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Q is for Questions about Palmistry Blogging A to Z Challenge

Q is for Questions about Palmistry Blogging A to Z Challenge

Do you look at the right or left hand?

Study both hands. In traditional palmistry, if you are right handed, they say “the left is what the gods give you, the right is what you do with it.” This is misleading; the lines on both hands change because we do things with both hands! Your writing hand is your dominant or active hand. It reflects the conscious you, your public face, you “out in the world,” what you have actively developed. The other hand, the passive hand, is about the subconscious, your private face, the inner you, your instincts, and your latent abilities. We compare both hands to see the “whole” person.

Aren’t the lines on the palm just creases formed by hand movement?

People who are skeptical about palmistry and hand analysis say that the palmar lines are just folds or creases in the skin where the hand moves, grasps and bends. But if the lines were caused by folding, why do most of us have two “transverse creases” (Head and Heart lines) on our palms instead of one (Simian line)? The main argument against them being crease lines is that the lines on the palm are all present by the time the fetus is 3 months old. The lifeline forms at 7 – 8 weeks gestation, heart and head lines at 9 – 10 weeks, but the muscles needed for movement of the hand don’t form until 11 weeks, when reflex movements first occur. Voluntary hand actions don’t start till 23 weeks. The nerve endings, which stimulate the muscles, are forming around the same time as the lines. So the lines are there before even reflex movements are possible and long before voluntary muscular movement of the hand exists.

Can palmistry tell how long I will live from my lifeline?

No, the life line does not foretell length of life, so no worries if you have a short lifeline! Modern hand reading (chirology) tells us a lot about your health, energy and lifestyle. A short line may mean you need to use your energy in short bursts with rests in between. More common than a short line is one which stops and re-starts, usually with the two lines overlapping for a while. This shows some sort of change in your lifestyle.

I learned about Life line length the hard way. I had taken a weekend palmistry course and learned the main lines when I read the palm of my dear friend Vic (the hero of my memoir Angel Hero, Murder in Hawai’i, A True Story.) He had a long life line, no breaks, so no serious accidents or illnesses. I told him he had a long life. But I didn’t know how to look for indicators of violence in the palms. Turned out I was dead wrong.

Can palmistry predict my future?

Although fingerprints never change, the palmar lines and markings change throughout life. If the future was all mapped out for us, the lines would stay the same. When looking at a hand, we see the person as they are NOW, bringing their past with them and sowing seeds for the future. Although many palmists do make predictions, they can only foresee probabilities. Most predictions are based on the direction you are going now. We all have free will to make choices and changes in our lives today that will affect our future and change our “fate” along with the lines in our palms.

How to read hands?

Read palmistry books, maybe take a course, gather as much information as you can, test it on lots of people. Then you will gradually learn how to do it. It’s not something you can learn overnight, or ever stop learning. Everyone is unique so there are always new combinations of features to look at on people’s hands. The combinations are the important thing. You have to look at every feature in conjunction with everything else on the hand. Don’t get hung up on signs and symbols such as a star on the mount of the moon, or believe that such markings are omens. You need to see the whole picture, which is way more than the sum of its parts.

P is for Phrenology and Palmistry Compared, A to Z Blogging Challenge

P is for Phrenology and Palmistry Compared, A to Z Blogging Challenge

A to Z Blogging Challenge on Palmistry:
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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:

(1) Amativeness

(2) Parental Love

(3) Inhabitiveness

(4) Friendship

Laterally placed are:

(12) Cautiousness

(16) Conscientiousness

(17) Hope

Behind the ears are located:

(5) Combativeness

(6) Destructiveness

(7) Secretiveness

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.

(1) Amativeness

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.

(3) Inhabitiveness

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.

(4) Friendship

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.

(5) Combativeness

Both Mounts of Mars are fully developed but without rays. The Mount of the Moon will be smooth and the nails generally short.

(6) Destructiveness

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).

(7) Secretiveness

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.

(12) Cautiousness

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.

