Mar 10, 2023
The Ancient Art of Tea Leaf Reading
Tea leaf reading is also called tasseomancy, tasseography or teomancy.
Tea leaf reading became a popular method of fortune telling during the 17th century when tea was introduced into Europe from China. Many believe tea leaf reading originated in China, and that modern day teal leaf reading was thought to have originated in Asia, the Middle East and Ancient Greece.
During the 1800’s Nomadic Gypsies travelled through Europe offering fortune telling via tasseomancy. The name tasseomancy comes from the Arabic word ‘tassa’, meaning cup and the Greek word ‘mancy’ meaning divination.
Tea leaf fortune telling uses the symbols and the patterns formed by the residue of tea as a means of telling one’s fortune/future. Typically, the tea should be drunk in a light-coloured or white china cup, with a handle and a wide brim, with a matching white saucer.
Like any other form of divination, tea-leaf reading requires the seer to use their intuitive knowledge and clairvoyance to interpret the symbols. Typically, a natural clairvoyant will be able to read many events and scenes in the cup. However even those not gifted can learn the basic shapes and symbols which can be seen in the teacup.
Fortune telling by tea leaves is still popular in Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the USA as well as other places.
Making your brew
Loose leaf tea is used in tea leaf reading, NOT tea from a tea bag. Tea such as Earl Grey, English breakfast, darjeeling and china are good as the leaves are medium to large.
Indian tea and many of the cheaper teas are no good for tea leaf readings as they contain too much dust and small twigs, which do not form into patterns and symbols that can be interpreted. The tea should always be brewed in a tea pot and then poured into the cup.
The person wishing to have their tea leaves read should drink the tea until there is about an inch or so left in the bottom of the cup. This person should be thinking of a question or concentrating on whatever their issue is. Once the tea has been consumed the querent should hold the handle in the left hand with a starting position facing the heart and swirl the tea around to the left three times, finishing again facing the heart.
The tea cup is then up-turned onto the saucer some fortune tellers will ask you to tap three times on the bottom of the up-turned cup before giving them the cup and saucer.
The tea leaf reader will read the cup by turning it about carefully so as not to alter the images and symbols. However as long as all the remaining liquid was left to drain for about a minute after the tea cup was up-turned the leaves should not move.
Time in the teacup
Time is read from the rim being the future; these are events which are going to happen quickly. Directly under the handle of the teacup is related to now the immediate situation. The leaves on the side of the cup denote the past going right to the bottom is the distant past.
Some reader will also use the saucer to determine events for the querent if the teacup has been exhausted. However, this is not always possible. If the saucer is also going to be read typically the inner circle of the saucer will represent the querent with the circle around it representing the home or place they stay.
Some symbols and patterns in the teacup
Angel – Good news
Arrow – Bad news
Birds – Good news or air travel
Bouquet – Fulfilment of desires
Cat – Treachery if in the bottom of the cup
Circle – Wedding – trust and love
Crescent moon – Changes
Dog – Good and faithful friends
Eagle – Gives strength to overcome hard times.
Eye – Understanding
Fish – Excellent good fortune
Frog – Romance
Knife – Arguments
Lion – Power
Lines – getting ahead and a long life.
Mouth – Listen carefully.
Rabbit – A friend needs help; this is normally an absent friend
Ring – Marriage
Square – Comfort
Triangle – Un-foreseen legacy
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Date: Mar 10, 2023