myth or reality?

Palmistry: myth or reality?

What is palmistry?

The art of palmistry has been popular for ages. It is believed that fortune telling is more than telling people what they want to hear. Some view palmistry as a science. Palmistry is an art and therefore not everybody who claims to be a palmist knows his stuff.

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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Palmistry is too difficult an art and therefore not everybody who claims to be a palmist knows his stuff. Roadside palmists take advantage of people’s helplessness and tensions by giving them tidings of a bright future. Most of the palmists who advertise in newspapers appear on television are fakes. The craze to knowing the future from soothsayers is rapidly increasing youngsters who are always keen to know about their future. They show their hands to anybody who claims that he or she knows palmistry.

Students visit palmists to know about the awaited result and girls about their marriage and marital life. But in the modern times no-one is sure whether the palmist is a fake or knows what is what. One can find palmists in every street and 90 percent out of them know nothing. Some sit by the roadside while other have opened their offices and they advertise in newspapers and have their visiting cards printed.So popular is palmistry among the youth that palmistry stalls are a regular feature at functions in colleges. Mazher Abbas, a university student, told The Post that whenever any function is organised they book a stall for fortunetellers to attract more and more youngsters.When The Post talked to a roadside palmist in Raja Bazaar he said mostly uneducated people came to him to show their hands and they want to hear good things.

“Almost every time I tell everyone the same things and they believe in me. They become excited and take a sigh of relief and feel a bit relaxed.”

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Palmistry in England!

August 15, 2008

Palmistry in England

Palmistry in England

Palmistry experts available in England:

Palmistry and Palm Reading is quite popular in the UK – however in earlier times it could have been described as the ‘Mecca’ of Western Palmistry, for In April 1889 the Chirological Society of Great Britain was founded in London.

The most common ‘Palmistry’ synonyms used in Engeland are: ‘Hand Reading’, Palm Reading’, ‘Hand Analysis’, and ‘Cheirology’ (or: ‘Chirology’).

Katherine St Hill and Ina Oxenford are some of the most famous people in the history of Palmistry, both were key-figure in the Old Chirological Society of Great Britain.

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Palmistry - the marriage lines

Palmistry - the marriage lines

‘Mr. Palmist, what does your marriage line say?’

The marriage line is – next to the life line & and the heart line – one of the most popular hand line features in Palmistry because it is associated with your love life. Nevertheless, the palmistry literature shows a debate the reliability of this line.

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Some guidelines from the international Palmistry literature about the marriage line (a.k.a. ‘union lines’, ‘affection lines’ or ‘relationship lines’):

William G. Benham writes in ‘The Benham Book of Palmistry’ (1900):

(p. 520): “In some hands there are none of these lines and in others many are seen. From time immemorial they have been used by older palmists as indications of marriage or unions of the sexes. Their value in practice is considerable if used up to their limit, and in combination, but used by themselves, as a hard-and-fast indication of marriage, they lead to contstant error.”

David Brandon-Jones writes in ‘Practical Palmistry’ (1986):

(p.241): “They are also known as lines of Marriage or Affection and are connected with the individual”s capacity for giving and receiving affection. A relationship line may or may not refer to husband, wife or lover. To my certain knowledge, it has, in at least one case, indicated a lonely lady’s fondness for a beloved pet. It is not possible, as I know to my cost, to rely on these lines alone as predicting marriage or the start of a long-term relationship.”

Nathaniel Altman, writes in ‘Sexual Palmistry’ (1986):

(p.120): “Unfortunately there is no certain sign of age on a union line, as it length can also reveal the lingering impact of a relationship on the person even after it is ‘officially’ over. Again, the intuition can be usefull here. Major issues involving incompatibility, personality conflicts, lack of commitment and infidelity are often reflected in islands or breaks. Whenever you study a union line, remember that it is subject to change.”

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Palmistry goes medical!

August 14, 2008

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Palmistry goes medical

Space scientist talks about Palmistry

Kumar, 42, is a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India. Twelve years ago, a palmist told him by looking ahis hand that he would become a palm reader himself.

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It was a prediction that really embarrassed Kumar, he said in an e-mail, but that ended up igniting his interest in palmistry. He spent years reading books and learning about this science and ended up opening his own practice.

There, Kumar said, he observed many hands and was able to detect similarities in the palm lines of people living with certain type of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. This led to his visit to the Regional Cancer Center where he studied the palm lines of about 160 patients with cancer. According to Kumar’s observations, most of them had the same lines.

