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The Ancient Art of Palmistry - Part 1 The Basics

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Art or Science?

Did you know that for every line on your palms there is a story? The lines and other markings on your palm are actually closely integrated to your neural pathways in your brain. There are actually more direct nerve connections from your hands to your brain than any part of the body. What this means is that the lines are essentially like a 'snapshot' of your mind', with each thought and experience you ever had slowly etching its mark or impact on your palms. 

Underlying this ancient art is science, however for the purposes of illustrating the fascinating nature of palmistry it is an art form that takes years of practice to master.

The Power of Palmistry

In the first part of this series of articles I’m going to teach you 3 of the most important lines that can reveal a wealth of information about an individual.

Not only can you uncover the stories behind the various markings etched on your palm, but learning to read palms can:

  • be great party trick
  • help people understand themselves and their potential
  • be a great way to get closer to people
  • reveals a persons deepest secrets
  • intrigue people

In general, people love to talk about themselves and are curious about their fate and fortune. By learning palmistry you can offer something of value that very few people possess. Let's get started by looking at the 3 dominant and core lines of the palm.

The 3 Core Lines

3 Dominant lines of the palms
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The Life Line

The first obvious marking is the line that encircles the thumb region (closer to the base of the palm). This life line primarily represents a person’s vigor and vitality however it can also give information about their health, outlook, energy, obstacles, and much more.

The common misconception is that the length of this line represents the length of a person’s life. Although there may be some truth to this but the actual meaning is closer to representing someone's zest for life.

Whenever we are examining any marking on the hand we look at the specific qualities or characteristics of marking. Some of the qualities to look for are noted below.

Qualities to look for:

  • The length: The longer the line the more this person will strive for in their life.
  • Thickness and depth: The stronger the line the more powerful this person is – if you see a person with a very deeply etched life line then it would be reasonable to assume this person is a go-getter and intense in their way of life. Conversely, if a person’s life line is thin and light looking you could assume their health is weak and fragile
  • Breaks:  At any time you see a break in a person’s life line it could represent obstacles, usually health related. If the line continues then it represents the person overcoming this obstacle.
  • Curvature: The more curved the life line is, extending outwards away from the thumb, the more adventurous and open minded they are. Someone with an outward swinging curve will be more likely to travel the world and take risks.

The Head Line

This line governs how a person primarily thinks. It is the line generally at the center of the palm running from the thumb side to the pinkie side. About 75% of the time it is connected to the life line.

Qualities to look for:

  • The length: A line running approximately horizontally from the thumb side all the way to the opposite pinkie side is representative of someone who is very logical and is of the analytical, intellectual type. The longer the length, the more time this person is engaged in deep thought or analytical thinking.
  • The depth: The stronger the line (darker or deeper) the more intense the thoughts.
  • Curved or straight: One easy distinction is to look for whether or not the line is curved or straight. If it is straight then the person would be more of a logical thinker, when a person’s head line is curved (towards the base of the palm) then it means the person is a more creative thinker, i.e. an artist type rather than a business person.
  • Breaks: At any time you see a break or major shift in the direction in the head line it is reasonable to assume there was a major shift in the way this person thought. Whether it was a physical injury to their head (unlikely), or a complete change of mentality through a life changing experience or some other influence. 
  • Branches or splits: If head line splits up into two or more then it means that the person has multiple ways to approach a situation. They may see both sides of a story or have various perspectives or ways in which they process information.

The Heart Line

The more glamorous of the 3 lines is the heart line as it deals with the matters of the heart. It is located on the higher regions of the palm, running from the pinkie side to the thumb side. Keep in mind there may be instances in which this line is absent (joined to the head line) which will be discussed later in the more advanced articles of this palmistry series.

Qualities to look for:

  • The length: The longer the heart line the more ‘heart’ this person has towards others, i.e. compassion and empathy. Similarly, the shorter the heart line the colder or emotionless this person may be appear to be.
  • Straight or Curved: If the heart line stays horizontally straight across the palm and doesn’t curve up towards the fingers then you could say the person doesn’t reveal their emotions. In other words, their emotions rarely or never come to the surface (the line doesn't curve towards the base of the fingers). On the other hand, if the lines curve towards the fingers you can say this is a emotionally visible person. They don’t hide their emotions and they often come out erratically (depending on the angle of curvature).
  • The strength: The deeper the lines the more intense emotions this person feels.
  • Breaks or bubbles: Breaks usually indicate some sort of challenge or negative experience in their life. Similarly, bubbles (or ovals) are indicative of trouble or difficult situation. This may relate to a break up, heart ache, or something that the person experienced pain over for a period of time.
  • The Ending: Where the heart line ends can give you clue to their nature. In general, if the heart line ends (it almost always starts on the pinkie finger side) under the middle finger, this person may be emotionally selfish, if it ends under the index finger then the person may be emotionally selfless when it comes to dealing with other people.
  • If it ends between the middle and index finger than the person is usually emotionally balanced, neither too selfish or too selfless.

Some Guidelines to Keep in Mind

Whenever performing palmistry for someone it is important to have a few guidelines to make the experience more enjoyable for all parties.

  • Keep it positive where you can, no one wants to hear 'bad news' despite the nature of this art.
  • You should always look for multiple signs that consolidates a read. Simply making a judgment from one marking can be false or misleading when you don't consider the whole picture.
  • Don't be too serious about it. Sometimes people take your readings quite seriously i.e. (common misconception: Short life line = I'm going to die soon) so be tactful when giving a reading.

Over time as you become more proficient at reading you can recognize a multitude of markings and their relative meanings. Only then can you give a complete and accurate reading.

At the end of the day palmistry is a rewarding and great way to engage with people from all walks of life whether you believe in this art or not.

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