Palmistry is a method of
interpreting the shape of the hand and the lines of the palm, to project
the character and possible life experiences of an individual. The science
is divided into two broad areas: the study of hand structure, or
cheirology, and the study of the lines of the palm, or cheiromancy.
The modern theory is that the lines of the hand represent a
graphic shorthand of the circuits of the brain. The nerve group that
controls the hands is exactly in the centre of the brain, and all the
electrical energies of our thinking pass through it. Palmists feel that
the lines on the hand are formed in some relation to thought patterns,
nerve linkages, or even chromosomal structures.
Types of Hands: The essence of palmistry
lies in identifying the hand type, which can be attributed to individual
The Elementary Hand: This is characterized
by stiff, heavy, short fingers and a short thumb. Other traits are a
thick, hard, square palm, shapeless fingertips, and rough and leathery
skin. The person with the elementary hand displays a lack of enthusiasm
and imagination. They show a general indifference to life, and are
concerned only with daily existence. This person is largely intolerant of
a nasty situation, and can get violent when provoked.
hand is characteristic of labourers and those involved in violent sports,
The Spatulate Hand: As the name
suggests, the fingers of this hand are flattened like a spatula. The most
characteristic feature is the large thumb. It is extremely broad near the
base and tapers towards the fingers. This hand belongs to the imaginative.
These people have a love for invention and discovery. They have a quest
for knowledge, and a restless and excitable nature. They are energetic and
dexterous, and thrive on taking risks.
Profession: People with this
hand are mainly artisans, inventors, explorers, navigators, astronauts,
The Psychic Hand: This is a small and
slender hand, characterized by smooth fingers. The palm is medium in size,
and the nailed phalanges are long and tapering. The thumb is small and
elegant. People with this hand have a visionary and dreamy nature. They
are interested in occult sciences. Persons with this hand shape lead a
chaotic life, characterized by a lack of discipline.
hand usually belongs to those with a deep interest in the occult, such as
magicians and clairvoyants.
The Conical Hand: This hand has smooth
fingers, the nails of which are shaped like cones, giving the hand its
name. The palm is broad, thick and large, and the thumb is also unusually
huge. People with this hand are usually connoisseurs of the arts with
superb communication skills, and a love for the arc lights. He lives life
on a purely sensual level. On the flip side, this person is impulsive and
has a short temper.
Profession: This hand is characteristic of those
in the creative field, like painters, sculptors, musician and poets.
The Square Hand: The square hand has a
square palm, a square wrist, and the fingertips are also square. While the
fingers are largely knotty, this hand is characterized by a large thumb
and a square finger base. People with square hands are blessed with
perseverance. They are downright conventional and love general order. They
are honest and reliable, and like to lead disciplined lives, with little
imagination. Profession: This hand usually belongs to businessmen,
executives, lawyers, doctors, scientists and engineers.
The Intellectual Hand: This is a long
and angular hand, with bony fingers and knotty joints. The palm is large
and bony, and the nailed phalanges are part conical and part square. The
philosophic hand belongs to those who spare a thought for the less
fortunate. They are blessed with the ability to understand the
metaphysical aspect of life. They are gifted with analytical powers and
are adept at keeping secrets. Profession: This hand usually belongs to
teachers, thinkers and world leaders.
The Shape of
People with pointed fingers are cautious, intelligent and flexible in
different situations. They are gifted conversationalist, and would choose
a career that would allow them to interact with people. As intellectual
visionaries, they lean towards spiritualism. They also have a deep
interest in the aesthetic, and a yen for innovation. This could cause a
battle between creative pursuits and practical reasoning.
Conical Fingers: These people are
sensitive to beauty. They takes great care to dress well, and like to live
in pleasant surroundings. They are intellectual and talented idealists.
They are blessed with the power of thinking on their feet, they assess
situations quickly. They have firm convictions and are even gifted with
psychic powers in some instances. However, they must be careful and not
let their emotions get the better of them.
Square Fingers: These people are
blessed with sound business acumen, and like to put all problems through a
wringer. They are practical and down-to-earth. They are also conventional,
and like to adhere to social norms. They are methodical and systematic.
