Palm Reading: A Beginner’s Guide for How to Read Palms

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 (at least according to those who believe in it). Skeptics insist that palm reading — like tarot and astrology — amounts to little more than guesswork. And even those who perform palmistry — the practice of interpreting the lines and forms on the hand, which is believed to have originated in India — 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.

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“When I look at your hands,” Kay Packard, director of the American Academy of Hand Analysis, told the Cut, “I can tell you what behaviors 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.”

In order to understand any of what may be written on your hands, though, you need to be able to navigate their topography. Below, the basics.

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.