Kiki, also known as @kikimancy on Twitter and Instagram, is known for her blend of cosmetology and cosmology, and her knowledge shines through in her latest e-book, The Ancient Art of Onychomancy In the Modern World. Grounded in palmistry (divination through reading palms), Kiki takes on onychomancy, also known as nail reading, in a whole new way through looking at the shape of nails and translating that to personality and possibilities. With The Ancient Art of Onychomancy In the Modern World, Kiki encompasses the art of palmistry with in depth nail reading, astrology, tarot, and energy systems. It leads to an intrinsic invitation to an analysis of self and mind-body-spirit synergy through your nails.
Talk about shaping your future at the tip of your fingers!
Kiki says her nail and manicure readings are innate because of how her upbringing influenced her work. “My mom's side is Japanese, my late grandmother was very spiritual and who was very into ritual and energy,” said Kiki as we spoke over Zoom. Her grandmother practiced Japanese Shinto, a traditional Japanese religion. Kiki spoke about her grandmother’s massages. “She taught us to always take care of them. If something hurts, you have to massage it. She would say if it hurt it was because there was a demon there and you had to massage it out.”
Kiki's grandmother taught her at a very young age about energy. “It wasn't her career or anything, it was how she lived her life," she said. "So I was always interested in this stuff."
When she turned 10 years old, Kiki found a book in the house she was living in at the time, a palmistry book. “Nobody in my family knew where it came from, and I started reading it and then started reading everyone's palms,” Kiki explained. “You know people say ‘you're not learning something, you're remembering it’? That’s what it felt like. It felt super innate.”
That flourished Kiki’s love for palmistry and divination and, ultimately, her book. From then on, she began reading everyone's palms nonstop and studied palmistry for decades.
Kiki describes it as more than it meets the eye. “I don't look, like, [at] someone's hands and think, of...okay, this shape, this color nail polish,” Kiki said. “When I'm talking to you, that we are communicating, they are speaking to me, through your hands, and that is what palmistry feels like to me at this point.”
Twitter is where Kiki was able to interact with the community, doing research through the app about different nails, looking at other people's nails, and eventually putting out her book. “It kind of became my thing over Twitter. I was, like, the nail reading girl. Before that, I offered palm readings and astrology way later,” said Kiki. “I became aware how much content i was putting out there, and because people were so into it, I wanted it to put it out there in an organized way.”
Talking about nails is nothing new for her. “As far as I know,” Kiki said, smiling. “I am the first person to write about manicures.” She shared how her favorite pieces of feedback was when she read the nails of a woman with acrylics. While sharing her findings on the TL, someone mentioned that acrylics were just “pieces of plastic and don't mean anything.”
“My response,” began Kiki, “is this woman chooses those pieces of plastic and color and everything about it. Once it is on your body, it's part of your body."
Kiki's career is in beauty. As a hairstylist and makeup artist, Kiki found it very natural to understanding how cosmetology and cosmology work together. “I see my external presentation as an expression of how I feel on the inside, and so I really appreciate palmistry giving me the opportunity to help women and people, really anyone else help appreciate that every millimeter of your body is significant," she said. “Maybe it is super shallow, but it's super deep, if you take time to look at it. It shows ourselves in a way that resonates with us.”
Natalie (she/they) is a graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Feminist Studies and a Editorial Intern for BUST mag. Hailing from the Bay Area, California they love to read, write poetry and analyze their birth chart. Check them out @hunnistix on Twitter for causal updates on how Mars square Saturn transit has been treating them.