WELL READ: Shari Weston has her palm read by Peter the Reader in Byron Bay.
WELL READ: Shari Weston has her palm read by Peter the Reader in Byron Bay. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

They’re eating out of the palm of his hand

WITH many people turning to astrologers or those who claim to tell the future to determine what 2014 will hold, it's no wonder Byron Bay's resident palm reader, Peter, has had a busy few weeks.

Peter Palmer* has been reading palms for 11 years and says he has been run off his feet these holidays.

Peter said he had confidence the traditional art of palmistry was "accurate as hell" but reminded those looking for new year predictions the art was less about telling the future and more about understanding the person.

"Palm readers need to understand you and get comfortable with you to describe who you are in regards to your emotions, thinking and creativity," Peter said.

"Then they can say 'things are likely because of who you are' - rather than 'this is what your future will hold'."

However, there are plenty of people who argue the ancient art of palmistry is inaccurate.

Some Northern Star readers commented on our Facebook page the practice did nothing more than reveal elements of a person's character, while another said the practice was a "scam".

Even though scepticism is an important part of the human condition, it can be tough to avoid spirituality and alternative healing in a town like Byron Bay.

Peter counters palmistry sceptics by noting scepticism is a frame of mind we develop as adults - not as children.

 

*Peter asked to be quoted under the pseudonym Peter Palmer - those who dabble in telling the future must keep some secrets.



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