Legitimacy of the pseudo sciences is debated from person to
Right around Oct. 31, people all over the United States have a
great excuse to dress funny, eat junk food and act out of the
ordinary. But behind all the crazy costumes and holiday
celebrations are strange traditions and rituals that are especially
pertinent during the Halloween season.
The pseudosciences, some of which include fortune telling and
psychic readings, are theories, methodologies or processes that are
considered to be without scientific foundation, according to
One aspect of pseudoscience is the art of reading palms, also
known as chiromancy or chirognomy, to interpret one’s future by the
lines on the hands
Palm reading dates back to ancient Greece, it grew so popular
during this time that palmists had the same status as
Larry Rodrigues, author of palmistry book, “It’s All in Your
Hands,” writes that character traits of an individual are picked up
by noting hand “colors, textures, tight or relaxed areas … line
structure and finger condition.”
When the left hand is analyzed, the palmist is meant to be able
to discover how the person functions within her or his private
world. The right palm supposedly reveals how one deals with the
outer world of coworkers, acquaintances and the public. Rodrigues
states in his book that the original intent of this art was to give
assessment and counseling for one’s life, but it has been used for
many other things, such as foretelling the future.
Local practicing palmist Psychic Kay does not rely on a physical
hand analysis. Using oils and a meditation candle, she places a
crystal Chakra wand in her customers’ palms to get a feel for their
“I see vision angels and guides to talk to me and guide me
through your readings … I am very spiritual … Everything is
possible,” she said.
Some CSU students agreed.
“I kind of believe in psychics,” said junior Vanessa Nielsen, a
social work major. “I’ve read some cool stories and been told stuff
that makes it seem true.”
Others agree that palm readings, along with fortune-telling and
horoscopes, are fun but not always true.
“I read (horoscopes), they could be true, but it is not always
100 percent,” said sophomore open-option major Curtis Trujillo.
For some, finding out about the future and reading horoscopes is
a key part of the day.
“I don’t always go by (horoscopes) exactly,” said junior Kipp
Powell, a biological science major. “But I am curious about