A To Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “E”

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Welcome back! There are so many types of teas out there, that it can get a little bit confusing, especially when we are talking about black tea, and the nuances that make it different, so I decided to give you a short guide today:

Darjeeling Black tea is mild, delicate, fruity and light in flavor, and best drank without  milk. or even sugar. Always look for “First Flush”, to ensure highest quality

Keemun Black tea is more wine-like, often even called tabacco-like, and often the favorite of connisseurs. While it can be enjoyed without milk, or sugar, I prefer this one with both.

Assam black tea is the tea most of us know, considering that it is used for base of English breakfast tea, and many other tea blends on the market. Milk and sugar are a must.

Yunnan Black tea has a chocolate, nutty note to it. It is also known as pu-ehr tea. If you like chocolate, you should truly try this one.

But lets get back to our tea leaf symbol dictionary with today’s letter E!

Letter E:

Eagle: beneficial changes are ahead. Some of these might come from a move. A long hope or dream is more likely to become true. This symbol includes the possibility of an inheritance

Elephant: a lucky sign of good health, power and good fortune

Eggs: the birth of a new idea, adventure or child

Eyes: solving difficulties – also shows the true depth of a person’s character and their commitment to those whom they love

Eyeglasses: surprising turn of events in your favor

 

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A To Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “D”

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Hi, and welcome back to the A to Z Blogging Challenge – Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary! We are already at the letter D today, and I am having so much fun sharing this exciting info with you.  For some extra fun, I wanted to share with you a short list of other forms of divination, you might not have heard off. There are of course many more, but then this would become a little to long for a blog post. Enjoy!

ARITHMANCY or ARITHMOMANCY is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination is made through numbers and the number value of letters.

ASTRAGLOMANCY or ASTRAGYROMANCY is a form of divination by dice where the faces of the dice bear numbers and letters.


‘AUGURY
is the general term for the art of divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.

AUSTROMANCY is divination by the study of the winds.

AXIOMANCY is divination through the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.

BELOMANCY is an ancient form of divination performed by tossing or balancing arrows.

BIBLIOMANCY involves divination by books.

BOTANOMANCY is divination from burning tree branches and leaves.

CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a fire.

CATOPTROMANCY is an early form of crystal gazing that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.

CAUSIMOMANCY is divination from the behavior of objects placed in a fire.

 

But now, let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbols.

Letter D:

Dagger: this symbols has been interpreted to both mean favors from a friend as well as potential danger, with its distance from the person read for the deciding factor of how worrisome  that danger actually is. I personally find that in a reading this symbol should be considered a weapon and therefore as a warning, but not necessarily a physical danger.

Deer: a bad symbol for business ventures – the path you are taking mostly likely will lead to failure, adjustments are in order to calm the situation, or better yet a complete change in course direction

Dogs: this symbol should be read while considering what dogs mean to the person read for. If they are a dog person, this is generally a favorable sign, if they are afraid of dogs, than this speaks of their inner-most fears, fears that need to be overcome.

Best Toys for Active Dogs - ActiveDogToys.comDove: a lucky symbol, with a very personal message attached, comfort and hope, and for the business person this is a very fortunate omen. Look out for more guidance, maybe even from someone who has passed on, or is too far away to reach you in person. A messenger bird with a happy meaning.

Dragon: great and sudden changes with an element of disruption and possible danger

 

A To Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “C”

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Did you know that green tea can help you linder your allergy symptoms if you are drinking it daily? It does not matter if you use the caffeinated or decaf variety. And better yet, you can use this tea perfectly for practicing tea leaf reading!

Today’s letter is C. Enjoy!

Letter C

Camel: there are delays in your plans, which can get very frustrating, responsibility. If the camel is fully laden, this symbol can mean good fortune from a long distance away.

Cannon: good fortune – military and/or naval display and honor. This could indicate that someone you know who is in service will receive a promotion soon

Car: approaching wealth, visit from friends. This symbol has the same meaning as carriage.

