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Mother Bunch's golden fortune-teller [between 1840 and 1857?]

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How to see a future Husband or Wife.
To know if your present Sweetheart will marry you.
To know whether a Man or Woman shall have the person
they love.
To know whether one shall enjoy their love or not.
To know whether a person shall be married.
To know what Fortune your future Husband shall have,
XIow to make the Dumb Cake.—-Birth of Children, &e»
Secrets of Nature displayed.
Art of telling Fortunes by the Grounds of Tea or Caftan
Important Signs, &c.
To pour out the Tea or Coffee Grounds.
Pour the grounds of tea or coffee into a white cup,
shake them well about in it, so that their particles
may cover the surface of the whole cup; then r&
verse it into the saucer, that all the superfluous
parts may be drained, and the figures required for
fortune-telling be formed. The person that acts
the fortune-teller must always bend his thoughts
upon him or her that wish to have their fortune
told, and upon their rank and profession, in orde^
to give plausibility to their predictions. It is not
to be expected, upon taking up the cup, that the
figures will be accurately represented; but the
more fertile the fancy shall be of the person inspecting the cup, the more he will discover in it,
In this amusement, each must himself be a judge
under what circumstances he is to make changes in
point of time, speaking just as it suite, in the
present, the past, and the future.
The Boads, or superfine lines, indicate ways; if
they are covered with clouds, and in the thick,
they are marks of past or future reverses; but if
they appear clear or serene, they denote some
fortunate change near at hand ; encompassed with
many points or dots, they signify an accidental gain
of money, likewise long life.
The Ring signifies marriage ; if a letter near it,
it denotes to the person that has his fortune told
the initial of the name of the person to be married^
If the ring is in the clear, it portends happy am |
lucrative friendship.    Surrounded with clouds, de
notes that the party is to use precaution  in  the
friendship he is about to contract, lest he should
be insidiously deceived ; but is most inauspicious
if the ring appear at the bottom of the  cup, as
it forbodes the entire separation from a beloved
A Leaf of Clover is, as well here as in common
life, a lucky sign; its positions in the cup alone
make the difference ; if it is on the top, it shows
that good fortune is not far distant ; but it is subject to delay if it is in the middle, or at the bottom.
Should clouds surround it, many things disagreeable
will attend the good fortune; in the clear, it
prognosticates undisturbed happiness.
The AncJior, the emblem of hope and commerce, |
implies successful business carried on by water and
land, if on the bottom of the cup; at the top, and
in a clear part, it shows constant love, and unshaken fidelity. In thick and clouded parts it also
denotes love, but tinctured with the inconstancy of
the butterfly.1
The Serpent, always the emblem of falsehood [
and enmity, is here a* general sign of an enemy.
On the top, or in the middle of the cup, it promises
to the consulting party the triumph which he dc*
wres oyer his enemy: but-he will not obtain it nu
easily if the serpent be in the thick or cloudy part
By the letter which frequently appears near the
emblem, the enemy may easily be guessed, as it
marks the initial of his name.
The Letter.—By letters we communicate to our
friends either pleasant or unpleasant news ; such
is the case here. If this emblem is in the clear
part, it denotes the speedy arrival of welcome
news; surrounded with dots, it announces the
arrival of a considerable remittance in money ; but
hemmed in by clouds, it is quite the contrary, and
forbodes some melancholy tidings. If it be in the
clear, and accompanied by a heart, lovers may expect a letter, which secures to the party the possession of the beloved object; but in the thick it denotes a refusal.
The Coffin, the emblem of death, prognosticates
the same thing here, or long illness if it be in the
thick. In the clear, it denotes long life; in the
thick, at the top of the cup, it signifies a considerable estate left to the party by some rich relation :
in the same manner, at the bottom, it shews that
the deceased is not so nearly related to the consulting party.
The Star denotes happiness if in the clear, and
at the top of the cup ; clouded, or in the thick, it
signifies long life, though exposed to various
troubles ; if dots are about it, it foretells great fortune, honours, &c. Several stars denote so many
good and happy children ; but surrounded by dots,
show that your children will cause you grief and
The Dog\ at all times an emblem of fidelity or
envy, has also a two-fold meaning here. At the
top, in the clear, it signifies faithful friends; but
surrounded by clouds and dashes, it shows those
whom you take for your friends are not to be de-
ponded on; but if at the bottom of the cup, you
have to dread the effects of envy or jealousy.
