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M Symbols

MACARONI, This proclaims the sad fact that you must endeavor to make sixpence do the work of a shilling.

MACE, Promotion, a position of authority and achievement.

MACHINE, See Automatic Machine.

MADONNA LILY, This flower means perfection and peace, and the assurance of love and truth.

MAGNET, You will be drawn by an irresistible attraction towards someone for whom you will eventually feel more dislike than affection.

MAGNIFYING GLASS, You are given to such exaggeration that it amounts to untruthfulness.

MAGNOLIA, This tree brings calm and peaceful conditions after a time of unrest.

MAGPIE, “One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for a birth”; this ancient saying well explains the meaning of seeing magpies in the tea-leaves.

MAHL STICK, See Artist’s Mahl Stick.

MALLET, You will arrive at a wise conclusion in a difficult matter. See also Croquet Mallet.

MALTESE CROSS, You will emerge from one source of vexation or trouble only to fall into another.

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 complexion.

MAN, You may expect a visitor.

MAN CARRYING A BURDEN, An unhappy marriage or an unfortunate love affair.

MAN CARRYING MACE, This points to personal promotion or the advancement of someone dear to you.

MAN SPEAKING FROM A PLATFORM, Public news or developments which will specially interest or concern you.

MARROW, See Vegetable Marrow.

MARS, This sign will often be seen, and indicates a courageous, energetic nature, fond of exploits and freedom, and shows a capacity for strenuous work; a fortunate symbol for a soldier.

MASK, For a lover, this predicts that unpleasant facts will come to light, of which at present there is no suspicion, leading to an abrupt ending of the love affair.

MASS OF LEAVES, Arrivals and departures about which there are little difficulties.

MAST, This symbol must be read in connection with the surrounding signs.

MASTIFF, This dog warns you of an unexpected emergency in which there is danger of your being overpowered by the arguments of those who are masterful.

MAYPOLE, This shows that you find but little satisfaction in your amusements and gaiety; for whilst you appear to enter into them in a light-hearted manner, you are craving for further excitement.

MAY TREE, This signifies the receiving of a joyous message.

MEAT, A sign of financial worry.

MEAT COVER, An unpleasant emergency or discovery.

MEDAL, You will be rewarded for past industry by future prosperity.

MEDICINE BOTTLE, An unpleasant sign of illness.

MEDLAR, This tree predicts a condition of transient happiness.

MEERSCHAUM PIPE, You will be disturbed by some news from a man who has much influence in your life.

MELON, This means gratification and good news, and the deriving of much pleasure from the appreciation of those whose good opinion is of value to you.

MERCURY, This planet is constantly seen in the tea-leaves and is a symbol of ceaseless activity of striving to attain great things; it also indicates good business capacity.

MERMAID, misfortune, especially to seafaring persons.

MERMAID, To those associated with the sea, this is a warning of shipwreck or other peril.

MERRY THOUGHT, The attainment of a wish or small pleasure.

MICE, These indicate danger of poverty through fraud or theft.

MILK CANS, These show an agricultural enterprise that will be to your advantage.

MILK CHURN, A good emblem of future comfort and increased happiness.

MILKING STOOL, A new venture about which you will feel somewhat dubious but which with care will be carried out successfully.

MINE SHAFT, This is a hopeful sign of coming peace after a time of discontent amongst miners, or a coal strike.

MIRROR, Prophetic dreams; a love of truth.

MISTLETOE, This signifies that a cherished hope is unlikely to be fulfilled, or at any rate it will only be after many months have passed, and when you have become weary of waiting.

MITRE, a sign of honor to a clergyman or through religious agency.

MITRE, A prediction of honor and promotion for a clergyman.

MONK, Religious controversy and disturbances.

MONKEY, the consultant will be deceived in love.

MONKEY, This is an unpleasant indication that ugly rumors and scandal will be spread about you or yours; sometimes public notoriety; with other signs, it foreshows grief and pain.

MONKEY ON ORGAN, Difficult circumstances and a hard struggle are the meanings of this sign.

MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, A task lies before you which you will find hard, but for which you will afterwards be rewarded by meeting with great success.

MONOGRAMS, These will often be found in the tea-leaves and will indicate someone of much importance in your life, whose initials are shown by the monogram.

MONUMENT, Someone in whose career you are much interested will rise to fame.

MOON (as a crescent), prosperity and fortune.

MOON, A crescent moon denotes good news, fortune, and romance; for a man it predicts public recognition and honors.

MORTAR, A sign of gloom, illness, emergencies.

MOTOR CAR, Short journeys by road or rail, visits from friends; with other signs, some increase of fortune may be expected.

MOUNTAIN, powerful friends; many mountains, equally powerful enemies.

MOUNTAIN, This gives promise of the realization of a great ambition and of the influence of powerful friends; many mountains indicate obstructions and sometimes powerful enemies in your career.

MOUNTED HORSEMAN, A sign of good friends, luck, and advantageous offers.

MOUSE, danger of poverty through theft or swindling.

MOUSE, This invariably indicates that there is need for a trap to be set; it also gives warning that domestic worries are to be expected.

MUFF, This implies caprice and ostentation.

MUG, This symbol predicts a merry meeting.

MUSHROOM, sudden separation of lovers after a quarrel.

MUSHROOM, This predicts that you will take a small risk and achieve a great success; to lovers, it foreshows a quarrel and possibly a broken engagement.

MUSIC CONDUCTOR, A good sign to a musician; to others it suggests that enthusiasm and good spirits will carry them through life very happily.

MUTTON CHOP, Fruitless discussion or indisposition are the meanings of this sign. See also Leg of Mutton.

MYRTLE TREE, This speaks of affection and peace; a declaration of love, and a happy marriage.