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The Art of Reading Tea Leaves

By Cassandra Vablatsky, Author of Unfogging the Future
My Dear students,
Welcome to the art of Divination, specifically reading tea leaves
to foresee the future. Most of you will have a difficult time in
Divination, as it is complicated to read the signs of portend and
prophesy without the inner eye. Some students, though rare, may in
fact possess the inner eye as I do and will have no trouble seeing the
Many witches and wizards, talented though they are in the area
of loud bangs and smells and sudden disappearings, are yet unable
to penetrate the veiled mysteries of the future. Broaden your minds,
my dears, and allow your eyes to see past the mundane!
Follow the instructions carefully and find out if Tasseography is
your cup of tea.
Professor Sybill Trelawney

Tasseography is the Art of reading tea leaves to divine present and

future events.
There are three steps to proper Tasseography etiquette:
1. Drinking the Tea properly
2. Reading the leaves
3. Interpreting the leaves

Drinking the tea properly

1. When the tea is almost at room temperature, have your subject sip it
and concentrate on a specific question
2. Tell your subject to leave a tiny bit of liquid and most of the tea
leaves in the bottom of the cup. Since many people are used to drinking
tea thats strained through a tea bag as opposed to loose tea, a little
coaching may be necessary. Its really easy to just swallow the tea
leaves, so make sure that he leaves some behind for you to read. Strain
the tea out of the cup through a napkin stretched over the top, again
taking care to leave a little bit of liquid and most of the tea leaves
3. Take the cup in your left hand and swirl it around clockwise three
4. Cover the top of the cup with your right hand, making sure to swirl the
leaves completely up and around the sides and rim of the cup. (A little
bit of shaking is all right for beginners.)
5. When all this is done, peer into the cup and read the leaves

Reading the tea leaves

If you have swirled correctly, the leaves should now be clumped together in
several different places on the cups inside, including the rim, sides and
bottom. These clumps will form the symbols that you will read. You should
always begin the interpretation by looking for the simplest symbols first.
Several of the leaf clumps may clearly form shapes, letters or numbers.

Triangles = good karma
Squares = the need for caution
Circles = great success

Letters: refer to the names of friends or relatives

Numbers: indicate spans of time, like months or years.

Most of the clumps, however, will form random shapes (a bird, an anchor, a
spider). With a little staring and a bit of creativity, these shapes can easily be

Interpreting the leaves

Its time for your grand finale: making sense of it all. Assume your most imperious expression
and make varying noises of surprise, horror and glee. Ignore the look of fear on your subjects
face. Predicting when something will happen is one of the most fun parts of reading tea leaves
because it makes you look methodical and scientific.

Symbols that lie in straight lines indicate a definite occurrence.

Curved or wavy lines indicate the possibility of change.

Crystal clear symbols are events that are more likely to occur than, shall we say,
stretches of interpretation.

Check over your cup for lines, numbers, shapes or letters first, and interpret any
clear symbols. Then follow the rules about lines above.

Tips of the TradeBe Accommodating- If the subject told you of any questions that he had
before the reading, try to tailor your prediction to these queries.
However, if nothing applies, just hint that the leaves are being mysterious.
YOU are not, after all, responsible for the vagaries of the divine.

Be Dramatic- Dont forget that it is the mysticism of the reading that

wins out above all. Make sure you throw in a few gasps and feel free to
faint dead away (taking care not to knock the cup).

Remember: You have the inner eye- Anyone can look at patterns
and give them meaning on the third dimension level. The trick is to see
beyond third dimension - and psych on the formations that are created.
Good luck!

The following is a list of those symbols most often encountered along with their
Acorn: financial success

Kangaroo: a trip

Airplane: an impending journey

Kettle: a sign of peace in the home

Anchor: an unpleasant situation

Kite: wishes that will come true

Angel: good news

Ladder: success in business

Ants: many impending difficulties

Leaf: a new life

Apple: prosperity, achievement

Lock: obstacles

Arrow: bad news in love

Man: a visitor, male or female

Axe: possible danger or difficulty to you or a


Mask: a secret that must be kept

Baby: small worries

Bag: a trap; if open, escape

Mouse: theft of heart, object or idea

Ball: desire to travel

Bell: good news

Mushroom: a future disturbance

Bear: bad luck

Necklace (whole): admirers

Bird: good luck, good news

Necklace (broken): danger ahead in love

Boat: a visit from a friend

Net: a trap

Book (open): the answer to a question

Oak tree: health

Book (closed): a question needing


Oar: success in store after a period of trials

Bottle: possible disease

Owl: a sign of good or bad luck ahead

Bull: arguing with friends

Oyster: love, an impending engagement

Bush: a new friend

Butterfly: much expected happiness
Cabbage: jealousy; with dots means at work

Palm tree: a trip to an upcoming tropical

Pig: greed

Cap: trouble
Candle: a light for the future, help from
Cat: deceit, a false friend

Purse (open): financial gain

Chain: engagement, a wedding

Chair: a guest
Cigar: a new friend
Circle: success, completion; with dots means a
Clock: better health

Purse (closed): financial loss

Clouds: trouble; with dots means many

Comb: an enemy
Cup: reward
Child: a new idea
Coin: prosperity

Question mark: questionable morals

Cross: sacrifice, reward for suffering

Rabbit: bravery

Daisy: a new love

Rat: a dishonest person

Dog: a good friend

Raven: bad news

Dove: coming peace

Ring: upcoming marriage

Drum: a change

Rose: popularity

Eggs (broken): a career setback

Shark: bankruptcy

Eggs (whole): assured career success

Shell: good news

Envelope: good news

Shoe: increased energy and productivity

Eye: caution, foresight

Snake: an enemy nearby

Face: a change in friendships

Spider: reward for work

Finger (raised): a warning

Star: hope

Finger (lowered): a need for direction

Sword: warning of future arguments

Flag: impending danger

Teapot: friends

Foot: a walk away from the past

Tower: disappointment

Fountain: great happiness

Tree: health

Forked line: a coming decision

Turtle: criticism

Fruit: fruitful hopes

Umbrella: protection

Garden: a party

Vase: a secret admirer

Globe: travel

Volcano: an impending emotional eruption

Grapes: happiness

Wagon: hard times ahead

The Grim: Death

Gun: arguments with family

Waterfall: abundance

Hand: a friends assistance

Wheel: business advancement through great


Harp: romance

Witch: a strange occurrence

Hat: an upcoming raise on the job, an

upcoming honor

Wolf: jealousy

House: comfort, home

Yoke: need for change

Iceberg: lack of inner self

Zebra: a move from one physical or emotional

state to another