Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary – Letter L – An A To Z Blogging Challenge Post

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Matcha tea might be completely useless for tea leaf reading, but should be mentioned here anyway, not just because it
seemed to be a very trendy tea at the moment, but because it is rightfully so. With multiple health benefits, this green
powder is a powerhouse of the teas.

Here are just some of the health benefits of this tea. 

1. Improves mental alertness and clarity
2. Detoxifying
3. increases strenght of immune system
4. prevents and assists in bacterial, fungal and viral infections
5. assists with cardiovascular health
6. energy booster.

(Disclaimer: I am legally required to mention that Matcha tea has not been approved to treat any aillments by the FDA. Check with your health care professional for details)

What is exactly is Matcha Tea anyway?

Grown from the shade-grown tea leaf known as tencha, this green tea is powdered, and gets added to hot water while whisking it, creating a frothy type of beverage. Originally used for health purposes only, during it’s original time in China,
Japanese Monks realized the power of this wonderful tea, and cultivated the production of this type of green tea.

A word of caution
Matcha tea contains caffein, and also has been known to cause allergic reaction in some sensitive people. Also people with hypothyroidism should stay away from Matcha tea (as well as all black and green teas) due to its fluriod content.
Let’s get back to our daily dose of Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary! Today’s letter is L. Enjoy!

Letter L:

 

Ladder: Advancement. You are climbing up the ladder. Slow but steady process toward the successful end goal you are seeking.

Lamb: A surprising success is on its way. If you were doubting your path, it will become clear soon.

Lantern: A light shining through troubled times. Better times are on its way, just keep on going.

Leaves: Leaves speak of prosperity, as a result of your hard work and self-discipline. New connections and friends are on their way.

Leg: A motion forward.

Lettuce: Depression, and lack of energy

Lighthouse: A good sign of guidance, and reassurance. If the lighthouse is broken, do not trust the advice that was given to you – as there are troubled waters on the horizon.

Lightning: check out the location of the lightning in the cup. If it is anywhere but the bottom, it indicates bad weather, if it is on the bottom of the cup it indicates property and personal damage due to weather. Next to a human figure means that electrical problems and dangers are related to that person.

Lion: A very positive symbol of prosperity and power. You are about to enter a positive season of your life. If you are looking for recognition, it is on its way.

 

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A to Z Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Symbols – Letter K

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Do you know the origin of iced tea?  According to legend, Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, was put in charge of the tea pavilion during the St. Louis Fair, in 1904 . Unfortunately, in planning for the Fair, he never considered the potential impact of weather. When Mother Nature produced a blistering summer day, cups of hot tea were not a popular item with the fairgoers. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea cold in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success, and iced tea was born.

If you are a fan of iced tea, you should try this variation of the classic iced drink. Enjoy!

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

Refreshing Citrus Green Iced Tea

2 cups of prepared green tea 

3 tablespoons of honey or your favorite sweetener

500 ml (2 cups) of fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice 

A sprig of fresh lemon balm to garnish – if desired 

Ice cubes 

 

Sweeten the prepared green tea with honey, and allow to cool completely. Add the grapefruit juice to the tea in a large pitcher. Add ice cubes to 4 tall glasses, and fill with tea. Top with a little piece of lemon balm if desired. Serve immediately. A variation of this that works well is using orange juice instead of grapefruit. 

Let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary! Today’s letter is the letter K!

Letter K:

Kettle: Health problems may be on the horizon. Also a sign of possible other trouble being on the way. Be cautious

Keyhole: You have someone untrustworthy around you. Watch your back

King on a Throne: Steadfastness, security, and overall peace. A sign that there is a potential promotion to a high value position in the works.

Knives: One knife indicates a sign of unpleasantness while multiple knives indicate deeper danger that needs to be watched out for. Not necessarily of the physical kind, this could also indicate a financial disaster or a personal one.

 

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “J”

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Hi and welcome back!

Today, I want to share with you a Chai Tea recipe that is my favorite. While chai tea is widely available in tea bags, there is nothing better than the home made variety. Also, you can adjust the ratio of the ingredients to fit your needs, once you got a feel for the base recipe.

