Gypsy Secrets of Hand Reading

Gypsy Secrets of Hand Reading

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Let Us Begin

 The Gypsy Secret

The Spontaneous Voice Approach

Intuition Used in Researching the Book

Intuitive information on the Earth quadrant

Intuitive information on the Water quadrant

Intuitive information on the Air quadrant

Intuitive information on the Fire quadrant

Intuitive Information About Reading A Hand

Left and Right handedness

An Intuitive Look at The Thumb

An Intuitive Look At Phalanges

An Intuitive Look At Fingernails

An Intuitive Look at The Life Line

An Intuitive Look At The Head Line

An Intuitive Look at The Heart Line

An Intuitive Look At The Fate Line 

An Intuitive Look at The Sun Line 

An Intuitive Look at The Hepatica or Health Line 

Intuitive Hand Analysis

How Intuition Works

Examples of Intuition

Learning Intuitive Hand Analysis 

Intuition as The Highest Probability 

The High Art of Intuition

The Intuitive Imagery Approach 

The Intuitive Feeling Approach 

Counselling People With Intuition

Becoming an Accomplished Intuitive

Let Us Begin

Palmistry, or the art of the Gypsy fortune-teller, is not entirely new however. The wonderful intuitive gift some Gypsy’s have, if understood, can be used by anyone who develops the skill through practice. Therefore, the use of intuitive hand analysis is included, rationally explaining some of the Gypsy secrets.

This includes techniques for recognising and developing one’s own intuitive ability. It explains the various ways the human mind arrives at ‘intuitive’ information. It gives a technique used by Gypsy’s to suddenly call on this gift when confronted by a complete stranger. These features, like the intuitive information on the lines, is we believe, unique to this book, and adds to the literature on the subject even for those who have studied the subject for many years.

The Gypsy Secret

A middle-aged Gypsy woman rang my doorbell one day selling heather. She immediately began to tell me things about myself which it seemed to me it was unlikely she knew from other people. She told me I had started a couple of businesses which had not been a success; a near member of family had just had an injury; my son had recently gone into a uniformed service, and I was worried about him. It was correct about the businesses, but that information was not impressive. My brother in law had just had a nail go right through his foot at work. My son had just joined the RAF and her words brought tears to my eyes, much to my surprise.

As she told me these things, prior to each statement she said, “Now I am going to tell you something true”. These words were said ritualistically, almost like a prayer, then she would say things which I had the impression she had not thought about. I was not able to question her about this as she was a difficult woman to have an easy conversation with. She gave me the Gypsy’s curse because I wouldn’t pay her the money she demanded. This amused me as, having an Italian background, and having explored the unconscious workings of the mind for many years, I well understood the nature of curses and their attempt to mobilise unconscious fears of such things as illness. worrying events and accident.

The Spontaneous Voice Approach

The technique this episode illustrates can be called spontaneous voice. To use it one must learn to speak without one’s thoughts constantly editing and criticising what is being said. Or at least, one must learn to direct the scanning and editing functions of one’s mind.

The intuitive impressions one has, the information one has gathered unconsciously from whatever source, do not usually rise into clear conscious awareness. Thinking about what we do not already know is not possible. We only think with the information we already have or is easily available. Creative leaps are a jump beyond what is known. So to access what is intuitively understood but not yet consciously recognised, we must use something different than conscious thought.

Focusing on another person and allowing one’s self to speak without forethought, is a way of doing this. The unconscious functions which support the action of speech are already well established in fast searching for memories and information connected with whatever is being spoken about. Associated ideas, feelings, memories, along with the words to express, are all quickly accessed in the process of speech. The difference is that instead of presenting the process of speech with an outline of what needs to be said, you present it with a blank sheet, with only the name of the person at the top.

In reality it is a lot more formulated than that. Here are the steps helpful in using this approach.

1.Hold in mind clearly what you are about to do – this is most important the first dozen or so times you do it, after that you can simply remember the previous times the function was used.  In other words decide to stop your conscious attempts to find information or use readymade answers to the question you are going to ask. Imagine your body, mind, and feelings as like keys on a piano, poised ready to respond, but not to your conscious efforts. Hold the picture of yourself standing aside – the part of you that has learnt to be concerned about what comes out of your mouth, whether it makes sense, what people are going to think about it, and so on – and you are going to let your sleeping dream self respond.

2.Make the decision that you are going to use your voice as a way of expressing what you already intuitively know. The first times you practice it will be best to do so by yourself, or with a friend you are completely relaxed with and who knows you are trying to develop your intuitive ability.

Stand with eyes closed. Become aware of your breathing rhythm. Slowly deepen it but do not speed it up. If anything make it slower and fuller.  When you feel at ease with this add a sound to the outbreath. It is easiest to use the aaaaahhhh sound at first.

Keep this going until you feel the sound flowing out easily and reasonably smoothly. Then move the sound around by changing the volume. Make it soft, make it loud. Try the different volumes of your voice and the different levels of power.

Next try shifting the feeling quality. Make different sounds to see what variety of feelings you can discover or express. If you hit a satisfying sound, something you can enjoy, move it to express laughter, change it into sadness, thoughtfulness, anger, hurt – in fact try it in all sorts of pitches and feeling qualities.

 This can be very entertaining because the voice is an incredible instrument, so enjoy yourself with the instrument you have played since babyhood. If words find their way into what you are doing let them – but see what range of feelings you can express with them. For example try making animal sounds, and when well into it set your voice free to do what  IT not what YOU want.

When you have finished playing the instrument of your voice, relax quietly on the floor for a minute or so. This quiet period after the voice exercise is often very healing. It can produce very real internal peace.

3.Make the decision that you are going to use your voice as a way of expressing what you already intuitively know. The first times you practice it will be best to do so by yourself, or with a friend you are completely relaxed with and who knows you are trying to develop your intuitive ability.

4.Now hold in mind that you are asking for helpful information about the person you are considering. It is actually of great value if the person – perhaps the friend you are practising with – actually asks you to tell them what your impressions of them are. As you ask for information remember to see the information you seek as existing unconsciously within yourself. In this way clarify the need for you to hold your conscious mind in an open receptive condition.

5.You can develop the receptive condition of mind and feelings by taking on a feeling of patient listening or waiting. If you have enjoyed a massage at some time, it is rather like the feeling of letting someone else make the effort while you relax. That is just what you need to do. Don’t struggle. Relax and let your voice be moved from within.

6.The next step is to begin to doodle with your voice. For the very first practice sessions it will help if you sit in the receptive condition, perhaps with eyes closed, and gently make a humming sound. Take hold of the subject’s hand, and in the back of your mind hold the realisation you are waiting for information about this person. As you do so let the humming sound move wherever your voice want to take it. Let your voice doodle, rather as your hand might with a pencil as you were thinking about something else.

7.To start with you might find you have an urge to make mumbling, struggling sounds as your voice is getting used to being moved by a level of your mind other than conscious thought or emotion. This is normal and will gradually go as your voice responds more readily and capably to your unconscious intuitions. Eventually you will be able to use this technique without the person in front of you knowing you were not speaking from conscious thought.

8.The step from ‘normal’ speaking and this speaking from the intuitive awareness may at first seem a big one. It is only habit and ideas of what you can and can’t do you are overcoming though. The way to gain this remarkably useful tool is to practice, and then practice, and practice again, just as you did when you learnt to speak in the first place – practice and play at it.

9.Now hold in mind that you are asking for helpful information about the person you are considering. It is actually of great value if the person – perhaps the friend you are practising with – actually asks you to tell them what your impressions of them are. As you ask for information remember to see the information you seek as existing unconsciously within yourself. In this way clarify the need for you to hold your conscious mind in an open receptive condition.

10.You can develop the receptive condition of mind and feelings by taking on a feeling of patient listening or waiting. If you have enjoyed a massage at some time, it is rather like the feeling of letting someone else make the effort while you relax. That is just what you need to do. Don’t struggle. Relax and let your voice be moved from within.

11.The next step is to begin to doodle with your voice. For the very first practice sessions it will help if you sit in the receptive condition, perhaps with eyes closed, and gently make a humming sound. Take hold of the subject’s hand, and in the back of your mind hold the realisation you are waiting for information about this person. As you do so let the humming sound move wherever your voice want to take it. Let your voice doodle, rather as your hand might with a pencil as you were thinking about something else. To practice that in another way see The Running Meditation

12.To start with you might find you have an urge to make mumbling, struggling sounds as your voice is getting used to being moved by a level of your mind other than conscious thought or emotion. This is normal and will gradually go as your voice responds more readily and capably to your unconscious intuitions. Eventually you will be able to use this technique without the person in front of you knowing you were not speaking from conscious thought.

13.The step from ‘normal’ speaking and this speaking from the intuitive awareness may at first seem a big one. It is only habit and ideas of what you can and can’t do you are overcoming though. The way to gain this remarkably useful tool is to practice, and then practice, and practice again, just as you did when you learnt to speak in the first place – practice and play at it. What the Gypsy woman was doing that is worth understanding was to use a short ritual to jump-start her spontaneous speaking. Through practice she had learnt that every time she said the words “Now I will tell you something true”, she called on her intuition to produce a result relevant to the person she was confronting.

Such a ritual need not be made obvious, but if it is, it makes it more powerful. The reason being that one puts one’s self on the spot. Crisis is one of the best stimulants to wake the powers of the unconscious into expression. The fact that someone else knows you are going to address them from something other than a ‘normal’ state of mind will make them give you their full attention. Their attention helps to pull a powerful response from you.



Intuition Used in Researching the Book

The technique described above can be used in many different ways. The intuitive response informs us not just on other people but can also synthesis one’s vast memory of information on any given subject. The authors therefore used it to explore vague areas of hand analysis. For instance, writers commenting on the line called hepatica or health line, frequently say that the traditional information is confusing and obscure. The information gained was noticeably clear and definite. However, to make sure the reader is aware of what is traditional and what is added by the authors through their intuitive research, we have marked intuitive information as such.

The psychiatrist Carl Jung used the four elements of Earth, Air Fire and Water to represent four types of human personality – Sensation – Thinking – Intuition – Feeling  These would represent people whose primary way of relating to the world would be through their sensory impressions under ‘Sensation’; their emotions under ‘Feeling’; their intellect under ‘Thinking’; and their inner intuitive impressions under ‘Intuition’. It is in just these ways the symbols are used in hand analysis. They represent functions in the body, in the mind, and within interpersonal relationships.



