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 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 she 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.
• 2 - THE 'FIVE ELEMENT CHIROLOGY' HAND MODEL
NOTICE: One should be very aware not to confuse the 5 Buddhistic elements with: the 5 Chinese elements [e.g. 'wood', 'fire', 'earth', 'metal' and 'water'], nor the 5 elements from the Hindi philosophy [e.g. '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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