Palmistry or Cheiromancy and Astrology
The lore dates palmistry to the ancient Egyptians, Chaldeans, Sumerians and Babylonians. The "written" eastern (Vedic) references date to approx. 2000 BCE and the western references to Aristotle 384-322 BCE. The term Chiromancy is based on the Greek word cheir = hand and mancy=divination. There are two more forms for the base word –gnomy and –ology, which were perhaps adapted to make it less of a divination and more of a study.
Palmistry has a connotation of fortune telling, in the 17th century it was a university subject in Germany and outlawed as witchcraft in England. Astrology and palmistry have strong links. There used to be a basic division into seven types of hands, which matched the seven planets known by the ancients.
This division has been revised to four elemental types. The Earth hand has a square palm and short fingers, and belongs to a practical and honest individual. The Fire hand has a long palm and short fingers, which describes an energetic, restless person. The Water hand has a long palm and long fingers, which describes an imaginative and emotional individual with moody characteristics. The Air hand has a square palm with long fingers, which belongs to an intelligent, logical and systematic individual. The mounts on the hand are named after Roman gods, which relate to planets. In the diagram each finger is given a ruling planet, Mars, Venus and the Moon do not have a finger of their own. Venus was given the first phalanx on the thumb, which ironically is the phalanx of will – typically a concept related to Mars. Venus also has a mount. Well formed, firm mounts show that the planet's energy is well developed. Note that with Saturn this is not the case rather the mount is typically taut and flat. Each planet does also rule a line in the hand, and a band under its finger.
Each of the phalanges on each finger is associated with an astrological sign. The first phalanges are cardinal, the middle ones are fixed and the bottom ones are mutable. The thumb is considered to have two phalanges only the top one is associated with will & action and the lower one with capacity for thought & logical analysis. The base of the thumb is associated with vitality and strength – prominent and or well shaped or developed is good. Thumb is claimed to be associated with intelligence as well as the Ascendant. In Asia there are palmists, who read the thumb exclusively and ignore the rest of the hand. In addition there are twelve types of fingernails, which are associated with astrological signs and can be used as a tool in chart rectification. The matching of these with actual fingernails is harder than it sounds.
Long is better than short when it comes to phalanges, overly long, however, is associated with negative traits and/or a lack of something. For example a very long Virgo phalanx, the bottom segment of the ring finger, is associated with greed. A very short pinky finger (the kind that only reaches half way through the middle phalanx of the ring finger) is indicative of someone frustrated, unable to express their talents and skills. In lieu of having a finger Mars was given two mounts on the palm – one is associated with moral courage and the other with physical courage (see diagram). In addition Mars owns the "plateau" in the centre of the palm.
The Jupiter finger – index - is associated with ambition, success and ego. When it is longer than the ring finger – the hand belongs to a natural leader. (Remember that as with any method of analyzing character and life one pat statement does not apply to all, the art of palmistry is more complex than this short introductory essay). The Saturn finger – middle – is about the mind/money, responsibility and detail. The Sun – Ring - finger has to do with emotions, desires and persona. The Mercury – pinky – finger has to with communications, personal relationships, the mind and spirituality.
Looking at the hands and comparing them to the main themes in the astrological chart does seem to have a strong correlation. Check it out for yourself – is your chart mainly fixed and are the middle phalanges in your fingers the longest? Are you mainly a water type – is your palm long with long fingers? Is your pinky finger long past reaching the top phalange of the index finger – are you quick witted and a born salesman? Do you have a crooked finger or one that leans toward another one? Is it the Jupiter finger bending toward Saturn's finger – are you stubborn or persistent? Is it the Sun finger reaching for Saturn's finger – are emotional relationships a challenge? Do these finger patterns repeat in the chart – a Sun/Saturn aspect for example? Last remember that the passive hand (left if you are right-handed) is what you were born with and the active hand is what you have made of your life and circumstances.
THIS IS WHAT YOUR PALMS REVEAL ABOUT YOU.
You are sensitive, imaginative, emotional, creative, and found to be moody and even impulsive.Your nails give you away as someone who is placid, easy-going, and a dreamer.A pale pink nail color belongs to someone who is warm with an outgoing nature.Things don’t come easily for you. You will have to struggle hard to succeed.You have a well balanced mind, and will be successful.You have difficulties in your personal relationships, therefore, you generally have feelings of isolation, and alienation.Your slender finger shape reveals that you are both introverted, and you have an artistic nature.Your knotty joints show that you are dignified, and that you are a deep thinker.You are stubborn, and persistent.You have many good prospects in work, business, and in the entire outside world.You love the country. You enjoy nature, and taking care of things.You are conceited, and you long for your day in the spotlight.You experience many emotional difficulties.Your Mercury finger shows that you have a difficulty in making the best of yourself, and your situations. are emotionally balanced.Your short and thick thumb shows that you are obstinate.You are highly sexually motivated.You are able to keep a level head in a crisis.You have been described as arrogant, overbearing, self-centered, and highly ambitious.You are prudent, serious minded, introspective, and studious.You don’t seem to have an interest in art or culture.You have a great sense of humour.You are courageous.You are a dreamer, you don’t take critisism well, and sometimes are fickle.Your headline shows that you have a great talent for self-expression.You are independent and in need of a definite direction to prevent wasting energy.Your imagination is stifled by always using common sense.It is likely that you will have to struggle for your success, but your branchlines suggest that you are highly ambitious.You have great concentration.You have a great business ability and have the potential to make a lot of money.Your heartline reveals that you are a warm, sensual, loving person.Flirting is part of your style.You have a dynamic personality.You are moody, and you have difficulty living with other people.You are ambitious, and are extremely likely to succeed in whatever it is you put your mind to.You have good health and prosperity.You have great vitality, and are healthy.You have had responsiblities very early on in life.Your elderly years will be filled with much happiness.You have a tendency to go to the extreme.You are healthy.You are your own worst enemy.You will have 2 dependants.One of the dependants that you have will be a boy.One of the dependants that you have will be a girl.You can expect to live healthily for a minimum of 60 years.Your marriage line suggests a divorce or separation.Your fingerprints reveal that you are confused.The deep straight vertical lines on your fingers represent overwork and general fatigue.You have indicated that you do not have any moles on your hands or wrists.You have many interests.A cross on the hand means that you are in for a shock. If this cross is at the end of a line, you could expect failure. Notice where the cross lies on your palm.You can expect many triumphs and an exciting life.A square on a hand negates any nearby negativity.You have good fortune in your palm.You have a lack of direction in your life. You are uncertain about many things.You will be extremely fortunate in life.