Tasseography…it's written in the tea leaves!

Is curiosity about your future prospects a bad thing? I think most of us would answer certainly not. And in the UK (excluding the almost universal obsession with astrology) we have several methods by which people are constantly trying to second-guess in which direction their future lies…

Reading tea leaves was originally performed in Asia and the Middle East, but today many Tasseography practitioners come from England, Scotland and Ireland. Although a small percentage of the British population truly believe in the “power of the leaves”, for most British people having their tea leaves interpreted is akin to palm reading or gazing into a crystal ball – fun but wildly inaccurate.

In the UK, tea leaf-reading is used as an aid to fortune-telling. You can usually find middle-aged (usually female) travelers sitting in brightly-coloured tee-pees at fairgrounds. For a fee, they will pour you a cup of tea and encourage you to drink it, until only the tea leaves are left in the bottom of the cup. The left over residue is said to leave shapes and figures, which can be interpreted in order to find out something about the drinker’s future fortunes. This interpretation is a very personal thing, dependent upon the fortune-teller, but there are several key concepts to abide by when reading tea-leaves. For example, acorns signify an improvement in health and strength, and the see saw, which predicts that unless you become more decisive, you will lose all future good opportunities that come your way.

Aside from staring into the bottom of tea cups and trying to predict the future, the other main future-predicting procedure involves one of our greatest monuments – Stonehenge. During the summer solstice, “new-age” people gather around the moment and partake in a communal dance, which is said to draw positive energy from the rocks and bring wisdom and fortune to the dancers.

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