Chiromancy or 'cheiromancy', is the art of featuring and forecasting the future by studying the lines of the palm, also termed as palm-reading, palmistry, chirology or hand analysis and is based on medium physics. The practice is popular worldwide, varying with cultural norms. People who practice chiromancy are called as palmists, hand readers, palm readers, or chirologists.
Palmistry can be traced back to Indian ( specifically Hindu) Astrological science (popularly known in Sanskrit as Jyotish) and Roma (gypsy) fore-tellers. The Hindu sage Valmiki is known to have written a treatise, whose title when translated in English reads as "The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry", that is composed of 567 stanzas, dating back to more than 5,000 years.
The art and science of palm reading spread from India, to some of the Oriental nations of China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and to other European nations. Palmistry progressed to China in about 3,000 B.C. and then went on to Greece where it was practiced by Anaxagoras. In recent times palmists blend conventional prediction techniques with holistic healing, psychology, and alternative techniques of divination.
Palmistry is believed to be very popular among academicians in Prehistoric Greece, with connects with physicians incorporating it in their medical practice. In the 4 century BC, Aristotle is believed to send his student, Alexander the Great, to India on a mission of discovery of the secret of palmistry, and although there have been Aristotle's writings on palmistry has been disputed, it is a firm belief that it is attributed to the meaning of the length of the lines on the palm in his treatise De Historia Animalium.
There have been claims that palmistry was used during the Roman era by the ruler Julius Caesar. According to history he believed that reading the palms of his men, could provide valuable insight to their intentions and recognize impostors among his followers, and have them executed on occasion. However, there has been some debate that Romans selected astrology to palm reading as a method of forecasting the future.
The practice of chiromancy or palm reading is usually not regarded to be a branch of science. The information outlined below is a brief reflection of modern palmistry there are many, often, interpretations of various lines that are contradictory across various "schools" of palmistry.
Although palmistry was suppressed during Medieval Times and the faced prohibited use during the reign of King Henry VIII (who repressed palmistry and other associated practices, labelling the users as sorcerers and worshippers of Satan). The practice is still in vogue in recent times, especially in these modern times when there is a lot of stress when there is an active search for the truth and answers that lie within ourselves and waiting to be discovered.
Throughout historic times gifted Palmists were very selectively available in the local regions of the neighborhood. But in recent times due to the advent of modern technology a palm reading can be received by practically anyone from the very best and talented fortune tellers available over the globe.