What do you call someone who reads tea leaves? augur. clairvoyant.
What does it mean to read leaves? When finishing off a cup of loose leaf tea, leaves often line the sides and base of the cup. The idea behind reading tea leaves is that whilst drinking, a person’s movements affect the leaves swirling around so that when they settle the shapes are unique to them. It is then up to the reader to interpret these shapes.
Where does reading tea leaves come from? Tea leaf reading, also known as tasseography, is said to have origins in Asia, the Middle East, and Ancient Greece, with Middle Eastern cultures typically using coffee. However, modern tea leaf reading began in the 17th century, when tea was introduced from China to Europe.
How do you read tea leaves for beginners? ‘Read’ the leaves in a clockwise direction, beginning at the rim of the cup from left of the handle and working your way in a spiral to the bottom. Shapes near the rim represent the immediate future—within the next few days.