Reading Challenging Clients

gypsy storefront 2Nebulous standards, no accreditation, and a complete lack of counseling skills are endemic in metaphysics. Many practitioners of palmistry have read a couple of books, taken a few classes or workshops, and hung out their shingle: Professional Palmist. Self-appointed experts sell ‘answers’ to impressionable and vulnerable people who desperately search outside of themselves for fixes for their pain and suffering. Unqualified counselors advise gullible clients about what’s going to happen to them and what they have to do next – for a buck.

The value of palmistry is that anyone can be his own best friend and bullshit detector. Our hands reflect who we are. We don’t need a palmist to observe what we value, think, and feel. We can learn about our will power, health, and relationships from our hands. We can examine our creativity, philosophy, purpose, and explore our dreams and spirituality. Hands reflect our past and present and reveal future potentials and trends.

There are many types of readers and many styles of clients. My mission as a reader is to be honest and helpful and leave people feeling hopeful. It’s not always so much what I see, but what I say and how I say it that matters in the end. Most of my clients are well on their path to self-realization. I feel fortunate to be a part of their support system. They come once or twice a year for updates and refer other clients who I’m happy to work with because they have a good idea of what to expect.

Some clients come as a result of business cards, special events, writing, speaking, and media. They often arrive with unrealistic expectations. People have different ideas of what being a reader means. I list my services with companies like thumbtack who e-market me under categories like ‘spiritual counseling’. I end up turning away about thirty clients a week who are looking for psychics, mediums, exorcists, or spell casters, but the connection also generates some very positive and fruitful leads. Some palmists and astrologers are magnets for clients who are ‘disasters waiting to happen’. There’s no quick fix for tragedy or tragic thinking. I rarely attract tragic types, but when I do, it always turns out to be a huge responsibility and a very humbling experience.

When I schedule appointments with new clients, I ask, “What do you want and expect from me?” I link them to this five page online magazine interview, which gives them a realistic view of what I do. Last week, a client showed up because of a favorable article about me that she had read online.  When I asked what she wanted on the phone, she told me that she had read the article and was curious to see what I had to say about her. I set up a time to see her. I hadn’t a clue at that time that she had placed me on a pedestal and was expecting to be transformed by my reading. She made a special trip from out of town to see me, which would make her impending disappointment worse.

earth hand printAs I examined her very practical strong hard working hands, she was glowing with anticipation. She had a square palm, short straight fingers, and clear deep lines with very few flaws. I’ve posted a similar hand to illustrate her type. The biggest difference is that her head and life line were closely tied together at their beginning. It’s much easier to know what to say first when you see features that stick out such as very long, short, or crooked fingers, or unusual qualities like odd textures, patterns, inconsistencies, coloring, or lines that are abnormal in some way.


I stuck my toe in the water, “You’re a healthy person.  What do you want to talk about?” She replied, “What do my hands say I want?” She wanted me to answer my own question. “I’m not a mind reader. This consultation is as much about our dialogue as it is about your symbolism. Let’s see how our conversation fits with what’s in your hands.” She responded in a tone designed to make me feel foolish for asking. “I want the same as everyone else; good health, happiness, fulfilling work, and more money.”

“So what would you like to start with?” I inquired. “What does my astrology say I should start with?” I stared at her natal chart for a moment. She was dominant in the element of earth, which confirmed that she was a practical, pragmatic, methodical, responsible, and dependable person. Most of her planets were in adaptable mutable signs, however, the extreme stiffness in her hands and fingers revealed that she was actually very fixed. Her ideas and habits were deeply entrenched. Beginnings and endings were her two greatest challenges. Transiting Saturn was on her ascendant, soon to oppose her natal Saturn in her seventh house. Symbolically, she was at the end of a five year period of interior work – hopefully, she had decided what she wanted for her future and was in the process of letting go of behaviors, relationships, and circumstances in the way of that.

“What have you let go of lately?” I asked. “Nothing.”  I wasn’t surprised. “What do you need to let go of?” “You tell me.” I felt like a dentist trying to extract and impacted tooth without a pain killer. “Are there difficult family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues creating concern for you?”  “No.” “Is there a problem with your work?” “No.”

“How can I help you?” I asked.  “What do the cards say?” Feeling exasperated, I began shuffling the tarot cards. “Do you have a question?” I asked. “No. Let’s just see what the cards have to say.” I spread them and asked her to choose ten and make a pile of them. I use the Celtic cross spread which represents the current 6 months in time.

