Thursday 26 June 2008

A Jack or Jill of All Trades

When I was a teenager, I went to a palmist who told me that I had a “mixed hand” – meaning that each of my fingers was a slightly different shape.

There are five different basic shapes: square meaning you have an orderly personality, spatulate meaning you are an active type of person, knotty meaning philosophic, conic meaning artistic and long, dainty hands that are supposed to indicate one is psychic.

The mixed hand, however, has bits of all of them. It shows, I was told, that I was destined to be a “Jack of all trades, but master of none”.

I was offended. For a start, I’m hardly a Jack. A Jill maybe, but the palmist must have been blind to get my gender wrong.

Then I read a bit more about palmistry. He was right in one thing. I do have a mixed hand – but that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily going to flit from one thing to another without ever having any success.

On the contrary, I prefer to call myself multi-talented and good at multi-tasking. These are all great qualities for a witch who has to balance her work, caring for her family and learning skills that are useful for her craft.

And you don’t have to be a master of anything. Being adequate is good enough.

The photo is not a picture of my own hand. It is entitled Mixed Hand by Artisan Henna. Visit:



Anonymous said...

I also have mixed hands, and a pretty varied career of different sorts of interesting things. Whether with success or not isn't for me to say...

I've not looked into it properly, but I did notice that knotty hands predominated among the theoretical physicists when I was at uni.

hennalion said...

hey - thanks for using an image of my work! i'm a joan of all trades, myself. henna is the closest thing i have to a career, but i find that i enjoy learning to be capable in many other fields. i think it'll be a good safety net in the coming years.

i hope you enjoyed solstice.


Badwitch said...

Joan - thanks for letting me use the lovely picture of your work!

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