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The Laws Of Scientific Hand Reading | by William G. Benham



A practical treatise on the art commonly called Palmistry

TitleThe Laws Of Scientific Hand Reading
AuthorWilliam G. Benham
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Year1901
Copyright1901, G. P. Putnam's Sons
AmazonThe Laws of Scientific Hand Reading

With 800 Illustrations From Life

-Introduction
THERE has never been conceived or made by man any instrument, machine, or contrivance, capable of such a diversity of usefulness as the human hand. Nothing has ever existed with such infinite adaptabi...
-Part First. Chapter I. The Basis Of Our Work - The Plan Of Creation - The Mount Types
Wisdom hath builded her house. She hath hewn out her seven pillars. - Proverbs ix., I. THE science of Palmistry is founded upon the shape of the hand. It is by the development of what are known a...
-The Basis Of Our Work - The Plan Of Creation - The Mount Types. Continued
And here I say that the correct reading of the past, present, and possible future is based absolutely upon your recognition of the Mount type to which your client belongs, after which recognition you ...
-Chapter II. The Human Engine - Birth Of The Child - The Life Current - A Talk To Parents - General Attributes Of The Lines
Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them. - Hawthorne. THE human body, the earthly tenement of the mind or soul, is, in construction and operation, very like the mechanical contrivance we ca...
-The Human Engine - Birth Of The Child - The Life Current - A Talk To Parents - General Attributes Of The Lines. Continued
It is much easier to correct a fault before it occurs, than to obliterate a habit thoroughly established. It is much easier for a child to learn what it loves and can understand, than for it to mast...
-Chapter III. Pose And Carriage Of The Hands
WE shall now begin at the first step in hand-reading, and proceed, by successive stages, to consider everything necessary* to a thorough comprehension of the science. The space given to the considerat...
-Pose And Carriage Of The Hands. Continued
The next client is one who carries the hands at the side, the fingers nearly open, and the hand dangling in a limp and lifeless manner (3). The whole impression of this hand is that of indecision, and...
-Chapter IV. Preliminary Arrangements - What Hand To Use - Texture Of The Skin
HAVING carefully noted the indications given in the previous chapter, you are now ready to begin the examination of the hand itself. In order to secure the best results from this investigation, it wil...
-Chapter V. Consistency Of The Hand
IN making up your mind about the client under examination, it is essential, that you know at the start the amount of energy possessed, for it must be apparent that no matter how brilliant he may be, i...
-Chapter VI. Flexibility Of The Hands
1. Any object which is flexible can adapt itself to a greater variety of conditions than could the same object if it were stiff. 2. A flexible object bends underpressure; a stiff object under the s...
-Chapter VII. Color Of The Hands
There is but one direct means by which man's physical being is developed, by which it is maintained in normal condition, and, when broken down, by which it is restored to a condition of health. Hence ...
-Color Of The Hands. Part 2
Remembering the causes of color we will first consider the white hand and its qualities. By white I mean a dead-white, one which gives you an impression of pallor and lack of blood supply, and not a w...
-Color Of The Hands. Part 3
The presence of pink color in a hand should bring to your mind a picture of the attraction, warmth, brightness, sparkle, vivacity, life, energy, generosity, and tenderness, which belong to a normal an...
-Color Of The Hands. Part 4
This bile in the blood is a constant irritant in its course, and in addition to poisoning the blood and tissues, it produces its corresponding irritating influence on the nerves, brain, and temper. It...
-Chapter VIII. The Nails
IN the examination of hands, a careful investigation of the finger nails should be made, and all possible information gained as to their texture, shape, and color. In order to lay the foundation for a...
-The Nails. Part 2
As the fluting grows more pronounced, the nail grows brittle, begins to turn back from the end, loses its graceful shape, and becomes high on one side of the finger and low on the other, or is very sh...
-The Nails. Part 3
He disagrees with you on subjects when he knows perfectly well you are right, simply for the delight it gives him to argue. He criticises everything, for in this way he can best provoke contention, an...
