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PRACTICAL PALMISTRY. A CLEAR AND COMMON-SENSE EXPLANATION OF. THE SCIENCE BY MEANS OF WHICH EVERY. ONE MAY READ HIS OWN. successfully and honestly employed in the discovery of water, that Chiromancy may be allowed Practical palmis PART I PALMISTRY OR CHEIROMANCY. the more or less rounded, pointed, or square tips, which are modified or accentuated by the forms of all the fingers. Therefore we may accept as a fact, that all.
This is more clearly seen in the typical house-wife, than whom there is no creature on earth that distributes more real, solid happiness around her. Strange to say, this very same characteristic has been observed by the writer on the battlefields of , in the many hand-to-hand fights he witnessed or took part in, during the Franco-Prussian wax-. Mount of Jupiter: Toward the Third Finger-Less morbidity. In this respect I may be allowed to state that the present book contains between two and ten times - more reliable observations than any work ever published in the English tongue.
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A reliable treatise on the art of character reading through an examination of the hand, based on actual experiences , The Penn Publishing Company Hardcover in English. Hardcover in English. August 9, Edited by i r firefly. August 7, April 25, It is here that the admirable discovery of M. Knots or bulging of the finger-joints comes to the assistance of the great 'theory upon which Modern Palmistry has laid its strong foundations.
Of it, we know that much: Now d'Arpentigny, who does not attempt in his book to establish any corre- 1a. Surprisingly enough, his conclusions and mine, although reached through radically different methods, culminated in ideu. First, he tells us of the pointed fingers that their possessors are endowed with an unusual amount of inspiration, intuition, even genius.
I add-what he does not stem to have suspected-that if they are thus endowed it is because the tapering of their fingers attnots more freely the vital fluid and allows it to perform its life-producing a'C'tion quicker and better.
The conical tips-the tapering of which, although still noticeable, is much less pronounced and begins only from the middle phalanx-are characterized by d'Arpentigny as artistic fin'iers, but already less ideal in their tendencies and performances. I explain this by the reduced facility of the fluid in penetratling the hand and thence the brain.
With the square tips, the ingenious writeT' strikes a type of hand he evidently dislikes. Thus have the shapes of the finger tips and their inftueoce, as revealed in the examination of thousands of hands, affirmed the absolute truth of this axiom: I add to this that the fact of the vital fluid traversing the length of the fingers without meeting these strong impediments named knots must necessarily endow the.
Knotted fingers, on the contrary, 0pposing barriers to the runniDg. Again, short hands, says, d' Arpeatigny, are synthetical; they grasp idea as a whole. I add, the fluid has so little space to run over in such hands that reflection has hardly time to a waken.
Long hands, on the con. I have already larieRy explained how the fluid, penetrating through the finger tips, accumulating in the Pacinian Corpuscles and tracing deep channels at the surface of the palm, finally reached the brain and from it was redistributed through the whole body by means of the innumerable ramifications of nerves j finally to return to the common ocean of nature's vital fluid.
In this aspir and respir resides the whole mystery of human life. I shall here reverse the order of arguments and speak first of those observations of the hand whose interpretation is purely traditional: The word empiricism in this instance must be taken in its favorable. This is. Now, for centuries and centuries past, the eminent scientists I spoke of in the preceding paragraph, gathered an immense Dumber of observations concerning the lines and signs found in man's hand, and compared these with facts known to them in the lives of the subjects.
Repeated coincidences between certain facts and certain lines or signs gradually convinced them that there was in these coincidences something worth patient and prolonged study.
Iear idea of the connection existing-by the medium of the nerves -between the fingers and thumb and certain spots in the brain. Now, it bas been proved, time and time again, that any undue pressure upon or any unhealhy condition of these particular locations in the brain that correspond more directly with the fingers or thumb immediately determines a. This refers. Century, it became my congenial task to submit this enormous mass of documentary evidence to a thoroughly conscientious and minute shifting process that threw out the chaff and kept in the rich and nourishing grain.
During tbis close observation of facts, I illogical readings.. Many of them I IDUlaged, througb long study over III fter widening fidei, to gradually gather into the fold, making them put and parcel of my homogeneous system. The others I simply accepted-calling them traditional readings and ever hoping to tee my way toward including them witbiD the hannony of the whole; but I DeW: This vital fluid penetrates within us through certain organs, the fingers first and foremost, and is stored principally in the cells of the brain; It is distributed all over the body by means of the nerves, the division and classification of which would require too much space and time to belong here properly.
