Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Palm Reader? Can they really see the future by looking at your hands? Or do they just make it up? Can they really look deep inside someone and know everything about that person? Kind of gives you the shivers, doesn't it?
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This is a book, simply and charmingly told, about a very ancient and intricate subject. Chiromancy can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, although modern palmists integrate other disciplines into their readings as well. Wendy Willow is a seasoned palm reader and has been practicing for over 20 years. She is a Montrealer who does not confine her work solely to palm reading (including past life readings for some clients), but also makes use of the healing arts (such as affirmations and creative visualizations) and numerology. She seems to be particularly adept at discerning what lines of work a person could successfully and naturally follow. As often noted in her interesting descriptions of her sessions with clients, many experience a "Eureka moment" after being told of their natural bents. But the individuality in her work stems from her remarkable intuitive gift that she applies to her readings. She has the ability to inwardly view what she refers to as an "intuition screen," a series of images that quickly flow through the calmed mind. I can relate to this because, although I do not practice any occult arts, I can experience the same phenomenon. So I know exactly to what she is referring. She aptly concludes her work with a discussion of the ethics of a palm reader, particularly in relation to seeing bad or negative events in a client's future. Weighing between two unsatisfactory alternatives: tell the client the truth no matter what, or hide the truth from the client, pretending all outlooks are rosy, she comes to what seems to me to be a very wise conclusion: she relates the bad happening, but presents it as "the possibility of a situation or set of circumstances." After all, the lines of the hands are not permanently etched. They are subject to change. Ms. Willow is a spirited and active individual (hiking, swimming, bicycling and running are her forte) who in no way resembles Noel Coward's Madame Arcati. Therefore, her book is also spirited and animated with an energy that entertains as well as being insightful and informative.