Simply put, palmistry is the art of analysing the physical features of the hands to interpret personality characteristics and predict future happenings. Chiromancy analyses are honoured: Just as our ancient ancestors gazed into the night sky and created powerful correspondences between the movements of the planets and events here on Earth, palm readers observe how the hand’s attributes connect to greater themes. Occult traditions are based on the esoteric axiom “As above, so below,” and within palmistry, the palm is accordingly seen as a microcosm of the universe.
While I encourage you to develop your own interpretations of different creases and shapes, familiarising yourself with historical conventions can help you develop a rich vocabulary that is applicable to any querent (that’s the person seeking answers from a reading).
How to Get Started Reading Palms
When beginning your analysis, it’s best to start with larger observations, working your way into more nuanced detail. Though opinions vary, many modern readers believe it’s important to analyze both the left and right hands: The non-dominant hand reveals natural personality and character, while the dominant hand shows how these traits have been actualized in practice. Together, they reveal how a person is utilizing their potential in this lifetime.
To get started, take your time to make a few silent observations with the querent’s hand cupped in your own. What is the texture? Is the front smooth while the palm is rough? Are the fingers manicured or dirty? Remember, cosmic warriors, nothing should be overlooked in divination practices. Everything has meaning, and when you infuse your practice with intuition, you’ll seamlessly extract the meaning of the smallest details.
Next, familiarize yourself with the hand shapes that correspond with the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. After mastering hand shapes and their associated elements, you can get to know the mounts and plains of the hand, regions that correspond with major areas of life, as well as the lines and creases that tell a story about the future. Let’s take a look at each of these.