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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.
(Disclosure: I have received the Briefton 5 Blade spiralizer for free in return for an honest and unbiased review).
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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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(Disclaimer: I was given Organic Matcha by Kiss Me Organics for free in return for an honest, and unbiased review).
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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