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Now that we talked about tea and tea leaf reading for almost an entire month, I want to share with you some books on the subject you might find interesting. I have separated them by books specifically about Tasseomancy, and those about tea in a more general form. Enjoy
Tea Leaf Reading Books (Tasseomancy)
Tea Leaf Reading: A Divination Guide for the Bottom of Your Cup by Dennis Fairchild – a short and sweet guide, packed with information
Tea Leaf Reading For Beginners: Your Fortune in a Tea Cup by Caroline Dow – a great book for beginners on the subject.
Tea-Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves, by a Highland Seer – the classic of all Tea Leaf Reading Books
Books About Tea:
20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak – this book is all about healing and wellness
The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas by Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss – a guide to traditional, and not so traditional teas from around the world, very thorough
Today’s tea leaf reading letter is T! What a great way to end the week (remember there will be no A to Z Challenge post on Sunday).
Table: this symbol speaks of a consolation you are giving or have been given. Take a close look at the signs around it, to get more details about that consultation
Tea Cup with Saucer: A pleasant conversation is about to occur, trust your intuition as you are about to hear a very positive “fortune”, that works out in your favor.
Tennis Net: Enjoyable connection via activities
Telephone: Pay attention to your forgetfulness, it can get you into trouble
Toads: Symbols of deceit. Someone is trying to hide information from you. This is a sign of an intent of harm against you (not physical but in the area of reputation)
Tongue: You have said some hurtful words in the past, and you should heed to make them right, and ask for forgiveness.
Torch: a positive and hopeful symbol that speaks of bringing light upon a subject that has bothered you before. Unexpected fortune and fame can also be on its way. Things are about to change
Tunnel: you are about to make a decision that is not wise
Have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday!
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Happy Belated Earth Day!
Keeping ourselves healthy, and taking care of the planet can be achieved by being very selective about what we eat. I have written before about the reasons why raw vegan dishes are a great option for everyone, even if you are not going fully raw, or even fully vegan. During my search for recipes, I have come across quite a few wonderful blogs, 6 of which I want to share with you today. Enjoy!
Julie’s Raw Ambition – A beautiful blog, filled with recipes and some tips, like her recent post on gardening. Well written, and very informative.
Raw Loulou – There are a lot of recipes to explore – and I mean a lot, from breakfast to snacks, you name it, you can find it here.
The Rawtarian – looking for more than just recipes, but a community who is willing to teach you how to explore this way of eating? Then the Rawtarian is right for you. There are beautifully photographed recipes of course, but there is so much more, so I would suggest that you make some time to dive into this great and large site.
Awesome To Be Rawesome – confused by some of the ingredients that are asked for in vegan and or raw cooking? Check out Awesome To Be Rawesome for tips on how to use these ingredients to their fullest, and also join a community of people who are interested in the same. A great place to find advice and also wonderful recipes.
Raw On 10 – food and wellness – this beautiful site showcases how food can heal you, and that on a budget. What is not to love!
Sweetly Raw – the site for raw vegan desserts. If you have a sweet-tooth, like I do, you really should check out this beautiful site. Imagine eating decadent sweets, that are actually good for you? Oh, yeah!
Feeling overwhelmed by all of the tools and gadgets you might need to make raw foods? Actually, you only need two to make most of the recipes you see on the above blogs. I highly recommend getting a high-speed blender (such as the Vitamix), and a good table top spiralizer.
While handheld spiralizers are fine for small jobs, I suggest getting a table top spiralizer. My favorite one is the Briefton 5 Blade spiralizer, which makes everything from curly fries (when not eating raw), to zucchini pasta (for those raw days). My favorite feature is how easy is is to clean – the entire thing is dishwasher safe, which is wonderful. It is quite big, once assembles ( the machine needs some assembling before your first use, but it is easy to put together – if I can do it, you can), but not big enough to be a nuisance. I would not want to be without it. But, as a parent I should warn you – this is not a kids toy – the blades are very sharp. Kids should be used to handling machines with sharp parts before using this spiralizer, and should be supervised.
