Swirling the tea grinds 3 times in the cup – you do this as your soul guides. It is equivalent to using cards and saying – cut them 3 times. Your answers will come – not matter what ritual you use. I have been doing this too long and know this to be true.
To look at tea leaves and interpret them by their shapes is like taking a Rorschach Inkblot Test. It is science not meta-science.
When I look at the patterns in the cup – they move for me – they dance – take shape – ‘speak’ to me.
Anyone can look at patterns and give them meaning on the third dimension level. The trick is to see beyond third dimension – and psych on the formations that are created.
Prediction Through Reading Tea Leaves
Predicting by using tea leaves was in the 19th century in Europe quite popular, but nowadays it is hardly practiced. Not, because the techniques were that difficult, but much more because almost everyone uses teabags in stead of just unpacked tea leaves. That causes, that no leaves are left in the cup after drinking. So if you feel drawn to this prediction method, the first thing to do is drinking tea the old-fashioned way. You need for each cup one teaspoon with tea and one extra for the teapot.Do not use a tea strainer. Do not be tempted to cut open a teabag the leaves inside are too small to give good reading. You can also use coffee grounds but use a courser grind.
I suggest the use of white cups, because it gives a better background for the dark leaves.
Each person in your tea session who wants to hear something about their personal future, should leave a little liquid behind in their cup. This is stirred to set the leaves floating in stead of lying quietly on the bottom of the cup. Immediately after that is done, the liquid part is carefully poured out. By doing this, the tea leaves stick behind on the inside and the bottom of the cup. Traditionally the teacup is held in the hands and turned anti clockwise three times before being turned upside down up to pour off the liquid and being read.
Then comes the moment for you to fix a strong and deep concentration on those tea leaves. Close your eyes halfway and give your powers of imagination and your subconcious free rein. Try to discover in these tea leaves a known picture, i.e. a book, an axe, trees, a hat, etc… The following step is the interpretation of that discovered picture. Do not force a meaning, take notes if you have to and meditate on the symbols that you have found. You often find that an interpretation that was difficult suddenly pops into your head when you are relaxed or daydreaming.
Read the cup in a clockwise direction beginning at the handle which represents the querant and are therefore the most important often describing your current frame of mind or dominant character traits and habits. Imminent events are found close to the rim.
THE RIM represents the immediate present and near future perhaps the next day or so.
THE MIDDLE represents a little further into the future perhaps a week to two weeks ahead.
THE BASE represents a time further into the future maybe weeks or even months ahead.
You can use for that the next explanations:
Anchor: A journey, at the end of that trip happiness.
Arrow: Luck in love affair(s).
Axe: (A pickax or a saw is also possible) Be warned to deal carefullywith your money and your emotions.
Balloon: (Also a non-army airplane): An unexpected promotion, going for the better or inheritance.
Bird: See: flag.
Book: Ask advice before going further going on in things your are (or are going to be) involved.
Bottle: Your social activities will increase.
Bow: There will come a meeting or a date that is important for your further life.
Butterfly: Your partner/spouse/lifemate takes your affair not as serious as is essential/ necessary in your view.
Chain: In a certain activities in your professions you should give more and better efforts.
Clock or watch: An important meeting will happen.
Cross: Big tough luck. If you can see a second picture in the leaves, than that can give more details on the area that is involved.
Dice: Avoid risks.
Doorbell: You may expect good news.
Envelope: Good news is coming.
Fish: You will get unbelievable news from far away.
Flag: Your level of prosperity will increase.
Foot: Expected good news will not come.
Gate or door: An unexpected change in your personal circumstances.
Hammer: You should make more efforts to give your best.
Harp or harpsichord: Prosperity and luck will become yours.
Hat: You have to go through some touch luck. Heart: You will get emotional excitement.
Key: You will get a better understanding about certain things that are unclear to you now.
Knife: You’ll get a quarrel or even a row.
Ladder (Household): Improvement.
Moon (Waxing): A little profit will become yours.
Ring: A lot of non-material luck/happiness.
Rocks: In short time you will get some problems. (Not very big).
Roof: At home with you something will change.
Scales: You should improve your dealing with weighting advantages and disadvantages. Things have more than one side.
Ship: A journey will bring luck and happiness.
- (Two tea leaves straight between each other): Business in which you are involved will go well.
- (Two tea leaves not straight between each other): Business in which you are involved will not turn out well.
Trees: Everything will bloom.
Dream and symbols interpretation will also help with your tealeaf reading interpretations. By training and experience you will become able to interpret more pictures as are described here.
The most important thing to remember about tealeaf reading is that you should never let what you see in the cup rule you. Anything that may concern you should be used as an oppurtunity to make necessary changes. Relax when you are doing your readings do not tell anything that may frighten or embarrass your querant and make the readings light hearted and fun.
Possible Interpretation of Grinds
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 – at top rest, stability, constancy; at bottom means clouded, inconstancy
APPLE – achievement
AXE – difficulties; if at top overcoming of difficulties
BABY – small worries
BAG – a trap; if open, escape
BALL – variable fortunes
BELL – unexpected news; good if near top
BIRDS – good news
BOAT – visit from a friend, protection
BOOK – if open it’s good news; if closed you need to investigate something
BUSH – new friend or opportunities
BUTTERFLY – fickleness
CABBAGE – jealousy; with dots means at work
CANDLE – help from others
CAP – trouble
CAT – deceit, a false friend
CHAIN – engagement, a wedding
CHAIR – a guest
CIGAR – a new friend
CIRCLE – success, completion; with dots means a baby
CLOCK – better health
CLOUDS – trouble; with dots means many problems
COIN – money coming
COMB – an enemy
CROSS – suffering, sacrifice
CUP – reward
DAGGER – danger from self or others; beware
DISH – trouble at home
DOG – good friend; if at bottom friend needs help
DOOR – odd event
DUCK – money coming
EGG – good omen
ELEPHANT – wisdom and strength
ENVELOPE – good news
EYE – caution
FACE – a change, may be a setback
FAN – flirtation
FEATHER – lack of concentration
FENCE – limitations, minor setbacks, not permanent
FINGER – emphasizes whatever sigh it points at
FIRE – at top achievement; at bottom danger of haste
FISH – good fortune
FLAG – danger
FLY – domestic annoyance
FORK – false flattery
FORKED LINE – decision
FRUIT – prosperity
GATE – opportunity, future success
GLASS – integrity
GLOW – a challenge
GOAT – be careful of enemies
GRAPES – happiness
GUN – anger
HAMMER – hard work needed
HAND – if open means friendship; if closed means an argument
HARP – love, harmony
HAT – improvement, especially in a new job
HAWK – jealousy
HEART – pleasure, love, trust