Where does the saying reading tea leaves come from? “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 are people who read tea leaves called? Taylor’s profession is formally known as tasseography or tasseomancy — terms derived from the French tasse, for cup, and the Greek suffix graph, for writing, or mancy, for divination. Practitioners look for insights by examining the patterns created by loose tea leaves left over after a cup has been drained.
Why do people read tea leaves? Tea leaves are also used as a divination tool to explore the past, present, and future. Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy) is the art of identifying symbols and interpreting messages found in the shapes and configurations of tea leaves.
Do the Chinese read tea leaves? Tea leaf reading is a tradition that likely began soon after the discovery of tea by Chinese Emperor Shen Nun in 2737 BC.