Palmistry for Beginners: Every Palm Tells a Story
When I was 18 I had a life changing experience involving palmistry. I had just moved to a big city for school and was ready for anything. So when my roommate suggested we go see a palm reader I thought, why not? (So what if I secretly thought palmistry was a hoax or a parlor trick, it would be fun and something to write home about.)
Imagine my surprise when, just a few short hours later, a complete stranger was revealing my deepest darkest secrets just by looking at my hands. Using palmistry, she was able to tell me things like how many people were in my family and who I was closest to, what I was studying at school and even when a traumatic event had happened to me as a child. I remember asking her if she was psychic. She laughed it off pointing at my hands and said "It's all right there, anyone can learn to see it." And so began my lifelong love affair with the study of palmistry.
Now, I'm by no means an expert, but I have learned some simple things to look for that tell me a lot about someone's character and I'm happy to share it here with you.
Every Hand Tells a Story
Take a look down at your hands, now notice whether they are fleshy or boney. Are your fingers short or long? Are your knuckles prominent? Do your fingers look balanced or does one look larger then the others? Palmistry shows us that all of this means something. Each finger and part of the palm tells a part of the story of who you are and the study of palmistry reveals that story.
The first thing you have to establish when reading someone's palm is which hand is dominant. The reason being that the dominant hand represents the face they present to the world and how their life is currently going. Whereas the non-dominant hand represents their inner self and how their life "should" have gone. It is very interesting to compare people's hands to get a glimpse into their hidden self.
Are You an Open Book?
Even how you hold your hand says something about you. Are your fingers close together, far apart or somewhere in the middle? The closer you hold your fingers together the more private a person you are. Wide open hands mean a wide open personality. Do you tend to curl your fingers in? If so you are even more of a closed book and you tend to be very protective of those close to you. If you hold your fingers straight out you are direct and to the point.
Hand shape can also reveal a lot about the kind of person you are. Hold your hand palm up in front of you. Are your hands fine boned and delicate? If so you're most likely the cerebral type, your decisions are guided more by your thoughts than by your feelings. If your palm is on the fleshy side, you are driven by your baser desires. Your gut tells you what to do.
Here's a quick reference guide to hand shapes and corresponding character traits:
- Physical Attributes: Round palm and fingers, feminine looking, round nails
- Lover of the arts, non-violent, free spirited
- If a conical hand also has round lines, they tend to be creators themselves – artist, writer, musician
- Physical Attributes: Long palm, tapered, delicate fingers, thin oval shaped, pointed nails
- Empathetic, compassionate, sensitive
- Spiritual beings, psychic abilities
- Physical Attributes: Narrow at wrist, wider at finger tips, nails are narrow at the bed and wider at the end
- Loves action and adventure, impulsive and fearless
- Energetic and open minded, vital
- Physical Attributes: Palm appears to form a perfect square, nails are square
- Practical, black and white thinker, rooted in day to day living
- Realistic and down to earth, highly dependable
- Physical Attributes: Aspects of each of the hand types listed above
- Very rare to see, possesses aspects of some or all hand types (for example round palm with pointed fingers)
- Look for dominant aspect of the hand to see which type fits best
- This hand type always requires further analysis for an accurate reading
Palmistry isn't just about examining the lines of the palm. Your fingers hold information about your character as well. For example; short fingers are yet another sign of a quick mind, while longer fingers usually belong to someone who is analytical. Smooth fingers indicate someone who is a big picture thinker, whereas nobby fingers show an individual who is interested in the details and how things work. So when you shake the hand of a used car salesman you won't be surprised to see they have short, smooth fingers, unlike the theoretical physicist you've just met with the thin hand and long, boney fingers.
Here is a quick reference of what each finger corresponds to:
Thumb - will, temper, drive, appetites
Forefinger - self identity
Middle finger - responsibility
Ring finger - creativity
Pinky finger - communication, sex
If all the fingers on a hand are proportioned well and not bent, the personality is in harmony and no one of these aspects takes precedence over the others. But this is rarely the case. More often then not, without our being aware of it, we have some fingers that are out of proportion with the others and some that even bend towards another finger as their energies are being influenced or sacrificed to the neighboring finger's trait.
For example a man with a larger then normal thumb might exhibit some controlling behavior and issues with anger. Whereas someone with a smaller than normal thumb might be a little wishy-washy and meek.
Another example of unbalanced fingers might be someone whose forefinger curves toward their middle finger. This is the sign of a martyr, someone who gives up self-identity to take on more then their share of responsibility. It's not uncommon to see a smaller thumb on a hand with this finger.
The good news is that these traits can change over time. Your fingers will reflect the changes you make in your life. I have seen first hand examples of people's fingers losing unhealthy leanings and becoming more balanced based on changing behaviour. By examining our hands routinely we can become more conscious of areas in our life that require our attention.
Your hand is divided by three major lines, the head, the heart and the life line. The life line is the line that encircles your thumb and measures your vitality and how long you will live. A strong deep life line shows robust health with little issues. Most people's life lines start quite strong and become weaker towards the end as they become less vital in their old age. A horizontal line anywhere through the life line denotes serious health issues or an accident. A number of lines along the headline show ongoing health concerns. Typical life lines reach the bottom of the palm. A longer then normal life line wraps around the mount below the thumb.
The line running horizonatally across the middle of your hand and most likely connected to your life line is your head line. On this line we are able to get a sense of what kind of thinker you are. A straight head line equals a straight forward thinker who does best in logical fields like science. A line that slopes downward is a more artistic type. If the head line is curved down and forked at the end, you may be looking at the hand of a writer. Braiding or double lines shows someone who struggles to make decisions and is a bit scattered brained.
The line that most people tend to want to discuss in palmistry is the heart line. Not only does it give us insight into how you behave in relationships, but it also gives us an idea of your emotional outlook. A straight heart line reveals someone who is very pragmatic and not overly emotional. A heart line that curves up toward the space between the index and middle finger belongs to someone who enjoys being in a relationship and is a bit of a romantic. If that line ends very close to the top of this space, you are dealing with someone who is addicted to love and relationships and absolutely hates to be alone. A heart line with a fork at the end usually belongs to someone who is struggling with their desire to be in a relationship but need for independence.
Many More Lines
There are many more lines on the hand worth examining, for example your career line, relationship lines, children lines, really too many to mention in this hub. But if this hub has peaked your interest, I strongly encourage you to invest in a palmistry book or hit the library and start exploring the landscape of your hands. I for one have found it endlessly fascinating.
21 Years Later
As an interesting footnote, we moved a few years ago and I came across the notes I'd jotted down on a napkin in that café all those years ago. Reading it now I marvel at how much the palm reader got right, (I am happily married, working in administration and surrounded by children.) But I'm also pleased a few things worked out differently. Different choices changed my life and my hands. Palmistry was a wonderful gift of self realization at that time and continues to be a useful tool to me now.