Spatulate Fingers: These people are
pragmatic, and have a realistic approach to life. They have a taste for
travel and outdoor life. As go-getters, they will always looks for the
bigger piece of the pie. They also value work as top priority. They are
creative, active and energetic.
Straight Fingers: These people are
frank and forthright. They face the danger of being taken for a ride, due
to their honest nature. They are diligent, energetic and impulsive. They
also have a clear thought process, and know how to articulate their
feelings. These people are invariably great achievers.
Knotty Fingers: These people are
extremely practical, and plan every move they make. They are calculative,
and the idea of taking a risk does not appeal to them. This takes away
much of the spontaneity from their life. Since they plan so much in
advance, they do not learn the art of living life day-to-day. Their
constant planning and worrying can make them nervous and jittery.
Thumb: The Mount of Venus at
the base of the thumb is very indicative of a person's passions. A
high, well-proportioned Mount means that the individual is full of
energy, is outgoing, has a great deal of interest in life, and can
be very vital and enthusiastic. Those whose Mount of Venus is flat,
like a plateau, are very energetic. They like brainy pursuits, their
friends are characters who resist the active mainstream of life, and
their sense of discipline works best with specific mental
activities, like the pursuits of writers, sculptors, lawyers,
community organizers, and rock climbers. |
The shape of the
thumb's tip is a strong indicator of the inner power. A pointed or
conical thumb shows an impulsive nature and a person being
perceptive, while a square thumb is a sign of common sense. A
bulbous tip indicates a violent temper, and a tip that bends far
back shows a far-out personality, usually artistic or involved in an
exotic mental pursuit. A person with a flat-tipped thumb is
impatient and full of nervous energy.
| The Life Line: The life line starts
between the thumb and the index finger. It then touches the wrist,
curving widely around the thumb. This line indicates longevity,
vitality, and the quality of life. An absent life line shows a
sluggish and high-strung person, with a tremendous nervous energy. A
long and regular line indicates an excellent equilibrium and a
healthy constitution. A faint line indicates a lack of endurance, or
a dull and uneventful life. If the line is forked at its begining,
it shows the person as just, truthful, loyal and dependable. On the
other hand, if the line ends in a fork, the person suffers from
frail health and experiences a lack of energy. A forked line leading
to the Mount of Jupiter is a sign of success, recognition and glory.
If the line forks to the Mount of Moon, travel to distant places is
indicated. A faint line indicates a life of misery, while a clear
line suggests a smooth life. A double line is typical of the
security offered by a loved one of the opposite sex. It also
indicates a healthy sexual life. Branches in the life line make a
strong statement about the fortunes of the individual. While upward
branches show achievement, glory and success, drooping branches
indicate financial, social and emotional loss. A long and deep line
shows an abundance of energy, and single-minded determination to
reach goals. |
| The Head
Line: The head line runs
horizontally from the middle of the palm to the heart line. It
governs memory, intelligence and reasoning. If the line is short,
the person is intelligent and intuitive. A straight line represents
a person who lives life on a totally materialistic level. If the
line is absent, it indicates lethargy and in extreme cases insanity.
A long and straight line shows an ambitious person with an excellent
memory. If the line splits the palm in half, the person is sadistic,
abusive and brutal. A double line reveals a talented person with a
flair for business. If the line is short and faint, it shows limited
intelligence and poor memory. A short line distinguishes a person as
short sighted, morose, and lacking in concentration. The head line
can also be interpreted with relation to other lines. If this line
is widely separated from the life line, it suggests a person who is
independent, impulsive and rash. We can also read the branches of a
line. Rising branches from the line show high aspirations without
focus. Drooping branches indicate incessant grief and a string of
disappointments. A hooked line is indicative of a self-indulgent
person, who could also be a traitor. If it is set low in the palm,
the person could be greedy and frugal. |
| The Heart line: The heart line runs
horizontally across the upper palm, surrounding the mounts of
Mercury, Apollo and Saturn. The length of the line has a general
impact on a person's health. It rules a person's emotions and
relationships. An absent line is indicative of a person high on
logic and reason, who could even be ruthless in order to reach the
top. The length of the line plays an important role in determining a
person's attitude to relationships. While a short line indicates a
highly self-centred person, a long line belongs to a person who has
a highly idealistic vision of love. A very long line, touching both
sides of the palm, shows a person highly dependent on relationships.