Intuitive information on the Earth quadrant

This area of the hand connects with the process in the body that takes up energy, directs its processes and keeps things in place. It is the process in us that takes hold of things and builds with them. In this it is rather like a seed planted in the soil. The roots of the seed take hold of the soil and take from it to build with.

It does not do this in a masculine controlling manner, but in a feminine receptive and self-relinquishing way. Nevertheless, although this process in us is not in control of the environment, it nevertheless uses it and survives. It is therefore receptive and expressive.

Through this process of receptivity and expression the mind can act on the body and the body respond, like a piano keyboard does under the fingers of the musician.

If you look at the hand you see that some parts of the hand and some fingers aren’t as active as others. Because this area holds the thumb it is the most active and powerful part of the hand. The thumb itself is the most muscular and powerful of all the digits and also it stands alone.  It stands away from the others. This says something about the nature of this part of the hand.. The strength and position of the thumb means it can act upon other parts of the hand in an independent way. This ability to be independent and act upon the other parts of the hand or fingers has the characteristics of personal identity. 

I sense the thumb and this area of the hand connect with the brain or represents self-awareness in a way that nothing else in the body does.  It is out of the forces dealt with by this area that our identity emerges. The sense of ‘I am’ has its roots here. This is why some early cultures used the thumb print to represent their own unique identity.

Animals and lower life forms do not have a sense of themselves as distinct from the rest of nature or separate from the urges moving them. They are all the time moved by their own urges and cannot decide to deny them. But humans were able to say I don’t want to be something that’s moved around. I want to be able to direct myself. I want to be able to move things. I want to take charge of my life.

This area connects with the inner processes and attitudes in us out of which this power of identity rises, and the thumb more than anything represents that.  The area of the ball of the thumb, and the thumb, along with their strength, connect with the power of gaining control over one’s self and life.


Intuitive information on the Water quadrant

This part of the human hand hasn’t yet really been developed. There are possibilities here that human beings do not understand. Something could grow out of here when human beings have reached a certain point. There is a darker side of ourselves, a part that exists in unconsciousness and darkness. For millions of years humans existed unconsciously, without self-awareness.  In this state there was a whole incredible area of experience they gained. In developing self-awareness and a conscious ego however, this massive and ancient faculties was pushed into the shadows. But it is still powerful, it is huge, it contains much information. And because most of us deny its existence, it can become like something that is threatening, something that might even overpower, like a creature out of the depths. Thus people may relate to it in a negative way, they are like a casualty of it, they are like a casualty of life trying to develop another aspect of itself.  Human beings who can relate to this massive area of experience, who can meet it and claim it as an aspect of themselves, can open another dimension of human ability. I see the shape of the hand changing if that is built into society.


Intuitive information on the Air quadrant

If human beings lost their ability to communicate, to live together socially and co-operate as they do, and they became insular, all of the tremendous creativity that comes from co-operation would be lost and this is a factor that many people don’t recognise. Everyday things such as the clothes we wear, the car we ride in, the entertainment we enjoy, the energy used in our houses and business, all arise from our being able to work  co-operatively.

Our ability to co-operate, and communicate within that co-operation, is represented in this area of the palm. Although this area has its roots in sexuality, reproduction, love and those basic drives which come from our subconscious, it has developed far beyond that and has been refined into areas of incredible sharing of information and co-operative skill.

Although this area of the hand appears less functional physically than some other parts, it is actually an amazingly well designed tool. This area connects with human love.  I do not mean romantic love, I mean something else. Human beings have to exist together in a way that is quite unusual apart from say some insects, but as mammals there is not many that work together in quite the way that human beings do and this area of the hand has something to do with this. It concerns the relatedness, the area of learning social relationships and this of course has its beginnings for our part of the evolutionary tree in the apes. But we have refined it to an extraordinary degree and in doing so we become an incredibly creative, and incredibly communicative. This area represents this relatedness and the creativity and communicativeness that is a part of it.  This is why the astrological system puts mercury in this area.

Although this area connects with the unconscious drives to survive and reproduce, these drives have been extended and refined in this area of the human psyche.

My intuitive look at this aspect of the hand tells me that the physical body itself has adapted to this growing relatedness that human beings have, and this area of the hand particularly has to do with the changes that have gone on. This part of the hand has altered because human beings left something behind in learning to relate to each other. They had to leave certain things behind, otherwise they could not have co-operated in the way they do. They are still learning so have not fully left those things behind. The personal struggle for survival has given way to a more communal struggle.  This part of the hand it is a lot more open and expanded because of this.

So, this quadrant is a link with something bigger than ourselves. It is where our personal drives give way through love to others, to society, and therefore to a greater whole.


Intuitive information on the Fire quadrant

This area has such a lot of meaning in it that it is difficult to sort out what’s relevant. A beginning point might be that if a person lost their right hand, or the hand that they use, they would feel as if a whole area of their life had been lost. For instance their writing, their manipulative skill, their ability to use lots of personal abilities would be lost. The skills are often closely linked with this area of the hand.

This area and the thumb area relate so powerfully to each other, more so than any other than any other area of the hand, it is difficult to define it this area alone.  So by thinking of losing the hand we can actually define what that part of the hand is about.

Everything from writing, painting to needlework to communication, reaching out to touch somebody involves this area of the hand and the first two fingers particularly.

This part of the hand is much more personal than the other areas in that each person develops slightly different skills. While the Earth quadrant deals with the forces that leads to the sense of ‘I exist’ this area deals with ‘who I am that exists?’. It connects with who you are, your personal characteristics, your personal skills, your unique fineness, or roughness.

If one is looking at this from the point of view of hand analysis, this area of the hand indicates the amount of personal self-confidence, personal value that one has. It indicates the image we have of ourselves, or how we feel others see us. This can be seen in the way the person uses this part of their hand, but also how well developed it is, its quality of it and its relationship to the thumb.  If you considered what is going on between the thumb area and this area you can tell the person an enormous amount about themselves that is very practically helpful.

For instance when you look at the second finger you will see something that hasn’t been used very much. This finger doesn’t come into play so much in their life, its not so strong, its not so mobile, it may not have the mounds underneath it developed so fully. This suggest that the person hasn’t allowed themselves to really extend their inner life. The area links with their external abilities, but the second finger is more to do with them, the subjective inner life that they express in relationship within the world. For many some people that part of them hasn’t been developed. They haven’t developed a philosophy of life, or a clear image of themselves. They are not clear about what they can contribute to the world. In effect they are still being moved around by events and urges from the unconscious, so that second finger is a very important finger. To help a person define how they can find that side of themselves is very important because it gives them poise, a sense of sureness in their relationship with other people.

Thinking about the first and second finger in relationship with this sector helps to define the meaning of this quadrant. We use these fingers to move things about, to manipulate things in the world. Through them we express what skill or lack of skill or strength or quality we bring to dealing with all the things that we try to control or change or create in the world. So the area relates with our will but it isn’t the same as the thumb. 

If a person you are looking at hasn’t lived their life very fully, if they haven’t really emerged as a person, if they haven’t expressed themselves as fully as they are capable then this finger is often less developed. Also you may see that going down into the hand the muscular power in the finger is less. This also connects with the thumb in that there is an influence between the two that is noticeable in some hands.  You can see the second finger, it is almost like there is not a connection between there and the musculature here.

On a well developed hand it looks well formed between the two, but in some cases you will see there isn’t that connection. This would suggest the person has never developed or taken the time to develop their thinking processes, the processes by which they actualise themselves in the world. They have not clarified their motivations and so they are haphazard in the world. Their whole inner life has not formed so fully.

Similarly, this first finger and the musculature between the two is sometimes not well developed. The hand does not look well formed in that area. But if it is well formed then it is suggesting the person has developed qualities that have placed them firmly in the world. It is almost as if they have built electrical circuits. They have wired themselves into the world. They have made connections, not just one or two, but have built a whole series of connections with the world. This will show in what they work at, in their social life, in being socially recognised and the way people respect them.


Intuitive Information About Reading A Hand

From Wikipedia

When we are analysing a hand, my unconscious suggests the Fire quadrant is the area to look at first and talk to the subject about. This is the area they fully understand. They are not so conscious of the other parts of themselves, and it is from here one can help them find their way into the areas they are not so aware of. A good analytical process would be to understand the relationship of this area with the other three quadrants. The relationship between the quadrants needs to be really looked at, not just the quadrants by themselves. How they relate to each other is of immense importance and especially to the person you are talking to.

hat they can observe of themselves, what they are aware of as being their character, and how this relates to the different aspect of themselves in the less conscious areas of the other quadrants, gives them the  power to improve the quality of their life.

you started looking at the mount of Lunar, often the person would not identify with what you say. For example, we can take the relatedness of the Fire quadrant to the mount of Lunar/ Water quadrant. The subject can observe how they are expressing themselves externally, and what they observe is what actually happens in the world. If some awareness of the underlying attitudes and fears that lead to the actions can be gained, a great change can occur in their life.

Many people’s whole life is geared around what they can observe happening externally.  If they can now begin to understand the connection between what they do, and the other forces of emotion and drives in them, the person might now say “Well, I didn’t do too well there”, or “I didn’t quite satisfy myself with that”. Knowing how urges from other than their conscious ego either adds a quality to or diminish a quality from their life will enable them to guide their life more satisfyingly.

So, in that sense helping the person understand what structure the other parts of their nature are, can help them to produce a different quality of action in the world.


Left and Right Hand Intuitive Reading

Something about the left that often is not mentioned is that it has to do with the symmetry between the left and the right. This goes right the way through, the hands, the nose, the eyes, the ears. In nature you find this symmetry going on everywhere in things like leaves and beans and things that have two lobes, two sides.

This connection with palmistry is quite an important consideration in that the way the body forms has in it an action like a branching from a centre. In our body that starts with two things that fold around and produce the two sides of the body. The left hand in the physical sense is no less, no more than the right hand. But in what’s happened in our culture there has been a dominance, an evolution toward right handedness.

If you take the paws of a dog there is not any dominance. With human beings we have a side which predominates. So even at the muscular level there is more power in the dominant side of the body, and this symmetry is disturbed.

The characteristics that disturb, I mean disturb by changing the flow of something, are what cause the shift in symmetry. From this the separation between left and right occurs and the changes in structure, physical structure, size, shape, but also the lines on the hands occur. This disturbance took a long time in human culture to reach the point it has today, and the changes, the differences are very pronounced, and the roots of the difference are linked with  the whole emergence of human culture, human personality.

