With a cup of freshly brewed tea, you can indulge in an age-old custom that brings you deep relaxation, healthful rejuvenation―and a sense of wonder as you see what the leaves reveal.
In six simple steps, you'll learn to read tea leaves like a pro. Four sample readings with photos will help you interpret tea-leaf patterns even more easily. You'll also find hundreds of symbols and their meanings, grouped by theme―from animals and sun signs to travel and trees.
―Prepare herbal infusions for better health ―Give tea-leaf readings ―Host a tea party ―Master tea-taking etiquette ―Brew the perfect pot
Brand: Llewellyn Publications
Used Book in Good Condition
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This originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 8/8/11.
Anyone who has read The Magical Buffet for a while knows that I love food and drink. When the opportunity presents itself to review a book that could potentially give me ideas of new things to eat or drink, I always go for it. And that is why I was thrilled that Llewellyn Worldwide sent me a copy of "Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Tea Cup" by Caroline Dow for me to take a look at.
There are a lot of books out there about tea leaf reading. For instance I own a copy of the second printing of "Tea Leaf Reading" by William W. Hewitt that Llewellyn published in 1992. My discerning teenage eye choose it because of the pretty gypsy woman peering into a tea cup on the cover. "Tea Leaf Reading" is a fine book. Total truth in advertising. Looking to learn about reading tea leaves? Try "Tea Leaf Reading"! However Caroline Dow gives you tea leaf reading and so much more!
Tasseomancy, or tasseography, the reading the omens/future, etc., with tea leaves, started in 17th century Europe, so it has some history. Like all kinds of divination, belief is in the beholder. It's up to you to decide how seriously you take it.
I bought this book to create a fun activity for a tea party, so I'm not real serious about it. And author Caroline Dow recognizes that possibility, when she writes: "Okay, you want to be a tea leaf reader for fun, for profit - if the laws of your state permit - or in a sincere desire to help people achieve their highest potentials. How do you start?"
As a "non-believer", who bought this book for fun, I did occasionally roll my eyes. For example, you're told to use a black tea scented with jasmine, rose or hibiscus petals for questions involving "love, romance and friendship". You can't read love in orange pekoe? To be fair, though, she does also say that she is giving recommendations and each reader finds his/her own...
Caroline Dow's "Tea Leaf Reading" is a great introduction to this ancient art. She invites everyone to enjoy the process of enjoying tea, and allowing the mind to embrace the interpretation of the symbols in the cup. Her book offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the art of Tea Leaf Reading, and includes even more information about the types of tea that one can use to perform the readings. What I like best, though, is that she offers an extensive symbols directory that gives new readers a great place to start. She emphasizes that the symbolic archetypal meanings of things are just one way to interpret the leaves, and invites us all to reach deep into our psyches to find the meanings that are relevant to ourselves and to the person for whom we may be reading the leaves. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in tea and it's deep connection to our spirit.
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