-Chapter IX. Hair On The Hands
HAIR on the hands is deserving of some attention, and while you may not find occasion to use it largely in practice, still it is one of the little things, and may come to your rescue at a moment whe...
-Chapter X. The Hand As A Whole
THE next subject to engage your attention is the appearance of the hand as a whole, and the object of the investigation is to discover whether the hand is evenly balanced, or is heavier or lighter in ...
-Chapter XI. The Fingers In General
AFTER viewing the hand as a whole, and separating it into the three worlds, the next observation should be of the fingers in general. This will lead to a classification of the fingers as either long o...
-The Fingers In General. Continued
Mercury, normal, should reach the first joint of the finger of Apollo. Shorter than that it is not a leading finger. Longer than this, the Mercurian type is predominant. If the finger of Jupiter is of...
-Chapter XII. The Finger Tips
THE finger tips, in Palmistry, are classed as the Spatulate, the Square, the Conic, and the Pointed, and all refer to the impression the tips make on the eye. In this chapter we are considering only t...
-The Finger Tips. Continued
The Conic tip (53) is found mostly on the hands of women, though it is possessed by many men. In shape it forms a distinct cone on the end of the fingers, and has many degrees of development. Where th...
-Chapter XIII. Knotty Fingers
IN looking at your client's fingers, they will impress you either as being smooth, or as having knotty joints (55). These smooth and knotty developments indicate two exactly opposite kinds of people. ...
-Chapter XIV. Smooth Fingers
YOU will encounter many hands on which the fingers are distinctly smooth in appearance (57). This means that the knotty joints, which are the distinctive feature of knotty fingers, are not seen, and t...
-Smooth Fingers. Continued
Smooth-fingered people are more susceptible to emotionalism than knotty-fingered ones, they may be carried away easier, thus while they are very successful in business and life, there is always one ...
-Chapter XV. Long Fingers
IN looking at hands, the fingers of some will impress you as unusually long (58). Others will seem about to balance the rest of the hand, and some fingers will appear decidedly short. These are called...
-Chapter XVI. Short Fingers
FINGERS which may be classed as short (60) are found among all types of people, and are equally divided between the sexes. Usually they may be recognized at a glance, and you will never fail to read t...
-Chapter XVII. The Thumb
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate Can circumvent, or hinder, or control The firm resolve of a determined soul. Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great; All things give way before it ...
-The Thumb. Part 2
Most animals live together as individuals, not as a community governed by one head. Each animal does what it likes, looks out for itself, goes or comes as it pleases, seeks its own food, and protects ...
-The Thumb. Part 3
First a few tendrils operate as fingers, as in the case of sea anemones, then through the car-nivora, where toes and claws appear, until we come to the monkey. Here we find the nearest approach to the...
-The Thumb. Part 4
Deficient will is strong when on guard, stronger than a normal will under similar circumstances, but it is not the real quality, and subjects with such a will fall by the way whenever they are not int...
-The Thumb. Part 5
Any thumb resembling the heavy formation of this one shows an approach to its common qualities, and while you will not find many as coarse as the illustration, you will find some so near, that they te...
-The Thumb. Part 6
Too much is as bad as not enough, and often does more damage to the subject and to the world. It is an unreasoning force, which may be more harmful than a passive weakness. The tips of the thumbs m...
-The Thumb. Part 7
This thumb undoubtedly possesses the brutal obstinacy, the violent temper, the low qualities characteristic of a murderer; but it is the balance of the hand that must tell you whether there are not re...
-The Thumb. Part 8
Will, if strong, runs riot for want of direction, and with conic tips the subject becomes the plaything of anyone who chooses to lead him. Square-tipped people spend all their force in brushing clothi...
-The Thumb. Part 9
They have a sense of justice and great self-control. Stiffthumbed people are a quiet, cautious, economical, practical, reliable set, who do not attract as do more brilliant and versatile natures, yet ...
-Chapter XVIII. Mounts And Fingers - How To Judge Them
OF the seven Mounts in the hand, four are located at the bases of the fingers, two along the side of the hand which has been called the Percussion, and one at the base of the thumb, being, as before s...
