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A Guide to Palmistry: The Hands, Chapter II, Part – 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal

In this chapter we will discuss about types of hands, thumbs, nails, fingers, palm etc. to make the reader familiar about all the aspects required to know about the hand.

Types of Hand

There are seven types of hands, which may be distinguished by the shapes and general appearance of the fingers and thumbs, but for simplicity’s sake these seven be reduced to four-in practice. The seven types are classed according to the forms of the fingers, and are as follows:-
1. The Spatulate.

2. The Square.

3. The Artistic or Conic.

4. The Elementary.

5. The Mixed.

6. The Philosophic.

7. The Psychic.

The four important types are the first three and the last, and actually the first three are those which include the most important varieties. Practically all types are included in these as regards the tips of the fingers; the distinctions must be noted, of course; the more or less rounded, pointed, or square tips, which are modified or accentuated by the forms of all the fingers.

Therefore we may accept as a fact, that all hands are Square, Spatulate, Rounded, or Pointed, and the other types enumerated (so far as the fingertips are concerned) in the two last-mentioned also. This may read “a little complicated,” but it is perfectly simple.

The Square; the flattened or Splay-shape; and the (more or less) rounded include all, in fact, for practical purposes; and perhaps this further reduction to three shapes of tips may simplify matters. Having reached this conclusion you will proceed to note the shapes of the fingers-and thumbs of course: though the Thumb is truly a study in itself, and will be so treated at length.

The Spatulate Hand
Let us pass the Elementary or Ordinary Hand and begin with the Spatulate or Splay-tipped (Fig. 1) fingers, leaving the Thumb out for the moment.

These Spatulate Fingertips indicate activity and energy self-reliance; constancy; a seeker after plenty and a desire/to benefit one’s-self and make one’s-self useful. At time these splay-tips are annoying, as they must be doing something, and are inclined to worry-the owners. A lady with such fingers and thumb will be always `tidying-up,’ dusting, or spring-cleaning or anxious to have things put to rights.” Usefulness, materialism; no art, no taste for literature there.

These are the obvious indications of the spatulate tips. Now look at the Fingers below the nails.

Are they smooth or “knotted”? Are the joints not evident or are they developed? The strikes one at first glance. Take the former appearance, the smooth variety.

The smoothness of the fingers indicate a slight inclination towards art and ease; but though, people thus gifted may appreciate art, they will not make much of the inclination. They may appreciate it, but will not succeed in practice. But they will have some taste for the beautiful, the elegant, in their houses, and comforts, and will not mind working with their hands either. They are active also and resolute in action; and if the fingers be long as well as smooth, the owners are fond of details of a useful type, a reality will intrude and gardening and agricultural pursuits find favour. The brain and the mind are active as well as the body and sports will be followed-riding, shooting, cricket, and so on, while music will find them votaries as executants-not as singers.

If the fingers be short, details are ignored, and only the “mass” is accepted; quantity not quality is the characteristic and the impressions are quick. Spatulate fingers denote a man or a woman, fitted to build up a colony, because they are not afraid of work, has little sentiment, and is fond of tilling, sowing, ploughing, and all real actions. Being self-reliant they do not mind camping out alone, and are generally able to “rough it,” as their appetites and passions are not greatly in evidence, and luxury is dispensed with.
If the Spatulate lingers be knotted-that is, develop at the joints-there is great order indicated. An accurate and very practical mind, no sentiment, and something even a want of consideration and roughness are apparent; but such fingers carry things in masses. Action, resistance, perseverance, aggressiveness are the outcome of these fingers and they push their owners to the front.

In excess this type is irritating, selfish, and tactless. These are some of the indications which the spatulate type presents us with but they may be modified or even increased by the size of thumb and the texture of the hand. A large thumb will give more of the qualities than the small thumb, while the hard hand also accentuates the character desirous to rule around intolerant of restraint. In these we find the Revolutionist, the fighting man, and the daring, Spatulate must do something.

The softer type will be more indolent, and fond of vicarious movement, if we may use the phrase. He likes the appearance of movement, but is too lazy (if his thumb be small) to make much effort himself. So he will ride or drive or travel in luxury if possible, and read in his easy chair the adventures of others. If his thumb is large and his hand soft the will of the thumb may, be sheer force of character, drive the man to action or most likely cause him to put others upon the work and see it done.

Thus the student will perceive that the Spatulate Fingers, their action, work, agitation, and combativeness are regulated, in a measure, by the whole hand-its texture, the size of the thumb and the developments of the joints, the length and smoothness of the fingers themselves. Just remember that smoothness is not “practical,” but knots are. The former gives intuition or inspiration, an artistic taste; the latter are practical, orderly, reflective, reasonable, and even scientific. These traits govern the hand in proportion as they exist, and must be considered to that extent.

Shanker Adawal

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