Fancy yourself as a fortune-teller? Use Theresa Cheung’s beginner’s guide to palmistry to tap into your inner mystic and reveal your life’s story
Who doesn’t want to know what the future holds? We’re all curious to learn what our hands reveal about our fate. Palmistry (or cheiromancy to use the fancy term) is the ancient art of reading your palms to disclose personality traits and as predict events coming your way.
So the next time you’re at a social gathering and want to find out about that intriguing stranger, take a look at their palms and you may be able to uncover more than they’re willing to divulge. But before you go steaming in there, remember that the lines, creases and the size of their fingers only suggest likely characteristics and possible outcomes; nothing is ever written in stone. So if you see lots of worry lines or breaks on the heart line, don’t panic − the markings can change over time and they will reflect a shift in attitude. You can choose to relax, be happy and make the best of things.
As you perform a reading, bear in mind that a complete analaysis takes into account not just the lines but also the shape, texture and suppleness of the fingers and palms. There are many more mounts, bumps and signs you can learn about, but here are the essentials you need to know to get you started…
1 Pick a hand
Your non-dominant hand reveals events that are going to unfold (so look at your left hand if you’re right-handed and visa versa). For anything about your present or past life look to your dominant hand.
2 Palm matters
Generally the larger your mitts, the more you enjoy working with detailed, intricate things. Whereas those with small hands often skip on details and enjoy undertaking big projects; they tend to be doers, while people with large hands are thinkers.
3 It’s in the shape
If your hand is square you are likely to have bags of energy and a practical, down-to-earth mindset. However, if your palm is more oblong you’re fated to be artistic, gentle and idealistic.
4 Thumb principle
The flexibility of the thumb is indicative of your adaptability. So, if you can easily bend yours, you’re more likely to be easy-going and laid back, whereas a stiff thumb suggests a rigid outlook and stubbornness. Some palmists believe longer thumbs indicate greater personal integrity.
5 Finger size
Like to get things done quickly and efficiently? This is a characteristic of those with short fingers. People with longer fingers tend to be more patient and take their time.
6 Digit ratio
Research has found that the length of your fingers can dictate how attractive you think you are to other people. The longer a woman’s index finger compared with the ring finger, the less likely she is to see herself as good looking. Long fingernails also suggest potential psychic ability, and short fingernails suggest that you empathise easily.
7 Mounts meaning
At the bottom of each finger is a spongy area called a mount, and how well pronounced it is can reveal you a great deal. If you cup your hand slightly and look at it sideways, you can see which mount is the largest. The bump under your thumb relates to love and passion; under your index finger is associated with leadership capabilities; the middle finger links to how responsible you are; your ring finger mount relates to creativity and imagination; and the bulge under your little finger is all about wealth, study and travel.
8 On the outside
Along the outside of your hand, beginning underneath your little finger and running down the side of your palm is the moon mount, which relates to how creative and emotionally intelligent you are. A high bump suggests that you are inventive and imaginative.
9 Identify the lines
We all have four major lines: heart, head, life and fate. The heart is believed to indicate emotional sensitivity; the head signifies communication and intellect; the life line tells you about your energy and stamina and how much you enjoy yourself; fate suggests how you’re affected by forces outside of your control.
10 Matters of the heart
The longer the heart line the more nurturing and giving you are. If it touches your life crease it suggests you can get upset easily, and if there are circles or breaks it can suggest a bumpy ride with romance.
11 It’s in your head
A curved head crease is associated with flamboyance, whereas a straight line suggests a more practical approach to your day-to-day. If the groove is broken, this suggests a busy mind and frantic thought patterns.
12 Reach your potential
Life line length is never associated with how long you will live, but more with your approach to circumstances. A thick, long or wavy crease without any breaks suggests a passionate attitude. A shorter, fainter line could indicate not making the most of your potential or that you are too easily influenced by others. If there are gaps, this indicates sudden changes in your relationships.
13 Are you in control?
A strong, straight fate line almost always indicates career success. If this line stops and starts it means you enjoy change and can’t stick to one project for too long. Not everyone has a fate line and it is nothing to worry about if you don’t – in fact, it could suggest that you are the master of your own destiny.
14 Only a minor
The fewer minor lines you have the better, as generally most minor lines are linked to anxiety and stress. Chilled-out people tend to have few lines on their hands but highly-strung individuals will have hundreds.
15 When to relax
Most of us have markings that radiate from the base of the thumb towards the life line; these are called worry lines. Pay particular attention if any of them cross your life line as this indicates that you need to relax and enjoy yourself more!
About the author
Theresa Cheung is a mind, body and spirit author who has written more than 100 books, including How to Find Heaven: Your Guide to the Afterlife. Find out more at theresacheung.com