Everything You Need to Know About Tea Leaf Readings

Tasseography is the art of reading tea leaves and an ancient method of procuring information about the future based on the patterns of leaves that remain in your cup. There are many different types of teas that you can consume for this practice. The best loose tea for tea leaf readings is Oolong because it presents clear messages after you have finished drinking. Some people also enjoy adding some lemon or sweeteners because it does not affect the quality of their reading. 

Tasseography, or tea leaf readings, were initially attributed to people in China who profoundly adore their cups of tea because the deliciously aromatic hot beverage has benefited their health for many centuries. After sipping on this soothingly innocuous beverage, the leaves that settle in the bottom of your teacup help fortune-tellers notice shapes and patterns to interpret them as prophecies from the past, present, and future. Tea readings are the most inexpensive method of fortune-telling, developed when Dutch merchants brought tea to Europe for the first time in the seventeenth century. 

Benefits of Tea Leaf Readings

The reason tasseography became so popular was that many people lived in poverty and only needed to buy a cup of tea to experience this method of divination. Even though this seems like a remarkably simple practice, the results you receive are profound, and many people became enchanted by the messages found in the shapes of tea leaves. Tea leaf readings are an exceptional, accessible, and creative way of tapping into your intuition to cultivate this unique divination practice. Since you do not have to collect expensive crystals, tasseography is the easiest fortune-telling practice to take advantage of. The icing on the cake is that you will drink tea, which protects your bones, reduces the risk of heart disease, and boosts your immune system thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Aside from the health benefits, fresh tea is delicious when it is piping hot. Nothing beats a cold and rainy day when you have your fingers wrapped around a warm teacup as you breathe in the divine aroma. 

How A Tea Leaf Reading Is Done

First, you need to set the stage by brewing a soothing cup of tea with loose tea leaves and hot water. It is best to use a white or light-colored teacup to clearly see all the patterns. Loose black tea leaves work best for beginners because leaves in tea bags are too finely cut and cannot create prominent and identifiable shapes. The best way to make tea without infusers or strainers is to place your favorite tea leaves in the cup and then pouring in boiling water.

The person who seeks answers through this divination method is known as a “Querent.” It is necessary to ask specific questions to get the best solutions. When the tea is at the right temperature and ready for consumption, you should begin sipping as you ponder over the questions you want answers for. When there is a tablespoon of liquid remaining at the bottom of your cup, you can start swirling the cup with your left hand. This should be done three times counterclockwise. With the same hand, slowly invert your cup over a saucer and leave it lying upside down for about a minute. Next, rotate the cup counterclockwise three times starting and ending with handle facing you. And finally place the cup back upright once again with the handle facing you. The residue for your tea leaf reading should be stuck to the cup in the form of clusters and different shapes. These clusters are embedded with the answers and insights you need, and that is when you or your reader can start interpreting the symbolic meaning. 

Generally, most people encounter five or more different types of symbols in their teacup. These are letters, numbers, objects, mythical beings, or animals. Some symbols appear more prominently than others. For example, if you spot the wings of a bird, it can be related to newfound freedom or adventure. Alternatively, a cross symbol might present itself to warn you about unforeseeable problems ahead or a blockage that could prevent you from achieving a goal. The reader will typically focus on symbols that are closest to what the querent is inquiring about. Not every formation of clusters needs to be interpreted. 

Aside from the tea leaves, the handle of your teacup is also incredibly significant during this process. The handle is an energy conduit that connects the physical world to abstract realms and should be placed firmly toward you or the reader. The cup’s rim signifies the present, the sides symbolize the near future, and the bottom represents the far future. These different zones help establish a sense of timing to predict when a situation will occur, the type of connection you will have with someone, or how intense the situation might be. 

Tea leaves closest to the handle relate to your immediate surroundings, and those across the handle represent external problems that could be out of your control. If a querent is wondering when they will meet the love of their life, the tea leaf reading will focus on timing. The sections of your cup become critical, and you need to spot if the leaves are scattered on the rim, sides, or the bottom. If the querent’s cup shows a wavy line at the bottom left, they may find their soulmate overseas, which could take longer than dating somebody nearby. 

Tea leaf readings take practice, but the ritual of sipping the tea is always spiritually powerful. Picking out patterns quickly, such as trees, flowers, numbers, letters, an eagle, or a dragon, requires some tea leaf reading experience. As the readers imagination widens, they see these symbols intuitively rather than overthinking and using conscious decision-making. Some will also appear bigger than others. For example, if you notice a large circle in your cup, you might get a large sum of money. Whereas, a small circle would indicate a low monetary reward. The number of shapes in your teacup is also equally proportional to your current life phase. For example, several large forms may mean you are going through a crucial time in your life. 

