Chirology with Children

“The Hand is the Instrument of the Mind.”    Maria Montessori

Children and teenagers tend to respond enthusiastically to the idea of having their hands read. They are naturally open and receptive and are mostly only too delighted to learn about their hands and about what their lines and fingerprint patterns might reveal.

As with adults, we print the hands of children of every age with a water soluble ink. The palm prints enable identification of the finer details of lines and glyph patterns. Babies hands are tricky to print, but it’s do-able, and quite fascinating to observe lineal changes as the infant grows. From around 2 and older, the kids participate with curiosity, and find the printing process fun.

Once I’ve taken the inked prints, I use chirology’s system of interpretation, called ‘the language of the elements’*, to create a visual ‘hand chart’. The hand chart is a visual representation that can be referred to and enjoyed in years to come.

For kids under 8 or 9, the hand chart provides an outline for a conversation with the child’s parent(s). We discuss what their child’s hands reveal about their social and communicative skills, their organisational abilities and how they best learn. We identify their special aptitudes, potential skills and talents, sensitivities, coping strategies, strengths or weaknesses, such as for example in friendships, sport, creativity, math, literacy and so on.

The lines on children’s hands change as their personality develops. Once the child is a little older, I like to spend an hour alone with them so as to read their hands directly. We work together with coloured pencils, with a different colour each representing a different element. As we draw in the lines and shade in patterns on their hands and on their prints, I explain meanings, and ask gentle enquiry questions. Children need to have their emotions taken care of, but are often unable to verbalise their feelings. This therapy facilitates for the child a safe enough space to explore, feel into, and to articulate what is most alive in them. We delve into their hands, empathically, kindly, cooperatively. From age 14, together we assume a more motivational stance and focus is more on aligning with an optimal educational plan.

A chirology analysis of a child’s hands assists parents generally, but can be especially helpful with children labelled ADD or ADHD, who are physically, emotionally, intuitively and spiritually so acutely fine-tuned. Chirology can help you to relate to, support and guide your child on a deeper, more patient and accepting level, in ways that meet the needs of their temperament, character and persona.

In my role as hand reader, engaging with a child about their hands is an alchemical experience for us both. The child’s eyes light up and magic happens when they realise that the forms and markings of their hands are so uniquely their own. It’s a joy to experience how much our focused, personal dialogue means to them.

As parents, we hope to optimally nurture, encourage and guide our children, to provide them with safety, security and love enough to ensure that they grow into happy, confident adults who follow their own unique paths, build fulfilling lives and who contribute positively to the world. Our children’s lives are initially in our hands, but ultimately their life path lies in the forms and markings of theirs. While this might sound like palmistic superstition, the truth is that when subjected to chirological interpretation, the features of our hands are our personal life map and compass. Chirology is an enlightening tool for self-understanding and is a dialogue therapy, comprising a blend of scientific research, eastern and western palmistry, counselling, coaching, therapeutic touch, and intuition.

* In chirology, the natural principles of the elements, earth, water, fire, air and chi facilitate the decoding of the hand’s forms and markings. An element is ascribed to every hand feature. In this way, we evolve an understanding of their orientations, physically, emotionally, vocationally, intellectually and spiritually. This is ‘the language of the elements’.


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The bracelets are the horizontal lines on our wrists at the base of our hands. They are also called rascettes, bangles, the bracelets of life and the bracelets of health, wealth, and happiness. Most people have three, and occasionally four bracelets.

In the east, bracelets on people’s wrists are seen a being auspicious sign of longevity and wealth. Traditionally, each clearly defined and intact wrist line represents twenty-five to thirty years of health, happiness, and financial success.

In the west, hand readers assign little significance to the bracelets, except perhaps for the bracelet nearest the palm, which may reflect the health of the reproductive organs. In the hands of both men and women, if their top rascette bends or breaks and lifts toward the palm, it is believed that their fertility and the general health of their sexual organs are at risk. Prostate conditions, menstrual irregularity, uterine disease and misfortune related to birthing are aspected.

Messy, broken or islanded bracelets are reported by palmists writing online to portend kidney, stomach, heart and lung diseases and early death. Apparently, the owner of imperfect bracelets is ‘born to be weak’ and has unsound organs, with infertility. Other rubbish “meanings” include that they will bring misfortune to their children, are reckless, have career setbacks and bankruptcy, never take good care of themselves, will have a bitter and lonely life, and, horror of horrors, that they will lose their first child. There is no research in modern day chirology that in any way substantiates these unprincipled and unethical superstitions.

