For many generations, people knew that tea does not only exist for enjoying it as a refreshing beverage. Throughout history, they turned to reading tea leaves to uncover important insights about their life journeys.
Today, tea is enjoyed by individuals all over the world, but how many of us know about the hidden messages in the leaves? Learn about tasseography, the ancient art of reading tea leaves.
What is tasseography?
Tasseography is the ancient divination practice of reading tea leaves. It seems very simple, but the results one can gain from such practice have a profound effect on the person who is having a reading, which is why tasseography has been around for many generations.
Although it is not as popular as, for example, Tarot readings, this practice nonetheless provides a very powerful and exciting way to train your intuition.
It is hard to trace tasseography back to its origins. In fact, this practice might have appeared in ancient or even prehistoric cultures. People practiced reading tea leaves in Ancient China and Japan.
Celts seemed to have enjoyed doing the same, and in the 18th and 19th centuries tea reading became popular in the West. There were even books written in those times about various techniques for practicing tasseography.
Reading tea leaves, like other divination practices, involves directing energy, focusing your intention at the leaves, which mirror your experiences to answer the questions you have.
When you ask a question in the reading, the leaves give you guidance, offer advice, and reveal insights into the present or future situations. Everything in tasseography carries a meaning – the shape, color, density, and even placement of the leaves in the interior of the cup.
How do you read tea leaves?
If you want to practice reading tea leaves, this guide is the right place to start. Let us share with you the steps you need to take to bring your tea leaf reading to the next level.
Choose the right teacup
Some teacups are better for reading tea leaves than others, so start by choosing the right teacup for your divination practice. The cup should be shallow and wide enough for you to be able to see the patterns, with slopping sides, and pale on the inside.
If the interior of your teacup is decorated, this will make it hard to read the patterns, so a simple cup would work better.
Choose tea leaves
Now that you have selected the right teacup for your reading, keep in mind that the right kind of tea leaves is just as important. You want to make sure that you make it as easy as possible for yourself to recognize patterns when reading tea leaves.
Aim for finer leaves, because larger types might be harder to read. If you have a favorite type of tea, do not hesitate to use it, because it will make your practice more enjoyable.
Make yourself comfortable
The cup and leaves are ready, so now it is time to make yourself comfortable. Choose a quiet place with nice ambience where you do not have distractions and can focus on the reading.
Brew the tea and pour it into the cup without straining. You can also make tea directly in the cup by pouring hot water over the leaves.
Do the reading
The person you are reading tea leaves for, whether it is you or someone else, should drink the tea from the cup until very little liquid remains in it. This person should think about the questions they want to find answers to and swish the cup three times to the left side while doing so.
Remove the remaining liquid and read the pattern of tea leaves.
Interpreting the patterns
An important part of reading tea leaves is being able to see and recognize the patterns. This is not an easy thing to do, but you can gain a good skill with practice.
Symbols like letters, numbers, flowers, animals, etc. might also require quite a bit of imagination on your part. With more practice, you will be able to recognize the symbols by only using your intuition.
When interpreting patterns in your reading, keep in mind that the size of the symbols matters, and symbols of larger size should be seen as more important or impactful in the interpretation.
You might also see letters, which are typically associated with the first letter of someone’s name, depending on the contexts uncovered in the reading. Smaller tea leaves also may form lines on the interior of the cup, which often symbolize a trip or a journey.
Some symbols will be more obvious than others. For example, seeing a heart when reading tea leaves means a love relationship. Animal symbols may refer to either the pets in your life or a trait of character associated with a certain animal.
Moreover, symbols might have personal meanings for every individual, so seeing a watch might mean time for you, but an important keepsake for someone else. This is necessary to keep in mind when you are reading for someone else, because you might need to ask that person questions to help you with interpretation.
Can you read coffee?
Although most people who practice tasseography read tea leaves, it is also possible to gain insights about the past, present, and future by reading coffee grinds.
Reading coffee slightly differs from tea reading, because you also should keep in mind what part of the cup the grinds occupy. Divide the coffee cup into two halves, where the lower half signifies the past and the upper half the future.
Similarly, the left side reflects negative influences, while the right side symbolizes positive ones.
Practice makes perfect
Once you start practicing reading tea leaves, do not expect to get it right from the first try. For many readers, it takes a long time to tune in to the messages using their intuition and get used to deciphering the patterns and their placement in the teacup.
Practice reading for yourself each time you drink tea, and soon you will notice how the seemingly random positioning of leaves starts making sense. Reveal insights into your life journey.