Published on October 18, 2013
Darlene Marie Sawler, of Touched By An Angel Spiritual Center in Maitland Bridge, is offering tea leaf readings by appointment at the James House Museum Saturday. Some of the proceeds will go to the museum.
Published on October 18, 2013
Darlene Marie Sawler
Tea leaf reader comes to Bridgetown
By Heather Killen
There are few problems that can`t be soothed by a good cup of tea and a good chat.
On Saturday Darlene Marie Sawler, of Touched By An Angel Spiritual Center in Maitland Bridge, is offering tea leaf readings by appointment at the James House Museum. Some of the proceeds of this event will benefit the museum.
Sawler is an old-school fortune teller who offers various divination methods, from palm readings and tarot, to tea leaves and angel cards. Also a reiki master, she`s sensitive to the energies in the room.
“The lines don`t lie,”she says, as she traces a finger over my palm. “You`re a bit witchy.”
Like I`ve never been called that before.
She offers me a cup of tea, a loose chai poured in a beautiful antique cup and saucer. White cups are traditional for tea readings and she has a full set ready for her visit this week at the James House.
She cautions me that what is to follow is for entertainment purposes only and I assure her I won`t cash in my savings, or quit my job if things look bleak at the bottom. Once the tea is almost gone, she asks me to rotate the cup until the dregs are moved from the clump at the bottom. The cup is then turned over, upside down on its saucer and tapped until the remaining liquid is poured out.
Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy) is a traditional fortune-telling method that interprets the patterns in the dregs at the bottom of a cup. People can read tea leaves, coffee grounds, and even wine sediments.
The idea is see patterns emerge, like watching clouds take shape, and interpret the meaning of these shapes through synchronistic events in a person`s life. We are sent messages all the time, she says. We don`t always take notice.
It could be a feather, or a coin, or an unusual set of circumstances that perfectly align. Many people brush these things off as coincidence she says, but if we pay attention sometimes they offer a gift of insight into everyday problems and circumstances.
This tea reading tradition has been passed down in her family for three generations as her great aunt and aunt were both professional teal leaf readers in the U.S. Sawler added that she also took a tea-reading course with Pinky Marriot-Vaughan.
She then looks at the pattern of tea leaves in my cup and allows her imagination to play around the shapes. Sometimes distinct patterns appear in the cup; an eagle, a letter, or a ring.
These shapes are then interpreted through intuition, or by means of symbolism.
When the patterns coincide with events in the person`s life, it`s a sign to slow down and pay attention. Perhaps an insight will manifest, whether it`s a solution from beyond, or deep within the unconscious mind, it could offer the gift of a creative solution to a problem.
Sawler says she was 16 years old when she visited her first fortune teller, borrowing $5 from her aunt to hear what the future held. She said the woman was a true gypsy palm reader who looked at the lines in her hand and told her that she would be married twice.
Now celebrating over 25 years of marriage with her husband, Sawler admits that she sometimes wonders how accurate the gypsy was about that. Still she knows the reading changed her life, in that she`s been hooked on fortune telling ever since.
She hopes people will leave her readings feeling refreshed and empowered. For more information on Sawler, visit angelspiritualcentre.webs.com, or call 682-2236.
To reserve a spot in one of the readings on Saturday at the James House, call 665-2030.