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On Reading Tea Leaves: Tasseomancy, Tasseography, Tassology

Postby dpoole4 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:28 am

Hello all!
I have been interested in reading tea leaves. Are there any sites or tips to get started reading tea leaves? It is something that I have always been interested in but not sure, with all the info out there, which is the best way to get started. Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Tea Leaves

Postby Becks » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:36 pm

Like any kind of scrying tasseomancy requires that you relax and let your intuition trigger symbols in the tea leaves. There are sites that have meanings for symbols...... http://tasseography.com/symbol.html but it's more about what your intuition tells you they mean. Which symbols do you see, and how do you interpret those symbols for that person.
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Re: Tea Leaves

Postby dpoole4 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:51 am

Thank you so much! I heard Oolong was the best tea to read. Is this correct, or is there another that may read better?
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Re: Tea Leaves

Postby Becks » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:16 pm

I don't think it matters too much, but for your own practice you may want to experiment with cups of tea and loose leaves and what makes patterns that you feel give you enough to scry on.

Have you had a tea leaf reading before?
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Re: Tea Leaves

Postby dpoole4 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:16 am

no i haven't. I have always wanted one. I haven't heard of anyone who lives in my area who reads tea leaves. And who has a good reputation for it.

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Re: Tea Leaves

Postby Becks » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:46 am

The reader I see has you finish the tea. Then turn the cup over upside down in the saucer and twist the cup 3 X deosil (clockwise) then has us make a wish...just for oneself. Then she begins. You could collect and consecrate teacups especially for the job. People don't place value in them anymore and there are some real beauties.
There's a lot more out there to the practice, like where the leaves ar in relation to the cups handle. How much tea is left, but I would think you could find out online and start reading, taking notes, seeing which impressions you get. It really is about what your intuition gets from the patterns and spread....you make the meaning. Have fun exploring!
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Re: On Reading Tea Leaves: Tasseomancy, Tasseography, Tassol

Postby Kassandra » Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:56 pm


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Photo source: occultopedia.com/t/tasseography.htm

The Art of Tea Leaf Reading

Tasseography, otherwise known as tasseomancy or tassology, is the art of tea leaf reading. "Tasse" or "tass" is an Arab root, meaning small cup or goblet.

Tea leaf reading is an ancient practice interpreting patterns made by tea leaves in the cup. In addition to the reading of tea leaves, the tradition of tasseography includes the reading of coffee grounds and wine sediments.

Although tasseography is commonly associated with Gypsy fortunetellers, the tradition of tea leaf reading arises independently from Asia, the Middle East and Ancient Greece. Modern tasseography has also been associated with the Scottish, Irish and cultures throughout Eastern Europe.

The significance of the ubiquitous, cross cultural and historical pervasiveness of tea, coffee and sediment reading may be related to the primal human desire for understanding the self. Just as psychological analysis grew prodigiously during the Victorian era, tasseography became popularized as a parlor game. But the practice distinguishes itself from amorphic fortune telling, mystical, occult or other magical activities. Specifically, tasseography is not an application of magic, but rather a tool for tapping into the subconscious by applying meditation to pattern recognition and symbolism.

Tasseography can be a powerful meditative tool providing insights into the reader's subconscious. The signifance of symbolism in psychological study finds theoretical foundation from Plato through Karl Jung. From a modern sociobiological standpoint, procedures such as drinking from the opposite hand, may coordinate left and right brain activity to stimulate creative problem solving. Common sense indicates that slowing down to focus and organize one's own thoughts is an effective problem solving methodology.

The process of tasseography stimulates the imagination to create individualized interpretations and solutions. Tea leaf reading is a fun, healthful and creative way to listen to yourself.

Source: tasseography.com/history.htm

Time Line and Placement within Cup

Zones from top to bottom may represent either "distance" or "weight" of the omens. Images near the top (rim) are close while images near the bottom are distant. In terms of time, the distance from rim to base represents approximately 6 months. However, "distance" may also refer to relationship to a person or goal. The other way of looking at it is that images at the base of the cup can represent a "heavy" (ill) omen and, as they come nearer the rim, are "light" or joyful omens. The context will determine which is applicable. Context and symbolism are most important. Trust your instincts.

The handle of the cup is known as the "domain" and images near the handle are images related to home life and family. The further from the handle an image is the more "outside" the omen. Symbols opposite the handle relate to work or strangers, somewhere in between might relate to non-immediate family or "a friend of a friend." Images to the RIGHT of the handle indicate something coming TO the querent while images to the LEFT of the handle represent things coming FROM the domain.

