Palmistry and Hand Shapes

In regards to palmistry, it is the hand that reveals details about your life and personality. A palmist will analyze the lines on the palms of your hands, as well as other features. In this article, you will learn more about the shape of the hand and how it factors in with palmistry.

While the lines on the right and left hand are quite similar, they are not identical. Differences in our hands are seen in the dominant (or active) hand. For example, a right-handed person has a dominant right hand. It is the active hand that reveals what is referred to as our ‘living character.’ The other hand is known as the passive hand. The dominant hand is thought to show how we present ourselves in the world. The passive hand is associated with some of the characteristics that are found within ourselves.

When engaging in a palm reading, it is important to refer to both hands and note some of the differences between the two hands. Skilled analysts are able to decipher internal personality conflicts that may exist.

Your Hand Shape

Hand shapes are looked at in different ways. According to Casimir d’Arpentigny, a French palm reader from the 19th century indicated seven hand shapes. The different shapes are elementary, square, philosophic, conic, psychic, spatulate, and mixed. This method was embraced by Louis Hamon (also known as Cheiro), who was quite popular in his craft as a palm reader. For Carl Carus, he preferred using a four-division method of elementary, motoric, sensitive and psychic. There was also another method comprised of eight divisions that included the Earth and the seven traditional astrological planets.

An example of a more modern version comes from Fred Gettings, who created a four-fold elemental division that was based on the length and breadth of the palm. He also took into account the relative length of the fingers. The Earth hand was associated with a square palm and short fingers. An individual with this type of palm was often earthy, practical and sensible with the tendency to appear gloomy.

A square palm and long fingers characterize an air hand. This type of person is known as being more intellectual than emotional. They are also described as inquisitive and good at communicating. On the other hand, they can turn quite cold towards others. Fire hands have short fingers attached to an oblong palm. Individuals with this kind of palm are seen as full of energy, active, impulsive, and prone to succumbing to a bad temper. Water hands have oblong palms with long fingers. They are described as being emotional, sensitive, understanding and caring. Yet, these kinds of individuals have a tendency to easily fall victim to the waywardness of others.

In the article titled, “Palmistry and the Mounts,” you will learn more about the art of palmistry and some of the factors that affects a palm reading.