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.
Type of Hand
|Artistic - Elementary||Elementary||Mixed|
Markings on the Hand
Generally, when the Head Line (in red) is joined to the Life Line (in green) as shown in the yellow circle, it is a sign that the person is quite willing to follow rules and regulations and also to have continuity in a family business.
In this case, the Head Line (in red) is short, and ends between the boundaries below the middle finger (Saturn finger), and this means that the person uses logic, facts and a scientific approach towards his pursuit of success.
Usually, a short Head Line is straight, and this emphasizes a lack of imagination, or the use of it and inclines the person towards being very calculative and material in his desire for success.
But if the short Head Line is curved, then there will be some sort of love for what he does and not nearly the desire to fulfill a vocation or a job.
Since the short Head Line ends under the middle finger, it shows that the plans made are not of a very long-term. If the Life Line (in green) is weak with breaks and islands, or is short, then, there is a danger that this person may suffer a short life.
Shape of hand
The shape of hand is very important to understand Palmistry . It has been broadly classified into Ten parts which are discussed below :-
Artistic Hand :
The Artistic Hand is Characterized by smooth Fingers whose nailed Phalanges assume the form of the Cones or of elongated Thimbles. Plastic arts, painting, Sculpture, monumental architecture, poetry of the imagination and of the senses, cultivation of the beautiful in the solid and visible form, romantic charms, antipathy to rigorous deduction, desire of social independence, propensity to enthusiasm, subjection to fantasy - all these Qualities & defects are Distinctively represented by the Artistic (Conical Hand).
Brutal Murders Hand :
This type of hand is a great deterioration of the Elementary hand, Often seen in people with uncontrollably violent temper. This type of hand is Characterized by a thick, heavy Palm, reddish in tint, and broader than the average; short awkward and stiff Fingers, generally crooked; often Spatulate; no knots to speak of although sometimes the second joint may be clumsy and thick; a thumb with a "clubbed" First Phalanx and a second Phalanx very much undersized. These observations were made on brutal murderers in the Prisons or Penitentiaries.
Congenital Idiot's Hand :
This is further deterioration of the Elementary hand. Below Criminal, almost in a level with him, one finds the Congenital Idiot, the half-developed brain, the child for Life. This hand is so ill-shaped as often to be justly called crippled. The Palm is thick, soft longer than the Fingers and generally narrow; this narrowness is increased by the position of the Thumb, set very high and only half detached from the side of the hand; very short besides clumsy and ill-shaped. The Fingers are hardly more than one-half the normal size; the Phalanges are twisted and their Tips rounded and shapeless.
Artistic - Elementary Hand :
This is a slightly improved type of basic Elementary hand. An improvement one meets especially among those men of talent, or even genius who emerge from the very lowest ranks of society, urged on by an invincible force, which pushes them to the highest places in the social hierarchy. Many of the Great poets, famous musicians, illustrious painters, sculptors, orators etc. belong to this category.
Elementary Hand :
As the name it self Points, this type of hand is the most commonly found in the masses. This hand Naturally belongs to the lowest kind of mentality. It is characterized by stiff, heavy Fingers, by a short, clumsy Thumb with the nailed Phalanx turned back, often of the "clubbed" type; by an extremely thick and hard Palm, and by the Finger-Tips rounded and shapeless, somewhat of the Square type. The people possessing such a type of hand have very little mental capacity. They have little or no control over their passions; love of form, color and beauty does not appeal them. These types of Hands undertake unskilled manual labor, the care of stables and the endless routine of coarse work. This type of hand is very rarely found in its purity among civilized nation.
Mixed Hand :
The mixed Hand is most difficult to describe. The mixed hand is so called because the hand cannot possibly be classed as Psychic, Artistic, Useful, Necessary, Philosophical or Elementary; the Fingers also belong to different types - often one pointed, one square, one Spatulate, one Philosophic etc. This is the hand of Ideas, of versatility, and generally of changeability of purpose. A person with such a hand is adaptable to both people and circumstances, clever, but erratic in application of his talents.
Necessary Hand :
A Necessary Hand is one, with nailed phalanges of whose fingers present the appearance of a more or less flattened out spatula. The thumbs are large, with those in which the instinct peculiar to these hands, supported by the promptings of the brain, makes itself the most clearly manifest. The possessors of such hand are almost insensible to art or to poetry, they are endowed with a very small share of the instincts which lead to moral instability. They attach themselves to a country for the material benefits which is accrue to them there from. Manual labor is agreeable to them, and it is the same with all kinds of active exercise. they suffer from the absence of the necessaries of life, but not from the absence of the superfluous, for they are only slightly sensual.
Philosophical Hand :
In a Philosophical Hand The Palm is rather large and well developed, but bony; both Knots well marked in the Fingers; the nailed Phalanx half square, half conical, a combination producing with the upper Knot a kind of egg-shaped spatula; the Thumb large and indicating the presence of as much logic as will power. Hands possessing Spatulate Finger-tips are drawn irresistibly toward that which is materially useful; that the tendency of the Conical Fingers is toward beauty of form, i.e., art; and that the inclination of the square Finger-tips tends towards social utility, average and practical ideas, and realizable combinations.
