Palmistry – Hand and Finger Combinations

Before reading the palm, look at the fingers to see if they’re short or long. This isn’t always easy to gauge when you’re just beginning, but a little practice will permit you to estimate the finger length at a to peek briefly.

The fingers are considered long if they can fold back and touch a identify at the minimum seven-eights of the way along the palm. Unfortunately, there are exceptions, as some people have extremely flexible hands while others are very stiff. Also, someone with an extremely oblong palm may have long fingers that only reach halfway down the palm, as the palm itself is very long.

With experience you’ll be able to look at someone’s palm and immediately know if the fingers are long or short. The problem comes when you’re first learning and find a hand with fingers that seem to be neither long nor short. Fortunately, we can cover that situation in addition.

Long Fingers

If the fingers are long, the person pays attention to detail and you can say:

“You enjoy complicate work. You’re patient and enjoy all the fiddly bits – you like the details in things. Your work must be very consuming and satisfying. If it’s too simple you lose interest very quickly.”

Short Fingers

Someone with short fingers is almost the opposite. They’ll be more interested in the general strokes instead of the details and won’t have much patience.

You could say:

“You’re always busy. Sometimes you may start something new before you’ve finished the last task. You often have several things on the go at the same time. You tend to want everything right now, so patience is not your strong suit. Your impulsiveness has gotten you into trouble in the past. In some ways you are a jack-of-all-trades.”

Medium Length Fingers

Naturally, someone with fingers that are neither long nor short will fall into a middle category. You might say:

“At times you can be very patient. However, at other times you’re inclined to jump first and think later. If something really interests you, you want to get right down to the bottom of it and work it all out. If it’s only a passing interest, you’re more inclined to skim over it and not learn it in much detail.”

We now have four possibilities to look at:

1. Square hands with short fingers

2. Square hands with long fingers

3. Oblong hands with short fingers

4. Oblong hands with long fingers

This is the classification used in Chinese palmistry. It comes from Fred Getting’s monumental book, The Book of the Hand.

The four types are named after the four elements of the ancients: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These relate very well to the descriptions of the Fire, Earth, Air and Water signs of astrology, but it does not necessarily average that a Sagittarian (a Fire sign), would have a Fire hand. You’ll find people with all four types of hands in every sign of the Zodiac.

The four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water

Fire Hands

Fire is hot, energizing and regularly moving. It can provide gentle heat, but can also burn. consequently it needs careful handling. A Fire hand is oblong with short fingers.

Someone with a hand like this is likely to be emotional, enthusiastic and creative. The short fingers average a dislike for detail. The long palm adds intuition.

For someone with a hand like this you might say:

“You have a great mind, complete of wonderful ideas. These ideas excite you. Your enthusiasm may not last for long, but it’s extremely important to you at the time. Your emotions can be a bit hard to manager at times, but they permit you to experience life to the fullest. Details are not your strong point and you tend to prefer the overall picture to the fiddly bits. You are likely to be creative and need to be busy to be happy.”

Earth Hands

Earth is the dry, substantial part of our planet. Everything that happens on earth is unprotected to the natural rhythms of germination, growth, death and decay. Earth is timeless and expresses stability.

However, below its surface all sorts of changes are regularly occurring. This can rule to earthquakes and other upheavals.

The Earth hand is very like the functional hand. It consists of a square palm and short fingers. People with this kind of hand are reliable, down-to-earth and functional. They enjoy repetitive work and are good with their hands. They enjoy rhythm. They are conservative, reserved and possessive.

However, like earth itself, they can also react violently if they consider it necessary.

You might say to someone with Earth hands:

“You’re a hard worker. You enjoy physical challenges and your hands can think for themselves. You can be stubborn at times, and you don’t easily change your mind. You enjoy rhythm and movement. You’re not usually good with details, unless you’re making something. You probably prefer working outdoors, doing something functional. You’re reliable, honest and slightly reserved.”

Air Hands

Air is basic for life. We take it for granted and seldom notice it, except on windy days. Air is also basic for communications, as it carries sound groups. Creatures of the air, such as birds and flying insects, are fast moving and active.

The Air hand consists of a square palm and long fingers. These people tend to use logic more than intuition. They’re quick-witted and express themselves clearly. They enjoy communicating and often have careers that utilize their skills. Their strong emphasis on logic method these people tend to distrust emotions, both their own and other people’s.

We could say something along these lines to someone with Air hands:

“You’re intelligent, clear-thinking and discriminating. Relationships are important to you, but you sometimes find logic getting in the way of your feelings. You’re reliable and like to do things completely. You’re a stimulating companion and life is never dull when you’re around.”

Water Hands

Finally, water. If you think about it, water is essentially nevertheless. Other forces have to act upon it to make it change. It’s also shapeless as it simply moves to fill up at all event space is obtainable.

The Moon has a strong influence on water, creating the tides in our oceans. The saying, “nevertheless waters run thorough”, is very pertinent to the Water hand.

The Water hand consists of an oblong palm with long fingers. It’s sometimes called the intuitive hand, as these people are extremely aware and receptive. People with this kind of hand are changeable, impressionable and emotional. They’re idealistic and highly imaginative.

To someone with water hands, you could say:

“You have an extremely high inner life. Your imagination is keen and you fantasize about just about everything. You can be influenced by others, so you’re flexible with your ideas. Your intuition is strong. You’re emotional. If you’re interested in someone, you love spending time with them. You also need time by yourself to mirror on your own life. You are happiest inside the right relationship with someone to depend and rely upon.”

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