How Chinese Palmistry Works
Chinese palm reading is a very old technique of studying the lines on the palm in an attempt to interpret someone’s personality and predict his/her fortune. It is regarded as one of the very basic techniques of Chinese fortune telling.
An important branch of Chinese palm reading is medical palmistry. Based on the traditional Chinese medicine philosophy “If something happens on the interior of the body, it must be reflected on the exterior of the body.” It is used to diagnose a variety of diseases.
Which palm to read?
For many people, the first problem encountered in palm reading is knowing which hand to read, left or right, and what difference it makes.
There is a general clash between the traditional and modern forms of palmistry, which are split on which palm to read and which to exclude. In some cultures, palmists choose to read the right hand for a male and the left hand for a female. According to Chinese palm reading, for a male below 30 years of age, the left palm is used for the primary reading and the right one for a supplementary analysis. For a male over 30 years of age, the right palm is used for the primary reading and the left one as a supplement. For a female aged below 30, the right palm is used for the primary reading and the left one for a supplementary analysis. And for a female aged above 30, the left palm is read for the primary analysis and the right one for a supplementary analysis.
Main lines and meanings in Chinese Palmistry
In Chinese palmistry, there are three major lines：Life Line, Wisdom Line (also Head Line) and Love Line (also Heart Line).
This starts from the palm edge between the thumb and index finger and goes to the base of the thumb. You can find its exact location from the picture on the right.
- It does not necessarily represent the length of one's life. It mainly reflects a person's physical vitality and life energy.
- If the Life Line is long, deep and red, it represents strong vitality, a good immune system, and someone who does not get sick easily.
- If it is short and shallow, the person tends to be weaker or has more health issues.
- If the line is thick, the person is better with physical work or sports, or if the line is slim, the person is better with work requiring more brain-power and less physical.
- If the life line is absent, the person tends to be weak and falls ill easily.
Wisdom line (Head Line)
The wisdom line (also head line or intelligence line) is the second important line in palm reading. It starts from the palm edge between the thumb and index finger, and extends across the palm in the middle part with the life line below and the heart line above. It is considered ideal if it ends below where the pinkie finger and ring finger join. Please refer to the picture below.
- The head line reveals a person's wisdom, belief, attitude, thinking ability, strain capacity, creative ability as well as abilities of memory, self-control and more.
- If the Wisdom Line is short, it means a lack of intelligence, but if it is too long, the person tends to outsmart others and cause self-inflicted troubles. It is considered ideal if it ends between the pinkie finger and ring finger.
- A thin and deep line means the person is smart, focused and thinking clearly. If there are circular creases along the line, it means they are unfocused, have a bad memory or a possible head injury.
- It may overlap with the Life Line at the beginning before they separate. The overlapping means a person is introverted, careful, or detail-oriented. However, too much overlapping means they are indecisive and worrying too much.
- If the two lines start from the same point but separate right away (no overlapping), it indicates a decisive and determined personality, someone who can handle adventurous and erratic situations.
- If the two lines are totally separated (don’t share the starting point and no overlapping), it represents someone with extreme bravery, who is extroverted, fearless or audacious.
The Love line (heart line)
The love line is one of the three major lines in palm reading. It's just above the wisdom line starting from the edge of the palm under the pinkie finger, runs across the palm and ends below the area between the middle finger and index finger.
- If the line is longer and ends below the index finger, it represents a person’s affection which is more spiritual than physical, or if the line is shorter and ends below the middle finger, it is the opposite. If the line is thin and deep, the emotion is delicate and gentle. If the line is thick and shallow, the emotion is rough and wild.
- If the line curves downwards below the middle finger, it indicates headstrong, irrational, or even forceful love.
- If the line is long, with splits at the end, and curving downwards, it indicates stubborn love and a willingness to sacrifice everything for love.
- If the beginning of the line (from the edge of the palm) has feather-like creases, the person is very passionate.
Other important lines: Marriage line, Fate line, Sun line, Children Line, Health Line
The Marriage Line is a small horizontal line on the edge of the palm between the base of the pinkie finger and the Love Line. Some people have more than one line here. It is not significant how many lines there are, because all shallow lines can be ignored if there are one or two prominent lines.
