Palm reading, also known as palmistry (or chiromancy), is the “art” of studying and analyzing the physical aspect of the palm lines to interpret personality traits or foretell future events. Whether you believe in it or not, it’s up to you.
But the truth is that many people seek palm readers before making a big life decision, such as ending a romantic relationship or pursuing another career choice. What palm readers say may influence certain lives forever – for better or for worse.
This article will give a general idea of what palmistry is all about to those who find this ancient art fascinating. Or to make it a little bit clearer to the more skeptical.
Whatever your case might be, by the end of this article, you will understand the basic principles used to read palms and what type of information can be deduced from the analysis of the main palm lines. Read ahead for some palm reading!
Types of hands:
Before even looking at the palm lines themselves, palm readers take their time to analyze the person in front of them completely. Besides their appearance and clothing, this analysis also includes the shape of the hands and their condition. These elements alone are capable of providing accurate insights into a person’s life.
Palmistry distinguishes four types of hands, according to their shape. Each one of them is associated with a different element, so we have air, earth, fire, and water. Palm reading assumes that people with the same kind of hands have a similar personality type.
- Air hands: square palms and long, boney fingers with prominent knuckles. Those with air hands are often intellectually curious with great analytical and communication skills. However, they also get easily distracted and may become anxious or edgy if not properly stimulated.
- Earth hands: firm, fleshy hands with square palms and short fingers. Those with earth hands are more practical and logical. However, even though they are generally more reliable, they may put too much focus on their short-term goals and overlook long-term planning.
Fire hands: long palm, short fingers, and peculiar skin creases. Those with fire hands are typically passionate and self-assured people. The drive to fulfill their desires and aspirations may cause a lack of empathy.
Water hands: soft hands with long palms and long fingers. Those with water hands are very creative, have great intuition, and know they can trust their emotions. Because they attach great importance to their feelings, these people often get hurt and stressed.
Types of palm lines: These main palm lines depicted in the picture below (heart, head, life, and fate) are the primary tool used during a palm reading session. Their meaning is essentially determined by their depth, length, and curvature (crease interception and mounts crossed also help the analysis).
Palm readers often try to get to know a few key details about the person whose hand they are holding to fuel their analysis and give richer observation about their life situation. Here’s what your palms say about your personality. In the end, it is mostly about intuition.
1. Heart Line
Palm readers usually start with this one. They know this line has a huge impact on the other person, and it is easier to read and start unraveling little bits and pieces about their general life. As the name itself suggests, the heart line represents emotional and love life, physical attraction, and other matters of the heart. Here’s what your heart line says about your love life:
- Deep and clear line: people who are steady and reliable;
- Thin or broken line: people who are more sentimental and changeable;
- A line that starts below the index finger: people who are happy when in a relationship;
- A line that starts below the middle finger: people who have the potential for restlessness;
- Breaks along the line: people who tend to have a very active romantic life with multiple lovers (even if that implies infidelity)
2. Head Line
The head line is always the next in line! It represents the matters of the mind and can give insights about the subject’s intellectual ability and thirst for knowledge.
Wavy line: people with progressive thinking;
Breaks along the line (or thin line): people who often struggle with intellectual conflict, or who frequently have breakthroughs or epiphanies (depending on the subject)
Clear line: people with traditional thinking who can think clearly and with great attention span;
If the head and heart lines intersect: people whose head and heart function as a unity – usually called the simian line.
3. Fate Line
Some palm readers refer to this as the line of destiny, and they use it to read the degree to which someone’s life will be vastly influenced by circumstances that are beyond their control. It is worth mentioning that not everyone has this palm line.
This is the line that changes the most as we get older. Every time it does, something big may be coming in your way. It can be related to your personal or professional life – whatever it might be, you probably won’t be able to control the outcome of that major shift fully. Some readers also believe that itchy hands are usually a sign that that major change is coming, so keep that in mind.
4. Life Line
The life line is believed to give insight about one’s physical health, energy, and well-being. But that doesn’t mean that the palm reader can predict a short life just because someone’s life line is shorter than average. It symbolizes your journey and obstacles in life that may affect your well-being, not mortality.
Palmistry should be used in the context of self-reflection. That is, the insights given by the palm reader should lead people to a process of self-discovery and self-analysis. This can be very helpful in making some big life decisions.
However, you should never take what the palm reader is telling you as absolute truth and base those life-changing decisions on it.