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 “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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