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The Art of Palmistry    

by Ray Douglas

The Art of Palmistry

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PALMIST

How can palmistry work?

     What exactly are the lines of the hand? And why should they mean anything? In anatomical terms, the outer skin or epidermis over most of our body tends to be fairly loosely arranged over the deeper layers of the cuticle or 'true skin'. When you rub your body the skin tends to move about. But the chief function of the palm of the hand is to grasp, and if the skin on that part of the body were unstable, we would not be able to grip firmly and efficiently.

     The skin of the palm also needs to flex or bend very neatly and tightly along with the movements of grasping, as when we clench our fists. In order to fulfil these functions efficiently the flexion folds  throughout  their length are firmly tied by connecting fibres, or fibrillar tissue, to the deep layers of the dermis, and to the sheaths of the flexor tendons. These folding lines, or sulci, form the distinctive and clearly marked lines with which we are familiar. They are further emphasised by subcutaneous layers of fat arranged between them, which serve to pad the skin so as both to strengthen the grip and at the same time to protect the underlying tendons from damage. These raised areas are known anatomically as the monticuli, in palmistry as the mounts.

     Thus the fixed, permanent lines on our hand are not formed haphazardly in the womb by the fist-clenching of the foetus; they are arranged in a fairly consistent pattern common to the whole human race. In each individual, to a greater or lesser degree, they vary enough to show individuality in a pattern already decided for us at our conception by our parents' and our ancestors' genes.

     Genetic abnormalities which may affect the personality often have physical signs which a doctor will recognise. But the normal range of personalities and the happenings of fate, though obvious enough during life, have an abstract nature. They cannot be plotted physically; they cannot be dissected or discovered during a post mortem . Their only real proof is their experience. You are unlikely to succeed in proving the validity of palmistry through a process of logic, any more than that of religious faith. A sceptic might demand to know, for example, what and where precisely is the connection between the Head Line and the mental processes? Or where is the neurological link between the emotional centre of the brain and the Heart Line? And, of course, this sceptical type of question will get no sensible answer.

     But if you study your own hand in the light of your own knowledge of yourself, and the hands of your family and friends in the light of your knowledge of them, you will very soon say: 'It really does work!' It all comes back to the distinction between art and science: art, like personality, has an abstract base; science, like the physical body, has a material one. The art of palmistry works chiefly through symbolism and synchronicity. As a uniquely personal map carried by each individual, a pattern which corresponds with a person's past and present life, the hand can equally well provide a forecast of routes to be taken, of probabilities for the future.


ďOh, donít worry. Look, Iíve got PRECISELY the same mark on my handĒ

1  First principles of palmistry   p9

     What is palmistry? p9

     Where and how did it originate?  p9
     How can palmistry work?  p10
     Conscious energies and unconscious influences  p13
     An individual source of power  p16
     Directions of movement   p17
     The main lines of the hand   p19
     The Rascette   p19

 

2  The mounts    p21

     The background of personality  p21

     Planetary rulership  p21
     The significance of the mounts p24
     The Mount of Jupiter p26
     The Mount of Saturn  p27
     The Mount of the Sun p28
     The Mount of Mercury p29
     The Mount of Venus p30
     The Lower Mount of Mars  p31
     The Mount of the Moon  p33
     The Upper Mount of Mars  p34

 

3  Cheirognomy: Hands, fingers and thumbs    p35

       The cheirotype p35

       Fingers p39
       Thumbs  p46
       Fingerprints  p49
       The full picture  p51

 

4  The Heart Line   p53

       The flow of feelings p53

       The rising point  p56
       Signs on the Heart Line  p60
       Links with the Head Line  p64

 

5  The Head Line   p67

       The flow of thoughts p67

       The physical basis of thought p70
       Tielines and signs  p74

 

6  The Life Line   p78

       Physical energy  p78

       Timescales  p81
       Lines of Influence  p84
       Other signs on the Life Line  p87

 

7  The Line of Fate    p88

       Timing the events of fate  p88

       Divergence of fate  p93

 

8  The Line of Fortune   p96

       Success and self-regard  p96

 

9  The Line of Intuition   p102

       The third impersonal influence p102

 

10 Love and marriage    p106

       Affectionate relationships p106

       The Girdle of Venus p109
       Difficult births  p111
       The quality of marriage p112

    

11 Health and excess    p120

       A line of ill-health p120

 

12 Sympathy and sensitivity   p125

       Caring hands  p125

 

13 Influence and dominance    p130

       Lines of Influence  p130
       Lines of Dominance  p134

      

14 Adventure and misadventure   p136

       Safe journeys p136
       Warning signs p139

 

15 Left hand - right hand   p141

       Inheritance  p141

       Material and abstract p145

16 Summary of human characteristics   p146

Aggression, Ambition, Assertiveness, Creativity, Depression, Faithfulness, Fickleness Introspection, Jealousy, Kindness, Moodiness, Resourcefulness, Self-confidence

 

17 Summary of vocational signs    p160

Accountant, Actor, Architect, Artist, Athlete, Banker, Builder, Chemist, Church minister, Clerical officer, Computer programmer, Doctor, Draftsperson, Driver (bus or lorry) Engineer,  Farmer, Fashion designer, Forester, Hospital administrator, Hotel manager, Journalist, Kennel or stable worker, Lawyer, Librarian, Motor mechanic, Novelist, Nurse, Police officer, Politician, Publisher, Radio or television presenter, Salesperson, Secretary, Social welfare worker, Soldier, Teacher, Veterinary surgeon 

      

18 Points to consider when giving readings    p172

       Age and peace of mind p172

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