The ancient practice of palmistry dates back over thousands of years and traces of this can be found in the prehistoric caves in Spain as well as France. Detailed drawings of palms can be found painted all throughout these prehistoric locations almost as a symbol of the interest humans had in the palm since the stone age.
There have also been many archaeological findings of human palms made by ancient civilizations made of materials such as of wood, stone and even ivory. Another detail which is repeatedly seen throughout history is the use of the hand as an instrument of mitigation between the gods and mortals to bring about healing.
From Hindu Astrology in India which in Sanskrit is called Jyotish, Roma Gypsy fortune tellers and I Ching, Chinese Yijing the roots of palmistry are discovered from culture to culture. It is said that a book which is made up of five hundred and sixty seven stanzas and translated in English is titled ìThe Teachings Male Palmistryî was possibly written by the Hindu Sage Valmiki.
You can follow the route of the art of palmistry from India into China into Tibet, Persia, Egypt and other European countries. Palmistry was introduced to Greece from China and practiced by Anaxagoras. Modern day palmists however tend to combine psychology, predictive techniques that are more traditional, alternative methods of divination as well as holistic healing all in one.
The most widely practiced and taught form of palmistry is the Classical Palmistry whose roots and structure come from Greek mythology. The palm and each finger is associated with a particular god or goddess, the characteristics of each area stipulate the essence of the corresponding feature of the subject in question. Let’s take the ring finger for example which is associated with Apollo the Greek god, the features linked to the subjects art, fame, aesthetics, harmony and music practices.
There are many examples of the use such as the thesis on Palmistry found by Aristotle on the altar of Hermes (384-322 BC) or Hippocrates and Galen who were Greek physicians and both used their knowledge of palmistry in their clinical work (130-200 AD). In 3000 BC, the Chinese emperor would seal important documents with his thumbprint and there have been findings of the use and rules of palm reading in the Bible, Vedic scripts as well as in early Semitic writings. It has even been said that Julius Caesar used palmistry to pass judgment on his men.
The early and consecrated Hindu writings known as the Vedas used used the examination of hands in an attempt to discover and understand oneself and and exterior relationships thus began the deeper understanding of the patterns, lines as well as signs that are unique to each hand. The result being that this is directly due to our thought patterns which we consciously create and bring about our own personalized life map.
John Lyngate used the word Palmistry written ìPawmestryî in his early 1420 writing of the Assembly of Gods documents. De Philsiognomia was written in 1477 by Michael Scotts and was the first book ever written on Palmistry. The subject was the physiognomy of the human body however, an entire chapter was dedicated to all that is the human hand. A phrase from the book reads ìA pebble thrown into the water creates ripples, our thoughts similarly create the same effect on our handsî. During the seventeenth century many a book was written on the subject which includes the ideas that the early gypsies ideas on the human hand which traditionally has been passed on from generation to generation since the beginning of the 1400s.
The Catholic Church was directly responsible for forcing the practice of palmistry to become a clandestine practice being as they associated it with demon worship. But due to this the popular gypsy fortune teller emerged as the attempt to abolish that which was not understood brought about a new era for human experiences.
The well known French fortune teller that served in Napoleon’s court, Marie Anne le Norman was very successful with her predictions to Napoleon and Josephine this caused a lot of attention to be drawn to palmistry. This subject was written on by two French men; Desbarolles who was born in 1808 and DArpentigny, born 1798.
Many others achieved fame through palmistry. Saxony’s king in the 19th century had a physician, Dr. Carl Carus who was able to compare palms to their personalities. It was said that Patrick ìThe Mysteriousî Godden was able to look at a person’s palm and predict the exact day the would die. He predicted his own date of death however he died in 1875, not what he had predicted.
Another individual known for his ability to predict the date of death was Alex ìThe Mightyî Bernas he however was also able to say what the exact cause of death would be. He was known for his healing powers as well as a his reputation for being a witch doctor and an esteemed chiromancer.
One of the most well known and fascinating figures of the world of the occult was Cheiro. He was born in Ireland in the year 1866 as William John Warner and later acquired the names Count Louis Hamon due to his self acclaimed noble ancestry and Cheiro which is derived from chiromancy. He was known for his death predictions which are said to have been accurate at least for himself as well as date and event predictions which for even celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe were said to come true. A clairvoyant who used Chaldean numerology and palmistry to predict astonishingly accurate world events.
One thing that has always gone hand in hand with palmistry has been skepticism but as time has gone by more and more people have begun to believe. Studies in the 21st century of the palm have been performed on children born with certain disorders such as Down Syndrome, autism and ADD just to name a few. Connection have been made with early diagnostics of childhood disorders that are difficult to predict on the onset of childhood.
Thanks to the study of our unique and personalized finger maps that work the same way as our own signature forensic studies were able to conclude that no two fingerprints are exactly alike. In 1901 Scotland Yard was able to develop a form of identification they could use for criminal investigations and that was the now famous fingerprinting.
Also known as dactyloscopy identification by use of fingerprints can compare a sample of an impression of the palms, fingers and even toes to see if they positively match the individual in question. There will never be two exact same fingerprints no matter how soon a sample is taken between them. An expert or specialized and highly advanced technological computer can detect whether the ridges in the print impressions match each other to a T.
There has been research that proves there is a direct link between a fingerprint pattern and heart disorders as well as skin patterns; Dermatoglyphics have been directly linked to odd hand markings and genetic abnormalities.