So, in the beginning there was symmetry, and out of this disturbance arises. Then there is a shaping. In the early stages of their development human beings began to feel themselves as, as cut off from nature. Because of their emerging self awareness they felt themselves as isolated, no longer a part of the normal flow of things. They realised they could make decisions, and this ability to make a personal decision instead of being moved by forces of nature had a tremendous impact on human beings. This occurs with growing children as they come to the realisation of I, I can, I won’t, I will, I won’t go to the toilet, I want to go to the toilet.

Out of this the left and right difference of symmetry began to arise. In this case the left represented what had dominated until the emergence of will. What had dominated the human being then still influences us unconsciously now. What acted upon humans unchecked can now be denied by our will. It is all the cultural influence, the physiological influence, the family influence that plays upon us unconsciously, like the light plays upon a plant. It plays upon the forming of the human personality, but the human personality can react to it in various ways. It can react to those influences, it might deny them entirely, in which case you might have a very weak left hand compared to the right. The symmetry could be very definitely interfered with in that case. Or we might make an ally of those influences and take them and develop them, in which case the symmetry isn’t broken. It isn’t oppressed, but because of the development there is a complimentary change, a difference.

In regard to hand analysis the hand that doesn’t predominate carries in it signs of the formative factors of the human personality. The factors that give our personality its foundations and its shell can only be taken away or denied with great risk. So disturbances or signs of weakness in the left hand shows a lack of power underlying the person.

Unless the person worked upon themselves very deeply they wouldn’t eradicate those signs of weaknesses, they would stay in the hand. It would have to be a very thorough psychological working to change those. It would not be like redecorating one’s house and making the innards and the furniture very different in character.  It would be akin to actually pulling the walls down and rebuilding bits.

I sense that the left hand is that in a woman the left hand in certain ways is quite different to the left hand in a man and has to be read differently. For instance, the woman’s left hand or her non predominant hand would tell you about some of the parts that she actually lives in her personality much more than a man. A woman tends to allow more of the influences of her less predominant side into her personality. So there is not often that marked difference as in the male. Looking at a woman’s left hand you might see in it features that are really almost predominant, especially in her emotional and her felt/feeling life. More frequently her personality is based upon traditions because of her connection with her feelings and intuition.

In a man’s left hand it would show his background, where he has come from what his beginnings were, and he may have cut himself off from that, he may have attempted to change it, developed it. He may have deserted that in quite a larger way than a woman would have.

If a person has lost an area of their life, if there were an orphan, if you didn’t know their parents, or if they had grown up without a family background, there would be a lost area of their life. Consciously the person might not recognise this influence, but it would show in the left hand. Even if they lost their memory it wouldn’t matter. Their external personality might change but it is still there in their left hand.

The left hand holds in itself not only the individuals personal background, but also the whole racial unconscious. These are the resources everyone has but might never use. But there are signs to show what the person is accessing of the enormous possibilities of family and race. The signs are that if the person’s lifeline is interrupted in the left hand, they are drawing on those inner resources. In the right hand this is slightly different, but the left it says that they are beginning to tap their internal resources and those potentials they hold inside themselves. In the right hand this has more to do with their energy and their personal expression externally, and what they are doing with their external life and their stresses there. But on the left hand it has more to do with whether they have drawn on their capital, their links with the racial experience or unconscious. 

In this racial memory I sense a hurt from long ago. This trauma in the racial memory is part of the reason the predominance of the right hand occurred. As I approach this, I feel it is almost like its slightly taboo subject, as if there are things about this that people do not really want to know, as if it is an area that has been suppressed in human culture, as if there is a real pain here.

I believe there was a point in their development when humans reached a critical point, and a new direction was taken. It was that up until that time human beings felt themselves to be alone in some way, they felt themselves to be quite different to the other animals, and they had developed out of this a feeling, a specialness a feeling of uniqueness. They could see their form was similar to animals, but they felt that something had happened to them, that something had come into them to make them special, almost like a spirit that entered them and changed them. They felt chosen, as if by a great god-like being. It is not that they thought they were equal to the God; somehow, they thought they were worthy of the God.

Out of this sense of specialness they began to have a feeling of dominance in a way they had not experienced before. They felt righteous or good in the eyes of their imagined god. This produced such a change and they felt that they had a right to the world, even the right to even kill each other.  It was at this point that something happened to them, what they did to themselves really.  Because we are them, we inherit that, we are the inheritors of what they did they.


An Intuitive Look at The Thumb

Two images may help describe the quality and power of the human thumb, and its place in our psyche. The first is that people’s thumbs are like little sprouts, something that’s growing, a plant.

The second is that the thumb is stuck in the soil like a seed. It puts out roots and from it the person grows or sprouts. The roots of the growing thumb are reaching into the world, into society. So looking at a person’s thumb gives us some idea of what level of growth that persons reached, what sort of point they have reached, socially, how their status is in regard to other people. The thumb in essence is a symbol of status, of human status. It depicts our personality, our uniqueness and what mark we leave on the world in living our life. Its strength shows what makes us stand out. Its weakness depicts the characteristics leading to our merging into the crowd. So, it indicates one’s standing in connection with other human beings, where you place yourself or where others place you because of their relationship with you.

In looking at the thumb we should look to see what is happening at the roots of the thumb, the part that connects to the palm, and almost to the wrist. If you think of the thumb as a plant, if you think of it as something that has grown, this area is of great importance. If that area has a diminished development, if that area is hurt, then the very roots of the personality, the very roots of how this particular person is in the world, or is realising themselves in the world, is weak. If they haven’t strong roots, they haven’t got a good foundation to their identity. They might very well achieve reasonably well, but it will be at quite a cost. They will have to work harder than any other people. They have not the resources that people with strong roots have.

 With a really powerful base, with a healthy-looking ball of the thumb and palm in that area, then the fundamental area, the richness of the soil as it were, the sources out of which the personality has grown is very strong and resourceful. Their unconscious sense of themselves, their competence, their feeling of connection with their body, their connection with how they relate through their body to the rest of the world is a good one. It is sound, but what builds on from there might be quite different, might be not as strong as a person with a weak base. 

The structure of the thumb as it emerges from the hand shows how it channels what has gone before. Still using the image of the growing plant, if the second phalange, the one between the tip and the hand, is really wide, like a healthy plant stem, then it is allowing a lot of energy to flow through. It’s almost like a river without any dam on it. The water just flows. Whereas if you have got some definable shape in that area then it’s like control, there is some measure of restraint. It filters that energy or flow.

The actual ball of the thumb, the top of it, is huge in its sensitivity. It has a lot of nerve endings.  We tend to think of our contact with the world as through the tips of our fingers, but actually it is through the first finger and the tip of the thumb. It is the area we appraise things with. We assess them, we test them, we touch them, we feel them in some way and we gauge a relationship with what we are touching. So, the tip of the thumb is both a receiving agent – it is receiving a lot of information through it – but it is also associated with leaving our imprint on the world, leaving our mark on the world.  Something of us grows through the thumb into the world.

Because it is the essence of who we are, our subtlety, our grossness, our strength, and weakness, all leave their imprint on the world, through the thumb. If you think of how you grasp something, it might be a broomstick or door handle, the fingers grasp it, unless it’s a small object, but the thumb is on top of it, it goes down on it. We then have a hold on the thing, we have left a print on it, we have left a mark on it, it’s our mark.

If that area is weakly developed the person’s energy isn’t flowing out to grasp the world so powerfully. This is why we use the phrases to ‘get a grasp on ‘ something to mean understanding or connecting with it. Someone ‘loses their grip’ if they lose power in their activities. Whatever we take hold of in life, whatever we do leaves a mark. Everything does leave a mark, trees leave a mark on the environment, they take up the soil and change it, then they drop it down and its altered. Human beings do the same, they alter things. Because they have a mind and emotions, they alter it in a variety of ways, and because of an individual’s particular qualities the mark they leave on the world is recognisably theirs, like their handwriting and fingerprints.

If we translate these factors connected with the thumb into the less physical side of ourselves, we see the thumb connects with our unique identity and how we impress ourselves upon the world.

The Latin and Oriental Thumb.

Something else not often mentioned in books about hand reading is the Latin and Oriental Thumb. Is your thumb capable of a backward bend like this?



Or is it an Anglo-Saxon thumb like this


If it bends backwards like the first picture it probably means you have some Latin or Oriental ancestry in you.


If your thumb cannot bend anything like this then you are probably a straight Anglo Saxon.


Latin countries are Italy; Portugal; Spain; France; Malta; Andorra; Gibralta; Monaco; San Marino. Latin American Countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Santa Lucia,


I feel the thumb tells its own story, for the very straight thumb is incapable of the flexibility of the Latin and Oriental race, and that flexibility might also mean a mental and emotion state too.



An Intuitive Look At The Fingers

In the hands you have the whole history of human life and evolution. They still carry on the basic functions of putting food to our mouth, scratching our behind, hitting a fellow creature, and grabbing hold of their hair and banging their head on the ground. People are still doing that. They are still picking up a stick or stone and whacking somebody with it. But we have carried it on from there. If we were to draw, to create an image of all the things that the hands do, then we would have an idea what the fingers connect with. They are the whole range of these possibilities, everything from grabbing a piece of food, to hanging from a branch, to playing a piano, to manipulating something to do the most refined physical operation of a patient, or etching some electronic equipment. All of that extension of being, that extension of life. They are the paint rush of the soul, the tools of life.

There is something that has to be said about the fingers. If it is not said there is something missing in their description.

The fingers had a life long before human beings existed. They lived, they were part of life on this world; and they had to do with the gaining of greater control over food and movement. They are not peculiar to human beings. Their past is something we have taken up, we have carried forward, we have added to and shifted flexibility in the thumb. But the fingers were there, delicately shaped, and formed. They were already waiting for us to take them and glorify them.

In an odd way they are the ground, the potential out of which the thumb emerged. They called to the thumb. They said to it, come to life, I create you, come forth, here we are waiting – and this is important in the nature of human beings and in the structure of the single fingers.  The ability to integrate and yet separate arose.

Thus they can work together, or they can work separately, and that is something that hadn’t happened previously as fully in the animal kingdom. It was almost like having legs on the end of your legs. A spider might move one leg at a time, we might move one limb at a time, but then to have limbs on the end of your limbs added tremendous dimension of ability to relate to the physical world in quite a different way.  The dog or the cat could pick up its babies and carry them and move them around, but the ape can pull its fleas out. It can hold a stick and manipulate in quite a different way, and this is the fingers this is what the fingers built, this is the platform from which we are able to touch the world, move it direct it in a different way.  This past is still here in our hand. The fingers are the lengths they are because of the way our forebears or whatever creatures that we arose from, used them. They are the connection that we have with them.

