Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham

The practice of reading tea leaves is one that dates back to medieval European tradition, and recent trends indicate that people are looking to tea leaves for guidance in greater numbers than before. Lifestyle magazine Stylecaster most recently featured an experienced reader who spoke on how the ancient art ties into many other spiritual practices and superstitions. This flexibility is where tea leaves excel, and they can provide a great tool for people across the spectrum of spiritual practices to use in their pursuit of spiritual well-being.

Alternative Spirituality

Tea leaf reading is not a self-contained spiritual practice, but has interactions with many spiritual traditions. One of the most straightforward spiritual connection that tea leaf reading can interact with is the numbers theory. This form of spiritualism focuses on the idea that numbers crop up time and time again throughout life, and that this has a deeper meaning. Specifically, that angels are sending messages to help guide you throughout life. Tea leaves can provide that signal to help provide guidance in line with the numbers theory. An NPR overview of the practice showed how symbols – specifically angels – can confirm that connection, with the formation of numbers providing the message that those angels are sending on. Other traditions that can make use of tea leaf reading include general divination and Japanese tarot.

The Leaves Shift

Once the water has gone and the leaves are settled, it may seem that the leaves left are the entirety of any potential message. However, this is not the case. According to Food Network Canada, talented leaf readers can see new images and shapes form once they’ve had a chance to have some psychic input. Essentially, the perception of the person reading the leaves shifts as new ideas and thoughts are given to them by spiritual bodies. This means that anyone going to have their tea leaves read can expect a shifting and engaging experience.

Not All Teas Are Equal

Within tea leaf reading itself, there are preferred types of plant to get a really good reading. For instance, as a starting point it’s almost mandatory to have soft loose-leaf tea. Moving on from there, plants with small and slender leaves are often best. Examples include Black Chinese, Jasmine, Green, Earl Grey, and Keemun. Assam and Ceylon are less likely to be quite as effective, though any loose leaf tea can do the job. Teabags, and the ground up stuff often held within that’s designed to impart a stronger flavor through its wider surface area, is more likely to produce an unintelligible mass rather than something that can be directly read. Pick a good tea for the best reading.

Tea leaf reading is more than just an old superstition – it’s a legitimate path toward a spiritual tradition that can give you insights into your life. Getting a good reading requires dedication, a well-trained reader, and a good quality brand of tea. Get that right, and you can find yourself on the path to a new belief system that can be trusted.

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