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Spiritual Graphology--The Soul of Handwriting

Spiritual Graphology--The Soul of Handwriting

Finding the Mind, Body and Soul Connection


May G‑d help you fulfill the teaching of our sages, that "G‑d should be realized in every mundane thing" – as, for example, how the soul's control over the body can be recognized even in one's handwriting. (Based on the Rebbe's letter, dated Days of Elul, 1981, printed in Hechal Menachem, volume 2, p. 166.)

Welcome to the World of Graphology and join us on a magical mystical journey where a new understanding of how one writes can lead to spectacular insight and understanding not only of self but others too.

The word graphology was coined from the Greek word graph which means writing and the suffix ology which means scientific study. Graphology is the scientific study of handwriting. Ever since antiquity, many philosophers, scientists, physicians, psychiatrists, physiologists and researchers have analyzed, interpreted, and implemented handwriting analysis into their professional lives. And graphology is making huge inroads into today's marketplace.

Paris-based International Herald Tribune reported that the majority of French companies use handwriting analysis in recruiting executives. Graphology is used extensively in Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the United States.

A former head of the Israeli Police Criminal Investigations Division said that Israeli Intelligence reportedly keeps on file the graphological analyses of key Arab leaders.

Handwriting analysis has been used for 1) pre-employment screening, 2) personality and character evaluation, 3) couples compatibility, 4) relationship evaluation, 5) anti-cult, anti-missionary counseling and deprogramming, 6) drug and alcohol screening and criminal profiling 7) school evaluation for learning disability, ADD, ADHD and anger management, as well as, 8) psychological evaluation for bi-polar and other personality and depressive disorders.


Sample of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson's handwriting
Sample of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson's handwriting

"The second soul of a Jew is truly a part of G‑d above."(Tanya, chapter 2)

Handwriting analysis is the art and science of determining personality and character, and much more too. It is the examination of the person as a whole through the method known as gestalt graphology. Spiritual graphology is the mind/body/soul connection.

An excellent example of how the G‑dly soul is manifested in handwriting is seen in the handwritings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, of righteous memory.

I have seen no other sample of such a perfect soul-mate blend as this. When one looks for compatibility — although differences are relevant and need to be understood, as opposites do attract — it is still easier when similarities exist.

The top sample is Chaya Mushka's and the bottom is the Rebbe's. Although hundreds of traits can be analyzed, by using the gestalt method we can narrow down the analysis to a five point scale — realizing that this is but a brief summary of a perfect union.

Sample of the Rebbe's handwriting
Sample of the Rebbe's handwriting

1) Slant

Female: slightly backhand – reserved, poised, restrained.

Male: slightly right leaning – assertive, outgoing, direct.

2) Pen Pressure

Female: medium – good energy level.

Male: medium – good energy level.

3) Size

Female: small – concentration, focus, humility, control.

Male: small – same as above; plus intellect, scientific.

4) Shape

Female: angled – willpower, conviction, strength; plus pointed top of letters show keen intellect and probing mind.

Male: angled – same; plus willpower, determination, self-control and analytical penetration; some squared letters indicating an ability for architecture and engineering and a desire to protect and safeguard others.

5) Line / Distance Between Lines

Female: boundaries, clear thinking.

Male: boundaries, clear thinking.

The handwriting reflects modesty, dignity, humility and a pristine character, the gestalt is one that transcends the mundane while still maintaining a practical and realistic outlook. Ever grounded in purity, they reflect the true king and queen.

Chaya Mushka epitomized Chassidic feminism. When a woman ventures out into the world she does so in a feminine way, not as a conqueror but as a nurturer, not by battling the darkness but by revealing the Divine luminance implicit within all of G‑d's creation – by nurturing the holiness within herself, her home and community. She does this with her innerness which is the feminine traits of modesty, dignity and gentleness. The writing of Chaya Mushka Schneerson is a perfect blend of this holiness.


Fidel Castro's signature
Fidel Castro's signature

The absence of the G‑dly soul, and a strong expression of the animal soul, is exemplified in the handwriting of Fidel Castro. The animal soul is comprised of evil characteristics deriving from the four base elements: 1) fire: which rises upward, like anger and arrogance, 2) water: an appetite for pleasure, 3) air: scoffing, frivolity and boasting, 4) earth: melancholy and depression. The writing of Fidel Castro incorporates the element of fire.