But online too is an interesting legend from ancient Greece, where it’s said that without intact bracelets, women were prohibited to marry. In Indian tradition too, marriages were prohibited if the woman’s bracelets were deficient, so there might well be some truth in the belief that strong rascettes represent reproductive health.

As with all other hand markings, bracelets would need to be interpreted in conjunction with other hand features, including cross-referencing the earth (life) and minor air (health) lines, especially if these lines in any way intersect with, or join a bracelet. If the top, first bracelet is clear, deep, unbroken and good-colored, without gaps or chains, this might add to the person’s health, with each additional bracelet representing further constitutional strength.


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In chirology, our focus is not on handedness. Instead, we attend to any significant differences between the person’s active and passive hands, and to any disharmony in their psyche that might result. Nevertheless, as a hand reader, people often ask me about left-handedness. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Whether caused by genetics or chance, at this stage our handedness, and the causes for and consequences of, have no definitive scientific explanations. What researchers do know is that lefties make up between 5% to 15% of the world’s population and that men are more likely to be left-handed than women.

The word left derives from the Anglo-Saxon lyft, meaning broken, weak, or defective. The French word for left, gauche, also means clumsy. The word sinister, meaning evil, suspicious, under-handed and dangerous, derives from Latin sinistra, which means left. Sinistral is a word used to describe left-handedness.

The devil himself is believed to be left-handed. In the tarot, he holds a burning torch in his left hand. In medieval times, being left-handed was associated with being possessed by the devil and was severely stigmatized. This residual superstitious belief played out until even in recent history in the lives of lefties who as kids were punitively forced to write with their right hands.

Being left-handed may signal a strong right brain in the person, meaning they might be gifted with language skills and creativity. Whereas the brains of right-handed people might be asymmetrical, with left cerebral hemispheres being larger than the right, apparently lefties more often have symmetrical brains and may be quicker thinkers, who use both sides of their brain more efficiently. Lefties have a cognitive advantage for video games, mathematics and architecture, and are better at divergent thinking and problem solving.

Lefties are advantaged in interactive sports, such as boxing, fencing, tennis and baseball. 25% of big league baseball players are lefties and up to 40% of the best tennis players are lefties. Lefties also seem to have a better chance of having a high IQ. Apparently, as many as 20% of Mensa members are left-handed.

In the USA, 4 out of 7 presidents have been left-handed: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Other famous left-handed geniuses include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Lefties might have a higher prevalence for behavioral problems, dyslexia, psychotic illnesses schizoaffective disorder and alcoholism. They are more susceptible to insomnia, allergies and asthma than right-handed people, but may have a lower rate of arthritis and ulcers.

And finally, August 13 is International Left-Handers Day, where the lefties in the world unite in their experiences of the challenges of living in a right-handed world.


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Lines in Palms – Very Few

Lines in Palms – Very Few

There is a saying in hand reading – ‘the cleaner the hand, the calmer the mind.” Generally speaking, having very few lines in your palms might be an advantage in life, as palms which are empty of other lines besides their main lines show less psychological complexity in the person.

This illustration shows three main lines, with a section of a minor earth (fate) line, and an earth mount crease. The earth or Venus mount crease is the deep horizontal line on the Venus mount, which adds earthy traits of loyalty and honesty.

In “empty” hands, the earth element’s basic practicality comes to the fore in the person’s temperament. Earth in nature doesn’t move unless it is moved, meaning that people with very few lines often have relatively calm nervous systems and are disinclined to self-analyze. They are less likely to be open to mental and emotional excavation.

These are the practical, non-reflective types who don’t spend much time in self-enquiry and who simply prefer to get on with life. Their emotions may be blocked or hidden or avoided even by themselves, so a deeply private inner stress, that they themselves may not realize they have, is possible.


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Fingers – Droplets

Droplets are little protuberances of flesh that look as if a drop of water could fall from the pad of the tips of the fingers.

People with droplets have a receptively sensitive sense of touch. They will prefer natural fabrics and will often reach to gently feel the textures in their environment. Droplets on fingers are reservoirs for over and above average quotas of nerve endings, making for tactile, sensual, touchy feely responses to all forms of beauty.

Droplets are also a sign in hands of kindness and compassion in the person, who is sensitive to suffering, and who, with their developed sense of touch, is drawn to working in therapeutic and healing professions. They are diplomatic and will avoid hurting others with the spoken word.

It’s been suggested too that because of their good sense of touch, that people with droplets don’t drop things.


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