-Mounts And Fingers - How To Judge Them. Part 2
The first, you remember, is the nailed phalanx, second the middle, third the lower one. The fingers so considered will tell whether the subject will use the qualities of his type for mental advancemen...
-Mounts And Fingers - How To Judge Them. Part 3
Long fingers and knotty joints show a distressing love of detail (long fingers), and analysis (knotty joints), consequently the subject is painfully slow ; it is the intensifying of both the long-fing...
-Chapter XIX. The Mount Of Jupiter
AS single signs, or in combination with each other, the star, triangle, circle, square, single vertical line, or trident strengthen a Mount (93). As single signs, or in combination with each other,...
-The Mount Of Jupiter. Part 2
With all his vanity the Jupiterian is warm-hearted. He has a fellow-feeling for humanity that exhibits itself in practical ways. A word of comfort from so strong a person to one in distress does a wor...
-The Mount Of Jupiter. Part 3
Note the consistency of the hand, to see if energy will back the ambition, or whether soft or flabby qualities will cause the ambition to be only unfulfilled desire. Examine the texture of the skin to...
-The Mount Of Jupiter. Part 4
In this way you can tell which world is in excess or deficient, or whether, with a long finger, the worlds are all long, but equally developed. If the finger reaches to the middle of the first phalanx...
-The Mount Of Jupiter. Part 5
In examining a long finger of Jupiter, see if each phalanx is normal, or whether the length comes from excess in a single phalanx, or from two excessive phalanges and one short one. Remember where the...
-The Mount Of Jupiter. Part 6
With no one to rule but these helpless victims whom he should cherish, he forces them to feel his rough Jupiterian despotism and sensualism, producing misery and unhappiness for them. He is unsuccessf...
-Chapter XX. The Mount Of Saturn
THE Saturnian is the second type to be considered, and the parts of the hand by which he is identified are the Mount and finger of Saturn. The higher the Mount of Saturn is developed, the larger and l...
-The Mount Of Saturn. Part 2
He is a man to whom a bright side in life does not often appear, one whose life is lightened by no joy of exuberant spirits, filled with no animal vitality, no heat, warmth, and magnetism, but rather ...
-The Mount Of Saturn. Part 3
We have now followed the Saturnian from the sober balance-wheel, through a series of developments and characteristics to the wretch just described. You can appreciate the gravity of this type, and t...
-The Mount Of Saturn. Part 4
Unless there are other things present which red qualities might influence, red is a good color. Blue color will show liability to hemorrhoids and varicose veins, as well as heart disease, and if a gri...
-The Mount Of Saturn. Part 5
Square tips will make the farming, chemistry, medicine, physics, or mathematics of the second phalanx very practical, useful, and likely to be pro ductive of money results. It will add greatly to the ...
-Chapter XXI. The Mount Of Apollo
THE third Mount type is the Apollonian, and the parts of the hand which identify him are the Mount and finger of Apollo. This is a pleasant type to handle, because it is a good type, and, while the Ap...
-The Mount Of Apollo. Part 2
From every point of view the Apollonian is brilliant, full of the love of beauty, art, color, and form. The Mount, from its brilliancy, has also been called the Mount of the Sun, and the Line of Apoll...
-The Mount Of Apollo. Part 3
He is predisposed to marry, does not, like the Saturnian, withdraw from and hate mankind, but his ideal is very high; he is brilliant himself and he wants a mate who can shine with him. Humanity is fr...
-The Mount Of Apollo. Part 4
In this case someone else will be the support, as no more impractical subjects exist than the flabby-handed Apollouians. They are attractive, however, and have many friends for they do not have energy...
-The Mount Of Apollo. Part 5
The more hair found on the hand the more vitality the subject has. The hand as a whole, will tell in which world the subject moves. If the fingers predominate in length over the palm, then mind wil...
-Chapter XXII. The Mount Of Mercury
THE fourth Mount type is the Mercurian, who is identified by the Mount and Finger of Mercury. He is always pronounced in his characteristics, and has great power as an orator, a scientist, a physician...
