Tea leaf reader shares vision with Merritt
Some of her clients may only know her as Angie, but Merritt’s tea leaf reader says she knows a lot more about her clients by analyzing the patterns in the herbs at the bottom of their teacups.
“I used to see things out of a cup when I was four years old, but I didn’t know what it was,” the woman who only goes by Angie says. “It’s a born gift.”
The soft-spoken Medicine Hat native says she had an affinity for teacups and teapots for as long as she could remember. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she realized she had the gift of divination, she added.
“I only did it for my friends because I was pretty shy, and then as I got older I was fine with it,” she says. “I enjoy what I’m doing, and it’s a gift.”
Angie says she never studied reading tea leaves, but just follows her instincts in seeing what the leaves present to her.
She learned to read ashes through the same sink-or-swim technique.
“It’s nothing I’ve practised for. I’ve never looked in a book or studied it. Somebody bought me a book on tea leaf reading at a garage sale, and I opened one page and I saw a lady sitting at a table and she was turning her cup the same way I was. I closed the book,” Angie laughs.
Indeed, she closed the book on forcing what didn’t feel natural to her, just as she encourages clients to come to her when they’re ready.
Angie lets her large and geographically dispersed group of regular clients speak for itself.
“My tea leaves are just like a book, so I never worry that someone’s going to be disappointed,” she says.
Still, Angie says even regular clients are excited to tell her when her predictions have come true.
Angie recalls her experience with a close friend, the first person whose tea leaves she read.
“He was an older fellow with a few issues he wanted to know about,” she says. “I was so pleased, because everything I told him happened so quick. What I told him was he would go to three funerals and the colour of each coffin. When he went home, he had a phone call right away that his brother had passed on. Everything was right, even the colour of the coffin.
“He came back and cried. He said, ‘You sure prepared me in so many ways.’
“I just tell them what I see and I’m very honest. I’m not going to hold back, good or bad, I just tell them what it is.”
With clients from as far away as Saskatchewan, Angie has gotten creative about how to read tea leaves, and says she can interpret them through photos faxed to her.
“I’m just as busy on the phone,” she says.
Angie also reads tea leaves at parties, and is privately practising reading a crystal ball that someone gave her as a gift. She says it’s just another way of seeing where various aspects of people’s lives are going, and, often, helping them before situations get out of hand.
“I enjoy helping people and I enjoy reading,” she says. “Whenever they want it done, I’m here for them. And I’ll make time for them. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing. In the summertime, I could be in the middle of canning, and I just stop. The people come first.”
The family-oriented oracle said even skeptical and first-time clients leave their sessions in a positive state of mind.
“Some people don’t know what to expect, and they usually just sit and listen and they’re usually quite happy when we’re completed and with what they’ve got out of it,” she says with a smile.
A tea leaf reading with Angie is $40 and lasts between 40 minutes and an hour.
For more information, call Angie at 250-378-8326.