How to read palms at parties

For centuries, gypsies have been divining futures by reading the lines of the palm. But you don’t have to be a Gypsy to learn the basics of this ancient art of fortune-telling. Try your hand (or your friend’s hand) at palmistry, and see if you have a knack for reading between the lines.


A person’s dominant hand is a window into their past. The non-dominant hand will tell of their future. A right-handed person’s past will be written on their right hand and their future on the left. For a left-handed person, this is reversed.

Ask the person you are reading which is their dominant hand. If they say claim they are ambidextrous, which happens sometimes when parents and teachers force lefties to write with their right hand, ask them which hand they first began drawing with as a child. This will be the dominant hand.


The first thing people usually want to know from a palmist is how long their life line is. The life line is the line that starts just above the thumb, and usually swoops down around that fleshy mound at the base of the thumb, heading toward the wrist. A deep, unbroken line that goes down to the wrist is a strong life line that shows a full life and good health.

Contrary to popular belief, a break in the life line or a short life line does not indicate an early death. A break indicates a trauma. Chains or breaks in the life line indicate periods of poor health. The further up on the hand, the earlier in life the illnesses will have occurred. The farther down towards the wrist, the later in life they will be.


This line is not on every palm, so there is a chance that in some people you will not find it. It runs from the middle of the palm by the wrist, up through the hand, somewhat parallel to the lifeline. It indicates how much luck the person has, or how much of the person’s life is in the hands of fate. The longer and deeper this line is, the more luck the person has with them.

If it is short and weak, they have some. If it is not there, then the person’s fate is entirely in their own hands. If the line stops abruptly at the headline, it could indicate that they let their intellect get in the way of their luck.

For instance, they analyze things so carefully that they are not taking any chances or gambles that might turn out in their favor. If it stops at the heart line, it could mean that their luck runs out when they are unable to control their emotions.


Just above where the lifeline begins, there will be a line that extends half-way to fully across the palm. This is the headline, which shows the intellectual depth of the subject. The longer the line, the more the person is ruled by their intellect. A person with a particularly long or deep headline is a person who relies on logic and analyzes issues before making a decision.

They are careful sometimes too careful in all aspects of life. A short headline, or one that is unpronounced or broken, shows the person is more impulsive and gives little thought to situations before acting. Intellectual stimulation is not necessarily a priority in this person’s life. Someone with a split headline is someone who often finds it difficult to make decisions for fear of making the wrong one.


On the other side of the palm, about a third of the way down below the little finger is the heart line. This line extends across the palm, usually above the headline, from half-way to all the way across. This line shows the emotional depth of a person. Someone with a long, deep heart line is emotional, most likely subject to moodiness. Joy, sorrow, anger, love whatever the feeling at any given time, this person feels it fully and deeply.

Someone with a heart line that swoops upward toward the fingers is one who lets their emotions run out of control, possibly becoming depressed in troubled times, or becoming too attached during romantic involvements. Someone with a short, unpronounced, or broken heart line is someone who keeps their emotions well in check perhaps too much.

This person may fear to give in to emotions, afraid to open up and let themselves care or love another person. Someone with a split heart line is someone who is often torn between different emotions.


The headline and the heart line should be examined together. The closer these lines run, and the more equal in length and depth the lines are, the more of a balance this person is able to maintain between intellect and emotion. If the lines meet or cross, this person has achieved a rare balance for which we all strive.

If one line is longer and deeper than the other, it shows that aspect is dominant over the person’s life. If the lines are farther apart and swoop away from each other, especially if they are fairly equal in length and depth, the indication is that the person usually let’s either their head or their heart rule in matters, but finds difficulty in achieving a balance between the two.


Just above the heart line, below the little finger, there should be some short, parallel lines. These are the person’s love lines that indicate relationships. If there are many it indicates the person falls in and out of love frequently. If there is one, single deep line, either alone or accompanied by a few less pronounced lines, it indicates a single, strong relationship that stands out in the subject’s life. Any pronounced crosses on these lines indicate children.


Fingers can tell a lot about a person. Each finger is ruled by a different planet, and is associated with the aspects of that planet.

  • The thumb is ruled by Venus, its influences are associated with a loving, caring, passionate person.
  • The index finger is ruled by Jupiter, its influences that are associated with ambition, determination, and pride.
  • The middle finger is ruled by Saturn, its influences that are associated with wisdom, depth, and maturity.
  • The ring finger is ruled by the Sun, its influences that are associated with creativity, strength, and healing.
  • The little finger is ruled by Mercury, its influences associated with cleverness, shrewdness, and resilience.

Examine a person’s fingers, both front, and back. Is there one finger that is noticeably thinner or shorter? This indicates shortcomings in the aspects that this finger is ruled by. For instance, someone with a short, stubby thumb is probably more mechanically inclined than creative. Is one finger thicker or longer? This indicates that traits associated with it are well-developed. For example, a person with a little finger that is almost as long as the ring finger would probably be good in sales or business.

If one of the subject’s fingers is curved towards another, it could indicate that the traits ruled by this finger are influenced by the traits of the one it curves towards. A person with a middle finger that curves towards the ring finger may be a person who is wise or well developed in the ways of healing or the arts.

If a person has a finger that is unusually crooked, it indicates they have some problems in the planetary associations the finger is ruled by. A crooked index finger could point out that a person has a skewed sense of ambition or pride, perhaps one that will stop at nothing to get what he wants or prove he is right.


By examining the above characteristics of a person’s palm, see if you can get a general sketch of what goes on inside the person’s head, heart, and life. Try to be tactful when reading palms don’t intentionally insult anyone,

or try to instill fear for what may come to pass. Learn to be kind, keep a sense of humor with skeptics, and trust your intuition. The more you practice, the better you will become.


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