Through gesture all people are revealing who they are at each moment. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. Accurate interpretation requires thorough understanding of the basic guidelines, a keen ability to observe, and lots of practice. We’ll go into greater detail as we observe and analyze the hands of individual character types.

How do you hold your hands?  Held openly, you have nothing to hide and are receptive to others. Held closely, you’re cautious and may need to take more chances. People around you must work harder to build your trust.

gesture A person’s gestures may transform unconsciously during a consultation. I’ll say, “Hold up your hands”. My client holds up her hands with fingers held closely together and drooping forward. I’m getting a message that she’s not feeling very good about herself. Maybe she’s struggling with issues of self-esteem or spirituality.  She’s afraid I’m going to see something wrong or say something bad. I begin by discussing her positive character traits. Unconsciously and slowly her fingers begin unfolding and straightening out. In minutes her fingers are no longer drooping. She has nothing to hide. The new message is – I’m an open, loving, generous, person (for example). Always speak to a person’s issues from a constructive, helpful, and hopeful source. Positive affirmation goes a long way to facilitating positive change.

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About markseltman

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.

4 thoughts on “Gesture

  1. Whats your interpretation with wearing rings on certain fingers.
    Would love to read an article on this one if you feel there is any relevancy with it all. Look forward to reading more of your work…..You have been bookmarked!

    • Rings have different meanings on each finger. Even the metal, mineral, or gem is important, though that purpose is unconscious on the part of most ring wearers. The jury is out to lunch about rings in the literature of palmistry. Some palmists believe that rings enhance the qualities and interpretation of a finger’s symbolism. Other’s believe that rings block energy. In my experience, rings indicate an issue that needs to be dealt with. The reason I say this is because I can see that clients often stop wearing a ring when the problem is solved. The ring finger, also known as the Sun or Apollo finger is normal and interpreted as marriage. The metal of the sun is gold and the gem is diamond.

  2. There is palmistry and gestures. And, there is also spinal cord/neuro issues that can cause weakness in the muscles of the hands/digits.

    How do you differentiate? Or, do you even bother?

    • Interesting question. I think most palmists are reading symptoms. If large knots of fingers are developed because of arthritis, they’re still read as overdeveloped knots. If a scar or injury exists, it’s important to question the cirumstances that caused the accident and condition, but it’s still read as how it affects the symbolism in the hands. Same with gesture. The neuro-physical-issue in some way is connected to the psychological-behavioral issue. A soft or weak hand would still be interpreted as a lack of energy and motivation. I personally find the dialogue with the client as crucial. It’s often not what you see, but what you say and how you say it that matters in a consultation.

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