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A Guide to Palmistry: Palmistry An Introduction, Chapter I, Part – 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Palmistry-An Introduction

The human hand has been described as the Creator’s masterpiece of mechanism, in its wonderful adaptation to the requirements of life; yet, strange to say, whilst almost every section of the human body has its medical specialists, there are none such for the hands as a whole. Hand is the terminal part of the human arm containing the palm and fingers from below the wrist. It contains 27 bones: 8 carpals, or wrist-bones proper, 5 metacarpals and 14 phalangers-3 to each of the 4 fingers and 2 to the thumb.

It is perfectly adapted by the mobility of all the digits as well as by their respective difference in total length, and in the length of their joints and especially by the great freedom of the thumb. By its development, extreme mobility and sensibility, the human hand is considered the most marvelous instrument designated for prehension and touch. No animal is gifted with such an implement of a high degree of perfection. Properly speaking, the hand belongs to man alone. It is essentially the organ of touch and prehension. It moulds itself to a body to ascertain its form; it comes to the eye in completing or rectifying its impression, and in some cases even supplies its place as in ease of blind reading.

As stated earlied it is believed that Palmistry originated in India with its roots in Hindu Astrology (known in Sanskrit as Jyotish), Chinese Yijing (I Ching), and Roma (Gypsy) fortune tellers. The Hindu sage Valmiki is thought to have written a book several thousand years ago whose title translates in English as “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry” comprising 567 stanzas. Renowned palmist Cheiro (whose actual name was William John Warner and later christened as Cherio due to his knowledge in palmistry) learn palmistry in India where he is believed to have read ancient scriptures on palmistry. From India, the art of palmistry spread to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and to other countries in Europe. From China, palmistry progressed to Greece where Anaxagoras practiced it. Aristotle (384-322 B. C. E.) discovered a treatise on the subject of palmistry on an alter of Hermes, which he then presented to Alexander the Great (356-323 B. C. E.), who took great interest in examining the character of his officers by analyzing the lines on their hands. Aristotle stated that “Lines are not written into the human hand without reason. They emanate from heavenly influences and man’s own individuality.” Accordingly, besides Varahamir and other sages some of he western thinkers like Aristotle, Hippocrates and Alexander the Great, popularized the laws and practice of palmistry. Hippocrates sought to use palmistry to aid his clinical procedures. Modern palmists often combine traditional predictive techniques with psychology, holistic healing, as well as alternative methods of divination.

In the same row Medical men occasionally use the nails and fingers to confirm a diagnosis; but few of them realize that the hand-as the direct servant of the brain-in its markings, not only reveals the workings of the brain and the general characteristics, but also the physical ailments; further, any latent heart weakness is plainly and certainly dissemble in the hand.

It cannot be denied that there is much opposition to the practice of Palmistry, based upon ignorance and bigotry. On the other hand, we dare venture to affirm that he who veined the leaves of trees and plants so that the skilled botanist could read their story from the lines in the leaves, has so lined the human palm that the scientist can with equal facility read therein the story of the human life.

No two hands are alike, and they are so marked that they constitute a veritable chart of the life; all that a man needs to know of himself, his capabilities, his faults and feelings, and the probable outcome of his life, is therein set forth in a manner at once plain, simple and easy to understand. To the trained reader, the hand reveals the character, talents and proclivities, as well as indicating the most suitable career to be followed, the health, sickness, and important incidents of life, as they affect the position and welfare.

It has, we am aware, been recklessly asserted by some so-called scientists that the lines are merely creases formed by the folding of the hands; but this contention is easily refuted, by an inspection of the hands-your own, for instance-which will disclose lines in positions utterly at variance with so puerile a contention.

Notwithstanding the marvelous construction of the hand, it cannot, of itself, perform one single act-all that it does is by order of the brain, the seat of every mental operation, and it is entirely dependent on the brain for its intelligence, and therefore, being its servant, it reflects the kind of brain behind it.

It must be understood that Palmistry, is in no way connected with occultism-it is usually divided into two sections, viz.-

(a) The science of reading character from the shape of the hand and fingers; and

(b) the science of reading the actions and habits, the past, present and future events from the formation of the palm and the lines marked thereon.

This division of the science, however, is by no means arbitrary; on the contrary they are but parts of one whole and it is only adopted for the convenience of readers.

In Palmistry the hands are recognized as belonging to or coming under one or more of seven classes or types, a matter which will be fully explained later. At the outset, however, we shall follow the course generally adopted, and deal with the general features of the hand which carry with them their own significance to whatever type or combination of types the hand may belong.


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