On the 28th of October, which is a double Saints day, take an apple, pare it whole, and take the paring in your right hand, and standing in the middle of the room, say the following verse:--
St. Simon and Jude, on you I intrude,
By this paring I hold to discover,
Without any delay, to tell me this day
The first letter of my true lover,
Turn round three times, and cast the paring over your left shoulder, and it will form the first letter of your future husband’s surname, but if the paring breaks into many pieces so that no letter is discernable, you will never marry; unless you take the pips of the same apples, put them in spring water and drink the water at bed-time.
The grimoires Madam Le Marchand's Fortune Teller and Dreamers' Dictionary Mother Shipton's Wheel of Fortune lists this spell.
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1861Publication of Mother Shipton's Wheel of Fortune (lists this spell)
1863Publication of Fortune Teller and Dreamers' Dictionary (lists this spell)