I am sure that at least once in your life, while walking on the streets, maybe through a busy market place, a man must have stopped you to tell you about your future. Some of those men sit with parrots along with tarot cards. Those can be termed as lucky guesses because let’s be honest, animals or birds cannot tell our future. However, when those men promise to tell us the future by looking at our palm lines, we do get curious, because most of the times, those predictions and the tales of our past are very accurate. This art of telling the future or the past of people by looking at the palm lines is known as palmistry. This article shall tell us everything we need to know about this skill, So let us begin,
What is Palmistry?
Palmistry or chiromancy (also spelled chiromancy; from Greek kheir and manteia, is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading or chirology. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists.
Techniques of Palmistry :
A reader usually begins by reading the person’s dominant hand (the hand he or she writes with or uses the most, which is represents the conscious mind, whereas the other hand is subconscious). In some traditions of palmistry, the other hand is believed to carry hereditary or family traits, or, depending on the palmist’s cosmological beliefs, to convey information about ‘past-life’ or ‘karmic’ conditions.
Significance of Hand Shapes :
In most schools of palmistry, hand shapes are divided into four or eleven major types, sometimes corresponding to the classical elements or temperaments. Hand shape is believed to indicate character traits corresponding to the type indicated. Although variations abound, the most common classifications used by modern palmists :
> Earth hands are generally identified by broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy colour.
> Air hands have square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes-protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and often dry skin.
> Water hands are long, with oval-shaped palm, long, flexible, conical fingers.
> Fire hands have a square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers. The number and quality of lines can also be included in the hand shape analysis; in some traditions of palmistry, Earth and Water hands tend to have fewer, deeper lines, while Air and Fire hands are more likely to show more lines with less clear definition.
The Game of Lines :
The three lines found on almost all hands, and generally given most weight by palmists :
> The Heart line represents love and attraction. It is found towards the top of the palm, under the fingers. In some traditions, the line is read as starting from the edge of the palm under the little finger and flowing across the palm towards the thumb; in others, it is seen as starting under the fingers and flowing toward the outside edge of the palm. It provides an insight on how the emotional side of our mind acts.
> The Headline represents our mind & its functioning(learning style, communication skills & thirst for knowledge). This line starts at the edge of the palm under the index finger and flows across the palm towards the outside edge. Often, the head line is joined with the life line.
>The Lifeline is the most controversial line on the hand. This line extends from the edge of the palm above the thumb and travels in an arc towards the wrist. This line is believed to represent the person’s vitality and vigour, physical health and general well being. The life line is also believed to reflect major life changes, including cataclysmic events, physical injuries, and relocations.
The mounts in Palmistry :
Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo, Mercury, Mars positive, Mars negative, plain of Mars, Luna mount, Neptune mount, Venus mount.
Other minor lines :
> Sun line – parallel to the Fate Line, under the ring finger; believed to indicate fame or scandal.
> Girdle of Venus – starts between the little and ring fingers, runs in a rough arc under the ring and middle finger. It relate to emotional intelligence and the ability to manipulate.
> Union lines – these are short horizontal lines found on the percussive edge of the palm between the Heart Line and the bottom of the little finger; believed to indicate close relationships, sometimes – but not always – romantic.
> Mercury line – runs from the bottom of the palm near the wrist, indicates health issues, business acumen, or communication skills.
> Travel lines – these are horizontal lines found on the percussive edge of the palm between the wrist and the heart line; each line is said to represent a trip taken by the subject.
> Other markings – these include stars, crosses, triangles, squares, tridents, and rings under each of the fingers; their supposed impact and meaning varies by location on the palm and freedom from other interfering lines.
> Apollo line – indicates a fortunate life; it travels from the Mount of the Moon at the wrist to beneath the Apollo finger.
I am sure now, that we all have some insights on this ancient and fascinating art by way this blog. With this knowledge now we can practice palmistry on our friends and relative and of course on ourselves too.