Palmistry and Handshapes: introduction.

Palmistry through history...

Palmistry, or chiromancy, is the art of predicting a person’s future and traits by reading the lines on the palm of their hands. This practice was already in vogue among ancient Greeks. Alexander the Great was known for his ability to read his generals’ palms. However, it seems that palmistry was born in India, where the first book about this topic dates back around 5,000 years ago. Despite the distances, its spreading was fast, reaching the Ancient Greeks, from which it kept some technical words and names.

The word “Chiromancy” derives from the Greek terms chéir, that means “hand“, and “mantéuo, “predict“; those who can read the hand are called “palmists” or “hand-readers“. This practice has, of course, lots of different varieties based on the cultural background. Nowadays, palmistry is a pseudoscience, distinguished into two branches, chirognomy and chirology. The first one reads the hands’ shape, while the second one reads the palms’ lines and mounts.

Hand shapes.

As it’s common in magic, hand shapes are interpreted according to the four natural elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air). We can find the fifth hand shape in Chinese culture, the metal hand. All these shapes give clues about a person’s traits corresponding to the type indicated.


Fire Shape.

Fire hand shape is usually a long and large palm, long fingers, well ill-defined knuckles and ruddy nails. The skin is commonly flushed.

These type of hands usually belong to emotional, passionate and charming people. The common traits found in people with this hand shape are clarity about their feelings (even though they tend to be quite emotional), a spirit of sacrifice for their beloved, smartness and acumen. Being very enthusiastic and skilled people, they prefer to accomplish their duties alone, which often makes others feel they are anti-social or loners. However, they usually have no particular issues when it’s about to learn new things. Though, they lack perseverance, so they’re the typical example of “smart but doesn’t put effort” type of person because their attention is often focused on many different things.

Water Shape.

Water hand shape is usually wide, sometimes rectangular-shaped palm, medium-long fingers, rounded fingertips and long nails. People with this hand shape are usually quick learners who have sharp perception and the tendency to examine the reality behind things, with an analytic and logic mindset.They are gentle, sensitive and very creative people.

Air Shape.

The air hand is usually oblong shaped with long fingers and well-defined knuckles. People with this particular hand shape tend to be very stubborn, but hard workers and firm. They’re not afraid of being alone, they choose their friends and lovers very wisely. They’re very protective of their feelings that they show just to a selected few. This doesn’t mean they’re unemotional, at the contrary. Usually very creative and communicative people.

Earth Shape.

This type of hand has thick palms and fingers, large wrists. People with this hand shape are silent and consistent. They will keep working on their goals relentlessly until accomplishment. In fact,they prefer to do their own work alone instead of leading other people. Just like the Wood hand-shaped people, they make it hard for others to approach to their deeper feelings because they’re often closed and reserved.

Metal Shape.

The Metal hand has squared palm, fingers and nails. Very similar to the Air shape. You will probably find a person with high leadership skills, practical, logical and with a strong sense of justice. This type of hand represents brave people, able to stand up for themselves and extremely adaptable to every kind of situation. They’re very communicative and definitely not the type that beats around the bush, which makes them appear a little “aggressive“.

Hope you enjoyed this first part about palmistry. Here you can find the second part.

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