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Beginner’s Guide to Tea Spells

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August 26, 2022
Estimated Read Time: 10 Minutes

If you’re new to the world of witchcraft, you’re likely searching for simple ways to tap into your magickal abilities. Fortunately, tea spells are the perfect gateway into Wicca.

In fact, tea spells can be used in a variety of different ways, and we’d like to help you find out which ones will benefit you the most. But, before you start your journey, every witch should learn a bit about the history of tea.  

A Brief History: How Tea Came to Be

Illustration of Shennong, produced in the 18th century AD
Illustration of Shennong, produced in the 18th century AD

Although the exact origin of tea drinking is impossible to pinpoint, most historians will say that the beginnings of the tea culture started in China. Shennong, the legendary Chinese Emperor and herbalist, was known to boil his water before drinking it in order to ensure its purity.

During one of his trips to a distant region, the Emperor and his army had set up camp so they could rest. While there, one of the servants boiled some water for the Emperor to drink.

Unbeknownst to either of them, a leaf from a wild tea bush fell into the boiling water, and Shennong drank the concoction. Upon doing so, he was amazed at how refreshed he felt after consuming the liquid. After that, he would regularly add tea leaves to boiling water.  

A beautiful tea plantation

Another interesting fact is that the earliest records of tea drinking date back to the first millennium BC, in China. In fact, the Han Dynasty regularly consumed tea for medicinal purposes, and centuries later, the Tang Dynasty popularized tea drinking on social occasions.

In the 9th century, tea made its way from China to Japan, and in the 16th century, it was introduced to Europeans by Portuguese and Dutch merchants.

Today, tea is consumed for health purposes, during social occasions, and it holds a special place in Wicca practices. 

Tea Spells: Terminology and Purpose

As mentioned, most people use tea for its main purpose — a tasty hot beverage. But there are many more interesting uses for it, some of which don’t involve sipping. The most prominent ones are tasseography and offerings.

Tasseography: The Art of Reading Tea Leaves

Tea Leaves

Tasseography or tasseomancy, as some people call it, is essentially the art of interpreting messages and finding symbols in the configurations and shapes of tea leaves. To put it into perspective, it’s similar to tarot or crystal readings.

One of the most interesting aspects of this practice is that it is quite simple, yet it can result in some incredibly profound findings. This is precisely the reason why tasseography has piqued the interest of many curious minds throughout the centuries.

Furthermore, this practice is less structured than crystal or tarot reading, not to mention far less expensive as well. This makes it the perfect option for anyone looking to start practicing divination on a tight budget. When you think about it, you basically have all the ingredients you need at home, and even if you don’t, tea isn’t expensive.

Overall, tea leaf reading is focused on the direction of energy. In order to perform tasseography, we need to focus our energy on the tea, so it becomes an energetic conduit.

These conduits are meant to mirror our past and future experiences through the color, shape, placement, and even density of the wet leaves. When you ask the leaves a question, they will offer advice, reveal something that is yet to come, or something that has been weighing on you.  

Offerings to Deities

A variety of herbal teas

Offerings are essentially meant to be given to deities as a gift or to express your gratitude. These tokens of your appreciation don’t have to be expensive, and they most often come in the form of food or drink (although you can get as creative as you like).

Overall, tea is a great beverage to share as an offering. It’s inexpensive and there are so many different flavors to choose from. Just keep in mind that some deities prefer specific blends, so it may take you a while to get it right. With that in mind, here are some things to consider when choosing tea.

Traditional Tea for Ancient Cultures

A cup of chamomile tea and beautiful chamomile flowers

Before choosing a tea, consider the culture of the deity you’re appeasing. Are they Norse, Celtic, or Egyptian? Once you determine this, research which traditional teas would work best for the deity.

For example, ancient Egyptians loved to drink chamomile tea, so if you’re presenting your offering to Ra, Sekhmet, or Horus, chamomile is a great choice. Celtic deities would likely enjoy clover blossom, nettle, yarrow, and possibly dandelion tea, whereas Norse deities might prefer pine, blackberry, or dandelion.

Natural Herbs and Native Herbs

A cup of herbal tea surrounded by fragrant dried herbs

Some neo-pagan deities, such as Hecate, will have herbs associated with them. Fortunately, you can easily find this information online by doing a quick Google search.

Since we previously mentioned Hecate, this ancient deity is the goddess of herbalism. She teaches her followers all about the lore of plants and nature. In fact, Hecate is considered to be among the most important deities in ancient Greece. In some of the myths about her, Hecate has three heads and is associated with darkness and death. 

Some of Hecate’s favorite herbs include rue, mugwort, marjoram, thyme, fennel, hyssop, rosemary, lavender, sage, wormwood, and dill. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to use just one of these herbs as an offering, or all of them at once.

Just like with Hecate’s example, you can easily find out which herbs are associated with other deities and use them for your offerings.

But in case you aren’t able to find traditional teas for a specific deity, don’t give up! You can also research which herbs grow in the deity’s region. Once you do so, make sure to check which plants are non-toxic if you plan on drinking the tea before using it as an offering.

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Creating Your Own Tea Ritual

Pouring a cup of tea

Apart from using tea as an offering or for tasseography, new witches can also benefit from creating their own tea ritual. This is a simple yet effective way to get into the practice of tea spells, and it’s also a great way to establish a routine.

If this interests you, here are a few tips to get you started.

Choose a Ritual Cup

A woman pouring hot water into a mug with a teabag

Your first step toward creating your very own tea ritual is by choosing a special cup to drink from. This could be a cup that’s near and dear to you, or you can buy yourself a new one to use for this specific ritual. Regardless of whether you’re using an old or new one, it’s important to give that mug meaning and to only use it for this ritual.

