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    Tea leaf reading is an easy divination, as the energies of the individual and of the
    tea leaves are united in the process of holding the teacup and drinking the beverage.
    To read tea leaves, you must use loose leaf tea. Generally it’s 1 teaspoonful per
    cup, plus 1 “for the pot”. Tea bags are typically 1 teaspoonful per, so you can buy bagged
    tea and count it as pre-measuring. Just snip the bag open and empty contents into the
    pot.
    What types of teas you use will vary by your need and what you have on hand.
    Black tea is good for strong energy and general readings, and include the following
    types: English Breakfast tea, Irish Breakfast tea, Earl Grey, and China Rose. Herbal
    teas are also excellent and you can match the herb with the type of reading (check the
    herb tab of your text, or Class 3’s herb list). Ann likes to use black tea as a base for her
    herbs, for magical practice, as the black teas add magical power.

    Fairy Tea
    3tsp English Breakfast Tea
    ½ tsp chamomile
    1 tsp dandelion root
    1 ½ tsp elder flower
    1 ½ tsp hops
    1 ½ tsp mullein
    ½ tsp raspberry leaf
    1 ½ tsp rose hips
    As you place the ingredients into the teapot, chant:
    Black for strength, then apple of night, wild grown root, and Lady’s blessing.
    Leap for joy, then between the worlds, tangle of bramble and fairy love knots.
    Brewed to invite the fair folk to tea, working together, they and me.
    Whatever tea you choose to make, make it, enjoy it as you always would
    (sweeteners and milk are allowed, etc), and drink until only a very small amount
    remains in the bottom, just enough to swirl. When you are ready, take the teacup into
    your power hand (dominant hand), swirl the last bit of tea around, clockwise, 3x, then
    let the leaves settle into place as you rest the cup into the opposite hand. You may chant
    while you swirl, if you like:
    Swirl the leaves and set the tea,
    Clear and true this reading see,
    Lord and lady (or “Elementals”) stand by me,
    Guide my sight, so mote it be!
    Look at the leaves after they’ve settled. What images come to mind? Do not
    strain at this, go with first impressions. The reading can be brief or complicated,
    depending on the amount of leaves in the cup and the patterning that results from
    swirling the cup.
    If one major image appears to you, check it against the “symbols” tab (text pages
    105-108, or look below in the reading section for a full list). As ever, your intuition is the
    best guide for your readings. Learn to open yourself to receive the impressions through
    relaxation and connection to the Elemental powers.
    Sometimes you may see very complex images appear, in which a situation is
    impressed upon you. Changes in the workplace, influences of other people, etc, can
    appear in the leaves. You let the leaves act as your focus, for this technique, and as you
    allow the visual images to flow, you may see more than leaf formations.
    Some tea ingredients and their uses:
    ● Anise- used to call spirits
    ● Bergamot- for success
    ● Chamomile- for meditation
    ● Elder flower- for divination
    ● Eyebright- for mental and psychic power
    ● Hyssop- for purification
    ● Mugwort- for divination (aids in visualization for meditation or dreaming,
    as well)
    ● Mullein- for divination
    ● Rose hips- for psychic power and divination
    Now, you wouldn’t want to use all of these together, pick and choose based on
    flavors, smells, and your purpose. These can be added to any other tea blend you’re
    working with as a starter.
    For making your own tea blends, you can mix exactly the right things for your
    working needs. The following blends (intended for magical purposes, not medicinal
    ones!*) are mixed and stored, then used as needed. If not reading the leaves, Ann
    recommends steeping in one pot and pouring through a strainer into another pot, for
    serving. She cautions to use milk instead of cream, as cream will curdle in your tea.
    The following blends are pulled from Green Witchcraft, Folk Magic, Fairy Lore,
    & Herb Craft, pages 113-114.
    Tea for Divination
    1Tbs China black, English
    Breakfast, or Irish breakfast tea
    2tsp lemon balm
    1tsp eyebright
    1Tbs mugwort
    1Tbs rose hips
    Tea for Psychic Healing
    1Tbs China black tea
    1tsp elder flower
    1tsp nettle
    2tsp burdock root
    2tsp mullein
    2tsp rose hips
    Tea for Love (Spells)
    1Tbs China black tea
    1tsp damiana
    1tsp raspberry leaves
    2tsp chamomile
    1Tbs mullein
    2tsp rose hips
    Tea for Meditation
    1Tbs China black or English
    Breakfast tea
    2tsp chamomile
    1tsp rose hips
    2tsp elder flower
    Tea for Purification
    1Tbs China black tea
    2tsp fennel
    1tsp valerian
    1tsp chamomile
    2tsp hyssop
    Tea for Relaxation
    1Tbs English Breakfast tea
    1tsp elder flower
    2tsp rose hips
    1tsp chamomile
    2tsp hops
    1tsp valerian
    Tea for Health (Spells)
    1Tbs China black tea
    2tsp fennel
    1tsp mint
    2tsp rose hips
    1tsp elder flower
    2tsp hops
    1tsp mullein
    1tsp white oak
    Tea for Protection (7 herbal powers)
    1Tbs Irish or English breakfast
    tea
    2tsp elder flower
    1tsp linden flower (tila)
    1tsp valerian
    2tsp burdock root
    1tsp comfrey
    1tsp hyssop
    2tsp rose hips
    Ann’s Recommendations
    Besides magical teas, there are other combinations that are simply a pleasant way
    to re-connect with the earth, devas, The Lord & Lady, etc. For this type, try these tasty
    combinations:
    ● English breakfast, rose hips, and hyssop
    ● Linden flower and chamomile
    ● English breakfast, dandelion root, rose hips, and chamomile
    ● English breakfast, elder flower, hops, and rose hips
    For a particularly silky tea, she likes:
    ● 1Tbs English breakfast tea
    ● 1tsp comfrey
    ● 1tsp rose hips
    ● ½ tsp chamomile
    ● ¼ tsp elder flower

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