A big clump of tea leaves with no discernible image might augur trouble on its way. If it is opposite to the handle, the trouble will likely be not of your making but if it is under the handle, it is considered to be of your making. If there remains a drop or two of liquid tea that didn't come off with the draining, these are considered to be tears. It might indicate past or future sadness, dependent on the context of the rest of the reading.

Source: wikihow.com/Do-Tasseography

Click to enlarge the following photo. Remember, these are not hard and fast rules, just a structured system which many have found useful, that you could chose to use, or not use.

Photo source: pinterest.com/pin/372250725422965456/

Tea Leaf Reading Cups: https://www.google.com/search?q=tea+lea ... ml#imgrc=_

Possible Interpretations

ACORN: a very strong and fortunate symbol indicating happiness and contentment; at the top = financial success; at the bottom = good health.
AIRCRAFT: journey or travel.
ALLIGATOR or CROCODILE: beware of false friendship lurking in your professional life.
ANCHOR: at top = stability, constancy in love or business; at bottom or broken = instability, inconstancy; can also symbolize an unpleasant situation or burden you should sail away from.
ANGEL: good news; protection.
ANT: hard work or busy phase will end productively.
APPLE: life; creative or artistic achievement; abundance.
ARCH: positive opening or opportunity (look to nearby symbols for added meaning).
ARM: pointing up = new directions; down = you need to motivate yourself; horizontal = help others or receive help from others.
ARROW: up = good direction, yes; down = wrong direction, no; horizontal = no change. Note where pointing.
AXE: you have the power to overcome difficulties.
BABY: new life; possible pregnancy; small worries.
BOUQUET: romantic interest; validation for your work or talents.
BAG: a trap; if open = escape.
BALL: desire to travel.
BALLOON: - busy social life; inability to settle down if near handle.
BARREL: abundance in laughter.
BASKET: harvest, abundance; material gain; possibly a new baby.
BAT (the animal): a productive busy phase.
BAT or CLUB: situation calling for alert caution.
BEACON or LIGHTHOUSE: situation calling for your leadership and/or inspiration.
BEAR: a grouchy and difficult person; strength, courage and endurance; if teddy bear = children or childhood.
BED: sleep on it before establishing a close love or business relationship
BEE: fruitful hard work.
BEETLE: renewal; progress; need for foresight.
BELL: unexpected good news in love or business; call to attention
BICYCLE: individuality; choose your own path.
BIRD: good news or message; standing bird = delay; flying bird = good news; good news coming soon; flock of birds = profound or exciting news; goose= successful financial venture; peacock = pride and display; eagle = power and transcendence; crow/raven = ill omen, warning, time to relax; parrot = beware of idle gossip; chicken/hen = happy homelife and childhood comfort; dove = peace and love; owl = wisdom, knowledge and learning; rooster = a boastful person or wake up and seize the moment; swan = romance or someone graceful and beautiful; vulture = lay low and beware of enemies; swallow = love and new beginnings.
BOAT: worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
BONES: situation calling for innerstrength and spiritual fortitude.
BOWL: invitations, money or generosity BOOK: if open = an answer to a question; if closed a question to be investigated.
BOTTLE: explosive atmosphere requiring caution; do not overindulge.
BOW: fortunate symbol meaning gift or celebration of achievement.
BOX: you are about to receive a gift.
BREAD (loaf): nourishment; care for your health.
BRIDGE: a life-changing event or person. Look for nearby symbols.
BROOM: new home; new era in your life.
BRUSH: need for improvements and/or beautification.
BUBBLES: floating on surface of tea or coffee means money coming.
BUGS: distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
BUSH an obstacle to new opportunities; branches signify choices.
BUTTERFLY: overdue happiness.
CAKE: a wish fulfilled; celebration.
CAMEL you will overcome burden and pressure to reach oasis.
CANDLE: there will be light upon an uncertain path; help from friends.
CAR: if clear = travel; if broken = mechanical trouble.
CARPETS: true friends and happy social engagements.
CASTLE: expand your horizons; open up a little.
CAT: deceit; an untrustworthy friend.
CHAIN: if well-formed = fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken = trouble, disruption.
CHAIR: a guest or new addition to the family.
CASTLE: expand your horizons
CHILD: new idea; family.
CIGAR: a new friend or business relationship.
CIRCLE: unbroken = success, completion; broken (like letter 'c')= a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
CLOCK - warning against procrastination.
CLOUDS - small and fluffy = happy optimism; thick and dark = gloom; sadness.
CLOVER (four leaf)-- good luck that you have worked hard to attain.
