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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I get a reading? 

Where ever you are, you can get a tea leaf reading! I offer 1:1 remote readings and very occasional in-person readings at events in the mid-Atlantic area. Check my journal for posts about upcoming appearances or use the booking page to schedule your remote session.

How does a remote reading work?  

Remote readings allow you to experience my tasseographs from anywhere in the world. I have done readings remotely for seekers in Europe, Asia, and all over North America. With remote readings, you drink your tea at home from a teacup, turn the cup, and send me specific photos. From me, you will receive your drawing, as well as a several page PDF write-up about the cup. We will follow up with a video call to review the drawing and any questions you have. 

What is tasseography? 

It's tea leaf reading, like you saw in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and in the Outlander books. The word tasseography breaks down to mean “cup writing.” Also known as tasseomancy or tasseology, it’s the art of interpreting symbols and pictures formed by loose tea (or coffee grounds, cacao, wine sediment, or juice grounds). 

Where does tasseography come from? 

The truth is, no one knows exactly how old this practice might be. Drinking tea dates back to many centuries BC. Historians believe tea leaf reading could have originated in China, India, or the Middle East. We do know it arrived in Europe via the Silk Road. The Silk Road trade routes criss-crossed between the East and West from 2 BC through the 18th century.

How did you learn to read tea leaves?

I’m self-taught. Decades ago in high school, my mom bought me my first loose tea and strainer as a holiday gift. When the strainer opened during steeping, tea leaves floated everywhere. I drank it anyway and, when I saw the shapes in the cup created by my tea, I recognized distinct pictures. But my “training” to look for patterns predates even this incident. 

 

Growing up, my dad and I used to play “scribble art.” Basically, we would each close our eyes and scribble all over a page. Then we traded scribbles and used colored pencils to find shapes in the mess and make art from it. Looking for patterns came naturally to me. Over time, I have added to my symbology vocabulary with classes and further study.

Is tasseography a way to tell the future? 

When I intuitively read a cup, I see a deep reflection of who you are and the moment of your life you exist in now. Personal things often come up, and sometimes you will be called to tend to challenges you’d rather avoid. It’s not unusual for seekers to react emotionally to the symbols and messages in their cups. Tasseography offers nudges, but you and those around you have free will. Decisions can rapidly change your future outcome. 

 

Do you teach tasseography? Yes. I offer in-person and remote introductory tea leaf reading classes. Contact me for references and booking details.

 

Follow the video below to learn more about how to get a remote tea leaf reading:

Disclaimer:  No form of divination, including tasseography, is a substitute for needed professional services. Please note that I, Rissa Miller, am not a therapist, financial advisor, lawyer, medical doctor/nurse, or psychologist. If you are consulting a tea cup but really require other services, be aware that no divination method can offer what you truly need.

I am not qualified to give medical, legal, or financial advice.