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Reading Tea Leaves by McDee


A quick tutorial for those who are interested

1. Make a pot of tea using loose leaf tea (or cut open a tea bag) about 1 table spoon of loose leaf tea should do

2. Pour tea from pot into a normal sized cup and give it to person you are doing the reading for

3 Have them drink the tea (milk and sugar can be added if required) ensuring they don't swallow the leaves

4. Allow for a small amount of tea to be left at the bottom of the cup, have them swirl the cup around clockwise and then turn it over onto a saucer

5 After a couple of minutes pick up the teacup holding the handle and commence the reading

The handle is the start point (Here and Now) and the as you read further down the cup things get either further in the future or further in the past

The side of the cup furthest from the handle is generally things in the past

I've included a list of shapes and there possible meanings but when you do your readings allow your own intuition to guide you as to the meaning of the shapes you see

ACORN - at the top means success and gain: At the bottom means good health.

AIRCRAFT - journey; if broken means danger of accident; can also mean a rise in position

ANCHOR - cross, Jesus, at top rest, stability, constancy; at bottom means clouded, inconstancy

APPLE - computer, knowledge, achievement

AXE - difficulties; if at top overcoming of difficulties

BABY - something new, pregnancy

BALL - completion, variable fortunes

BELL - harmonics, creation, spiritual, unexpected news

BIRDS - ascension, good news, bird headed beings

BOAT - lifepath, (note size and speed of boat), and visit from a friend, protection

BOOK - you will find your answer by something written, if open it's good news; if closed you need to investigate something

BUTTERFLY - transition, transformation, Butterfly Effect

CANDLE - sacred light, creational flame, help from others

CAT - deceit, a false friend, Cat Headed Beings

CHAIN - DNA, engagement, a wedding, chain link, karma

CHAIR - a guest

CIRCLE - success, completion

CLOCK - alchemy of time and consciousness, better health

COIN - change in financial status

CROSS - protection, sacrifice

CUP - reward, bloodlines

DAGGER - warning, danger from self or others, power

DOG - friend, Sirius, celestial connotation, Egyptian god, Anubis

DOOR - opening (to something new) or closing (old issues and relations), spiritual (portal)

DUCK - money coming, a man named Bill, 'ducks in a row'

EGG - good omen, creation, new beginnings, sacred geometry

ELEPHANT - wisdom, strength, luck, Ganesh, trunk up indicates overcoming obstacles

ENVELOPE - message coming, positive or negative

EYE - creation - open (awakening) - closed (something not seen)

FAN - hand held (pleats) - rotary (4, time divination, numerology)

FEATHER - ascension

FENCE - limitations, minor setbacks, not permanent

FINGER - which finger, pointing in what direction, pointing to God

FIRE - sacred flame, at top achievement; at bottom danger of haste

FISH - Jesus, Creation - Vesica Pisces, Amphibious Gods, good fortune, Christ Consciousness, return of the soul to higher frequency or god

FLAG - denotes nationality

FLY - domestic annoyance

FORK - speak with false tongue, false flattery

FORKED LINE - decision

FRUIT - fruitful, prosperity (depends on the fruit which goes to seeds and planting something new)

GATE - opportunity, future success, ancient civilization, portal, doorway

GLOW - enlightenment

GOAT - be careful of enemies

GUN - anger, sex

HAMMER - hard work needed, getting a point across

HAND - of god, creation, if open means friendship; if closed means an argument

HARP - creational harmonics, love, harmony

HAT - head, consciousness, improvement

HAWK - Horus, jealousy

HEART - chakra, pleasure, love, trust, compassion

HORSE - if galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover or nebula, new

HORSESHOE - good luck, attraction, Earth's magnetics, Omega or Leo, closure

HOURGLASS - time running out, need to decide something, synchronicity, illusion, creation

HOUSE - security, change, success

ICEBERG - danger, planetary meltdown, ice age, consciousness frozen in Time

INSECT - depends which one

JEWELS - DNA, Pearls, Diamonds, Star Tetrahedron, sacred geometry, gifts

KANGAROO - harmony at home

KITE - wishes coming true, flying free

KNIFE - broken friendship, hidden enemy

LADDER - promotion, a rise or fall in life, DNA

LAMP - turned on means enlightenment, at the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom means postponement

LEAF - new life

LINES - if straight means progress; if wavy means uncertain path

LION - Leo, Omega, Closure, influential friends, strength, Zoroaster

LOCK - obstacles if closed - new information unfolding if open, lock and key are phallic symbols of creation

