Reading the Leaves: An Intuitive Guide to the Ancient Art and Modern Magic of Tea Leaf Divination (Paperback)
An illustrated guide to tapping into your intuition through the simple act of sitting down to a cup of tea.
Whether you're wondering about career, finances, love, or health, Salem witches Sandra Mariah Wright and Leanne Marrama are here to help build your intuitive skills and transform your life. Reading the Leaves shows you how to:
• brew a cup of tea for divination purposes
• interpret more than 200 time-tested symbols that are most likely to show up, such as hearts and anchors, and what their size, location, and relationship to other shapes mean
• set an intention
• create a regular tea ritual
• keep a tea leaf reading journal
• do a reading for family and friends
• make their favorite tea time recipes
• respond when a "bad" symbol shows up
You already possess the tools, and with Sandra and Leanne's guidance, the true journey of self-discovery can begin. You don't have to be a witch to find your inner magic.
About the Author
Leanne Marrama is a full-time professional psychic. She teaches classes, presents at festivals around the country, and hosts weekly séances in Salem. Among her many media appearances, she has been featured on TLC's What Not to Wear, Ghost Chronicles, and Beyond Belief with George Noory.
Sandra Mariah Wright owns an events business (Spirit Beacon Psychic Fair & Mystical Marketplace), as well as a jewelry and occult supply company (Gallows Hill Witchery), and manages the largest annual psychic fair in the country (the Salem Psychic Fair & Witches' Market). She has appeared on the Travel Channel and Showtime, and has been featured on Dish Network's Magnificent Obsessions.
"An approachable, savvy guide.... Wright and Marrama’s enchanting handbook is a great starting point for those interested in tea-leaf reading."—Publishers Weekly
"Brimming with easily digested instructions and exercises, steeped in little known historical facts, and sweetened with personal anecdotes and recipes, Reading the Leaves is definitely my cup of tea—and I have no doubt that it will be yours, too!"—Dorothy Morrison, author of Everyday Magic, The Craft, and Utterly Wicked
"If you want to learn how to read tea leaves, this is absolutely the book for you. Sandra and Leanne are the perfect guides to this ancient and timeless practice that will activate your intuition and enrich your life. Follow their wise and whimsical advice and you'll be reading tea leaves like a pro in no time!"—Tess Whitehurst, author of You Are Magical
“Tea leaf divination isn’t just for witches: it is a natural practice that can be enjoyed by all tea drinkers. This book transported me back to my time in England, sitting in an English cottage, with a tea cup and a silver spoon. Reading the Leaves is well researched; however, what makes its worth and power is experience. Both Leanne and Sandra have a heritage of knowledge that has been carried in families through the generations. Their ancestors have brought forward the method you will learn in this fun and informative read. In particular, I was impressed by their chapter on timing, which is always a challenge, even for authorities in occult divination. Their method by which timelines are captured brings accuracy to readings regarding past, present, and future. I am excited to try the recipes they have included, which are a delicious way to support divination, and add to the magic.”—Laurie Cabot, author of The Power of the Witch, Love Magic, and The Witch in Every Woman
"This book is incredible. The combination of rituals and customs of a bygone era, storytelling, and straightforward practical instructions makes this book the quintessential practical handbook for anyone wanting to tap into this ancient form of divination. The authors have successfully applied their skill and years of experience to create a brilliant and accessible handbook for everyone, regardless of experience. As I read, I envisioned how easy it will be for me to share this book with friends and co-workers who may or may not be witches. It’s that universal. Although a practitioner of cartomancy for the most part of four decades, I have never been drawn to the practice of tasseomancy—until now. Sandra and Leanne instantly drew me in and made me want to put the kettle on to brew some tea and get down to the business of Reading the Leaves."—Mary-Grace Fahrun, author of Italian Folk Magic: Rue’s Kitchen Witchery
"I was not a tea-leaf- or coffee-grounds-reader before. I am now. That’s the highest praise I can give to a book that sets out to teach a technique. It hooked me with the presentation. It drew me in with clear explanation of history, theory, and method. It delivered in terms of enabling me to do the thing it describes. I am a better Sorcerer for having read Reading the Leaves."—Jason Miller, founder of Strategic Sorcery
"A smart, fun dive into a path of intuitive discovery. As I read, I felt like I was a having a conversation, over tea, with two powerhouse psychics who prove reliable and fresh, and care deeply about my experience. Packed with useful information as well as grounded reassurance, Reading the Leaves is a solid resource and an awakening into new powers."—Tama Kieves, bestselling author of Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work and Thriving Through Uncertainty
"Smart, modern, practical and witty! Thorough and thoroughly inspired with rituals, recipes, symbolism, and timelines for manifestation, Reading the Leaves is the definitive accessible guide to tasseomancy for our time. Wright and Marrama have accomplished something truly magickal. Like a whisper from behind the veil, they have channeled the essence of a largely Victorian occult practice and catapulted into the mainstream magickal practice of today with grace, beauty, practicality, intelligence, and wit. Reading the Leaves is an impressive addition to the modern magical bookshelf, honing in on the ethics of prognostication, paying homage to the past, while being completely relevant to both secular magic practitioners as well as cunning folk. Let them lead you on a thrilling dive into the psychic depths of the teacup. From establishing the conducive atmosphere for divination, to choosing the perfect cup, as well as hundreds of symbols, Wright and Marrama serve the tea and keep it hot. With illustrations and explanations, Reading the Leaves is a must read for advanced practitioners and newcomers to tasseomancy alike."—Judy Ann Nock, author of The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick
"It is clear when first peering into Reading the Leaves that it is a labor of love. Its style invokes a Victorian elegance infused with a grandmother’s wisdom. You can almost smell the tea brewing from the kettle as you sit in a parlor lit by dim candlelight. Leanne Marrama and Sandra Mariah Wright weave a spell throughout the pages of this book, taking the reader on a journey from ancient China into your very own kitchen. Reading the Leaves is more than just another guide to divination. It is a window into the magic found within the lives of these two women and the people that they have touched with their magical gifts. This will be a foundational work on the subject of tea leaf reading that will be a much-cherished addition to anyone’s book collection. Upon reading this book, you will never have an empty tea cup—only a doorway to destiny!"—Brian Cain, author of Initiation into Witchcraft
"Reading the Leaves is an empowering work of divination that reveals the hidden wisdom sprinkled across the bottom of an ordinary teacup. Salem witches Sandra Mariah Wright and Leanne Marrama offer an hospitable welcome into the charming but oft-mysterious world of tea leaf reading that makes it accessible to everyday people trying to make sense of their lives and provides tools of understanding using this time-honored method of foreseeing the past, present, and future. From the history of tea-leaf reading, to the symbols one might find in the cup, to recipes, rituals, and even communication with departed loved ones, Reading the Leaves bridges old-world wisdom with modern insight in what is sure to be a classic of the genre!"—Christian Day, author of The Witches’ Book of the Dead