This has a particular meaning for human beings. It is one of the areas of human life that has not developed very far from the apes. The pelvis has changed, the head has changed, the arms and legs have changed the spine has changed, the genitals have changed, the breasts have changed, but the fingers aren’t so different. The thumb has changed, but the fingers haven’t changed so much, and we really have to accentuate this point to make it something.  It is that when you are looking at the fingers you are looking at our past. You are looking at how human beings fundamentally related to the world for millions of years. The hands and the fingers link us with our forebears, much more thoroughly than most other aspects of our life because of the tasks that we still do with them.

So when I define the fingers in general I would say life developed a quality that wasn’t express on the earth beforehand. There is a quality in the fingers relating to the physical world, with changing things, with being able to manipulate, being able to create, to take hold of the world and reshape it in an enormous variety of ways, much more so than other creature.

Along this line of development came the thumb.  The fingers were like musical instruments, and suddenly when the thumb came they began to play. They were playing before in an unaccomplished way, but when the thumb emerged in its present form dimensions of music emerged unthought of previously.

I realise that is still fairly vague. But if one starts over defining them, or stating their particular qualities, it takes away something from the fingers that is fundamentally there about manipulation about the extension of consciousness. Consciousness was there but fingers enabled it to extend, to refine itself, to open aspects of itself that were not there before. So the fingers are like the paintbrushes of the soul, they paint the soul, they paint the spirit. Through them we actually leave a record of ourselves in the world, on the world, in stone, in wood, in print, in the shape of things.

If a person has thin fingers, they are making a statement through their body. They are saying “I’m barely capable of living. Things in life are threatening to me and therefore I will experience life through my thoughts and plans”.

 Some aspect of the person’s inner self has that sort of attitude to living. That is an extreme statement, but that sort of statement can arise in someone who has been hurt at birth or during early childhood. Such people may well live their life, even a successful life, as if they have climbed into a huge cockpit so they don’t have to interact with life directly. In this way they can do operate things through a sort of remote control. They try to work on life from a distance, try to do it through the medium of thoughts.

It may be the person had some difficulty in their actual body. They may have been born with some physical difficulty or their body is not very strongly developed.  This may have been why they learnt to remotely control life, or deal with it slightly two paces back or through somebody else.  This thinness is not to be confused with long fingers or short fingers.

If the person has thick powerful fingers, it means there is a lot more body, a lot more to do with expression via their physical self, through enjoying physical contact, through relishing food, through being involved sexually. They are ready for a bit more direct contact, rough and tumble with other people. That is not to say they are all strong people. The thick finger doesn’t mean to say they are all well balanced, and all the other people are not well balanced, that is a different thing. Overall, it is to do with the amount of body they expose to life, how much of themselves they dare to develop and involve in a direct way with the physical world.  It can be seen in how much contact with life, how much of their flesh is going to contact the world, how much of themselves have they allowed to flower.

I was struck by a picture of Travolta and his hands. He has very thin fingers and as this is emerging, I have the sense of a man who develops extraordinary cleverness to deal with that sort of problem in his life. He is a brilliant man, a brilliance he developed around an issue of not wanting to be feeling somewhat threatened by the actual processes of life, the fact of existence. Such people might become vegetarians or have a very spiritual philosophy, anything to get away, to get a bit further back, not to get in where things die and fuck and the actual exposure to the physiological biological shit and blood and that side of life. There is a feeling in the thin fingered people. If they could be very hone’st, they would say something like “There is something scary about life, and I haven’t quite come to terms with it.” Whereas the thick person would say “Yes I love it, I want to get in on it, give me more of it”. 

The thin fingers and fat fingers are extremes. Some people actually have fat fingers ballooning out because they lay down a great deal of tissue or fat. These are the extremes of physical conditions, both of them unhealthy. But they may be illness produced or promoted by the sort of basic attraction to or apprehension about physical existence, and the contact we make or avoid will run through our hands.

The variety of human conditions are so immense and what has been said is a generalisation. There are of course exceptions. Some personalities are barely on this world. It is not necessarily they are frightened. That might not be the case. But they are barely evolved, they are lightly touching the body, and that would produce thin fingers.

There are all these different types and sometimes the very opposite of the person who is lightly toughing the body, where the personality is sort of grossly involved with the body, and also has a highly developed mental and spiritual capacity, with self-reflection. Here the little fingers would be very heavy. 

A different personality type is indicated by short fingers. Aspects of the short-fingered person are not being allowed to develop.  They have a lot of themselves that has not flowered, that is not allowed. Such people may have accepted childhood restraints regarding their behaviour and so a great deal of what may have emerged of their personality remains undeveloped.  It is still there inside them. They have that potential, but something happened to them that stops them really developing. Or they have an attitude that makes them live what others want of them. They are a full human being in a certain sense, but as far as extending themselves, developing that extra something in life, that extra expressiveness, creativity, conversation, that extra sparkle that really makes them quite a distinct person, that isn’t allowed. They have taken a stance of being ultra conservative. They have decided perhaps unconsciously to playthings safe. In ‘doing the right thing’ they have withheld themselves. Whereas with the long-fingered person it is the inquisitiveness, the expressiveness, the extraordinary exploration of fate. In other words, qualities of thinking, of mathematics, symmetry, words. 

Any or all of these can be transcended. Each human being has a possibility of transcending their fate, as it is expressed in their body.  They can transcend what they have become, what they have built, what has been created at this level. They can go right beyond that. This would actually produce some changes in the hand, it would not necessarily work that the short fingers would become very lengthy. But it would produce marks in the hand, flowing of lines towards the fingers, connectivity between the lines of the hands, the integration of the different aspects of the hands, through the lines.

An Intuitive Look At Phalanges

When we study the hand and fingers, it is obvious that if we had out fingers cut off, we would feel like somebody without legs. We have the desire to move without the means to do so.

The fingers are the means of accomplishing the finer points of the desire to  manipulate the world. They enable us to grasp, we can push the world. We can tie and untie knots. We ca grasp tools. We can do it with such precision and diversity of motives and emotions that it is easy to see the fingers are our physical means of self expression.

The phalanges have a particular relationship with this general view of the fingers. The phalanges are rather like stages in this world of self expression.

The base phalange is the one nearest the palm. We can think of this being like the foundations of a house. The phalange connects with the framework, the broad plans of our actions.

Out of this develops the middle phalange which has to do with materialising something, giving it form, bringing it into shape and making it known so it can be seen and experienced through the senses.

 The end phalanges of the fingers are to with shaping and refining what first of all has its foundation in the base phalange, formation in the middle phalange.  So those are the three aspects of the phalanges, FOUNDATION, FORMATION and REFINEMENT. 

Coming back to the base phalanges this foundation level, I want to attempt a clear definition of how this idea of foundation comes about, because it is quite a philosophical point. It can be made plain however, by the trick already used to illustrate other points, the imagined removal of parts of the hand.

 If you cut off the top two joints of the fingers this gives you an idea of what these phalanges represent. You would be able to do very much less with your hands. You might be able to shape something, you might to be able to grasp something, you might be able to move it, but it would be much more difficult to do or sense the finest things that are done with the tips of the fingers. It is the finer manipulation of shaping, moving, holding and touching, the refinement, that is lost.  It is with the tips of the fingers the delicate aspects of our self expression are manifest. Consider touching someone with the stubs of your fingers. Even if they were rounded like the tips of our fingers, just the short stubs, there’s a lack of delicacy, lack of response, lack of springiness, of the sort of refined contact with the world, and this is how the definition came about, of foundation, formation and refinement.

Regarding the middle joints, their definition also has a basis in the physical world in that the middle joints have a flexibility. They work as a go between, a channeling as it were, a conduit between the foundation and the refinement. The middle phalanges give the tips of the fingers the mobility and ability to do their work and their craft. They help shape the acts of the finger tips. They are as it were a sort of go between, a step between foundation and refinement.

In each persons hand these phalanges have a variety of shapes and sizes. The phalanges relate to how the person experiences themselves, how they actualise themselves. They indicate how the person is built up, how they themselves have come into being, and how they  will therefore express themselves externally. This in turn denotes how that person will make things come into being.

Therefore the phalanges have a direct relationship to how things come into existence, or how we ourselves make things happen. If there is a very long phalange close to the hand, this means the person has a lot of primal energy a lot of creative power. But unless the other phalanges are of the same length this is a suppressed energy, a frustrated power in that person. The force isn’t transferred out of the fingers. It stays in, almost like physical vitality that can’t find a means of expression. It might even become an irritation, an irritator, an angry energy, an energy that lashes out, because it cant delicately create. So that shaped phalange, a long base phalange, can represent that sort of character. One who’s energy is pent-up and expresses without grace, without refinement.

If the base phalanges are very short and the other phalanges longer, then it is quite the reverse. It is almost as if the person hasn’t got a lot creativity but what they do with what they have is full of craft, very skilled. They would be the sort of person who takes up the ideas of others and makes them beautiful, makes them skillfully expressed.  But they themselves lack the sort of dynamism that the shaping or foundry power of the long base phalanges have.

The person who has short base phalanges and long fingertips, in an odd way is receptive to the world. They lack their own inner direction very often, their own internal power, but they do seem to gain power from the world. It is almost as if they wait for the world to shape them, as if they wait for the direction in their life to come from that external factor. Therefore they are very connected with events in the world. They are people who have a great deal of knowledge about the world. It means so much to them. It is almost as if it is their life. They look upon it as if its their own memory, as if it contains in it the secrets of their own life, and in a way it does.

So, if the base and tip phalanges are long, and the middle phalanges are short, there is a mixture, a strange mixture. These people are often malcontents of this world. They have both a great deal of internal power and a contact with the world, but their ability to form this, to make anything of it is lacking. Often, they become, not necessarily criminals, but certainly people who feel dispossessed. They feel sometimes as if life has done them down, as if it has taken away something from them.

This in fact has an advantage if they could use it. They have the possibility of taking their internal power and allowing others to express it. If they can do this, they would find a way of bridging this gap, of overcoming the weakness in their area of formation. However, because of their long tip phalanges, they feel they have this ability themselves, and they ought to do it, they ought to be the one’s with their fingers on the world, making it, shaping it. Because they lack that connection, it would be better for them if they could find humility enough to allow others to act for them.

I also sense that in looking at the phalanges there is something about their shape, not just their length that is very important. Some people have fingers that are parallel, they do not dip in and out. With other people it is quite the reverse. It looks as if their knuckles swell out and they are weak in-between, and this is an important factor in understanding the creative energy in people. It is another indication of how a person’s energy is expressed.

