Understanding Palmistry and What Your Hands Say About You

Updated on July 7, 2018

History of Palmistry

The study of palmistry was one of the highest-ranked forms of learning in ancient times. Its teachings have been seen in the Book of Job. However, this art is said to have been taught in Egypt and among the ancient Hindus.

It was then rebuilt in modern times by two Frenchmen named D'Arpentigny and Desbarolles into the form of palmistry as we all know it.

This form of fortune telling is a fine art that is seriously studied worldwide and continues to fascinate everyone who comes in its path.

People everywhere continue to read their palms and believe that what they learn is true. Whether it is accurate or not we will never know.

Palm Reading Secrets

Size and Shape of Hands

Hands have long been defined by their sizes and shapes. Take a look at the following descriptions of what each represents.

  • Large hands - These show a sense of obedience, attention to detail, method, and order.
  • Small hands - These show an energetic person, an authority figure, or someone who understands government and the ability to rule. An executive power.
  • Medium-sized hands - These show well-roundedness. When a medium-sized hand's fingers are just as long as the palm it represents a person who belongs with people who get on in business. A person who can do many things well but none exceedingly well.
  • Medium-Sized Hands with palms long in comparison with the length of the fingers - shows a person's ability to make big plans accordingly and get a good grasp on things. However, shows a dislike of detail.
  • Hands with the fingers relatively much longer than the palm - known to be bad planners. Although they can't plan well they are said to finish everything they do. These people will not overlook or neglect the slightest details.
  • Wide hands - someone who feels sympathy towards others and is kind. They are able to see the other side of things as well as their own point of view.
  • Narrow hands - critical and exacting by nature, these hands belong to those who see their own faults rather than their greatest qualities. It is said that these hands belong to bad husbands and wives.
  • Hands wide open with fingers well apart - someone who takes initiative and is courageous and original.
  • Hands with fingers close together - convention, a fear of consequences, and a cowardly nature.
  • White hands - this type of hand is said to show a selfish nature.
  • Red hands - passionate feelings interspersed with angry emotions and great bounds of energy.
  • Soft hands - this indicates someone who may exist with a marked ability, as well as someone who works best "in spasms."
  • Very hard hands - A love of work and lots of energy. These people need to ask themselves what they truly want out of life and set a target to meet that goal.
  • Square hands - a sense of reason, accuracy, and good horse-sense.
  • Pointed hands - these show a person who has ideality and spirituality. A person with this type of hand is never wrong. Apparently.

Lines of the palm

The lines of the palm are divided up into 12 sections. However sometimes only a few are accounted for.

These 12 include:

  1. Life Line
  2. Head Line
  3. Heart Line
  4. Health Line
  5. Fate Line
  6. Fame Line
  7. Marriage Line
  8. Money Line
  9. Sex Line
  10. Spirit Line
  11. Travel Line
  12. Luck Line

Take a look at your own and see if you can match up your lines.

The Importance of Your Fingers in Palm Reading

The Fingers

The length and size of one's fingers allows a palm reader to classify someone's emotional and physical state and intellectual properties. These following facts are prominent in Palmistry and represent individual properties.

  • Those with fingers that are slim and quite long may have an aggressive side and emotional tendencies.
  • People who have rather heavy fingers tend to display their physical nature more.
  • Fingers that are short and thick mean the person is comfortable with their emotional state.
  • If an index finger is longer in length than usual, you may boss others about and lead the pack.
  • If an index finger is shorter in length than usual, you may take a back seat and allow others to control you.
  • If the ring finger is longer than usual there may be some artistic talents hidden in this person’s personality, such as a wild side or a reckless attitude.
  • If your little finger is shorter than normal, it shows that you lack the ability to influence others. If it is longer, then you tend to be very articulate and good at writing and selling.

Learning to Read Your Own Palm

Learning to understand your hands and what each individual line represents can take years of commitment and practice. Some have a natural gift for it, but before you want to tell people you can read their palm, you should learn to read and become accustomed to your own.

Right and Left Hand

For those who are right handed, the left hand will portray your potential and personality. Whereas the right hand will show you what has changed, what will become, and pretty much give you a little insight into your future. For those who are left handed, the opposite is true. The reader will usually begin by studying the dominant hand and build a framework of what they believe is the character and future life of this person.

By first figuring out the lines on your hands, you can start to learn what mirrors your personality and lifestyle. A bit of practice on this and also the length of the fingers will bring you more in-depth into the art of Palmistry. There are many Palmistry books that make it easy to learn the tricks of the trade. This is where beginners who wish to learn more about this field start out.