“It made me think of another matter”, said Kumar. “If this disease is detected in the primary stage itself, it is quite curable. Then why can’t we get precaution against this fatal disease through finding the palm line symptoms? Really, this notion opened before me the endless and eventful vista of medical palmistry.”

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The general definition of palmistry is the study of the hand lines to predict the future, assess personalities and provide counseling. Medical palm reading on the other hand, looks at the hand’s lines, shape and texture to detect abnormalities that will help diagnose physical and mental diseases.

For centuries, Chinese and Indian medicine has recognized the link between palmistry and good health. Abnormalities such as vertical ridges on the fingernails, or a life line that’s faint in color, can represent a diagnosis for all sorts of illnesses from intestinal problems to heart disease. The Catholic Church, for its part, has always branded palm reading as devil worship and forced it underground.

So far however, this science is still far from being accepted in the West. According to Kenneth Lagerstrom, a professional palmist and founder of a website on the human hand, in North America “the palms of the hands are sometimes called ‘no man’s land’ because it’s expected that no self-respecting medical professional will deal with palmistry.”

Another reason for the West’s reluctance to recognize medical palm reading as a reliable diagnosis tool is the lack of belief in what is considered by many here as an “occult science,” Lagerstrom said. In addition, he blames his fellow practitioners themselves for all the uncertainties still surrounding medical palmistry.

“In my opinion,” he said, “more than 95 percent of them are either dangerously incompetent or outright fraudulent. Very few seek details that can be scientifically or medically verified, preferring instead to make their readings either fortune-telling or ‘spiritual.’”

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Palmistry in the USA

August 14, 2008

Palmistry in the USA

Palmistry in the USA

 

Palmistry experts in the USA:

Palmistry and Palm Reading is quite popular in the USA (though the word ‘palm reading’ is also associated with the PDA-device developed by Palm corp.). There are various professional organisations in the USA which promote Hand Analysis as a (alternative) ‘science’.

The most common ‘Palmistry’ synonyms used in the USA are: ‘Palm Reading’, ‘Hand Reading’, and ‘Hand Analaysis’.

One of the few famous people in the history of Palmistry is the american William G. Benham, who wrote the classic: ‘The Benham book of Palmistry’ – which is sometimes described as: ‘The Bible of Palmistry’.

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Palmistry - the length of the life line

Palmistry - the length of the life line

‘Mr. Palmist, what’s the meaning of the length of the life line?’

The life line is one of the most well-known features of Palmistry. Most people are able to find the life line in their own hands.

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Some guidelines from the international Palmistry literature about the life line:

William G. Benham writes in ‘The Benham Book of Palmistry’ (1900):

(p. 467): “The line of Life indicates the health of the subject during the various periods of life, his physical strength in general, and whether he lives during each period on his nervous force or relies upon muscular robustness. By reason of these facts, it records many detailed events in his life, and forms a basis to fall back upon when seeking confirmations and explanations of indications found elsewhere in the hand.”

Edward D. Campbell writes in ‘The Encyclopedia of Palmistry’ (1996):

(p.133): “To the Indian palmists, this line reflects the strength of the family tree. Long, clear, and well-marked life lines are indicative of strength, vitality, good immune systems, good recovery ability, resilience, and sexual energy, especially if they describe a generous curve around a healthy mount of Venus.”

Arnold Holtzman, Ph.D. writes in ‘Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy’ (2004):

(p.116): “The tenar line: ego drive discipline. This line is identified almost universally as the line of life. And while tradition and folklore have their place in any culture this very unfortunate labeling has contributed to countless tragedies over the years. Books have been published in which the assertion was made that the length of this line is an indicator of the length of the person’s life, and many a death can be attributed to a palmist’s stated certainty that the subject would not life beyond a given year. It is imperative, then, to establish at the start that there is no link whatsoever between this line and the length of one’s life.”

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Palmistry - which hand to read?

Palmistry - which hand to read?

‘Mr. Palmist, which hand do you read?’

Which hand does the palmist read? History shows that the answer might depend on the culture where Palmistry is being used.

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Some recommendations from the international Palmistry literature:

William G. Benham writes in ‘The Benham Book of Palmistry’ (1900):

(p. 31): “In all examinations you should consult both hands, and should never attempt specific statements, unless they are based upon a thorough knowledge of the information which can be gleaned only from the hands considered seperately, and then together. Many failures are recorded in palm readings when one hand only has been used, due to the fact that men change as they grow older, and these changes are recorded in the right hand.”

