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September 15, 2011

William Warner (Cheiro) 1866-1936

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Cheiro was one of the most famous and colorful occult figures of the early Twentieth Century .He was a clairvoyant who used palmistry, astrology, and Chaldean numerology, to make startlingly accurate predictions, including world events. Born in Ireland as William John Warner, on November 1, 1866 (6)  Cheiro also went by the name Count Louis Hamon, claiming a noble ancestry that may or may not have been accurate.

His name, Cheiro, (pronouced ki-ro) derives from the word cheiromancy which means the Art/Science of Palmistry (hand reading).

He read the hands of Prince Edward the Prince of Wales, General Kitchener, William Gladstone, Joseph Chamberlain as well as other leading military, judicial and political figures from both Europe and America. He also read the hands of many literary and artistic figures such as Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt and Oscar Wilde – along with a tale to tell about how he met them and their reactions to his pronouncements. Mark Twain included references to fingerprint identification in one of his novels (‘Puddin’head Wilson’) and Oscar Wilde was so stunned by what Cheiro had to say to him that he penned a short story (‘Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime’) based on this encounter.  Cheiro’s ability as a predictive palmist is legendary and with such a range of respectable and eminent people to attest to it, it cannot seriously be doubted.

The title and tone of Warner/Cheiro’s autobiography, ‘Confessions – Memoirs of a Modern Seer’ suggests that he very much saw himself as a gifted psychic and intuitive and he most certainly liked to present himself in that way.   He was involved with the Rosicrucians and had close connections with various spiritualist groups and psychic mediums, and, at various times, Cheiro also worked as a journalist, ran a champagne business, owned two French newspapers, ran a chemical factory in Ireland and later was to become a scriptwriter in California for Hollywood films. It has also been suggested that he was also a secret agent for the British Government.  Whilst very little actual chirology can be learnt from reading the works of Cheiro, they do reveal some things about his character and temperament. Although a courteous and undoubtedly charming man, he seems also to have been somewhat arrogant and boastful. He had a lively imagination and a gift for distorting facts and embellishing stories. He was a smoothtalker as well as a natural entertainer and these qualities undoubtedly assisted his chirological career even though it may make it difficult to establish the true facts of the story of this enigmatic man.

After an illustrious career of a highly popular and respected occult personality, Cheiro died on October 8, 1936, in Hollywood, CA, at the age of 69.

Joyce Mason, long-time editor of the much-missed Chironicles, remarks, “Do you suppose Cheiro knew the legend of Chiron? Cheiron is one spelling of Chiron, and of course, Chiron rules hands and all kinds of esoteric arts, especially ones that involve the hands (palmistry) or come through them in some form (tarot)…….and he was born on Chiron’s ‘Birthday’, though 111 years earlier. Chiron’s discovery date was November 1, 1977” (from solsticepoint memorial to Cheiro)

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