It is an interesting question – is there a science to reading a person’s palm?  Do those lines have meaning?  Or is it justpalm reading pseudoscience?

Most of us know that pseudoscience is a body of knowledge held out to be scientific but it does not comply with the scientific method.  Some people do not see the harm in these simple forms of pseudoscience and treat them as entertainment.   Palmistry or palm reading is a form of divination that uses the lines in a person’s palms to gather details about the individual’s personality and their life.  Did you know that Palmistry is also known as chiromancy which is actually a Greek word “cheir” which means hand.  Their is blog on palmistry called the Chiromancy Palmistry blog and they describe it this way:  Chiromancy palmistry roots of palm reading can be historically traced back to ancient Greece and Aristotle. Palm reading was widely used throughout the empires and nations of that region, and the east. It was used in Egypt, Babylon, India, Tibet, China, Sumer, Persia and more. It is commonly believed that palm reading actually originated in India, and has its roots in astrology, I Ching, and fortune tellers. A Hindu sage, Valmiki, is thought to have written about palm reading several thousand years ago. From India, it is really believed to have spread throughout the area east and west by word of mouth and practicing palm readers where it eventually reached Aristotle and many others.

how to do palm readingWith that much history is there some scientific evidence that it is actually based on valid principles that can be proven, right?  In today’s world, palmistry still falls in the category of pseudoscience.  The reason palmistry falls into the pseudoscience category is because it is cloaked in scientific jargon and actually referred to as a science in many books and on many websites.  People holding themselves out as “doctors” practice the art of palm reading which gives more cause for the people in that profession to point out the finer points as to why palmistry cannot be a science and those who practice the art of palm reading are not doctors.

So what does palmistry specialize on?

palm linesAncient palm readers believed that the length of the life line determined the length of a person’s life although but most modern palmists no longer adhere to this belief. Rather, they use the life line to predict major changes in a person’s life, or future tragedies or sources of happiness. Characteristics of the lifeline that are analyzed and given meaning by palm readers include its deepness, its continuity across the palm and any branches or forks that the line may possess.  The life line, the heart line and the head line are considered by most modern palmists to be the three main indicators of personal traits and future events in a person’s life. All three lines are generally found on a normal palm: the heart line is found under the fingers, the head line runs across the middle of the palm, and the life line intersects with the head line and moves down toward the wrist.  Palm reading involves a close examination of the shape and palm markings of the hands, interpreting these features to determine things about the querent, or the person whose palm is being read. A palm reader starts with the entire palm and works down to smaller details within the palm.

These are as an overview.  Science or not, those who practice the art of palm reading seem to have a basis that they use and steps where they review, discard old practices, enhance on some others to hone their reading.


  1. The historical context of palmistry is fascinating, but its classification as a pseudoscience makes me skeptical of its validity.

  2. Palmistry’s classification as pseudoscience is well justified, but its cultural significance shouldn’t be ignored.


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