Chapter 1b

The Importance of the 7 Mount Types

by William Benham

**All that there is to destiny or fate is this matter of the seven types. **

Humanity is cast in certain moulds. Unless the course of a type is changed it acts, thinks, lives, and dies in a certain way; the ancestors of this type have so lived, acted, and died, and it will do the same.

If everyone were pure specimens of these types, then we might be fatalists. But the deeper you go into Palmistry the less will you accept an absolutely fatalistic doctrine.

In every case, one type or the other will be predominant. Its qualities will be the strong controlling element in the life of your client. In his course through the world the qualities of his type will largely guide and shape his destiny. But there is nearly always present an alloy of some other type, something that may soften the severe lines of his natural mould.

If he strongly wishes to change his course in life, is fully conscious of what he wants to accomplish and has determination enough, he may modify the qualities of his type to a large degree.

A knowledge of his shortcomings, coupled with desire and determination, will enable him largely to overcome them. Since they all emanate from the brain, these faults, these desires, these changes, will all be written on the hands.

People do not change their typical qualities until they have a strong desire to change, and are armed with a firm resolution to do it. Thus it will seem that there is no greater truth than that we are indeed free agents, planned for a prearranged destiny, but always able to change it if we determinedly desire to do so.

There is, then, no such thing as absolute fatalism, even though we have so strong an indication in that direction from the 7 types. The statement, “The Lord helps him who helps himself’ applies.

Thus, instead of rebelling at what might seem a cruel predestination on the part of our Creator in adopting the plan of the seven types, we can see that there is nothing unkind in the operation of this plan. You see the Esquimaux living always in the same way. One generation succeeds the other, lives the same way, eats the same food, reaches the same age, and dies. There is nothing cruel in that; you have never thought that fate was unkind to the Esquimaux.

He would laugh at you if you told him so. He enjoys life in his way, just as well as you do in yours. Each of our seven types reasons in the same fashion. They are best pleased with their way of living, thinking, and acting, they prefer it to your way. They think you odd that you do not see it as they do. You think it strange that they can be satisfied at all with their ways. Thus the world moves on, seemingly a heterogeneous mass, yet in reality possible of subdivision into seven well-classified types of people.

These types look alike. If you know each type well, then you will know=

  • what they look like
  • how they reason, live, think, work, play, treat their fellows, or marry,
  • their natural occupations and peculiarities

This will let you dissect him with ease, knowing him better than he knows himself.

  • The Mount of Jupiter identifies the Jupiterian type
  • The Mount of Saturn identifies the Saturnian
  • The Mount of Apollo identifies the Apollonian
  • The Mount of Mercury identifies the Mercurian
  • The two Mounts of Mars identifies the Martian
    • One of whom is filled with aggression, the other full of resistance
  • The Mount of Moon identifies the Lunarian
  • The Mount of Venus identifies the Venusian
  • The Plain of Mars is a part of the Martian type

Why do the Mounts identify these types?

The human hand is the servant of the brain which executes all of the work we do. It only operates in response to the commands of the brain. Sever the connection between hand and brain by cutting the complex system of nerve telegraph uniting the two (as in paralysis), and the hand becomes like a lump of putty, dead and useless.

The hand is the most wonderful instrument ever created. It cannot perform one act by itself, for there is no brain or intelligence located in the hand to direct it. It follows the commands of the brain.

The hand is entirely dependent on the brain for its intelligence. As the servant, it reflects the kind of brain behind it.

The dissections of the brain show that the different formations of this brain centre comes with differently shaped hands. Thus, a Jupiterian brain centre creates Jupiterian thoughts, ways and peculiarities. This leads to a Jupiterian subject with a Jupiter Mount.

The Chapter, “How to Judge Mounts and Fingers” gives minute directions for classifying your subject, know everything about him, and solve the secret of his creation. This is the inner secret of Palmistry.

The good types are the:

  • Jupiterian [navel]
  • Apollonian [heart]
  • Venusian [vishudda]

These have good health, happy dispositions, and do not easily become evil.

The Saturnian and Mercurian easily cross the boundary and produce bad people.

  • They are both bilious and become warped in their views and manner of life.

The Martian easily becomes an ardent, intense type, not necessarily bad, but often violent.

The Lunar subject is imaginative, cold, and selfish, easily producing a restless, disagreeable person.

Thus you have:

  • 3 good types
  • 2 that may be bad
  • 1 violent
  • 1 which may be disagreeable

This work, with the Mounts for a basis, opens a rich field for investigation.

Many realize how superficial their work has been, and have longed to know why they could go only so far and no farther. This is because no other work begins on the proper foundation.

I have added to palmistry the other elements:

  • the elementary hand (dullness)
  • the square hand (regularity)
  • the spatulate hand (activity and originality)
  • the philosophic hand (analysis)
  • the conic hand (artistic sense)
  • the psychic hand (ideality)
  • the mixed hand (versatility)

These are accepted types of all other modern works.

These formations show only a certain traits of the subject. They do not reveal him in his entirety. They will not tell you of his health, how he marries, loves, hates, eats, lives, dies, whether he is good, bad, cross, or cheerful. They do not thus open the hidden recesses of his heart, as they are revealed by the Mount types, nor can you make that subtle distinction between disease and character except through the Mount types.

The success of hand-reading is a matter of combination. The type of a subject must be combined with his energy, brain power, good intentions, vices, health condition, and many other important factors, before a balance can be struck. Herein lies the difficulty in preparing a treatise on hand-reading.

If the types are treated first, the beginner has no knowledge of the important underlying forces which must be combined with them. If the underlying forces are first discussed, the student is not familiar with the types.

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