The Lily, at the top or in the middle of the cup,
signifies the consulting party has, or will have, a
virtuous spouse ; if at the bottom, the reverse. In
the clear, it denotes long and happy life; if clouded, or in the thick, it portends very great trouble
or vexation.
The Cross, be there one or more, generally predicts adversity. As its position varies, so do the
circumstances. At the top, in the clear, it denotes
the party's misfortunes near at an end; but if in
the middle, or at the bottom, in the thick, the
party must expect many severe trials ; if with dots,
either in clear or thick, it promises a speedy change
of sorrow.
* The Clouds, if more light than dark, you may
expect a good result from your hopes; but if
black, you must give it up. Surrounded by dots,
they imply success in all your undertakings.
The Sun is an emblem of great luck and happiness, if in the clear ; but in the thick it denotes a
great deal of sadness; if surrounded by dots or
dashes, an alteration will speedily take place.
The Moon, if in the clear, denotes high honours,
if in the thick parts, sadness without great; prejudice ; but if at the bottom of the cup, fortunate
both by sea and land.
Mountains.—If only one, it indicates the favour
of people of high rank ; but several of them, in the
ihick, are signs of powerful enemies; in the clear,
the contrary.
Trees.—One tree only, if it be in the clear or
thick part, points out lasting good health; several
trees denote your wish will be accomplished; if
they are encompassed with dashes, your fortune is
in its blossom, and requires time to bring it
maturity. If accompanied by dots, you will make
your fortune in the country where you reside.
The Child, in the clear part, bespeaks of some
innocent intercourse with another person; in the
thick part, excess in love matters, attended with
great expense ; at the bottom of the cup it denotes
the consequence of libidinous amours.
The Woman signifies much joy in general; if in
the clear more favourable; there it shows very
great happiness; in the thick a great deal of
iealousy. If dots surround the image, it explains
the lady's fertility or wealth. The different positions in the cup show, at the* top and in the middle,
that you will be in love with a virgin; at the
bottom, with a widow.
The Pedestrian denotes in general a merchant,
good business, pleasant news, and recovery of lost
things ; also, that the consulting party will soon
enlist, or get some engagement.
The Rider denotes good news from abroad, in
money matters, a good situation in a foreign country, or good prospects. Who doubts his fortune is
promised a lasting one by this emblem.
The Mouse, living by stealth, is here an emblem
of theft or robbery ; if it be in the clear, it shows
that you will get again in a wonderful manner
what you have lost; but if in the thick, you may
renounce the hope.
The Rod shows difference with relations about
legacies ; in the thick, illness.
Flowers.—li the party be married, he may expect good children, who will be a blessing to him
in his old age.
The Heart, if in the clear, signifies future
pleasure ; it promises recovery of money, if surrounded by dots. If a ring, or two hearts, the
party is about to be married or betrothed ; if a
letter be perceptible near it, it shows the initial of
the person's name; if the letter be in the clear, the
party is a virgin ; if in the thick, a widow.
The Garden, or Wood, signifies a large company
In the clear, it indicates' good friends of which it
will consist; in the thick, or encompassed with
streaks, it warns the consulting party to be cautious,
and not to take for his friends those who merely
profess themselves such.
The Bird, if in the clear, signifies that you will
have to combat with troubles, but of short dura-
lion ; in the thick, good living, and a speedy successful voyage or journey, and to a great distance
if there are dashes.
Fish imply lucky events by water, if in the
clear: but if in the thick, the consulter will fish in
troubled water, and rely upon that which others
have already lost before him. Surrounded by dots,
his destiny calls him to some distant place.
The Lion, or any other ferocious beast, at the
top, in the clear, signifies prosperity; at the bottom,
it warns you of persons who envy your fortune.
The Green Bush shows the benevolence of your
patrons, and gives you hopes of the honours'you
wish for ; without foliage, is a token of the caprice
of fortune ;   in the clear, it announces an unex
pected remittance of money.
Worms at the top, or in the middle of the cup,
denote good luck at play, and in matrimony;
below, it warns you against rivals in your courtship, and enviers in your trade.
The House indicates, at the top of the cup,
success in your enterprises, and that your situation
will soon be better. In the middle or below, it
cautions you to be vigilant over your servants.
The Scythe, if combined with an hour-glass,
denotes imminent dangers; below, a long and
happy life.
