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The true fortune teller; or universal book of fate. Containing besides other valuable information, directions… [between 1840 and 1857?]

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Vmtaintotff besides other valuable information, directions by which mg
one may know under what planet he was bom.—An account ofWie evil
and perilous days of every month of the year.-—How to choose a tofband
or wife by the hair, eyes, &e., <£u
Observe.—That you may either pick a number blindfolded amidst the leaves of this valuable tree, or throw
L%r them with dice; if you pick for them and get among
the branches, or in the blank leaves, it shows a speedy
misfortune or disappointment at hand. The mark number of 1000 shows a great advancement in life, if you are
so fortunate as to hit on it.
1 Gifts of Money
2 Prosperous run of business
3 Speedy A! arriage
4 Many "Children
5 A good partner in marriage
6 Yon will become rich
7 Money through love
8 Cash'by Trade
0 A rise in Life
10 A long journey
11 Anger and discontent
12 An important journey
13. A letter that will  alter your
present cireninst anees
14 Mind what you say to a lover
13 Present from a distance
16 Dispute with one you love
17 A law suit
15 Visit from a distant friend
10 Party of pleasure
30 Preferment
21 hove at first sight
%% A prize worth having
13 Weftltfi and dignity
24 Visit to a foreign land
25 Profit by industry
26 Prosperity by marriage
27 A multitude of cares
28 By friends you will profit
29 Second partner better than
80 Surmount many difficulties
81 A false friend
m A pleasing surprise
p A change in your affairs
34 A ramble by moonlight
35 Scandal
36 IJnpleasinjr tidings
37 Loss in a «hort time
38 A christening
39 Get rich through a legacy
40 Change vour situation
41 New wearing apparel
12 A speedy present
43 News from sea
44 Pleasant paths in future
45 You will be asked a question I
im.| >orunco to-morrow
Is ushering into the fiwld such a performance
as this, it may ho necessary to give our readers
some account of the life of the person who left the
following little work for the benefit and instruction
of the world, a person whoso fame, though not
recorded among the roll of those whose heroic
actions have trumpeted them to the world, yet her
discerning eyeP and her knowledge in prescience,
render her not unknown to the generality of those
who devote any attention to this interesting study.
Mrs Bridget, vulgarly called Mother Bridget,
lived, in her pcregrinage through this life, in a kind
of cave, or rather a hollow, formed by nature above
ground, with 6he assistance of a little art, and comprising an exceeding warm shelter from the air:
company of all sorts resorted to her, nobility, gentry, tradesmen, and mechanics—men, women, girls,
and toys, of all degrees and classes.
Our heroine was born on the spot where she
lived, and from the most juvenile part of her life
betokened an early propensity to preseiraoe, which
 8vinced she had it instincted in her by nature.
Her parents dying when she was young, left her
to ramble "abroad at her will; and she supported
herself chiefly by begging. It was then strongly
remarked in her, that she made observations on
people's features and manners; would sit up whole
nights when the atmosphere was clear, and seemed
as intent on considering the stars, as the greatest
astrologers would be with their glasses; this gave
her a great knowledge of the weather, the alteration of the air, and the effect it had ; and from her
sometimes casually acquainting the neighbouring
formers of any change which generally took place,
her fame began to spread when young, and she was
consulted by them on almost every occasion; not
a fanner would go to plough, not a sower would
put the seed in the ground, without first asking the
young gipsey (for so they then styled her) her
opinion, and following according to her dictates.
Her fame now began to spread, and Bridget's
prescience became more universal; other persons
besides farmers and her neighbours came to consult her, and the truth of her perdictions made her
veracity gain ground, and she became the topic of
conversation of the politest circles, many of whom
came in their equipages to consult her; and sha
never asked for any particular sum, so the unbounded generosity of those who applied to hex
©Fades, put her in possession of more money than
was sufficient to maintain hqr.
