Chiromancy – History of Palm Reading
Learn about palmistry reading, basics, and how it’s used as a form of divination.
Walk into any psychic fair and there’s sure to be at least one palmist present who will be able to tell the fortune of a person who is willing to pay the money and offer their hand. Also known as Chiromancy, palm reading consists of reading the lines, marks, and mounds on a person’s hands.
History of Palm Reading
When the art of palm reading began isn’t clear, although some suspect it may have been in prehistoric times due to so many hand prints found on the walls in ancient caves at such locations as Africa, Spain, and France.
Some of the earliest known palm reading practice is believed to have been by the Brahmins of India. It also may have started in China around 3,000 B.C. According to Lewis Spence, author of The Encyclopedia of the Occult, it was Aristotle, “who discovered a treatise on the subject written in letters of gold, which he presented to Alexander the Great, and which afterwards was translated into Latin by Hispanus.” There were also manuscripts penned on the subject by Hippocrates and Galen.
Palmistry became quite popular during the Middle Ages. It was believed that through occult forces, a person’s character and fate could be identified. Witches, gypsies, and wise women were known for their palm reading abilities.
The church tried to put an end to palm reading in the fifteenth century by forbidding its practice and confiscating all written material on the subject. Interest in palmistry began to make a come back in the mid 1800s. Today, it’s once again a popular form of divination.
Different lines on the hands are said to reveal different information on the person who is being read. For example, the life line tells of a person’s health and life span, while the heart line discloses information about an individual’s emotional state and the ability to love.
Further information can be obtained from the mounds on the hand, along with any markings. A star marking on a mound can indicate that a person will have good luck with the meaning of the corresponding mound. From major markings to minor ones, each is said to have a meaning.
Palm reading has been around for centuries. It is believed by some that the palms hold information about a person’s health, happiness, and longevity and can even reveal how many children a person will have. Although banned by the church at one point, palmistry made a comeback and remains a popular form of divination today.