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Palm Reading Guide

Updated on September 17, 2015

Why not learn how to read palms?

So you want to know if you're finally going to hook up with the person you've been staring at across the workplace. Are you going to get a raise? Are you healthy? Your horoscope can give you the generic answers, but you probably want to know more about your own life than what newspapers and Internet predictions can tell you.

Palm reading is a great way to achieve this. Also known as palmistry, it is one way to find both the future as well as a healthy human spirit. While many see this as a form of entertainment, many practice it themselves for serious spiritual and beneficial reasons, for comfort or genuine interest.

This technique has origins in India, thousands of years ago, and grew in popularity in ancient Greece. Over time it spread through Europe and Asia, and now it has developed into the interesting system that still exists today. Many people are familiar with the Gypsy palm reading technique, constructed for those who wish to know the hidden facts about their life.

While reading the lines on your palm won't tell you your fate, you can use palm reading to distinguish your characteristics and health qualities. A single line on your palm can explain all sorts of aspects concerning your life, including relationships. The texture of a part of your palm can mean you will be successful in a particular area of life. By palm reading, you can see your strengths to capitalize on them or your weaknesses to improve them. However, palmistry isn't necessarily an art that requires extensive training or costly materials and palm-reading charts. This is something anyone can enjoy and try. All it takes is looking at a line on your palm.

Read through this general guide to get a good understanding of palm reading and the basics. Practice on your friends and family and get a kick out of their reactions, or try it on yourself to see what the future holds for you.

Why learn how to read palms?

· It's really fun to learn!

What makes palm-reading fun is that the results are different for everyone. It's interesting to see what your palm says are your most distinct characteristics or if you're healthy or not. It's easy too; there are only a few basic lines to learn about in order to read palms. You don't have to memorize a lot of patterns to read palms.

· A palm reading is something you can use

You can use a palm reading to see if you're the person you want to be, if you're heading down the right track or not. Knowing certain things about yourself and your life can open the door to a wealth of possibilities, if only in your mind. And sure, it's helpful to know if you're going to hit a rough patch down the road or if you're too aggressive to get along with anyone. But don't let your reading weight too heavily; it might end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy!

· You don't have to pay someone else to do it for you

Sometimes, going to a "professional" palm reader can mean $50 for a hand reading! Oftentimes what they tell you might not be the truth but rather what you want to hear. But you don't have to charge someone else to do something you can do yourself! Start practicing on yourself and you'll be a pro in no time!

· Make friends by showing off your newfound skills

Ok, this is a stretch, but honestly, palm reading is something that people are very interested in. Everyone's hands are individual and people want to know things about themselves in particular. Try this out at a party or other social gatherings - even at work - and you won't be just another person.

Palm reading tutorial


How to read palms: What it all means

(Information from Psychic Readings with Marie)

Look at the above picture to help understand this guide more easily.

Here are the basics you need to know to get started:

First of all, your hands represent different things in general:

Right hand - the practical, active side

Left hand - the emotional "heart" side

Look at the lines on both hands to see how the readings compare. Also, many suggest that women should have their left hand seen and men their right. The scientific approach says that, while both hands should be seen, the left shows the natural persona while the right represents personality and talent.

Texture: This is important on the back and front of the hand. Softness means sensitivity and refinement while a rough hand shows a coarse persona. Of course, calluses mean the person works hard or at a job where he or she uses the hands.

Flexibility: This directly represents how adjustable the nature of the person is.

Nails: Longer nails that taper at the tip mean creativity while square mean orderliness.

Color: This shows how blood circulates through the client's body. A pinkish hand means he or she is healthy while yellow means too much bile is being produced. Blue means there is a circulation problem.

Mounts: These are at the base of the fingers. Pay attention to the characteristics noted above as well as this additional information concerning location, name and meaning:

Base of index finger = Mount of Jupiter. It shows ambition, leadership, religion and love for nature.

Base of second finger = Mount of Saturn. It denotes seriousness, wisdom, balance and sadness.

Base of ring finger = Mount of Apollo. It represents brilliance, artistry, happiness and success.

Base of fourth finger = Mount of Mercury. It shows industriousness and shrewdness.

Base of thumb = Mount of Venus. It means love, sympathy, music and passion.

Edge of the hand = Mount of Moon. It shows imagination, coldness and selfishness (an interesting combination!)

The rest of the hand = Plain of Mars. It denotes courage, bravery and aggression.

Heart line: This represents your love life, what happens and why. It's the first prominent line below your fingers.

Right hand - The heart line shows how you relate to other people; your personal needs in love; your love experiences; and your passions for life

Left hand - This can tell how you feel about yourself and the relationships you have... the feelings that lie under the surface.

If your heart line...

