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See each listing for international postage options and costs. Tea leaves in your cup are a good sign, too. The more leaves that end up in your cup, the fuller your life will be. If any pieces of leaves float to the top, it is an indication of a visit from a stranger or lover. A long-used divination tool around the world, many cultures still use tea leaf readings before starting their day or to find out more about a particular issue in their lives.
The whole process of tea leaf reading is steeped pun intended in superstition. The tea is brewed with loose leaf tea and then the tea is either poured out or drunk.
The person with the question turns the cup in a counterclockwise direction three times, and then the remaining liquid is poured out. It is a bad omen if there are lots of leaves left in the bottom, and a good omen if the leaves are evenly spread out. The leaves on the bottom of the cup indicate the distant future, the leaves on the sides of the cup indicate the not-so-distant future, and any leaves towards the top indicate the immediate future. Skip to content. Here are some of our favorites.
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