" Our body was most probably constructed, even in its less noble parts, so as to attract as large a quantity as possible of this electric fluid which it is bound to further elaborate; and, in our higher faculties, the active agent of our moral and physical perfections is doubtlesa some fluid more refined than electricity, although it preserves many of its characteristics. In a word, thought is but a ray of this heavenly Are that penetrates every living thing on earth and unites in the closest bond all the various elements of the created world. In the human organism, it sometimes reaches the highest attainable degree of perfection." - Herder's Ideas on the Philosophy of Human History.

Part Third The Mounts Of The Hand 43

The Mounts Of The Hand

These slight elevations - bundles of muscles they are - found around the palm, like a wreath of peculiarly interesting indications, have been properly called Mounts. They are seven in number, if simply their appellations are considered; they are eight in reality, since one of them is duplicated.

That their importance is not due to the more or less development of the muscles that cover them, I had occasion to call your attention to in the Introduction by Desbarrolles, which gives sufficient stress to the existence of these hundreds of nerve-terminals, if the expression may be used for the purpose, distributed all over the human palm, but more especially and in greater numbers over what I call the Palm proper (Plain of Mars) and within the Mounts, especially those under the fingers. These Pacinic or Pacinian Corpuscules are thus defined in the famous Medical Dictionary of, Dun-glinson.

"Small bodies connected with the cutaneous nerves of the palms and soles.

......In each corpuscule there is the termination of a nervous filament." I have already described the Mounts that contain them as reservoirs of the mysterious fluid that seems to be the very essence of life or the nearest manifestation of it discovered so far by our limited senses. That they be called Mounts needs no explanation; their form is sufficient motive for the appellation. And as to the names of stars or of ancient dethroned divinities by which they have been known for centuries past, there is no interest for the practical student, intent upon the acquirement of profitable knowledge, in wasting paper or time expatiating at length upon them.

It is more to the point to give out here my scheme of study of those most important features in the human palm, so important, indeed, that I have decided to give them a separate department all to itself in this work, instead of starting my Chiromantie Observation? with such indications as pertain to the Mounts.

The first notion that it is important to impress upon the student's mind is undoubtedly

I. The Positions of the Mounts; this, of course, applies to their normal positions, Comparatively seldom met with in the examination of hands. Displacements form a separate section in this chapter. Next come

II. The Meanings of the Mounts; not only in their normal shape, but also when exaggerately developed, or when totally absent. Each of these meanings, for each Mount, is combined with this essential feature of the Finger tips, giving thus three different readings in connection with each of the four different types of finger tips. As a sort of corollary to this section come

III. The Meanings of the Mounts when displaced from what constitutes their normal positions; this applies more specially to the Mounts at the base of the fingers, although I give readings for the eight Mounts.

I found interesting to group in two short sections all information about

IV. The Mounts as they reveal Ten-dencies to Illnesses.

V. The Mount's as they indicate Suicidal Tendencies.

Finally a most important chapter presents to the readers the Physical, Moral and Mental types revealed by the marked predominance of one or the other Mount over all the others.

Here I will add only one short piece of advice and a warning:

You can never study the Mounts too long and too closely. A thorough investigation of the Mounts, added to a conscientious study of all Chirognomical observations, ought to suffice to enlighten you fully as to the physical, mental and moral nature of the subject under examination. You really have already within your grasp the key to those mysteries of the human body and soul you are bent upon probing to the quick.

But by neglecting to give the study of the Mounts the closest attention, you are doomed to failure - and you shall deserve to fail.