CHENNAI: Your palm and fingers are long. You have a ‘water’ hand. You are and will be in a creative field,” says G S Mohan Viswanathan, a palm reader with 30 years of experience. This is the first thing that they notice — the shape of your hand and fingers and its colour. And then come the lines and mounts. “It’s not as simple as, ‘the life line is long, so they will have a long life. You have to factor in the mounts — the placement of planets,” he says.
For Vijay, another palm-reader or ‘cheiromant’ as they are called, “The first thing I pray for is that it’s not a bad palm. I look for the negative lines — lesser the lines, better the hand; flatter the hand, better the life,” he says.
The way the parts of your palm interact with each other determines everything in your life, starting from the four vitals — health, wealth, happiness and longevity —to other parts of your destiny — marriage, career and so on. For instance, the Jupiter mount relates to leadership, while the Mercury mount determines the ability to think. The length of fingers too determines several characteristics, according to these palm readers.
“The nails are the window to the human body,” explains Vijay, who is a medical palmist — just by studying your nails and certain lines, he says he can tell you what diseases you will get in the future, be it heart problems, cholesterol or kidney trouble. “You’re likely to develop a tooth ailment in the future,” he warns this journalist.
Can men not change what’s in store with them? “They can mildly alter it,” says Vijay, while Mohan says it can be handled with prayer and being warned what’s coming. Explains Vijay, “When you’re travelling on a highway, don’t we see warning signs like ‘hairpin bend ahead’ or ‘accident-prone zone’? This is what palmistry is -- it warns you about what’s coming.” But the art, which has now become a science, can also be used to motivate people, says Mohan. “By looking at their hands, we can tell what positive traits they have. We can ask them to develop these positives.”
Mohan, who is the in-house astrologer at Express Avenue mall, Royapettah, says that he can even do readings through WhatsApp. “Before, we used to get handprints. With technology, we now get the hand’s photo. If it is clear, we can zoom in to see the lines and analyse them properly,” he explains.
Vijay says he has seen about 80,000 hands of people from 81 countries, and many of them keep coming back — some of them even once a week. “For some people, the palm-reader’s positive words are like vitamins,” he smiles.
One can even tell from a person’s hand if he or she is suicidal or in depression. “I have seen the hands of 18 people who were about to kill themselves, but have not,” he says.
At the same time, you shouldn’t just drop the bad news on someone. “For instance, if someone’s financial position is not strong, I tell them, don’t do business for 48 months, instead of four years — months will make it seem shorter,” he adds.
For some, the pursuit or hopes of a better life become addictive. Even if a person is well and happy, he or she still wants to know how long the good days would last, “If a guy has 10 cars, he wants to know if he will have them until he dies,” laughs Vijay.