Wednesday, November 4, 2009

How to decipher signs and lines on a hand

This post is a general one for those who want to learn how to read hands

There are certain rules to follow but when it comes to deciphering signs and lines, it is a matter of judgment. Similar lines or signs on the hands of two different people invariably means two different things. Moreover, no one sign on the hand or line on a palm is to be read by itself. Different signs/lines need to be read together to form a cohesive whole.

The shape of the hand is important
The most important thing is to find out if the hand is long or short, narrow or broad and what the texture of the hand is (it is possible to see this from photographs, particularly of the back of the hand). The consistency of the hand (yes, texture and consistency are two separate things) and the size of the hand (as compared to the size of the person) are also to be considered. The relative length and position of the fingers and thumb is most important.

Once one is sure of all of the above, then one can proceed to interpret the
other signs and lines (keeping in mind the overall hand).

Fingers look very different from different angles and positions, and the right way to check their right position is to ask the person to hold his hand in a natural position, and observe it from the front as well as the back. This has to be done several times to get the right position.  One should also examine the fingers when they are all close together to confirm their relative length.

The setting of the fingers and thumb is critical (whether low-set or high-set). If the palmist makes a mistake here the reading can be entirely wrong.

An important question is:
If a finger is high-set and long, is the finger really long or of  normal length? Do the qualities of an excessively long finger apply?

It is important not to jump to conclusions and not go by just one mark and one sign. Remember that it is much harder to actually read a hand than see an example of it in a book. This is because books show clear examples, but in reality most hands signs are not that clear. There is ambiguity, and one has to study the hand carefully to be sure.

The worst thing is come to a conclusion by looking at one sign only. Even worse is not to take into account the type of hand. Many amateur palmists do this, and this is what has made palmistry lose some of its credibility.

Practicing palmistry is difficult and takes years to master. One's learning never ends. The knowledge is as as deep as an infinitely deep sea. Just as we may never know enough about the human brain we may never know enough about the hand.

What would you think of a doctor who told you had measles or smallpox because you had a rash on your body? 

You know that a doctor has to take into account all the physical symptoms as well as the medical history before making the diagnosis. I have compared a palmist to a doctor in this post of mine and to be more specific the art of diagnosis can be compared to the art of reading hands.

A good doctor has mastered the art of diagnosis. He has done this not only through his knowledge but also through his observation over the years and the correct and intelligent interpretation of symptoms, giving some symptoms more weightage and some less.

The art of palmistry can also be compared to the art of psychiatry. Here too the psychiatrist does not condemn a patient by telling him or her that he has schizophrenia because his family tells you that he acts in a contradictory or "crazy" manner. Neither does a psychiatrist say that a man is insane because he suffers from road rage. It is the person's background, his circumstances, the society he moves in, and his history which is taken into account before pronouncing a verdict . Also, various symptoms need to be considered.

In the same way in palmistry or hand reading one has to look at different signs, and read them together. One also takes into account the past (which can be seen from the hand) as well as the person's temperament (again seen from the hand) if one has to mention future trends. The circumstances and the society the person lives in is very important.

Mounts need to be read in conjunction with the type of hand
A mount should not be read by itself. Each individual mount needs to be compared to the strength of the other mounts. The mounts also need to be compared to the strength of the fingers. If all mounts are developed, the importance of one developed mount decreases.

A hand-reader has to know whether it is the lower, the middle or the highest part of the mount which is developed. There is a different meaning attached to each. At times it is difficult to make out what part of the mount is developed or whether the development is medium or high, and in this case, checking the apex of each mount helps. One needs a high-resolution photograph of the hand to find this out. Practice will tell a palmist whether a mount is flat or well developed.

Once one has decided what type of hand it is, which mounts are developed, and which fingers are high-set or low-set or long or short, then one can begin to study the lines.

The Lines
To read lines the same principles outlined above are to be used. Read lines in combination with each other and keep comparing their meaning to that of the mounts and fingers and the shape of the hand. Read the lines in their context. Also, study the consistency of their lines and see if one line is stronger than the other. Even with identical lines, no two hands will be the same because the shape of the hand will be different.

The lines can reveal future trends, but then it is the lines which tend to change the fastest. So be careful before you predict anything. A person's future changes if he/she changes, and the younger he/she is, the greater the chance of the lines changing. The shape of the hand, the fingers and the mounts can also change, if a person is able to change a particular trait.

Related Posts: 
How much control do we have over our future? or Can Palmistry predict behavior? or Can Palmistry predict future events?

You might also like: Your hand lines are a reflection of you not vice versa or Death and hand reading or Stars, Crosses, Symbols and Superstition in hand reading or The Myth of the Marriage Lines or Love, Marriage and Relationships - what the hand reveals


  1. this is really interesting. thanks for sharing. <3


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