Palmistry book - The Art and Science of Hand Reading - Review

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  • Published date: November 15, 2017
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    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Haryana, India

The Basic Modifiers: The Western Perspective for the Palmistry World
Book Review of “The Art and Science of Hand Reading”
Book was written by Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen
Review was written by Janet Li

Palmistry is a big topic for us to discuss. It includes many schools of thought to
analyses the future of the hand owner and their personality traits. Written by Ellen
Goldberg and Dorian Bergen, this book “The Art and Science of Hand Reading” have
chosen to use the basic modifiers to discuss this topic. The author said that it is the
first subject of this book. This book has brought us a western perspective to enter
into the world of palmistry.

With 532 pages, the book “The Art and Science of Hand Reading” is comprised of
three main parts. The first part describes the basic modifiers that make each hand
unique. It includes the texture, flexibility, consistency, coloring, and size of the hand;
the fingers; and the thumb. The second part outlines the meaning of the mounts. It
talks about the seven archetypes of the palm. The third part talks about the lines of
the hand. It shows the road map of the palm.

The most shining part of the book is the first and the second parts. The first part
has detailed the personality traits with the basic modifiers. The second part has used
the basic modifiers to determine the concrete features of different people of each
mount. The second part has blended the theory of chirognomy and chiromancy very
well. Especially, the part of the mount with the illustration of the basic modifiers has
blended the theory of chirognomy and chiromancy very well. It has told the
personality traits of different mounts in terms of “texture of the skin”, “flexibility of
the hand”, “consistency of the palm”, “color”, “hair”, “nails”, “finger length”,
“fingertip shapes”, and the “thumb”. I agree that the author said, “There is a good
reason the basic modifiers are the first subject in this book.”

There are some main points in this book. For example, it said “Exactly how a person
with medium-textured skin expresses finer or coarser qualities of an archetype will
be shown by other indications in the hand, not by the skin texture.” And it said “As a
measure of energy, consistency is one of the most important aspects of the hand. No
matter what other indications are found, no matter how beautiful the development
of certain mounts, no matter how rare a sign is found in the palm, the consistency of
the hand can make or break the potential of these qualities.” This book has used a
lot of elements of the basic modifiers to establish its point. These ideas are already
very original to the reader from the Asian countries.

Unlike most Hong Kong palmistry book, this book has not put too much emphasis on
the hand line and the hand shape. Maybe, it is the difference between the eastern
and western palmistry. In the theory of the eastern palmistry, the author will put
more energy to predict the fate of the owner. However, in the theory of the western
palmistry, the author will put more energy into analyses the personality traits of the
hand owners. This book has shown the western tradition of reading the hands.

One strength of this book is that the author uses a lot of pictures to tell the story.
These pictures have reinforced the narrative of the hand features. It makes the
readers more clearly know about the appearance of various kinds of hand features.
More apparently is it uses the real hands to show the features of the hand, rather
than the drawing. It will more clearly show the readers what it is said.
Another strength of this book is that the author spends many concentrations on the
descriptions about the personality traits of different mount combinations. It has
depicted clearly which kind of personal traits are for different kinds of people.
What is most impressing is that the book states accurately about my personal traits.
For example, it states that “When Apollo leans toward Saturn it gives some of its
ability to play and relax to the most serious and hardworking archetype. It helps
Saturn to lighten up. When Saturn leans toward Apollo it gives some of its
hardworking ethic to amount that can sometimes waste its creative power in
pursuing pleasures. It gives Apollo focus and direction.” That hand feature has
accurately pointed out my personality traits. It is really amazing. It makes the title of
this book “Classical methods for self-discovery through palmistry” alive.
One weakness of this book is that it has not told the readers which factor is the most
important among the various factors of chirognomy to determine the personality
traits of the owner. It has not clearly explained that point. If the author can point out
more clearly which factor is most important, it will be better.
All in all, this is a great book. We should study that book seriously and follow what
the author says “Always feel free to say you are the student of palmistry and that you do
not know in advance what you will be able to see.” To study palmistry is just like
long-life learning. We should make an inquiry of the unknown with the curiosity.

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Janet Li
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