Shape of the Hand

Along with finger length, the shape of a hand can be split into categories. These are earth, water, air, and fire. You can learn about the qualities and what the shape of your hand means by choosing a palmistry teaching book.

However, not all palm readers or fortune tellers will use the shape of a hand in their practice. It is not as necessary or common, but some believe it to be. It will entirely depend on the reader's culture and what method they use.

Criticism of Palmistry

Palmistry is not supported by everyone, and it gets a fair amount of criticism. As much as some truly believe in its truth, others believe Palmistry to be a trade for fake psychics.

There has not yet been any certified connection between the lines of the hand and an individual's personality. Nonetheless, this practice continues to be very important to many people.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers


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        7 months ago

        do you know about sun mount? i has sign of M. i searching what is meaning about that in net but i couldn't able to fine it can you please tell me.

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        Naturally RAW 

        19 months ago

        Very fascinating! I thank you for your time in writing and sharing your wisdom. The little I have learned on the extreme basic sense of ones palm, I see there is truth to this. Such as my palm showed that uncontrollable events will greatly impact my life. Having had 2 significant partners in my life ( different times mind you ) a daughter with each (born 20 years apart) losing each to death (first partner suicide) leaving me a single parent of a 14 yr old and 2nd sleep apnea leaving me a single parent of a 5 yr old. These tragedies have indeed had and still hold a great impact in my life. Also head line shows many interests; true and heart line says 2 minds. Well not sure how to take this but I can say 1. I've been diagnosed as having Bi-Polar 2. Having lost my daughters fathers leaving me single has me feeling not only alone but well say lost, incomplete, overwhelmed and indecisive. Which I think is natural having everything be on yourself no one to even help thru normal discussion as well as being financially less because of the loss. I'd love for one day to have an experienced knowledgeable palmists read my palm. I believe in God and believe he provides all tools needed in life for free, what a great individualized personal tool; Ones own God crafted hand! Not a prediction for I believe only God knows but as the Three wiseman followed the North Star we as humans have many free tools available to use in our many choices of life. Keeping faith and giving all glory to our Heavenly Father while he leads the way for you to gain knowledge each and every day in many different ways. Peace all! p.s. I say RAW for I believe Right Alongside Wrong. This makes the two different to be equal as if the same. For you can not have one without the other. Diversity is a good thing. Love All, Live, & always Learn. We will never be the wiser but we can be wise. Be wise gain wisdom

      • BethanRose profile imageAUTHOR


        2 years ago from South Wales

        Thanks so much Catherine - interesting!

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        2 years ago

        In answer to one of the points of this article, as a professional palmist with almost 45 years of experience, I find that palmistry is very accurate.

        The important thing to remember is that the palm is just a mirror of who you are and where you're going in life. You have free will, and if you choose to use that free will to turn your life around, your palms will change to reflect the new you and the new future you're heading into

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        2 years ago

        quite interesting and most informative. well done!

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        anita bashyal 

        4 years ago

        I really satisfy with this

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        4 years ago

        It is very interesting and when I looked at this I noticed that it is fairly accurate.

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        5 years ago

        is it true that your fingers in length can tell your sexuael orientation

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        6 years ago

        i want to know about my hand .in my left hand there is an E shape having 4 ends starting from heart line ending at life line and 1 more E shape smaller than before starting from heart line and end on head line .plz tell me about this i am very worry about these lines thanks

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        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        very intresting topic! i got very engrossed and tried read my hands, but was always in a conflict what category to put my hand into:))


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        Best Psychics 

        7 years ago

        Palmistry should only be treated as a guide. It should not overwhelm the person and take over his or her decisions.

        Best Psychics

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        7 years ago

        This is great. Thanks for sharing.

        I happen to have two life lines. It's unusual, but some people have it. It's supposed to foretell great health, quick recoveries. I'll tell you if this is true in twenty years! :D

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        Stacie L 

        7 years ago

        I've read about this subject before..It makes interesting pints like a horoscope reading.

        since families tend the have the same features..you just can't change your size of fingers and palm..LOL

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        Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 

        7 years ago from Chennai, India

        Very interesting points made. There is a lot of difference between a qualified doctor and a quack. The same goes for palmistry also.

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        Jaspal Singh 

        7 years ago from India / Australia

        Interesting, Wonderful, Informative...I loved reading. Thanks for sharing this fantastic hub, dear BethanRose.

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        7 years ago

        You know that your hub is effective when you get a reader to spend the last 20 minutes looking at his hands and trying to figure out what category they fall into. Seemed like much of the information you provided has merit. Very interesting topic.

      • haikutwinkle profile image


        7 years ago

        Interesting hub!

        winds and clouds

        tango with precision

        a smile at the end


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