As she grew in years, like the generality «>f old
folks, she became fond of dumb animals, which were
her chief companions ; and of these she always had
numbers; people, indeed, have said hundreds, and
others have declared she could call as many on the
earth as she pleased; but this is fabulous, for I never saw more than ten at a time. Dogs and cats
were the principal companions of her retirement,
which, being of the smallest breed, would, as she sat,
creep from different parts of her garments, and not
a little surprise those that came to see her, and,
indeed, frightened many ; though, to do her justice,
she desired her visitors not to be terrified at her domestics, as she termed them, for they were not like
many that attended on the gentry, saucy, imperious,
and unfaithful, but were always attendant on the
prill of her whose hand fed them, nor would injure
without provocation, a lesson, she used to say, she
wished was learned by all mankind.
Of a pipe of tobacco our Bridget was exceedingly fond, and, indeed, was continually whiffing; and
as she indeed, humourously used to observe, she had
" sent more puffs into the world, than all the quacks
in the kingdom;" from a long contracted habit,
likewise, when she was smoking, of ever being
seated so that her knees almost touched her visage,
her limbs became so contracted, that when she became in years, she was almost double, which, together with her enormous length of nose and chin,
her pipe, and the number of animals about her,
made her cut a most hideous figure, and appear
rather uncommonly terrifying to those who were
ot apprised of it.
 Though this famous old woman had never beea
taught to write, yet by long practice she had formed to herself a kind of hieroglyphical characters, ia
which she decyphcred her observations, knowledge,
and remarks; these I found concealed within the
thatch of her cave ; but as they were so unintelligible, I thought it would be impossible to make
head or tale of such a heap of monsters, and other
figures as were attempted to be drawn ; but as I am
rather of a studious turn, I thought as I had made
it my business formerly to transcribe the Egyptian
hieroglyphics, which, when they were as unintelligible to me as these, I might by perseverance get at
the depth of this valuable manuscript, or at least
it would serve to deposit in the British Museum, as
the remains of a woman who was so famous, and
whose name was so well known among mankind.
I was therefore immediately determined on renewing my labours with redoubled ardour and unwearied application \ and at length, as perseverance
and resolution will conquer difficulties, I found it,
and the whole mystery was opened unto me. Think
of my joy: not the miser who has found a treasure
he supposed lost; not a maiden who finds her lover
returned after a long voyage, whom she thought
perished in the waves, but finds restored to her
arms with love and fidelity; not—but a truce with
metaphors—it is enough to tell the reader that I
wag at length enabled to read this valuable work,
and found by experience, that the maxims and remarks, her observations and judgement, have been
extensive,  are trae, strongly. characteristic, aad
would do honour to the most experienced astrologers,
Nature sometimes in her roughest coat drops
her brightest jewel, which for a long time lies hid
till de eloped bv some experienced adept. So we
may observe of our authoress, that though clothed in iho meanest garb, nature showed herself iu
her abilities, and left it for me to hand down to
posterity what otherwise would bo lost in oblivion.
Thinking, therefore, so precious a jewel should
not remain long hid, but shed its lustre to all eyes,
I innaediately set about putting it into English;
which at length I have accomplished, and usher it
into the world, requesting the gentle reader to ex
cuse my literal errors ; and if he reaps any benefit
from this production, I shall not think my labour
ill bestowed, though all the merit is due to the
deceased authoress*
An Explanation of the Circles of the Sphere, and
some other Terms of Astrology, for the easier Understanding of this Book, and further information
of the Reader.
The Equinoctial circle, Equator, or Equinox, is
a great circle or line, equally distant from the two
poles of the world, dividing the sphere in the
Zodiac is .a broad oblique circle, crossing the
equinoctial in two opposite places, viz., in the beginning of Aries and that of Libra, so that one
half declines towards the south ; and in this circle
is comprehended the twelve constellations or signs,
every sign containing thirty degrees in length, and
twelve in breadth. Note also, that the first six are
northern signs, and the last six southern signs.
The Ecliptic line, is a line imagined to go along
in the midst of the Zodiac as a girdle, out of which
the sun never goes; but the moon and other planets
are sometimes on the one side, and sometimes on
the other side, which is called their latitudes, only
the fixed stars alter not their latitudes, whether
great or small; but the longtitude of a star is the
arch, or parts of the ecliptic in degrees, between the
beginning of Aries, and the circle which passeth
through the body of the stars ; where note, that
all the circles of the sphere, or heavens, whether
they are large or small, have 360 degrees allowed
to each otthem.
