READ­ING THE LEAVES

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The an­cient prac­tice of tasseog­ra­phy uses loose-leaf tea as a method of div­ina­tion. The for­tune teller in­ter­prets the pat­terns and sym­bols left in the cup once the tea has been drunk, re­ceiv­ing mes­sages about the drinker's present life and up­com­ing fu­ture. This prac­tice be­gan shortly af­ter tea was dis­cov­ered by the Chi­nese Em­peror Shen Nun in 2737 BC. Be­fore this, monks stud­ied the cracks and pat­terns on the in­side of bells to di­vine the fu­ture. Tea-leaf read­ing - which was re­ferred to as ‘throw­ing cups’ in Vic­to­rian times - spread through­out Europe and dur­ing the 1800s, tea par­lours where this method of div­ina­tion was prac­tised be­came very pop­u­lar. Since the in­ven­tion of tea-bags, tasseog­ra­phy has fallen out of fash­ion, but it’s still a fun way of tap­ping into your sub­con­scious mind.

Tryit!

Make a cuppa us­ing loose-leaf tea, and sip it slowly while think­ing about the fu­ture. When there’s a bit of liq­uid left, swirl it around three times and tip over onto a saucer, then back up­right quickly. Wait for the re­mains to set­tle in the cup, then look for any sym­bols or shapes. Con­sider what the sym­bols mean to you. For ex­am­ple, a cir­cu­lar shape could rep­re­sent coins and wealth, or that you’re mov­ing on to a new cy­cle in your life. Keep prac­tis­ing to dis­cover your own tea leaf code!

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