Western Palm Lines Reading: Guidelines to read correctly
Palm lines can tell you your future. Photo: The List

Palm lines reading or palmistry is also known as Chiromancy or 'cheiromancy', the practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, or chirologists, as cited by The White Witch Parlour.

The History of Western Palm Lines Reading - Palmistry?

The origins of palms reading are uncertain. It may have begun in ancient India, found its way to Egypt, Greece and then to Europe more than 5,000 years ago. It was probably from their original Indian home that the traditional fortune-telling of the Roma (Gypsies) was derived, White Witch Parlour cites. Chiromantic art has been known in China, Tibet, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, and it underwent significant development in ancient Greece.

Western Palm Lines Reading: Guidelines to read correctly
Palm lines reading was in China for a long time. Photo: Quora

Despite its suppression throughout the Middle Ages and the prohibited use of it during the reign of King Henry VIII (who banned palmistry and other alternative practices, brandishing those who used it as sorcerers and devil worshipers). It is still flourishing more than ever today, especially in these stressful modern times when we are all searching for truth and answers within ourselves.

According to Britannica, after a second ebb, during the Enlightenment, it underwent a popular revival in the 19th century with the work of Casimir d’Arpentigny, Louis Hamon (byname Cheiro), and William Benham. In the 20th century, palmistry received renewed attention and interpretation by, among others, followers of Carl Jung.

How to read your palm lines at the basic level?

“When I look at your hands,” Kay Packard, director of the American Academy of Hand Analysis, told the Cut, “I can tell you what behaviours are likely to show up, but I’m not going to say when you’re going to have a child or when you’re going to get married or when you’re going to get divorced.”

Look at your palms: How many lines do you see? How fine or deep are they? How knobby is the bone structure? Which way do the fingerprints whorl? In a palm reading, each of these features is said to signify something specific about your personality. Sceptics insist that palm reading amounts to little more than guesswork. And even those who perform palm lines reading will likely say that, while it can uncover some truths about your personality, the practice cannot give you a direct look at what’s coming down the pike.

Let's see the basic guidelines below.

Five Hand Lines

What is Palm Lines & How to Read Palm Lines Correctly - Guidelines for Beginners!
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1. Life Line

Your life line is one of the easiest lines to spot right away. This line starts at the base of your palm and arcs upward circling the ball of your thumb, ending between your thumb and forefinger. Contrary to popular belief, your lifeline actually doesn’t determine how long you will live (that would be your rings of life, but we’ll get into those another day).

Your life line will tell you more about your general well being and your passion for life. This line will also indicate major changes in your life, like moving cities or major physical and emotional events. If your life line is long and unbroken, you are a solid, dependable person who people can rely on. A long, strong unbroken life life also indicated the inheritance of strong, healthy genes. A life line that is pretty straight, without any curve, means that you are cautious when it comes to relationships, and could benefit from instilling more trust in others.

2. Head Line

The head line starts on the outside of your palm, on the side between the crease of your thumb and index finger, and ends in the center of your palm. This line represents your learning style, how well you communicate, and your desire for knowledge.

A curved head line indicates creativity, spontaneity, and artistic ability, whereas a straight line represents a more logical, practical and structured approach to learning. A short head line might mean that physical achievements are super important to you—you might have interest in being an athlete or a dancer.

A sloped, curved line that connects with the life line represents creativity. A line that does not touch your life line represents an adventurous person. And a deep head line represents being clear, focused and wise—you might be someone who is good at giving advice and should offer it more often. And a straight head line represents someone who is realistic and analytical—you’re a clear thinking and you always think things through.

3. Heart line

The heart line is the line that runs below the base of your fingers and ends at either your middle or index finger. This line will tell you about your emotional stability, romantic life, state of happiness, and the health of your heart. If you have a long, straight heart line that ends under your index finger, you’re a rational thinker with a generally content love life.

If you have a short, straight heart line, you value your sense of independence when it comes to relationships and show your love through actions rather than words. If your heart line ends under your middle finger, you are a romantic and fall in love easily.

If you have a long, curved heart line that arches up toward your middle finger, you are passionate and freely express yourself and your romantic desires. A short curved line, however, means you are more private about your romantic endeavors. A straight, parallel heart line means you are level headed and realistic about relationships. A broken heart line or a heart line that has other small lines crossing through it may indicate heartbreak or emotional trauma. And a break in your life line indicates that you might have a big change in lifestyle in your future—whether that means moving cities, changing career, changing relationships, or all of the above.

4. Fate Line

The fate line is a vertical line that runs straight up the middle of your palm, from the base towards your middle finger. This line represents how strongly your life will be controlled by your destiny—in other words, how closely you will follow a certain path in life. It can also be called the career line because it indicates your interests and how your career might follow or veer from those interests as you develop. A deep fate line indicates a life that will follow a strong path determined by destiny, which means you might have a strong desire to pursue one career and find success in doing so. This might mean you have a strong ability to start your own business. If your fate line begins joined to your life line, it means you have had a strong path from birth, and that you will continue to follow your interests and possibly pursue a very successful career based on those early interests. You are self-made and have big aspirations early on. If your fate line has a break at one point then continues on, it means you will have a change of career and then continue on with a different career path. Several intermittent breaks mean you will have twists and turns in your career. Don’t have a fate line? Don’t worry—it doesn’t mean you don’t have a career. Absence of a fate line means you might change your career often, or have many different interests you pursue throughout your life.

