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The Single Palmar Crease or Simian Line is the name given to the joining of the heart line and head line. The quadrangle area between the Head Line and Heart Line is lost in such a hand. This line signifies that the bearers emotions and mental powers are blended together. Normally, such a person will take things to extreme, they are intensive. Alternative names for this line are the simian crease, transverse palmar crease and simian fold. On occasion this line can be...

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Palmistry Question & Answers

Q :

What mounts fully developed would lead to suicide?

A :

Saturn excessively developed, also the mount of Moon large. The former would show general depression of spirits and oc­casional mania, and the latter would show love of solitude, restlessness, brain sickness, and madness; the mount of Apollo being small, would render the person careless of this present existence and hence suicidal tendencies.

Q :

What are the signs of an affected person?

A :

An affected person has long and slender fingers, with the first joints of philosophy well developed and Jupiter's mount large; these persons are also mean, cowardly, and deceitful unless the thumb is strong and the Head line clear.

Q :

Are there any special signs indicating a tendency for madness?

A :

Yes, a tendency for hereditary madness is shown by a very long and sloping Head line, a star on the mount of Saturn and a poor Health line. The Head line split through its entire length and ending on the mount of Moon with a star, also indicates danger of mental aberration. When a line from the Head line reaches to Jupiter's mount, and the Fate line turns and loses itself in that line, it shows danger of madness through exaggerated pride and self-love.

Q :

Are there any special indications of a quarrelsome person?

A :

When the Head line leans towards Mercury's mount and Mercury's mount is flat but covered with lines, when the mounts of Mars and Moon are full, and the joints well devel­oped you find all the qualifications for a quarrelsome woman; more especially so, if the finger nails are short and wide. If the first phalange of the thumb is long there will be power to control the hasty nature, but the tendencies are there nevertheless. In a man, the Elementary type of hand with a large development of Mars and a large heavy palm shows quarrelsomeness.


Introduction to Palmistry: Understanding Chiromancy and Chirognomy.

Palmistry is one of the more popular occult sciences, whose practices are divided into two separate techniques:

  • Chiromancy – Reading of the lines on the palm and fingers.
  • Chirognomy – Reading the shapes, texture and overall characteristics of the hand.

The two practices together can give you a complete reading of a person’s path, their personality and intrinsic personal traits that they may otherwise keep hidden.

This guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what to expect within the practice of palmistry, so that you can get familiar with the concepts. We have listed the main areas of study and provide a breakdown of terms and general practice. If you would like to learn more or begin practicing either of these types of palmistry on your own, there is more information listed on our website.

With that being said, if you have no understanding of palmistry, other than what you have heard from Hollywood or parlor tricks, you will find this guide both informative and practical for getting started.

Note: Before you begin reading palms, take some time to get familiar with the different shapes and sizes of people’s hands and compare lines or mounts between hands. It is suggested that you have a complete grasp on your own hand before you begin reading for others.

The Lines of The Palm

Secondary lines, those that are lighter and usually more abundant, are called the minor lines of the palm and fingers. They represent internal aspects mainly, including talents, strengths, weaknesses and potential luck or challenges. The meanings can vary based on the shape or size of the hand. Combining the line readings in chiromancy with the size of the hand in chirognomy is a good way to get a more complete picture of the person that you are reading.

Major Lines

The main lines that are first often looked at on the palm are the thickest and most defined ones on the palm. These include:

  • Life Line
  • Heart Line
  • Head Line

Minor Lines

There are 12 minor lines on the palm that correspond with both the fingers, the mounts and the sides of the hand. These include:

  • Apollo Line (Sun Line)
  • Bracelet Lines (Rascette)
  • Children Lines (Spawn Lines)
  • Fate Line
  • Girdle of Venus
  • Health Line
  • Intuition Line
  • Relationship Line
  • Simian Line
  • Ring of Solomon (Jupiter Line)
  • Ring of Saturn (Saturn Line)
  • Ring of Apollo


The mounts of chiromancy refer to the fleshy pads on the palm and fingers. They reflect the planetary influences on a palmistry reading and can tell much about emotional, physical and spiritual make up.

The mounts of the palm represent 6 main astrological planets which include:

  • Mercury
  • Moon
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Sun (Apollo)
  • Venus

If you have been reading carefully, you’re probably scratching your head because above is only 6 planetary influences and there should be 7. The missing planet from the mount representation is Mars. The reason that it is mentioned separately is because the planetary energy of Mars specifically is prominent and one of the most important influences upon understanding the mounts in palmistry.

Mars is represented in 3 different sections on the hand. These sections are not bulging and fleshy as the other mounts, rather they are the recesses of the hand.

The three mounts for Mars are:

  • Upper Mars
  • Lower Mars
  • The Plane of Mars

To find the appropriate mount of Mars on a hand, it can depend on the shape and size. Look for the dent, just below the pinky finger towards the side of the hand, the indent where the webbing of the thumb and pointer finger meet and the center of the palm that creates a pool or divet between the other prominent pads on the hand.

Note: Some traditions state that the mounts of Mars are only present on the right hand. This is because traditionally, the right hand is the active hand, the one that represents moving forward, changes to your palms and your assimilation of your fate into a life that has been lead.