COFFEE POT OR TEA POT: a special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
COIN: a lump sum of money is coming your way.
COMB: improve your self appearance.
COMET: brink of pivotal change or dramatic event in your life.
COW: abundance; prosperity; physical or creative fertility.
CRAB: admonition to be more direct or someone born under the zodiac sign Cancer.
CROSS: if like a 'T' = hard won success and happiness; if like a solid 'X' = warning (look for meaning with nearby symbols); if like a broken 'X' = obstacles and losses are ahead.
CROWN: honor and recognition for your talents.
CUP: be patient, this is not a time to assert yourself.
CUSHIONS OR PILLOWS: comfort; admonition against laziness and procrastination.
DAGGER: caution against sharp words or revealing personal information
DAISY: new love.
DASHES or DOTS: many short trips which may cause wasted time.
DEER: a shy, timid person; you should be more assertive to overcome shyness.
DIAMOND: gift or other surprise windfall coming you way.
DICE destiny and change, go with the flow.
DISH interpret as a circle unless containing food; contains food = domestic comfort.
DOG: good friend; if at bottom friend needs help; if barking, untrustworthy friend; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dog year.
DONKEY: stubborness and stamina.
DOOR: be aware of opportunities.
DRAGON: scheming or flashy person; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dragon year.
DROPS: tears or sadness.
DRUM: a change; a call to action.
DUCK: devoted mate; money.
EAR: you will benefit from something you hear.
EGG: if whole = new life, successful new beginning; if cracked/broken = failed plans or financial problems which can be overcome by action.
ELEPHANT: be patient, you will be supported with kindness.
ENVELOPE: you will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
EXCLAMATION MARK: pay attention; beware of impulsive actions.
EYE: a protective symbol; insight into a long standing problem.
FACE: look for nearby initials for identity of face; if near the rim or handle it is a warning against too much introspection; if facing another symbol indicates importance of that symbol.
FAN: a flirtation.
FEATHER: need for concentration.
FENCE - temporary and self-imposed limitations.
FINGER - emphasizes whatever symbol it is pointing; up = caution; down = stop.
FIRE - passion; hot emotion; sexual desire.
FISH - sharing of knowledge; a teacher; a person born under the Zodiac sign of Pisces (especially if there are two fish).
FLAG - danger, look to nearby symbols for added meaning.
FLEUR DE LYS or LILY - femininity; a loving woman.
FLOWER - praise and compliments are coming your way.
FLY - an annoying person.
FOOT - movement in love, career or location.
FORK - get advice from trusted friends before deciding.
FORKED LINE - a decision to be made.
FOUNTAIN - overflowing happiness.
FOX - a cunning person may be trying to trick you.
FRUIT - prosperity, fertility.
FROG - fertility; abundance; a disguised handsome/beautiful lover.
GATE - be aware of opportunities around you.
GLASS - celebrations, parties, social events.
GLOBE - long distance travel.
GOAT - your persistence will pay off, but take some time to recreate; or, a person born under the sign of Capricorn.
GRAPES - abundance and epicurean enjoyment.
GRASSHOPPER - summer delights.
GUN - danger; a bully.
HAMMER - an attempted persuasion.
HAND - if open = karma or destiny; if closed means an argument; look for added meaning where the hand is pointing.
HARE - unlike the shorter eared rabbit, the long eared hare represents something important brewing in your destiny in love or travel.
HARP - love; romance.
HAT - you will experience a change in roles; or business success.
HEART - love, friendship, romance.
HILLS - small challenges which will leave you improved.
HORSE - if galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover
HORSESHOE - good luck; very positive especially for travel.
HOURGLASS - a warning to be punctual.
HOUSE - comfort and home.
ICEBERG - danger.
INSECT - distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
IVY - this is not a good time to be too independent; trust friends to help you.
JEWELS - material success; you will receive a valuable gift.
KANGAROO - travel; a journey.
KETTLE - a special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
KITE - your wish will be granted.
KNIFE - caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
LADDER - promotion; an improvement in your business life.
LAMP - at the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom
means postponement
LEAF - the turning over of a new leaf; inevitable changes with the passage of time.
LETTER - you will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
LIGHTENING - startling events; sudden insights.
LINES - journey on a road; if straight = progress; if wavy = uncertain path; if many = many short trips.
LION - male lion represents a powerful contact or important man; the lioness represents a strong family; or, may represent a person born under the zodiac sign of Leo.
LOCK - there are obstacles in your way.
