How To Read Tea Leaves

Tasseography: Interpreting patterns in tea leaves as a form of fortune telling and enlightenment.

With your New Hobby Box this month, you will not only be learning about tasseography, you’ll be learning a little about yourself.

Tasseography falls under the umbrella term divination alongside osteomancy, tarot cards and readings, rune stones, numerology, pendulum readings, and more. Forms of divination differ drastically, but they are all practiced to come to a common result: gain insight into a question or situation.

Your New Hobby Box includes everything needed to practice Tasseography:
  • Tea Cup & Saucer
  • Black Oolong Tea
  • Stir Spoon
  • Sage Smudge Sticks
  • Pocket Guide Book

Please follow and read through the following to get started into the world of tea leaf reading. Tea leaves left behind after drinking the tea will leave shapes, pictures, and symbols for you to spot.

Tasseography is often referred to as the most difficult form of divination because of the endless symbols you can see at the bottom of your cup. It’s an ancient practice used throughout history using mediums such as wine (Oinomancy), wax (Ceroscopy), and coffee grounds (Tasseomancy).

There are two popular types of reading in tasseography: general & specific. All methods take alot of practice, and as you do the benefits will become more and more noticeable.

The #1 benefit most people experience through tasseography is it’s use as a strong meditative tool. In order unlock this benefit, start with a clean, calm, and relaxing environment. This can be indoors or outdoors…. but definitely put some thought into the location before you begin.

If you are familiar with smudge sticks- great! If not, the two bundles in your kit are called smudge sticks. Both are bundles of dried sage.

The purple bundle is desert sage (above) and the other is white sage (below). Both have been used in many cultures to clear a space by bringing protection and cleansing to the space it is burned in.

How? It is believed that the smoke attaches to negative energies, and as the smoke then begins to dissipate it transforms those negative energies into universal energy.

First time smudger? YAY! You won’t regret it. Here is a quick video on the basics of smudging a room: youtube.com/watch

Here are some more things you can do help cleanse a room in preparation:

  • Think happy thoughts!
  • Play relaxing/ambient music
  • Open or close a window
  • Remove anything that stresses you out. (this includes people)


If you haven’t already begun to read your pocket guide, we’d highly suggest it!

It starts off giving you a brief history of tea leaf reading….

And then what to do before you begin with a step by step guide to sipping your tea, and the 3 Sectors of your tea cup….

AND FINALLY, A symbols glossary! (Pages 58 – 32)

The glossary (like most) is in alphabetical order. For example: you look into your cup and see a sun. Flip through the glossary until you find ‘S’. And then finally “Sun”.

You’ll notice that with some symbols (like the sun) seeing them appear in different sectors of your cup can mean different things, so be sure to stay aware of where you are seeing the symbol and read through the symbols meaning completely.


– There are many ways to interpret leaves and even preparing your tea. What’s important is that you find the way that works for you, and stick with it until you’re feeling confident.

– Can you read other’s leaves? Yes! But…. your cup is for you and you only. It’s best practice to have a designated tea reading cup for yourself and for your thoughts. When reading other’s leaves, prep as you would for yourself and allow them to sip their tea from their cup and then read the leaves they leave behind.

– Loose leaf tea without a diffuser = floaties! Expect to get some leaves in your mouth from time to time.

– Drinking your tea from your non-dominant hand coordinates your left and right brain activity to stimulate creative problem solving.

– It’s best to only use one method of tasseography at a time. If you choose to focus on a specific question, be sure to allow yourself enough time to slow down and focus on the question and your intentions. In doing this, the organization of your thoughts is a very effective problem solving methodology.


Prepare the room.

Prepare your tea. Two pinches or two spoons of tea at the bottom of your cup.

Fill your cup with hot water.

Allow your tea to steep.

The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea.

Swirl or twirl your tea 3 times.

Sip your tea and relax.

Leave a very small amount of tea at the bottom of your cup.

Quickly turn cup over onto saucer and allow remaining liquid to drip out. Here we’ve lined ours with a napkin.

Turn your cup 3 complete turns.

Lift up cup and place on table.

Have a looksie into your cup and at your future. What do you see? Use the glossary in the back of your book to help determine.

In this reading, we saw a bird in Sector 3. But maybe you see a sun? Or perhaps a hand?

There are no wrong answers. Just go with your gut and after you find the meaning behind the symbol, reflect on what it means to YOU.

If you wish to opt out of smudging for whatever reason, guess what! You can still use your sage bundles to make sage tea 🙂

Sage tea is full of health benefits and rather tasty in our opinion. Here is some more in depth information if you choose to go this route. (PS, We’d recommend about 3 teaspoons of the dried sage leaves – but that’s just us)

Remember, relax. You’re trying something new…. If your first run doesn’t go as planned, brush it off. It can take practice, but with the right mindset, this could be the new hobby for you’ve been searching for.

PS.. If you haven’t yet heard, next month we are making paper. So be sure to keep any and all tea leaves from this kit — they may come in handy 😉


Wishing you an enlightened 2018,

Your friends @newhobbybox



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