The Art of Palm Reading

By Elliot James

Have you ever felt like you had psychic abilities? Or, have you ever wanted to see into the future? Well, you’re in luck! Here is a quick guide and a few tips on how to read palms this October season.

A Brief Lesson on Palmistry or Palm Reading

Palm reading began in Eurasia –the land masses of Europe and Asia- and has originally been connected to the cultures of India, Tibet, China, Persia, Samaria, and even Babylonia and ancient Israel.

As it travelled throughout Europe and through the Middle Ages the art of palm reading was associated with gypsy fortune tellers and was suppressed by the Catholic Church.

In Renaissance magic, palm reading, also known as “palmistry” or “chiromancy,” was known as one of the seven forbidden arts.

In more modern times, palm reading would popularize in Europe again beginning in the early 19th century, especially in Great Britain.

Reading Hands and Lines

In palmistry hand shape is believed to show character traits. Hand shapes can be divided into between four to eleven types. Types of hand shapes vary from the different interpretations of palm reading. However, the four major types of hands are earth, air, fire, and water hands.

They look like this:

Earth hands are broad with square palms and fingers. The skin is coarse, rough, and has a healthy red color. The fingers are usually as long as the palm itself.

Air hands have square or rectangular palms. The fingers are long with low-set thumbs and sometimes the knuckles are protruding. Fingers are also usually as long as the palm.

Fire hands are flushed with pink skin with oval or rectangular palms and short fingers. Fingers are typically much shorter than the palms.

Water hands are long with oval-shaped palms. The fingers are long in length as well. However, fingers are usually the length of the palm. Palms are shorter than they are wide.

The dominant hand (ie., if you’re right handed your right hand is your dominate hand. If you’re left handed your left hand is your dominate hand) will show any signs of change through life events. The person’s secondary hand will show inherited traits.

There are three main lines to look for:

Heart line is the first major line at the top of the palm under the fingers.

  • A long and straight line means you are an analytical thinker who considers others’ feelings.
  • A short and straight line means you show love through actions and you are a free spirit.
  • A long and curved line means you are driven by passions and desires.
  • A short and curved line means you are reserved and thrive in small groups instead of large ones.

Head line starts at the middle of the palm under the index finger and travels across the the hand.

  • A long line and straight means you often analyze the situation over and over before coming to a conclusion.
  • A long and curved line means you are a creative thinker who can find many possible outcomes to a situation.
  • A short line means you are a fast thinker who finds a conclusion quickly.
  • A line that splits in two means you are sensitive and can see others’ points of view.

Life line begins at the edge of the palm above the thumb and travels down towards the wrist.

  • A long line means you are accountable and strong in times of difficulty.
  • A short line means you would rather keep busy to feel secure in troubling times.
  • A broken line shows how many times you have had traumatic experiences that impacted your choices in life.
  • A faint line means that you have trouble taking time to decompress and should find opportunities to calm down with a break or meditation.

Now that you know, Happy Palm Reading!