Learning to Judge Hands

Once you identify the four basic types and the three modalities, the real skill to reading hands is learning to judge hands. That takes practice. Learning to use your natural intuition is vital to getting the “big picture” first. When judging the qualities of hands, it helps to think of extremes. The texture of a person’s skin can range from the velvety softness of a baby’s butt to the calloused coarseness of coal miner’s hands. You’ll seldom see contrary qualities together in the same hands. People with opposite qualities rarely have much to do with one another. Debutantes don’t dine with ditch diggers.

No two hands are alike. Notice the difference between your own two hands. The hand you normally write with is your dominant or conscious hand. It reveals what you’ve done and are likely to do with your talents and challenges. The other hand is your unconscious mind. It reveals what potentials you were born with.

Whether a person’s basic skin type is whitish, brownish, reddish, or yellowish, palms still contain varying colors. Rosy-pink is healthiest. It’s frequently found in the ball of the thumb and beneath the index finger. Red color can mean too much energy, passion, anger, or rage. White is the opposite extreme and usually denotes a coolness or lack of energy and ardency. Hands and fingers can be extremely flexible, bending back at every joint. They can also be so stiff that you can’t budge them with a nutcracker. Who do you think is more stubborn? Healthy skin is elastic. It quickly bounces back when pulled and pushed. If the consistency and elasticity of skin stays indented after squeezing, that person needs more physical exercise to build physical and psychological resistance to life’s knocks. A handshake can vary from cold damp mashed potatoes that reveal apathy, to a rough, hard, hot, dry vice grip that asserts dominance.

fingertip shapes and prints

Classifying the thumb and observing the finger proportions and qualities in general is very important. Fingers can be long or short, smooth or knotty, and have tips that are pointed, conical, round, square, or spatulate in shape. Are your individual fingertips shaped similarly or differently? Are your fingers straight or twisted? Are they spread widely or held closely together? How flexible are your fingers and each joint individually? Observe the proportions of individual phalanges (space between joints) in relationship to each other. Does one appear long or short or fat or thin in comparison to the others?  Each finger has very specific meanings that are colored by hand type and by the individual qualities of fingers. These will be discussed in future blog entries.

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About markseltman

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.

2 thoughts on “Learning to Judge Hands

  1. Hi!
    I have been a very good reader about hand and etc. Since I have born most of the people declared that I have got artistic hands that very few do. Most of the people use to admire my hands and away they are very pretty and nicely made.
    However , I want a detailed answer of it. Can you pls do that for me.

    Thank you

    • Hi Sherry,

      I have examined hundreds of artist’s hands and would not say that there’s a specific artistic type of hands. No matter what the basic shape of the hands, conical fingertips, no knots on the fingers, a head line which dips down into the heel of the hand, and fine skin add to the artistic temperament of the individual. I’ve also seen a lot of whorl fingerprints on unconventional and original people.

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