Hands event at 'Welcome Collection' (Nov 26, London)

Later today (November 26) the ‘Welcome Collection’ in London presents a ‘Hands’ event where you can get a palm reading! Imagine… how would your life look like without your hands? We sense, create and communicate with our hands. A social event for the incurably curious and celebrate these vital parts of our bodies across four floors of Wellcome Collection!!

From medicine to mesmerism, magic to mannerisms, visitors will find out about the curious history of digits, palms, fingers and thumbs, and put their own to use, as we celebrate the organs that shape the world around us. We will have scientists, artists, palmists and magicians at hand for discussions, performances and, of course, hands-on activities, all designed to make us look afresh at our body. ‘Manipulate’, ‘manoeuvre’ and ‘manufacture’ are all words deriving from the Latin word ‘manus’, meaning hand. These creative appendages allow us to make, touch and feel, but they also hold mystical and cultural significance. For one night only, visitors can explore a digital age that goes back millennia. 


• Revel in the mystery of hands with palmistry and neuroscience illusions.
• Try out some nail art.
• Get dexterous with games and computers from different ages – and paper, scissors, stone.
• Enjoy an installation produced by young people from HCA, Coram’s Fields, KCBNA and artist Elaine Duigenan.
• Try out some surgeon’s tools, and see how steady your hands are.
• Explore the wonders of handwriting in the Wellcome Library, and meet a palaeographer and a graphologist.
• Play a piano and see your digits up close.
• Enjoy the physical theatre performance of The Articulate Hand with Andrew Dawson. Performances start at 20.00 and 21.45. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
• Hear from evolution expert Christophe Soligo on the difference between the hands of apes and humans. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
Chris McManus will uncover the science of left and right handedness. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.

LOCATION: 183 Euston Road, London (nov 26, 19:00 – 23:00) 

It’s a FREE event, so anyone can drop in anytime!!

A discussion about more details of this ‘hands’ event is available at the Modern Hand Reading Forum.

DERMATOGLYPHICS: An introduction to the dermatoglyphs of the human hand.

Dermatoglyphics – News, reports & research!

The word ‘dermatoglyphics‘ was introduced in 1926 by Harold Cummins – the word refers directly to the study of the patterns & characteristics of the skin ridges in the human hand (and foot). What are the basic characteristics of the dermatoglyphics in the human hand?


In most populations around the world is the ‘ulnar loop’ the most observed fingerprint pattern (see: the fingerprint of the pinky finger in the picture above). Loops are most frequently found on the little finger (and middle finger); loops are least frequently found on the pointer finger.
In some Asian populations the ‘whorl’ (see: the fingerprint of the ring finger in the picture above) is more common than the ‘ulnar loop’. Whorls are more often seen on the thumb and ring finger.
In population research usually the pointer finger demonstrates more variation than the the other fingers. For example the most common ‘ulnar loop’ is least often seen on the pointer finger, which often exhibits an other pattern such as: the ‘arch’, ‘tented arch’, ‘whorl’ or ‘radial loop’ (see: the pointer finger in the picture above).


The variations in the dermatoglyphics of the handpalm are much more complex than the variations in the fingerprints. An important element concerns the presence of the ‘palmar triradii’ (see: a, b, c, d, and t in the picture above): normally each finger is featured with a palmar triradius – triradius t belongs to the thumb (the thumb mouse – a.k.a. as the ‘thenar’, or in palmistry: ‘mount of Venus’ could be recognized as the third phalange of the thumb).
However, the number of palmar triradii varies with the presence of palmar ‘loops’ (or: palmar ‘whorls’). Usually the link between the number of fingers (D = digits), palmar triradii (T) and palmar loops (L) can be described with the following formula, which is known as the Penrose topological formula (Lionel Penrose, 1965):

T = L + D – 1

More details available via:
The function of the fingerprints & dermatoglyphics in the human hand!

Picture: example of the most common patterns in the dermatoglypics of the palm and fingers.

[NOTICE: The picture below includes a small mistake: the hand palm usually has 1 single palmar ‘loop’ featured with 5 palmar triradii – this implicate that ‘c-line’ (which starts in the triradius below the ring finger) should have ended between the pinky finger and the end of the heart line – and not between the ring finger and middle finger as indicated by the picture]

Palmar & fingerprint dermatoglyphics.

How to recognize the hand in Down syndrome - 27 characteristics.

How to recognize the hand in Down syndrome?

Lionel Sharples Penrose introduced in 1963 in the magazine Nature the first ‘phantom picture’ for the hand in Down syndrome. The picture described some of the typical characteristics of the hand in Down syndrome – including the ‘simian crease’. Later more detailed ‘phantom pictures’ were presented by Schaumann & Alter (1976), and Rodewald (1981).

In januari 2010 a more detailed version became available – describing 27 characteristics of the hand in Down’s syndrome!

What are the most typical hand characteristics in Down’s syndrome?

A common characteristic is the presence of the famous ‘simian line‘; an alternative is the presence of another unusual hand line: the Sydney line.

