Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sreeshanth's folly

It is believed that Sreeshanth the cricketer succumbed to temptation when he fell prey to bookies. That he was "weak." The weakness of character appears to be a widely held belief, mainly because of his known outbursts on the cricket field.

Actually, Sreeshanth's hand reveals a far more complex mind-set. He has a

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stars, Crosses, Symbols and Superstition in hand reading

Hand reading is not about superstition, but the shadow of superstition has stuck to hand and palm reading, to some extent. As a result hand readers are seen as some sort of psychics. They are supposed to unravel the mystery of signs and symbols and often some dire meaning is expected.

It's a commonly held belief that signs, shapes and symbols on the palm reveal significant events in the future, events which cannot be avoided. Whether it is triangles, circles, tridents or fish or animal signs, they are supposed to have significance. 

They don't. To begin with, shapes of animals or objects or even shapes like circles or triangles have no meaning in hand reading, if such shapes exist at all. A pure trident (a line splitting upwards into three) is an uncommon sign, and when it is found it's usually the Sunline or the Fateline which has split at the end. The meaning depends on which line it is. A trident does not foretell an event and is not necessarily an indication of good fortune.

A triangle is usually not a proper triangle at all, but just a chance meeting of lines. These lines have to be read separately.

Stars and crosses have significance if properly formed, and not part of a main line. They can reveal some aspect of character, depending on where they are found. If found on or close to a main line (but not part of it), they can point to a type of past or future event (positive or negative), but there is no certainty of this event ever taking place. Lines disappear and new ones appear - along with changes in the person.

The future event may not take place if the person changes his/her behaviour. What is fascinating is that lines indicating the past can also change if one's perception of the past changes.

Hand readers cannot predict the future with certainty because people's personalities do not remain static. Therefore to say that any line (leave alone imagined shapes and symbols) is a precursor to an event is quite a tenuous statement.

To be fair to the older hand readers from fifty years ago and beyond, it was easier to predict the future fifty or a hundred years ago when life held limited choices and there was some belief in fatalism. The lack of mobility, fewer career choices, less individualism and a reluctance to believe that the future could be changed meant that people changed less and their lives took predictable paths. Possibly that was why the predictions were often accurate.

The truth of the matter is that a hand reader is as capable of reading the future as a medical doctor is! A hundred years ago when a doctor said a person would die of a disease of say cancer there was an absolute certainty that he would. Yet, when  a doctor predicts death, patients do not think of the doc as a psychic.

Today there are cures for cancer and a myriad other diseases. People believe that they can improve their health if they change their lifestyle, and are often determined to prove the doc wrong. As long as actual changes are made (not superstitious belief on stones, gems etc) life can actually improve. If the person believes that a tragic event is 'fated' to happen, and does not attempt to change, he/she could well meet his 'fate' sooner than he/she thinks.

You might also like: Can Palmistry predict future events?  or Palmistry Explained or How to decipher signs and lines on a hand or Palmistry Myths and Misconceptions and how palmistry can help you lead a better life
Or What to expect from a private hand reading