How to read tea leaves and what to look out for
Tasseography is the art of visionary tea leaf reading, and I welcome you to this blog on how to read the leaves.
Did you know that it doesn’t matter which caffeine enhanced hot beverage you use when it comes to reading the remnants of a cup, because rather joyously, coffee granules can be read in exactly the same way as its visionary cousin, the tea leaf. Both are wonderfully powerful tools to use for seeing into the future.
We are all aware of the legacy of tea leaf reading, which dates back centuries with its origins said to be in Asia and the Middle East. It is Middle Eastern culture, however, and their love and skill for brewing coffee, that has brought the alternative ritual of reading coffee granules to the fore.
As with any ritual there are preparations to be made to help you achieve the most from your brew-induced reading.
In this blog I aim to explain how to use this wonderful gift to help you answer questions or gain insight into what lies ahead.
Here are 7 handy tips to set you on the right path to reading tea leaves or coffee granules:
- Select a cup with a smooth inner and no surface decoration
- A white or light coloured cup and saucer is the perfect vessel
- The wider the mouth of the cup the better
- Drink as much of the tea or coffee as you can without consuming the leaves or granules
- Brew your tea or coffee in a pot
- Meditate to free your mind from distracting chatter before you start reading your leaves or granules
- For tea drinkers – I find Earl Grey usually delivers the best results.
While you have your coffee or tea brewing, please try to indulge in a gentle meditation to clear the mind and find a peaceful place without too much distraction so that your thoughts and vision are centered on the cup and the shapes and symbols that lie in front of you.
Brew your tea or coffee in a pot and don’t use any form of strainer so that the leaves and granules are free to find their place. If this reading is for a loved one, or a friend, let them pour the tea or coffee. Their energy and connection to the cup is important. Whilst pouring the cup, you should try to think of any questions you have and visualize the person who you are asking questions for, if it isn’t for yourself.
Mediation is key to freeing your mind to enhance your ability to see and read more clearly. Please don’t worry if at first you find the symbols indistinct, and have some difficulty in identifying them. With practice you will build up confidence and start to find clarity and a stronger focus; meditation helps illuminate the reading in the same way that reading glasses help magnify any tricky to read text. It’s always a good idea to make notes and, if you can, scribble some drawings of the symbols that you see, so that you start to build up a record of pictures and patterns that you can mentally reference and draw upon for future readings.
Allow yourself this freedom of thought, and let’s see what your eyes and especially your intuition and inner feelings are guiding you to see. We are all gifted intuitively and psychologically. We each carry a divine intelligence and have an inner knowledge that we should embrace and seek to bring to the surface. Your level of perception and experience will build with time and you will increase your psychic abilities. And please do have fun whilst you are reading the remains of your delicious cup of coffee or tea. This is a joyous and powerful gift and experience that I want you to enjoy as much as I do.
Once you have finished drinking from the cup and have left the sediment of leaves or granules at the bottom, turn the cup over onto the saucer and allow it to drain. Doing this over a sink is a good idea, to avoid any annoying tea or coffee stains on upholstery or clothes. [No one wants to add stain remover to their tea reading ritual.] Now pick up the cup and start to read what’s inside. Remember to read the leaves or granules in clockwise rotation, starting from the handle. Focus and you will gradually see images and patterns emerging.
The handle of the cup represents you or the person you are about to read. Read the symbols closest to the handle, which represent your thoughts and current situation. The middle of the cup relates to the near future and the bottom of the cup is the more distant future .
A reading of leaves or granules may show you the future in terms of a couple of weeks or a couple of months ahead; there is no rigid timeframe as to where that future lies.
I have been reading leaves for many, many decades; an art which I started to indulge in when I was just seven years old and which I have reveled in practicing ever since. I have a ticker tape of symbols in my mind that I can call upon when reading, and I would like to share some of those here with you now.
Below is a list of symbols and their meanings to help you start your journey….
🦋BUTTERFLY signifies transformation; not standing still
🦌DEER signifies gentleness; a kind person
🦊FOX signifies a tricky witted individual
🟣CIRCLE signifies a wedding; a partnership; a new start
↑↓ARROW. An up arrow signifies yes to a question and a down arrow signifies thinking about your wants in life .
⎻ LINES signify an important journey .
🌊WAVES signify emotional times and also mean an important journey.
✉️ENVELOPE signifies news, letters, contracts
🧲HORSESHOE signifies happy times ahead
👫MAN OR WOMEN near the handle signifies a visitor
🗝KEY signifies new opportunities
🏡HOUSE signifies new home .
Remember to take notes each time you read from a cup, so that you will more quickly recognize shapes and symbols for future readings. Like all of life’s skills, practice is key. And ENJOY! This is a simple gift that we should all rejoice in.
Author: Samantha Hamilton http://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/samantha-hamilton
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