The practice of palm reading dates back to
2000BC.Chiromancy or cheiromancy, (Greek cheir, “hand”;
manteia, “divination”), is the art of characterization and
foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also
known as palmistry, palm-reading, chirology or hand
analysis. The practice is found all over the world, with
numerous cultural variations.
Those who practise chiromancy are generally called
chiromancers, palmists, palm readers or chirologists.
Modern palmistry can trace its roots back to gypsy fortune
tellers and Indian mystics, but often modern palmists
combine traditional predictive techniques with psychology,
holistic healing, and alternative methods of divination.
The practice of chiromancy is regarded by many as a
pseudoscience, and no hard scientific evidence has been
found to back up claims of veracity. It should be noted
that the information outlined below is representative of
modern palmistry; there are many -- often conflicting --
interpretations of various lines and palmar features across
various "schools" of palmistry
Throughout our lifetime, our bodies register change. For
example, the lines on our face that we acquire with age
reflect experience and, we hope, wisdom. Lines and signs on
our hands, present at birth, grow as we evolve, signifying
the accumulated experience of our lives. Centuries ago, the
sages of India established a system of knowledge stemming
from the Vedas, the earliest sacred Hindu writings.
They studied the hands as a means to unveil and understand
the self and relationships with others. They saw that the
unique patterns of lines and signs in the hand come into
being as a direct result of the way we think. Just as a
pebble thrown into the water creates ripples, so our
thoughts create similar effects. Our hands offer us an
objective view of who we really are.
Through the study of palmistry, we have the opportunity to
see to what extent our thoughts and feelings influence our
happiness and the harmony of those around us. As we
exercise our will in choosing positive patterns of thinking
to replace any negative ones, we see our lines begin to
change, reflecting a shift in our consciousness.