Ian Parkin is the author of this post.
Learn how to read tea leaves with this guide so you can try it for yourself. This is fortune telling by interpreting the shapes and symbols remaining in your cup after drinking a brew of loose-leaf tea.
For the purpose of this how to read tea leaves guide I will refer only to tea. But very similar divinatory messages can be found in the leftover grinds of coffee (especially Turkish Coffee) as well as leftover sediment in wine glasses.
What does read the tea leaves mean?
Reading tea leaves is an ancient practice, and in the right intuitive hands, the simple dregs of a tea or coffee cup can become an intriguing fortune telling oracle. To read the tea leaves was originally known as tasseography and tasseomancy (tasse is the French word for cup and -graphy means a 'representation of' and -mancy means 'divination of'). As with most divinatory oracles nowadays, there are two differing methods. Psychic and not psychic!
In a real psychic reading of the tea leaves, any perceived symbols will be intuitively deciphered. In an oracle reading or divination of the tea leaves, the specific meanings of symbols are memorized and then regurgitated verbatim or referred to in a book of meanings.
Whichever way you want to learn how to read tea leaves this guide on can be fun and fascinating. Perhaps a combination of both ways may work well for you. For instance, a musical symbol means good luck is coming. Combining the traditional meaning with imagination and your intuition will help weave a predictive story that only you will see in the cup.
Approach finding the right teacup the same way that you would any other special divination tool. If you plan to read for a group, you may find a whole setting of cups that would be appropriate. You should choose a wide cup with a shallow bottom, and sides that gently slope. Since the inside of the cup is going to be your canvas for psychic symbols, when you need to find cups that are white or lightly-colored on the inside. You cannot learn how to read tea leaves properly if the cup is clear or has designs on the interior. Coffee mugs and taller cups also should be avoided.
You do not have to go out and buy an expensive tea set. If the ones you currently have fit the criteria, they will do just fine. There are some gifted families who pass down tea-reading cups from generation to generation. Some psychics say that certain teacups just “feel right” to them. Trust your intuition when you choose you own divination cup.
Use real tea leaves, not teabags. If your experience with brewing tea involves dipping a teabag by its string into a cup of hot water, do not feel bad. Now you are going to learn how to read tea leaves you will be introduced to the fascinating world of loose-leaf tea. Most grocery stores sell different blends of this kind of tea. Common blends are oolong and black tea.
While you learn how to read tea leaves you may as well treat yourself to heavenly bliss and visit a tea shop and peruse their proprietary blends of herbs and tea. Find a scent that you love and buy a few ounces. Certain names and scents may resonate with your inner awareness. Just because a certain tea has a big price tag per ounce does not mean it will give clearer messages. Simply buy a tea that you love.
There are many books and websites that are dedicated to the “proper” way to brew tea. The Japanese have perfected it into an art form. Some traditional methods require you to use two different teapots. Feel free to do some research to find a method that fits your needs best.
For a simple method, measure a couple tablespoons of tea for each cup into your pot and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally with a teaspoon. And remember not to use a strainer when pouring. Provide lemon, cream, sugar, or honey for your guests to add to their tea. It will not affect the tea leaves reading at all. What if a guest does not like tea? Simply put a teaspoon of tea leaves and splash of hot water in their cup for reading purposes.
Yesterday’s Victorian parlors were not saturated with the technical interference that today’s living rooms have. When you plan to do any kind of divination you want to set the mood. You will need a space that is quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions. That means that all technology (i.e. televisions, computers, phones) need to be turned off. Electricity and other kinds of energy can cause disturbances in the spiritual realm.
It does not have to be an elaborate tea with scones and Devonshire cream (unless you want it). Just set a nice table with tea and a plate of tempting sweets. Another wise step is to ask for your guardian spirits and angels to be with you and to encircle the assembled company with love and light.
To do a reading for guests, you should do it from the cup they drank their tea. Most importantly—have fun! This should not have the somber atmosphere of a funeral. Yes, we need to be respectful when dealing with divination and the spirit world; however, it can still be done with freedom and joy.
Your guests can enjoy as many cups of tea as they please. When they are finished, ask each guest to leave at least a teaspoon of liquid with the leaves at the bottom of their cup. Each guest can get a reading one at a time.
These are the necessary steps for knowing how to read tea leaves:
Keep in mind that divining the meaning of tea leaves is completely subjective to the intuition of the reader.
There are some traditional ways in learning how to read tea leaves - When looking for messages in the leaves make reference to their position in the cup:
Tea Leaf Symbols
As with any tool of divination, the more you learn how to read tea leaves, the more psychically tuned you will become. Tasseomancy is a helpful tool, and is not meant to dictate the choices you make. We are all free-moral agents who are ultimately in charge of our destinies.