Chai Tea Recipe: (for one pot of tea)

Chai TeaRecipe

6 cups of water

4 cups of milk

6 cardamon seeds

4 pieces of cloves

1 tablespoon of fennel seeds

1 tablespoon of anise

1 cinnamon stick

½ teaspoon of freshly minced ginger

4 tablespoons of your favorite loose black tea

6 tablespoons of honey

Place all ingredients, except milk and tea into a pot and slowly heat it to simmer. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and softly simmer the mixture for another 5 minutes. Add the black tea, allow it to come to a boil, remove from heat, and allow the mixture to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain through a “screen”, and sweeten as desired. Serve hot.

A wonderful variety of this tea (which I prefer for breakfast), is to make it with green tea. Follow the same instructions, but allow the green tea to steep for 3 minutes only.

Time to get back to the Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary! Today’s letter J was not very easy to compile. There happens to be not too many symbols that begin with this letter. Here are the two that I found:

Letter J:

Jam: this symbol cautions you not to waste your resources and time. Don’t make any over the top decisions or spending ventures. Be conservative for the time being.

Jug: A good sign that indicated health, and overall well-being. Also a financial good omen.

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April A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary “H”

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Of course, you love tea in all of its glory – no matter if it is the traditional black tea, the healthy green tea, or the
versatile herbal tea. But do you know exactly how long you should steep your tea for optimal taste and effect?
Let me share some information about tea steeping times with you, right now!

1. Black Tea
Black tea should steep from 3 to 5 minutes. A tea steeped for 3 minutes is rather stimulating while a tea steeped for 5 minutes is calming. If you steep black tea any longer than 5 minutes, then the brew becomes bitter.

2. Green Tea
Green Tea should not steep longer than two minutes, to allow the more delicate tea to truly become delightful. After 3 minutes the tea becomes very bitter. In order to assure the highest flavor do not burn the tea leaves with boiling water, rather allow the water to rest a minute after boiling before adding the tea leaves. Too hot water will also make it bitter.

 

3. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea can be steeped a little longer – 5 to 8 minutes. 10 minutes is the standard for infusions, and teas drank for
health purposes only. If you are simply wanting to enjoy a cup of herbal tea 5 to 8 minutes are sufficient.

4. Fruit tea
After bringing the water to a full boil, allow the fruit tea to steep 6 to 8 minutes to reach its full effect. This is only
recommended for full fruit teas, not fruit/black or fruit/green tea blends. For blends use the steeping time recommended for
the tea type that the fruit is mixed with.

Now, it is time to return to our tea leaf reading symbol dictionary.

Letter H:

Hammer: those little tasks you do not like to take care of are piling up. Do not disregard them, otherwise they will overwhelm you. You tend to procrastinate the little stuff

Hand: a good sign. Potential connection with a new brotherhood or deeper friendship, that lasts for a long time.

Handcuffs: there is trouble on the horizon, without any movement toward getting better. Time to face the consequences of past action

Hat: hats are a good sign that speak of overall success, in rare cases a visitor might show up soon, who brings good news.

Hedge: be persistent in overcoming the obstacles on the way, they are worth the work at the end

Hens: domestic discomfort. This symbol is always centered around the home. Money worries and marriage quarrels are indicated

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Tea Leaf Reading Symbols. I will not  be posting tomorrow, as the A to Z Challenge takes Sunday’s off, but I am looking forward to connecting with you again on Monday with the next letter.

 

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary Letter G

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Hi, and happy Friday! Friday’s – before this April Blogging Challenge started, used to be reserved for gratitude on this blog. So I am going to take advantage of this sentiment, and say that I am grateful for you reading my series, and for being a part of this larger blogging community! Thank you

I have compiled a list of interesting facts about tea for your today. 22 Facts to be exact. I wonder how many of those you know. Let me know which of these surprised you the most:

