Monday, July 26, 2010

philosophies derived from palmistry

A long time ago I purchased a book (will link or add info later) on palmistry out of curiosity and oddly enough, the book’s explanation of the 2 systems of palmistry, Asian and Gypsy, have stuck with me and informed my own sense of “fortune telling” practices.

The book stated that the Gypsy tradition of palmistry only reads the left hand because it believes that our fortunes are carved out at birth, never changing, as our fates are predetermined. The Asian tradition, according to this book, reads both hands and then considers the differences between what was “set” at birth, and the decisions we’ve made (left hand=fate, right hand=decisions). According to this book, what we do with our destiny and how that then changes our path, is of greater significance than just looking at our fate.

Obviously, my bias is clear. I agree with the Asian system because I believe, wholeheartedly, that while life may have a map of sorts, how we get to where we’re going is largely up to us.

This same tradition of palmistry is something that I’ve extended beyond the book, into my life at large, in keeping with my mother’s love of the following proverb:

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade

We may be dealt a rough hand, or an easy hand, but what we do with that hand determines who we are. We are not defined by our circumstances, despite the blessings or curses they may bring. We are defined by the choices we make. Obviously for some, the choices are more difficult and more limited, and I respect that for some, my claims of “free will” may seem laughable and a middle class luxury. And sometimes they’re probably right.

Regardless, I’ve always found it inspirational to think about how the person we are has more to do with the decisions we make and they ways we go about living our lives than with where we come from and what we were given in life. And it's something that I think about a lot when I do other fortune tellings, like tarot or runes, because I don't think that the future can ever really be told, other than to indicate where you are, at this moment, based on the decisions you've made now.

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