- If there are more than six shallow lines, and none is prominent, it indicates complicated and messy marriage situations. If there are two equally prominent lines, the person is prone to love-triangle situations.
- The longer the Marriage Line is, the pickier the person is in selecting a mate, more demanding of his/her spouse, and has more pressure from the marriage. If the line ends below the ring finger and touches the Sun Line, it indicates having good in-laws who will bring wealth and fame. However, if it is longer and it crosses the Sun Line, it has a negative effect on wealth and fame.
- If the line has split ends, it indicates a split-up or devoice.
- If there are circular creases on the line, it indicates separation during a relationship.
- If the line curves upward at the end, it indicates a lack of motivation to get married.
Fate line（career line）
The fate line is one of the major palmistry lines on hands. It is a vertical line running up the palm towards the base of the middle finger. The starting point can be anywhere from the base of the palm (most people find it begins from the middle part). You can find its location from the picture below.
- If the line ends as it reaches the Wisdom Line, it indicates the person stops working based on his/her own decision. If it ends as it reaches the Love Line, it indicates a relationship that is problem causes the career to end.
- Multiple broken lines indicate unstable jobs or constant changes of job environment.
- Two Career Lines appearing like a pair indicate that the person has good opportunities for a second job or a different career.
The sun line mainly shows the capability, talent and popularity which may lead to success. So, it's also called the Line of Success. Generally speaking, a long sun line is better than a short one and people with a sun line are better off than those without it. Also, it’s regarded as a sister line to the Fate Line as it could boost the fate line.
Two Sun Lines that appear like a pair indicate the person is famous and renowned. If there are several lines, it indicates too many interests without a particular focus.
The children lines are the upright lines below the base of the pinky and above the marriage line. In Chinese palmistry reading, they indicate the number of children a person may have and the life status of the children. The children lines shall be interpreted from the bottom up and the number of lines suggests the number of children a person is likely to have. The deeply marked lines indicate the birth of male children, while the short, narrow and shallow lines suggest the birth of female children. If the lines are extremely short, shallow and interrupted, they indicate an abortion or the loss of children from other causes.
- If a man has children lines in his palm, it is an indication that his children will be healthy; if the lines are unclear or mixed with other lines, it is an indication that his children will be feeble and sick.
- If a woman has children lines in her palm, it usually indicates the number and appearance of the children.
The Health Line is a slanted line from the base of the pinkie finger toward the end of the Life Line. The line should be more accurately named “Bad Health Line”, and it is better not to have it at all.
A segmented line indicates problems with the digestion system.
An iron chain shaped line indicates problems with the respiratory system.
If there are circular creases on the beginning of the line, it indicates head, nose or throat problems, or if the creases are on the end of the line, it indicates problems with the urological system.
How to know about your career through palmistry
In Chinese palmistry, the fate line is the career line.
The index finger – when it exceeds the length of ring finger – this demonstrates one is a great leader; he or she is good at management jobs.
The ring finger – if it exceeds the index finger – the individual is creative and likely to cooperate with others in works.
Chinese medical palmistry
For millennia Chinese people believed that there are maps of the entire body on various parts of the body. These maps can be used to diagnose the corresponding body parts and, in some cases, such as with hand and ear acupuncture, to even treat those corresponding parts. The hand is readily available and can be examined painlessly, relatively quickly, and without expensive diagnostic machinery.
Illness is diagnosed by expert practitioners by careful observation of the appearance of the palm, the hand in general and the fingernails. Chinese palmistry tends to identify a propensity for a disease, whereas fingernail diagnosis identifies the actual presence of a disease.
Migraine: indicated by an upwards slanting line from the upper ulnar edge of the thumbnail.
Dental caries: indicated by an upwards slanting line from the lower radial edge of the thumbnail.
Bronchitis: indicated by an upwards slanting line from the upper radial edge of the index fingernail.
Nearsightedness (myopia): misty or cloud-like shape on the bottom radial edge of the thumbnail.
Diabetes: indicated by a white round dot on the lower radial edge of the ring fingernail.