Music: Jeffrey Rodgers

India, Shiva, and Palmistry


palmistry diagram
India has many wonderful temples and a long history of oracular knowledge. One of the most enduring is palmistry, which traces its origins to Hindu astrology. The oldest book about palmistry was written 5,000 years ago by the Hindu sage Valmiki. Palmistry later spread to China, Egypt, Tibet, and Europe. Sometimes called chiromancy, palmistry reads the lines, mounts, color, shape, and texture of the hands, which are considered blueprints for one’s life that can be used to assess character.

My co-creator, Gloria, was first trained to read palms at age five by her Irish Gypsy grandmother. Although Gloria was told that the lines, mounts, and shapes had meaning, she was instructed to allow her vision to go beyond what she saw and to see into a person’s life.
Dancing Shiva
Gloria’s grandmother did not believe life was pre-ordained by the hands, but that the hands gave an indication of issues that would occur in life. It was one’s response to these challenges that made the person, she said.

Shiva, one of the supreme Hindu gods, initiates our journey to India. He is also called the Lord of the Dance because he created the Tandava, a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation, and dissolution.