Palmistry is an ancient art and one that has many systems of
interpretation. It is also an intuitive art that is easily learned
just by learning a few basics about the symbolism that is represented
by the lines that run across the palm, the mounts (or fleshy parts)
of the palm and the structure of fingers.
In some systems, the right hand represents who you are today
and the left hand, everything that you were born with when you came
into this world. For "palmistry on the run" though it
is best to read the hand that the person writes with, as that would
be considered to be dominant hand.
In palmistry, the hand as a whole is divided into three different
sections. The Fingers represent the mind and the higher self. The
middle of the palm represents day-to-day life and the conscious
mind. The lower half of the hand represents primal instincts, health
and basic drives of the subconscious.
Palmistry is all about proportion, symmetry and distortions of
what would be considered to be a perfectly formed hand. You can
tell a lot about a person by looking at their thumb and fingers.
The thumb has three phalanges. Its tip represents will power. A
club shaped thumb indicates criminal tendency. Pointed or long tips
indicate creativity and intelligence.
The middle phalange represents logic. The longer the phalange,
the more efficient and strategic the person. The fleshy part at
the base of the thumb is called the Mount of Venus, which represents
empathy, emotion, grace and compassion. The fatter and fleshier
this part of the hand is, the more sensitive and compassionate the
The index finger correlates to the planet Jupiter and indicates
good fortune and career. The middle finger is related to Saturn
and limitations and restrictions in life. The ring finger is called
the Apollo. It relates to self-expression and intelligence. The
pinky finger belongs to the planet Mercury, which is about your
ability to communicate with others and sustain relationships.
The longer and straighter the finger, the more good fortune a
person can expect to have in these areas. All these fingers have
their own mounts, which are located on the palm right below each
one. The more developed or pronounced these fleshy mounds are beneath
the finger, the more developed that trait is in a person.
The Mount of Jupiter below the index fingers represents ambition,
leadership, religion, honor and love of nature. The Mount of Saturn
below the middle finger represents sanity, sobriety, wisdom, introversion
and karmic events such as good or bad luck.
The Mount of Apollo below the ring represents confidence, creativity,
impulsiveness and extroversion. The Mount of Mercury below your
little finger has to do with ability to sell yourself, communication,
quickness, connection as well as writing and mathematical abilities.
Sometimes the Mount of Mercury will be feathered with short vertical
lines that are called Lines of Affection. These sometimes indicate
the number of deep emotional connections or significant relationships
in a person's life. Right below the Mount of Mercury (below
the little finger there are two more mounts.
About half way down is the Mount of Upper Mars, which reflects
your temperament: if this mound is fleshy then the person tends
to be more courageous or war-like. Below that, near the base of
the hand is the Mount of Luna (also known as the Mount of the Moon).
This mound reflects such qualities as generosity, warmth and imagination.
If it is over pronounced it can indicate a tendency to madness.
Below the Mount of Jupiter (follow the index finger downwards)
lies the Lower Mars, which deals with aggression, hostility and
capacity for evil. The center of the palm is called the Plane of
Mars. If the plane has a dip in it you are calm, cool and collected.
If it is raised or flat you are more likely to display a bad temper.
The Heart Line cuts laterally across the upper palm between the
mounts of Jupiter and Mercury. Loops, bubbles, cuts and breaks in
this line indicate relationships and episodes occurring in a person's
love life. The Head Line is normally positioned and can cut across
the palm or curve downward. It is an indicator of intelligence and
mental health. An optimum Head line runs straight, is deep and has
a long extension almost to the other side of the palm. This more
the headline curves downward towards the list, the less control
the individual may have over his or her emotions.
The Life Line usually circles the thumb and begins under the
mount of Jupiter and extends to the wrist. It encircles the Mount
of Lower Mars and Venus and in most cases ends at the base of the
hand. This line indicates major life events as well as the health
of the subject. The longer this line is, the longer the individual
The fourth main lie on the palm is called the Line of Fate (also
known as the Line of Faith. This line runs vertically from the middle
of the base of the palm and up towards the middle finger. It is
an indicator of material and financial strength. The deeper, stronger
and less broken the line, the more likely the person is likely to
be successful. It also indicates a serious, business like nature.
The line of Apollo is a vertical line that is found on the upper
part of the Mount of the Moon. It has been called the line of the
Sun, and the line of Brilliancy, and to it has been ascribed the
gift of great artistic talents, wealth and fame. Not every hand
possesses this line.
The line of Mercury has been variously called the line of Health
or the line of Liver. It is found either on Mount of Mercury or
the Plain of Mars. If there is no line you are probably blessed
with excellent health. Strong markings in this area indicate troubles
There are many Minor Lines that don't appear in every hand
but one of the best known is the Girdle of Venus that starts between
the Mounts of Jupiter and Saturn and ends around the little finger.
This line looks like a loop circling three of your four fingers
and its presence is supposed to indicate beauty and luck in romance.
The hand is filled with all kinds of markings, lines, feathers,
stars, and crosses --each with particular meanings. As a rule of
thumb (no pun intended) any time you find a marking on a mound,
it usually indicates that something special is going on in that
department of your life.
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