Monday, November 12, 2012

Palm reading: A quick guide

Palm reading, otherwise known as palmistry or chiromancy, is practiced all over the world, with roots in Indian astrology and gypsy fortune-telling.[1] The objective is to evaluate a person's character or future by studying the palm of their hand. Whether you're an aspiring palm reader or you're just looking for a fun way to pass the time and impress your friends, here's how to gain insight just by holding someone's hand..

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    Choose hand. For females, the right hand is what you're born with, and left is what you've accumulated throughout your life. For males, it is the other way around.For male, the left hand is what you're born with, and right is what you've accumulated throughout your life. But it can also be whichever hand is dominant, which can be your present/past life hand and the least dominant hand could be your future life hand. Pick a palm to read.
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    Identify the four major lines.
    Identify the four major lines.
    Identify the four major lines.

    (1) The heart line.

    (2) The head line.

    (3) The life line.

    (4) The fate line (Not everybody has this.)
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    Interpret the heart line. This line can be read in either direction (from the pinkie finger to the index finger or vice versa) depending on the tradition being followed. It's believed to indicate emotional stability, romantic perspectives, depression, and cardiac health.
    • Begins below the index finger - content with love life
    • Begins below the middle finger - selfish when it comes to love
    • Begins in the middle - falls in love easily.
    • Straight and short - less interest in romance
    • Touches life line - heart broken easily
    • Long and curvy - freely expresses emotions and feelings
    • Straight and parallel to the head line - good handle on emotions
    • Wavy - many relationships and lovers, absence of serious relationships
    • Circle on the line - sad or depression
    • Broken line - emotional trauma
    • Smaller lines crossing through heart line - emotional trauma

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    Examine the head line. Represents learning style, communication style, intellectualism, and thirst for knowledge. A curved line is associated with creativity and spontaneity, while a straight line is linked with practicality and a structured approach.

    • Short line - prefers physical achievements over mental ones
    • Curved, sloping line - creativity
    • Separated from life line - adventure, enthusiasm for life.
    • Wavy line - short attention span
    • Deep, long line - thinking is clear and focused
    • Straight line - thinks realistically
    • Donuts or cross in head line - emotional crisis
    • Broken head line - inconsistencies in thought
    • Multiple crosses through head line - momentous decisions
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    Evaluate the life line. Begins near the thumb and travels in an arc towards the wrist. Reflects physical health, general well being, and major life changes (e.g. cataclysmic events, physical injuries, and relocations). Its length is not associated with length of life.

    • Runs close to thumb - often tired
    • Curvy - plenty of energy
    • Long, deep - vitality.
    • Short and shallow - manipulated by others
    • Swoops around in a semicircle - strength and enthusiasm.
    • Straight and close to the edge of the palm - cautious when it comes to relationships
    • Multiple life lines - extra vitality
    • Circle in line indicates - hospitalized or injured
    • Break - sudden change in lifestyle
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    Study the fate line. This is also known as the line of destiny, and it indicates the degree to which a person's life is affected by external circumstances beyond their control.[2] Begins at the base of the palm.

    • Deep line - strongly controlled by fate
    • Breaks and changes of direction - prone to many changes in life from external forces
    • Starts joined to life line - self-made individual; develops aspirations early on
    • Joins with the life line somewhere in the middle - signifies a point at which one's interests must be surrendered to those of others
    • Starts at base of thumb and crosses life line - support offered by family and friends

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    Determine the hand shape. Each hand shape is associated with certain character traits. The length of the palm is measured from the wrist to the bottom of the fingers.

    • Earth - broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy color; length of the palm equals length of fingers

      • Solid values and energy, sometimes stubborn
      • Practical and responsible, sometimes materialistic
      • Work with their hands, comfortable with the tangible
    • Air - square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and dry skin; length of the palm less than length of fingers

      • Sociable, talkative and witty
      • Can be shallow, spiteful and cold
      • Comfortable with the mental and the intangible
      • Does things in different and radical ways
    • Water - long, sometimes oval-shaped palm, with long, flexible, conical fingers; length of the palm equals length of fingers but is less than width across the widest part of the palm

      • Creative, perceptive and sympathetic
      • Can be moody, emotional and inhibited
      • Introverts
      • Do things quietly and intuitively.
    • Fire - square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers; length of the palm is greater than length of fingers

      • Spontaneous, enthusiastic and optimistic
      • Sometimes egoistic, impulsive and insensitive
      • Extroverts
      • Do things boldly and instinctively

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    Palm reading is an awesome thing to do and I hope you will try it!
Palm-reading is a worthwhile talent that an unfortunately small amount of people know how to do. While it is relatively easy to learn the basics of reading palms, there are more than just lines on your hand. Palm reading consists of three parts: Chirognomy (study of hand shapes, including fingers and mounts), Chiromancy (study of the lines) and Dermatoglyphics (study of skin ridges and fingerprints). Read on to learn some advanced techniques to use while reading palms.

