Chiromancy, palmistry, hand-reading, hand analysis, Chirology, the features of the hand has for centuries fascinated scholars, sages, theologians, doctors and laymen.
The study of the hand was prevalent in all ancient cultures like Sumeria, Babylonia and Egypt. However there is no conclusive evidence that hand reading was known at that time. There is no doubt that hand reading is ancient and references are made in religious texts like the Vedas, Talmud and Christian Bible, in historical texts, like biographies, poetry and verses, and the true origin of the study of the hand for now remains lost.
Hand reading reappeared with interest in the occult and esoteric sciences and in eastern thoughts. Hindu yogi’s started demo’s and lectures and Buddhist text were translated and presented to the Theosophical Society and the Golden Dawn to promote eastern ideas to western minds.
At this time Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung become established in psycho-analysis, and Jung showed an interest in alchemy, astrology and divination like I Ching. Having had his own hand prints taken many times showed his keen interest in Chirology and the path of self-discovery.
Many took a deep interest in hand reading, like CG Carus who in the 1830’s conducted psycho morphognomical studies of the hand and gave genetics its infant steps into dermatoglyphics, which was later followed by forensic scientist and police forces around the world taking hand reading to a new level. Others like Sir Charles Bell published his book “The Hand, it’s Mechanism and Vital Endowments, and Evincing Design” (1833), Casimir Stanislas d’Arpentigy who wrote “La Chirognomie (1839), depicting the six basis hand types, Desbarolle who wrote “Les Mysteres dela Main” (1859), Julius Spier who wrote “The hands of Children”(1944), William Benham who like D A’rpentigny was taught by a gypsy girl and later produced “The Laws of Scientific Handreading”, Charlotte Wolff a medical doctor who first based her research on scientific measurement of hands and correlated them to physical and mental illnesses, closely based on Carus’ works, and Cheiro (William John Warner), born in Dublin, traveled India and wrote “You and Your Hand”, “Cheiro’s Guide to the Hand” and also “Cheiro’s Palmistry for All”.
Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont, or “Count St Germain”, had a palmistry column from 1884-1897. He started the “American Chirological Society” (1897 – Chicago).
The “Cheirology” Society of Great Britain founded in 1889 by Kathrine St. Hill, faded in the 1930 to be replaced by the Society for the Study of Physiological Patterns. Terence Dukes then founded the “Cheirology Society of Great Britain” in the 1970’s and authored “Chinese Hand Analysis”. The society provided classes and correspondence courses. Yet he was challenged by Andrew Fitzherbert showing differences in Dukes work and those of the Chinese Toaists and yet later Andrew Fitzherbert himself was imprisoned for the murder of Brisbane Veterinarian Kathleen Marshall.
Cheiromancy would soon develop into Chirology. Noel Jaquin undertook to make hand reading a science, writing, “The Hand of Man (1933), one of nine books by him. Assisted by Hilda Jaffe, Beryl Hutchison, who wrote “Your life in your hands” (1967), Margaret Hone and others he started the “Society for the Study of Physiological Patterns” (SSPP) which is still active today (2012). Dr. Arnold Holtzman created the “Psycho diagnostic Chirology Association” providing valuable research which is ongoing unto this day. He also authored “Applied Handreading” and “The illustrated Textbook of Psycho diagnostics Chirology in Analysis and Therapy”.
South African Chirology started with Jennifer Hirsch, trained by Chris Jones of the British “Cheirological” Society in 1991. She has published “God Given Glyphs” (2008), which many consider as the “bible of dermatoglyphics”.
Today’s Chirology is both an art and a science! Divination and Fact.
Silvana Smith is a Chirologist living in Edenvale, Johannesburg. She has a Phd in Metaphysical Science and trained as a Traditional Health Practitioner. She will meet you just about anywhere around Johannesburg.
Scientific and psychological research reveals that we all have imagery centres in our brains where our (sense) impressions of the world are translated into the forms and images we see and understand. In the same way, the feelings, impressions and messages we receive from our intuition can sometimes also form meaningful visual images. For example, some people have reported receiving intuitive warnings of impending danger in the form of images of an accident flashing briefly through their consciousness, while others are convinced that they are able to intuitively sense the presence and even see angels during their prayers or meditations. These visual presentations can occur either spontaneously or in response to a request for intuitive guidance or a message.
As with intuitive messages, the key to understanding these images is in correct interpretation. Similar to our dreams, intuitive images are shaped by our symbolic and conceptual processes and will contain elements or clues to the message and meaning hidden within its context, structure, form and composition. These processes relate back to our own storehouse of memories and experiences and the framework of ideas, beliefs and values through which we normally view our world.
