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Tea Cup Print of an original painting by Laura Daub - Black and White cup with Gold
Tea Leaf Reading Resources by Laura Daub

Here are some of the resources for you that we discussed and perhaps a few more.
I will keep updating this page as time goes on and please feel free to contact me for another reading at anytime.

Tea-cup Reading and the Art of Telling Fortunes by the Tea-leaves – By A Highland Seer – a free eBook by The Project Gutenberg written in 1881 – You can also buy this book online, but many people do not realize it is open source and that they can get it for free! This is the book I based my study and practice of reading tea leaves on. Although quite short, it gives a perfect summary of the process of reading the tea leaves as a form of divination for anyone who is starting out.

Please note the meanings of the symbols in this book were of course written for the times, mostly women seers from Scotland and England, the book having been written in 1881, so you may find some of the text and symbols outdated for our current times. We all aren’t spae-wives waiting by the shore for our sea-faring husbands to come home, although that’s exactly what I depicted in an illustration I painted a few years ago. Perhaps I was a spae-wife in a previous life, or perhaps she is of one of my Scottish ancestors, like my grandmother, who I imagine to be with me during my readings!

November – by Laura Daub

As the The Highland Seer author mentions, she consolidated some of the symbols and their meanings in her book from other tea leaf readers as well as her own, but also she mentions that really, these symbols can really take on any meaning you give them for your practice. Because of this, I recommend taking the time to read as many books as you can on tea leaf reading to learn what others are determining as their meanings, and once you have gained enough knowledge from several sources, I suggest coming up with symbols and meanings for your own practice, not to mention, you own rituals on reading the tea leaves, like what types of teas and cups to use, holding the cup with a certain hand, swirling the cup a number of times, and how you read the cup… sectioning the cup into specific time frames, 6 months, 1 year, past present, future, top of the rim to the bottom of the cup, how often should you read the leaves, etc… all things to think about to make Tea Leaf Readings work for you!

Here are three current books I recommend that are available at Witch Chest where I currently offer readings on Sundays:

Reading the Leaves – by Salem witches, Sandra Mariah Wright and Leanne Marrama

Herbal Tea Magic for the Modern Witch by Elsie Wild

Tea Magic By Jenay Marontate

And here is a pocket-sized book you can easily carry around because who doesn’t love a miniature book on your favourite subject!
Tea Leaf Reading: A Divination Guide for the Bottom of Your Cup by Dennis Fairchild

Psychic and Intuitive Development – Telling a Story

I don’t find the hand-drawn illustrations of tea cups with tea leaves particularly helpful in any Tea Leaf Reading books with illustrations, unfortunately. In the future, I hope to create a resource with many photos that show symbols, yes, but also pictures (or scenes) in a much better way… for instance, do you see two figures in the top photo and two birds in the next photo.

Do check out the links below on Apophenia and Pareidolia below.

Do these images tell you a story?

A lot of what I do when I’m Reading Tea Leaves is telling a story – telling the story that the leaves tell me to be more exact. This involves Psychic and Intuitive Development, in my humble opinion, as just learning symbols and their meanings is not all there is to this form of divination, as with all divination tools. I have been studying this for many years and know that this is a gift that can be practiced by anyone, but a gift that requires nurturing. There have been quite a few times in my life where I have not actively practiced my own psychic development, but I am happy to say it is like riding a bike. You will never forget it and it can come back to you with total ease, whenever you are able and willing to open up to it again. Here are some books in my collection that made it through a few moves with me, with the Trust Your Vibes – Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living by Sonia Choquette book from 2005 still being one of my favourites – so simple, yet effective. I kept in the Motherpeace book for this photo, as I also love the Motherpeace Tarot deck that I found to resonate with me deeply, but didn’t include other my Tarot books and resources here to try and keep it focused on Psychic and Intuitive Development without divination tools. I also attended classes on Psychic Development without the use of divination tools and found this to be so important in gaining skills, so if you are able to find any In-Person classes or are able to join groups where you can work with others on honing your skills, it will be invaluable for improving your tea leaf readings and to give you the confidence in your own abilities to give meaningful readings to others.

Other Resources/Links of Interest:

What Tea do I use? The tea I use most for my readings is Yorkshire Tea Gold Loose Leaf, made with 100-Percent tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. I suggest to try out different loose leaf teas to find out your favourites, including green tea and oolong, but nothing with too large or too small leaves. You only need about 1/4 of a teaspoon of loose tea, but you might want to experiment with the amount to suit your own readings.

Tasseography – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasseography

Pareidolia – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

Apophenia – Pareidolia is a type of apophenia involving the perception of images or sounds in random stimuli. – Apophenia Wikipedia

I hope to see you again soon.

Yours truly, in all things mystical and magical,

Laura ~ The Laurel Witch