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History of Palmisrty
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History dating back to palmistry is almost entirely made up of superstitions. In reality there is no such thing as palmistry, only Palmists. No deep accumulation of systematized knowledge has survived which might be described as Palmistry.

The fact remains that it is a art which has occupied many minds over the centuries. The very nature of palmistry limits any history to a record to what has been written about the subject.

It is very difficult to asses the accuracy of early palmists in foretelling the future. A palmist can only concentrate on one individual hand at a time, and the prediction the palmist records is usually of the hands personal affairs.

As far as i know the oldest known Palmistry manuscript in English is the Digby Roll IV in the Bodleian, which consists of three strips of vellum sewn together to form a interesting roll of approximately 7 inches wide and 87 inches long. It is one of the "Summa Chiromantia" type, though it is written in Middle English in a hand which could date back as far as 1440. There are mistakes and omissions which i believe could mean it could be a manuscript made by a scholar or scribe. One thing is for certain the original text has been lost with time.

There is so much more history on palm reading that very few know, with that said will conclude this post with a famous quote by Von Mangoldt:

" The realms of the fingers is said that of differentiation. Their significance is that of aim, of aspiration, of willed and conscious action, and these of a personal quality which rises above the merely instinctive levels.."

Blessed Be,
Steven
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