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July 2024 Collective Tea Reading

Updated: Jul 1

July's reading brings in purpose and focus we haven't seen all year. You're clear on what you want and it's your heart, not your head, that's driving you forward.


Remember, always tend to your own mental, emotional and physical well-being. If you need support of any kind, from a writing journal, to a friend, to a spiritual counselor, to a professional in medicine, therapy, or finances, PLEASE and ALWAYS seek the assistance you need.


My first impression of the cup: The reading this month is incredibly clear. The past few months we've definitely had a lot of scatter, confusion, and busy-ness in the teacups. That changes in July. The symbols are big, bold, and speaking very articulately.


Right now:

Under the handle shows you as you are in the world currently. We start off with a little bit of blockage, a bull, and an eye. It tells me you're going to feel a little bit hesitant to push forward. You are going to be slower to make decisions, a little bit cautious and steadfast. You have your eye on everything; you're paying close attention. And that's a good thing! Coming through the whirlwind that was June, and all of the ups and downs of April and May, there's reason to be hesitant. Maybe precedent has shown you that caution is warranted.

Let's also talk about those symbols individually. The bull can in fact literally be a Taurus person. If that doesn't resonate for you, take the qualities of a Taurus and apply them to your situation, specifically in how you are looking at it right now, especially with the eye showing up. It tells me that you are seeing through that lens.

We are definitely past Taurus season. It doesn't mean that you aren't taking those same concepts and applying them in current time.

Moving down further under the handle, the symbols are showing up more faintly. There's an upside down smile next to a heart. It could be that in matters of love, you are feeling a bit off and coming through June, when love was so heavily emphasized, it might be that you just want to step back and take a break. June could have meant new friendships, new love interests, new partnerships happening all over the spectrum, and maybe you just need to pull back and take a moment to digest. That's perfectly okay.

I don't see anything good falling away from you during the month of July. In fact, the last symbol showing up under the handle is an umbrella. The umbrella is folded, but it's telling me that whatever happens, you're going to be okay. You are protected and will be emotionally caught--in a good way--going through the rest of July


Emotional World:

Moving into the emotional side of the cup. This rules the people in your world and how you see them. The first large symbol showing up is a hat. There are several pieces associated with the hat. There's a person climbing over it. There is an acorn sitting on the brim, a lit candle underneath, and a musical note. Let's put that all together.

The hat is pointing me directly to your thoughts and how guarded you have been feeling about them. A hat can provide protection and shade, and in the Northern hemisphere we are in the middle of summer, so a hat might be a good idea. That said, the person climbing over the hat tells me someone has probably shown up in your world (or they're about to in early July) that it's going to make you rethink how you are looking at your relationships. They are going to conquer some old standing beliefs that you have. This is probably a good thing, but maybe a little bit uncomfortable.

You want to be happy. You want to celebrate and embrace this person, desipte your hesitations. That's the musical note. You are also learning. The candle shows me they are illuminating the way you've thought about relationships in the past.

There is nothing indicating what kind of new relationship this is going to be. It could be a colleague, a friend, a lover, a neighbor. However, this works out for you, realize that the challenge you feel is probably a good thing.

The last symbol showing up with the hat is an acorn. Acorns are always about new growth, new starts, and I read them as a positive sign.

The next grouping of symbols speaks about how you're feeling challenged in some of your relationships. It is a large handgun. Don't be distressed. A handgun in a teacup is not a literal message. It is about feeling threatened (in some way) in a relationship and this can be even the tiniest of discomforts or red flags. It is accompanied by two hearts. They are pushed up right against it. My feeling is that you are experience a little bit of unsteadiness when it comes to some relationships with people you love.

The answer in the cup is to learn more. There is a person directly underneath reading a book. It doesn't mean the answer that you're looking for is going to literally be in a book. I encourage you if there are new people coming into your life, take it slow and learn more about them. This feeling of discomfort and concern about red flags will more naturally dissipate with time, and you can use your discernment to decide whether or not the relationship is good for you.

And remember, of course, this can apply to any kind of relationship in your life. Whether you are looking for a new romance, friendships, business, whatever, take it slowly. Learn everything you need to know or want to know about the person, and go ahead and ask questions.