Two of Swords, Eight of Pentacles, Tower, Eight of Wands, Nine of Swords, Devil, Four of Pentacles, Moon, Seven of Cups, and Knight of Wands. This was a challenging spread for a cooperative client.  I felt like no matter what I said, she wouldn’t really listen or she’d be contrary for the sake of contrariness. “It appears that there’s a lot more conflict and confusion than you’re acknowledging. Have you ever tried psychotherapy?” I asked. “A long time ago…” “Well, it might be a good time to go back for more.”

I decided to be totally frank. “You came to me expecting answers, but I don’t have your answers and I don’t think anyone else has them either. You need some kind of catalyst in your life to help you initiate change. Perhaps an intimate relationship would help.”  “Yes, I’d like to find someone, although men my age are all looking for younger women.”  I advised that she try this and that, but she claimed to have tried everything already. I offered encouragement that this might be a good time to find someone. The Knight of Wands (final outcome) represents Sagittarius and we had recently entered the sign.

She spoke, “I’m disappointed”. I replied, “Yes, I know. So am I. I’m not going to charge you full price for this consultation, but I am going to charge something for the work I did and the time I’ve spent.”  “Do what you have to do.”, she replied. She had a sour look on her face. I couldn’t wait until the experience was over and felt relieved when she left.

Reading Traders

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This past week, I performed at a corporate special event for an international hedge fund. There were forty traders and at least half of them were women. It’s a very different climate for traders now than it was thirty-five years ago, when I first began reading hands at corporate events. There were very few female traders in the field. I used to feel awkward holding another man’s hands in mine. I didn’t possess the confidence or the sage-like appearance that I have now as I read a person’s hands. As I make eye contact, I’m able to talk about anyone’s personal issues and challenges and offer helpful and hopeful advice.

I remember my first hedge fund event. I was the only entertainment for over fifty male traders. Most of them were ex-high school macho men and football jocks.  As I anxiously waited for my first client to present his hands, I was wishing that the meeting planner had chosen a woman for the job. These guys were joking about holding hands with me. “Tell him he’s a faggot”, along with other derogatory comments were tossed from the peanut gallery as they showed up at my table and reluctantly exposed themselves to my scrutiny.

Toward the middle of the evening, the CEO of the company got up and spoke about how proud he was of his team and what wonderful “producers” they were. He joked about hiring a “fortune-teller”. When he was finished, his strong handsome looking thirty-year-old son swaggered over to my table despite jeers from his peers. He faced me, smirking skeptically at me with his back to his friends. As I examined his long narrow palms and long fingers and looked into his eyes, I could see that he was a “Feeling” type. A majority of “producers” are aggressive “Intuitive” or practical “Sensation” types. Underneath his practiced facade, he was shy and not really a producer by nature. He was trapped being his father’s son and forcing himself to perform for his dad.

“You’re not like the others”, I whispered. Involuntarily, his eyes swelled with tears. We spent his five minutes talking about how important it was for him to be true to his feelings. He needed to cultivate intimacy and trust more than he needed to have expensive things and find a trophy wife. I encouraged him to be more honest with his dad; however, I could see from his tightly connected head and life line that fear of disappointing the man and losing his approval was too great. Regaining his composure, he returned to his friends, less the swagger.

My Plan for Palmistry

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Your hands are a topographical map of your character in past, present, and future.
You can navigate your map and chart your course.

Everyone has hands. Reading hands is simple and fun. After 5500 years, it’s time for the science and art of palmistry to be reborn, initiating new opportunities for people to interact, communicate, and get to know one another.

Palmistry is a powerful path to self-consciousness. The value of palmistry is in its capacity to quickly identify basic character and behavior. The beauty of palmistry is that hands change as a person’s thinking and circumstances change. The tiniest change in a line can symbolize a huge change in a life. You can observe your successes and failures reflected in the mirrors of your hands over time.

Unfortunately, modern palmistry is still relegated to the realms of gypsy fortune-telling scams and disreputable storefronts adorned with red neon hands. Palmistry writings remain buried among the worst selling inventory of astrology, tarot, and occult divination books, hidden on the bottom corner shelf of the metaphysical section in major bookstores. Most palmistry books are cookbooks filled with inaccurate information and inadequate illustrations cloaked in esoteric and technical jargon. It’s extremely difficult to find a palmistry book that’s readable, let alone enjoyable. The main reason palmistry is unpopular is that there’s no spokesperson.

After thousands of years in existence, astrology began to enter mass consciousness in 1968 after Linda Goodman wrote Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs (over 100,000,000 copies in print). Linda single-handedly set mass-market astrology in motion by offering practical information in compelling and fun ways. Suddenly, everyone was asking, “What’s your sun sign?” Sun sign columns began appearing in consumer magazines and newspapers worldwide. Ironically, while astrology symbolizes potential character, talents, and challenges, hands reveal true character and what we are doing with our talents and challenges.

