Palm reading, also known as palmistry or chiromancy, is a fascinating way of predicating one’s future through the study of the palm of the hand. Dating back to Hindu astrology and the gypsy traditions, palm reading is now practiced all over the world.
The Shape of the Hand
Most palm readers (palmists) use a person’s dominant, or most active, hand for a reading. Once the dominant hand is determined, the palmist will analyze certain palm qualities. The first is the shape of the hand itself. There are four common hand types, which correspond with the elements:
Fire Hands-Long palms that are square or rectangular in shape with short fingers. These people are typically outgoing and like to be in control. They tend to be strong and quick-tempered.
Air Hands-Square palm with long fingers many times accompanied with dry skin. These folks tend to be cheerful and enjoy intellectual stimulation. They communicate well and enjoy writing.
Water Hands-Long, rectangular palms with long fingers. Emotional and expressive, these people tend to make great musicians and poets.
Earth Hands-Square palms with short fingers. People with earth hands tend to enjoy the outdoors. They are stable people, who do not like change. You may find many artists with earth hands.
The Lines of the Palm
Palmists typically use four major lines, or hand creases, on the palm to predict ones futures: fate, heart, life and head lines. Each line determines a different aspect of one’s personality and future life.
Fate Line-The fate line is located under the index finger. A strong fate line predicts a stable person. A weak fate line belongs to those who change jobs frequently. The absence of a fate line means the person will lack stability in their life.
Heart Line-The heart line appears toward the top of the palm, under the fingers. This line represents all areas of the heart, including one’s love life, their emotional stability, romances, and even cardiac health.
Life Line-This line is found on the edge of the palm above the thumb and extends in a semi-circle toward the wrist. This line does NOT represent a person’s longevity. Palmists believe that this line represents a person’s physical health, vitality, and strength. The life line also reflects major life changes and events.
Head Line-The head line starts at the edge of the palm under the index finder and travels across the palm. This line represents how a person thinks. It determines a one’s learning style, his or her aptitude for creative or analytical methods of learning, and communication style.
What is the Simian Line?
The Simian line is another major palm line. Not everyone has a prominent Simian line. For those who do, this interesting line runs across the palm replacing the heart and head line. Some palmists believe emotional and reasoning can be studied by using this line alone. It is also believed that those with a Simian line never truly find inner peace. They tend to see things in only black or white, with no shades of gray. Therefore, it can be determined that the Simian line signifies constant tension in one’s life.
While many consider palm reading a pseudoscience, others swear by its validity and base their lives on its study. Look at your own palm and determine how accurate the palm reading claims are. There may be a reason this ancient practice is still in use today.