1. Make a pot of tea with loose tea-don't use a strainer.
2. Pour the hot tea into a china teacup with a white china interior
3. Drink the tea, one sip at a time.
4. Swirl the tea that's left in the cup. Some people say to swirl three times in the direction away from yourself.
5. Turn the cup upside down into it's saucer.
6. The tea-leaf reader should be the one to pick up the cup, to read the leaves that remain in the cup.
What the leaves mean:
· Leaves near the rim are about the near future.
· Leaves farther down are about the more distant future, those in the bottom the very far-off future.
· The handle represents the person whose tea leaves are being read. The relationship of the handle to the leaves is important..
· First impressions are important, suggesting an answer to the question the subject was thinking about while drinking the tea.
· A lot of leaves in the cup means a full, rich life. One leaf on the side means a stranger is coming.