~*Reading Tea Leaves*~

Reading tea leaves is a form of divination which relies on the psychic's ability to interpret the different symbols and patterns created by loose tea leaves or coffee grounds in a cup.

To read someone's tea leaves, you must prepare a cup of tea with loose tea leaves. A small, white cup with no designs or patterns on the inside walls is ideal. Have the querant drink the tea, leaving a minute amount of liquid in the bottom of the cup, as well as some tea leaves. Holding the cup in the left hand, he or she should slowly swirl the contents of the cup around three times clockwise. Try to make sure that the leaves are moved towards the rim of the tea cup. Then the querant should place the cup upside down on the saucer, holding it there for 7 seconds while letting the fluids drain. When the tea cup is placed right side up again, the handle should be facing the reader while he or she interprets the symbols and images.

Many leaves point to a full life. Lots of specific images symbolize many important issues in the person's life. Contradicting images imply indecision in the person's mind. The larger images are the more important issues in the person's life. Objects on the left of the handle may denote the past and objects to the right may be in the future. It is commonly believed that symbols near the rim of the tea cup refer to the present or the near future, while those towards the bottom of the cup are seen as the past. Sometimes the top of the cup is seen as lucky and the bottom is seen as unlucky.

These are only guidelines to help you get started. A genuine reading is dependent upon the readers own interpretation of the symbols.

Here follows, a list of the traditional (but not necessarily fixed) meanings of some more common symbols you may see.

ACORN---at the top, success and gain; at the bottom, good health

AIRCRAFT---journey; if broken, danger of an accidnet; can mean a rise in position

ANCHOR---rest, stability, constancy; clouded, inconstancy


AXE---difficulties; near the top, overcome

BABY---small worries

BAG--a trap; if open, escape

BALL---variable fortunes

BELL---unexpected news; good if near the top

BIRDS---good news

BOAT---visit from a friend, protection

BOOK---open, good news; closed, a need to investigate something

BUSH---new friends or opportunities; something growing in life


CABBAGE---jealousy; with dots, at work

CANDLE---help from others

CAP---trouble, take care

CAT---deceit, a false friend

CHAIN---engagement, a wedding

CHAIR---a guest

CIGAR---new friends

CIRCLE---success, completion; with a dot, a baby

CLOCK---better health

CLOUDS---trouble; with dots, many problems

COIN---money coming

COMB---an enemy

CROSS---suffering, sacrifice


DAGGAR---danger from self or others, beware of recklessness

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


FACE---a change, may be a setback


FEATHERS---lack of concentration

FENCE---limitations, minor setbacks, not permanent

FINGER---emphasizes whatever sign it points at

FIRE---achievement, especially artistic; danger of haste

FISH---good fortune


FLY---domestic annoyance

FORK---false flattery

FORKED LINE---decision


GATE---opportunity, future success


GLOW---a challenge

GOAT---be careful of enemies


GUN---quarrels, anger

HAMMER---hard work needed

HAND---if open, friendship; if closed, an argument

HARP---love, harmony

HAT---improvement, especially a new job


HEART---love, pleasure, trust


HORSE---if galloping, good news; if head only, a lover

HORSESHOE---good luck

HOURGLASS---need to decide something



INSECT---problems are minor and easily ovecome


KANGAROO---harmony at home

KETTLE---any illness is minor

KITE---wishes coming true

KNIFE---broken friendship

LADDER ---promotion, a rise in life

LAMP---at top, a feast; at side, secrets revealed; at bottom, a feast or a party postponed

LEAF---good fortune, new life


LINES---straight, progress; wavy, uncertain path

LION---influential friends


LOOP---avoid impulsive action

MAN---near handle, a visitor; clear and distinct, a dark person; vague, a light colored person

MASK---excitement; insecurity

MOUNTAIN---great goals, but also difficulties


MUSHROOM---at top, journey or move to the country; near bottom, rapid growth, but if reversed, frustration

NAIL---injustices, unfairness

NECKLACE---complete, admirers; broken, danger of losing a lover

NEEDLE---recognition, admiration

OAK---health, long life



OWL---gossip, scandal

PALM TREE---success, honor

PARASOL---new lover

PARROT---a journey, but also people talking

PIG---prosperity, possibly greed


PURSE---at top, profit; at bottom, loss

QUESTION MARK---need for caution

RABBIT---need for bravery

RAKE---watch details

RAVEN---bad news

RING---at top, marriage or an offer of marriage; at bottom, long engagement; if broken, engagement is broken off



SCALE---legal issues; if balanced a just result; if unbalanced, unjust

SCISSORS---quarrels, possibly separation

SHEEP---good fortune

SHELL---good news

SHELTER---danger of loss or ill health

SHIP---worthwhile journey

SHOE---change for the better

SNAKE---an enemy, but also wisdom

SPIDER---reward for work


STAR---health and happiness, hope

SUN---happiness, success, power


TABLE---social gathering


THIMBLE---changes at home

TORTOISE---criticism, usually beneficial



TRIANGLE---something unexpected


URN---wealth and happiness

VASE---a friend that needs help


VOLCANO---harmful emotions

WAGON---a wedding

WASP---romantic problems


WHEEL---if complete, good fortune; if broken, disappointments




ZEBRA---adventure, especially overseas


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