Palmistry and Will Power (part 4)

Thumb Generalities

How is your thumb set on your hand?  Is it high, medium, or low set?  Higher set thumbs like Wilbur’s indicate less adaptable minds that can be cautious, reticent in thinking, and self-centered. High set thumbs are frequently carried close to the hand. They tend to show a lack of trust, secretiveness, and unresponsiveness.


Medium set thumbs like Billy’s are well balanced, sensible, and reasonable. These hard working dependable folk set achievable goals, which they methodically chip away at. They’re steady workers and reliable friends.



Low set thumbs belong to generous, independent, and freedom loving individuals. Very low set thumbs like William’s belong to a rebel who goes looking for an underdog or good cause to support. Others may have their freedom, but they’d better give him his.



Ever see a thumb that’s thick and shapeless like the end of a piece of sausage?  What does your common sense tell you? Is that person reasonable, tactful, diplomatic, and refined? No, they’re usually coarse, tactless, dense, lack mental agility, and are crude in their reasoning and passions. Most people with sausage-like thumbs have little interest in what others think. What about a broad well shaped thumb?  These individuals are strong and determined and have abundant physical energy and stamina. At times, they can be aggressive or blunt. What if a thumb is shapely and column-like in appearance? A strong will, tact, and refinement rule the person. What if the thumb looks like a paddle with a broad tip and a waisted (narrowing at center) second phalanx? These people have a lot of mental determination, backed up by strong tact and diplomacy and can persuade others with refined logic. Sometimes, the tip of a thumb looks as though it was smashed or flattened. This is known as the ‘nervous’ thumb, obviously indicating a nervous temperament and lack of a balanced energy.

Let’s consider the shape of the tip of the thumb. The four most common shapes are conical, round, square, and spatulate. The conical thumb (Wilbur) is cone-like in appearance. It belongs to an idealistic, impulsive, and somewhat impressionable individual who loves beauty and backs down in confrontational situations because his will is softened by a conical shaped tip. A round tip balances idealism with the practicality.  Square tips (Billy) are the most practical of all. Squareness adds common sense, reliability, and dependability. A spatulate tip (William) belongs to a strong willed action-oriented individual who loves his independence, originality, and unconventionality.

Is a thumb stiff?  Slightly flexible? Highly flexible? Very stiff thumbs feel like they’ll break before they bend.  Stiff thumbs represent stubborn, persistent, determined individuals who may also be cautious, economical, and resolute. Jealousy and possessiveness are nasty stiff-thumbed habits that cause unnecessary suffering. Supple thumbed people, on the other hand, are adaptable, sympathetic, generous, and versatile. They’d love to be extreme, outrageous, and extravagant. They’d make great philanthropists if they could only figure out how to hold on to money. They tend to ask too little for themselves and don’t know how to say “no.”  Distractions are normal for supple thumbed folks. They tend to spread themselves too thin, becoming the proverbial “jack of all trades, master of none”.  I encourage supple thumbed people to embrace focus, discipline, and structure. It’s like prescribing bad tasting medicine. Many people with highly flexible thumbs, fingers, and hands have spent their life resenting obligation, avoiding responsibility, rebelling against authority, living in fantasy, self-medicating, or when all else fails, adapting to their obligations and responsibilities.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.

6 thoughts on “Palmistry and Will Power (part 4)

  1. I have become interested in palmistry and would love to learn as much as I can. Your blog is very informative. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. My question is about thumb – how do I know if a thumb is flexible? Thank you for answering.

    • Hi Kasia,

      If the thumb bends back 90 degrees at the first joint, it’s very flexible. If it doesn’t bend at all, it’s stiff. Everything in between is a degree of flexibility that you must judge. You also want to look at how the thumb is set on the hand and all other details at the same time.

      • Thank you for such a prompt answer. I do have one more question about the thumb. Is the ball of the thumb the same as the mount of Venus?

          • Thank you, Mark. Please, forgive me if my questions are not advanced therefore maybe a little annoying – I am very new to the palmistry. My brother needed to have his fingerprints taken and it turn out that he doesn’t have any. Could you tell me, please, what that means from the palmistry point of view? Or perhaps it does not have any meaning at all…

          • I don’t think it’s possible not to have fingerprints. Perhaps they’re very faint or worn. Richard Unger is the fingerprint expert. You should Google him and ask the question.

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