Palm reading has a long history. It is thought to have originated from India. 5000 years ago, an Indian scholar Valmiki wrote the book “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharishi on Men’s Palmistry”, which was the first book known today on palm reading. The art of palm reading was spread to China in 3000 BC, where the Far Eastern palm reading system flourished. The knowledge of palm reading was also passed onto the Greeks, among whom Aristotle wrote a book about palm reading in the 4th century BC. In Rome, Julius Caesar employed palm reading to determine his men’s loyalty. While Gypsies introduced palm reading to Europe in the 14th century AD, European palm reading system began to prosper in the 19th century, starting with a Frenchman Adolphe Desbarolles, followed by the hand classification system of Stanislas D’Argentigny. Also, psychiatrist Carl Gustav Yung wrote a book on palmistry. In America, William Benham wrote “The Laws of Scientific Handwriting” in 1900 and studied the scientific explanation of palm reading. People who were interested in palmistry include Aristotle, Paracelsus, Napoleon, Mark Twain, Arthur Rubinstein, Helen Keller and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Modern palmistry is called chirology and composed of three major areas; chiromancy, chirognomy and dermatoglyphics. Chiromancy is about interpreting the lines in the plam. Chirognomy was developed by D’Arpentigny and is related to examining the size, shape and color of hands, skin texture, finger length and nail quality. Dermatoglyphics is the newest of the three and made in 1900s. Harold Cummins was a major contributor to this field. The skin ridges of hands and feet, which are the subject of dermatoglyphics, form in the 1st month of fetal development and were scientifically associated with diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, schizophrenia, Down’s syndrome, rubella and autism.
Recently, scientific evidences of the validity of palm reading have been being accumulated. For example, the relationship between the condition of the fingernails of a person and his or her health is well known (see here and here). Also, the relationship between personality and the lengths of index and ring fingers also has been revealed (see here).
Rick studied palm reading with many teachers in Korea as well as Europe, which gave him a unique perspective on palm reading that is a blend of the Eastern and the Western palm reading knowledge and systems.