Palmistry must be propelled toward a tipping point. In order to educate, I’ll be required to simplify complex ideas at first, and build nuanced understanding as reader’s comprehension of concepts develops. As with any pedagogical process, readers must be exposed to key basic elements before going more in-depth, and then the relationship between these elements can be explored, leading finally to the ability to synthesize and make meaning. To this end, I’ve written Real Palmistry. I’ll try to stay electronic for as long as possible (many people ask, “When are you going to turn your e-book into a real book?”). A few trees may have to be sacrificed to get more people to look at their own and each other’s hands.

My plan is to give everyone a helping hand, their own. I promise to maintain my integrity and dignity in the process. Hopefully, “Let me see your hands” will be a new catchphrase for the 21st Century. The following is a partial list of strategies and venues which I am using to promote palmistry. If you have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, insights, or advice, please feel free to comment.

1. Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest
2. Online Media: youtube, vimeo, fashion magazines
3. Consumer magazines
4. Blogging, books
5. Teleseminars, Webinars, podcasts, virtual book tours (to be created)
6. Network TV

If you’ve been reading my blog or have read my book, you know that you can ask your hands questions like: Who am I? What do I value? What do I think? How do I feel? How do I best use my will power? How can I be healthier? How’s my marriage? How can I be more creative? What’s my philosophy? What’s my purpose?  How can I be more spiritual? What’s next?

I’ve begun sharing Real Palmistry Stories in my blog, which will eventually become a book. Anyone interested in being featured can send me a hi-res photo of themselves (like the one above), their age, and questions like “What can I do to…?” “How can I…?”

Please don’t ask, “What’s going to happen?”, “Will I be famous?” or “Will I win the lotto?” Avoid questions with “Yes” or “No” answers. Include relevant background information relating to the question.

Priceless knowledge and insight await you in plain sight at the ends of your arms. Knowing yourself places your free will and destiny exactly where they belong, back in your own hands.

Real Pioneers – Kitty Brazelton

Kitty BrazeltonKitty Brazelton, a performing artist, composer, and music professor at Bennington College in Vermont is a Pioneer. Here’s what Kitty’s peers say about her. Experimental music icon and internationally celebrated composer John Zorn says, “Kitty’s a mover and a shaker in the downtown scene; a singer, bandleader, and composer of striking originality.” Gramophone asserts, “Few composers are as uninhibited at saying exactly what they want to say.”  WIRE Magazine writes, “There are few musical styles and genres she hasn’t absorbed or embraced. You might wonder how someone’s musical appetite can be quite so voracious, but the results are anarchic, wacky, and hard to resist.” 

One of the lessons that Pioneers must learn is that enthusiasm and positive energy won’t make the impossible possible. Kitty chose an Objectivist as her life partner; a brilliant, but contradictory type with fixed habits, chronic control issues, and a naturally critical temperament. They fought, but also shared a lot of art and music and raised a wonderful and highly imaginative kid for eighteen years. Kitty’s low set curved pinkie fingers reveal how she sustained her partnership as long as she did. She acted as though her marriage was better than it was while compartmentalizing, analyzing, and rationalizing her feelings. She won the occasional battle, but always lost the war because she had a compulsive need to make the peace.

Real Pioneers – Colin Powell

Colin PowellU.S. ex-Secretary of State, ex-General Colin Powell is a perfect example of a Pioneer. Born April 5, 1937, with his Astrological Sun and Mercury in Aries, it’s easy to see his rectangular palm, short fingers, and widely separated life and headline. Colin Powell is a modern version of the great Greek hero King Theseus of Athens, who accompanied Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece. Theseus defeated the dreaded Minotaur (Saddam Hussein, a Taurus) and united the warring Greek factions under his rule. Secretary Powell’s commanding personality persuaded Americans to keep the faith while we invaded Iraq. I believe that he believed that he could make a positive difference, but he ended up being goldenly fleeced by the Bush administration. While our Emperor pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, he proudly wore Colin Powell’s noble charisma, flawless credibility, and ethical principles on the front lines of international diplomacy. Powell’s largest battles are yet to come as he wages war between his personal loyalties and his own honesty, integrity, and dignity. In order to cleanse his legacy and be a true hero, Colin Powell must shine the light of absolute truth on the many shades of gray in his life.

Real Pioneers – Al Gore

Al GoreAl Gore is an Intuitive type and a Pioneer with rectangular palms and short fingers. In astrology, Mars and Aries rule Energy and War. Jupiter and Sagittarius rule Politics. Al’s Sun in Aries, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto in Leo, and Jupiter in Sagittarius, provide Al with an abundance of inspiration and motivation to transform both energy and politics. Tens of millions of Pioneers all over the world are destined to become involved in energy, war, and politics.