To see a Future Husband,—On Midsummer
night just at sunset, three, five, or seven young
women are to go into a garden, in which there is
no other person, and each gather a sprig of red
sage ; and then going into a room by themselves,
set a stool in the middle of the room, and on it a
clean bason full of rose-water, in which the sprig,
of sage are to be put; and tying a line across the
room, on one side of the stool, each woman is to
hang on it a clean shift, turned the wrong side
outwards; then all are to sit down in a row, on
the opposite side of the stool, as far distant as the
room will admit, not speaking the whole time,
whatever they see, and in a few minutes after
twelve, each one's future husband will take her
sprig out of the rose-water, and sprinkle her shift
with it.
Another Way to see a future Spouse in a Dream,
The party inquiring must lie in a different county
from that in which she commonly resides, and on
going to bed must knit "the left garter about the
right-leg stocking, letting the other garter and
stocking alone ; and as you rehearse the following
verses, at every comma knit a knot.
This knot 1 knit, to know the thing I know not yet,
That I may see, the man that shall my husband be,
How he goes, and what he wears,
And what he does, all days and years.
Accordingly in a dream, he will appear with the
insignia of his trade or profession.
To know if your present Sweetheart will marry
y0U%—Let  any unmarried woman take the blade
of a shoulder of lamb, and borrowing a pen-
knife, (but be sure not to mention for what purpose,) on going to bed stick the knife once through
the bone, every night, for nine nights, in different
places, repeating every night, while sticking the
knife, these words.:—
'Tis not this bone I mean to stick,
But my lover's heart I mean to prick,
Wishing him neither rest nor sleep,
'Till he comes to .me to speak.
' lecordingly, at the end of nine days, or shortly
tfteH, he will ask for something to put to a wound
he will have met with during the time you were
charming him,
To know whether a Woman will have the Man
she wishes.—-Get two lemon peels, wear them all
day, one in each pocket, at night rub the four posts
of the bedstead with them ; if she is to succeed,
the person will appear in her sleep, and present her
with a couple of lemons ; if not, there is no hope.
To know whether one shall enjoy their Love or
not—Take the number of the first letter of your
names, the number of the planet, and of the day
of the week ; put all these together, and divide
them by 40 : if it be above, it will come to your
mind, and if below, to the contrary; be particular
in minding the number which is under 30.
To know whether a new-horn Child shall live or
die.—Write down the proper names of the father
and mother, and the day the child was born, and
put to each letter its number as before, and to the
total sum, being put together, add 25, and divide
the whole by 7 ; and then if it be even, the child
will die, but if odd, it shall live.
To know lohether a person ivill he married.—
Get a peasepod, in which are nine peas, hang the
same over the door, and take notice of the person
who comes in, (who is not of the family,) and if he
be a bachelor, you will certainly w married within
the year.
On any Friday throng out the year, take rose*
mary flowers, bay leaves, thyme, and sweet marjoram, of each a handful; dry these and make
them into fine powder ; then take a tea-spoonful of
each sort, mix the whole together, then take twice
the quantity of barley-flower, and mix the whole
into a cake, with the milk of a red cow: this cake
is not to be baked, but wrapped in clear writing-
paper, and laid under your head any Friday night.
If the person dream of music, she will shortly wed
him she wishes; if she dream of fire, she will be
crossed in love ; if of a church, she will die single.
If any thing be written, or there be the least spot
on the paper, it will not do.
Any unmarried woman fasting on Midsummer
Eve, and at midnight laying a clean cloth, with
bread, cheese, and ale, and sitting down as if go-
g to eat, the street door being left open, the person whom she is afterwards to marry will come into the room, and drink to her by bowing ; and after filling the glass, will leave it on the table, make
another bow, and retire.
To know what Fortune your future Husband
shall have.—Take a walnut, a hazel-nut, and a
nutmeg, grate them together, and mix them with
butter and sugar, and make them into small pills,
of which exactly nine must be taken on going to
" bed, and according to your dreams so will be the
state of the person you will marry. If a gentleman, of riches; if a clergyman, of white linen $
'f a lawyer, of darkness; if a tradesman, of odd
noises and tumults ; if a soldier or sailor, of thunder and lightning ; if a servant, of rain.
To see a future Spouse in a Dream, by cliarm-
ing the Moon.—At the first appearance of the new
moon, immediately after new-year's day, go out in
a gale
the evening, and standing over the spars oi
or stile and looking on the moon, repeat the following lines :—
All nail to tnee, Moon, all nail to thee!
