Tea Leaves

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
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
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
● 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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