Palmistry is the art of interpreting the natural lines across the palms in order to predict the future for that person. According to some estimates, palmistry is thousands of years old. This practice is rooted in the belief (partially confirmed by child development researchers) that because hand lines develop during pregnancy, they can provide some clues about a person's appearance, health, and tendencies later in life. Most palmists agree that there is no way to determine a person's age by reading their palms. However, there are many lines running across the palms of the hands, and it is believed that the lengths and intersections of these various lines can be used to "read" the overall blueprint of one's life. By learning to identify the primary lines used in palmistry, you can learn to read hands, and calculate a person's age or vitality.
Part 1 of 2: Recognizing the hand lines
Step 1. Choose the right hand
Often a palm reader will rely on the lines in both hands for a more accurate reading. However, some palm readers prefer to rely primarily on a particular hand, and which hand is chosen will depend on the person's age and gender.
- Men under the age of 30 should offer the left palm as the primary hand.
- Men over the age of 30 should offer the right palm as the primary hand.
- Women under the age of 30 should offer the right palm as the primary hand.
- Women over the age of 30 should offer the left palm as the primary hand.
Step 2. Study the most common lines
Just like with fingerprints, everyone's palm will look slightly different. However, there are certain fundamental contours that are present in almost every palm. Before you can read a palm, it is necessary that you can recognize the different lines of the palm on the primary side. Knowing where the lifeline is in relation to the other closest lines can make it easier to find them.
- The centerline is the easiest to spot. It is located on the top of the palm and usually extends almost all the way across the palm, parallel to the knuckles of the hand.
- The main line is below the center line, more or less parallel to it. It runs horizontally between thumb and index finger, across the palm.
- The lifeline is the next prominent line on the hand. It is usually curved but may run vertically or at an angle and may intersect the mainline and/or centerline. This can be found by looking for a semi-curved line that starts between the thumb and index finger and runs down toward the wrist.
Step 3. Understand the lifeline
The lifeline mainly indicates the health, important changes in life and general well-being of a person. Contrary to popular belief, there is no real consensus on the relationship between the lifeline and one's life expectancy. However, there is some consensus within palmistry studies that a person's vitality and quality of life can be ascertained by reading the lifeline.
Part 2 of 2: Reading the Lifeline
Step 1. Calculate a person's age
There is some disagreement among palmists as to whether or not the lifeline is indicative of one's life expectancy. Many experts in the field do not believe that age or longevity can be read from the palm of the hand. Those who believe that such a reading is possible look at the ratio of the lifeline to the heartline in order to do this reading. Met assumes the following standard lifeline (LL) to centerline (HL) ratios:
- 0.36 - this LL/HL suggests a lifespan of 64 years.
- 0.37 - this LL/HL suggests a lifespan of 68 years.
- 0.35 - this LL/HL suggests a lifespan of 71 years.
- 0.39 - this ratio suggests a lifespan of 74 years.
- 0.34 - this ratio suggests a lifespan of 76 years.
- 0.38 - this ratio also suggests a lifespan of 76 years.
- 0.37 - this ratio suggests a lifespan of 79 years.
- 0.41 - this ratio suggests a lifespan of 80 years.
- 0.36 - this ratio suggests a lifespan of 81 years.
Step 2. Assess the depth of the lifeline
A deep, unbroken lifeline indicates a strong vitality and a passion for life. In contrast, a shallow line indicates that the person can be easily tricked or manipulated.
Step 3. Interpret the curve of the lifeline
The lifeline curve is usually considered an indication of adventurousness. A line that curves near the thumb grip is thought to indicate that the person will not stray far from home. A line that curves outwards is indicative of a love of travel and adventure.