Introduction to Palmistry

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What is hand analysis?

Palmistry and hand analysis are different ways of looking at hands. Traditional palmistry is based on astrological symbolism, with the fingers and mounts named after planets. The main emphasis of traditional palmistry is prediction, specific markings having specific meanings.

Elemental hand analysis uses different terminology and takes a more holistic approach. It uses the principles of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether to interpret all features of the hand at all levels – physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual. We can see how problems at one level can affect the other levels, the interaction of mind and body, for example emotional upsets causing physical illness.

Hand analysis, or chirology, involves looking at all aspects of the hand – handshape, skin texture, flexibility, size and shape of fingers and thumbs, nails, knuckles, fingerprints, and the patterns, lines and markings on the palm. By analysing and interpreting these features, the reader can put it all together like a jigsaw and build up a picture of the individual.

Prediction

Because of its 5000 year history and it’s association with fortune telling, there are a lot of misconceptions as to what you can see from the hand. For example, you can’t foretell the length of someone’s life – a short lifeline does not mean a short life. Hand reading is not a psychic thing, it’s an ‘analytical art’ – some of it is a science- that anyone can learn.

Although the fingerprints never change, the palmar lines and markings change throughout life, so you can’t predict a set future from the hand. Looking at a hand is like a snapshot in time, a map of the person as they are now, shaped by the past and sowing seeds for the future. The type of person you are plays a major part in the way you lead your life and kind of future you might have, but anything relating to the future is only potential or possibility. It’s not all set in stone e.g. you might see a tendency to develop digestive problems, but if they look after their diet etc, they may avoid ill health later on.

I feel that making predictions perpetrates a fatalistic approach and takes the power away from the individual. The most important thing is free will – we can make choices and changes that can alter or control our direction and life experience.

C15th palmistry

Many of the predictive markings date back to 15th century – an age of superstition, myth and fatalism. Documents show that the emphasis was on prediction, especially when and how you would die. They foretold all manners of death, e.g. by stone, bloody flux, or at the sword of your enemy, calamities such as imprisonment, poverty, various perils and ways you could suffer wasting of the liver.

The child lines and relationship/marriage lines also date from C15th. These days palmistry experts agree that the marriage and child lines are not reliable with regard to the number of relationships/children you will have. I have seen distinct child lines on hands of women over childbearing age who never had a pregnancy. Or people with one marriage line who are on their third marriage. Although many palmists still read these lines, (and sometimes get them right!), any prediction about children or marriage from the hand shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Modern Palmistry

Modern hand analysis has moved away from the “fortune telling” image to a more accurate and useful understanding of what hands can reveal about us. Hand analysis is an amazing diagnostic tool and navigational aid to help guide us in the right direction. The hand tells us a lot about our character and psychology, it helps us understand and accept ourselves.

Hand Analysis can help you to take stock of your life, gain clarity, insight, identify your habitual patterns, childhood conditioning, where you are now, how you arrived here, and your current direction for the future.

You might recognise things that you can do to improve your quality of life, whether that is in health matters, finding types of work or study that suit you best, understanding your patterns of interacting in relationships. An in depth reading can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, provide guidance as to how to make the most of your abilities, transcend difficulties and limitations, break old patterns, develop your latent potentials and make some changes in order to feel more balanced and fulfilled in life.

Which hand do you read?

If you are right handed, traditional palmistry says “The left is what the gods gave you, the right is what you do with it” (reversed if left handed). This is simplistic and misleading – we were given both hands, we do something with both hands! Your dominant hand reflects your public side ‘out in the world’, what you have actively developed. The other hand is more about the inner you, your private side, instincts, latent abilities. So we have to compare both hands to see the ‘whole’ person.

Lines

Sceptics, and even scientists, say that the palmar lines are just creases where the hand folds, but this is not true. The lines develop when the foetus 7-10 weeks old, but the muscles don’t form until 11 weeks. So the lines are there before movement of the hand is possible.

Every hand has a lifeline, head line and heart line. The number of other lines differs according to the person’s temperament, health and stress. The more lines, the more the tendency to be highly strung, emotional, sensitive, prone to stress and anxiety. People with empty hands (few lines) are often practical, even tempered, tend not to worry too much.