This could even lead to promiscuity. A deep and straight line
indicates jealousy and criminal tendencies. On the flip side, if the
line is clear and deep, the person is sincere, respectful and
considerate. A deep line indicates a highly stressful life. Branches
arising from the line suggest a strong interest in the opposite sex.
If the line has drooping branches, it shows a poor relationship. The
heart line can also be read in relation to other lines. If the heart
line touches the head line and the life line, the person is likely
to experience a betrayal of love. A slight curve towards the head
line shows a person with an intellectual bend of
Mount of Jupiter: This is situated at the base of the index finger. A
well-developed mount is indicative of the person's leadership qualities.
This person is also just, honest, optimistic and sociable. If the mount is
flat, the person lacks confidence and a good personality. If the mount is
over developed, the person is arrogant, proud, idle and egoistic. A small
line between the Heart and Head lines on this mount indicates acquisition
|The Fate Line: This line rises from the
base of the palm, and touches the Mount of Saturn, dividing the palm
into halves. An absent fate line shows a person who is self-made and
diligent. These people plan their entire life with meticulous
detail, and leaves very little to chance. One fork to the Mount of
Venus is indicative of a person with strong musical and literary
pursuits. These people will almost always achieve celebrity status.
The line ending in a fork on the Mount of Saturn shows a prudent,
discreet and mysterious person. If the line forks towards the Mount
of Mercury, the person is an achiever, with a gift for persuasion. A
fork towards the Mount of Jupiter shows a person with a pleasant
humanitarian approach. These people are also natural leaders. A fork
in the beginning shows a traumatic childhood. This will lead to
conflict, but the person will choose the right path later in life. A
double line implies insecurity.|
The branches of the fate line
indicate the rise and fall of fortunes. A rising fate line indicates
a successful career with great opportunities for prosperity.
Dropping lines mean heavy losses, failure, and disappointments. A
wavering line shows an indecisive and lethargic person who lives
life on a totally materialistic level. An unusually deep line
reveals an inheritance, and success that is handed
The Mount of Saturn: This mount is
situated at the base of the middle finger. If it is well developed, the
person possesses a good sense of responsibility and is concerned with
seeking wisdom. If overdeveloped, with long fingers, the person is cold,
distant and an introvert. If the mount is flat, the person is outgoing and
The Mount of Apollo: This mount is set
at the base of the ring finger. If the mount is well developed, the person
is warm and optimistic, radiating enthusiasm. If it is flat, the person is
cold and cynical, lacking appreciation of the finer things in life. If it
is overdeveloped, this person is brash, insensitive, and loves to hear the
sound of his/her own voice.
The Mount of Mercury: This mount is
situated at the base of the little finger. A well-developed mount is
indicative of a person who loves to travel a lot, and is a go-getter. If
it is overdeveloped, the person is a glib talker and a consummate liar.
This person is also the regular Casanova. If it is flat, the person is
shy, diffident or just plain dull.
The Mount of Moon: This is situated at
the base of the palm, opposite the thumb. A well-developed mount shows a
person who is compassionate, caring, creative and blessed with an
incredible zest for life. If it is flat, it shows imagination and a sense
The Mount of Venus: This is set under
the thumb. If the mount is well developed, the person is warm and
generous. This person leads an active social life, and is an interesting
companion. If over developed, it shows an extremely greedy person, who
eagerly grabs worldly pleasures with both hands. If it is flat, it shows a
lack of vitality and passion, and the person is cold and
The Mount of Mars: The upper Mars
mount lies between the head line and beginning of the heart line. The
lower Mars mount is near the thumb, at the beginning of the heart line.
The middle Mars mount, is in the centre of the palm. A very soft plane of
Mars shows a highly self-centered person. A thick, well-developed, and
firm Mars plane shows abounding energy and an outgoing nature.