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Palm Reading

Palm Reading, or Palmistry, Chiromancy, as it is also known is the practice of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the hands, particularly the palms. Although many people believe that only trained people can read palms, it is something that can be learned. Palmistry usually begins by reading the person`s dominant hand. (the hand he or she writes with or uses the most.) There are three main lines: The life line, the head line, and the heart line.

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If you’ve always been intuitive and sensitive about people, palm reading or chiromancy could be a satisfying hobby for you. Actually to learn palm reading, you don’t necessarily have to be psychic, since palm reading is not about predicting the future based on the lines on someone’s palm. Palm reading is mainly about understanding about a person and interpreting the various lines, fingerprints, the mounts that are on the hand. So if you happen to be interested in palm reading, you’ll be pleased to know that you can learn how to do it, and with practice, can probably convert your hobby into a remunerative activity or take it up as a full-time career. You can become a successful palm reader and also start a center where you offer palm reading and hand analysis.

While many people tend to think that palm readers are fakes, not all of them are. With any profession that seems mystical and has to do with fortune telling, a lot of people cash in with a little knowledge. You can certainly become a palm reader with credibility by learning the right basics.

Getting Started With Palm Reading

Palm reading is an ancient art that has been practiced all over the world. Several references exist in various religious books like the Vedas and the Bible. If you go back in history, you will find even eminent personalities like Julius Caesar, Aristotle, etc. were connected with palmistry. Kings had palm readers in their courts and believed in them.

There are several guides, books, and online courses that will help you with the basics of this ‘art’. These teach you about what intuition is all about and how you can use it in palm reading. Usually, both hands must be studied during palm reading. When you learn about palm reading, you will learn about different hand textures, types of hands, color of palm and how to interpret it and the characteristics of the lines on the palm. You will also get to know about the specific hand marks to look for and understand, about the fingers, the thumbs and the nails. The palm of the hand has various ‘mounts’ that mean different things about a person and you will learn how to interpret these as well. You will know what the rings worn by a person can mean and how the signs on a person’s fingers can even be used in criminology, revealing the person’s individuality.

The Different Facets Of Palmistry

We usually hear of palm reading – but palmistry comprises of chiromancy, chirognomy and dermatoglyphics. The three are together called chirology. Chiromancy has to do with palm reading in terms of interpreting what the lines mean. Chirognomy, which has its origins in France around the 18th century, classifies hands according to their shape and size. People that had the same shape/size of hands were found to have similar characteristics. So today, over time, palm reading does not just mean looking at and understanding the lines on the palm; it also has to do with length of fingers, nails, texture of skin, flexibility of fingers and other characteristics. Dermatoglyphics deals with the lines and pattern of the skin on the hands and feet in connection to our genetics. In fact, it is believed that skin ridges are useful in detecting chromosomal abnormalities and genetic diseases like diabetes, cardiac problems schizophrenia, Down’s syndrome etc.

Why Palm Reading?

Apart from the fun part when you can be the palm reader holding people spellbound in a party by your intuitiveness, you will find that different people go to a palm reader for different purposes. It could be that they want to understand themselves, and know about health problems based on the reading. Since there are so many aspects of palm reading, there is a pretty good possibility that people will find what they seek. Through palm reading, you can make an assessment of a person’s emotional tendencies, attitudes, fears and strengths through the lines and marks on the hand.

There are palm readers who have converted their hobby into an income-earner. Professional palm readers can earn anything from 20 to 100 US$ an hour, based on how well known they are and the number of referrals they get. As they become more and more popular, and start catering to film stars, politicians and other famous people, the sky is the limit.

Palmistry has caught on all over the world. In real-life applications, criminal investigations use fingerprinting for identifying individuals. By studying skin patterns medical researchers say that there is a link between genetic abnormalities and certain marks on the hand. Also some fingerprint patterns are related to heart disease. So it is not hard to see why palmistry is a subject worth studying – both for recreation and for those who are serious about it.

Color, Shape, Texture & Flexibility

In palm reading, it is not just the lines that are read – due importance is also given to the color, shape, texture and flexibility of the hand. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn.



Ever notice how a doctor checks your palms? White hands mean a lack of blood circulation. Pink hands generally indicate good health. People with red hands could probably be suffering from high blood pressure. Some people have bluish hands, which shows inadequate blood circulation. Ideally, the hand must be pinkish.



How is the shape and formation of the hands? Let’s look at the most common shapes:

• A square hand – practical, focused on success

• Tapering hand – artistic, enthusiastic, sensitive

• Spade hand – energetic, positively inclined

• Pointed hand – idealistic, impractical

• Long hand – with knotty joints, thinker, philosopher

We often come across mixed hands, so you’ll be able to see the characteristics of those features.


How does the hand feel to the touch? Is it hard, rough or soft? Usually, those with soft hands are said to be sensitive and refined. Rough hands could mean tough people who enjoy being active with rugged activities.