I pr'ythee, good Moon, reveal to me
This night who my husband shall be:
In order to make the Dumb Cake to perfection,
it is necessary to observe strictly the following instructions :—-Let any number of young women
take a handful of wheaten flour, (not a word is to
be spoken by any one of them during the rest of
the process,) and place it on a sheet of white paper;
then sprinkle it over with as much salt as can be
held between the finger and thumb: then one of
the damsels must bestow as much of her own water
as will make it into a dough ; which being done,,
each of the company must roll it up, and spread it
thin and broad, and each person must (at some
distance from each other) make the first letters of
her christian and surname, with a large new pin,
towards the end of the cake ; if more christian
names than one, the first letter of each must be
made. The cake must then be set before the fire,
and each person must sit down in a chair, as far
distant from the fire as the room will admit, not
speaking a single word all the time. This must
be done soon after eleven at night; and between
that and twelve, each person must turn the cake
once, and in a few minutes after the clock strikes
twelve, the husband of her who is first to be rfiar-
ried will appear, and lay his hand on that part of
e cake which is marked with her name.
With respect to the Moon's Age, and Day of the
To be born on the first day of the new moon,
portends their life shall be pleasant, with an increase of riches. '
A child born on the second day will grow apace,
and be inclined to lust. It is lucky on this day to
send messages of trade by land, and to sow seed.
A child born on the third day will be shortlived.
Never begin any work of moment on this day.
Theft committed on this day will be discovered.
The fourth day is bad. Persons falling sick on
this day rarely recover; and dreams will have no
The fifth day is favourable to begin a good work,
and dreams will be tolerably successful; the child
born on this day will be deceitful and proud.
The sixth day, dreams will not immediately
come to pass : the child born on this day will wot
live long.
The seventh. Do not tell your dreams on this
day, for much depends on concealing them: if
sickness befall you on this day, you will soon recover : the child born will live long, but have much
The eighth day the dream will come to pass,
and is a very prosperous clay.
The ninth day differs very little from the
former; the child born on this day will arrive at
great riches and honours.
The tenth day is likely to be fatal; those who
fall sick will very rarely recover: but the child
born   on   this   day   will   live   long,   and   be a
great traveller.
The eleventh day is a day to be married,
or commence a journey. A child born at this
age of the moon, will be healthy, handsome, and
of a good constitution, with a particular mole on
its forehead. If a female, will be remarkable
for wisdom.
On the twelfth day the child born will meet
every affection, but be of a bad temper. This is
a very unlucky day, particularly to those falling
A child born on the thirteenth*day will be unfortunate, both in temper and estate ; though a
good day for marriage, or to find things that
have been lost. Persons imprisoned this day
will soon have their liberty.
A child whose nativity is on the fourteenth
day will die as a traitor. An excellent day
to ask a favour.    Take physic this d&y.
The fifteenth day is very unfortunate. A good
day to find any thing that is lost
A child born on the sixteenth day will be unmannerly and unfortunate. Buy and sell on this
day.    Dreams portend luck on this day,
A child born  on   the seventeenth* day of the
moon, shows it will be- foolish.    You may take
physic, let blood, or transact business on this day.
The eighteenth day is fortunate, both for male
and female born on it.
A nativity on the nineteenth day, the child will
be wise and virtuous, and will arrive at great
Your dreams portend good on the twentieth day
of the moon ; but a child then born will be c\;%
A child born the twenty-first day, will be of so
unhappy a disposition, that let him look to the
sword of justice, perhaps/'black with murder*
sacrilege, and crimes." An unhappy fatality attends this day.
On the twenty-second day, the child .that, is
bora will purchase a good estate: he will be handsome, religious, and well beloved. This is a good
day to remove bees.
On the twenty-third day, the child that is bom
will be of an ungovernable temper, a great traveller, but will die miserable. Good day to be married on, or commence business.
On the twenty-fourth day, the child bom will
achieve many heroic actions, and will be much
admired for them.
The child born on the twenty-fifth day will be
very wicked, and meet with many dangers. It is
a very unfortunate day, and threatens vexation.
On the twenty-sixth day, the child born shall be
very amiable : a male will meet but an indifferent
state in the world ; if a female, she will be married to a rich man for her beauty.