Colours are said to be two great moveable circles, crossing each other at the poles of the world,
one cutting the equinox at the beginning of Aries,
Cancer, and Capricorn, and so dividing the globe
into four equal parts.
Horizon is a great circle which divideth the upper hemisphere, that is, the upper part of the world,
from the lower, we always being supposed to be
Meridian is a great circle passing through the
pole of the world, and the poles of the horizon,
called the Zenith and Nadir, (which are two points,
one directly over our heads, the other directly under our feet) on which the sun is always just at
noon, and to go directly north and south, the meridian is changed ; but to go to east and west, it is
changed to sixty miles, either way makes one degree, or four minutes of time difference under the
equinox, viz. 60 miles eastward, it is noon four
minutes sooner, and sixty miles westward, four
minutes later.
Tropics are supposed to be two lesser circles,
parallel with the equinoctial, and distant from it on
either side 23 degrees 31 minutes each; the ecliptic line touches the tropics of Cancer on the north
side of the equinoctial, and it touches the tropics
of Capricorn on the south side thereof, so that the
sun hath his motion between these two circles.
The Arctic circle is equally distant from the
north pole, as the tropics are distant from the equinox—23 degrees 31 minutes.
The Antarctic circle is the same distance from
the south pole.
Zones, so called, are five in number, two cold,
tw§ temperate, and one hot, which are divided by
the tropics and polar circles from each otther; the
hot zone is counted between the two tropics that
are extended from one to the other, being about 47
degrees 2 minutes broad ; the temperate zones are
extended from the tropics, oil either side, to about
42 degrees 58 minutes, that is northward to the
article circle, and southward to the antarctic circlo
and the two cold zones are each within those twc
small circles, having the poles for their centre.
The Poles of the world—two points exactly opposite to each other in the heavens, one in the
worth, the other in the south, the earth being in
the midst, so that it seems to turn about as if it
were borne up by them ; therefore by some it is
termed tho axle-tree of the world, as if there was
a line supposed to be drawn from one pole through
the centre of the earth to the other, and the earth
turning thereon; though Holy Writ tells us—
••" The Lord hangeth the earth upon nothing, it
being upheld by his mighty power." The pole
arctic, or north pole, is elevated above our horizon
about 51 degrees, and the stars within that distance from it never set with us, but keep their
course round it daily; so likewise those that are
that distance from the south pole never rise with
us, but perform their course in the like order,
Azimuths are supposed lines, or circles of distance from the meridian, drawn from the zenith to
any degree, or two degrees of the horizon, or according to the 32 points of the mariner's compass,
so that in travelling or sailing any way, supposing
a circle to go from our zenith directiv before us to
the horizon, is the azimuth, called the vertical
point, as well as the zenith.
Almicantharats, or Almadarats, or circles of Altitude, are imagined lines passing through the-meridian parallel with the horizon.
The Sphere is a round body representing the
frame of the whole world, as the circle of the heaven and the earth. This is sometimes called a
martial sphere, for the orbs of the planets are-called their spheres, that is, the circles in which they
Ascension is the rising of any star, or any part
of the ecliptic above tho horizon—Descension is
its going down.
itight ascension of a star, is that part of tho equh
nox that riseth or sotteth with a star in tho right
Fpherc ; but an oblique sphere, is that part of the
vpiinoctial in degrees, containing between the first
point of Aries, and that part of tho equinoctial
which passeth by the meridian with tho centre of
Oblique ascenison is a part of the equinoctial in
degrees containing between the beginning of Aries
and that of the equinox, which rises with any star
or part of the ecliptic in an oblique sphere.
Essential difference is the difference between the
right and oblique ascension, or the number of degrees contained between that place and the equinox that riseth with the centre of a star, and that
place of the equinox that cometh to tho meridian
with the same star.
Solstice is in the summer when tho sun is in the
beginning of Cancer; and in the winter when the
sun enters into Capricorn: because then the days
seem to stand still, and seem neither to increase or
decrease above two minutes in ten or twelve days.
Constellation is a certain number of stars supposed to be limited within some form or likeness ; as
Aries the Ham is said to have thirteen stars;—*
Taurus the Bull, thirty-three; Arcturus, Orion,
and the Pleiades, mentioned in Job, ix. 9, wq said
to be coustellatiads.
