SYMBOLS AND SIGNIFICATIONS
ABBEY, future ease and freedom from worry.
ACORN, improvement in health, continued health, strength, and good
AIRCRAFT, unsuccessful projects.
ANCHOR, a lucky sign; success in business and constancy in love; if
cloudy, the reverse must be read.
ANGEL, good news, especially good fortune in love.
APES, secret enemies.
APPLES, long life; gain by commerce.
APPLE-TREE, change for the better.
ARCH, a journey abroad.
ARROW, a disagreeable letter from the direction in which it comes.
ASS, misfortune overcome by patience; or a legacy.
AXE, difficulties overcome.
BADGER, long life and prosperity as a bachelor.
BASKET, an addition to the family.
BAT, fruitless journeys or tasks.
BEAR, a long period of travel.
BEASTS, other than those mentioned, foretell misfortune.
BIRDS, a lucky sign; good news if flying, if at rest a fortunate
BOAT, a friend will visit the consultant.
BOUQUET, one of the luckiest of symbols; staunch friends, success, a
BRIDGE, a favourable journey.
BUILDING, a removal.
BULL, slander by some enemy.
BUSH, an invitation into society.
BUTTERFLY, success and pleasure.
CAMEL, a burden to be patiently borne.
CANNON, good fortune.
CAR (MOTOR), and CARRIAGE, approaching wealth, visits from friends.
CART, fluctuations of fortune.
CASTLE, unexpected fortune or a legacy.
CAT, difficulties caused by treachery.
CATHEDRAL, great prosperity.
CHAIN, an early marriage; if broken, trouble in store.
CHAIR, an addition to the family.
CHURCH, a legacy.
CIRCLES, money or presents. They mean that the person whose fortune is
read may expect money or presents.
CLOUDS, serious trouble; if surrounded by dots, financial success.
CLOVER, a very lucky sign; happiness and prosperity. At the top of the
cup, it will come quickly. As it nears the bottom, it will mean more or
COCK, much prosperity.
COFFIN, long sickness or sign of death of a near relation or great
COMET, misfortune and trouble.
COMPASSES, a sign of travelling as a profession.
COW, a prosperous sign.
CROSS, a sign of trouble and delay or even death.
CROWN, success and honour.
CROWN AND CROSS, signifies good fortune resulting from death.
DAGGER, favours from friends.
DEER, quarrels, disputes; failure in trade.
DOG, a favourable sign; faithful friends, if at top of cup; in middle of
cup, they are untrustworthy; at the bottom means secret enemies.
DONKEY, a legacy long awaited.
DOVE, a lucky symbol; progress in prosperity and affection.
DRAGON, great and sudden changes.
DUCK, increase of wealth by trade.
EAGLE, honour and riches through change of residence.
ELEPHANT, a lucky sign; good health.
FALCON, a persistent enemy.
FERRET, active enemies.
FISH, good news from abroad; if surrounded by dots, emigration.
FLAG, danger from wounds inflicted by an enemy.
FLEUR-DE-LYS, same as LILY (q.v.).
FLOWERS, good fortune, success; a happy marriage.
FOX, treachery by a trusted friend.
FROG, success in love and commerce.
GALLOWS, a sign of good luck.
GOAT, a sign of enemies, and of misfortune to a sailor.
GOOSE, happiness; a successful venture.
GRASSHOPPER, a great friend will become a soldier.
GREYHOUND, a good fortune by strenuous exertion.
GUN, a sign of discord and slander.
HAMMER, triumph over adversity.
HAND, to be read in conjunction with neighbouring symbols and according
to what it points.
HARE, a sign of a long journey, or the return of an absent friend. Also
of a speedy and fortunate marriage to those who are single.
HARP, marriage, success in love.
HAT, success in life.
HAWK, an enemy.
HEART, pleasures to come; if surrounded by dots, through money; if
accompanied by a ring, through marriage.
HEAVENLY BODIES, SUN, MOON AND STARS, signifies happiness and success.
HEN, increase of riches or an addition to the family.
HORSE, desires fulfilled through a prosperous journey.
HORSE-SHOE, a lucky journey or success in marriage and choosing a
HOUR-GLASS, imminent peril.
HOUSE, success in business.
HUMAN FIGURES must be judged according to what they appear to be doing.
They are generally good and denote love and marriage.
INTERROGATION (mark of), doubt or disappointment.
IVY, honour and happiness through faithful friends.
JACKAL, a sly animal who need not be feared. A mischief maker of no
JOCKEY, successful speculation.
JUG, good health.
KANGAROO, a rival in business or love.
KEY, money, increasing trade, and a good husband or wife.
KITE, a sign of lengthy voyaging and travel leading to honour and
KNIFE, a warning of disaster through quarrels and enmity.
