Palmistry Basics

PALMISTRY is an interesting study and well worth your while. It has all the charm of exploration and discovery. If you have never observed the hands of your friends when at rest and relaxed, do so at your next opportunity and see how much you can learn of character and temperament from them. Next to the face, the human hand is the most expressive and revealing thing in the world.

To begin with, the reader of palms must examine the hands as a whole, that is their size, shape, texture, feel, and position when relaxed. For a right-handed person, the left hand is ‘the hand you are born with’ and thus the one which shows inherited qualities. The right hand is ‘the hand you make,’ or the active hand which shows what you have accomplished. Read the right hand, therefore, and use the left for reference except in the case of left-handed individuals, when the process is reversed.

The following simple rules can be understood by any novice, and a little practice will enable you to become quite proficient in detecting the aims and ambitions of your subject.

Hand Shapes
Hands fall into four main classes, represented by the classic elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. As convenient as it may be to construct these four classes, in actual practice most hands are a mixture of these types and should be read in relation to the type they most resemble.

The Earth Hand is a square hand with short fingers, and belongs to the practical person who is generally conventional and methodical, although this can sometimes manifest itself as stubbornness.

The Air Hand is a square hand with long fingers, and is the hand of the analytical thinker and quick wit. Often the center of interest, life is never dull when you’re around.

The Fire Hand is a rectangular hand with short fingers, and belongs to the person who has no trouble saying what’s on their mind. Although sometimes volatile emotionally, the Fire Hand will always live life to its fullest.

The Water Hand is a rectangular hand with long fingers, and its own is most likely to be artistic, imaginative and inwardly emotional. Such a hand is found in the versatile people who are very creative, but have a tendency to think up more ideas than they actually follow through on.

Long fingers, if well proportioned indicate an intellectual nature and are found in the thinkers of the world. Long fingers love detail, however, and are sometimes prone to curiosity and worry.

Short fingers are characteristic of doers. They are impulsive in thought and action, good
organizers, but cannot be bothered with detail.

Smooth-jointed fingers are characteristic of the analytical and deliberate soul, who seldom does anything without good reason.

The knotty-fingered person is quick to jump at conclusions, but can always be depended upon.

The thumb is extremely important as an index of character and calls for special attention. If straight and well shaped, it shows intellect and determination; if supple and easily bent backward, impulsiveness and generosity. These people are broadminded and liberal, but allow others to impose upon them. Stiff-jointed thumbs belong to those who are less adaptable, more reserved and cautious. They can control themselves, and others too.

Fingers set evenly on a line above the mounts indicate success.

Fingers set wide apart from each other show intelligence and extreme independence of thought and action.

If the fingers have a tendency to curl over the palm, secretiveness is indicated.

Finger Nails
The artistic person can often be recognized by his long filbert-shaped nails. Theirs is the gentle nature that craves for beauty. Shorter nails are found in the analytical, critical type, keen and sharp-witted. Square nails show a logical disposition and excessively broad ones a tendency to quarrelsomeness.

The Mounts
The mounts are the fleshy cushions at the base of the fingers and on each side of the palm. A mount is good when it is evenly developed, well placed and firm to the touch.

The Mount of Jupiter is at the base of the first finger. Normally developed, it indicates a proper amount of pride and ambition; if overdeveloped, arrogance and vindictiveness; under-developed, idleness, lack of initiative.

The Mount of Saturn is found below the second finger. Normally developed, it indicates a
thoughtful and serious mind; if over-developed, a tendency to morbidity, suspicion and miserliness; under-developed, a trifler.

The Mount of Apollo is at the base of the third finger. If well-developed, it indicates love of life, gaiety and an appreciation of artistic things. If over developed, however, vanity and a desire for flattery.

The Mount of Mercury is beneath the little finger. If well-developed, it shows strong mental activity and keen judgment; if under-developed, it suggests not much personality and a lack of humor.

