What does it mean to read the tea leaves? To predict the future by interpreting signs. An allusion to tasseography, a type of divination involving tea leaves.
How do you read your tea leaves? The cup is divided into three parts. The rim designates the present; the side, events not far distant; and the bottom the distant future. The nearer the symbols appear to the handle the nearer to fulfillment will be the events foretold.
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.
Do you have to drink the tea to read tea leaves? Basic steps in tea leaf reading
Tea reader does not need to drink unless she or he is telling her/his own future. You can read your own cup or find a tea leaf reading specialist, called the “seer.” Put some loose leaf tea in a cup and add hot water. Steep for a few minutes.