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Reading Tea Leaves


For something a little different, you might try reading tea leaves.  You can either hire a professional reader of tea leaves or simply try your hand at reading the leaves.  Here's how:

In order to read the tea leaves, you will need to use smooth shallow  tea cups that have white interiors.  The loose tea leaves need to be of a good quality, large leafed, and brewed directly in each tea cup. 

To make the tea, place about a teaspoon of tea in each cup and then fill with boiling water.  As the tea steeps the leaves will settle to the bottom of the cup.  As you drink the tea, make a wish or think of a question.  After drinking the tea, leave about a teaspoon of the tea on the bottom of the cup, and with your left hand, swirl the tea three times to spread the leaves around the sides of the cup.  Gently turn the cup upside down onto the saucer to drain out the leftover tea.  Turn the cup right side up again and look for a picture pattern.  The first picture you see is the answer to your wish or question you thought of while drinking the tea. 

They say the placement of the pictures in the cup is very significant.  Leaves on the bottom of the cup foretell the distant future.  On the sides foretell of events in the not too distant future, and leaves on the rim area tell the present.  The pictures or symbols that you see very clearly have more weight than those that are unclear.

Here are some interpretations of the pictures you see. 

Anchor - success in business

Angel - good news

Arch - a journey

Arrow - bad news

Axe - difficulties overcome

Bear - anticipated danger through stupidity

Birds - good news or travel by air

Bouquet - luckiest symbol, fulfillment of desires

Butterfly - anticipated pleasure

Cat - treachery if in the bottom of the cup

Circle - wedding - trust and love

Crescent Moon - changes

Dog - good and faithful friends

Eagle - strength, overcoming adversity

Egg - increase

Eye - understanding

Fish - very good fortune

Fork - a change in directions

Frog - romantic conquest

Fruits - if in season, contentment

Heart - love

Horseshoe - good luck, prosperity

Kite - long journey

Knife - arguments

Ladder - advancement

Lion - powerful

Lines - advancement, long life

Moon - romantic involvement

Mushroom - separation, business or personal

Mouth - listen carefully

Pig - faithful lover, envious friends

Rabbit - an absent friend needs help

Rainbow - good luck to come

Ring - marriage

Scissors - separation

Square - comfort

Sun - Warmth and happiness

Tree - wishes will come true

Triangle - unforeseen legacy

Vulture - theft

Sources:  Baking with the American Harvest Newsletter - by Cindy Mushet


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