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How to read tea leaves. Info on reading from a cup.

Updated on June 29, 2012

Telling the future from your tea.

Tea leaf reading is a form of divination called tasseography. It dates back hundreds of years and has been a form of fortune telling for monarchs, celebrities and us mere mortals alike.

Tasseography has fallen steeply out of fashion since we have started to use the more convenient method of making tea via a tea bag. As you can only read tea leaves by using loose tea leaves.

Loose tea leaves can still be found at supermarkets, health food stores and some open markets, you just have to know where to look. It may also be a good idea to ask someone as they may not be placed in the destination that you would expect.

Anyone can learn the art of tasseography, it's just a matter of making out shapes, figures and signs from the dregs of the leaves left at the bottom of your tea cup.

Trees also feature frequently in readings
Trees also feature frequently in readings | Source

What do I have to do?

Make a cup of tea using loose tea leaves, these can be fresh or dried, depending on what you like or what you can find. Make your cup of tea and drink it in the usual way. When you have finished and there is little or no water left and only the remains of the tea leave dregs you are ready to start.

Swirl what remains of the dregs in the bottom of the cup, in a clockwise direction three times, then leave for about a minute to settle. The residue of the tea will now have separated in some places and grouped in others. Reading the tealeaves are a bit like looking at clouds, what you read from them are not greatly detailed but should be recognisable.

Most commonly spotted.

  • Numbers
  • Letters
  • Faces
  • Facial expressions
  • Buildings
  • Figures
  • Hearts
  • Diamonds
  • Animals
  • Abstract
  • circles

It is a good idea to grab yourself a pen and a piece of paper as sometimes you will not beable to see the association right away, or you might forget what you have seen. Numbers may relate to door numbers, birthdays, ages or are warning or lucky numbers. Letters will be the begining of names that are significant now or will be in the future. Faces will be those you recognise or someone you are yet to meet and facial expressions are a reflection of how your general feeling about life is going to be. Buildings will be places you will visit or are important right now. Figures should be viewed by what they are doing.

Areas of the cup.

  • Bottom of the cup.

These are the signs of change.

  • Sides of the cup.

Relevent and need to be addressed, but are not causes of major consequence.

  • Nearest the rim.

These signs and symbols are considered the most significant.

What some things mean.

other detail
Dotty/spotted means envy in your career
Moving to the countryside
If placed at the top of the cup
Settled and stable
Marriage proposal
At the top of the cup
Broken engagement
If the sybol appears broken
Domestic problems
Strenghth and Wisdom
Bad news
Near handle
New love
Domestic bliss
Suprise news
Good if positioned at the top of the cup
Fake or false praise
A friend will need your help
success in your career
You will be coming into money


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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you daydreamer13, I am glad you liked it. :)

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      daydreamer13 5 years ago

      interesting. very excellent hub!

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you jpcmc, I love Harry Potter :) Lets hope you see the good ones then lol :)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      saw this in Harry Potter. I like drinking tea. I'll to check the cup after drinking one. I usually drink to relax myself. Ijust hope I don't get stressed out from what I see. lol