tried to give short, clear readings of famous hands in order to illustrate unusual marks and signs like the Trident, Fish, Temple, Conch, Flag, Triangles, and others referred to by the Hindu school of hand-reading.

Besides, I have also included a pithy reading of some of the characteristics of hands that came under my observation. These will enable students to grasp the principles of hand-reading as explained here, as well as my system of fixing tune from the hand, without a clear knowledge of which the study and practice of palmistry becomes uninteresting and, to a great extent, valueless.

chapter I


Of all the living things on earth man is the most complex; and of his limbs the hands are the most wonderful. The hands have been able to make the most wonderful machines; but he himself could never invent a better and more useful thing than his own hand. Close examination of the shape, signs, marks and lines on the hand can reveal nature, health and mental tendencies and destiny, as has been established by modern writers. For the hand is the humble servant of the brain, and there is an intimate connection between its centres and the hand.

A great diversity is found in the shapes of hands, which have been classified under the following headings: square, spatulate, conic, mixed, philosophic, psychic, and elementary. These classes are marked off from one another by the shape of the palm and the fingers and the knots on the joints. For practical purposes this grouping does not yield reliable conclusions, as no type is found "pure" or "exact'. At times it is misleading and likely to confuse students. "Very rarely, if ever," says Noel Jacquin, the British palmist, "is there found a subject possessing hands that entirely conform to any one of' these types. Man is a complex animal, often a tangled mass of apparent contradictions. The hand, therefore, often betrays this complex combination of varying traits."

For the proper divination of character and disposition, Cheirognomy is unequalled among occult sciences. The shape of the nand and fingers is largely hereditary, but the lines and signs on the palm are not transmitted through parents. In real life we come across hands that are broad, short, large or small, long and narrow, soft and flabby and hard.

Large hands belong to people who are fond of extremely detailed work and are inclined to go into the minutest details of business. They have small handwriting, and pay close attention to the rules of etiquette, and are easily offended by even the slightest lapses of courtesy.

A broad hand indicates a more balanced type of mind with broad vision, commonsense, and love of activity not usually encountered in any other type.

Small hands belong to people who write a large hand, and are complacent by nature, broadminded and readily satisfied, "They prefer to carry out large ideas," says Cheiro, "and as a rule make plans far too large for their power of execution. They love to mandge large concerns and govern communities."

Long and narrow hands characterize "dreamers." They are not thorough-going and practical in their methods. They sometimes prove to be jacks of all trades and masters of none. It has also been observed that thinness and length of the hand makes a person self-centred. He feels out of place, isolated from the mass of mankind, is shy and retiring by disposition.

The possessors of soft hands are generally poetically minded, imaginative and highly strung. They are governed by their senses. Hence a sort hand is more frequently a woman's hand. If it is flabby, the above characteristics are magnified to danger point. It then becomes the hand of the slothful, the pleasure-lover, the utterly selfish and heartless, and naturally, the common thief and traitor. Its possessor has a tongue and a brain ever active in evil ways. It is the hand of the andrchist.

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