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Reading Tea Leaves

By CinnamonMoon
(Article--Source unknown/found among my notes)

The best kind of tea to use if tea cup reading is to be followed is China tea, Indian tea and the cheaper mixtures contain so much dust and so many fragments of twigs and stems that oftentimes they will not combine to form pictures or symbols clearly to be discerned. The best shape of cup to use 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 could be said of small cups. A plain surface cup is the best to use and the interior should be white and have no patterns printed upon it.

The ritual to observe is very simple. The tea drinker should drink the contents of his or her cup so as to leave only about half a teaspoonful of the beverage. They should next take the cup by the handle in their left hand, rim upwards, and turn it three times from left to right in one fairly rapid swinging movement. They should then very slowly and carefully invert it over the saucer and leave it there for a minute, to permit all the moisture to drain away.

The cup to be read should be held in the hand and turned about in order to read the symbols without disturbing them, which will not happen if the moisture has been properly drained away.

The handle represents the consultant, by this fixed point, judgments are made about journeys from home, messages or visitors to be expected, relative distance and so forth.

The bottom of the cup represents the remoter future foretold; the side of the cup represents not to be far distant, and matters symbolized near the rim are those that may be expected to occur quickly.

The fortune may be equally well told whether there are many or few leaves, but of course there must be some.

Symbols and Signification:


Abbey, future ease and freedom from worry.
Acorn, improved health, continued health and strength.
Aircraft, unsuccessful projects.
Anchor, a lucky sign. Success in business and love.
Angel, good news, espeially good fortune in love.
Apes, secret enemies
Apples, long life, gain by commerce.
Apple Tree, a change for the better.
Arch, a journey abroad
Arrow, a disagreeable letter from the arrow's direction
Ass, misfortune overcome by patience; a legacy
Axe, difficulties overcome


Badger, long life and prosperity as a bachelor.
Basket, and addition to the family
Bat, fruitless journeys or tasks
Bear, a long period of travel
Beasts (other than those mentioned), foretell misfortune
Birds, a lucky sign. good news. If flying, a fortunate journey
Boat, a friend will visit
Bouquet, one of the luckiest of symbols, a happy marriage
Bridge, a favorable journey Building, a removal
Bull, slander by an enemy
Bush, an invitation into society
Butterfly, success and pleasure


Camel, a burden to be patiently borne
Cannon, good fortune
Car, approaching wealth, visits from friends
Cart, fluctuations of fortune
Castle, unexpected fortuen or legacy
Cat, difficulties caused by treachery
Cathedral, great prosperity
Cattle, prosperity
Chain, an early marriage; if broken, trouble in store
Chair, an addition to the family
Church, a legacy
Circles, money or presents
Clouds, a serious trouble; if surrounded by dots financiall success
Clover, a very lucky sign; happiness and prosperity
Coffin, long sickness or sign of death
Comet, misfortune and trouble
Compass, a sign of traveling as a profession
Cow, a prosperous sign
Cross, a sign of trouble, delay or even death
Crown, success and honor
Crown and Cross, good fortune resulting from death


Dagger, favors from friends
Deer, quarrels, disputes; failure in trade
Dog, faithful friends
Donkey, a legacy long awaited
Dove, a lucky symbol; progress in prosperity and affection
Dragon, a great and sudden change of luck
Duck, increase of wealth by trade


Eagle, honor and riches through change of residence
Elephant, a lucky sign; good health


Falcon, a persistent enemy
Ferret, active enemies
Fish, good news from abroad; surrounded by dots, immigration
Flag, danger from wounds inflicted by an enemy
Flower, good fortune, success, happy marriage
Fox, treachery by a trusted friend
Frog, success in love and commerce


Gallows, a sign of good luck
Goat, a sign of enemies and misfortune to a sailor
Goose, happiness; a successful venture
Grasshopper, a great friend will become a soldier
Greyhound, good fortune by strenuous exertion
Gun, a sign of discord and slander


