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The Origins of Palmistry


The descendant of late poet Sufi Tabassum, Nisar Sufi is also on YouTube where he goes by Know Thy Future.

Nisar Sufi conducting a Palmistry Session in Dubai.

Nisar Sufi conducting a Palmistry Session in Dubai.

Nisar Sufi conducting a Palmistry Session in Dubai.

The Origins of Palmistry

The origin of palmistry has been long debated. But I have my own version of it. Many palmistry historians state that the art of palm-reading came from the Indians or the Chinese or the Greeks. But the point is that the nationality doesn't matter. What I believe might come as shocking to some, and though many will search for this origin story in books or the internet, I think that my explanation will ring true to those who are of the most open-minded.

We have heard of legitimate seers such as Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and Baba Vanga. But their source of power always varies. We can go through a history of religions, or even a history of ethnicities, but we cannot dispute the existence of the Jinn.

The Jinn have been popularized through Middle-Eastern folk-tale collections such as Arabian Nights. And also by the Western world through media productions such as I Dream of Jeannie and Aladdin. In our religion of Islam it is mentioned that the humans are made of clay, the angels are made of light, and the Jinn are made of fire. The latter cannot be seen by humans but they also live on earth. We humans share other similarities with them such as eating, procreating and dying. Yet they are more powerful than us, can travel to faraway places faster, and they are also able to go to heaven and eavesdrop on the inhabitants in order to find out about the future.

Then, how is it, that this race is not responsible for palmistry. I have heard of an event through word-of-mouth, though I haven't found any confirmation on the web, that a race existed long ago. They were experts in astronomy and could use the stars to predict events. They were so adept that once an angel visited them in the form of a man, and asked one of the residents to

point out if any angel resided in their homeland. The resident, after only a five-minute usage of astronomy, pointed his finger at the asker revealing that he was an angel-in-disguise.

Then the angel left and informed the Almighty who in one sweep demolished their land. Again, this is similar to the story of Sodom, though I haven't been able to verify it yet. A similar tale, and this one I also believe, is that these people, I will now refer to them as the Astronomers, must've gained their knowledge from the Jinn.

It could be that there were ancient books, the first of their kind, that were written on this subject. I will now tell the origin story of the Astronomers. Long ago there was a man on their land who sought knowledge of Astronomy. As I've stated before, when we didn't have modern devices such as television and radio, to keep us engaged, we gazed at the stars to keep us occupied. Even now, billionaires like Richard Branson and Elon Musk, are devoting their lives to launching space-related missions. Curiosity is the biggest motivator towards finding the unknown. Life on space has not been found yet. But have these same billionaires ever wondered about alternate life forms on earth? I guess not.

This is why the paranormal has been largely fictionalized. If one person is given the ability to see the future then he can only guide others. Science is also flawed though. If it was perfect, then why do some diseases go undiagnosed? Where is no cure for cancer? And why are there still accounts of real-life exorcisms around the world? It is said that Jinn were able to give information to humans by going from country to country in a span of seconds. Aren't our modernized technologies, such as radio and television, doing the same thing? The internet is the latest example.

I believe that a man, who I shall call the First, obtained a paper and pen, and then gazing at the stars, was able to pick up the symbolism behind celestial movements, and then wrote them down. Yet, I believe that he himself couldn't have figured out the star signs on his own. And how come, though I admit that astrology is now widely seen as a pseudoscience, are these twelve star signs still relevant to today's time-period.

I am sure that a Jinn was whispering in the ear of the man who jotted down those words. This is because astrological interpretation is quite difficult to do. It takes a lot of talent to make a yearly forecast through astrology, though I admit that I find daily horoscopes a tad pretentious, I still believe that astrology, if carried out meticulously, can predict yearly events. I remember reading on an astrology website, ten years ago, that is a few months before the 2008 US Presidential Election, that major political changes will occur in the next ten years. Barack Obama was the first African-American to take office as the US President. Recently, Donald Trump became the oldest and wealthiest person to assume the presidency. There are more examples, but as this is a book on philosophy and palmistry, we do not need to dwell further into politics.

Take the case of palmistry. Many laypersons have said that palmistry must be so accurate due to centuries of comparison; if one person has an islanded heart-line which states that he has a flirty nature, then the palmist randomly finds another person with an islanded heart-line, and he also has a flirty nature, and thus, the basis of palmistry was formed. This is the most absurd notion over the history and art of palmistry. Lines keep changing, mounts remain the same, and there are seven different personality types owing to these afore-mentioned mounts. There are also hybrid personality types, such as the Jupiterian-Apollonian, but these will be discussed in detail later on.

Life is in the Palms of your Hands.

Life is in the Palms of your Hands.

Life is in the Palms of your Hands.

The First Book

Now, the First Book, contains all the authentic theories related to fortune-telling. It was, of course, wiped out with the citizen who was able to decipher the angel's location in a matter of minutes. But all of the other schools of astrology, as well as palmistry, must have originated from that one book. This is because of the various types of astrology, which had been started so long ago, and still live on to this day: Chinese Astrology, Indian Astrology, etc. Even palmistry has been interpreted distinguishably over the centuries due to its widespread nature, with some palmists having focused more on the spirituality related with palm-reading, while others, such as William Benham, have held the scientific reasoning behind hand-reading in high esteem.