Here one should especially notice the hypothenar zone of the hand (in palmistry a.k.a. ‘mount of moon’); usually this zone a large ‘ulnar loop’ pattern combined with a high positioned palmar axial triradius.

Short fingers (thumb and pinky finger are often abnormally short) + a square shaped palm.

NOTICE: The author of the new ‘phantom picture’ for Down syndrome described a specific guideline which states that in all cases of Down syndrome certain combinations of the 27 characteristics are found in both the fingers AND the palm of the hand!

A presentation of all details is available at:
How to use the simian line + 26 other characteristics as a hand marker in Down’s syndrome!

Photo: example of the hand in a Down syndrome baby

Example of a baby hand in Down syndrome (trisomy 21).

Example of a 'Moon whorl' on the palmar hypothenar zone.

The ‘Moon whorl’ a common characteristic in Down syndrome & schizophrenia

The ‘whorl on the mount of Moon’ (a.k.a. the ‘hypothenar whorl’) is known as one of the mysterious characteristics that can only sometimes be found in the human hand. In 1943 Cummins & Midlo reported in their famous ‘Finger Prints, Palms & Soles’ statistics for a sample of 1281 German males. They found the ‘true whorl’ on the hypothenar in only 0.7% of right hands and 0.5% of left hands!

What do we know about the ‘Moon whorl’?

A few quote from the original article:

“While the classic palmistry literature describes that the ‘hypothenar whorl’ (a.k.a. ‘whorl on mount of Moon’) can be recognized as a sign for finding a ‘highly imaginative person’, various scientific studies have indicated that dermatoglyphic whorls on the mount of moon are linked with Down’s syndrome + a few other medical problems.”


Another quote from the article:

“A study on the hands of 30 people with autism (25 men, 5 women) revealed a surprizing high percentage of a specific (very rare) variant of the ‘hypothenar whorl’ – the ‘hypothenar composite whorl’.”

Some examples of the ‘hypothenar composite whorl’ are presented below.
3 Examples of a variant of the 'hypothenar whorl': the 'hypothenar composite whorl'.

In the perspective of the fact that in the science of fingerprints the ‘composite whorl’ is related to the ‘double loop’, it is interesting to notice here that the new finding appears to confirm an earlier reported finding which pointed out that the hands of people with autism are often featured with a ‘double loop’ in the fingerprint of the pinky finger and the presence of 2 palmar loops below that 5th finger.

In cases you’re interested to learn more about the basics of fingerprint classification – the illustration below describes the 8 most common types of fingerprints (including: 2 ‘arch’ variants, 2 ‘loop’ variants, and 4 ‘whorl’ variants).


How fingerprinting works!
Forensic experts say: ‘fingerprints reveal more’!
A historical review of research on dermatoglyphics!

PICTURE: In the science of fingerprints ‘whorls’ is known a one of the 3 basic patterns (next to ‘loops’ and ‘arches’) – about 75% of people have at least 1 fingerprint whorl!
The whorl is known as one of the 3 most common fingerprint patterns.

Hands on hand hygiene: swine flu prevention means wash your hands properly!

Swine flu prevention means: proper hand hygiene!

A new survey in the US has indicates that many people haven’t changed their hand washing habits – despite the swine flu outbreak. The survey revealed that 54 percent of the respondents said they “wash their hands no more or less frequently” in public restrooms as a result of the virus. A major concern in the perspective of the swine flu pandemic – especially since governments has stated worldwide that hand hygiene is one of the few effective tools to prevent infection with the H1N1 influenza A virus!

While the Medline hand hygiene compliance program was initially developed as a combat against healthcare acquired conditions, now it the program can serve as an additional tool for to stop the swine flu pandemic (a.k.a. the Mexican flu).

Earlier this week the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report describing a plausible scenario saying:

“…swine flu pandemic could:

• produce infection of 30-50% of the U.S. population this fall and winter;

• cause between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths in the United States concentrated among children and young adults.”

While the annual deaths associated with seasonal flu in the United States is only 30,000-40,000 mainly among people over 65!

Remember, on wednesday july 29 (2009), Barack Obama told the Americans that swine flu prevention is not only an issue of the governement, individuals must also do their part. Obama said:

“Keep your hands washed, cover your mouth when you cough, stay home from work if you are sick, keep your children home from school if they are sick.”




Hands on ‘hand hygiene’!
Swine flu prevention is a matter of ‘hand hygiene’!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
Obama’s council of advisors about the swine flu!
Survey: Swine flu doesn’t change washing habits!

Barack Obama said:

The hands of Michael Jackson - a palmistry reading.

The hands of Michael Jackson – what does his palmistry reading reveal?

The wax hand cast above is Michael Jackson’s right hand – which is presented at London’s “Madame Tussauds“. What does his hand reveal about his life and death?