Cart: waiting for a settlement when it comes to financial issues. A potentially long drawn out process.
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Castle: unexpected fortune or legacy, but only if the building is in good repair, otherwise it indicates marriage or relationship trouble.

Cat: difficulties caused by treachery, and the meanness of another person. Someone wishes you ill.

Cathedral: great harmony and success with those who are dearest to you. Also a symbol of prosperity within the home and family
Cattle: If you have business transaction you want to see this symbol as it speaks of success in your business endeavors, especially dealing with the financial area

Chain: chains symbolized binding yourself, committing yourself to someone completely, usually via an engagement or an actual marriage. If the chain is broken however it symbolizes a broken, even dysfunctional relationship.

Chair: with this symbol size and type matters in a reading. A rocking chair speaks of comfort in old age, a small chair speaks of the arrival of a child into the family, and a large chair speaks of an impending deliberation of a large plan that affects everyone in your household

 

Church: a symbol of honor, tradition and legacy, a good omen that brings with it a peace of mind. (Includes all houses of worship)

Circles: meaning of this symbol speaks of your circle of friends, and your circle of influence, also is a symbol of money and presents.

Clouds: whatever plans you had they are going to fail. Be cautious

Clover a very lucky sign, happiness and prosperity. At the top of the cup it will come quickly at the bottom of the cup it means less money or less distant

Coffin: not a good sign as it symbolizes the death or injury of someone in your circle of influence.

Comet: expect unusual and interesting events to occur in your life. The weather will play in your favor.

Compasses: your job may require you to do some travel, or you will switch to a job that entails more traveling

Cow: calmness – this symbol is a restful and peaceful one

Cross: there is trouble on the way, expect delays and roadblocks on the way to wherever you are trying to get to. Obstacles will appear. Be ready to adjust your path accordingly

Crown: you will attain your biggest ambition

 

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A To Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “B”

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Before I am starting with the letter B today, I wanted to share with you 22 Facts about Tea Leaf Reading:

22 Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

    1. Tasseography is also known as tasseomancy and tassology
    2. Tasseography works not only with tea leaves, but also with coffee grounds or wine sediments
    3. A skilled reader or diviner will combine the knowledge of standard symbolism with intuitive skills to come to a complete and comprehensive reading.
    4. While many readers prefer white or solid colored cups for reading tea leaves, some use specific cups, with special designs. Three examples of these are Zodiac cups, Playing Card cups and symbol cups.
    5. Due to the healing powers of various arts, Tasseomancy is a natural extension of the Healing Arts, and Kitchen Witchcraft
    6. Turkish coffee ground reading can never be read by the one asking questions, but must be read by someone else.
    7. You can use any loose leaf tea for reading tea leaves. It does not have to be black tea, it can also be that of an herbal variety.
    8. Some traditions prefer to swirl the tea leaves, others are taught not to swirl – either way creates an accurate readings, and is entirely up to the practitioner, their background and who taught them.
    9. Tea leaf readings are a short term reading – most readings see only into the future for about 1 year.
    10. An overwhelming negative reading usually is the manifestation of the person’s deep-rooted worries and fears, and should be read as that.
    11. One theory is that this form of divination is a form of psychometry – the psychic ability to read inanimate objects through clairvoyance.

  • Tea leave reading was introduced to Europe in the 1600 after tea became a very popular drink.
  • It is best to avoid very large tea leaves for reading, like gunpowder green tea, because they will cover the inside of the cup, and not create spaces and forms to interpret
  • You can sweeten your tea for the tea leaf reading as you usually would, just avoid using cream, because it will clump up the tea leaves.
  • Speaking of cream – a form of Tasseography used particularly in an area of Germany called “Ostfriesland”, is reading the cream “cloud” during their tea ritual. Only a special tea is used for this type of reading and ritual, as well as a special “cream spoon”. You can also read the cream cloud by adding it in coffee.
  • There is such a thing as tea leaf reading cards.
  • The only liquid that needs to be left in the cup for the reading is about one teaspoon full. The rest is drunk by the person read for.
  • If you do choose to swirl your tea, do it three times, counter-clockwise
  • The initial impressions are usually the most correct ones
  • The handle is an important part of reading tea leaves – it indicates details such as timeframe, if a situation is leaving or entering someone’s life, and represents the person the reading is done for.
  • You should never read more than one time a day for yourself, actually most people should not read more often than once a week for themselves, in order to not get your readings confused and being contradicting what you read before
  • The more specific your question is, the more likely you will get a clear answer. Both the reader and the diviner should concentrate on the question in unison.

