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.

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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.