First of all, it is also interesting to notice that Michael Jackson’s right hand cast at “Madame Tussauds” reveals much more details about his hand lines than any public photo of his hands! Hand experts have noticed that Michael Jackson’s hands are rather remarkable and present quite a few tell-tale stories!

For example:

1 – In both hands Michael Jackson has a ‘double headline’: which can be recognized as a sign of a ‘double nature’ and an ‘eccentric personality’.

2 – Especially in his right hand is the thumb-angle a bit narrow (though in his left hand the thumb angle is wider): which can be recognized as a sign of being cautious (especially later in life).

3 – The combination of his relative long ring finger + strong thumb mouse (a.k.a. the mount of Venus): can be recognized as a sign of charismatic & spontaneous personality.


The famous palmist Cheiro wrote about the ‘double line of head’:

“A double line of head is very rarely found, but when found it is a sure sign of brain power and mentality. Such people have a perfectly double nature — one side sensitive and gentle, the other confident, cold, and cruel. They have enormous versatility, great command of language, a peculiar power of playing and toying with human nature, and generally great will and determination.”

Michael Jackson's hand at Madame Tussauds.

More hand facts about Michael Jackson!
Famous hands: the hands of celebrities!

Famous palm readings: what do the hands of celebrities reveal?

Famous palm readings: what do the hands of celebrities reveal?

It’s always fun to take a look at the hands of celebrities! Quite a few sources on the internet present fascinating hand analyses often based on hig quality materials of the famous hands of famous people, including: high quality photos, hand prints & sometimes the fingerprints!

The following 2 resources have collected a long list of articles (+20) focussed on some interesting hand characteristics of some well-known celebrities:

• 1 – Famous hands: the hand of celebrities
• 2 – The hands of famous people

PalmistryReport presented earlier ‘celebrity hand-reports’ about:
Barack Obama – the 7th left handed US president!
Albert Einstein – did he have autism?
Leonid Stadnyk – the largest hand on earth!
Cheiro – the most famous palmist in the history of palmistry!

Palmist Nisha Ghai says: palmistry is a science!

Palmist Nisha Ghai says: palmistry is a science!

Is palmistry a science?

Palmist Nisha Ghai is the director of the Institute of Palmistry in New Delhi – which was found by the famous Indian palmist professor Dayanand

Nisha Ghai answers in her article the question: ‘what makes palmistry a science?’, and she describes how classic palmistry developed into the modern science of palm reading.

In her writing the palmist from New Delhi focusses on the following questions:

1) How scientific is palmistry?
2) How do the hand lines develop?
2) Do the hand lines change?
3) Which hand does the palmist examine?

“The palm is a mirror of our Brain and mind. The raised portion of flesh on palm are known as Mounts. The palm lines are waves, which indicate activeness of our unconscious mind. The Lines on the palm are the waves which indicate what goes in our unconscious mind.”


Palmistry: a science in progress
24 Percent of Indians consult a palmist!
Hand facts: what are basic characteristics of human hands?
Is finger length measurement the new Chiromancy?
We are all one: Hindu palm readers push you along a spiritual path!

San Rafael
Hart de Fouw - hand analyst in San Rafael, California (US)
de Fouw

Hand analyst Hart de Fouw reads hands in San Rafael, California (US)

Vedic hand analysis – a.k.a. Hasta Samudrika Shastra.

Hand analyst Hart de Fouw

Vedic hand analysis in the US: Hasta Samudrika Shastra.

Hart de Fouw started studying the Vedic culture in India, and in 1973 he met K.L. Mantri. Since then he started learning to master the core of the Vedic culture – including the vedic hand reading system, called: ‘Hasta Samudrika Shastra’.

On his website Hart de Fouw writes:

“Hasta Samudrika (very loosely “hand analysis”) is a powerful ally of Jyotish. But it enjoys one great advantage over Jyotish: Rapid Accessibility, when properly taught. Because it naturally complements other disciplines like psychology and alternative health care, counselors and their clients in many fields benefit by the information derived through hand analysis.”

More about Vedic & Indian hand analysis:
Palmistry & hand analysis: ‘East meets West’
Hindu palm readers push along the spiritual path
Palmistry: myth or reality
Palmistry & hand reading around the world

Hand analysis: hands & science.

Scientific hand analysis mini-course:
palmistry course on the basis of scientific facts!

A 33 pages hand analysis course about how diseases, syndromes and psychological problems manifest in the features of the human hand.

What can you expect from this online mini-course ‘Scientific Hand Analysis’? – A unique palmistry course:


Why is Down’s syndrome often featured with a ‘simian crease‘ or a Sydney line? About diseases, syndromes and hand characteristics.


What are common hand features in schizophrenia? About the link between the brain, dermatoglyphics, and other hand features.


About hand features that related to developmental problems, personality characteristics, and low intelligence.

Palm reading: scientific hand analysis course.

Scientific palmistry course
Males and females: the major hand differences
Handanalyse.startpagina.nl: Dutch palmistry search page
Medical palm reading: about the nails, dermatoglyphics, palmar lines and the fingers