22 Facts about Tea

  1. In Russia tea was traditionally prepared in a samovar, which is a heated metal container that keeps it warm for hours.
  2. Ireland is the first nation of tea drinkers per capita, Britain is the second.
  3. A tea plant needs at least 50 inches of rain each year
  4. It takes 12 years for a tea plant to be able to produce seeds
  5. If not harvested, a tea plant can grow up to 52 feet tall
  6. Over half of the tea brewed in the US is made from tea bags – about 65 %.
  7. Black tea contains tannic acid, which can remove warts
  8. In order to appear that they are drinking whiskey, Actors usually get watered down black tea, which looks very similar.
  9. The first book about tea comes from China, and was written in 780, and is called The Classic of Tea.
  10. Black, Green, Oolong, Dark and White teas come from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis.
  11. High tea originated with the working class British, who would return home at 6pm for dinner that always included strong tea
  12. According to Chinese Legend, the servants of Emperor Shen Nong where purifying water by boiling it, when leaves from the tea bush fell into the water. It was at that time considered as a tonic and health drink.
  13. The most expensive tea in the world is fertilized by Panda waste. It is grown in Ya’An, China, and cost about 200 dollars a cup of tea.
  14. Chinese call black tea “red tea”.
  15. The best-selling tea brand in the world is Lipton.
  16. Tea bags were invented in the US by accident, when customers placed sample silk bags into water, instead of emptying their contents, as it was intended.
  17. Tea only contains about half as much caffeine as coffee
  18. The only places were tea are grown in the US are a small island off the Coast of South Carolina, and also Hawaii
  19. Celestial Seasonings adds soy lecithin to your tea products, which is not good for those who are allergic to this unnecessary ingredient.
  20. In Russia, India and many other places, Chai means tea, so don’t order chai tea there, they will look at you funny. Instead order Masala Chai.
  21. Pickled tea is a delicately in Burma.
  22. Dampened tea leaves make a great mosquito repellant.

Enjoyed reading these facts? Some are rather strange, aren’t they? Now let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary, with the letter G

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Geese: Geese always warn of unexpected visitors or unrest. Consider yourself warned

Giraffe: Watch what you are saying your words can have a unexpected and negative effect on situations, if you are using them carelessly.

Goat: the new adventure you are about to embark on, has some risk. Not a good sign for someone who is in the Navy or works on water

Grapes: this symbol showcases a time of enjoyment and leisure, time to enjoy the success you have earned

Guitars: a sign that there is a potential attraction in play. Maybe it is time for an exciting new relationship or a new deeper passionate phase in the current one.

Gun: A sudden change that is not for the better. Be aware, and take a close look at all of the other symbols that show up during this reading.

I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day!

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Tea Leaf Reading Dictionary: F – An A to Z Challenge Blog Post

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Welcome back! Nice to have you here on my blog. Today, I want to talk to you about sweets and tea. Yes, those delightful little treats that make tea time even more interesting. I have found a book for you, that combines both the love for tea, and love for sweet treats. It is called Tea and Cookies: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Tea – With Dozens of Delectable Recipes of Teatime Treats by Rick Rodgers. If you like making your own treats and want to create them to fit with your new love, tea – or offer these during a tea leaf reading – you should check it out here.

 

 

 

My personal favorite sweets  with tea, when I do not have the time to bake are these delightful French chocolate madeleines, which are delicate and sweet, and fit perfect with any cup of tea. What are your favorite treats to eat with tea?

Now that we are all hungry, we can get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary. Today’s letter is “F”. Enjoy!

 

Letter F:

Falcon: be warned, you have an enemy you might not be aware of. Pay attention!

Feathers: depends on the size of the feather: Large feathers symbolize prosperity and success, if you are an author that means literary success, small feathers means that you need to meet your fears with courage

Fence: You are very close to making to success, once you overcome this one last hurdle

Finger: a symbol that asks you to pay extra close attention to the other symbols in the current reading

Flags: warns you of danger ahead – potential unrest in the country you are in, or about to travel to

Foot: the beginning of a journey

Fork: be warned, those who flatter you on a consistent basis have alternative motives that are not in your favor

Fox: you have an unexpected enemy

Frog: time to change your residence! Also, could mean that there is a change in job in order.

Fruit: generally speaking fruit is a positive sign that shows prosperity and furthering in your goals

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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.

 

Quassia – An A to Z Challenge Post

Q

Q is for Quassia

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Quassia or Jamaican wood is often added to sodas and bitters, but should be approached with caution. While it has been used as a digestive and to treat anorexia, it has reduced fertility in animal studies.

Used as a contact insecticide as well (which makes you second guess drinking a soda containing this stuff). It is also effective in killing mosquito larvae in ponds, while not harming the fish.

This post was a part of the A to Z Blogging challenge. If you have not checked out some of the wonderful bloggers who are participating, you have missed out. Find them here and on Twitter under the hashtag #AtoZChallenge, and send them some love!

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