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Beginner’s Guide to Tea Leaf Reading

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Take your time, now… then tell me what you see within it…” – Professor Sybill Trelawney.

At the Melbourne Tea Festival, I attended the tea leaf reading workshop. I know.. I know, It was a bit unusual, even for the Feng-Shui-applying-Universe-private-messaging me. Seeing the future through tea leaf reading never caught my attention. But the scene from Harry Potter flashed in my mind and I wasn’t going to miss a real life Divination Class. I just had to experience it. And I did. It was awesome and so did Annie, the Melbourne version of Sybill Trelawney.

Tea Leaf Reading

This weekend, with a little research I did my own tea leaf reading at home. If you are interested, here are step-by-step way to do your own tea leaf reading at home:

1. Choose your medium.

There are different version of tasseography, you can use loose tea leaves, wine sediment or coarse coffee grounds. I have never made my own coffee except the sachet version and I always finish my wine until the last drop, so tea is my only option.

Tea Leaf Reading

2. Get your tea cup and saucer.

It’s kinda obvious, I know. Use a tea cup with a proper shape and size, nothing too crazy as that might make it hard for you to read your own future 😛 Maybe one with white/light color on the inside part? Also, don’t forget the saucer as you will need it for the later part. Also, I want to go one step further and ask you to use something that you love instead of any random set.

3. Put some tea leaf in the cup and pour hot water into it.

A very important note, once there is liquid in your cup, none else can touch it, but you. Tasseology believes that human is energy beings and that we transfer our energy to everything we touch. It also believes that water is a great energy inductor. I have read about a similar concept years ago, but somehow after Annie’s explanation that day, this concept stuck with me. I have been more mindful on “transferring the energy” onto the things I own by treating them more kindly and carefully.

tea leaf reading

4. Sip your tea and relax.

For me this is the best thing about tea leaf reading. Another excuse to sit with a cup of tea and relax. Try to drink as much as possible from the cup.

5. Tip the cup into the saucer to drain the rest of the water inside.

Now we know what was the saucer for in the first place.

6. Flip the cup and start reading your future by predicting the image.

Tea Leaf Reading Bird

I saw a bird here. Bird means I am supposed to expect some news or gifts coming my way. I prefer gifts. I really hope it’s going to be gifts!

Tea Leaf Reading Foreign Geek

And Annie spotted a 3D sea horse from the other side. I am yet to figure out what does a seahorse mean. This time Google couldn’t help much.

Tea Leaf Reading Love

I saw a paper plane in my near future. That’s not much of a surprise, I am flying to Sydney this Friday. I also saw two floating hearts in my one year future. Well, that must be something good right?

7. Take a note on the timing.

So, there is a way to incorporate time on predicting your future with tea leaf reading. It depends on which quadrant the “image” appears. Clockwise, the closest it’s to the cup handle the sooner it will happen.

Tea leaf reading timing

tea leaf reading The quadrant time rule comes with an exception, if the image is huge and dominates the cup, it’s not time bound.

8. If you don’t like the image, change it.

This is such a powerful sentence.

Yes, exactly that. If you don’t like what you see, change it. And it doesn’t mean that you change what you see in the cup, but change the things that are within your control in real life. I believe one single shift of choice has the power to change our life.

9. Enjoy!

Tea leaf reading is meant to be enjoyed and taken with a light heart, you guys. At least, that’s how I approach it. So, invite your friends or cozy up by yourself, pour some tea, relax and enjoy!

tea leaf reading

Before I go, I want to share my tea leaf image with you. Tell me, what do you see? I see a half face and a 3D butterfly, Annie saw an apple, the lady on my left side saw a Pinochio. So far I like  Tina’s, the blogger I met in the tea leaf reading, interpretation the most, she said “it’s clearly a peacock, the symbol of good luck”. Yazzz!

Have you done tea leaf reading before? Would you? Maybe you can start with the DIY version first *clicking my cup to yours*

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  • This is a really cool thing that you experienced! I’ve always wondered about tea leaf reading and was debating on whether I wanted to get into it a little more. Super interest(ea)ing! *Sorry.

  • Thanks for sharing! I’ve had my leaves read before, and have been attempting to read them myself at home sometimes. I have a few tea leaf reading books that have been very helpful, but a workshop would be fun to attend to learn at, too!

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