Reading the Tea Leaves
How many of you have heard the phrase “my grandmother read tea leaves”? I must say that many grandmothers indeed read the tea leaves in days’ gone by, even my own Grandmother. So, I thought you might like to have some of your own insight into reading the tea leaves.
The best type of cup to use for reading the tea leaves would be one that is wide and shallow with a plane white interior. The saucer should also be free of any patterns. This makes for a clearer view of the tea patterns and symbols created by the leaves. After all, just think of the interior of the cup as the canvas to your life questions.
The areas of the cup represent certain aspects of your life. The handle represents you, your home environment and close family members. The opposite side of the cup across from the handle represents the work or business issues in your life. While the sides and bottom of the cup represent certain time frames. For instance, the rim area would reflect the very near future, such as a few days or weeks, the sides of the cup would reflect the more distant time frame as in a few months or so, while the bottom of the cup would reflect off in the distant future.
When reading the tea leaves, remember to use a good quality, large loose-leaf tea (no tea bags) as this will give you a clearer reading. Once you have prepared the tea by placing a tablespoon of tea in a pot and covering it with boiling water. Pour it into a cup with saucer (a mug is not suitable). As you drink from the cup, being in a calm pleasant space, think of a question that you would like guidance or understanding to. Make sure that you leave approximately one teaspoon full in the cup. Holding the cup in your left hand while focusing on your question, swirl it in a counterclockwise motion. Place the saucer on top of the cup and turn the cup and saucer up-side down for approximately one minute or so until the liquid has drained from the cup and onto the saucer. Turn the cup over and examine your inner canvas.
For Example: One of the images or symbols which you may see happens to be a dove near the rim of the cup just above the handle area. This may reveal that your life may soon find the affection that you have been hoping for or you may also see a wavy line near the opposite side of the cup which may indicate emotional ups and downs with work or business situations. However, there is what appears to be a bell which follows representing some happy news or positive changes are soon to follow.
These are only examples and you may discover that the more you work with your own symbolisms and meanings, the clearer your readings will become. It might be helpful to you to invest in a book of meanings or symbols as these may give you additional insight to your readings of the tea leaves.
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As early as my young childhood I remember always being curious about the supernatural, paranormal, and mysticism in general. I seemed to be drawn with curiosity about the unseen, or what one would term as the occult.