|Palm reading--the art of
decoding the secrets that lie in our own hands--may be
as old as the human race itself. The shape of our
hands, the mounts and ridges, the nails, and position
of the digits--each element reveals something new
about our personalities; left and right hands cover
different aspects of our lives. In this comprehensive
guide to palm reading, the significance of the various
lines is revealed: the life line, the head, heart, and
fate lines, and the Apollo line, which show how
content with life we are. You can use this book to
analyze not only your relationships, you career and
money prospects, your compatibility with
others, and the state of your health, but also to
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No one can say for certain where palm reading
originated. It is possible it came from the mysterious
East, most probably India, or, because it was widely
practiced in ancient Asia, some of its origins can be
traced from those countries as well.
Many of the oldest writings and illustrations on palm
reading are of Indian origins that seem to predate
everything else that we know about. Palm reading was
known as long as 5,000 years ago in the Middle East
but not until much later on did the Western world
start to record any knowledge of it. In western Europe
and Britain specifically there are a small handful of
very rare written records and a few drawings but they
are difficult to date. In really ancient times, palm
reading was largely a superstitution; no written rules
were set down for anyone to learn, which meant that
there was no method or system to be passed along. In
these far-off days, few people were able to read and
Early English written documentation is sketchy, not so
much through a lack of knowledge but rather an
inability to set down in writing anything clear-cut.
In early Britain before 1066, the official written
language was old English, and even that would have
differed dialectically because the country was divided
into many kingdoms. So, what we do know about reading
hands was passed down by word of mouth and probably in
secret because Mother Church did not approve.
The oldest know palm reading work in English language
is a manuscript known as the Digby Roll IV, dated
around 1440. It is a few strips of vellum sewn
together in the style of the time, about 87 inches in
length and about 8 inches in width.
The early fortune tellers would have used only the
lines when they read the hands of their subjects.
Chirognomy was not really developed properly until the
middle of the 19th century, and we owe this to two
Frenchmen, Casimir DíArpentigny, who published LA
Science de la Main in 1865, the definitive work on
hand shapes, and Adrien Desbarrolles, who published
Les Mysteres de la Main in 1859, based mostly on the
study of lines of the hand. Dermatoglyphics also has
its roots in the 19th century and was developed by
Francis Galton. From Galtonís patient work came the
fingerprinting system now used by police in criminal
Hand reading is divided
into three separate branches that make up the whole
Chirognomy: The study
of the basic shape of the hands. Chiromancy: The study
of the lines and other palm markings.
Chiromancy: This is the study of the lines of
the hand without reference to any other feature of the
palm. Any of the lines, especially the smaller
influence marks, can change very easily at the time of
a serious emotional incident. When an event such as
this occurs and stirs the emotional nature it leaves
its mark not only in the psyche but in the hands as
well. Minor marks can come and go as and when the
heart or mind needs to register such matters because
of their importance, at the time or later when the
full import of what has taken place has fully
registered. Chiromancy is the original or true palm
Chirognomy: This is
the study of the shape of the hand and only really
came into its own in the middle of the 19th century.
This part of the discipline is concerned with the
thickness and shape of the palm, thumb, and fingers,
their relative lengths, tip formations, and
flexibility. To this has been added a study of the
nails and the way the hand may be used in gesture.
this is the study of the fingerprints and the palmar
skin patterns. These markings can never be destroyed
or erased, but they may be disturbed by accident.
There has never been a successful attempt to mutilate
or destroy them by the criminal element in an effort
to hide them. There are two basic types of palmar
patterns; the open or coarse, and the closed, or
refined. There are five basic skin patterns Ė the
arch, tented arch, composite, loop, and whorl, and to
these may be added occasional variations. Each has its
own meanings and these are refined dependent on how
they appear and where they are formed.
Gesture: It is only in
recent times that a study of hand gestures has been
added to hand analysis. It is not generally
appreciated how much information may be given away by
an individualís sign language, either as the person
speaks or with small silent movements that can mean so