Edward D. Campbell writes in ‘The Encyclopedia of Palmistry’ (1996):

(p.20): “I no longer follow any traditional method of looking at the right and left hand. I believe that those Eastern methods that look only to the right hand for male clients and the left hand for females are totally inadequate and sexist, and often are value-based against the left hand. This bias against the left hand has crept into Western Palmistry just as the latin word for left, sinister, has coloured our thoughts concerning left-handed persons as conniving, bad people.”

Arnold Holtzman, Ph.D. writes in ‘Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy’ (2004):

(p.63): “As for the hands themselves, no two are exactly alike – not even when they belong to the same person. The question that arises must be: if each hand is unique, delivering a ‘story’ which must, in some way, be different from every other ‘story’, which hand and which ‘story’ is the most representative of the individual? Which may we assume to be the truest mirror of his, or her, immediate circumstances? The answer is both – equally. Each hand may put forward its own account of the man it speaks of, and each would be entirely relevant.”

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Palmistry in India

August 12, 2008

Palmistry in India

Palmistry in India

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Palmistry is very popular in India. India is also known as the ‘Mecca of Palmistry’. Therefore it is not surprising at all that in the big cities of India you can find Palmist or Palm reader at each corner of the streets.

The most common ‘Palmistry’ synonyms in India are: ‘Palm Reading’, ‘Hand Reading’ (English is the ‘second language’ in India) + Jyotish (Sanskrit).

One of the most important stories in the history of Palmistry is the Hindu sage which says that Valmiki wrote a book, whose title translates in English as “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry”, comprising 567 stanzas, more than 5,000 years ago. And you should also know that Palmistry can trace its roots back to Indian (Hindu) Astrology and Roma (gypsy) fortune tellers.

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The origins of Palmistry

August 12, 2008

The origins of palmistry

The origins of palmistry

 

The roots of Palmistry:

The history of Palmistry shows that there are at least two Palmistry traditions; Eastern and Western. A relationship between those two traditions has existed historically as well. It turns out not everyone believes that the Gypsies brought Palmistry to the West.

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The work of Fred Gettings (1965) informs us that the earliest reference to Palmistry (or Palm Reading) in Indian literature appears in the Vasistha, Rule 21. There, an ascetic is forbidden to earn his living by explaining omens, or by engaging in astrology and palmistry. The Ancient Code of Manu, also Vedic, upholds similar principles.

Yet, in later times, Palmistry became highly regarded in India. Palmistry was considered so important that the hands of gods in paintings and sanctuaries were carved with markings of lines and symbols. They were highly exaggerated, and not very similar to real-life palms.
Trade was open to the Greeks through established routes used by Arabs for centuries. What became Western Palmistry traveled East. Alexander the Great, a pupil of Aristotle, is conjectured to have brought interest in the art back. Lines appeared on the palms of Greek statues of gods as well.

However nice this theory sounds, I would be remiss not to point out that Ancient Egyptians, Chaldeans, Sumerians, and Babylonians all have been credited with originating the art as well.

A few months ago I even received an email from an Independent reader in Thailand who suggested that palmistry began with Native American tribes in the US. My reader suggests that Carl Jung wrote the forward to the book by Julius Spier, The Hands of Children, and was remiss in not mentioning that Erich Neumann’s wife was an internationally know palmist. Jung took an interest in palmistry, the reader points out, and regarded Neuman highly, but didn’t in all his letters or books mention his wife reading hands.

In the Western tradition, the art evolved from basic lines, to hand shapes, to texture and markings. Medieval writings focus on the lines. By the sixteenth century, the spirit of individuality was emerging. Early Renaissance scholars were often well versed in palmistry, and markings for different kinds of patterns were devised.

The practice, still thought of as an art, was closely connected to astrology. Each finger and mound was related to a planet. It was thought a whole constellation of one’s life could be read in the thumb.

So, when you go in for the art of divining, be sure you get your money’s worth. The whole story is not told in the lines. Like the history of trauma, the history of palmistry is buried underground and often veers off course. Its development has not unfolded in a linear fashion. In England, palmistry was not pursued with the same intensity as it was elsewhere. Chiromancy was primarily associated increasingly with the gypsies. Universities did not pursue its scholarship and practice, as did institutions of higher learning on the other continents.

If the gypsies came from the Pariahs of India, as some maintain, this would mean an alternate route of dispersion of Western knowledge. Traveling from shire to shire in the 1500s, they performed all sorts of crafts to get money from the landholders; palmistry being one such craft. But a practitioner among the lower classes was considered to be either a gypsy or a witch, thus the practice of palmistry merited death according to a law that was not repealed in England until the reign of George III.

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August 12, 2008

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