How to Read Tea Leaves
Reading tea leaves is a method of fortune-telling which has been done since ancient times. Learning how to read tea leaves can be a fun & enlightening experience. Follow our simple guide and you’ll be able to determine the meanings of what you see in just a few minutes!
Step 1: Preparing the Tea
Brewing loose-leaf tea is the best way to read tea leaves as the large, loose tea leaves allow for better clarity and visibility. Steep your tea, whether it’s black tea, green tea, or herbal tea, for three minutes, then strain it into a white cup and let the cup cool until it is ready to drink.
Step 2: Pouring Your Cup of Tea
Once your tea is at a temperature that you can handle, turn the cup three times in a clockwise direction, with your left hand facing the cup. Pour the tea over the edge until the entire cup is full and a layer of wet tea leaves remains on the cup.
Step 3: Examining the Leaves
Now comes the fun part! Look at the tea leaves in your cup and see what shapes, lines, and symbols they have formed. Some common shapes to look out for are hearts, rings, and circles, each of which has a different meaning. Here are some of the possible interpretations:
- Hearts: Happiness and love.
- Rings: Hope, success and accomplishment.
- Circles: Prosperity, eternity, and protection.
Step 4: Interpreting the Signs
Once you’ve identified the shapes and symbols in your cup, interpret them according to their traditional meanings. Write down the shapes and their meanings, and then come up with an overall message for yourself. Some people use a chart of common symbols, while others prefer to interpret the signs intuitively.
Once you’ve finished reading your tea leaves, pour the tea leaves and liquid down the drain and make a wish that the luck or fortune revealed in your reading comes true!