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MRS J. B. DAL
MRS. J. B. DALE.
THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY, 7, DUKE STREET, ADELFHI, W.C.
THE PATH, 144, MADISON* AVENUE.
PROPRIETORS OF THE THEOSOPHIST, ADYAR.
PLATE I. THE REFERENCE HAND.
CHEIROMANCY, the art of foretelling the events
of life by the lineaments of the hand, derived its
name from the Greek word chciros, the palm, and
umnteia, to foretell, whence it has been vulgarly
called Palmistry as it is named in a recent Act
of Parliament to forbid its practice for gain or
reward. In Coleman's Mythology of the Hindoos,
p. 202, it is written: "On the Buddha's foot is the
mark called the 'chakravarti,' wheel or discus,
which should have been on the palm of the hand,
by which the sages at his birth divined that he
would rise to considerable eminence." He says
(p. 19): "Various data have been assigned to the
period of Buddha's existence. The most correct
seems to be about 550 B.C., whence, as the sages
practised cheiromancy at Buddha's birth, its exist-
ence must have been much earlier known among
the Indians." " In the year 1652," writes Zadkiel,
"the celebrated astrologer, Geo. Wharton, Esq.,
published a translation of 'a matchless piece' as
he terms it, on the subject, written in Latin by
Dr. J. Rothman." Since that period the art of
cheiromancy has gradually fallen into disuse,
chiefly from the extensive nonsense published by
recent writers. One of the writers makes a
shallow attempt to disprove the connection which
exists between astrology and palmistry, while
another says it is based on the principles of the
Kabalah, the latter being nothing more than
a mnemonical system of astrology. From the
writings of Dr. J. Rothman and Geo. Wharton,
Esq., I propose now to give, together with some
of the choicest of those of the East, the principal
matter, and to explain in the ordinary language
used by palmisters such points as may require
elucidation. Mr. Wharton, a careful student in
these subjects, clearly proves that palmistry can
only act in accordance with astrology, and that the
art of cheiromancy cannot be relied upon beyond
the period of from one to two years at most, for he
observes in his preface, "What more convincing
than if, by inspection made into the hand of any
man, I truly pronounce this or that planet essen-
tially dignified or angular in his geniture, or in
such or such a position with other planets or stars,
another unfortunate, afflicted or defected? Or if,
on the contrary, by looking first into the geniture
and considering therein the several positions of
the planets and their configurations one to another
and with other stars, I tell him, and that distinctly
and truly, the lines and signatures engraven upon
his head or hand what, I say, is or can be more
satisfactory than this to rational men, as touching
the power and influence of the planets and stars
upon these inferiors, and consequently of the
lawful use and truth of the science called astrology,
cheiromancy and metoposcopia, between which
three sciences there appear to be such a secret
coherence and harmony?"
It is also written in the Book of Job, xxxvii. 7 :
u ln the hand of all men he shall put a mark that
everyone may know his own work"; but in our
translation of the Bible it is written as follows:
"In the hand of all men he putteth a mark that
ever}- man may know his own work." This alone
proves that Job believed in this science.
The author does not claim that there is any-
thing new in this work, although the method of
translating and setting may be original.
REFERENCES TO HAND.
Name. Mount of Jupiter.
Location. Root of forefinger.
Interpretation. When very fully shown denotes
pride, tyranny; when deficient in size denotes
idleness and vulgarity; when there are concentric
circles shown by the pores of the skin, here they
indicate sure success in religion, marriage and
monetary matters, ambition; broken circles or
elongated, slightly less powerful; entirely void, no
Name. Mount of Saturn.
Location. Root of middle finger.
Interpretation. When fully marked denotes wis-
dom, prudence; when very full, taciturnity, sadness;
when concentric circles are placed here success in
all Saturnian affairs ; when absent or elongated the
person will never make much headway with such
things and persons.
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Name. Mount of the Sun, "Apollo."
Location. Root of ring finger.
Interpretation. When prominent it gives art,
genius, intelligence; when very full, denotes a
greedy and untruthful disposition; when flat or
small, then it causes the person to be dull; when
concentric circles appear here, the person will be
very powerful, have riches and honour by the state,
or marry a high-born person; elongated or none,
shows the person will have mean preferment, or
none, as the case may be.
Name. Mount of Mercury.
Location. Root of little finger.
Interpretation. When prominent and full, and
with concentric circles thereon, it denotes science,
inventiveness, wit and success in all Mercurial
matters, as writings, professions, especially church
and law, and journeys; when very large and with
elongated circles, it denotes theft, lying, cunning;
when flat or none, it shows a negative life, and un-
fortunate in all above.
Name. Girdle of Venus.
Location. A curved line from root of forefinger
to root of little finger.
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Interpretation. When this line is clear it shows
a natural desire for the opposite sex; when double
it denotes an intemperate and lustful life; when
broken, it shows terrible loss and infamy through
lusts, a filthy person.
Name. Via Combusta.
Location. Extends through hollow of hand to
mount of middle finger.
Interpretation. See Lines (8) page 36.
Name. Via Solis.
Location. A curved line running from root of
ring finger to the mount of the Moon.
Interpretation. When straight and uniformly
composed and well coloured, it promises the favour
of great men and great honours; if dissected or
uneven judge the contrary, or the frowns or ill
favour of great people, with impediments in life or
Name. Line of Fortune.
Location. A line extending from the mount of
Jupiter to the mount of Mercury.
Interpretation. When long and with incisures,
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denotes that the principal members of the body
are strong, constancy; if shorter crooked, the con-
trary; if severed, the same; when it stops at the
mount of Saturn, it shows a vain lying person; if
it branches on mount of Jupiter it denotes honours;
if single or without branches, it shows poverty and
Name. Liver line.
Location. A curved line running through the
palm of the hand, between the line of Fortune and
the Life line.
Interpretation. When straight and not dissected
by obscure little lines, denotes a healthy body; if
extending only to the hollow of the hand, or short,
it denotes a short life, or full of disease; the longer
this line, the longer may the life be; if cut at end
poverty in old age.
Name. Line of Life.
Location. A curved line running round the root
of the thumb.
Interpretation. When broad and uniform, de-
notes a long and healthy life, and but few diseases;
if slender, short or cut, or with little obscure lines
running through, it denotes feebleness of body,
sickness, short life, except line be strong; if slop-
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ing nicely to Liver line, and beautified in the angle
with parallels or little crosses, it shows a good wit
and even temper.
