To a Tea: Tea Leaf Reading Illuminated


Exploring Tea Cup Reading

As part of our continuing exploration of divination techniques, this month we are focusing on tea cup reading, also known as tasseomancy. 


A story says that tea leaf reading originated when a group of tea drinkers were sitting around visiting and noticed symbols in the tea leaves left in their cups. The ensuing conversation was the beginning of the practice of tea leaf reading and this unique form of divination.


How Does Tea Leaf Reading Work?

It is believed that the person drinking the tea influences the energy of the tea when they are drinking it. The symbols that are left in the cup pertain to that person’s life when an intention is set prior to drinking the tea. One thing is certain, intuition comes into play in this ancient art. 

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Interpreting the symbols in the tea leaves can be a skill that is honed through practice. As a general rule, the cup is divided into three parts; the rim represents the present, the side is for events that are not too distant and the bottom represents the distant future. The nearer the symbols appear to the handle, the closer the events that are foretold will come to pass. Examples of symbols that can be seen in tea leaves are birds, airplanes, butterflies, the moon, a heart, a ring, trees…..the list is as endless as the reader’s insight, imagination and intuition.

Which leaves should I use?

Plain, loose teas are better for reading tea leaves. Try Black Chinese, Jasmine, Earl Grey or Ceylon for the best results. Teas which have too many twigs, fruit or larger pieces should probably be avoided.

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Visit Ascendant Books to see our selection of teas and tea sets to start practicing your craft or add to your current practice! 

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