Sunny’s Tips for How To Read Tea Leaves

1) Have the person you are doing a reading for (the seeker) brew the tea.

2) Never use tea bags; use loose tea leaves instead. (Note: the bigger the tea leaf, the better the shape.)

3) Have the seeker place the loose tea leaves in a tea cup.

4) Next, have the seeker boil water in a teapot.

5) After the teapot’s whistle blows, have the seeker pour the water into the tea cup.

6) Now, have the seeker stir the tea with a spoon as it brews and set the spoon on a saucer when the tea is ready.

7) You (the seer) should watch carefully during this process. (Note: a skilled seer can interpret signs right from the start of the brewing process. For example, if any tea leaves spill it’s a good sign.)

8) Have the seeker drink the unstrained tea and think about exactly what it is they wish to know. When there is only a teaspoon of liquid left, have them stop.

9) Tell the seeker to hold the cup in his or her left hand and swish three times in a counterclockwise motion, then tip the cup upside down on the saucer, allowing the excess liquid to drain.

10) After all liquid is drained, have the seeker hand the cup to you the seer.

11) The seer takes the cup and holds it with the handle pointing toward the seeker, then studies the pattern of the tea leaves.

12) Start at the handle and work your way around the cup in a counterclockwise motion from the rim to the bottom.

13) Leaves to the left of the handle represent the past, and leaves to the right of the handle represent the future.

14) Leaves at the top of the cup near the rim represent the immediate future, while those at the bottom represent the distant future.

15) Tea leaves provide two sets of patterns. Images that appear in the white space are positive and good, while the images that appear in the tea leaves are negative and bad.

16) Now you are ready to read the tea leaves.

17) Write down what shapes you see in the tea leaf patterns.

18) There are too many tea leaf symbols to list here, but if you do a search on the internet for tea leaf symbols, a ton of sites will show up that list the shapes with their meanings. Have fun J

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DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert on reading tea leaves. There are many variations tea readers use. These tips were pulled from my research for the book and are simply meant for the reader’s entertainment.


Kari Lee Townsend lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, her three busy boys, and her oh-so-dramatic daughter, who keep her grounded and make everything she does worthwhile…not to mention provide her with loads of material for her books. Kari is a longtime lover of reading and writing, with a masters in English education, who spends her days trying to figure out whodunit. Funny how no one at home will confess any more than the characters in her mysteries!

                Kari writes fun and exciting stories for any age, set in small towns, with mystical elements and quirky characters. You can find out more about her on her website and also on the group mystery blog she cohosts, called Mysteries and Margaritas, at


TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery

In the fortune telling business there are a lot of pretenders, but Sunshine Meadows is the real deal—and her predictions can be lethally accurate…

Sunny is a big city psychic who moves to the quaint town of Divinity, NY to open her fortune-telling business in an ancient Victorian house, inheriting the strange cat residing within. Sunny gives her first reading to the frazzled librarian and discovers the woman is going to die. When the woman flees in terror, Sunny calls the police, only she’s too late. The ruggedly handsome, hard-nosed detective is a ”non-believer.” He finds the librarian dead, and Sunny becomes his number one suspect, forcing her to prove her innocence before the real killer can put an end to the psychic’s future.