Flame & Feather

of the Phoenix

My Moon’s in Gemini

And one thing symbolized by Gemini is the hand.

When I was a young teen, I invented my own palmistry system, trying to coordinate the lines on my hands to my perceived fantasy future. A cousin came to visit from her home 3000 miles away, and I read her palm using my system. I remember telling her that she wasn’t going to marry the guy she was affianced to. She got huffy with me and declared that she was too going to marry him. When she got back home, she found out that he’d been cheating on her while she was away, and they broke up. She did get married, but it wasn’t to that jerk.

I don’t recall that system I invented those many years ago, and I’m pretty sure my life didn’t go the way I dreamed it would. So how did I happen to predict what would happen to my cousin?

Palmistry, astrology, tarot and other divinatory practices are tools. They help you connect with the Higher Self or Selves that we are all part of. Those of us who use these tools could probably tell the future or intuit a person’s character without them, but we use them anyway. The reasons are as varied as the people who use them. They can be a crutch, they can cover our self-doubts about our abilities, or they can be portals to a fascinating study. And, of course, other things. I’ve used many of these tools over the years, but from time to time I try to listen to the “still, small voice” within me and understand what it is I seek. Maybe if I really applied myself, I could be quite a psychic, but I do like my tools. They will, if nothing else, give one something to think about, something to ponder (hopefully, deeply).

So let me introduce you to palmistry.

It’s actually about the hands, not just the palms. There’s something to be learned about the shape and size of a person’s hands, the way the thumb is shaped, the way the fingers aren’t quite equidistant when the hand is held open.

You’re not going to learn a whole lot by just studying your own hands. You are so familiar with your own that it may be difficult to realize that not everyone’s hands are like yours.

So, for this week, I want you to pay attention to the size and shape of hands by watching co-workers, cashiers, gasoline attendants, your next-door neighbor. Indeed, everyone you come into contact with. Granted, you’re not going to attach any meanings to what you see, you’re just going to observe. Keep mental notes of the variety, and of the bodies attached. Are thin, narrow hands always attached to thin people? How about hands that look like a big-breed puppy’s huge paws? Are large hands always puffy looking, or can you imagine that they are solid and muscular?

When a customer reaches for a bag, does the little finger cling to the ring finger? Does the middle finger slant toward or away from the pointer? Are the fingers slim, conical or knotty-looking around the knuckles? Long or short? How about the thumb? Does it seem to come almost out of the wrist, or is it set farther up the hand? Does it curl backward? What else can you see?

Add a comment, and tell me what you saw!

Categorized as Tools of Knowledge, Palmistry


  1. Though I’ve never had the knack for palmistry, I’ve always been interested in peoples’ hands, and the things they say about the person. Not just the size, shape, and physical attributes, but the way people use their hands. In fact, I’ve always wondered if the way people use their hands actually is part of “palmistry” in a way.

    Or maybe it’s just that I’m married to an Italian. 🙂