Do you look at the right or left hand?
Study both hands. In traditional palmistry, if you are right handed, they say “the left is what the gods give you, the right is what you do with it.” This is misleading; the lines on both hands change because we do things with both hands! Your writing hand is your dominant or active hand. It reflects the conscious you, your public face, you “out in the world,” what you have actively developed. The other hand, the passive hand, is about the subconscious, your private face, the inner you, your instincts, and your latent abilities. We compare both hands to see the “whole” person.
Aren’t the lines on the palm just creases formed by hand movement?
People who are skeptical about palmistry and hand analysis say that the palmar lines are just folds or creases in the skin where the hand moves, grasps and bends. But if the lines were caused by folding, why do most of us have two “transverse creases” (Head and Heart lines) on our palms instead of one (Simian line)? The main argument against them being crease lines is that the lines on the palm are all present by the time the fetus is 3 months old. The lifeline forms at 7 – 8 weeks gestation, heart and head lines at 9 – 10 weeks, but the muscles needed for movement of the hand don’t form until 11 weeks, when reflex movements first occur. Voluntary hand actions don’t start till 23 weeks. The nerve endings, which stimulate the muscles, are forming around the same time as the lines. So the lines are there before even reflex movements are possible and long before voluntary muscular movement of the hand exists.
Can palmistry tell how long I will live from my lifeline?
No, the life line does not foretell length of life, so no worries if you have a short lifeline! Modern hand reading (chirology) tells us a lot about your health, energy and lifestyle. A short line may mean you need to use your energy in short bursts with rests in between. More common than a short line is one which stops and re-starts, usually with the two lines overlapping for a while. This shows some sort of change in your lifestyle.
I learned about Life line length the hard way. I had taken a weekend palmistry course and learned the main lines when I read the palm of my dear friend Vic (the hero of my memoir Angel Hero, Murder in Hawai’i, A True Story.) He had a long life line, no breaks, so no serious accidents or illnesses. I told him he had a long life. But I didn’t know how to look for indicators of violence in the palms. Turned out I was dead wrong.
Can palmistry predict my future?
Although fingerprints never change, the palmar lines and markings change throughout life. If the future was all mapped out for us, the lines would stay the same. When looking at a hand, we see the person as they are NOW, bringing their past with them and sowing seeds for the future. Although many palmists do make predictions, they can only foresee probabilities. Most predictions are based on the direction you are going now. We all have free will to make choices and changes in our lives today that will affect our future and change our “fate” along with the lines in our palms.
How to read hands?
Read palmistry books, maybe take a course, gather as much information as you can, test it on lots of people. Then you will gradually learn how to do it. It’s not something you can learn overnight, or ever stop learning. Everyone is unique so there are always new combinations of features to look at on people’s hands. The combinations are the important thing. You have to look at every feature in conjunction with everything else on the hand. Don’t get hung up on signs and symbols such as a star on the mount of the moon, or believe that such markings are omens. You need to see the whole picture, which is way more than the sum of its parts.