Tasseography, the art of reading tea leaves, is a form of divination that originated in Europe during the 17th century when the Chinese Trade Route brought tea to the continent. If done right, much like a psychic reading, tea leaves can foretell the tell the future, or give you some hot advice with every sip.
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I learned about tasseography the way I learned about most things: from Harry Potter. As I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I was enchanted by the thought of reading tea leaves like the trio did in divination class. While no one in the book took the leaves seriously (apparently at magic high school, predicting the future via tea is too far-fetched), I was curious on how to see the future, using a simple cup of tea.
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Fast forward years later, I attended a tea reading class the kids at the metaphysical club had put together (yay, liberal arts college!) where I got a crash course in tasseography, and I’ve been practicing ever since.
If you’re curious to see what’s brewing in your future, follow me as I give you my blend of tea readings, one mug at a time.