The Art and Science of Hand Reading: Classical Methods for Self-Discovery through Palmistry

The Art and Science of Hand Reading: Classical Methods for Self-Discovery through Palmistry

by Ellen Goldberg, Dorian Bergen

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ISBN-13: 9781620551080
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 331,488
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ellen Goldberg, primary author, is a psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of Tarot and Palmistry. She is the founder and director of the School of Oracles and has been on the faculty of the New York Open Center since 1986. This book is based on her 40 years of teaching Palmistry and the Western Mystery tradition. Dorian Bergen, assistant author, is the co-owner of ACA Galleries in New York City. A student and practitioner of palmistry for more than 25 years, Dorian is a long time student of metaphysics and has a special interest in documenting how children’s hands change over time. Both authors live in New York City.

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An Introduction to Hand Reading

In hand reading most information comes from the seven mounts and six major lines. The mounts—pads of flesh that rise and fall over the surface of the palm—vary in each individual hand. The most developed mounts in a hand show the dominant character traits of the individual. Each of these mounts represents an archetype; a personality pattern repeated since the dawn of time. The lines of the palm are the rivers of energy in the map of the hand. Each line represents a specific quality such as intelligence, vitality, and emotional capacity.

Many interesting variations in character are told by other factors such as those found in the fingers, skin, and nails. These are known as basic modifiers, which indicate variety and individuality within the mount types. Although we will cover each mount and line in depth, here is a simplified overview to get started.

Introduction to the Mounts

The names of the seven mounts mirror the seven celestial bodies of the ancients, gods of Greek and Roman mythology. When a mount stands up from the palm high and full, its influence is strong. Generally there are two dominant mounts that have equal influence
on the personality, and the individual is a combination of the traits of both mounts. These interesting blends produce endless variations in human nature. The table below provides a summary of each mount.

The Lines of the Palm

There are six major lines and numerous minor ones. In this brief overview we will cover only the major lines. Both will be covered later in detail. Usually every hand has Head, Heart, and Life Lines. The lines of Saturn, Apollo, and Mercury, while considered major lines, appear less frequently. When judging a line, the depth of the channel it cuts and the clarity of the line determine its strength. When a line is deep and clear, the aspect represented by the line is functioning well. When a line is thin or broken, that aspect of the individual is weak or challenged. Do not be frightened by a delicate line. Lines change more easily than any other part of the hand. They are there for guidance and change as we change. Their ability to change shows us that fate is fluid.

The Major Lines

The Heart Line indicates the physical state of the heart and the emotional capability of the individual. The line begins near the Mount of Jupiter and runs across the hand. When the line is deep and clear the person is steady in their emotions, devoted, and reliable. When the line is thin or broken the individual is more fickle, sentimental, and changeable.

The Head Line is indicative of one’s intelligence and ability to concentrate and focus. It begins under the Mount of Jupiter, close to the beginning of the Life Line. When the line is clear the individual can think clearly and concentrate and has a good memory. When the line is thin or broken, mental power is weakened and the individual may experience confusion and lack of focus. If the Head and Heart Lines combine, this is a Simian Line and indicates that the head and heart function as one, that thinking has an emotional quality to it.

The Life Line encircles the thumb in a wide arc. It provides information about an individual’s vitality and ability to resist illness. It does not tell the length of one’s life but records how long energy is a gift. When the line is deep and clear, the person’s energy and recuperative ability is strong. When the line is thin or broken energy runs low and the ability to withstand illness is diminished.

The Saturn Line is also known as the Line of Security and the Line of Fate. It represents how secure the individual feels. This can be based on internal or external factors. The line begins near the wrist and runs upward toward the finger of Saturn. Every change in the line indicates a new cycle of life. When the line is deep and clear, the person feels secure and conditions are favorable for any undertaking. When the line is missing or defective, the person must work twice as hard. Many people who are “self-made” have no line of Saturn.

The Line of Apollo is also called the Line of Art or the Line of Recognition. This line appears rarely, but when it does it confers creative ability and the possibility of recognition in the person’s chosen field. This line runs from the wrist upward toward the Mount of Apollo.

