MYTH #1: The Catholic Church banned palmistry. Many sources like to play up the “forbidden wisdom” aspect of palmistry by claiming that the Catholic Church condemned palmistry in 1000 AD and continued to outlaw it during the Middles Ages.

The fact of the matter is that with only two documented exceptions every Pope in the Middle Ages exhibited an interest in many of the so- called occult arts such as astrology, alchemy and palmistry. These subjects were considered to be part of every learned person’s education, and were taught in Church-run universities throughout Europe at the time.

The fact that most of our earliest manuscripts on palmistry were found in European monasteries helps to reveal that the Church actually helped preserve palmistry rather than persecute it.

MYTH #2: Gypsies brought palmistry to Europe. You’ll read in a number of places that during the 15th century the Gypsies migrated across Western Europe and introduced the art of palmistry to Europeans.

The record is somewhat different, and indicates that palmistry was re- introduced to Europe as an indirect result of the Crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries. Although the Crusaders traveled to the Middle East to reclaim the Holy Land for Christianity, they also managed to form alliances with some of the rulers there.

As a result, the Crusaders were exposed to many of the scholarly works of the Greeks and the Romans which had been preserved by Arab scholars.

Among the texts that the Crusaders brought back with them were copies of manuscripts on palmistry, beating the Gypsies by about two or three hundred years.

MYTH #3: There is no scientific basis for palmistry. Palmistry is often associated with a number of other so-called “New Age” philosophies or systems that have somewhat tenuous scientific support, at least as we understand science today. Despite this perception by many people, the fact remains that palmistry is one of the few psychic sciences that has received a good deal of attention by 19th and 20th century scientists.

The number of reputable researchers that have studied palmistry is too lengthy to list here, but it is worth noting that the result has been of great value to modern day doctors who are able to diagnose many medical and psychological conditions by examining the patterns found in the hands of their patients.

MYTH #4: Your Life line predicts when you’re going to die. This is one of the most common misconceptions I hear whenever the subject of palmistry comes up. Its origin probably dates back to the Middle Ages when someone in their thirties was considered to be a senior citizen, so at the time, it probably was a safe bet for a fortune teller to predict an early death for just about anyone.

In these days of antibiotics and long life, the Life line has little or no value as an indicator of how long you will live. What it is good for is determining the quality of life you are likely to enjoy.

MYTH #5: You are doomed by the lines in your hand. This idea has even less truth to it than the last one. To begin with, you need to understand that the lines in your hand are created by your conscious and sub-conscious thoughts. Bio-electrical impulses generated by your thoughts are transmitted to your hands, and over time create the lines seen in your palms. The fact is that the lines in your hand change over time based on your thoughts and experiences. Knowing this, it’s easy to see that the lines in your hand represent potential outcomes, not unchangeable truths.

As I tell my students and clients, if you don’t like something you see in your hand – change it. You each have the ability to change your life – and the world, if you put your mind to it.

Now, if you look in your hand and see a line that indicates that you will be a failure in business because of your stubborn nature, and you then use this as an excuse for why you’ll never succeed in business, that’s a different story. That’s called a self-fulfilling prophesy. It’s a choice that you make, and has absolutely nothing to do with the lines in your hand.

You may have heard the expression, "your destiny is in your hands".  This is true, but it is critical to understand that your destiny begins in your mind long before it can be seen in your hands. The choices you make and the way you use your creative intelligence determines your destiny, and the future of those around you as well.