Cassie and the Magic Castle

In my last blog entry, I shared how Cassie and I went on adventures to Central Park, a magical place where granite boulders became mountains and bronze statues became real beings. After one of our journeys, I created “Cassie and the Magic Castle”.

I produced it in black and white. I’ve included some original color photos.

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Palmistry and Change: Guest Post by Marion Gale

Marion Gale- at workHave you read my Palmistry and Children blog entry?  An amazing example of how a child’s hands changed because of nurture was provided by Marion Gale, friend, fellow palmist, and author of Read His Hands, Know His Heart. I asked Marion to send me a story about an older client whose hands changed and she sent me the following anecdote.


The Hands of Grace
In 1978 when Grace came to me she had been married for over 25 years. The marriage was stressful and unhappy. I could see from the number of lines in her palm that her nervous system was in over-drive. She was so tense that she could not lay her ring finger flat on the table. She was a highly sensitive woman who had married young and in haste. The children had kept her from leaving her husband but now they were all grown up.
Eight years later in 1986, having divorced and started a new career, Grace seemed like a different person. When she showed me her hands it was apparent that about 1/3 of the nervous lines had disappeared. She was so relaxed that even the ring finger easily lay flat. Grace told me that she now looked forward to the best years of her life and her hands reflected the changes she had experienced since we first met.


Palmistry and Fingers

Once you’ve established a basic character type, it’s important to examine the fingers in detail to discover what kind of talents and careers a person is best suited for and how they manifest their potentials in the world around them. As previously discussed, the length of fingers is very important. The shape of the fingertip increases or decreases the strength of the finger it’s on. Two joints divide three phalanxes on each finger. The first phalanx or tip of the finger symbolizes how we think and adapt our thinking to changing circumstances. The middle phalanx represents our practical qualities and ability to take care of mundane tasks and responsibilities. The third or bottom phalanx describes our material and physical needs. Finger joints may be knotty (bulging) or smooth.  Knots need order; no knots do not.  Specifics will unfold as we examine each finger and character type.

Thick-fingered folk (especially the bottom / third phalange) have more desire for food and sensual pleasures. Thin-fingered people have more interest in nutrition and diet. I’ve seen very plump people with narrow third phalanges. Given an equal amount of will power, they have a much easier time losing weight than their thick-fingered cousins because the physical temptation for rich foods is much less strong. Jack Sprat will help you remember.

Jack and Mrs. SpratJack Sprat could eat no fat                                       Jack’s wife could eat no lean

His fingers were so lean                                           Her fingers were obese

Evenwhenheldcloselytogether                                  Even when  s  p  r   e  a  d  apart

floods of light  passed in between                             lightcouldnotpassthroughacrease

About sweets a care                                                 She could not resist any treat

Jack could not give                                                    for Jack’s wife lived to eat

for Jack Sprat ate to live

If the consistency of your hands is hard and your fingers are stiff, you’ll battle change with every last molecule in your body. “Letting go” will be a major life theme for you. Making `good sense’ is essential. If the consistency of your hands is soft and your fingers are very flexible, you’ll conjure every rationalization in the book to procrastinate and not focus your energies. Needing “discipline and structure” will be a major life theme for you. Remain patient and create a framework that works for you.

NOTE:  My next four blog entries will be about each of the four fingers. Details and importance of thumbs was discussed in a series of four previous blog entries.

Palmistry and the Twelve Types

Every hand has a dominant mythological archetype or combination of archetypes that correspond to the person’s dominant astrological signs (which may or may not be their sun, moon, or rising sign, depending on the overarching themes of the chart). Whether you’re looking through the lens of astrology or palmistry, when you multiply four elements by three modalities, you get twelve distinct types that comprise humanity’s metaphysical family.  Each of the hands below has a fascinating and compelling tale to tell that fits its archetype perfectly. While describing each hand in intimate detail, I’ll link the archetypes to the person’s psychological patterns and behavior. Readers of my blog will come to understand how palmistry really works as they explore various hands and their underlying narrative.

