To understand how the art of Palmistry, analyzes the physical features of the hands to interpret personality characteristics and predict future happenings, we need to familiarize ourselves with the characteristics of hand shapes that correspond with the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Next, we must learn about the mounts and plains of the hand, regions that correspond with major areas of life, and lastly about the lines and creases that tell a story about the individual’s future. Let’s take a look at each of these.
A. Types of Hands: The Four Elements
- Earth Hands: These hands are identified by square palms and short fingers, often firm, solid, and fleshy. Individuals with earth hands are known to be practical, logical, and grounded. While secure and reliable, they can become too consumed with their immediate realities, which can ultimately hinder long-term planning and achievement.
- Fire Hands: You can tell a fire hand by its long palm and short fingers. These hands often have distinctive creases and defined mounds. Individuals with fire hands are known to be passionate, confident, and industrious. They’re driven by their desires and on a bad day, they may lack tactfulness and empathy.
- Air Hands: These hands have square palms and long fingers and are often boney, with protruding knuckles and spindly fingers. This hand type signifies intellectually curious individuals with innate analytical abilities and communication skills. Those with air hands are easily distracted and, if not stimulated, can become anxious or edgy.
- Water Hands: These hands are distinguished by their long palms and long fingers and are often soft to the touch and a bit clammy, with an overall narrow appearance. Those who have them are in tune with their emotions, intuition, and psychic ability. Fueled by compassion and imagination, these individuals are often creatives. They’re also extremely sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt, causing undesirable interpersonal stress.
B. The Mounts and Plains: The palm’s natural topography include the fleshy areas called mounts and plains that are related to different life themes. The classic mounts correspond with the seven classical planets within astrology. Rounded, slightly elevated mounts reveal attributes that are balanced and well-proportioned, while sunken mounts expose an individual’s “blind spots” or underdeveloped qualities. Lastly, extremely prominent mounts reveal dominant characteristics that may be exaggerated or overemphasized.
- Mount of Jupiter: Located at the base of the index finger (and above the Mount of Inner Mars), the Mount of Jupiter symbolizes confidence, ambition, and leadership. It reveals a connection to the spiritual realm, along with divine aptitudes.
- Mount of Saturn: The Mount of Saturn is located at the base of the middle finger. This area corresponds to wisdom, responsibility, and fortitude. It reveals an individual’s integrity, as well as their deep understanding of the ups and downs of life.
- Mount of Apollo: Found beneath the ring finger, the Mount of Apollo derives its name from the sun god of classical antiquity. Within palmistry, this region of the hand corresponds with an individual’s optimism, vitality, and essence. Just as zodiac sun signs expose individuals’ innate spirits, the Mount of Apollo showcases artistic inclinations, happiness, and success.
- Mount of Mercury: Situated underneath the pinky finger, the Mount of Mercury is connected to communication and intelligence. This region is linked to wit, adaptability, and social skills, revealing an individual’s strategic mind and resourcefulness.
- Mount of Luna: Named after the ancient Roman goddess who personified the moon, the Mount of Luna symbolizes imagination, intuition, and psychic powers. Located toward the bottom of the palm on the pinky side, this area reveals an individual’s empathy, compassion, and imagination.
- Mount of Venus: Located at the base of the thumb, the Mount of Venus is linked to love, sensuality, and attraction. This zone showcases natural magnetism, as well as an individual’s emotional connection to romance. Sexuality, passion, and indulgence are all under the auspices of this region.
- Inner Mars, Outer Mars, and the Plain of Mars: In palmistry, Mars covers a lot of ground. Inner Mars, also referred to as Lower Mars, is located above the thumb, and it symbolizes physical strength, aggression and bold tenacity. Outer Mars, or Upper Mars, represents perseverance, resilience and emotional bravery. The Plain of Mars occupies the lower centre of the palm and demonstrates temperament and how these two aforementioned qualities are balanced. Because the Plain of Mars is usually flat, its significance is determined by which lines occupy this section.
C. The Lines: The meanings of different lines are determined by analyzing their length, depth, and curvature, where each line begins and ends, which mounts it crosses, and where the creases intersect.
- Head Line: The mind plays a pivotal role in shaping our destiny, and the head line shines light on our intellectual curiosities and pursuits. Located in the centre of the palm, it also reveals the lessons we need to learn in this lifetime. The complexity of an individual’s mental pursuits corresponds with the line’s depth, while the line’s length reveals the breadth of the topics they explore. A wavy line signifies progressive thinking, while a straight line reveals more a traditional approach. Breaks in the line can signify mental strife, or more optimistically, monumental breakthroughs or epiphanies.
- Heart Line: Located above the head line, the highest horizontal line on the palm is the heart line. Also known as the love line, this crease governs all matters of the heart, including romance, friendship, sexuality, and commitment. It’s important to note whether it begins below the index or middle finger: If the heart line begins below the index finger, it reveals contentedness in relationships; if it begins below the middle finger, it reveals the potential for restlessness. The depth of the line signifies the significance of interpersonal relationships in an individual’s life, while the length corresponds with time spent coupled (longer lines represent lengthier partnerships). Breaks or forks in the heart line can suggest multiple lovers, transformative bonds, or even infidelity.
- Life Line: Located underneath the head line, it reveals your experiences, vitality, and zest. This crease is used to gauge your journey, not your death. The depth of the line suggests the richness of your experience, while the length reveals others’ influence on your individual path. A short life line signifies independence and autonomy.
- Fate Line: Also known as the line of destiny, the fate line is a vertical crease in the centre of the palm that reveals the degree to which an individual’s life will be influenced by external circumstances beyond their control. Our palms naturally evolve over the course of our lives, but the fate line transforms the most frequently.
- Sun Line: The sun line, or Apollo’s line, is the vertical crease furthest toward the pinky side of the palm, and it reveals public image, legacy, and fame. The sun line varies greatly in length, depth, and position, and alongside the fate line, it demonstrates how and when an individual will achieve success. If the sun line and fate line intersect or run parallel, they signal that an individual’s prominence will be a byproduct of external events outside their control. If the sun line and fate line aren’t close in proximity, they suggest that an individual’s legacy will be built more independently of outside influences.