fig 1- a guide to reading tea leaves accompanied by a tea cup.
TASSEOGRAPHYis a type of divination where a witch or wizard predicts one’s future by interpreting the tea leaves. Witches and wizards in the East read tea leaves centuries before Western witches and wizards. Western magical folk often read splatters of wax, lead or another molten fortune telling medium, and tea was not regularly used as a fortune telling medium until the seventeenth century, when tea was introduced by Dutch traders. Tasseography is a method used mostly by witches, wizards and even muggles, all of whom are not seers. Instead, they predict the future by interpreting the symbols left in the tea cup. According to the textbook Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky the method of reading tea leafs is as follows:After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around [with] the shapes suggested by them. They might look like a letter, a heart shape, or a ring. These shapes are then interpreted intuitively or by means of a fairly standard system of symbolism, such as: snake (enmity or falsehood), spade (good fortune through industry), mountain (journey of hindrance), or house (change, success).
Divination is offered at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from third year on, and Tasseography plays a large role in the studies of every Divination student and master of Divination alike.
Ms. P. Merryweather, 26 August, 2014
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