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Fortune In a Cup of Tea

Believe it or not you can read your future in your cup of Tea , your daily cup holds the key to your futureā€¦Best Wishes Reading Tea Leaves
Cook, Cook, drink your tea,
But save some in the pot for me.
We'll watch the tea leaves in our cup
When our drink is all sipped up.
Happiness or fortune great,
What will our future be?
-- R.Z. Berry

Tasseography : (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.

The terms derive from the French word tasse (cup), which in turn derives from the Arabic tassa (cup), and the Greek suffixes -graph, -logy, and -mancy (divination).


The art of reading tea leaves is centuries old

The practice of tea leaf reading originated independently in Asia, the Middle East and Ancient Greece. Scotland, Ireland, and England have produced a number of practitioners and authors on the subject, and English potteries have crafted many beautiful tea cup sets specially designed and decorated to aid in fortune-telling

While it's highly respected in the East, its popularity was lost in the West with advent of the tea bag. As the use of loose leaf tea increases, so do the opportunities to practice this ancient art.

The art of tea is a spiritual force for us to share. Alexandra Stoddard

Method of tea-leaf reading

The Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology, Fifth Edition, Vol. 2 edited by J. Gordon Melton, notes.

After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around the shapes suggested by them. They might look like a letter, a heart shape, or a ring. These shapes are then interpreted intuitively or by means of a fairly standard system of symbolism, such as: snake (enmity or falsehood), spade (good fortune through industry), mountain (journey of hindrance), or house (change, success).

Melton's described methods of pouring away the tea and shaking the cup are rarely seen; most readers ask the querent to drink the tea off, then swirl the cup. Likewise, his notion that readers give intuitive interpretations reflects his unfamiliarity with teacup reading; most readers use the standard symbols that have been handed down through several generations.

It is traditional to read a cup from the present to the future by starting along the rim at the handle of the cup and following the symbols downward in a spiral manner, until the bottom is reached, which symbolizes the far future. Most readers see images only in the dark tea leaves against a white or neutral background; some will also read the reverse images formed by seeing the symbols that form in the white negative spaces, with a clump of dark leaves forming the background.

Hot tea poured in a white or cream coloured cup is swirled thrice. The cup is then turned upside down on a saucer to drain the liquid off. The reading is one from the dregs left behind in the cup. Leaf-formations closest to the rim indicate immediate occurences whereas those at the bottom signify future happenings. Formations near the cup-handle imply home affairs. Work situation and business matters are related to those on the opposite side.

Some people consider it ill-advised for one to attempt tasseography using tea from a cut-open tea bag or to use a symbol dictionary. The reasons for these prohibitions are practical: tea-bag tea is cut too finely to form recognizable figures in the cup and tea-leaf reading has its own historic system of symbolism that does not correspond exacty with other systems, such as symbolic dream divination.

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