Planets are the seven cratique, or wandering stars,
called   Saturn,  Jupiter,  Mars,  Venus,  Mercury*
Sol, and Luna* These planets have *dso their several motions, as-
Direct, is a planet moving in its natural course,
which is forward.
Retrograde, is their moving backward, contrary
to their direct motion.
Combust is their being under the sun's beams, or
within eight degrees of it.
Oriental, is when a planet riseth before the sun,
-—Occidental, after him.
Latitude of the earth is the distance or breadth
on either side of the equinox towards the pole, and
they that are under the equinox have no latitude,
but the poles of the world are in the horizon. This
is a right sphere, and every 60 minutes directly
north and south, are said to make a degree of latitude in an oblique sphere; as London is counted
to be in 51 degrees 32 minutes, the pole thereof
being exalted as much. The like is to be observed
in any other place or region.
Longitude of the earth is the outside thereof,
extending from west to east, crossing the latitude at
right angles ; the beginning of which (according
to some astronomers) is the Canary Isles, so going
eastward quite round the world, unto the same place
again, which is 360 degrees: and under the equinoctial is reputed to be 29,600 miles, reckoning
60 miles to a degree ; but the farther off the equinoctial the fewer miles in a degree ; for at London
about 37 make a degree of longitude, so these degrees grow less and less, until they meet at the latitude of 90, that is under the poles.
Parallels—the lines straight and circular, equally
distant from each other, as the equinox, tropics,
legrees of latitude, &c.
Climate, or clime, is suGh a space of earth comprehended between two parallels, in which space
there is half an hour difference in the sun dials and
length of the days,
Antipodes are those whose feet are directly
against ours; as if a line were drawn from one
through the centre of the earth to the other.
And this shall suffice for an explanation of things,
which I have done as briefly as I could for the
advantage of the reader; to whom possibly, these
tilings so necessary to be known, may have hitherto been concealed.
Of the Planetary Bays and Sours, and how to hnmv
I what Planet a Man is horn under.
The planetary hours are those hours in which each
planet reigns, and has the chief dominion; of which
the ancients gave the following account.
Saturn  is lord  on   Saturday—Jupiter lord on
Thursday—Mars is lord on Tuesday—Sol is lord
[ on  Sunday—Mercury on Wednesday—Venus  on
Friday—and Luna on Monday.
On Saturday, the first hour after midnight, Sa-
| turn reigns, the second Jupiter, the third Mars,
1 the fourth Sol, the fifth Venus, the sixth Mercury,
I and the seventh Luna; and then again Saturn the
eight, and so on to Mars the 24th ; and then Sol
beginneth the first hour after midnight on Sunday,
Venus the 2d, and so on ; Luna the first on Mon-
| day, and Saturn the 2d ; Mars the first on Tuesday,
Sol the 2d, and so forward, planet by planet, according to their order, by which every planet reigns the
first hour of his own  day;  and so likewise the
eighth, fifteenth,-and twenty-second; as for instance
Saturn reigns the first hour, the eighth, fifteenth,
.and twenty-second,  on Saturday,   Sol the  same
hours on Sunday, Luna the same on Monday, Mars
the same on Tuesday, Mercury the same on Wednesday,  Jupiter   the  same  on  Thursday, and so
Venus on Friday, whioli I have thus set '
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But I shall now come to speak of the signification of the planetary hour of each planet, and what
it portends to them that are horn in them.
The hour of Saturn is strong, is good to do all
things that require strength ; such as fighting, hearing burdens, and the like ; hut for those tilings it is
very evil, lie that is horn-in the hour of Saturn is
slow, dull, and melancholy, of dogged temper and
disposition, black and swarthy complexion, being
quarrelsome, wrathful, and very malicious.
The hour of Jupiter is in all things good, and
denotes peace, love, and concord, lie that is horn
in the hour of Jupiter is of a ruddy and sandy complexion, fair hair, well-proportioned body, and of a
lovely countenance ; his face rather broad than
long. He is also courteous, of a very affable carriage, moral, and religious.
The hour of Mars is evil, and denotes the person born in it to be of a choleric disposition, and
of a robust strong body, soon angry, and hard to
be reconciled ; his face red, and his eyes sparkling
and fiery, much addicted to fighting, and ready U
quarrel with every man he meets, which often
brings him to an untimely end.
