Tea Leaves – What Are They and How Do They Work?

Tea leaf readings, or Tasseography, has been around for thousands of years. It is a technique that helps people to get answers and insights about their future by interpreting the patterns of tea leaves in a cup. Granted, it’s an art that requires quite a bit of study in order to really learn the gist of reading accurately, but with even just a bit of knowledge, it’s possible to get some results and have some fun.

Tea Leaf Reading History

The origination of tea leaf readings began many years ago in China. Men and women who were fond of drinking tea began trying to interpret the patterns the tea leaves would make at the bottom of their cup. Eventually, this became a way of fortunetelling. Later, when tea became popular in Europe in the 1600’s, reading tea leaves became very popular there.

What types of tea are best for reading tea leaves?

You can essentially use any type of tea, but loose tea like black, white, or green is considered to be the best. Sure, it may be easier to purchase tea leaves in bags and use the tea inside, but those tea leaves aren’t as easy to read due to the processing breaking them down quite a bit. Loose tea leaves have not been processed and the patterns left by them are simply easier to read.

It’s best to avoid tea leaves that are super big, as they’re not as easy to read. In fact, it’s great if you use tea leaves of different sizes and shapes, as they tend to leave clearer images in the cup. Can you read tea leaves that have added ingredients? Some say no, but others say that they have used tea leaves that have things like orange peel in them and have read them fine. Whatever tea leaves you decide to use, just be sure that you actually like the tea, as you will be the one drinking it.

Tea leaf reading cups and saucers

You don’t need a special teacup or saucer to read tea leaves. Any teacup that has a rounded handle will do nicely. Many tea leaf readers like to use an antique tea set, but that is entirely up to you. A new tea set works just as well as an old one. Does your saucer have to match the teacup? Not at all. Use what you have. You may want to use a tea set that you actually favor though, as you tend to just become better attached to objects that you favor. If you don’t have a tea set, you can find one easily at most department stores, antique stores, or a flea market.

Can you add ingredients to the tea?

Yes, you can add a sweetener like honey or sugar, as well as milk, but don’t use cream. Those that have used cream report that it makes the tea taste unpleasant and gives it an odd texture, making the reading more challenging.

Why should I do tea leaf readings?

If you’re seeking insight or answers to questions regarding the past, present, or future, reading tea leaves is simply a way to get answers. It’s a way for you to tap into the collective unconscious, including your own subconscious, to get insight, direction, and answers.

How to read tea leaves?

Now that you’re interested in doing your own tea leaf reading, here is some information to get you started.

  • Get your teacup, saucer, and teapot out. Choose one teaspoon of your loose tea leaves and pour into the bottom of your teacup. Heat the water. Pour the hot water onto the tea leaves and let it steep.
  • As you sip your tea, begin thinking about what questions you want answers for. Get yourself centered. Be sure you’re in a quiet location where you won’t be disrupted. Drink the tea until there is just a little bit of tea left- perhaps a teaspoon.
  • Now, use your left hand to grab the teacup handle and swirl that tea 3 times. It’s alright if the tea leaves reach the sides of the cup. This may actually give you better patterns. Women ought to turn the cup counterclockwise and men clockwise.
  • Then, flip the teacup upside down onto the saucer. You may want to put a napkin on the saucer so that the extra liquid is absorbed, leaving you with the tea leaves in a particular pattern. Pick up the cup and observe that pattern.
  • Now, it is time to read the tea leaves. Focus your eyes on the pattern as a whole. Relax your eyes and meditate for as long as necessary to feel as if you’re getting some insight or answers to your questions. Feel free to pick the saucer up and look at the patterns at various angles. In time, you should see patterns or shapes and these may give you insight that will be helpful to you.

Where can I find tea leaves?

There are plenty of online stores that sell a variety of tea leaves. As with any business, always check the reviews available for the store, as well as the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You want to be sure you are getting high quality tea leaves from a reputable company.  You can also find loose tea leaves in local health food stores. Shop around and feel free to try various tea leaves to see what you really like. Tea leaves also make great gifts for your friends and family.

Now that you know a bit more about the art of reading tea leaves, consider purchasing some tea leaves and doing your very own reading.

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