A central idea of palmistry, also known as chiromancy, is that the lines and creases of the palm of a hand reflect our character, thoughts and emotions. The shape of the hand also reveals information about us. It´s an interesting fact that there are more nerves connecting the hands to the brain than is the case with other parts of the body. This implies that emotions and thoughts could cause changes in the hands.
Some would argue that the lines are caused by work with the hands, but this is not the case since for example a worker can have smooth lines and someone who don´t use their hands much can have deep lines and many creases.
Palmistry should not be seen as fortune telling, but merely as a guide to us. We can use it to help us make more informed decisions about our life. If we are stressed and troubled, our hands will reflect that. But that should not make us think we can do nothing about fate. When our thoughts and emotions change for the better, so will the lines of our hands. But if we do nothing to change destructive thinking for example, then the future will reflect that decision.
Palmistry is believed to have originated in ancient India, and the art spread from there to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and Europe. Aristotle (384–322 B.C) once found a manuscript on palmistry on an altar of Hermes, and he offered this to Alexander the Great. The general became very interested in the practice and examined by himself his officers to find out about their characters. Aristotle said that “Lines are not written into the human hand without reason. They emanate from heavenly influences and man’s own individuality.”
Palmreaders of today often use the art as a form of diagnosis, and may study topics that could be of assistance to their clients, for example stress and time management.
This blog is intended as an introduction for those interested in this ancient art.