Chirognomy - Palmistry - Casual Clairvoyance

Practical Magic: A Beginner's Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells - Nikki Van De Car 2017

Casual Clairvoyance

Chirognomy looks at the shape of the hands, grouping them into four distinct categories, based on the four elements. It also looks at the individual fingers, the thumb, the fingernails, the size of the hands, and their texture. You’ll note that chirognomy is pretty black-and-white in its interpretations, and that having short fingers is pretty much always a bad thing. Chirognomy is only somewhat useful and so is often just incorporated into a general palmistry practice to enhance the reading of the lines.

hand shape


THE FIRE HAND: Short fingers and a relatively long palm. This person is extroverted and outgoing, and also fairly emotional.

THE EARTH HAND: Short fingers and a square palm. Practical, hardworking, and somewhat resistant to change. Prefers a life spent out-of-doors.

THE AIR HAND: Long fingers, square palm. Logical, intelligent, good communicator, but easily bored.

THE WATER HAND: Long fingers, long palm. Sensitive and creative, driven by their emotions. May not handle stress well.

hand size


LARGE: Proportionally larger hands indicate that the person is capable, hardworking, and sociable.

SMALL: Proportionally smaller hands indicate that the person can be a little egotistical and quite ambitious.

AVERAGE: Those who fall in between have a lot of common sense and show good judgment.

hand texture


THICK: Stubborn, somewhat insensitive.

THIN: Sensitive—hence, thin-skinned.

ROUGH: Hardworking, practical, somewhat impatient—i.e., doesn’t use lotion.

SOFT: Artistic, refined—i.e., uses lotion.



Note that the length of each finger should be measured in relation to the others, rather than based on actual length. For example, someone with a small hand but a relatively long index finger would be more confident and capable than someone with a larger hand (and therefore a larger index finger) but whose index finger is shorter in relation to their other fingers.

INDEX FINGER: Also known as the Jupiter Finger. Long indicates that the person is confident and capable; short signifies shy and lacking in self-confidence.

MIDDLE FINGER: Also known as the Saturn Finger. Long suggests the person is hardworking and detail-oriented; short communicates that the person isn’t particularly ambitious, but is willing to take risks.

RING FINGER: Also known as the Apollo Finger. Long reveals that the person is creative and artistic; short tells us that the person might lack enthusiasm.

PINKIE FINGER: Also known as the Mercury Finger. Long indicates that the person is highly intelligent and a good communicator; short implies that the person might be immature.

THUMB: A large thumb generally signifies that the person is a leader, while a small thumb means the person is more of a follower. A hitchhiker’s thumb (a thumb that can bend over backward) means that the person is easygoing, while a rigid thumb means the person is—you guessed it—rigid.



CONE-SHAPED: Flexible and willing to compromise.

POINTED: Sensitive, artistic.

SPATULATE (flaring outward): Creative, inventive, pioneering.

SQUARE: Methodical and rational.



THIN AND CURVED: Gentle, kind.

BROAD: Strong personality, might have a temper.

FAN-SHAPED: Stressed.