Seven Lessons to Framing my Plan for Palmistry

old storefront from Randolyn

Making palmistry real and personal for the masses has been like prying a glimmer of light from a 5,500 year old rusty dungeon door with only a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers. I hope that glimmer will illuminate and transform the paradigm of palmistry as a scam into the acceptance and support of the science and art of reading hands.

It boggles my mind to realize that a gazillion authors are publishing what they hope to be the next bestseller since the Bible. A gargantuan glut of writers is cranking out writing platforms and promoting themselves. I’m one of them. Unfortunately, readers, listeners, and viewers everywhere are developing blindness, deafness, and numbness to the relentless and ruthless bombardment of their physical senses and psyches.

Content may still be king, but consider this paradox. The internet (E-ether) is an opportunity to create value out of thin air. E-communication creates E-clutter, which ultimately becomes E-contamination. We collect and cultivate, but don’t properly dispose of E-garbage. We can close overflowing landfills, but how do secure cyber-fills and clean up toxic digital spills. How can we recycle our hazardous dot-coms?

Here are seven lessons I’ve learned on my path to framing my new plan for palmistry.

  1. Advertising is only a hook. It’s a waste of time and $ without an expert fisherman.
  2. Publicity is better than advertising. A lot of it is required to make a difference.
  3. Social networking requires endless time, persistence, and a lot of discipline.
  4. Getting reviews and endorsements is much more challenging than I anticipated.        I purchased hundreds of books on demand which I mailed to family, friends, colleagues, and book reviewers. I’ve heard “Bravo”, “I love it!”, and “at a boy”,     many times, but I’ve received only a handful of reviews and endorsements.
  5. I expected to find solidarity and support in the palmistry community, but instead have found an almost deafening silence accompanied by pettiness, jealousy, and competitiveness. You’d think other palmists would be happy that someone was finally endeavoring to personalize and popularize palmistry after 5,500 years of obscurity. I would. Fortunately, I have support from the astrological community.
  6. People call me a great palmist. I’m actually a great counselor. Palmistry is my favorite tool for recognizing and understanding character. I also use astrology, numerology, tarot, and archetypal psychology to delve into a client’s issues.
  7. It’s easier to buy than sell. I always accomplish the most on my dime.

My previous plan for palmistry had been to continue to write my blog ‘Real Palmistry Stories’ and prepare for my next book. I still plan to do that, but instead of randomly writing compelling hand reading stories, I intend to include all of my metaphysical knowledge and tools in my bag of tricks. I’ve recognized that my life has been one big symbolic story. I want to share that story as seen through the lenses of metaphysical cosmology and archetypal psychology.  My heroes will be my family, friends, clients, and celebrities who I admire. My anti-heroes are people who flaunt ego and greed. I believe if anyone has much more than they need, they also have a spiritual responsibility to give as much as possible back to humanity.

I’ll tie the symbolism of the time of year into my musings. This is the month of Gemini. Since I’m a Gemini, I plan to begin writing my memoir this month. I’ll share how my symbolism works in my life and in the collective. Since it’s my dime, I plan to break plenty of rules on my way, including laws of syntax, grammar, and punctuation. I may parody, rhyme, and rant. I might even awfully alliterate. Take what works and leave what doesn’t.

I still have fifty review copies of my Hand Book left. I’m going to give them away on a first come, first serve basis. If you’d like to receive one, click on my contact info and leave your name and mailing address.  I’ll get one out to you.

Thanks for your interest and support.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Seven Lessons to Framing my Plan for Palmistry

  1. Dear Mark, Thank you for commenting on Jennifer Hirsch’s Facebook page posts and for the article you wrote above (Seven Lessons). I would love to connect with you. I too have found it challenging to connect with some palmists but I keep trying. I’m determined to hold a space so that all rise with the tide. If you’re interested in meeting virtually over the phone or Skype, please let me know. I would love to receive a copy of your book but I’d like to purchase it. I too am writing a book called Your Life Is In Your Hands. It should be in print by end of August. Again, THANK YOU for the palmistry “love” you bring forth. Kindest regards, Kay Packard (

    • I don’t really count my clients. Many weeks, mostly from September through December, I read 300-400 sets of hands for 5 minutes each at special events. If you multiply that by 25 – 30 years or so of doing that, it adds up. I’ve probably read more than 50,000 people.

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