No one really knows why the lines are there, but they seem to be associated with the nerve endings. There are more neural connections between the brain and hand than any other part of the body – if our bodies were proportioned according to the number of nerves, we’d have hands the size of beach umbrellas! I think of the lines as rivers of energy flowing across the hand, and the markings like pulses of electricity (nerve impulses) – like a coded computer print out of the information exchange between the brain and the hand. What a palmist does is to crack this code for you.

Hand Analysis and Science

It is only in the last hundred years that a serious interest in hands has grown, with scientific research into subjects such as dermatoglyphics, finger lengths and palmar lines. Particular hand features are more common in certain chromosomal disorders e.g. Down’s syndrome. Research has been done into the hand and heart conditions, diabetes, autism, depression, fertility etc. So gradually, the analysis of the hand is moving away from its fortune telling image into something much more useful and relevant to our lives today.

(By Lynn Seal. Lynn has studied and practised palmistry and hand analysis for 15 years.)

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In Microsoft Plan for Future, All Roads Lead to Internet

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In a daylong meeting with analysts on Thursday, Microsoft executives detailed how the company was spending heavily to build Internet services into all its products, from operating systems to video games. But they cautioned that any big payoff from those investments would not come for a few years.

Internet search, according to Microsoft, will increasingly become seamlessly integrated into the Windows desktop operating system, Office productivity software, cellphones powered by Windows and Xbox video games.

“Search will not be a destination, but it will become a utility” that is more and more “woven into the fabric of all kinds of computing experiences,” said Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft’s platforms and services division.

The company lags well behind Google in tapping online advertising so far, but Microsoft is optimistic about its prospects. The $27 billion online advertising market, analysts predict, will double in size over the next three years. “That’s a great opportunity,” Mr. Johnson said, “and Microsoft is uniquely positioned.”

Analysts attending the meeting said the Microsoft strategy, presented in greater detail than in the past, was a pragmatic one.

“It’s not really about beating Google,” said Richard Sherlund, an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Company. “But Microsoft has to do well enough to keep people in the Microsoft environment — on the desktop, the Web or gaming online — so they don’t leave the Microsoft environment to go to Google for search.”

As a business, Internet search is crucial because ads linked to search words have been such a fast-growing advertising market — and Google has been the runaway leader.

Microsoft has spent the last two years, and hundreds of millions of dollars, building its own search advertising technology, called AdCenter. The new advertising system was introduced only two months ago. In a demonstration, Microsoft showed how the AdCenter system lets advertisers measure clicks on the keywords they purchase by time of day, day of the week and often by the age, gender and geographic location of the person seeing the ad. Microsoft’s MSN services like Web e-mail require users to register and submit some personal information, which Google does not.

“You get better information on what’s working in your ad campaign and better return on investment,” said Yusuf Mehdi, chief of advertising strategy for Microsoft’s Internet services. “That’s something you can’t do on other systems.”

In a demonstration, Mr. Mehdi showed some of the work being done by a group exploring the future of advertising in Microsoft’s research labs. In a digital television prototype, a viewer who liked a dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in an episode of “Sex and the City” could click on it, automatically pausing the video, and on the screen an Internet search result would appear, identifying the dress, its maker and a link to buy it.

Still, Microsoft expects its progress in advertising to be gradual. The company projected that in fiscal 2007, which began this month, the revenue from its online services business would grow 7 percent to 11 percent, to $2.5 billion to $2.6 billion. That would be an improvement from last year, when online services revenue fell 2 percent, to $2.3 billion, and the unit lost $77 million.

By contrast, Google, in its recent quarter alone, reported that profit doubled to $721 million while revenue grew 77 percent to $2.4 billion.

Microsoft executives acknowledge that as computing increasingly gravitates to the Web and often toward ad-supported services, it creates both a technical and business challenge for a company whose great strength is in personal computer desktop software.

But the Microsoft vision is that Internet services can complement rather than cannibalize the company’s traditional business if they are built into products like Windows.

“Microsoft’s current offerings represent a huge advantage that we can migrate into this services world,” said Ray Ozzie, the chief software architect.

Despite its struggle to adapt to Internet services, Microsoft as a whole is performing quite well. In the year ended last month, the company’s revenue grew 11 percent, to $44.3 billion, and its operating profit rose 13 percent. to $16.5 billion.

Even though Microsoft has grown fairly strongly for years, its stock price has been stagnant. Investors worry that the future of computing belongs to new Internet-based rivals, like Google.

In private conversations, Microsoft executives said that the skeptics were taking a short-term perspective and that Microsoft had repeatedly proved skeptics wrong.

