Have you ever seen a palm reader at a festival or in a city and wondered just how they can tell certain things about a person just by looking at a palm? Do you think the art of palm reading is accurate? Palmistry is certainly an interesting field of study, as it is the art of foretelling what the future holds by studying the lines on the human palm. Known to have existed for many centuries, the concept of palmistry has been found in many ancient cultures of the world like the Indian, Babylonian, Persian and Chinese.
In ancient Rome, gypsy fortune tellers used to dabble in the art of palm reading. The ancient Chinese classical text I-Ching mentions the custom of palm reading and in ancient India, educated men and women practiced palmistry under the broader scope of astrology, in which they studied the position of planets and celestial bodies in conjunction with the palm to predict the future.
Alexander the Great a palm reader
Palmistry is said to have spread to other parts of the world from India much before the birth of Jesus Christ. Alexander the Great is supposed to have been a keen enthusiast and practitioner of the art of palm reading. During the medieval ages however, the Christian Catholic church proactively campaigned against palmistry and classified all palmists as heretics and pagans.
There are multiple schools and techniques of reading a palm. Other than the lines of the palm, the shape of the hand, the sizes of the fingers relative to the palm, the color of the fingernails etc. can also be studied. During a palm reading, the dominant hand or the hand by which a person usually writes is read by the palmist. The two most common aspects of the palm read are the lines and the mounts on an individual’s dominant palm. The most important lines on the palm which are read are the heart line, the head line and the life line.
The heart line
The heart line is the first major curve found under the base of the fingers. It is thought to represent the future of love, relationships and marriages in an individual’s life. The head line is the curve under the heart line, starting under the base of the index finger and following all the way to the edge of the palm. Palmists read this line in order to interpret the person’s intelligence, level of learning and analytical prowess. The third most important line that palmists read is the life line, which starts just above the thumb and continues in a curve towards the wrist. The life line is thought to represent a person’s longevity, health, physical accidents and injuries, and well-being in general.
Other minor lines on the palm are the fate line, which is said to indicate the successes and failures in a person’s life, the Sun line that indicates fame or disgrace, union lines which indicate close friendships and relationships, travel lines which indicate tours and trips enjoyed by the person and the Mercury line which is thought to indicate issues relating to health and indicate business acumen.
Well-known palm readers
The Irishman William John Warner, known worldwide by his pseudonym Cheiro, was a major figure in palmistry active in the early 20th century. His sobriquet ‘Cheiro’ comes from the fact that palmistry is also known as Chirology. Cheiro studied palm reading under learned gurus in India and went on to set up a highly popular practice in London. Some of his most notable clients have included the authors Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde, the exotic dancer Mata Hari , the scientist Thomas Edison and the politician William Gladstone. Cheiro was the author of many books on palmistry which are today widely studied by palmists and non-palmists alike to understand the complex and mysterious subject of palmistry.
If you’ve never had a palm reading, take the time to go and have this done. Many palm readers are quite good at this art and are accurate with their readings. If you’re interested in learning more about palmistry, continue to read up on the topic or talk to a palm reader and ask questions. It’s not as difficult as you may think, but just as with any psychic reading, practice certainly helps you hone the craft. So the next time you’re at a festival and see a palm reader, go ahead and get a reading and enjoy the time visiting with the reader.