Al’s Intuitive hand shape and long index finger say he’s an ambitious and egocentric natural leader. He’s a modern version of Jason, who with the help of the Argonauts captured the Golden Fleece. After his tenure as Vice President, Al bagged the coveted Nobel Peace Prize by opening the minds of the masses to the hazards of Global Warming. As a conceptual thinker, Al loves the idea part of the process. His strength is in his ability to see the big picture. Once he decides what he wants to achieve, Al backs up his point of view with statistics and makes his case. Fortunately, Al doesn’t have to deal with too many details of those statistics because he has no aptitude or patience for details. As a modern day hero, Al needs to pour his inspiration and passion into a worthy quest. As a person of great privilege, he needs to practice what he preaches.

Story of a Real Life Aladdin



Al was twenty-nine years old when we met. He was enthusiastic and cheerful, but confused about what he thought he should or was supposed to be doing with his life. Why was he forever failing at money matters? He read self-help books. He patronized astrologers, tarot card readers, psychics and mediums. Nothing helped. Al joined EST (Erhard Seminar Training) searching for answers, but was unable to tolerate the jargon. He also hated the idea of being anyone’s groupie.

Al asked me to take a look at his hands. His long rectangular palms and short fingers instantly revealed that Al was an Intuitive type. The overall resilience of his very firm hands, pink elastic skin, and separated head and life line convinced me that Al was a Pioneer. Al’s Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter were in the sign of Aries in his horoscope, which corresponded well to the Pioneer symbolism in his hands.

Al descended from a wealthy New England family. Al’s great grandfather (a Sultan archetype), created a financial empire in the import business. Al’s grandpa was one of several brothers and sisters entrusted as guardians of the large estate. Grandpa worked diligently to preserve the family fortune, however his playboy son, Al’s father (King of Thieves), squandered his share of the treasure on wine, women, and yachts. Penniless and directionless, Al’s father found a passive, soft-hearted wife to care for him.

Al was their first-born son. Al’s mother loved him unconditionally (real Aladdin’s have mothers), however she was way too permissive. She let Al get away with anything and everything. Al went through his formative years without a framework of authority, discipline, and structure. Al’s father was emotionally absent. He played with his son (to Al’s delight), but would later regress into selfish behavior and become verbally abusive to Al’s mother following one drink too many. Destined to become a rebel from the get go, Al never listened to his parents, nor did he respect any authority figures. He didn’t care what anyone thought or said (separation between head and lifelines). Al did what he wanted to do.

True to his archetype, Al was impatient and impulsive.  He was extremely athletic and excelled at sports. As a child, he bonded easily with other boys who were adventurous. Al was always first to try anything, especially when it was dangerous or involved risk. He was famous among his peers for climbing where others feared to climb, jumping where others feared to jump, and swimming where others feared to swim. People thought Al was reckless and might one day have a serious accident, but Al was confident in his abilities and luck. He did get clobbered more than a few times, but like his archetype, he bounced back, landing on his feet and escaping permanent damage and consequences.

whorl finger printEven though Al was very bright, schooling wasn’t easy. He often ended up in the principal’s office after provoking a fight or for being the class clown. While Al excelled at sports, he also loved art and music. Academically, he struggled because he had difficulty concentrating.  He’d likely have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder today. As sunlight glittered through the classroom window, Al was skydiving, wind surfing, or on some far off adventure in his imagination. He knew he’d never be conventional (whorl fingerprints on all fingers). Al believed that having a boring job (all jobs were boring to Al) might kill him. He especially dreaded the thought of having no real purpose in life, like his father.

Being precocious, Al’s hormones raged early. Al was in love with love. Even before he knew what sex was, Al was attracted to the prettiest and most popular girls. He was determined to be their boyfriend. The gentle curved shape of Al’s long heart line ends under his index finger illustrating a highly romantic and idealistic nature. People with long graceful heart lines tend to see others, as they would like them to be, instead of how they really are.

As a child, Al watched all the Disney movies and saw no reason whatsoever why his own life should be any different from the heroes in the movies. He was strong and handsome and attracted a diversity of damsels in distress. Had you asked Al at the beginning of his quest, he would have described the object of his desire as Princess Jasmine (Objectivist archetype), Maid Marion (Visionary), Snow White (Nurturer), Cinderella (Analyst), or Sleeping Beauty (Diplomat). When Al’s conquest came too easily, he quickly lost interest. This pattern continued for over twenty years before Al realized he was intimacy challenged. Unlike Disney movies, beasts and frogs didn’t actually become princes or princesses in real life.

