Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: palmistry, occult.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
This was such a great find at one of my favorite alt book stores! Buried in the secondhand section of sQecial, Palm Reading for Beginners by Richard Webster was totally worth the $6 splurge. As you all know, I love the occult/ metaphysics/ new age books, so this just had to come home with me.
It’s a fast read, but Webster packs a lot of information into the reference, including the history behind the palm lines and their meanings. Each chapter is broken down to describe the hands, and diagrams to match. It makes it easy for the reader to follow along, and the information is simple and digestible- for all those worried about the “woo-woo” factor. As a perfectionist, I wish there was even more information in the diagrams for clarification, but as a general book for beginners, I found it very easy to understand the text and images.
I think for maximum understanding, you’d have to read this guide repeatedly until you were very familiar with all the palm lines and their meanings, before you could go read palms without it (unless you have a photographic memory). So I wouldn’t expect to be a professional at the end of the book. But for someone looking to be a palm reader at a Halloween party, this is perfect.
Published: May 1, 2000
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
TL/DR: Palm Reading for Beginners by Richard Webster is a fun nonfiction self-learning guide on palmistry and the history behind the skill.
Read it? Yes!
Recommend it? Yes, especially if you’re into this sort of thing (like me)!
Buy it? Yes! You’ll want to reference the book often as you learn the basic palmistry skills.
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