The division of palmistry that deals with the study of the shape of the hand and fingers is known as chirognomy. Along with the lines, mounts, markings, hand color, skin texture and flexibility, the shape of the fingers and hands give clues as to what type of characteristics an individual may have. Six of the basic hand shapes studied in palmistry are conic, spatulate, pointed or psychic, square, intellectual or knotted and mixed. However, there is not only one system used to categorize the hand shapes. Another method used assigns each hand shape the characteristics of a natural element: earth, air, fire, water, wood and metal. In Western palmistry, the four element classification is the most common: earth, air, water and fire.
The conic or conical hand tends to have smooth fingers and tapered nails. The palms on a conic hand are broader than the fingers and the width of the hand tapers in toward the fingertips. Individuals with this type of hand are usually artistic or impulsive in nature. They are individuals who tend toward the physical pleasures in life rather than the intellectual side. These individuals are easily be influenced by others. They also are experts in the field of the arts and possess great communicative skills. An individual with this shape of hand can sometimes be irresponsible and have a short-fused temper.
A spatulate hand resembles a spatula, and the fingers and hand are flattened and the fingertips are shaped like a spatula. It is very wide at its base and becomes elongated up toward the fingers. Individuals having this shape of hand have a good imagination. They constantly search for something to keep them occupied. Their energy is boundless and they are not at all boring. Most of the time they have a desire for newfound knowledge. Other traits that may be exhibited are impatience, and someone who is unsettled or quick to excite.
A pointed hand is also known as a psychic hand. It tends to be a small and slender one, with fingers that are smooth, with long and narrow fingertips. This hand is quite similar to the conical hand. The palm is medium sized and the thumb appears to be much smaller than the other fingers, however graceful. People with this type of hand are true visionaries and have an idealistic and dreamy nature. They are interested in divinations and the occult and may be quite psychic. However, they also have an affinity for religion and its rituals and traditions. On the other hand, they may be lackadaisical in business matters. Punctuality seems to be of little importance to them and they may also lack self-discipline.
The square hand has a square-shaped palm, a square wrist, with square or boxy fingertips. One of the most outstanding characteristics is a larger thumb. These hands represent persistent and determined individuals. They are not ones who do well in chaos — they seek order and conformity with the laws. These individuals are meticulous in their work and are very punctual. They are people who can be trusted and have no difficulty being honest. They are not confrontational. They are practical and do not usually rely on pure instinct.
The intellectual hand, also known as the knotted hand, is a long pointed hand with knotty and bony features on the fingers, with large palms that are also bony. The nails may sometimes appear both square or conical. These hands usually belong to scholarly individuals who choose to use rational thinking. These people learn quickly and are interested in new and creative ideas.
The mixed hand is a combination of 2 or more of the different palmistry hand types — square, conic, pointed, spatulate, or intellectual. These individuals are friendly, flexible and versatile.
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