Palmistry or palm reading, is also known as chiromancy (the study of the lines of hand) or chirognomy (the study of the mounts of hand). Chirognomy is also the study of the shape, size, and appearance of our hand, including analysis of the texture, color and resiliency of our skin.
The history of Palmistry originated in India – it later moved on to China, Egypt, and ancient Greece.
The study of Palmistry includes everything from the lines on the palm, the shape of the hand, fingers, thumb, hair on the back of the hand and every other feature that is available on the hand.
There are more motive and sensory nerves from our brain to our hand than to any other portion of the body.
The modern theory teaches us that the lines of our hands represent a graphic shorthand of the circuits of our brain. Our hands are controlled by the nerve group that located in the center of our brain, and all the electrical energies of the thinking pass through it. Many palmists also believe that the lines on our hands are formed in some relation to nerve linkages, thought patterns, or even chromosomal structures.
One of the first questions people always ask concerning palm reading is: Which hand should we look at?
Most palmists will examine your most active hand (the one you write with). It is the hand that tells our current and future trends whereas the passive hand tends to show our childhood. However according to Chinese palm reading, a man below 30 years old his left hand will be used for palm reading, whereas women below 30 years old then their right hands are referred for palm reading.
Generally, our passive hand is read for inherited characteristics and potential. And our active hand is read for changes to these inherited traits.
In palmistry, a left-handed person's active hand will be her/his left hand and his right hand is considered the passive hand. Whereas a right-handed person's active hand will be his right hand and therefore his left hand is his passive one.
As a general rule, when the lines and markings on our passive and active hands are quite different, it means that we have actively worked toward self-development.
If you have a large hand (compared to the size of your body), you are considered as someone who spends more time thinking than acting. Similarly, if you have relatively small hand then you are more active and spend less time thingking about what to do.
Those who have long fingers are said to enjoy complex work, they pay attention to details and are quite patient. Sometimes they lose interest very quickly if their work is too simple. For those who have short fingers are almost the opposite, these impulsive people often start something new before they have finished the old task. Naturally, people with fingers that are neither short nor long will fall into a middle category.
In palmistry, our each finger represents a zodiac sign:
Our thumb represents Venus, index finger: Jupiter, middle finger: Saturn, ring finger: Sun and Pinky represents Mercury.
The first thing to do when looking at any line in the palm is the depth and width. The line should be even in depth and width so that you can get an optimum reading. Generally, the stronger the line means more energy and interest in the subject of the line, and therefore the more important it will be in indicating what your life is all about.
The Life Line is known by many as the most important line on our hand. It is myth that if you have a short life line then it means you have a short life.
In palmistry, those cushionlike developments on the edges of our hand and near our fingers are known as mounts. No matter what else changes in our life or in the actual lines on our hand, our mounts will not change. Even if we make a major shift in our career, personality, or love life, our mounts will be exactly as we see them at this moment.
The mount of Mars is the only mount in Palmstry that gets two places in our palm.
The simian crease and sydney line are the only palmar creases that listed in the so-called "Mehes Scale" (an important list of 57 minor physical anomalies'). Other handmark features that are found in the list are the single flexion crease on 5th finger, nail hypoplasia (underdeveloped, very small nails) and unusual length of fingers.
Many of the most interesting people in the arts, literature, and science have well-developed mounts of Luna. And many people who work in the military, law enforcement and other careers that require courage have well-developed mount of Mars.
It is important to remember that our lines do change, and that where these lines start and finish is very important. Powerful practices such as yoga and meditation are known to have changed the patterns of your hand.
Of all the lines on your palm, the mercury line (or line of health) is the one most subject to change. As you achieve greater health then this line may fade away completely.