The Ultimate Guide to Palm Reading for Beginners
April 02, 2024 10 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Palm Reading for Beginners

By Lady Saoirse

Palm reading is an ancient form of divination people of many cultures have practiced. Find out what palm reading is and learn some of its rich history. Learn what the lines on your palm can tell you and find out how to read palm lines.

The lines of your palm tell you a lot. They can explain parts of your personality and portend the future. Some people believe that palm reading is a hoax, but other people say it’s a legitimate science and all we have to do is learn how. Join Spiritual Blossom to learn all about palm reading. Find out some of its intriguing history and discover what your palm lines can tell you about your life. Find out how to read palms and stop in at Spiritual Blossom to look for more articles on what each of the palm lines mean.

What is Palm Reading?

What is Palm Reading?

Palm reading is also called palmistry or chiromancy. While some people read tarot cards, runes, or even faces for divination, palm reading is done with the belief that the physical features of our hands tell us things and provide answers. It is a form of divination that is done by examining lines on the hand, size and shape of the hands, finger shapes and markings, and any distinguishing feature of the hand. Even the shape and features of the fingernails can give answers in palm reading. Some people believe it is a hidden art the few excel at. Other people say it is simple and all you need is a proper chart of the lines and features of the hands and fingers, and you can read palms easily. One creature that is believed to know hidden truths is the owl and you can read about it here: What Does it Mean When You See an Owl?

The History of Palm Reading

The History of Palm Reading

The word “chiromancy” for palm reading comes from the Greek language and “ chiro” comes from their word “kheiro” which translates as hand. People all over the ancient world from Mesopotamia to parts of the Middle East, and Asia practiced palm reading. It is believed that palm reading originated in India and spread all over the world from there. Aristotle wrote about palm reading in his History of Animals in the fourth century BCE. He believed the hand’s lines were not random and that each line on the human hand had its own purpose. Divination and magic in general is condemned in the Old Testament of the Bible, punishable by death and King Henry VIII of England banned palm reading as superstition. Despite this, people all over the world still read palms today, and a simple internet search turns up countless articles and charts of how to read palms. We may never know the first moment somebody discovered that the features of the hands had deeper meaning, but we know palm reading will always be a divination practice people embrace. An Angel Number that is all about new ways of thinking is 11 or 1111 and you can read about it here: 1111 Angel Number Meaning and Symbolism

What the Lines on Your Palm Say About You

What the Lines on Your Palm Say About You

So, what do these lines and shapes say anyways? They can tell you things to look forward to in your future and they can tell you about love, money, personality, and some of the events you have to look forward to. It is also believed they can tell you if you will have more good or bad luck and things about relationships.

Your Personality

The shape of your hand itself is a good indicator of whether you are more outgoing or shy. It can also tell if you are a leader or if you are more of a follower. Your hand shape can indicate how artistic you are, and it can show whether you are good at creating things with your hands and doing things like gardening or not. For example, having short palms with long fingers means you have what is called an Air Palm. The long fingers denote intelligence and that you are a deep thinker, so Air Palms are also known as Philosopher’s Hands. The short palm shows that you are an analytical person. Air Palm people may prefer to talk about their feelings than showing their emotions to other people. To read about the Air Signs of the Zodiac, see here: What are Air Signs? 

Your Future

You can tell what type of things your life will include from reading your palm. For example, the Life Line shows your general health and vitality and doesn’t especially show how long of a life you will live. If the Life Line is absent, it indicates a life of poor health. A deep, long Life Line shows you have good health and won’t suffer from much illness if any at all. An especially thick Life Line indicates your body is strong and you can play sports well and excel in physical jobs. A double Life Line indicates especially good resistance to disease and that you have a strong support group from your family and close friends. If your Life Line is broken, it means you will have serious illness, but will recover from it. One creature that represents transforming their lives completely is the butterfly and you can read about them here: What Does a Butterfly Symbolize?

Issues to Look For

Lines on your hands can warn you about things to be aware of. For example, the Heart Line, or Love Line will tell you a lot about your relationships. If your Love Line has a triangle on the top of it, it means you will likely develop heart disease at some point in your life. If there are a lot of little lines cutting through your Heart Line, it means you will develop hypertension or diabetes later in life and love relationships will be difficult for you. If there are a lot of chains on your Heart Line, it indicates you might have some marital problems. To read about saying “I love you”, see here: When Should I Tell Him I Love Him?

How to Read Palms

How to Read Palms

If you can find someone who teaches palm reading, sign up for classes, and take notes, because you will learn exactly how to read palms from them. A lot of people learn by reading and studying charts in books and online, however. Certain lines intersect to form shapes, and these shapes have a lot to say. Knowing what these shapes mean in the positions they are in is one way to read palms. Different shapes can be found in the lines including stars or an x, circles, and triangles. The depth of lines, forks and breaks, and if the lines are especially deep mean other things.

