Knowing even just a little about palm shapes, nail types, and gestures means you’ll never again be bored in a crowd. Going for a face-to-face interview, hiring a builder, meeting in real life that person you first came across on Tinder gives you, well….it gives you the upper hand.
You’ll distinguish between the careful thinker with the long fingers who pays attention to detail as opposed to the fast-working short-fingered type who is quickly inspired but who tends to cut corners. You’ll immediately recognize the romantic with the filbert-shaped nails, the volcanic temper of the broad thumbnail, the grasping nature of the long, narrow, pointed nail. The warmth of a character, the controlling disposition, the generosity and the drama all come across through a person’s hand gestures.
And the more you get to recognize the meanings of the lumps and bumps in the palm, the more familiar you become with the different lines and the more you learn how to interpret the markings, the more compulsive a study of hand analysis becomes.
Then, when you go on Facebook, catch the news on screen or see a photo of an open hand in a newspaper — the palm of a politician taking an oath, perhaps, or a movie star waving to their fans — you’ll home in on the lines. That’s when you can read a person like a book.
When at a party others know you can read hands you get one of two reactions. Either people will quickly bury theirs in their pockets as they see you approaching, or else they’ll make a bee-line for you with outstretched palms.
Of course there are those who think palmistry is a load of stuff and nonsense. We can thank the Victorian doomsters with their ‘murderer’s thumb’, or the ‘cross my palm with silver’ charlatans for this bad press.
Often, women (and it usuallyiswomen) seek me out in confidence after one of my talks to let me know how they’ve caught their vocally skeptical partners studying their hands behind the scenes or quietly taking a sneaky look at one of my books: one hand holding the book, the other open palm-up.
The truth is that looking at our hands is irresistible.
Hands have been painted on the walls of stone-age caves, carved into sculptures, worked into art and fashioned into jewelry. In the Far East, thumbprints have been found pressed on shards of ancient pottery as a signature of the potter proving that the uniqueness of fingerprints was recognized centuries before Scotland Yard adopted the markings as an incontrovertible method of personal identification.
It is unfortunate that a fairground fortune-telling stigma has been attached to a subject with so much potential for yielding invaluable information about an individual. Consider how a simple comparison of head lines in the palm could be used to offer sound career advice to youngsters confused about their academic choices — decisions so critical to the course of their future lives. Or how a glance at the heart line can go a long way towards explaining emotional disposition or resolving relationship dilemmas.
Although it is in the medical field where hand analysis could prove an invaluable — quick, easy, and cheap! — aid to mainstream diagnosis, this subject still remains controversial and as such tends to hold back clinical study. Nevertheless, we have seen a plethora of serious pioneering research over the last twenty years — a sign, perhaps, that the scientific community is at last coming round to the value of this research.
According to recent findings, scientists have discovered that it is the hormonal mix of the amniotic fluid in the womb that affects how the fetus develops. During gestation it is this mix, whether there is more oestrogen or progesterone, that programs the development of the heart and brain while at the same time programming the growth characteristics of the hand and fingers.
As early as the third month of fetal development a preference for right- or left-handedness is established. Through the fourth month, as the skin is formed, the skin ridges that comprise the fingerprints and dermal patterns in the palm are laid down. It is at this point that the patterns of any inherited congenital abnormalities, or any ‘hiccups’ that might occur to the mother, are stamped into the skin ridges.
What these studies suggest is that the hand is not only a window to what was happening in the womb as the fetus developed, but it stands as a visible register of the individual’s future health and predisposition to disease.
Other studies, notably the 2D:4D ratio that measures the difference in length between the index and ring fingers, has shown that the disparity in the length of these two digits corresponds to, among other characteristics, sporting prowess, sperm count in men and entrepreneurial skills in women. Counting the ridge lines in the fingerprints were also found to equate to certain body types, each with their own tendency to particular conditions like, for example, the apple-shape that is said to be predisposed to diabetes.
But a predisposition is just that: a possibility. It is not a given — not by a long chalk. Because although it is true that our fingerprints never change, other markings can and do. What a game-changer it would be if more people saw in their hands a mirror of their inherited potential and learned to interpret their markings. With this knowledge, there is so much we can do to shape our destiny because, basically, we have that power in our own hands.
Our hands – whatever their shape, however slender and elegant or gnarled and calloused – are remarkable. With them we can touch, feel, hold, grip, make and create. Our hands mediate between thought and matter, translate ideas into concrete reality. They are our invaluable tools that, not until they are struck by illness or injury, do we realise just how much we take them for granted.
LORI REIDis a leading astrologer and hand analyst, with clients around the world. The author of over fifty books with a long list of foreign rights, she writes astrology columns for both national and international newspapers, journals and women’s magazines. She has been the resident astrologer for theThe Daily Express,Daily Mail Online,CosmoPoland,Elle GirlKorea,BitekiJapan,Best, PrimaandOK!magazines. TV appearances and radio shows in the UK includeBBC, ITVandCarlton TV.
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