LOOP - loops of time and creation, avoid impulsive actions, slinky effect

MASK - something hidden

MOUNTAIN - obstacles or a specific area

MOUSE - theft, computer

MUSHROOM - at top means journey or moving to the country; near bottom means rapid growth; if reversed means frustration, psychedelics

NAIL - injustice, unfairness

NECKLACE - DNA, complete, admirers; if broken means danger of losing a lover

NEEDLE - recognition, admiration, sewing, eye, weaving

OAK - health, long life, tree of life

OCTOPUS - danger, 8, infinity

OSTRICH - travel, not seeking a truth

OWL - gossip, scandal, aliens owl symbology

PALM TREE - success, honor, place were they grow

PARASOL - open (you will glean insightful information), closed (something hidden), raining (water symbology of creation)

PARROT - repeating something, a twin, a journey, people talking and saying nothing

PIG - greed

PURSE - at top means profit; at bottom means lose

QUESTION MARK - need for caution

RABBIT - need for bravery, time and illusion, Alice in Wonderland

RAKE - watch details, planting seeks, reap what you sow

RAVEN - bad news, death that leads to new beginnings

RING - phone call, coming full circle, near the top means marriage or the offer of marriage; at bottom means long engagement; if broken means engagement broken off

ROSE - Rose bloodline, creation, flower of life, love, may be accompanied by a fragrance in the room

SAW - interference, tear apart, something viewed

SCALE - legal issues; if balanced means just result; if unbalanced means unjust result

SCISSORS - quarrels, possibly separation

SHEEP - good fortune

SHELL - good news, nautilus, golden ratio, sea of creation

SHOE - sole/soul, condition of shoe is important, transformation

SNAKE - DNA, wisdom, or if the snake is attacking, an enemy

SPIDER - weaving together, Spider Woman Prophecies

STAR - health and happiness, hope, heavens, Isis and other goddesses, female energies,

SUN - happiness, success, power

SWORD - arguments

TABLE - social gatherings, UFO platform, outside the box

TENT - travel, cover, hidden truth

THIMBLE - changes at home

TORTOISE - criticism, usually beneficial, slow moving, Turtle Island (Earth)

TREE - improvements, of life, creation, book of life, your life path

TRIANGLE - something unexpected, 3 in a relationship, pyramids, 3, third dimension

URN - wealth and happiness

VASE - a friend needs help

VOLCANO - harmful emotions

WAGON - a wedding, wagon wheels (wheels within wheels)

WASP - romantic problems

WATERFALL - prosperity

WHEEL - if complete means good fortune; if broken means disappointment

WINGS - messages, winged beings

WOLF - jealousy

YOKE - domination

ZEBRA - adventure, especially overseas, black and white


48 Comments

So after reading this post for the last few days I decided to give it a try, knowing full well that I tend to be bad, very bad, like a dog ice skating bad at most divination.

But...

Herbs and teas are good friends of mine, so I figured, what the heck.

I garbed my trusty made by me and my wife hand crafted mug, some very nice Chinese flower tea, and went a sipping.

When I was done, fliped it over, left it sit for a few then then, when I turned it back over, I got.... Mud? some birds, a bat maby, the blob in the center seems to have eyes or is carrying something, maybe....

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winter night
May 05 2011 02:04 PM

So after reading this post for the last few days I decided to give it a try, knowing full well that I tend to be bad, very bad, like a dog ice skating bad at most divination.

But...

Herbs and teas are good friends of mine, so I figured, what the heck.

I garbed my trusty made by me and my wife hand crafted mug, some very nice Chinese flower tea, and went a sipping.

When I was done, fliped it over, left it sit for a few then then, when I turned it back over, I got.... Mud? some birds, a bat maby, the blob in the center seems to have eyes or is carrying something, maybe....

Any thoughts?Attached File  photo.JPG   1.89MB   12 downloads


I have not tried this yet, I quickly made out a woman sitting with a water carrier (on its side) with crows swooping over. will be interesting to see what the experienced 'leafers' make of it! :chakrahearts:
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So after reading this post for the last few days I decided to give it a try, knowing full well that I tend to be bad, very bad, like a dog ice skating bad at most divination.

But...

Herbs and teas are good friends of mine, so I figured, what the heck.

I garbed my trusty made by me and my wife hand crafted mug, some very nice Chinese flower tea, and went a sipping.

When I was done, fliped it over, left it sit for a few then then, when I turned it back over, I got.... Mud? some birds, a bat maby, the blob in the center seems to have eyes or is carrying something, maybe....