These nerves are richly represented in the hands. We have seen the part played by the finger tips in the transmission of the vital fluid, and how the nervous system explains the s.
In other words: Every impression produced upon the brain by the more or less rapid flow of fluid or by its poverty or superabundance is reflected upon the hand in an almost invariably constant manner, leaving visible markings to be examined, compared, classified, interpreted.
In health matters, not only past troubles are thus revealed and remain in evidence long after their effe-cts have vanished, but future ailments, those particularly whose incubation is a matter of months, and even years, ap'pear in the palm as soon as the earliest germ is conceived or deposited within the brain. As far as the life events are concerned, the same rule obtains.
Every action, pleasant or otherwise, affects the brain matter, at least for a time; if the nervous system of the subject is particularly sensitive, i. As to future events, they throw their shadows before and it is comparatively easy for a. But Modern Palmistry, based on the intimate connection of Brain and Palm by means of the incessant flow of vital fluid.
First, let me state that only a very limited number of past or futur-e events can be read in the palms of those whose nervous system is comparatively inactive, and who might be called, in common parlance, cold, indifferent, stolid individuals. But those higher-strung organisms. They deeply feel joy. The past, I have explained how it is inscribed thereon.
The future has also written down its facts and warnings. These peculiar forebodings which come to us without our full consciousness being awakened exert. For, and it is with this last affimation that these pages will close, the Fatum, the Sors, the Ananke of the Ancients is - not my God, it is not the arbiter of hu- manity, it is not its decrees that we read in the hand.
Free will, influenced. And the knowledge of Palmistry. From and 6y AD, DI: Without this preliminary knowledge no headway can be made toward the making of a lcientific. First of all, I shall lay down the hand flat on the paper, the inside concealed. I have here three distinct divisions: The Fingers; four in number, each divided into three Phalanges: T also one of the five metacarpal bOnes forming the Palm proper, and not a.
They are respectively called First Knot and Second Knot: Ianges, possesses only one Joint, called Knot only when quite apparent. Nt these indications have to be gathered, I repeat it from the Back of the.!!:!!!!
Neither can the length of the fingers or the relative length of the phalanges be accurately determined except from the Back of the Hand. The Nails and the Hair on the hands - are ooIy visible, of course, by the inspec- tion of the back of the hand j and both these elements are of the highest importance in any valuable examination.
III tbia Mtp some indications given above arc repeated and need, therefore, no second interpretation. Leaving the Fingers,.. It is divided into: The Mounts or elevations at the base of neb finger and around the hand, c: MOUDt of Jupiter. Mount of Saturn, - Monot of the Suo. Mount of Mercury. The Palm Proper-including only thls portion of the Palm which is not preempted by the Mounts.
The Triangle. Over the surface of the whole Palm mountainous region, a number of fourteen oi. I will take first what I call further OQ.
The Line of Life, or Vital. The Line of Head. The Line of Heart, or Mensal. The Line of the Sun. The Line of Liver, or Hepatica. The Via Lasciva. The Line of Intuition, or Line of Luna. The Line of Mars. The Second Bracelet of the Rascette, The Third Bracelet or the Rascette, MeUt Unes will be fully expatiated upon.
Of course. Ami yet, in spite of the systematic and minute attention paid to the various modifications io lines, signs, etc. MId intricacy that no book would suffice 10 contain one-fiftieth. SilJIdth part of tbe possible amount of combinations and changes. It is not.. As I stated in my preface, the problems of lines, ete. And I take the liberty of repeating that there is no science or art, claiming to unravel the mysteries of human nature and human existence, that begins to obtain such percentage of actual results.
March 13, 17gB. Attracted to the study of occult sciences, he neglected ancient Chiromancy and gave his whole attention to the outward aspect-the Pbysiognomy, so to speak-of the human hand. In In a third edition of this great book came out under the title of fA. Science de la Main, Modified and improved by Desbarrolles, the knowledge of the d'Arpeatigny system of Chirognomy forms the first aDd iDdispensable step toward a complete.
I shall review now such observations as refer: To the 'skeleton of the Hand. To the Hand as a whole. To follow precedents in which I find but little logic I shall include in this chapter all the indications referring, Seventh: To the Nails, although they belong altogether to the Finger Division of the Hand.
