Forensic Palmistry

from the February 2019 Star Beacon


By T Stokes



This hand pic was sent to me at the Greywood alternatives clinic, where I practice two days a week with the request for information of any sort with which to identify the owner. The fingerprints were unrecorded with the police, and he was officially listed as an unknown D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival).

The Avon and Somerset police are the only force in the whole of Europe with a computer layout for complete palm prints and pics, but it needs a palmist to interpret the data.

In the early days of the 20th century, the master palmist Cheiro could differentiate nationalities by inter-palmar markings, but since the end of WWII in 1945, the races have become so mixed, this system now rarely works.

The skin coloration was what doctors call type 4, maybe 5, and what police call "Mediterranean in appearance," such things as a sun tan and the medical condition Dischorea or unnatural skin color, such as dermatic conditions and vitiligo can drastically skew your prognosis.

I was refused permission to see the post mortem results. A full post mortem can take six hours and, due to costs, it is done only when absolutely necessary; but they did want "my take" on the causes or facts surrounding the death, or any peripheral information.

Previous experience here says that if what you say coincides with what the police wish to promote, they take notice; otherwise, largely it can be ignored and some even make fun at your expense,

At one point on entering police premises, I was greeted by a policeman with a tea cosy on his head, his trouser legs rolled up, and flicking a wet washing up brush at me, telling me he would read my tea leaves—to guffaws of laughter from police colleagues egging him on.

For many years the authorities have used graphologists for handwriting analysis on a semi- regular basis, especially in hate mail cases and those involving white-collar fraud and forgery cases, but the use of palmistry in criminal studies is not yet common in Britain.

The most noticeable thing seen was the sudden stop of the lifeline at age 47-48; sudden stops infer the possibility of sudden death as a general rule. The bar at the hand base coming from the fate line tells of being in vigorous health until outside forces claimed vengeance (see interference of fate line). Incidentally, had the bar line come from the thumb base or family ring on the Venus mount, this would have told of a family-related crime as in an honor killing.

The head line is significant as it shows over imagination and depression; this could relate to the heart line curving from beneath the middle or Saturn finger; this would show a purely physical and promiscous type response, which is hardly synonymous with smooth running or lengthy relationships.

The old proverb springs to mind, "If one woman is not enough, a thousand won’t be."

Add to this the horizontal relationship line under the small or Mercury finger with its downward curve and split end. Remember, as the line splits, so does the relationship—alas, poor omens further complicated by the Via Mater or mother line crossing the thumb or Venus crease and coming up to interfere with this relationship line under the Mercury finger, and we have certain knowledge of motherly interference in his adult life, particularly in his relationships.

This Via Mater or mother line links in with the four small lines under the Mercury finger, which are known as Samaritan lines and could depict someone who was pushed into working in the caring professions. Probably medicine by his mother.

The pallor of the hand in each picture I saw suggests someone who did not go out much in daylight as is seen in shift workers.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (or S.A.D.) is a particular kind of depression often linked with shift work, as is the cardiovascular difficulty Arrythmiasis shown on the heart line; if the natural body rhythms are distorted over a long period, various health disorders are not uncommon.

Recent studies show a 50 percent increase in heart-related problems in long-term shift workers.

Both the emotional infrastructure and the heart as an organ are symptomatic of the irregular heart line shown, having its genesis under the Saturn finger and high on the mount.

The thickness of the basal phalanges to the fingers and the heavy thick padded palm show both overweight and possible cholesterol problems, in particular the thickness of the basal phalanges of the first or Jupiter finger, as technically this is a sign of liver, intestinal or gallbladder problems, but here it mainly shows an alcohol problem, further complicated by the finger being short, showing an inferiority complex.

These people cannot take criticism, and many psychologists see over consumption of alcohol as a self-harming signal.

So we have here a fine example of what is known as the "cocktail effect," the resulting combination of the low self-confidence, the inferiority complex with its crippling feelings of worthlessness, the alcohol dependency, the compulsive womanizing; added to the early anxieties depicted on the life lines start which palmists call a " barbed wire entanglement," and psychologist and palmist Carl Jung said, "These features alone could point to an Oedipus Complex."

Certainly we see emotional baggage or unfinished business here, and in a violent hand these features always result in aggression toward women.

The pic shows the early signs of Nocturnal Enuresis or bed-wetting until approximately the age of 8; the curved line across the palmar base in the urogenital sector is often the sign of prostate or waterworks difficulties or similar, but in this case with the subject’s lax moral habits, it could be an S.T.D.



From a variety of clues, I would deduce this man to be from the Indo/Pak subcontinent.

The white streaks across the nail are a sign of slight arsenic poisoning as seen in those who eat a lot of factory-farmed chicken (arsenic is added to chicken feed to kill parasites, and is an accumulative poison). Incidentally, this sign is also seen in Tamoxifen overdoses. Anatomists tell us the length of the palm is normally one 12th the height of the body, so this man is a heavy 5 foot 7 inches or close to, and his body type is Mesomorph.

Asian men of this muscular type are usually Brachycephalic, which means the skull width is 75-80 percent of its height, and these heavy Mesomorph body types are traditional fighting men from a few families in certain villages.

So with that info, I should be able to say fairly specifically which part of East Pakistan he is from, and my guess is the Rangour area, where the soil has a fairly high arsenic content.

Their employment is as wrestlers, bodyguards builders, soldiers, etc. I suspect that as the hand suggests, that as the diet is rich in saturated fats, he would be a Muslim as Hindus are vegetarian and this is a Muslim area.

The immense strain for him to go against his background and use alcohol as an escape mechanism must have been considerable.

He was struggling to regain his emotional equilibrium after a difficult marital breakup.

The ring or Apollo finger shows the recent removal of a ring, and a forceful mother would be the last of his needs while working as a doctor.

"There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping."

Inherited factors suggest in his hands:

• Both his mother and father appear to be doctors and the pressure on him would be intense as confirmed by his lifeline that he took his own life while depressed

• The state of the blood shows in the nail moons and fingertips, telling tales of carbon monoxide poisoning, e.g. Carboxyhemoglobin.

Thus tragedy overtook him sometime just before the age of 50.

Confirmation and final testimony is given by the health lines collision with the life line at this point. He was found dead, after a short search, in an abandoned car, the hose from the exhaust still in place.

"We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all disease." — Thomas Browne

Happy Palmistry"

T Stokes is the UK’s consultant palmist, whose book, 50 Case Studies in Modern Palmistry, was published by Earth Star in 2015. It is a most fascinating book and is available for $20 in paperback or as an eBook for $9.95 from Amazon Kindle. Whole lives read from emailed hand pics. Contact the author at



An article from the February 2019 issue of THE STAR BEACON




This page updated February 6, 2019


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