Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Hands of Dictators!

Is there such a thing as a typical dictator’s hand? There certainly isn’t a typical engineer’s hand or a doctor’s hand. Hands don't reveal professions because people with all kinds of temperaments populate a particular profession. There isn’t even a typical criminal’s hand because there are different types of crimes and different types of criminals!

Despot Dicator Demagogue poster graphic Hands raised
Image by John Hain from Pixabay

When it comes to dictators’ hands, the more I study them, the more inclined I am to think that dictators do share some personality traits. Managers have different styles of managing but a dictator has just one style – authoritarian. I have read several hands of authoritarian leaders on this website, like Gaddafi, Morsi, Idi Amin, Hitler and Kim il-jong. So, what is similar about their hands? 

Mohamed Morsi, for example, had well-developed mounts, conic, bent fingers (more so the Saturn finger), a dominant heartline, strong Apollo (ring) finger, a weak headline and a long, thick thumb. He was the President of Egypt for barely a year.

Kim Jong-il who ruled North Korea for 17 years also had developed mounts, especially that of Mars and Moon, slightly bent fingers and a thick thumb, even if not too long. His heart and headlines seem balanced but there was a dark pink colour to his palms. 

Idi Amin, who ruled Uganda for around 8 years, had a heavily developed lower Mars mount, even if the other mounts are not that well developed. He had a strong Apollo (ring) finger, bent fingers, a long thick thumb and a dominant heartline. The headline was wavy.

Adolf Hitler of Germany was in power for over a decade and he too had a long thick thumb, with conic or pointed fingertips and developed mounts, especially that of lower Mars. He had a strong Apollo finger, the lower part of his palm was heavy and he had thick third phalanges. His headline was of medium length and fine. He was not a stupid man and had some self-imposed ideals, twisted though they were.

Muammar Gaddafi of Libya was a little different from the mould. He didn't have heavily developed mounts and in fact, had long dark stable lines on his palm, unlike that of his counterparts. Besides, the heartline was not dominant on his hand. His fingers were not conic-tipped either. He did, however, have a strong Apollo (ring) finger, bent fingers and a thick thumb. Gaddafi’s hand shows some common sense, and that was probably why he managed to rule for over 40 years. 

Another autocrat, one whom I have not yet analysed on this palmistry blog, is Ben Ali, who ruled Tunisia for 24 years. He had a long thick thumb, conic/rounded tips of the fingers, a strong Apollo (ring) finger, developed mounts, a stiff hand, a narrow quadrangle, thick third phalanges and the base of his hand was developed. He had a dominant heartline, slightly bent fingers and a medium-length sloping headline. Ben Ali also fits into the mould. You can check out Ben Ali's hands here.

From the palmistry angle, there does appear to be a particular character mould that despots fit into. This is revealed by some similarities in the development of their mounts and thumbs. Their hands often reveal the coarse, bullying, and unreasonable nature of these tyrants. It also shows that these people possess an intense desire, almost a craving, for fame and name, and from what we know of these now-dead dictators, we know they tried to achieve this any which way they could. Most of these despots were temperamental, emotional, short-sighted, unable to think objectively and in some cases, unable to see the writing on the wall.

Read more about personalities who ruled or rule their country with an iron hand like Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping from China, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew or read about all the Dictators written about on this blog, benevolent or not.


  1. Hi Nita. A very brilliant article. One of your best I have to say.

    I have a few questions. Wouldn't dictators more likely have a longer Jupiter finger than the Apollo finger? As that would show authoritarianism.

    Also as most have dominant heart lines isn't it weird they remained in power for so long as I'd suspect people with stronger head lines would rule for longer.

    And about Ben Ali is it just the quality of the photos which is misleading or is his fate line either quite faint or almost non-existent?

    I look forward to your answers. :)

    1. Thanks Aspiring Palmist.
      The long Apollo finger shows their intense desire for fame and name. The motive is most important, it's their driving force.
      People with stronger headlines are more likely to reach the top in politics in democratic countries with an educated and politically aware electorate. They would not fall for emotional appeals. These dictators know how to use emotions to seduce people.
      And true, Ben Ali does not have a strong fateline, although it is visible faintly on the mount of saturn. But he seems to have two sun lines. It's very difficult to comment on this aspect without a clear picture of his hand.

  2. Hi Nita, I'm eagerly anticipating your palmistry. Will buy a physical copy of it for sure. Any idea which year it'll be released. Secondly, any luck finding clear pictures of Nicolas Cage's palms?

    1. The book will definitely come but no idea when. Right now I am busy with my second fictional novel. Besides, I also do hand reading professionally and that takes up a lot of time. About Nicholas Cage, I have not checked. Good you reminded me.


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