At this point, we're about halfway back the emotional side of the cup and we meet the number 3. There's a little bit of scatter around 3. Look in your life for the 3 showing up in relationship to a person, place, thing, or event. In numerology, the 3 is about expressing creativity. The 3 is leading into the largest symbol in the cup and it's that gigantic fish.

That huge fish is taking up a large portion of this entire cup. The fish has a few small symbols attached to it, but the other relevant thing about it is that it's literally touching all parts of the cup. This is the main message for the month of July.

You will definitely be in your emotions through a lot of this month. Even though there are certainly "doing" symbols for July, you're going to spend a lot of this month slowing down enough to reflect on how you're feeling about people, places, things, and events that are happening.

The first thing attached to the fish is a person who's kind of "holding on for dear life," as if your emotions are pulling you. They're leading you more than your thought process. Your emotions may also make you feel a little off-kilter, especially in relationship to one particular person in the month of July.

But don't worry, the fish overall is an incredibly positive symbol. I think by the end of the month you're definitely going to feel like you're winning and things are moving quickly in a really positive way. Towards the back of the fish, there is a person jumping for joy as if they've just completed a tremendous achievement, and the very last symbol on the fish is a person riding a horse, galloping towards a triangle.

This new emotional opportunity coming into your world is definitely a win. All of these things add up to a tremendous new relationship in your life. Once again there is no definitive answer as far as what kind of relationship this is going to be. So stay open.

If you're sitting there thinking "I don't know who or what this could be..." First of all, get out into the world, meet people, be around to them, and I think it's going to sort of very naturally unfold. It's going to feel like a tremendous new opportunity. There's another acorn underneath of it. You might feel a little bit of confusion and doubt entering in, but trust your instincts and take it slow. Ask the questions that you want the answers to, and remember that sometimes things are as good as they look. :)



What lies ahead?

At the back of the cup is the column representing the future you're moving towards. And this month it is mostly blank. The message here is simply to stay open to new opportunities, things, and people coming your way during the month of July. Don't overbook yourself, don't overdo it, and just create space for possibility.

There are two sets of twos in the back column. Again, here are those partnerships. No additional information is given in this cup about them, so be open to partnerships of all kinds: friendships, business, love, neighborhood, community. However, it comes, I think it's going to be good this month.


Your Material World:

Starting on the material side of the cup. This rules, your stuff, your job, your money, your education, your car, your house, the things that make up your material world.

It could be during the month of July, something in your material world feels a little bit heavier and it's probably related to a person. This could be a person at home or at work. (I know right now school is generally not a thing. If you are a student, it could be related to your part-time job or where you live.)

The first set of symbols we see are a person dominating another. There's definitely some kind of stress here. One person is yelling and waving their arms around, and the other person is diligently working. But help is on the way! Right behind that is a boat with three people in it. They're ready to help! The message here is to accept help when it is offered and realize that you're not alone. Teamwork is always a more successful model in achieving anything. Whether it is with your education, your work, or your home.

All of that is sitting on another opportunity. You're going to do some kind of a negotiation this month. Accept it and make sure the terms are good for you. This is going to lead to a lot more stability and even more positive opportunities down the road. The symbol of the negotiation is followed up by a square and an even bigger triangle.

Like I said, do it right. Speak your mind, accept help and it's all going to turn out to be really fantastic for you in the future.

Underneath that there is an arrow pointing back to the column about you and another triangle underneath. The message here: Remember to follow your happiness. Think about what actually makes your soul sing, and pick that. If there's an option between just doing something and doing something you love, go with the something that you love during the month of July. Or just as a general piece of guidance!

Coming back to the cup, there's another boat. This one contains a person and a really large black bird (crow? raven?). The boat is being linked to a waxing crescent moon, so using that as a timestamp I would say around July 10th, 11th 12the or 13th,look for another person to come along. This person is going to have some kind of magic. They're indicated by this large black bird. In my cups, birds are ascendants. It means whoever this person is, this is a destined meeting or collaboration.

Underneath, a huge number 2, a galloping horse, with a three tucked inside the two and another symbolic 2 right next to it. This partnership is going to be everything for you. This is going to change your material world for the good in a fascinating and really rapid way.