Craig Mundie, the chief research and strategy officer, noted that in the 1990’s, when Microsoft began to move into corporate data centers with server software, many industry experts scoffed. Microsoft, they predicted, would surely fail.

Last year, Microsoft’s server and tools business reported revenue of $11.5 billion and operating profit of $4.3 billion.

“It took real research and development and a long time to get there,” Mr. Mundie said. “We’re doing that all the time. We make big long-term bets. That’s what’s going on here now, and it’s very different than this general perception that the company isn’t really doing anything interesting.”

At the meeting, Microsoft declined to pledge that Windows Vista, its new operating system, would be shipped to consumers in January, the most recent prediction given. Vista has been repeatedly delayed, and Microsoft said there was no reason yet to push the schedule back further.

But Mr. Johnson, co-president of the platforms and services group, said, “We will ship Windows Vista when the product is ready,” leaving open the possibility of added delays.

Microsoft’s shares fell 2 percent, to $23.87, on Thursday amid concern about the timing of Vista’s debut.

Steven A. Ballmer, the chief executive, said the company’s pace of Windows releases would accelerate. “We will never repeat the experience of Windows Vista again,” Mr. Ballmer said. “We will never have a five-year gap in major releases again.”

(REDMOND, Wash., July 27)

Google launches open-source repository

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In its latest effort to further the open-source programming movement, Google opened a site Thursday where programmers can host their software projects.

As expected, Google engineering manager Greg Stein announced the project hosting site during a talk at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore.

“One of our goals is to encourage healthy, productive open-source communities. Developers can always benefit from more choices in project hosting,” Google said on a frequently-asked-questions site.

One choice for programmers is VA Software’s SourceForge.net, which hosts more than 100,000 open-source projects.

Google’s hosting service, which accumulated dozens of new projects on its opening day, features mechanisms to store software, discuss it with mailing lists and track bugs. Google permits projects under a variety of open-source licenses–but not the full range.

“We’d like to see projects standardize on the most popular, time-tested ones. The selected licenses offer diversity to meet most developer needs,” Google said.

Google’s service uses hosting software called Subversion, which Stein had worked on in his previous job at CollabNet. That start-up, which still oversees Subversion development and sells hosts distributed programming projects for its clients, welcomed Google’s move.

“I think it’s a great thing,” said CollabNet co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Brian Behlendorf, who added that Google still contributes to the Subversion project. “It’s not too often that Google can deploy something they didn’t entirely write.”

(By Stephen Shankland, Staff Writer, CNET News.com, July 27, 2006)

Selection of a Life Partner

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Naturally, the selection of a mate is an important step in building a good marriage. During the courtship, the man and woman must make every effort to become well acquainted with one another’s character. They must study and seek to understand one another’s character. They must communicate honestly and openly. They must study and seek to understand one another’s personality, disposition, background, education, lifestyle, habits, tastes, hobbies, capacities, and aspirations.
 
It is important that physical attraction not become the only focus of energy and thought. After all, sooner or later the excitement and passion of “falling in love” must give way to a more practical and stable bond. A couple considering marriage must feel certain that they will be able to find a basis for a permanent relationship.

One way to learn about one another is to share a wide variety of experiences under different circumstances and in different surroundings. Visit an art gallery, go for a walk in the country, organize a picnic, plan a dinner party, go shopping together, visit the elderly and the sick. Do other things together. By sharing these activities you will learn important things about your intended spouse.

Remember that marriage is a twenty-four hour arrangement. You will see your husband or wife, not only dressed up and on the best behavior for a date, but also under more trying circumstances. How does your fiancé express anger? How does he or she react to frustration, or disappointment, or other pressures? How does your future mate behave around children? Around your friends? Around
people of different races and religions?

Since each of us is, at least partially, a product of family upbringing, we must seek to understand the family of our intended spouse. Visit your future in-laws before the marriage. If possible, spend two or three days in their home. This will certainly give you new insights and awareness, and may even clarify some things for you.

Marriage requires a certain compatibility of tastes and habits. If your lifestyles are very different, there may be trouble ahead. For example, we knew a man who was nocturnal: he worked nights and rarely retired before 2:00 or 3:00 o’clock in the morning. In contrast, his wife loved the daylight hours and retired around 9:00 o’clock, in the evening. Their marriage required constant, difficult adjustments.

(Extract from the book “Thoughts on Marriage” by Margaret Ruhe.)

