When you start to trust the possibilities of tea leaf reading, animal totems are some of the first images to emerge.
A touch of imagination and self confidence to read tea leaves will give you a rewarding new perspective on your relationship with all walks of life, especially the creatures you may connect to spiritually.
Each symbol in a tea leaf reading allows for many possible interpretations: What does it mean to the current culture? Are there traditional interpretations? What about the individual being read?
This summer, I read for Benebell Wen, the author of Holistic Tarot. Two bats happened to appear in her tea cup. One felt very much like a fruit bat in particular.
My own belief around bats is they have positive traits. They eradicate mosquitos and other pests, and they are pollinators and can help fruit trees reproduce as they feed from their branches.
They can indicate nocturnal qualities, too, one of the interpretations I shared with Benebell.
When looking at tea leaves to find animals totems, have a journal ready to write in. Answer these questions:
What is this animal doing?
What strengths does this animal have?
What weaknesses or poor behavior
might it be warning me about?
How do I feel about this animal?
When you consider how your feel about the animal, think about your history with it.
Did you own a pet bat? Probably not.
See one in your life? Maybe at the zoo.
Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable when you think about them? I'd love to meet a bat! But I don't think I always felt that way.
Under the surface, or clear as pop culture
Got a bat in your cup that looks very familiar?
Sometimes it's as clear as the Bat signal! Something, then, needs called attention to -- if you have a bat signal in your cup, ask yourself what part of your life needs addressed.
Journey with your totem
The animal totems in your readings have something they want to give you. Even if it makes perfect sense that the butterfly relates to your deceased grandmother and it is reassuring, a deeper message always underlies its appearance.
Give your totem animals time to interact with you and let them reveal their messages. Invite them into your dream time, or draw sketches of them, or write them a letter before you settle into your daily routine.
Comment and share, and next time ...
Expect a blog on Nov 10 that reveals a simple tarot spread and an example of how to deal with anxiety and tension, obsession, and issues with business or personal relationships.
Let's stay in touch
For more info, sign up for my newsletter.
Thanks for the read.
Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. She facilitates theCreate your Fate (Tarot and more) Meetup and teaches seminars at the Mystical Paranormal Fair once a month. Her poetry has appeared in articles on SpiralNature.com, in "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.