Palm Line Reading

In this hand, the head line and life line are connected.
Do lines on the hand say it all?

Palm line reading, or palmistry, has grown over the years as a personal passageway to the unknown. Based largely on of the shape, length and other specialized characteristics of lines on the palm, palmistry is often subjective.

The Roots of Palmistry

Also known as chiromancy, palmistry derives from ancient China, the ancient Greeks and Gypsy culture. Palmistry is often classified, along with tea leaf readings, tarot cards and pendulum readings, as a pseudo science. Palmistry focuses on predicting or evaluating what is likely to occur in a person's life based on the lines that appear on his or her hand. A good palmist will study all parts of the hand from its general shape and texture, length and size of the fingers, to every individual line.

In palmistry, there is also a great deal of debate regarding which hand to read. Some palmists suggest using your non-dominant hand because it will be more telling of life events since it has been unaltered by the stress of life. Others believe that the left hand shows who you are personally while your right hand may show your personality. Whichever side of the argument you fall on, it can sometimes prove best to look at both hands in a reading.

How to Do a Palm Line Reading

Step One

The first step in palm line reading is to get an overall idea of the hand. If you're reading your own palm, try to look at your hand like it is something new. Is your general hand shaped like a square or is it more shovel like? Are the fingers lengthy or stubby? Is your skin soft, or are there rough patches? The overall palm can be classified into one of four hand shapes:

  • Pointed
  • Square
  • Cone Shaped
  • Mixed

Some palmist guides and websites also refer to the hand shapes as elements, and instead call them earth, air, fire and water. Whichever system you prefer, remember that analyzing the shape of the hand is a great jumping off point when it comes to palm reading.

Step Two

The next step is to take a look at the lines on the hand. Palmistry focuses primarily on four lines present on most hands:

  • Head line
  • Heart line
  • Lifeline
  • Fate line

Head Line

Beginning under the index finger, the head line moves out to "fall off" the end of the hand. This line may connect to other lines like the lifeline. The head line symbolizes what is going on in a person's head. The head line shows your mind and the way it works.

  • A curved and sloping line highlights a creative individual, while a short line shows an individual more focused on the tangible.
  • A wavering line shows a short attention span, while a pronounced line shows a focused individual.

Additionally, a fork at the end of the head line is called the "writer's fork", and it can indicate a natural ability when it comes to writing.

Heart Line

The heart line runs clear across the palm. For some people, the line starts off the hand near the thumb and continues off the hand towards the pinky side. For others, the line is much shorter. The line is representative of emotion, rather than just relationships.

  • A line that begins below the index finger may show someone displeased with the pleasures of love while a line that starts under the middle finger can show someone too indulgent in love.
  • If the line is straight and stubby, the bearer of the line might not care to show much emotion.
  • If the line is curved and long, the bearer might be a hopeless romantic dedicated to love.


The lifeline arches around the thumb in some shape or manner and reflects quality of life.

  • A curvy lifeline shows an individual full of life and passion.
  • A shorter line that hugs the thumb tighter may show someone with a lack of energy.
  • Breaks in the lifeline can highlight major life events that would change the way someone lives their life, such as the death of a loved one or major travel.

Fate Line

The fate line runs perpendicular up the palm, starting from the middle base. This line shows the effect of destiny on a person's life. A deep line shows someone with a strong dependence on fate, while a broken line shows someone who will have many sudden experiences.

A Final Thought

There's no doubt about it, palm reading is fun! However, it's not recognized as an exact science and is very open to interpretation, so keep that in mind when looking at your hands. That said, palm reading can be an intriguing way to learn more about yourself and your loved ones while enjoying and reveling in an ancient practice!

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