Welcome to the newest course here at Magick Users University, History of Divination! So what is divination?
Divination is the attempt to shed light on future events by the use of occult or supernatural means, such as psychic powers. There are a lot of ways to foretell the future, and thus, there are many, many forms of divination, some you probably never even knew about. That's what this course is for! And perhaps for some, you can find something that interests you.
Lets begin with something simple for the first History of Divination class!
Put your hands (palm) up!
+ A Little History
Palmistry, also known to some as chiromancy, is the art of telling the future by using the hand as the focal medium. Contrary to popular belief, the divination process focuses on more than just the palm; it extends to the fingers as well, encompassing different ranges of specifications. The shape of the hand, the types of fingerprints on each finger, and even how your fingers are positioned all tell the story of the owner's life.
The practice can actually be rooted back to ancient Greece by two very familiar names: Aristotle and Alexander the Great. The former was the one who brought the study of the hands to light, and Alexander the Great found great pleasure in analyzing his own hand. It eventually extended to doing so with his officers, attempting to figure out what kind of character they had. It was he who popularized it, even to the point that many were using it for clerical and medicinal purposes.
From Greece it spread around the word, mainly to India, Egypt, and China, but there were also European countries that jumped on the bandwagon.
Other sources say it may have originated in the other countries first (such as India or China), however the popular opinion is Greece. Try looking it up yourself, if you're interested!
+ Palmistry Today
Palmistry is still a popular divination technique; in fact, there's a woman in town that I love to get readings from. There are some that stick tried and true to the clerical arts when it comes to palmistry; some practitioners use it for holistic healing or psychology.
Palmistry has somewhat taken a backseat to other forms of divination, such as tarot/oracle cards, but its very interesting because everyone hands are different, all the way up to the fingertips.
+ How to do Palmistry
This is a very quick guide for those who want to jump on in and see how it is for yourself. References are in the next section!
Start with a hand, of course. Which one should you choose is the common question, but either or is fine. Most people ask you to hold out your dominate hand. I usually hold my right hand out as its the one I write with (however, I'm selectively ambidextrous, as I prefer to drive, hold, and do most other activities with my left).
On the palm are three lines which hold perhaps the most fame in palm reading:
The top horizontal line is the Heart Line. This line indicates what you think it does: relationships and affections of the individual being read. This line is important for those whom are doing a palm reading for indications of love. Breaks or Xs across the line can indicate heartbreak. If the line shoots up high, the more passionate the individual could be.
The middle horizontal line is called the Head Line. It relates to how a person thinks. The wider the space is between the Heart and Head Line indicates a person whom takes risks. Those too close together or even connected can unveil cowardice.
The bottom line that usually curves as if to engulf the thumb is called the Life Line. They say the longer the line, the longer the Life Span of an individual. It is also an indicator of generosity, depending on how close to the thumb the line is (the closer, the more miserly).
The shape and size of the hands also indicate different factors of a person's personality and things that have happened during their life. Check out all the lines on your own hand! All of them have meaning. Compare them to the hands of your friends and family.
+ Magick User's University Approved Resources
Palmistry: How to Chart the Lines of Your Life; Roz Levine
Palm Reading: A Little Guide to Life's Secrets; Dennis Fairchild
Handy Palm Reading Diagram [ EDIT: Me: *three hours later* HAHAHA! HANDY! Wow, how did I miss that awesome pun I made?!]