Twelve types

Palmistry and the Three Modalities

 Initiators (Cardinal) – Builders (Fixed) – Adapters (Mutable)

FlashINITIATORS have boundless energy and enthusiasm when they feel inspired and passionate. Their powerful ambitions combine with  magnetic personalities to impel them to take action and achieve their goals. Initiators are best at beginning projects and less good at maintaining or completing them, especially when the work gets mundane or routine. These lively personalities wield enthusiastic handshakes, which are often complemented by openly held fingers, low set thumbs, and resilient pink elastic skin. Their head and life lines are frequently separated where the thumb joins the hand. Flash Rosenberg, an initiator, is a wonderful friend, Guggenheim award winning visual artist, performance artist, photographer, writer, and artist in residence for ‘LIVE from the NY Public library’. Check out her remarkable live drawing and direction:

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works –

Dr. BryksBUILDERS are great at maintaining what already exists. They say what they do and do what they say to the best of their abilities. You can depend on them to come up with a logical and practical solution for almost anything. Their greatest challenge is embracing change and not procrastinating at beginnings and endings. Builders have firm honest handshakes. Their hands and fingers tend to have stiffer joints than the other two modalities. Large stiff thumbs symbolize abundant will, supported by dogged determination and relentless persistence. Square shaped fingertips and developed knots represent an organized, practical, responsible, reliable, and dependable nature. More cautious types with fingers held closely together tend to be better team players. A Builder’s head and life lines are often intertwined where the thumb joins the hand. I knew I was in good hands the moment I met my dentist, Dr. Nathan Bryks. He’s as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, a great craftsman, and a truly compassionate, competent, and caring person. With his large ball of the thumb he appreciates everyone and everything. In general, round full balls of the thumb belong to givers and lovers of home, food, comfort, nature, children, and art. They don’t have an easy time saying “No”. Dr. Bryks often hums his favorite melodies while repairing my cavities.  If someone has to dig around in my mouth, I’m glad it’s Dr. Bryks.

hold up hands 2ADAPTERS have a warm handshake that conveys honesty and sincerity (which may not necessarily be the whole truth). They’re clever, hate conflict, and work hard to avoid any confrontation by honing the fine art of tact and diplomacy. Adapters generally have the most openly held, flexible, and elastic hands and fingers of all three modalities. My open hands are saying that I have nothing to hide (Flash and Dr. Bryks also hold their hands openly). Adapters help Initiators begin and Builders maintain by doing best what they don’t do or don’t want to do – public relations. Like most adapters, I love language and words. Anyone reading this blog can see that I’ve chosen to be a spokesperson for one of the most esoteric and obscure subjects on the planet. I hope to shift the paradigm of palmistry as a gypsy fortune-telling scam by being a credible expert on palmistry and a crystal clear communicator. My mission is to give everyone a helping hand, their own. There’s priceless treasure waiting to be discovered at the ends of our arms. Please feel free to respond to any of my blog entries if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

Palmistry and Will Power (part 1)

Our hands manifest the messages of our minds. In turn, our thoughts, feelings, and experiences are mapped in the shapes, proportions, and topography of our hands. Because our hands change as our thinking and circumstances change, we can make decisions and exercise our will power, then observe those changes in our hands over time. Exercising free will is the most important reason for learning to read hands.

The thumb is the site of will power in our hands; it’s the reason we have dominion over our simian ancestors. The thumb is a small body part that takes up huge space in the cerebral cortex of our brains. Our minds develop because our thumbs oppose our other four fingers. All tools, from a simple pencil to our most complex computers are a result of the placement of our thumbs.