 

And now it is time to continue with our dictionary:

Letter B:

 

Badger: If you are not married, you will have a long life filled with happiness, as a single person. If you are married, you will regret that you have not made the decision to have stayed single.

Basket: Family, a new person or animal to take care off. Living in a family unit. You have taken on the role as a caregiver, or will do so in the near future.

Bat: (the animal) Pay attention to those in your care, as this is not a good omen regarding your household. Prevent any misfortune by tending to them now. Make sure you let those you love, know how much you care for them, while you have a chance.

Bear: a long period of travel, most likely toward North or colder climates.

Birds: our winged friends tend to bring good news, by themselves news will arrive soon, if they are sitting in a row, these new will take some time to unfold. Birds in a cage however means that there are obstacles you have to remove first in order option those good news you are longing for.

Boat: a boat in itself brings the news of impending friends arrival, if seen with rough seas, trouble is coming your way.

Bouquet: one of the luckiest symbols: great friends, success, happy marriage. Reunions with long lost friends and the reversal of estranged relationships are very likely to appear.

Bridge: there is an opportunity on its way! If you are about to travel your journey will be favorable.

Building: something or someone is about to be removed out of your life. Or you are removing yourself from a situation. This does not always mean negative. Sometimes we have to let go off a situation, person or circumstance to move forward. Now would be that time.

Bull: a rather negative symbol. Watch out for potential trouble to keep it under control

Bush:  You are about to receive an invitation that will excite you.

Butterfly: butterfly are creatures of a passing pleasure, but rather inconstant and flighty. So if you are flirting with someone at the moment, it is not meant to become anything more. Save yourself some heartache and move on.

 

A To Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “A”

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Welcome to the A to Z Challenge for April 2016! My theme for this year is Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary – yes, I know this is a mouthful. I find tea a wonderfully fascinating beverage that is a part of many aspects of my life for me – healing, enjoyment, divination, meditation and ritual. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me, as I bring to you a little bit of information I hope you can find useful.

Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary:

Letter A:

Abbey: An abbey is a favorable sign, declaring a freedom from anxiety and a peace of mind.  You are questions, or to get out of sticky situation, then this symbol will mean that help is on its way.

Acorn: Acorns are (as are the trees from which they derive from) a symbol of strength and perseverance. While your endeavor might grow slow and steady, rather than in a quick suggestion, it will be a lasting success from which you and people in the future can benefit from. Because Acorns are the seeds from which the tree will spring from, it also means that you are still in the beginning stages of your adventure, so be patient, and steady.

Aircraft: If it pointing toward you, then an unexpected news or an unexpected travel is on the horizon, If it points away from you, then there is likely to be no favorable movement in the situation, proceed with caution

Anchor: An anchor is an overall positive sign. You are in the right place at the right time at this very moment, exactly where you are supposed to be. Take a close look around you to find opportunities and hidden opportunities in your present situation

Angel: Angel are the messengers of love and joy. Always embrace the Angel symbol. If you see this symbol showing up in many locations besides this reading, you should be more open to guidance, the Universe is  trying to get your attention.

Apes: someone has a hidden agenda in your life. Watch out for those who are manipulative and deceitful.