The people whose fingers are tubular, as it were, are very capable in their self-expression. Their ability to express themselves in the world is immensely powerful. It has a lot of qualities in it that make them recognised by others and accepted. They are capable, and often they become the privileged in the world. It obviously depends on other qualities, but there is that grace in them, as if life has blessed them, life has given them advantages. This is how it may seem; they have things that other people lack.

A person with fingers that do not have this rod like shape, but they have indentations almost, expressive of the narrows in a river where energy builds up and then swirls out again. This does not mean these people are less creative or less capable, it means their inner life has more diversity more, tension, more currents in it. If they master this they can be even greater figures in the world than those with tubular fingers. But often it can become an adversity in their life. It is something they may not be able to manage, and a lot of their energy or resources are taken up in attempting to deal with this current, its changes and shifts in their inner life. Externally this is less marked, less known, less self expressed.


An Intuitive Look At Fingernails

In each of us there is a strength, a power or battery. If you think of this power as like a battery, some people have more power, more battery life, more stored energy than other people. Fingernails express something of this energy in a person.

This show vitality of health in a person whose battery is flat, shows in their nails. In cases of this lower vitality there is an increase in the amount of times the nails will break, or split.

There is a slightly different process going on with a woman’s fingernails. Menstruation causes certain marks in the nails because this reflects her vitality in a different way than a mans. In her nails this shows as, not ridges, but irregularities at certain times. You can get an idea of this by thinking about the lines you see when a tree is cut down. The irregularity of spacing shows the changing growth rates of the tree. When the woman’s energy is low, she is stressed for that time, and this influences the growth rate of her nails. You would have to look quite closely to see. The actual growth lines are irregular at some point and this would mean her vitality was changed or shifted or dropped as she is going through a cycle of peaks and troughs.

The shape of her nails is less important than those markings. The shape has more to do with the character of the person than the energy. The shape and the markings indicate different standards with regard to the nails.

If you look at a lot of hands you will see that some nails have a long thin appearance, and some have more of a square flatter appearance. Thin nails are often curved across their surface more than a flatter squarer nail. Within each of us there is a set of guidelines for shaping certain parts of our body, so the flat or curved arises from this.  The thin long nail and the broader flatter nail express something to do with a person’s characteristics, to do with their strengths.

If I give a child a sweet, and it wanted another sweet the next day, having had one the first day it could easily expect one the next day. If I didn’t give the child a sweet this time, it could easily treat this as a slight rejection a refusal. It is this type of response to the world the shape of the nails deals with. The broader flatter nails indicate people with less inclination to feel hurt by the world, less inclination to be sensitive to other people, or how other people deal with them.

The opposite is true of the long thin fingernails. The sensitivity to the outside world with these people is almost as if the outside world impinges on them more physically, and hurts them or pleases them more. With these people it is as if they are connected more to the outside world. That isn’t so, but that is how it appears, as if external factors were really engaged with their internal feelings and thoughts. Whereas the people with broad flat nails seem to have less of a connection with the outside world, so they are more independent in their inner life.

The subject of fingernails has been given a lot of attention. There has been quite a lot written about medial studies, health care research, patient records, in connection with fingernails. The central points arising from this research are that if a person has certain internal problems, perhaps their liver or their kidneys, this shows in their fingernails. There is some sort of change and discoloration from the normal. These diseases can often be related to different fingernails and a ruddy sort of glow or colour in the fingernails is altered. So if there is a radical alteration of colour in the fingernails there needs to be a suspicion of problems in the internal organs, particularly the organs concerned with digestion, of food, of creation of those substances through food. The promotion of substances through food that are necessary to the body.

Another area that is important in considering fingernails has to do with a person’s length of life. This is because the fingernails indicate the state of the physical battery energy. That is, how much reserves a person has. The indications here are that if a person has enormous reserves of energy and vitality, in virtually every case the person has an enormous power in their fingernails. They look different, they look as if they are strong and not given to breaking easily, as if they can almost be claws. The person who has less vitality, their fingernails sometimes look almost paper-like, as if they are made with cellophane. They don’t have that thickness and power that person with great vitality has.

The length of the nails can also indicate the amount if inner health and efficiency in dealing with stress the person has. Signs of strengths in the nails are often obvious because they survive breakage a lot more easily, so can grow quite long. If the person chews their nails it may be difficult to tell. But often if they chew their nails, their energies are really being overspent by interior emotional stress, so that in itself being a sign of less power in their health.


An Intuitive Look at The Life Line

This line is produced by the movement of the thumb across the palm or toward the other fingers. It is like a great wall, a great valley separating the hill that rises to the thumb. It can be thought of as an enclosure within which is the domain, or the castle of the ego or selfhood. Its shape, its sweeping curve are indicative of the power of the person’s life and body, the power of their selfhood as it exists in the material world.

Within this castle keep, this hold, are the fundamental powers of the body and personality, its health and confidence. This line is not particularly about length of life, but more to do with how strongly the personality exists within itself, within its own limited area of selfhood.

In each of us there is a strength, a force, something that holds us together as a person, as a body. It is what makes the countless cells in the body work together. It is what leads the body to defend itself against attack at a bacterial level and also at a personal level.

That power is represented in the lifeline. That force, that identity, is not simply a physical or psychological thing, it has to do with all of our being. It is the something that makes us exist as a unique being, the something that protects us from the environment and also motivates us to flourish in the environment. This is essentially what is represented by the lifeline.

If you look at the lifeline, if you see its shape, its form, its flow, its sweep, you see this immense power. It is the largest line on the hand, the biggest, the most powerful. It is the foundations, the energy, the structure out of which the human being is made. This is what it represents. It is the power of their life.

The life line does not necessarily represent the length of a person’s life. It may reflect something of this in its power and strength, but it has more to do with the amount of energy, the amount of identity, the amount of integration and selfhood they have in life.

It is the boundary – it the strength that gives one separateness from other life forms, other beings and the environment. It is what gives us separateness. It is the dividing line between our own existence and the existence of other things. It is what enables us to say, ‘I exist distinct from you’.

In looking at the lifeline we are viewing the power leading to one’s survival as one’s self, as a being. So in looking at the line what you can see is that if it is weak or broken it suggests the person is very vulnerable. Not just emotionally but physically. Their identity, their physical and psychological survival has difficulty defending itself. They have difficulty surviving within all the forces, the energies that are life. Therefore, if the line is wide, strong and long, it gives the impression that the person has the power to survive within the forces of life, within the environment, within social pressures. They can deal with the conflicts, the events, the threats, and attacks that occur to all of us. At a physical level this could be seen as the immune system which fights the attack of incoming bacteria and viruses. If it is weak, then the survival of the individual is uncertain. If it is strong, their survival is surer and they do not appear to be fighting for their life all the time. People with a strong lifeline also have a good sense of separation, a good sense of selfhood.

If there are many breaks in a strong line, it doesn’t necessarily say that the person is weak. The line itself is strong, although it is broken at points. Therefore, breaks suggest the person will meet, perhaps through the way they are living, powerful counter-forces, or activities or events that will threaten them, or they will feel threatened by. If that happens there is still enough strength in the person to deal with that. They will press on despite set backs.

If the line is weak however, those counter-forces, those attacks or events will be felt as much more threatening and will often deplete the person enormously. This is like an enemy getting into the castle hold and running amok for a while. Even if the enemy is got rid of damage has been done.

If the person hasn’t got a long lifeline, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are not going to live very long. What it does suggest is that there is an enormous amount of power expended in a short period of time. The early part of their life flourishes. The building up of their early life is where all their energy was expended, and their later life has less energy in it. They have ‘done their thing’ flowered in the early years, and the flower fades quickly. This can of course influence the length of their life. It may be there is a withdrawal of energy. There may be no longer a flourishing in the world, in their identity. So, this might very well lead to an earlier finish of their life, or a withdrawal.


An Intuitive Look At The Head Line

The intuitive investigation of this line leads to a feeling that this line has not ever really been understood. It has been called the headline. It has been connected with the way people think, or their mental life, and that isn’t really correct. It has to do with understanding.

There is in each of us a process that has to do with responding to the environment.  The heart line has to do relationships and how people connect with each other, but the head line emerges from something else that happens in life.

If I say that everybody has an ability of some sort, like a skill in knowing their way, or a skill in making a table, or a skill in talking to other people, this line represents this type of skill. It has to do with skills that people develop, or they sometimes have such skills apparently innate in themselves.

If I ask somebody what they do, they usually talk about what their activities are, what their work is, what they are interested in. But if I say to them tell me who you are it produces quite a different affect. If you ask “Who are you?” they respond quite differently. For the question of what do they do they might talk about what they can do in terms of their work, or interests they have. But when asking them who they are, they might respond in terms of how they feel or how they see themselves, their likes and dislikes and so on.

The head line stands somewhere between the two. It expresses what tendencies a person has, or what sense of themselves a person develops regarding how they see themselves. It deals with their constructs, the ideas and feelings they have about themselves. But it describes in its strength or configurations, what they do with their self image, what they develop in the world from or with the view they have of things, of life, of themselves, of the physical world. It describes their potential to create from this side of themselves in terms of their activities. It connects with the techniques they use to interacted with other people and the environment. So one could easily call this the life-skill line.

To understand this point it helps to think of early human beings, and consider how they learnt to see the connection between certain things and developed the skills of weaving and pottery. Such abilities did not arise necessarily through careful reasoning, but by recognising, perhaps unconsciously at first, how things would work, how they would fit together, how they would combine and influence each other. This is not the same as our modern idea of thinking, although we still have this skill of understanding the nature of things in abundance. This skill can apply to anything – seeing how people will conflict or harmonise in work; sending what is wrong with a car by listening to it; solving a problem by jumping out of the lines of rational thought that only suggested answers that did not work, and so on. So apart from saying this is the life-skill line, it could be called the intelligence line, if intelligence is defined as shrewdness, perception, being able to vary one’s behaviour in response to varying situations and requirements.

If a person has not developed certain life-skills this line in itself will appear to be weak. It will not be as deeply founded as it would if the person has involved themselves in taking hold of abilities that will enable them to manipulate things, to change things in the world.  

