The characteristics described below are easily observed and can help you rapidly judge a person’s character. Practice unobtrusively observing the fingers. Are they short and stumpy compared to the rest of the palm? If so, the individual has an animalistic nature and coarse instincts, and belongs to the lower order of humanity.
If the fingers and palm are of equal length, the owner belongs to a more cultured race. His ancestors were more intellectual. For all work requiring a higher mentality he or she could be depended on, whereas the first-mentioned type could not.
If the fingers look unusually long and thin, and out of proportion to the palm, the man or woman will have too much idealism and refinement and is unsuitable for business or work requiring “level headedness” and practicality. Such a man, however, could be depended upon for personal mental work, research, science, literature, philosophy, educational work or anything else relating to the higher qualities of the mind.
If his fingers were also knotty, he could be depended on for all work requiring thoughtfulness, detail, and concentration of mind.
If, on the other hand, these long fingers were smooth jointed, he would be impulsive and lack a sense of detail, would be visionary, artistic, emotional. Such a person would be suited to artistic work, such as painting, making designs, models, etc., but could not be trusted to perform anything requiring detail, research or science.
THE FINGERS CONSIDERED SEPARATELY
The first finger is called the Dictator, the Lawgiver, the finger of Ambition, or the Indicator. If this finger is almost as long as the second, these tendencies are extremely pronounced. This person can safely be trusted with charge of others. But should this man or woman have a first finger that is long and crooked, their personal ambitions are “crooked.”
If the second finger is straight and well-shaped, its owner will be very serious, inclined to melancholy, but will discharge his responsibilities unless this finger is crooked.
The third finger, if extremely long and straight, indicates a great desire for glory, celebrity, publicity and the like. This is an extremely good quality for an actor, preacher, politician or public man, but not so good for a private secretary, or confidential clerk to a family lawyer.
If this finger is crooked and long, the above qualities will be intensified and exaggerated. The love of spending money and showing off will also be more marked, the gambling tendencies pronounced. No position involving handling money should be entrusted to the possessor of such a finger.
The fourth, or little finger, if long (passing the nail joint of the third) is indicative of power of speech and subtlety in choice of language. The saying “to twist a person round one’s little finger” came from this very sign. Such people have a marvelous gift of speech and flow of language.
A short “little finger” denotes the reverse of the above. Such persons find difficulty in expressing what they want to say, but they can write better than speak and should be encouraged to do so.
These individuals have, however, not much power over others and the shorter the “little finger” is, the more timid and sensitive they are in the presence of strangers. If this finger is crooked, then these weaknesses are all the more emphasized, but if formed crooked and long, eloquence is also crooked. Such people will tell any “fairy tale” to suit their purpose—they are born liars.
The first and third fingers of equal length is the best sign of an equally balanced mind, but such a sign is rare to find.
When the fingers are very supple in the joints and turn backwards or outwards from the palm, it is an indication of a quick wit and clever brain; but also a lack continuity of purpose. They have no “hold,” as it were, on any one thing.
Fingers slightly curved inward towards the palm denote persons slow to grasp an idea or subject, but such people have retentive memories and “hold”, as it were, any one thing they may take up.
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