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.

Palm Reading Guide

So here's your palm reading guide to help you pave your way into palmistry. 

1. Choose a hand to read

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.

2. Look at the lines

You can have several lines, some people identify five. 

  • The lifeline is the wide, curving line near your thumb. If this line is blurred, it might indicate nervousness or low energy, while a bold line means life will be smoother. 

    This line will tell you about your general health (if your line is long and deep, it’s a good sign that you’ve got good genes) and your passions, and also about major life events. Breaks in the line might indicate weakness illness, or cautiousness when it comes to relationships. 
  • The fate line is right next to the lifeline, in the middle of your palm. It can be read to reveal your destiny and if you have a set career or track in life. A deep fate line might mean you have a single-minded goal if there are breaks you may change course quite a few times. If you’re missing a fate line, it means you might have a lot of interests or changes to come.
  • The sunline is a line next to the fate line, and measures popularity, talent, and success. A clear line means you have good taste in culture, and a deep one means you will be successful and (maybe!) famous. A fainter one might mean you’ll work harder in your private life. A short sunline (or a missing one) means you work hard but need a break sometimes. 
  • The headline runs somewhat above these three lines horizontally, across the palm, ending in its center. It represents how you learn and communicate. A curved line indicates you are more creative, and a straight one indicates a more logical personality. A deep line means you are focused and wise.
  • The heart line runs horizontally just below your fingers. It’ll tell you about your emotional and romantic life. A long line means you’re rational and you have a stable love life, while a shorter line means you value your independence. A broken line might mean you’ve suffered a few heartbreaks.
Palm Reading Guide
Palm Reading Guide

3. Fingers Matter

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.

4. Look at hand shapes

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.