Thumbs symbolize our most valuable human resources: will power, logic, and ability to love. These three priceless qualities must be balanced in order to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. Like the other four fingers, a thumb has two joints that create three separate segments known as phalanges. The first or top phalanx of the thumb represents will power. The second or middle segment represents logic and reasoning ability. If the will phalanx is longer than the logic phalanx, the person acts before they think. If logic is longer, they’re good at figuring things out, but get stuck in their mind. They procrastinate on making decisions and taking action, although a bit more logic than will power keeps impulsiveness in check. The third or bottom segment is the ball of the thumb, which is contained by the lifeline. The ball of the thumb determines our capacity for love and our ability to maintain intimate relationships. It also indicates our ability to empathize, nurture, and appreciate other people, as well as animals, nature, art, food, and music. Logic and will are misguided without love and empathy.

Thumb size is very important and needs to be judged in relationship to the hand as a whole. Is your thumb large or small in comparison to your hand? The top of an ‘average’ length thumb is level with the middle of the bottom segment of the index finger. Shorter than this indicates a short thumb, longer indicates a long thumb. A long thumbed person is a natural leader who wants useful and practical results. Unless the will phalanx is especially long, thinking is the guide. A short thumbed person is guided by his heart and easily led by first impressions and sentimentality. A very short thumbed person may have trouble being motivated enough to get out of bed in the morning. They can get addicted to watching television or playing solitaire on their computers while they avoid responsibility.  I encourage these people to join a gym and to impose schedules, structure, and discipline on themselves in order to build their will power and take pride in something they’ve accomplished.

Palmistry and Practicality

The fourth and final of the four basic human functions is the Sensation archetype. This type has square palms and short fingers. Pure Sensation types have very few peripheral lines in their palms, with hardly any interruptions on the three main lines (head, heart, and life). Skin ridge patterns are usually coarser than observed in the other three archetypes. Square shaped fingertips and arch fingerprints are frequently seen, and there’s often stiffness in the joints of the fingers and thumb. Sensation types are driven by their physical senses. As the most practical, responsible, reliable, dependable, pragmatic and objective of all types, they have an innate understanding of how the material world works. They trust what they can see and feel, not inspirations, ideas, or intuitions. As a matter of fact, they tend to get so involved in practical matters that any imagination or abstract ability is limited. Because the world of work dominates their life, they need to be careful not to get addicted to routine and order. They love their homes, family life, friendships, and food as well as work. This type’s biggest challenges are learning to trust their gut, relinquishing control, and letting go of ideologies and circumstances once the handwriting is on the wall. Sensation types can be the Pragmatist who initiates, the Objectivist who maintains (Mitt Romney), or the Analyst who adapts.

Hillary Clinton is a Sensation type and a Pragmatist. The Pragmatist is the most serious and responsible of all twelve types. Hillary is a natural business leader and a great manager, able to deal with the responsibility of each and every aspect of daily business while maintaining her long-range vision. As a structured, disciplined, focused, and dependable leader, she expects you to be on time and do what you say. She has no patience for excuses and doesn’t trust slick and flashy types (though she married one). Practical, prudent, and efficient, Hillary patiently bides her time until the right circumstances are present. She’s a workaholic who won’t think twice about starting early or staying late when a task needs to be finished. She has a dry sense of humor, and occasionally, a cold and pessimistic dark side.

Hillary’s separated head and life line indicate that she’s much less conservative than people think. Even though she’d prefer to stray from the rules, she continues to support a system she doesn’t know how to change. Hillary is independent and freedom loving; she hates bureaucracy despite working in one and detests critical authority figures. She has an inherent conflict between taking responsibility and having freedom. Good causes inspire and impassion Hillary; unless she has a worthy quest, her life becomes too mundane. She is easily bored, and becomes restless and impatient with routines. Being Secretary of State suits her temperament well. Hillary is not jealous or possessive, but demands too little of her partner in her emotional life (low set pinky finger). She needs to listen more to her natural intuition and less to her handlers. Hillary has less natural charm (she doesn’t need anyone’s approval), but much greater executive abilities than her husband Bill.

