Monday, 8 June 2015
Review: Cup of Destiny - Tea-Leaf Reading Set
Tea-leaf reading is a form of divination I really like. I'm not as good at it as I am with tarot reading, but there is something lovely about having a cup of tea, drinking it while considering the questions you have about life, then studying the leaves at the bottom of the cup to find the answers. Well, I guess being English I would think that tea solves every problem, wouldn't I?
Last Yule I was given The Cup of Destiny - a fortune-teller's cup with book of interpretationsas a gift. I said I would review it on my blog, so here we go - only about six months late, but I've done quite a bit of tea drinking in that time :)
The Cup of Destiny and book come in a lovely box lined with silky red cloth. You can see the cup on the left in the photo at the top. It is covered with arcane symbols and looks rather wonderful. The book explains how to use it.
Now, the normal way to read tea-leaves uses an ordinary teacup - ideally one that is white inside. You make a pot of tea using real leaves rather than teabags, pour a cup without using a strainer, drink the tea, turn the cup upside down to get rid of the last dregs of liquid, then look at the leaves to tell your fortune. The shapes that the leaves form and their position in the cup indicate things that are likely to influence your life in the days, weeks or months to come.
The book that comes with The Cup of Destiny describes the traditional way of reading tea-leaves in great detail. It includes long lists of symbols you might see in the leaves and what they can mean - as well as tips for training your psychic abilities for this kind of fortune telling.
It also describes the way of using the cup's symbols for fortune telling - which you can either think of as a kind of parlour game or as an introduction to the more traditional type of tea-leaf reading. Basically, you look at which of the printed images are stained by tea-leaves and then look in the book to see what that means. For example, the letter means you will get some important communication and the heart indicates love. The bottom of the cup has astrological symbols. If the leaves fall there it suggests your future will be influenced by that star sign. The book gives a short description of each meaning.
Why I am particularly glad I have got this book is that I already owned a cup of destiny. It is the one on the right in the photo at the top. I inherited it from from grandmother, but had never seen any instructions on how to use it before now. Both cups are similar enough that the instructions in the book have taught me what to do. A long-term mystery has been solved and I am delighted.
I also have to say that reading tea-leaves with a cup marked with identifiable symbols is much easier than the traditional method using a plain cup!
The Cup of Destiny can be bought via Amazon and is published by Connections.
Links and previous related posts
The Cup of Destiny: a traditional fortune-teller's cup and saucer with an illustrated book of interpretations