I am pondering Xeroxes of a quiromancy reading deck that I got from Sheila Murphy, palmist in Buenos Aires, with whom I had bartered reduced-rate attendance at my four-day workshop on my system of transformational palmistry in exchange for arranging meetings for me with a few key readers in the city.

One day of the workshop was with a famous woman who had taught her coffee grounds—a no-show. So in substitution, Sheila offered me copies of a deck she had picked up from another reader, who could not be found.

Opening Palms

Summer in Buenos Aires. Expecting to find some of these folks in town was like expecting to find a psychotherapist in Manhattan in August.

So, what gives?

If anyone has clues of the origin of this deck, or any interpretation, please email me or post your comments on the column.

I am looking at a fancified playing deck in which all the high cards of the suit of hearts have a straight destiny line from the base up to the Jupiter mound, a clear life line to around 90, a straight mind line clear across the palm, and a straight heart line ending in the mound of Jupiter, indicating success in the area of love. The Queen is holding a rose, and her destiny line sports a diamond in the center of the palm. A younger queen (looks like a princess?) holds her palm out to be read by the player of the deck.

The seven of diamonds shows an old man reading a woman in a hooded cape, whose palm features a straight line across its center; the eight of diamonds shows the same line shooting across and a horse charging across a bridge with a rider; the nine of diamonds shows a man looking out from a balcony with an hour glass on the ledge; the ten of diamonds shows a ship going out to sea, full sail.

The deck’s high club cards have destiny lines going up to the mound of Apollo, and a cup from the Mercury finger to the Saturn on the Jack, but only from Apollo to Saturn on the princess. There is no cup on the queen, and the same cup from mercury extends to Jupiter on the king.

The seven of hearts shows a small child in the middle of a road with a straight heart line; the eight of hearts shows a young woman in the middle of a road with a straight heart line; the nine of hearts, a statue under a double ring sign in a pedestal at the mouth of the sea on a beach, has the same heart line; and the ten of hearts features a twisted tree at the same post in the beach.

Any idea as to what these images mean? More information about the deck to come in the next column.


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