LADDER, a sign of travel.
LEOPARD, a sign of emigration with subsequent success.
LETTERS, shown by square or oblong tea-leaves, signifies news. Initials
near will show surnames of writers; if accompanied by dots they will
contain money; if unclouded, good; but if fixed about by clouds, bad
news or loss of money.
LILY, at top of cup, health and happiness; a virtuous wife; at bottom,
anger and strife.
LINES indicate journeys and their direction, read in conjunction with
other signs of travel; wavy lines denote troublesome journeys or losses
LION, greatness through powerful friends.
LYNX, danger of divorce or break off of an engagement.
MAN, a visitor arriving. If the arm is held out, he brings a present.
If figure is very clear, he is dark; if indistinct, he is of light
MERMAID, misfortune, especially to seafaring persons.
MITRE, a sign of honour to a clergyman or through religious agency.
MONKEY, the consultant will be deceived in love.
MOON (as a crescent), prosperity and fortune.
MOUNTAIN, powerful friends; many mountains, equally powerful enemies.
MOUSE, danger of poverty through theft or swindling.
MUSHROOM, sudden separation of lovers after a quarrel.
NOSEGAY, the same as BOUQUET (q.v.).
NUMBERS depends on symbols in conjunction with them.
OAK, very lucky; long life, good health, profitable business, and a
OBLONG FIGURES, family or business squabbles.
OWL, an evil omen, indicative of sickness, poverty, disgrace, a warning
against commencing any new enterprise. If the consultant be in love he
or she will be deceived.
PALM-TREE, good luck; success in any undertaking. A sign of children to
a wife and of a speedy marriage to a maid.
PARROT, a sign of emigration for a lengthy period.
PEACOCK, denotes success and the acquisition of property; also a happy
PEAR, great wealth and improved social position; success in business,
and to a woman a wealthy husband.
PEDESTRIAN, good news; an important appointment.
PHEASANT, a legacy.
PIG, good and bad luck mixed: a faithful lover but envious friends.
PIGEONS, important news if flying; if at rest, domestic bliss and wealth
acquired in trade.
PINE-TREE, continuous happiness.
RABBIT, fair success in a city or large town.
RAT, treacherous servants; losses through enemies.
RAVEN, death for the aged; disappointment in love, divorce, failure in
business, and trouble generally.
RAZOR, lovers' quarrels and separation.
RIDER, good news from overseas regarding financial prospects.
RIFLE, a sign of discord and strife.
RING, a ring means marriage; and if a letter can be found near it, this
is the initial of the future spouse. If clouds are near the ring, an
unhappy marriage; if all is clear about it, the contrary. A ring right
at the bottom means the wedding will not take place.
ROSE, a lucky sign betokening good fortune and happiness.
SAW, trouble brought about by strangers.
SCALES, a lawsuit.
SCEPTRE, a sign of honour from royalty.
SCISSORS, quarrels; illness; separation of lovers.
SERPENT, spiteful enemies; bad luck; illness.
SHARK, danger of death.
SHEEP, success, prosperity.
SHIP, a successful journey.
SNAKES are a sign of bad omen. Great caution is needed to ward off
SPIDER, a sign of money coming to the consultant.
SQUARES, comfort and peace.
STAR, a lucky sign; if surrounded by dots foretells great wealth and
STEEPLE, bad luck.
STRAIGHT LINE, a journey, very pleasant.
STRAIGHT LINES are an indication of peace, happiness, and long life.
SWALLOW, a journey with a pleasant ending.
SWAN, good luck and a happy marriage.
SWORD, dispute, quarrels between lovers; a broken sword, victory of an
TIMBER, logs of timber indicate business success.
TOAD, deceit and unexpected enemies.
TREES, a lucky sign; a sure indication of prosperity and happiness;
surrounded by dots, a fortune in the country.
TRIANGLES, always a sign of good luck and unexpected legacies.
TRIDENT, success and honours in the Navy.
TWISTED FIGURES, disturbances and vexation; grievances if there are many
UMBRELLA, annoyance and trouble.
VULTURE, bitter foes.
WAGON, a sign of approaching poverty.
WAVY LINES, if long and waved, denote losses and vexations. The
importance of the lines depends upon the number of them and if heavy or
WHEEL, an inheritance about to fall in.
WINDMILL, success in a venturous enterprise.
WOLF, beware of jealous intrigues.
WOMAN, pleasure and happiness; if accompanied by dots, wealth or
children. Several women indicate scandal.
WOOD, a speedy marriage.
WORMS indicate secret foes.
YACHT, pleasure and happiness.
YEW-TREE indicates the death of an aged person who will leave his
possessions to the consultant.
ZEBRA, travel and adventure in foreign lands.