 (16) Conscientiousness

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.

(17) Hope

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.

Tune in tomorrow for Q is for Questions and Answers about Palmistry.

O IS FOR OBSERVATION OF THE FINGERS

O IS FOR OBSERVATION OF THE FINGERS

The characteristics described below are easily observed and can help you rapidly judge a person’s character. Practice unobtrusively observing the fingers. Are they short and stumpy compared to the rest of the palm? If so, the individual has an animalistic nature and coarse instincts, and belongs to the lower order of humanity.

If the fingers and palm are of equal length, the owner belongs to a more cultured race. His ancestors were more intellectual. For all work requiring a higher mentality he or she could be depended on, whereas the first-mentioned type could not.

If the fingers look unusually long and thin, and out of proportion to the palm, the man or woman will have too much idealism and refinement and is unsuitable for business or work requiring “level headedness” and practicality. Such a man, however, could be depended upon for personal mental work, research, science, literature, philosophy, educational work or anything else relating to the higher qualities of the mind.

If his fingers were also knotty, he could be depended on for all work requiring thoughtfulness, detail, and concentration of mind.

If, on the other hand, these long fingers were smooth jointed, he would be impulsive and lack a sense of detail, would be visionary, artistic, emotional. Such a person would be suited to artistic work, such as painting, making designs, models, etc., but could not be trusted to perform anything requiring detail, research or science.

THE FINGERS CONSIDERED SEPARATELY

The first finger is called the Dictator, the Lawgiver, the finger of Ambition, or the Indicator. If this finger is almost as long as the second, these tendencies are extremely pronounced. This person can safely be trusted with charge of others. But should this man or woman have a first finger that is long and crooked, their personal ambitions are “crooked.”

If the second finger is straight and well-shaped, its owner will be very serious, inclined to melancholy, but will discharge his responsibilities unless this finger is crooked.

The third finger, if extremely long and straight, indicates a great desire for glory, celebrity, publicity and the like. This is an extremely good quality for an actor, preacher, politician or public man, but not so good for a private secretary, or confidential clerk to a family lawyer.

If this finger is crooked and long, the above qualities will be intensified and exaggerated. The love of spending money and showing off will also be more marked, the gambling tendencies pronounced. No position involving handling money should be entrusted to the possessor of such a finger.

The fourth, or little finger, if long (passing the nail joint of the third) is indicative of power of speech and subtlety in choice of language. The saying “to twist a person round one’s little finger” came from this very sign. Such people have a marvelous gift of speech and flow of language.

A short “little finger” denotes the reverse of the above. Such persons find difficulty in expressing what they want to say, but they can write better than speak and should be encouraged to do so.

These individuals have, however, not much power over others and the shorter the “little finger” is, the more timid and sensitive they are in the presence of strangers. If this finger is crooked, then these weaknesses are all the more emphasized, but if formed crooked and long, eloquence is also crooked. Such people will tell any “fairy tale” to suit their purpose—they are born liars.

The first and third fingers of equal length is the best sign of an equally balanced mind, but such a sign is rare to find.

When the fingers are very supple in the joints and turn backwards or outwards from the palm, it is an indication of a quick wit and clever brain; but also a lack continuity of purpose. They have no “hold,” as it were, on any one thing.

Fingers slightly curved inward towards the palm denote persons slow to grasp an idea or  subject, but such people have retentive memories and “hold”, as it were, any one thing they may take up.

I hope you “mosey on by” tomorrow to check out P is for Palmistry

 

M is for Murderer’s Thumbs #A to Z Blogging Challenge

M is for Murderer’s Thumbs #A to Z Blogging Challenge

When actress Megan Fox was found to have thick thumbs that look like small caveman’s clubs, her fame brought attention to these bulbous-looking thumbs known as clubbed thumbs or murderer’s thumbs.