You don’t have to be a Sensation type to be practical. Any hand that appears to have a square appearance adds a lot of practicality to the personality. Head lines and heart lines that run straight across the palm without curving are practical. Not having very many lines in the hand can help the person to stay focused and resist distraction. A long straight fate line extending from the wrist to under the middle finger symbolizes a ‘nose to the grindstone’ kind of personality. Arch fingerprints tend to enhance practicality – at least in the area that the particular finger represents.  Fingerprints are unchangeable, however, other qualities in hands can change. As a child, my hands were so highly flexible that structure, discipline, and focus seemed impossible. I didn’t have a clue how to be practical. I had a hard time appreciating it at the time, but fortunately, I had a mother who forced me to be more realistic and eventually (it took almost thirty years) the joints in my conscious hand stiffened up. My unconscious (left) hand and fingers are still very flexible.

Palmistry and Feeling

Feeling types have long rectangular palms and long fingers, which (unlike this photo) are frequently held closely together. As the most intuitive, empathic, and sensitive of all types, feeling types live deep in the world of their emotions. They’re the hardest of the four basic archetypes to understand because they hide their true selves by avoiding emotional confrontation. Because they’re very vulnerable, they need to feel protected and secure. Having structure, organization, and detail makes them feel more stable. Feelings are an integral part of their decision-making process. They’re cautious and must learn to trust others. Once trust is earned, their loyalties run deep. They get along best with other Feeling types and with Sensation types who are the most practical, responsible, reliable, and dependable of all types. It’s not easy for Feeling types to trust Intuitive and Thinking types. They’re afraid they’ll be stuck dealing with the emotional fallout when idealism, enthusiasm, and interest wane (and they do.)

No matter which of the four basic types you are, everyone has a feeling function. Most palmists observe a person’s emotional health in the qualities and directions of their heart line. A heart line begins under the pinky finger and extends across the hand toward the index finger. The line itself can have many qualities (heart line in illustration is chained.) Qualities of lines will be discussed in future blog entries. Heart lines may extend gracefully toward the index finger, curve up towards the middle finger, or dip down towards the head line (illustration shows all three.) If the line extends upward between the index and middle fingers, it symbolizes that the person is reticent to verbalize their feelings. It’s much easier for the owner of this line to show affection or anger than talk about their emotions. The long graceful heart line extending to the index finger is romantic and idealistic. People with these heart lines tend to see their potential partners and lovers more as they’d like them to be than how they really are. Talking about feelings is important to people with long heart lines. They’re not ‘hop in the sack’ types, so a little candlelight and flowers go a long way to warming them up. As sentimental beings, they frequently cry during predictable old movies. A person with a heart line that dips down to touch their head line needs to be in control of their feelings. These people analyze, rationalize, and compartmentalize their feelings instead of verbalize them. No matter how good the physical chemistry is, the analyzer and the romantic don’t make a particularly good long-term match as partners.

Many lines in the palm of a hand indicate a person with a lot of nervous energy. I usually suggest they stay away from caffeinated beverages. They wake up wired and easily tire from too much emotion. It takes very little to make them overwrought. Being extremely sensitive and naturally empathic  makes them a magnet for strays and fixer-uppers. When you see a hand like this, don’t begin by picking away at details. These people are very impressionable. They may hear the worst, even if you didn’t say it. Whatever you say, they’ll probably never forget it. Be constructive and helpful. I always say something to leave them feeling hopeful.

Each of the four basic archetypes (Intuitive, Sensation, Thinking, and Feeling) can be broken down into three specific character types by determining whether they’re better at initiating, maintaining, or adapting. The Feeling type can be broken down into the Nurturer, the Lover, and the Believer. I’ll begin discussing specific character types in the future when I’ve finished generalizing about basic palmistry.

