Alternatively known as Maculomancy, Meilomancy, Molescopy, Moleomancy and Moleosophy.
A pseudoscientific method of assessing character from moles and/or birthmarks on various parts of the human body. This technique was sometimes also used to determine the person's future.
Developed by the Greek physician Hippocrates, known as "The Father of Medicine," Moleoscopy links the relative position of body moles with the astrological signs in a complex analysis of the nature and destiny of their subject.
Moles on the surface of the body have always been a source of mystery and have been thought to bring luck — both good and bad — or to have endowed the bearer with mysterious powers.
According to this method, a mole on the left shoulder indicates a person of quarrelsome nature; one on the left thigh indicates a life of sorrows, while one on the right thigh denotes a life filled with good fortune. A mole between the wrist and elbow indicates a person with a happy and peaceful disposition.
For futurity determinations, the darker the mole, the more significance it has. Moles on the left side of the body are believed unlucky, and those on the right side lucky. There is no exception to this rule. A girl with a mole on her left breast will have a wide choice of marriage partners. Women with moles on the right breast will overindulge in a variety of ways, bringing disgrace to their families. A large number of moles in either breast implies the woman will have many children. Someone with many moles will ultimately become very wealthy.
Moleoscopy reached its height of popularity in the late seventeenth century with the publication of a treatise by Richard Saunders.
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