and Astrology Part Two
and Astrology Part Three
was (and still is) a predominantly Asian and Oriental skill, and this
knowledge has only in relatively recent times been analyzed and written
down, rather than passed on verbally. The connection of ideas between
palmistry and astrology makes more sense when we look at them both from
the viewpoint of astrological ideas that pre-date Jungian psychology,
and also as they are considered in the East.
traditional names of the various parts of a hand are linked to the seven
visible planets—the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The energies connected to those hand areas were once closely linked to
astrology, but both palmistry and astrology have become modernized, and
the two systems have drifted slightly apart. So let us look at the links
between them and perhaps learn something of older forms of astrological
thinking, and also the way people thought of themselves and the world
they lived in way back when.
Public and Private Hand
either hand, take a ruler or a pen and lay it
down your hand, from between the two middle fingers down to the wrist.
The side of the hand that includes the thumb concerns public life, so
it has an “Ascendant” and “Midheaven” feel to it. The other side of the
hand connects more closely to relationships and home life, and thus has
a “Descendant” and “Imum Coeli” feel to it.
forefinger and the “mount” that is on the palm immediately below this
finger is known as “Jupiter.” This is concerned with self-confidence,
belief systems, our approach to life, morals, leadership abilities and
ambition. A person with a strong ego and a streak of independence has
a long and strong Jupiter finger that pulls away from the middle finger,
and a well-developed Jupiter mount.
may seem a long way from our modern day Jupitarian ideas of travel, the
law, education, philosophy and expansion of horizons, but it is close
to the more ancient forms of astrology that assigned the notion of beliefs
and moral attitudes to Jupiter. A person who lives life to the full and
who has status in his community, who has strong political and moral beliefs
and is law-abiding, has a strong Jupiter finger and a definite Jupiter
mount. Strong personalities wag this finger around while lecturing or
berating others. To see this in action, watch the kind of politicians
who harangue their audiences, or better still watch the unfortunate people
on the Jerry Springer Show who try to scream and shout their
partners into obeying their wishes and doing what they think is “right.”
ambitions might include changing the world, becoming rich and respected
in the community or being known for some talent, but they can also include
the desire for a secure and happy home and family life and the notion
that one’s partner should share these beliefs. A drifter who has no real
ambition, or one who leans on or who is dominated by others, has a short
and weak looking Jupiter finger and a small and flattened Jupiter mount.
Such a Jupiter finger may also lean inward and “cling” to the middle finger.
strong Jupiter not only knows what is right for him but also wants to
instruct others. A weak one couldn’t care less. In older communities through
the ages, what we know as “politically correct” thinking was wrapped up
in religion. Public behavior, attitudes and even the type and color of
clothing that people wore were dictated by the prevailing Jupiter philosophy
of each place and time. In some parts of the world, it still is. Modern
astrologers brush over the religious and moral aspects
of Jupiter, concentrating far more on travel, education and luck, but
belief (including belief in oneself) is fundamental to this planet.
middle finger and the area on the hand directly beneath it is called “Saturn.”
This also once related to religion, but in this case, to the study of
religion and equally importantly, the study of science; plus math, logic,
languages and a myriad of practical skills such as building, farming,
engineering and, invariably, the ability to handle details. A strong and
long Saturn finger belongs to a responsible person who accumulates resources
in the form of knowledge or power, wealth and goods. Today, we exhort
our children to acquire skills so that they will be able to make their
way in the world. It must have taken some mightily Saturn fingered types
to climb out of European, Asian and African poverty and peasantry in order
to make the journey to the New World and to make a success of it!
very short or weak Saturn finger suggests a personality who doesn’t wish
to study and work in order to gain wealth or status. He may drift, gamble
or lean on others and avoid taking responsibility for his own life. This
person is unlikely to try to improve his mind or his position by studying,
and he will have an “unscientific” mind. A birth chart with a weak Saturn
is much the same.
is no real “mount” below the Saturn finger, but the appearance of vertical
lines on this area of the hand suggests enjoying a decent length of life,
which is very Saturnian. A heavy concentration of lines here suggests
that the subject will always work for his bread, while lines that veer
away from the Saturn finger suggest a fairly easy old age.
you want to know something about the connections between palmistry and
astrology regarding Venus, Mercury, Mars, the Sun and the Moon, and more,
look for Part Two of this article.