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Reading tea leaves – what’s it all about?

Would you like to make predictions about the future for yourself, friends and family?  Are you looking for a way to improve your natural intuitive ability?  If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then you might want to start learning the craft of reading tea leaves.

Interpreting patterns made by tea leaves in a cup is an ancient art which took place in Asia, ancient Greece and the Middle East.  This practice is also called Tasseography and includes the reading of coffee and wine sediment as well.

Although tasseography has traditionally been used as a system of divination for psychics, all you need is patience and an eye for detail, so you can identify various symbols and understand their meanings.  What’s more, it is a relatively simple practice that can be learned quickly, which probably explains why reading tea leaves has gained popularity in modern times.

The cup



Those who practice reading tea leaves often prefer a wide brim cup that is plain inside, as any patterns could interfere with the interpretation.  Apart from the cup, you also need a saucer as well as a napkin.

The ritual or reading


tea stir

To be effective, the person receiving the reading should feel relaxed but be able to focus on specific thoughts.  He or she should spoon tea leaves into a heated pot or directly into the cup, after which boiling water is poured into the vessel.

The person receiving the reading might also be asked to stir the dried leaves before spooning them into the pot or cup, which is a bit like the practice of shuffling the cards before a tarot reading.  After the hot water has been poured in, the person receiving the reading should stir the pot or cup, while thinking about the question they would like an answer to.

While sipping their tea, he or she should continue to think about their question, and should drink until only a quarter of an inch of tea is left in the cup.  The vessel should then be swirled around clockwise with the left hand three times so that the tea leaves are floating.  The cup is then flipped upside down quickly onto the napkin, leaving the tea leaves on the bottom and sides of the cup.

The interpretation


tea reading

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To interpret the images you see inside the cup, you will need to concentrate and use some imagination.  The accepted practice is to read the cup clockwise.  You can interpret the symbols exactly as they appear or in a symbolic way.  For example, a mountain and a tree might mean overcoming adversity which leads to a new start.

If you see images that contradict one another, it could be due to some indecision on the part of the person seeking the reading.  Finally, in terms of timelines, the rim of the cup represents the present or the immediate future while the bottom is the very distant future.

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