One can easily see in his dark, pressured heavy hand the personality of a dictator. The upper-curved thrusting F in the top part of Fidel which ends in a slight hook backward is an example of his drive to conquer, while the angled lower part of the F, which ends in a blunt, heavy, clubbed down-stroke, speaks of his anger, and volatile and cruel nature. The entire line (ductus) is one of crude ego-driven narcissism down to his last letter in the name Castro, which ends in an underscore to complete his need for importance and recognition. His writing is one of fire manifested in anger and pride.


While there are hundreds of traits and thousands of handwritings that can be analyzed, we will focus more on what is positive in relationships.

Chesed is loving kindness, giving, receiving and going beyond the self. It is the ability to experience another and allow them to experience you. Love is transcendence. In handwriting it is open, flowing, spontaneous and has fluid movement. In English the slant is to the right, in Hebrew to the left.

Sample of the Rebbe Rashab's handwriting
Sample of the Rebbe Rashab's handwriting

In this magnificent sample of Sholom Dov Ber, fifth Chabad Rebbe, penned at the birth of his granddaughter, we see the magnificent open, flowing spontaneity of exhilaration, joy and depth of expression. The writing is fluid, quick, rounded with an excited rhythm and strong sense of purpose. Some of the dark spots in the pen pressure are indications of his great warmth and passion and emotional receptivity.

Gevurah stands for strength and withdrawal. Judgment combined with discipline and discernment. The positive quality of gevurah allows for deep concentration, focus, intelligent decision-making and the superior ability for self-control and will-power. We have no better example than the handwriting of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and the Shulchan Aruch. His small angled script and perfect lines testifies to his genius, impeccable humility and brilliant mind.


Sample of the Baal Shem Tov's handwriting
Sample of the Baal Shem Tov's handwriting

The trait of tiferet incorporates the balance between chesed and gevurah showing balance, harmony and beauty.

The Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement and a mystic of unparalleled brilliance, was renowned for his remarkable Ahavat Yisrael, love for every Jew. Interestingly, in his writings he portrays all the qualities of tiferet. It has flow, harmony, rhythm and symmetry.

Man by nature is a selfish creature. Even in his relationship to others, he tends to focus primarily on himself. The ultimate love, which combines chesed and gevurah, is the endeavor to transcend this intrinsic selfishness and truly relate to one's fellow. It is the journey to be sensitive to and devoted to the needs of the other—a balance of the love of chesed and the discipline and humility of gevurah.

Ahavat Yisroel, love of a fellow Jew, is the first gate leading into the palace of G‑d. To the Baal Shem Tov, Avahat Yisroel was not the refusal to see the deficiencies of the individual, but an unequivocal love regardless of their spiritual state.

Graphology which incorporates and harmonizes the mind/body/soul connection can be a window into the soul of man.

Roxanne Perri has 30 years experience working as a Certified Graphologist and Marital Therapist.
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Morris July 8, 2015

Interesting But... This article is interesting and I enjoyed it. However, I would point out (as other readers have done) that graphology is not quite a science. Some believe in it, but many others do not, and it has yet to prove itself.

Proceed with care! Reply

Ephraim February 12, 2012

Ephraim Graphology has been around for more than a century. The practice has yet to been proven scientifically. Indeed, there have been many studies which show graphology to be of no or minimal value. To put it simply, there is no evidence for graphology- it is total nonsense. Reply

Anonymous August 12, 2010

graphology Roxanne Perri, G-d's gift to the world, an excellent lady, truthful, feeling and above all, she's truthful.

Anybody looking for the truth, use Roxanne Perri. Reply

rameh hydrebad, india June 6, 2010

good very nice imformation Reply

Roxanne Perri Delray Beach, Florida November 18, 2008

SPIRITUAL GRAPHOLOGY The most interesting question you pose is "How does a certain characteristic of penmanship of a woman say a certain thing and then say so much more about her spouse."

Anwer: It doesn't, due to space constraints a full biography could not be given but let me explain.

Gestalt graphology takes into consideration the entire writing sample and of course English goes from left to right and hebrew from right to left. That is factored in. Since the Rebbe and Rebbetzin are soulmates and their writings are similar in many ways they both have many of the same characterists such as royalty, assertiveness, humility modesty, power, strength, respect, dignity, honor, spiritual perfection, etc.

