Since we just finished our examination of dream analysis, let’s look at another form of symbol analysis: tea leaf readings. These next few posts will explore the ancient art of reading tea leave and help us understand how it works.

Tea leaf reading is the ability to look at the unique patterns left behind at the bottom of a tea cup and interpret what they are trying to say. These patterns are symbolic and each means something. While it is possible for you to perhaps see one of the symbols, it is best to leave the reading of the tea leaf to an experienced reader. Why?

Interpreting what the tea leaves are saying can be difficult. Where are the tea leaves in the cup? Top, middle or bottom? Each has a specific meaning. Is there more than one symbol in the cup? What are they and how close are they together? What is that symbol, exactly? Are you sure it’s a 6 and not a 9? Maybe it’s a 4… Someone who is experience in reading tea leaves will be better able to figure this stuff out and give the interpretation of the tea leaf symbols real meaning.

How does a tea leaf reading work? It starts by drinking tea from a cup. While this sounds obvious, it’s not that simple. For starters, it’s best to use a white or light colored cup. This doesn’t mean anything particular and it doesn’t change what the tea leaves say, it’s just easier to read the symbols left behind since most tea leaves are dark. Against a white or light colored cup, it becomes easy to read the tea leaf symbols.

The cup of tea isn’t some random tea bag from the store that’s plunked in hot water and microwaved for three minutes either. While the type of tea isn’t particularly important, to do a tea leaf reading, the cup of tea should be brewed with loose tea leaves. If they’re in a bag, they won’t get left behind and there will be nothing to read!

Once your tea is prepared, it’s time to drink up. While it’s easy to drink the tea at first, as you get closer to the bottom of the cup, make sure not to drink the tea leaves. Again, this seems obvious, but it can be kind of tough to do. Swallowing a few isn’t a big deal, just make sure not to drink all of them.

Once you’ve completed the cup of tea, the tea leaf reader will now set out to interpret what the symbols in your cup mean. And, that’s where we will begin our discussion next time.