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Palm Reading Guide


Why not learn how to read palms?

So you want to know if you're finally going to hook up with the person you've been staring at across the workplace. Are you going to get a raise? Are you healthy? Your horoscope can give you the generic answers, but you probably want to know more about your own life than what newspapers and Internet predictions can tell you.

Palm reading is a great way to achieve this. Also known as palmistry, it is one way to find both the future as well as a healthy human spirit. While many see this as a form of entertainment, many practice it themselves for serious spiritual and beneficial reasons, for comfort or genuine interest.

This technique has origins in India, thousands of years ago, and grew in popularity in ancient Greece. Over time it spread through Europe and Asia, and now it has developed into the interesting system that still exists today. Many people are familiar with the Gypsy palm reading technique, constructed for those who wish to know the hidden facts about their life.

While reading the lines on your palm won't tell you your fate, you can use palm reading to distinguish your characteristics and health qualities. A single line on your palm can explain all sorts of aspects concerning your life, including relationships. The texture of a part of your palm can mean you will be successful in a particular area of life. By palm reading, you can see your strengths to capitalize on them or your weaknesses to improve them. However, palmistry isn't necessarily an art that requires extensive training or costly materials and palm-reading charts. This is something anyone can enjoy and try. All it takes is looking at a line on your palm.

Read through this general guide to get a good understanding of palm reading and the basics. Practice on your friends and family and get a kick out of their reactions, or try it on yourself to see what the future holds for you.

Why learn how to read palms?

· It's really fun to learn!

What makes palm-reading fun is that the results are different for everyone. It's interesting to see what your palm says are your most distinct characteristics or if you're healthy or not. It's easy too; there are only a few basic lines to learn about in order to read palms. You don't have to memorize a lot of patterns to read palms.

· A palm reading is something you can use

You can use a palm reading to see if you're the person you want to be, if you're heading down the right track or not. Knowing certain things about yourself and your life can open the door to a wealth of possibilities, if only in your mind. And sure, it's helpful to know if you're going to hit a rough patch down the road or if you're too aggressive to get along with anyone. But don't let your reading weight too heavily; it might end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy!

· You don't have to pay someone else to do it for you

Sometimes, going to a "professional" palm reader can mean $50 for a hand reading! Oftentimes what they tell you might not be the truth but rather what you want to hear. But you don't have to charge someone else to do something you can do yourself! Start practicing on yourself and you'll be a pro in no time!

· Make friends by showing off your newfound skills

Ok, this is a stretch, but honestly, palm reading is something that people are very interested in. Everyone's hands are individual and people want to know things about themselves in particular. Try this out at a party or other social gatherings - even at work - and you won't be just another person.

Palm reading tutorial

How to read palms: What it all means

(Information from Psychic Readings with Marie)

Look at the above picture to help understand this guide more easily.

Here are the basics you need to know to get started:

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First of all, your hands represent different things in general:

Right hand - the practical, active side

Left hand - the emotional "heart" side

Look at the lines on both hands to see how the readings compare. Also, many suggest that women should have their left hand seen and men their right. The scientific approach says that, while both hands should be seen, the left shows the natural persona while the right represents personality and talent.

Texture: This is important on the back and front of the hand. Softness means sensitivity and refinement while a rough hand shows a coarse persona. Of course, calluses mean the person works hard or at a job where he or she uses the hands.

Flexibility: This directly represents how adjustable the nature of the person is.

Nails: Longer nails that taper at the tip mean creativity while square mean orderliness.

Color: This shows how blood circulates through the client's body. A pinkish hand means he or she is healthy while yellow means too much bile is being produced. Blue means there is a circulation problem.

Mounts: These are at the base of the fingers. Pay attention to the characteristics noted above as well as this additional information concerning location, name and meaning:

Base of index finger = Mount of Jupiter. It shows ambition, leadership, religion and love for nature.

Base of second finger = Mount of Saturn. It denotes seriousness, wisdom, balance and sadness.

Base of ring finger = Mount of Apollo. It represents brilliance, artistry, happiness and success.

