A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Palms
How to Get Started Reading Palms
When beginning your analysis, it’s best to start with larger observations, working your way into more nuanced detail. Though opinions vary, many modern readers believe it’s important to analyze both the left and right hands: The non-dominant hand reveals natural personality and character, while the dominant hand shows how these traits have been actualized in practice. Together, they reveal how a person is utilizing their potential in this lifetime.
To get started, take your time to make a few silent observations with the querent’s hand cupped in your own. What is the texture? Is the front smooth while the palm is rough? Are the fingers manicured or dirty? Remember, cosmic warriors, nothing should be overlooked in divination practices. Everything has meaning, and when you infuse your practice with intuition, you’ll seamlessly extract the meaning of the smallest details.
Next, familiarize yourself with the hand shapes that correspond with the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. After mastering hand shapes and their associated elements, you can get to know the mounts and plains of the hand, regions that correspond with major areas of life, as well as the lines and creases that tell a story about the future. Let’s take a look at each of these.
What are the types of hands?
There are four basic hand shapes within palmistry, each connected with a different element — fire, water, earth, and air — and its associated traits. Although the four elements are also embedded in astrology, your hand type may not correspond with your astrological profile. For instance, while your sun sign might be Aries (a fire sign), the shape of your hand maybe that of a water sign, revealing nuanced insight into the complexities of your personality.
What are earth hands?
Earth hands are identified by square palms and short fingers. These hands are often firm, solid, and fleshy. Individuals with earth hands are known to be practical, logical, and grounded. While secure and reliable, they can become too consumed with their immediate realities, which can ultimately hinder long-term planning and achievement.
What are fire hands?
You can tell a fire hand by its long palm and short fingers. These hands often have distinctive creases and defined mounds (read on for more about those). Individuals with fire hands are known to be passionate, confident, and industrious. They’re driven by their desires and on a bad day, they may lack tactfulness and empathy.
What are air hands?
Air hands have square palms and long fingers and are often boney, with protruding knuckles and spindly fingers. This hand type signifies intellectually curious individuals with innate analytical abilities and communication skills. Those with air hands are easily distracted and, if not stimulated, can become anxious or edgy.
What are water hands?
Water hands are distinguished by their long palms and long fingers. These hands are often soft to the touch and a bit clammy, with an overall narrow appearance. Those who have them are in tune with their emotions, intuition, and psychic ability. Fueled by compassion and imagination, these individuals are often creatives. They’re also extremely sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt, causing undesirable interpersonal stress.
Which palms should you read?
Though opinions vary, many modern readers believe it’s important to analyze both the left and right hands: The non-dominant hand reveals natural personality and character, while the dominant hand shows how these traits have been actualized in practice. Together, they reveal how a person is utilizing their potential in this lifetime.
Just like when learning to read an astrology birth chart, palmistry takes time, practice, and expertise. When beginning your analysis, it’s best to start with larger observations and work your way into more nuanced detail. While I encourage you to develop your own interpretations of different creases and shapes, familiarizing yourself with traditional conventions can help you develop a rich vocabulary that will help you interpret palms like a pro.