Curves steeply under the index and middle finger - There's strong sexual desire

Ends under the index finger - You're picky with your lovers

Ends under the middle finger (this is rare!) - You have a need for love

Is straight and short - You have no need for romance, but you have a strong sex drive

Has 2 or more lines branching off - However many "branches" means the number of sides to your emotional nature

Points downwards with a branch and touches the life line - You're easily hurt in love

Is the same as your partner - You will have a successful marriage

Head line: This represents the ways you think, not how smart you are! This is the next prominent line below the heart line.

Right hand - Your physical life, including your career, business and even hidden talents

Left hand - How you think, see the world and communicate

If your head line...

Ends around your ring finger - Your head line is average

Is short - You think simply and directly

Is long - You're a thorough and careful thinker

Is straight - You think clearly and you concentrate

Is curved - You are ready to play with new and different ideas

Is sloped - You're a creative thinker!

Is horizontal - You think practically

Is chained (makes a chain-like pattern) - You are strung out

Has a fork in it - You are open-minded and capable of seeing many points of view

Floats (disconnected) - You have a carefree attitude

Starts under the index finger - You are brilliant!

Life line: Actually, this doesn't predict how long you'll live, but rather how you will live in the future and what the quality of your life will be. This prominent line curves down the palm.

Right hand - Your vitality physical strength; the timing of the events and important, practical occurrences in your life; how adventurous in life you are

Left hand - Your vitality and emotional strength; the timing of events and important emotional occurrences in your life; how adventurous in relationships you are

If your life line...

Runs close to your thumb - You have low vitality... you're usually tired

Has a wide curve - You have high vitality and lots of energy

Is "stronger" than your head line (bigger, wider) - You are more active physically than mentally

Is chained - You have weak health

Has small rising lines - You have an active personality

Has outward-swinging lines - You love to travel

Has a small line on it - This refers to the particular events at points in your life

Make sure you tell the person whose palm you're reading that the lines tell about his or her life - not the other way around! Don't let your readings become a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Reading your life line



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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for all your comments! Good question Homar - I included a link in the text to the source.

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      Homar 4 years ago

      Not that I'm against the findings or anything but I'd like to know the source. :)

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      Paul Perry 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Awesome hub! Palm reading is so cool and I have seen it work more than a few times. Sometimes its just crazy the stuff that you can discover with palm reading!

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      Better Living 5 years ago

      A fun skill to learn. Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Wonderful idea for a hub. I have always wondered about it but never really understood it. I will be sharing this.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone! Haha, good one Linda! :)

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      Linda Cassini 5 years ago from Las Vegas NV

      Wow looks like I am going to be around a LONG time..hands down :)

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I have read palms and still do. people will ask me how do I know. Certain lines have similar meaning. The lines in our palms change too. Our left palm is the life we were born with.

      The right palm is what we make with our lives. Then of course there are all the islands, and lines that intersect the major ones...

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      David Sproull 5 years ago from Toronto

      My Grandmother used to read tea leaves. A well done hub! Voted up!

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      thanks! i enjoyed this hub throughly.

      but how come the line in the video differs from the one in the picture below?

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      crazy gal 5 years ago

      what does it mean when you have a line interfering with your life line? the line just goes like straight up and i don't know what it means like is it good or bad? i'm scared about that one line and that's it. does it mean i'll get murdered?

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      HerewegoBarbara 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I certainly loved this hub, human beings always want to know what is going to happen, and sometimes you go through so much trouble in life, and the answer to everything is up to you and your choices. The answer is ironically in your hands.

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      ajayshah2005 5 years ago from Mid Asia

      Amazing Hub. Voted up and shared!

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      timmy 5 years ago

      what does it mean when you have a line straight across your right hand from the edge of the left side to the edge of the right side? no mystic M

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      eric-carter 6 years ago from Fulham, UK

      Only want to say THANKS and read your hub again! Well done!

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      snigdha.s 6 years ago from India,mumbai

      it indicates a headstrong person whose head rules and interferes with his heart.Also depends on the placement of the lines.Heartline should not lie very low close to head line,which means person is very sensitive and emotional and takes all decisions through his/her heart. palmistry is extensive study.

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      aftab kumbhar 6 years ago

      And what if, heart line and headline coincide of right hand under middle finger

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      snigdha.s 6 years ago from India,mumbai

      Very interesting topic. Had read a book on palmistry by Cheros. He correctly pointed out one thing i.e, left hand is the hand which you are born with while right hand is the hand you make.Although in India this approach is not followed.Here the left hand is the girls hand and right is the boy's. The 3main lines are the headline,lifeline and heartline and then the fate line.sometimes the headline shows the lifespan of a person.It may sound strange but an abrubtly short headline indicates a short life either due to some injury to the head or some nervous disorder. palmistry helps to know a few things about your future but still cannot be relied upon completely.

