Tasseography, Tasseomancy, Tasseography or Tassology is the art of tea leaf reading which is an ancient form of divination in which various symbols seen in random objects are interpreted to predict future. It is believed to have originated in China in 2737 B.C. when Buddhist sages started interpreting the patterns formed inside the tea cups. In some other countries the seers started interpreting coffee cups, wine glasses and even smoke patterns but could not get much success or credibility.
Basics of Tea Cup Reading
The best shape of cup to employ is one with a wide opening at the top and a bottom not too small. Cups with almost perpendicular sides are very difficult to read, as the symbols cannot be seen properly, and the same may be said of small cups. A plain-surfaced breakfast-cup is perhaps the best to use; and the interior should be white and have no pattern printed upon it, as this confuses the clearness of the picture presented by the leaves.
Any sort of china cup that has a base approximately a biscuit’s size is good for Tea Astrology. The Tea leaves which are normally used should contain cut leaves, folded leaves, and tea grains containing a little tea dust as well; to get a lot of residue deposit after the cup is sipped. Before the tea is sipped, the reader and the client both meditate for a while concentrating upon the question to be answered, and then the entire tea is consumed leaving only few drops remaining in the bottom of the cup. Later on without exchanging any words, the seer asks the client to swirl the sediment up onto the sides of the cup, being careful not to slosh it over the edge. Afterwards the seer takes the cup and quickly flips it over to the saucer, draining the remaining tea drops out of it. Later the reader holds the handle of the cup and starts his exploration in the future.
Interpreting the Tea Patterns
The ritual to be observed is very simple. The tea-drinker should drink the contents of his or her cup so as to leave not more than a half a teaspoonful of the beverage remaining. He should next take the cup by the handle in his left hand, rim upwards, and turn it three times from left to right in one fairly rapid swinging movement. He should then very slowly and carefully invert it over the saucer and leave it there for a minute, so as to permit of all moisture draining away.
The tea residue patterns are studied very carefully. The patterns, shapes, symbols, letters and numbers formed nearest the handle or the lip area represent what is going to happen in very near future or happening currently. The formations closer to the bottom represent the distant future happenings. Now the reader carefully reads these indications and start interpreting them. Some interpreters read the white areas between the patterns. In fact at times these white areas appear as if some image is marked or outlined by tiny black outlines made up of tea leaves.
Careful notice should now be taken of all the shapes and figures formed inside the cup. These should be viewed front different positions, so that their meaning becomes clear. It is not very easy at first to see what the shapes really are, but after looking at them carefully they become plainer. The different shapes and figures in the cup must be taken together in a general reading. Bad indications will be balanced by good ones; some good ones will be strengthened by others, and so on.
It is the responsibility of the reader to find some fairly close resemblance between the patterns formed by the tea leaves and various natural or artificial objects. This expertise is achieved after some serious practicing. Actual representations of such things as trees, animals, birds, anchors, crowns, coffins, flowers, an
d so forth may by the exercise of the powers of observation and imagination be discerned, as well as squares, triangles, and crosses. Each of these possesses, as a symbol, some fortunate or unfortunate signification. Such signs may be either large or small, and their relative importance must be judged according to their size. Here larger symbols are considered to be more significant. Any experienced reader would consider all the symbols, shapes, letters, numbers and patterns in conjunction with other signs.
Certain figures and symbols occur so frequently that any reader may easily point out what they mean. Some of them indicate misfortune or sorrow, like: Cross, snake, sword, knife, spade, pistol, gun, frog, cat. On the other hand joy and success are indicated by a crescent moon, clover leaves, flowers, trees, anchors, fruit, circles, stars. The thumb rule is whatever does not look good or generally beneficial is not good.
Dictionary of Tea Leaf Symbols
To read and understand these patterns please visit the following sites and start reading your tea like a pro. Link-1 Link-2 Link-3 and Link-4. Gradually you may develop this skill in such a way that you might take this hobby as a rewarding career as well.