Palm Friday

17th November 2000 at 00:00
Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers - and people who use their hands for their work - by their palms. We let him read between the lines

A squarish palm with a high index finger and low fourth digit shows a strong, independent character with a dramatic tendency. Fleshiness around the thumb ball shows a homely and caring nature - she likes children and animals and is a samaritan by nature. Criss-crossing lines show she is no stranger to conflicting emotions. A non-conformist who may have been a tomboy when young.

One of her parents was probably a disciplinarian, and she had parental difficulties until around the age of 25 when her life settled down into a family pattern. The strongest element in this hand is the clarity of the lines and a fixation on past restrictions which weighed heavily from age 30 to 40, resulting in a kind of mid-life crisis and the realisation that life begins at 40.

Clear and long major lines show a direct, kindly outer manner and wonderful teacherly qualities. She relates well to people and gives easily of her time, patience and understanding. She began her career working in an establishment-type job, but gave up working regularly in her late twenties to care for her children. She retrained in her mid-thirties and found real job satisfaction in her early forties gaining the material independence she has always sough.

She would make a good therapist or counsellor, although she could just as easily have opened a cattery or kennels. She likes things in good order and will not mind getting stuck in, even if it means getting mucky or grimy. Whatever she does, she does well. She is a true fighting spirit who sorts out others' lives and gets great satisfaction from doing so.

Margaret Morrissey is spokesperson for the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations and a lay inspector for Ofsted.

Some of this is incredibly accurate. At one stage we had seven cats, three dogs, two horses and 50 chickens and cockerels. So I don't know about opening a kennels - we used to have one. I adore children. I trained as a mental health nurse but gave that up when I was 25 to look after my children. When I was 40 things changed dramatically: we moved from London and bought a hotel in Dorset, I retrained and got involved in the PTA, became a town councillor and deputy mayor. I am a non-conformist - I even got expelled from guides for arguing. My mother was an angel but my father made Charles Dickens look like Hans Christian Andersen. Although I am not in legal work my daughter has just trained as a barrister. And I am a real perfectionist. I am always tidying up; it drives my family mad.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin


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