Reading tea leaves or tasseography dates back to the seventeenth century not long after the introduction of tea to Europe. The basic idea of tea leaf reading is to interpret the leaves left in the bottom of the cup as symbols with different meanings.
There is a procedure you follow to read your tea leaves, to begin with you will need a light coloured cup, some loose leaf tea and hot water.
- Begin by brewing a cup of tea without a strainer so the tea is floating around the cup.
- While brewing the tea ask your tea cup a question, keeping it to yourself.
- Sit back and enjoy your tea.
- Once you have finished your tea tip your tea cup upside down onto your saucer (this removes any extra liquid left in your cup).
- Tip back up and and have a go at reading your tea leaves by identifying the symbols below that the tea leaves look like.
Here are some examples of symbols and their meanings…
Bell – Unexpected news; if near the top of the cup the news is good.
Fish – Good fortune. Box – You are about to receive a gift.
Octopus – Warning.
Shell – You will find a simple treasure.
There are many more different symbols and meanings available online and in tea leaf reading books.
Reading tea leaves is a great activity for a high tea or if you have a few friends over for tea. Any loose leaf tea can be used so you can practice with any of your favourite Tea Centre teas!