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Only a few more posts left until the end of the April Blogging Challenge. For those of you who also took on this tasks, what was the hardest thing so far to stick with your theme, and posting every day? Will you do it again, next year? I am hoping to participate again, then again it is hard to plan ahead that far with certainty.
Let’s get back to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary:
Sack: an unexpected event will turn out most fortunate
Saddle: The trouble you had will resolve itself in your favor
Saucepan: you will need all the courage you can get to overcome the test ahead
Scales: Legal proceedings are on the horizon
Seagulls: these birds are a sign of an incoming storm.
Shell: You may not expect any fortune from the direction it is coming from, but be grateful in any case.
Shoes: Things are about to change for the better
Want to know more about symbolism? You can find books about the symbolism here.
Good to have you back for another day of Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary – A To Z Blogging Challenge Eddition. As usual I do not just talk about the symbols but want to also mention other interesting tea facts. I predict that you will find these just as interesting as I do.
My favorite herbal tea is Peppermint tea. It’s leaves, when brewed loose are a perfect match for Tea Leaf Reading. But it also holds plenty of health benefits, that make this tea not only delicious but an important staple in anyone’s household. Simply place one heaping spoonful of the dried leaves into your favorite cup, fill with hot water, and strain (unless you are using the leaves for a reading) after 6 minutes. Sweeten to taste.
Here are a few examples of Peppermint tea has to offer:
A word of caution: Some people are allergic to this and other herbs. If you are prone to allergies to herbs, consult your health care professional before drinking this tea. Also, as always the information given in this blog is for educational purposes only. See disclaimer page for details.
Let’s get to our Tea Leaf Reading Symbol Dictionary:
Padlock: Is it open? That is a positive sign, it means a happy surprise. Closed? Be careful and take precautions.
Palace: Wealth and abundance are on the way
Palm Trees: A symbol of increased wealth, fortune and honor. There might even be some fame and recognition involved.
Parrots: It looks like you might have some travel outside of the country on the horizon. But there could also be some gossip surrounding you that is not all favorable, so be on the watch out for rumors.
Pears: You are receiving good news, and are able to advance in life. One pear means an addition to the family of some kind.
Piano: You are making the most out of what is given to you, and that is a good thing. Keep on doing that.
Pig: A successful symbol specifically in the realm of gardening, agriculture and related fields. There might be an unexpected amount of money coming your way.
Potato: Patience is needed.
Purse: Watch your belongings. Warning of possible burglary or theft.
I hope you enjoyed today’s dictionary.
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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
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!
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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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)
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:
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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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.
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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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:
- In Russia tea was traditionally prepared in a samovar, which is a heated metal container that keeps it warm for hours.
- Ireland is the first nation of tea drinkers per capita, Britain is the second.
- A tea plant needs at least 50 inches of rain each year
- It takes 12 years for a tea plant to be able to produce seeds
- If not harvested, a tea plant can grow up to 52 feet tall
- Over half of the tea brewed in the US is made from tea bags – about 65 %.
- Black tea contains tannic acid, which can remove warts
- In order to appear that they are drinking whiskey, Actors usually get watered down black tea, which looks very similar.
- The first book about tea comes from China, and was written in 780, and is called The Classic of Tea.
- Black, Green, Oolong, Dark and White teas come from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis.
- High tea originated with the working class British, who would return home at 6pm for dinner that always included strong tea
- 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.
- 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.
- Chinese call black tea “red tea”.
- The best-selling tea brand in the world is Lipton.
- 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.
- Tea only contains about half as much caffeine as coffee
- The only places were tea are grown in the US are a small island off the Coast of South Carolina, and also Hawaii
- Celestial Seasonings adds soy lecithin to your tea products, which is not good for those who are allergic to this unnecessary ingredient.
- 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.
- Pickled tea is a delicately in Burma.
- 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
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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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!
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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