Archive for the ‘Palmistry’ Category

What is your success potential?
August 3, 2006

Let Palmistry Analyze Your Thumb Angle for Success

1. For best hand reading hold both hands out in a natural and relaxed position.  
2. Observe the natural resting angle your thumbs make with your hand center lines.  
3. See the hands below and identify which one has the resting thumb angle closest to yours. (That is, the zone where your thumb rests most comfortably.)

Small Angle

In palmistry a small angle reveals a cautious person.
Your small angle reveals that you are a person who does not rush into doing things – physically or mentally. You don’t need to check your horoscope. You are always cautious and wisely observe the situation before taking action. This is true, no matter what your horoscope says, whenever you are holding your thumb at a small angle: You are going to be very cautious and slowly make your decisions to do your chores and go about your daily activities. This is your way but it may bother your friends who have big thumb angles.

You are not pushy about getting your own way. You are patient and if you do not get the desired results you are open to accepting help. You feel more comfortable letting another person take the lead so that you can provide support. You are a good “team player” and it is not important for you to “take charge” in order to get the job done. Successfully reaching your goal is more important than who gets the credit. You work hard to minimize chances of failure. You don’t need an astrologer to tell you how to live your life because success is always your goal and it is not important who gets the credit as long as the project does not fail.

This is not your horoscope for only today because it is always true: You are a loyal, trusted, and valued team member who cooperates especially well in completing group activities to reach worthwhile goals. Your patience and your insights contribute significantly to the success of the group. You are wise to take your time and consider all possibilities before tackling big projects.

Medium Angle

In palmistry a medium angle reveals a balanced planner and organizer with reserved leadership abilities.

Your medium thumb angle reveals that you are balanced, confident and self-reliant. You work well both alone and with others. It is not necessary to be a “take charge” person who dominates all the activities of others around you. You can take the leadership role if necessary but being the leader is not your goal. Your satisfaction comes from getting results, no matter how they are achieved or who gets the credit.

You are not overly mental about what you are going to do, so you don’t waste a lot of time doing unnecessary planning. You do things when the time is right for you. You seldom need help but if you do, you accept it graciously.

If you have friends with a small angled thumb you may notice they seem to you to be a little slower getting started doing things. No problem, you generally call on your own inner leadership and jump in to get them started. One of your virtues is that you are resourceful and can be depended on by others to take the leadership role when needed. You conserve your energy and resources until you need them and then you produce results that surprise others.

Big Angle

You are a person who gets results!

In palmistry a big angle reveals a person who always gets things done fast and efficiently.

Your BIG angle reveals that you are eager to jump in and get things done right away. No matter what your horoscope says, you do things quickly, confidently, and pleasurably because you like to take charge and get the job done! You are very good at taking action to produce results that you and others can see and appreciate. Regardless of what your astrology chart shows, your big angle proves you are confident, self-reliant, and a “doer”.

Hints for getting more things done and better results in life:

Holding your thumb out at a big angle greatly helps to raise your energies for doing things. This is similar to throwing your shoulders back and expanding your chest when you are depressed. That change in body posture is opposite to the posture of a depressed person so the mind and the hormones it produces change to match the new body posture and you aren’t so depressed. The same thing happens when holding your thumb out at a big angle when it wants to be in close to the palm. The mind and the hormones are revved up for action when the thump is out at a big angle!



Introduction to Palmistry
August 2, 2006

What is hand analysis?

Palmistry and hand analysis are different ways of looking at hands. Traditional palmistry is based on astrological symbolism, with the fingers and mounts named after planets. The main emphasis of traditional palmistry is prediction, specific markings having specific meanings.

Elemental hand analysis uses different terminology and takes a more holistic approach. It uses the principles of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether to interpret all features of the hand at all levels – physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual. We can see how problems at one level can affect the other levels, the interaction of mind and body, for example emotional upsets causing physical illness.

Hand analysis, or chirology, involves looking at all aspects of the hand – handshape, skin texture, flexibility, size and shape of fingers and thumbs, nails, knuckles, fingerprints, and the patterns, lines and markings on the palm. By analysing and interpreting these features, the reader can put it all together like a jigsaw and build up a picture of the individual.


