Remote Palmistry – A Challenge

Curious hand owners from all over the globe ask me to remotely examine hi-res digital photos or scans of their hands and answer their questions. I’ve always informed them that I don’t provide remote consultations. I encourage them to look for someone locally with a healthy reputation and practice. Phone and Skype readings could be a lucrative activity for me financially, but I’ve always needed to hold a person’s hands in mine, look into their eyes, and communicate face to face with them to accurately assess their needs and address their questions. It’s not easy to counsel people from a distance without generalizing and being superficial. Serious professional palmists, who I know, believe the greatest differences they’ve made are in teaching small groups of students and counseling one person (in person) at a time.

There’s little discussion in the world of self-help of the real purpose of palmistry or of how it equates to knowing oneself and others. Most palmists maintain day jobs and struggle to survive, while gypsy scam artists continue to thrive on their victim’s fears, weaknesses, and gullibility. I’m one of a very few practicing palmists with a devoted clientele and plenty of referrals.

I believe that the time has come to educate the public to the true value and power of palmistry. Everyone who asks, “What’s your sun sign?” should also be asking, “May I see your hands?” The main problem is that palmistry has no spokesperson, no best-selling books, no universally recognized certification, and no real sense of community. I’ve participated in online palmistry forums, hoping to find like-minded individuals, only to discover too many self-absorbed amateurs and a few professionals who think they know it all, arguing online endlessly over meaningless statistics and pseudo-scientific details. I’m not knocking the need for science based palmistry (it’s how I learned to read hands), but the obvious absence of the art and skill of counseling is the reason there hasn’t been a legitimate spokesperson for hand reading since Cheiro (1866-1936).

Naïve and uninformed seekers trust unknown palmists to answer unrealistic questions that no science can answer. “When will I find my true love?” “When will I get married?” “When will I get a job?” “Will I be rich and famous?” “Will I win the lottery?” “How long will I live?” “Who was I in my past lives?” “What’s my future?”

For better or worse, it’s not always what you see, but what you say and how you say it that matters in the final analysis. I habitually ask clients to transform their requests for “Yes” and “No” answers into “How can I” or “What can I do to” questions.

You don’t have to be an expert palmist or to even know palmistry to observe valuable information about your relationships, career, and health in your hands. Assuming that knowing something is better than knowing nothing, then hopefully, one thing will lead to another and eventually millions of people will be examining their own and each other’s hands, looking into each other’s eyes, and discussing their thoughts, ideas, feelings, hopes, fears, and other personal issues.

Content is no longer King and clever gimmicks, hype, and branding are the Emperor’s new clothes. I’m putting my sacred cow out to pasture and catering to the mass media. You may not be able to see everything in a photo, but there’s still plenty of valuable information to be gathered remotely from a person’s hands. I’ll wager I can talk people through seeing their relationship and career potentials in their hands via Radio and TV.

I’ll also challenge anyone who is a great judge of human character to a four hour duel. Here’s how it works. We require two quiet spaces with comfortable chairs and natural light. Forty-eight individuals of various races, genders, and ages will have five-minute readings with each of us. We alternate who’s first. After four hours, independent judges will compare and contrast what participants say about their individual experiences.

CrushfanzineThis is a feature I wrote for CRUSH fanzine. The editor emailed digital photos and scans (awful quality, no detail) of hands of well-known modern conceptual, visual, fashion, and performance artists. I never got to review how my notes were edited before the article was published. I apologize in advance for any misinformation. I’ve made addendums, adjustments, and corrections beneath some my descriptions. If you want to learn more about these artists and what they do, click on their hands to see them in action.
Guido PalauA heart line ending between his index and middle fingers indicates that Guido is practical about his feelings and has no problem “physically” expressing his emotions.
Lady Miss Kier - colorSeveral breaks in Lady Miss Kier’s fate line indicate that she has had career changes and challenges.
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AA BronsonThis was the worst scan. Short index fingers symbolize internal battles with self-esteem starting in early childhood. A close connection between head and heart line at their beginnings impel procrastination, taking things personally, and needing to be appreciated (as opposed to making clear whatever he doesn’t want to do).
ZaldySusanne BartschA ‘cramp’ line under her head line near the percussion of her hand suggests Susanne may have had an unhealthy attachment with mother (as opposed to needing to protect herself from unhealthy attachments).
Cyril DuvalI’m beginning to explore the worlds of pre-teen and teen hands. Stay tuned…

My Interview: The 100 Top Psychics and Astrologers in America

The 100 Top Psychics and Astrolgers in AmericaWhen Paulette Cooper Noble called me about being featured in The 100 Top Psychics and Astrologers in America, I told her I was not a psychic and did not want to be listed as psychic. Fortunately, she was seeking specialists in numerology, astrology, and palmistry. I’m the resident palmist.

No matter whom you choose, you should do your homework by checking references and reviews. Speak with the person to discuss whether they’re right for your needs. I turn away anyone who isn’t right for me and will happily recommend another reader from this book who I know may be better for you.

 

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NOTE: I’ve linked Paulette’s interview to my website, blog, videos, and press kit.

How does being a palmist affect your private life? I find myself surreptitiously looking at people’s hands wherever I go. Sometimes when I’m on the phone with someone who’s not a client, I’ll spread the tarot cards to gain additional insight into the conversation, although I never let anyone know I’m doing that.

Have you had any other careers or interesting jobs before this? As a child, I was an avid musician, performing Chopin on the radio at age seven. I also loved art and won several art awards. Utilizing that talent, I became an industrial designer, inventing dozens of products that were frequently ahead of their time. As a hobby, I like to recycle and reuse items, reconstituting them into something that is long-lasting and useful, whether it’s a milk or yogurt bottle, or a steel desk someone threw away. I’ve been called “The Guru of Garbage.”

You’re called a palmist, but do you look at anything other than hands? I use hands for understanding character; astrology for interpreting life cycles, patterns, habits, and timing; and tarot for getting at unconscious issues. Relationships, family dynamics, and career are my specialties.

When did you first realize that you had this gift? I don’t really consider being an expert palmist a gift, but a skill that I developed over many years of hard work. Any intelligent and intuitive person can read hands if they’re willing to do the work.

Have any celebrities or business bigwigs expressed interest in having you read their hands? I’ve read for Martha Stewart, Star Jones, Cindy Chu, Patti Davis, and for dozens of other celebrities such as Katie Couric, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Kline, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, Maurice Sendak, and Marvin Scott, etc., at special events. Because of my extensive corporate special event work, I believe I’ve read more CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and COOs, than any reader of anything anywhere.

What made you interested in reading hands? Everyone has hands. They’re a topographical map of character in the past, present, and future. The value of palmistry is in its capacity to quickly identify basic character and behavior.

Do hands change? Yes, they change as a person’s thinking and circumstances change. The tiniest change in a line can symbolize a huge change in a life. You can observe your successes and failures reflected in the mirrors of your hands over time.

Why aren’t there more respected palmists like you? Unfortunately, modern palmistry is still relegated to the realms of gypsy fortune-telling scams and disreputable storefronts adorned with red neon hands. There’s no spokesperson to educate people about it. To this end, I’ve written “Real Palmistry.” My plan is to give everyone a helping hand – their own.

Can someone read their own hands? You can ask your hands questions like: “Who am I?” “What do I value?” “What do I think?” “What’s my philosophy?” “How can I be more spiritual?” “What’s next?” and more. Priceless knowledge and insight await you in plain sight at the ends of your arms. Knowing yourself places your free will and destiny exactly where they belong, back in your own hands.

What is a typical session for you? I normally spend 1 ½ – 2 hours with clients. I don’t like watching the clock and believe that clock watchers shouldn’t go into this career. I like to know ahead of time what clients want to gain insight into so that I can spend time preparing. It’s not always what’s asked at first that needs to be addressed. There are few questions I won’t ask and many I won’t answer. I don’t like “What’s going to happen?” I never answer “When am I going to die?” I also avoid “yes” and “no” answers.

What is the most unique experience in your life? I spent two days a week for a two year period helping design a vocational rehabilitation program for 150 murderers and serial killers in a forensic psychiatric hospital in NYC. I got to read many of their hands and hear their stories, which was incredibly fascinating.

Another extraordinary time in my life was the two years I spent as an initiate in the Martinist Order. I participated in miraculous healings, learned to astral project, and practiced unique ways to focus my mind and imagination.

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A Day in Central Park

Cassie gave this to me on my 60th birthday. She’d written it three years earlier when she was 12. I was incredulous that I hadn’t known about it. I’ve illustrated and am sharing it. It complements ‘Cassie and the Magic Castle’, which I wrote when Cassie was five or so.

Joanna and I never taught Cassie to act nice when she didn’t feel nice. People would stop and say, “Oh look, there’s Shirley Temple”. Being treated as an object infuriated Cassie. Joanna and I secretly enjoyed ‘Cassie’s rat-face’. Too bad so many people spoke to her like she was a baby instead of a real person. We’d quip, “Did you see the horror on that woman’s face when Cassie snarled at her? She probably thinks we’re the world’s most inconsiderate and permissive parents”. Cassie later reprimanded me for encouraging her to be frank and direct instead of teaching her to be tactful and diplomatic. I told her we did her a favor and one day she’d thank us.

A Day in Central Park by Cassie Seltman

          There’s a small girl and a man. The girl looks about 5; maybe 6.Their backs are to you. You wonder if the girl, with her short stature, and bouncing golden curls, might be Shirley Temple. When she doesn’t break into a tap dance in the next five minutes you realize she’s not. The man’s taller, and in the silhouette of his outstretched arm, you see her skinny arm, the two arms form a ‘V’, and where they meet you see a large fist of the man, where, you assume, the girl’s hand is hidden, safe inside.

The little girl is me. I look up at my father who smiles down at me, and gives my hand an affectionate double squeeze, which between us, has wordlessly come to mean, “I love you.” His smile reaches up on either side of his face, daring to touch the sky. The smile lines on his eyes are in synch with his mouth, and all the stray wrinkles, that were once without purpose, run, like paper clips to a magnet, to the epicenter, which is his corner eye. From there they fan outwards, and add age to his almond shaped eyes.

While white sailboats float on the small boat pond, Alice sits atop her voluptuous mushroom. To her left is the mad hatter, and to her right the Cheshire cat lingers on a branch. I run up, jump on the mushroom, and sit in Alice’s lap. I look up at her and run my stubby fingers over her metal eyes. I look back at my dad for approval, and he smiles.

cassie under Alice2I want to be like Alice, who lives in her own world of friends and foes and crazy hatters. Who can stumble upon a mushroom or wander around a cave, and have her life change in an instant. I crawl below the mushroom, and underneath the bronze is cool. Small bronze animals surround me. My dad crawls next to me, and though seemingly awkward, he slides right in. With dad here now, I become one of the bronze animals, or maybe the animals become us. The lines between bronze and flesh, night and day, cold and hot, merge. They become something that’s all of them, and nothing at the same time. We live in an alternate reality, where time doesn’t exist for us or anybody else. Our bodies don’t belong to us anymore, and our new ones are weightless. We don’t care what we look like, and if we did we couldn’t, because everything changes so fast our appearance can’t keep up with us. Things like gravity that are dulled, are amplified in other ways. You know things, without having to realize them, and all that’s there are concepts and emotions, that float like thick, white clouds in the air around us.

Soon we hit the trees. Cherry blossoms fill one tree. With wide set branches, we climb up and lean back. Almost instantly I’m with Bobo the gorilla. I’ve come to visit him in the jungle.

“I brought you a backpack full of red bananas,” I tell Bobo, because they are his favorite, and rare in the jungle.

“Oo oo ah ah” my dad says. If any tigers or animals threaten Cassie, Bobo swings them over his head, beats his chest, and banishes them from the animal kingdom forever. We eat cashew nuts and climb down.

cassie and the ugly ducklingCircling back around, we see the ugly duckling and Lewis Carol. The ugly duckling was always one of my favorites.  I always reassure it that it is indeed, not ugly but beautiful, and give it many strokes. I stare at the webbed bronze toes. I turn around to my dad.

“Maybe he wants some cashew nuts,” my dad suggests. As I take them from his warm palm, I look back, and it seems as if the duck (which is really a swan) has waddled a little. We walk on.

Cassie on Balto smFarther along, Balto poses heroically, his shaggy mane immortalized in bronze. I struggle to climb up on him. For a while I wiggle and fail. I look back at my father, expecting him to lift me up. He stares back at me.

“Keep trying.” I finally wiggle my way up to Balto’s back, and sit, perched on top. Soon I slide off, and climb down the edge. I jump into my dad’s arms, which seem always to be warm.

 

We walk down the cement roads of central park. I look up at my dad, and think of how many days we spend together playing in this park. I think of making artwork with chalk on the sidewalk; I think of watching him build a tree house. I think of turning over rocks in the woods, seeing what creatures live beneath.

We stroll out of the park, and into the busy streets of New York City. Sirens sound, cars rush, the sour smells of garbage, urine, and car exhausts fill the air. I feel the warmth from his hand in mine, following me always, as we step into the concrete jungle.

Cassie and the Magic Castle

In my last blog entry, I shared how Cassie and I went on adventures to Central Park, a magical place where granite boulders became mountains and bronze statues became real beings. After one of our journeys, I created “Cassie and the Magic Castle”.

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Palmistry and Change: Guest Post by Marion Gale

Marion Gale- at workHave you read my Palmistry and Children blog entry?  An amazing example of how a child’s hands changed because of nurture was provided by Marion Gale, friend, fellow palmist, and author of Read His Hands, Know His Heart. I asked Marion to send me a story about an older client whose hands changed and she sent me the following anecdote.

 

The Hands of Grace
In 1978 when Grace came to me she had been married for over 25 years. The marriage was stressful and unhappy. I could see from the number of lines in her palm that her nervous system was in over-drive. She was so tense that she could not lay her ring finger flat on the table. She was a highly sensitive woman who had married young and in haste. The children had kept her from leaving her husband but now they were all grown up.
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Eight years later in 1986, having divorced and started a new career, Grace seemed like a different person. When she showed me her hands it was apparent that about 1/3 of the nervous lines had disappeared. She was so relaxed that even the ring finger easily lay flat. Grace told me that she now looked forward to the best years of her life and her hands reflected the changes she had experienced since we first met.

 

Palmistry and Fingers

Once you’ve established a basic character type, it’s important to examine the fingers in detail to discover what kind of talents and careers a person is best suited for and how they manifest their potentials in the world around them. As previously discussed, the length of fingers is very important. The shape of the fingertip increases or decreases the strength of the finger it’s on. Two joints divide three phalanxes on each finger. The first phalanx or tip of the finger symbolizes how we think and adapt our thinking to changing circumstances. The middle phalanx represents our practical qualities and ability to take care of mundane tasks and responsibilities. The third or bottom phalanx describes our material and physical needs. Finger joints may be knotty (bulging) or smooth.  Knots need order; no knots do not.  Specifics will unfold as we examine each finger and character type.

Thick-fingered folk (especially the bottom / third phalange) have more desire for food and sensual pleasures. Thin-fingered people have more interest in nutrition and diet. I’ve seen very plump people with narrow third phalanges. Given an equal amount of will power, they have a much easier time losing weight than their thick-fingered cousins because the physical temptation for rich foods is much less strong. Jack Sprat will help you remember.

Jack and Mrs. SpratJack Sprat could eat no fat                                       Jack’s wife could eat no lean

His fingers were so lean                                           Her fingers were obese

Evenwhenheldcloselytogether                                  Even when  s  p  r   e  a  d  apart

floods of light  passed in between                             lightcouldnotpassthroughacrease

About sweets a care                                                 She could not resist any treat

Jack could not give                                                    for Jack’s wife lived to eat

for Jack Sprat ate to live

If the consistency of your hands is hard and your fingers are stiff, you’ll battle change with every last molecule in your body. “Letting go” will be a major life theme for you. Making `good sense’ is essential. If the consistency of your hands is soft and your fingers are very flexible, you’ll conjure every rationalization in the book to procrastinate and not focus your energies. Needing “discipline and structure” will be a major life theme for you. Remain patient and create a framework that works for you.

NOTE:  My next four blog entries will be about each of the four fingers. Details and importance of thumbs was discussed in a series of four previous blog entries.

Palmistry and the Twelve Types

Every hand has a dominant mythological archetype or combination of archetypes that correspond to the person’s dominant astrological signs (which may or may not be their sun, moon, or rising sign, depending on the overarching themes of the chart). Whether you’re looking through the lens of astrology or palmistry, when you multiply four elements by three modalities, you get twelve distinct types that comprise humanity’s metaphysical family.  Each of the hands below has a fascinating and compelling tale to tell that fits its archetype perfectly. While describing each hand in intimate detail, I’ll link the archetypes to the person’s psychological patterns and behavior. Readers of my blog will come to understand how palmistry really works as they explore various hands and their underlying narrative.

Twelve types

Palmistry and the Three Modalities

 Initiators (Cardinal) – Builders (Fixed) – Adapters (Mutable)

FlashINITIATORS have boundless energy and enthusiasm when they feel inspired and passionate. Their powerful ambitions combine with  magnetic personalities to impel them to take action and achieve their goals. Initiators are best at beginning projects and less good at maintaining or completing them, especially when the work gets mundane or routine. These lively personalities wield enthusiastic handshakes, which are often complemented by openly held fingers, low set thumbs, and resilient pink elastic skin. Their head and life lines are frequently separated where the thumb joins the hand. Flash Rosenberg, an initiator, is a wonderful friend, Guggenheim award winning visual artist, performance artist, photographer, writer, and artist in residence for ‘LIVE from the NY Public library’. Check out her remarkable live drawing and direction:

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works – http://vimeo.com/38798735

Dr. BryksBUILDERS are great at maintaining what already exists. They say what they do and do what they say to the best of their abilities. You can depend on them to come up with a logical and practical solution for almost anything. Their greatest challenge is embracing change and not procrastinating at beginnings and endings. Builders have firm honest handshakes. Their hands and fingers tend to have stiffer joints than the other two modalities. Large stiff thumbs symbolize abundant will, supported by dogged determination and relentless persistence. Square shaped fingertips and developed knots represent an organized, practical, responsible, reliable, and dependable nature. More cautious types with fingers held closely together tend to be better team players. A Builder’s head and life lines are often intertwined where the thumb joins the hand. I knew I was in good hands the moment I met my dentist, Dr. Nathan Bryks. He’s as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, a great craftsman, and a truly compassionate, competent, and caring person. With his large ball of the thumb he appreciates everyone and everything. In general, round full balls of the thumb belong to givers and lovers of home, food, comfort, nature, children, and art. They don’t have an easy time saying “No”. Dr. Bryks often hums his favorite melodies while repairing my cavities.  If someone has to dig around in my mouth, I’m glad it’s Dr. Bryks.

hold up hands 2ADAPTERS have a warm handshake that conveys honesty and sincerity (which may not necessarily be the whole truth). They’re clever, hate conflict, and work hard to avoid any confrontation by honing the fine art of tact and diplomacy. Adapters generally have the most openly held, flexible, and elastic hands and fingers of all three modalities. My open hands are saying that I have nothing to hide (Flash and Dr. Bryks also hold their hands openly). Adapters help Initiators begin and Builders maintain by doing best what they don’t do or don’t want to do – public relations. Like most adapters, I love language and words. Anyone reading this blog can see that I’ve chosen to be a spokesperson for one of the most esoteric and obscure subjects on the planet. I hope to shift the paradigm of palmistry as a gypsy fortune-telling scam by being a credible expert on palmistry and a crystal clear communicator. My mission is to give everyone a helping hand, their own. There’s priceless treasure waiting to be discovered at the ends of our arms. Please feel free to respond to any of my blog entries if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

Palmistry and Will Power (part 1)

Our hands manifest the messages of our minds. In turn, our thoughts, feelings, and experiences are mapped in the shapes, proportions, and topography of our hands. Because our hands change as our thinking and circumstances change, we can make decisions and exercise our will power, then observe those changes in our hands over time. Exercising free will is the most important reason for learning to read hands.

The thumb is the site of will power in our hands; it’s the reason we have dominion over our simian ancestors. The thumb is a small body part that takes up huge space in the cerebral cortex of our brains. Our minds develop because our thumbs oppose our other four fingers. All tools, from a simple pencil to our most complex computers are a result of the placement of our thumbs.

Thumbs symbolize our most valuable human resources: will power, logic, and ability to love. These three priceless qualities must be balanced in order to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. Like the other four fingers, a thumb has two joints that create three separate segments known as phalanges. The first or top phalanx of the thumb represents will power. The second or middle segment represents logic and reasoning ability. If the will phalanx is longer than the logic phalanx, the person acts before they think. If logic is longer, they’re good at figuring things out, but get stuck in their mind. They procrastinate on making decisions and taking action, although a bit more logic than will power keeps impulsiveness in check. The third or bottom segment is the ball of the thumb, which is contained by the lifeline. The ball of the thumb determines our capacity for love and our ability to maintain intimate relationships. It also indicates our ability to empathize, nurture, and appreciate other people, as well as animals, nature, art, food, and music. Logic and will are misguided without love and empathy.

