Thursday, March 27, 2014

Written in the Cup - Tea Leaf Reading

Our most recent special event featured an afternoon of Tea and Scones followed by an entertaining program about Tasseography or simply, Tea Leaf Reading. The art of reading tea leaves relies on the interpretation of the leaves that remain in the cup after drinking a cup of tea. This unique method of telling the future has been utilized throughout the ages with tea leaf reading considered the most popular way to foretell the future for a number of centuries.
Tea leaf reading cups and books from my personal collection were on display in the tea room.  The Tea Lady, Judy Larkin from West Virginia explained the process and entertained with various superstitions regarding tea. Did you know that spilled tea leaves on a table symbolizes bad luck. And it's also bad luck to stir someone else's tea.


What do you see in this cup?

It takes imagination and creativity to read tea leaves. The different designs that you discern in the cup are used to tell your fortune. You might see a sailboat that would symbolize a forthcoming journey, or perhaps you see a three leafed clover that would symbolize good luck whereas clouds would infer impending misfortune. For a comprehensive list of symbolism, visit this website. We recognize tea leaf reading all in good jest and playful entertainment.

4 comments:

Marilyn said...

I would love having my fortune read by this tea reader. What an interesting, delightful event to play.

Steph said...

I have this book, I think it came from you!

Angela McRae said...

I think it's always bad luck to spill tea leaves, but especially when it's some really good tea! ;)

relevanttealeaf said...

Wow, Nancy, You had to jump right in and start making scones and tea almost as soon as you got home from Kentucky, didn't you? Hope your flight going home was more timely than when you traveled to Kentucky. What a wonderful time we all had together!