Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners
I came across a book today that I remember having as a child, in it was an article on reading tealeaves. Nowadays in the age of teabags ,tealeaves seem to be a dying trend , however , I know many that use leaf tea , my grandmother was one and she mastered the art of reading the leaves.
Entertainment at Sunday tea was having our leaves read, and even though the thought of getting leaves in our mouths was not pleasant, we insisted on this ritual being performed.
We would have our tea in a china cup, which was very special and grown-up, and were told to drink until we finished, but, leaving just a few drops in the bottom.
Then , we had to take the cup in our left hand and twirl the tea slowly round three times. The cup was then turned upside down in the saucer to drain.
The pictures that appeared within the leaves all had special meanings , here are a few that I remember.
ARROW - Somebody is falling for you!
BIRD - Good luck is coming.
BUTTERFLY - Happy days.
CASTLE - A wish will soon be granted.
CRESCENT MOON - You'll have a stroke of luck soon.
DOG - You've got a faithful friend.
DOT - Small dot..a letter, Large dot..a present.
EYE - Be on the lookout for an opportunity.
FEATHER - Your luck will change for the better.
FISH - Good news from abroad.
FLOWERS - Happiness
GATE - Not so good. Something stands between you and your wish.
HAND - Pointing up, good luck. Down,disappointment
HEART - Somebody loves you very much.
IVY LEAF - Contentment.
JUG - Be careful you don't break something when washing up!
KEY - You'll soon learn something very interesting.
KITE - Work hard, and your ambition will be fulfilled.
LADDER - You'll rise in the world.
MOUNTAIN - You'll tackle a difficulty successfully.
NEEDLE - Trouble quickly followed by joy.
OWL - Luck in love.
PEN - Somebody, somewhere, wants a letter from you!
PIPE - Long life.
RING - Happiness, but if a stslk goes through it there may be a disappointment.
ROSE - Good luck
SHIP - A letter or present from over the sea
SQUARE - Joy and peace
STAR - A very lucky omen
TREE - You may be moving to a new neighbourhood
UMBRELLA - Open..fantastic good luck. Closed..disappointment
VASE - You'll do a good deed soon
WHEEL - Hurry,hurry, hurry or you will miss something good
WINGS - Surprising news
YACHT - A happy holiday
Remember the proper way to read the cup is from left to right, and if there are hardly any leaves in yours , this is supposed to be the luckiest omen of all.
Have fun , because we certainly did..Speak to you soon
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