PAGE Cheiro The Lines of the Hand Lord Kitchener's Hand PLATE I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. XV. [Pg xxvi] XVI. XVII. XVIII. XIX. XX. XXI. XXII. The Line of Heart and its Variations The Line of Marriage Marriage Lines and Influence Lines which further help in denoting Marriage The Line of Health The Girdle of Venus. The Ring of Saturn. The Bracelets. The Line of Intuition. The Via Lasciva Travels, Voyages, Accidents, and Descending Lines from the Mounts The Island, the Circle, the Spot, the Grille, the Star, and the Square 68 74 78 84 89 99 102 The Three Principal Positions for the Commencement of the Line of Head The Line of Head joined to the Line of Life and its Terminations The Line of Head separated from the Line of Life Islands on the Line of Head More Variations of the Line of Head The Line of Head and Line of Heart running together Double Lines of Head, also Crosses and Squares The Line of Life and Sections of Influences from the Mounts The Line of Life and its Variations The Line of Life and Line of Mars The Line of Destiny and its Modifications The Line of Destiny and its Variations The Line of Destiny and its Modifications The Line of Destiny, Islands, and other Signs The Line of Sun and its Modifications 11 18 20 24 27 29 32 37 40 45 51 53 56 59 62 Frontispiece 1 2
XXIII. XXIV. XXV. XXVI.
Minor Marks and Signs Minor Marks and Signs The Great Triangle and the Quadrangle Times and Dates of Principal Events CHEIROGNOMY ILLUSTRATIONS
105 108 111 113
The Elementary Hand The Square or Useful Hand The Spatulate Hand The Philosophic Hand
120 120 120 120 123 123 123
The Conic or Artistic Hand The Psychic Hand The Mixed Hand
[Pg xxvii] III. Thumbs: The Clubbed Thumb The Supple Jointed Thumb The Firm Jointed Thumb The Waist-Like Thumb The Straight Thumb The Elementary Thumb IV. The Fingers: The Smooth The Square The Knotty V. The Nails: Delicacy of Throat Chest and Bronchial Spinal Weakness Weak Action of the Heart Paralysis VI. The Mounts of the Hand: 137 137 137 137 137 134 134 134 129 129 129 129 129 129
The Mount of Venus The Mount of Mars The Mount of Jupiter The Mount of Saturn The Mount of the Sun The Mount of Mercury The Mount of the Moon
141 141 141 141 141 141 141
THE LINES OF THE HAND. [Pg 1]
Palmistry for All PART I—PALMISTRY OR CHEIROMANCY CHAPTER I A BRIEF RÉSUMÉ OF THE HISTORY OF THE STUDY OF HANDS THROUGH THE CENTURIES TO THE PRESENT DAY
The success I had during the twenty-five years in which I was connected with this study was, I believe, chiefly owing to the fact that although my principal study was the lines and formation of hands, yet I did not confine myself alone to that particular page in the book of Nature. I endeavoured to study every phase of thought that can throw light on human life; consequently the very ridges of the skin, the hair found on the hands, all were used as a detective would use a clue to accumulate evidence. I found people were sceptical of such a study only because they had not the subject presented to them in a logical manner. There are hundreds of facts connected with the hand that people have rarely, if ever, heard of, and I[Pg 2] think it will not be out of place if I touch on them here. For instance, in regard to what are known as the corpuscles, Meissner, in 1853, proved that these little molecular substances were distributed in a peculiar manner in the hand itself. He found that in the tips of the fingers they were 108 to the square line, with 400 papillæ; that they gave forth certain distinct crepitations, or vibrations, and that in the red lines of the hand they were most numerous and, strange to say, were found in straight individual rows in the lines of the palm. Experiments were made as to these vibrations, and it was proved that, after a little study, one could distinctly detect and recognise the crepitations in relation to each individual. They increased or decreased in...
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