Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
I am not sure I believe in fortune-telling. I believe we are the product of our intentions and mindfulness. But in great, great, stillness, the subconscious mind can see into the future–not so much as interpret one’s fate but to create a greater awareness and set the sail in the direction of possibilities. So, with the right mindset (and intentions) tea leaves can be read but for that matter so can clouds and sand. The world is in motion and if one is very still one can get an inkling of the direction of the forces. I am not sure I am entirely there yet in terms of inner development.
I just got back from a meditation workshop so I decided to give tassology a try. I drank my cup of tea in great quiet this morning, then I stared and stared at the shapes in my teacup (above). This is what I saw: a human pyramid!
My interpretation: Person #1 is standing on a rock and reaching out. Person #2 is holding Person#3 (a child) by the foot. The child (Person #3) has the other foot (long foot!) on Person#1’s head! The child (Person #3) is also being helped up on a ledge by Person #4 who morphs into a woman (Person #5) in a billowing skirt and a hat who is stepping out holding something (a gift?) in her hands. How very intriguing! Do I believe in any of this? Let’s put it this way, I am not questioning anything. I will keep open mind for now. But I do see hope and people helping me on the path. My guidance for the the day is to have the trust and innocence of a child and to allow others to help me on my journey. Of course, you may not see all (or any) of what I see! Tassology is entirely in the mind of the beholder.
Layla, the protagonist in my novel “Teatime for the Firefly” is born under an unlucky star but she uses her free will to shape her own destiny. You can read the synopsis and first chapter here.
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