Also called shovel thumbs, toe thumbs, Dutch thumbs, hammer thumbs, stub thumbs, and potter’s thumbs, murderer’s thumbs appear in around 0.4 percent of the U.S. population. It’s an inherited trait affecting the thumbs of women more often than men.

In past centuries, these types of thumbs suffered from a sinister reputation. Nineteenth-century Europeans and Americans branded club thumbs as indicators of primitive disposition, and also impulsive and unsophisticated thinking.

Palmists Pull Murderer’s Thumbs into the Mainstream

Renowned palmist William George Benham, in his 1901 manual The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading, warns that clubbed thumbs are “dangerous companions…not to be trifled with at any time.” He states, “Many murderers have had clubbed thumbs…. Their brutal instincts being strong, jealousy most often has led them to fits of violent rage. The terrible qualities of the clubbed thumb have given them passion and determination strong enough to take human life.”

Nine years later, the world-famous palmist Cheiro writes of people with murderer’s thumb: “If they are opposed, they fly into ungovernable passions and blind rages. They have no control over themselves, and are liable to go to any extreme of violence or crime during one of their tempers.” Fortunately, says Cheiro, the owner of such thumbs cannot “plan out or premeditate a crime, for he would not have the determined will or power of reason to think it out.”

As recently as 2011, in the book Practical Palmistry, Narayan Dutt Shrimal claims to have read the palms of 400 killers. Shrimal discovered that all of them had committed murder in a mad fit of passion, and had murderer’s thumb.

CHARACTER SHOWN BY THE THUMB

The longer the thumb, the more the power of will rules the actions. The shorter the thumb, the more brute force and obstinacy sway the nature. The shorter and more thick-set the nail phalange is, giving the appearance of a club, the more ungovernable is the person in his or her temper.

A MAN WITH MURDERER’S THUMBS AND ME

Back in the 70’s, I took a weekend class in palmistry, learning how to read the three main lines (head, heart, and life), and the thumb. Seven years later, when I worked as a fire department dispatcher for Whaler Air Force Base Fire Department, I read a couple of the firemen’s palms just for grins.

I stopped grinning when I read the palm of short, round firefighter Jaku. His thumbs were shaped like little caveman clubs, and I knew what that shape signified. I didn’t tell a soul what I saw, not wanting the firemen to think I was airy fairy, or that I’d been reading too many metaphysical books. I didn’t even tell Jaku’s hunky friend, for whom I carried a blazing torch back in the days.

To make a long story short: Jaku did indeed commit a murder.

Want to find out more? The story of Jaku, Vic and me is written in glorious detail in my mystery, romance, true crime memoir Angel Hero, Murder in Hawai’i, A True Story. If you like, you can download my first chapter for free by going to https://authorlizbethhartz.com/chapter1

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, N is for those Naughty Nodes of the Fingers.

L IS FOR THE LINE OF HEAD (MENTALITY)

World famous palmist Cheiro regarded the Line of Head, aka the Line of Mentality, as the most important sign in the hand.

He writes, “A Line of Head is like the needle in the compass, without a true knowledge of which it is impossible to grasp the “direction of the subject.”

He cites the mistake that many want-to-be palmists make of, for example, paying great attention to what looks like a good Line of Sun or Success, but  not noticing a weak, badly formed Line of Head, which contradicts the promise of success given by the various lines. If, on the other hand, the palmist had first noticed the Line of Head, he would have been able to tell the subject that the promise of success was not backed up by his intelligence or mentality. Thus proving the point that the entire palm must be read and evaluated in connection to many indicators, not just a line or two.

As regards to the future being foreshadowed, Cheiro reminds us that the brain is always growing, changing, increasing, or diminishing. These changes begin years before the effect is shown by the thoughts or actions of the individual. A 10-year-old boy may at that age begin a development which will not be felt until he is thirty, and then that development may change his whole life and career. Since this development begins at ten, even at that age it affects certain nerves, and they in their turn affect the Line of Head—20 years before the point of change or action has been reached. It therefore follows that the future may be seen and told by a careful examination of the hand which, as Aristotle described it, is the “organ of all organs, the active agent of the passive powers of the entire system.”