The Line of Mercury is also referred to as the Line of Health. This line appears in less than 50 percent of hands. One can have excellent health with or without this line. The Mercury Line describes certain distinct health issues mostly dealing with the digestive system and the liver. If it is deep and clear, it will confer good health and improve even a delicate Life Line.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Hand Reading

The Hand-Mind Connection

PART ONE


The Basic Modifiers


The Attributes That Make Each Hand Unique

1 Texture, Flexibility, Consistency, Coloring, and Size of the Hand

Texture of the Skin: Fine, Coarse, and Medium • Flexibility of the Hand: Stiff, Flexible, Extremely Flexible, and Straight • Consistency of the Palm: Flabby, Soft, Elastic, and Hard • Color in the Hands and Lines • Hair on the Hands • Nails: Color, Texture, and Shape and Size • The Three Worlds of Palmistry: Mental, Practical, and Physical

2 The Fingers

Carriage • Setting • Structure: Bent, Twisted, and Leaning • Finger Lengths: Long, Short, and Standard • Smooth and Knotty • Three Worlds in the Phalanges of the Fingers • Fingertip Shapes: Spatulate, Square, Conic, and Pointed • Sensitivity Pads

3 The Thumb

The Three Parts of the Thumb • Size and Setting: High, Medium, and Low • How to Measure the Size of the Thumb • Carriage • Shapes: Elementary, Nervous, Broad, and Balanced • The First and Second Phalanges • Supple and Stiff Thumbs • Checklist for Reading the Thumb

PART TWO

The Mounts

The Seven Archetypes of the Palm

4 How to Judge the Mounts

Physical Characteristics of the Seven Mounts • Designating Mount Prominence • Other Factors Influencing the Prominence of the Mount

5 The Mount of Jupiter

Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Jupiterian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Absence of the Mount • Jupiter and the Basic Modifiers

6 The Mount of Saturn


Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Saturnian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the
Mount • Absence of the Mount • Saturn and the Basic Modifiers

7 The Mount of Apollo


Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Apollonian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Absence of the Mount • Apollo and the Basic Modifiers

8 The Mount of Mercury

Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Mercurian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Absence of the Mount • Mercury and the Basic Modifiers

9 The Mount of Mars

Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Martian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Mars and the Basic Modifiers

10 The Mount of Luna

Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Lunarian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Absence of the Mount • Luna and the Basic Modifiers

11 The Mount of Venus


Archetypal Associations • How to Judge the Mount • Personality Traits • Lifestyle • Love, Sex, and Marriage • The Lower Type of Venusian • Physical Characteristics • Health • Career Choices • Signs on the Mount • Absence of the Mount • Venus and the Basic Modifiers


12 Mount Combinations

PART THREE

The Lines

The Road Map of the Hand

13 General Principles of the Lines

How to Judge the Lines • The Checklist • Signs on the Lines: Defects, Repairs, and Strengthening Agents • Age on the Lines

14 The Heart Line

Quality • Curved or Straight • Color • Proportion to Other Major Lines • Beginning of the Line • Influence of a Forked Line • Defects • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Heart Line and Head Line • Length of the Line • The Quadrangle • Branches and Splits • The Simian Line

15 The Head Line


Quality • Curved or Straight • Color • Proportion to Other Major Lines • Beginning of the Line • Defects • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Length of the Line • Influence of a Forked Head Line • Deflections, Splits, and Branches

16 The Life Line

Beginning of the Line • Factors that Help Determine Life Span • The Line of Preservation • Quality • Color • Proportion to Other Major Lines • Chance Lines • Defects • Breaks • Splits • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Termination of the Line

17 The Line of Saturn

Age on the Line • Quality • Absent Line of Saturn • Proportion to Other Major Lines • Color • Beginning of the Line • Childhood on the Line of Saturn • Line of Saturn as a Sign on the Mount • Defects • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Length • Multiple Lines • Partnership • Inheritance • Use of Chance Lines • Branches and Splits

18 The Line of Apollo

Quality • Age on the Line • Color •Beginning of the Line • Defects • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Special Strengthening Agents • Termination of the Line and Signs on the Mount • Branches • Apollo and Risk Taking

19 The Line of Mercury

Health on the Line of Mercury • Age on the Line • Beginning of the Line • Quality • Health Defects of the Archetypes • Color • Defects • Repair Signs and Strengthening Agents • Termination of the Line and Signs on the Mount • Branches

20 The Lines of Influence

Read Both Hands • Timing on the Line of Influence • Worry Lines • Chance Lines • Influence Lines at Different Stages of Life • Special Formations on Influence Lines • End of the Line • Maturity, Friends, and the Public

21 The Minor Lines


Girdle of Venus • Ring of Solomon • Mystic Cross • Line of Mars • ia Lascivia • Ring of Saturn • Line of Intuition • Lines of Affection • Children Lines • The Rascettes, or Bracelets • Lines of Travel

Conclusion. Reading a Palm


Putting It All Together

Appendix A. The Hand Classified by the Four Elements

Fire, Water, Air, and Earth


Appendix B. Fingerprints

Acknowledgments

Index


About the Authors

The Authors’ Stories • The Hands of the Authors and How They Work Together

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