Palmistry handouts

These are the handouts from my palmistry workshop. Feel Free to download them if you want.


Jizz in Palmistry © Tchipakkan 2013

Jizz is a term I’m borrowing from birders to describe the overall impression or appearance of a bird garnered from such features as shape, posture, size and coloration (we don’t use voice, habitat and style of flying). In birding it’s associated with the acronym GISS for General Impression, Size, and Shapem likely from the word gist.

Size – a large hand signals someone who deals better with details, and small hands signal one who prefers to look at the big picture. Remember this is in relationship to the body size.

Shape -Traditionally Cheiro divided hands into useful (square); nervous/active (spatulate); philosophic (knotty); artistic (conical); and psychic/idealistic hands. Along with this he included “elementary” and mixed hands. Psychic is just a more attenuated version of the artistic hand. Moreover, most hands are mixed,

Elemental traditions:

Earth: square palm, short fingers  Practical, calm, need action, busy

Air: square palm, long fingers  intellectual, curious, nervous, tenacious

Fire: long palm, short fingers  Change people, energetic, impatient, need variety, individualistic

Water: long palm, long fingers Adaptable, connect people, emotional, sensitive, need peace

Also look for high or low, hard or soft mounts and where they shift

Don’t neglect finger-tip shapes: square (practical), round (emotional), spatulate (active)

Check general shape of nails and fingers.

Waist on thumb indicates tact (no waist- plain speaking).

Rounded bottom phalanges indicate love of food.

Color: red, pink, white, yellowish,

Dry or moist.

Texture:  deep ridges, fewer but well marked lines: simpler, more concentration.  Many fine lines: sensitive

Position- Thumb held close vs. wide

Observe general direction in which fingers lean

 2 Element hand shapes

The Earth hand- square with short square tipped fingers is solid, practical and reliable.

The Air hand, square, with long rounded fingers, is cerebral, logical and changes his or her mind easily.

The Fire hand, rectangular, with short often spatulate fingers, is energetic, and likes to change things.

The Water hand, rectangular palm, with long pointed fingers, indicates a people person who can combine disparate elements and put things together.


The vocabulary of Western Palmistry is, like ceremonial magic, the vocabluary of Astrology, and the classical world.4-Palmistry Terms

The major lines are the Life line, around the thumb, the head line across the hand in the center, the heart line, across at the top, and the Fate line, vertically.  The health lines only show up when there are problems, so it is better not to have them. Psychic line is VERY rare.

5-Lines and mounts

Lines should be clearly marked and unbroken, they represent the flow of energy. Crosses, spots, and islands are indication of problems.

6-general marks

7-special marks

8-Time on Lines


Bibliography *Favorites Starred)

Altman, Nathaniel Little Giant Encyclopedia of Palmistry, Sterling, 1999

Asano, Hachero, Hands, The Complete Book of Palmistry, Japan Publications, 1985

Benham, William, Laws of Scientific Hand Reading, Taraporavala, 1946 (1971 ed.)

*Benham, William, Benham Book of Palmistry, New Page 2006

Birla, Singh, Destiny in the Palm of your Hand, (Vedic Palmistry) Destiny, 2000

*Birla, Singh, Love in the Palm of your Hand, Destiny, 1998

*Campbell, Edward D., The Encyclopedia of Palmistry, Perigee, 1996

Chenxia, Wang, Diagnostics Based upon Observations of Palmar Lines: Chinese Palmistry in Medical Applications, Shandon, 1996

Chiero (Hamon), Palmistry for All, Newcastle 1973 (reprinted)

Fenton-Smith, Paul, Palmistry Revealed, Heian, 1996

Fenton, Sasha and Wright, Malcolm, Palmistry, Crescent 1996

*FitzHerbert, Andrew, Hand Psychology: A new Insight into Solving your problems, Avery 1988

Haft-Pomrock, Yael, Hands: Aspects of Opposition and Complementarity in Archetypal Chirology, Daimon, 1992

Haft-Pomrock, Yael, Relationships in our Hands, M H Pub 2002

*Hamon, Louis, Cheiro’s Language of the Hand, Arco, 1963

Hipskind, Judith, The New Palmistry: How to Read the Whole Hand and Knuckles, Llewellyn, 1996

Jaegers, Beverly, Beyond Palmisry: The Art and scence of Modern Hand Analysis, Berkley, 1992

Jaegers, Beverly, Beyond Palmisry II: Your Career is in Your Hands, Berkley, 1996

Jones, Katina, The Everything Palmistry Book, Adams Media 2003

*Kane, Catherine, Adventures in Palmistry, Foresight, 2011

Mahabal, Vernon, Secret code on your Hands, the, Mandala Pub, 2007

Reid Lori, The Elements of Handreading, Element, 1994

Rhoda, Palmistry Encyclopedia, (self published?) 1996

Robinson, Rita, Health in Your Hands, Newcastle, 1993

Squire, Elizabeth, Palmistry Made Practical, Wiltshire, 1969

*Saint-Germaine, Compte de, Practice of Palmistry, the, Newcastle, 1973

Saint-Germaine, Jon, Karmic Palmistry, Llewellyn, 2004

Steinbach, Marten, Medical Palmistry, Health and Character in the hands, University, 1975

Struthers, Jane, Palmistry Bible, Sterling, 2005

Warren-Davis, Dylan, The Hand Reveals, Element, 1993

Webster, Richard, Palm Reading for Beginners, Llewellyn, 2000

West, Peter, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Palmistry, Barnes and Nobles, 1988

Wilson, Joyce, The Complete Book of Palmistry, Bantam, 1971

Yang, Henning Hai Lee, Chinese Palmistry, Orion Forlag, 2001

*Zwang, Moshe, Palm Therapy, Ultimate Mind, 1995

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