-The Mount Of Mercury. Part 2
He has a love for study, especially along lines of scientific investigation. He is a born mathematician, and no problem is so intricate that he cannot solve it. He is, of all the types, the most succe...
-The Mount Of Mercury. Part 3
I wish it were possible to say that all Mercurians were good, but unfortunately this cannot be done. This second bilious type (Saturn being the first) produces members of the criminal fraternity which...
-The Mount Of Mercury. Part 4
The color of the hands will tell much About health and temperament. White is not not by nature cold. When added to his keenness a very likely to be bad an Pink color gives heat bis keenness makes him ...
-The Mount Of Mercury. Part 5
If the tip be square, then common sense and practical ideas alone will operate, and the subject will be a true Mercurian business man who makes every dollar tell in his expense account, and who does n...
-Chapter XXIII. The Mount Of Mars
THE fifth Mount type is the Martian, and the portions of the hand which identify him are the two Mounts of Mars, the Upper Mount located on the percussion and above the Line of Head, and the Lower Mou...
-The Mount Of Mars. Part 2
In this case the hollow palm did not locate the seat of aggression, and its absence only allowed a lack of temper, which had been confused with real aggression; so the hollow palm is now shorn of its ...
-The Mount Of Mars. Part 3
This gives him an added power, which pushes forward his aggressive side and makes him able more readily to resist discouragements. As a soldier it also makes him able to endure the fatigue of any camp...
-The Mount Of Mars. Part 4
He does not steal because he is a thief and the act of stealing is a pleasure to him, but merely because he wants to use the proceeds of his felony to appease his appetites. Surround a crooked Mercuri...
-The Mount Of Mars. Part 5
Yellow color is sometimes found and tells of the crossness, the nervousness, the fits of blues that come from excess of bile. This will make a strong specimen of the type very mean, and from this bili...
-The Mount Of Mars. Part 6
Long fingers will show that the subject is fond of minutiae and detail. If he be a soldier he will plan his campaigns with the utmost care, he will look after the equipment of his men, and will see th...
-Chapter XXIV. The Mount Of The Moon
THE sixth Mount type is the Lunarian, so named from the fact that the portion of the hand by which he is identified is the Mount of Luna or, as it is more commonly designated, the Mount of the Moon. A...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 2
While the Lunarian is not often seen in pure development, still he is to be found, and a part of his typical qualities will be present in nearly all of the subjects met. His realm is the world of imag...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 3
From the flabby, spongy character of his hand and muscular development, he is lazy in the extreme, preferring to live in cloudland rather than to dwell in an abode upon earth. He is constantly a prey ...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 4
This liability to intestinal disorder is shown on the upper third of the Mount by cross-bars, grilles, badly formed stars, dots, islands, crosses, or similar defective markings. When such are seen on ...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 5
During some such periods the mind of an otherwise strong and healthy subject becomes temporarily clouded, and she imagines all sorts of things, frequently that her husband is growing less affectionate...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 6
These qualities added to coldness and selfishness, which are always present with yellow color, form a combination that leads the subject easily to become bad and vicious. He has distorted (yellow) vie...
-The Mount Of The Moon. Part 7
If they have a smooth Mount, good Head line, and some square formation of the sides of the fingers, they become brilliant essayists, deep students or musicians, in which lines they excel as executioni...
-Chapter XXV. The Mount Of Venus
THE seventh Mount type is the Venusian, and the portion of the hand which locates him is the Mount of Venus, situated at the base of the thumb. As single signs or in combination, the triangle, circle,...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 2
The attraction to marriage was necessary in order that the pain of child-bearing might not prevent reproduction, and Venusian qualities of love and attraction were intended only for high purposes. Tha...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 3
He is often the victim of rogues, who, knowing his sympathetic nature and generosity, impose upon him with ease. But this does not discourage or cause him to withdraw his sympathy or benefactions from...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 4
Venusians always marry, and generally at an early age. They mature rapidly as children, and, being exceedingly healthy, attain their growth when comparatively young. To them love and attraction for th...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 5
No better, happier, brighter, healthier type exists than the elastic-handed Venusian, for, while full of fire, the energy works out these fires in better ways than in the indulgence of low appetites. ...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 6
Bulbous nails, in whatever degree found, will tell that throat, bronchial, or pulmonary trouble is present, and must be considered in estimating the subject. Note this peculiar fact in these cases, th...