My only excuse for doing 80 is that it is really customary to ex- amine the Nails before turning one's attention to the Fingers and Thumb. L The BkeJ. The Eight small bones at the base form the Wrist and their anatomical name is the Carpial Bones or the Carpus. Do The Hand Ib jUdging the size of a hand one must always bear in mind the size as well as the sex of the subject, and careful allowance must be made for both.
Measure a band on the back, from the wrist to the extremity of the second finger. Very small bands-Bohemian instincts; little order in either ideas or acnons; oftentimes cruel instincts, especially in men. Small hands-Delicacy of mind; broad ideas; synthetical talents.
I will insist on tbis point when I reach the Fingers. Average hands-The hands of common sense, practical gifts, and healthy, if moderate, imagination. Large hands-A love and aptitude for minutia! I will pay my respects to this characteristic when I reach the Fingers, Very large hands-A mania for useless details; the hand of the martinet and meddlesome, never satisfied employer.
In a woman-A hairy hand denotes cruelty, or, at the best, mannish instincts. I energy, self-possession. V cry hairy-Violent nature; inconstancy. I No hair at all-Effemirt.
Hair on thumb only-Inventive genius tradition. Hair on the two lowe! Hair on all phalanges--Ardent, easily aroused disposition. Light colored hair on the handsPeople easily influenced and often lacking in passion. Dark colored hair-Quick, passionate disposition. Reddish colored hair-Most excitable natures. The Hand Proper. To compare Length of Hand Proper with Length of Fingers, take your measurements on the back of the hand: Hand Proper Longer than Fingers. With pointed tips very seldom met, as the two characteristics contradict each other -If thick at the base-selfindulgence; laziness, useless dreaming.
With conical tips--Aptitude for the mechanical parts eX the fine arts. Opera singers have frequently such hands; rather sensuous disposition. With Square tips-A useful hand; will execute well other people's orders or ideas; an excellent military hand. With Spatulate tips-A very active hand, love of sports; poor intellect, little understanding of detalls. With characterless tips-The elemmJafy hand which see further: The Same Length as the Fingers.
This constitutes the most harmonious combination. The Hand Propel' Shorter than the Fingers. A quick compreheuion of details; in artists, inspiration and e1IICtItion happily blended; the hand of highclass musicians: Witb square tips-Tbe best hands for everyday life, especially in buslqess, Not. With spatulate tips-Activity at its best, except that sometimes it losea itself in minutise; indefatigable in outdoor exercises; great travelers and discoverers; versatility; wit. The Hand Proper and the Palm.
The Thickness of the Hand and its Consistency Combined are to be judged by pressing the center of the hand with the Index on the Back and the Thumb inside.
The roughness or! IOftness Thick and medium hard-A good worker who cares for little else; kindly but not amorous nature. Thick and medium soft-Capacity for enjoying all pleasures without falling into any excesses. Thick and soft-Self-indulgence and laziness; danger ahead; is a.
Thick and very soft. Thin and very hard-Cold, heartless, calculating disposition, even to crime.
Thin and hard-Selfishness, avarice, narrow-rn indedness, I. Thin and soft-Weak constitution yielding to physical temptation. Thin and verv soft-Vicious disposition; often morbid tendencies: Transparent-The palm of seers and saints; and. The Palm. T1lt" Palm. Size and Shape. Narrow pa. See chapter on the Mounts of the Hand.
Wide palm. See chapter on the MOllnts of the Hand. A square palm: Color and Character of the Skin. Verv pale-s-Selfish disposition; an:: Yellow-Morbid disposition; biliousness. Pink and mortled-Hopeful, cheerful disposition; well balanced constitution.
Very red-Violent temper: These colors are not easily discerned in the hands of people actually working with their hands: Damp skin, especially if the sweat is cOld and clammy-Very serious liver trouble; often ill-balanced moral nature. Palm Proper. The Palm Proper extends only from the base of the Mounts to the third angle of the Triangle, and from the Line of Life to a normally placed Line of Liver.
It is also called the Plain of Mars, and includes both the Quadrangle and the Triangle. Flat but high i. FIat but low-Timidity; insignificance of life and aims; sometimes cowardice. Hollow-Moderately so, it has DO special meaning and does not interfete with the other indications. Very hollow: More so toward the Line of LifeDomestic troubles. More so toward the Line of Head -Brain trouble or apoplexy.