Any thoughts?Attached File  photo.JPG   1.89MB   12 downloads


It looks like a guy in a top hat has a knife to a guys neck and he fell down. Maybe a hidden enemy. Knives to me are a very intimate and personal way to attack someone, so maybe it is someone you know and perhaps trust. Of couse, this is all speculation based on what I personally see.
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Curious, thanks all for the interpertation. Love how we all see different things, I think I saw the birds knowing that I am planing a trip. Always hard to separate your own mind from a personal reading.
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Abraxia Thalgus
May 06 2011 12:42 PM
I saw what looked like a gun being held in one hand and something similar to Thor's hammer in the other, at oposite ends, perhaps doing battle?? No idea, I've never done this.
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To be honest with you I don't use tea leaves these days, preferring my Tarot, crystal ball and scrying mirror for divination. My grandmother was a champion tea leaf reader, but I think like most psychic diviners she was picking up impressions from her client as well as the tea. The tea acts as a focus to generate thoughts and impressions but without the live body there to add that subliminal layer then any reading will be a bit 2 dimensional. Its great fun, but ultimately I think only a few Witches take this method of divination to a highly skilled level.
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Druidicseer
May 08 2011 07:52 PM
I do love a good cup of tea! My great- grandmother used to put some kind of flower essence when she read her leaves. Thanx for the post!! I do love divination :)
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I think reading tea leaves is like looking at clouds, everyone sees something different, and then there is the interpretation! Cards do seem more straightforward.But I love the little figures, they are so delicate.
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So after reading this post for the last few days I decided to give it a try, knowing full well that I tend to be bad, very bad, like a dog ice skating bad at most divination.

But...

Herbs and teas are good friends of mine, so I figured, what the heck.

I garbed my trusty made by me and my wife hand crafted mug, some very nice Chinese flower tea, and went a sipping.

When I was done, fliped it over, left it sit for a few then then, when I turned it back over, I got.... Mud? some birds, a bat maby, the blob in the center seems to have eyes or is carrying something, maybe....

Any thoughts?Attached File  photo.JPG   1.89MB   12 downloads


What comes to my mind first is a crab in the middle, perhaps... (Associations I have with crabs: Water/emotions, high alert and easily offended but hard shelled, refuge, and the familiar and secure.)
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I finally gave this a try... and I really enjoyed it. The tea alone seems to put you in the right mindset for divination... the warm, earthy taste and steam. The relaxation. I think I may use this for personal readings from now on, as I do wonderful reading cards for others, but not so well for myself. The tea leaves seem to be a very good window into my subconscious because of the personal interpretations of what I see, kind of like a Rorschach test.

~ Freki
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The tea leaves seem to be a very good window into my subconscious because of the personal interpretations of what I see, kind of like a Rorschach test.

~ Freki



Exactly, that is why we all came up with different things. We don't have of the cup and person to tap in to easily so we are going off purely what the blobs look like to us. It is a window in to our own lives. What I saw in the picture easily translates in to my life as I do have a hidden enemy at work right now.
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Thank you for posting this information. I had a neighbour many years ago who used to read the leaves. I was only a child so didnt really take much notice back then. Ive never attempted reading leaves but I am interested. I think its a real shame that Tasseography has fell out of practise somewhat. Possibly its due to a society of coffee drinkers or maybe its due to a rise in the popularity of tarot and other such forms. I do have a teapot (its been in the family for years), so might just go and buy some loose tea. Oh, and see if the local charity shop has any china cups (tea always taste better when served in china, LOL).
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What I find tricky with tea leaf readings is the ambiguity.
When learning how to read the Tarot, I referred to my trusty books (Bill Butler's The Definitive Tarot , Alfred Douglas' The Tarot and Eden Gray's Complete guide.. and Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm's DriudCraft Tarot) The meanings of the cards may vary slightly but you are generally looking at the same picture.
With tea leaves I could see a dragon (or is it a lizard or a salamander?) where someone else could see a horse (or maybe it's a dog or a cow?) and someone else could see a person on all fours!! ;) OK, fine but what is the meaning of a dragon or a horse or a person in that position? The 2 books that I own (Jo Sheridan's Teacup Fortune Telling and Tea-cup Fortune Telling by Minetta) do give meanings to many images that you could see in the cup but it's not an extensive list.
Any suggestions?
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What I find tricky with tea leaf readings is the ambiguity.
With tea leaves I could see a dragon (or is it a lizard or a salamander?) where someone else could see a horse (or maybe it's a dog or a cow?) and someone else could see a person on all fours!! ;) OK, fine but what is the meaning of a dragon or a horse or a person in that position? The 2 books that I own (Jo Sheridan's Teacup Fortune Telling and Tea-cup Fortune Telling by Minetta) do give meanings to many images that you could see in the cup but it's not an extensive list.
Any suggestions?