Name. Line of Saturn.
Location. A line extending from the wrist lines
up to middle finger.
Interpretation. If it extend to the middle finger
it indicates profound meditations, and if fortunate,
events in counsels and actions; if short (without
other testimony) misfortunes; if bent towards the
mount of the Moon, in the hollow of the hand, im-
Name. Line of the Head and Brain, called by
some the line of Health.
Location. A line running from the wrist, or line
of Saturn, and extending up to the mount of Mer-
Interpretation. If this line be uniform and not
intersected, it forms with the line of Life and
Liver line (sometimes called the Head line) a tri-
angle on the plane of Mars, if of good colour, it
denotes prudence, manly wit and fair fortune; the
more perfect this triangle, the better will be the
person's wit and courage; if obtuse it shows an
evil nature and a rude man; no triangle shows a
fool or a knave.
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Name. L,ine of the Moon.
Location. A line running from the line of Saturn
and line of the Brain to the mount of the moon
called sometimes the Via L,actea.
Interpretation. This line being uniformly com-
posed, proportionate and continued, denotes fortu-
nate journeys both by land and sea; also a good
brain, the favour of women (the mount of Venus
being also unafflicted), a composed and graceful
speech ; if it be cut or distorted it argues infelicity
and proneness to lies; if whole and ascending up
to little finger it denotes great happiness.
Name. Mount of the Moon.
Location. The outside part of hand, opposite to
root of thumb, between mount of Mercury and wrist.
Interpretation. Imagination, refinement, poetry;
if very large or full it denotes despair, caprice and
almost lunacy ; when flat and hollow, denotes dul-
ness, want of speech, positiveness.
Name. Plane and place of Mars. The mount
Location. The place of Mars is twice represented,
one on the side of the palm by the mount of Mars,
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and the other in the palm between the line of Life
and the Liver line, called the plane or place of
Interpretation. The mount of Mars shows cour-
age; when in excess, passion; when small, teme-
( Vide marks, etc., specially numbered.)
Name. Mount of Venus.
Location. In the root of the thumb.
Interpretation. Love of beauty and pleasure;
where large, inconstancy, coquetry; when small,
Name. Dragon lines or Bracelets.
Location. Lines to be found on the wrist.
Interpretation. If double or triple and forming a
right and continuous tract, it shows good composure
of body; thrice, indicates health, wealth and pros-
perity; a star or cross here shows tranquillity in
old age; if a line extends to the mount of Moon or
Mercury from Dragon lines, it shows esteem and
life in a foreign country.
Name. Plane of Mensa, or place of Fortune.
Location. The space between the line of Fortune
and the Liver line.
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Interpretation. Great and broad and forming a
nice figure, it declares a liberal man, magnanimous
and long-lived; if small and narrow, it argues
slender fortune, niggardliness and fearfulness ; a
star or cross in this space, clear and well-propor-
tioned, especially under the mount of the Sun,
shows honours and dignities to follow.
Name. Egyptian Staff.
Location. Just below chain of Fortune.
Interpretation. Great renown in antiquities a
great commander and ofttimes a great statesman,
a lover of ancient research.
Name. Chain of Fortune.
Location. Small crosses or stars between the
line of I,ife and the Liver line, under the mount of
Interpretation. These denote wit and an even
nature; riches and honours, or wealth by position
of noted kind.
Name. Sun place.
Location. A small circle on the line of Life
opposite to the mount of the Moon.
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Interpretation. The loss of eyesight; two circles,
the loss of both e5 r es.
Name. Envy line.
Location. A line running from the root of the
thumb, near the Dragon lines, to the line of Saturn.
Interpretation. Denotes envy.
Name. Perilous line.
Location. A small line running from the Life line
and passing through the point formed by the cutting
of line of Saturn and Liver line.
Interpretation. This indicates perils of all kinds,
and disease, and sometimes sudden death or mis-
Name. Line of Friendship.
Location. A small line starting from the line of
Life, about midway, and passing through the Saturn
and Liver lines, forming a small triangle, and ex-
tending to the mount of the Sun.
Interpretation. This shows honours and favours
from great ladies of rank and fortune.
Name. Cross of Indigence.
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Location. A star on the Liver line or natural
mean, near or on mount of the Moon.
Interpretation. Poverty in old age.
Name. Path of Mars.
Location. A small line running midway from
line of Life to plane of Mars with a small star on
or near the end.
Interpretation. Hurts and wounds.
Name. Dragon's Head.
Location. A star on Dragon line or Bracelets.
Interpretation. Tranquillity in life, in old age.
Name. Dragon's Tail.
Location. A line running from second Bracelet
into the mount of Venus.
Interpretation. Adversities from kindred or wife.
Name. Line of Mars.
Location. A line running parallel with the line
of Life on mount of Venus.
Interpretation. This augments and strengthens
the things signified by the line of Life; it particu-
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larly promises good success in war and a robust
Name. Mars Cross.
Location. Cross or star on the mount of Mars.
Interpretation. Fortunate journeys.
Name. Oracle of Jove.
Location. The sign Jupiter under the mount or
on the mount of Apollo.
Interpretation. Denotes honours and ecclesias-
Name. L,ine of Calamity.
Location. A small line running from line of I^ife
up through second joint of thumb.
Interpretation. This signifies a violent death and
danger from married women.
Name. Cross bars.
Location. Small lines on the second joint of
Interpretation. This is an indication of conten-
tion and brawling; small hair lines running hori-
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zontally to thumb shows riches in second part of
Name. Girdle of Pollux.
Location. A ring round the thumb.
Interpretation. This is an indication of hanging.
Name. First phalanx of forefinger.
Location. Small lines running parallel with
Interpretation. Indication of inheritance. This
phalanx hollow or curved upwards indicates ava-
rice; if turned backwards, extravagance.
Name. Second phalanx of forefinger.
Location. Small lines in the centre running ver-
tical to joints.
Interpretation. Indicates many children.
Name. Third phalanx of forefinger.
Location. Small lines running vertical to joints.
Interpretation. Denotes a jovial disposition.
This finger thick at the root denotes a greed) r
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Name. Small star or cross.
Location. On third phalanx of forefinger.
Interpretation. Shows an unchaste and lascivious
Name. Small star
Location. On second phalanx of middle finger.
Interpretation. Denotes melancholy; a star near
middle of third phalanx denotes unhappiness.
Name. A line with star at bottom.