More so toward the Une of Heart-Disappointment in love; heart - weakness. Loaa -of money. Be careful to distiflluish between a really hollow palm and a normally shaped. It has often been said by scientista of recognized capacity, that the nails are nothing but the electric fluid within us solidified by exposure to the air, thus becoming a kind of intermediary substance between the said fluid and the human skin and flesh.
Balzac wrote in Louis Lambert: In a weak hand: Seen at its worst on what 1 call a clubbed thumb. A German scientist observed that after a violent access of rage the nails of the subject under examination would become softer for a while. Short nails with a soft palm-The born.
A short nail on the second finger. If wider and other intercourse with one's fellowthan long-Unsufferable stubbornness. Sbort and pale-Deceitful disposition; pbysical and moral weakness. Short and red-Violent temper. Long nails, especially if thin and brittle-Weak pbysical nature, often lack of - intelligence.
Short and triangular shaped: If pink on the outer edge-Short fits of anger, never malicious. Ridges on the nail of a certain fingerHeld by Desbarrolles to indicate a stronger devotion and aptitude of the subject to the particular art or profession which that finger represents more specially. Cross ridges-In. Bain, a famous physician, states that in his experience the presence of a deep cross ridge on a nail announces a coming disease. The nature of the disease can be judged by the finger upon which this nail is found, The thumb nail is particularly interesting in this connection.
As it takes six months for a nail to be entirely renewed it is eat ' to estimate in how long a time the illness will be due. Not only the modern physician, but the most ancient in the art; believed that the sbape, color, etc. Hippocrates B. Century, but it never reached that point when it could be admitted on a par with the more ancient and more satisfac..
I may sta1: There are, therefore, only Four Fine to Palmistic Hands; they are designated as follows, the first name being the ODe I use exclusively through this work: In examining Fingers we are naturally called upon to observe. Their Position. Their Length. And this Chapter will therefore be divided into these three heads, with proper subdivisions, separating such indications as refer to All the Fingers and those that pertain to Each Finger by Itself. AJignment of the Bases of all Fingers.
Fingers set pvcnl ' on a line above the mounts are said to indicate success. An absolutely even line is very seldom met with, and would not be either natural or pretty. Any finger set below the others loses some of its power. The First finger "low-set" reduces the size of the Mount of Jupiter and gives awkwardness in social matters, often caused by an unfortunate combination of conceit and ignorance. The Second finger is seldom displaced; to some extent, owing to its position in the middle counting the Thumb as a fifth finger , it acts as a sort of balancing pole.
The subject will lack much of the influential cleverness that characterizes the fourth finger when high-placed and long. Leaning of the Fingers toward dich other. Toward Thumb--Great desire for independence.
Toward the Second Finger-MOf'bid pride. SecoDd l"tDger. Toward the First Finger-Supersti- tious sadness. Toward the Third Finger-Less morbidity. Toward the Second Finger-Morbid vanity.
Toward the Fourth Finger-Art practiced solely for the money there is in it. Fourth Finger. Toward the Third Finp-Science and art happily blended; or business ability happily blended with artistic aptitudes.
Ooseness of the Fingers. Showing no light between-Meanness of disposition; avarice. Showing light between-I nquisitiveness j the greater the amount of light the more intemperate the curiosity. This seems in contradiction with the theory of the Knots. On that account I pay but little attention to this ancient tradition. When pronounced they indicate: Between First Finger and ThumbGenerosity.
Independence of action; Bohemianism. All the FingerS falling apart easUyUnconventionality. If they keep close together most of the time-Stiffness in inten: Bent and Flexibility of the Fingers.
Bent is the natural position when the - subject does not know he is observed. Bent forward-A varice; meanness; excess of prudence; cowardice.
Bent backward-Unconventional instincts; jovial disposition; talkativeness. Stiff-Practical nature; rather COIl- - ventional; sometimes hard and t1! Length of All the Fingers. Very long fingers-Meddling disposi. Thoughtlessness oi the future. Very short fingers-Bohemian, unconventional instincts; often laziness; selfishness through indifference; incapacity to understand and practice the common duties of life.