In junior high school, Al experienced his first part time job. He stocked supermarket shelves, sneaking away to eat ice cream in the walk-in freezer or roast marshmallows in the incinerator. Al did not enjoy this work, but it was novel to receive a paycheck. He learned a lot about his relationship to money during this period. He realized that he was not motivated by money (short bottom phalange on little finger). Al had always been impulsive and generous, but when that first paycheck arrived, Al’s generosity (highly flexible thumbs) transformed into pure extravagance. Money burned a hole in his pocket. Al blew his whole paycheck in minutes by throwing a party for his friends and spending every last cent he had earned. He temporarily forgot how hard the work was. After squandering a few paychecks, Al began to realize how easily his father had squandered the family fortune. Al swore that he would never be like his father and began saving a little money each week.

In high school, Al realized that he would have to join society one day. Not the exclusive social club of old wealth to which his rich cousins belonged, but the middle class culture that seemed to have no clue of what freedom was. According to Al, the middle class maintains mundane reality, so the rich can play. Determined not to feather some wealthy person’s mattress, Al decided he’d be like his great grandfather. He had no idea what he’d do or how he’d do it. Al did have great artistic talent (long ring finger, large ball of the thumb, whorl finger prints) and he was a wonderful craftsman.  An overdeveloped sense of responsibility (strong middle finger) held Al back from being an artist, which was his true calling.

As Al approached college age, his middle finger began leaning more towards his ring finger. Al knew he’d eventually have to support himself. His conflict between his desire for freedom and his need to be responsible and practical was frustrating him. Al needed more time for Al. He fantasized about running away to a desert island and at the same time, he was super-conscious of creating a future, while striving for perfection in all things. Instead of smelling the roses, nothing was ever good enough for Al. It could always be better or different.

Wisely, Al’s mother managed to keep a valuable secret from him.  Al’s grandfather had created a trust fund for Al that was to remain untouched until his college years. This fund was large enough to pay for Al’s education and also provide seed money for Al’s own small business. Al enrolled in one of the best art colleges in the country. What a wonderful time and experience for him. He learned about all kinds of materials and processes for the artist. He made beautiful art works, but Al was afraid of becoming a starving artist. Al chose the most responsible career path he could think of—fabricating artwork for other successful artists.

Al spent the remainder of his endowment creating an art fabrication studio with substantial warehouse space, lots of equipment, materials, natural light, and a great location. He had very little money left for maintenance, help, or holding out. Like Aladdin, however, he had an abundance of energy, undertaking every task himself. Al hadn’t a clue about business, but that didn’t deter him. He had a wealth of initiative, determination, and persistence. Al began knocking on doors. Soon he got his first job, which was unprofitable, which got him to the next job, which was also unprofitable, which got him to the next and the next unprofitable job. Al began wondering, Am I a lousy businessman? Is it my nature to underestimate work and money? Am I a sucker for a hard luck story? “Yes” was the answer. Very flexible thumbed people rarely ask enough for themselves.  “No” is the hardest word in their vocabulary.

Al decided to work harder. His already curved index finger began to curve more towards his middle finger. Al worked day and night, week after week, month after month, year after year. When Al looked in the mirror, he saw that he had become a prisoner of his thoughts and desires. He imagined that he had made a deal with the devil, but the devil hadn’t kept his part of the bargain. Al had feared dying while working for someone else. With a regular job, he would have died only 40 hours a week. Al could have accepted martyrdom if he had become financially successful. He was barely making enough to survive, plus he had way too many responsibilities and obligations. Others depended on him. Al felt shame and guilt for even imagining dumping his business and running away. His latest theory was “the family curse.

I encouraged Al to try gestalt psychotherapy.  Gestalt therapy can work well on Intuitive types because they have no patience for traditional therapies. They need someone to catch them in their current patterns and habits by paying attention to their behavior, body language, and speech patterns. Al resisted the idea, feeling that his problems were external. He wanted a New Age solution. I recommended that he go on a Vision Quest and include being healthy, happy, and fulfilled in his vision. I suggested that Al cut his overhead and make art; however, he was determined to make his business succeed. I advised Al to envision his goal as his greatest adventure and conquest. Al could resolve his conflict between having freedom and taking responsibility by reverently and ritually embracing his everyday tasks and earning his freedom. Al needed much more structure, discipline, and focus. No more plans on paper napkins, deals on a handshake, or changes on an impulse. That wouldn’t be easy because Al had no patience for detail, bureaucracy, or anything mundane for that matter. Al eventually created an internet marketing business, which merged his creative spirit with his inspiration and passion. Cyberspace was more manageable than factory space for Al. It’s thriving because of Al’s boundless courage, contagious enthusiasm, and charismatic personality.