Location. A small line running throughout
middle finger, with a star on third phalanx.
Interpretation. Denotes folly and madness.
Name. Small lines running vertical to joitit.
Location. Second phalanx of ring finger.
Interpretation. Indicates fame, especially if a
straight and \vell-defined line passes up the middle
of the finger.
Name. Small cross bars.
Location. Third phalanx of ring finger.
Interpretation. Honours and riches.
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Name. Small cross or star.
Location. On mount of Mercury close to joint.
Name. Two small stars or indented line.
Location. On mount of Mercury, one below the
other, or a clear indented line on mount of Apollo.
Interpretation. The first indicates a brilliant
mind. The line on mount of Apollo also shows
a noted and brilliant mind, but the loss of a dear
male friend, sometimes death of wife.
Name. Cross bars.
Location. On second phalanx of little finger.
Interpretation. Shows a thief or a very deceitful
^ Marriage lines.
Location. Small lines on outside of hand on
mount of Mercury.
Interpretation. These, according to their num-
ber, denote the number of husbands or wives
should the widow line also appear; without it the} 7
may mean lovers.
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Name. Crest of Hermes.
Location. Small crosses or star on third phalanx
of little finger, especially in the centre.
Interpretation. Shows ingenuity and eloquence.
Name. Small concentric circles formed by pores
of the skin.
Location. On first phalanx of all fingers.
Interpretation. Denotes that the person will be
always earning or inheriting money all his life, and
in fact it is one of the most successful signs in the
hand for pecuniary success.
Location. On Mounts.
Interpretation. The same on the mounts indicate
money by or through persons or things indicated
by the mount of the fingers, on the forefinger, a
wealth}' partner; on the mount of Saturn, wealth
by lands, house property, legacies; on the ring
finger by successful business, or profession and
fame ; on the mount of Mercury by writings, by
profession, by eloquence, etc. Should these assume
an elongated form, as seen on middle finger,
then, if unbroken, the person will succeed by
labour and many difficulties ; if none appear, then
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they will never succeed in pecuniary matters,
unless the hand is otherwise very strong.
Name, Lapis Lazuli.
Location. Tip of middle finger.
Interpretation. Same as above on mount of
Saturn but in foreign countries or from abroad.
Name. Lapis Lazuli.
Location. On mount of Saturn or middle finger.
Interpretation. Same as No. 50.
Name. Shell form shown by pores of skin.
Location. On first phalanx of little finger.
Interpretation. This is perhaps the best means
of success, as shown above, in writing and speak-
ing, etc., if other testimonies concur, but I prefer
the complete circle.
Name. Corn or diamond loops.
Location. On joints of fingers.
Interpretation. Should the lines on the joints,
between the phalanges of the fingers, take the form
of a barleycorn or diamond, the person may expect
many and unexpected advantages, but much de-
pends on the sum of these lines when counted.
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Name. Luna lines.
Location. Near mount of Moon on outside of
hand, below the Liver or Father line.
Interpretation. Aptitude for travelling, a sailor,
quietness, contentment, poetic imagination when
regular ; cross bars here give discontent, sometimes
suicide, a morbid imagination.
Name. Line of intuition.
Location. A line running from the Liver line to
the mount of the Moon.
Interpretation. This shows poetic intelligence,
seldom found except in highly imaginative and in-
Name. Line of Temper.
Location. A line running vertically from mount
of Mars to mount of Moon.
Interpretation. This denotes determination and
A SUMMARY OF JUDGMENT.
(i) Observe the kind of hands from the front or
Short hands denote an impulsive judgment with-
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Smooth hands denote impression, ability, inspi-
Hard, firm hands denote great energy and per-
Soft, loose hands denote a kind of debility or
laziness, a disinclination to work.
Knotted hands denote reflection, order, suc-
(2) Observe the fingers.
Pointed. Forefinger (first), intuitive; middle
finger (second), frivolous, light-hearted, gay; ring
finger (third), artistic, testy, nice, refined; little
finger (fourth), eloquent.
Square. Forefinger (first), truthful, cautious;
middle finger (second) ; grave, thoughtful ; ring
finger (third), reasonable, a thinker; little finger
Spatulated. Forefinger (first), mystic, delighting
in occult studies; middle finger (second), morbid,
fanciful; ring finger (third), dramatic, sympathetic;
little finger (fourth), mechanical.
(3) Look at the nails on the hands.
i. Narrow, indicate an irritable temper or as-
2. Round and full, indicate learning and liberal
3. Small, indicate pride, stubbornness, narrow-
ness and bigotry.
4. Broad and flat, indicate a mild and timorous
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5. Filbert-shaped, indicate refinement and cour-
Note. When the hand is allowed to open freely,
the space between the first and second fingers,
farthest apart, denotes independence of thought;
third and fourth, independence of action, and if
both are very wide apart, originality and self-
If the thumb inclines inward, avarice; outward,
(4) Observe the length and depth of the lines.
(5) The quality, whether they are crooked or
(6) Observejvvhether they touch or cut other lines.
(7) Observe whether they are touched or cut by
(8) Their place and position.
Note. The lines are sometimes lengthened until
certain years of our life, while others are short-
ened. At one time they may become pale, at
another they become notably clear and red. The
minor marks, such as are found on the mounts,
sometimes quite vanish, and at other times they will
assume different shapes and colours. Therefore
the most studious in palmistry cannot attain a
complete knowledge of the events of a life at
once, because they come and go as nature, or
the circumstances of life, change and twist, but
can only read for a year or so in advance. These
changes are caused, as before stated, by the pro-
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gressions and changing of the laws relating to
nature, of which we are a part.
THE HAND TO EXAMINE.
The general rule in the East is that the right
palm of the male and the left palm of the female
ought to be examined. In either case take the
hand in which the signs and lines are clearly
shown. If they concur in both hands and appear
clear and nicely marked they declare a constancy
of fortune and health, etc. In the male generally
the right hand is the fate hand or the positive
hand, that is, events about to happen; while the
left denotes the negative or those events which
have come to pass or been accomplished by the
person, or those just passing away. Judge the
converse in the female hands.
SIGNIFICATION OP ANIMALS, FLOWERS AND PRO-
MISCUOUS MARKS FOUND ON THE HAND.
These are principally formed by the smaller lines
running with the pores of the skin. Great care
must therefore be taken in determining these forms,
because very much depends on their position.