Base of fourth finger = Mount of Mercury. It shows industriousness and shrewdness.

Base of thumb = Mount of Venus. It means love, sympathy, music and passion.

Edge of the hand = Mount of Moon. It shows imagination, coldness and selfishness (an interesting combination!)

The rest of the hand = Plain of Mars. It denotes courage, bravery and aggression.

Heart line: This represents your love life, what happens and why. It's the first prominent line below your fingers.

Right hand - The heart line shows how you relate to other people; your personal needs in love; your love experiences; and your passions for life

Left hand - This can tell how you feel about yourself and the relationships you have... the feelings that lie under the surface.

If your heart line...

Curves steeply under the index and middle finger - There's strong sexual desire

Ends under the index finger - You're picky with your lovers

Ends under the middle finger (this is rare!) - You have a need for love

Is straight and short - You have no need for romance, but you have a strong sex drive

Has 2 or more lines branching off - However many "branches" means the number of sides to your emotional nature

Points downwards with a branch and touches the life line - You're easily hurt in love

Is the same as your partner - You will have a successful marriage

Head line: This represents the ways you think, not how smart you are! This is the next prominent line below the heart line.

Right hand - Your physical life, including your career, business and even hidden talents

Left hand - How you think, see the world and communicate

If your head line...

Ends around your ring finger - Your head line is average

Is short - You think simply and directly

Is long - You're a thorough and careful thinker

Is straight - You think clearly and you concentrate

Is curved - You are ready to play with new and different ideas

Is sloped - You're a creative thinker!

Is horizontal - You think practically

Is chained (makes a chain-like pattern) - You are strung out

Has a fork in it - You are open-minded and capable of seeing many points of view

Floats (disconnected) - You have a carefree attitude

Starts under the index finger - You are brilliant!

Life line: Actually, this doesn't predict how long you'll live, but rather how you will live in the future and what the quality of your life will be. This prominent line curves down the palm.

Right hand - Your vitality physical strength; the timing of the events and important, practical occurrences in your life; how adventurous in life you are

Left hand - Your vitality and emotional strength; the timing of events and important emotional occurrences in your life; how adventurous in relationships you are

If your life line...

Runs close to your thumb - You have low vitality... you're usually tired

Has a wide curve - You have high vitality and lots of energy

Is "stronger" than your head line (bigger, wider) - You are more active physically than mentally

Is chained - You have weak health

Has small rising lines - You have an active personality

Has outward-swinging lines - You love to travel

Has a small line on it - This refers to the particular events at points in your life

Make sure you tell the person whose palm you're reading that the lines tell about his or her life - not the other way around! Don't let your readings become a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Additional information and resources

  • Palmistry - Chiromancy
    Here you can find more about palmistry, the history, different techniques and more. There are some really great and helpful pictures to go along with your practice as well!
  • Palmistry Center
    Yes, there is a! Also known as the Centre de Chirologie, there is plenty on here to help you learn to read palms! The site also offers products, like books, to get you on your way.
  • Tarot, Astrology, Palmistry, Past Lives Psychic Readings
    This site focuses on the predictive power of palmistry and other ways to try and see the future, including tarot and other psychic readings. Also look into your past lives!
  • Hand Analysis News, Research & Psychology
    Here's to a lot about hands! This site focuses on hand research and not just on palmistry but on hand analysis, hand biometrics and more from the scientific perspective.

Sites Referenced


itzel on April 15, 2020:

Wow this is very cool to learn!Thank you for all your tips.

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on May 24, 2013:

Thank you for all your comments! Good question Homar - I included a link in the text to the source.

Homar on May 22, 2013:

Not that I'm against the findings or anything but I'd like to know the source. :)

Paul Perry from Los Angeles on April 29, 2013:

Awesome hub! Palm reading is so cool and I have seen it work more than a few times. Sometimes its just crazy the stuff that you can discover with palm reading!

Better Living on January 25, 2013:

A fun skill to learn. Thank you!

Mary Wickison from USA on October 05, 2012:

Wonderful idea for a hub. I have always wondered about it but never really understood it. I will be sharing this.