As I said, intuitive images are formed in our minds and consciousness from the elements of the intuitive message being received, and in this way, present a more powerful and universal medium than words and language. Unfortunately, this also means that, similar to dreams, they sometimes cannot be taken too literally and may require some interpretation based on each person’s memory of past experiences with similar situations, persons or objects in real life. For example, when requesting intuitive guidance regarding an important issue and the response is a sudden image of a person, place or object, the answer will be hidden in the meaning that the components of the image have for you personally. For example, seeing a brief vision of a log or large boulder could represent a stumbling block or an obstacle in your present path (something one may normally have to climb over), and you merely have to reflect on what that obstacle is.
Seeing a human figure could suggest that you intuitively know that someone else is involved in your situation, but chances are that the image may not be true-to-life and rather be a symbolic representation of the way in which you perceive this person. For instance, a large, aggressive and menacing figure could point to a protagonist, someone who is a threat in your current situation. Conversely, a smaller, friendly and helpful figure would suggest an ally. The actions of the figure will suggest their part in your current situation. Notice how personality attributes translate into physical characteristics in the image and how everything is formed from your own perceptions. An entire scenario spontaneously playing out in your consciousness is rare but can occur at times. This scenario will contain the components of an intuitive message and often also information on your own feelings, inner states or thoughts on the matter. For example, an intuitive image involving an altercation between two figures could be mirroring your own inner conflict, something of which you were not aware. And this kind of intuitive self-insight will certainly be useful in resolving the issue.
Finally, intuitive imagery should be distinguished from our own visualised thoughts and ideas. Once again, as with any intuitive message, a true intuitive image is immediate, appears spontaneously, and is not under our conscious control.
Jimmy Henderson is a metaphysical teacher and the author of a number of books and articles on self-development. He has recently completed his Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology and facilitates fro MetaVarsity
His books ‘Multi-Dimensional Thinking’ (2007) and ‘Multi-dimensional Perception’ (2010) are available on Amazon.com and can also be ordered via his website
Make Your Own Safe, High Quality, Natural Topical Ointments at Home
Consumers are bombarded daily by pharmaceutical company hype over the promise of clear skin and painless backsides achieved by using ineffective and sometimes dangerous topical applications for everything from hemorrhoids to eczema and acne.
While people are emptying their wallets for Big Pharma’s witch’s brews, they could be making their own high quality ointments with healthy, natural ingredients. Instead of suppressing symptoms with medicines that do virtually nothing, are expensive and may have damaging long-term effects, mix your own salves using effective, inexpensive and natural ingredients. Most salves, ointments and lotions are simple to make from medicinal tinctures mixed with ingredients like lanolin, glycerin, cocoa butter, olive and coconut oil or aloe vera.
Lanolin is a rich emollient made from sheep’s wool. It makes an excellent base for medicinal salves and naturally moisturizes skin. Lanolin has been used for thousands of years as an all-purpose vehicle for a long list of skin-care products for both medical and cosmetic purposes, including hypoallergenic preparations. The myth that lanolin causes allergies, is just that — a myth — and in actuality, the incidences of a lanolin allergy are negligibly low.
Glycerin is a byproduct of the soap-making process and provides a wonderful natural base for making medicinal lotions. As a humectant, glycerin attracts moisture to the skin. It’s a naturally sweet-tasting, clear liquid which, when frozen, becomes a sticky paste. It mixes well with alcohol or water but not with fats or oils. Straight glycerin is dehydrating when used on its own; however, when diluted with water, it’s an excellent skin-softening moisturizer.
Many medicinal tinctures can be purchased over-the-counter from homeopathic pharmacies. Some tinctures require a prescription from a doctor. Tinctures are similar to herbal extracts in that they are made from herbs and preserved with alcohol. Tinctures are not quite as strong as liquid extracts. Although extracts may be more potent, they lose their potency faster than tinctures and they contain plant matter suspended in the mixture, making them less desirable for use in topical applications. Tinctures are the preferred choice for making most medicinal salves and lotions. Ointments made from lanolin tend to be greasy. Glycerin lotions absorb into the skin in most cases, leaving no residue.
Percentages of tinctures to base ingredients vary; however, a safe guideline is to add 10 to 15 percent tincture to the mix. When making salves and ointments with lanolin, the texture may be too thick. In order to thin, add a small amount of olive or coconut oil. For example, try 2/3 lanolin to 1/3 olive oil, then add the tincture and mix by hand or in a food processor until well blended. Decant into dark glass containers and store covered in a cool, dry place.
Here are some suggestions for making ointments and lotions for personal use using tinctures and either lanolin or glycerin. Other natural bases and tinctures can also be used andexperimented with. Tinctures should be 1X potency if you can get them. If not, get the lowest potency available.
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle.