The Shape of the Hands

The four elements so integral to the workings of the astrological birth chart also define the basics of palmistry interpretations. That's right—the four basic shapes of the hand are the earth hand, the water hand, the fire hand, and the air hand.

The square earth hand indicates serenity and a strong need for security and hard work.

The earth hand is square-palmed with short thick fingers and square fingernails, and indicates a strong need for security and hard work. The palm has a tough texture, and the hand is solid and has less flexibility, which suggests the earth-hand person may have learned to defend his or her emotions early in life and has created an inner truth and outer wall of defense. The color of these hands is beige or earth-toned, which denotes a serene personality. In addition, the hand feels warm, which reveals the warm heart that lies behind the outer defenses. The lines are deeply etched into the palm, but there are not very many, which hints at the inner stability of the person.

The large water hand indicates flexibility and the ability to cope with the ups and downs of life.

The water hand is noticed immediately by its sheer size. The largest of all the hand shapes, this is the hand of the "feelers," those who feel their way through life, with emotions and instincts more finely tuned than the average person. The heel of the hand is rounded into the wrist, which suggests that this is an individual who often acts impulsively. The fingers are long and often double-jointed and very flexible, and the fingernails are rounded and have prominent half moons, which indicates that water-hand people have learned to flow with their own and others' emotions.

The water palm has a soft, pillow-like texture, and the hand, though strong, is the most pliable of all hand types, which hints that the person may have learned to flow with the tensions of life and instinctively found a way to create an inner peace and an outer humor to deal with tribulations of life.

This is a white hand with blue veins showing through the fleshy skin of the cool, sometimes damp palm and indicates the passions that lie beneath the calm exterior. Clarity is a quest for people with such hands—not only for themselves, but for all humankind. The lines are many and meander over the whole hand. Usually, the heart line and the life line are stronger than the head line, but the head line may have many branches, denoting the versatility of attitudes and lifestyles such individuals will experience in their lifetimes.

The small, flame-shaped fire hand indicates drive and commitment.

The smallest of the hand shapes, the fire hand is flame-shaped. These people have big ideas and a creative outlook. The palm is oval-shaped, with the heel of the hand sliding into the wrist, and the fingers, although short, are thin and pointed at their tips.

As in the water hand, fire-hand people are noted for their impulsive natures—not because of their deep-felt emotions but rather because of their driving need for action. If these people have found their obsession in life and are creating or working in it, the fire hand will have flexibility. If, however, compulsions have taken over, the hand will be stiff.

This is a hard hand to manipulate unless the person gives you permission to move it, so strong is the will of the fire person. The fingernails are pointed and often manicured, which denotes the need for looking good to the world at large. The color of the hand is pink or red-tinged, and the hand feels hot, revealing the passions that lie beneath the bubbling, outgoing personality. The lines are deeply etched and have many branches, denoting the desires for experience and change. Yet such change must be as the fire person wills it to happen and not because life just happens to go that way.

The long, narrow air hand indicates creativity and intellect.

The air hand, the longest and narrowest of all the hands, is the hand of the innovative genius. The thin hand allows the bone structure to be evident in the overall look of the hand and especially noticed in the fingers, which are long, with the skin drawn tightly over each knuckle. The fingers are pointed and have almond-shaped, blue-tinged nails with tiny half-moons showing, which suggests a deep intellect that drives the personality to delve deep into the mysteries of life. The palm has almost no division from the wrist and has a soft, silky texture.

The air hand is easily moved, and the joints are firmly felt, which suggests that airhand people are quick and decisive. Their mental quickness allows them to take action more quickly than those with other hand types and sometimes earns them the mistaken label of impulsive.

The color of the palm is pale, with an underlay of veins and arteries that shows up like spider webbing underneath the skin of the cool, dry palm. This indicates a person who has found intellectual solutions to life's problems—and who is willing to share these insights.

The lines are lightly traced on the hand and many offshoots and squiggles denote that there's an analytical cast to the personality. The air-hand person must learn to bring together the mental and emotional planes in order to find lasting happiness in life.

Just as there aren't only simple Sun sign interpretations in astrology, there are more than just simple hand-shape meanings in palmistry. We're all a combination of two or more of the archetypes of earth, air, fire, and water. For instance, if you're a Libra with the Moon in Virgo and a Scorpio ascendant, you may have the square palm of the Virgo (earth) and the prominent bone structure and long fingers of the Libra (air), with the large water hand of the Scorpio ascendant. And your right hand may have a slight variation from your left, according to which element is more prominently used from your birth chart at this time of your life.

Just as there aren't only simple Sun sign interpretations in astrology, there are more than just simple hand-shape meanings in palmistry. We're all a combination of two or more of the archetypes of earth, air, fire, and water. For instance, if you're a Libra with the Moon in Virgo and a Scorpio ascendant, you may have the square palm of the Virgo (earth) and the prominent bone structure and long fingers of the Libra (air), with the large water hand of the Scorpio ascendant. And your right hand may have a slight variation from your left, according to which element is more prominently used from your birth chart at this time of your life.

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