Palm reading involves a close examination of the shape and palm markings of the hands, interpreting these features to determine things about the querent, or the person whose palm is being read. A palm reader starts with the entire palm and works down to smaller details within the palm.
- Choose the hand
Determine the active and passive hands. A right-handed querent has an active right hand and passive left hand. For ambidextrous people, treat the hand they usually write with as the active hand. The passive hand is read for the querent's potential, while the active hand indicates actual expressed traits.
- Look at the hand shape
Long fingers on square palms are said to belong to intellectual, sociable people who value the mind. Short fingers on square palms are said to belong to practical, dependable people who usually love nature. Those with long palms and short fingers are described as being confident, energetic leaders who love action and risk. Those with long fingers on long palms are described as emotional, artistic types.
- Examine the palm lines
Near the top of the palm is the heart line. A high heart line is said to indicate passion, while a straight heart line indicates an emotionally controlled person. Below the heart line is the head line, which has to do with intelligence. Circling around the thumb is the life line. A long, deep, uninterrupted life line is said to indicate that the querent can expect a long life.