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History of Palm Reading

While eyes are the windows to the soul, the hands can tell you so much more about a person at first glance.  When you think of palmistry, also known as chiromancy, you might have an image in your mind of a gypsy at a fair, giving palm readings to people passing by.  The truth is, it’s much more than a sideshow and has roots going back thousands of years in places such as India, Tibet, Nepal, Palestine, China, Persia, Samaria, and Babylonia.

The thought of reading a hand doesn’t sound like there would be much detail but you would be surprised!  There is a lot of study that goes into all parts of the hand including the lines, mounds and many other markings.  There are many things that can be predicted by palmistry including marriage, life, health and several others.

When first starting out, I’d recommend focusing more on the size and shape of the hand.  This includes the size and shape of the palm, fingers and thumb. Next focus on the main lines and mounds. Once you feel comfortable with this, you can move onto the more intricate markings. You’ll notice that the lines and mounds of the left hand will be much different than the right in many cases.

To read a palm accurately, always read the client’s dominant hand.  If the person is right-handed, you would read the left hand and vice versa.  The non-dominant hand shows the plan you were born with.  The dominant hand shows how your choices in life have shaped the different aspects of your hand.  In general, the dominant hand shows the present and future and the non-dominant hand shows the past.

What’s very cool is that when you change behaviors, habits, actions and mental outlook, your dominant hand will change along with your changed focus and actions.  Most people who get their palm read only do it once but that’s a huge mistake.  If you’re wanting to change your life, make sure to get a follow up palm reading about every 6 months after you have been working toward a specific goal.  You’ll notice changes to your dominant hand.

There are many details about the hands that a palm reader would notice immediately including the shape of your palms and fingers. Palmists will also look at different qualities of the hand including anything from the size of your knuckles to the texture of your skin and nails. 

Hand shapes are often divided into 4 types. Below we look at the 4 hand shapes which correspond to the classical elements or Earth, Air, Water and Fire.  The shape of the hand is said to show your character traits.  (For example, an Earth hand would show a level headed person that you can rely on. These are considered traits of someone with an Earth hand.)

Click below to learn more about your hand and finger shapes:


Hand Shapes

Finger Shapes

Palm Lines

Palm Mounts