Tasseography | Preparing and Reading a Cup for Tasseography – The Devil & The Dame

Tasseography | Preparing and Reading a Cup for Tasseography

Brewing Tea

So this post is really going to be rather quick and simple. There's not much of a right or wrong way.

Now, you brew your tea by adding roughly 1/2 a teaspoon for every 8 ounces of hot water in a cup loosely. It's best to use specifically loose leaf tea and not the ground up type in bags, but I've done both and have not had an issue with it. The type of tea is also largely a personal choice. Every Sunday (except today) on my Instagram I review a new type of tea from this wonderful subscription box, Simple Loose Leaf. It costs me about $11 a month and I get four types of teas with enough for five cups each bag. Each box is different and wonderful and each tea is unique which is why I use them. I want to show people that you can use nearly any type of tea to do this and there isn't really a right or a wrong way. You can also add sweetener to your tea, but it's not suggested to use creamer. I haven't added creamer to test the waters, but I do plan on doing it at some point.

What is important is the PROCESS.

Now, tasseography will always deal with things that are happening with a past, present, future theme, so keep that in mind when doing your reading. The only time this process changes is when you're using a specialty cup. We'll discuss all of these types of cups in a later post. For the purpose of this post, we'll be referencing just a plain porcelain tea cup with a saucer.

The process is also very simple, but it must be done right. As you drink your tea, you can focus on a particular issue or just enjoy it, but when you're done, leave just a slight bit of tea in the up with all the leaves. Turn the cup over with the handle facing your dominant hand. Now, a lot of references will tell you the right, but I feel dominant is best because that's usually the hand you send energy out through. I think it's a) because most people are right handed and b) back when this popular and thriving as a main stream practice, people thought left handers were evil and all that other crazy nonsense. Anyway, tap the bottom on the cup, now facing upwards three times. Turn the cup full circle three times using your NON-dominant hand while it's still upside down. You can turn it the left for a past reading, the right for a future reading, or a combination of both for something you're focusing on in the present  or a generalized reading. Then tap three times on the bottom and turn the cup right-side up. Make sure the handle is still facing your dominant hand.

Now, for this part you'll understand why the handle placement isn't really all that important. At this time move the handle so that it is directly in front of you. The handle is now your dividing line.

If you are asking a Yes or No question:

The left is no and the right is yes. Read which side has the most tea leaves on it.

If you are reading Past, Present, Future for a "When..." question:

The rim of the cup is present. The body of the cup is future, and the bottom of the cup is distant future.

You can read this one of two ways-

1) Go by where the greatest amount of tea leaves sit.

2) If it was a general "What does my future hold" read the images.

If you're asking about a timing:

Read to the left, or clockwise, starting at the handle going by months. Split the cup visually into 12 pie slices and eye it as best as you can. You can also use this in other ways.

1) A month: split it into 4 weeks

2) Seasons : split it into 4 seasons starting with spring

3) 6 months

4) Etc.

Which ever you feel or want to look into. If the majority of the leaves are stuck at the bottom and you can't see any images, it's likely to not happen in that time frame.

Another common way to read is about something effecting you or your life, or a Cause and Effect

The way you read this is the left side is the past circumstances or influences

The right side is how it will turn out because of the past.

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