Hammer, triumph over adversity
Hare, a sign of long journey or return of absent friend
Harp, marriage, success in love
Hat, success in life
Hawk, an enemy
Heart, pleasures to come
Heavenly Bodies, signifies happiness and success
Hen, increase of riches or addition to the family
Horse, desires fulfilled through a prosperous journey
Horse-shoe, a lucky journey or success in marriage
Hour-Glass, imminent peril
House, success in business
Human Figures, judged by what they appear to be doing


Interrogation (mark of), doubt or disappointment
Ivy, honor and happiness through faithful friend


Jackal, a mischief maker of no account
Jug, good health


Kangaroo, a rival in business or love
Kettle, death
Key, money, increasing trade, a good husband or wife
Kite, a sign of lengthy travel leading to honor and dignity
Knife, a warning of disasters through quarrels and enmit


Ladder, a sign of travel
Leopard, a sign of immigration and subsequent success
Letters, signifies news
Lily, on top of cup, health and happiness, bottom, anger, Strife lines, indicate journeys and their directions
Lion, greatness through powerful friend


Man, a visitor arriving
Mermaid, misfortune, especially to seafaring persons
Monkey, deception in love
Moon, (as a crescent), prosperity and fortune
Mountain, powerful friends; many mountains, powerful enemies
Mouse, danger of poverty through death or swindling
Mushroom, sudden separation of lovers after a quarrel


Numbers, very lucky, long life, good health, happy marriage


Oblong figures, family or business squabbles
Owl, an evil omen, indicative of sickness, poverty, disgrace


Palm tree, good luck, children to a wife, marriage to a maid
Parrot, a sign of emigration for a lengthy period
Peacock, success and acquisition of property; a happy marriage
Pear, great wealth and improved social position
Pheasant, a legacy
Pig, good and bad luck mixed
Pigeons, important news if flying; if not, domestic bliss
Pine tree, continuous happiness
Pistol, disaster


Rabbit, fair success in a city or large town
Rat, treacherous servants, losses through enemies
Raven, death for the aged, divorce, failure in business
Razor, lovers quarrel and separation
Reptile, quarrels
Rider, good news from overseas regarding finances
Rifle, a sign of discord and strife
Ring, marriage; if near clouds an unhappy marriage
Rose, a lucky sign denoting good fortune and happiness


Saw, trouble brought about by strangers
Scales, a lawsuit
Scissors, quarrels, illness, separation of lovers
Serpents, spiteful enemies, bad luck, illness shark, danger of death
Sheep, success and prosperity
Ship, successful journey
Snakes, bad omen. Great caution should be exercised
Spider, a sign of money coming
Squares, comfort and peace
Star, lucky sign, surrounded by dots foretells great fortune
Straight line, a very pleasant journey, peace, happiness and long life.
Swallow, a journey with a pleasant ending
Swan, good luck and a happy marriage
Sword, disputes, quarrels between lovers
Sword (broken), victory over an enemy


Timber, logs of timber indicate business success
Toad, deceit and unexpected enemies
Trees, a lucky sign of prosperity and happiness
Triangles, always a sign of good luck and unexpected legacies
Twisted figures, disturbances and vexation


Umbrella, annoyance and trouble
Unicorn, scandal


Vulture, bitter foes


Wagon, a sign of approaching poverty
Wavy lines, denote losses and vexation
Wheel, an inheritance about to come
Windmill, success in enterprise
Wolf, beware of jealous intrigues
Woman, pleasure and happiness, several women indicates a scandal
Wood, a speedy marriage
Worms, indicate secret foes


Yacht, pleasure and happiness
Yew Tree, death of an aged person leaving his legacy to you


Zebra, travel and adventure in foreign land

*Although included in the above lists, there are certain figures and symbols which are a common occurrence and bear such definite interpretation that it is advisable to refer to them here in detail.

Certain signs are invariably signs of approaching good fortune; certain others of threatened ill luck.

Among the former may be mentioned triangles, stars, clover, leaves, anchors, trees, garlands and flowers, bridges or arches, and crowns.

Among the latter, coins, clouds, crosses, serpents, rats and mice, some wild beasts, hourglasses, umbrellas, church steeples, swords, guns, ravens, owls, and monkeys are all ominous symbols.



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