Palmistry and Thinking

Thinking is one of four basic human functions. The other three functions are Feeling, Intuitive, and Sensation. One function (or combination of functions) is dominant in each of us. You can quickly see which of four functions rule you by observing the shape and proportions of your hands. Thinking types have square palms and long fingers, often widely spread. They’re communicators who love the idea stage of development, before projects materialize. Acquaintances often  accuse them of being impractical dreamers, but without them, not much new would happen. When they detach themselves from mundane reality, they can gain objectivity and perspective on almost anything. On the downside, they tend to overvalue the intellect and downplay emotion. As the most social of all types, they’ll acknowledge your point of view, even if they don’t agree with you. Although they’re capable of dealing with plenty of analysis, detail, and information, they’d much rather be unencumbered and free from mundane realities. Easily distracted, they become scattered and resist being focused, disciplined, and structured. Less cultivated thinking types are notorious for being nervous, restless, superficial, and unreliable.

A majority of palmists look at the headline first to interpret how a person thinks. The direction and quality of a person’s headline determines the direction and quality of their thinking. A headline can be short (serious) or long (analytical). It begins where the thumb meets the hand and may be connected (inertia) or separated (initiative) from the life line at it’s beginning. It can run straight across the hand (objective), turn up towards the pinky finger (acquisitive), or dip deep into the heel of the hand (imaginative). The quality of a line is crucial to its interpretation. Dr. William Benham, the father of modern western palmistry, had his electric current theory. He believed that lines conducted a person’s thought currents, just as electrical lines conduct electricity. If something impedes the current, it interferes with the function that the line represents at that particular time of a person’s life. There are many possible obstacles on a head line: islands, chains, breaks, dots, frays, chains, crosses, stars, etc., each with it’s own set of challenges.

When I first began studying palmistry over thirty-five years ago, much of the writing on the subject was didactic and fatalistic. I had a huge island in the middle of my headline (picture not me) extending over a four to five-year period. Older palmistry writings described a state of insanity, possible institutionalization, or at best, a state of utter confusion for that period. Needless to say, I was worried. I called my brother, Gary, who was in the process of becoming a psychiatrist at the time. I explained my situation and expressed my fears. Gary asked me what the quality of the line was like after the island. I told him that it was strong and clear. He replied, “Don’t worry about it. You’ll figure out what it is when you get there and deal with it as you go through it.” He was right. I did get there and understand it, although I still had to go through it. Knowing it would end made it a lot easier to cope. That’s one of the advantages of being able to see what challenges lay ahead in your hands.

By looking at our little finger, we begin to learn more about our thinking and communication skills. Our pinky is the shortest finger. When the tip is longer than the crease between the first and second phalange of the ring finger, it’s considered long (more communicative.) When it’s shorter, it’s considered short (less communicative.) An inwardly curving pinky indicates issues with truthfulness. We can see technical, language, family, and sexual issues in our little finger. Early family dynamic may be observed in the way the pinky is set on the hands. If it is very short or low set, trust is a major issue. Many women who have very low set pinkies have told me that they have trouble having orgasms. Their real challenge is in allowing themselves to have intimacy.

Fingertips also provide information about our thinking function. Each finger has three sections, divided by two joints, each of which may or may not have a developed knot (knots indicate a need for order.) The top phalanx represents our thinking. When it is dominant (longer than the other two phalanges), the thinking function dominates that aspect of our character represented by the particular finger. A rounded fingertip or loop fingerprint symbolizes enhancement of the social aspect of the thinking function. A spatulate fingertip or whorl fingerprint accentuates unconventional and original thinking. A  square fingertip or arch fingerprint increases the practical quality of a person’s thinking. I’ll get much more specific in future blog entries when I write about the twelve character types. I’ll also include case histories of family, friends, clients, and celebrities.

