Believe it or not, a Japanese plastic surgeon has developed a procedure in which he can alter the lines in a person’s palm, thus ensuring all those believers in palmistry that their fate really is in their hands (or so they’d like to believe).
Fox News is reporting that a surgeon named Takaaki Matsuoka is charging $1100 for a surgical procedure that can alter the lines of the human palm. The surgery is popular with men and women, particularly those who want to add or extend lines associated with luck and marriage. The procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes and requires a month to heal.
Although almost all of us have encountered a palm reader somewhere or another in life, this is a form of divination known as Chiromancy which consists of reading the lines and markings in the palm of the hand.
For instance, if someone’s life line (the line extending around the thumb) is deep and clear, the person should expect to live a long and healthy life. If there are splits in the life line, the person is prone to illness and misfortune. The presence of smaller lines that jut up and out from the lifeline (known as effort lines) mean the person puts a great deal of effort into what they do.
The shape and texture of the hand is also said to contain secrets. For example, if the texture of the hand is smooth and silky, this denotes a person who loves luxury and is given to excess. (I have a smooth and silky hand and am a Carmelite – which is a person whose lifestyle is the antithesis of luxury.) Short fingernails mean you don’t stay at anything for long and frequently change partners, jobs, etc. (I keep my fingernails short because of typing so much and have had only seven jobs in 57 years of life.)
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Palmistry is definitely not something to stake your life on.
No one really knows where it came from but proponents like to say it originated in ancient times, somewhere around 3,000 BC in China. It was suppressed by the Church in the Middle Ages, but made a comeback sometime during the 18th century.
The Church forbids the use of palmistry or any other form of divination.
“All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (No. 2116).