Palm reading, also known as palmistry or chiromancy, has deep roots dating back several thousand years. It’s unknown who exactly pioneered this divination practice, but some historians believe it spawned from Hindu astrology. While palm reading has gone through countless changes since then, it still focuses on the central concept of reading a person’s past, current, and future by identifying characteristics within the lines of their hands.

The Different Lines of Palm Reading

A professional palmist will typically begin the session by analyzing the lines on the client’s palm. Each person has a unique palm print, but there are certain lines that everyone has. These lines are as follows:

  • Heart line — as the name suggests, the heart line reveals a person’s love, emotional state, and the health of their relationships. If the heart line contains circles or crosses, the individual may have trouble maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Head line — associated with intelligence, intellect, and a person’s “thinking” abilities. A deeply grooved head line indicates a high level of intelligence.
  • Life line — the head line refers to the individual’s vitality and overall physical health and well-being. If this line is deep and long, the individual is said to have excellent health.
  • Fate line — also referred to as the Destiny line, the fate line reveals the individual’s fate, or what he or she can expect to encounter in the future. It is found at the base of the palm, alongside the wrist.

Is Palm Reading Just a Hoax?

The short answer is no, palm reading is not a hoax. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge in England found finger length to be indicative of a person’s wealth. For the study, researchers recruited 44 men who were professional stock traders, measuring the length of their right-hand fingers. Over the course of 20 months, participants whose ring finger was longer than their index finger earned 11x more money than participants with shorter ring fingers. In addition to analyzing the aforementioned lines on a person’s palm, a professional palmist will also look for traits such as finger length to predict their fortune and wealth. It’s unclear exactly why participants with longer ring fingers earned more money, but researchers say this phenomenon could be attributed to increased testosterone levels in people with longer ring fingers as opposed to index fingers.

Beware! Not All Palmists are Equal

Just like with all businesses, not all palm readers are honest or looking out for your best interest. There are some self-purported  “palmists” who seek nothing more than to take your hard-earned money without giving you any real information. This is why it’s important to choose your palmist carefully, performing some basic research to ensure they are reputable and trusted in this field. Look for testimonials from real people.

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