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.
Where did tea leaf reading originate 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.
How is tea leaf reading done? 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.
Can anyone read tea leaves? Just as most any child can look up at the sky and find shapes in clouds, anybody can have a fun time looking for symbols in the bottom of a teacup. To get deeper, more accurate readings though, it should be noted that tea leaf reading takes practice.