Equal to the third 6nger-Great desire for fame and riches. Much shorter than the third fingzrLack of ambition; love for a humdrum existence. Beoond 1'1nger. Equal to the first finger-Life ruled by ambition. Length of Each. III PAl. TOO LO. CJI J[8D. Second lHnpr. H 'Bteria.
Murderous illsliDell. Love of the beautiful. Love of speculatiaa gambling. False idea of art; using art for 1I! Mercenary in art productions. First lI'inger. Longer than the second finger-Almost insane, domineering spirit. Equal to the second fingr-Love of power Napoleon's index. Much shorter than the second fingerTimidity; reticent in everything. First l1'inge,T. Much longer than the third fingerAbnormal, unhealthy ambition.
Becond Finger. Much longer than the third fingerMorbidity interfering with the success of the subject in art, literature or money making. Equal to the third finger-Gambling disposition.
Shorter than the third finger-A disposition to take desperate risks; foolhardy enterprises, amounting almost to insanity. Equal to the first finger-Great desire for fame and riches. Sborter than the first fingsr-Ambi!
Much longer than the second finger'Taking deperate risks. Equal to the second finger-Gambling instincts fully developed. Much shorter than the second fingerMorbid instincts will ruin all prospects. Almost equal to the fourth fiDget'Versatility: Almost equal to the first fingerTalent for diplomacy and stale8ma. Also seen in the unscrupulous politician. Almost equal to the "'frond fingerScientific powers of an extraordinary type.
Almost equal to the third finger-Versatility. Power of inOuenciog others.. Normal First Phalanx. Normal Third Phalanx. Normal Second Phalanx. Excess-Van- Desire to rule. Love of and re. Ambition, pride. Gift of intnitioD. Love of agriculture. Artiaic iDspiratioft. Excellt- Ua!. Aptitude for science aDd iaven- Bnainess talent. Eillcess-Science used ill, diJpositicm.
I give herein an illustration of a finger, witlJ a carefully prepared scale that will allow the student to judge by actual measurement whether a phalanx is nor- - mal or in excess. A normal Third Phalanx will be! A Normal First Phalanx will be. Any marked not insignificant deviation from these proportions of As Deficiency in the length of a phalanx almost invariably determines an Ex- - cess in another phalanx of the same fin- ger, it is quite sufficient for the student to know how to read the Excess as it be- - comes the ruling element in that particu- lar finger.
Outside of Tips and Knots. Inside puffiness of the third phalanges -Selfishness; laziness; love of good living, often carried to excess. Third phalang-es wasped or waistshaped-Daintiness in food and raiment; delicacy of mind. The Finger TypeS. In Palmistry.
Second-The Existence or Absence of more or less visible Knots at the joints at the phalanges. These two features have to be examined simultaneously to avoid useless repetitions. In other words, I shall give you, at one and the same time. Pointed-The finger tapers from the root to the tip, where it ends in a decided. Conical-The finger tapers from the lower joint to the tip.
Square-The finger preserves very nearly the same width rom root to tipP where it ends sometimes in a decided square, but more generally in a semirounded square. Spatulate-TIle finger continues the same width from the root to after the upper joint, where it widens and ends in the form of a druggist's spatula, more or less pronounced.
The Finger Tips by Themselves. The tips of the first phalanges show the type of the hand. If they are! Pointed-The Subject imagines, but does not execute. Conical-Reason and imagination blended. Spatulate-Execution without the gift of conception and little reasoning power. Comparative Study of Types. The Pointed I'1ngen. Poetry of soul and heart. Ecstatic religious feeling.
Love of the "essence of beautiful things! No order in ideas or action. Often incurable laziness. But the gift of intuition. The believer begins to doubt. The poet loses part of his genius. On the other side. With Second Lower KnoL Here the artistic gifts of a higher order are interfered with by a tendency to practicality which will not be silenced. The artist or poet will be more successful financially.
With Botb Knots. The natural qualities of the pointed tips are lost to a great extent by these two knots, which drag down the lofty ideals of the smooth pointed fingers. Inspiratlon will often be in the direcbion of inventions or discoveries.
But as a rule, this discord will render the subject moody and dissatisfied. Pointed fingtrs are very rare. Pointed Fingers with Knots are extraordinary exceptions. Conical I'ingera. The poetic gift is more sensual, less ethereal, The beautiful will be cultivated in the solid and visible form, with still a hatred for rigorous logic and a great independence in thought and man- ners.
