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Tasseography is the art of reading tea leaves and an ancient method of procuring information about the future based on the patterns of leaves that remain in your cup. There are many different types of teas that you can consume for this practice. The best loose tea for tea leaf readings is Oolong because it presents clear messages after you have finished drinking. Some people also enjoy adding some lemon or sweeteners because it does not affect the quality of their reading. 


Tasseography, or tea leaf readings, were initially attributed to people in China who profoundly adore their cups of tea because the deliciously aromatic hot beverage has benefited their health for many centuries. After sipping on this soothingly innocuous beverage, the leaves that settle in the bottom of your teacup help fortune-tellers notice shapes and patterns to interpret them as prophecies from the past, present, and future. Tea readings are the most inexpensive method of fortune-telling, developed when Dutch merchants brought tea to Europe for the first time in the seventeenth century. 


Benefits of Tea Leaf Readings


The reason tasseography became so popular was that many people lived in poverty and only needed to buy a cup of tea to experience this method of divination. Even though this seems like a remarkably simple practice, the results you receive are profound, and many people became enchanted by the messages found in the shapes of tea leaves. Tea leaf readings are an exceptional, accessible, and creative way of tapping into your intuition to cultivate this unique divination practice. Since you do not have to collect expensive crystals, tasseography is the easiest fortune-telling practice to take advantage of. The icing on the cake is that you will drink tea, which protects your bones, reduces the risk of heart disease, and boosts your immune system thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Aside from the health benefits, fresh tea is delicious when it is piping hot. Nothing beats a cold and rainy day when you have your fingers wrapped around a warm teacup as you breathe in the divine aroma.


How A Tea Leaf Reading Is Done


First, you need to set the stage by brewing a soothing cup of tea with loose tea leaves and hot water. It is best to use a white or light-colored teacup to clearly see all the patterns. Loose black tea leaves work best for beginners because leaves in tea bags are too finely cut and cannot create prominent and identifiable shapes. The best way to make tea without infusers or strainers is to place your favorite tea leaves in the cup and then pour in boiling water.


The person who seeks answers through this divination method is known as a “Querent.” It is necessary to ask specific questions to get the best solutions. When the tea is at the right temperature and ready for consumption, you should begin sipping as you ponder over the questions you want answers for. When there is a tablespoon of liquid remaining at the bottom of your cup, you can start swirling the cup with your left hand. This should be done three times counterclockwise. With the same hand, slowly invert your cup over a saucer and leave it lying upside down for about a minute. Next, rotate the cup counterclockwise three times starting and ending with the handle facing you. And finally place the cup back upright once again with the handle facing you. The residue for your tea leaf reading should be stuck to the cup in the form of clusters and different shapes. These clusters are embedded with the answers and insights you need, and that is when you or your reader can start interpreting the symbolic meaning. 


Generally, most people encounter five or more different types of symbols in their teacup. These are letters, numbers, objects, mythical beings, or animals. Some symbols appear more prominently than others. For example, if you spot the wings of a bird, it can be related to newfound freedom or adventure. Alternatively, a cross symbol might present itself to warn you about unforeseeable problems ahead or a blockage that could prevent you from achieving a goal. The reader will typically focus on symbols that are closest to what the querent is inquiring about. Not every formation of clusters needs to be interpreted. 


Aside from the tea leaves, the handle of your teacup is also incredibly significant during this process. The handle is an energy conduit that connects the physical world to abstract realms and should be placed firmly toward you or the reader. The cup’s rim signifies the present, the sides symbolize the near future, and the bottom represents the far future. These different zones help establish a sense of timing to predict when a situation will occur, the type of connection you will have with someone, or how intense the situation might be. 


Tea leaves closest to the handle relate to your immediate surroundings, and those across the handle represent external problems that could be out of your control. If a querent is wondering when they will meet the love of their life, the tea leaf reading will focus on timing. The sections of your cup become critical, and you need to spot if the leaves are scattered on the rim, sides, or the bottom. If the querent’s cup shows a wavy line at the bottom left, they may find their soulmate overseas, which could take longer than dating somebody nearby. 


Tea leaf readings take practice, but the ritual of sipping the tea is always spiritually powerful. Picking out patterns quickly, such as trees, flowers, numbers, letters, an eagle, or a dragon, requires some tea leaf reading experience. As the reader's imagination widens, they see these symbols intuitively rather than overthinking and using conscious decision-making. Some will also appear bigger than others. For example, if you notice a large circle in your cup, you might get a large sum of money. Whereas, a small circle would indicate a low monetary reward. The number of shapes in your teacup is also equally proportional to your current life phase. For example, several large forms may mean you are going through a crucial time in your life. 


When doing a reading for somebody else, always ensure that you choose wise words to avoid misinterpretation. This is because they are hanging onto your every word searching for answers, and you should be objective and considerate in your delivery. After a tea leaf reading you will gain clarity, insight and be able to make decisions from a place of peace.


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