On the twenty-seventh day, the child born will
have every engaging quality; but will not rise to
any great preferment.    This is a very lucky day.
On the twenty-eighth day, the child that is born
shall be the delight of his parents, but have much
The child born on a Sunday shall be of a long
life, and obtain riches.
On Monday,—Weak, of an effeminate temper,
which seldom brings a man of honour.
On Tuesday,-—the person born will be subject
to violent starts of passion, not easily reconciled ;
if a man, given to illicit connexions, which cause
misfortunes to rise, and he will be in danger of
dying by violence from them.
On Wednesday,-—Shall be given to learning,
and profit thereby.
On Thursday,—He shall arrive at great honour
and riches.
On Friday,—He shall be of a strong constitution, and perhaps lecherous.
On Saturday.—-This day is a bad day, though
the child may come to good: they are of a dogged
They who have their nails broad, are of a gentle
disposition, bashful, and afraid of speaking before
their superiors, or indeed to any without hesitation and a downcast eye.
If around the nails there is usually an excoriation/or sprouting of the skin, the person is luxurious, fearful, and an epicure, loving enjoyment,
provided it is to be obtained without danger.
When there are certain white marks at the end,
it testifies that the person is improvident, soon
ruining their fortune through negligence.
Narrow nails.—The person with such nails is
desirous of attaining knowledge in the sciences ;
but is never at peace long with his neighbours.
When to narrowness they add some degree of
length, the person is led away by ambitious desires,
aiming at things he cannot obtain, one who, having formed notions of grandeur, grasps at the
shadow while he loses the substance.
If at both ends there is a redness, or mixture of
several colours, the person is choleric, and delights
in fighting.
When the end is black, the man loves agriculture ; he places happiness in mediocrity, and from
thence avoids the cares attendant on either extreme
of fortune.
Round nails declare a hasty person, yet good
natured, very forgiving, a lover of knowledge,
honest in mind, doing no one any harm, and acting according to his own imaginations, being
rather too proud of his own abilities.
Long nails.—When the* nails are long, the person is good natured, but placing confidence in no
man, being from his youth conversant in deceit,
yet not practising it, from the goodness of his nature, and a love of virtue*
Fleshy nails.—A p&t**
to sleep, eat, and liu^ ,
and a busy life* ■
Little naihr -juttile Tcvifij*: :;a'.Is discover a person to bo olnunate, seldom r leased, inclining to
hate Cfmy  one^  as  concaving  himself superior
ut any foundation for such
wr^cm and idler, loving
;jvh  ut Sighting in bustla
to others, $hoag?i \nm'ts
}ule} or- 'had-eoimr<?d nails.—A melancholy person, one who, through choice, leads a sedentary
life, and would willingly give up all things for the
sake of study,
Med and spotted nails.—Choleric and martial,
delighting in cruelty and war: his chief pleasure
being in plundering towns, where every ferocious
particle in human nature is glutted to satiety.
When upon the nails you find any black spots,
they always signify evil, as white ones are a token
of good.
White nails.—When the nails are white fe3
long, the person is subject to great sickness ; he
is well made and comely, but much inclined to
women, who deceive him through false pretences,
and shortly bring him to ruin.
If upon the white there appear pale lead-coloured spots, a short life, and addicted to mel
Physiognomy is an ingenious science, or knowledge
of nature, by which the inclinations and dispositions of every creature are understood. And because some of the members are uncompounded,
and entire of themselves, as the tongue, the heart,
&c, and some are of a mixed nature, as the eyes,
the nose, and others ; we therefore say, that there
are many things which agree and live together,
that inform a wise man how to make his judgment
before he be too rash to deliver it to the world.
Hair.—Hair that hangs down without curling,
if it be of a fair complexion, thin, and soft withal,
signifies a man to be naturally faint-hearted, and
of a weak body, but of a quiet, harmless disposition. Hair that is big and thick, and short withal,
denotes a man to be of a strong constitution, secure, bold, deceitful, and for the most part unquiet
and vain, lusting after beauty, and more foolish
than wise, though fortune may favour him. He
whose hair not only curls much but busheth out,
and stands on end, if the hair be white, or of a
yellowish colour, he is by nature proud and bold,
dull of apprehension, soon angry, a lover of venery,
given to lying, malicious, and ready to do any
mischief. He whose hair rises in the corner of
his temples, and is gross and rough withal, is most
highly conceited of himself, inclined to malice, but
cunningly conceals it, is*very courtly, and a lover
of new fashions. He whose hair is of a reddish
complexion, is for the most part, if. not always,
proud, deceitful, detracting, venerous, and full of
envy. Hair of a yellowish colour, shows a man to
be good conditioned, and willing to do any thing,
fearful, shamefaced, and weak in body, but strong
in the abilities of the mind, and more apt to re-
venge an injury. He whose hair is of a brownish
colour, and curled a little, is a well-disposed man,
and a lover of peace.