Abdu’l-Bahá’s talk on Marriage

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The bond that unites hearts most perfectly is loyalty. True lovers once united most show forth the utmost faithfulness one to another. You must dedicate your knowledge, your talents, your fortunes, your titles, your bodies, and your spirits to God, to Baha’u’llah, and to each other. Let your hearts be spacious, as spacious as the universe of God!

Allow no trace of jealousy to creep between you, for jealousy, like unto poison, vitiates the very essence of love. Let not the ephemeral incidents and accidents of this changeful life cause a rift between you.
 
When differences present themselves, take counsel together in secret, lest others magnify a speck into a mountain. Harbor not in your hearts any grievance, but rather explain its nature to each other with such frankness and understanding that it will disappear, leaving no remembrance. Choose fellowship and amity and turn away from jealousy and hypocrisy.

Your thoughts must be lofty, your ideals luminous, your minds spiritual, so that your souls may become a dawning-place for the Sun of Reality. Let your hearts be like unto two pure mirrors reflecting the stars of the heaven of love and beauty.

Together make mention of noble aspirations and heavenly concepts. Let there be no secrets one from another. Make your home a haven of rest and peace. Be hospitable and let the doors of your house be open to the faces of friends and strangers. Welcome every guest with radiant grace and let each feel that it is his own home.

No mortal can conceive the union and harmony which God has designed for man and wife. Nourish continually the tree of your union with love and affection, so that it will remain evergreen and verdant throughout all seasons and bring forth luscious fruits for the healing of nations.

O beloved of God, may your home be a vision of a paradise of Abhá, so that whosoever enters there may feel the essence of purity and harmony and cry out from the heart: ‘Here is the home of love! Here is the palace of love! Here is the nest of love! Here is the garden of love!

Be like two sweet-singing birds perched upon the highest branches of the tree of life, filling the air with songs of love and rapture.

Lay the foundation of your affection in the very center of your spiritual being, at the very heart of your consciousness, and let it not be shaken by adverse winds.

And when God gives you sweet and lovely children, consecrate yourselves to their instruction and guidance, so that they may become imperishable flowers of the divine rose-garden, nightingales of the ideal paradise, servants of the world of humanity, and the fruit of the tree of your life.

Live in such harmony that others may take your lives for an example and may say one to another: ‘Look how they live like two doves in one nest, in perfect love, affinity and union. It is as though from all eternity God had kneaded the very essence of their beings for the love of one another.

Attain the ideal love that God has destined for you, so that you may become partakers of eternal life forthwith. Quaff deeply from the fountain of truth, and dwell all the days of your life in a paradise of glory, gathering immortal flowers from the garden of divine mysteries.

Be to each other as heavenly lovers and divine beloved ones dwelling in a paradise of love. Build your nest on the leafy branches of the tree of love. Soar into the clear atmosphere of love. Sail upon the shore less sea of love. Walk in the eternal rose garden of love. Bathe in the shining rays of the sun of love. Be firm and steadfast in the path of love. Perfume your nostrils with the fragrance from the flowers of love. Attune your ears to the soul-entrancing melodies of love. Let your aims be as generous as the banquets of love., and your words as a string of white pearls from the ocean of love. Drink deeply of the elixir of love, so that you may live continually in the reality of Divine love.

(Abdu’l-Bahá was the son of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. To read more about Abdu’l-Bahá, follow this link.)

Ten points of a happy and enduring Marriage

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1. Work on your marriage everyday! Cultivate and nurture it with tender LOVE, unceasing COURTESY, and infinite PATIENCE. It is a life-time.

2. Communicate! LISTEN to each other and consult together. When differences arise, as they always do, tell each other how you feel.

3. Laugh together and have fun together. Plan week-end outings and excursions.

4. Learn to give in …selflessly and happily.

5. Always remember that marriage is a commitment: this means steadfast loyalty to each other AT ALL TIMES and UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

6. Encourage each other. PRAISE your partner and give him or her support and assistance, and do so frequently.

7. Be positive. Try to avoid being negative.

8. Accept your partner as he or she is. In time, as you live together, both of you will change and you will draw closer to each other.

9. Be loving and affectionate. Show your love by your actions. Hold hands and hug each other. Remember to say “I love you!” There is a magic in these words.

10. Establish a home of love, warmth and hospitality.

(Extract from the book “Thoughts on Marriage” by Margaret Ruhe.)