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 people read 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 to use for reading tea leaves? As the host, you can read the fortunes for your guests using tea leaves, or teach them to read their own fortunes. Dress up in a mysterious fortune-teller costume and light a few candles to really set the mood. Basic black loose leaf tea will work perfectly, although any loose leaf tea will do the trick.
Where does tea leaf reading 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.