|The thumb has always been
considered to be the most important part of hand
analysis, and for centuries it has been known as the
signature of the hand and is a major key in the
assessment of character. On any pair of hands, no two
thumbs are every really alike; there will always be a
slight difference. These differences must be taken
into account, especially when there is a wide
disparity between the hands anyways.
When you find a strong thumb on the left hand but a
much weaker-looking affair on the right hand, there
will always be problems with initiative and getting
things off the ground. Two strong thumbs together
suggest a difficult or stubborn character. Two weak
thumbs indicate someone who vacillates and bends with
the wind at the slightest breeze.
The thumb is divided into
three sections; the first, or will phalange; the
middle phalange, or phalange of reason, and the mount
of Venus, or the ball of the thumb. The ball of the
thumb is the seat of emtions and should always look
full, as if its brimming with energy.
1. The first phalange
measures a person’s willpower and indicates the
level of energy and decisiveness.
2. The middle phalange
shows how a subject reasons things through before
deciding on the path they should take.
3. The ball of the thumb,
the mount of Venus, must look well developed and
feel firm, springy, and resilient to the touch. This
phalange represents the emotions and related
physical energy. Therefore, the more developed this
is, the more energy the subject has to meet
Indicates an idealist, people who are very clever at
getting their own way. They are very persuasive and
there is an in-built knack for spotting weakness in
others and seizing advantage. If the tip is soft, then
the nature is inclined to be more submissive.
This is a sure sign of a craftsperson, a practical
type who gets things done. However, these people
are all too ready to pursue the attraction of the
moment and will drop whatever they are doing for
anything new and untried.
Indicates a realist and a hard taskmaster but one who
will lead by example. There is a strong sense of fair
play and justice.
Indicates quick response too quickly to external
stimuli and are easily distracted. While they may
appear quick thinking and sensitive, they are not
always as committed as they appear.
A bulbous thumb, the old-fashioned “murderer’s
thumb,” shows a strongly physical approach to life
with strong appetites. This expression, “resistance
is futile” is very apt here, for these people have
quite heated tempers.
The lower the thumb, the more inspirational the
character. If wide angled, an adventurer; if narrow,
A thumb up on the hand, a long way from the wrist,
suggest a good and clearly defined instinctive