Tea Drinking in this Century, Your Future In A Cup

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Without water there is no tea to drink.
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Fortune Telling with Tea Leaves

We really enjoy a wide assortment on a cool saturday morning. Not only for their delicious aroma and taste, but also for the various medicinal properties. That got me to thinking, and look what I found out.

The ritual of tasseography enhances your enjoyment of tea by involving a

medium or mediator to predict the future. In general, the role of a medium is to act as a link between two places or people. In this instance the mediator is actually the residue left in the cup that telepathically links the reader with the seeker's past, present and future.

The word tasseography originates from the French "Tasse" for "cup" and the Greek "graphs" for the act of writing or drawing. Literally, tasseography is the art of defining the shapes that are "drawn" in the cup. Loose, large tea leaves were originally used in tasseography, they form patterns easier.

The art of tasseography is said to have originated in China. The Chinese believed that the patterns left in the teacup were worthy of study, spelling out good or evil karma. In the 17th century tasseography was popular among women in Europe. Tea leaf reading was spread by gypsies. In exchange for a coin, they wandered from town to town offering to tell your future.





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Perfect Cups For Tea Rituals

Japanese Teacup Gift Set in Wooden Gift Box with 5 Assorted Designs by MIYA
Japanese Teacup Gift Set in Wooden Gift Box with 5 Assorted Designs by MIYA

Designed with the elements of earth. Drinking tea or having the leaves read, calming enjoyment. These cups keep the tea brewing hot, not our hands. The unique box keeps them out as a mindful display to stop a moment and drink some tea.

 

Choosing A Blend

It was a popular practice for a talented reader to read her own leaves in the morning, before those of her friends who visited during the day would be asked to select a certain blend of leaves.

Good choices for a reading about love are: jasmine or rosehip blends; a mint tea is good for questions about money; and drink chamomile for good health. Did you know chamomile is the most popular tea in the world? This liquid, still offers you the peace and harmony in the world, with the pouring and drinking of a single cup.

Remember to use large leaf teas and tell the friend to go with her instincts when choosing a blend of tea, intuition always leads in the right direction.

A talented reader asked her friends to swirl the dried tea before choosing the leaves to be placed in a pot, much like shuffling cards in Tarot. Reading tea leaves requires more telepathic skills than other methods of foretelling, because it offers no clear or absolute symbols to read as do Tarot or astrology. Rather, it requires the reader to follow her first impressions, using her psychic intuition and feelings to interpret shapes and meaning.

The ability to see these insights in the hard to describe dregs is like a child's intuitive ability to see the shapes in the clouds. The reader's mind must be open and innocent like the child as she uses her intuition to interpret the shapes in the cup. The first shapes that the reader sees are those that are appropriate. She should never second guess her first instincts.

The vibrations of energy of the friend are passed on to the cup of tea. In this way, the friend indirectly sends messages to the reader as well. She also sends direct messages by her presence through the tasseography ritual, all by drinking from a cup of tea.

Teas are a powerful future telling tool because it contains the energy of earth, fire, water and air. The plants are grown in the earth, boiled in water and over fire, and then are cooled with air, by the friend blowing on them. The energy of the friends breath combines mental, physical and spiritual energy with the tea in the cup as she focuses on her question.


Tea Legends and Customs

One legend tells that it was the Chinese emperor Shen Nong who first discovered the hot beverage of tea in 2737 BC. One day while he boiled water, a few leaves from a nearby tea tree accidentally fell into his pot. Shen Nong liked the taste of this brewed water and so unearthed a new drink. He complimented this beverages ability to quench thirst, wake you up and keep a happy heart.

The custom of serving tea to guests is an old Taoist legend. Around the 6th century BC, Lao Tzu felt that no one cared to hear his wisdom in the city of Chou and so he decided to leave China. Yin His was seated by the gate, when Lao Tzu got to the border. This sage shared with him a cup of tea and inspired Lao Tzu to write down his teachings before passing through the gate. This written work was to become the sacred book of all practicing Taoists that speaks of the art of living. So Lao Tzu became the founder of Taoism, and the medicinal beverage of tea was supported by Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian monks, and eventually by the common people.

Tea drinking today and through the years, is simple and saintly. A simple cup of tea can still solve most ills.


A Tea Tellers Delight

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© 2011 Maree Michael Martin

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Thank you bunches.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Thank you, so much. I still drink coffee more than tea, but when I am not feeling well, to the tea world I always go.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Thanks, me too. I enjoy it most for its healing properties.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

It is overwhelming at times for sure.


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Bretsuki, that would be cool. Will get my questions in order, soon....


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Bretsuki 5 years ago from California USA

It is actually very easy, but too long to write in a comment. If you'd like to e-mail me through Hubpages contact, I'd be glad to answer questions as a possible advisor on a new hub for you?


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Thank you! There is a place in my town that sells English Teas, time to go visit them again I see. I would so love to know more people personally that know how to do this, I find it fascinating!


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Bretsuki 5 years ago from California USA

Hello Ruby, I actually learned to make a good cup of tea because my grandmother read tea leaves for people. It was all very exciting, you do, as you say need a good blend, my favorite to make readings is an English blend of black tea called PG Tips, available in the US through suppliers on Amazon, it needs to be the loose variety and is good because it contains large and small pieces of leaf. Good hub.


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

I second guess my intuition too much


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Very interesting. I have looked into this a bit but have never become really good at it. I should take out my books and study a bit more. Many thanks for the insights! Voted up and awesome! :)


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

Thanks for the rating tokowinfo. I enjoy tea this time of year. I love finding out about things. Will share more interesting tidbits soon.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

I am a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker. I enjoyed your hub. Thanks for the info. You taught me a lot, I did not know. Rated up and awesome.


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Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island Author

I know, right? Especially when there is so much wisdom connected to it.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

A most interesting article - I have always enjoyed a good cup of tea.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Ruby H Rose, thank you so much for sharing this facinating information. I have only become a tea drinker in recent times, but now that I have discovered its many qualities, I'm hooked. So much history to this drink and so much mystery in its psychic properties.

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