Hand Analysis & Palmistry Newsletter
by Angela Mattey at TAM Enterprises


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What is hand analysis?

Hand Analysis is a scientific study of the human hand, dealing with the size, shape, fingernails, finger lengths and the skin patterns (Dermatoglyphics -better known in the fingertip areas as finger prints) which make one hand different from any other. Hand Analysis is not palmistry. Its study is based upon what is recorded in the hand and is measured and compared to the facts given in researched studies done by medical doctors, psychologists, universities, educationalists and character researchers completed in institutions around the world since the early nineteen hundreds. Thus hand analysis is a program of evaluation of; personality, character - structure, health, talents, career abilities and hobbies best suited for that individual. Most people consider having it done for a personal character evaluation to help them make positive career and relationship choices.
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What is palmistry?

Palmistry is an ancient practice. Hands have been of recorded interest to humanity as far back as 12,000-15,000 years ago. The prehistoric caves in Santander, Spain display hand drawings of palms with the major lines portrayed in amazing detail. The earliest writing  with the word palmistry (Then spelled Pawmestry) included was done in 1420 by John Lyndgate in his "Assembly of Gods documents". The first book to mention or refer to palmistry was written by Michael Scotts DE PHISIOGNOMIA which was published in 1477 on the physiognomy of the human body with an entire chapter devoted to all the aspects of the human hand.

In the seventeenth century many books were written that included the collected early gypsy ideas about the hand that had been handed down through verbal  tradition since the early 1400s. In the eighteenth century, books were written blending some scientific information about the hand with mysticism. Since then, Palmistry was aligned with the idea that a person reads the hand with a scientific eye but spoke from the blend of science and intuition. Palmistry then officially became a form of prediction that was as individual as the hand itself.

Marie Anne le Norman was a famous French fortune teller in Napoleon's court who historically created great interest in Palmistry because of her predictive successes with Napoleon and Josephine. Two other Frenchmen, D’Arpentigny born in 1798 and Desbarrolles born in 1801 did a great deal of study and writing about the subject. Their findings have withstood time as truth and are still seriously respected today.

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