Fortune-Telling: What is Tea Leaf Reading and How Is It Done?


Surprising, exciting, mystical, and curious… These are the first things that come to mind when someone says fortune-telling. Although, it can also be described as the urge to make sense of life. Maybe that is why people have been interested in fortune-telling for the last few thousand years.  

Pretty much like all the other fortune-telling methods that exist, tea leaf reading is a very old method that creates curiosity and arouses interest when first heard. How about talking a little more about the tea leaf reading, whose origin is thought to date back to five thousand years ago?

Let’s Discover Tea Leaf Reading 

As its name suggests, tea leaf reading uses tea leaves to read one’s fortune and has a similar logic as coffee fortune-telling, although it is known to be much older. It is said to be used in ancient Greek culture, Asian societies, the Middle East, even Eastern Europe. In our day, it is a method commonly used especially in European countries. 

Naturally, you may not be able to imagine how the lea leaves are read. So, how about talking about different ways of tea leaf reading. 

How To Read Tea Leaves? 

Also known as tea fortune-telling, it is based on the interpretation of various symbols formed by tea waste in one’s cup. The most commonly known method for this is putting the tea plate on top of the cup and turning it upside down, like the Turkish coffee fortune-telling method. The person who does the fortune-telling interprets the leaves by making sense of the shapes appearing in the teacup with the help of their intuition. But of course, there are also other methods used in tea fortune-telling: 

Second Method:

  • Drink the tea and use the tea plate to cover the cup, just like the first method. Turn it upside down. 
  • Do not open up the teacup, even when it gets cold. The leaves inside the cup are read by looking through the glass in this method. 
  • The lower part of the cup tells about one’s past disappointments, relationships, and mood. 
  • The middle part of the cup tells about what will happen in the current month one’s in, as well as in their close relationships. 
  • The top part of the cup tells about the month ahead. 
  • The edges of the cup can be interpreted as the events that occur around the person. 

Third Method: 

  • Brew tea and pour yourself a hot one. 
  • Think of a question while taking a big sniff of the tea in your cup. 
  • Enjoy your tea. Once it is finished, turn it clockwise. 
  • The leftover tea is poured out so that only the leaves remain in the cup. 
  • Now you can interpret the symbols drawn by the tea leaves. 

Fourth Method:

  • Tea is prepared. 
  • The person who wants to have the fortune-telling takes a sip of tea and makes a wish.
  • In this method, the movements of the leaves and their interactions with each other are interpreted until the tea leaves in the cup sink to the bottom completely. 
  • Once all the leaves sink to the bottom, the tea is drunk and the leaves on the rim of the cup are also interpreted. 

Remember that choosing big tea leaves will make the fortune-telling easier. 

Beliefs About Tea Leaf Reading

The occurrence of certain situations may result in a positive or negative interpretation of the leaves. Such as: 

  • If the tea leaves are accumulated on the rim of the cup, it indicates that the prophecy will come true sooner.
  • If the tea leaves have sunk into the bottom of the cup, this means that the prophecy will take longer to come true. 

Certain Symbols and Meanings in Tea Leaf Reading 

Moon: An exciting and enthusiastic love. 

Knife: Undesirable events, such as separation and strife. 

Mountain: Peace within the family, affection, or a beautiful love affair.  

Cat: Harbinger of a conflict that will occur in a short time. 

Hourglass: Indicates that you will make a plan. 

Apple: Someone coming to your help, or a wish come true. 

Cage: Illness or bad luck.

Snake: Being deceived or betrayed by a friend. 

Letter: Financial gain, if the tea leaves are small and floating. Love, if the leaves are standing still.

While doing your tea leaf reading, you can use the information above and the meanings of the major symbols that we shared. However, please keep in mind that a strong intuition will be your most important tool! Or, you can get a professional reading from our experts by uploading the pictures of your cup into Kaave app.

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