5. Sun Line

This line, also known as your Apollo line, indicates your talent, popularity and success. It is also called the line of success for that reason. Having a deep sun line means you will be very successful and that may even gain fame through your success. A faint sun line means you are refining your skills and will work hard for the success you want in career and marriage. A very clear sun line indicates good taste in art and literature. A sun line that breaks then resumes its course may mean that you will have great success and recognition after overcoming past experiences. If your sun line is parallel to your fate line, it is a very good sign and means that you could gain huge success and gain a great reputation throughout your life. If you have an absent or short sun line, it means you are a hard worker, but should stop and enjoy life every once in a while to take some time for yourself.

Pretty interesting stuff, right? Remember that none of this is based on science, just interpretation from palmists. So don’t take any of it too seriously! It’s meant to be fun and interesting. If you are interested in diving really deep into more palm reading, this website is a great source for learning about the intricacies of your lines, and other meanings of your hands and fingers.

As Parvati and I parted ways that day, I thanked her with a big hug for making my first palm reading experience so interesting and enjoyable. I then proceeded to take what I learned and examine the hand of everyone I knew to show my newfound knowledge as a palm reader. It’s a pretty fun party trick, don’t you think?

Western Palm Lines Reading: Guidelines to read correctly
Three main lines. Photo: Shared

Hand Shape

In palmistry, every hand is said to fit into a particular shape, aligned with one of the four elements: earth, air, fire, or water. Similar to the way that multiple astrological signs can coexist in one person’s zodiac chart, it’s supposedly possible for multiple elemental influences to be present in a single palm.

Earth hands, according to Packard, feature square palms with fewer lines, albeit deep ones. “Earth is very practical, reliable,” she says. “Earth-handed people carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.” They may tend to be less concerned with emotion than with getting things done. Above all, they like to work.

Air hands are rectangular, with palms that are taller than they are wide, and straight, upright fingers. “Air-handed people are analytical, rational, reasoning, and are good critics,” Packard says. “They can appear aloof (or flighty) because their minds [are] in the air collecting and disseminating information.” These types can be somewhat sarcastic, she added, but they value fairness.

Western Palm Lines Reading: Guidelines to read correctly
Shapes of hand and four elements. Photo: David Wolfie

Fire hands, meanwhile, may be found on highly “charismatic, magnetic” people. They are characterized by a somewhat “irregular palm … marked like Zorro came in and put sword marks all through the hands,” Packard says. Fire-handed people have lots of deep lines on their palms, Packard explains, and tend to be highly creative — more attuned to fun than to details.

Finally, water hands are characterized by lots of lightly etched, “baby fine lines,” according to Packard. They also have narrow palms, with fingers that are long and bony. Water-handed people may be “very emotional and sensitive and nurturing,” she says, potentially with a tendency to “get swallowed up into somebody else’s problems, because water likes to fill a container that’s put in front of it.” Water hands supposedly speak to compassionate, adaptable, and receptive, if potentially also impractical, personalities.

Other Minor Lines Of The Palm

Marriage Line

The Marriage Line (also relationship line or affection line) is located below the base of the little finger just above the heart line. It mainly reflects the situation of your marriage life, love relationship, marriage time as well as your attitude towards love.

Western Palm Lines Reading: Guidelines to read correctly
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Children Lines

The children lines are the upright lines below the base of little finger and above the marriage line. They indicate the number of children a person is likely to have in life and the life status of the children. The deeply marked lines indicate the birth of male children while the short, narrow and shallow lines suggest the birth of female children.

Money Lines

Money Lines are upright lines locating under the ring and little fingers. If the lines are many, deep clear and straight, it shows you are smart, good at investing and could make a fortune. To judge how much wealth a person will become, the money line itself is not enough. There are many other signs deciding if you could be rich in life.

Health Line

The Health Line has no fixed place of its starting point. It can be started from the base of the little finger and extends down across the palm to the base of the thumb. Also, it can starts under the heart line and ends without joining with the life line. In Chinese palmistry, the line of health is also called the unhealthy line. It usually appears in the hands of the person who is not healthy enough. But, it doesn’t mean that all kinds of health lines are bad. The straight line without touching the life line usually indicates a good health condition.

Travel Line

Travel lines, starting from the edge of the palm at the base, are the upward or horizontal lines found on the bottom half of the life line; the lines may be near, insect or pass through the life line. Travel lines are said to represent the opportunities of travelling or living abroad permanently because of studying, working abroad, or settling down and emigrating abroad because of marriage.

Bracelet Line

Bracelet lines (also known as the Rascette lines or wrist lines) are located at where the palm and the wrist join. Most of people have three bracelet lines but only a few have three complete bracelet lines with no messy lines or special marks.

Line of Mars

Line of Mars is the line almost parallel to the Life Line and it can even span from the starting point of Life Line to the wrist. The Line of Mars very close to the Life Line is called the support life line. The Line of Mars far away from the Life Line is named the family influe


Again, these are simply the palmistry basics. Once you have mastered these fundamentals, ambitious palm-readers or those who really want to wow their friends at parties might begin factoring in more granular details that influence palm meaning — finger shape and position, for example; various mounds, named for Roman gods; smaller lines branching off of the main ones. Much to unravel, much to think about.

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