Then came a day when the chill air portended a snowstorm.
Thus, everything portended a renewal of Napoleon's activity.
Everything, therefore, portended a change in this sphere, but few persons expected a change so drastic as that which Bonaparte now brought about in the measure of 28 Pluviose, year VIII.
At that town he also heard news on the 1st of January 1809, which portended trouble in Germany and perhaps also at Paris.
To read the signs of the heavens was therefore to understand the meaning of occurrences on earth, and with this accomplished it was also possible to foretell what events were portended by the position and relationship to one another of sun, moon, planets and certain stars.