Make a cup of tea and let it steep, drink it, but leave a teaspoon or so in the cup with the leaves.
Place the cup upside down, pause for a minute. I sometimes give it a light tap if the leaves are clumped up.
Then look closely at the pattern of leaves for symbols and metaphors. Start to see the story unfold in the leaves. Don't over think it. Use your first gut instincts. The more you practice it the better you will get at understanding symbolism.
Sounds simple, but it’s something of an art form when it comes to interpreting the leaves.
Let the tea steep for a few minutes
Drink the tea, but leave a teaspoon or so of it in the cup. Do not empty the cup. ( I cheat sometimes and just add my left over tea with some water in the cup swirl it around, dump out excess water instead of leaving tea in and siphoning leaves through my teeth:)
Take the handle and take a moment to breath, ground and ask spirit/ ancestors to be with you and give guidance
Now, swirl the cup
Take a cup and turn upside down on the saucer
Pick up cup and start to look for the images/ story to appear
The art of tea leaf reading requires practice. It’s not something that can be perfected at one go.
Here are the steps to take before you start the process.
Try to clear your mind of any thoughts.
Trust your first impressions.
Do not second guess yourself. Let the process guide you.
Do not rush the process. Let it come to you naturally.
Calmly examine the shapes of the tea leaves and how it is distributed.
Do not try to force an answer. Observe the tea leaves in-depth and let the answer naturally appear to you.
When looking at the tea leaves, try to discern the shapes and figures of the how the leaves clump together. Observe how your instinct is trying to guide you.
Then just go for it! Start to talk off the top of your head what your seeing, feeling or hearing and let spirit guide you the rest of the way. If you only get a couple things. That's totally fine, sometimes in not how much is the quality of the message.