LOOP - if well-formed = fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken = trouble, disruption.
MAN - a visitor of either gender; if near handle = someone close to you.
MASK - a secret to be kept.
MOUNTAIN - a difficult, but possible, goal.
MOUSE - be cautious of credit deals.
MUSHROOM - rapid growth, success or fertility.
NAIL - an unfair assault.
NECKLACE - complete = personal relationship stability; broken = instability in a personal relationship.
NEEDLE - painful repair.
OAK - long life characterized by good health.
OYSTER - passion and desire.
PALM TREE - wealth; beach vacation.
PARASOL - protection from harm or loss.
PIG - a greedy or jealous person.
PISTOL - warning of danger.
PURSE - money.
QUESTION MARK - reconsider your plans; be aware of an important question you should ask yourself.
RABBIT - fertility in family or business; someone born in the Chinese Zodiac year of the rabbit.
RAINBOW - your wish will come true; similar to an arch, it links represents the path between today and your destiny.
RAKE - you are at a crossroad and your destiny is determined by hard work.
RECTANGLE OR SQUARE - you will face a challenge or difficulty (look to nearby symbols, especially symbols within the shape, for added meaning.
RING - represents marriage but usually interpreted as a circle; unbroken = success, completion; broken (like letter 'c')= a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
ROSE - new romance; deepening of love.
RUG - go with your instincts in distinguishing from a rectangle or square; represents joyful social events and true friendship.
SAW - something should be removed.
SCALE - a legal matter; if balanced = justice will prevail; if unbalanced = unjust result; a person born under the zodiac sign of Libra.
SCISSORS - it may be time to remove yourself from a situation or relationship.
SHEEP - a calm and peaceful person; an admonition to control impulses.
SHELL - you will find a simple treasure.
SHIP - worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
SHOE - you are on the correct path; be wary of advice to change.
SNAKE - someone who does not deserve your trust.
SPIDER - a small reward or win.
SPIDER WEB - potent symbol of fate; beware of traps.
SPOON - you will be comforted by someone's generosity.
STAR - success, recognition and praise.
STAIR - your position will improve.
SUN - a new beginning.
SWORD - caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
TABLE - a happy social interlude.
TENT - travel may help you foster your spiritual health.
THIMBLE - focus on fostering your home life.
TORNADO OR WHIRLWIND - prepare for turbulent weather.
TORTOISE OR TURTLE - lasting success through slow, determined and patient efforts.
TOWER - risk of disappointment.
TREE - alone = family, roots, heritage; leafless = family conflict; many leaves = family contentment; group of trees = family unity; evergreen = enduring relationships; palm = wealth or beach vacation.
TRIANGLE - you are involved in a three way relationship; if wedge shaped = one person is getting in the way of your relationship with the other person.
UMBRELLA - protection from harm or loss.
URN - be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
VASE - a secret being kept from you; be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
VIOLIN - allow your feelings to surface.
VOLCANO - there is an obstruction in your life that must be dealt with WAGON - childhood; simple pleasures.
WASP - danger of small harm.
WATERFALL - wealth and prosperity.
WHEEL - events outside your control will change the direction of your life.
WINGS - do not box yourself in or limit yourself unnecessarily.
WOLF - you will be challenged or betrayed by someone.
limit yourself unnecessarily.
YOKE - domination or control you should not allow.
ZEBRA - be more flexible and adventurous in your travel plans.

Source: tasseography.com/symbol.html

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Re: On Reading Tea Leaves: Tasseomancy, Tasseography, Tassol

Postby Kassandra » Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:01 pm


Becks, I like that website you linked to in your response. It's short and to the point. I did a cut paste of some of its information, as well as added information from other related sites, to create the little primer post, above. Figured we could make this thread a go-to here at EUTM for things related to tasseomancy.

Thanks for posting your original question, dpoole4. Hope you have fun in your tea reading adventures! Do share your experiences and insights, if you care to. If anyone else wants to post their experience with receiving or giving tea leaf readings, (or has questions about it), do post and share here!

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Re: On Reading Tea Leaves: Tasseomancy, Tasseography, Tassol

Postby dpoole4 » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:39 am

Thank you!!! This is amazing! I will try this out very soon. I am excited by all the help from this forum! You are amazing!

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