In intimate relationships Al had always operated on a double standard. Even though he was ready to hop in the sack at a moment’s notice, Al secretly wanted his lover to make him earn her trust. Presenting flowers and creating romantic candlelight dinners for the object of his desire was part of his mating ritual and inevitable conquest. I encouraged Al to be truly old-fashioned. I advised him to find a woman who wouldn’t put up with his chauvinistic bullshit. He’d never fully appreciate or respect any woman without having to work hard for her. I encouraged Al to earn her trust and to cherish every drop of what he earned.

Al eventually married an adventurous, attractive, loving, supportive, and intelligent Thinking type. His wife is not a princess. She has her own career. Marriage will never be easy for Al as he can’t stand being restricted in any way. He and his partner may never be very wealthy, but they make time to share those precious adventures. Al is happier, but needs to remain conscious not to slip back into impulsive, excessive, and obsessive behavior patterns.

Introduction to Real Palmistry Stories

Author’s note: Over the next several months, I’ll share an eclectic mix of tales of real life heroes and anti-heroes who you’ll recognize in yourself and others. We each embody the best and worst qualities of one or more of twelve basic archetypes that comprise the core family of western myth. I hope my stories inspire you to see your hands as a portal to being your own best friend and bullshit detector.



The Pioneer is the most courageous and adventurous of all twelve types. He’s an inspired risk taker and a natural hero. As a naturally energetic and enthusiastic person, his passion is contagious and optimism eternal. He’s ready and willing to compete with anyone at any time and place. He never runs out of doors to knock on because he doesn’t take rejection personally. He’s an independent, freedom loving, naturally rebellious type, who hates being criticized, detests bureaucracy, and believes being his own boss is best. If he’s dedicated to a worthy cause, he’ll crusade relentlessly until he realizes his aspirations. When he has low set thumbs, he’ll seek out underdogs who he can defend.

As an Intuitive type, the Pioneer is not a detail person. He needs to see the whole picture, to set sensible goals, and to build sound structures on solid foundations. When he gets bogged down with mundane tasks like office work or bookkeeping, he becomes bored, restless, and impatient. When he’s frustrated, stay out of his way if you can’t help him. Executives, military leaders, soldiers, policemen, firemen, salesmen, surgeons, barbers, and butchers (anyone unafraid of blood or working with sharp instruments) have strong Pioneer symbolism.

Hands of pure types feature rectangular palms, short fingers, and puffy pink bumps where the thumbs meet the hand. They have a well-developed percussion (bulging side of hand under pinkie finger). The consistency of their hands is firm and their skin is elastic (quickly returns to normal when pushed or pulled). An overall pinkish or reddish coloration to the palms energizes the person. The headline and lifeline are frequently separate where the thumb meets the hand.

marsWe all have a Pioneer in our symbolism. To the degree he’s present, we take chances and overcome our inertia. His Greek mythological archetype is Ares, symbolized by the popular male sex symbol also known as  Mars, Roman god of war. In astrology, Mars rules the sign of Aries ascending in the first house of the natural horoscope at the birth of spring. Mars was an invincible warrior and lusty lover. The Pioneer is often built to match, with a solid athletic body sporting a dominant chest and head. As a physically healthy type, he has an amazing resilience and ability to bounce back, always landing on his feet. Mars types have a powerful sense of inner strength and tremendous courage. His physical problems include headaches, fevers, inflammations, and high blood pressure. Mars is the mythological ancestor of heroic pioneers such as Jason and the Argonauts, King Theseus of Athens, Joan of Arc, Robin Hood, and his popular eastern cousin Aladdin, the orphaned son of the king of thieves, a handsome adolescent street rat, a diamond in the rough destined to be a prince.

My next blog entry will be a tale of a real life Aladdin. Although Al’s thinking and circumstances are unique, his underlying character parallels his archetype. His story will unfold as we examine his hands. Following Aladdin, I will post a series of short vignettes of family, friends, clients, and celebrities who are Pioneers.

The Future of Palmistry

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The future of palmistry is not the science of palmistry. After 5500 years, there’s more than enough science to give palmistry credibility. One more theory, detail, statistical confirmation, blind study, or variation on a theme will not make the difference. The future of palmistry is the art of palmistry, the accurate interpretation of the science and the skillful counseling of clients. It’s time for palmistry to come out of the closet and be finally recognized in the 21st Century as a valid and vital form of self-help.

It’s not necessary to consult a palmist or to know palmistry for that matter, to attain valuable insights into relationship, career, health, and other major life issues and challenges. To that end, I’ve edited my blog and turned it into an e-book, Real Palmistry, which gives readers an opportunity to see their hands in an entirely new light.