With First Upper Knot. The artist is more dominated by practical reasoning. He calculates his efforts and aims at success with a set purpose, but still with a grand idea of art. Found in the hands of all gifted musicians. With Second Lower Knot.
Combination and moral force are added to the artistic talent. But the subject will be quite practical in the handling of his interests and insist on the proper moneyed recognition of his talent. With Both Knots. Here we have the most desirable type for the artist, the inventor, the literary man, the musician, the actor who has to face the world and make his way through iL His genius will always be of just the kind that is wanted by his time, and he will know how to husband it to full profit.
In conical hands the knots will be - found seldom. The Square Finger.. Love of philosophy, social science, reality in art; we ll-ordai ned literary works; a talent for conceiving business plans.
Little enthusiasm; much inspira- tion, though, but strictly ruled over bY reason. This is a strong and precious type. All the subjects with square tipped -6ngers. The tendencies of the square type are bettered by this knot.
They are born to love reasoning, and this knot will cause them to excel in it: They have a good capacity for intelligent, useful work. This will increase the practical bent of the subject, but reduce his capacity for properly judging the cause before the effect. This type is that of the-model employe, the disciplinarian, the pedagogue. Duty before everything; no discretion used. Obey, and, above all, be orderly. Love of the natural sciences, of history, archeeology, law.
An excellent financier, fanatic of symmetry; prefers common sense to genius. Has no love for art, poetry, fiction. But he is exact, honest and indispensable in all wcU-ordained commonwealths. In Square Fingers. Instinctive understanding of real life; an imperious need of activity, generally physical. Fondness for open air sports and occupations, for politics and the management of men, fer travel.
Here we have the type of the aggressive infidel, of the scoffer at every ideal, of the "born kicker. He wants art applied to industry. He loves realism, and is a positivist to an extreme degree.
Fond of exact sciences and of researches in the domain of useful inventions. The second knot will give still more intensity to the instincts developed by the smooth spatulate tips.
The e for the beautiful is here at its lowest, but the fondness for well-ordered enterprise is at its best, Great generals. Stronger than ever is the taste or activity in and out of doors. He will call science to his help in his vast enterprises. In Spatulate Fingers knots are very frequent, especially the Second knot.
Distinguish carefully between the spatulate shape and the lower broadening due to the presence of the first knot.. E'ach Finger Tip Taken Separator. Firat l! Pointed-Intuition, high ideal of re- ligion. Conical-Perception, love of reading. Square-Love of truth. SpatUlate-Exaggerated love of ac- tion. Second l! Pointed-Morbid fear of the super- natural.
Conkal-Healthy belief in religion. Third Finger. Pointed-Ideality in art, poetry. SpatUlate-Love of movement in art drama. Pointed-Science loved for its own sake. Square-Able to teach. Spatulate-Good at active business. AD modern Palmists attach such importance to the symptoms revealed by the Position and Shape of the Thumb, that it seems to me essential to inform the student why, physiologically speaking, the Thumb ranks so high among the constituting elements of Palmistry. For that purpose I shall ask permission, in this chapter and the following, to quote freely from Captain d'Arpentigny's standard work, La Science de la Main Jd Edition, HeronAllen, modified according to my understanding of the French text and French is my native tongue , without the exhaustive comments of the translator.
To avoid cumbersome quotation marks, the paragraphs in smaller type may be considered, once for all, as belonging to the great book above mentioned. The superior animal is signalized by his possession of a hand, the man is signalized by his possessing a thumb. The thumb of the monkey.
Whereas, on the contrary. See the typical Idiot's Hand in our next chapter. Epileptic patients in their fits fold their thumbs before the rest of their hands. Away from the fingers-Spendthrift disposition. These principles laid down. I shall proceed as I did with the Fingers by interpreting the indications furnished by 1. The Position of the Thumb, meaning by this the fact of its being more or less detached from the Hand Proper, a wider or narrower angle being thus opened between the base of its second phalanx and the Side of the Hand.
The Size of the Thumb, from the base of the second Phalanx to the tip of the first or nailed Phalanx. The Shape of the Thumb. This will complete the indications concerning the Thumb as a whole. The First or nailed Phalanx. The Knot between the Phalanges. The Second Phalanx.