In a simple formula I was trying to point out that women can be just as aggressive, powerful, intelligent, sharp, insightful and influential but when they are in touch with their feminine spiritual side they use their talents in a gentle manner and achieve the same results as their male counterpart. Reply

Roxanne Perri Delray Beach, Florida November 18, 2008

SPIRITUAL GRAPHOLOGY Thank you for your astute comments, and, yes since handwriting reveals so many traits, changing one's writing can help to improve one's characteristics. It is called graphotherapy but it is not just a simple change in writing but acquiring a deep understanding of what the positive or negative looks like. For example, if a person is very shy and writes very small, one of the graphic features that could be changed would be to have the writer start by writing slightly larger but also to work therapeutically to understand the initial shyness. For example while they write larger they may feel vulnerable as shyness can protect against a feeling of being hurt or rebuffed. As a graphologist and marital therapist, a program that monitors change and protects is necessary. Second part of your comment about being taught to write curved, traditional people may keep the same style but more innovative types who enjoy expression will add other more dynamic styles. Reply

Betty Seidner (Esther) Hallandale, Fl. November 18, 2008

Handwriting defining traits Since you have taken handwritings of people we're familiar with and showed that you can be accurate. If we recognize good and bad traits, can changing ones handwriting help you improve any negative traits? And in the U.S.A. at one time when they taught people to write a certain way mostly curved to the right many people had the same handwriting. But thanks Roxanne for developing your talents to help people make better choices. Reply

Roxanne Perri (author) Delray Beach, Florida November 7, 2008

SPIRITUAL GRAPHOLOGY I would like to thank all of you personally for your interest in the subject of graphology and for your comments. When I studied Shakespeare in college I first had to read all of his plays to understand the depth of his ideas and only then the Cliff notes or in today's market the Sparks notes to summarize the reading. In the field of "gestalt graphology" which incorporates hundreds of traits such as:slant, pen pressure, spacing, zone, distance between lines, direction of lines, a minimun of five different types of pen pressure, a minimum of over 20 ways to dot an I and cross a T, rhythm, style evaluation, arcades, garlands, threads, (you get the picture) the same holds true. This article was designed for the reader to gain a glimpse into the soul of the writer and introduction into graphology. Each person is a small miracle with unique characteristics. This article was written as a "journey" not a destination. Reply

Sarah Masha W Bloomfield, MI/USA via November 6, 2008

I also have a problem with the writing samples, They are not all in English, so right and left slants might change. There would be other changes as well. (What is the "ideal" of any indicated letter in the sample?) As a strong example, anyone who has seen the writing of enough people who learned to write an Asian language first knows there are some common characteristics in all of these peoples' English writing. (a penmanship accent?) I can also tell the difference between an American's writing and a European's (French, Spanish, Italian) writing even though the alphabets are essentially the same.

And I will second the question: How does a certain characteristic of penmanship of a woman say a certain thing, and then say so much more for her spouse?

And yet, I believe we do put some clues to ourselves into our penmanship. I think the writer may have been trying to fit a space constraint, and thereby did the topic no justice at all. Reply

Rus Devorah Wallen Brooklyn, NY November 6, 2008

Graphology - as always, very interesting and infor I've had the opportunity to work with Roxanne Perri on dozens of cases since 1989. Handwriting analysis in invaluable in the mental health, personnel, and educational fields.

Thanks Roxanne! Reply

Nussin November 3, 2008

Wikipedia With all due respect wikipedia is not an accepted source for scientific documentation. Reply

bracha Demercur montreal, canada November 2, 2008

Graphology let me know where can i get her book? Reply

Robert Hazel Sykkylven, Norway November 2, 2008

The soul of handwriting A couple of days ago I was writing and it came to me, I wondered if it was possible to read a persons character in their handwriting, Then this article popped up,so at least I got an answer. Reply

Carolina November 2, 2008

I think the article is a bit biased, to say the least. Reply

Ilana November 2, 2008

With all due respect I think we are crossing the line when we analyze the handwritings of our Saintly Rabbi's and Rebbezin's and publish our findings for all to see. We will never be able to understand the essence of their souls and why should we treat their handwriting like the rest of us by having it analyzed? Reply

leah November 2, 2008

Wow!!! Thanks Blavin for pointing that out! I wonder why is posting articles on fake sciences? Reply

Blavin Camden, NJ November 2, 2008

Accuracy of Graphology Anyone who wants to see what REAL studies say about graphology, check out the wikipedia entry on graphology... Reply

Yael November 2, 2008

umm... i find it a bit odd that you perceive through handwriting that women lack intellectualism, assertiveness, determination, willpower, desire to protect others, etc. these are all qualities that all of the women i know have in abundance. and i don't mean any disrespect toward the rebbetzin, but if she lacked these qualities, then she had no business being a rebbetzin, and especially the rebetzin of a great man such as the rebbe. its also a bit telling that you perceive that men have everything women have, plus a bit more. i think this "analysis" is more reflective of the writer's own biases and projections than the actual personalities of the people involved. Reply

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