Hard-handed people are practical as a rule, lacking strong imagination. They are frank and open, undemonstrative, hard-working, firm and reliable, and remarkably courageous.

With the passage of time the hands become drier and less supple. Hence we have to reckon with the age of the subject when we examine the consistency of the hand.

An extremely hard hand indicates lack of intelligence, brutality, and great indifference to others as well as to one's self.

The above is a summary of what Western palmists have said about the hand in general. I have not described at length what they teach about its shape. For information on this point I can but refer the reader to the standard authors on palmistry.

(II) The Palm

A thin, hard, skinny and narrow palm connotes timidity, meanness, poor intellect, absence of passive or active energy, and a nervous, worrying toubled nature.

A very thick palm, full and soft shows sensuality, gross sensual instincts, excessive confidence and selfishness.

A thick palm with hardness of hand and short fingers indicates a primitive hand. This is the hand of an unskilled labourer, who is not expected to improve his lot. If this is accompanied by a bad-looking thumb, it is the hand of a brutal criminal.

A firm and elastic palm is indicative of quickness of intellect, equanimity of mind and energy.

A very hollow palm signifies misfortune. As Cheiro says: "Such people have even more disappointments than fall as a rule to the lot of mortals/' This hollowness inclines more to one line or portion of the hand than to another. If it is inclined to the line of life, it foretells domestic troubles. If it leans towards the line of fate, it predicts misfortune in business, money, and worldly affairs. If inclined towards the line of head, some brain trouble is to be feared. When under the line of heart, it indicates that there will be disappointment in affections.

According to Hindu palmists, the signs of good and praiseworthy hands are ten in number, and are as follows: warm to touch; coloured like the sky before dawn; if the fingers are joined together, without leaving an opening, no light would' pass through; bright hands, as if they are oiled; full and thick; medium-sized; copper-coloured nails; long-fingered; wide; no sweat, i.e., always dry.

The hands of a rich man have long fingers and good-looking alms. If the hands of a woman appear as charming as a lotus-ower, she is fortunate, and wiJl lead a happy life. Women with thin, skinny hands with protruding veins, with a network of wrinkles, lines and signs are not destined to be happy.

According to Hindu palmists, a palm which is evenly balanced, with round hollows, presages wealth. A raised, full palm shows that the subject is charitable. A clearly hollow palm means that the person will lose his patrimony. A palm with a distinct hollow is a sign of poverty. Varaharnihira says that such a palm betrays a tendency to be hard-hearted and pitiless.

When the mounts on a hand are normally developed, it is not possible for a palm to have hollows. The truth is that a paJm which is evenly balanced is likely to have a round type of hollow; and this is regarded as a favourable sign. Benham supports this view in Laws of Scientific Hand-reading. The centre of the palm is called the Plain of Mars. When this area is unusually hollow, a person lacks drive, dash and push. He is of an easy-going disposition, and in worldly struggles he is easily discouraged. The Indian palmists regard the hollow as a mark of indigence. A heavily lined palm signifies misery and troubles in life, sometimes a snort life. If there are very few lines (see the hands of unskilled labourers), this is a sign of poverty.

(Ill) Colour of the Palm

A red or pink-coldured palm is a sign of fortune. If the colour is yellow, the subject is inclined to sexual irregularities, illicit generally. A yellow palm points to a bilious condition, which is the cause of irritability. White and black palms indicate poverty. Blue signifies the habitual use of intoxicants.

engaged in handicrafts. Thick and short fingers indicate selfishness and sometimes cruelty, if found on the hands of others than labourers,

Knotty Fingers. For an accurate reading the actual

formation of the fingers should be carefully examined. There

are two recognizable types: knotted and smooth. People with

knotty fingers are throughout and have andlytical minds. The

main points to study in fingers with knots are: symmetry, order

and punctuality. These characteristics combine to make a suc

cessful, clever mechanic, architect, devoted and conscientious

scientist, and a just judge, who is not likely to be swayed by

his emotions. It is regarded as a sign of commonsense. If the

fingers are heavily knotted, they make a person unimaginative,

Incapable of appreciating the beauties of poetry, art, music,

and literature. Such fingers are found in businessmen, absorbed

in their affairs, with their higher impulses dulled and blunted.

These characteristics are enhanced, if the fingers are long and

knotted. Knots on short fingers tend to control their quickness

and impulses, and render them rational and amenable to rea

son. The fingers have sometimes only one joint developed

or knotted. The first joint is one that indicates order in ideas;

the second knot, order in material things; the third, order in

domestic matters. Each knot has a significance of its own,

so that the fingers with the first knot developed are those of a

philosopher, possessing abundant intellectual power. This is

the sign of an author. If the second knot is duly developed,

we have the hands of a person who uses his mind to evolve

systems. This is present in the hands of merchants, book

keepers, farmers, mechanics, and school-masters of the ordi

nary type. The characteristics of finger knots should be read

together with other characteristics like the variety in tips of

the first phalange, etc.

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