Palm Reading or Chiromancy

Palmistry, or chiromancy, is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as chirology, or in popular culture as palm reading. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists.

Palm reading, otherwise known as palmistry or chiromancy, is something that's practiced all over the world. It has its roots in Indian astrology and Roman 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, even you can learn to gain insight just by holding someone's hand. Like any esoteric practice, palmistry has many different forms and can be very complicated — more so than your average reading might let on. A longer, more in-depth palm reading might address finger proportions and lengths, which can tell the reader about specific facets of your personality, and the mounts of the hand, which are an entire subsection of palmistry on their own.

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Keep in mind: According to hand analysts, a less prominent line reflects an area of life that may need work, while a deeper one signals that the characteristic related to that line is strong and fully developed. For even more hints, see this guide to finger reading.

If you have a…

  • Short line (ending near the center of your palm, as shown here): You’re a fast thinker who reaches conclusions without any hemming and hawing.
  • Long, straight line (extending across the palm, toward the pinkie): Analyze much? You often find yourself mulling things over (and over) before coming to a decision.
  • Line that splits in two: Sensitive to others, you can easily see someone else’s perspective. This means you may change your opinion now and then.
  • Long, curved line (running down toward the bottom corner of the palm): You’re a creative thinker who can imagine many possible outcomes or approaches to any situation.

The Heart Line:

If you have a…

  • Long, straight line (ending below the index finger, as shown here): You’re a rational, analytical thinker who always considers others’ feelings, and people appreciate that about you.
  • Short, straight line (ending between the middle and index fingers): You need your freedom. You show your love through actions more than words.
  • Long, curved line (arcing up and reaching the base of the middle finger): Your passions and desires drive you, and you don’t care who knows it.
  • Short, curved line (arcing up and ending about a half inch below the base of the middle finger): You are reserved and prefer small groups to big ones. You open up in one-on-one settings.
  • Line with two or more X’s at the outer palm: You’ve experienced a deep personal betrayal.
  • Line that splits in two: You have a habit of putting your emotions on the back burner to meet others’ needs.