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Palmistry: A History

Palm ReadingJudging by the number of hands painted in prehistoric caves it would seem the human hand held a interest for humans since the stone age.

Archaeological discoveries have discovered hands made of stone, wood and ivory by ancient civilizations. The emperor of China used his thumbprint when sealing documents in 3000 bc. Information on the laws and practice of hand reading have been found in Vedic scripts, the Bible and early Semitic writings. Aristotle (384-322 bc) discovered a treatise on palmistry on an alter to the god Hermes.

The Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen (ad 130-200) were both knowledgeable about the use of palmistry as a clinical aid. Julius Caesar (102-44bc) judged his men by palmistry.

Palmistry & The Catholic Church
The practice of palmistry was ufortunately forced underground by the Catholic Church who branded it devil worshiping. Anyone found to have an interest was quickly murdered. As the church started to lose its influence in society common sense prevailed.

Notable people such as Paracelsus (1493-1541) and Fludd (1574-1637) brought respectibility to palmistry through their writings. Later Dr. Carl Carus, physician to the king of Saxony in the 19th century matched palms to personality. Advances in genetics, psychology and forensics have propeled palmistry into the modern age.

Scotland Yard & Fingerprints

In 1901, Scotland Yard adopted the technique of fingerprinting in criminal investigation and identification. Medical researchers studying skin patterns (dermatoglyphics), have discovered a corrospondence between genetic abnormalities and unusual markings in the hand. Research has confirmed a link between specific fingerprint patterns and heart disease.

These days palmistry is well accepted throughout the world. Professional palmists can be found reading palms in every country in the world. Pick up almost any copy of a womens magazine and there is some information on palmistry. There are thousands of books written on the subject and there are palmistry clubs the worldwide.

Life Line
The life line does not indicate how old you will live. What the line reveals is the quality of your life. It is an index of how much vitality, strength and energy you have. A life line running close to the thumb indicates a person of low vitality, sometimes found in the hands of people who suffer chronic fatigue syndrom.

A life line that runs a wide curve shows a person with lots of vitality, get up and go. If the head line is stronger than the life line it shows a person who is more mentally than physically active.

A chained life line indicates a delicate health. Little lines rising indicate an active personality.

Outward swinging lines indicate a love of travel. Most of the small lines on the life line refer to particular events at certain times of your life.

A branch leading to the Jupiter mount is a sign of academic achievment. A branch that leads to the Saturn mount indicates a successful property transaction.

A branch towards the Apollo mount indicates monetary gain. A branch towards the Mercury mount indicates business success.

Hand Size

The size of the hand can be important in in helping to judge the character and personality.

--- People with small hands have a strong desire to achieve. They usually set long range goals in their life. They sometimes have a big ego and have trouble relaxing.

--- People with medium hands are well balanced and have good judgement. They have common sense and are practical.

--- People with large hands have many capabilities. They can have many goals, all at the same time. They are friendly and very sociable.

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