Astrology, astrotherapy, biorhythms, cartomancy, chiromancy , the enneagram, fortune telling, graphology, rumpology, etc., seem to work because they seem to provide accurate personality analyses.
These comparisons, like fortune-telling and chiromancy , or the interpretation of moral dispositions from the form of the hand, are to be classed among the aberrations of the human understanding.
Palmistry, also known as chiromancy , is the practice of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the hands, particularly the palms.
Smith's collage imagery in this film more directly alludes to his particular interests, drawing as they do on ‘Cabalistic symbolism, Indian chiromancy […] dancing, Buddhist mandalas, and Renaissance alchemy’.
I remain open to the possibility that the ancient Vedas, Hyperboreans, or Druids might have enjoyed some special power of awareness through their skill at chiromancy , crystal gazing, or navel contemplation.