Everything about palmistry

Palm reading falls under fortune-telling, but within academic literature, it falls under pseudoscience. Palmistry is also called chiromancy. The word chiromancy comes from the Greek cheir meaning hand and manteja meaning to predict. In your hand different nerve receptors come together. It is said that for this reason you can read physical, emotional and intellectual properties from your hand.

Palmistry focuses on reading changes on the path of life. Lines in the hand can become weaker or stronger and fractures can even heal. This can happen over weeks or even years. That’s why hand-held lenses are not fixed and a different image is painted every time. Attention! Palm reading is not a form of predicting the future.

Forms of palmistry

There are different forms of palmistry. Oriental and Asian palmistry focuses on the symbols of animals or patterns in the skin and on the lines around the wrist. The lines around the wrist are called life bracelets. Oriental and Asian palmistry focuses mainly on family and everyday decisions. Western palmistry focuses mainly on ourselves. Palm reading is not simply reading the lines on the hand. Also the shape of the hands and the hills of the hands are taken into account.

History and spiritual meaning

From writings of antiquity, even before the present era, there was already talk of palmistry. Aristotle already wrote a book about palmistry in the 4th century BC. However, he talked about Chirosophy, which freely translated means ‘The wisdom of the hand’. The gypsies who migrated from the East to the West linked future prophecy to hand reading.

Because of this, nowadays palmistry is often seen as foretelling the future, while this is not correct. Palm reading gives insight into your own character and personality. In the Middle Ages it was witches who read hands. They saw pigmentation spots as a sign of a pact with the devil.

Palmistry has been put in a negative light in different periods, so there were different periods that palmistry was not practiced or was practiced secretly. The fact that from antiquity there is a spiritual meaning to the hands and to hand reading is also reflected in the appointments of the hand.

Dominant and passive

Before you start hand reading, it’s important to know which hand you’re choosing. The dominant hand is your writing hand. This hand shows your consciousness; your outer personality, your present life, your future and your medical history.

The hand with which you do not write is your passive hand. This hand shows your subconscious. It shows your inner personality, the possibilities you have and the medical history of your family. By comparing both hands you gain more insight into your life and your subconscious.

The different main lines

Heart line

The center line runs just below the fingers. You can follow it from the index finger to the edge of the palm. The beginning of the line, between the index finger and thumb, stands for birth.

The heart line is viewed for all things around the heart. The heart line can, among other things, give insight into the emotional stability, the condition of the heart and the love life. Experiences from past relationships can be read in the heart line. This line also shows the painful events that have taken place in life.

A deep line can indicate that you are an emotional person. A short line can indicate that you do not attach much value to romantic relationships and you focus on yourself. A long line may indicate that you have great empathy and are emotional.

Main line

The main line starts between the index finger and thumb. It starts above the lifeline and usually just below the end of the heart line. The birth can be read between the index finger and the thumb. The line runs over the palm of the hand to the edge of the hand.

The main line stands for intelligence, insight and your mind. A sharp descending line can indicate a negative way of thinking. A short line often indicates that you are not a thinker but a doer. These people are often sober. An ascending line often indicates that you are a philosophical thinker. These people often have more imagination and are creative.

A wavy line can indicate poor concentration. If the main line is close to the heart line, this may indicate that you are more often guided by your mind than by your feelings. If your main line and life line are close to each other, this may indicate that you are a reliable person.


The lifeline runs between the thumb and forefinger to the wrist. The birth is indicated between the thumb and index finger. From here life starts. The line runs from the ball of the thumb to the wrist.

It is often thought that the life line indicates how long you live. This is not the case. The lifeline indicates the personality, physical condition and the difficulties and possibilities on the path of life. Short lines do not necessarily indicate a short life, they can for example also indicate a new beginning. Islands in the lifeline can point to medical problems or health.

A line that stands high in the hand often indicates self-confidence, professionalism and ambition. Breaks in the line of life can indicate trauma.

What can you do with palm reading?

Lines can be interrupted in different ways, have different lengths, have different shapes (straight, wavy, curved, etc.), there are also shapes and patterns. This article does give a basic structure with an overview of some of the most important lines and cushions that are present in the hand. By reading your hand, you gain insight into your consciousness and subconscious and the possible events that have played a role in your life. In addition, it provides insight into the possibilities and obstacles of your life.