Apples: apples are great sign to see in your tea leaf readings. They point to steady health, happiness and fortune. The apple contains within the pentacle, the symbol of magick, making it a powerful fruit that despite its general appearance holds a powerful punch. So do not be deceived by what might look like a simple occurrence, it might make the difference you have been looking for.

Apple tree:  apple trees indicate a chance for the better.

Arc: a very protective symbol. It signifies the love protection and care of someone who is really deeply connected with you. You are cared for.

Arrow: be aware of the arrows direction in your reading. Unpleasant news might be on their way – usually from the direction the arrow is pointing at

Axe: You have the power to overcome any difficulties that stand in your way if you are willing to put in the effort needed.

Throughout this series, I will be teaching you a little bit at a time about how to do a reading, what is important to remember when receiving a reading, and just general information about tea, and the related subjects. I hope you will stay with me throughout the entire journey.

I am blessed to have you as my readers.

Claudia

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A To Z April Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

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Today, is the great theme reveal for next month’s A to Z Blogging Challenge! If you are asking yourself what I am talking about, then it is time for me to direct you toward the wonderful organizers of this month-long blogging event, that happens every year for more information. But if you want the condensed form of what I am talking about, its if the following.

For the month of April – with the exception of Sunday’s – participants pledge to blog about something, corresponding with the day’s letter, starting at A, working ourselves through the entire alphabet. Participants sign up here, and either decide to blog about random things that come to mind, or choose a theme.

Which brings me to today. Those of us who are choosing a theme, post a little bit about our chosen subject today. So, I am going to get right to it:

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Yup, I will write for the  entire month about Tea-leaf reading symbols, tea rituals, and related information. No worries to my regular readers, who might not be  interested in the subject, I plan on continuing my usual posting, in addition to the A to Z blogging challenge – even if that means I have to do double work.

Here is the schedule for each day of the A to Z Challenge, and it’s corresponding letter:

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So are you planning on joining us for this adventure? If you are, are you choosing a theme this year? For those of you who are participating, leave your blog link in the comment section, so I can come visit you throughout the challenge!

See you soon!

Claudia

 

Time To Prep For The A to Z Blogging Challenge!

My A to Z Challenge Topic for 2016

Are you participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge? If you have no idea what I am talking about, check out this website for more information on the Blogging Challenge for the month of April, that has many bloggers preparing ahead of time, contemplating their subject matter, and looking forward to connecting with the many (hundreds ) of bloggers participating each year.

In this challenge, we are called to write something about a particular letter of the alphabet starting with of course A and working ourselves through to Z. Not everyone chooses a topic, in my first two years of participating I did not either, but I began to do so last year, and will again this year.

Last year my  topic was Herbs and Spices, because of the release of my book “Mixing Spices”

This year, because I am working on a book about tea and mindfulness, I chose the topic “Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary”.

Every single day of the month of April, (minus Sundays, because we all take a break on Sundays for this challenge), I will be posting a few symbol meanings specifically for Tea Leaf Reading, including some tips and suggestions on how you work your own tea leaf reading sessions. I will also talk about symbolism in general and how this dictionary will relate to divining dreams as well, with a few tweaks and considerations.

 

I am so excited about this entire project. And because I love you guys and you all have been such amazing partners throughout this blogging journey for me, I am giving away the entire series at the end of the month as a PDF – just to say thank you.  There are more freebies to come in the coming weeks, so if you like free stuff (and who does not), come back often.

Oh, and for those of you who are not interested in Tea Leaf Reading and Tea, I will continue to post my regular stuff, like marketing tips for creative people, some design updates,  book reviews, motivational stuff, giveaways and product reviews.

A to Z Tea Leaf Reading April Blogging Challenge

After all, as a brand ambassador, NetGalley reviewer and a designer, I cannot and am not willing to neglect my regular duties, because of a mere challenge.

I am so looking forward to the crazy business.

At the end, an extended version of the PDF, which contains the  challenge content  will be made available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Blessings!

P.S. Don’t forget to stock up on Tea!

