What does it mean when people say read the tea leaves? “Read the tea leaves” means to use signs or signals to predict something that’s going to happen in the near future. It all started with the fortune telling community. Fortune tellers would use actual tea leave patterns at the bottom of a cup when the tea was gone to try and predict the future.
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 tea leaves tell the future? 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.