GLOSSARY
Apex: The meeting point of the lines within the skin pattern

Apollo Finger: The third finger of the hand.

Arch Pattern: One of the skin patterns, resembling a humpback bridge.

Bar: A short influence ,ark, which can appear across lines or as horizontal marks denoting a hindrance.

Bracelets: See Rascettes

Chain: A series of small islands that give a chaining effect to a line.

Chirognomy: The study of the basic shape of the hand.

Chiromancy: The study of the lines of the hand, a traditional term.

Composite Pattern: One of the skin patterns, which can be made up of a variation of an arch, loop, or whorl.

Conic Hand: Traditional term, still widely used, for a round hand.

Creative Curve: A clearly developed curve on the percussion (outer) side of the hand.

Croix Mystique: A clearly defined cross beneath the niddle finger between the head and heart lines.

Cross: An influence mark that may appear anywhere on a hand.

Dermatoglyphics: The study of the skin pattern in the fingers and palm.

Digital Mounts: The fleshy prominences under each of the four fingers.

Empty Hand: A palm with a few visible lines.

Family Ring: A line, usually chained, that links the second and third phalange of the thumb.

Fate Line: The line that starts at the wrist and goes directly to the base of the middle finger.

Full Hand: A palm with a vast complexity of crisscrossing lines.

Girdle of Venus: A small semicircular line or series of broken lines running from anywhere on the mount of Jupiter to the mounts of Apollo and/or Mercury.

Grille: Small, vertical and horizontal influence lines that form a grille pattern on the surface of the palm.

Head Line: The line that begins near the line of life on the radial side of the hand and sweeps out into the palmar surface.

Health Line: Another name for the Mercury line.

Heart Line: The line that begins under the first finger and curves gently all the way to the percussion.

Hepatica: An ancient name for the Mercury line.

Index Finger: The first or the Jupiter finger.

Influence Marks: Small lines or patterns that can be seen anywhere on a hand.

Island: A small mark on a line that suggest weakness.

Jupiter Finger: The first or the index finger.

Life Line: This can start almost anywhere on the radial side of the hand, curving around the mount of Venus toward the wrist.

Life-Saving Cross: A cross touching the life and fate lines about 1 1/2 - 2 inches (4-6cm) from the wrist.

Loop Pattern: One of the skin patterns - there are two types of loops: ulnar and radial.

Mars Line: A line running parallel to the life line.

Medical Stigmata: A small series of four or five short vertical lines slightly to the inner side of the mount of Mercury.

Medius Finger: The Saturn or second finger.

Mercury Line: The line that usually runs from inside the life line directly to the mount of Mercury.

Milieu Line: A variation of the fate line.

Moons: The small white half-moon shapes of the base of the fingernails.

Mounts: Fleshy prominences on the palm. There are two types: digital and palmar mounts.

Percussion: The outer edge of the hand.

Phalange: The section between the finger joints.

Radial: The thumb or active side of the hand.

Rascettes: A group of lines running across the inside of the wrist just below the palm; also known as the bracelets.

Ridges: Part of the skin pattern; also horizontal or vertical marks on the nails denoting stress and strain.

Saturn Finger: The second or the middle finger.

Simian Line: A fused head and heart line.

Square: A formation of lines that may appear on the palm or fingers.

Star: A starlike formation of lines that may appear on the palm or fingers.

Sydney Line: A head line that completely crosses the palm.

Tented Arch: One of the skin patterns that resembles a tall loop.

Triangle: A formation of lines that may appear on hands or fingers.

Ulna: The outer edge of the hand; also called the percussion or instinctive side.

Via Lasciva: A small horizontal or semicircular line linking the base of the Luna and Venus mounts.

Whorl: One of the skin patterns, a series of concentric circles

Zone of Mars: The area of the center of the palm between the digital mounts and the tops of the Luna and Venus mounts.


 
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