Palmistry and Values

In the Jewish tradition when a child reaches the age of thirteen he or she becomes a man or woman through a religious rite of passage called a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This ritual usually takes place in a synagogue and requires the terrified adolescent to read Hebrew from the Torah and sing in the religious service. There is usually a celebration afterwards in the afternoon or evening. I read hands at dozens of these celebrations each year ranging from modest family gatherings to multi-million dollar extravaganzas. I work with the world’s best magicians, caricaturists, and entertainers at these events. I’m the Psychic (it’s entertainment) with my lighted magnifying glass. Over half a century after my own Bar Mitzvah, these kids are calling me Gondolf, Dumbledore, and Merlin (works for me).

Kids queue up for their five-minute hand reading. I try my best to pinpoint their strengths, weaknesses, and pressing issues. Some kids don’t take what I do seriously, frivolously asking, “What’s my boyfriend’s name?” or “Am I going to win the game or pass the test?” It gets tiring after several hours. When they get too demanding, I have to remind them that I’m not one of their servants. The parents make a huge fuss over the Bar Mitzvah kid on this special day. Numerous large flat screen TVs project idealized family memories for all the guests to see. Mom and dad give brilliant speeches about how incredible their child is and how proud they are of him or her. Then at some point during the party the kid comes to see me. Many of these kids have everything but what they need the most (it’s not stuff). What we’ve all been seeing on those huge screens is a distorted snapshot of the truth. Some kids are healthy, others are emotional basket cases (disasters waiting to happen), and their parents don’t have a clue. I sometimes ask kids to bring their parents over so that I can chat with them discretely about what I’m seeing. You would think it would be an inappropriate setting for real counseling, yet they usually appreciate my being frank with them.

I used to say to my palmistry students, “It’s not what you see, but what you say and how you say it that matters”. It’s amazing how many kids ask, “Will I be rich and famous?” In response to a Thinking type, I may ask, “Will satisfaction and fulfillment in your relationships and career be enough for you?” I might say to a Feeling type, “You’ll look back one day and realize that your greatest riches resulted from being vulnerable and intimate with your family and friends.” I may tell an Intuitive type, “If you don’t feel inspired or passionate about whatever you choose, all the wealth and fame in the world won’t matter.” If the question comes from a Sensation type, I’ll ask, “What’s your plan?”  In my charitable work, I sometimes examine the hands of sick, impoverished, or homeless kids. They rarely ask about fame. Instead, I hear, “Am I going to be OK?”

One evening I watched as an entourage’ of kids accompanied their friend to his hand reading. He looked like a little businessman in his very expensive designer suit and tie. He was a Sensation type with small soft square palms and short pudgy fingers. It was obvious that he had never done a lick of physical labor. One kid enthusiastically addressed me, “Do you know who he is?” To me, he was a kid with various talents, abilities, and challenges. Turned out, he was a son of one of the wealthiest families in the world. I asked his hovering entourage’ to quietly back off while I spoke to him about working harder to express his true feelings and about learning to behave more naturally. I could see from his eyes and body language that I wasn’t getting through. It was more important to put on a good show for his friends than listen to me.

At the end of the evening, he came back by himself and sat down as if we had never met. I tried to reach out to him again, offering the same advice. As soon as I finished, he exclaimed, “I fooled you. You already read my hands.” “I know who you are” I countered, identifying his family name. “I’m going to offer you some very valuable free advice”. I looked directly into his eyes while firmly holding his hands. “Your money doesn’t make you better than anybody else. Your power is unearned. You’ll grow up and be old one day, just like everyone else. You’ll have relationship, work, and health challenges and problems. What’s important is for you to decide what you truly value. How do you plan to use your abundant resources to create positive differences around you?” He slinked away with rounded shoulders. I hope I made a meaningful impression.

Values are relative. Everything has value. Everything and nothing are identical in nature, but different by degree. The billionaire dying of cancer would gladly trade his wealth for youth and good health. The famous opera diva whose child is brain damaged, would gratefully scrub toilets in Grand Central Station if it would bring her child back to good health. What and how much do we have to lose before we learn to value what we already have or have taken for granted?  It’s in our hands…