Because of its 5000 year history and it’s association with fortune telling, there are a lot of misconceptions as to what you can see from the hand. For example, you can’t foretell the length of someone’s life – a short lifeline does not mean a short life. Hand reading is not a psychic thing, it’s an ‘analytical art’ – some of it is a science- that anyone can learn.

Although the fingerprints never change, the palmar lines and markings change throughout life, so you can’t predict a set future from the hand. Looking at a hand is like a snapshot in time, a map of the person as they are now, shaped by the past and sowing seeds for the future. The type of person you are plays a major part in the way you lead your life and kind of future you might have, but anything relating to the future is only potential or possibility. It’s not all set in stone e.g. you might see a tendency to develop digestive problems, but if they look after their diet etc, they may avoid ill health later on.

I feel that making predictions perpetrates a fatalistic approach and takes the power away from the individual. The most important thing is free will – we can make choices and changes that can alter or control our direction and life experience.

C15th palmistry

Many of the predictive markings date back to 15th century – an age of superstition, myth and fatalism. Documents show that the emphasis was on prediction, especially when and how you would die. They foretold all manners of death, e.g. by stone, bloody flux, or at the sword of your enemy, calamities such as imprisonment, poverty, various perils and ways you could suffer wasting of the liver.

The child lines and relationship/marriage lines also date from C15th. These days palmistry experts agree that the marriage and child lines are not reliable with regard to the number of relationships/children you will have. I have seen distinct child lines on hands of women over childbearing age who never had a pregnancy. Or people with one marriage line who are on their third marriage. Although many palmists still read these lines, (and sometimes get them right!), any prediction about children or marriage from the hand shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Modern Palmistry

Modern hand analysis has moved away from the “fortune telling” image to a more accurate and useful understanding of what hands can reveal about us. Hand analysis is an amazing diagnostic tool and navigational aid to help guide us in the right direction. The hand tells us a lot about our character and psychology, it helps us understand and accept ourselves.

Hand Analysis can help you to take stock of your life, gain clarity, insight, identify your habitual patterns, childhood conditioning, where you are now, how you arrived here, and your current direction for the future.

You might recognise things that you can do to improve your quality of life, whether that is in health matters, finding types of work or study that suit you best, understanding your patterns of interacting in relationships. An in depth reading can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, provide guidance as to how to make the most of your abilities, transcend difficulties and limitations, break old patterns, develop your latent potentials and make some changes in order to feel more balanced and fulfilled in life.

Which hand do you read?

If you are right handed, traditional palmistry says “The left is what the gods gave you, the right is what you do with it” (reversed if left handed). This is simplistic and misleading – we were given both hands, we do something with both hands! Your dominant hand reflects your public side ‘out in the world’, what you have actively developed. The other hand is more about the inner you, your private side, instincts, latent abilities. So we have to compare both hands to see the ‘whole’ person.


Sceptics, and even scientists, say that the palmar lines are just creases where the hand folds, but this is not true. The lines develop when the foetus 7-10 weeks old, but the muscles don’t form until 11 weeks. So the lines are there before movement of the hand is possible.

Every hand has a lifeline, head line and heart line. The number of other lines differs according to the person’s temperament, health and stress. The more lines, the more the tendency to be highly strung, emotional, sensitive, prone to stress and anxiety. People with empty hands (few lines) are often practical, even tempered, tend not to worry too much.

No one really knows why the lines are there, but they seem to be associated with the nerve endings. There are more neural connections between the brain and hand than any other part of the body – if our bodies were proportioned according to the number of nerves, we’d have hands the size of beach umbrellas! I think of the lines as rivers of energy flowing across the hand, and the markings like pulses of electricity (nerve impulses) – like a coded computer print out of the information exchange between the brain and the hand. What a palmist does is to crack this code for you.

Hand Analysis and Science

It is only in the last hundred years that a serious interest in hands has grown, with scientific research into subjects such as dermatoglyphics, finger lengths and palmar lines. Particular hand features are more common in certain chromosomal disorders e.g. Down’s syndrome. Research has been done into the hand and heart conditions, diabetes, autism, depression, fertility etc. So gradually, the analysis of the hand is moving away from its fortune telling image into something much more useful and relevant to our lives today.

(By Lynn Seal. Lynn has studied and practised palmistry and hand analysis for 15 years.)