Forehead.—The forehead that riseth in a round,
signifies a man liberally minded, of a good understanding, and generally inclined to virtue. He
whose forehead is low and little, is of a good un
derstanding, m&r*n Yimous, confident, and a great
pretender to W>* % st*v honour.
Fye-brotcs. *i^c?e c^e-brows that are much
arched, whether ?n a m&x m woman, show the person is proud, hi^ 4-spiiited, Bold, and threatening,
and a lover of be^.i^v, ri-^*e, on the other side,
whose eye-brows a\'t black, ££c| the hair of them
but thin, will do notk'Bg miltM great consideration, and are bold and ev.uiS'taai. -& the performance
of what they undertake.
Eyes.—He whose eyes .ira hsMew in his head,
is one that is suspicious, maJicioTis, perverse in his
conversation, and of an extraordinary memory.
He whose eyes are, as it were, starting out of his
head, is a simple foolish person. He who looks
studiously and acutely, with his eyes and eye-lids
downwards, denotes thereby to be of a malicious
nature, very treacherous, and false. He who hath
a wandering eye, and which is rolling up and
down, is for the most part a vain, simple, deceitful
man, lustful, treacherous, or high-minded. He
whose eyes are twinkling, and which move forward or backward, show the person to be luxurious,
unfaithful, and hard to believe. They whose eyes
are addicted to be bloodshot, are naturally choleric,
proud, cruel without shame, and much inclined to
Nose.—A long and thin nose denotes a man
bold, furious, angry, vain, and credulous. A
bottle-nose is what denotes a man to be vain, false,
luxurious, weak, and uncertain. A nose broad in
the middle, and less toward the end,denotes a vain,
talkative person, a liar, and one of a bad fortune.
He who hath a long and grea* nose, is an admirer
of the fair sex, addicted to vi« '\ *nd very ignorant.
A nose that turns up audi* »; n N Id full on the
tip of it, shows a person t? / .?' 3 vto be bold, envious, luxurious, a Mar, d\ J <x *e jiver. He whose
nose riseth high in tW *r>d'ur is prudent and polite, and of greai com jgr . A nose big at the end,
shows a person to V o a t)c ^eeable disposition, industrious, and faiO%
of a good understand
teat'X. wide mouth shows a man
gr\j>  jar, and a great talker and
to be bold, I	
eater. A 1 tie nr wth shows the person to be of
a quiet, pacinc ,err per, secret, modest, and bountiful.
Lips.—The lips, when they are very big and
blubbering, show a person to be credulous, foolish,
and apt to be enticed to any thing. Lips of a different size denote a person to be discreet, of a
ready wit, but somewhat hasty. To have one lip
bigger than the other, denotes the party to be of a
dull, sluggish temper, and much addicted to folly.
The lips they so much dote on for a kiss,
Oft tell fond lovers when they do amiss.
Voice.—A great and full voice, in either sex,
shows them to be of a great spirit, confident, proud,
and wilful. A faint and weak voice shows a person of a good understanding, nimble fancy, a little
eater, but weak of body and timorous. A loud
and shrill voice denotes one sagacious and ingeni-
ous, but capricious, vain-glorious, and too credulous. A weak, trembling voice, denotes one to be
envious, suspicious, slow in business, and fearful.
A loud, shrill, and unpleasant voice, signifies one
bold and valiant, buc quarrelsome. A voice beginning low, or in the bass, and ending high in
the treble, denotes a person to be violent, angry,
bold, secure.
Thus by our voice 'tis to the artist known,
Unto what virtue, or what vice we're prone;
And he that will of a good wife make choice,
May choose her by observing of her voice.
CMn.—A thick and full chin shows a man inclined to peace, honest, but slow of invention. A
peaked chin, reasonably full of flesh, shows a good
understanding, a high spirit, and laudable of conversation. A double chin shows a man of peaceable disposition, but of dull apprehension, vain,
credulous, and secret in his actions.
