Palmistry is a form of divination based on the practice of interpreting the lines on the palm of a hand. It is also known as Cheiromancy, or Chiromancy, a word coined by amalgamating two Greek words: Cheir – hand, and Manteia – divination.  It involves evaluating a person's character or future by reading his palm. Palmistry is practiced all over the world, and in various cultures. The people who practice this art are known as palmists, chiromancers, or palm readers.


It is thought that palmistry originated in either China or India, more than 3000 years ago. It is referred to, in the ancient Indian scriptures, as ‘Samudrik Shastra’, which literally translates as ‘the ocean of knowledge.’ It was also practiced by the ancient Chaldeans, Tibetans, Sumerians, Babylonians, early Hebrews, Persians, and Egyptians, among others – all with their cultural variations. In the 14th century, palmistry found its way to Europe through Greece.

Palmistry should not be confused with anything paranormal, such as, medium-ship, clairvoyance, etc. It is akin to map reading, and can be learnt by anyone, with a little application. You learn the basics of all the features in the hand, and combine them together to form a whole. As no two hands are the same, each combination is unique and reads differently.

The study of the palm also includes studying the shape, texture, and suppleness of the hand, in addition to finger formation, nails, and of course and foremost – the lines on the palm of the hand. Through this study, an accomplished palmist is able to form a clear picture of your life – past, present, and future.

The Lines

Anyone trying to learn the art of palmistry needs to be able to know the lines in the palm of the hand, and interpret their meanings. The three main lines are: the heart line, the head line, and the life line.  Let us look at what these lines are:

• The Heart Line – This is the first line a palmist examines. It is the first line under the fingers. Different traditions read this line differently: from the edge under the little finger towards the thumb, or vice versa. Said to indicate emotional stability, romantic perspectives, and depression, in addition to various aspects of cardiac health, the heart line represents matters of the heart.
• The Head Line – It is below the heart line and starts from the under the index finger and goes towards the edge of the palm under the little finger. More often than not, the head line joins the life line at the starting pont. Said to indicate about the learning style, communication style, intellectualism, and thirst for knowledge in addition to representing the person’s mind.
• The Life Line – This line starts from near the thumb and moves towards the wrist in an arc. It representls the physical health and general well being, and vitality. The length of the life line has no connection to the length of the person’s lifespan, and reflects major changes in his life.

The other minor lines are the Sun line, Union lines, Mercury line, Travel lines, and a number of other markings, such as stars, crosses, triangles, squares, tridents, and rings under each of the fingers.

Palmists study both hands for reading. The hand you write with is the dominant hand and reflects your public face, and what you have developed. The other hand reflects your private face and your latent abilities.

Those intending to learn palmistry need to read as many palmistry books as they can, or attend a couse in palmistry. This art is not what you can learn overnight. You need to test your knowledge on many people and gradually you become adept at it.

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