Palmistry, also known as chiromancy, palm reading, hand analysis or chorology is one of the oldest of the pseudo sciences, having been practiced in ancient India and Roma in differing formats. The specifics of palm reading and what each of the hand lines means vary somewhat from culture to culture, but most areas of the world have at least some form of hand study as a means of indicating both past lives, previous happenings in the current life, and even what the future is likely to bring. Palmistry in some cultures looks at more than just the lines in the palm. The act of palm reading may look at the shape of the hand, the texture of the skin, how the thumb is set, and the shape and condition of the fingernails. Further, variations between the dominant hand the subordinate hand are compared and can add further emphasis and interest to a complete palm reading.
Classical palmistry usually equates each of the fingers and lines on the palm to the characteristics of the associated Greek mythological figures. The features of the god or goddess became associated with the area of the hand. For instance, the characteristics of the Greek god Apollo include interest in art, harmony, renown, wealth and aesthetics. These are also characteristics that are denoted by looking at the size and shape of the ring finger. The palm reading usually begins with the dominant hand and characteristics of the other hand are considered to represent characteristics during previous lives.
Palmistry then turns to the general shape of the hands which is related to the four elements, fire, water, earth and are, each one with general personality traits that are apparent to those skilled in palm reading. For example, the art of palmistry says that the square or rectangular palm is a Fire hand. Other traits associated with a hand of this type is pink skin and fingers that are shorter. The palm is longer than the fingers.
Palm reading then reviews the major lines on the hand, such as the life line, head line, heart line, Girdle of Venus, Sun Line, Mercury Line and Fate line. The length, connections, angles and clarity of each of these lines provides information to the person skilled in palmistry to interpret major life paths, romantic interest and even the part that fate or sheer chance may play.
Palmistry is certainly an art, not a science as is especially evident when looking at hand line angles and lengths. Palm reading is completely subjective and open to interpretation. For one skilled in the art of palmistry, finding a way to describe what one is seeing during the palm reading without frightening or depressing the client is usually a matter of sensitivity and experience.
Efforts to scientifically prove or deny the validity of palmistry as a key to the person s personality have been unsuccessful although some interesting correlations have been found between length of fingers and such things as depression, musical aptitude and reproductive success. Palmistry is a fascinating area of research. It may be that from a realistic standpoint, palm reading is used more for fortune telling than for character reading. Palmistry goes hand in hand with Clairvoyant readings and Spiritual teachers which we have already written about in previous articles.