Welcome to God Given Glyphs

My name is Jennifer Hirsch. I’ve read hands and taught chirology, palmistry and hand reading for almost 30 years. Our hands and their forms and markings are maps to self-understanding. Reading hands with chirology is a point of departure to an inner guided tour which, is in many ways, incomparable. Chirology (Gr-kheri-hand – logos – knowledge) is a universal hand reading style and a dialogue therapy.

Holding another person’s two hands in yours and speaking and listening together is an intimate, alchemical, potent and super-interesting healing system. For anyone wanting to learn to read hands, either professionally or as a hobby, I teach classes in Johannesburg, as well as offering a comprehensive online hand reading training course. I also offer books, private and Skype consultations, articles, talks and topic workshops.

Chirology’s 5 element interpretive system includes traditional palmistry but is more primarily designed around the principles and characteristics of the elements, earth, water, fire, air and chi. The how-to of chirology and palmistry involves examination of lines, glyphs, mounts, textures, shapes, colors and many other hand features that reveal surprisingly accurate information about our authentic character, temperament, personality, patterns of behavior and even events that have left their imprint. 

Over the years I've spent a lot of time insisting that the future cannot be predicted from your hands. Yet a visit to other forums reveals that in India especially, prediction of the future is still very much part of the palm reader's offerings. How does this work, how do palmists predict the future? ... See MoreSee Less

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In today's YouTube video, I touch on the role of the water element in 5 element chirology www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuSgQTHtoaY&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less

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A member of our God Given Glyphs group has asked me about these stars on the backs of her thumbs. What a perfect example this is of the infinitely multi-dimensional hand. Truth is, if she’d come to me for a reading, I very likely would not have noticed her stars, as up to now, reading the tops of knuckles has been out of my paradigm.
I find mention of stars on backs of thumbs in Ed Campbell's essential for hand readers and altogether marvelous go-to resource “The Encyclopedia of Palmistry”, where he covers an in-depth look at whether or not the star is a “good” or a “bad” sign.
One meaning for 2 or 3 stars on the top of thumbs refers to “good horsemanship”. Another refers to “lewdness”.
It is this meaning, quoted from his source, Esther Newcomer-Bramblett, who in 1982 wrote “a sign of the self-reliant individualist capable of uncommon feats of willpower”, that seems very accurate.
Do you have, or have you observed stars on thumbs and/or fingers? If so, please share your thoughts and images.
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The results of my outreach for suggestions as to what the missing/wispy air line might suggest about the person. HUGE thanks again to everyone who commented! The owner of the print is a close friend of mine, I know him well. Aside from the last six on the list (which somehow don't 'land' for me), the meanings apply ..... of course though without the full set of hands we readers can't assume accuracy.... we must see all other hand features......

• more heart based in terms of feelings and processing info
• overbearing female influences in childhood
• a big mother issue
• a syndrome of living in the safe zone
• operate from the heart, so utilize heart logic rather than head logic
• feel the answers rather than think them
• intuitively advanced
• a great big heart and a love of beautiful objects
• concentration problems
• easily stressed
• a gentle person
• extremely influenced by his feelings
• faces different obstacles like on a stormy sea (big waves)
• intense transformational process going on
• thoughts are rooted in, driven, or invoked, or controlled by his/her emotions
• may indicate bipolar disorder
• person is intellectual, perfectionist, yet dreamy and imaginative, may pursue artistic or musical outlets as a profession, but struggles to make a living from these
• some major block in trusting oneself and in speaking one’s mind for fear of failure or rebuke
• fast thinker and quick action taken
• owner’s opinion and voice is feeling stifled, even by the owner themselves
• may well be far more relaxed than us mortals without a million thoughts disturbing them
• ‘cold’ emotionally and outwardly opinionated
• maybe more integrated than most of us (a fusion of lines rather than an absence of one)
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With palmistry, depicted in lilac on the left, my way of interpreting your hands is more specifically intuitive. Our attention is on future outcomes; together we tune into desired or feared outcomes.

With 5 element chirology, depicted in blue on the right, my focus is on counselling and coaching within the context of the 5 Realm model. Focus is on supporting you in your current time situation.



Book Reviews


“Your published materials are my go to resources when studying palms. I have over 20 palmistry books but always refer to your e-books, training manual and God Given Glyphs. The material is thorough, specific, and well illustrated. Thank you so much!”

Lori Owen USA


“I want to express my admiration for the work you produced in the form of this book. The information I gained from it for the last three readings was astoundingly accurate. Your book, without a doubt, resulted in my increased love for the art of hand reading.”

Morné van Heerden Jnr SA


“You’ve outdone yourself This is your life’s work in one well-researched and beautiful book! It’s concise, and I love the way it’s set out, the relevant topics, the illustrations, and the interweaving with aspects of palmistry. This should be every hand reader’s ‘go to’ book!”

Marianne Windrich SA

 5 Element Chirology & Traits of Being A – Z

“The more I look at your book, the more I see how much work has gone into it and how great it is. You manage to condense the meanings so succinctly and to the point. I love the format with the labelled illustrations. You really should be proud of these works! I love the colors and book cover design, gorgeous. Beautifully presented, and the info I read so far is spot on! It is about time someone made 5 Element hand analysis more available to the public!”

Lynn Seal UK

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