-The Mount Of Venus. Part 7
Long fingers are not expected, for the Venusian does not love detail. He loves pleasure, and to have someone else see that everything is planned and systematized. After all these details have been att...
-Part Second. Chapter I. Introductory Words - What Lines Are For - The Life Map - Some General Suggestions
The soul contains in itself the event that shall presently befall it. The event is only the actualizing of its thought. - Emerson. BY continued study and observation of the lines in the hand, and...
-Introductory Words - What Lines Are For - The Life Map - Some General Suggestions. Continued
One part operates in our material existence and makes us conscious only of those things which we can see or handle, and the other part operates on the plane of our spiritual existence, and gives us sp...
-Chapter II. A Working Hypothesis - Main, Minor, And Chance Lines - Proportion - The Two Hands
IF the hands of a thousand people are examined, in each one will be found a different combination of lines. If the number of examinations is carried into tens of thousands, you will still find the lin...
-A Working Hypothesis - Main, Minor, And Chance Lines - Proportion - The Two Hands. Continued
In addition to the Main lines there are seven Minor lines. These are the Ring of Solomon, the Ring of Saturn, the Girdle of Venus, the lines of Affection, the line of Mars, the line of Intuition, and ...
-Chapter III. Character Of The Lines - Defects And Repair - Individual Signs - Strengthening Lines
IN examining lines, note first the character of the lines themselves. By this I mean their clearness, depth, evenness, and whether they are perfect or defective. If the latter is the case, what is the...
-Character Of The Lines - Defects, Repair, Strengthening Lines. Part 2
If this is true, the new line will continue to grow in length and pull the Current from its original channel into the new one which is cutting through the hand. If split lines run only a short distanc...
-Character Of The Lines - Defects, Repair, Strengthening Lines. Part 3
Everything tending to make it easier to hold the Current in its proper course, or enabling it to get back to it after a break occurs, lessens the serious results of the broken line, and everything tha...
-Character Of The Lines - Defects, Repair, Strengthening Lines. Part 4
The tassel is always a defect, sometimes overcome, but producing while it lasts great disturbance of the Current. By following the theory of the Current over the line, you can accurately estimate the ...
-Character Of The Lines - Defects, Repair, Strengthening Lines. Part 5
When a grille is seen on any Mount, look for a bad or spoiled specimen of the type, or one who has the health defects peculiar to his type. A square may repair a grille if it boxes the defect entirely...
-Chapter IV. The Age Of The Subject - Age As Indicated On The Lines
UP to this time, there has not been discovered any way of positively telling from the hand the present age of a subject. There is no marking in the hand or on the lines which will, independent of ever...
-The Age Of The Subject - Age As Indicated On The Lines. Continued
The division of the Life line (19) begins at the starting of the line under the finger of Jupiter and ends at the rascette; the intervening sections recording all the various years of the life. For co...
-Chapter V. The Line Of Heart
UPON entering our bodies through the finger of Jupiter the first line reached by the Electric Current is the line of Heart, so named because it has been found to reflect accurately the condition and o...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 2
The Apollonian may have a defective Heart line, but it will not be found entirely absent with him; neither will it be with the Venusian, as these two types have too much sympathy and feeling ever to b...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 3
In business he will not choose employees because they are best fitted to do his work, but because they need a job, and in all the walks of life he will be guided by sentiment. He will become easily ...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 4
There are cases where the line of Heart, in deflecting downward from its course, cuts the Head line in two instead of merging with it or going back to its original course (38). In this case serious in...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 5
It also produces a narrow quadrangle, and consequently a secretive disposition. If the Heart line takes a precipitous depression and ends on the Mount of the Moon (45), it makes the subject extremely ...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 6
If the line be broad and shallow, the heart action will be physically weak, the affections will correspond, and the subject is fickle if the hand be weak; sentimental and loving a display of affection...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 7
With every Heart line, color plays an important part. When beginning the examination of this line, it is useful to press the line from source to termination with the finger, and note the facility with...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 8
Note the type of your subject, and whether heart disease is a natural defect of this type. If it is, the presumption is strong that the marking is a health defect. Next examine the nails, and see if t...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 9
These falling lines were read by old palmists to indicate love-sorrows and disappointments. When we think that they do indicate an effort of the head to control sentiment or heart, we can understand...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 10
In this case gout and rheumatism are the Saturnian health defects that will probably complicate trouble with the heart's action, and rheumatism of the heart is often diagnosed from this marking. You c...
