Chiromancy / Cheiromancy (Palmistry)Palmistry is a synonym of chiromancy (also cheiromancy). As nouns, the difference between palmistry and chiromancy is that palmistry is telling fortunes from the lines on the palms of the hand, whereas chiromancy is divination performed by examining the lines in the palms. Chiromancy is the art of characterisation and foretelling of the future through the study of a person’s palm. The famous clairvoyant, William John Warner (1866 - 1936), used palmistry as a means of predicting the future, and took the nickname Cheiro from the word cheiromancy. It is commonly referred to as palmistry, palm-reading, chirology or hand analysis and can be found all over the world with various cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, or chiromancers.
It is an art which is certainly thousands of years old and possibly originated in India or China. It is mentioned in the Hindu Scriptures and the Old Testament. It was practiced in the ancient countries in the Middle East, and by the classical Greeks and Romans. The Christian Church, as it tended to with all aspects of the occult, banned palmistry, although it had little effect on its continued use.
The first known book to mention Palmistry was De Phisiognomia written by Michael Scotts in 1477. It related to the physiognomy of the human body and contained a chapter devoted to all aspects of the human hand. He wrote, "Just as a pebble thrown into the water creates ripples, so our thoughts create similar effects on our palms."
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Palmistry is based on 'apparent' scientific data. Every person's palms, like their fingerprints, are unique, distinctive, i.e. no two palms are ever exactly the same. According to palm readers, the shape, texture, colour, and especially the lines on a palm provide a blueprint of that person's past, present and future life. There are four major lines on a person's hand, the life line (which does not indicate someone's life expectancy), the heart line, the head line and the destiny line.
The modern theory of palmistry is that the lines of the hand represent a graphic shorthand of the circuits of the brain. The nerve group controlling the hands is located in the centre of the brain, and all the electrical energies of our thinking pass through it. Palmists consider that the lines on the hand are formed in some relation to thought patterns, nerve linkages, or even chromosomal structures. The left hand is thought to receive energy while the right sends it out.
Once a line is defined on your hand it never goes away, although additional lines may, and probably will appear throughout your lifetime, supposedly due to the 'electromagnetic changes' sent by your brain. New lines tend to develop on the dominant hand, i.e. the hand with which you write. The other hand relates to your destiny as opposed to your past life. Some people will have many deep lines, while others have only the primary lines plus a few branches extending from them.
A trained palmist will look not only at the palms, but at the whole hand, taking into account the shape of the hand, the length of the fingers (each divided into three sections with its own particular reference on each finger) and the fingernails, as well as the colour and texture of the skin, before beginning a reading.
Differences between the Left & the Right HandFor a right-handed person, the main difference is that the left hand indicates what a person was at the time of birth, while the right hand shows how that person has developed. The converse is true for the left-handed people.
The point is, whichever hand is used more frequently is the one which stores those changes that occur during our lives, so it is vital to analyse both hands during a reading. It is only in this manner that an analysis can clarify the main trends of personality development, and thus point at what we can expect to happen in the future.
Examine your palms - NO - really examine them! You will notice many differences between the images and shapes of individual elements and lines, as shall be explained as we progress through this page analysing our hands.
Different Shapes of Palms
Mounts on a Palm
Besides the defined lines (which will be explained later), a palm contains what are referred to as 'mounts', each having its own specific interpretation. The mounts refer to the fleshy lumps that appear on your hand, the high spots or 'mountains' on the plane of the hand. The most prominent ones are roughly at the base of each finger and thumb. In general, the larger the mount the stronger the characteristic in the person. There are many sites on the internet specialising in palmistry/chiromancy, so it is not the intention of this site to describe the characteristics of each mount, but simply to provide its name and show its position on the palm..
1. Mount of Jupiter (religion, pride, respect)
2. Mount of Saturn (the mind - morbid, sad, interpersonal relationships)
3. Mount of Apollo (artistic talent)
4. Mount of Mercury (inventiveness)
5. Upper Mount of Mars (courage)
6. Mount of the Moon (imagination)
7. Mount of Venus (love)
8. Lower Mount of Mars
Lines on a PalmAs stated under Mounts on a Palm above, there are many sites on the internet specialising in palmistry/chiromancy, so it is not the intention of this site to describe the characteristics of each line, but simply to provide its name and show its position on the palm.
There are four Major Lines on a palm, known as:
Minor LinesIn addition to the four Major Lines, there are nine Minor Lines on a palm, known as:
Marks on a PalmIn addition to the above, there are many other things a trained palmist will take into account such as positive qualities and what are classed as danger signs. Other shapes that crop up in specific areas include: squares; bars; triangles; circles; stars; crosses; islands.
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FingersEach finger is divided into three sections, each section having its own meaning dependent upon the finger. The length of each section, and any images on your palm print will tell an experienced reader much.
The lengths of the Jupiter and Apollo fingers should be compared, because if the Jupiter finger is shorter the person is often a late starter and will follow the dictates of others before seeking their own goals in their thirties.
Wide spaces between the Saturn and Jupiter fingers tend to be people who will overspend.
When the hands are placed down on paper for a palm print, if they are Wide open that person is friendly and outgoing. If there is a large gap between the Mercury and Apollo fingers, it indicates that person needs lots of freedom and space.
Lengths of FingersIt is relatively simple to ascertain whether a person has long or short fingers on their hands. When bent across the palm, if the fingers cover 7/8 of the palm they are considered to be long. However, no system is infallible, and certainly so here, as fingers on some people are far more flexible than on others. In these instances, they are probably of medium length.
Shapes of Fingers
Different meanings are attributed to different types of finger, some of which are described below:
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