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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

Which Hand Do You Read?

In 1973, I took a weekend palmistry course taught by a clairvoyant palmist (I’ll call her Aurora) who later gave me a reading that knocked my socks off. I learned from her that the hand you write with is the experience (aka dominant) hand.  Your other hand shows the plan your soul came into this life with. So if they’re similar, it means you’ve followed your soul’s plan. If they aren’t, you’ve struck out on your own.

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

Not necessarily. You need to know how to spot other indicators in addition to the lifeline. I learned about lifeline length the hard way. I’d taken Aurora’s weekend palmistry course mentioned above, where I learned how to read the main lines (and the thumbs) years before  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 lifeline, no breaks, so no serious accidents or illnesses. I told him he would have a long life. But I didn’t know how to look for other indicators, such as violence, in his hand. Turned out I was dead wrong.

Can palmistry predict my future?

I also read the palm of the carpentry supervisor, Fred, when I worked for Civil Engineering on Barber’s Point Navy Base. Fred had a break on his lifeline, but his lifeline continued on the other side of the break. I told him he would have a serious illness or accident but he’d survive it and go on to live a long life. Years later, I ran into him. Fred was thin as a rail, and told me he’d survived cancer of the stomach. He said, during his worse days, my words gave him courage and hope that he’d survive. Was this was a self-fulfilling prophesy, or was it a glimpse into the future? I personally think it was the latter.

 

How to read hands?

Read palmistry books, take a course or two, gather as much information as you can, test it on lots of people. Aurora suggested making as many palm prints of friends and family as possible, and practicing on them. She also said that practicing palmistry would develop one’s psychic ability and the ability to see the hand holistically and 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

The art of palmistry, aka palm reading, hand reading, chirology or chiromancy—also spelled cheiromancy  from Greek kheir (“hand”)—has to do with understanding character and foretelling the future through studying the palm. Palmistry is practiced all over the world, with as many different variations as there are cultures.

There are many different interpretations of various lines and features across palmistry schools. These contradictions and lack of scientific evidence that palmistry’s predictions are accurate have a lot to do with academics’ perception of palmistry as a pseudoscience.

Ancient palmistry

The practice of palmistry is widespread in India, Tibet, China, Persia, Sumeria, ancient Israel and Babylonia.

According to Wikipedia, the acupuncturist Yoshiaki Omura discovered palmistry has its roots in Hindu astrology, the Chinese I Ching, and Gypsy fortune tellers. Thousands of years ago, the Hindu sage Valmiki wrote a book titled The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry.

From India palmistry spread to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and Greece. During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church actively suppressed palmistry, calling it pagan superstition.

Modern palmistry

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Cheiro was an influential supporter of palmistry during the late 1800’s.

In 1839, Captain Casimir Stanislas D’Arpentigny’s publication La Chirognomie kicked off a revival of interest in palmistry. In 1889, Katharine St. Hill founded the Chirological Society of Great Britain to advance palmistry and to prevent charlatans from abusing the art. In 1897, Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont (Comte de St Germain) founded the American Chirological Society.

The most influential person in the modern palmistry movement was Irish William John Warner, known by the nickname 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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