How to Read Palms

Posted: March 18, 2008 in How To
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Palm-reading, otherwise known as palmistry or chiromancy, is practiced all over the world, with roots in Indian astrology and gypsy fortune-telling. The objective is to evaluate a person’s character or future by studying the palm of their hand. Whether you’re an aspiring palm reader or you’re just looking for a fun way to pass the time and impress your friends, here’s how to gain insight just by holding someone’s hand.


  1. Choose a hand. Traditionally, a woman’s left hand and a man’s right hand should be read, but some schools of palmistry hold that anyone’s non-dominant hand sheds light on a person’s natural persona while the dominant hand indicates one’s choices in terms of how they’ve developed their personality and talents.
  2. Identify and the four major lines. (1) The heart line. (2) The head line. (3) The life line. (4) The fate line.
  3. Interpret the heart line. This line can be read in either direction (from the pinkie finger to the index finger or vice versa) depending on the tradition being followed. It’s believed to indicate emotional stability, romantic perspectives, depression, and cardiac health.
    • begins below the index finger – content with love life
    • begins below the finger – selfish when it comes to love
    • begins in the middle – falls in love easily.
    • straight and short – a high sex drive, less interest in romance
    • touches life line – heart broken easily
    • long and curvy – freely expresses emotions and feelings
    • straight and parallel to the head line – good handle on emotions
    • wavy – many relationships and lovers, absence of serious relationships
    • circle on the line – depression
    • broken line – emotional trauma
    • smaller lines crossing through heart line – emotional trauma

  4. Examine the head line. Represents learning style, communication style, intellectualism, and thirst for knowledge. A curved line is associated with creativity and spontaneity, while a straight line is linked with practicality and a structured approach.
    • short line – prefers physical achievements over mental ones
    • curved, sloping line – creativity
    • separated from life line – adventure, enthusiasm for life.
    • wavy line – short attention span
    • deep, long line – thinking is clear and focused
    • straight line – thinks realistically
    • donut or cross in head line – emotional crisis
    • broken head line – inconsistencies in thought
    • multiple crosses through head line – momentous decisions
  5. Evaluate the life line. Begins near the thumb and travels in an arc towards the wrist. Reflects physical health, general well being, and major life changes (e.g. cataclysmic events, physical injuries, and relocations). Its length is not associated with length of life.
    • runs close to thumb – often tired
    • curvy – plenty of energy
    • long, deep – vitality.
    • short and shallow – manipulated by others
    • swoops around in a semicircle – strength and enthusiasm.
    • straight and close to the edge of the palm – cautious when it comes to relationships
    • multiple life lines – extra vitality
    • circle in line indicates – hospitalized or injured
    • break – sudden change in lifestyle
  6. Study the fate line. This is also known as the line of destiny, and it indicates the degree to which a person’s life is affected by external circumstances beyond their control. Begins at the base of the palm.
    • deep line – strongly controlled by fate
    • breaks and changes of direction – prone to many changes in life from external forces
    • starts joined to life line – self-made individual; develops aspirations early on
    • joins with the life line somewhere in the middle – signifies a point at which one’s interests must be surrendered to those of others
    • starts at base of thumb and crosses life line – support offered by family and friends
  7. Determine the hand shape. Each hand shape is associated with certain character traits. The length of the palm is measured from the wrist to the bottom of the fingers.
    • Earth – broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy color; length of the palm equals length of fingers
      • solid values and energy, sometimes stubborn
      • practical and responsible, sometimes materialistic
      • work with their hands, comfortable with the tangible
    • Air – square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and dry skin; length of the palm less than length of fingers
      • sociable, talkative and witty
      • can be shallow, spiteful and cold
      • comfortable with the mental and the intangible
      • do things in different and radical ways
    • Water – long, sometimes oval-shaped palm, with long, flexible, conical fingers; length of the palm equals length of fingers but is less than width across the widest part of the palm
      • creative, perceptive and sympathetic
      • can be moody, emotional and inhibited
      • introverts
      • do things quietly and intuitively.
    • Fire – square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers; length of the palm greater than length of fingers
      • spontaneous, enthusiastic and optimistic
      • sometimes egoistic, impulsive and insensitive
      • extroverts
      • do things boldly and instinctively


  • Since palm lines change as you progress through life, palm reading is seen by many as an opportunity to reveal what’s already happened, but not as a way of predicting the future.
  • The more flexible the hand, the more flexible the personality.
  • You’ll have to search hard for the marriage line, but concentrate and you’ll find it.
  • Note the texture of the hand, front and back. Soft hands signify sensitivity and refinement, while rough hands mirror a coarse temperament.


  • Many predictions may not be accurate, just like a horoscope.
  • This is only a beginner’s guide!

Things You’ll Need

  • A palm to read

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  1. Colon says:

    Wow… interesting article… I’m going to try this now 🙂

  2. gangu says:

    sure dude.. and if possible, let me know how it works.. 😉

  3. Deb C says:

    Pictures would be of great help. Otherwise really cool site.
    Deb C

  4. Really interesting article..i am trying this one only.

  5. The blog is not only interesting but also informative.

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