Thumb size is very important and needs to be judged in relationship to the hand as a whole. Is your thumb large or small in comparison to your hand? The top of an ‘average’ length thumb is level with the middle of the bottom segment of the index finger. Shorter than this indicates a short thumb, longer indicates a long thumb. A long thumbed person is a natural leader who wants useful and practical results. Unless the will phalanx is especially long, thinking is the guide. A short thumbed person is guided by his heart and easily led by first impressions and sentimentality. A very short thumbed person may have trouble being motivated enough to get out of bed in the morning. They can get addicted to watching television or playing solitaire on their computers while they avoid responsibility.  I encourage these people to join a gym and to impose schedules, structure, and discipline on themselves in order to build their will power and take pride in something they’ve accomplished.

Palmistry and Practicality

The fourth and final of the four basic human functions is the Sensation archetype. This type has square palms and short fingers. Pure Sensation types have very few peripheral lines in their palms, with hardly any interruptions on the three main lines (head, heart, and life). Skin ridge patterns are usually coarser than observed in the other three archetypes. Square shaped fingertips and arch fingerprints are frequently seen, and there’s often stiffness in the joints of the fingers and thumb. Sensation types are driven by their physical senses. As the most practical, responsible, reliable, dependable, pragmatic and objective of all types, they have an innate understanding of how the material world works. They trust what they can see and feel, not inspirations, ideas, or intuitions. As a matter of fact, they tend to get so involved in practical matters that any imagination or abstract ability is limited. Because the world of work dominates their life, they need to be careful not to get addicted to routine and order. They love their homes, family life, friendships, and food as well as work. This type’s biggest challenges are learning to trust their gut, relinquishing control, and letting go of ideologies and circumstances once the handwriting is on the wall. Sensation types can be the Pragmatist who initiates, the Objectivist who maintains (Mitt Romney), or the Analyst who adapts.

Hillary Clinton is a Sensation type and a Pragmatist. The Pragmatist is the most serious and responsible of all twelve types. Hillary is a natural business leader and a great manager, able to deal with the responsibility of each and every aspect of daily business while maintaining her long-range vision. As a structured, disciplined, focused, and dependable leader, she expects you to be on time and do what you say. She has no patience for excuses and doesn’t trust slick and flashy types (though she married one). Practical, prudent, and efficient, Hillary patiently bides her time until the right circumstances are present. She’s a workaholic who won’t think twice about starting early or staying late when a task needs to be finished. She has a dry sense of humor, and occasionally, a cold and pessimistic dark side.

Hillary’s separated head and life line indicate that she’s much less conservative than people think. Even though she’d prefer to stray from the rules, she continues to support a system she doesn’t know how to change. Hillary is independent and freedom loving; she hates bureaucracy despite working in one and detests critical authority figures. She has an inherent conflict between taking responsibility and having freedom. Good causes inspire and impassion Hillary; unless she has a worthy quest, her life becomes too mundane. She is easily bored, and becomes restless and impatient with routines. Being Secretary of State suits her temperament well. Hillary is not jealous or possessive, but demands too little of her partner in her emotional life (low set pinky finger). She needs to listen more to her natural intuition and less to her handlers. Hillary has less natural charm (she doesn’t need anyone’s approval), but much greater executive abilities than her husband Bill.

You don’t have to be a Sensation type to be practical. Any hand that appears to have a square appearance adds a lot of practicality to the personality. Head lines and heart lines that run straight across the palm without curving are practical. Not having very many lines in the hand can help the person to stay focused and resist distraction. A long straight fate line extending from the wrist to under the middle finger symbolizes a ‘nose to the grindstone’ kind of personality. Arch fingerprints tend to enhance practicality – at least in the area that the particular finger represents.  Fingerprints are unchangeable, however, other qualities in hands can change. As a child, my hands were so highly flexible that structure, discipline, and focus seemed impossible. I didn’t have a clue how to be practical. I had a hard time appreciating it at the time, but fortunately, I had a mother who forced me to be more realistic and eventually (it took almost thirty years) the joints in my conscious hand stiffened up. My unconscious (left) hand and fingers are still very flexible.