The shape and development of
fingers individually and collectively relate to the
instinctive side of the personality and character
whereas the palm represent the practical side of the
subject’s nature. Fingers must be examined from all
sides, and the fingers of both hands must be compared
with each other. It is important to assess their
relationship not only to one another but also to other
parts of the hand.
What Each Finger Tells You
Jupiter – The index finger; Associated with
knowledge and learning.
Saturn – The middle finger; Associated with balance
restriction, and caution.
Apollo – The third finger; Associated with
creativity and general joie de vivre.
Mercury – The little, pinkie finger; speaks volumes
First and second fingers
When there is a wide space between the first and
second fingers, there is a sense of inner confidence
and independence. This type is a leader.
Middle and ring finger
A wide space between the middle and ring fingers show
a resourceful and selfish nature, one who may or not
always think of thinks when making decisions.
Third and fourth finger
Wide spacing between the third and fourth fingers
indicates a lone wolf type who needs to be as free as
the air. They hate wasting time and energy.
Wide spacing between all of the fingers means the
subject is inclined to be an extrovert, for such
people prize their individuality and freedom of
Length and Appearance of
To establish whether fingers are long or short, take a
ruler and measure the middle finger from its tip (a)
to the crease where it joins the top of the palm (b).
Measure from this point to the bottom of the palm
where the skin pattern fades out (c).
If the middle finger is
shorter than the palm, then the fingers are all
classified as short. When it is longer than the palm,
the fingers are all classified as long.
When fingers appear smooth, that is, without any
indication of bulging or knotting at the joints, the
owner is perceptive, versatile, and intuitive. If the
fingers are short, impulsiveness is strong. When
fingers are long, they thrive on intricate and
detailed work and stop to review matters at the
Knotted Fingers (Monkey
Knotting or bulging at the phalangeal joints acts as a
check on the inward flow of information. If found on
each finger joint, it indicates a very critical
nature. Knots at the top joint imply slow-to-please
types who try to “cross their bridges” before they
come to them. Pronounced lower joints show a pragmatic
and methodical type.
The way the fingers are set on the top of the palm
should be noticed; there are four main types that can
be compared to architectural arches. The most usual is
when they appear set like a Norman arch with the
central point at the middle finger. The first and
little fingers are set lower than the others. When
they are very low set, they make a perpendicular arch.
A low-set first finger always
signifies a lack of self-confidence; the lower it is,
the less “push” there will be in the personality.
When the little finger is set low, expect to find an
inferiority complex of some degree or another. There
is always some element of self-doubt. Sometimes the
fingers are set evenly along the top of the palm like
the Tudor arch. Here, you will find a reasonably
well-balanced personality, someone who can take the
rough with the smooth and who trusts his or her own
In the final type, the
fingers slope from a high-set index to a seemingly
low-set little finger. People with this finger set
have a misplaced sense of self-confidence; they bluff
their way through life until they are found out.
When you assess the finger
settings, you must always take into account the
overall appearance of the hand itself. A large open
hand, wide spacing, and evenly set fingers suggest the
nature is confident, always open to suggestion and
reason. A strong degree of cooperation should also be