Flexible hands mean a reasonable nature. Very pliable hands mean unconventional and broadminded. People with inflexible hands are usually stubborn. Also look at the thumbs and fingers. Sometimes the thumb is set low forming a wide angle with the hand – these people tend to be careless. If the thumb is set high, it means a careful determined type.

Which Hand?

You have probably wondered about what the difference is between reading the right hand and the left hand. People who are right handed are more logical and left-handed people are more creative. Palm readers consider the fact that the left hand is connected to the right side of the brain and the right hand is connected to the left side of the brain. The left brain/right hand features logic, attention to detail, facts and realism. The right brain/left hand person shows intuitiveness and risk taking ability. Therefore, the palmist looks at both hands since they reveal two different aspects.

Length Of Fingers – How Is It Interpreted?

For a palm reader, the length of the fingers indicates information about the individual’s character. Here’s a synopsis:

• Long fingers - analytical, academic, likes attention to detail

• Short fingers - practical, intuitive, and instinctive

• Proportionate hands - balanced personality

Now lets look at each finger of the hand and what it shows:

• Forefinger – ambition, self-confidence, self-esteem

• Middle finger – discipline, balance

• Ring finger - originality, imagination

• Little finger – communication

Let us interpret different situations taking these fingers in relation to each other.

- Forefinger is in line with the bottom of the middle fingers nail means a balanced ego.

- Ring finger is in line with the bottom of the middle finger’s nail, means emotional balance.

- Forefinger is higher than the bottom part of the middle finger’s nail shows self-assurance. Ring finger above the bottom part of the middle finger’s nail shows highly emotional and impulsive person.

- Middle finger standing out noticeably from the rest shows a serious nature. Little finger standing apart from the rest of the hand, means a bold, outspoken and self-sufficient person.

Apart from the above, in palm reading, the thumb, the nails and the fingerprints are significant. So you would need to know how to make a palm print.

How To Take A Palm Print

You will need the following:

• Black water-soluble printing ink

• A rubber roller

• Good quality paper

• A tile on which to spread the ink

• A towel

Spread some ink evenly on the tile with the rubber roller. Now, spread the inky rubber roller on the hand to cover the palm the fingers and part of your wrist. Place the paper on the towel and gently press our hand down in its most natural position without shaking. The towel will cushion your hand on the paper. Very carefully, directly lift your hand off the paper without smudging any line. Your palm print is ready.

Lines On The Palm And Their Meaning

Interestingly, the number of lines varies from hand to hand. While some people have lots of lines, some people have just a few. Men have fewer lines than women. The four prominent lines you will see on a hand are:

• Life line
• Head line

• Heart line

• Fate line


The life line is the line around the thumb and indicates physical health. A strong line means good health. A faint life line would mean the opposite. However, just the head line in isolation will not give a true picture. So please note that each line must be read in conjunction with the others to make a complete palm reading. The life line also shows major events in the person’s life. If there is a line branching off from the top of the life line towards the forefinger, it shows ambition. If there’s a line branching off from the bottom of the life line towards the wrist, it indicates travel.

The Head line begins from a point similar to the lifeline near the thumb, and goes across the palm. It indicates thought process. Let’s see what different types of head lines:

• Clear – mental focus, strength

• Straight – logic and pragmatism

• Curved – flexible, balance between creativity and logic

• Steeply curved – high imagination

• Short and stops short of the middle finger - focus, but closed-minded

• Fork at the end of the headline under the ring finger - flexible

• Fork is under the little finger - aptitude for business or science

The Heart line indicates emotions and relationships, begins from the edge of the hand under the little finger, and extends toward the top of the palm. If it:

• •Ends between the forefinger and middle finger - emotion and passion

• •Ends under the middle finger - selfish

• •Goes right across the top of the hand - interest in more of a mental relationship rather than emotion.

• •Is short and up to the middle finger –cool, interested in physical side

• •Ends in a fork - mentally and physically balanced

The Fate line runs up from the base of the palm and ends usually below the middle finger. It is also called the Saturn Line, or the Line of Destiny. It can be fragmented, overlapping, or broken. It shows your direction in life.

Palm readers also look at other lines and marks on the palm like the ring of Solomon around the forefinger, the girdle of Venus above the heart line, bracelet lines on the wrist, relationship lines under the little finger the fate line from the wrist to the middle finger, the sun line from the wrist to the ring finger and so on. As we said earlier, all the lines are read to produce a complete reading.

In summary…

You can get proficient at palm reading by taking a look at the books, instructional videos and links at the following website to give you an even more in-depth and intricate knowledge of the art of palm reading. The more palms you read, the more experience you get when you compare and learn. You develop the aptitude to know at a glance, what is unusual about the hand. Combine a good number of strangers’ hands to improve your palm reading skills. Palm reading is a captivating hobby that lets you read the character and destiny by observing the hand. The palm is practically a blueprint of our life and by knowing how to read it you can actually influence the destiny of the person whose palm you read.