HAND TYPES IN PALMISTRY
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There are several systems of
classifying hands in order to assess the overall character and
personality of a person. The traditional system has 7 hand types: Elemental, Square,
Spatulate, Philosophical, Artistic, Idealistic, Mixed.
The palm represents the physical
body and the life force in general, and the fingers represent the mental
faculties in general.
After reading different hand
types for many years and studying the different hand classifications, I have
devised a system of categorizing the hands in a quick and simple manner, using
the modern classification of 4 hand types.
In this system based on the
quadruplicities of astrology, there are 4 main palm shapes: (1) Square,
(2) Oblong, (3) Triangular, (4) Fan-shaped
Square or oblong palms have the
two sides of the palm, the radial (thumb) and the ulnar (little finger),
parallel. Measure palm length from edges of Venus and Moon mounts to base of
Palms can also be triangular,
usually a rounded triangle shape - with the
base, i.e. near the wrist, broader than the top, near the fingers. Or they may
be fan-shaped - narrower at the base than at the top. The number and quality of
palm lines are also factors in classifying the palm shape.
There might be slight deviations
from these 4 basic shapes, but a palmist should be able to see if a palm is
one shape or another, rather than a mixture. This will help in giving a
Concentrate on the palm shapes
and overall palmar lines first, and if you're uncertain, then take the fingers
into consideration to aid you in deciding what the palm shape should be. After
you have determined the palm shape, you can go on to compare the
fingers with the palm.
shapes represent our
basic motivation in the
we live out our lives.
A square palm with few and clear lines.
Earth Hands are down-to-earth, practical
and responsible, but can also be materialistic, serious and
stubborn. They are comfortable with the physical and the tangible, and will do
things the tried and tested way.
An oblong palm with many and clear
lines. Air Hands are sociable, talkative and witty, but can also be shallow,
spiteful and cold. They are comfortable with the mental and the intangible,
doing things in different and radical ways.
A triangular palm, with few and
fine lines. Fire Hands are
spontaneous, enthusiastic and optimistic, but can also be egoistic,
impulsive and insensitive. They are extroverts, and
prefer to do things
boldly and instinctively.
A fan-shaped palm, with many and
fine lines. Water Hands are creative, perceptive and sympathetic, but can be
moody, emotional and inhibited. They are introverts and
tend to do things quietly and
The finger length represents a
person's style of approaching and dealing with life. This corresponds with the
astrological triplicity of cardinal, fixed and mutable orientations. Measure
finger length by the length of the longest finger, usually the middle or
Finger length shorter than palm
length show someone who is subjective and sees the world from his own
perspective, who likes to initiate action and who is good at starting things.
Short-fingered people are cardinal or dynamic in outlook, and operate in
singular bursts of activity.
Fingers longer than the palm
show someone who has an objective view of the world around them, and who likes to
plan ahead. Long-fingered people are fixed or steady in outlook, and operate
in a sustained and consistent manner.
Fingers about the same length as
the palm show someone who is flexible and multi-talented, and who tends to go along
with the crowd. People with same-length fingers are mutable or variable in
outlook, and operate in cycles of activity and inactivity.
One may have an Earth hand with
short fingers, showing a down-to-earth but dynamic character, such as a
Capricornian might have. Or one may be an Air hand with same-length fingers - someone
who is witty and talkative but also changeable, the way a Geminian might be.
Knowing the the correct astrological associations will help in assessing
the basic character when reading the hands. The table below shows the
quadruplicities and triplicities of the astrological signs.
Pat F. does palmistry readings for
individuals and for events.
Detailed definitions and
meanings of palmistry terminology at this site.
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