X or Star

Lines in the shape of a star near one line called the Head Line indicate great intelligence. More x shapes than star shapes throughout the palm indicate more bad luck than good luck in life. A large cross between the Head Line and the Heart Line is called The Mystic Cross and it shows that you have especially powerful psychic abilities. When you have the Mystic Cross on your palm, you will be called to help guide other people with your advice and your gift of foretelling the future will be respected. Ladybugs are said to be lucky and you can read about them here: Ladybug Spiritual Meaning, Lore, and Symbolism 


 Circles in the palm are called islands. Wherever the circle or island is positioned is an indication of obstructions or issues in that area of your life. The larger the circle is, the larger the disruption will be. They can indicate an injury or hospitalization if they are on the Health Line. If a circle or island is below the base of the pinky finger, it can indicate that you will have a nervous breakdown. Circles under the pinky finger indicate vision problems and circles on the Heart Line indicate emotional changes or distress. Tarot Readings during difficult times can be helpful and you can read about Tarot Card meanings here: A Quick Guide to Tarot Cards and their Meanings 


Triangles typically give added strength to the area of the palm they correspond with. A large triangle in the center of your palm indicates a successful career and good income. If a triangle is under the ring finger, that is the area called the Apollo Mount, and a triangle there means you are skilled at your craft and can handle fame and community recognition well. If a triangle is below an area at the bottom of your palm in the center, just above the wrist, called the Neptune Mount, however, it means you will experience some loneliness in your life. A triangle on the tip of the middle finger indicates that you are especially charismatic and are highly persuasive. One sign that is known for its charisma is Leo and you can read about them here: Leo Traits and Love Compatibility


Depth or shallowness of lines in the palm has its own meaning. For example, the money line means one thing when it is deep and something else when it is shallow. The deeper the Money Line is, the greater your successes and your financial wellbeing will be. If it is consistently deep it’s full length, it means you will have a steady income stream for life and you will manage your finances and investments well. If the line is shallow, it means you won’t be blessed with money from the universe and you will have to work on your money management skills to improve your income and wealth. If your Love Line is deep, you are a very passionate individual, but if the line is faint or shallow, it means you are more reserved in how you express your feelings. To read about what the Minor Arcana Tarot Cards say about feelings of love see here: Minor Arcana Cards for Love

Breaks and Forks

Breaks in your lines can indicate pauses, and forks mean different things depending on how they move away from the main line. For example, if the Child Lines are broken, they indicate miscarriage or other loss of a child. A forked Child Line can indicate you will be the parent of twins. If the Sun Line also known as the Line of Success is broken, it indicates frustrations in your career, but upward branches in it indicate good fortune and recognition for how good you are at your job. If there are downward branches in your Line of Success, you need to watch out for unrealistic expectations, so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment in your career. One Zodiac Sign that hates to feel disappointed is Capricorn and you can read about them here: Capricorn Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility 


Grilles look like cross hatching on parts of your hands. On the Mount of Venus, which is below your thumb, grilles mean you are a worrier, thinking too deeply about things, and it would benefit you to stop doing so. If there are grilles on your index finger’s tip, it means you will do well in your career and earn lots of money very easily. If grilles are all over your palm, you imagine problems that are not as serious as you think they are. One Zodiac Sign that isn’t known for overthinking or worrying too much is Sagittarius and you can read about them here: Sagittarius Traits and Love Compatibility 

Is Palm Reading Legitimate?

Is Palm Reading Legitimate?

Some people say palm reading is pseudoscience. Different palm reading traditions interpret lines differently, and this has led skeptics to declare it fake. Other people believe that it is not possible to tell from the shape of the hands or lines on it what things will come to pass, and other people say all forms of divination in general are fake. However, so many different cultures of people have believed in the accuracy of palmistry, but you don’t have to take their word for it. The only way to discover whether palmistry is legitimate is to find out for yourself. Read about being your best self here: How to Be Your Best Self

Remember that psychic abilities are natural, and everybody has some form of psychic gift. Each person’s psychic abilities are different, and it is quite possible that the people who don’t believe in the legitimacy of palm reading are not gifted at reading palms. They might have also gotten some news they are not happy about when their palm was read, and they might have refused a palm reading because they have dismissed the science before they have learned about it. Palm reading has been used to get answers all over the world for many generations, and dismissing what so many people believe in won’t make their beliefs invalid. Read about clairvoyant psychic abilities here: What is Clairvoyant Psychic Reading? 

Palm reading is a practice thousands of years old, and one that some people get profound answers about their lives from. You can learn things about your relationships, your health, your personality, and your future from palm reading. Reading palms isn’t difficult, you just have to find a guide that makes sense to you. Some people don’t believe in palm reading, but people have for centuries, and only you can decide whether palm reading is the right form of divination for you. Make sure to keep an eye on our weekly article postings, because more about palm reading is coming in the future!

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About the Author: Lady Saoirse has studied magic and lore for most of her life but started walking her own Magical Path after being spiritually reborn in the desert. Today she is a High Priestess for The Temple of the Goddess, she is a psychic advisor and spiritual counselor, she shares her gifts as a Psychic and Content Writer for Spiritual Blossom, and she writes for The Green Egg. She has written for Mysticsense and PaganPagesOrg emag.