Again, I want to emphasize that this month's cup is so clear. They're so very little scatter, so very little confusion ~ as if you're finally getting really steady in your mind about exactly what you do and don't want in all parts of your life. You've let go of a lot. You have moved forward. You have healed. You have done the work you need to do and I absolutely love that about this cup.

Just past that we have another fish leaping. It's attached to the letter U, as if to say that you are emotionally completely satisfied and elevated in your material world. This can apply to your home. Perhaps you have completed some of those renovations. It could apply to your work. Maybe you have taken on a really satisfying and exciting new project and it could apply to any other part of your material life. Maybe what you've done is clean out your closet and you know what, that's a great achievement. So if that's your story, I applaud you. Whatever this victory is in your material world, I encourage you to embrace it and feel proud of how far you've come.

Underneath all of that and next to the galloping horse we saw earlier, there's a small group of symbols: an apple, a carrot, the number 11, and that partnership symbol again. Do you know anything about horses? Apples and carrots are the treats horses will run for. I kind of love that the horse and the treats are right next to each other, as if you know you're heading towards the reward! In numerology the 11 is a magical number as well. Kind of an ultimate guide number for your success. I encourage you again embrace those partnerships. That is where the rewards will be.

Ending the month of July, there is a small note of caution. This is attached to that big fish we saw earlier. There is an alert guard dog next to an upside-down heart. Perhaps guard your heart a little bit. I don't see any reason for serious alarm in this cup. I see this as just a moment when you should consider if you've given too much of yourself away to a project or another person. Always remember to keep your good boundaries and take care of yourself, as you need to ~ without overgiving to anyone else.


Beyond July:

In the bottom of the cup, we are looking forward, past July. There are some really interesting things sitting in the bottom of this cup.

The first is most striking is the huge, flying, fancy bird. This looks very much like a cockatoo in flight. It has the tall plumage, the long tail. This bird is elegant and powerful. This is the ascendant you've been waiting for!! The one I've been wishing to show up in these general readings--like--since I started them. It is taking flight, moving forward boldly and successfully. This is one of the most positive aspects I have seen in any cup in a very long time and here it is in the general reading for all of us. I love it.

There's another interesting aspect right off of the wing of the bird. It's a smiley face with harvested wheat and a guitar. There's a lot of happiness in the harvesting of all of your hard work. All of the things you've been doing, all of the time you've put into yourself, into your relationships, into your job, into your home. All of it is coming back to you.

There will be cause for happiness and celebration: The guitar. Second symbol of music in this cup. This could be someone literally in your life who has or play s a guitar, but it can also just be a general feeling of lightness, enjoyment and celebration.

And now the final symbol. This is the second bull in the cup. I don't know that I've ever seen a bull look quite like this in a cup before, because this one is just decked out with flowers, like a flower crown. It seems to me that you're going to feel the rewards for everything you have done, for all of that steadfast energy you have put into your life, that you put into everything. The showing up again and again; the consistency that you have displayed is going to come back to you.

You're going to have so much happiness and joy! Flowers in my cup always are reward, always positivity. This bull is decked out in them! Again, if you have an actual Taurus person in your life, it could be that your relationship with them is going to be absolutely glowing going past the month of July. Otherwise read it for you. Read it as you glowing, you feeling this joy, and expressing all of the happiness that you truly deserve.


The overall message of the month: Things really CAN be as good as you hope for! Consider opening up and allow more of what you want to show up for you.


This month's tea is Darjeeling black tea from Republic of Tea. Please note I do not sell tea.


I will never, ever reach out to you on any platform to offer you a reading. If you want a personal reading from me, please go to my booking page or contact me at rissa@teaandsmoke.com


Legal Disclaimer: No form of divination, including tasseography, tea leaf reading, cartomancy, tarot, or oracle cards, is a substitute for needed professional services. Please note that I, Rissa Miller, am not a therapist, financial advisor, lawyer, realtor, medical doctor/nurse, or psychologist. I am not qualified to give medical, legal, real estate, or financial advice. Readings posted on this channel are for entertainment purposes only and cannot take the place of medical/professional advisors. Divination is a highly personal art form and may not apply to all individuals watching this video. Any action you take upon watching this video is your own responsibility and yours alone. No tasseographer, tarot reader, or divination artist can guarantee full accuracy of any reading.

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