The Combinations of Phalans:!: Too high-Idiotcy also short and illshaped. Hig-h-Lack of adaptability. Mean- - ness in money matters. Low-Generosity; intelligence. C1nse to the fingers-Avarice. Wltbol1t dioliAcl1lah. V err long-The head governs rather than the feelings; obstinacy, not always wise. People with large thumbs are governed by their heads source of all feelings of exclusiveness , and are more at ease in an atmosphere of ideas, than in one of sentiments.
They judge things better by re6ection than on the spur of the moment. With square or spatulate finget'S-Love of action but lack of proper reasoning. With knotty finp;ers and square or spatulate tips-Reasoo has the upper hand in all the subject's undertakings; in fact, he lacks all impulsiveness, all intuition and oftentimes loses himseU in complicated combinations that never come to anything.
Very short-The subject win be carried constantly from one extreme to another. People with small thumbs are governed by their hearts source of all tolerant feelings , and are more at home in an atmosphere of sentiments than in one of ideas; they appreciate things more at a rapid survey of them than on reflection, It is more easy for large-thumbed. Generally speaking, a thumb which is small, mean and PQflrly formed. If the fingers are conical-The taIeat in queation ahns to a high ideal: If the fingers are square or spatu- late-The gift will be entirely in the line of - science aud business.
You must not, however, conclude that beeauae YOI1 have a large thumb and knotted, spatulate fingers, you are necessarily gifted with the capacity of excelling in all practical sciences and occupations; nor that because you have a small thumb, smooth and conical fingers you are necessarily gifted with pre-eminent talent in every branch of the fine arts; on the contrary, the pursuit of a single science Of art, Of of a small number of sciences or am to an extent limited by the scope of the faculties of each individuaJ.
WIthout dlullll11lsblllK bet Thick-Primitive tastes; often uncouth - ways: Flat-Nervous disposition; mean- - ness, Broad-Violent outbursts. Slender-Poetic and artistic genius, 0. Stiff-Plenty of common sense; oEum - stubbornness, exaggerate caution, s cret- iveness. Thrown back naturally-Generosity, artistic gifts. Flexible-Spendthrift disposition; unconventional tendencies.
Ungovern- able temper. Short-Want of self-control. It is well. Conical-If long-Artistic gifts. If shortImpartiality that lacks resolution to decide. Spatulate-If long-The will here is that of a commander in the fieid. If sbort-It will leave the chief of an expedition in the lurch for lack of quick determination at the right time.
If short-Fret- - fulness. Flat-Insignificant, nervous personal- - ity. Thick-Violent, often lascivious dis- - position. Slender-Refined in action. I f long The existence of a more or less pronounced knot on the joint between the first and second phalanx modifies the above readings in accordance with the principles laid down in the preceding lessons.
It must be remembered that this single knot corresponds to the first c; upper knot on the fingers; it increases, therefore, the reasoning power uf the sec- ond phalanx and reduces the intuitive quality of the first phalanx. LAlIX, A. Very long-Discusses everything to death; trusts nobody and nothing. Paradoxical to a degree. Long-A good, strong reasoner; a correct logician.
The reasoning power is weak. Very short-Lacks the simplest common sense; hates to think before acting. Broad-if long-A good understanding of material things, IE short-A primitive type of intellect. Flat-In this case, logic. Slender-Refinement in thought; sometimes nervousness affecting the reasoning power. Wasped or waist-shared-Quick, sharp, brilliant intellect; love of things intellectual. I refer the reader to the Skeleton of the Hand. The falsely so-called Third Phalanx is in reality the Mount of Venus.
Ia a normally shaped hand the propor- lion between the First and Second Phalanges is 2 to 3; in other words, if you measure a Thumb from its base or lower 'knuckle to the Tip, the First or nailed Phalanx must extend over two-fifths of the total length, and the Second Phalanx over three-fifths.
Above or below this proportion the Phalanges must be considered as abnormal. Pay attention to this measurement when applying the following readings: A long First and a short SecondRecklessness in thought and action. Will power is not influenced and controlled by reason. The Psychic Hand pointed , II. The Useful Hand square , IV.
The Necessary Hand spatulate , giving them here the names adopted by d'Arpentigny himself. To those have to be added: The Philosophical Hand knotted , which, as we know, presents itself with Tips of the conical or square, or spatulate shape; VI.
