should be flat or squared, rather than broad on the inside and round like a candle. All the three phalanges should be examined and differences in shape and formation observed. For people with candle-like fingers are devoid of capacity because of impressionability, self-deception, and disorderliness of mind and nature.
Wide space between the base of fingers and the Line of Heart indicates general talents. 2. Fingers evenly set on the palrn.
The fingers should always be more noticeable than the palm of the hand. They should be long and large in proportion. If this is the case, the character is more influenced by ability rather than by emotions and ideals. The result is that excellent acts would follow, and there would be no chance of their being only dreamed of and never realized.
If the fingers turn up at the tips, they indicate avarice and tenacity. If they turn back, the person is tenacious also. If they curl up towards the palm, it means that he is grasping by nature, not omy as far as money is concerned, but also in other matters.
Larger upper phalanges of the fingers denote constructive ability. This is a sign found on the hands of clever carpenters, dressmakers, tailors, sculptors, etc.
Hollowed lower phalanges of the fingers are symptomatic of shyness. This will vary in the two hands according to whether the subject has mastered it or not.
Thick lower phalanges indicate greed and love of eating. If thick and wide, a heavy eater is foreshadowed. Good cooks can always be detected by the thickness of the lower phalanges.
If, on opening the palm uppermost, with the fingers held close together, small spaces are observed at the base of the third phalanges, they are signs which show that a person is capable of living on poor and hard fare, if necessary. To this class belong explorers, mountaineers, and big game hunters.
Space between the Fingers, When the hand is thrown open naturally, palm uppermost, if there is a large space between thumb and the first finger, a person is large-hearted; between the first and second fingers, an independent thinker; between the second and third, original and eccentric; between the third and fourth, independent in action and self-reliant.
Observations by Ancient Hindu Writers. According to ancient Hindu writers, there are four fingers and one thumb, and, if their number is more, this is considered an unfavourable sign, denoting poverty, troubles, and short life (in some cases).
Fourteen types of fingers with their indications are described. Straight fingers indicate a fortunate person. Straight and long indicate long life. Thick and round indicate poverty. Fingers bent outwards indicate soldiers. Short and flat fingers indicate servants and labourers. Dry fingers indicate poverty and are unfavourable and bad. Fingers with hair on the back, unevenly made fingers, crooked fingers, very short fingers, very thin fingers, fingers spread wide apart are indicative or poverty. Fingers on the hands of a woman, if crooked, are considered a sign of childlessness and widowhood.
A Few More Observations Regarding Individual Fingers: If the Mercury finger touches the upper or nailed joint of the third finger, the subject will rise above the other members of his family, and by dint of his own ability grow wealthy. Sometimes there are gaps between the fingers, when they are held close together. The absence of these gaps is a mark that the subject will be wealthy; but their presence indicates that the person will remain poor. If there are gaps between the third and fourth fingers, he will be successful in middle life. If between the second and first, he will be comfortable in youth. If the fingers are entirely closed, it is a mark of wealth.
Hindu teachers have described very clearly signs found on the toes of men and women.
Small Toes on the Feet of Men. If the first small toe next to the big toe is long, square and more beautiful than the latter, the man enjoys a good life. If it is short, there is trouble. If it is equal in length, it is neither good nor bad. If the second toe is longer than the first toe, then the man is apt to lose his wife. If it is equal to the first, it is a sign of luck. If the third toe is long, then he is given to study. If it is shorter than the second, he is an adulterer. If the first is thick and the fourth long, he is happy and wealthy. If the fourth is short, thick and wide like a rod, the man is likely to lose his parents in boyhood. If the second is abnormally long, the man is not honoured and his work unappreciated, if the toes are short and widely spaced, the person is a domestic servant. If they are equal in length and placed together, they are looked upon as good. Indications of the toes resemble in some measure those of the fingers of the hand.
Toes of Women. If the toes of women are soft, round, fairly raised, and closely set together, they are looked upon as good. If very thin, the indications are unfavourable. If short, she will be short-lived. If the toes are crooked and broken, the woman is of a deceiving nature. If flat, then she is a servant; if wide apart, she will kill many masters and go to another. If, when a woman walks, a cloud of dust is raised in consequence, she will ruin three families. If the first toe of a woman is longer than the big toe, she is self-willed, licentious, and will never oe able to live happily with her husband and sooner or later will leave him. If the second toe is longer than the big toe, the woman is unusually unfortunate, and source of worry to others. One should not marry such a woman. If the third toe of a woman is short, she is inclined to be quarrelsome; when this toe does not touch the ground while walking, she loses or kills two husbands and goes in for a third. When the fourth toe does not touch the ground while walking, a woman becomes a widow and remarries. If the second toe does not touch the earth while walking, after losing three husbands she will marry a fourth. If the third and fourth are short, the woman will have no husband at all.
St. Germain, the well-known French palmist, says: "The modern physician, be he allopath, homeopath, or eclectic, has long ago admitted that the colour, consistency, and heat of the
alm, as well as the form and thickness of the nail, are elements e cannot afford to neglect when forming a diagnosis of any patient's state of health." Besides, nails throw a flood of light on the temper possessed by a person. It goes without saying that a goocf temper is the most important feature in a person's character. This may refer to four factors: anger, cheerfulness, self-confidence and vindictiveness. While discussing nails, we shall see what has been learnt about these characteristics from an examination of the nails.
Nails and Health. As far as the science of cheirognomy is concerned, the size of the nail can be judged as extending from its beginning to the tip of the finger. Nails may be classified as long, short, broad and narrow.
Long Nails. Long nails denote weak physical nature. People with long nails are likely to suffer from chest arid lung troubles, especially if the nails are thin, curved, or, worse still, fluted or ribbed.
Long, ihick and curved nails are a sign of cruel nature and loose morals.
When this kind of nail is shorter, it is indicative of throat troubles, such as laryngitis, asthma and bronchial troubles.
Long nails, white at the top, and bluish in colour indicate faulty circulation as a result of ill health or nervous weakness. Such sign will appear on the hands of women when between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, forty-two and forty-seven.
Short Nails. Short nails indicate a tendency to heart disease. Short, thin and flat