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on October 01, 2012:

Thanks everyone! Haha, good one Linda! :)

Linda Cassini from Las Vegas NV on October 01, 2012:

Wow looks like I am going to be around a LONG time..hands down :)

Mae Williams from USA on September 22, 2012:

I have read palms and still do. people will ask me how do I know. Certain lines have similar meaning. The lines in our palms change too. Our left palm is the life we were born with.

The right palm is what we make with our lives. Then of course there are all the islands, and lines that intersect the major ones...

David Sproull from Toronto on August 16, 2012:

My Grandmother used to read tea leaves. A well done hub! Voted up!

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on August 05, 2012:

thanks! i enjoyed this hub throughly.

but how come the line in the video differs from the one in the picture below?

crazy gal on July 25, 2012:

what does it mean when you have a line interfering with your life line? the line just goes like straight up and i don't know what it means like is it good or bad? i'm scared about that one line and that's it. does it mean i'll get murdered?

HerewegoBarbara from New Jersey on July 20, 2012:

I certainly loved this hub, human beings always want to know what is going to happen, and sometimes you go through so much trouble in life, and the answer to everything is up to you and your choices. The answer is ironically in your hands.

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on July 17, 2012:

Amazing Hub. Voted up and shared!

timmy on May 23, 2012:

what does it mean when you have a line straight across your right hand from the edge of the left side to the edge of the right side? no mystic M

eric-carter from Fulham, UK on May 18, 2012:

Only want to say THANKS and read your hub again! Well done!

Snigdha Shahi from India,mumbai on May 17, 2012:

it indicates a headstrong person whose head rules and interferes with his heart.Also depends on the placement of the lines.Heartline should not lie very low close to head line,which means person is very sensitive and emotional and takes all decisions through his/her heart. palmistry is extensive study.

aftab kumbhar on May 17, 2012:

And what if, heart line and headline coincide of right hand under middle finger

Snigdha Shahi from India,mumbai on May 14, 2012:

Very interesting topic. Had read a book on palmistry by Cheros. He correctly pointed out one thing i.e, left hand is the hand which you are born with while right hand is the hand you make.Although in India this approach is not followed.Here the left hand is the girls hand and right is the boy's. The 3main lines are the headline,lifeline and heartline and then the fate line.sometimes the headline shows the lifespan of a person.It may sound strange but an abrubtly short headline indicates a short life either due to some injury to the head or some nervous disorder. palmistry helps to know a few things about your future but still cannot be relied upon completely.

ankita on May 02, 2012:

I am not agree with Shelly. Plam reading need great knowledge then it can be true.

for learn about Palmistry visit following video

Hilary on May 01, 2012:

Haha, Katie! Lol

Sir Lancelot on May 01, 2012:

I agree Holly, it is indeed very interesting.

holly on April 24, 2012:

its fun to read hands

Shelly on April 19, 2012:

Thank you Eric!

Eric on April 17, 2012:

Shelly, plam redaing has nothing to do with the way you look. Please don't think like this. I'm sure your beautiful inside and out!

Shelly on March 30, 2012:

Hello I'm 35

Average weight and height

Shoe size slightly above average I'm an 8

I'd like to know If epople like myslef, (Ugly) have any chance of a good fture, my palm is covered in fake tan because I feel like I'm not pretty enough. Please help.

xyz on March 28, 2012:

Hi Hub im from Pakistan

I want to know about my lines

I want to know I have a clock shaped image in the bottom of thumb of right hand palm

plz do answer me at

Hollie on March 27, 2012:

Oh my lord, this ahhhhmazing. When I get older I wanna be just like you

Sravabthi on March 23, 2012:

thanq.. its very interesting

Reve from Dhaka on March 21, 2012:

Well I really don't believe on palm reading. One of my friend was telling me that, I will marry twice while checking my palm! I am not sure whether its going to happen as I have not married yet lol.

Thanks for your hub. It was interesting to read :)

Jasmin on March 19, 2012:

Thank u

Andre on March 16, 2012:

You go Katie! ;)

Katie The Carrot on March 16, 2012:

There's only one thing I love more than Carrots and that's Palm Reading.

