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Palmistry Palmistry is an ancient method of divination and character analysis where the shape, size, color, and markings on the hands and their parts are used to determine human personality and fate.

The hand one uses to write with is their dominant hand. The lines on this hand can change throughout the years. Lines can grow longer or develop certain characteristics.

The other hand is the destiny hand. It generally remains the same throughout a lifetime.

The basic framework for "Classical" palmistry is based on Greek mythology. Greek gods and goddesses relate to each area of the palm and fingers. Features of each area indicate aspects of the subject. The Greek god Apollo is associated with the ring finger. This finger is tied to the subject's endeavors in aesthetics, art, fame, harmony, music, and wealth.


The art of palmistry goes back as far as 13,000 BC. Pre-historic caves in Santander, Spain display hand drawings of the palms with some of the major lines portrayed in amazing detail.

Palmistry can more directly trace its roots to Hindu Astrology, known as Jyotish in Sanskrit. The Hindu sage Valmiki is believed to have written the book, The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry. It is composed ofh 567 stanzas and was written more than 5,000 years ago.

Palmistry also has roots in Roma (gypsy) fortune tellers.

Time Line:

The earliest documents with the word palmistry included were published in 1420 by John Lyndgate in his "Assembly of Gods documents." The first publication on Palmistry was Michael Scotts "DE PHISIOGNOMIA" published in 1477 on the anatomy of the human body. His work included a chapter on all the aspects of the human hands.

During the 17th century, many books were written that included the early gypsy ideas concerning palmistry. This lore had been handed down by the gypsies generation to generation since the early 15th century.

During the 18th century, books were written which blended both scientific and spiritual information concerning the hands. Since then, Palmistry has been aligned with the notion that a person read the hands with a scientific eye and spoke with intuition. Palmistry evolved into a form of divination that was as unique as the hands.

Hand Shapes:

To determine your hand shape, measure the length and width of your palms. If these measurements are about the same, you have square palms. If your palms are longer than their width, you have rectangular palms.

Next, compare the length of your middle fingers to that of the length of your palms. If your middle fingers are as long or longer than the length of your palms, they are classified as long. If they are shorter than the length of your palms, they are classified as short.

Find your appropriate hand type on the table below.

Square palms and short fingers
Earth Hand
Square palms and long fingers
Air Hand
Rectangular palms and short fingers
Fire Hand
Rectangular palms and long fingers
Water Hand

The Earth Hand
(Square palms and short fingers)

You are a stable practical person who does not like to be hurried and who prefers to go with the current rather than swim against it. You are honest, fair-minded, and conservative. You have a good measure of common sense. You don't give your affection or loyalty easily, but once you do, they are given to last.

You do not have a fast-working, intellectual mind. It takes you time to make decisions and to understand things that are at all complicated. This is why you both work and study best when you can proceed at your own pace. But you do have an execellent memory, which is why forgetting past past wrongs is so hard for you. Your attitude towards life is generally optimistic.

You are happiest when you know where you are and where you're going. Uncertainty upsets you, as does sudden an unexpected change.

Your unadventurous nature makes you a stay-at-home, careful sort of person, who is happy with the known and the familiar and suspicious of the foreign and the different. You are materialistic.

The Air Hand
(Square palms and long fingers)

You enjoy using your mind. You love absorbing new facts, studying for examinations, and keeping abreast of what is going on in the world. You need to talk and share your ideas and opinions with others. You welcome intellectual challenges.

You are an independent soul who is happiest when you are doing your own thing. You work best on your own, although you can function well in a team if others look up to you. To you, knowledge is power.

You're neither very practical or interested in working with your hands. But because you can see how things should be done, you make a competent organizer or teacher. You love to pore over maps and plans, interpreting them and telling others what to do. Your desired title is "Director of Operations."

You tend to be unpredictable and contrary. Changing your mind is something you do frequently and without embarrassment. You sometimes have trouble connecting with your emotions. In fact, you are rather frightened of your feelings and of the irrational pressures they produce.

You look down on those whose wits are less agile than your own. Because human relationships are based on more than intellect, your interactions with others are often less than ideal.

The Fire Hand
(Rectangular palms and short fingers)

You have very high energy and enthusiasm. You are restless, outgoing, and ambitious. You don't like standing still. You want to rise in the world, to achieve and become more successful. You believe in getting out there and going for what you want.

You dislike authority and are always happy to cock your nose at it. You thrive on excitement and adventure. You enjoy taking risks and generally doing what you shouldn't.

You get on well with others. Its true you're rather big-headed and loud-mouthed, but you're also warm and sympathetic and love to laugh.

But while you're a good starter, you tend to burn yourself out rather fast. This is why you are best at tackling those schemes and projects that can be finished quickly or which can be handed over to others for completion. You lack the necessary stubbornness and tenacity for the loosing fight, and you're quickly bored.

You like to be in the spotlight, to be at the center of things where the action is. You're often a trend setter and most likely follow fashion and the latest fads. You enjoy going to dances and parties that are noisy and lively.

You dislike being alone and your desire for company can sometimes get you into trouble, bringing you into contact with the wrong sort of people. You are rather selfish and can be aggressive and demanding.

The Water Hand
(Rectangular palms and long fingers)

You are quiet, reserved, and diffident. You probably don't have any burning ambitions. You are content to remain where you are until acted upon by events or other people. You are not pushy or a go-getter. Your diffidence and caution is caused by your lack of confidence, which is why it is important for you to live in a stable, familiar environment.

You have a very rich inner life and a good imagination, so much so that your fantasies may seem more real than reality. At worst, you are a dreamer. You quite possibly possess creative talents, but may have trouble focusing your energies to do anything with them.

