Even though palm reading or palmistry origins from India and China, Roma people are mostly associated with the fortune telling technique. Palmistry is one of the three most common methods for fortune telling in Europe and USA. Other fortune telling techniques associated with Roma people (commonly known as gypsies) are tarot reading and reading of a crystal sphere.
Palm reading is very common in Roma people. Some say that palmistry is the first skill mothers teach their children. The reason is very simple. While other techniques require equipment, palmistry does not. And the beauty is palmistry can be practiced anywhere and anytime. In its essence, palmistry is interpretation of the dominant hand of a person. Palm reading examines several factors on the hand, including the shape, fingers and visible lines. It is worth noting that lines on the hand are in constant motion, they change during our lifetime. That is why, a Roma palmist makes a statement for the future, based on the actions that brought us to the point where we are now.
The Misconception about Palmistry
One of the most common fallacies regarding palmistry is that palmists can predict the future. Do not believe in that. While it is considered a fortunetelling technique, palmistry works in its own magical way. The lines and other factors on the hand, help the palm reader to connect the dots, and provide the individual with an interpretation. The basis of the interpretation is to find the link between the past actions, and the present condition. Additionally, a palmist examines the person’s personality traits. With such great knowledge of his past, present and personality traits, the palm reader provides guidelines regarding career, finance and relationship in the near and more distant future. Palmist believe that our character evolves, depending of the behavior patterns. The job of the palmist is to identify those patterns, and help the individual eliminate the negative ones.
What Does a Palmist Examines
First order of business is to determine the dominant hand, which is used for palm reading. Some palmists use both hands; some only use the dominant one. In Roma palmistry, choosing the dominant hand is easy. It is the one people write with. Next order of business is lines and mounts on the hand. There are three major lines which are the head, life and heart line, and one which is considered dominant (fate line) but can sometimes be nonexistent. Additionally, there are seven mounts on the hand for interpretation. With all the sources the palm provides, a palmist creates a chart and a reading.