The numbers herein referred to have reference to
Plate II of the hand which I have set apart for
the express purpose of showing these marks and
The first space of the hand near to the mounts
is that part which has principally to show the
animal passions lusts and intrigues.
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The second space, or the part of the hand
between the girdle of Venus and the Table line,
deals more specifically with love affairs or the spiri-
tual side, while the former treats more on the phy-
These two, therefore, taken together, may be con-
sidered the moral region of the hand.
The next space between the Table line and the
l,iver line may be called the mental and social
The one following this may be called the com-
mercial region or the wealth generally of the person.
That space enclosed by the line of L,ife is the
artistic or dramatic region.
The right hand side of the hand separated by the
line of Saturn denotes the positive nature, while
the left hand portion is the negative or imagina-
tive nature of the individual.
If a fish or a similar figure be found at the root
of the hand (No. i) it signifies great success in the
world riches and many children.
If a lotus flower or like-shaped figure be here,
the person, if a female, will be sure to become a
great lady, in fact almost a queen. If the same be
on a male hand he will be sure to be renowned and
great (No. 2).
A serpent found here or on the wrist just above
the Bracelet and near to the line of Saturn, the
man will become a great warrior or hero (Nos. i
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An octagonal figure placed between the line of
L,ife and the lyiver line will cause the person to be
burdened with the possession of landed estates
If conch, or marine shells, or an}' circular figure
be found here (No. 5) they presage that the person
will be a learned man, especially if they should be
found on the first phalanx of the little finger (No.
6), on the mount of Mercury (No. 7), or on the
mount of the Moon (No. .8).
Should the sign of a flag be found here, and par-
ticularly on the mount of Mercury (No. 8) or on
the palm of the hand (No. 9), the person will be a
philosopher and a great thinker.
A trident (No. 10), the three-pronged sceptre of
Neptune or similar figure, the person rises to great
fame, almost a prince or princess. If the trident
be formed, but somewhat indistinct, he will not
rise so high, but sure to have very important ap-
pointments and be attached to royalty. He will
also be very kind, generous, and likely to acquire
If in the male hand, or even on the female hand,
there be anything like a spear or bow and arrow
the person is sure to get a throne (No. n); and if
all three, bow, arrow and lance together be there,
the person is sure to be a king or queen (No. 12).
Should the sign of a wheel and flag come together
on the same hand the person will have riches and
power, respect among his fellow-men, will be a
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great ruler or prime minister, and be noted or cele-
brated for his wisdom and goodness (No. 13).
If the sign of an elephant, which of itself is
good (No. 14), or the sign of an earring (No. 15)
and wheel (No. 16) appear on the same hand
together, the person is likely to be an emperor or
A hill (No. 17) or wristlet (No. 18) like a bough
or something like the head of a man (No. 19), or a
pitcher (No. 20), the person is almost sure to rise to
the exalted position of a minister of state.
If the sign of a barleycorn be found on the flat
part of the thumb the person will spend life very
happily and go through life easily (No. 21). Should
the barley appear on the mount of Mars, in the
centre of the hand, the person will be very intellec-
tual, respectable and wise (No. 22). Should the
form of the barley be found under any two fingers,
especially on the mount of Saturn, the possessor
will lead a happy life, honourable, have a good
partner in marriage and have many children (No.
If the line of the Heart (or the line of Fortune
in India) (No. 25), extend only to the mount of
Apollo (the Sun), the person will scarcely live ten
years. And should this line be broken in many
places the person will die by drowning. But if
another smaller line appear running parallel with
the Heart line and which extends only to the mount
of Apollo (No. 26), the person will meet his death
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either by a fall from a house or a tree. Should,
however, this line extend from the outside part of
the hand to the mount of Jupiter, the life will be
long and good, if not broken.
If a line rises from mount of Venus to the first
phalanx of the thumb he will be a commander of
a large arni} r (No. 27).
A vertical line on the mount of Jupiter, the pos-
sessor will be a great diplomatist, but an irreligious
person (No. 28). If this line appear on the mount
of Saturn, he will be a prosperous man with a
beautiful wife and have many children (No. 29).
A line under the Sun denotes a trades person
with a long life, but only rises to the middle class
If a vertical and well-defined line appear on the
mount of Mercury (No. 31), the person is likely to
lead a long life in a foreign country.
If the line of the Heart (Fortune line) goes to
the mount of Saturn, he will live thirty years.
If the Life line and the Liver line (called the
Head line in England) be separated entirely, the
female will either be seduced before marriage or
have illegitimate children, or in both sexes be
If the palm of the hand be filled with numerous
and indistinct marks or lines the person leads a
very unhappy life.
If a person have single lines or marks thus =
between the phalanges on the joints of the fingers
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and when counted together make twelve, they will
be happy, prosperous and rich for the most part of
If they make thirteen he will be very unhappy.
If they make fifteen he will be dishonest or a
If they make sixteen he will be a great gambler
If they make seventeen he will be guilty of de-
bauchery and much wickedness.
If they make eighteen the person will be very
fortunate and religious.
If they make nineteen he will be very clever and
If the} r make twenty an enthusiast in religion.
If they make twenty-one he will be a great poet
and become famous.
When these lines are joined at the ends and form
the shape of a barleycorn or wheat, the fame and
learning of the person depend on the number; one
would be weak, two strong, and so on. If the lines
just over the mounts be united at the ends, as
described above, the person in whose hands the
same appear will have riches and wealth, but gener-
ally by marriage. If they be united over all four
fingers the person will be very rich, over three less
wealthy and so on.
Small concentric circles, formed principally by
the pores of the skin, on the points or first phalanges
of the fingers and thumb, and these be not broken
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and appear the same on all four ringers and thumb,
the person will be extremely famous and very
Also on the outer ridge of the hand will be found
All the marks above the Heart line indicate the
number of wives, and all below the number of
children, the short one indicates those that will
The line around the lower joint of the thumb
just above the mount of Venus, if well-defined and
clear, and particularly if they bend thus > ' on the
mount, denote the person to be famous as a sculptor
If on the mounts of Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo
Mercury, there be found concentric circles, and
very complete, and in no way broken, the man will
attain great wealth and power through marriage or
marry some noted person.
If at the end of the Hepatica or Liver line there
so an opening like the tail of a fish, the person will
have great happiness and riches.
(1) The line of Life, which ought to be called
the line of the Heart, embraces the root of the
(2) The Liver or natural mean runs straight
through the middle of the hand.
