Examining the Hand Spread
The spread of the hand tells you how you are perceived by others. When you turn your hands around so that the palms face outward, look closely at the spread of your fingers. Very close fingers connote a person who is very traditional and overly sensitive; fingers held further apart represent an unconventional, nontraditional thinker.
And what about the other fingers and their positioning on the hand? If all of your fingers lean toward the palm, you are possessive, reserved, and possibly even stingy. If they point outward toward the sky, you can be overly permissive and give until it hurts. A wider-than-usual gap between the thumb and first finger also connotes extreme generosity.
Look at your fourth (little) finger as it relates to your hand. Is it farther apart than the other fingers? Usually, a little finger that points outward and is spaced significantly apart from the third finger means that you have a quick temper and are not to be reckoned with when upset! If your index finger seems to be spaced farther apart from the other fingers on your hand, you have strong leadership potential and can be a trendsetter.
*Note – Hands that are very hairy on top can affirm masculinity in a man; a man whose hands are soft and free of hair often turn out to be meek and introverted. Women with more hair on their hands tend to be highly assertive and even aggressive at times, whereas women with smooth, hairless hands are of delicate constitution.
Before taking a deeper look into the lines on the hand, you should always begin with an overall assessment of the hand itself. Hands come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; to get a clear picture of the personality type you’re dealing with, it’s important to start with a good reading of the more general aspects of the hand’s outward appearance.
Here are the main aspects of the hand you’ll want to examine closely as you begin your palm reading:
- Size. In general, people with small hands tend to act quickly and perhaps impulsively; those with very small hands are generally free, independent-minded thinkers. On the other hand, those with larger hands tend to be more methodical and thoughtful about their big decisions in life. People with average hands are easygoing — they react according to each situation and its own unique circumstances and are not as predictable.
You can learn a lot about a person just from a handshake. Sweaty palms indicate nervous tendencies; patches of blotchy skin signal circulatory problems. Some of these things are self-evident — in other words, you don’t need to be a psychic to know that someone with sweaty palms is a nervous type.
- Color or consistency. Color represents life or vitality. If the palms are pale — white, gray, or even bluish — there are definitely health challenges (most likely circulatory in nature); red hands mean you are quick to anger; yellow, jaundiced hands mean you have a pessimistic outlook; and pink hands mean you are well-balanced and have a healthy outlook.
- Thickness. Tilt the hand sideways and look at its width. Is it thin or thick? Thick hands belong to easygoing, noncompetitive people; thin hands belong to goal-oriented, driven, or ambitious people who are on a specific mission in life.
- Texture. Fine, soft skin indicates refined tastes and usually belongs to the culturally or artistically inclined. Firm skin shows a healthy blend of physical and intellectual pursuits. Coarse, rough, or scaly skin indicates a more adventuresome, outdoorsy type for whom gloves (and personal well-being) are an afterthought.
- Movement. How does the hand move? Does it seem flexible? If it is, the person is also likely to be flexible in his or her thinking and general demeanor. A general rule of palmistry is that the stiffer the hand, the stiffer the demeanor. Have you ever noticed a person with hands so stiff they almost seem mechanical? People with hands this stiff typically have mental or emotional difficulties, or have a hard time trusting others.
Take notes about each of these items. As you get deeper into the lines, ridges, and mounts of the hand, you’ll want to look back at your initial assessment to see how developed it’s become.
Top 10 Things You Can Learn from Palmistry
1. How to look closely into the lines on your hand for deeper meaning.
2. The possibilities that lie ahead in your future.
3. Your basic personality traits, tendencies, and talents.
4. What you need in order to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
5. The timing of your life’s major events.
6. Your place in the Universe and your spiritual destiny.
7. How to read the signs to avert potential obstacles or problems in your life.
8. What you need in order to achieve success in romance — and what to look for in a potential partner.
9. Your health “trouble spots” and how to best care for your body and spirit.
10. Hidden talents that could bring you happiness and success.
A Rewarding Inner Journey
Although of course you may want to visit a professional palm reader, you can also do palm reading yourself, whether you read your own hands or the hands of others. Palm reading can be a richly rewarding experience along your path to in-depth personal understanding. Once you know what your personal challenges and opportunities are, you can better improve upon or capitalize on them to create a happier and more meaningful life. Reading the palms of others around you can greatly improve your communication. For instance, you can modify the way you communicate with an individual based on what you can guess about their personality, avoiding personality clashes before they become an issue.
If I do a reading for myself, how accurate would it be?
Once you’ve learned everything you can about palmistry, you can quickly and easily do a self-reading. However, an in-depth reading does require the ability to separate your wishes from the reality of your hand. One way of creating some distance is to use an inkpad or photocopier to create prints of your hand, then doing a reading from the copy.
Learning the ways of ancient and modern palmistry can open up a whole new way of seeing the world. It can help you achieve the true potential you were born with in this life while helping others to improve their lives by seeing themselves as they really are.
You don’t have to be a psychic medium to become a palmist — all you need is a wide-open mind and the willingness to be honest with yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to look at the challenges realistically rather than tell yourself or others only the things you or they would most like to hear. Remember, the future is all about potential and choice, so there’s nothing to be afraid of!
Now that you know you can effectively read your palms for yourself, why not set aside a quiet, meditative space for your first personal reading — or buddy up with a friend or family member to read each other’s palms? If you feel ready to try a reading of your own, you’re ready to move on.
Introducing Palm Reading
Palmistry was first practiced in ancient China and India, where it appeared over 3,000 years ago. Like other forms of divination, it originally had other uses—ancient sages used palm reading to make character and personality assessments and to provide counseling. Some professional palm readers still use this method today.
Just about anyone can learn how to read palms—you don’t even need to have psychic ability or powerful intuitive skills. Once you learn the combinations of lines, sections of the hand, and other essential details, you can read any hand (including your own) and make a valid interpretation. And when you start getting good and have some experience, you might even come up with a few new theories of your own.
The most important thing to remember about palmistry is that, like other forms of divination, it’s meant to show you opportunities and possibilities available to you in your lifetime. It won’t tell you exactly the way things are supposed to go. In fact, all professional hand analyzers agree that the lines in your hand change according to life decisions you make along the way. Remember free will? We make our own destiny.