Smooth Fingers. While knots in fingers denote

powers of reflection and orderly ideas and actions, smooth

fingers are found on the hands of persons who are impulsive,

unsuccessful, hasty, thoughtless and ignorant of real facts. Their

first thought is generally the right one. Their guesses may be

correct, but they meet with failure if they start reasoning. Note

that any isolated observation will always be valueless whenever

an exact conclusion is required. Therefore attention is drawn

to the many relationships that exist between these types of

fingers and this or that line or sign.

I do not propose to describe in detail all the aspects of Cheirognomy treated by certain standard writers. In this connection I would recommend BenhanVs Laws of Scientific Hand-reading.

Fingers, classified according to the tips, are of four kinds : pointed, conical, square, spatulate. Very rarely have all the fingers been found to have the same kind of tips. In such a case, the rules applying to each type should be borne in mind while forming an estimate of the nature of a person's character.

Pointed Fingers. The rarest and finest hand of all is the hand with pointed or psychic fingers, a well-shaped thumb, and flexible fingers. Pointed fingers refer to hands of people belonging to the ornamental rather than to the useful section of society. They are poets, dreamers, and philosophers who dream wonderful dreams of social regeneration, but are devoid of the ability to do anything constructive. They find themselves in this world, but do not feel themselves of this world. Such fingers must have been those of rabid fandtics, early Christian martyrs, monks, and mediaeval idealists and visionaries. Pointed fingers connote intense self-absorption and renunciation. In India avatars like Lord Krishna have been shown as possessing long, smooth-pointed fingers. If these signs are exaggerated, they are unfavourable and bring misfortune. There is a lack of practical application. For a poor man to marry a woman with pointed fingers would spell certain disaster. His household would be neglected, and his children unattended.

A. Finger with square tip and smooth joint. B. Pointed tip and smooth joint. C. Spatulate tip with knots. D. Waist-like thumb.

(/) Conic Fingers. Here the fingers instead of gradually coming to a point without knots, from the first to the third phalange, keep even in thickness up to the third and then assume a semi-pointed cone or tip. They are thicker than the pointed fingers, and so is the palm that accompanies them. These persons, with conical fingers, will be driven by impulse and instinct more than by reason, and the degree of strength as indicated by the thumb will make them industrious or otherwise. To this class of hands belong all those restless people who cannot remain in one place or job for a long time. They are of excitable ternperaments, sensitive, lovable, but inconstant in their affections. If conical fingers are found on the hands of a woman, the hand, according to St. Germain is one that is "par-excellence". The owners of such fingers and hands are attracted by all beautiful things in art and nature. But he or she, as the case may be, is a plaything of moods, and this fitfulncss is the cause of failure in married life. If the fingers are unusually conical and the hand bad on the whole, lethargy, sensuality and incapacity to concentrate are indicated. This makes for an unbalanced, futile life. On the hands of rogues, thieves, vagabonds, crooks, the fingers are conical with the little finger of Mercury extremely long and dominant. Such persons have never been known to be straightforward, honest characters,

(g) Square Tips. People with square finger-tips have their first phalange square, not only on its upper face, but on all four sides. The palm with the characteristic square tips is of medium thickness and slightly hollow and firm. The thumb is large and well-formed, and the first knot is also in evidence. Marked characteristics of this hand are regularity, order, perseverance, arid foresight. It is the hand of a thorough businessman, more practical than thoughtful, the hand of a mechanical, practical person strictly adhering to usage and laws ruled by reason rather than by emotion, and of a truthful disposition. He is not prepared to sacrifice respectability, is generous, but knows where to place his charity. In short, square-fingered hands are the sign of clever, capable persons, who succeed. If the fingers are knotted, they incline to study and reason. Tip joints, if developed, will incline one to organization, invention and, in case of absence of development of the lower joint, they may not be able to complete their inventions. Square tips also predict proficiency in sport.

(h) Spatulate Tips. Spatulate fingers are found on the hands of persons who are energetic and active. They are common in the U.S.A. and Great Britain. Possessors of such hands are dynamic, self-confident and lovers of outdoor life. Such hands indicate a tendency to indulge in mechanical crafts and agriculture as well.

Ancient feudal lords and warriors had this type of fingers. Christian reformers and modern "progressives" and reactionaries are characterized by such finger-tips.

(i)  Mixed Types. In actual life, it is very rare to find anyone on whose hands the fingers are uniformly of one type. Most hands are made up of mixed types. The most usual combination is that where the first and fourth fingers are pointed or conic and the third and second square or spatulate. Such people will have some of the characteristics belonging to each type. The palmist consequently has to discriminate when reading a hand by examining closely each finger-tip.

There are able artists on whose hands a well-developed Mount of Venus, with conical or pointed first and fourth, and spatulate second and third fingers have been observed. The pointed or conic type indicates artistic vision, love of colour, a good ear for music, or the feeling for rhythm. If the little finger is pointed or conical, the possessor has the ability to make impressive speeches. The presence of square or spatulate tips on the second and third fingers gives its possessor the ability to realize his ideals and instincts. Short fingers, relative to the t>alm and nails, makes a person a capable organizer, one who will not rest until he has finished a job thoroughly. People with such signs have been found to be severe taskmasters, especially if the line of head is straight and turns up towards trie Mount of Mercury at the end.

If the hands are heavily knotted and have pointed fingers, the possessors incline to be of a grasping nature. They are disposed to be wasteful, as far as their own self is concerned, but in case of their fellows, they are niggardly. Their house-members are shabbily treated. These people are also extremely self-centred.

Composers of music have the first and fourth fingers pointed, and the second and third fingers spatulated. The first joint should be developed, and the Mount of Venus prominent. Hands with spatulated and knotted fingers are inclined to be of a mechanical, inventive turn of mind. People with pointed first and fourth fingers and square second and third are likely to be poets, provided smoothness of the fingers is evident.

Authors have their top joints developed irrespective of the shape of the hands and fingers.

The presence of pads on the inner portion of the finger tips are definite signs of a nature which is sensitively alive to all that is beautiful and harmonious. If this sign is very prominent, a sort of personal attraction or mesmeric power is indicated.

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