To the untrained eye, many hands appear identical. Each hand contains four fingers and a thumb, fingernails at the tips of each and a palm at the base of the fingers. Upon closer scrutiny however, subtle differences are discernable.
Long smooth fingers as used in jewellers’ advertising contrast starkly with the shorter, knotty fingers often found in hardware catalogues. Then there are the age old ‘truisms’ which experienced palmists know to be false. “Cold hands, warm heart,” is one saying. In reality continually cold hands are often the result of poor blood circulation. Those with chronic poor blood circulation are usually less warm hearted than people with good circulation. Think about it for a moment. If you are standing at a bus shelter on a cold, windy night, shivering, how warm hearted do you feel? It’s likely that you are conserving as much energy as possible to keep warm and to stay alive.
Another truism is the belief that people with long fingers make excellent pianists. Although long fingered people may appreciate the sounds of a piano, they often lack the dedication to practice on a daily basis. There are exceptions to this rule, naturally.
Another common belief is that those with small hands are better suited to delicate, intricate work. Instead, if you sought a jeweller to set a number of tiny stones into a ring, you are usually better off selecting the jeweller with the largest hands. Big hands are better suited to detail whereas smaller hands are better suited to ‘big picture’ projects.
The Clubbed Thumb
This was traditionally called the ‘murderer’s thumb,’ as those who possess it have a powerful temper. This thumb has a short first phalange (section) and is broad. The tip of the thumb is fleshy and the thumbnail is short and broad.
Those with this type of thumb usually display a strong will and a well developed control over emotions. As a result, when continually frustrated or bullied, they build resentment for months or years before exploding. When out of temper those with clubbed thumbs can clear a room in seconds, as others scurry for safety. In almost every case of clubbed thumbs I have seen the person has not lost his or her temper more than five or six times in 30 years.
In most cases this person knows on a deep level what he or she is capable of doing when out of temper, and is sensible enough to leave the circumstances which triggered the outburst of temper before doing something which will cause regret. If a crime such as murder is committed, it is likely to be an unplanned affair after the person has ‘snapped,’ temporarily losing control over his or her emotions.
Crooked 4th finger or Mercury finger.
The fourth or little finger represents the finer of communication in palmistry terms. When this finger is crooked, (see picture) then it is likely to signify crooked communication. This is not the best person to purchase a used car from, as he or she will probably find it easy to tailor the vehicle’s history to each potential customer. A gently sloping finger (sloping toward the third finger) suggests a private person, not easily given to revealing his or herself to others.
Prominent knuckles or knotty fingers reveal a love of detail. This is the person who sometimes overlooks the obvious in appreciation of the detail. They are usually patient with sifting through the finer points, thus needing a day or two to reflect when making important decisions.
When shopping for clothes, a car or almost anything expensive, people with knotty fingers like to research their intended purchase, so as to avoid making a mistake. When they buy spontaneously they often end up with something which won’t fit, is the wrong colour or is completely unsuitable.
Thumbs are either stiff or flexible at the joint closest to the nail. People with flexible thumbs are usually spontaneous, adaptable, generous and they avoid arguments wherever possible. When pushed in argument, they’ll sometimes tell you what they think you want to hear, to keep the peace. Later they’ll do exactly what they planned to do anyway. Flexible thumbed people bend the rules without hesitation and Carlos was a typical example. When Carlos commences a new job his first task is to collect some letterhead paper, in order to write himself a positive reference upon departure. Naturally his resume contains only glowing tributes to a man everyone claims to miss terribly. Flexible thumbs can be found mainly in the hands of Latin and Celtic people. They are rarely found in the hands of Asian people.
Flexible thumbed people can fall in love in a flash, as they are emotionally spontaneous. This occurred when I visited Ireland in 1988. I couldn’t find a sandwich shop anywhere, so I poked my head into a dry cleaner’s to ask directions. The young girl behind the counter had a smile which made up for the miserable day, and I was in love. I returned five minutes later with a bunch of flowers. She blushed nervously as she accepted them. Later my stiff-thumbed travelling companion Gareth choked on his sandwich when I told him. “What? You went out for lunch and you fell in love with the girl in the dry cleaner’s? You weren’t gone long enough to post a letter, let alone fall in love.” He shook his head as he sped into traffic an onto the next town, leaving my emotional possibilities behind. The stiff thumb cannot be bent backwards at the upper joint; People with stiff thumbs usually reveal themselves to others slowly. They build friendships steadily and appreciate loyal, steadfast friends. Those with stiff thumbs can become stubborn when pushed, and are not afraid to argue their point of view when it is necessary.
Stiff thumbs are readily found in the Northern European people, including the German, Scandinavian, Northern Italian, Russian and English people. Stiff thumbs are also characteristic of Asian people, although a small number of Thai, Japanese and Chinese people possess flexible thumbs. I’ve not studied the origins of the different Asian groups in a bid to determine where those with flexible thumbs originated.
Stiff thumbed people tend to dominate those with flexible thumbs, and when stiff and flexible thumbed parents have children, in most cases their offspring will have stiff thumbs.
The study of palmistry is in effect, a study of life. Our hands reveal a great deal about out tastes, talents, temperament, sense of humour and likely health issues. Major life events from the past and the future are also revealed, if you know where to look when examining both sides of both hands. When sceptics argue that palmists are soothsayers, telling clients what they want to hear, I point out that an experienced palmist can confirm past major events from examining the hands. Our hands are maps of our lives, as I prove regularly on TV when I give live readings using only photographs of hands, with the client on the phone to confirm or discount my findings. This is the real test of palmistry, when I read for a client without ever meeting that person. Reading from photographs are limited and have a reduced accuracy compared with face to face readings, but they can offer a surprising number of details about the client’s life.
(c) Copyright 2003 Paul Fenton-Smith
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