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    Tasseography – angel wings

    Perhaps not as clearly defined as the flower in my tasseography coffee but I cannot deny there are were angel wings in my coffee on that day.

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    Tasseography meaning

    Whether they exist or not, or you believe they do or not, angels universally conjure up very specific vibes, generally that of protection and mercy. Rarely, do you think of an angel, fictional or otherwise, and think of anything but pleasing thoughts.

    So, I was assured protection and luck created outside of my being and supernaturally (perhaps by angels?) that day. In hindsight, I wish I had bought a lotto ticket or something else that required a smacking of luck.

    Because I like to get the most bang for my buck, I also see a four leafed clover in the bubbles. The combination of extreme luck and angelic vibes? Well, that’s just brilliant.

    Can you see the angel wings and the four leaf clover?

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    Tasseography – flower

    I love the way some of my coffee images are just so recognisable at times. This was one of those mornings. The tasseography image in my coffee was a flower, specifically a tulip.

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    Tasseography meaning

    Bit hard to pinpoint this meaning but there were suggestions of beauty and life, via my Instagram. However, I felt strongly (which suits upon reflection) that it was more to do with new beginnings and something new (often creative projects) blossoming to life.

    Send me the pictures of your morning coffee, tea leaves or similar.

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    Tasseography – heart

    This day’s tasseography showed up a classic symbol – the loveheart. Most people in the wolrd know what a loveheart is, how to draw one and what it unequivocally symbolises. History suggests that the loveheart came about through observations of plants, and/or perhaps early artworks.

    Firstly, I love how perfectly formed this teeny tiny loveheat was. And is there anything more delightful than witnessing a delicate symbol of love in your morning coffee tasseography?

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    ‘Since the late 15th century the dented red heart symbol was a common sight, and it was even used on playing cards,’ Vintage News.

    I don’t tend to take the symbolism literally for me. Perhaps if I were reading for another, I would suggest this is a love of a romantic nature. But spotting lovehearts for me is more about the self, self identity and love as a universal energy. For lack of a better term. Perhaps, it is more clearly defined as a strong feeling of warmth to those around me and beyond.

    How often do lovehearts show up in your beverages? Start keeping count.

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    Tasseography – tree or monster?

    At first glance, the image in my morning tasseography appears as a tree. But I knew my coffee images well enough to know that if it was meant to be a tree, it would look exactly like a tree.

    Upon second glance, I suspected it was a person, perhaps an ogre of sorts. But after awhile it occurred to me that it was more than that. It was a mythological creature and one that I didn’t know of, at that time.

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    From looking at it, I suspected it was borne from Slavic traditions and that it was a tall creature that could possibly be frightening or its origins based through fear. But I didn’t actually know that many (if any) Slavic legends. With about half a second of Google research it was clear this humble image in my coffee was the mythologial creature, Leshy. Click the link to read my post about Leshy.

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    So, on this day, my coffee was telling me I needed to embrace the aspects and wisdom taught from the legend of Leshy. Eg, let go of internal baggage to help people see you in a better light (the light they inherently want to see you in). All this from a cup of Nespresso!

    Have you ever seen any mythological beings in your coffee? Who?

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    Leshy – the forest monster

    Mythological creatures

    Leshy is a mythological creature from Slavic traditions that comes from the forest. He was a type of terrestrial devil penned in Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal (1818).

    Leshy

    The trickster energy of this creature means he can appear as a giant but also as tiny as an ant (dependent upon his surroundings). Which is a metaphor for our confidence if we are in familiar surroundings. 

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    Image credit: Amino Apps

    Believed to watch over the forest in which he lives, he is known to lead people astray, particularly children. Although he sounds particularly evil with this set of behaviours, he is traditionally deemed more neutral. It’s in your actions that influence his evilness or neutrality. Some days he would steal children. And some days he would become all Robin Hood and steal from the rich to help the poor. It’s plausible to think that the fictionalised version of Robin Hood was even based on this mythology of Leshy. However, it’s more likely that it was the other way around. Since the origins of Robin Hood supposedly predate the written records of a Leshy. 

    Given the shared characteristics of his wavering temperament and environment he lives in (and guards), he is often deemed a fairy.

    Mythology as metaphors

    As we know, mythology and legends are storytelling vehicles for metaphors that plague humans (or things with a consciousness) throughout time. 

    To me, Leshy symbolises how others see you and treat you in the world. Dependent upon which baggage you cling to, or which internal struggles and sins you have yet to forgive yourself for. Still holding guilt for the child you gave up for adoption? The Leshy will lure you into the dark. Still worried about the chocolate bars you stole in high school? The Leshy (in the form of people around you) will reflect back to you that you are nothing but a thief. 

    Follow the directions of the Leshy and the path will always be clear but dare to go your own or a different way from his directions and trees will be bent to make your path unbearable and difficult. 

    The Leshy can be neutralised with self forgiveness and a decision to let go, if only a little. Let the Leshy rule the forest and its sacredness and inhabitants in peace. 

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    What is Tasseography?

    Tasseography is the art of reading tea (and coffee) leaves. This is a form of divination that involves telling one’s fortune by interpreting signs found in coffee grounds, tea leaves and- even- wine sediments. A tasseography witch interprets messages by analysing the shape and configuration of the tea leaves or the sediment left.

    Tasseography is considered to be one of the oldest forms of divination in recorded history. Historians believe that this practice began in France (“tasse” is French for cup). But it is impossible to discern an exact point of origin given how old it is. 

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    Who can perform tasseography?

    Most people can learn the enjoyable art of reading tea leaves and coffee grounds and become relatively accurate after much practice. But it is believed that those intuitive to divination may produce clearer and better results. Personally, I believe it takes a lot of practise and the willingness to identify the symbols and how they apply. Just like doing tarot. Tasseography is an artform, like most forms of divination and those who take the time to study and practice are more likely to find success.

    Coffee scrying 

    Although the best known form of tasseography involves reading tea leaves, there are other forms as well. The most popular (and my favourite) uses coffee grounds (or see my tasseography process here) instead. The idea is still the same but while tea was more popular in Asia and Europe, coffee was consumed in the Middle East and North Africa. 

    Coffee scrying was also popular among Turkish people who began boiling the coffee directly in water as a result of this. Traditionally, the coffee cup is divided into different parts:

    • the top half represents the future
    • the lower half the past
    • the right side is considered positive 
    • and the left side negative. 

    The coffee grounds are then interpreted based on what part of the cup they appear. 

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    How does tasseography work?

    Those who work with tasseography read the patterns left by the coffee in order to gain insights or answers. The process starts with selecting an appropriate teacup as some cups make the reading easier than others. I use a white mug. 

    You can read about my tasseography process with Nespresso here. But if you want to play it old school, it’s important to select the right coffee grounds. Most people suggest that fine coffee grounds are the best. Please let me know in the comments if you have a preferred brand.

    The next step is obviously making the coffee using loose grounds. Do not strain the coffee when pouring from a coffee machine. Remember to hold your intention strong as you make and pour the coffee. If you don’t have a specific question, just invite the symbols to tell you what you need to know that day or in that moment.

    You can also add the grounds directly to the cup and pour hot water if that is easier. After the liquid has been drunk or poured away, the cup is then drained of all liquid and shaken well. The tasseographer can then analyse the pattern of the coffee grounds in the cup to gain insights from the shapes suggested by them.

    Next time you drink some tea or coffee try to see what your grounds say about your future before throwing them away. 

    Read the tasseography posts here. Or check out the list of symbols.