Cheiro is the
professional name of one of the greatest and most famous palm readers in history.
Since he was good at Cheiromancy, he named himself after it.
He was Count Louis Hamon, whose birth
name was William John Warner. Although he claimed to be an aristocrat, this is
He was born on 1st November 1866 in Ireland, worked in
England, travelled widely, and later moved to California, USA.
The picture here is of Cheiro at
around 50 years of age. See a rare photo of a
Some of his ancestors may have been
gypsies, who are known to be well-versed in the oracle arts. He did say that
he inherited his sixth sense from his mother. He also travelled to India to
learn the occult sciences from Indian mystics.
Cheiro collected and studied
thousands of palm prints before he felt competent enough to offer palm
readings as a professional. His clients included
aristocrats, politicians and even royalty. He became very famous and wealthy
reading for other famous and wealthy figures of his day.
He was also an expert
numerologist, using the Chaldean number system. Numerology today consists of 2
systems - the Chaldean system, popularised by Cheiro, and the Pythagorean system.
In addition, he was a competent
astrologer and a psychic, and made many accurate predictions, some of which came
true years after his death.
He wrote several books on palmistry which are
still in use today. His last book, "You And Your Hand: The Last Word On This Fascinating Study 1937"
was written just before he died; one wonders whether Cheiro knew his time was up
and wanted to publish one last book.
There is an interesting story
about something that happened at Cheiro's funeral. During the wake, although
there were just a few people around, those present could hear the footsteps of
many people walking by and stopping momentarily at his coffin. It is believed
that he was so revered that even those who had departed had come to pay their
respects to him.
Pat F. does palmistry readings for
individuals and for events.
Photo of Cheiro: Courtesy of
Nostradamus and the New Prophecy
Go here for another article on Cheiro
by Tony Crisp.