Rae Hepburn’s Tea Leaf Fortune Cards offer a unique way of reading both cards and tea leaves.
Combining the best of both worlds, the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards contain 200 cards in an easy-to-use card reading system.
I’ve been reading cards for over 20 years – everything from Tarot to Lenormand to Gypsy Witch.
I’ve also been reading tea leaves for years.
I really have to say that Rae Hepburn did a fantastic job with this deck. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, it’s also extremely accurate.
Rae Heburn is an accomplished tea leaf reader and it shows. While tea leaf reading requires the knowledge of roughly 600 different tea symbols, a deck of 600 cards would be downright challenging for anyone to use because it would be too unwieldy.
For this deck, Rae eliminated very rare symbols and symbols with duplicate meanings. From a card reading perspective, removing symbols with duplicate meanings makes a lot of sense since decks traditionally don’t contain cards with duplicate meanings.
Rae reduced the number of tea leaf symbols down to 182. There are an additional 18 cards that are used for specific spreads. These 18 cards contain 12 cards with the Months of the Year written on them to be used for a year-long spread. There are also 6 cards used for an Astral Pyramid Spread which focuses on topics such as love, wealth and happiness.
I rarely use the extra 18 cards that come with deck. I prefer to do weekly and monthly spreads where I simply draw 7 tea leaf cards to tell me what to expect in the week or month to come.
The cards are round like a teacup, with the symbol in the center – much like the bottom of a tea cup. The name of the symbol and its meaning are printed on the cards, making it really easy to do a reading without the book and without having to memorize the meanings of 182 cards.
The book that comes with the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards is filled with useful information. It teaches how to do an actual tea leaf reading, complete with illustrations to help you to understand how images in a cup are read.
Tea Leaf Fortune Card Spreads
The book contains three spreads to use with the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards.
The spreads are
- The Coming Year
- The Coming Week
- Astral House Pyramid
There are example readings for each spread.
The book also contains a glossary of all 182 cards with their meanings. I find that this isn’t really necessary since the cards have the meanings printed on them, but if you were reading tea leaves in a tea cup and wanted a quick reference book, it would be quite useful. It would certainly be faster than having to sort through all 182 cards to find the one your were looking for!
Watch the Author, Rae Hepburn, do a Live Tea Leaf Fortune Card Reading
Criticisms of Tea Leaf Fortune Cards
My biggest complaint about the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards is the bag that comes with them. It’s meant to hold all the cards and allow you to mix them in the bag. However, it’s really cheap and thin. Mine ripped as soon as I put the cards are in it. The cards are round so it wasn’t sharp corners that tore it! It was simply the poor craftsmanship of the bag.
I don’t think the bag reflects on Rae Hepburn at all. She designed the cards and the book, both of which are extremely well done. The bag was a throw-in by U.S. Games to help the cards sell. I suspect it was a last minute edition with no real thought about its usefulness.
I’ve replaced the bag with an old drawstring bag that a set of sheets came in. You could probably also use an old pillowcase or make your own bag if you wanted something fancier.
Despite the problems with the bag, I highly recommend the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards for just about everyone. The cards are very easy-to-use, with no learning curve. Simply open the deck and draw cards. That’s all there is to it!
Every Tea Leaf Fortune Card spread I have done has been spot on. That’s the true sign of an excellent deck.
Note: I was not paid for this review and did not receive a free copy of the cards. I just want to give credit where it’s due. I have used the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards personally and recommend them 100%.
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