Real Palmistry is the foundation for future blog entries and my next book, ‘Real Palmistry Stories’. Readers can learn about hands by reading real stories of real people as seen through the lenses of their hands. A person’s hands reflect their character; what they’ve done, are doing, and are likely to do with that character. Accurate interpretation is a result of keen observation, an intimate understanding of archetypal mythology and psychology, meaningful dialogue, and practice. I plan to continue linking details in the hands to the science of palmistry and explaining new details wherever possible; however, I’ll be focusing on the gestalt of hands in the future, not a smorgasbord of isolated scientific details.

Check out this pilot for a palmistry video series I’m planning which will consist of 2 minute segments on how a person’s character, values, thinking, feelings, will power, health, relationships, creativity, philosophy, purpose, dreams, and spirituality can be observed in their hands. I’m looking for the right venue for the series by querying online consumer magazines, newspapers, network TV, and internet providers in the hope that they want to be instrumental in bringing palmistry to the masses. Any thoughts, ideas, insights, opinions, and suggestions will be appreciated. I’ll keep you informed of my progress.

I’ve been out of touch for several months because I’ve taken time off from the outer world to upgrade my homes, vehicles, communications hardware, software, personal relationships, and health. I’m happy to report that all are in excellent shape. I’m headed to Norway in a couple of days for a family adventure. I’ll be totally out of touch with everyone and everything for that time. When I return in early August, I plan to devote myself to writing ‘Real Palmistry Stories’ and to promoting Real Palmistry.


Western Hand diagram

The following list is a modified version of a keyword list that was given to me by my palmistry teacher who tailored and shared the list passed on by her teacher. The purpose of keywords is to help students grasp basic palmistry. Keywords are simplistic, intended to be an introduction to the subject, not concrete definitions of human nature. They’re meant to evoke images, ideas, and feelings that provide insight into our selves and others. As I’ve pointed out many times, every detail should be examined and interpreted in the context of the whole person and all other details at the same time. I’ve provided links (in blue) to illustrations and more information.

DOMINANT HAND: writing hand, conscious mind, what you do with what you’ve got

PASSIVE HAND: subconscious mind, basic character, innate behavioral patterns, natural talents, abilities, and propensities

HAND SHAPES: relationship between fingers and palms

The Four Archetypes

Long palm short fingers: Intuitive, large picture person, inspired, passionate, restless

Square palm short fingers: Practical, practical, responsible, reliable, dependable

Square palm long fingers: Thinking, social, communicative, versatile, needs space

Long palm long fingers: Feeling, most sensitive, vulnerable, protective, psychic

FINGER LENGTH: in relationship to palm / whole hand

Long: love of detail, suspicious, skeptical, sensitive, slow, thoughtful, careful, investigative

Short: intuitive, impatient, restless, easily bored, quick, hasty, needs to see the whole picture

FINGERS: positive traits based on physical attributes

Index finger: ambitious, proud, career minded, goal oriented, natural leader, partner well

Middle finger: dependable, organized, efficient, patient, faithful, technical, strategic

Ring finger: versatile, adaptable, creative, expressive, likeable, dramatic

Pinkie finger: communicative, curious, quick-witted, clever, childlike

FINGERS: negative traits based on physical attributes

Index finger: low self-esteem, critical, judgmental, controlling, indulgent with food

Middle finger: self-critical, frustrated, overly responsible, guilty, depressed

Ring finger: spread too thin, distracted, appearance oriented, gambler

Pinkie finger: restless, nervous, superficial, deceitful, con artist

SPACE BETWEEN FINGERS: relates to particular fingers affected

Wide space: need for freedom, sense of adventure, willingness to try new things

Moderate space: satisfaction with the status quo, not subject to extremes

Narrow space: cautious, private, takes direction well, doesn’t rock the boat

FINGER TIPS: 5 primary shapes, can be any combination of fingers

fingertip shapes and prints copy

Spatulate: originality, inventive ability, unconventionality, needs activity, realism

Square: precise, orderly, practical, useful, punctual, systematic

Round: combines and balances spatulate and square qualities without extremes

Conic: idealistic, romantic, emotional, love of beauty & harmony

Pointed: dreamer, idealist, poetic, inspired, spontaneous, impractical, psychic

NAILS: takes six months to grow, timing = center of nail is 3 months, tip is 6 months

Long & broad: frank, honest, open, direct, balanced, healthy

Broad: physical strength, stamina, steadiness

Long & narrow: nervous, intuitive, lack of robustness, possible psychic ability

Small or short: curious, inquiring nature

Very short: (may be bitten) critical nature, nit picky, argumentative

Cross ridges: trauma. Illness, health problems

Vertical ridges: nervous condition, easily stressed, increases naturally with age

Bulbous / whitish: bronchial / respiratory / circulatory problems, throat, lungs, and heart