(3) The line of the Head or Brain rises before
the line of Life and extends towards the mount of
PLATE III. THE LINES AND MOUNTS ON THE HAND.
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Mercury, forming a triangular figure in the palm of
the hand the great sign of success and brilliancy.
(4) The line of Fortune or Title line, which
begins under the root of the little finger and extends
towards the forefinger.
(5) The Bracelet lines at the root of the hand,
stretch across the wrist, and may be single, double
or treble, etc.
(6) The Sun line, called for clearness Via Solis,
is a right line which begins at the mount of Apollo
and stretches into the hollow of the hand after
curving towards the mount of the Moon.
(7) The line of the Moon, called the Via L,actea,
runs upwards from the line of Saturn, through the
mount of the Moon.
(8) The line of Fortune or Saturn begins at the
wrist lines, extends through the hollow of the hand
to the mount of the middle finger. If this line be
cut or severed it is called the Via Combusta ; when
this line assumes a double line in the middle of the
palm it is said that you do more good to others than
These are the fleshy or prominent parts under
the fingers, called :
(1) The mount of Venus, in the root of the thumb
(2) The mount of Jupiter, in the root of the fore-
(3) The mount of Saturn, in the root of the middle
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(4) The mount of Sun (Apollo), in the root of
the ring finger.
(5) The mount of Mercury, in the root of the
THE LINE OF LIFE.
This line, broad, uniform, lively colour and a
good length, denotes the party to be long lived and
subject to few diseases. This line slender, short,
cut or broken, or with obscure little lines, or pale,
or blackish colour, denotes feebleness of body,
sickness, short life. This line sloping nicely to the
Liver line and forming a nice angle with parallel
or little ciosses at the juncture, shows good wit and
even temper, a sharp quick person and business
Little branches in the upper part branching
towards the Liver line signify riches and honour.
These little lines running the opposite way towards
the wrist denote poverty, deceit, unfaithful servants.
Little confused hair lines in this line signify diseases.
TIME OF EVENTS.
Should they be found in the lower part of the
hand the good or bad will be in early age. In the
middle of the hand towards the hollow, in the
middle age. If towards the Liver line, in declining
Danger of death is threatened if this line be
To find the exact age this line may be divided
PLATE IV. THE LINE OF
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into seventy parts, each part counting one year of
The character Q in this line shows loss of an
eye. This character double denotes the loss of
A line ascending from the line of Life (beneath
the angle formed by the line of Life and the Liver
line) to the line of Saturn, denotes an envious
man, and shows also a perilous disease in that part
wherein it touches the vital. So much the worse
if it cut the line of Life or severs the mount.
A line passing from the line of Life to the ring
finger promises honours to follow by means of a
lady of rank, or gain through favour.
The line of Life thicker than ordinary at the end
under the forefinger shows a laborious old age.
THE LIVER LINE.
This line being straight and not dissected by
obscure little lines, denotes a healthy body.
If it be short or broken and does not reach be-
yond the hollow of the hand, it denotes diseases
and a short life.
The longer this line, the greater may the life be
If cut at the end by a small intervening line, it
threatens poverty in old age.
When this line is very close to the line of Life, it
denotes diseases of the heart, as palpitation, syn-
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If the space between the line of Life and the
Liver line, especialty of the space between the
Liver line and the line of Fortune, be broad, it
If the Liver line turn and wind several ways, un-
equal, of a different colour and dissected, it bodes
disease or obstruction in the liver, and hence the
disease arising from its weakness. It also denotes
covetousness and depravity of nature and wit;
more especially if from under the region of the
middle finger it extends towards the line of Life,
thus making a short or narrow triangle. Where it
is well drawn and of a good clear colour, it is a sign
of a cheerful and ingenious disposition.
If this line have a sister line it promises inheri-
If continued with some little hard knots, it fore-
bodes manslaughter either perpetrated or to be
perpetrated, according to the number of those knots.
If a cross be found therein, under the region of
the middle finger, it promises death at hand.
If it ends with a fork towards the mount of the
Moon, it is a sign of hypocrisy and evil manners.
When it bends towards the Mensal it is a token
of a slanderous tongue and envy.
When it projects a remarkable branch through
the line of Life unto the mount of Venus, and cuts
or touches the line of Mars, especially if the line
be of a ruddy colour, it warns to be guarded against
thieves and intimates, fraud and deceit of enemies.
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This same branch shows also great heat of the
liver, coming from Mars, whereby life is endan-
THE LINE OF THE HEAD AND BRAIN.
If this line (ascending from its place with uni-
form proportion) connect the line of the Liver and
Life in a triangular form, having a lively colour
and not intersected, it declares a person of admir-
able prudence, and of a manl)' wit and fair fortune.
The more perfect this triangle, the better shall the
temper, wit and courage be. But if it be obtuse, it
argues an evil disposed nature and a rude man. If
there be no triangle, much worse, a fool, a prodigal
and a liar, and frequently a short life.
The nearer it approaches a right angle, and not
acute, the better the person. But when the angle
formed be very acute, especially when the lines of
Liver and Life touch under the region of the middle
finger, it argues covetousness. If not under the
middle finger, it shows a keen, sharp and powerful
wit, also a clever business person.
The left angle (male hand), if it be made upon
the natural mean in the mount of the Moon, and
be a right angle by the line passing to the mount
of Mercury, confirms goodness, and quality of the
When the line of the Head and Brain throws out
unequal and incomposed branches towards the
mount of the Moon, thereby making unusual char-
acters, it denotes in men weakness of brain and
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dangerous sea voyages; but in a woman frequent
sorrows of mind and difficulties in child-bearing.
Equal lines thus projected presage the contrary in
both sexes, viz., in men, a clear and well-composed
brain and frequent voyages, and in women cheer-
fulness and felicity in child-bearing.
The line of the Head has this peculiarity; if it
project a cleft or a manifest star upwards to the
cavea martis, it signifies boldness and courage; but
if it let fall the same downwards, thefts and deceit-
When the line of the Head is joined to the line
of the Dragon's Head it promises a prudent and
pleasant old age. The same throwing a branch in
the shape of a fork towards the place of the line of
Fortune signifies subtlety in managing affairs and
craftiness either to do good or evil.
If this character appears in or near the fork it
gives riches and honours by means of ingenuity
THE LINE OF FORTUNE.
This line is also called the Table line. This line,
when it is long enough and without incisures, argues
a due strength in the principal members of man
and denotes constancy. Judge the contrary if this
line be short or crooked or is severed. When this
line terminates under the mount of Saturn, it shows
a vain and lying fellow.
