Palm reading is actually an ancient art, and modern palm reading methods incorporate thousands of years of accumulated knowledge. The history of Rom or Gypsy palm reading goes back to the Middle Ages. Even older is the study of Ayurveda (a Sanskrit term meaning "science of life"), which has used the physical character of the fingernail for medical information for over 5,000 years.
Right hand - the practical, active side
Left hand - the emotional "heart" side
Look at the lines on both hands to see how the readings compare. Also, many suggest that women should have their left hand seen and men their right. The scientific approach says that, while both hands should be seen, the left shows the natural persona while the right represents personality and talent.
Texture: This is important on the back and front of the hand. Softness means sensitivity and refinement while a rough hand shows a coarse persona. Of course, calluses mean the person works hard or at a job where he or she uses the hands.
Flexibility: This directly represents how adjustable the nature of the person is.
Nails: Longer nails that taper at the tip mean creativity while square mean orderliness.
Color: This shows how blood circulates through the client's body. A pinkish hand means he or she is healthy while yellow means too much bile is being produced. Blue means there is a circulation problem.
Mounts: These are at the base of the fingers. Pay attention to the characteristics noted above as well as this additional information concerning location, name and meaning:
Base of index finger = Mount of Jupiter. It shows ambition, leadership, religion and love for nature.
Base of second finger = Mount of Saturn. It denotes seriousness, wisdom, balance and sadness.
Base of ring finger = Mount of Apollo. It represents brilliance, artistry, happiness and success.
Base of fourth finger = Mount of Mercury. It shows industriousness and shrewdness.
Base of thumb = Mount of Venus. It means love, sympathy, music and passion.
Edge of the hand = Mount of Moon. It shows imagination, coldness and selfishness (an interesting combination!)
The rest of the hand = Plain of Mars. It denotes courage, bravery and aggression.
Heart line: This represents your love life, what happens and why. It's the first prominent line below your fingers.
Right hand - The heart line shows how you relate to other people; your personal needs in love; your love experiences; and your passions for life
Left hand - This can tell how you feel about yourself and the relationships you have... the feelings that lie under the surface.
If your heart line...
Curves steeply under the index and middle finger - There's strong sexual desire
Ends under the index finger - You're picky with your lovers
Ends under the middle finger (this is rare!) - You have a need for love
Is straight and short - You have no need for romance, but you have a strong sex drive
Has 2 or more lines branching off - However many "branches" means the number of sides to your emotional nature
Points downwards with a branch and touches the life line - You're easily hurt in love
Is the same as your partner - You will have a successful marriage
Head line: This represents the ways you think, not how smart you are! This is the next prominent line below the heart line.
Right hand - Your physical life, including your career, business and even hidden talents
Left hand - How you think, see the world and communicate
If your head line...
Ends around your ring finger - Your head line is average
Is short - You think simply and directly
Is long - You're a thorough and careful thinker
Is straight - You think clearly and you concentrate
Is curved - You are ready to play with new and different ideas
Is sloped - You're a creative thinker!
Is horizontal - You think practically
Is chained (makes a chain-like pattern) - You are strung out
Has a fork in it - You are open-minded and capable of seeing many points of view
Floats (disconnected) - You have a carefree attitude
Starts under the index finger - You are brilliant!
Life line: Actually, this doesn't predict how long you'll live, but rather how you will live in the future and what the quality of your life will be. This prominent line curves down the palm.
Right hand - Your vitality physical strength; the timing of the events and important, practical occurrences in your life; how adventurous in life you are
Left hand - Your vitality and emotional strength; the timing of events and important emotional occurrences in your life; how adventurous in relationships you are
If your life line...
Runs close to your thumb - You have low vitality... you're usually tired
Has a wide curve - You have high vitality and lots of energy
Is "stronger" than your head line (bigger, wider) - You are more active physically than mentally
Is chained - You have weak health
Has small rising lines - You have an active personality
Has outward-swinging lines - You love to travel
Has a small line on it - This refers to the particular events at points in your life