The Brutal Murderer's Hand. The Brutal Murder's Hand. The Congenital Idiot's Hand. These lead me to those commonplace types of Hands, which combine in their Finger Tips two, three and even four of the Ot'iginal four shapes: X" XI.
The Thumb, I have two more chapters to bestow upon the Study of Chirognomy. The present one will be devoted to a combination of these various indications as are found in Fourleen Pure and Mixed Types, some of them beautifully delineated by d'Arpentigny, the others prepared by me from the most frequent examples thai have come under my notice.
In the chapter closing this Part Second, I will give you an adaptationol - Desbarrolles' semi-humorous, semi-seri- ous method of judging people's dispositions from a cursory examination of their -. Wlil give US an insight into the tendencies and most frequent characteristics of the: The reader may think perhaps that when I indulge in long, somewhat flowery descriptions of certain distinct Types of Hands, abandoning for a moment the sober teachings embodied in this work, I am playing false to my pledge: Such imaginative sketches, I admit, will be found in this chapter and also at the end of Part Third in the minute descriptions therein inserted of the Seven Signatures of the Mounts; but the fact of my introducing them in this book,.
No, here again, even here, I have aimed to be directly useful to the future Hand-reader, whose tuition I have undertaken and whose mind has to be trained through more than one kind of dnl1 before it acquires the suppleness that is one of the essentials of a successful Palmist. The gift of generalizing the ideas, principles and rules once laid down, understood and memorized, is one that cannot be too soon cultivated; for when the time comes for you to take hands within your grasp, their owners will not ask you for a lesson in Palmistry, but for information of a clear, broad.
And how are you going to a. Such a learning is obtained from just such descriptions as I have inserted in this chapter, and in another one further on; and although the perusing of these particular pages could be left out of the curriculum of your present studies without depriving you of any absolutely indispensable element of knowledge, yet in the training of a Palmistic mind the reading of those sketches of leading types occupies, in my opinion, a place that it would be decidedly unwise to leave empty.
It is smell and slender. It has a medium Palm, smooth Fingers or fingers with the Knots barely perceptible , the nailed Phalanges long, and tapering to a point, a small and elegant Thumb.
Whenever the Psychic Hand is large and more distinctly knotted. The Psychic Hands bear to those two types the same relation the Conical bears to the Spatulate type; they add to the thinker's works the same elements the artist adds to the artisan's works: Always scarce in our countries. It is Divine reason Psychic Hands look for everywhere. They pay no attention to form, save in the domain of art, convinced.
In their eyes, religious faith is a fact as real as a rational certitude; so they excuse, even when they do not accept, the peculiarities of all religions. Thus, among us, are Spatulate and hard Square Hands in majority, whereas in India it is the Pointed and Soft Hands which numerically are in the ascendant. TYPES OF HAND upon beauty, worth, truth, and usefulness gTee unanimously in giving Pointed Fingers to pictorial or sculptured representations of angels or good genii, with which each race, according to its education, considers the heavens to be peopled.
Spiritualists are endowed with lyricism, mysticism, prophetic ecstasies, a luminous, snythetic understanding of all human knowledge; but the talent of applied sciences, including that of the government of men, is wanting among them, unless, as in India. For, if in their enthusiasm, Spiritualists are always senses, cultivation of the beautiful in the ready to sacrifice themselves, they exact solid and visible form, romantic charms. With their synthetic of social independence, propensity to enmethod of thought, no isolated senti- thusiasm, subjection to pbantasy-all HAn aations-however different physJcally aDd morally they may be from one another.
The Artistic Hand is characterized by smooth Fingers whose nailed Phalanges assume the form of Cones or of elongated Thimbles. Plastic arts, painting. All three act by in- pi ration, and are relatively unfitted lor the mechanical arts, although less so than the Psychic Hand.
The third proceeds by enthusiasm, the second, by cunning, and the first obeys the suggestions of pleasure, "Whoever has a hand thus formed," writes d'Arpentigny, "will attach himself, instinctively and without reflection, to the picturesque aspect of ideas and things: So long as a thing is beautiful it does not matter if it be true or not; greedy of leisure, of novelty, of liberty, at the same time ardent and timid, humble and vain, he will have more energy and enthusiasm than force and power.
He will pass suddenly from the loftiest exaltation of mind to the profoundest despair.