Celebrate The Small Things – Writing Edition

This week’s gratitude list includes a lot of things about writing.
First of all, I am grateful that I was able to plan out some blog posts for the next few weeks on topics I am interested in sharing with you. Because I am writing now for three sites (my design blog, my motivation/inspirational blog, and this one), the topics range from staying motivated even when time to follow your dreams are limited, to  some exciting features and interviews with artists and creatives which are writers, print on demand artists or  otherwise interesting people who are putting their creativity out there.
I am grateful that I had a chance to connect with them all and am happy to be of service to them while sharing their talent with the rest of the world.
I am grateful that we are living in the US, where it is okay to express ourselves through our creativity with an amount of freedom that is not granted in many parts of the world. Many bloggers, writers, journalists, and artists are jailed, disappear or were killed for their art. We can express ourselves safely and openly. For that, I am grateful.
I am grateful for the creative writers that work on the television shows that are coming our way this season. We are entertained by their wit, and sometimes depth, as they make us forget for a short while our own lives and emerge ourselves into the lives of their creation. Making television shows “take a village”, and I am awed by their talent.
Oh, and I am grateful that this morning the internet is back on. Had a little problem with the connection but the cable company came out and fixed it. Very grateful for those helpful people!
What are you grateful for this week? I am looking forward to connecting with you – and if you have not joined in with this wonderful group of bloggers, you really should – just simply add yourself to the blog hop list on our hosts – Lexa Cain’s – blog, and we will make sure we will stop by!
Have a great week!
Claudia

Bring Your Style Home

Authenticity, Book Promotions And Sticking With My Own Darn Voice

The mask

looking honestly
at authentic reflection
taking off the mask

Have you ever done or written something because you think it would be what is expected? Something that might make for a good promo, but is absolutely not you? And has it left you with the same hollow feeling than it does when you go to regular nine to five, a feeling of obligatory motion, but no authentic connection?

That is how I have been feeling writing the A to Z challenge this month. Not the content, I love the content of herbs and spices, but I wrote all of these parts a few weeks ago, long before this challenge started. I wrote it in conjunction with my book, when it felt right, when it felt powerful.

But I do not think about spices every day. Once I make myself a mason jar filled with the mixtures I need, I pretty much forget about them. There are other things to think about. Like creating stories through words or images.

So copying and pasting the individual herbs for you here was a motion I went through, thinking about the result of it being a good book promo. And it bored me to death. Instead of showing you my face, my authentic self, I gave you what I thought was the right thing to do.

Well, guess what, it wasn’t. And it stops today. I will write again whatever feels right at the moment, allowing you to hear me speak through a day’s event, a thought about a book, an uplifting message. I abandoned the ship of A to Z Challenge and offer you instead, that if you want to read that guide, you can subscribe to me, and I will send it to you. Free, all of it, in a few days. No strings attached. We both benefit from that much more than if I continue to bore myself and my readers.

I think, I will benefit you more this way. Benefit you, by sharing a story as it develops, write about what moves me, shakes me, scares me, rather than give you something in a neat little-themed box.

Don’t get me wrong, I see the merit in a challenge like the A to Z Challenge. I just don’t see the merit in it for this space. And hope to give you something more valuable in return. Authenticity.

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Saffron – An A to Z Challenge Post

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S is for Saffron:

A to Z Challenge: Saffron
The world’s most expensive spice, this highly valued culinary addition is so powerful that only a few strands are needed to flavor and color an entire dish. Most imported saffron originates from Spain. The ground variety loses its flavor and is often not real saffron.

Matches well with: risotto, soup, tomatoes, mussels, paella and rice

Healing properties: effective in treating mild Alzheimer’s, appetite suppressor, anti-depressant

Magical Properties: healing, love, and to control the weather. Keep saffron sachets in your home to bring happiness. 

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my book “Mixing Spices: A Flavorful Guide To Creating Awesome Herb And Spice Mixes” available on Amazon now.