My opinion is it doesn't matter what someone else would see in that situation... it's what you as the reader sees. Tea reading for me requires a lot of going off intuition and feelings. The traditional meanings behind certain symbols are often way off base for me. What someone associates with a certain symbol is deeply personal, in my mind. So with each thing I see... I ask myself, what do I associate that image with? How does it make me feel? And how does that apply?

~ Freki
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Reading leaves is not my cup of tea :P .  However, a male Witch that I know once mentioned that he had painted the bottom of a tea cup to create a sort of template for the reading.  Reading through the OP's comments, I am not sure why lines or sections would be necessary, as the process is fairly straight forward, but for all I know, it could be commonplace in other traditions.  Seems a strange practice, but to each their own. :)

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Hmmmm... a template on the inside of the cup....

 

That would make sense if the position of the leaves on the cup itself ( in addition to the shape of the leaves )  adds more meaning to the read...

 

Cups that might be of interest to some:

 

http://www.etsy.com/...ucer?ref=market

 

http://www.etsy.com/...moon?ref=market

 

http://www.etsy.com/...une-telling-tea

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monsnoleedra
Apr 14 2014 04:21 PM

I've seen tea readings and when I looked in all I would see is a clump of grounds.  Same with coffee grounds, a clump of grounds in the bottom of the cup.

 

But it did always raise one question I never could really answer, Why did it seem like women were always the more proficient at this form of divination.  I know tea was always a woman's drink in many places and in cultured society so it seemed logical women in the past would have more exposure to this form of divination.  Yet even today when I hear about it it seems women are still the major practitioners of this form.  Any thoughts?

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I don't know.  I suck at it.

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I was very weak at tasseography. I'm ...not as weak not. Drawing the clumps and forming shapes from that helps a lot to find symbols, as well as sectioning off the cup. I still suck big old fuzzy balls at reading tea/coffee though. Coffee is a little better, the less chunky, the easier the read I find. I'd rather stick to tarot for big questions. I'd rather know the ten of swords is influencing something than having a big old "bear/dog/maybe it's a kite?" in my future....

Am not sure but if I think about it; women could do this unnoticed if need be; no tools need to be acquired; there's no need to possess any pre-existing knowledge or even to be literate. Just my thoughts X
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I at one time was gifted with reading my coffe cup , never really tried tea , yes I said gifted for now it seems it has faded , as has other things .  I did find some of the scenes most interesting , from windows on a building to a phallas with a name above it ( months and years before they transpiered , but none the less they came to pass ). Mostly i just looked at the scene with a littl imagination and quickly it became apparent , they were mostly a symbolisim of a sorts , same with most forms of divining everyone has thier own interpretations. I did find it facinating , a real good witch :twisted_witch:  taught me her ways of going through the motions, always worked.

 

Nabu

 

p.s. I should check in more often .........

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CelticGypsy
Apr 30 2014 01:20 AM

I at one time was gifted with reading my coffe cup , never really tried tea , yes I said gifted for now it seems it has faded , as has other things .  I did find some of the scenes most interesting , from windows on a building to a phallas with a name above it ( months and years before they transpiered , but none the less they came to pass ). Mostly i just looked at the scene with a littl imagination and quickly it became apparent , they were mostly a symbolisim of a sorts , same with most forms of divining everyone has thier own interpretations. I did find it facinating , a real good witch :twisted_witch:  taught me her ways of going through the motions, always worked.

 

Nabu

 

p.s. I should check in more often .........

 

 

‚ÄčIf it is a gift, it is dormant only to be re-awakened.  Regarding your months and years before transparency or outcome .. some call that a long term working.  Since this Witch taught you her ways.. no more for you to be fascinated.. time for you to embrace.. don't ya think ?  Do it.   And yeah check in more often when ya can..Nabu. :P

 

Regards,

Gypsy 

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Thanks for the positive guidance there CelticGypsy , yeah deep down I know that it is still there , only waiting for me rekindle it .Alas finding old style brewed coffee these days is rather scarce . I do tend towards my penchant of Tarot for divination , but am not averse to other forms.

 

Nabu

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