Reading Palms - Which Hand Do I Read?

Updated on August 2, 2016

When people learn that you know how to read palms the first thing that most of them do is grin widely, thrust their hands briskly at you, and say “Do me!” And the first thing that most people will ask about having their palms read is “Which hand do you read?”

The best answer is “Both.”

Your non-dominant hand is the hand of the potential you’re born with. Your dominant hand is the hand of what you’re doing with that potential. Because of this, when reading palms, the dominant hand is going to tell you more about what that person is currently doing with his life, but comparing the hands will tell you important things too.

Take a look at your hands now, side by side. See how they’re different? That’s why they are.

Reading Palms

What is a Dominant Hand?

Your dominant hand is the hand you use for more precise, exact tasks, like sewing or eating; the “right” for right handed people, and the “left” for the left handed.

Using the term “dominant hand” during a reading can often distract or confuse people. It’s usually clearer to ask them to raise the hand they eat with, and tell them that’s the hand of what they’re doing now.

When determining hand dominance, don’t ask which hand they write with. While it’s a precise activity that should be done with your dominant hand, in the past, many people were forced by teachers to write with their right hands, whether they were right handed or not, so this is not the best way to figure out handedness.

What If They Don’t Have A Dominant Hand?

Sometimes you will encounter someone who has no clearly defined hand dominance—who is neither definitely right handed nor left handed. This person may do some tasks with one hand, and other tasks with the other, as opposed to having a primary hand they use for activities that require strength or control.

Why does this happen? For some people, it happens because, while growing up, someone thought that using a particular hand (usually the right) was the correct way to do things, and forced a naturally left handed person to do things with their right. Sometimes, it’s the result of injury or trauma that forces the person to change the hand he uses. Sometimes it’s because of neurological problems or developmental problems.

If you’re faced with someone who doesn't have a clearly defined dominant hand, you can still determine which hand to focus on. Place an item on a table in front of him at the exact midline of his body. Say “Grab the item” quickly and firmly.

If the person asks a question or tries to sort this out, don’t let them think about it. Say “Grab the item” again quickly.

The point is to take them by surprise. If you don’t let them think about it, they will invariably grab with their true dominant hand.

This technique works to find that dominant hand, but it can sometimes seem a little terse or abrupt. Once you've identified the dominant hand, it's good to explain to them what you were doing, so they can understand it, relax and enjoy the reading.

More Details on Handedness

Once you know the hand dominance, you’re ready to get to work.

The non-dominant hand is the hand of the potential the person was born with. I think of it as “the hand you were dealt.” This includes things like genetic input, our basic talents and skills (whether realized or not), the things our family teaches about life and how it is lived, and the original path that we set out to follow.

The dominant hand shows what we are doing with that potential. If the non-dominant hand is the hand we were dealt, the dominant hand shows how we are playing it. This includes things like our current skills, talents and interests; obstacles and assets; and whether we’re realizing our potential or not.

Hold both of their hands in your own. See what the lines, mounds and other landmarks of the dominant hand has to tell you about where their life is going now; then compare the markings in both palms.

Do you see a latent talent unrealized? Someone who has worked hard to surpass their natural skills and go farther beyond what he was born with? Health challenges avoided? Bad choices to be overcome?

Comparing both palms can give you a lot of information about how this person has triumphed to date and where he still has some work to do.

Look at Both Hands

When reading someone's palms, the most immediate and current information will be found in his dominant hand, and that's why we focus there. It tells us which way a person is headed, and gives us important cues into whether that's a good idea or not.

It's important though to not sell the non-dominant hand short. By telling us about a person's potential and the way that he has changed his life, whether for better or worse, it also has useful information to tell us.

The bottom line is that when reading palms, its important to read both in order to get the clearest, most complete information.

"Which palm do you read?"

"Both."

Reading both palms gives the best reading possible.

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      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        Isha since you are alive enough to comment, I'd guess that you probably have a life line in the left hand but it's lighter, indicating less energy. Make sure you keep your hand relaxed and slightly cupped as you read it so you can see the lighter lines

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        Joyprakash an x between head and heart line is a mystic cross and stands for specific types of psychic ability- which kind depends on position in hand

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        Bavesha your non dominant hand is the potential you were born with and your dominant is what you're doing with that potential. that's why they're different

        and the meaning of business would depend on where it is in your hand. I'd recommend finding a palmist to look at it in person

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        Sbongakonke Thabang glad palmistry interests you

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        simi probably that you originally had an assortment of equally likely possibilities for your life and that now you've chosen one path and are moving forwards on it

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 months ago

        sorry but no. pictures don't really work because they don't let you catch the nuances in the palm such as muscle tone.

        also I do this professionally, and get paid for it

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        Sbongakonke Thabang 

        7 months ago

        wow what a great lesson i didn't knew that the lines in my hands talk but i'm glad finally i know i'm willingto learn more #Palmistry is the best

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        Bavesha 

        10 months ago

        That's great . My dominant is completely different from my non dominant .what do u sudjust to look at one is good at other is broken but clear anyway both are clear . I want ur answer for

        this query

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        Joyprakash 

        11 months ago

        I've 'x' sign on my right palm. What does it mean maa'm?

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        Isha 

        13 months ago

        if i don't have life line in my left hand and my dominant hand is right hand?

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        simi 

        16 months ago

        If non dominant is very unclear broken branched and dominant is clear what does it mean

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        5 years ago

        Ahmad, it's hard to find someone who reads palms, because there's not as many of us who do so around these days. That's one of the reasons that I not only do readings but also teach palmistry and have written a book about it- it seems to be a dying art and it would be a shame if it disappeared forever

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        ahmad 

        5 years ago

        very interesting and i wish i could find some one to read my palm.

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        6 years ago

        Thank you a lot. I have other articles on palmistry, as well as a book, if you need more on this subject. Do you read palms?

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        Davidgartolo 

        6 years ago

        this article helped me a lot thank you

      • Catherine Kane profile imageAUTHOR

        Catherine Kane 

        6 years ago

        Thank you so much. Do you read palms?

      • Lorenzo27 profile image

        Lorenzo27 

        6 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

        VOTED UP and INTERESTING... :)

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