When doing a reading for somebody else, always ensure that you choose wise words to avoid misinterpretation. This is because they are hanging onto your every word searching for answers, and you should be objective and considerate in your delivery. After a tea leaf reading you will gain clarity, insight and be able to make decisions from a place of peace.

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Healing Animals with Reiki

Many forward-thinking and progressive humans around the world are becoming fans of practicing Reiki. Reiki is a system of spiritual healing with roots in Japanese origin. The word itself comes from the Japanese word “Rei,” which means “Universal Life.” The energy of Reiki is not affiliated with a religion. It is merely a form of spiritually guided life force energy that flows through all living things with the ability to strengthen and heal. Most people use Reiki for wellness, and the practice can benefit animals too.

What is Distant Animal Reiki

Distant Animal Reiki is a healing technique that involves emitting life force energy to the affected area of an animal’s body. It is beneficial for pets of any shape, species, and age. The energy from the practitioner’s hands travels through the animal’s energy pathways and enters their entire body. Reiki for pets is noninvasive and always keeps the animal safe. There is no need for physical contact, as the practitioner is simply transferring energy through their hands to the pet from a distance. This practice is very gentle, especially for pets who are fearful. By transferring energy from a distance, your pet can be relaxed doing their usual activities instead of dreading being touched by strangers. They can play or nap while the healing is being done. As a pet parent, you do not have to be at home, so the practice does not disrupt your daily routine.

Benefits of Distant Animal Reiki

Reiki strengthens the animal’s immune system and heals them after surgeries or if they are suffering from any illness. If the animal is stressed and anxious, Reiki can help animals relax and heal behavioral problems. Reiki also heals all kinds of pain in any part of their body and provides a lot of comfort for terminally ill pets and their parents. Reiki enhances a pet’s well-being and reinforces the bond between pets and their owners because of the transferring of love, kindness, and healing energy. Distant animal Reiki provides a higher energy level to give pets the strength they need for recovery. This practice is an excellent supplement to medical treatments and relieves all kinds of aches, allergies, and pains if they are injured.

Why Choose Distant Animal Reiki

Distance healing is a form of talking and listening to animals without getting too close where they might be afraid and unable to relax. The right practitioner will have the skills to listen and connect with your pet, even from afar. They can sense the problem and channel healing energy to the affected area of your pet’s body without scaring or exciting them.


What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotions are a critical source of information for learning.” — Joseph LeDoux

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence includes: the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions and recognizing, and understanding the emotions of others.

The purpose for developing emotional literacy is to precisely identify and communicate our feelings.

Features of Emotional Intelligence

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Empathy
  4. Motivation
  5. Social skill

1. Self-awareness

This can be defined as having the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values and drivers and understanding their impact on yourself and others.

2. Self-regulation

Self-regulation permits you to sensibly manage your emotions and impulses – you show or restrain certain emotions depending on what is necessary and helpful for the situation.  Self-control is a fundamental part of this, but other aspects relate to what you then do: whether you behave in a way which is recognized as ‘virtuous’ or not.

3. Empathy

To be empathetic means you are able to identify and understand others’ emotions i.e. imagining yourself in someone else’s position.

4. Motivation

Being self-motivated consists of: enjoying what you do, working towards achieving your goals and not being motivated by money or status.

5. Social Intelligence is the ability to be aware of the emotions of others, in the moment, and to use that information to manage our relationships. 

Five Ways to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence.

  1. Manage your negative emotions. If someone is upsetting you, don’t jump to conclusions. Instead, allow yourself to look at the situation in a variety of ways. Try to look at things objectively so you don’t get distressed as easily. 
  2. Be mindful of your vocabulary. Focus on becoming a stronger communicator. Emotionally intelligent people tend to use more specific words that can help communicate deficiencies, and immediately work to address them.
  3. Practice empathy. Centering on verbal and non-verbal cues can give you invaluable insight into the feelings of others. Practice focusing on others and walking in their shoes, even if just for a moment. Empathetic statements do not excuse unacceptable behavior, but they help remind you that everyone has their own issues.
  4. Know your stressors. Take stock of what stresses you, and be proactive to have less of it in your life.
  5. Bounce back from adversity. Everyone encounters challenges. It’s how you react to these challenges that either sets you up for success or puts you on the track to full on meltdown mode. You already know that positive thinking will take you far. To help you bounce back from adversity, practice optimism instead of complaining. What can you learn from this situation? Ask constructive questions to see what you can take away from the challenge at hand.

Benefits of Higher Emotional Intelligence

  • People with higher emotional intelligence find it easier to form and maintain interpersonal relationships and to ‘fit in’ to group situations.
  • People with higher emotional intelligence are also better at understanding their own psychological state, which can include managing stress effectively and being less likely to suffer from depression.