Bars.—Great and thick ears are certain sign*
of a foolish person ; but small and thin ears sIiom
a person to be a good wit, grave, secret, modest,
and one willing to serve his friend.    He whoso
ears are no longer than ordinary, is a bold maw
uncivil, vain, and foolish,
Whoe'er his praise unwillingly does hear,
Shows a good life as well as a good ear.
Face.—A face apt to sweat on every motion,
shows the person to be of a hot constitution. A
very fleshy face shows the person to be' of a fearful
disposition, but a merry heart, and withal, bountiful and discreet. A lean face denotes the person
to be of a good understanding, but somewhat capri*
To cut your nails on a Sunday is unlucky,
cut them on a Monday is best; on Wednesday
prognosticates a quarrel; every other is a matter
of indifference.—Bellows found lying on a table or
floor, is a sign of words in the domestic circle; to
put them behind the door shows trouble for debt ;
bellows laid on a chair, denotes the near approach
of a welcome stranger to the house.—Burning beef
bones brings sorrow through poverty; and to cast
those of pork or veal into the fire, inflicts pains in
the bones of the person so improvident; burning
the bones of fish and poultry engenders scandal on
the consumer, especially if a female.—It  is not
lucky to cut hair on a Sunday, or a Wednesday,
and net at all in the Passion Week.—It is very
unlucky to stumble when you are on the road to
the church to be married ) it denotes early separation, or widowhood.    To meet a funeral as you go
to church on this errand, shows you will have to
encounter a life of domestic jars, and a very indifferent   partner.—For   a   fire   to burn black and
gloomy, is a certain sign of dissension or unpleasant tidings from a distant quarter.    For a fire to
spit or roar, is a sign of some heavy displeasure
from a superior, or a person who has authority over
A mole against the heart, denotes undoubtedly
v ickedness.
A mole on the belly, signifies a glutton.
A mole on the bottom of the belly, signifies weakness.
A mole on the knee, signifies obtaining a come*
ly wealthy wife.
If a woman have a mole on the right knee, she
will be honest and virtuous; if on the left, she
will have many children.
If a man have a mole athwart the nose, he will
be a traveller.
A mole on a woman's nose, signifies she will
travel on foot through divers countries.
A mole, on a man's throat shows that he will
become rich.
If a woman have a mole on the lower jaw, it
signifies she shall lead her life in sorrow and pain
of body.
A mole in the midst of the forehead, near the
hair, denotes a discourteous, cruel mind, and of
unpleasant discourse ; if it is of a honey colour,
will be beloved ; if red, sullen and furious ; if
black, inexpert and wavering ; if raised more like
a wart, very fortunate. But if a woman, shows
her to be a slut;. and if in her forehead black,
treacherous, consents to evil and murder.
A mole on the right side, about the middle of
the forehead, declares a man to abound in benefits
by friendship of great men ; will be loaded with
command, esteemed and honoured; the paler the
colour the greater the honour; if red, he is loved
by the clergy; if black, let him beware resentment of great men; if warty it increaseth good
fortune.    A woman having this shall be fortunate
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in all her actions;  but if black  beware  of hex
A mole on the left side of the forehead, near the
hair, predicts misery, and abundance of tribulations
to a man by means of his own misconduct; if
honey-coloured or red, his sorrows are lessened ;
but if black, in danger of imprisonment; if a wart,
those ill fortunes are moderated. To a woman, it
indicates her needy; if black, unfortunate in
every undertaking.
A mole on the left side of the forehead about
ifie midway, threatens a man with persecutions
from his superiors; if of a honey colour, he prodigally wastes his estate ; if red, will become poor;
if black, let him beware the wrath or malice of
great men ; if a woman, it threatens sorrow by the
perfidy of some man; if black, she will partake of
the extreme of misery.
A mole on the left side of the forehead, a little
above the imvxple, if it appears red. he has excellent wit ana 'Understandings if black in danger of
being branded V his falsehoods ; if as a wart, hi?
fate is mitigated. To a woman it signifies justification of innocence, though not deserved ; if black,
malignity, and represents every evil.
A mole appearing on the right temple above the
eye, near the head, denotes a long life and good
fortune ; if pale or red, he is studious ; to a woman
it signifies good and happy fortunes and marriage,
as she will be of careful conduct.


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