Via The Skeptic’s Dictionary

palm 817Palmistry, also known as chiromancy, is the practice of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the hands, particularly the palms.

Palmistry was practiced in many ancient cultures, such as India, China and Egypt. The first book on the subject appeared in the 15th century. The term chiromancy comes from the Greek word for hand (cheir).

Palmistry was used during the middle ages to detect witches. It was believed that certain spots on the hand indicated one had made a pact with the Devil. Palmistry was condemned by the Catholic Church but in the 17th century it was taught at several German universities (Pickover, 64). Britain outlawed palmistry in the 18th century. It is popular enough in America in the 20th century to deserve its own book in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series.

The Book of DivinationAccording to Ann Fiery (The Book of Divination), if you are right handed, your left hand indicates inherited personality traits and your right hand indicates your individuality and fulfillment of potential. The palmist claims to be able to read the various lines on your hand. These lines are given names like the life line, the head line, the heart line, the Saturne line. The life line supposedly indicates physical vitality, the head line intellectual capacity, the heart line emotional nature, etc.

Some palmistry mimics metoposcopy or physiognomy. It claims that you can tell what a person is like by the shape of their hands. Creative people have fan-shaped hands and sensitive souls have narrow, pointy fingers and fleshy palms, etc. There is about as much scientific support for such notions as there is for personology or phrenology. All such forms of divination seem to be based on sympathetic magic and cold reading.

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2 responses

  1. I am a palmist/hand analyst. This is my passion. It is not used to predict the future, it is used to help people determine personalities and emotions and much more, but not to predict the future. You guys make it sound like palm reading is bs or something to do with evil and trickery, but you are so wrong. There is nothing evil about reading hands, it gives people clarity and guidance. I read many hands for free and I am showing as many people as i can how to read their own hands. And if you took it seriously you would see that Alex Jones pinky finger is so crooked just like him, this indicates that he is a LIAR, Alex lies all the time, he is so full of bs, and it pisses me off because many honest truthers follow that idiot. Alex is a liar and a fraud, and i get that just from his hands. Blessings

  2. I used to read palms for fun and I’ve always told anyone who asked that one cannot tell the future through palmistry. It’s impossible. Only the past and the present can be told through palmistry, and anyone who says different is a charlatan.

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