What is Tea Leaf reading? A Tasseomancers Perspective


Howdy folks,

We have a wonderful treat for you guys today!!!!

A new Guest writer, Mr. Star Knight, has been kind enough to shed some light on the Mysterious subject of Tea leaf reading!!!!!

He is a Tasseomancer & Bone reader Himself, as well as having his own company (Mysterious Magick) which he runs with his Fiance.

He sells tinctures, salves, teas & so much more!!!! (He is also set to be a vendor & reader at our upcoming Healing fair on November 11th…So come on out and chat with him then!!!!)

What is Tea Leaf reading? A Tasseomancers Perspective

Tea leaf reading, or Tasseomancy, was first attributed to people in China who have held a deep adoration of tea and its beneficial qualities for centuries.

From there it traveled across the globe and became a widely respected art especially in areas such as Russia, Romania, and France.


Fortune tellers began to notice patterns and shapes left in their cups after drinking tea and interpreted them as prophecies and messages of the past, present and future. This spread and developed during the seventeenth century when Dutch merchants introduced tea to Europe.

As a cheap method of fortune-telling, it only required a cup of tea so became increasingly popular as both a means to tell the future and a method of entertainment.

When finishing off a cup of loose leaf tea, leaves often line the sides and base of the cup. The idea behind reading tea leaves is that whilst drinking, a person’s movements affect the leaves swirling around so that when they settle the shapes are unique to them. It is then up to the reader to interpret these shapes.

*The handle of the tea cup is supposed to be representative of the person who is getting the reading. This means it’s a great place to start the reading and then progress in a clockwise direction around the cup. If the shape is closer to the handle then it means something is happening at present to you, rather than in the past.

*SMALL LEAVES AND DUST- If these form a clear line it’s the indication of a message about a journey. The length of the journey and the route it will take is determined by how the tea dust settles.

The person whose fortune is to be told, call the “sitter” or “consultant”, should then take the cup by the handle in the left hand, rim upwards, and move it in a circle rapidly three times from left to right. some of the tea leaves will seem to cling to the sides of the cup while others remain in the bottom.

Next slowly invert the cup over the saucer and leave it there until all liquid drains away.

The “sitter” should approach the oracle in all seriousness and during the ritual should concentrate on his or her future destiny and “wish” that the symbol shall correctly represent happenings to come.

The handle of the cup represents the “sitter” in his or her own “sphere” or “residence” and is the “south” point of the compass. This fixed point designates “letters to” the consultant or “journeys away from”, “visitors to be expected”, distance “to and from”, etc.

The cup is divided into three parts. The rim designates the present; the side, events not far distant; and the bottom the distant future. The nearer the symbols appear to the handle the nearer to fulfillment will be the events foretold.

Of course this is just one example, always follow your intuition as all read differently and there is no set standard.

By Mr. Star Knight

Owner of the company, Mysterious Magick


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