-The Line Of Heart. Part 11
If a break in the Heart line has a dot well marked on the end of the broken line (76) it indicates a serious attack of heart disease at the age indicated by its position on the line. A very large, dee...
-Chapter VI. The Line Of Head
THE second line, which, according to our hypothesis, receives the Electric Current when it enters our bodies through the finger of Jupiter, is the line which may be seen tracing its way across the han...
-The Line Of Head. Part 2
In this examination for the length of the line, proportion must always be kept in mind. If the Head line extends across the entire hand in a straight line (88), with a Heart line normal, it will show ...
-The Line Of Head. Part 3
In examining the beginning of the Head line note how sharp the angle formed by the lines of Head and Life. The more pointed this angle (90), the more sensitive the subject, the easier are his feelings...
-The Line Of Head. Part 4
Sometimes the Head line rises from the Mount of Jupiter (95). This line shows fine capability for leadership, a person who can handle men with ease and get the most out of them, one who is self-confid...
-The Line Of Head. Part 5
Sometimes the line is found deflecting downward (104). The straight Head line marks the medium or nearest normal condition, and, generally speaking, all rising deflections come from an uplifting force...
-The Line Of Head. Part 6
It is not per se an indication of such tendencies. It does show that when the emotions, the sentiments, the feelings, the desires, or whatever it may be are aroused, that the subject will lose self-co...
-The Line Of Head. Part 7
It is only when the drooping line is seen on a poor type of subject or when it is thin or defective that it is unfavorable. As excess of imagination is one species of insanity; the drooping Head line ...
-The Line Of Head. Part 8
The character of the Head line, which will next be considered, shows what strength there is to the mental qualities, and what ability to concentrate the mind. A deep and well cut line shows great ment...
-The Line Of Head. Part 9
Stars, crosses, and dots (139) on a thin line will show dangers to the mental life that must not go unheeded. They show that explosions or checks will occur unless care be used, as well as the time, b...
-The Line Of Head. Part 10
If it grows clear in the right hand your subject will gain mental strength. If it goes from a deep line in the left to a chained line in the right, the subject is going from a strong condition to a we...
-The Line Of Head. Part 11
If these rising splits are small and frequent but not large enough to impair the line (148) they show that the subject is aspiring to rise and to improve and that he seeks all avenues for advancement,...
-The Line Of Head. Part 12
With every island watch for a deep cut in the Head line preceding it (162). This will show that the brain was forced too much, and this produced the mental disturbance shown by the island. Note chance...
-Chapter VII. The Line Of Life
THE line of Life is, according to our hypothesis, the third line which receives the Electric Current upon its entrance through the finger of Jupiter. This line rises at the side of the hand under the ...
-The Line Of Life. Part 2
It shows one who repels advances from the opposite sex instead of courting them, and for such reasons this line was used by the older palmists as an indication of barrenness. It may for the above reas...
-The Line Of Life. Part 3
He has, however, only the illnesses which are produced by excess, as his strong Life line shows, and he can indulge in a good deal of dissipation before it begins to impair his vitality. This subject ...
-The Line Of Life. Part 4
Note the proportion of the lines. If the Life line alone be broad and shallow, and the other lines are good, the constitution cannot carry its share of the life's effort, and such a subject will be un...
-The Line Of Life. Part 5
Sometimes a chance line will point from the delicacy on the Life line to the cause producing it, and generally it will be found on one of the Mounts. The individual signs, or as we have called some of...
