Monday, December 17, 2007

Tasseography: Tea Cup Fortune Telling

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.The terms derive from the French word tasse (cup), which in turn derives from the Arabic tassa (cup), and the Greek suffixes -graph, -logy, and -mancy (divination).

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Tasseography has probably been around as long as there has been tea - over five thousand years. Tasseography probably had its origins in ancient China. The Chinese would often read the dredges of their cups for symbols, omens or unusual patterns.
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Just as psychological analysis grew prodigiously during the Victorian era, tasseography became popularized as a parlor game. But the practice distinguishes itself from amorphic fortune telling, mystical, occult or other magical activities. Specifically, tasseography is not an application of magic, but rather a tool for tapping into the subconscious by applying meditation to pattern recognition and symbolism.

My 9 year old daughter, Maya and I started reading each others cups after Hot Chocolate. She's actually very good at it! All you need is an open mind and a nice white cup. There are different methods for reading so I suggest doing a little research. I found quite a few sites that posted interpretation of symbolism. Check out this tea set for two below. Gorgeous, fine Japanese porcelain has tea leaf reading hints inscribed on the inside of the cups, and the saucers bear a handy dictionary of symbols and their meanings. Two oval cups, accompanied by lovely rounded-oblong saucers.

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And I love this design...inspired by the classic turkish coffee telling, wong and co-conspirators have produced a series of cups and saucers with fortunes suspended in time in 22 Kt gold. available in 3 styles of cups.

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Lutheran Lucciola said...

You have a visually nice great-grandmother used to do the tassa, too.

Lady Lavona said...

Thank you! My Nana (great-grandmother) was a Fortune Teller too! She read palms and playing cards!

Rosario Mata said...

Great blog. I am very interested in Coffee Cup Readings and just started looking at blogs on this topic. I have a site that has great prices and a section for "Recommendations for Turkish Cup Readings" that have supplies such as cups, coffees, pots, books, spoons etc . Any suggestions or recommendations to add to my site are truly appreciated.
New York City