TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery
Sunny's Tips for How to Read Tea Leaves
1) Have the person you are doing a reading for (the seeker) brew the tea.
2) Never use tea bags; use loose tea leaves instead. (Note: the bigger the tea leaf, the better the shape.)
3) Have the seeker place the loose tea leaves in a tea cup.
4) Next, have the seeker boil water in a tea kettle.
5) After the tea kettle's whistle blows, have the seeker pour the water into the tea cup.
6) Now, have the seeker stir the tea with a spoon as it brews and set the spoon on a saucer when the tea is ready.
7) You (the seer) should watch carefully during this process. (Note: a skilled seer can interpret signs right from the start of the brewing process. For example, if any tea leaves spill it's a good sign.)
8) Have the seeker drink the unstrained tea and think about exactly what it is they wish to know. When there is only a teaspoon of liquid left, have them stop.
9) Tell the seeker to hold the cup in his or her left hand and swish three times in a counterclockwise motion, then tip the cup upside down on the saucer, allowing the excess liquid to drain.
10) After all liquid is dranied, have the seeker hand the cup to you the seer.
11) The seer takes the cup and holds it with the handle pointing toward the seeker, then studies the pattern of the tea leaves.
12) Start at the handle and work your way around the cup in a counterclockwise motion from the rim to the bottom.
13) Leaves to the left of the handle represent the past, and leaves to the right of the handle represent the future.
14) Leaves at the top of the cup near the rim represent the immediate future, while those at the bottom represent the distant future.
15) Tea leaves provide two sets of patterns. Images that appear in the white space are positive and good, while the images that appear in the tea leaves are negative and bad.
16) Now you are ready to read the tea leaves.
17) Write down what shapes you see in the tea leaf patterns.
18) There are too many tea leaf symbols to list here, but if you do a search on the internet for tea leaf symbols, a ton of sites will show up that list the shapes with their meanings.
19) Have fun :-)
Disclaimer: The author does not proclaim to be an expert on reading tea leaves. These are simply fun tips taken from her research for Tempest in the Tea Leaves meant to entertain the reader.