PALMISTRY IS HAND ANALYSIS
The use of the term hand analysis is often preferred over the word palmistry to try to steer away from the reputation of fortune tellers (which, by the way, still exists in most eastern worlds). I use the word palmistry because it is an art that completely studies the hands and palm lines.
Today I would like to talk a little about how palm readers, over the years, have struggled to get respect from the population in general. I was particularly concerned when I realised that many people making it even more challenging are other so-called ‘new age’ hand-reading experts.
There is also a new wave of hand analysts mocking the word “palmistry” as something that should no longer exist and is just fortune-telling. However, palmistry is hand analysis because it is the art of studying the hand and all its features, such as the lines.
I am going to make this point by taking some excerpts from timeworn palmistry books that explicitly use the art for hand analysis, not fortune telling, whether it concerns the quality of the lines on the palms or the shape of the hand and fingers.
Many old books describe how to tell character from the hands and how to use that information to better your life.
Here is one from the original (pre-1960s) “Complete Guide to Palmistry – The Standard Work”:
The human hand has been described as the creator’s masterpiece of a mechanism. It’s a wonderful adaptation to the requirements of life. Few realise that the hand is a direct servant of the brain. Its markings reveal the workings of the brain and the general characteristics and physical ailments. It cannot be denied that there is much opposition to the practice of Palmistry based on ignorance and bigotry.
In this examination, it is necessary to note both hands. The first point to be noted is the texture and consistency of the skin; this will be best ascertained by feeling the back of the hand and noting its softness or otherwise.
The appearance of the hand as a whole will show whether it is evenly balanced or is heavier or lighter in some parts than in others.
Below is another excerpt about hand analysis from the famous “Cheiro”.
He uses the term palmistry in studying the character from the hands.
“Palmistry for all” by Cheiro – PUBLISHED IN 1916
There is no country in the world where the “study of character” is more indulged in than In the USA. During my many visits there, I could not help remarking how even the “hardest headed” businessmen used any form of this study they could get hold of to help them in their business dealings with other men and endeavouring to ascertain the character of their clerks and employees.
In looking over the records of my career, I find that in the course of my visits to America. I gave private lessons to the heads of two hundred and seventy business establishments in New York. One hundred thirty-five in Boston, and three hundred and forty-two in Chicago.
Study of the character
All these men were large employers of labour. What they principally wanted was to have some help beyond that of their judgment. In dealing with those, they came in contact within the regular course of their business careers. In no other country did I find the same interest in studying character from a practical standpoint.
This is why I am writing a special Preface for this Edition. Believing as I do, my American readers will appreciate the added information. I may be able to give regarding the obtaining by glancing at a hand. A quick grasp of the leading characteristics of the persons they are thrown into contact with. Or, for whatever reason, they choose to use this study.
He explains all aspects of the hand and how they relate to the character:
Venus = Love, sensuality, and passion.
Mars = Vitality, courage, fighting, etc.
Mercury = Mentality, commerce, science.
Moon = Imagination, romance, changeability.
Sun = Brilliance, fruitfulness, success.
Jupiter = Ambition, power, domination.
Saturn = Reserve, melancholy, seriousness.
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