Twelve Archetypes

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

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.

5 thoughts on “Twelve Archetypes

  1. After looking at your website I have discovered I am an intuitive.

    What are the physical differences between the 3 intuitives visually?


  2. Hi Mark,

    Good to see that you don’t speak of ‘types’ instead of ‘shapes’, because your modalities relate to hand physiology (and not morphology, which provides the basis for ‘hand shape’).

    However, Laura Jane’s question suggests that people may tend to associate your ‘types’ with hand shape (actually, initially I was also inclined to make that assumption, even though you didn’t use the word ‘shape’ in your report above).

    Anyway, thanks for the hint that the sub-classification is not about appearance – again, technically speaking it relates to the physiology of the hand. Hopefully you will describe the difference between ‘hand shape’ and ‘hand type’ more explicit in the future!?

    Greetings from The Netherlands! 🙂

    • Thanks, Martijn. I have always asserted four main morphological hand types. The twelve personality types are all derived from the four basic types based on specific qualities of the hands – id est, more stiff = more fixed, more flexible = more mutable, etc. I’m describing those types as I write my current blog entries and will eventually make them into another book.

  3. Thanks Mark. From your additional reference to the ‘four main morphological hand types’ I conclude that your use of the word ‘type’ (instead of ‘shape’) above was not a purposeful choice.

    PS. The first line in my first response was a bit confusing as it includes a typo; I was trying to say: “Good to see that you speak of ‘types’ instead of ‘shapes’” (after you spoke in another post of “Shapes and proportions of hands reveal one of four basic personality types”:

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