Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader (Aquarian Review)

Reviewed by Mary Horodyski

Reading Tanya Lester’s Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader is like having a cozy chat with a fascinating friend. A former Winnipegger, Lester now lives and works on Salt Spring Island as a tea leaf reader. She has read thousands of tea cups for a great variety of people, from Goldie Hawn to the driver of a car she collided with in a parking lot. Her confessions tell some of these stories as well as a few secrets of her own. “Telling secrets,” Lester says, “is a very delicious idea.” Although she adds, “Not delicious enough for me to want to hurt anyone, of course.” Names and identities are altered in the book to keep her clients’ confidences, so we can safely hear of a woman who came to ask if her husband was trying to kill her (he was). We also hear that most readings are about love relationships, and we even become privy to a few stories from Lester’s own love life, including one affair in which she didn’t listen to what the tea leaves told her, even though she should have.

Lester is able to give tea leaf readings over the telephone and Internet. After one such reading for Bill Richardson on CBC radio, Lester received calls from people all across the country, many of whom became her regular clients. She also gives workshops on reading tea leaves throughout British Columbia and as far away as Glasgow, Scotland. Although she teaches how to read tea leaves in her workshops, it takes more than just a few hours to develop intuition and talent. Lester says her readings now have a high accuracy rate and this ability largely comes from Reiki energy that originally opened her third eye and continues to work through her.

Her destiny as a reader, however, came from her Lebanese grandmother and great grandmother who were both tea leaf readers. “It is in my blood,” she says. Blood and Reiki energy perhaps, but also a good dose of confidence, business sense and lots of practice. She tells us many stories of her friend Andrew, a long-term client who rarely paid for readings, but whose many readings gave her “so much practice in channeling” that both her accuracy
and confidence were greatly improved.

Lester’s choice of tea leaf reading as her profession was not originally welcomed by her family and friends. “We live in a society that says we need to have a pay cheque in order to survive financially, especially if we are single women. When we listen to our spirit guides, we will find out that this is not necessarily so.” To critics who say she should not earn money for her work because her information is channeled through a higher power, she asks, “Do you think we should only get paid for work that we hate doing instead of getting paid for following our passion?” After reading Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, you may be inspired to contact Tanya Lester for your own reading. She is found on the Internet at

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