In looking at how this line came into being, the intuitive perception sees it has a connection with the hand of the apes.  It is obviously connected with the single simian line across the palm, but it has a difference in that it develops, it leaves its strict line across the palm and shifts down, sometimes to the lower region of the hand. This was not so originally. The reason being that in the past human beings had to gradually learn to manipulate, not only the external world but their own inner feelings, much more fully than the apes. They had to learn to walk in between the outside world and their own inner life. Consciousness brought with it such difficulty. The struggle became much more than other creatures had faced. They met difficulties that other creatures have never faced. They had to learn to handle their feelings, their emotions in a similar way to learning the skill to wield a piece of wood. If this had not been possible humans would not have learnt to control their appetites enough to plant seed, or their urges sufficiently to live together as peaceably as they manage.  They would have had to eat the harvest they were growing instead of storing it. Somehow, they learnt to hold back on certain aspects of themselves. Over and over, taboos and religious beliefs were enforce by punishment, and so they reminded themselves over and over again to begin to manipulate their own emotions and thoughts.

If the line is deep and well-formed it suggests the person has the capability to develop social and manipulative skills.

The thing that has not been said about this line in the past is that if a person has a line that includes smaller lines running parallel with it this suggest they have a multitude of skills. Their life has a tendency to meaningfully flow or endeavour in a number of ways.

If a person has a line that leans towards the palm down to the larger area of the “percussion” side of the hand, this relates them to the unseen or the irrational aspects of themselves that may lead to madness or despair. But there is another side to this, because it says many of that persons skills are to do with manipulating their inner life or connected with their inner life. It may not mean they become despairing or despondent. What it does suggest is that a lot of their involvement their feelings and their external functions are more fully involved in the urges and drives within that humans struggled to control and push beneath consciousness.

If a hand has a very shallow or small headline this suggests their intellect is not very well refined or developed. This has nothing to do with them not being intelligent. It simply suggests they have not applied or pitted themselves or their wit against events and their environment. Their skills have not developed, it does not mean they lack intelligent. It would suggest their intelligence has not been used, taken up and applied to develop skills that might be used in manipulating the world or changing their exterior life.

Something that is often present in a hand is a certain type of mark on the headline. It is almost like a crater or a depression, a sort of weakness in the line. It gives the impression of immense energy that is drained away. It is not that the person has not got motivation or hasn’t had energy, but something happened in their life at that point that has almost destroyed them. They survive, but at that point their self-image was devastated and had to be rebuilt.

When the headline is linked with the lifeline in the early part of the line, This has a meaning that has often been stated as connecting the person with others, making them dependent. If you consider this line is about skill rather than about their mind and their intellect, then it has a slightly different suggestion. It implies that in their early stages of personal growth they were influenced by others in the direction they took in developing their social and work skills, and only gradually developed their own initiative in this area.

If the line stands by itself it suggests those people found it difficult to actually absorb from others, to actually link their life with others. Although they may have developed skill this may have been difficult for them.  This sometimes has a suggestion of a person leaving something behind, being able to leave behind attitudes and emotions that were very prevalent in their early life, as if they are capable of doing that, as if they can stand apart from their beliefs.


An Intuitive Look at The Heart Line

There is so much here that I am trying to grasp and pull together. So much that humans can learn about themselves. This line is not just about one’s personal life now, about one’s evolution, about how we came to be, how we are. It involves all of these and shows too how humans expressed themselves differently from other creatures.

The line deals with how people connect, how they relate, how they live their life together, whether their life actually connects with other people, whether it is independent, lonely, whether there are factors in their life that create difficulties. It concerns how we open ourselves to the connection that exists between us and other human beings.

If this line has clear direct curves, if it lifts in a well-formed curve as it crosses the hand, this says the person’s life, their emotion and thoughts predispose them to trust other people, to allow other people to share something with them, to work with them, to make some sort of connection. The connection made is not simply a social meeting, but links the person in ways of work, of endeavours, of sharing, of responsibility.

Sexuality is one of the ways we connect with other people, we link our life with theirs, but this line is not particularly about sexuality, although it does relate to sexuality, in that if the person cannot allow other people into their lives more fully than a physical connection then sexuality will be their means of connecting.

The heart line is not principally about that. It is about whether someone can let another person make a connection with them beyond their defences and fears, within their vulnerable intimacy. If a car has a towing bar on it, it makes a connection with another vehicle like a caravan and tows it along. What one of the vehicles does influences the other. When we really connect with another person it is very much like this with human beings.

So, if this line is malformed it expresses certain traits in a character that would cause it to be difficult for them to make a direct connection with other people. They would often feel themselves threatened or frightened of being abused or hurt. They often lack a clear sense of themselves in relationship with other people.  So this connecting with others and life is more difficult for them. We can think of this like the way we feed birds. We put food out and then we go away, and the birds come and eat the food. This is the way some people live their lives. For them there has to be a disconnection. They do not like the direct contact.

In a few people the heart line may even dip down towards the wrist, and this really shows a person, some of whose energies, or much of whose energies are internalised. Their affections are turned away from other people and they may become a recluse, or they may try to avoid contact with other human beings altogether.

On some people’s hands the heart line does not have a continuous sweep. It is often bent or tangled. This depicts the struggles, the difficulties, the reservations, perhaps even the pains the person faces in relation to other human beings. Somewhere in the life and development of this person their feeling connection with others has been deeply disturbed or their trust broken by betrayal.

If a person has a heart line that has a plain smooth curve, and on the good curve it is bent out of line, we could say here is a person who is newly formed, fresh minted.  They have had neither good nor bad experiences of human beings, thus the virginal quality of the line. On the smooth part of the line there is nothing that has turned them away from nature. They only turn towards it. They have their own desires, their wants, and they move toward these as natural as a horse to water. But if that person has been injured, has been beaten, has been kicked, has been pushed, or their inner harmony murdered in some way, then that inclination towards others, towards the world, towards fulfilment and contact has been damaged, has been twisted. Thus, the bent line.

When looking at this line and it is strong; when that part of their hand is rich and strong, this isn’t a sign that the person hasn’t had trouble. It is the line of somebody who has met many ills and has found a way through them. They have the ability to find their way through these difficulties into connection with other people. They have created in themselves through facing and overcoming their own pain what we call love. Their being is open, willing to receive what is true in another human being.

The heart line deals with an intensely important area of ourselves, because human beings spend most of their lives relating to other human beings. It is of prime importance in work as well as love relationships. It is not true that love has only to do with male and female relationships. It is part of all the connections we make with the external world. It has to do with all the ways we relate to society, to the forces that govern us, to those who extend to us, even to the way we relate to knowledge.

Therefore, in carefully considering this line and helping a person understand and use this side of themselves, we can radically change a their life. If they can understand the factors that stand in the way of them integrating with the world around them, and therefore finding more satisfaction, their whole life could change.

If the heart line extends around the percussion edge of the palm, it suggests the person has roots that go deep, roots that extend far and wide. This person’s connection with society through their family, through their past, are extraordinarily strong. They have a lot of connections with other people in the world that are already in place. This is something they can build upon. If the line from there on is breached, then they have not in fact developed those qualities. They have not built upon those connections. When a heart line with strong roots is jumbled and bent, then those connections have not been made use of.

The line occasionally swings lower after leaving the percussion edge. If after coming off of the edge of the hand it does not glide upwards but dips, this dropping, this falling line gives to the person, a tendency, certain tendencies, of pulling back. They may show great suspicion which manifests itself in a feeling that if they really show the world who they are they will not be accepted.  They have a sense of care or caution about how they express themselves, how they show themselves to the world. Such people could be quite guarded in revealing themselves, what they want, who they are, and in fact create a suspicion in other people of not really knowing them. People may not trust them fully. They might become lonely in finding others who allow them into their life easily. They might easily begin to believe that out of such a lonely place there is no friendship.

The heart line is partly a buffer line. In early human beings it was a line that broke away. If we take the simian line, the straight line across the hand, as a base line, this line is lifted from it. There was a change. Something happened in the shape of the hand, in the way the hand was used. It was to do with how the thumb and small finger can meet, how the hands relate to that movement. The fingers can curve, the small fingers can curve over towards the thumb, can meet them, enfold the thumb.

This took a long time to happen. The movement came about because human beings tried to alleviate, tried to create a way of life, that had less uncertainty in it. They wanted to be more in control of their own environment. They wanted to be able to stop certain things happening and to produce other things. In doing so they started manipulating objects, creating things, making things, with their hands, and it was out of these long periods of change and creativity that the hands developed the movements that we now take for granted and so this line came about from actually trying to control the environment.

This is an over-simplification, but if you put all the bits together it has that in it. It has in it this history, this heritage, this change in human life. How this connects with relationships is that in a strange way a human being no longer wanted to simply receive of the environment, they no longer simply wanted to take what arose in their surrounds and tolerate or just survive in it.  They began to act upon it much more fully. They began to develop a relationship with the environment, a two-way relationship and this line, in its depth, expresses something of the way human beings relate to their environment. Part of their environment, sometimes a dangerous part, but always an important part, is other human beings. Because of this there gradually arose the refinements of relationship. The enormous possibilities of relationship, both in a person to person, but also a person to world, person to work, person to themselves, were felt and developed.

If I look at the heart line, any line that descends towards the wrist is energy that interiorises. It is energy that turns back inwards, but also energy that connects the inner world of the person with their relationships. So, the lines descending may show a person who in their relationship is far more aware of their own internal feeling responses to what is going on externally. If there are no descending lines the person may be very, or totally, unaware of their internal responses to their relationship with the world.

The rising lines are in a way the opposite. They show what that person has contributed. This contribution is what the person has made to others or to the world. It is a self-giving, something they have given of themselves. In a way the line can be dated similarly to the lifeline and at times the person may have transcended themselves, given themselves in such a manner it has left a mark on the hand.

On the male hand the line occasionally reaches towards the thumb further before it rises. This is less frequent in the female hand and this has to do with attributes that have been developed in male personality. It came about from a long period of time using the discipline of curtailing one’s self, holding one’s self back, being active in the world but with caution. If this movement to the right is very pronounced it would mean the person, although they may know it have attained a shrewd caution. It can be likened to walking through a jungle and being aware that there are creatures around that could be dangerous. So people with this line may contain their exuberance or their laughter. Or they are a hunter, they are hunting, and so they hold, they discipline, they contain that energy.  They are a person with a great deal of care. Not so much caution, as care in how they express themselves in the world. These people might well be diplomats or some kind of politicians, certainly those who could be go-betweens in difficult situations.


An Intuitive Look At The Fate Line

This is a very powerful line. It carries with it energies from deep within the being. Whereas the lifeline flows around a certain area, like a wall, this line is flowing right from the body directly up the hand. It is a line that balances. It is a flow between opposing forces – the great power of the thumb and the muscle at its base, and the power of the percussion side, the mount of lunar, that great muscle there. It is the line that divides or balances those two forces, these two sides of the hand, the conscious or unconscious, the inner and external.

