My parents and grandparents were in the habit of drinking a cup of tea after the evening meal. I can remember my grandmother making comments about reading the tea leaves, but since they used tea bags I don’t know that there was much to see at the bottom of their cups. I don’t remember any predictions being made much less coming eerily to fruition.
Tasseography is the divination of symbolic patterns arranged by tea leaves — or sometimes coffee grounds or wine sediment — in the bottom of a cup. The practice was common in Asia, the Middle East, and Ancient Greece.
Seriously? Well, symbolism theories have been around in the study of psychology for a long time. It may be a way for a contemplative sort of individual to get in touch with the subconscious.
I have no experience or training in the reading of tea leaves. However, I was drinking a cup of herbal tea for breakfast and I saw this:
That’s clearly a happy face. It started my day with a smile anyway.