
  • Teacup and a saucer
  • Hot water

The steps:

  • Put the tea of your choice in a teapot and bring it to a boil.
  • Once boiled, carefully pour your hot tea on a teacup.
  • Before finishing the last few drops of your tea, give it a little swirl while thinking about what you would like to see.
  • Then, time to interpret the shapes or symbols of tea leaves on the base and sides of the cup.

But here’s another approach that you can try:

  • Place your choice of tea in a cup, and then add hot water.
  • You can add sugar, cream, or milk, or whatever else you want in your hot tea. Wait for the tea to cool down or until it is cool enough to drink.
  • While drinking your tea, start thinking of what you would like to know, to ask, or see. Enjoy your tea, but do not forget to leave at least a tablespoon in the cup.
  • Swirl the remainder of the liquid and then flip the cup on the saucer.
  • Now, turn the cup on the saucer thrice in counter-clockwise direction.
  • Flip the cup over to interpret the shapes or symbols on the rim, sides, or bottom of the cup.

Another option is to do the following:

  • Just follow the first 2-3 steps above and when you are on the last teaspoon of tea, take the handle of the cup in your left hand. Then, in your mind contemplate what you would like to see at the same time ask for help and guidance to read your future.
  • Swirl the cup in a counter-clockwise direction.
  • Turn the cup upside down on the saucer to drain the remaining liquid.
  • Leave it for a minute and then slowly flip the cup from the right.
  • Now, it is time to interpret the shapes or symbols formed out of the tea leaves.

Before doing the ritual, remember these:

  • Clear your mind from any thoughts
  • Always trust first impressions
  • Keep calm. Carefully look and observe the shapes. Do not rush.
  • Do not force for answers; let it come to you naturally.

But before reading your tea leaves, here are some things to remember:

  • The teacup handle represents the person who is getting the reading
  • The ritual should only be completed by the person who is getting the reading
  • The rim of the cup represents the present
  • The bottom of the cup denotes distant future
  • The sides indicate medium term

Additional tea leaves reading information:

  • The number of shapes in a cup is proportional to the phase the person getting the reading is going through. It is said the number of shapes in the cup signifies that the person getting the reading is going through a lot.
  • Start by reading larger signs down to the smallest.

Tea leaves reading common symbols and meanings (in alphabetical order):

  • Aircraft, airplane, or balloon – failed projects
  • Angels – good luck
  • Apples – school or business success
  • Birds – good luck
  • Butterfly – success, pleasure
  • Candle – enlightenment
  • Castle – wealth and fortune
  • Circles – money
  • Clouds – troubles but clouds surrounded by dots mean financial success
  • Cow – prosperity
  • Cross – trouble
  • Dagger – help from friends
  • Elephant – good health
  • Goat – enemies
  • Hat – success in life
  • Kettle – death
  • Ladder – travel
  • Moon – success, happiness while crescent moon means prosperity
  • Owl – sickness, unlucky events
  • Pig – faithful lover
  • Ring – marriage
  • Scissors – break up
  • Snake – bad luck
  • Start – good luck
  • Sword – arguments
  • Umbrella – difficulty
  • Whee – inheritance

Enjoy the tea while asking for guidance.

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