THE LINE OF HEAD AND ITS VARIATIONS

The Line of Head of the subject must in all cases be considered as the most important line on the hand. The greatest attention should be paid to it, so as to obtain a clear grasp of the Mentality under consideration.

The two hands should be carefully compared—the left hand (unless you are left handed) showing the inherited tendencies (unless you are left handed, in which case it’s the right hand), and the right (again, unless you’re left handed) displaying the developed or cultivated qualities. The slightest change or deviation in the markings from the left to the right should be carefully noted down or remembered.

The direction or the end of the line should, above all, be distinctly noted, for the all-important reason that this shows the direction the Mentality is inclined to develop toward. For example, if found with the end of the line sloping downwards in the left hand, and having become straight or lying across the palm in the right—the student is safe in concluding that the subject has not been able to follow his natural bent, but by the force of circumstances has been obliged to make himself more practical, to study business methods, and to have undertaken a training toward practicality and level-headedness in order to rise equal to the circumstances that he found himself forced to meet.

In this way the student obtains an insight into the earlier conditions of the life under examination that is invaluable, especially when there is, as will be found in many cases, no Line of Destiny visible in the early years. *When there is a line of Destiny, or Fate Line, it runs from the base of the palm to the middle finger – see diagram at top of the page.)

I’m running a post behind. I’ll catch up tomorrow with the post M is for Murderer’s Thumbs.

 

B is for a Brief History of Palmistry, #AtoZAprilChallenge

B is for a Brief History of Palmistry, #AtoZAprilChallenge

Palmistry, or chiromancy (also spelled cheiromancy; from Greek kheir (“hand”), is the practice of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading or chirology. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists.

There are many ― often conflicting ― interpretations of various lines and palmar features across various schools of palmistry. These contradictions between different interpretations, as well as the lack of empirical support for palmistry’s predictions, contribute to palmistry’s perception as a pseudoscience among academics.

Ancient palmistry

Palmistry has been practiced in the cultures of India, Tibet, China, Persia, Sumeria, ancient Israel and Babylonia.

The acupuncturist Yoshiaki Omura describes its roots in Hindu astrology, the Chinese I Ching, and Gypsy fortune tellers. Thousands of years ago, the Hindu sage Valmiki wrote a book comprising 567 stanzas, the title of which translates in English as The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry. From India, the art of palmistry spread to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and Greece. Aristotle (384–322 B.C.E.) discovered a treatise on the subject of palmistry on an altar of Hermes, which he then presented to Alexander the Great (356–323 B.C.E.), who took great interest in examining the character of his officers by analyzing the lines on their hands.

During the Middle Ages the art of palmistry was actively suppressed by the Catholic Church as pagan superstition.

Modern palmistry


Cheiroy.jpgCheiro, an influential exponent of palmistry in the late 19th century.

Palmistry experienced a revival in the modern era starting with Captain Casimir Stanislas D’Arpentigny’s publication La Chirognomie in 1839. The Chirological Society of Great Britain was founded in London by Katharine St. Hill in 1889 to advance and systematize the art of palmistry and to prevent charlatans from abusing the art. Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont (Comte de St Germain) founded the American Chirological Society in 1897.

A pivotal figure in the modern palmistry movement was the Irish William John Warner, known as Cheiro. After studying under gurus in India, he set up a palmistry practice in London and enjoyed a wide following of famous clients from around the world, including famous celebrities like Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Mata Hari, Oscar Wilde, Grover Cleveland, Thomas Edison, the Prince of Wales, and Joseph Chamberlain. So popular was Cheiro as a “society palmist” that even those who were not believers in the occult had their hands read by him. The skeptical Mark Twain wrote in Cheiro’s visitor’s book that he had “…exposed my character to me with humiliating accuracy.”

(More about Cheiro in tomorrow’s blog post: C is for Cheiro and the Church.)

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