Tasseology is the the ancient art of tea leaf reading...
How to read the leaves:
After a cup of tea has been poured, without using a tea strainer, the tea is drunk or poured away. The cup should then be shaken well and any remaining liquid drained off in the saucer. The diviner now looks at the pattern of tea leaves in the cup and allows the imagination to play around the shapes suggested by them.
Some common shapes and their meanings:
Aeroplanes signify going up in the world, either in prosperity, promotion or status. The reader may receive an inheritance or have ideas that can be used for future benefit.
Anchors signify a happy ending to a journey.
You will meet someone will become important to you in some way.
This signifies good news, sometimes a wedding.
A messenger of good fortune.
Take advice from an expert regarding a matter that concerns you.
An active social life is indicated.
Can signify emotional instability - a lover who is 'flighty'.
You will be going on a journey on land.
Someone around you is not to be trusted.
Take more care in work matters.
An important meeting is about to take place.
An improvement in finances.
Unpleasant news is likely to be received. Notice if there are any other symbols nearby - if it is next to another one then the interpretation of good news may be reversed - or it could apply to the actual symbol.
Promotion at work or a much desired appointment will take place.
A happy love affair.
Beware of impulsiveness - don't take any unnecessary risks.
Signifies news from a friend.
You will be offered new opportunities.
A letter or email containing good news is on the way.
Good news from overseas is on the way.
There will be good reason to celebrate.
A happy outcome but it will be delayed.
A change in circumstances.
More effort in life is needed, can signify lack of motivation.
A fortunate symbol - worldly prosperity and emotional happiness for the enquirer.
A minor misfortune is on the way.
Signifies a warning to be extremely careful where money and emotional matters are concerned.
Signifies love and excitement - possibly a new romance.
Signifies a new house or improvements to the home.
An explanation or solution to a mystery that has been bothering the enquirer.
Quarrels are likely.
Signifies an improvement in the enquirers situation.
Problems lie ahead that may seem difficult to surmount.
Emotional good fortune - a wedding or an engagement.
Road - two lines of leaves parallel to each other.
If straight - things are going to go well. If crooked there will be problems ahead.
Small problems ahead.
A change in home life is indicated - possibly a house move.
A warning to take a more balanced view of things.
You will receive a gift.
Good luck will be experienced as a result of a journey.
You will work hard to achieve success.
Everything is going to flourish.
A union between two people.