Psychic Hand :
The Psychic Hand is of all hands the most beautiful, and consequently the most scare, for rarity is one of the conditions of beauty. It is small and slender, compared with the rest of the body. It has a medium Palm, smooth Fingers, the nailed Phalanges long, and tapering to a point, a small and elegant Thumb.
Useful Hand :
The Useful Hand is of medium size, but large rather than small, often with Knotty Fingers, the nailed Phalanges of which are Square, a large Thumb, with the base thereof (the mount of Venus) well developed, the Palm of medium dimension, and firm. Perseverance, foresight and the spirit of order and conventionality, with a love of truth & fair play, characterize the individualities revealed to us by Useful hands. The possessors of such hands have a deep preference for similitude and homogeneity.
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Woman's Hand :
The tendencies of each type among women are, the same as they are among men, only, those which are peculiar to the Spatulate and Square types are much less intense among women, by the reason of the suppleness of their muscles, than they are among men.
Markings on the Hand
The circle is a very rare marking in cheiromancy, and little is said about it. It is an evil mark unless it be on a mount, in which case it usually augments the powers and promise of a mount. If it touch any line, it brings inescapable misfortune importuning to the line it touches. "...In other words, he will, as it were, go round and round in a circle without being able to break through and get free.Back to top
Crosses denote troubles, disappointment, danger, and when found on lines, the harm to the bearer may be aggravated. Occasionally it can refer to a dramatic change in one's life due to a crisis or hardship. They should always be considered an ill omen save for two cases: when found on the Mount of Jupiter and when located between the head and heart lines, known as the "Croix Mystique". The bearer of such a symbol is purported to possess a greater degree of mysticism, occultism, and superstition. The length of the head line in conjunction with the Croix Mystique is quite important; should the bearer demonstrate a short (hence, unimaginative and uncreative) Line of Head, they will tend to be quite superstitious, bordering on paranoia. One with a longer Line will have a greater affinity and comfort with the occult.
The position of the "Croix Mystique" is also quite important. If located high up, near the Mount of Jupiter, the bearer will exhibit belief in mysticism only for their own gain. When their future is divined, they care not for the means and the circumstance of their oracular prediction, but only for how it will relate to their life. Those with crosses further from the Mount of Jupiter will care more for the principles and methods by which the mystical experience was expressed rather than its immediate application to themselves.
If it be at the other extreme, near or on the Mount of Luna, the bearer ascribes great feeling to mystical experiences, and possesses a flair or affinity for sensationalism and miracles.Back to top
The grille is a point at which the energies of the hand dissipate. If grilles enmesh the entirety of the hand, the power of its bearer is constantly drained by vexations and imagined slights. If a grille appears on the mount, it saps or thwarts the qualities of the mount, e.g. such a mar on the Mount of Apollo will forever dash the attainment of any true success in life.Back to top
The Island is always a negative sign, save for some systems in determining an individual's fecundity. It is often a sign of some hereditary evil, such as a heart condition or intemperance with spirits, but it may just as easily represent non-congenital emotional stress or a dire pecuniary situation.
Unlike the star or the cross, the island is a gradual and prolonged, and oft times subtle period of strife in an individual's life. It could represent mounting stress on the line of the head, and manifest itself as headaches. Because of the gradual nature of this malady, the bearer may not have even noticed that they are in a darker period of their life. On the Line of Fate, It could be a period in which the individual finds themselves surrounded with mounting debts that peak at the widest point of the island.
In accordance with the interpretation above, it should come as no surprise that these misfortunes will last to the extent that the island is long.Back to top
The spot is a sign of a distinct event or malady, though it often comes in groups that betoken a chronic disorder. If found on a line, it typically signifies a temporary illness corresponding to the demense of the line, e.g., a spot on the Line of Head portends some violence to the head or brain fever.
If located on one of the mounts, it is the bearer of unique and possibly lasting meaning. Cf. the individual mounts for their specific meaning.Back to top
The star is a symbol of great and sudden brilliance in a person's life. This brilliance is often arbitrary and unexpected, and is always an event that the individual can exercise little control over. A line that ends in a star signifies the greatest accomplishments possible; however, the star often carries with it an unpleasant price. For example, put it the case that the Line of Apollo ends in a star: this denotes great fame, but this often results in the bearer suffering the loss of their private sphere to their successful public sphere. Though the bearer is now extremely famous (or perhaps infamous), they may find their accomplishments to announce a hollow victory.
A star on the mounts will naturally denote great proficiency with the mount's corresponding traits, yet these traits may consume some of the other bearer's qualities. It is no enigma that the star on the Line of Head may at times be the harbinger of blindness or damage to the eyes, for its brilliance is so great as to tumble the most virtuous of individuals. The star is certainly a sign to be viewed with great caution. Seek temperance and balance when marked with such a capricious blessing.Back to top
The square is almost always a beneficent symbol. It denotes an especial
significance when covering an area that is experiencing turmoil, such as
chained, broken, or dotted lines. In this instance, difficulties will arise
(whose nature are to be discerned from the line), but the bearer will persevere
and the crisis will be averted. Damage may be reduced or prevented all together.
