INTRODUCTION TO THE DIVINATION BY TEA-LEAVES
At no time in the history
of the world has there been such earnest searching for light and
knowledge in all matters relating to Psychic Phenomena as in the
present day. The desire to investigate some new disclosure has resulted
in yet other discoveries. Such will be handed on in their various
forms to be studied and used by those who seek to learn.
Few subjects need more
patience than those dealing with Psychology. Even those who put
their knowledge to a practical use in such studies as divination
by tea-leaves, must still plod patiently along a path thickly strewn
with new knowledge. The powers of clairvoyance, for instance, cannot
be forced or hurried; such arbitrary laws as time have no meaning
for the subconscious self, therefore the need for hurry does not
I was once told by a very mediumistic woman that she had sat in
the same room at the same time for an hour every day for seven years,
because she "wished to develop Clairvoyance." Here was
patience indeed! In some manifestations of the clairvoyant powers
within us, it is spontaneous, the closing of the eyes to shut out
all material surroundings being all that is necessary to bring a
vision of what is happening, or shortly to happen, possibly hundreds
of miles away.
In all dreams the clairvoyant
powers are spontaneous; but for the development of clairvoyance
at will, great perseverance is necessary. Its interests and powers
are unlimited, so that it is well worth the patience and time spent
In the use of tea-leaves
as a means of divination, the more developed the "clear sight,"
the more interesting and accurate will be the interpretation. Practice
is most necessary, especially for those who have less natural clairvoyance
The desire for knowledge
on all Psychic matters has led to an increased demand for various
methods of bringing into symbols and pictures that hidden knowledge
of the present and the future. That this knowledge can be translated
to us symbolically is apparent to everyone—who could doubt
it, and still believe in anything at all?
Tea-leaves are habitually
used by many people as a means of divination. To some it is an easier
method than the cards, there is less to memorise, or the crystal.
There is in Paris a famous
clairvoyant who always uses tea-leaves as the medium for her powers
of divination. Some are inclined to jeer at the fortune in the teacup,
but if the language of symbolism is rightly understood, the medium
through which it is seen matters little.
Tea-leaves have the
advantage of being simple, inexpensive, and within the reach of
everyone. It cannot be claimed that the cult is of the greatest
antiquity; for although it seems to have been used in China from
very early times, tea was not brought into Europe until about the
middle of the sixteenth century. For many years after its introduction
into this country, tea was far too costly to be used except by a
comparatively small proportion of the population. It has, however,
proved its extreme usefulness as a means of divination, as well
as its merits as a beverage, for close upon three centuries.
It is a very favourite
method with the Highlanders, where it is customary for the "guid
wife" to read in her cup of tea at breakfast the events she
may look for during the day. Simple though they may probably be,
there are to be seen in the tea-leaves, a letter, a parcel, a visitor,
a wedding, and so on. It is said that no Highland seer would take
money for making prognostications as to the future. This, no doubt,
is one good reason for their powers as clairvoyants.
It is a misfortune that
clairvoyance should ever have to come into the material necessities
of money transactions, as it tends to mar the clear vision.
It is said by some that
tea-leaves can foretell the events for twenty-four hours only. As
clairvoyance has no restrictions as to time or space, I cannot see
how it can be thus laid down as a fact that it is limited to man-made
laws of time! Certainly there is much evidence of the "tea
leaves" being capable of foreseeing events of an important
nature at a considerable distance ahead.
One of the most difficult
points in interpreting visions of clairvoyance is the time element;
simply because time, as we know it, does not exist. The intuitive
faculty is needed for any accurate definition of time, so important
to us in our present conditions, so absolutely unimportant to the
subconscious self. Let us decide at once, then, that divination
by tea-leaves may, and often does, extend to a further vision than
that of the twenty-four hours. Much depends upon the methods used.
Our individual past,
quite apart from the arbitrary laws of heredity, makes the road
of our future. Possibly this may account for the curious fact that
in dreams the setting is often in childhood's surroundings, while
the dream itself is obviously of the present or the future. This
shows how the first beginnings of the event which is to come were
brought about. It is somewhat like unwinding a cotton reel!
There are, no doubt, some who look upon the tea-leaves merely as
a form of amusement, and who entertain their friends in that way.
Well, it is a harmless amusement, and is often useful at a very
dull tea party! But for those who take it seriously, and regard
it as one of the many means of divination, it will be treated with
the respect due to such matters.
As in other forms of
divination, so with the reading of the tea-cup, a great deal depends
on the seer. Those who are naturally clairvoyant will read many
events and scenes in the cup which would be passed over by others
not so gifted. Even without this "clear sight," however,
the tea-leaves may be read by anyone who has learned the principles
and the symbolic meanings given in this book. With a certain amount
of intuition and imagination, the tea-cups may be most successfully
used to reveal the future.