My reasoning for thinking that tasseography might work My reasoning for thinking that tasseography might work

My reasoning for thinking that tasseography might work

Want to know how to practice the art of reading tea leaves? Here's a beginner's guide.

Although tasseography or tassogmancy is not nearly as popular as tarot reading, pendulum, palmistry, crystal magick, water divination, or any other modern take on spellcasting, it is still a millenary practice you can definitely try if you are fond of magick. Here's how to.

Tasseography: How to read tea leaves

Tasseography: How to read tea leaves

As with any divination practice, tasseography relies on the concept of directing energy and focusing your intentions. You have to rely on your intuition to be able to see beyond the leaves. This is not just out of sheer magick – or is it? Whatever the case, I strongly believe there is a logical explanation for it. Yet, it will only be effective if you know how to do it. 

Step 1: Get ready

In order to read tea leaves, of course, you need tea leaves, real tea leaves, the contents of a tea bag won't do the trick as they are two finely ground to see forms. You can have some fun choosing different herbs and aromatic blends to set the mood and awaken the senses.

Now you are ready to prepare tea, just place the tea leaves in the cup, don't use an infuser or strainer, and just pour hot water. Ask the querent be it yourself or someone else, to focus on what you want to work on. It could be some question that you want the answer to, or a particular area in your life you feel uncomfortable with, just think about that while drinking. 

Step 2: Swirl

When there is about a spoonful of liquid, take the cup with your left hand – or ask the querent to do so – and swirl it three times from left to right. Using the left hand, invert the cup over a saucer and let it sit for a minute.

Now rotate the cup three times and turn the cup back upright. Now the tea leaves will be stuck to the cup.

Step 3: Interpret

There are over a hundred symbols detailed in Reading Tea Leaves, you can use the guide to interpret or you can use your intuition – I prefer the latter, and I'll tell you later on why. 

There are typically five types of symbols:

Try to identify figures on the cup and assign some type of interpretation that fits the querent's current situation.

Step 4: Identify the timeline

The cup is divided into three sections and each relates to when the event's location in time.

Let yourself or the person tell you what they would like to know, and use all the cues in the cup to make your own interpretation. 

The bottom line: Why it might work

In order to read tea leaves, of course, you need tea leaves, real tea leaves, the contents of a tea bag won't do the trick as they are two finely ground to see forms. 

My personal opinion about all divination practices is that they only work when you are perceptive and you can see beyond the person – literally. Just like it is much easier to identify someone else's problem but we are totally blind to the root of our problems. For instance, we are so quick to judge when a friend of ours is in a fruitless relationship but we are stuck with someone that is clearly not right for us, right? Been there, done that. That is what divination is, a permit to say what we clearly see but it would be rude to say it out of the blue – mind you, always be well-intentioned. 

Some people, however, are not as perceptive or sensitive to see beyond the first impression, and some others lack the ability to communicate in a non-offensive way what they mean. That is what makes the divinator special: Learning to identify physical and language cues allows you to say the words the other person needs to hear – not more than they need to hear, just the words they are prepared to process. This is by no means saying that you should totally make up what you say, or that divination practices are a scam – although some are, I'm pretty sure – what I mean is that you can learn to be empathetic and help them put into words what they are feeling. 

Call it magick or divination, call it perception, whatever you want, it yields the same results. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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