Chinese Palm Reading initiated more than 3000 years ago. Chinese Palmistry became popular since Zhou Dynasty (1122 B.C.). The accomplished Chinese Palmistry system were developed during Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.). It not only analyzes hands appearances and palm lines but also applies the Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth) and I-Ching Ba-Kua theories to predict people fortune and personalities.
History of Chinese Palm Reading
Palm Reading is also known as Palmistry or Chiromancy. It is an analysis method of an individual’s hands to foretell the future and characteristics. Since it has been used for thousands of years in different cultures, there are many variations of the interpretation.
Traditional Chinese palm reading has deep roots in yin-yang theory, the five phase theory, and the eight trigrams of the Yi Jing. Pre-modern books usually refer to palmistry as ‘shou xiang’ (hand appearances). According to Chinese theory, the appearances of the hands can display the body (shen), the mind (xin) and personality, the emotions and thoughts (yi), and finally the qi that unifies all these three.
Palm Reading is considered as the most basic technique in Chinese fortune telling. In the ancient days when an individual’s birthday is not available or accurate for horoscope analysis, a palmist master can examine that person’s hand to foretell his/her future and traits. The art is based on the lines and creases on the palm as well as characteristics of the hand, palm, arm, finger, and fingernail. Today, Chinese Palm Reading remains a regularly used fortune-telling technique in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam or any region having Chinese immigrants.
Chinese Palmistry (Palm Reading) was combined into Chinese Physiognomy (Face Reading). Chinese Physiognomy involves appearance reading, body reading, foot reading, voice reading, and body movement reading. Both the Palmistry and Physiognomy are able to analyze people’s personality and potential. Furthermore, they can predict people’s future, health, wealth, career, and marriage.
Most Chinese experienced fortunetellers possess Hand Reading and Facial Reading skills. While Chinese Horoscope and Chinese Astrology require birthday to predict people’s fortune, Chinese Palmistry can fulfill the same goal without the necessity of birthday. That is why many Chinese Fortunetellers are good at Chinese Palm Reading.
In the social life, we always have chances to see other people’s palms. If we know something about Chinese Palmistry, we can know our friends or competitors better by reading their hands. Thanks to that, we may be successful in our lives and avoid tragic karmas.