Elle on March 13, 2012:

This is honestly remarkable, very useful and could answer a lot. Thanks for uploading and sharing.

Cher on March 13, 2012:

H8 this, disagree totally with adele -.-

adele on March 13, 2012:

amazing site, really inspirational!

angeline on March 12, 2012:

www. I wish that number 100 comes out on the pick 3 lottery number 100 hubpages help make it come to and whatever I wish for I hope it will come true good things and I wish that money will come to me. in different forms in mystic ways thank you god bless

Gerrard on March 12, 2012:

Useful information.

justine dipsz on February 21, 2012:

Yup its really very good. Explains each and every line very accurately. nice..:-)

meghna on February 17, 2012:

its amazing.. thank you sooo much

graaem on January 27, 2012:

very good thank you!

susan on January 21, 2012:

Dude you got the live and love lines mixed up!

S.GAYATRI on December 01, 2011:


zew on November 18, 2011:

awesome it ..its totally accurate lie ! thanks for putting it up ..

Tom on October 25, 2011:


karishma on October 10, 2011:

nt happpening......

jake on October 04, 2011:

Hey of anyone can help me I know that everyone has a different palm print but me and my girlfriend have very similar markings please help me u can contact me at thank you

deeksha on October 04, 2011:


Katana Tamahagane on October 01, 2011:

i have no marrige lines, but my heart line ends under my middle finger... thats kinda funny

Shakir Pakistani on September 30, 2011:


Shakir Pakistani on September 30, 2011:

Please any 1 tell me a link of palmistry

Shakir Pakistani on September 30, 2011:

PLZZZZZZZZZZ give me a complete book of palmistry

best psychic on September 20, 2011:

Palmistry, actually, does not give predictions of events that might occur in the future. Palm reading only aims to let people know their personality well and the psychic can give them guides to some decisions or problems he or she might stumble upon.

best psychic

udayaraj niroula on September 14, 2011:

nice to meet u but when

Basam Khan on August 30, 2011:

Bravo! now i can read my palm in this way

cupcakelore16 on August 25, 2011:

nice now i will know how to read

Jeremy on August 17, 2011:

Cool...personally I read palms this way

Ravi Singh from India on August 13, 2011:

Ha..I don't believe in palm reading, but after reading youur hub, I started like it.will surely learn some tips from it.thanks.

adnan on August 12, 2011:

good effort

lzlpio90 on August 09, 2011:

nice one! well elaborated! but i don't believe in palm reading because i believe you are the one who made your own destiny.

Illusion on August 08, 2011:

What does it mean when you have a break on the left hand for the life line I could never figure it out. Please answer this

Jenny on August 06, 2011:

Wow. Have always been interest in palm reading and this is a great ressource to go with. Thank you.

chlo on August 04, 2011:

Im only 13 and i think this is cool. it took me a while to find my life line but its still easy. its awesome :)

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on August 03, 2011:

Thank you all for the comments!

Taryn on August 03, 2011:

beckie not every one has a fate line but it took me awile to find mine it started out on my life line and then left

beckie on July 29, 2011:

i don't have a fate line?

kimrose13 from Cedar Park Texas on July 25, 2011:

This is useful

Mark on July 24, 2011:

I think you’ll enjoy a new project called Doublepalm+. We are a palm reading social networking site which lets members get, give, and share palm readings. Members upload photos of their palm(s) for free palm readings provided by Doublepalm members. By tying together social networking and palmistry, Doublepalm gives members a fun and spiritual experience. We just got started so are community is growing. We're at

JohnnyNobody on July 02, 2011:

)O( Im taking a class on this and it hasn't started yet. your I think your hub is a good introduction.

chinmay india on June 13, 2011:

very nice work done dude.........thanks a lot...

as a engineeer i use to see hands of my frns and other engineeers or mathematician and i found one vertical line just below ring finger upto heart line...