If it projects small branches unto the mount of
Jupiter, it produces honours. Should this be a
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simple line on the mount of Jupiter, and void of
any good marks or branches, it is a sign of poverty
If it severs the mount of Jupiter, cruelty of mind
and excessive wrath.
If it throws a branch between the forefinger and
the middle, it threatens to a man a wound in the
head, but to a woman danger in child-bearing.
A small line running from the line of Fortune to
the space between the middle and ring finger,
denotes sorrow and labour.
A line passing from the Liver line to the line of
Fortune, forming an acute angle, brings sorrow
Should there be no Liver line and the line of
Fortune connected by a small line to the line of
Life, it threatens a deadly wound.
The absence of the line of Fortune shows a
malevolent, contentious, faithless, inconstant per-
son and of base conditions.
Confused little lines in the line of Fortune denote
sickness, and if under Mercury, in the first age;
under the mount of the Sun in manhood; under
the middle finger in old age.
When certain points are observed in this line
they argue lust and vigour of body.
THE BRACELETS LINE.
If this be double or treble and forming a right
and continuous tract, it promises a good composure
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The line which is nearest to the thumb, of a
good lively colour, and unbroken, promises riches.
Should this line be broken in the middle, crooked
and very pale, it denotes debility of body and a
want of all things.
A cross or star placed here shows tranquillity of
life in old age.
If there be a star single or double or any lines
near the mount of the thumb, in women they
denote misfortune and infamy.
A line passing from the Dragon line through the
mount of Venus, presages adversities either by
means of some kindred or a wife.
A line running from the Dragon line to the mount
of the Moon shows adversities and private enemies;
crooked or distorted it increases the evil and shows
This line being clear and straight and extending
as far as the region of the Moon, presages many
journeys both by land and sea.
If this line continues to the mount of Mercury it
argues that the man will live in a foreign country
in great esteem. If it extends to the Liver line it
shows an honest behaviour and a long life. If to
the mount of the Sun, single or double, it denotes
great good and enables the man to govern and rule
in great affairs. If it pass to the mount of Mercury
it betokens a man fit for many things. If it does
not extend to the mount of Mercury, but is broken
about the middle and ends beneath that mount, it
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denotes an untruthful, tittle-tattling, discontented
If this line ascends directly to the mount of
Saturn, it denotes a good position of Saturn in the
geniture; but if crooked and passes towards the
Dragon line and the Liver line, it denotes a hard,
covetous, and laborious man.
THE VIA Sous.
This line being straight and uniformly composed
and well coloured, promises the favour of great men,
and joyful honours; if dissected and uneven, judge
the contrary, with various impediments and envy.
THE VIA L,ACTEA.
This line being uniformly composed, proportion-
ate and continued, denotes fortunate journeys both
by sea and land ; also a good brain, the favour of
women (the mount of Venus being unafflicted), a
composed and graceful speech. It it be cut or dis-
torted it argues infelicity and lies; but if whole,
ascending towards the little finger, it is a sign of
THE LINE OP SATURN.
This line being fully and wholly protracted to
the middle finger is an argument of profound medi-
tations, and of fortunate events in counsels and
This line deficient is an evil sign portending
many misfortunes, unless other positions favour it.
If bending backward, into the hollow of the hand
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towards the mount of the Moon, after the form of
a semi-circle, threatens imprisonment.
The line beginning from the line of Life and
passing through the Liver line, to the mount of
Saturn and if there it touch the Saturnia
MORALITY. THE GIRDLE OF VENUS.
This line of itself, unless there be other testimony
to counteract it, is sufficient to indicate fulness of
nature to appreciate the opposite sex, while the
want of it denotes (except in a measure given by
the fulness of the mount of Venus, etc.) coldness,
unnaturalness for the other sex, and usually a cold,
insipid partner, a poor, neglectful mother or father.
But if this line have a sister line, that is, a small
line running parallel with the Girdle, it argues in-
temperance and lust in both sexes and baseness in
sexual matters a filthy person. If this line be
divided or broken up by various lines it denotes
losses and infamy by reason of these lusts.
THE LINE OF MARS. COURAGE AND FORTITUDE.
This line is sometimes called the sister line to
the line of Life because it is often found running
parallel with that line and denotes increased vital
force courage, because it strengthens the heart
and thus the energy. When clear and well-defined
it presages a long and active life, with little or no
diseases. People with this line will suffer largely
from gout, rheumatism and apoplexy if they take
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stimulants of any kind, inasmuch as the person
will have sufficient energy of himself, and all
stimulation which will increase the vascular action
will only impede and retard the heart's action, like
too much oil to a machine. This line strengthens
all things denoted by the line of lyife, and if clear
and decided!}* red it promises great success in war.
THE RULE TO TELL THE PLANETS.
When a figure similar to that used by astrono-
mers in designating the planets is found on the
mount particularly set aside for that planet, as on
the mount of Jupiter there is the figure Qj., and on
the mount of Saturn there is the sign "j^, on Apollo
the sign 0, on the mount of Mercury there is the
sign Q, and on the thick part of the thumb you
find a similar sign CJ) , on the mount of the moon
the sign Q), on Mars' place the figure $, and so on,
then they are termed benevolent. How far, how-
ever, this is relevant to the subject I do not state,
but I should rather advise the student to treat this
with great care, although the marks given under-
neath will be found of value when placed as indi-
The planets are considered unfortunate when
confused lines, broken semicircle, gridiron marks,
or signs contrary to the mounts indicated above,
as Qj. to mount of Jupiter, and so on, are found on
the mounts or places.
Venus (9) is dignified when you find on her
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mount a clear star, or red furrows running trans-
A jovial, merry nature is shown by fulness or
elevation of the root of the thumb, but luxurious,
amorous, graceful, cornel}', concupiscent, very
honest, just and constant in friendship.
Description when strong and full: the bod}'
somewhat tall, skin clear, eyes pleasant and spark-
ling, full of allurement and temptation. The hair
is brown, light, crisp and soft, sometimes slightly
waving in front or curling; a noble mind. The
mind is ofttimes prone to boasting, and loves the
society of ladies; an admirer of music, painting
Professions must be judged according to the
strength or debility of the mount; it produces
musicians, merchants for fancy goods, teachers,
apothecaries, gardeners, etc.
