Did you know that the lines and mounts on your palm say a great deal about your personality? The shape of your hands, the lengths of your fingers, even your nails are important indicators of your talents and traits. You can also learn a lot about your friends by looking at their hands, once you know how to interpret what you see.
ORIGINS OF PALMISTRY
The secrets of palmistry were first discovered in the East – probably in India – over 4,500 years ago. The knowledge travelled through China and Egypt by trade routes and so found its way to us in the West. The famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras wrote about it and several Roman emperors were skilled in it. Palmistry was very popular in the Middle Ages. Gypsies would read palms, after having their own ‘crossed with silver’ and the village wise-woman and cunning men could tell your fortune and describe your character (especially the parts you prefer to keep hidden!) in the same way. All of this was felt to be a threat to the Church, so it was banned in the 15th Century. This just meant the knowledge went underground, passed from mother to daughter orally within the Romany community and spread as the gypsies travelled. Palmistry became famous with the Irish psychic Cheiro, who was born in 1866. Cheiro numbered many famous historical figures among his clients – for example Rasputin, Oscar Wilde and King Edward VII. There are two branches of palmistry that were named after Cheiro. Chirognomy focuses on interpreting character, abilities and personality while chiromancy uses the palm to look into the future and predict the destiny of the person showing their hand. In practice, the two aspects are combined. These days we are not so concerned with Fate as with self-knowledge, because if we have that, then we can hope to steer our Fate, just a little bit. Because of this, palmistry can be a great help in coping with life and bringing out the best in yourself.
YOUR REVEALING PALM
The old traditions say the palm is a map of your past, present and future, showing all you have done and are going to do, and all the foibles, failures, triumphs and talents you possess. Palmists usually look first at the left palm, because these show what you were born with, which causes you to tend to make certain kinds of decisions and follow certain courses of action. The right palm, by contrast, shows how life has changed you and other people – especially your parents – have moulded you. It will also show how you have changed and evolved by your own education and realization. If you are left-handed, this is reversed. Nowadays we know more about psychology and so these views have been modified. The right hand is connected to the left brain, which is the ‘logical’, assertive, practical and intellectual side. The right brain contains the intuition, pattern-perceiving and creative aspects, and this is connected to the left hand. So the shape, size, texture etc. of each palm is very revealing about the brain hemispheres, and hands may be significantly different from each other. Please note that this is reversed if you are left-handed.
TAKE A QUICK LOOK.
• Compare your palms. Is your right hand very different from your left? If this is the case, ask yourself if there are aspects of your personality that you have repressed. Are you ignoring the voice of your instincts and leaving yourself spiritually and emotionally less than fulfilled? Are you ignoring your logic and organizational abilities, so your life is in chaos as you bounce from one whim or emotion to another? There might not be a quick fix for this, but as you become aware, you can certainly change things.
• Do you have lots of lines on your palms, like a complicated street-map showing all the little alley-ways, or is the picture simple, with several well-defined lines? If the former then you are a busy-busy person, who possibly over-commits, is interested in lots of activities and may get stressed and over-wrought. If the latter, then you like to keep things manageable, doing one job at a time, concentrating, having time to rest – but you could be missing out on some experiences. Would you like to change? If you do this successfully, watch the lines on your palm gradually changing over the years.
• What about the texture of your skin? The softer and finer your skin, the more emotionally sensitive you are. Coarser skin indicates a more robust possibly ‘rough and tumble’ person. If you do lots of manual work obviously your palms will be harder, but you can still tell much from the backs of the hands, and work-people who are very sensitive still seem to retain portions of softness on their palms.
Palmistry is a great way to get to know yourself better and as you become more adept at it, you will be fascinated by what you discover. Meanwhile, for immediate understanding, insight and advice, contact our knowledgeable readers at The Circle and find your answers.
PUBLISHED: 3 October 2014