The hour of the Sun signifies great strength,
very fortunate for kings and princes. He that is
born in this hour has sharp eyes, brown hair, and
a round face, denotes one that is a great projector,
aims at great things, but is often disappointed, and
seldom brings his design to pass
The hour of Venus is very propitious and fortunate, but it is better by night than by day, especially mid-day, for the sun covers it. He that
is born in this hour has fair hair, soft eyes, a little
forehead, and a round beard, very complaisant in
his carriage, mighty amorous, a great admirer oi
women, much addicted to singing
spends his money in courting
The hour of Mercury is very good, but chiefly
from the beginning to the middle. He that is born
fa this hour, has stature inclining to tallness, a
sharp long face, large eyes, a long nose, his forehead narrow, a long beard, and thin hair, long arm
and fingers, of a good disposition, and obliging
temper, much given to reading, and very desh%
ous of knowledge, delighting to be among books,
very eloquent in his speech, and. yet addicted to
lying, and if lie is poor, he is commonly light fingered.
The hour of the moon is both good and evil,
according to the day; for from the fourth to the
seventeenth it is good to those that are born under
it; but from the seventeenth to the twentieth it is
counted unfortunate to be born under it; and from
the twentieth to the twenty-seventh very happy.
He that is born in the hour of the moon (especially
upon her own day) shall be pale faced, of a thin
meagre visage, with hollow eyes, and of a middling
stature ; he appears very courteous and obliging,
but is very crafty and deceitful, variable in his
humour, malicious, and his constitution phlegmatic.
Thus have I given the reader the judgment of
ancients upon the planetary hours, and what they
portend to those that are born under them, by
which a person, comparing himself to what is here
set down, may easily know under what planet he
was born.
Of the Birth of Children with respect to the Age of
the Moon.
To be born the first day of the new moon, is
very fortunate, for to such all things shall succeed
well; their sleep will be sweet, and their dreams
pleasant; thev shall have long life and increase 0/
A child born the second day of the new moon
shall grow apace ; but it will be much inclined to
Just, whether it be male or female. On this day
also, all thy dreams shall quickly come to pass,
whether they be good or bad. It is also good on
this day to open a vein if there be occasion.
A child born on the third day of the moon shall
die soon, or at least short-lived ; on this day to begin any work of moment is unfortunate, for it seldom comes to a good conclusion.
On the fourth day of the moon the child that is
born shall prosper in the world, and be of good
repute. On this day it is good to begin any enterprise, provided it be done with good advice,
and with dependence on Heaven for a blessing.
The fifth day of the moon is unfortunate ; and
the child that is born therein shall die in its infancy.
He that is in danger, and thinks to escape this day
shall certainly he mistaken. If good counsel be
given thee to-day take it, but execute it to-morrow.
This day thou may let blood with good success.
The sixth day of the moon the child that is born
shall be of long life, but very sickly. To send
children to school on this day is very fortunate,
and denotes they shall increase  in learning.
On the seventh day the ehild that is born may
live many years; on this day it is good to shave
the head, to tame wild beasts, and buy hogs, for he
that doth so shall gain much by them, he that takes
physic this day is like to recover.
On the eighth day a child born shall be in danger
of dying young ; but if he survives his first sickness,
he shall live long and arrive at a great estate. He
that dreams a dream shall quickly have it come to
pass.    Any thing that is lost shall be found.
On the ninth day the child that shall be born
shall he very fortunate, enjoying long life, and arising to^eat riehes.   What thou       ertakest this
day shall come to a good issue ; he that is pursued
glial! escape ; and ho that groans under the burden
of oppression, shall bo opportunely relieved. Do
not let blood on this day, for it is dangerous.
On tho tenth day a child that is born shall be a
great traveller, pass through many kingdoms and
regions, and at last die at home in his old age. Do
nothing on this day but what you would have known,
for all secrets shall he brought to light
On tho eleventh day of the moon the child that
is born shall be of a good constitution, and be mightily devoted to religion, shall be long-lived, and of a
lovely countenance ; and if it be a female, she shall
be endowed with wisdom and learning. On this
clay it is good to marry, for the married couple shall
be happy all their lives, and be blessed with many
The twelfth day of the moon's age, in allusion to
the twelfth sign of the Zodiac, betokeneth nothing but sorrow and woe : and the child born this
day shall be given to wrathfulness, and subject to
many afflictions.
