Palmistry 3a - Hand Shapes Addendum


In our last installment of Palmistry we discussed the classic hand shapes of Western Palmistry; earth, air, fire and water.  If you read the article, you probably noticed that each classification is determined by a) palm shape and b) finger length.  I believe that these characteristics can be simplified even further to yield another view of a person's personality.

Though we used the designations of 'square' and 'rectangular' in describing palm shapes, it is also possible to view 'rectangular' palms, those palms that appear longer than they are wide, as 'long' palms.  Square palms, those that look about as wide as they are long, we can view as 'short' palms.

Similarly, we discussed 'short' fingers and 'long' fingers.  Here we are comparing the fingers to the length of the palm.  Short fingers are no more than 3/4ths the length of the palm.  Measure by the longest finger, which is typically the middle finger.  Long fingers are greater than 3/4ths the length of the palm.  Try measuring this on your own hand and after a little practice you'll be able to easily eyeball the difference.

So now we can describe both palms and fingers as 'short' or 'long.'

Earth hands - those with square palms and short fingers - are 'short' in both palm size and finger length.
Air hands - those with square palms and long fingers - have short palms but long fingers.
Fire hands - with their rectangular palms and short fingers - are long palmed and short fingered.
Water hands - with their rectangular palms and long fingers - are long all around, with long palms and matching long fingers.

The reason that we trouble ourselves to observe whether a hand is entirely short like the earth hand with short palms and short fingers, entirely long like the water hand with long palms and long fingers or mixed like the alternate long and short with the air and fire hands is because these designations give us an idea of how a person interacts with their world.  Are they a 'doer' or a 'receiver' or some flexible hybrid of the two?

Based on our previous discussion, you can probably guess that the short palm/short finger combination designates the earth hand as a 'doer.'  These people have to 'act upon' their world.  They build, plant, create, clean, pour, mix and weave.  They saw, hammer, drive, mow, knit, sweep or cut.  Do... do... do... These are the people of action verbs.  Their life experience must be physical and constructive to be fulfilling.

At the other end of the spectrum we have the long palm/long finger pure type found in the water hand.  You could call these folks the 'not- doers' but that would be misleading and missing the point.  It is not that the long/long hands are not active or constructive, but they are primarily 'sensory.'  They 'feel.' They 'perceive.' 

Can they also 'do?' Sure.  But their super-power lies in their ability to 'detect.'  They perceive their world to a more heightened degree than a mixed hand or a short/short hand.

These enhanced perceptions show themselves in different ways with different water hands.  They may be extremely emotionally adept, perceiving the subtle emotional signals of those around them.  They may have heightened intellectual awareness, able to grasp very abstract ideas easily or be energetically sensitive, able to feel energy emanations from people, places or things.  They 'take in' and interpret stimuli and thus are like antennae on a radio.

Between the more pure types of the 'doers' (earth) and the 'perceivers' (water) we have the mixed hands.

The owners of mixed hands are the most flexible in how they interact with their world.  Whether the mixed hand is of a short palm with long fingers (air) or a long palm with short fingers (fire) or even some middling in-between of the two (quite common), they are a mixture of perception and action.  One is a more analytical doer (air) and the other is a more reactive perceiver (fire), but what is important is that they each carry traits for both 'doing' and 'perceiving.'  These mixed hands are the majority of hands that you will see as a palmist.

In our next installment, we will begin our exploration of each finger and its meaning.  Until then, luckyearthlings!



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