Advanced steps


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    Examine the finger shape. Finger shape normally coincides with the shape of the hand. However, most hands represent a mixture of finger types. This mixture helps to create a diversity of qualities and talents for a person. The shape of the fingernail is also used in trying to determine the type of finger.

    • Square fingers have square nails and represent a down-to-earth quality in respect to the attributes of the finger.
    • Pointed fingers often have almond-shaped nails and reveal an artistic nature.
    • Spade-shaped fingers have square-based nails which broaden at the tip and represent inventiveness.
    • Cone-shaped fingers have oval nails and represents an imaginative quality.
    • With mixed fingers, if a person had a square type of ring finger, for example, then they would be artistically inclined. But if the same person had a pointed index finger, then their occupation will commonly not be art-related.
    • When it comes to nails, naturally long nails show a soft heart; short nails show an unfortunate paranoid and uneasy nature; wide nails show quarrelsome qualities; narrow nails show a conservative and refined nature.
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    Examine the finger smoothness. The smoothness or knottiness of the fingers and their joints is a good indication of which area of life a person would most likely be active in. It also deals with the instinctive, practical, and intellectual attainment in regards to the fields which each finger represents. The middle finger deals with service (goals, restrictions). The index finger deals with authority (position, wealth, happiness). The ring finger deals with fulfillment (fame, success). Finally, the little finger deals with activity (health, mind, commercial ventures).

    • If your joints are generally smooth, then you may tend to be passive, letting other control you, but at the same time quite impulsive which may sometimes lead to carelessness.
    • If your top knuckles are smooth and your middle ones are internally rough, then you are a person whose intellect and practicality work well together. A strong instinctive drive is a characteristic of well-developed knuckles.
    • The fleshiness of the pads inside the fingers as well as the flatness of those areas show a good development or lack of it in regards to the attributes of each finger.
    • Well-developed balls on the ends of fingers show a strong intellect and courtesy of the mind. A flatness represents a lack of intellectual insight regarding the attributes of the respective fingers.
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    Examine the finger spacing. It is also important to note the way fingers are spaced apart. With your hand in a relaxed position, examine how some fingers stand apart from others and how some stick close to the adjacent fingers.

    • An independent mind is signified when your little finger stands apart from the ring finger, with a great deal of space between them.
    • An art-related life is shown when the ring finger sticks close to the middle finger. Your fate will also aid in your success.
    • If your middle finger and the index finger stick close together, it shows that you will gain authority and rank through your own goals and dreams. If they stand apart, then your position will come from other means.
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    Examine the finger build. The build and thickness of a person's fingers can denote the personality type.

    • Heavy fingers often show a more physical nature, maybe with a tough outlook on things.
    • Long and slim fingers signify more of an emotional and aggressive type of person, so this person may be very sensitive to insults or very literal to sarcastic remarks.
    • Short and thick shows that a person is more emotionally comfortable.
    • If your index finger is longer than the normal length, you tend to be a leader and tell others what to do. But if it is shorter, then you tend to sit back and let others control you.
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    Examine the finger length. The length of your fingers are measured relative to the size of your palm. On average, the longest finger is about seven-eighths the size of your palm, and if it is just as long as your palm, then your fingers are considered long. Short fingers are shorter than seven-eighths of the palm. In relation to the fingers, the thumb is normally higher than the bottom joining of the index finger. The index finger, however, reaches a third of the way up the nail of the middle finger. The ring finger normally reaches just above the nail of the middle finger and the little, or pinkie, finger should reach the top joint of the ring finger.

    • If your ring finger is longer than the normal length, you may have an artistic talent, as well as a reckless and wild nature.
    • If your little finger is shorter than the normal length, it shows that you lack the ability to influence others. If it is longer, you tend to be very articulate, and good at writing and selling.


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    Read the Health Line. The Health Line deals with the material well-being as much as the physical. This is especially so that when the Life Line may be faint or hard to see. If a person has very faint Fate, Fame, and Success Lines, then the Health Line also lays a strong part in the development of material wealth. The Health Line can be found extending from below the little finger, down across the palm, to the base of the thumb. Sometimes, it may even join with the Life Line.

    • Missing - it is likely that you'll have little to no health problems.
    • Strong and undisturbed - strong business sense as well as the strength to work hard and make money.
    • Wavy - potential health problems as a result of anxiety and nervousness.
    • Broken - poor health will cause problems in business situations.
    • Smaller lines crossing Health Line - prone to accidents.
    • Extra lines branches onto the Life Line - sign of life-threatening situation in old age.
    • Square encircling the line - a sign of protection, whether it be in the form of good medical treatment, or aid in solving a business problem.
    • Break in the line to form a donut shape - a need for hospitalization.
    • A triangle formed by the Life, Head, and Health Lines - known as the Lucky Triangle, where the broader the angle of the triangle, the greater your luck.
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    Read the Fame Line. The Line of Fame reinforces the Fate Line. The Fame Line influences the social rewards of success. This line, if visible, starts at the base of the hand, and moves its way up to below the ring finger, running parallel to the Fate Line.

