The History of Palm Reading

palm-readingConsidered to be the fundamental technique in Chinese fortunetelling, palm reading is also called Palmistry or Chiromancy. Both terms suggest predictions made by the shape and form of the hand. Palm reading can foreshadow the future, but likewise examine the traits of a person. Back when birthdays and other indexes were unable for horoscope analysis, palm reading was considered the best and accurate reading. Besides the form of the hand, palmistry examines the fingers, the lines on the hand and creases, as well as characteristics of the arm. The beginnings of the palmistry can be dated more than 3000 years ago, and today, it remains a fortunetelling technique.

  1. Where Did It All Begin

    Origins of the palmistry date back to ancient China, Sumeria, Tibet, Persia and other countries on the Eurasian landmass. Many believe the root of the technique is found in the Hindu astrology. It is believed that a wise Hindu Man, named Valmiki, has written a book, translated to English as “the technique of Valmiki on male palmistry”. From India, the technique continued to spread to other countries, including Tibet, Egypt, and China. The link between China and Europe was set when the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras started practicing it. It is believed that even Aristotle discovered the magic of palmistry, and presented the readings to Alexander the Great. A famous quote of Aristotle is “Lines are not written into the human hand without a reason”.

  2. The Middle Age

    The Catholic Church forbade palmistry during the Middle Age, considering it a form of pagan superstition. Even during the Renaissance, palm reading was considered a forbidden art. Palmistry was only one of the seven arts forbidden, including geomancy, necromancy, pyromancy and others less popular.

  3. The Modern Ages

    Palmistry starts to gain popularity with the rise of the Chirological society in Great Britain. Founded in the 19th century, the society’s goal was to prevent charlatans from abusing the art. The Chirological society is responsible for showing and teaching people across the world the true magic and meaning of palm reading.

The most important character in the popularization is John Warner, a palmistry learner from Ireland. He studied the palm reading in India under the watchful eye of experienced gurus. After which, he opened a practice in London. His studio attracted popular clients, which helped palmistry to being recognized as something normal, not evil or blasphemous as it was during the Middle Age.

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