Fish ~ travel over water; the fish is also read as an extremely lucky symbol.
Fox ~ a friend, acquaintance or business associate who seems to be lending their intellect to your good use may be only looking out for themselves. Beware of the person who is “crazy like a fox.”
Frog or toad ~ the petitioner needs to dial back their attitude, particularly if they tend to be a know-it-all.
Goat ~ close friends may hide scheming enemies. Tread with caution.
Horse ~ news, usually good, is on its way. A horse standing or walking indicates a long wait for the news but a horse running – particularly if it carries a rider – indicates swift and surprisingly good news.
Lion ~ favorable outlook for current ventures; friends in high places and/or help from people in power is indicated. This is an extremely auspicious shape for writers to find in their teacups.
Mouse, rat or other small rodent ~ theft or robbery should be guarded against. A friend is untrustworthy.
Parrot or other talking bird ~ gossip.
Peacock ~ increase in material possessions. Surrounded by dots, the peacock indicates an influx of cash. When the bird’s tail is open, real estate is involved.
Pig ~ success with consequences. Both good and bad are ahead.
Rabbit ~ fear and/or anxiety. The appearance of this animal may indicate that the petitioner suffers from a treatable anxious condition.
Snake ~ anger or hostility directed toward the petitioner. Note that the snake has a discernable head unlike a road/line, which does not. The snake may also indicate deceit, particularly if it is near the top of the cup.
Spider ~ persistence; as the spider will spin its web again after it is ripped or broken, so the petitioner will pursue their goal despite obstacles.
Swan ~ happiness.
Turtle or tortoise ~ single-mindedness; watch out for falling for flattery.
There, then, is a generally list of animals you might see in the tea leaves. Even if you don’t plan to seriously practice tasseography, it is a fun pastime after a nice afternoon cup. Here’s a great post you might find helpful; I know I did. Vendredi heureux ~
Header: Young Hare by Albrecht Durer c 1502