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P-Q Symbols

PADLOCK, An open padlock means a surprise; a closed one, a need for precaution.

PAGODA, Foreign travels.

PAIL, You will be called upon to undertake a variety of things which you dislike.

PAILS ON YOKES, In the future you may hope for compensation for past trials and weariness.

PALACE, This portends good fortune and favors.

PALETTE, A hopeful sign of success to an artist or to those associated with one; to others, it suggests a need for deliberation and advice before embarking upon a new work or enterprise.

PALM-TREE, good luck; success in any undertaking. A sign of children to a wife and of a speedy marriage to a maid.

PALM TREE, This is a symbol of honor, fame, and victory; increase of wealth, love, and marriage.

PAMPAS GRASS, This is a sign that you will make a pathetic endeavor to find happiness in a life which is cast in a somewhat dreary lot.

PAN AND HIS PIPES, A most cheering symbol which gives an assurance of happiness, future prosperity, and delight.

PANSY, This flower is a symbol of understanding, modesty, and contentment; it is also a pleasant indication of faithful friends and happy days.

PANTHER, You may expect to be shocked at the treacherous behavior of a friend whom you had always regarded as honorable.

PARADISE, See Bird of Paradise.

PARALLEL LINES, These predict well-thought-out and smoothly running plans.

PARCELS, These are shown by thick, square or round leaves.

PARROT, a sign of emigration for a lengthy period.

PARROT, This is a sign of foreign travel, the making of many friends, and much mental energy; sometimes it gives a hint that there is an inclination to gossip and spread scandal.

PARSLEY, Small events will bring you satisfaction.

PEACOCK, denotes success and the acquisition of property; also a happy marriage.

PEACOCK, A sign of the acquisition of property; a prosperous and happy marriage; with other signs, an unfortunate friendship.

PEAKED CAP, The arrival of a male visitor.

PEAR, great wealth and improved social position; success in business, and to a woman a wealthy husband.

PEARS, Improved social condition and other advantages; this fruit brings success to a business man and to a woman a rich husband; one pear signifies a birth or new plans.

PEDESTRIAN, good news; an important appointment.

PEDESTRIAN, An important appointment or urgent business.

PELICAN, This bird is a symbol of loneliness, separation, and yearning for the unattainable; if it is flying you will receive news from those who are far away in isolated parts of the world.

PEN, See Quill Pen.

PENGUIN, This strange bird indicates interesting news of expeditions and discoveries in the northern regions.

PENKNIFE, This is an unfortunate symbol of enmity, disloyalty, and jealousy.

PEONIES, You will probably be called upon to make a decision of much importance before another summer is past; broken peonies predict that you may possibly throw away your chance of happiness by coming to a wrong conclusion.

PEPPER POT, This means vexation and unreasonable irritation which you will endeavor to conceal.

PERAMBULATOR, News of a birth.

PESTLE, A sign of decisive measures; a remedy for a grievance or an ill.

PHEASANT, a legacy.

PHEASANT, Good fortune; new friends; if flying, speedy and propitious news.

PIANO, This is a sign that you will make the most of your opportunities and will gain that for which you have aimed; to musicians, a sign of advancement.

PICKAXE, This sign proclaims labor troubles and strikes.

PIG, good and bad luck mixed: a faithful lover but envious friends.

PIG, This assures you of gain and success in agricultural interests; it also denotes that you may expect a present of money or a legacy.

PIGEONS, important news if flying; if at rest, domestic bliss and wealth acquired in trade.

PIGEONS, These show reconciliation with someone dear to you from whom you have been estranged; if flying, important and pleasant news is on its way; if stationary, delay in the arrival of important news.

PILLAR, A symbol of strength, protection from danger, and of good and powerful friends; a broken pillar predicts sorrow and despair.

PILLAR BOX, Important or especially interesting correspondence is the meaning of this sign.

PINCERS, A painful experience; an injury; toothache.

PINCUSHION, Thrift, order, and a well-regulated household.

PINEAPPLE, A pleasing indication of wealth, rich friends, and good presents.

PINE-TREE, continuous happiness.

PINE TREES, Happiness followed by an aftermath of regret.

PIPE, A visit from a dear friend; several pipes foreshow news from a man who is much in your thoughts. See also Meerschaum Pipe, Pan and His Pipes.

PISTOL, disaster.

PISTOL, An ominous warning of disaster; with other bad signs, of a violent death.

PITCHER, This shows an endeavor to relieve a rather dull and monotonous life, by throwing your energy into somewhat unnecessary work.

PITCHFORK, A sign that you are apt to stir up feud, and make peace and quiet impossible.

PLATE, For the present, you will merely jog along in an ordinary way.

PLAYING CARDS, See Ace of Clubs, Ace of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts, and Ace of Spades.

PLOUGH, You must expect to go through toil and frustration before you finally conquer your difficulties and achieve triumph.

PLUM PUDDING, This denotes festivity and cheerfulness.

PLUMS, These foretell a new development of plans.

POLAR BEARS, This sign means a journey to a cold climate.

POLICEMAN, This tells you to beware of theft and underhand practices; with other signs, it would indicate trouble probably caused by those with whom you are most closely associated.

POPE, An unexpected gain and future happiness are foretold by this sign.

POPPY, This flower is significant of a pleasant occurrence in the early summer.

PORTER AND TRUCK, This indicates a pending journey or the arrival of a traveler.

POST, This signifies a formidable obstacle; if broken, that you will encounter a storm of opposition to your plan.

POSTMAN, Important and profitable news.

POT, See Coffee Pot.

POTATO, You will have need of patience in your daily life, and will sometimes be troubled by pecuniary difficulties.

PRANCING LAMB, This is a symbol of trouble which will have beneficial results and will lead to contentment and happiness.

PRAWNS, These bring pleasures, presents and satisfactory arrangements.

PRINCE OF WALES PLUMES, This is a symbol of pleasant events, stirring topics and sometimes of personal honor and distinction.

PUDDING, See Plum Pudding.

PUFFIN, This bird denotes timidity and a desire for solitude; if flying, news from abroad.

PULPIT, A love of talking and a dislike to listening is the meaning of this symbol.

PUMP, Your own efforts will bring about a fortunate result.

PUNCH AND JUDY, You will read, or hear, of a sensational case in married life.

PURSE, This cautions you against theft, or carelessness that may lead to losing money.

PYRAMIDS, These foreshow attainment to honor, fame and wealth.


QUEEN, A queen upon her throne indicates security, peace, and honor; sometimes the attainment to a high position through powerful friends.

QUERY, This shows doubt, indecision; if this sign were seen with a letter the doubt would be with regard to some correspondence; if with a journey, uncertainty about it; and so on.

QUILL PEN, This shows that you may expect, before long, to sign your maiden name for the last time in a marriage register; with other signs, a legal document.

QUOITS, This sign indicates a journey to the country on pleasure.