This line has in it a suggestion of something like a charioteer who is controlling a number of horses. They could easily pull in different directions and so go nowhere. They could race this direction then that, getting to no particular goal. Instead, this line flows right up the hand, depicting this power in the individual to balance the forces not only within themselves, but also to meet external pressures and forces, challenges, events, social pressures, condemnation, praise – to meet all of these things and find a way to continue the journey of their life, to continue this expression of themselves.

This line has to do, not so much with fate, not being fated, as if the personality is going to do or become something despite themselves; but more with destiny, with what is inherent or innate within the person, and can be or is allowed to flower. So not becoming something despite themselves, but because of themselves. It is about materialising, making real in the world, what is at the heart of the person, their spirit.

So, this line has to do with self-realisation, with becoming one’s self despite not only the internal fears and hopes, sexual drives we have, but also the external pressures and events of life. It is about the force to carry on despite these, or perhaps even through using these in a process of self realisation and self-expression.

In many lives the person is buffeted this way and that by the forces of their fears, their lack of any sense of self-worth, and by external factors, and if so they may lack determination and a fate line. But if the person in some measure realises themselves in the world despite such buffeting, then this line is a sign of that power.

If the line is not a long one this does not mean the person is not very fully self realised. But sometimes it stops at the head or the heart line, and this suggests that there is within the person, thoughts, self-doubts or emotions that prevent a fuller expression of themselves. There are determining factors within themselves that do not allow them to go fully on into the outer world as they may have done without those factors.

If I look at this line, which is better called the line of destiny, I have this sense of something flowering, of something opening up. There is a feeling of something flowering, something that was not there realising itself. And that is to do with the person’s life, that at one period did not exist, has come about, and opens and realises itself and is known in the world. This is a good image of this line.

If this line has a tendency toward the first and second finger, this indicates the realisation of the person is more toward a manifestation of themselves in a physical sense, such a manufacturing goods, the creation of something physically apparent. If the line has a tendency toward the ring or fourth finger, it suggests the person tends to express themselves more in the direction of abstract idea, music, the arts. Their communication is in a less materialistic form.


An Intuitive Look at The Sun Line

This line or lines are sometimes thought to be lines of success. This is partly true, but they are connected with an ability some human beings have to sense or work with what one might feel is an unseen or mysterious element in human life.

For instance, someone phoned me yesterday and asked if they could come and see me. They were a person I had not met before or knew anything about. But they had been talking to a mutual friend. In this conversation, or conversations, things had happened that were outside of my awareness. The events were off in the darkness so to speak, outside of my light. In that darkness all manner of things are happening all the time, things that are connected with one’s personal life, but which one has no awareness of. Occasionally though they come into one’s personal sphere of awareness. One then knows of them.

These events outside of one’s personal experience can come into one’s life, enrich it, take away from it, produce opportunity or misfortune. And the sun line depicts a person who links strongly with that hidden processes. Perhaps they cannot explain this consciously, but they know how to use it, how to make it work for them, so their life is enriched by those hidden events.

It is in this way the lines can represent success in that the hidden is bent toward their service, toward fulfilling their life, towards supplying it with their needs.


An Intuitive Look at The Hepatica or Health Line

The line has in it power to flow from what is the stronghold of the ego, the stronghold of the self and the identity, away toward the headline or heart line, or even further toward the third and fourth fingers. It has in it an implication of the overflowing of self, the flowing out, the wealth, the goodness of the person flowing out, communicating itself, perhaps in thought, perhaps in emotions, or maybe in some act of self-giving or communication of self.

It indicates the individual extending themselves beyond their immediate welfare, their immediate survival, their immediate family. The mount of Venus can well be thought of as a castle, a mountain or hill upon which the personality dwells and isolates itself from contact with ‘outsiders’. What is beyond that is the domain that isn’t the immediate self, as in a way language is, as emotions that extend toward others are. So, this line has this sense of flowing out, moving towards; and its strength or depth suggest how fully the person realises themselves beyond their ego. In a way it is a spiritual line. It shows a development of the self in a social sense, a wider life, than mere survival or protection of the ego.

There is an indication also that the person may be producing or living in a way that they may leave behind things that will live beyond their immediate life. So, in this sense it connects with the spiritual life.

If there is a line which moves from within the lifeline and moves in a similar direction – toward the third or fourth fingers – on a woman’s hand particularly. It suggests an extraordinary ability to give of themselves in love. It is a wondrous line. It is a power only a few people have to make a special sort of stand in life. It is not a weakness or a fear or surrender to someone else. It is a joyous giving of their life in love to another being. It is something a few human beings have learnt to do. It might be the woman gives her life to her family, or occasionally to society or other people, but often to a man. But this line has the power of the spiritual life in it. It is a breaching of the walls of the ego, that castle, that domain, and a flowing into self-giving.


Intuitive Look at Hepatica or Health Line Commencing from Mount of Lunar

Some hands have a line that moves from the inner part of the hand on the mount of Lunar,  to the outer part of the right hand. It moves towards the thumb. This indicates that if a person have not let their own inmost self, their own real self, extend into their external life and be lived, They tend to live a life reflecting the past. They develop some part of themselves that links them back to the past. It is as if they live off their traditions; as if they have not taken up their own personal life. There is an urge in them to live in a way expressive or the past. It is almost as if they long for the world not to change.


Intuitive Hand Analysis

Intuition is defined as the ‘immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning – or immediate insight. Most often we think of intuition as knowing something without having gathered information about it through our senses or through previous thought.

In films and fiction the intuitive person has often been depicted as a mysterious stranger who meets someone and can tell them facts about themselves, about their future and past, without any exterior information. The characterisation may portray them as having occult or mysterious powers, or as employing spirits or demonic forces. Such portrayals show us the common conceptions people have of such human abilities as intuition.

Because of the change in peoples perception of this faculty in recent years, many modern films show the intuitive person as being a highly evolved alien from another world, or as someone having developed faculties previously slumbering, or as having used technology to enhance their mind.

From this we can see there are a number of ways intuition is explained. They range through communion with the Devil; the help of disembodied spirits; clairvoyance and telepathy, latent human faculties; using the unconscious mind; trickery; and training the mind to work with its latent faculties.


How Intuition Works

Recently while driving quite fast around a large roundabout a car pulled out in front of me from one of the side roads. The driver gave no signals so I was uncertain if he was going to carry on across my path, or take the next exit off the roundabout. I immediately pulled across to get behind him. This all happened fast and so there was no time to reason at length about what to do.

In this case one could say I acted intuitively – that is without rational thought. In the reference book The Oxford Companion To The Mind, it says of intuition that in fact we are all using intuition all the time, in that we do not often go through the steps of logically examining an argument before making a decision. “In this sense” the book says, “almost all judgements and behaviour are intuitive.”

The writer goes on to say that ‘women’s intuition’ may be largely the result of subtle and almost subliminal cues arising from gestures, snippets of conversation and gathered knowledge of behaviour patterns and motivations in social action.

Returning to the example of the car, the driver who pulled out actually took the next turning off, so I could have driven across his path. The safest bet however, was to follow behind. After the act, with more time, this could all be reasoned out and the decision analysed. At the time however, I needed intuition because of the speed. Intuition in this case was the result of unconscious or subliminal experience of driving gathered over many years, called upon and expressed as automatic or intuitive response.

So from what has already been said, intuition can arise from:

Gathered experience that has not all been made conscious at the time of the intuitive response. This experience might be a special area of study such as medicine, motor engineering or hand analysis; or it might be general such as the everyday life experience of people and social interactions. This form of intuition can afterwards be examined and with time the sources of it be explained or known.

Cues given us by other people in their behaviour, facial expressions, clothing, speech and speech tone’s, posture and movements. Study of intuition arising from these show that each of us in fact gather an enormous amount of information about each other within a few seconds of meeting. Such information usually remains unconscious unless we take time to carefully examine and express what our impressions were of the person, and what we have concluded about them.

An overall summary of this mass of gathered information can arise as a hunch, or an ‘intuitive’ feeling of like or dislike, trust or mistrust. If such feeling responses are explored however, details may be made conscious about the person being considered.

Although it is not yet proven by research, some thinkers like Jung and Sheldrake, see individual human consciousness like an island in a huge ocean in which there are countless other islands. Above the surface of the water – waking self-awareness – there is separate existence, with definite boundaries where the shore meets the sea. Beneath the surface however, one island is connected to all other islands. The land stretches away under the waves and rises here and there into other islands. So, it is thought, personal awareness, beneath our everyday consciousness, shades off into a connection with a collective unconscious we all share. Through this connection we may be able to arrive at insights into other people otherwise denied to us.

Some forms of intuition are explained by this approach, as one person’s mind is said to connect to all others beneath the surface in the unconscious. In this way, questions or inquiry about a particular person will draw information pertaining to them from the enormous collective unconscious. The life of Edgar Cayce demonstrates this ability – see Edgar Cayce


Examples of Intuition

In our lifetime most of us have personal experiences of at least one of these forms of intuition. The following account is an example of the second form of intuition – cues given us by others.

While teaching in Japan I was staying for a few days with a family in which the wife was Japanese and the husband American. I was asked to act as counsellor to the wife, who was experiencing psychosomatic pain in the chest, and general anxiety. The way I work is to have the person allow their body and voice free expression so innate tensions can be released. The woman quickly began to cough and choke and express signs of emotional and physical struggle, but without being able to say what emotions the choking was connected to. I felt rather lost as I had not known the woman for long, and she gave no other information. So I used my intuitive faculty, asking for help.

Immediately a powerful series of images and feelings arose. They outlined a cultural and personal conflict regarding relationship. The woman was pregnant, and my intuition suggested she was terrified that once she had given birth, her husband would find another woman. I said to her, “Is this about your husband and the baby?” She immediately cried out “Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me!” Tears and sobbing about being left followed.

Amazed at this very direct insight into what was troubling the woman I later wondered how my unconscious had known this, because consciously I had not suspected the fear she expressed. I asked my unconscious where it had got this information. Straightaway a memory arose of an event two days prior to the counselling session. I had been teaching the woman how to make bread. During this I had remarked that I thought her baby would be beautiful as it would be a mixture of East and West. Her reply in a slightly subdued voice was “I suppose so”. My unconscious had put this together with other bits of information picked up regarding the culture and couple and extrapolated its intuition of her conflict.

