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Palmistry, popular as palm reading, is the practice of fortune-telling through the study of the palm. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiroma are generally palmists, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists.
There are many and often conflicting— interpretations of various lines and palmar features across multiple teachings of palmistry. Palmistry is practised by the Hindu Brahmins and indirectly referenced in the Book of Job. The roots of this practice are in countries like India and China and some parts of ancient Israel.
Therefore the hands are a mirror which reflects our actions in the form of signs and symbols. However, an educated eye is needed to see them. "Hasta" Samudrika Shastra, or the Vedic Palmistry, is "the ocean of signs and symbols." It is intimately related to Jyotisha as it is in Nimitta, one of them the six limbs of Jyotisha. Nimitta, or omenology, consists of many things and all body markings but finds its ultimate expression through the ocean of "omens" found in hand. Furthermore, all parts of the hand, the fingers and the palm are the nine planets, and the meanings of these areas reflect the planets' karakatwa or innate intentions. Therefore, gifted Indian palmists can precisely determine your horoscope through the markings in your hands!
Your life line is one of the most accessible lines to spot right away. This line starts at the palm's base and arcs upward, circling the ball of your thumb. It ends between your thumb and forefinger. Contrary to popular belief, your lifeline doesn't determine how long you will live.
This line will also indicate significant changes in your life, like moving cities or actual physical and emotional events. If this line is long and unbroken, you are a solid, dependable person who people can rely on. On the other hand, a life line that is straight, without any curve, means that you are cautious in relationships and could benefit from investing more trust.
The head line starts from the outside of the palm. On the side between the crease of the thumb and index finger and ends in the centre. It represents your learning style, communication, and your desire for knowledge. A curved head line implies creativity and artistic ability, whereas a straight line implies a more logical and practical approach to learning. A short head line means that physical achievements are super significant to you—you might be interested in sports or dance. And a straight head line represents someone realistic and analytical—you're a clear thinker, and you always think things through.
The heart line runs below the base of your fingers and tends at either at middle or index finger. This line tells you about your emotional stability, romantic life, state of happiness, and heart health. With a long straight line ending under your index finger, you're a rational thinker with a content love life. A short, straight heart line means you value your sense of independence in relationships and show your love through actions rather than words.
However, a short curved line means you are more private about your romantic endeavours. A straight, parallel line means you are level headed and realistic about relationships. A broken or a heart line with other small lines crossing through it may indicate heartbreak or emotional trauma.
It is a vertical line that runs straight up the middle of your palm, from the base towards your middle finger. This line represents how strongly your destiny will control your life—in other words, how closely you will follow a specific path in life. It can also be the career line as it indicates your interests and how your career might follow from those interests as you develop. A deep fate Line suggests a life with a strong path determined by destiny. This might mean you have a solid ability to start your own business. Don't have a fate line? Don't worry—it doesn't suggest you don't have a career. Instead, the absence of a fate line indicates you might change your career often or have different interests throughout your life.
Also known as your Apollo line, this line indicates your talent, popularity and success. It is the line of succession. An obvious sun line shows good taste in art and literature. One that breaks then resumes its course may mean great success and recognition after overcoming challenging experiences. Sun line parallel to your fate line is a perfect sign and means immense success and an excellent reputation. If you have an absent line, you are a hard worker but should enjoy life every day.
There are four types of hands representing four different elements. Lines of dominant and passive hands tend to be different. Following are different types of hands during Hand Reading:
They have square palms and short fingers. This means that the person is honest, traditional, and down to earth. These people have a practical outlook on their life and prefer material facts over intellectual pursuits. Weirdly, though, many musicians have earth hands.
They have long palms and short fingers. They are energetic, restless, charismatic, and enthusiastic. Like the astrological fire signs, these people are natural-born leaders, risk-takers, and adventurers. They love being the hub of attention but can sometimes be dick-ish. (Don't blame the messenger!)
They have long palms and long, graceful, slender fingers. These people are imaginative, emotional, and sensitive. People with water hands are the dreamers in your crew. They are gentle, and others often confide in them. Although they can be moody or sensitive (you're going to fight a little), their creativity and charisma win people over.
They have square palms and long fingers. This kind of hand means someone is clever, articulate, rational, and intellectual. Think of these people as skilled at creating new ideas and pursuing their ambitions. They tend to overthink, though, making them frazzled at times.