NBCU 4.8.15Chirologist, writer, intuitive counsellor, hand reading teacher and mosaic artist Jennifer Hirsch has pioneered chirology in South Africa since 1991. She lives in Johannesburg where she reads people’s hands and teaches chirology.

“My work has always been about counselling and healing. I began working as massage therapist in 1979 and began incorporating hand reading into my therapy practice in 1991.

Soon I was a teacher of hand reading and a writer, as well as being passionate about doing mosaic art. I’m blessed too with 3 beloved grown-up children – Adam, Nandita and Kelly.

My early hand reading teachers and mentors were the late Brian Friend, who taught me palmistry, and Christopher Jones from the ex British Cheirological Society, who wrote and administered the home study training course that gave me a very good grounding in the principles of 5 element chirology.

I founded the Chirology Centre of South Africa when I began studying hands in January 1991. The ebooks ‘Craft of Hand Reading’ and ‘Traits of Being’ evolved out of the training manuals I compiled over years of teaching people how to read hands.

The idea for my book ‘God Given Glyphs’ first came to me in 2004. It took me more than 5 years to write and compile. Much of it is channelled. It is a very deep, authentic sharing of a hand reading career that has been and is my destiny. Hands and healing are a calling heard deep within my soul.”

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The 4’s # Five. The 4 Tip Shapes.

“The 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 components of Chirology”. The 5 element hand reading system breaks down into areas of 5’s, 4’s, 3’s, 2’s and 1’s.

The shapes of the tips of our fingers and thumbs are either squarish, tapering towards pointed, spatulate, or rounded. Each shape has an ascribed element.

Square earth shaped tips add traits of practicality, fairness, order, common sense, administrative ability and reliability.

Tapered water shaped tips show intuition, idealism and sensitivity.

Spatulate fire shaped tips that widen at their end can reveal forcefulness, enterprise and enthusiasm that could become obsessive, or dispersed and unfocused. Spatulate tips belong to people who are expressive, inventive, versatile and active.

Rounded air shaped tips reside on the hands of people who might be easy-going and who are responsive, spontaneous communicators. Rounded tips are the most common and can show social friendliness.

People often have differing fingertip shapes, the meanings for which are correlated with the fingers they show up on. Fingertip shapes modify how the qualities of each individual finger is expressed.
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The 4’s # Four – The 4 Main Glyph Patterns.

The 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 components of Chirology”. The 5 element hand reading system breaks down into areas of 5’s, 4’s, 3’s, 2’s and 1’s.

Our dermatoglyphics [derma (skin) – glyph (writing)], are recognised as having their own unique signature traits and psychological profiles. Glyph analysis is integral to modern hand reading systems.

In the 5 element system, we classify 4 Main patterns.

Arches - governed by earth.
Loops – governed by water.
Triradii (seen here in the middle of a 'tented arch') – governed by fire.
Whorls – governed by air.

There are 2 further 'composite' patterns, the double loop and the peacock's eye, which are composed of 2 of the main patterns. A 7th rather broad category, called ‘variants’ or ‘accidentals’, occur when the glyph patterns don’t match specified criteria.
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"The 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 components of Chirology". The 5 element hand reading system breaks down into areas of 5’s, 4’s, 3’s, 2’s and 1’s.
The 4’s # Three – The 4 Skin Textures.

There are 4 Skin Types - earth, water, fire and air. These describe our ‘element of ‘impression’. The membrane through with we experience life discloses how we take in our surroundings, and to some extent, how we respond. The textures of our palmar skin tell of how we receive in our word.

Earth skin is dry, course and rough. The skin ridges are visible, leathery and corrugated. This is the type of skin you’d find on farmers or builders.

Water skin is moist, soft, fleshy, podgy, often pale and mostly warm, although some water skin feels cold and clammy. The pores are fine and almost invisible, and you can’t feel the skin ridges.

Fire skin is dry, firm, unyielding, with ridges that can be clearly felt. Relative to smoother air skin, fire skin is roughish.

Air skin is smooth, soft, fine, tautish and dry, with ridges that can just be felt.

Occasionally you’ll feel different skin textures in different parts of the same hand, for example, dry palms with moist fingertips, but mostly it is possible to identify one predominant element skin type.
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The 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 components of Chirology.

The 5 element hand reading system breaks down into areas of 5’s, 4’s, 3’s, 2’s and 1’s.

The 4’s # Two – The 4 Main Archetypes.

Archetypes are collectively inherited unconscious ideas, patterns of thought, images, or models, which are universally present and personified in individual psyches. There are hundreds of archetypes. In a chirology reading, we begin with 4 primary archetypes, or temperament typologies, which are based upon the 4 hand shape types; earth, water, fire, air.

Your element hand shape shows if you are predominantly earthy, watery, fiery or airy in character. A foundation of archetypal orientation is established.

Understanding of the interplay of the elements in a further set of 12 archetypes is a power tool in the hand reader’s data base of know-how. I’ve listed them here: godgivenglyphs.com/chirology-articles/archetypes-2/
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The 5 element hand reading system breaks down into areas of 5’s, 4’s, 3’s, 2’s and 1’s.

The 4’s # One – The 4 Hand Shapes.

The shape of your palms (square or oblong) and the length of your fingers (long or short in relation to your palms) design 4 basic hand shapes. Each hand shape is ‘governed’ by an element.

Square palm – short fingers – earth.
Long palm - long fingers – water.
Long palm - short fingers – fire.
Square palm – long fingers – air.

1. Measure the palm’s length from the base where it joins the wrist, up to the base of the earth (middle) finger.
2. Measure the width of the palm, from just above where the thumb protrudes, across to the ulnar (baby finger) side.
3. Measure the length of the earth (middle) finger.

Fingers are almost never as long as palms, but when they measure within 1.5cm as long as the length of the palm, they are long. Palms that are longer than their width by 1.5cm or more are oblong.

Many hands don’t fit snugly into the earth, water, fire or air shape, but will have features of a second, and sometimes even a third, shape. The shape of your hands is a point of departure into understanding your temperament.

These pics are from my book God Given Glyphs – more here:
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