Choose a Tea

An assortment of different tea bags

Choosing a tea is equally important. For this, you should take some time to choose the tea that you enjoy drinking and that has a special meaning for your ritual. For example, lavender, chamomile, and mint tea are great choices to try out first and they are quite essential for every witch’s kitchen. 

Once you’ve found the perfect blend, make sure to place it in a special container. Choose one that is appealing to you, so you give it a sacred meaning.

Determine a Time for Your Tea Ritual

A woman having a cup of tea in the morning while reading a book

In order to make your tea time ritual truly special, you need to determine a specific time to drink it. Make sure that your mind isn’t preoccupied.

For example, consider drinking your tea before bed each night. This will help you establish a routine, and will add meaning to your ritual. What’s more, our minds are typically more at ease during the nighttime.

Also, if you’re interested in further enhancing your experience, think about adding tea spells to your ritual. If you haven’t performed any, keep reading to learn our favorite tea spells for new witches to try out.

Simple Tea Spells for New Witches

Inner Beauty Tea Spell

A woman smiling while drinking tea

Every witch needs to start embracing her inner beauty. This tea spell will help you acknowledge your self-worth and grow your confidence.

Essential ingredients:

  • White tealight candles (preferably five)
  • A mirror
  • Some brightly colored flowers of your choosing
  • A cup of your favorite tea

How to perform the spell:

  1. Determine a specific time for when you want to perform this spell. This could be any time you deem special. Make sure you can perform the spell undisturbed.
  2. Make a cup of your favorite tea. 
  3. Find a room that you can use to arrange the flowers in a circle. This circle should be large enough for you to sit in. 
  4. Once you’ve arranged the flowers, place the tealight candles within the flower circle as well.
  5. As for the mirror, you should place it outside of the circle. Make sure you can see yourself clearly when you sit down. Cross your legs, and start lighting the candles.
  6. Once you’ve lit them all, look at yourself in the mirror. Take your time, and relax.
  7. Finally, drink your tea and repeat these words to perform the spell:

“I am beautiful, no matter what anyone says,

 I am filled with love for myself in every single way.”

Use this spell whenever you feel less confident about yourself, or you’re feeling down about something in your life. 

Deep Sleep Tea Spell

A woman in a deep sleep surrounded by chamomile flowers

If you’re having trouble establishing a healthy sleep cycle, this is just the spell for you.

Essential ingredients:

  • Magnolia bark tea
  • Dried Valerian root (1 tbsp)
  • Boiling water

Mix the dry ingredients together, add the boiling water, and allow to steep for 6 minutes.

Namely, this tea is meant to balance your GABA levels and help you fall asleep quickly. With that in mind, here are a few more things to do before you drink the tea and cast your spell:

  1. Prepare your bedroom for the spell by getting rid of all your electronic devices. You can choose to play some relaxing music in the background if you find it calming.
  2. Close the curtains, and dim the lights to your liking.
  3. Get into bed, drink the tea, and repeat these words:

“Where I am is safe and warm,

 I am hidden from the storm,

 I can close my eyes and breathe,

 Let all my worries leave.”

You can use this spell whenever you feel as if your sleep cycle needs improvement, or you can make it a nightly ritual.

Tea Spell to Start Your Day

A man starting his day with a cup of tea at camp

There’s nothing better than starting your day with a bit of magick. This spell can be used for a variety of different purposes, but overall, it will add a bit of positivity to your life.

Essential ingredients:

  • A cup of your favorite tea
  • A spoon

This is by far one of the simplest spells as it requires the least ingredients and prep time. You will need to think of three things you would like to conjure up for that day. Here are some examples:

  • Creativity
  • Productivity
  • Laughter
  • Happiness
  • Good health
  • Positivity
  • Relaxation
  • Tranquility
  • Restoration
  • Abundance
  • Love
  • Serenity

Next, start stirring your tea with the spoon. However, remember to always stir clockwise. Stirring counterclockwise is meant for rejecting energy, and in this case, you want to draw in positive energy.

While you’re stirring the tea, keep envisioning the three qualities you’ve chosen. Finally, repeat this spell:

“[1st quality], [2nd quality], and [3rd quality],

These three things I draw to me as I drink my tea.”

Tea Spell for Prosperity

Notebook with the words "make it happen!" written in it

Prosperity spells are meant to attract abundance. Abundance can come in many forms, but often the intent is to help increase your cash flow. In some cases, the spell will help you get a promotion, whereas other times, it will increase your overall luck. Either way, it’s a win-win situation.  

Keep in mind that in order for this spell to work, you need to consider yourself deserving of the thing you are manifesting (money or luck).

Essential ingredients:

  • A cup of any tea
  • Cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • Honey (1 tsp)

How to perform the spell:

  1. Combine the essential ingredients into a cup.
  2. Mix them together using a clockwise stirring motion and repeat this spell:

“This tea will draw money to me.”

  1. Light a cinnamon tea candle while you drink the tea. While this is optional, it can help draw in positive energy.

Remember, this spell probably won’t help you win the lottery, but it should help you fix your cash flow. Cinnamon is one of the most potent herbs and is often used for prosperity spells. You can also use it as an offering if you like.

Practice Makes Perfect

A man making tea in the desert

Regardless of what type of tea spell you’re performing, always keep in mind that practice makes perfect. This rule applies to both new witches and experienced magick users as well. As long as you believe in the spells you’re performing, and you keep your mind open and heart pure, magick will always find a way to better your life in some way — and that’s precisely the point of it all.

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