Tea leaf reading builds on symbols found in tea leaf patterns -- and the symbols correlate to symbols each reader is naturally familiar with.
It's your world view, baby!
Before I started thinking of myself as a professional tarot and tea leaf reader, I had a fascination for mythology and animals and an appreciation for the performing arts, pop culture, and video games.
Dragons and dancers often join the party when I read tea. This past weekend, this murloc, from World of Warcraft, made an appearance.
Tarot, tea leaf readings, and intuitive imaginings
I began to use tarot before I studied tea leaf reading. Tea symbols speak to me on a tarot level sometimes.
When I see a lion, I often think of the Strength card. Leos, and the month of August might be the reason they appear.
Like all divinatory practices, it's a matter of experience, knowledge, and instinct.
It's quite common for various people to interpret their own unique symbols in their tea leaf patterns.
Once, friends saw David Bowie, a witch, and a rhino in a tea leaf reading where the original seeker and I had determined a pirate ship. Photos and more here.
The Moon card: Tea Leaf Reading mimics Tarot
Another seeker receiving a tea leaf reading once saw a person stretching to the sky.
I had instead described what I saw: a lobster.
The lobster resonated with The Moon card. After I spotted it, I could see more evidence that there was a connection. The wolf and hound are represented by the two dominant clumps of tea leaves near the rim.
For her, the little stretching figure represented herself changing and finding new perspective.
We talked about how The Moon card speaks to trusting oneself and moving forward, balancing the wild wolf part of us with the tamer hound within.
In a sense, our differing visions were quite similar.
How have you experienced crossovers?
Life itself is filled with synchronicity and references to anything one can imagine. You don't need to sit down with a deck of cards or a tea cup to tap in.
My Little Pony referencing Dumb and Dumber and a catchy tune spoofing spy movies in its video and referencing historical figures are two examples of one world colliding with another.
What are your favorite examples or memories of settling in for one experience and getting input from an unexpected place?
(Bronies, check out this My Little Pony Tarot Spread)
I'm doing a little schedule restructuring. I expect to blog back atcha with some pop culture magick on May 17.
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Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. She facilitates the Create your Fate (Tarot and more) Meetup. Her poetry has appeared in articles on SpiralNature.com, in "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.