-The Line Of Life. Part 6
Islands on the Life line (203) show that the Current is split in two during their continuance, and consequently operates with a diminished force. They are always indications of periods of delicacy. Th...
-The Line Of Life. Part 7
Disease we read from the Life line, financial affairs from the Saturn and Apollo lines. Poor health may affect these matters, but they are not read from the Life line. It is very common to see an isla...
-The Line Of Life. Part 8
When a dot is seen on the Life line connected by a line with a cross on Saturn (232), it will indicate an accident, as Saturnians are predisposed to accident. Breaks in the Life line are often seen...
-The Line Of Life. Part 9
When fine, hair-like lines are seen rising from the line (246), it generally occurs in the early part of the line. This shows the upward course of the subject's life. He is filled with ambition, pride...
-The Line Of Life. Part 10
In the same manner a dot on any Mount and the sudden termination of the Life line will show the end to be from an acute attack (shown by dot) of the health defect of the Mount. If a line runs from the...
-The Line Of Life. Part 11
In such a case locate the trouble, and by telling him what the outcome will be, he may be induced to abandon the habit, if such it is, and avert the catastrophe. In every instance by remembering what ...
-Chapter VIII. Lines Of Influence
ON the Mount of Venus and inside the Life line are a set of lines, some of which run parallel to the Life line and others which run across the Mount (277). These are called Lines of Influence, and are...
-Lines Of Influence. Part 2
When lines of Influence are deep, strong, and well colored, the influence is powerful; when they are thin, shallow, chained, uneven, or broken in any way (282), the influence is not strong. When an In...
-Lines Of Influence. Part 3
If a line of Influence, cut by a strong cross-line, show after this cut an island and end in a star (301), some disaster has happened to the influence which has brought on delicacy and ended in death....
-Chapter IX. The Lines Of Affection
THE lines of Affection or Marriage, as they are commonly called, lie on the Mount of Mercury, and run from the percussion toward the inside of the palm (313). In some hands there are none of these lin...
-The Lines Of Affection. Continued
If a line of Affection begin with a fork (315) it shows that the affection is of unusual strength, the two lines of the fork having united to form a single line, producing the effect of two Currents t...
-Chapter X. The Line Of Saturn
We make our fortunes and we call them fate. - B. DISRAELI. THE line of Saturn is the fourth Main line which receives the Current, and is frequently called the line of Fate. Upon first thought, ...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 2
The Apollonian and Venusian, or a good Jupiterian, or Mercurian, are much greater examples to my mind of a kind fate than is the Saturnian. The line of Saturn is not found in every hand. Older palm...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 3
As this early period of the line covers the childhood of the subject, it will not be through his own fault that the start in life is not as good as it should be. If a line of Saturn rise high in the h...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 4
Islands in the Saturn line (361) have very generally received the interpretation of a check to the career, arising from the marital infidelity or moral depravity of the subject. It was recognized by o...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 5
If, in addition to its wavy course, this line be uneven or defective in other ways, the subject will have increased difficulty in his journey through life. If a line of Saturn begins deep at the base,...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 6
Many chance lines run toward the Saturn line but do not touch it (386). These lines are events or influences, according to their source, but are abortive attempts to influence the career, and, while t...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 7
All lines do not show all of their defects in childhood or the formative period. I emphasize these two periods because they are most frequently found defective, but the indications given for those par...
-The Line Of Saturn. Part 8
If the line runs deep for part of the way and terminates in a wavy line (416), the career during the latter years will be uncertain, and there wilt be worries in old age. So these defective termina...
