The term Tasseography derives from the french word "tasse" (cup) and "ology" meaning the study of. The first evidence of western tasseography can be traced back to medieval Europe when fortune tellers used the splatters of molten metal, lead, and waxes to predict the future. In the seventeenth century, china had successfully established trade routes to the western world and the practice of tasseography evolved to use tea leaves in their readings. European practitioners even developed specially printed pottery to help the seers in their efforts to forecast the future.
I was lucky enough to be treated to a tea leaf reading in Boston, Massachusetts. It was definitely one of the most unique tea experiences I have ever had and an experience I would highly recommend. Below is a photo of my cup!