Your introversion makes you withdrawal from the world. You require constant encouragement if you are to surmount your anxiety and insecurity, and you too easily give up if you face criticism or opposition.

Because you are so sensitive, you may be a depressive or subject to paranoia. You tend to blame yourself for everything that goes wrong in your life. It is important that you stay away from alcohol and drugs, as an addiction may form.

Your intuition and natural sensitivity gives you a good understanding of others. Because you are a sympathetic listener, you are well-equipped to counsel and advise. Helping other people solve their difficulties helps you rise above your own. You may possess extra-sensory powers and with training you could become a capable medium or clairvoyant. Your sixth sense can give you warnings and insights that are not available to others.


There are three major lines that are found on almost all hands. These lines are given the most weight and consideration by palm readers:


    The life line runs from the edge of the palm above the thumb in an arc towards the wrist. This line represents the subject's vigor, vitality, physical health, and overall well being. The life line shows major life changes including: physical injuries, cataclysmic events, and relocations. Contrary to common public belief, modern palm readers to not equate the length of a life line with the life span of a subject.


    The head line begins at the edge of the palm, under the index finger, It runs across the palm to the outside edge. Oftentimes the head and life line join to form a "7" on the palm. The head line shows the subject's mind, the way it works, the subject's style of learning, style of communication, intellect, and hunger for knowledge.


    The heart line is at the top of the palm, under the fingers. The heart line shows matters of the heart, both in regard to physical and metaphorical matters. It shows emotional stability, a propensity for depression, romantic prospects, and stoicism. The heart line also indicates cardiac health.


    The Girdle of Venus begins between the third and fourth fingers and forms a rough arc, ending between the first and second fingers. The Girdle of Venus corresponds to emotional intelligence and manipulative abilities.


    The sun line runs between the fate and mercury line. The sun line shows future fame or scandal.


    The mercury line starts at the bottom of the palm at the wrist, and runs up through the palm to the little linger. This line indicates business skill, health issues, and communication skills.


    The fate line starts at the bottom of the palm, near the wrist, and runs up through the center of the palm, ending near the middle finger. The fate line predicts the subject's life path. It will show education, career choices, successes, and obstacles. As this line shows fate, some aspects will be beyond the subject's control.

Palmistry lines


Palmistry Mounts Cheirognomy is the study of mounts in palmistry. Each mount relates to a planetary influence in an astrological sense.

The Mount of Jupiter represents the subject's enthusiasm, ambition, willingness to share, and willingness to socialize.

The Mount of Saturn represents the subject's stability and love of tradition. It also shows a subject's understanding of rhythm, time, and deeper life aspects.

The Sun Mount (Mount of Apollo) indicates a subject's love of life, fruitfulness, success, spontaneity, creativity, and disposition.

The Mount of Mercury shows a subject's ability to interact and communicate with others. A well-developed mount indicates an ability to communicate quickly with clarity and diplomacy. Subject's with this mount do well in business and negotiation.

Ma+ (Mars positive) is the first Mount of Mars. It shows courage, how eager a subject will be to defend their beliefs, tenacity, and general energy.

Pluto of Mars (Mars plain) is the second Mount of Mars. It shows how bearing (over or under) a subject's personality is on others. It also shows to what degree the subject makes use of the first and third Mars characteristics.

Ma- (Mars negative) is the third Mount of Mars. It represents a subject's sense of responsibility, staying power under stress, and commitment to the social community.

The Mount of Venus indicates ability to express affection, emotion, and the subject's level of vitality. A particularly firm, large, and well developed Mount of Venus indicates a subject with great vitality energy, and a strong sex drive. A soft or flat Mount of Venus indicates a subject who easily succumbs to listlessness or apathy. These subjects often have a poor sex drive and oftentimes suffer from poor health.

The Mount of Neptune is uncommon. It is sometimes confused with a portion of the Mount of Venus. It shows how charming a subject is. A well developed mount indicates the subject easily performs in front of others.

The Mount of the Moon (Luna) corresponds to intuition and imagination. When this mount is underdeveloped it indicates a subject who is overly skeptical, logical, and with strong intelligence. But these subjects will have a lack of intuition and sometimes seem dull minded. A very large mount indicates a creative subject with a strong and wild imagination. These subjects may over fantasize and in worst cases, loose touch with reality. Most subject's are somewhere in the middle.


The fingers are analyzed in combination with the mounts and lines. Special attention is paid to the subject's finger length, flexibility, diameter, end shape, alignment, color, joints, spacing between fingers, nails, and markings.

In general, long slender fingers indicate intellectual quickness and mental power. Short broad fingers usually indicate a more practical subject.

The fingers have the same names as their respective mounts. They represent the same qualities. Thus, the fingers can enhance or diminish the characteristics of the mounts.

The Jupiter (index) finger relates to ambition, power, and command over others. A long finger suggest dominance in these areas whereas a short finger suggests a lack of ambition.

The Saturn (middle) finger relates to maturity and how the subject deals with responsibility. The Saturn finger also indicates how balanced the subject is in life.

The Apollo (sun, or middle) finger indicates the subject's love of aesthetics, desire for limelight, and emotional needs.

The Mercury (little) finger indicates the subject's ability to have intimate relationships with others. It also represents the ability of the subject to express emotions through speech and writing.

The thumb has several characteristics. The wider the opening is between index finger and the thumb, the more trustworthy the subject is. A flexible thumb indicates a flexible character. The thumb indicates the subject's willpower, inner drive, and ability to get a job done.

Also Known As:




Hand Analysis

Palm Reading

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