There are also other popular techniques of fortune-telling: Crystal-gazing, paper fortune-telling (a form of origami), face reading, mole reading, etc. I have knowledge of face reading and mole reading as they are both related to the body, and hence, could be called a subcategory of palmistry. Face reading, as I've mentioned earlier in this Introduction, is less accurate than palm- reading because, for example, two people who look alike will have different mindsets and that's what ultimately distinguishes them. Mole reading is also less accurate than palmistry because, for example, you and your best friend could both have a mole at the exact same spot, yet the trait that that mole universally signifies, might only apply to one of you. A mole on the palm, however, is a different sign altogether, but it would still come under the category of palm- reading, and not the inferior art of mole-reading. A mole on the mount of Saturn, which is the region underneath the middle finger, usually signifies evil intentions, but only through a comprehensive palm-reading can this trait be applied to the subject.

Astrology and palmistry do complement each other as well. Both rely on planets, e.g., Jupiter, Saturn, etc. I have read countless times that astrology is actually more accurate than palmistry due to its heavy reliance on planets. Yet, astrology is fully celestial. Yes, it can tell about what

the physical features might be like, e.g., a Capricorn is most likely to have prominent cheekbones. Astrology also has one thing going for it and that is its categories: The sun sign, the moon sign, the ascendant, etc. The Sun sign is the easiest for a person to find out as there are twelve sun signs and all of them correspond with the twelve months of the year. For example, if you were born between September 23 and October 22, you're a Libra. The moon sign showcases emotions of a person, and the ascendant depicts the outer shell of a person; our personality in the perspective of others.

It's also easier to get an astrology reading than a palm reading owing to the advancement of technology. If one were to find an authentic website to input their birth data, the next page would generate their astrological birth chart. Many people also ask why a birth chart is required for an astrological reading, and the reason behind this is that one can easily find out their star signs but comparing their date of birth to the timeline of sun signs given online, yet other signs, such as the moon, can only be deciphered through a birth chart.

Another reason why I put emphasis on birth charts is because people new to astrology are very confused about the subject. I remember a long time ago, an acquaintance asked, "I am a Sagittarius and my brother is also a Sagittarius, but we couldn't be further apart." And I told him that in order to comprehensively know about your brother, you must look at the other signs. After helping him calculate his and his brother's birth charts online, he was astounded by the profoundness of the reports. This afore-mentioned tale should be a lesson for anyone that judging anything on the basis of the sun sign will always end up as an incomplete reading.

Astrology and palmistry are not the only ways of character analysis. The famous fictional- detective, Sherlock Holmes, is known to make brilliant deductions only through observing a

person's outlook. The pose and carriage of the hands is a very important subject in hand-reading as well. William Benham offers a detailed explanation in his book: The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading. However, as this book's focus relies on the relationship between philosophy and palmistry, I will only offer minor insights into these kinds of observations.

If your subject (the person who comes to you for a palm-reading) keeps his hands concealed when he comes to meet you, then he is one who most likely doesn't have an open personality. Hands concealed can be rightfully read as truths concealed. It's not to say that they have a dark side. Rather, they don't up easily to anyone, and can be labeled as introverts. An example of a conservative person is one who habitually keeps both arms crossed against his chest. Take note that if he retracts his palm then crosses his arms while you relay your reading, then he had most probably made up his mind before coming to you, that this type of fortune-telling goes against his moral code. Use humor to crack open his outer shell and maybe he will listen to you with an open mind. He might not be convinced that what you said is true, but he'll end up being impressed by the openness of your personality, which is a contrast to his defensive nature.

Here's an example I also encountered one time which made it certain that this observation rings true: Anyone who shakes hands with you by just placing a portion of his fingers inside your grasp, and it feels as if he is reluctant to embrace the full length of your hand, is most probably a user of people. Not in the sense that he uses everyone and is evil. But he is like the university colleague who'd prefer that you do his theoretical assignments for him, especially if he finds out about your talent for the written word. The overall composition of the hand and an examination of the palm will reveal even more information relevant to the afore-mentioned character analysis.

It's widely believed that if you rub your hands together due to anxiety. By my frequent observations, I've noticed that those who rub their hands together constantly, are also acute planners. They are always planning something in their heads, and they also tend to think about the future a lot. People who walk without concealing their hands are of a more open nature, and they'll have a tendency, to tell you half of their life's stories right after they've opened their palms for a reading.

These afore-mentioned character observations only form the basics of judging people by the pose and carriage of their hands (there are also countless other examples available on the web and in books). Whatever information they give to you externally will only be complete after you've conducted an in-depth analysis of their palm. The palm will also end up giving more information than any of the physical cues given by your client. This is exactly why I hold palmistry above all other personality checkers.

© 2021 Nisar Sufi

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