On the thirteenth day the child that is born shall
bo of a short life, and by reason of peevish crossness
never bo pleased. To, wed a wife on this day is
good, for she shall bo both loving and obedient to
her husband.
On the fourteenth day thg child that is born shall
be an enemy to his country, and seek the destruction of his prince, which shall bring him to his deserved end. On this day if you give to a sick man
physic, it shall restore him to his former health.
On the fifteenth day the child that is born shall
quickly die. On this day begin to work for it is
fortunate. That which was lost yesterday will be
found this day.
On the sixteenth day the child born shall be of
31 manners, and very unfortunate, insomuch that
{hough he may live long, yet his life will be a bur*
Jlpn to him.    It is not good to dream on this day
(or they are commonly hurtful, and such as come
,0 pass a long time after.
r On tho seventeenth day the child that shall be
born will be foolish to that degree, that it shall be
■most a natural, and thereby become a great affiic-
ion to its parents ; yet to contract matrimony, compound physical preparations, and take physic is very
pod ; but by no means let blood.
I On the eighteenth day the child that shall be
born, if male, will be violent, courageous, and eloquent ; and if female, chaste, industrious, and beautiful, and shall come to honour in her old age.
I On the nineteenth day the child then born, if a
hale, shall be renowned for wisdom and virtue, and
gicrcby arrive to great honour ; but if a female, she
ill be of a weak and sickly constitution, yet she
ill live to be married.
! On the twentieth day the child that shall he born
pall be stubborn, quarrelsome, and a great fighter,
ret he shall arrive to riches and a great store of
On the one and twentieth day the child that is
lorn will be unhappy, and though he will be witty
,nd ingenious, yet he shall be addicted to stealing.
Je that is minded to keep his money, ought on
phis day to abstain from gaming, else he may
[chance to lose  all.    Abstain  from bleeding this
On the twenty-second day the child born shall
be fortunate and purchase a good estate; he shall
also be of a cheerful countenance, comely, and religious, and shall be well loved.
On the three and twentieth day the child born
shall be of an ungovernable temper, and will give
himself up to wandering abroad m the world, and
seeking his fortune in foreign parts* and hi the m
Them, and divers other like things, happen to
i mankind according to the different ages and courses
shall be mistaken.    Uns is a good day to wed i o{ the whie| has a        t inffuenc€    on ^
wife ; for ho that can meet with a good wife ougH \mm&n bodies
to marry her while he can have her. I     j ^ tberef       for the advantage and benefit
On the Twenty-fourth day the child then borf of m read treat a little more dfstinctly of tha
shall be a prodigy in the world, and make aU mei /rs and influences of the heavenly bodies, as
admire his surprising wonderful actions, which shall^ e laid down b ancient and modern ^^
exceed those of the ordinary sort of men |j   '      who haye wr4,n that gub-eot more
On the five and twentieth day the child then bornj^gj^
shall be wicked, he shall encounter with many danl
gers and at last will perish by them.    This is aif^ Mef Prognostication concerning Children lorn
unfortunate day to those who begin any enterprize: ^ any day 0f the Week.
of moment tliereon.
On the six and twentieth day the child that shall The cbild bom on Sunday ghall be of a long life
be then bom shall be very beautiful and amiable aL,^ obtam riches
but yet of an indifferent state in the world, if it bef 0n Monday.    Weak and of an effeminate tem-
a male ; but if it be a female, a rich man marnesL^ which seldom brings a man to honour,
her for her beauty. F Qn Tuegd        Worse, though he may with ex-
Thfl twenty-seventh day the child that shall bekraord;narv vi0lence, conquer the inordinate desires
born shall be of that sweet and affable temper andL whicll £e W{U be subject, still he will be in dan-
disposition, that it will contract the love of every ,er of dying by violence, if he has not great pre-
one with whom it shall converse : and yet if a male
shall never rise to any great height in the world ;
but if a maiden, the sweetness of her disposition
may advance her, for such a temper is to be esteemed above riches.
