By Peggie Arvidson
When you learn the basics of hand reading you have a tool that will help you gain clarity, direction and insight. With regular practice you'll be able to assess your aptitudes, your challenges and even target audiences. Over time you'll be able to see the progress you're making as you watch your hands change. I suggest you take notes on what you find and date the notes. If you can, make hand prints so that you can review your hands over time and note subtle changes.
Identify your heart line. The heart line starts directly below the pinky (Mercury) finger and runs across your hand in a relatively straight line toward the first (Jupiter) finger. Make a note where the line ends - under the Jupiter finger or the middle (Saturn) finger? Also note if the line remains straight or curves up toward either of the fingers. Your heart line tells you how you like to be loved and identifies your non-negotiable needs in personal relationships.
Identify your head line. Your head line begins in the crease above the thumb and below the Jupiter finger and heads across your hand toward your Mercury finger. This is the most prominent middle line in your hand. Make note of how far the line travels across the hand, whether or not it's straight and how many other lines intersect it. It often starts connected to your life line. Your head line tells what type of thinker you are and lets you know where you may get in your own way when it comes to problem-solving (or problem-creating). For instance, a quick thinker has a fairly straight, short head line (ending somewhere at or before the middle of the hand). Someone who likes to review lots of options before making a decision has a curvier line.
Identify your life line. Your life line begins just below your head line (often intertwined) and curves around your thumb toward the bottom of your hand. As you look at your life line take note of how long the line is, whether or not it seems to swing a wide berth around the thumb or if it's hugging close to the thumb. Also note any lines that are running parallel or perpendicular to the line. Do any other lines seem to merge into the life line? Your life line tells how grounded you are in your physical body, about your relationship with your family of origin and even your comfort with travel and adventure. A short life line doesn't indicate a short life and a long line doesn't indicate a long life. It's what you do with the body you've been given that shows up here.
Find your Saturn line. The Saturn line begins at the middle of the base of your hand and travels up toward your Saturn (middle) finger. It's common to see several shorter lines that merge into one as it heads up the hand. It's equally common to see a Saturn line that is faint, or is stopped at any of the other major lines in your hand. You may not have a Saturn line at all. Your Saturn line tells how you like to work, organize and complete projects. A straight and non-interrupted Saturn line shows someone who is likely to be able to find what she wants when she wants it, and who takes great pride in keeping herself and others on time. A non-existent, faint or frequently interrupted Saturn line indicates you're more of a free spirit when it comes to deadlines and may have more trouble sticking to them than someone with a more deeply etched Saturn line.
Identify your secondary lines. Take another look at each hand and see if there are any lines that "pop" out at you that haven't been covered. These may be lines starting directly below one finger and heading toward the bottom of the hand or lines starting along the inside and outside edges of your hand and heading toward the opposite side. Many of the secondary lines have a specific meaning for you. For instance, a deeply etched straight line beginning below your ring (Apollo) finger indicates your creative and innovative side as well as your need for approval and recognition.
Select the dominant mounts in each hand. The mounts are the little mounds of flesh that sit throughout your hand. They are generally found below each finger, at the base of your thumb and on the outer edge of your hand below the Mercury (pinky) finger. A quick way to identify the dominant mounts is to hold each hand flat, face-up at eye level and observe which mounts pop the strongest. The mounts are associated with different aspects of your personality. In essence, you've built up the energy related to the specific site. A dominant mount below your first (Jupiter) finger can draw attention to your leadership and power skills.
Select your dominant fingers on each hand. Each finger is related to a different mythological god and represents those traits in your personality. Look at both of your hands and identify the finger you see as dominant on each hand. You can define dominance any way you'd like -- widest, longest, highest or some other trait that you feel makes the finger strong. The first finger is Jupiter and represents power; the middle finger is Saturn and represents value, time and money; the ring finger is Apollo and relates to creativity and stage presence; the pinky is Mercury and relates to communication and business savvy. Your thumb is not a finger but it does relate to completion, success and control.
Now you're prepared to dig deeper into the meanings of your hands.
Peggie Arvidson is a professional hand analyst who coaches women service-preneurs to use their personal hand-print to create peace around money, have more fun and live in balance with their businesses and loved ones. As a result her clients have a renewed sense of spirit, more money and greater selfworth. Her website is http://www.intuitiveevolution.com