The Magic of Tea Leaf Divinationby Ron Sussberg on 12/02/20
From palmistry to tarot, divination is a popular subject of pop culture and spiritualists alike. Of the forms of divination, tea leaf reading, also known as tasseomancy, is one of the youngest and most compelling.
As with most things, practice makes perfect. Learning how to read tea leaves takes time and patience, but it is an exciting practice that can give you a new perspective on your life.
What You Need
In order to read tea leaves, there are four essential items you will need. These include a tea cup, a saucer, loose leaf tea, and hot water. The tea cup’s shape is better for readings than a mug, and the loose leaf tea should be coarse; taking leaves from a tea bag will not give the same results as the leaves are too fine.
How to Conduct a Reading
The process of reading tea leaves can be simple. In your teacup, place a teaspoon of loose tea leaves, then pour boiling water over the leaves and let the brew steep for a few minutes. Then, drink your tea until there is only one or two sips remaining. Taking the handle of the tea cup in your left hand, swirl the remaining liquid and leaves clockwise. After laying a napkin on the saucer, you will place the cup upside down to allow the leftover liquid to drain. You can then flip the cup and look at the placement of leaves within.
Setting intentions through meditation before and during the reading and empowering the components of this practice with the use of crystals, incense, or the light of a full moon are ways to bolster the practice with magic and clarity.
Reading tea leaves often entails identifying symbols within clumps of leaves. Like with other forms of divination, tea leaf readings rely heavily on the reader’s intuition. The positioning of leaves and symbols can also be significant; leaves closer to the rim of the cup tend to reference the present or near future for the querent while leaves on the bottom of the cup may refer to events that will occur in the distant future.
Identifying the symbols in tea leaves may not come naturally, so knowing what to look for ahead of time can make the process easier. Common symbols to be found in tea leaves include circles, dots, lines, geometric shapes, animals, and other natural or manmade motifs. Simpler shapes like circles, dots, and lines can represent endings or cycles, money or abundance, and opportunities respectively, so their juxtaposition to other symbols can be especially significant.
As with other intuitive activities, tea leaf reading relies heavily on the reader’s own subconscious ideals and beliefs, so keep that in mind when looking to uncover meaning in the symbols you find.