The intuitive insight described above shows clearly how our unconscious not only absorbs the minutiae of daily experience, but also how it examines these in connection with the other bits of information gathered, and extracts possible meaning from them. If we used such a faculty often, we would make conscious a mass of realisations that otherwise might not easily break through the threshold between conscious and unconscious to become known.

In connection with hand analysis here is an example of how this can work. It was experience by one of the authors.

I had been talking at a communal dinner table to some of the people around me about hand analysis. Some of them had asked me to look at their hands. In quite a light hearted manner I had done so. Afterwards a woman I had not made any real connection with previously, came to me and asked if I would look at her hands and tell her what I could see. As we were both in a hurry at that point I said I would try to do so within the next few days.

It was about two days later I sat down with her and told her what I could by examining the lines on her hands. This seemed rather dry so I said if she didn’t mind I would see what I could get from an intuitive reading. She agreed and I closed my eyes and decided to try to use the image approach. From these two strong pictures arose, describing two different situations. In the first the woman was shown being forced to change her life because an event had pushed her into the change. I described this to her as a big change that had occurred in her life, but it was not at all what she had wanted. I felt she was now living the results of this event, and still trying to find her own place in it.

The second picture showed her in a quiet receptive situation, reading, but with an invisible presence trying to support her with his love. I described this to her as a man who cared for her but had died, and was now, according to the impression, trying to support her and make his love known to her.

The woman identified with the first statement immediately. Her husband, after a marriage of many years, left her to live with another woman. This had forced unwanted changes into her life which were still influencing her. We talked this over for a while then I asked her what place if any did the pictured dead person have in her life. She immediately started sobbing, and told me that after her husband left her, a good friend of his became her lover. This man had made her feel wanted and cared for in a way she had not known before. He never left his wife, and their relationship remained a secret. He had died six weeks ago, and she was still mourning his death. So the image telling of his support brought a lot of emotion and meant a great deal to her.

This is not a perfect example of intuition, but the author was deeply impressed at the time. If it had been stated that the first event causing changes had been a divorce, and the second man had been a lover, this would have been detailed enough to be undeniably a direct perception of the woman’s life experience, without previously knowing her history. Even so it is still a good example of how intuition can be used in hand analysis and counselling people.

Because the woman was met at a place frequented by many single women, some of what was said could have been inferred or extrapolated. Even so, this does not depreciate the value of intuition. It can focus attention and draw conclusions from scattered impressions and unconscious information.


Intuition as The Highest Probability

One of the factors I have noticed in watching people use intuitive faculties, is how the mind functions when we ask ourselves a question. One day my daughter came to me from another room in our house with her hands behind her back. Playfully she asked me what she was holding. At that moment I was for some reason in a mode of deep self-perception and could observe some of what was taking place at lightning speed in my mind. A mental scan was occurring which presented likely objects. There was also a filter acting to drop out of the selection those objects that did not meet a whole list of criteria such as – What was in the other rooms and not this? What might my daughter temperamentally choose? What topics of conversation had preceded the event? What did her action tell me, and so on?

This all happened very fast and it is difficult to particularise, but it was obvious that what my computing function of mind was doing was to look for the highest probability within its points of reference and filtering. What I said within seconds was “Banana” because this is what I arrived at as the highest probability. My daughter was amazed and asked me how I did it. It had appeared magical, yet it was based on basic mental functioning and being able to let the mind scan freely, and critically appraise its scan results – i.e., filter out the negative hits and not use the intellect.

If we learn to appreciate and use some of such processes, we can begin to ‘think’ in a radically new way.

It is important to realise that if we start to use these dormant faculties, we will almost certainly start to approach them with traditional values, unless we have carefully re-evaluated the subject. The characterisations in drama mentioned above are examples of these general conceptions of intuition. If we were asked to find the hidden secrets of a person’s character without conversing with them or using detective work, we might well revert to using a Ouija board in a spiritualistic séance.

These factors of traditional values may lead many people who use an intuitive faculty do so in a sort of mental vacuum, or in a hermetically sealed belief system. Because the mind works better when we relax, such belief systems may be useful in giving the person confidence. But such belief systems often have enormous limitations, in that one would have to remain within the belief system for the faculty to work. If the subject of intuition is understood in a general sense outside of such belief systems however, I believe such understanding can help the faculty of intuition flower.


The High Art of Intuition

The highest form of intuitive response to another person is the one described above as accessing the collective unconscious. When this occurs it does not have the signs of extrapolation, or unconsciously taking in the cues from people through their gestures, clothes, voice, and so on. It jumps beyond what information one has received personally and presents direct perception of things beyond one’s knowing. This is comparatively rare. It might be compared with the sort of connections we make daily on the telephone. Usually they are local, or individual calls. Only certain people have massive computer and telephone connections world-wide to access information beyond their personal or work domain. When this occurs, information about almost anybody might be accessed. This is like accessing the collective unconscious. In fact, the massive growth of communication technology is giving us a material example of what can apparently take place naturally in the human mind.


Learning Intuitive Hand Analysis

There are several ways of using the intuitive ability we each have. Your own most effective approach will no doubt depend upon your character. If you are a person who looks at life mostly through your feelings, then using these would be quicker than using the imagery or scanning approach. If you use your intellect most of the time, the scanning technique might be best. Or if you are imaginative and use imagery a great deal this approach would suit you.

To flex and develop your ability however, there are several techniques you need to practice. These should be used frequently until you feel at ease using them and gain a reasonably clear response each time. At the very start use them in an experimental way. They often work best when you are talking to another person, so you need a friend or friends to practice with. Tell them you are learning the technique and want to see if it will work with them. They can even try it with you and tell you their impressions.




The Intuitive Feeling Approach

Using the sensitivity of your feelings instead of images or speech is only a difference of approach than technique. Most of what had been said above about the image and speech methods is valid. The practice of self-observation is necessary prior to using the feelings for intuition. Then instead of asking for images to explain what is intuited, you ask for shifts in your own inner feelings to explain your intuitions.

The reason for explaining these different paths to the same goal is because of people’s basic differences. Some people already unconsciously watch their feeling reaction in relationships. They already have expertise and perhaps only need to channel it. Others are more used to imagining situations, playing them through in their mind rather like a drama. Others function through words very fluently.

No matter how you see yourself however, whether verbal, visual or feeling, do not be put off trying the other approaches. Occasionally switching from one to another with the same person can provide different results if you get stuck.


Counselling People With Intuition

In actually using intuition with a person who seeks your advice, there are things to apply just as in any other practice or skill. One of the first things to remember is that you are often dealing with very intimate and personal aspects of the person’s life. Therefore, if you are going to develop this skill to the point where people will want to seek you out, you must learn the first principle of counselling – confidentiality. What you reveal to yourself and the person before you is to remain confidential and not spoken to others.

Never speak as if you are seeing the future as it will be. Make sure what is said is spoken of as possibilities arising out of the person’s current attitudes and choices. This keeps their mind free of depression arising from feeling trapped in an unavoidable future.

Realise that what you are seeing is most likely representing the situation the person is in at the moment and how they feel about it. I once visited a very intuitive woman who told me events that had happened in my life and many things about myself. She went on to say that from what she could see everything I tried in the future would lead nowhere. There appeared to be no success in relationships, and every avenue in work and endeavour seemed a dead end also.

What she failed to tell me, and had perhaps not understood about her own gift, was that the picture she painted was of my mood and fears at the time. I had recently been through divorce, felt terribly torn about what had happened, and from my pain saw all my future as grey and a continuance of my present despair. Her failure to point this out to me, to help me see how my dejection was creating a view of life that stopped me moving forward confidently, was a black mark on her otherwise great skill. I felt terrible for a day after her words, then realised for myself that she was merely reflecting my mood and went forward to create my own future. If you can remain aware of this, you can be of great help to people, who constantly need reminding how their inner moods are creative powers for ill or good.

If you are going to use this ability often, learn some basic counselling skills such as those offered by the Samaritans or Co-Counselling. Both of them are offered at minimum cost, and are of great importance. If you cannot meet human emotions or pain without trying to repress it or make it better by trite advice, do not set yourself up as someone who can counsel others using the hand. Tell people openly that you are doing it for amusement and nothing more.

Counselling skills are not connected with huge amounts of technical information and diagnosis of other people’s condition. They are mainly to do with learning how to keep quiet, not giving other people advice, and how to help someone realise their own problem solving capacity.

One of the greatest of human tendencies is to feel that because we have managed to survive in life in whatever degree we have, we are an expert on relationships, in business, in the spiritual secrets of life. Because we have learnt to use our intuition does not make us great sages or wise in the ways of life. Present your information and help the person find their own decisions.

Another powerful urge in many psychics I have watched, and of course in most of us not skilled in meeting human emotions, is to try to ‘make things okay’ for the person who cries in our presence or shows anger about some life situation. People often need to release emotions, especially if you reveal a side of themselves, they have not exposed publicly. In most cases you do not have to ‘do’ anything about this beside being with the person supportingly and sympathetically. If you have not set yourself up as a therapist, you need not get into that role. In fact, keep out of it, lest you encourage the person to move into a dependent relationship with you.

The person can of course ask questions, and all you need do is to respond from your intuition or from what can be seen in the person’s hand. This giving of information is of great help and need not be pushed into advice giving or coercion to live in a particular way that is the expression of your own horizons, restraints, fears and hopes. It is important to clarify the difference between advice and information.


Becoming an Accomplished Intuitive

A great deal of healing and problem solving can occur if you can find doorways into a person’s hurts, strengths and difficulties through your intuition. But unfortunately, most psychics are awful counsellors, and this is why it has been suggested that some level of counselling skill be learnt.

As you gain experience, aim to be skilled in what you do. Learn to communicate with your own unconscious, ask questions of it, doubt and explore until you find better performance and clarity. It is important for you to be clear about what you are doing when using intuition. Recognise hone’stly that just like any other faculty, such as reasoning, intuition has its limitations. Test your own ability to find out its level of accuracy. Give this a percentage mark if you can, so you can look your client in the eye and say something like – I have tried to ascertain the accuracy of my intuitive ability, and I find it is about 60%.

The more fully you understand that your unconscious is already an everyday part of your life, constantly providing background information, words in speech, habitual skills such as walking and writing, the easier you will feel about using its other faculties. Also, understanding how readily it responds to daily requests – for instance we may not have ridden a bicycle for years, yet can get on a bike and ride off – helps us to see how we can organise our use of it. Instead of simply asking what you intuitively perceive of a person, for instance, you could set up a series of questions so an all-round response could be given them. You could start with physical health and work through, giving them a very full life-reading, covering work, relationships, and spiritual life.




Using Your Intuition by Tony Crisp



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