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      ankita 6 years ago

      I am not agree with Shelly. Plam reading need great knowledge then it can be true.

      for learn about Palmistry visit following video

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      Hilary 6 years ago

      Haha, Katie! Lol

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      Sir Lancelot 6 years ago

      I agree Holly, it is indeed very interesting.

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      holly 6 years ago

      its fun to read hands

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      Shelly 6 years ago

      Thank you Eric!

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      Eric 6 years ago

      Shelly, plam redaing has nothing to do with the way you look. Please don't think like this. I'm sure your beautiful inside and out!

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      Shelly 6 years ago

      Hello I'm 35

      Average weight and height

      Shoe size slightly above average I'm an 8

      I'd like to know If epople like myslef, (Ugly) have any chance of a good fture, my palm is covered in fake tan because I feel like I'm not pretty enough. Please help.

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      xyz 6 years ago

      Hi Hub im from Pakistan

      I want to know about my lines

      I want to know I have a clock shaped image in the bottom of thumb of right hand palm

      plz do answer me at

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      Hollie 6 years ago

      Oh my lord, this ahhhhmazing. When I get older I wanna be just like you

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      Sravabthi 6 years ago

      thanq.. its very interesting

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      Reve 6 years ago from Dhaka

      Well I really don't believe on palm reading. One of my friend was telling me that, I will marry twice while checking my palm! I am not sure whether its going to happen as I have not married yet lol.

      Thanks for your hub. It was interesting to read :)

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      Jasmin 6 years ago

      Thank u

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      Andre 6 years ago

      You go Katie! ;)

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      Katie The Carrot 6 years ago

      There's only one thing I love more than Carrots and that's Palm Reading.

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      Elle 6 years ago

      This is honestly remarkable, very useful and could answer a lot. Thanks for uploading and sharing.

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      Cher 6 years ago

      H8 this, disagree totally with adele -.-

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      adele 6 years ago

      amazing site, really inspirational!

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      angeline 6 years ago

      www. I wish that number 100 comes out on the pick 3 lottery number 100 hubpages help make it come to and whatever I wish for I hope it will come true good things and I wish that money will come to me. in different forms in mystic ways thank you god bless

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      Gerrard 6 years ago

      Useful information.

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      justine dipsz 6 years ago

      Yup its really very good. Explains each and every line very accurately. nice..:-)

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      meghna 6 years ago

      its amazing.. thank you sooo much

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      graaem 6 years ago

      very good thank you!

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      susan 6 years ago

      Dude you got the live and love lines mixed up!

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      zew 6 years ago

      awesome it ..its totally accurate lie ! thanks for putting it up ..

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      karishma 6 years ago

      nt happpening......

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      jake 6 years ago

      Hey of anyone can help me I know that everyone has a different palm print but me and my girlfriend have very similar markings please help me u can contact me at thank you

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      Katana Tamahagane 6 years ago

      i have no marrige lines, but my heart line ends under my middle finger... thats kinda funny

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      Shakir Pakistani 6 years ago


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      Shakir Pakistani 6 years ago

      Please any 1 tell me a link of palmistry

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      Shakir Pakistani 6 years ago

      PLZZZZZZZZZZ give me a complete book of palmistry

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      best psychic 6 years ago

      Palmistry, actually, does not give predictions of events that might occur in the future. Palm reading only aims to let people know their personality well and the psychic can give them guides to some decisions or problems he or she might stumble upon.

      best psychic

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      udayaraj niroula 6 years ago

      nice to meet u but when

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      Basam Khan 6 years ago

      Bravo! now i can read my palm in this way

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      cupcakelore16 6 years ago

      nice now i will know how to read

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      Jeremy 6 years ago

      Cool...personally I read palms this way

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Ha..I don't believe in palm reading, but after reading youur hub, I started like it.will surely learn some tips from it.thanks.

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      adnan 6 years ago

      good effort

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      lzlpio90 6 years ago

      nice one! well elaborated! but i don't believe in palm reading because i believe you are the one who made your own destiny.

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      Illusion 6 years ago

      What does it mean when you have a break on the left hand for the life line I could never figure it out. Please answer this

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      Jenny 6 years ago

      Wow. Have always been interest in palm reading and this is a great ressource to go with. Thank you.

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      chlo 6 years ago

      Im only 13 and i think this is cool. it took me a while to find my life line but its still easy. its awesome :)

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for the comments!

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      Taryn 6 years ago

      beckie not every one has a fate line but it took me awile to find mine it started out on my life line and then left

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      beckie 6 years ago

      i don't have a fate line?

