The practice of reading tea leaves, also known as tasseography, is a centuries old practice thought to have originated independently in ancient Greece, Asia, and the Middle East.
The ritual of reading tea leaves is ceremonious and involves the following practices.
First the supplies needed for tea leaf reading are gathered: loose tea (tea from a cut open tea bag will not work because the leaves are chopped too finely), hot water, a white or light colored teacup and saucer, and a cloth or a napkin.
Next a cup of tea is brewed without the use of a strainer.
While the tea is being brewed, the person requesting the reading should mentally picture the issue or question they would like answered.
Once the tea has cooled down and is drinkable, the person asking for the reading is asked to sip the tea.
Once the tea is consumed, the remaining tea leaves and liquid are swirled in the cup by the reader.
At this point in the reading two options are possible:
The reader then looks at the tea leaves and looks for images, shapes and patterns. The formations are then interpreted based on a somewhat standardized system of symbols, along with the reader’s intuition.
Common symbols and their meaning include:
Since symbols often have multiple meanings, interpretation relies heavily on the intuition and experience of the reader. Although a popular practice that has been around for centuries, there is no scientific evidence that individuals can divine future events by reading tea leaves.
For a comprehensive list of symbols and interpretation, visit www.tasseography.com/symbol.html or other reference.