I haven’t written since my return from BATS1. HELLO a month ago! What have I been doing all that time? Well the last round of Postmark Lenormands went out last week. I’ve been slowly putting together the Melissa Lenormand for publication — formatting everything to the publisher’s standards and chipping away at the manual that will accompany the cards.
I felt like my presentation at BATS was a success. There were a LOT of attendees — so many that my good friend Allan had to run to the copy shop in the hotel to make more handouts — and even then there were so many folks clamoring for them (do you want them too? I made them available for download here). So many people were fired up (or at least curious for more information) about the Lenormand system. I was grateful that the weekend afforded another Lenormand presentation — by Mary Greer (ladies and gentlemen, the Lenormand has landed!). I was completely wiped out after my talk. I don’t travel well and I was jetlagged and grumpy the whole weekend. But I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to speak and I look forward to attending BATS again (and doing so for longer than 72 hours).
I have several AMAZING collaborations in the works — that I look forward to talking about later, when things are more fleshy and nailed to their respective walls. I’m reformatting all the content for Lenormand 101. And my son started school. And it made me sad. So I’ve been knitting and reading a lot. See? Quiet, but working. Please forgive my absence, gentle reader.
One of the books I finished during my hiatus was Kooch Daniels’ The Art and Magic of Palmistry. I picked it up at BATS after attending Daniels’ workshop on palmistry — she was fantastic! Now I know just enough palmistry to be dangerous at a party (er, knew, past tense). My one experience having my palm read in a professional manner involved the reader telling me that I had an aural blockage and that she could see, in my lines, that it would cost approximately $70 for her to clear that up for me. Needless to say, the procedure was not covered by my HMO.
By comparison, Daniels was a breath of fresh air. I would use palmistry as an ice-breaker at events or to answer somewhat inane questions about number of children and marriages2. And palmistry happens to be one of those topics that if I see a book about it lying about, I’ll probably pick it up. Like many other subjects, I expect the book to come along one day and crack my understanding. If Daniels’ book isn’t it, it comes very, very close.
It’s short; just over 100 pages. The layout and typography are beautiful. It sings to my geeky heart and pleases the artist’s eye. The chapters are organized by topic and the material builds upon the previously presented information in a way that breaks down the subject of palmistry into bite-sized chunks and makes it easily digestible. After each section there is a series of workbook-style questions to go through. If it weren’t for these parts, I probably would have blown through the book in one afternoon and not learned a damn thing. The questions were thought-provoking enough that I felt compelled to actually go out and practice palmistry — to see, first hand (ba dum dum!) what Daniels is trying to drive home. It’s taken me five or so weeks of looking at hands and going back to reference the chapters to feel like I get it.
The book covers hand and finger shapes, skin and nail features, using astrology as a basis for palmistry (BRILLIANT), the major and minor lines. I enjoyed the whole book, but felt as though the sections on the lines were skimpy. Obviously this is a primer manual, but a weakness of the book is the lack of exemplary diagrams in that very important section. I suspect Daniels was aiming for a more holistic approach to hand analysis, rather than focusing on the lines.
Chapter nine was my favorite in the book. Daniels gives a list of question types and offers advice on how to answer them. For example, questions concerning career can be examined by observing the length and depth of the Career Line, the Mounts of Jupiter and Mercury, and whether there is a star on the Mount of Jupiter.
For the price of the book, it’s definitely worthwhile to add to your collection. I enjoyed the writing and the exercises, and it’s kept me busy and engaged in the past month. The sterility of our modern lives makes palmistry so appealing to me. A fantastic way to breach the void between querent and reader is to reach out and take the client’s hand, warmly and openly3. I recommend Kooch Daniels’ book to create this potential for your readings, and to deepen your understanding of yourself.
- Bay Area Tarot Symposium. ↩
- That one dubious palmist I saw did correctly predict the number of children I would have, but she also told me that no man would marry me. Let me tell you, the way she said it, it was like the lights in the room dimmed and I heard an echo in her voice, “NO MAN WILL MARRY YOU!” Like straight out of a scene in Sex in the City, except I was in the middle of Indiana. And I was wearing shoes from Payless, not Prada ↩
- Keep hand sanitizer in your bag, yo! ↩