Special Mark and Depth Indicators of the Palm

If you look at your palm, you will notice that not all lines are equal. Some are deeper, some are broken and some branch off. Additionally, if you look closely at the different mounts and you will see that there are certain patterns that seem clear, but don’t really apply to a line reading. These patterns are referred to palmistry line deviations and palmistry markings.

While going through each one would take a book in itself, right now it is more important that you get familiar with the concepts so that you know what to look up later when you actually begin working chiromancy techniques.

Line Deviations

Line deviations are those that appear on the actual major and minor lines of the palm. Common deviations include:

  • Ascending
  • Branching (Forked)
  • Broken
  • Chained
  • Descending (Cascading)
  • Deep Set
  • Islands
  • Light (barely there)
  • Sister
  • Wavy

Palmistry Markings

Common markings that you will on the palm will almost always correlate with a mount. You may see a variety of markings and you may also notice that a mount has multiple markings on it. Each of the marks that you see do have a meaning. These marks are also associated with palmistry parlor tricks which we will talk about later in this guide.

The common palmistry markings that you will see include:

  • Circles
  • Crosses
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Grilles (Scoring)
  • Islands
  • Spots (Dots)

There are additional markers that are also used and certain chiromancers will instill a meaning to them. Specific letters, especially the letter “M”, are often noted as well. It is important to notice the changes between shaping on each hand, noting whether the marker appears on one or both of the hands. Markers are an excellent way to be able to tell the inherent changes that a person has made or can also indicate a change that altered the person’s original fated map.

Making Sense of Major Lines, Minor Lines, Mounts and Markings

Our website has a detailed breakdown of the independent lines and mounts that are commonly read. If you want to find out which each means, I would suggest that you check out our illustrated guide to reading your palm that will give you more details.

In understanding chiromancy, the most important thing that you can take away from the lines, mounts and markings is that each tells their own story. By looking up the individual meanings, you can take away some knowledge and make inferences. However, keep in mind that just because someone has a heart line that represents one thing, even if they have a strong thick line that clearly states a tendency or trait, that the individual line doesn’t tell a story. You don’t really understand that until you take the whole picture into account. For this reason, while practicing learning lines, marks and mounts are important, it is not until you are comfortable enough with each individual meaning and can see the story that is presented on the palm, reading from passivity or fate, into action and manifestation, that you can get any meaningful information out of a reading.

That being said, over the years, there have been developed parlor tricks. These “tricks” are not tricks at all, but rather solid truths that have been shown time and time again by readers. These snap judgments have infiltrated modern chiromancy and many professionals that practice the art of palmistry will tell you that certain strong or poignant marks are indicative of something specific.

We do have a “parlor trick” quick glance on our main site, and the reason that it is mentioned here is because these easy tells of the palm can make palmistry fun and interesting. However, it is suggested that you work through the meanings of the lines, the mounts, then the marks before jumping to the easy solution. Often they cause confusion and misreads in palmistry because while they are often true and accurate they can lead to an incomplete interpretation from novice readers that don’t understand the correlation, understand what hand to read them from or what they mean for a complete and accurate reading.


Considered by some to be an offshoot of traditional palmistry, it could be said that the practice of chirognomy has always been a base part of palmists understandings. Rather than focusing on the palm, with all of its lines, mounts and markers, chirognomy focuses instead on the physical aspects of the hand and connect the meanings of shape, size, and disposition against planetary and energy related meanings.

The Importance of the Shape of the Hand

Chirognomy takes into account the entire real estate of the hand. If you notice, most people have the same basic hand structure, with a broad palm and then phalanges that branch out from the center. Once you begin looking at hands a lot though, you will come to notice that not all shapes are equal. Some are broad palmed with chubby or stubby fingers. Other hands are slim and slender with a rectangular palm that is narrow and long spindly fingers. Different cultures are also known to have different shapes and often you can reduce hand shapes to representing the history of the person, being able to tell if their heritage is from one country or region or another. For the purpose of palmistry, the different hand types have been broken down into elemental influences and each shape is represented by either of the following:

  • Air Hand
  • Earth Hand
  • Fire Hand
  • Water Hand

Hand Size

There are loads of parlor tricks that we commonly use in Western cultures that correlate with hand size. Some of these beliefs are actually rooted in chirognomy and other palmistry practices. However, for palmistry practices specifically, a chirognomer is going to focus on the size specifically, small versus large. Then they are going to note whether the fingers also correlate.

The Importance of the Fingers

Chiromancy focuses on the mounts of the palm, which in many practices includes the specific pads that make up each finger. Additionally, each finger is associated with a planetary energy that corresponds with the mount that is below it. Chirognomy looks at the overall shape, size and length of the finger, attributing a specific meaning to this.

Some of the things that chirognomy focuses on for their readings are:

  • Finger length, short vs. small
  • Finger shape, slender vs. full
  • Finger tip shape
  • The state of fingernails (narrow vs. deep)
  • The health of the skin on the hand (Texture and color)

Beyond the Skin – Hair, Scarring and Texture

Unlike other forms of palmistry, chirognomy also takes into consideration overall health, age and other physical features including hand scarring, texture, clamminess and hair. Each of these indicators have important meanings that can be applied to a palmistry reading.

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