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 the 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.
What tea leaves are best for reading? The best kind to use for a successful reading is loose leaf tea with a broad leaf, and in particular Wright says that oolong or gun powder teas are the best options. Both Wright and Marrama recommend this gunpowder tea that you can purchase from Amazon.
How much does a tea leaf reading cost? Reade charges about $60 for a half-hour, and finds that people who normally shy away from the “wizardry and witchcraft of tarot and runes” are drawn to the divination of tea leaves.