Cheiro (Count Louis Hamon) (1866–1936)
Palmist and astrologer, Cheiro was born Louis Hamon on
November 1, 1866, in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Count William
de Hamon, whose title he eventually inherited. He was educated
privately and from his mother inherited an interest in
the occult, especially palmistry, astrology, and numerology.
At the early age of 11, much to his father’s consternation, he
wrote an essay on palmistry. He studied for the ministry but did
not complete his academic work because of his father’s bankruptcy.
As a young man he travel to India. He met a group of occultists
and stayed with them for several years, during which time
he did his own research on palmistry. He later moved to Egypt
before he settled in England and opened an office as a palmist.
To avoid any problems with his family, he worked under his
pseudonym.
By the 1890s Cheiro had gained an international reputation,
his own background granting him entrance into the world
of royalty, many of whom were interested in the occult. In 1893
he traveled to the United States for the first of a number of visits.
The following year he wrote the first of his many books,
Cheiro’s Language of the Hand. This book, and its equally popular
sequel, Cheiro’s Guide to the Hand (1900), were primary elements
in the reestablishment of palmistry as a popular form of fortune-telling
in the modern world. Celebrities of all kinds were
his clients.
In the late 1920s, Cheiro wrote several books on astrological
predictions of world events. However, he spent the last part of
his life poverty-stricken in Hollywood, California, where he
died on October 8, 1936.
Sources
Cheiro [Count Louis Hamon]. Cheiro’s Guide to the Hand.
London Nichols & Co., 1900.
———. Cheiro’s Language of the Hand. London, 1894.
———. Cheiro’s Year Book. Rev. ed., London London Publishing,
1930.
———. Mysteries and Romances of the World’s Greatest Occultists.
London Herbert Jenkins, 1935.
———. You and Your Hand. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday,
Doran, 1931.
———. You and Your Star. Los Angeles London Publishing;
London Herbert Jenkins, 1926.
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers
of America. Tempe, Ariz. American Federation of Astrologers,
1988

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