KNOTS: located at joints of fingers, size of knot indicates degree of qualities

No knots: intuitive, impulsive, spontaneous, aesthetic, inclined to be social

Top knot: mental order, analytical, systematic, methodical, deliberate, thoughtful, careful

Bottom knot: material order, neat, organized, ordered, everything in its place, OCD

THUMB: how it’s formed, size, and how it’s set on the hands

Tip: will power, determination, ability to command

Second phalanx: logic, perception, judgment, reasoning ability

Large: (higher than middle of 3rd phalange of index finger) strong character, natural leader, guided by head, desires practical results

Small: (lower than middle of 3rd phalange of index finger) weak character, follower, guided by heart, sentimental, impressionable.

High set: cautious, private, less adaptable mind

Medium set: balanced, reasonable, sensible

Low set: (check position & how thumb is held) generous, independent, loves independence for others, impulsive, open adaptable mind, quick to grasp concepts


Elementary: dense, heavy, coarse, tactless, no mental agility

Broad: determined, strong, physical energy & stamina, may be aggressive & blunt

Column: shapely thumb, strong will, tact, refinement

Paddle: broad tip with waisted 2nd phalanx, mental determination with tact & diplomacy

Nervous: flattened tip, lack of balanced energy, nervous mind & energy

Clubbed: (tip short & broad with short broad nail) often hereditary, obstinate, possible explosive reactions in difficult situations, crimes of passion, ‘murderer’s thumb’

Waisted: logic phalanx narrowing at center, refined logic, tact, mental agility, able to gently persuade, diplomacy

Stiff: practical, economical, stingy, willful, stubborn, cautious, reserved, traditional

flexible thumbSupple: (flexible – bends backward) extravagant, adaptable, emotional extremes, sentimental, generous, sympathetic, often have trouble saying ‘no’




THREE WORLDS: hand as whole and individual phalanges of fingers

First world: mental & intellectual qualities, higher learning, ideas, thought, spiritual

Second world: practical, business, commercial, day-to-day routine & energy

Third world: baser, instinctual, animal nature, luxury, laziness, sensuality, material values, “what’s in it for me”

BASIC LINES: beginnings, endings, meanings

Identifying lines

Life line: begins at thumb wraps around ball of thumb – about quality, not quantity of life

Heart line: begins under pinkie, traverses towards index finger, expression of feelings

Head line: begins near thumb, crosses toward percussion, how a person thinks

Fate line: begins near base of palm, rises toward fingers, quality and direction of career

Timing on lines

QUALITIES OF LINES: life cycles and timing can be roughly judged on lines

qualities of lines
obstacles, being divided for that period, indecision,

Chains: one obstacle after the other, chronic struggle about choices or directions

Dots: acute problems, possible headaches, heartaches, or physical obstructions

Bars: obstacle that can prevent the person from moving forward for a time

Breaks: usually an ending that implies new beginnings will follow

Crosses: challenges that need to be met, character building experiences

Forks: usually at end of line, taking two directions, conflict with decision-making

Grilles: frequently under middle finger, perfectionism, own worst critic, depression

Tassels: usually at end of line, energy dispersed or distracted near end of life.

TEXTURE: back of hand – think of extremes (baby’s butt vs ditch digger)

skin textureFine: very refined, sensitive, cultivated (smooth with small pores)

Medium: normal, healthy, good resistance to life’s knocks

Coarse: unrefined, earthy, may be vulgar (rough skin with large pores)



CONSISTENCY: shake hands, press under fingers, heel of hand, ball of thumb

Flabby: lazy, dreamer, procrastinator, desires ease and luxury, needs physical exercise

Soft: tends toward laziness, needs encouragement to develop energy

Elastic: considered healthiest, active, responsible, trustworthy, a doer

Hard: tends to be rigid, inadaptable, dense, best for physical labor

FLEXIBILITY: bend wrist and fingers back at joints

Very flexible: open minded, adaptable, versatile, distracted, extravagant, impressionable, tend to spread themselves too thin, possible mood swings

Straight: balanced, self-contained, in control, able to concentrate

Stiff: fingers don’t bend, may curve inwards, cautious, narrow, stingy

COLOR: examine nails, palms, and lines

White: cold, distant, selfish

Pink: healthy, normal blood flow (especially ball of thumb and under index finger), warm, generous, sympathetic, appreciative

Red: intense, ardent, lots of vitality, physical strength, angry, violent, high blood pressure

Yellow: pessimistic, cranky, irritable, may drink too much carrot juice (changes meaning)

Blue: poor circulation, weak heart, may be seen at base of ball of thumb during a woman’s menses, potentially serious health problem if seen at base of fingernails