The mount weak, not elevated or badly marked,
causes men to be inconstant, lascivious, vain. A
cross near first joint of the thumb signifies an
adulterer, or has had or will have a mishap through
The place of Venus, void of incisures, flat and
smooth-looking, shows an effeminate, rude and
sorrowful person, or one foolishly and ridiculously
addicted to merriment and jesting.
THE PLANET MARS. COURAGE, WAR.
Mars is fortunate (i) when line of Life is strong,
deep, red and decently drawn ; (2) when a cross or
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star is found on his place, especially the palm of
Description when strong: denotes full courage,
often bold, dauntless, stout, warlike, contentious,
firm of purpose, large and lusty appetite, imperious.
Hair light brown or sand}*, yellow, often red.
The eyes, blue or grey-green, which often grow
red and terrible-looking when angry.
Mars unfortunate: men, etc., are quarrelsome,
violent, deceitful, angry natures produces thieves
Profession according to strength: generals, sur-
geons, ironmasters or workers and tradesmen of all
kinds who work with metal, as ironmongers, farriers,
Note. Mars has signification of wives, husbands,
sons and friends (deceitful or otherwise).
Diseases: he produces fevers, blisters, sore eyes,
skin diseases, apoplexy, wounds, wicked thoughts.
With Jupiter he affects the gall, the reins, back
With Venus he affects the privy parts and sexual
If Mars be strong females have largely constructed
bodies and love men of rank; if Venus be strong
men love women of rank; if weak they form attach-
ments for servants, coachmen and inferiors.
The sign fo placed in cavea of the hand threatens
a fall from a precipice or some high place ; a fall
is also indicated by the line of Saturn stopping
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or breaking on the mount of Mars (hollow of
Imprisonment: a crooked line ascending from
mount of Mars to the mount of Saturn.
Journeys and peregrinations denoted by a line
running from plain of Mars (hollow of hand) down
to the Bracelet lines and ending immediately below
the mount of the Moon.
THE MOUNT OF JUPITER. HONOUR, FAME,
RENOWN, ECCLESIASTICAL, STATE, LAW.
The planet is fortunate when (i) a star or double
cross; (2) parallel lines or (3) line clearly drawn
from line of Life to his mount.
Description when fortunate : he signifies a noble,
glorious, honest, benevolent, affable, honourable,
merry, renowned, neat, just and equitable person;
good-looking, formidable and happy, with beautiful
hazel or blue eyes.
Hair dark brown; grave gesture, modest, and
faithful to their promises.
Professions, etc.: great dignitaries, churchmen,
lawyers or counsellors, statesmen or persons brought
into contact with great men who are highly esteemed
and loved. They favour their wives, sons, and all
Jupiter rules the liver, blood, ribs, lungs and
Jupiter unfortunate when half a gridiron on his
mount. This shows losses by powerful women.
When generally unfortunate: when flat, flabby,
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with no good marks on it, interlaced with a lot of
little hair lines, etc., he causes persons to lose their
estates and brings about great calamities in money
matters, although, if nothing else stops it, the
person will usually recover it after he becomes
Diseases: when afflicted he causes troubles of
the heart, cramps, inflammation of the lungs, windy
Apoplexy indicated by a line transversely cut-
ting his mount and extending towards the mount
of Saturn (middle finger), and forming there a cleft
or little lines.
Splendid honours and fame, riches, public re-
wards from princes and great men, a cross, espe-
cially a clear and red star on the mount of Jupiter
or Qj. marked thereon.
THE MOUNT OF APOLLO. THE PLANET SUN.
INGENUITY, PUBLIC HONOURS, BRILLIANCY, ETC.
The Sun is fortunate same as in last planet.
Description when fortunate: persons are faithful,
ingenious, honoured, high-minded, wise, humane,
religious, just, moderate, aged, and do all things
He gives a well-set body with yellow or sandy
hair, and rules the heart and e5*es, the diaphragm
(bowels) and nerves.
Description when unfortunate: the persons are
proud and easily elated, manifesting their access
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to dignity by unjust means, boasters and im-
Diseases: he produces sore eyes and blindness,
especially of right eye in man and left in a woman,
and trembling of the heart, syncope, etc.
Political honours: the Via Solis being uniform
and of a clear good colour; it also gives the favour
and grace of princes.
Trouble and enmity from political and legal men
when the Via Solis is confused and afflicted.
THE MOON. TRAVELLING BY LAND AND SEA.
When fortunate: good and clear marks near this
mount, stars, etc. These persons are successful in
journeys and messages and great prosperity in
foreign countries; to a female felicity and happiness
in bearing children.
Ominous signs placed here show death and afflic-
tion in childbirth.
Description : the persons will be famous, honest
and honourable, with well-set large bodies pro-
portioned and pleasant. They travel by land and
sea, and causes them to desire to lie or walk by the
side of water rivers and running waters.
When unfortunate principally known by pale and
confused line on the mount of the Moon.
The mount flat, soft and small, she causes per-
sons to be inconstant in life and actions.
Diseases: affects the brain, stomach and belly,
and occasions paralysis, epilepsy, cancer, spots on
the body, gripings and severe colds.
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THE PLANET SATURN. THE MOUNT OF SATURN.
COUNSELS, MATHEMATICIANS, GRAVE THINKERS,
When fortunate: when the line of Saturn runs
uniformly and clear to his mount or ft marked
Saturn unfortunate when there are confused lines
on his mount or contrary or unfortunate signs
Saturn fortunate: men are silent, provident;
good and profound, not always rich, counsels, grave
meditators, somewhat melancholy, and generally
have a foolish way of laughing and jesting.
Description : they general!} 7 have a slender body,
and rather tall, pale and feeble.
Hair brown or blackish colour, yet sometimes
sandy. The eyes are sunken.
Trades, etc.: the}* are fortunate in agriculture,
in minerals of all kinds, as mines, etc. They are
somewhat careless of their wives and less addicted
to sexual excesses, are^more grasping and tenacious
than is just.
When Saturn is unfortunate he makes persons
sorrowful, laborious, sordid, humble, covetous, un-
faithful, liars, unfortunate, malicious, oppressed
with continual griefs and calamities.
Diseases: he gives dangerous diseases, colds,
coughs, melancholy, hypochondriacal complaints,
dropsy, gout, falling sickness, quartan and hectic
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Accidents: he produces falls from houses, im-
prisonment and danger of drowning.