    • Missing - one's future fame must be looked for in other areas of the palm; may still be successful but prefer to do without public acclaim.
    • Strong and clear - distinction and satisfaction with your life's work.
    • Broken repeatedly - indication of the ups and downs of social recognition.
    • Travels straight to the ring finger - likely to have fame in the arts.
    • Starts at the Head Line and runs through the Heart Line - hard work and success late in life.
    • A separation at the end of the Fame Line (becoming two smaller lines) - success may be dubious in value.
    • Ends beneath the ring finger in a star or triangle - spectacular success awaits in the fine arts field (acting, singing, dancing).
    • Ends beneath the ring finger in a square - a kindly patron.
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    Read the Marriage Lines. Relationships are indicated by the little line (or lines) that are located just below the base of the little finger. The closer the lines are to the base of the little finger, the later in life these relationships will be.

    • Several light lines - romances.
    • Strong and clear lines - marriage.
    • Numerous overlapping lines - affair(s).
    • Lines that meet but don't cross - children that will be born.
    • Fork at the start towards the back of the hand - long engagement.
    • Fork at the end towards the palm - separation (with or without divorce).
    • Line at the end that cuts the line off sharply - end to a relationship due to death or divorce.
    • Breaks that resumes with an overlap - separation with a later reunion.
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    Read the Money Lines. These lines don't indicate material wealth, so much as they represent skill in acquiring riches and how it can be done.

    • Line from the base of the thumb to below the index finger, ending in a star - a natural talent for moneymaking.
    • Line from the base of the thumb to the little finger - wealth acquired through inheritance or family allowances.
    • Line from the base of the thumb to below the middle finger - money made in business.
    • Line running to the ring finger, cutting through the Fame Line - money obtained through luck and surprise.
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    Read the Travel Lines. The Travel Lines are a major indication of the trips taken throughout your life that have had or will have a penetrating impact on your life. These lines generally start from the edge of the palm at the 'heel," opposite the thumb, and extend horizontally.

    • Intersecting the Life Line - a trip will be made under circumstances of health, or your health will be affected by a trip.
    • Crossing the Travel Line - danger, or problems within travel.
    • A square encircles the lines - a sign of protection in your travels.
    • Breaks - possible delay in your travels.
    • Intersecting the Fate Line - travel will present a life-changing experience.
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    Read the Minor Lines. The Minor Lines can be found in most hands. They include the lines of Opposition, Intuition, Escape, and Influence.

    • Lines of Opposition: These lines can be found on the outside of the palm, between the Heart and Head Lines. These lines illustrate the opposing forces that we all must deal with in life.
    • Line of Intuition: This line appears on the outer palm (at the base of the hand under the little finger). It illustrates strong insight. If you have this line you are an extremely sensitive, intuitive person and may have ESP (extra-sensory perception). The line can appear to curve into the palm or out to the edge of the palm. Either way, the meaning stays the same.
    • Line of Escape: This line is more towards the bottom of the palm, near the base. It often crosses the Life Line, and this crossing symbolizes the time in your life the following experience may happen. The Line of Escape illustrates an individual who escapes the problems of their life by indulging in their imagination. If it connects with the Line of Fame, they retreat into creative arts ease themselves. If the Line of Escape crosses with the Health Line, the person will resort to drugs and drinking. This may also foreshadow suicide.
    • Lines of Influence: These lines originate from the base of the thumb, and radiate out into the Palm. Where they connect with other lines, they illustrate an important event. The much sought after influence lines are the ones that show how and where you will come into money, if it crosses the Money Lines.

Other Aspects

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    Learn to read the mounts of the palm.

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    Analyze the fingerprints on the fingers.

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    Understand the degrees of the palm.

Edit Tips

  • Since palm lines change as you progress through life, palm reading is seen by many as an opportunity to reveal what's already happened, but not as a way of predicting the future.[3]
  • In general, the more flexible the hand, the more flexible the person. (metaphorically, or literally?) aom/articles/palm-reading-learn-how-to-read-palms.html
  • Note the texture of the hand, front and back. Soft hands signify sensitivity and refinement, while rough hands signifies a coarse temperament.[4]
  • Take out books from your local library and look up websites on the internet. The more you read, the more you'll know and the better you'll be able to palm read.
  • Try practicing on your own hands.
  • Know that palm reading is not always accurate and that the fate of your life and your decisions should not be influenced by these things.
  • Make sure the lighting in the area you are planning to read palms is good, for trying to do it in the dark makes it difficult to get a good read.

  • Edit Warnings

    • Remember that palm-reading is for entertainment purposes and there is no substantiated evidence of correlation between palm features and psychological traits.
    • If you are going to do read someone else's palms, then keep it light. Don't make any dark predictions that will make people worry about their lives.

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