-Chapter XI. The Line Of Apollo
THE line of Apollo is a vertical line rising, if long, from the upper part of the Mount of Moon, if short, higher in the hand, and running toward the Mount of Apollo, sometimes ending high on that Mou...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 2
Remember that the proper world to which the line must be applied is determined by examination of the three worlds of the hand as a whole, and as shown by the three phalanges of the fingers. N...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 3
It is easier and more profitable for the palmist, for it is remarkable how clients agree with the reader when told of brilliancy, wonderful perception, latent talents, etc., and each one will say he h...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 4
The subject may do something wonderful, or may pass everything by and accomplish nothing. If this line becomes strong on the Mount of Apollo, the subject will finally round up with force in some direc...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 5
A cross on the end of the line of Apollo (456) is a worse obstruction than a bar. It means an absolute blemish to the reputation of the subject. It also indicates poor judgment, and the subject will m...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 6
If the practical world rules, the subject will gain wealth as well as fame from his efforts, and if the lower world be strong, he will be economical, frugal, and even stingy. If the thumb be stiff thi...
-The Line Of Apollo. Part 7
Influence lines from the Mount of Venus which run along the side of the line of Apollo show the assistance of relatives to the success of the subject (476). These have often been read as legacies ...
-Chapter XII. The Line Of Mercury
THE line of Mercury has been variously called the line of Health, the line of Liver, and the Hepatica. It should start on the Mount of Moon and run upward on the percussion to the Mount of Mercury, fr...
-The Line Of Mercury. Part 2
The character of the line is important. A deep line of Mercury indicates a good digestion, a healthy action of the liver, good vitality, strong constitution, a clear brain, and good memory. Whatever t...
-The Line Of Mercury. Part 3
The length of the Mercury line adds to the power of the line and its usefulness. If the line be long, running from the base of the hand to the Mount of Mercury, its influence will be felt during the s...
-The Line Of Mercury. Part 4
If perfect health were always possible, we should find perfect Mercury lines, but as a large part of the human family have bodily ills more or less in evidence, we find a very large proportion of thes...
-The Line Of Mercury. Part 5
An island in the Mercury line (506) indicates a delicacy of health during its presence. This may arise from the liver and stomach, or from appendicitis inflammation of the intestines, or it may be a d...
-The Line Of Mercury. Part 6
In all these instances place the subject in his proper world by the phalanges of his Mercury finger. If he have the third world strongest he will have business success. If the second be strongest he w...
-Chapter XIII. The Girdle Of Venus
THERE is a group of small lines, known as Minor lines, which do not appear in every hand, but which occur often enough in the same locations to take them out of the class called chance lines, and to f...
-The Girdle Of Venus. Continued
On the other hand, if with a Girdle of Venus the Mount of Venus be large, swollen, and grilled, the third phalanges of the fingers thick, the first phalanges short, the Life line running wide into the...
-Chapter XIV. The Minor Lines. Line Of Mars
THE line of Mars rises on the lower Mount of Mars and runs inside of the Life line and very close beside it (535). The two are sister lines, in fact, and in order to be in full strength the former mus...
-The Ring Of Solomon
The line which has received the title of the Ring of Solomon is a small line rising between the fingers of Jupiter and Saturn, running downward and encircling the Mount of Jupiter, and ending near the...
-The Ring Of Saturn
The Ring of Saturn is a line which rises between the fingers of Jupiter and Saturn, encircles the finger of Saturn, and terminates between the finger of Saturn and Apollo, thus crossing the Mount of S...
-The Line Of Intuition
The line of Intuition lies at the side of the hand near the percussion. It rises on the Mount of Moon, and after describing a curve toward the Plain of Mars, ends on or near the Mount of Mercury (551)...
-The Via Lascivia
The line which has received the name of Via Lascivia is seldom seen, but should run so as to form itself into a sister line to the line of Mercury (559). It is generally supposed to occupy a slanting ...
-Of Palmistry, Showing The Various Judgments Drawn From The Hand
FOR the benefit of the antiquarian I here reproduce the chapter on Palmistry written by Aristotle about 350 B.C., which, translated into English, was embodied in a copy of Aristotle's Masterpiece, pub...
-The Story Of The Nations
MESSRS. G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS take pleasure in announcing that they have in course of publication, in co-operation with Mr. T. Fisher Unwin, of London, a series of historical studies, intended to presen...
-Heroes Of The Nations
A Series of biographical studies of the lives and work of a number of representative historical characters about whom have gathered the great traditions of the Nations to which they belonged, and who ...









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