Palm reading, which is also known as chiromancy or cheiromancy, is a method of telling the future by using the analysis of the palm. There are also many other names that this process is called, including palm-reading, chirology, palmistry, as well as hand analysis. Often associated with gypsies, this is a practice that can be observed throughout the entire world. In regards to various cultures, there are many different interpretations and methods of palm reading.
The history of palm reading can be traced back to gypsy fortunetellers, as well as Indian mystics. When palm reading involves a modern belief system and process, a mixture of holistic healing, psychology, as well as other ways of predicting outcomes is used. Those who offer the services of palm reading are often referred to as palmists, palm readers and less known title of chiromancer.
For many, it is hard to grasp the concept of palm reading because there is no scientific reasoning behind its outcomes. It is quite hard for many not to follow a practice when it cannot be explained why or how results are reached. Since the interpretations of palm reading are subject to debate, there is no wrong or right way to explain its inner workings.
So, how does all this palm reading stuff work? The palm reader is supposedly able to reveal various details regarding a person's character, as well as possesses the ability to tell parts of that individual's future by “reading” the pattern of lines on the palm of their hand. This can be accomplished by paying attention to a variety of elements that can be read on the palm of the hand. This includes several different “lines,” such as the “life line,” as well as the “heart line.” There are bumps on the palm of the hand, which is also referred to as “mounts.” Some of the factors that lead to various interpretations include the size, appearance and intersections on and of the palm. Some readers (depending on which tradition they follow) will take into consideration other characteristics. These include the shape of the palm, skin texture, as well as skin color. The fingers may also be used within a session of palm reading, paying attention to fingerprints and fingernails. Some will also measure the flexibility of the hand in order to deliver conclusions.
When reading a palm, a palmist often starts by analyzing what is considered to be the dominant hand of the individual. The hand that the individuals uses the most or uses to write with determines this. Often, this is the right hand because there are more right-handed individuals than left. Depending on the particular way of palmistry that is followed, various cultures believe that the less dominant hand offers a look into one's past life. Some use this hand to search for information regarding karma, as well as reveal hidden traits associated with hereditary.
Palmistry also has roots within Greek mythology, which ways are much similar to those taught and practiced today. The palm and fingers are looked as represented various gods and goddesses. For starters, the ring finger is connected to the Greek god, Apollo. Information received from this finger usually involves matters of music, art and harmony.