AN OVERVIEW OF THIS REVIEW IN 4 STEPS:
First, this review will describe the postion of 'Five Element Chirology' in the field of classic hand reading (chirology). Second, the '5 ELEMENT hand model' will describe the theoretic framework behind 'Five Element Chirology'. Third, an introduction about the core of the book: the palmar- & digital dermatoglyphics - the GLYPHS!
And finally, a brief description of some other interesting aspects of this book.
• 1 - The position of 'Five Element Chirology' in modern hand reading
• 2 - The 5 ELEMENT hand model
• 3 - The GLYPHS: palmar- & digital dermatoglyphics (fingerprints)
• 4 - What else has 'God Given Glyphs' to offer?
• 1 - THE POSITION OF 'FIVE ELEMENT CHIROLOGY' IN MODERN HAND READING
Hirsch positions 5 Element Chirology in 'God Given Glyphs' as follows (Page V):
"The term 'chirology' describes the collective global body - both ancient and modern - of all facets of the knowledge and study of the forms and markings of the human hand. Consequently, there exist today various other Wester and Eastern systems of chirological hand analysis, including traditional European palmistry."
At her website godgivenglyphs.com Hirsch explains a few more details by describing that hand reading can be recognized a 'craft' of which the historic roots were brought to Europe by Romany Gypsies - who's blood line traces back to India.
Inside the book 'God Given Glyphs' Hirsch suggests that the concept 'Chi' represents the 'fifth element' in Buddhism, and at godgivenglyphs.com we can see that Hirsch uses an underlying assumption where she suggests the concept 'Chi' to represent the equivalent of the (5th) element 'ether'.
Unfortunately, this assumption is in contradiction with Buddhist philosophy. Actually, the term 'Chi' (a.k.a. 'Qi') has it's origins in Taoism (not Buddhism), where it represents the so-called "life force" - which is described to have no manifestation of its own and therefore it should never be assumed to represent one of the five elements (because all five elements do have manifestations on it's own); while the term 'ether' has it's origins in classic Greece/Western philosophy where it represents the 5th element which explicitly described to have a manifestation on it's own (e.g. originally associated with: space, emptiness, voith, vacuum, sky, heaven; later it became associated with: gravity & light - which still is according modern science today). In Tibetan Buddhism the human body is described to consist of two parts: (1) a coarse body made of six constituent elements (earth, water, fire, wind, space and consciousness); (2) a subtle body, or 'Vajra body', of energy-winds, energy-channels and energy-drops; inside this subtle body 'sog lung' (vital breadth) is considered the most important wind (or 'subtle breath') that moves along the invisible channels of the subtle body - 'sog lung' represents: "the essence of life itself that animates and sustains all living beings". So, the equivalent of 'Chi' in Tibetan Buddhism is 'sog lung', which is recognized to be closely connected with the primary element wind (in other philosophies this element is associated with the primary element air); this indicates that 'Chi' is likely more closely connected with air (and should not be used to replace ether). Interestingly, scientists from China have recently claimed to have found evidence for the modern hypothesis that 'Chi' actually most likely represents the chemical element Oxygen [O] - which perfectly makes sense, because according modern science today Oxygen is recognized as the 'vital' part in the air that we breath in order to stay alive! Breathing goes via the lungs, which reminds us of the term 'Sor Lung' that is used in Tibetan Buddhism (which also confirms the connection with the element air); however, modern science describes that the chemical element Oxygen is not present in ether - because ether actually does not contain any matter at all. These considerations according multiple perspectives indicate that there is no solid basis to use 'Chi' as a replacement for ether.
These considerations also explain why Wikipedia describes the concept of 'Chi' (= 'life force') to have the following equivalents in various philosophies (featured with the featured 5 elements according Wikipedia):
• (1) 'Vital energy' in Greece/Western philosophy, where the 5 elements are named: earth - water - fire - air - aether;
• (2) 'Prana' or 'Cit' in Hindi philosophy, where the 5 elements are named: bhumi (earth) - ap or jala (water) - tejas or agni (fire) - marut or pavan (air or wind) - vyom; or shunya or akash (aether or void);
• (3) 'Sog Lung' in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, where the 5 elements are named: earth - water - fire - air - space;
• (4) 'Qi' in Buddhist philosophy, where the 5 elements are named (Wu Xing): earth - water - fire - air - ether;
• (5) 'Qi' in Japanese Buddhist philosophy, where the 5 elements are named: earth - water - fire - air - voith or sky/heaven;
• (6) 'Qi' in Chinese Taoist philosophy, where the 5 elements are named (Mahabhuta): earth - water - fire - wood - metal.
• 2 - THE 'FIVE ELEMENT CHIROLOGY' HAND MODEL
NOTICE: One should be very aware not to confuse the 5 Buddhistic elements with the 5 Chinese Taoist elements ['earth', 'water', 'fire', 'wood' and 'metal'], nor the 5 elements from the Hindi philosophy ['earth', 'water', 'fire', 'air' and 'ether'].
• 3 - THE GLYPHS: PALMAR- & DIGITAL DERMATOGLYPHICS (FINGERPRINTS)
Hirsch has devoted about 1/3 of 'God Given Glyphs' on the fingerprints (the so-called 'digital' dermatoglyphics), and 1/3 on the palmar dermatoglyphics.
In the longest chapter of the book - The Fingerprint Patterns - Hirsch presents an elemental interpretation of 7 basic fingerprint types (in respective: the 'arch', 'ulnar loop', 'radial loop', 'tented arch', 'whorl', 'double loop' and the 'peacock's eye') is given for each individual finger. Followed with an elemental interpretation when each of the 7 basic fingerprint types is relatively dominant. Because the 'ulnar loop' is the most common fingerprint type, only the presence of 10 'ulnar loop' fingerprints can be recognized as a truely dominance of this fingerprint type. The 'whorl' is also relatively common, when 6 or more 'whorl' fingerprints are present in a pair of hands then this pattern can be recognized as the dominating fingerprint type. The other types are far less common, and the presence of 3 or more of the same type (of the other 5 fingerprint types) can be recognized as significant.
The palmar dermatoglyphics are discussed in two chapters - Palmar Dermatoglyphics and The Palmar Glyphs. The first chapter deals with manifestation of the so-called 'triradius' in the various zones of the handpalm. The second chapter deals with the 10 classic palmar dermatoglyphic patterns - including: the 'humour loop', 'style loop', 'serious intent loop', 'charisma loop', 'courage loop', 'Bee', 'music loop', 'memory loop', 'nature loop', and the empathy loop. And quite a few other less common variants are also described - all featured with excellent high quality visual examples.
NOTICE: While quite a lot of the typical characteristics of the four 'elemental hand types' can sometimes be observed in one single person, far most people have a mixture of elemental characteristics. For example: while the 'water shaped hand' example does have 5 'ulnar loops' and the 'air shaped hand' example has 3 'whorls' (actually: one is a 'double loop') + 2 'ulnar loops'; the 'earth shaped hand' example has only 1 'arch' + 4 'ulnar loops', while the 'fire shaped hand' example has 3 'arches' + 2 'ulnar loops' ... so it has no 'tented arch' at all.
* In academic science there are quite a few obscure scientific sources available which have brought the science of dermatoglyphic classification a few steps further (e.g. B. Schauman & M. Alter, 1976: Dermatoglyphics in Medial Disorders - A. Rodewald & H. Zankl: Hautleistenfibel - D.Z. Loesch, 1983: Quantitative Dermatoglyphics).
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