What is Tasseography?

Tasseography, also referred to as Tasseomancy is the term given to the act of telling fortunes or the future by analyzing the patterns of tea leaves or coffee grounds. The use of coffee grounds is usually associated with the Middle Eastern culture. Symbols are left behind from the tea leaves or coffee grounds, allowing an individual to acquire meaning from analysis. Other cultures that are associated with this ritual include the English, as well as Gypsies.


This form of fortune telling, which dates back hundreds of years, deals with working with a psychic intuition. To increase the state of psychic awareness, a session of meditation could be performed. In order to engage in a session of tea reading, one must have a teacup and saucer, boiling water, loose tea, as well as a teapot. It is suggested to always have a teapot when conducting this ritual, but another approach can be used. Boiling water must always be used.


Preparing the Tea


When preparing the tea, three teaspoons of loose tea should be added to a pot. It is important to use loose tea and not confuse this with tea that comes from cutting open a tea bag. The teapot should be preheated. When the tea is ready to be poured, you should make sure that there are enough tea leaves to cover the bottom of the cup. At this point, many drink some of the tea. Once the rest of tea is drained, it is time to read the leaves.




The cup of tea is then turned upside down on the saucer and turned. The number of times the cup should be turned is usually three. Concentration and a feeling of being relaxed is needed to connect with the ritual. Some of the thoughts, concerns or questions that you want answered should be concentrated on. The answers that you seek should be the only things you think of during this time in order to receive some sort of response from the tea leaves.


Better results are also attained when someone else reads the cup, which is called a diviner. This allows for a more unbiased reading. Tap the side of the cup and record what symbols are seen. This can be done a few times, tapping and turning the cup to receive different meanings.


Symbols and Their Meanings


The shapes that are revealed can range from a heart to a ring to a particular letter or number. In the article, Tasseography Symbols, you will see a brief list of some of the symbols you may encounter, as well as their meanings. For example, a snake symbol denotes falsehoods, where a symbol of a house refers to change or success.


When reading the leaves, it is said that time frames can be established by how far the leaves are from the rim. When they appear closest to the rim, the symbol refers to something that may occur within the near future.