A deep line running from the space between the
forefinger and middle finger to the line of Fortune
and cutting or interrupting it, signifies a wound or
disease in the lower part of the abdomen.
THE PLANET MERCURY. THE MOUNT OP MER-
CURY. STUDY, RESEARCH, SCIENCES, SPEAKING,
When this planet is fortunate, men are ingenious,
studious, scientific and searchers after secrets.
Professions, trades, etc., according to his dignity :
he produces orators, poets, eloquent speakers, per-
sons ready to learn anything, mathematicians, mer-
chants, sometimes crafty, variable people.
When unfortunate he produces persons full of
levity, liars, prattlers, thieves, cheats, inconstant,
faithless, traitors, etc.
Diseases: he produces madness, fury, acute
Signs of deceit and danger to life: the mensa
sharpened by the concourse of the line of Fortune
and the line of lyife or the I^iver line. The best
sign is the mensa diverging, open at both ends and
forming the figure ^ .
Perfection of wit and science: a star placed (or
other clearly-formed flowers or flag) in the mensa
especially under the mount of Mercury or the Sun,
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MENSA. THE PART OF FORTUNE.
When fortunate: liberal, magnanimous and long-
lived people. The space between the line of For-
tune and the L,iver line (called sometimes the
line of the Heart and the line of the Head), and
forms a nice figure.
When unfortunate: small and narrow (by the
approaching of these two lines), it argues slender
fortune, niggardliness and fearfulness.
Honours and dignities to follow by great and
noble personages, when a star or cross appears in
this space, clear and well-formed, especially under
the mount of the Sun (see chapter on figures and
flowers on hand).
The sign of 2[ here promises prominent eccle-
Good fortune is denoted by the star or triple
cross. Good and equal lines in this space denote
a good fortune; evil or unequal lines the re-
The worst sign when no mensa is found, for it
shows obscurity both of life and fortune.
Misfortune and loss of honours when confused
little lines appear here, the good is diverted, and
anxieties and troubles threaten, to honours espe-
cially, if under the mount of the Sun.
Fortunate journeys: a cross or star on the
outermost part of the mensa on or near the mount
of the Moon is a sure sign.
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THE FINGERS. THE THUMB.
Riches and honours shown by overthwart lines
clear and red underneath the nail and joint of the
A violent death or danger through a married
woman, etc.: a line passing from the upper joint of
the thumb to the line of 1,1 fe.
A contentious nature: confused lines on the
lower joint of the thumb; one always brawling and
Death by hanging, etc.: a line surrounding the
thumb at the middle joint.
Riches and possessions to be worked for: equal
furrows under the lower joint.
Idleness and lack of energy: if the first and
second joints are void of incisures.
THE FOREFINGER OR INDEX FINGER.
Inheritance: denoted by many overthwart lines
in the top joint; these in the second joint show
envious and evil-disposed persons.
Issue, bad tongue: right lines running between
the top and second joints declare in a woman
a numerous issue; in a man bitterness of
A jovial disposition: right lines in the joint
near the mount of Jupiter.
Unchaste and lascivious: in a female hand a
star being placed in the joint near the mount of
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THE MIDDLE FINGER.
An unhappy, melancholy and depraved mind:
denoted by small gridirons or confused marks in
the joints of this finger.
Success with metals: manifested by equal lines.
Drowning or violent death: this is denoted by
a star in the joints of this finger.
Folly and madness: a crossed line, extending
from the root of this finger upwards through the
whole length of the finger.
THE RING FINGER.
Great and noble fame denoted by a line ascend-
ing unbroken from the mount of the Sun through
the joints of this finger to the end.
Honour and riches: this is shown by equal lines
in the first joint (near the mount).
Enmity of great men: denoted by overthwart
lines here ; it is made late in life when these lines
THE LITTLE FINGER.
The planet Mars has dominion over this finger.
A strong and valorous person when strong and
Note. From the joints of this finger as from
the mount itself are judgments passed concerning
merchandise and favours.
Ingenuity and eloquence: a star in the first
joint (near the mount of Mercury) shows this; it
is also shown by a right line extending from the
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mount of Mercury to the end of finger, also a
Foolishness, etc.: denoted by obtuse and con-
fused marks placed here.
A thief and deceitful person: this is shown by
confused and unfortunate marks appearing in the
first and second joints of this finger.
Perpetual inconstancy: this is shown by adverse
lines in the last or top joint of the finger.
Note. The number of wives and husbands are
frequently indicated from the small lines passing
from the outermost part of the hand to the mount
of Mercury, but I consider the proper place is from
the mount of Venus.
If the end of the little finger does not reach so
far as to touch the last joint of the ring finger, it
signifies that the partner in marriage will be im-
perious in all things.
The mounts marked with good figures and char-
acters show good and happy omens, being vitiated
with confused or broken characters, etc., or lines,
they always denote the contrary, unless they are
restrained by other lines that be good.
Chiromancers generally teach that the first joints
near the mount of the finger indicate the early age,
the second, the flourishing state of manhood, and
the last old age. But our opinion is that the planets
shown by the nativity of the persons do, in their
proper order, manifest their marks and characters
whether for good or bad.
PLATE V. ALLEGED MARKS ON THE FEET OF THE
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Note. A knowledge of astrology will prove an
acquisition to the study of palmistry or any science.
SIGNS ON THE HEAD. How TO READ THE FORE-
If a person has a broad forehead and takes the
form of / ^~ > , a crescent, he was born of poor
parents but is sure to be rich.
If a prominent single vein or mark extends from
the nose to the top of the forehead the person is
born to immense wealth.
If there are many similarly placed the person is
If the forehead is depressed in the middle he is
very jealous and a lascivious or sinful man.
If the forehead is narrow he is a great miser.
If there be three furrows going across the head
he is likely to live a long life, especially if they go
over the eyes.
If there be four such lines the person will be a
commander or great potentate and live a very long
Many indistinct lines on the forehead denote
If there be any marks in the middle of the fore-
head and they take the form of a crescent " x, the
person will be very prosperous and fortunate.
SIGNS ON THE FEET.
If a crescent or elongated horseshoe mark appear
on sole of the foot and the toes separated well from
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If a female's toes are well set together and close,
and has a wheel or flower mark on either or both
feet, she will become a lady of rank and position.
If there be an ear-shaped figure on the foot and
without hair, or a little tuft, the person may expect
to be successful in the world.
If her arms are very long she will be renowned
and well-to-do. Short-armed persons generally
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