CREATING YOUR OWN TEA READING PRACTICE
AN ANCIENT CRAFT INTERPRETED TO BRING INSIGHT AND CLARITY THIS FULL MOON.
Everyone has a different way of working with tea. In my experience and practice, tea reading has become more about developing intuition and self-reflection than premonitions of days to come. By tapping into yourself and the energy of what is happening around you, we can more clearly manifest and embrace what might be laying around the corner just out of sight.
before we begin:
Grab your favourite pot, filled with boiled water, and your most loved teacup (chips and all).
Start your practice by mindfully creating a space to sit and relax, somewhere you can daydream.
We created our sacred space with our favourite fabrics, near a window with a big old tree, surrounded by dried sprigs, crystals and warm flickering candlelight.
The craft of tea reading draws on so much more than just sipping your favourite blend. Beforehand, light your candles and put on your favourite record. Sit and be still for a few moments, thinking about all you have experienced in this half of the moon cycle and all you wish to release leading into the new moon.
With this reflective practice, it’s good to have a journal handy.
1. choose your loose leaf tea.
While black tea is the traditional choice, we selected a fragrant fusion blend of soothing chamomile, rose and lavender to symbolise the season.
2. prepare your tea as usual – sprinkle a pinch into your cup and fill with water, it’s important not to strain your tea, you want the leaves in there.
In making your tea, take three deep breaths and channel your energy into the cup. If you prefer, you can think of a question to ask of the moon while doing so.
3. let the tea brew for 3 minutes.
take this time to simply breathe and be.
once your tea is ready:
4. Sit and sip your tea.
still being present in the lingering moments.
This is where the practice begins to shape individually.
Some prefer to tip their cup upside down on a saucer, twist three times and reveal.
We did ours a little differently.
5. Sip down to the last few drops if you can. Place your teacup back down, close your eyes and with your hand turn the cup until it feels right to you.
Take notice of how the tea leaves have arranged themselves in your cup. using your intuition, sit and focus to find the imagery the tea leaves have left behind – do you see a wave, a star, a cloud, a tree, an animal or letter?
the most traditional way of reading leaves is from the top of the cup to the base – the rim representing the present, the sides the near future and the bottom the far future.
Jot down what you have found in this experience, what the messages mean to you and how you think they apply to your current path. While interpretations of the imagery can be found online, the best readings come when you feel it out for yourself. What is the moon telling you?
Sit with it for a while, pour another cup of tea and enjoy the space you have created for yourself.
If you have done this practice with a friend debrief with each other and get lost in your interpretations for a time.
Most of all, have fun with it, develop your intuition and check in with yourself every now and then.
Words & Photos: Britt Murphy