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A Guide to Palmistry: The Hands, Chapter II, Part – 3


Dr. Shanker Adawal

The Artistic Type

The Artistic Hand (Fig. 3) is the next upon our list, and this is identical with the Conic form of finger. It is familiar to all of us in the hands of artists and singers-the great pianist has not conic fingers as a rule. The conic or the pointed fingers are not useful, and the extremely pointed indicate uselessness-an unpractical person.

The medium Artistic form is good. The hand is supple and soft; the palm, a moderate size; the thumb rather small. In such a hand, if the bases of the fingers be not too heavy, we have a type of the true artist hand. Its owner is impulsive, imaginative, a lover of the beautiful, rather self-indulgent, and inclined to enjoy himself in consequence of his smooth, conic, rather thick fingers. But, as a rule, this type is easily influenced by the surroundings and will pass from grave to gay or even to melancholy at a bound. He cares not for control, and he has no desire to control. Impulse, cheerfulness, carelessness, enjoyment, and love of ease characterize these conic hands with a peculiar obstinacy and absence of real love, for he likes novelty and his nature is not warm long.

As these characteristics become more or les accentuated, they affect the individual. The larger thumb, the larger palm, the smoother fingers, thicker at the bases, show less order, and more love of material pleasures. The small second phalange of the thumb gives tact or finesse with its weaker reason, the larger top joint more will, the full ball of the thumb stronger passions. So we have in these points all the data for enjoyment of a sensual description. The pleasures of the senses-not necessarily evil pleasures-are the delight of the artistic hand, their affections are impulsive, strong and fickle. Finesse, cynicism, falsehood, shrewdness, cunning, with gross sensuality are the bad signs of the soft, thick, large, artistic hand. They seek beauty to enjoy it not for any moral or mental reason, but merely to gratify a taste. They are often effeminate in the face, and eccentric; egotists; fly-a-way ”natures, disdaining the domestic hearth, open-handed to their intimates, close-fisted to creditors, with peculiarly warm imaginings, and a love of posing” in the world. Venus and the Moon rule their palms.

If these hands are knotted, the indications are more favourable. There is less eccentricity and more reason, still a love of the beautiful, but a more refined attachment, but the art will be less inspired and less successful in its originality but the love of form and beauty will be there, and if of good size, thick and short, a strong desire for wealth will be indicated.

There is another kind of pointed fingers, the useless and unpractical. This, in some works, is called the Psychic Hand, and is the seeker of the highest beauty, purity, and goodness, in the world not of it, the best and most lovely form of the artistic instincts. But, though they are not practical  hands, such as the square or the spatulate, not fighting for fighting’s sake, the true faith, devotion, and desires to win the good, will make them determined and terrible opponents. These soft, small, tapering-fingered hands may be seen in the warriors of Eastern nations, fanatics dying for the faith that is in them, for what they truly believe is the right; obedient, self-sacrificing and aesthetic.

But for real worldly work? No, They are unable to devote themselves to hard labour, they make things,” they delight in beauty, are not sensual; imaginative, the long, pointed fingers searching, as it were, the Universe for the ideal the mind has imagined. The vague, the dreamy, the unpractical, the non-material, the unorderly,” the poetic, religious: the imprudent at times, the ecstatic. (See the Philosophic and Psychic sections also).

Pointed Fingers, including the Conic, may be associated with other features and in such cases the form of the fingers, their thickness and texture, must be weighed. An artistic (hard) hand may indicate a soldier-an officer whose characteristics has made him highly esteemed and liked, yet in the field he is well-fitted to command by reason of his large thumb and hard palm. As a rule the artistic hand does not indicate habits of command at all, even of self-command. Knots when present accentuate reason and order in the pointed fingers.

Shanker Adawal
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