Tea leaves have been used for ages for divination. It is important to use loose
tea leaves as tea leaves that are in tea bags are too finely ground to give clear
Make a pot of tea as you would normally, just allow the tea leaves to float freely
in the water. Pour the tea and enjoy it while you think about what question you would
like answered. Drink most of the tea until there is just a little tea
left in the cup. To drain the rest of the tea, swirl the tea around the cup 3
times and pour out the remaining tea into a saucer or slowly tilt the cup and
turn it 3 times while slowly turning the cup upside down to empty the tea.
To read the leaves, position the handle of the cup facing you. Anything to the
left of the handle is the past, anything to the right is in the future. If it is
closer to the rim it is closer to the present. The images formed are usually clear
and easy to decipher, just ensure that you take your first impression and not what
you wish to see.
There are numerous books on tea leaf symbols but here are a few to get you started:
face - friends fairy - romance on the way broom - new beginnings
child - innocence house - success purse - money insects - minor worries
birds - 2 or more good news or successful voyage comet - visitor from overseas
Smudges & Smudging
Smudging for the Season - Lughnasadh
Smudging can be used to bring in the new season and recognize the ancient rituals.
With the Lughnasadh/Lammas (August 1st) fast approaching, it is time to honour an ancient
Lughnasadh celebrates the first fruits of the harvest. It is a time of celebration
before the balance of the harvesting must be done. Lammas means "bread-mass";
symbolizing the first harvest of grains in August.
Gather outside in the open at noon. Smudge around the area where you will
gather. Smudge and cleanse each person as they enter within the area. Gather
together in a circle and clasp hands, with thumbs facing to the left. Ground yourselves
to the Mother Earth and give thanks for the fruitful first harvest. It is fitting
to meditate on what you wish to create into your life for the balance of the year
and to see what wishes and dreams need more energy, thought or passion.
It would be a fitting end to this ceremony to break bread and share fruit with
those gathered. Remember to give thanks to the Divine for the abundance given and
for the abundance yet to come.