A square after perturbations in a line signifies repair.
The one instance in which the square denotes negative influences is when it is found on the upper portion of the Mount of Venus near the life line, where it portends detention or incarceration.
The tassel one may liken to a frayed rope, whose tightly-coiled energy and structure has dissipated in the wake of stress, age, or a sudden calamity. A tasseled line can oft be found at the end of the lifeline; as the individual weakens and deteriorates with age, so too does the line. Such is the case with the Line of Head, where it denotes a weakening of mental clarity and approaching senility; the Line of Heart with a deteriorating heart condition or emotional trauma that has left the individual enfeebled and unstable, et cetera.Back to top
A transverse marking is an evil sign that serves to drain the positive qualities of any mount it is found upon. Though a person may have the markings of a heroic mount, these qualities can be reduced to depravity if bespoiled with a score of transverse lines. An example of such a misfortune are transverse lines across the Mount of Mercury, which indicate that the bearer will use their talents of diplomacy and tact for deceit and guile for ill gains.Back to top
The triangle is nearly always a positive sign, though strong significance should be ascribed to it only when it stands as an independent mark, not composed of intersecting lines. It denotes mental flourish and success corresponding to the location of the mark, i.e., if it were to be found upon the mount of Apollo, it would denote an artistic success, such as music or acting. If found alongside a line, it will naturally take on significance dependent upon the line, marking a point at which satisfaction and accomplishment is achieved through the exercise of mental powers. The triangle will never reach the great heights of success that its cousin, the star, but it possesses balance and will not carry with it the backlash that so often accompanies the star.Back to top
The trident is a most propitious marking wherever it may lay. If it rise from a line, it will expound the qualities of that line and draw additional power from the mounts or lines that the branches on either side head towards. If found on a mount, the trident carries with it great flourish of the properties of that mount in conjunction with its neighboring mounts. The trident is such a powerful symbol that it eclipses the star in beneficence.Back to top
Vertical markings are not to be confused with sister lines, which accompany a major line on the palm. They are, however, still a beneficent sign. If found on the mount, they heighten its positive qualities and assist in annulling any poor signs also located on the mount. They are the antithesis of the aforementioned transverse markings. To use the case of the Mount of Mercury as expressed above, vertical markings upon this mount will bring a great deal of tact and loquaciousness to serve for pleasant communication and camaraderie. It will emphasize science and business skills. In fact, two vertical lines on the Mount of Mercury are often the symbol of a doctor or biologist.Back to top
Lines that droop from any larger line each indicate a disappointment in life. Along the Line of Heart, it denotes disappointment in love or an unfortunate event in which the individual became too emotionally involved. Along the Line of Head, it may signify the thwarting of one's ideals or disillusionment.Back to top
Rising offshoots are the inverse of drooping offshoots. They represent periods of sudden inspiration, fruition, and happiness. When determining the nature of the offshoot's properties, it is essential to observe in which direction the offshoot is headed. It will draw upon the qualities of the mount that it is directed to. For example, an offshoot springing from the Line of Head and nearing the Mount of Mercury is a sign of scientific prowess--perhaps an invention, or a discovery, or a synthesis of concepts that have long been drifting through the individual's mind, but had hitherto been dissociated.Back to top
Palm extends from the base of fingers and the thumb to the first bracelet on the
wrist. The part of the hand on the other side of the Palm is called back of the
hand. For Further studies we will study the palm under two classifications
1- Size and Shape
2- Color and Character of the Skin
1. Size and Shape
Narrow palm - Lack of Imagination, of pluck and cheerfulness, on account of
the small space allowed for the the development of the three mounts along the
percussion - Mercury, Mars and the Moon.
Wide palm - If the palm is in good proportion with the size and character of the fingers, it is an indication of strong health and evenly balanced temper.
Too Wide palm - In such a case the palm is generally thick, therefore the exaggeration of the Mounts of the Moon, Mars and Mercury will result in a vicious imagination, a violent temper and deceiving instincts.
Square Palm - This type of palm is met generally with the speculate fingers, and posses a great love of activity, mostly of a physical nature.
2. Color and Character of the Skin
Very pale - This an indication of Selfish disposition; anemia.
Yellow - This points towards Morbid disposition; biliousness.
Pink and mottled - This is a sign of Hopeful, cheerful disposition; well balanced constitution.
Red - This generally denotes Quick temper; superabundance of blood.
Very red - It is generally a symbol of Violent temper; danger of apoplexy.
Extra smooth Skin - Also called as "Satin skin" People possessing such a skin type have tendency to rheumatism and gout.
Dry Skin - People with such a skin type are prone to fever and as perspiration being insufficient may also cause skin diseases.
Damp skin - In such a case, especially if the sweat is cold and clammy it is an indication of Very serious liver trouble ; often ill-balanced moral nature.