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Monday, December 31, 2007

Myrna Lous Goldbaum Rills on All Things Palmistry

MAY I SEE YOUR HAND? Palm Reading for Fun and Profit
Myrna Lou Goldbaum
ISBN: 0-934172-03-X
Publisher: Woman in the Moon
Written for Woman in the Moon Newsletter

Review by Scott Shuker

When one thinks of palmistry, they might conjure up images of some mysterious old lady in the back of a wooden gypsy wagon, advertising “Fortunes Told” to some na├»ve wayfarer. That stereotype, though true of the past, is quickly vanishing in today’s New Age renaissance.

Palmistry, the art of fortune telling by reading the lines of the palm, is experiencing a resurgence as many seek further self-awareness about their problems, wants, needs, and desires, as well as what the future may hold. “Hands,” says author Myrna Lou Goldbaum, “are the mirrors of the soul.” She has been a palmist for many years and what began as a high school pastime has flowered into a lucrative vocation for her. She shares her secret skills with this timely book. In it, Goldbaum teaches readers the ins and outs of palmistry: what it is, how it’s done, and how it translates in practical terms.

MAY I SEE YOUR HAND? Gives readers the “inside scoop” on this ancient art. It thoroughly provides everything one needs to know – what Life, Love and Reproduction Lines are: which hand is primary and which is secondary and what the difference is; +how to read symbols like the “X” and “Island”; the Mystic Cross, grilles, stripes, and much more. Numerous diagrams and illustrations clearly denote each line and its location. This book has it all and Goldbaum leaves no stone unturned. She includes even the most obscure signs such as the “Simian”, which represents “inner tension and is usually found on the hand of one who may be either religious, creative or mentally retarded”.

She shows how to evaluate a hand, using lines and characteristics such as the hand’s width, shape, and knuckle type. Palms can even signify personality types like conformist, egotist, or “oddball”; fingerprints are covered as well.

Readers will find it fascinating, no matter what your level of interest. It is a “how-to” manual for the casual hobbyist, the serious pro, and everyone in-between. It is not only practical, it is value-oriented – asking the deeper questions like “What does palmistry mean for the layperson?” and “How does this help others?”

Goldbaum also tells the reader how to go into business for themselves (it is fun and profit!), like marketing, technology, and average fees. With a sense of humor, she shares her own experiences as well as historical accounts about this popular, yet once forbidden practice. This practical guide provides many uses for readers with integrity and sincerity. “Happiness can be achieved by seeing what lies ahead and our being prepared to deal with it.”

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