Shawna Lynn Cox

Palmistry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The Fortune Teller, by Caravaggio (1594–95; canvas; Louvre), depicting a palm reading”

SLC notes: link to this image of The Fortune Teller

“Palmistry, or chiromancy (also spelled cheiromancy; from Greek kheir (????, ??; “hand”) and manteia (???????, ??; “divination”)), is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm”

“There are many ? often conflicting ? interpretations of various lines and palmar features across various schools of palmistry”

“A palm-reader’s booth setup outside in Japan.”

SLC notes: link to image of palm reader in Japan

“Palmistry is a practice common to many different places on the Eurasian landmass; it has been practised in the cultures of India, Tibet, China, Persia, Sumeria, ancient Israel and Babylonia.”

SLC notes: ancient palmistry in Persia, Sumeria, Isreal, Babylonia

“acupuncturist Yoshiaki Omura describes its roots in Hindu astrology (known in Sanskrit as jyotish), Chinese Yijing (I Ching), and Roma (Gypsy) fortune tellers”

“Several thousand years ago, the Hindu sage Valmiki is thought to have written a book comprising 567 stanzas, the title of which translates in English as The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry.”

SLC notes: ancient book

“From India, the art of palmistry spread to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and to other countries in Europe”

“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”

“Renaissance magic, palmistry (known as "chiromancy") was classified as one of the seven "forbidden arts," along with necromancy, geomancy, aeromancy, pyromancy, hydromancy, and spatulamancy (scapulimancy).”

SLC notes: forbidden magic

“The skeptical Mark Twain wrote in Cheiro’s visitor’s book that he had "…exposed my character to me with humiliating accuracy."”

SLC notes: Mark Twain on palmist, Cheiro (Irish, William John Warner)

“1883 book, Palmistry – A Manual of Cheirosophy, which is still in print.”

“evaluating a person’s character or future life by "reading" the palm of that person’s hand. Various "lines" ("heart line", "life line", etc.) and "mounts" (or bumps) (chirognomy) purportedly suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections.”

“usually begins by reading the person’s dominant hand (the hand he or she writes with or uses the most, which is sometimes considered to represent the conscious mind, whereas the other hand is subconscious)”

SLC notes: dominant hand, conscious mind – non dominant, sub conscience

“the other hand is believed to carry hereditary or family traits, or, depending on the palmist’s cosmological beliefs, to convey information about past-life or karmic conditions”

SLC notes: the other hand – past-life, karmic conditions 

“basic framework for "classical" palmistry (the most widely taught and practiced tradition) is rooted in Greek mythology”

SLC notes: rooted in Greek mythology

“hand shapes are divided into four or 11 major types, sometimes corresponding to the classical elements or temperaments. Hand shape is believed to indicate character traits corresponding to the type indicated (i.e., a "Fire hand" would exhibit high energy, creativity, short temper, ambition, etc. – all qualities believed to be related to the classical element of Fire”

“Earth hands are generally identified by broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy color. The length of the palm from wrist to the bottom of the fingers is usually equal to the length of the fingers.

Air hands exhibit square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and often dry skin. The length of the palm from wrist to the bottom of the fingers is usually equal to the length of the fingers.

Water hands are seeable by the long, sometimes oval-shaped palm, with long, flexible, conical fingers. The length of the palm from wrist to the bottom of the fingers is usually less than the width across the widest part of the palm, and usually equal to the length of the fingers.

Fire hands are characterized by a square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers. The length of the palm from wrist to the bottom of the fingers is usually greater than the length of the fingers.”

“The number and quality of lines can also be included in the hand shape analysis; in some traditions of palmistry, Earth and Water hands tend to have fewer, deeper lines, while Air and Fire hands are more likely to show more lines with less clear definition.”

“Some of the lines of the hand in palmistry:

1: Life line – 2: Head line – 3: Heart line – 4: Girdle of Venus – 5: Sun line – 6: Mercury line – 7: Fate line”

SLC notes: image of lines to share for guide

“three lines found on almost all hands, and generally given most weight by palmists:”

“heart line is the first of the major lines examined by a reader and represents love and attraction”

“interpret this line to represent matters of the heart, that is, more literally, our emotional living; it is therefore believed to be an insight into how the emotional sides of our mindframes will act out and be acted upon”

“chained or gridded heart line (or emotional line) is often seen in people who are highly strung, nervous and draw upon emotional strength and insight to attain their ambitions, i.e. they wear their ’emotions’ on their sleeves, often to draw strengt”

“chaining or gridding on the heart line (emotional line) is often seen in intensely creative artists such as musicians and writers, as well as deeply driven scientists”

“chained or gridded heart line is said to point to a flirtatious attitude to love, and one which can be prone to fall in love easily. On a physical level, the heart line is indirectly associated with heart”

“chained heart line is often associated with high blood pressure, but also of an ‘adrenaline junkie’ attitude in life”

“head line. This line starts at the edge of the palm under the index finger and flows across the palm towards the outside edge. Often, the head line is joined with the life line”

“represent the person’s mind and the way it works, including learning style, communication style, intellectualism, and thirst for knowledge.”

“life line is perhaps the most controversial line on the hand”

“represent the person’s vitality and vigor, physical health and general well bein”

“reflect major life changes, including cataclysmic events, physical injuries, and relocations”

“fate line runs from the bottom of the palm near the wrist, up through the center of the palm towards the middle finger.”

“believed to be tied to the person’s life path”

“thought to reflect circumstances beyond the individual’s control, or alternately the person’s choices and their consequences”

“Girdle of Venus”

“thought to relate to emotional intelligence and the ability to manipulate”

“Other markings – these include stars, crosses, triangles, squares, tridents, and rings under each of the fingers; their supposed impact and meaning varies by location on the palm and freedom from other interfering lines.”

SLC notes: other marking on the palm

Palmistry Word Cloud

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