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Intro To Palmistry: The First Steps To Becoming A Palm Reader

 “Just as a pebble thrown into the water creates ripples, so our thoughts create similar effects on our palms.”

These words from Michael Scotts perfectly summarize the essence of palmistry. Although there are still many of those who use this ancient Indian art today, some will mark it off as superstitious. Many people believe palm lines are nothing more than skin creases because palm reading is not backed by science. Luckily, many of us understand that spiritual things cannot be proved by laboratory methods. Their proof lays in thousands of years of their existence and countless souls who use them to find their life answers until this day.

If you to want to dwell deeper into your own self, with an aim to prepare for the future or to better understand your purpose in this world, then you’re in luck. Although mastering palmistry takes years of dedicated practice, everyone willing to invest some effort can learn its fundamentals. Read along if you want to become a palm reader yourself.

1. Which hand should you read?

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The hand mainly used for reading is customarily referred to as the dominant hand. There are differences between various palmistry schools when it comes to choosing the right hand for reading. Some of them will say that the women should refer to the right hand as their dominant, while men should go for the left. Others believe that the hand you use to write is the dominant and represents the conscious mind, while the other demonstrates the subconscious.

All of this can be confusing for newcomers, so the most common recommendation for those just starting out is to read the hand you use predominantly. After learning the fundamentals of palm reading, you can proceed to explore other schools and styles.

2. The Four Elements

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Like astrology and countless other esoteric practices, palmistry also uses the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. In palm reading, these elements refer to four main hand shapes. When you understand the shape of your hand, you will understand it’s lines more easily.

3. The Earth Hand

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The earth hand is recognized by its square look, with palm and fingers being approximately the same length. This hand is heavy and marked with rough skin and fewer lines than other hand shapes.

Those with earth hands are known to base their decisions on instinct rather than referring to books and education. They are strong and lean towards physical work, thus usually have a healthy and robust constitution. They are practical and appreciate stability more than anything else.

4.  The Fire Hand

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Fire hands have short fingers that emerge from a narrow and long palm. As their name implies, those with fire hands are passionate, dynamic and short tempered. They shine in competitive environments and are great leaders due to their persistence and an ability to follow through their plans. To ensure to stay calm, they need to do a lot of physical activity, so they will commonly have a well-developed, athletic build. 

5. The Air Hand

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Air hands are square with elongated fingers and wide set thumbs. They have light bones and their skin is often dry. People with air hands are intellectuals, who are keen to learn new things and excel in social skills. Their questioning nature keeps their mind working at all times, and they tend to internalize their emotions as a result. This over analyzation and a lack of emotional intelligence make them more prone to mental disorders. However, those who transcend these issues become excellent partners as well as advice givers.

6. The Water Hand

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Long fingers and oval-shaped palm indicate the water hand. People with water hands are the most unstable of all types, which is a result of their overly emotional nature. Their feelings will commonly take over their logic, so they have a hard time dealing with stress and anxiety. They are creative and are encouraged to do art as it helps to develop their personalities. However, they should also try to seek more stability in their life, by developing a daily routine or doing more physical jobs.

7. Palm Lines

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While the lines can differ on every hand, the ones that are most common are the life, heart and head lines. These are the core lines and should be examined first. There are many details that go into reading every line, but in this article, we will cover the basics. That will ensure you have a proper starting point for your future learning.

8. The Head Line

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The head line sits between the heart and life lines. It starts between the forefinger and thumb going towards the middle of the palm. It represents everything intellectual, from your attitudes and beliefs to your intuition and strength of will.

9. Short Head Line

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A short head line ends before your middle finger and indicates that you are fast in making decisions, and prefer physical tasks over those which test your intellect.

10. Long Head Line

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If your head line extends all the way to your pinkie, you are a daydreamer, artistic and tend to get lost in your thoughts a lot, especially when making decisions.

11. Broken Head Line

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If your head line splits in two, it indicates that you are inconsistent. However, you are also open to hear different opinions and perspectives, as well to change your own.

12. Heart Line

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Widely known as the love line, the heart line sits just below the fingers and spreads from your pinkie towards your index finger. It represents your romantic relationships, but also your emotional intelligence and cardiac health.

13. Long Heart Line

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If your heart line spreads all the way to your index finger, it usually means that you have a satisfying love life, and are a conscious person who cares about others.

14. Short Heart Line

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If your heart line ends below your middle finger, you tend to be selfish in love and value your freedom more than intimacy.

15. Broken Heart Line

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If your heart line is split in two, it means that you’re more likely to experience love trauma because you tend to put your loved ones before your own needs and dreams.

16. The Life Line

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The life line starts in the same spot as the head line and spreads towards the center of your wrist. It shows your health, general well being and the direction of your life. Despite the common belief, this line doesn’t indicate the time of your death.

17. Long Life Line

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If your life line goes all the way to the root of your palm, you are a strong personality who can always be counted on. It also indicates your vitality and caution in relationships.

18. Short Life Line

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If your life line ends in the center of your palm,  you’re easily manipulated and prefer to keep yourself busy in order to feel safe and comfortable.

19. Broken Life Line

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A broken life line reveals that you will go through a traumatic experience which will change your life choices and perspectives.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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