On the twenty-eighth day the child that is born
shall be the delight of his parents, but yet subject ina perhaps lecherous
to much sickness and many distempers, which shall
take it away before it is at perfect age.
On the twenty-ninth day the child that shall be
born shall be fortunate and happy, blessed with long
life, and attain to an eminent degree of holiness,
wisdom, and virtue. To marry a good wife is a
good fortune, and such shall be his that shall marry
on this day.
On the thirtieth day the child that shall be born
will be fortunate and happy, and weU skilled in arte
and sciences
On Wednesday. Shall be given to the study of
earning, and shall profit thereby.
On Thursday. He shall arrive at great honour
nd dignity.
On Friday.   He shall be of a strong constitution,
On Saturday. This is another bad day, never-
heless the child may come to good, though it be
iut seldom ; but most children bom on this day are
If a heavy, dull, and dogged disposition.
jf the evil and perilous Bays of every Month of the
I There are certain days in the year which it eoo*
dros all peirigag to hmmm because feet are so pe-
rilous and dangerous; for on these days if a mm
or woman let blood, they shall die within twenty-
one days following; and whosoever falleth sick
on any of these days shall certainly die ; and whosoever beginneth any journey on any of these day a
he shall be in danger of death before he returns.
Also he that marrieth a wife on any of these days
they shall either he quickly parted, or else live together with sorrow and discontent. And lastly,
whosoever on any of these days beginneth any great
business, it will never prosper or come to the desired perfection.
Now, since these days arc so unfortunate, it high- j
ly concerns every one, both to know and take notice of them; which that tl/e reader may do, I have
set down in tho following order:—•
In January are eight days, that is to say, the
1st, 2d, 4th, 5th, 10th, 15th, 17th, and 19th.
In February are three days, that is, the 8th, 17tV
and 21st.
In March are three days, that is, the 13th, 16tfy
and 21st.
In April are two, the 15th and 21st
In May three, the 15th, 17th, and 20th
In June two, the 4th, and 5 th.
July two, the 15th, and 20th.
In August two, the 10th, and 25th.
In September two, the 6th, and 7th.
In October one, the 19th.
In November two, the 5th and 7th.
In December three, the 6th, 7th, and 11th.
But besides these, there are also the canicular,
er dog days, which are those of the greatest danger and peril; they begin the 19th day of July,
and end the 27th of August, during which time
it is very dangerous to fall sick, take physic, or to
let blood ; but if necessity call for it, it is best to be
dime before the middle of the day.
They who have their nails broad, are of a gentl
disposition, bashful, and afraid of speaking before
their superiors, or indeed to any without hesitation
and a downcast eye.
If round the nails there is usually any 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. Tho 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 cither
extreme of fortune.
Round nails declare a hasty person, yet good-
natured, and very forgiving, a lover of knowledge,
honest in mind, doing no one any harm, and act*
fag according to his own imagination, being rather
too proud of his own abilities.
Long Nails. When tho 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 tho goodness of his
nature and a love of virtue.
Fleshy Nails. A calm person and idler, loving
to sleep, eat, and drink; not delighting in bustle
and a busy life.
Little Nails. Little round nails discover a person to be obstinate, seldom pleased, inclining to hate
every one, as conceiving himself superior to.others,
though without any foundation for such conception.
Pale or Lead-coloured Nails. A melancholy
person, one who through choice leads a sedentary
life, and would willingly give up all things for the
sake of study. ^
Red and Spotted Nails. Choleric and martial,
delighting in cruelty and war; his chief pleasure
being in plundering of 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 and
long, the person is subject to great sickness ; he is
well-made and comely, but much inclined to
women, who deceive him threugh false pretence^
and shortly bring him to ruin.
If upon the white there appear pale lead-coloured
spots, a ri&ort life and addicted to melancholy.
Tiie foregomg pages are polished prif*oipally t* show the superstitions wkkh engrossed the mind of the population of Scotland
during a past age, and which are happily disappearing before the
progress of an enlightened civilization. It is hoped, therefore,
that the reader will not attach the slightest importance to the
solutions of the dreams as rendered abeve, as dreams are gsiaeTisily
the result of & disordered stomach, or an sxeiWi imagination*


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