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      kimrose13 6 years ago from Cedar Park Texas

      This is useful

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      Mark 6 years ago

      I think you’ll enjoy a new project called Doublepalm+. We are a palm reading social networking site which lets members get, give, and share palm readings. Members upload photos of their palm(s) for free palm readings provided by Doublepalm members. By tying together social networking and palmistry, Doublepalm gives members a fun and spiritual experience. We just got started so are community is growing. We're at

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      JohnnyNobody 6 years ago

      )O( Im taking a class on this and it hasn't started yet. your I think your hub is a good introduction.

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      chinmay india 6 years ago

      very nice work done dude.........thanks a lot...

      as a engineeer i use to see hands of my frns and other engineeers or mathematician and i found one vertical line just below ring finger upto heart line...

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      TNTttly 6 years ago

      I think theirs something wrong with me. I don't even have that many lines on both of my hands,it seems as if there are pieces missing on my hands or something D: is that a bad thing!! does that make me scared :(

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      kieron 6 years ago

      can anyone help me i have a pentagram in middle ov my hand and the top has the all seeing eye , wot does this mean ?????????????????

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      poppy 6 years ago

      Hi,Can anybody answer this one please.

      A friend has a strange lifeline.Its fairly normal size .It starts off and and halfway it forks with one line going down as normal towards the wrist and the other line towards the mount of moon,I think its called.Its not a small fork at the end of the line as I have seen on others.Its forked wide from halfway down the line.No breaks.Just forks wide and on both hands.Anybody care to explain please ?

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      Abby 7 years ago

      Great hub, my friend introduced me to palm reading, i am currently obsessed!!!

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      debu 7 years ago

      hey dudes just look my dhanas hand and correct his way n life

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      rox 7 years ago

      what does short life line means ? and if there is another line parrelel which starts fom bottom wrist and joined to head line ?

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      regine thibodeaux 7 years ago

      All of the above is juast a basic primer on palm reading. I learned the real skinny on how to do it with an online program.

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      dert 7 years ago

      i lik this even kno i din read it



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      Sammy 7 years ago

      I thought this was very gd, I het the lines and stuff bit for the tips of ur fingers, what does that mean. It says what they mean, but they don't say when this would apply, like if ur tips r soft, round, flat ect. Plz could some1 help

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      meeee 7 years ago

      woowww this is really long so i totally didn't even read it but it looks verrrryyyyy interesting luuuuuuvvvvv ittttttt!!!!! (and yes u will 1.hook up with the person at theoffice and 2. get a raise) :)

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      Wolf 7 years ago

      Awesome I never herd of it until today and I can do it

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      Nashath  7 years ago

      who believes in un seen sprite ..this palm tric will not work out

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      vanitha 7 years ago

      sir my heart line in palm is different from other . actuially it break

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      megz  7 years ago

      I'm 13 and I have been trying to learn to read palms for a while. This website is very informative about wht everything is. The only problem was the image at the top. I'm not sure if its because I'm on te internet on a small screen but I find the image quite confuong asit seems to have one hand line with more than one arrow pointing to it. However. I now.understand it and I am going to try it out on people now.

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      scarded 7 years ago

      I don't appear to have a life line on my left hand! is that bad

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      dancegrl 7 years ago

      i luv palm reading its just too hard !!!! i am only nine i wish they made 1 4 kids

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      Cindy 7 years ago

      im brilliant :D!

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      john 7 years ago

      it is not so easy to understand but good for initial.

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      beth 7 years ago

      this is confusing! how should we know if we are going to have kids or have a bf

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      anne 7 years ago

      this is confusing!!!!!

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      zee 7 years ago

      the woman shows different life line to the guy abovein the video .. they both are stupid . the best thing is do ur job and duty and god will see you through

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      Lil Taylor 7 years ago

      this is so cool i did it to my mom and she found it cool also but im only 12 so my hands arent fully grown so my life line is kinda short it scared me but the cool thing about that is when i got scared about my short life line i got a lot of stress lines lol it was weird but they're gone now

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      emo 7 years ago

      umm i don't have a marriage line, what doe that mean? lol..

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      Jasmin 7 years ago

      Hey! I've got a good life ahead of me! Great! I'm only 12 so i'm really truly excited bout it! Thx heaps!

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      RoseGardenAdvice 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very nice hub! Got me checking out my hands :) Thanks for sharing ... awesome info in one place.

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      quick cash concept 7 years ago

      Can you see my hand? :)

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      Chloe 7 years ago

      Well hey.. apparently I'm brilliant haa :) and I have a very good and interesting palm.. :D I like my outcomee haa ;D

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      Rach 7 years ago

      Great hub very easy to understand. Helped to refresh my memory thanx a lot

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      kenz 7 years ago

      im 10 i wanted to learn thxs a lot

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      Cam 7 years ago

      umm i don't have a marriage line, what doe that mean? lol

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      kristina 7 years ago

      im 11 and i wanted to read palms thxs soo much this helped a lot!!!