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Reviewed By Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite
Real Palmistry: Your Life is in Your Hands by Mark Seltman is a fascinating how-to book about the 5,500-year-old science of reading palms. This easy-to-follow guide gives insight into revealing character through hands and how the topographical map of lines and bumps shows the past, present and future. Use the knowledge gained to create your own life path, become aware of behaviors, control life and reach your ultimate destiny. Seltman explores the four archetypes (Intuitive, Practical, Thinking and Feeling) by examining the size, shape, proportions, skin texture and tone, finger length, quality of lines, thumb flexibility, fingerprints, nail health and ridge patterns. Based on the Beham System of Western Palmistry, Seltman discusses character, values, will power, logic, creativity, purpose, astrology and keywords. With the archetypes, he combines three modalities (Initiators, Builders, Adapters) to create twelve personality types.
I learned that no two people are alike, that there is an art to learning this ancient trade, the client's details must be examined in the context of the whole being, and that the dominant astrological sign plays a huge part in the outcome. Without knowing anything about palmistry, I quickly defined my own character and found it to be accurate. Although this handy book is for beginners, there is a suggested reading list for more advanced study. Real Palmistry: Your Life is in Your Hands by Mark Seltman gave me a simple synopsis of this unique craft and a way to predict nature's patterns, timing and life cycles for a better understanding of who I am.
I am one of the lucky people who have had their hands read by Mark Seltman. I have also watched him read the hands of people he was meeting for the first time. His skills are both astonishing and fascinating. Everyone who meets him wants to spend some quality time alone with Mark, while he reads their hands.
Mark begins the book with a very honest account of who he is and why he thinks hand reading is important. I appreciate this because I am always skeptical of everyone's motivations as well as their expertise. Mark also recommends other resources for those who wish to learn more.
The book has an interesting approach that is designed to help the reader identify personality traits based on hand characteristics. Nothing is black and white or simple. The reader will need to spend some time studying his hands to decide which descriptions fit most closely. Finger length, fingertip shapes, texture of skin, flexibility are some of the features that the reader will be examining.
Mark explains the various guidelines and then provides personal anecdotes that are not only entertaining, but help to clarify the lessons. The division of the book into chapters on will power, health, relationships, basic archetypes (intuitive, practical, thinking or feeling), etc. gives you some idea as to the kinds of things you will learn about yourself.
Now, why would you want to read this book? Real Palmistry provides a different avenue to self awareness. It won't change your life any more than the diet book that sits on your bookshelf or the book about clutter that you lost in a pile of papers (yes, I did that once). But if you spend some time to learn about yourself, you might just think more carefully about how you are living your life and then perhaps make some changes.
Am I biased? Yes, I've met Mark and I think he's very sincere and talented. If you get to New York, try to get an appointment with him. It will be time well spent. If you can't get to New York, you can have some fun with this book.
I really like this book. I've read more than a few palmistry books and this is something else. It does teach palm reading, but differently from any other book I've read. While most books are divided into chapters looking at different sections of the hand - the mounts, the various lines, the fingers - this book is about concepts like will power, creativity, health and perception. Sure he talks about the mounts and lines and fingers, but he presents it in an interesting and unique way. Another reviewer wrote that Mark approaches reading in a rather scientific manner and I agree. It's not presented esoterically
Mark (I don't feel presumptuous calling him Mark because his book is so friendly, like you're chatting with a someone you've know for a while) tells stories and anecdotes about his life as a palm reader (and his life) and dispenses his philosophy about reading and, through this, the reader learns how to read palms.
There are many pictures that illustrate his points and he includes web links as further reference.
Because it's not the typical palm reading book, Real Palmistry should be read often. I think that's the best way to internalize the material. Next time, I may take notes as I read.
At the end of the book, the Keywords section sums everything up.
One reviewer gave Real Palmistry a poor review and felt he didn't learn anything from it. I'm guessing that he was looking for a more traditional teaching book. If that's the case, I see his point, but disagree with his review. There is much to be learned in this unique book and I think the format will help the reader learn and understand it faster and longer.
Like the snowflakes, God has given us all completely different and individual hands, and they are fascinating road maps. But trying to understand them is sometimes tedious and confusing. Having read more than a few palmistry books in the past, I finally came across this total gem by Mark Seltman. It is an excellent primer-plus, giving great insight into fingers, hands and palms, in the most easily understandable format I've ever come across. Can't wait for the next one from Mark.
This book delivers relevant information on Palmistry in a concise format that the layman can easily understand and apply. Seltman provides pictures and real world examples to educate the reader as well as providing a compelling argument as to why Palmistry has lasted over 5000 years. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. It is a fun read and one that will prove very useful in every day life!
This is a great book! It focuses on the science of palmistry which is great to learn so that you can explain to people that your life really is in your hands. Mark Seltman is a great writer and writes from a perspective like you are sitting down and chatting with him. It is very interesting!
This book introduces the reader to the art of palm reading in a novel way. Mark debunks myths and is very systematic, almost scientific in his approach, which is this book's definite advantage over other more esoteric-oriented titles. Must-read for all curious about what a wealth of useful information is waiting to be unlocked in one's palm. Experienced readers will also benefit, especially from the chapter categorizing and summarizing all the palm's features.
Mark Seltman's Real Palmistry is just that: grounded, detailed, and accessible. Seltman is a true scholar and a humanist, both of which are deeply needed in approaching the art and science of palm reading. You won't find anyone more knowledgeable and skilled at palmistry, or a better book on the subject. If the idea of palmistry is new to you, or you have a hard time understanding how the hand expresses a person and their life, you may look to the laws of nature in the universe: our hands are a mirror for the unseen.