Ring Finger

mark seltman rt hand smWhile dominant index fingered folk are the most ambitious, and middle finger types are the most serious, ring finger people are the happiest. The ring finger is called the sun finger, symbolized by Apollo, who hauls the sun across the sky each day in his chariot. Authentic Apollo types are handsome, brilliant, charming, graceful, artistic, and always successful on the inside. When the ring finger dominates your hand, you’re versatile, adaptable, creative, and expressive.

Being so brilliant and having so many natural talents and abilities has its downside. It’s easy to spread yourself too thin (the proverbial “jack of all trades”), or spend way too much time being concerned with outward appearances, or allow yourself to be tempted by casual attractions. Abundant energy and natural charisma makes the sun type irresistible. Although, they enjoy being married, they have very high expectations of their mates, which can lead to disappointment. If you’re an Apollo type, you’re a generally healthy type, medium height, and naturally muscular and athletic. Your dominant sense is sight. Your physical weaknesses are eyesight, circulation, and heart problems. Dominant ring fingered people are lucky. When they trust their gut and take calculated risks, they often succeed. I’ve read the hands of many gamblers with very long ring fingers. They’re biggest challenge is in knowing when to stop, as optimism and idealism cloud reality. Many successful actors, artists, designers, and sales people have dominant ring fingers.

People frequently ask, “Do you read your own hands?” or “What do you see when you look at your own hands?” I plan to answer that question, but first I want to tell a story. When I began trying to figure myself out over thirty-five years ago, one of the first things I did was to look for reputable palmists to read my hands. I managed to locate three highly regarded and dedicated professionals. The eldest (in her eighties) had been a protégé’ of William Benham, the father of western palmistry. The other two were palmistry scholars and practitioners of Benham’s teachings.

The hand pictured above is mine. The first palmist I consulted with, who became my teacher, told me my “Venus” was dominant. That meant that my large ball of the thumb, along with the very flexible first phalange of my thumb, was the distinguishing feature in my hand. The second palmist told me that I was a “Saturn” type. That meant my middle finger was dominant, as it was long and strong with a high centered apex beneath it. The third palmist told me I was a ”Mercury” type. That meant my pinky was dominant as it was long and straight, and stood independently from my hand. She was an astrologer as well as a palmist and knew I had a stellium (four planets, including my sun) in Gemini in my horoscope. I also have a ‘thinking’ hand, square palm and long fingers, which reinforced her interpretation. All three palmists gave me good readings, however, they were each only partially correct because they chose a strong secondary type as my primary type.

triadius.smWhat I see when I look at my hands usually depends on when you ask me. I see a dominant long ring finger with a spatulate fingertip and a whorl fingerprint. Beneath the finger are a high centered apex (pictured) and a clear line of reputation. I see tremendous potential for success, satisfaction, and fulfillment. I also see challenges and obstacles.

flexible thumbMy first giant obstacle was learning to manage my strong “Venus”. Along with my huge appreciation of art, music, nature, chocolate, and all things beautiful, came a complete lack of discipline, structure, and focus. I didn’t know how to say “No”. I also had an insatiable lust for sexual satisfaction. I had to learn to embrace and strengthen my middle finger in order to harness my ball of the thumb . It wasn’t fun and took almost twenty years of working at it to learn to exercise my will power in healthy ways. I had to stiffen the thumb on my conscious hand to a point where I could be more selfish with my ever-dwindling time and energies (the thumb on my unconscious hand is still very flexible at the first joint). My strong pinky made it easy to learn new things, but with that came immaturity and a resistance to growing up. It took me thirty-eight years to marry and forty-five years to become a parent, the two best decisions of my life.

Now, I look at my hands and see an aging Apollo who still wants to shine brilliantly, with a Mercury (pinky) who wants to help him communicate, a Venus (ball of thumb) who still has a huge desire to give, and a Saturn (middle finger) who tells him that he needs to always stay humble and continue to earn his good luck.

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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.

9 thoughts on “Ring Finger

  1. Hi,
    I have a long saturn finger and a well developed mount of venus but a weak mount of sun.please do let me know what these indicate .

    • How did you determine that the ring finger mount is weak? Without seeing the whole hand, the three details you have provided are not enough to make an meaningful observation. That being said, you might have a great appreciation of aesthetics, but lack the craftsmanship to design or produce beautiful things, or perhaps you are an appreciative and sensual person, but don’t have an easy time attracting what you want. With a long and strong middle finger, you have the potential to use discipline, structure, and focus to remedy any shortcomings. A strong middle finger will also help you to learn to say “NO”, which is a huge challenge for a well developed ball of thumb.

  2. i have bars/dots on the base line of my ring finger, which is almost the same size as my middle finger, it’s quite long. i also have dots on the base line of my middle finger. does that mean those qualities are being interfwrred with?

    • bars and dots on a base line of a finger is a vague description to be able to diagnose anything. Your question implies that there is a challenge in your ability to express yourself creatively or whatever that long ring finger represents based on whatever else is going on in your hands. Markings under the Saturn finger often imply that there are feelings of restriction and frustration. The best remedy for that is often more humor along with more discipline, structure, and focus.

  3. What does a ring of Apollo mean and look like? I think I may have one in my left hand but not in the right hand.. Meaning please?


  4. I have an inverted delta attached below the ring finger on my right hand. What does this signify?

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