Palmistry has its origins in Indian astrology and Roman fortune telling. By looking at a person’s palm, you could decipher their future, or at least get an idea of it, and learn more about their personality or nature.
Although these ideas might be a little dated in the 21st century, a lot of people take palmistry seriously.
Whether you do or don’t, it might be a clever thing to pull out at a party, or just learn palmistry if you’re interested in it.
In palmistry, you have a dominant hand (the one you use most often, perhaps your right) which indicates your inherited state, or major life events, while your passive hand indicates your inherited traits, and is used as a baseline.
Some also see the left hand as the emotional vessel. Others see the left hand as symbolic of what could be, while the right hand is symbolic of what will be. Either way, both hands stand for different things.
You can have several lines, some people identify five.
Finger length and width are important in palmistry. Solid-thumbed people are practical, while flexible-thumbed people are more impatient. The index finger often represents power and money in correlation to its length, while ones with shorter ones might suffer from insecurities.
The middle finger symbolizes destiny, and the ring finger stands for romantic and familial relationships. The little finger might point to your future generation and any children you might have, and also represents wisdom and art.
Hand shapes usually point to certain traits. Broad hands represent earth traits – reliability, practicality, working with hands.
Square palms with longer fingers and dry skin represent air – sociable, unconventional, and sometimes difficult to get along with. Long, oval palms represent water – creative, moody, and introverted. Square or rectangular palms with short fingers symbolize fire – extroverted and bold.
So there you have it, your beginner’s guide to palm reading. You could offer some readings yourself and make some pocket money: people love having their fortunes told just by hand reading.
Otherwise, it’s just a fun thing to know and try out on yourself or friends, especially since hand reading has such a long, rich history, so surely there must be something in it.