What, you may ask, is phrenology? Phrenology is the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities.
PHRENOLOGY AND PALMISTRY COMPARED
It’s amazing how accurately Palmistic markings dovetail with Phrenological revelations.
The disciples of Phrenology believe that every one of the principles laid down by the ancient and modern Chiromants or Palmists follow the tenets of Phrenology, which uses the eyes to discover the prominence or lack of prominence, in this or that organ. However, the following ten organs cannot be surveyed without the help of the fingers.
These four occupy the back part of the head:
(2) Parental Love
Laterally placed are:
Behind the ears are located:
It is reassuring to know that these ten organs, hidden from view because they are on the head, are so clearly represented in the hands that the qualities they represent are available even at a glance.
The corresponding marks in the hands for the ten organs listed above are described below. All of these are recognized by the fathers of Phrenology.
The faculty concerned with physical love and sexual attraction. When strongly developed, it may represent carnality and licentiousness.
Represented by the developed Mount of Venus, and by its being rayed and cross-rayed. The Girdle of Venus, imperfect, broken and duplicated, indicates immoral habits or tendencies.
(2) Parental Love
Indicated by a large development of the Mount of Mercury toward the Percussion where the children lines are marked. Also by a well-formed Mount of Venus with few lines or cross-lines.
Love of country is indicated by the absence of any lines of voyage or travel and also by the Line of the Sun. Also by a soft hand with fingers that are not spatulate, and by short nails, which give a love of ruling one’s home. The most prominent Mount will he Jupiter, as Jupiter folks are fond of giving dinners and parties and of adorning their homes in every possible way.
Fondness for social intercourse is characterized by developed Mounts of Venus and Jupiter, a good Line of the Sun, a short thumb and square, smooth fingers. The Line of Heart is long and forked at the start, and a Line of Head slopes slightly towards the Mount of the Moon. The presence of the Line of the Sun will add to a poetical tendency and a generous heart.
Both Mounts of Mars are fully developed but without rays. The Mount of the Moon will be smooth and the nails generally short.
The Mounts of Mars and the Moon are exaggerated. Few lines in the hands. The Line of Heart is very deep and red, and runs like a straight bar from one side of the hand to the other. Often a “clubbed” first phalanx of the thumb (also called a Murderer’s Thumb).
The Line of Head will be very narrow and straight, cutting the whole hand. The Mount of Mercury is fully developed. Both knots on all fingers are quite pronounced and the fingers long; the Line of Heart is thin and short.
Diffidence or hesitation, is represented by the pure Saturnian type with very long and knotty fingers. The Line of Head is connected for a long space with the Line of Life and is Straight and very long. A very long thumb, a narrow Mount of the Moon, and insignificant Mounts of Mars.
Love of fair play, or integrity, is shown by very square fingers. The knots are not very visible and the nails are short. The Line of Head is straight. A strong Mount of Venus and a good Mount of Jupiter, with the Mounts of Mars visible but not rayed. The Mount of Mercury is insignificant.
A much developed Mount of Jupiter. Fingers pointed and smooth, a thin Line of Head drooping toward the Mount of the Moon and ending in a fork. A long Line of Heart, the Mounts of Venus and the Moon quite prominent. Slight Mounts of Saturn and Mercury and a short pointed thumb. The Line of Head is usually separated from the Line of Life. Often the third finger is almost as long as the second.
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