THEY might look like your everyday cups of tea – but don’t be fooled by their humble appearance.
These innocent looking hot beverages could give you an insight into the past, present or even the future, thanks to the ancient art of tea leaf reading.
It might have been around for hundreds of years, but tasseography has recently experienced an increase in popularity.
And on Saturday about 25 people learned the basics at the Gosport Discovery Centre, in High Street, Gosport, with professional medium and spiritual healer Lorraine Reade.
Lorraine, pictured below, said over the last 12 months people had started to show a renewed interest in forms of divination – such as tea leaf reading – which have fallen out of fashion over the years.
‘With the rise of the tea bag there just weren’t as many opportunities to read the leaves,’ she said.
‘Although now people are becoming curious again, and the session was great, I had some brilliant feedback.’
According to Lorraine books and guides to tea leaf reading can only take people so far, because ‘different symbols mean different things to different people’.
Having great success was Dot Dalrymple, of Juniper Court, Gosport, who saw a boot shape in her partner’s leaves – just after she had bought some new shoes. She said: ‘It taps into the brain’s potential. We all have the ability to use our natural intuition, but it’s something we don’t know how to use properly.
‘The session was really fun – and there was a very good turnout, I didn’t expect that many people to be interested.’
Kerry Harvey, 41, of Privet Road, Gosport, said: ‘I’ve never done it before but my mum has.
‘She bought me a book and special cup a few years ago but that was as far as it went.
‘It is interesting to see how it actually works – people are quick to buy books and things to explain it, when actually the meanings behind the leaves are personal.
‘They’re different for each person.’
Sian Turner, 34, of St Francis Road, Alverstoke, said: ‘It is harder than I expected it to be.
‘I haven’t seen very much, but other people have, there have been some uncanny readings.
‘I don’t know if it’s real, but I suppose if you think it works then it works for you. If you feel good about something then it can’t be bad.’
To book a tea leaf reading with Lorraine people can either call 07792 057100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.