A Client Who Was Too Clever For His Own Good

Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.”    Truman Capote

Athena types are the best negotiators of all twelve basic archetypes. They strive for balance, idolize harmony, dread discord, and are often indecisive as a result. They usually get their way, even when they’re being aggressive, indirect, or imprecise. They wield tact and diplomacy like a Samurai swordsman, even though they’d prefer to be frank and direct. They’re idealistic, romantic, and refined in appearance. Aesthetics are important to them. Dressed in chic designer clothing, they’ll take clients out to trendy restaurants. You’ll rarely catch sight of them in a greasy spoon. Their dark side sometimes treads the thin line between honesty and ethics. Maybe they know something important that could kill a deal, but fail to mention it. Unscrupulous lawyers who are Athena types can bend any law to serve their clients best interests. Legal, political, publishing, marketing, public relations, higher education, and entertainment fields are bursting at the seams with Athena types.

One day many years ago, a powerful Athena type came to me for a reading. I’ll call him Athen in honor of Athena. I greeted Athen in my t-shirt and jeans. He was dressed in an expensive designer suit and tie. Athen was an expert creator of business plans and a major player in money markets. He was in a league with Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky. Athen seemed totally out of place consulting a palmist in an east village tenement apartment. He called because of a glowing referral from a friend of his who had attended one of my hand reading lectures.

Athen’s modus operandi was to find floundering companies and create compelling new products or services for them. In exchange for writing a first class business plan, Athen would receive a nominal fee and substantial stock options. The company would soon appear to be a fabulous investment opportunity. Athen would help them peddle enough preferred non-voting stock to begin implementing his new concepts. As his business plans took form, the company’s stock would become more valuable. Unless there was a substantial retainer, however, Athen wouldn’t stick around to implement his concepts and help navigate management through the churning rapids of dramatic changes taking place within the company structure. Instead, Athen would sell off large chunks of his stock and then in a twinkle, he was on to the next concept and project. Several of the companies that Athen attempted to revive ultimately failed, but Athen always prospered.

Athen explained that he was embroiled in a mid-eight-figure fiasco concerning securities fraud. The IRS was the monkey on his back and he needed strategies for the best ways to proceed. Even though Athen and I resided in totally different worlds, we immediately hit it off. Cultivated thinking types can bounce ideas off of each other for hours. Our bond was archetypal from the get go. Athen was Pinocchio and I was Jiminy Cricket. Like Pinocchio, Athen was smart but surprisingly naïve. Jiminy appeared because Pinocchio lacked a conscience. It’s common in business to be legal and unethical or immoral at the same time. If Athen were to put his nose in the wrong place, it might grow and get chopped off, and that’s exactly what was happening. Athen offered me a financial retainer to be his “Jiminy Cricket”. I declined Athen’s offer, but accepted payments and gifts from him in exchange for my time and advice. I used astrology to examine Athen’s timing and patterns. Tarot cards were employed to gain better insight into specific relationships.

AthenAthen’s square palm and long fingers symbolize a thinking type. He has a long unobstructed straight headline and a long straight and strong pinkie finger. The long bottom phalange is great for commerce. Athen was inherently an honest and caring person. He was ambitious (strong index finger) and hardworking, but blinded by his desire and need for power, wealth, and freedom. You can see from the separation between his head and life lines that Athen doesn’t lack initiative. He also doesn’t really care much what most others think of him. I decided that the best way to communicate with Athen was to be direct and make practical good sense. Communicating with Athen was like playing a game of mental monopoly. His long graceful heart line extends to his index finger and represents a romantic and sentimental feeling nature. You can see from the vertical lines in the ball of his thumb that Athen is deeply committed to his family and friends. I tried appealing to his inherently compassionate nature. Does the world really need another greasy french fry, addictive alcoholic beverage, or violent virtual video game? Couldn’t the same time, resources, and effort be used to make healthier products and services? I’d ask, “Why can’t your products be more expensive so as to exploit less unfortunate people along the way?” I encouraged Athen to design and promote healthy sensible products (like Paul Newman) and give as much of the profit as possible to specific charitable causes. Athen said he loved that idea, but rationalized how he needed to be more financially substantial before giving money away. I disagreed.

“More expensive, more grease”, Athen would say. More cost means more time and money spent romanticizing and glamorizing a product or service. He explained that selling less and making more money is a great idea, but not easy or cheap. Why do consumers pay so much more for caffeine at $tar- Bucks?  What makes a person buy an expensive designer brand name when they can get the same exact generic item for less? According to Athen, “It’s the grease”.

Sometimes a revolutionary new idea, product, or service is created and protected. Some products miraculously become generic and incredibly profitable. Most new products and services are fashionable variations on existing themes. Athen offered brilliant business strategies for projects that seemed likely to happen if well executed. It was easy to see who would benefit from Athen’s plans and who wouldn’t.

Cream always rises to the top. That’s where Athen resided, but every scheme where someone is making heaps of money means others are being deceived or exploited. Unfortunately, at the bottom of every barrel are poor people scraping for pennies. Laws that protect masses of ordinary people are created long after the reason for them has been abused. It’s no secret that Philip Morris has always known that cigarette smoking was unhealthy. They used the same legal system that Truman Capote talks about at the start of this story to shirk their responsibilities and justify their actions.

Jiminy Cricket guided Pinocchio who eventually found truth and became a “real boy”.  Athen and I weren’t so lucky. Athen ended up losing everything, but in typical Athen style, he started over with fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and a dollop of grease.  He’s still wheeling and dealing. Pinocchio and Jiminy keep in touch, but no longer collaborate.

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.

Palmistry and the Four Basic Archetypes

Shapes and proportions of hands reveal one of four basic personality types. INTUITIVE or PRACTICAL qualities dominate when fingers are shorter than palms. Intuitive types with their long palms and short fingers take chances when they’re inspired and are impatient and easily bored when they’re not. Practical types with square palms and short fingers are logical, methodical, pragmatic, and make decisions based on objective reality. When fingers are longer than palms, THINKING or FEELING qualities dominate. Thinking types with square palms and long fingers are communicators who have to work hard to stay focused, disciplined, and structured and not spread themselves too thin. Feeling types with long palms and long fingers have to build trust in order to be comfortable with others. Large hands enjoy detail and organization. Small hands detest detail, are conceptual, and love big ideas. Small-handed folk need to delegate the detail work. Reading hands is like a Meyers Briggs personality test incarnate.

Speaking of details, every detail needs to be examined in the context of the whole and all other details at the same time. The danger in interpreting details out of context is in substituting one form of pre-determinism for another by reducing individuality to cookbook formulas. Most palmistry books do that. Every detail has meaning (even rings, scars, warts and birthmarks). Until you have determined the basic hand type, all details are superficial. The meaning of any detail can change depending on the question asked and the character of the individual. No matter what our circumstances, we still have plenty of free will to exercise our thinking, feelings, and actions. We cannot alter the past, but we can change our present and influence our futures.

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.