The Study Of The Shape Of The Hand

We now leave the domain of what must be considered Palmistry, the study

of the Lines of the Palm--or Cheiromancy, as it was called by the Greeks

from the word [Greek: cheir], the hand, and proceed to consider the

meanings that can be derived from the shapes of the hands, fingers, etc.,

which is called Cheirognomy.

These two studies may be taken up separately, but by a knowledge of both

the student will be doubly armed, especially in the reading of character.

To a judge of horseflesh the limbs of the horse give him such a fund of

information as to the animals' breed, training, etc., that it enables him

to draw conclusions that he could not otherwise obtain.

In the same way the shape of the hand gives an enormous wealth of

information as to breed and peculiarities of human beings.

In a book of this nature I shall be able to give only the leading traits

denoted by each type, but if readers wish to carry out this study

further, I must refer them to my larger works on the subject, in which

the shapes of the hands are described in the fullest detail.

The most casual observation of character as shown by the formation of

hands will soon convince any person of the value of this study. Even in

itself it possesses the most far-reaching possibilities in helping to a

clear understanding of the difference that exists in races, their various

blends of types, that have now spread themselves by intermarriage and

travel over the surface of the earth.

For example, the difference in the shape of the hands of the French and

German or the French and English races would convince any thinking person

that temperament and disposition are indeed largely indicated by the

shape of the hand itself.

It is even a remarkable thing that though work and exercise may enlarge

and broaden the hand, yet the type to which it belongs is never

destroyed, but can be easily detected by anyone who has made a study of

such matters.

The Seven Types or Shapes of Hands are as follows:

(1) The Elementary--or lowest type.

(2) The Square--or the useful hand.

(3) The Spatulate--or nervous active type.

(4) The Philosophic--or jointed hand.

(5) The Conic--or the artistic type.

(6) The Psychic--or the idealistic hand.

(7) The Mixed Hand.

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