The Mount of Luna is at the side of the palm opposite thumb, and indicates imagination and
creative ability. If large, it indicates the idealistic temperament; if small, the realistic.

The Mount Of Venus is at the base of the thumb. A normally developed mount is found in the warm-hearted person who loves gaiety and romance. If there are many criss-cross marks upon it, strong attraction for the opposite sex; if it is flat, the subject may be cold and unresponsive.

Contrary to popular belief, the lines in the hand DO change as life goes on. The life story is written in the palm. In the so-called lucky hand, the lines are clear and untroubled. The “unlucky hand” is just the opposite, with the lines crossed and recrossed with other tiny lines. In most hands there are indications of periodic good fortune alternating with harassed intervals.

The Life Line begins between the thumb and first finger and continues around the base of the thumb towards the wrist.

If long and unbroken and strongly marked, long life and robust health is indicated. If completely broken, there is potential for an accident or illness.

The fortunate person who possesses a secondary line parallel to the Life Line is assured of protection against such accidents or illness.

When made up of islands, resembling links of a chain, it is a sign of low vitality.

Separate islands mean that health may be below par for the duration of the period represented by the island.
If forked at the base of the hand, the person will travel a long distance from place of birth.

The Head Line begins between the thumb and first finger and crosses the hand obliquely.

The Practical Head Line is long, straight and clear, and indicates practical common sense, a good
memory and a forceful mind.

The Imaginative Head Line displays a perceptible downward slant, indicating an imaginative and
creative disposition. If the line is short, it indicates a “let’s get to the point” individual.

If the Head Line is forked at the end, it indicates someone who is good at writing. If joined with the
Life Line at beginning, slow development.

If joined with Heart Line, a constant struggle between inclination and common sense.

The Heart line runs across the hand at the base of the mounts.

The Physical Heart line is a curving line and is the sign of someone who can express their emotions with ease.

The Mental Heart line is a straight line and indicates someone who often has difficulty showing their true feelings.

A long, clear and medium-colored Heart line is an indication of steady and loyal affection.

Breaks in the line indicate serious disappointments in love. Islands represent emotional

Fine lines dropping downwards from the Heart line suggest a series of disappointing relationships.

The Marriage Line lies at the base of the little finger above the Heart line. The nearer it is to the
latter, the earlier the marriage. It should lie straight and clear on both hands, for the short lines
mean merely short-lived affairs that do not result in marriage.

At one time it was said that if the Marriage Line ended in an island, marriage would end in

Multiple Marriage lines can indicate multiple serious relationships, and in some cases may
represent divorce and remarriage with same partner.

Children Lines are perpendicular and are found at the base of the little finger towards the edge of
the hand, and above the marriage line.

Straight and strong lines indicate boys.

Finer, slightly sloped lines indicate girls.

If long and running up toward little finger, the child will have a successful career.

The Fate Line is the center line mounting from the base of the hand up toward the second finger.

If straight and unbroken, a steady march to success is indicated. If broken, there will be setbacks.

If unbroken, a safe career that is free from violent change is suggested.

If broken, with a gap between the two ends, some time will elapse between the end of one
occupation and the beginning of another.

Islands in the Fate Line indicate periods of difficulty and anxiety. Their duration is shown by the
length of the island.

If the Fate Line ends with a clear cross, a career ending in danger is suggested.

If there is no Fate Line, the individual will place other priorities ahead of their career.

The Line of Success runs from the base of the third finger towards the wrist and is a very fortunate
one to possess. When coming out of the Fate Line itself, it accentuates any success promised by
that line.Travel lines are found low down on the side of the hand near the commencement of the Fate Line.
The Bracelets, at the wrist, show vitality and personal magnetism. If clearly defined and unbroken,
good health and happiness is indicated. At one time, a curve in the first bracelet was said to be
a sign of difficulty relating to fertility, but I can tell you from experience that this is not entirely

Small lines from the bracelet to the Mount of Luna, travel in foreign countries.