The art of Tea Leaf Reading is referred to as Tasseomancy. Tea Leaf Reading is a form of divination strongly associated with the Gypsies and the English.
Of the various forms of divination it is thought that tea leaf reading is the most intuitive.
The history of tasseomancy can be traced back hundreds of years. During a Tea Leaf Reading the client drinks a cup of tea but leaves a small amount in the bottom of the cup. The cup is turned upside down on a saucer and turned. Tea has been around for some 5,000 years so it may be that people were reading tea leaves as far back as that.
The reader picks up the cup and reads the patterns formed by the tea leaves. Usually the best tea leaf reading will come from readers who also have natural artistic skills.
Various symbols have certain meanings in Tea Leaf Reading. Time frames are estimated by the proximity of the leaves to the rim.
Leaves closest to the rim represent the immediate future. Beware of tea leaf that tend to form at the bottom of the cup as it usually means problems. One of the notes of importance is that if symbols disappear fast it means they are no longer of importance and are in a passing phase.
English potteries have crafted beautiful tea cup sets specially designed and decorated to aid in Tea Leaf Reading.
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Coffee grounds are also used by some readers in Tasseomancy. This form of divination is thought to have come from Italy.
Diviners who read coffee grounds often recite incantations.
The term Tasseomancy has also been applied to the reading of wine sediments.
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