TNTttly on June 01, 2011:

I think theirs something wrong with me. I don't even have that many lines on both of my hands,it seems as if there are pieces missing on my hands or something D: is that a bad thing!! does that make me scared :(

kieron on May 30, 2011:

can anyone help me i have a pentagram in middle ov my hand and the top has the all seeing eye , wot does this mean ?????????????????

poppy on May 25, 2011:

Hi,Can anybody answer this one please.

A friend has a strange lifeline.Its fairly normal size .It starts off and and halfway it forks with one line going down as normal towards the wrist and the other line towards the mount of moon,I think its called.Its not a small fork at the end of the line as I have seen on others.Its forked wide from halfway down the line.No breaks.Just forks wide and on both hands.Anybody care to explain please ?

Abby on May 09, 2011:

Great hub, my friend introduced me to palm reading, i am currently obsessed!!!

debu on May 02, 2011:

hey dudes just look my dhanas hand and correct his way n life

rox on April 27, 2011:

what does short life line means ? and if there is another line parrelel which starts fom bottom wrist and joined to head line ?

regine thibodeaux on April 26, 2011:

All of the above is juast a basic primer on palm reading. I learned the real skinny on how to do it with an online program.

dert on April 25, 2011:

i lik this even kno i din read it



Sammy on March 01, 2011:

I thought this was very gd, I het the lines and stuff bit for the tips of ur fingers, what does that mean. It says what they mean, but they don't say when this would apply, like if ur tips r soft, round, flat ect. Plz could some1 help

meeee on February 22, 2011:

woowww this is really long so i totally didn't even read it but it looks verrrryyyyy interesting luuuuuuvvvvv ittttttt!!!!! (and yes u will 1.hook up with the person at theoffice and 2. get a raise) :)

Wolf on February 07, 2011:

Awesome I never herd of it until today and I can do it

Nashath on January 23, 2011:

who believes in un seen sprite ..this palm tric will not work out

vanitha on January 18, 2011:

sir my heart line in palm is different from other . actuially it break

megz on January 04, 2011:

I'm 13 and I have been trying to learn to read palms for a while. This website is very informative about wht everything is. The only problem was the image at the top. I'm not sure if its because I'm on te internet on a small screen but I find the image quite confuong asit seems to have one hand line with more than one arrow pointing to it. However. I now.understand it and I am going to try it out on people now.

scarded on December 28, 2010:

I don't appear to have a life line on my left hand! is that bad

dancegrl on December 28, 2010:

i luv palm reading its just too hard !!!! i am only nine i wish they made 1 4 kids

Cindy on November 29, 2010:

im brilliant :D!

john on October 29, 2010:

it is not so easy to understand but good for initial.

beth on October 26, 2010:

this is confusing! how should we know if we are going to have kids or have a bf

anne on October 16, 2010:

this is confusing!!!!!

zee on September 02, 2010:

the woman shows different life line to the guy abovein the video .. they both are stupid . the best thing is do ur job and duty and god will see you through

Lil Taylor on August 22, 2010:

this is so cool i did it to my mom and she found it cool also but im only 12 so my hands arent fully grown so my life line is kinda short it scared me but the cool thing about that is when i got scared about my short life line i got a lot of stress lines lol it was weird but they're gone now

emo on August 20, 2010:

umm i don't have a marriage line, what doe that mean? lol..

Jasmin on August 15, 2010:

Hey! I've got a good life ahead of me! Great! I'm only 12 so i'm really truly excited bout it! Thx heaps!

RoseGardenAdvice from San Francisco on August 12, 2010:

Very nice hub! Got me checking out my hands :) Thanks for sharing ... awesome info in one place.

quick cash concept on July 25, 2010:

Can you see my hand? :)

Chloe on July 18, 2010:

Well hey.. apparently I'm brilliant haa :) and I have a very good and interesting palm.. :D I like my outcomee haa ;D

Rach on July 18, 2010:

Great hub very easy to understand. Helped to refresh my memory thanx a lot

kenz on July 14, 2010:

im 10 i wanted to learn thxs a lot

Cam on July 10, 2010:

umm i don't have a marriage line, what doe that mean? lol

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