At the last festival I worked, called Where Womyn Gather, in Pennsylvania, the situation was right to work on a few of the chops I picked up in Buenos Aires. I had the necessary light (we were outdoors) and picnic tables (in front of the camp dining hall). So for $15 a foot, I started to offer foot readings in addition to palm readings.

(I had actually done some already at the Goddess Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I first drove when I got back from Mexico, but, at the time, I was too busy to tell you about this new development.

Opening Palms

The first thing I do during a foot reading is ask you to take your shoes off and start to walk toward me, from about 10 feet away. Depending on which foot you step on first, one foot represents your social world, and the other, your personal world. The inside of represents conception to birth; in the other, the span of your life from infancy to about 25 years of age.

I also look for lines up the center. If I see one or two (or three, as happened in one case), I might ask you if you were aware of any sexual abuse as a child or a teen.

If not, I touch the line, as you close your eyes and as I close my eyes, and then we talk together about visions that come up.

I look for redness (fire); browness (earth); crosslines (air) and sponginess that springs back in various areas (water). We discuss the influence of these four elements in your head, heart, solar plexus, and root chakrah.

We look for dots, and relationships between the toes—which is longer; which is turned in under the one next to it; which is separated from the others. I ask questions, and I interpret both these positions and your answers.

Foot reading is very complex, and was taught to Sheila Murphy (who imparted her wisdom to me in Buenos Aires) by a Swiss expert with whom she studied in Miami. This is just a thumbnail guide, and it supplements a palm reading by giving a different kind of information from a different source of your body.

Like measuring different body fluids or taking tests for blood sugar instead of cholesterol, palm readings and foot readings can impart different sorts of information to an astute reader. So, the next time you see me, ask for one!


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