The Art of Palmistry – reading palms
Day 11-12 of Psychic Wit & Wisdom
Telling character traits and future events through “readings” of the hands is an activity normally associated with Gypsies. Oblique references to the practice of palmistry can be found in the ancient Vedas of India, dating back more than a thousand years B.C. Palmistry also was practiced in ancient China, although its exact origins are unknown. Today, palmistry is widely practiced in the East and Middle East, and there are large numbers of palmists in the United States.
The first official document explaining its principles appeared in 1440 in England. By the 16th century, palmistry had become fairly widespread in Europe, made popular primarily by bands of wandering gypsies.
By the 1800s, palmistry had risen in popularity in France. A Parisian, Casimir D’Aprentigny, developed some of the methods and research that circulated widely in Europe and set the stage for Cheiro and later palmists. The research, writings and unusual success of history’s greatest palmist, Count Louis Hamon (also known as “Cheiro”), popularized and, to some extent, legitimized the art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Palm reading is simple, theoretically, although its application is complex. Palmists believe character traits, evolutionary trends and major events in an individual’s life, such as marriage, death and children are “reflected” in the lines and contours found in the palm of the hand, distinctive features of the fingers and the hand as a whole.
Specific lines and contours indicate certain traits and trends. Interpretations are fairly standard, but individual variations create the basis for a unique reading for each person. No two hands are alike, just as no two set of fingerprints are exactly.
A hand reading usually proceeds from the general to the particular – from overall considerations to minute details. For left-handed people, the hand is felt to reflect the person’s individuality and capacity for change, whereas, the right hand is held to reflect the person’s basic inherited character dispositions that will be evident throughout life. The reverse is true for right-handed people.
The shape of hands is also important. The square hand, for example, connotes practicality and drive. A long hand with knotty joints connotes a thinker or intellectual. Flexibility also is important. Too much flexibility often symbolizes unconventional personality.
The position of the thumb and length of the fingers additionally figure into the palmist’s interpretation. Long fingers indicate a person who is patient and detail oriented.
From these preliminary considerations, the palmist will proceed to the palm itself, including its three major creases, the line of Heart, the line of the Head, and the life of Life. By the time additional factors, such as various fleshy, high spots and individual geometric figures are taken into account, the palmist has developed a very unique picture of the client.
In palmistry, the hands are an index of probabilities and trends. Very little, if anything, in the life of the client is viewed as fixed or unchangeable.
While it may seem doubtful that the configurations on the palm can be positively correlated with successful predictions about future places and events, it was just this kind of specificity that made Cheiro the most sought after palmist in history.
When he first opened for business in London, he was asked, as a test, to read the h ands of someone who was kept from his sight. Hidden behind a curtain. Cheiro explained that the hands thrust forward for his inspection were those of a famous person at the height of his career, and that this person would fall into ruin in seven years due to his rashness. Seven years later, Oscar Wilde, whose hands had been presented to Cheiro for analysis, was jailed for homosexual activity.
Cheiro, who also was a numerologist, conducted thousands of readings, but he specialized in serving the famous, powerful and wealthy. His clients included Mark Twain, Mata Hari and King Edward VII of England.
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